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Sunday, November 1, 2015

What We Watched: October 26, 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: 10-26-2015 I hope everyone had a great Halloween!!


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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Cede Your Soul
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: When the team discovers an app that allows criminals to track government vehicles, it must work with the app’s creator to take it down; Jane and Weller try to keep their relationship professional.

My Thoughts: I admit that the opening scene for this episode had me worried that Blindspot was going to force feed me a romance between Weller and Jane. Not that I’m opposed to that in time because it would just feel unnatural and wouldn’t be convincing given that Jane has no idea who she is, who Weller is or anything about the tattoos covering her body. I find it interesting that even though her DNA says she’s the missing Taylor Shaw but the isotopes in her teeth suggest she was born and spent her early childhood in Africa and not Pennsylvania. So to throw in a “romance” between Weller and Jane just to please crazy shippers would pretty much kill this fast paced, intriguing show. A romance in time would be fine as long as it doesn’t become the main focus of the show. There’s already plenty of “romance” motivated shows and I know how that sounds coming from someone who spends the majority of her time reading romance novels. I LOVE my romance novels but that doesn’t mean I believe EVERY story needs romance. It doesn’t. Some do excellent without it or with only hints (Lord of the Rings, Marvel movies, NCIS) and some stories are complete f**ked over by too much romance.

Before I forget I want to say huge props to Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander for doing a great job conveying how tense and awkward Weller and Jane’s relationship became after they both made independent decisions to keep things more professional. I’m curious to see how the new boundaries will affect them and the team and for how long it will last.

That hacker girl, the one who thought she was working for the good guys? I liked her antagonistic relationship with Patterson. It was a bit like a big sister/little sister relationship and I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing that character again.

With the focus of Blindspot being Jane and her tattoos, it’s taken me awhile to “get to know” the other characters. Reed gives me a weird vibe, like he’ll be challenging Weller for control of the team soon or maybe that’s because he’s so vehemently opposed to Jane’s presence as an active part of the team. Zapata has me nervous. With her gambling addiction she could end up being the weak link in the team, the one that leaves them all vulnerable to an attack from CIA creeper Tom Carter. It’s an interesting team though. Each character is such a distinct individual in terms of personality and to watch how they can come together and work off of each other is fun.


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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: Walk the Swine
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn,
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC (Before Fresh off the Boat)
Episode Summary: Miss Piggy and Reese Witherspoon have a heated rivalry but when the two volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, their feud escalates to a whole new level. Meanwhile, Fozzie and his girlfriend Becky hit a rough patch when Fozzie starts telling jokes about her on stage, and Rizzo causes car troubles for Scooter.

My Thoughts: This is the Miss Piggy I remember from so long ago and even from the animated series Muppet Babies (Who remembers that one?). Piggy is so vain and selfish yet she remains a fan favorite after so many years. She could give the Kardashians a run for their money in the fame department. Having Reese Witherspoon as the celebrity guest was exactly what I was talking about when I mentioned a lack of big name celebs on the show. I hope Reese is just the beginning of the celebs we’re going to be seeing on the show. As jealous and competitive as Miss Piggy is, as I remember, there WERE a handful of female celebs that she did sort of get along with so I’d like to see who she would call a “BFF” today.

And who knew Piggy could rap an apology? There’s no such thing as a small gesture when it comes to one of the biggest divas of all time. Why Kermit hasn’t had a stroke yet I don’t know. Poor frog.

It’s not just about Piggy though, I like seeing other characters get screen time, like Scooter and Rizzo.


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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: 4,722 Hours
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: After her dramatic rescue from another planet, Simmons is still reeling from her ordeal and reveals how she had to fight for her life in a harsh new world.

My Thoughts: Wow, so this episode made either you LOVE Jemma Simmons or HATE her with a passion. I’m glad that SHIELD didn’t take forever to reveal just what happened to Jemma while she was trapped on another planet, but I’m also devastated at what was revealed.

Basically? She spent a couple of months alone before stumbling upon another living human. A guy named Will who is the last survivor of an expedition sent by NASA in 2001. Really? 14 years on a planet with no sun, questionable food and an unknown creature that causes anyone it comes in prolonged contact with to lose their minds and off themselves and Will is relatively sane? I smell a plot twist here. Anyway, Will basically tells Jemma to give up hope and accept that she’s stranded there same as him. Naturally, Jemma’s optimistic side refuses to accept this. Sometime later Jemma finds out that the portal that landed her on the planet opens every so often in the same place but with the planet rotating, it doesn’t look like the same place.

A trip to the dreaded “No Fly Zone” (A graveyard of sorts that Jemma ventures to against Will’s advice and finds the remains of humans dating back to who knows when) and team work has Will and Jemma powering up the old NASA computer to map the stars in order to figure out what the terrain around the portal will look like when it opens again. They’re so close to getting to the location when the killer creature throws a wrench into their plans and the canyon they have to cross is larger than predicted. The portal is shown opening and the duo make a last ditch effort to reach Earth by firing a rocket with a bottle that contains information on how to open and keep the portal open. It fails by like one second. Jemma begins to accept her fate in a big way: She and Will start a relationship *cue outraged gasps from FitzSimmons fans* More time passes and Jemma has found that the planet will have sunshine for a few minutes therefore she and Will head towards the spot she pinpointed for the best view. The couple watches the sun for a few minutes before the planet is sent back into moonlit darkness.

