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Sunday, October 25, 2015

What We Watched: October 19, 2015



Okay so another of my hobbies is watching television shows. I don't do this as often because I really can't stand reality shows and that's all there is now. However, there are a few shows that have snagged my attention and while these weekly posts aren't reviews per say, I thought it might be fun to share my thoughts on each week's episodes.

My tv partner is always Mr. Pud and he ALWAYS has something to say either in a look, gesture or in simply taking some of my snacks for himself.

I hope you'll share with me YOUR thoughts on not just these shows but your own favorites too!

*** Just a warning though. Given that these are not reviews but commentaries on each show, expect SPOILERS.



My thoughts for the week of:


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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Split the Law
Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Jane Doe/Taylor Shaw), Sullivan Stapleton (Kurt Weller), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Bethany Mayfair), Rob Brown (Edgar Reed), Audrey Esparza (Tasha Zapata), Ashley Johnson (Patterson), Ukweli Roach (Dr. Borden)
Channel and Time: Mondays at 10/9c (After The Voice) on NBC
Episode Summary: The CIA and FBI race against each other to nab the same criminal after a hostage situation turns out to have darker implications; Carter’s distrust of Jane causes friction with Mayfair.

My Thoughts: This episode made two things very clear: 1. Carter is a big threat to Jane and 2. He’s willing to do the dirty work to try and eliminate Jane himself.

Split the Law had more twists and surprise turns that previous episodes, which is saying a lot since the show is built on twists and surprises. So far this episode was the one to have me at the edge of my seat and cursing commercials. Luckily I record my shows so that I can fast forward through all the “blah blah blah” and the “Buy this product” crap.

But getting back to the show’s plot, what Weller and his team originally thought was a hostage situation turns out to be something more sinister.

As Weller and Jane enter the Municipal Workers Association building to chase down any other assailants Jane remembers being led out of her home by a man and eventually entering what appears to be a room filled with children. What she doesn’t remember is what the man who took her looks like. She and Weller descend down a flight of stairs into what appears to be a vault where a bloody massacre has taken place.

Anyway, right as Weller, his team and Jane enter the vault CIA agents come in after them led by Tom Carter, the Deputy Director of the CIA and a standoff ensues.

Can I just say that Carter is just a sleazy character which makes him more dangerous?

As he explains that the situation was in fact a hit to take out a CIA informant, Jane discovers that it was in fact an extraction. It turns out that the hostage situation was a smoke screen set up by a terrorist group in order to extract one of their own named Dodi. The way the extraction was orchestrated was both interesting and slightly alarming because it’s a totally plausible plan.

That’s what’s so damn good about Blindspot, each episode makes you believe it could happen, that it could be happening right now or in the future.

In the end the team tracks down the terrorists in a graveyard, give chase and Jane manages to catch Dodi before he can set off a dirty bomb. As she’s helping Weller apprehend Dodi, someone takes aim at Jane through a sniper rifle. It’s Carter but before he can kill Jane, Mayfair stops him at gun point and threatens to expose him if he tries to take out Jane again. I doubt this is going to stop Carter for very long, particularly since he seems to have hooked Agent Zapata by paying off her gambling debts. How ironic that she was previously seen warning Agent Reed about presenting a united front in Carter’s presence because he was looking for a weak point within the team. Here’s hoping Zapata doesn’t do too much damage if she starts to inform Carter about Jane and her activities.



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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: The Devils You Know
Cast: Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Gant Ward), Chloe Bennet (Skye/Daisy Johnson), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse), Henry Simmons (Al MacKenzie), Luke Mitchell (Lincoln Campbell)
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 9/8c (After Fresh Off the Boat) on ABC
Episode Summary: Coulson and the team search for the Inhuman who is killing other Inhumans; May worries Hunter’s mission to bring down Ward is becoming too personal.

My Thoughts: This week’s episode started off with a bang. Lash is in full form, killing Inhumans and Mack and Skye/Daisy are hot on his trail. Seriously, the writers of the show best keep Mack and Skye/Daisy as a team because the chemistry there is pretty entertaining with Mack backing Skye/Daisy up as she hunts down Lash, all while questioning why he let her talk him into getting into the field.

“How’d I let you talk me into this? I had a garage, workbench full of new tools, my own espresso machine…”

Mack’s obvious reluctance (and possible fear) to get involved with the Inhumans is very present in the beginning yet he still backs his partner up. These two are gold as partners and friends.

Fitz educating/scolding Bobbi on his and Simmons’ “System” for bagging evidence was pretty humorous, maybe not for Bobbi but for me it was funny.

Coulson has decided to work with the ATCU and its leader Rosalind Price, much to the rest of the team’s dismay. It’s a tense moment when the ATCU arrives to “Back Up” Skye/Daisy and Mack. They may seem like there on the level but like Sky/Daisy, Mack, Bobbi and Fitz I just don’t trust the ATCU NOT to double cross SHIELD and take Skye/Daisy as a prize.

