Sunday, January 31, 2016
What We Watched: January 25, 2016
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: January 25, 2016
Show: Agent Carter
Episode Title: Better Angels
Cast: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), James D’Arcy (Edwin Jarvis), Chad Michael Murray (Jack Thompson), Enver Gjokaj (Daniel Sousa), Lotte Verbeek (Ana Jarvis), Bridget Regan (Dottie Underwood), Reggie Austin (Jason Wilkes), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark)
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC
Episode Summary: At Frost's behest, Chadwick frames Wilkes as a communist spy who had infiltrated Isodyne and attempted to destroy it. Thompson comes to Los Angeles to 'clean-up' the situation at the invitation of Masters, and when Carter enlists the help of Howard Stark to investigate the Arena Club—whose membership pin was borne by the Council agents—and discovers (but is unable to prove) that the Council has blackmailed Chadwick's senatorial competitor into dropping out of the race, Thompson sends her home. Carter 'misses' her flight, and after confronting Frost unsuccessfully, is attacked by a Council hitman, barely fending him off. Investigating a gravitational anomaly around Carter, Stark discovers Wilkes alive but temporarily invisible and non-comporeal, and goes in search of his mentor for help in restoring Wilkes's physical body. Frost accidentally kills her sexist director with her new Zero Matter abilities, and Masters introduces Thompson to Chadwick to celebrate the latter's now guaranteed-senator ship; Thompson realizes that Carter was right.
My Thoughts: Can I just say that I LOVE how much faith and trust Sousa has in Peggy’s skills as an agent? He knows what he saw and that’s that Peggy can handle herself, she has top notch instincts and doesn’t need anyone to rescue her. She’s the ideal agent and Sousa knows that. He just doesn’t always have the last say like in this episode.
And HOWARD! I love it when Dominic Cooper reprises this role; he’s fantastic as the narcissistic, alcoholic, slightly insane but still lovable Howard Stark. Putting him, Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy in scenes together always generates chaos and entertainment and this week’s episode was no different. Watching Howard, Jarvis, Peggy and Sousa in the same scene trying to solve the riddle of Jason Wilkes’ whereabouts was just magic. Especially when objects start to float around Peggy. I couldn’t contain my giggles when Jarvis was wearing those lab goggles. And who caught Jarvis’ quip about not wanting to spend an eternity as a disembodied voice (Ironman reference)?
I was thrilled that Jason Wilkes wasn’t killed off but the bigger questions remain: Just what happened to him and how will they save him if they can?
And surprise, surprise, Whitney Frost isn’t just an actress, she’s THE expert on Zero Matter, making her way more dangerous than even Dottie Underwood. I want to know why she decided to hide in plain sight as an actress and what it means for her now that she’s absorbed the very thing that defined her intellectually.
Extra points too for Peggy’s American accent. And for standing up to Jack Thompson yet again when he shows up in L.A. pretty much as an unknowing patsy for the big bad organization and to of course downplay Peggy’s skills as an agent. Peggy wasn’t able to provide hard core evidence that the Arena Club is actually a secret society bent on more than just fixing political races but she did manage to share the headlines of next day editions of a newspaper with Thompson which he then sees the next day when he meets the now uncontested Calvin Chadwick, Whitney Frost’s husband. The headline reads verbatim what Peggy told him the day before and he recognizes that fact too. But will he do anything about it or was Peggy right when she called him a coward?
Show: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Episode Title: Pilot part 2
Cast: Victor Garber (Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory/Heat Wave), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders/Chay-Ara/Hawkgirl), Falk Hentschel (Carter Hall/Khufu/Hawkman), Franz Drameh (Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm), Casper Crump (Vandal Savage)
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 8/7 c on the CW
Episode Summary: Still in 1975, the team infiltrate a warhead auction for terrorists, including Damien Darhk, under the belief that Savage will be there. Savage becomes aware of their presence and orders them killed. A fight breaks out between the team and the terrorists. They all escape, but not before a piece of Ray's suit is left behind. Angry at the recklessness, Rip points out what happens and how the technology of Ray's suit will create super weapons that leads to the destruction of Central City in 2016. The team splits up, with Professor Stein, Jax, and Sara retrieving the missing piece of Ray's suit, while Ray, Leonard, and Mick go in search of the dagger that killed Kendra and Carter in their first life. The dagger turns out to be in the home of Savage, who imprisons the men and forces them to call the rest of the team. Kendra and Carter go after Savage, while the rest take on Savage's men. During the fight, Savage kills Carter with the dagger, revealing that only Kendra can wield it to kill him. Kendra is injured and the team is forced to retreat and plan a new strategy.
My Thoughts: It’s just one big “Whoops” after another with this rag tag group isn’t it? Dr. Palmer just HAD to leave behind a piece of his suit during a fight in 1975 and guess who has it now? Vandal Savage. Yup, the team drastically altered history according to Captain Hunter. With Palmer’s tech in Savage’s hands, the year 2016 now looks like a post apocalyptic tragedy. Then Professor Stein changes his future by engaging his younger self’s curiosity and changing his own future. I think these guys have a long way to go, and a few more epic screw ups before they get their act together as a team. But this episode didn’t waste time giving this motley crew something, or someone to fight for.
I’m still not completely sold on Legends just yet but I will say that my favorite characters are Leonard Snart and Mick Rory. They’re just so unpredictable and unstable, the wild cards that could make or break the mission and I love that about them. Plus the snark factor falls almost all on them. They’re by far the most entertaining characters on the show. A close second is White Canary. I just love a bad ass chick with a vulnerable side.
This episode definitely made me have second thoughts about Kendra/Chay’Ara. That woman is a wimp. In the battle between Savage and Carter she just stood there and let him fight an immortal man who has killed them hundreds of times over the centuries with this clueless look on her face. It’s not like she didn’t already know her own history, she was in full Hawkgirl mode and yet she. Did. Nothing. Real useful there girly.
Ugh, can you PLEASE bring me a Hawkgirl like the animated one on Justice League? That version of Hawkgirl would have been the first one to charge into a fight because the fighter’s spirit was in her, memories or no memories. Legends has brought forward a damsel in distress, weak imitation of Hawkgirl and I don’t like it. I want to see Ciara Renee channel some aggression into her portrayal of this character and fast! With what happened on this week’s episode, I just might get my wish. I’d love to see Kendra learn to fight from Sara too since she seems to be the only one capable of hand to hand combat.
Now for this week’s big ass spoiler… Carter is dead. Vandal Savage killed him and nearly killed Kendra. What exactly does that mean for her and will Carter come back soon or are we going to have to have a time jump forward to a grown up Carter and then bring him back into the past to rejoin Kendra and the team to defeat Savage? Or, is that it for Hawkman for the rest of the season?