Suddenly a flare appears and Jemma recognizes it for what it is. Fitz has come to rescue her. She and Will race towards to flare only to be intercepted by the creature. Will orders Jemma to continue without him and after a bit of resistance, Jemma races towards the sound of Fitz’s voice just as we hear a gun firing. The scene cuts to one we’ve already seen and that’s of Fitz rescuing Jemma.

Back to the present timeline. Fitz is sitting across Jemma as she finishes up her story. Frankly, I could see the devastation, then understanding and finally resignation cross his face. Poor Fitz. I’m not one to cheer on too much romance or “feels” as the kids say these days but can I just say that Fitz has been through hell TWICE because of Miss Jemma. The first time was when he was ready to sacrifice his life to save hers when Ward trapped them in a sealed container and sent them to the bottom of the sea and the second time when the monolith sent Jemma to the planet. Jemma may be a brilliant scientist but she fails when it comes to dealing with her relationship with Fitz. She’s in serious denial over it and while Fitz is a patient guy, I don’t see him waiting for her forever and letting her break his heart over and over again.

Points for Fitz for recovering quickly and rushing to the lab with a distraught Jemma behind him begging him to understand and sadly Fitz does understand. He shows Jemma some research he has on the monolith and announces with confidence that they will go back to the planet to rescue Will. *cue hearts breaking for Fitz*

The last scene of this episode is of Will on the planet which is suspiciously lit with sunlight again, tossing his now empty gun onto the ground.

Like I said, you’re either going to LOVE Jemma Simmons more after this or DESPISE her for ripping poor Fitz’s heart out AGAIN. I can tell you that I’m on the fence about how I feel. On the one hand, Jemma thought she’d never leave that planet BUT she’s also in denial that her feelings for Fitz are not just the friend variety. Then there’s Fitz who has stuck by her even when she has abandoned him in the past. That’s cruel even for me. Girl needs to make a decision and quit jerking Fitz around. It’s not like he hasn’t made his feelings clear. If she continues to toy with his emotions like this, I will be leaving the Jemma Simmons fan camp and planting my butt firmly on Team Fitz.


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Show: Bones/Sleepy Hollow (Crossover)
Episode Title: The Dead Men Tell No Tales (Sleepy Hollow)
Cast: Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills), Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny Mills), Zach Appelman (Joe Corbin), Shannyn Sossamon (Pandora), Lance Gross (Daniel Reynolds), Nikki Reed (Betsy Ross),
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox
Episode Summary: When Ichabod’s nemesis returns from the dead, he and Abbie turn to Temperance Brennan and Seeley Booth for forensic help unlocking 18th-century secrets.
My Thoughts: So the much anticipated/dreaded (Depending on who you ask) Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover happened this week. I was dead set against it when I first heard it was going to happen back in August. I railed against the impossibility of a crossover between a scientific, reality based show like Bones and a wholly supernatural, mythical show like Sleepy Hollow. However, the preview didn’t seem too bad and it managed to get my mom (Who freaks out with Sleepy Hollow) interested in watching the two hour crossover.

So how did it fare in my opinion?

I watched the Bones episode this week since it was a crossover I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any information. It was clearly a Bones episode but I remembered why I never became a fan of the show. It’s Bones herself. She’s not a likable character. She’s too scientifically inclined, to robotic to enjoy her as a character. And that monotone voice? I know that Emily Deschanel is a good actress but Bones is just so darn BORING. It’s like all the charm and charisma fell on Booth’s shoulders and that’s a big weight to carry. I’m getting off track though, seeing Ichabod and Abbie in different surroundings where they really had to watch what they said, particularly about Ichabod’s origins was different. Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie didn’t have many scenes together but it was interesting to see them interact with Bones and Booth.

This episode of Bones may not have been anything out of the ordinary for regular fans of the show but for Sleepyheads like me, it set up Dead Men Tell No Tales!

I keep saying this and I probably will for the rest of the season: I LOVE Shannyn Sossamon’s portrayal of Pandora! She’s so eerie, so hauntingly lovely in her quest for, well, we still don’t know exactly what she’s up to but I love watching her scenes. General Howe and his zombie army were a nice touch for this Halloween episode. What more perfect way to stage a massacre by zombies than on Halloween where everyone will be a sitting duck? Of course, Booth and Bones weren’t around for that, they merely stepped in to help Ichabod and Abbie discover an underground tomb with the key to stopping Howe and his men. It was a fun episode, especially the opening scene with the gang bowling in a bowling alley filled with costumed people, including Zoe dressed as a sexy Betsy Ross (Whom Ichabod actually knew and had a thing with).

But the episode also brought up an elephant in the room, Katrina. With modern girl Zoe showing more than a passing interest in Ichabod and Ichabod seeming to reciprocate that interest, Abbie brought up Katrina as a way to help him come to terms with what happened and to acknowledge that even though Katrina became their enemy, she wasn’t always so. It was a nice scene before the storm. Of course, Ichabod and Abbie may have defeated General Howe and his men but that’s just a fly in a bigger plan. That damn tree Pandora’s growing has all its black rose buds open and blooming, with just one more bud waiting to open. A BLOOD RED one. Just what is going to happen when that bud opens? And if that isn’t a big enough threat, Abbie’s boss Danny confronts her with photos of her sister Jenny and Joe Corbin confronting a woman who works with a man the FBI is looking to take down.

All in all, the Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover wasn’t as horrible as I expected. I wouldn’t want it to be a regular occurrence but it didn’t make me into less of a fan. I’ll be glad when it’s just Sleepy Hollow next week.

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