Anyway, as SHIELD and the ATCU investigate another Inhuman killing, Hunter and May are getting closer and closer to the man in charge of HYDRA: Ward.

Meanwhile, Mack, Coulson and Skye/Daisy arrive at the home of who they suspect is helping the Inhuman killer track down his victims. What they find is a man named Frye who seems to have a painful reaction whenever other Inhumans are near. The ATCU takes him into custody after confirming SHIELD’s suspicious: Frye is a divining rod, basically he is an Inhuman who can locate others of his kind. Mack and Skye/Daisy request to go with the ATCU to make sure that they’re not going to harm Frye. *Yay team Mack and Skye/Daisy* Guess who stops them before they can get to the containment facility though? Yup, Lash. After he kills Frye he mysteriously lets Skye/Daisy live. She then watches as Lash walks away, his shadow showing Lash changing into a human form.

Simmons’ research into opening the portal is discovered by Fitz and she’s forced to tell him what she’s planning. Fitz’s expression says it all.

HYDRA lackeys stuff Hunter in a car trunk in order to take him to a secret meeting place so he can be properly thanked for the weapons he’s given them. In a twist of fate, Hunter gets to bypass what he thought would be a long, step-by-step ladder climbing process and comes face-to-face with Ward. But like I said in the beginning of the season, Hunter is NO match for Ward, much less Ward and his small group of loyal HYDRA agents.

A shoot out occurs and May arrives just in time to provide backup. In typical Ward fashion, he has a backup plan: He shows May a live feed of his “men” surrounding May’s ex-husband Andrew in a store and closing in for the kill. Ward says he’ll stop them if Hunter and May let him and his men go. Hunter basically loses what little sense he has left and chases Ward, shooting him in the shoulder.

One of the last scenes of the episode is a pair of shoes in a puddle of blood, gasoline on the floor and the Strucker’s kid hauling ass out of the store just as it blows up.

Bottom Line: If Hunter’s stupidity got Andrew killed he is going on my sh*t list permanently. There’s wanting revenge on behalf of your lady love and there’s sacrificing an innocent man because of blind idiocy. This season, Hunter is my least favorite character. Last season it was Bobbi.

And just what happened to Lincoln???




© 2015 Fox Broadcasting Co
Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: The Sisters Mills
Cast: Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills), Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny Mills), Zach Appelman (Joe Corbin), Lance Gross (Daniel Reynolds), Shannyn Sossamon (Pandora), Nikki Reed (Betsy Ross),
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox
Episode Summary: Pandora, more powerful than ever, unleashes her most evil force to date; when the latest monster targets the town’s children, Abbie and Jenny work together to protect them.

My Thoughts:
I will NEVER see the Tooth Fairy the same again!! It was freakishly well done. I had to send Mr. Pud to bed for this one cause you know, he's a baby in my eyes. He didn't mind too much since he has his comfy pillow to sleep on. Oh no wait, he took over my bed... Bad dog.

This week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow had so many great Ichabod related scenes! Ichabod playing video games, Ichabod entertaining a little girl with silly songs, Ichabod railing against going to the dentist (Who knew he was afraid?), Ichabod texting a possible love interest, Ichabod in a classroom full of young children (And Jenny filming him) and my favorite: Ichabod at the dentist.

The beauty of this episode was that we get to see Ichabod and Abbie work together in their usual magical way but also we get to see them work with the two other members of their paranormal team: Jenny and Joe. We get some great Mills sister scenes including a heart-to-heart talk about their absentee father whom Abby tracked down over the summer and we also got to see Ichabod chatting with Joe about women and not letting the Mills sisters set him up on a date. Then it switched up again and we get to see Ichabod’s working chemistry with Jenny to defeat the demented Tooth Fairy

It occurred to me that Ichabod has spent most of his time since the beginning of the series with women. Whether it be Abbie, Jenny, Katrina and now Zoe Corinth, the newest lady to be charmed by Ichabod’s old world manners and way of speaking.

The Sisters Mills was a pretty strong episode not just because of the frighteningly amazing version of the Tooth Fairy *shudders* but because we got to see more of the chemistry between not just Ichabod and Abbie but the others as well. I do hope the team stays small, we don’t need them to branch off in a hundred different directions like last season. Another plus about this episode was more screen time for Pandora. She lets on very little as to her purpose or plans but manages to still snag viewers’ complete attention to every action, every word out of her mouth. I have to wonder though, just why DID she give the little girl, Saffron her little sister’s tooth?

Now, I might have to eat crow next week because the Bones/Sleepy Hollow is happening and if the preview was anything to go on, it might not be the train wreck I thought it would be.

Questions Raised: When will Abbie’s boss Danny find out the truth about Sleepy Hollow and Abbie’s role in the events? Will we see the return of the Horseman? What’s going on with Ichabod and Zoe? Will Betsy Ross stay in the past?

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