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Sunday, February 21, 2016

What We Watched: February 15, 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: February 15, 2016

Show: Agent Carter
Episode Title: Life of the Party/Monsters
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:
My Thoughts: Wow. Two hours of Agent Carter and it went from 0 to 60 REAL quick.

What We Saw:
The return of Dottie Underwood! Dottie Underwood undercover with Jarvis!!

Jack Thompson at a council event. Rubbing elbows with the bad guys. Bastard.

Sousa dealing with and admitting to Peggy that his engagement to Violet ended because Violet pinpointed that he was in love with Peggy.

An almost kiss between Sousa and Peggy.

Emotion, emotion, EMOTION from everyone!

Dottie is captured and CAN be broken. And a point is made.

Ana Jarvis shot!

Daniel Sousa is attacked and replaced the next day as the L.A. chief of the SSR. By non other than Vernon Masters.

My Reactions:
I LOVE Dottie. She’s so unpredictable in a predictable way. Does that make sense? Bridget Regan is lovely and amazing as the spy/assassin. Dottie’s interactions with Peggy have been tense and filled with a sense of competition. I really hope to see Dottie again before the season is over. Her interactions with a very nervous Jarvis (I’d be nervous too if I had to team up with an unpredictable killer like her) were what this intense two hour event needed: A little fun and humor because sh*t got real quick. I do love watching Dottie “handle” threats. And did anyone catch her “Black Widowesque” dress design? Black with red in the middle?

Jack Thompson needs to make a decision about what side he’s fighting for. He’s not THAT stupid NOT to know that there’s something fishy going on with his new master, er role model. Come on Thompson! Grow a pair and pick a side! His role in the good vs evil battle could make a big difference. I’m hoping he’s got more backbone than what he’s been showing so far.

I knew it was coming, Peggy was bound to mention Violet and Sousa was going to have to tell her his engagement was off and why. And damn you Dottie for interrupting the almost kiss with that dead body!

Up until now Ana Jarvis was only seen in a handful of scenes as the plucky, supportive and inventive wife of Edwin Jarvis. She would always kiss her husband goodbye as he assisted Peggy on her missions and kissed him hello when he returned. I don’t think she realized just how dangerous the situations were until Peggy was impaled in the previous episode. There was a new side to Ana: The worried wife.

It grew and grew in every scene she was in and you could see it on her face. This gave her new dimension because gone was the plucky wife and in her place was a worried woman who realized that her husband could die. But did she cry and manipulate Jarvis into staying behind? No. When Jarvis and Peggy go out to rescue the captured Dottie, Ana puts on a brave face and kisses her husband goodbye. I loved Lotte Verbeek and James D’Arcy’s dialogue in this scene where Ana basically admits she’s terrified for Jarvis but that she’s not going to hold him back because it’s what he wants to do but she’ll only allow it if he’ll allow her to worry about him.

Dottie’s capture kind of made me doubt that there is any good in Jack Thompson. He’s the one that essentially stops her before she can escape but then she somehow ends up in Vernon Masters and essentially Whitney Frost’s custody since she owns Masters. The seemingly unbreakable Black Widow is easily broken when Frost touches her. And while Dottie is “rescued” by Peggy and Jarvis, she later escapes. This could mean anything because that woman is so unpredictable. I hope to see her again real soon because she’s one of my favorites.

Ana Jarvis! That sweet, brave woman tried to stop Frost from taking Wilkes from the Stark household but was shot instead. This was Edwin Jarvis’ breaking point. Gone was the unflappable butler and in his place was a frantic, pleading husband begging his wife to hold on. Since her first appearance, Ana has always been the more demonstrative of the two in her affections but in this scene it is Edwin who shows so much emotion with next to no dialogue. He’s gone to a dark place now.

One step forward and three leaps back. Daniel Sousa is attacked in his own home by masked assailants (Come on, we KNOW who sent them and why) and the next day, he is “advised” to take a long vacation by Vernon Masters who will be holding down the fort until he’s “well enough” to come back.

And I didn’t even cover ALL the action packed moments! I can’t wait until next week’s episode which is also a two hour event.

Show: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Episode Title:
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:
My Thoughts: Whoa, now that’s more like it!

What I Saw:

A lot of character revelations of the emotional variety. Rip feels guilty for Carter’s death and for the capture of Mick, Stein and Palmer (See I’m finally starting to remember all their names) so he insists that Kendra and Jax stay aboard the ship. That and they’re the two most valuable members of the team and if Savage gets a hold of them they’re screwed.

Mick and Palmer couldn’t be more different in prison. Mick knows how to survive and that’s to mind your own business but Palmer, ever the good guy tries to protect someone and gets the beating of a lifetime. Later he takes a beating for Mick from their captors, putting Mick in the position of having to rethink his “Look out for #1” mentality.

A pep talk from Leonard of all people to Sara about doing the right thing. Because you know, Leonard may have next to no morals but he would never take out his partner like Rip wanted Sara to do to Professor Stein.

My Reactions:

I really liked the emotions this time around. It showed that the team was bonding, slowly but surely since there was a lot of “Let’s go rescue them!” and “We can’t take one of our own out like that!” Going on. I’m serious, it was like a real bonding moment for these guys who for the most part can’t stand each other. The best outcome from the episode was that Jefferson and Professor Stein finally understood one another and really became partners.

Who would have thought that putting Mick and Palmer in jail would be so entertaining? They’re such polar opposites that their scenes were one of the best moments of the episode. Especially when Palmer goads one of their captors into beating him instead of Mick. I thought that was a pretty interesting scene and I wonder if there will be any changes in Mick after this.

But can we talk about Leonard talking to Sara about right and wrong? Well not right and wrong exactly more like You don’t do your team mate like that. You don’t give up and you definitelydon’t shoot them. His line: “That’s how a killer thinks” was well done and to the point.

I’m slowly starting to warm up to Legends of Tomorrow and it’s misfit characters, this episode is so far my favorite but I can’t wait until next week’s episode where the team gets stranded in the future. I think this might have a futuristic looking Arrow in it. Not sure, I’ve never had the chance to watch Arrow before.



© 2015 Fox Broadcasting Co
Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title:
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: Fridays at 8/7c on Fox
Episode Summary:
My Thoughts: The return of The Kindred! Except he went on a killing spree.

What I Saw:

The Kindred.

Abbie’s back and having trouble readjusting to life again. She did spend 10 months in a different realm.

Ichabod faces the consequences of ignoring Zoe.

Mrs. Kindred???

My Reactions:

The Kindred really freaked me out the first time I saw it, er, him. And yep, it still freaks me out. This time though, The Kindred isn’t on Team Witness. He’s becoming human with human emotions like envy. Mr. Kindred wants a woman and he wants one NOW. This episode certainly had a Bride of Frankenstein feel!

It wouldn’t have been believable if after Abbie’s 10 month stay in a different realm she came back and acted like nothing had happened. Something obviously did happen aside from boredom and it was clear that Abbie had some kind of PTSD going on. Once again Nikki Beharie gave a great performance and her chemistry with her co-stars makes the show so much better.

Poor Ichabod can’t catch a break when it comes to women. He was so focused on finding Abbie that he neglected his budding relationship with Zoe. Unfortunately Zoe gets caught up in the Team’s quest to stop The Kindred from killing more people. She tells him in the end, he’s a great guy and he’ll be a great guy for some woman, just not her.

And the female Kindred? How freaky but in a way romantic was that? Of course, it didn’t last long thanks to the Hidden One. Still, a zombie romance was the last thing I expected.

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