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Sunday, February 14, 2016

What We Watched: February 8, 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 8, 2016 (This week’s thoughts are a bit short since I had to write these at the last minute due to a very busy week).

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: A Tail of Two Piggies
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: After suffering a wardrobe malfunction where her tail hangs out at the promotion of Zootopia, Miss Piggy struggles with media attention. Meanwhile, Gonzo is heartbroken that Camilla the Chicken broke up with him and rents a house with Rizzo and Pepe that used to belong to Ian Ziering. Miss Piggy eventually decides to embrace who she is and plans to show her tail on the air. Lucy Royce and Sam Eagle advise Kermit to talk Miss Piggy into not going through with it, citing the loss of jobs and sponsors that will follow. Kermit goes on stage at the night's taping and says that although the network has banned Miss Piggy's scheduled stunt, Kermit and the Muppets show off their own fake tails and Joan Jett sings. In the final scene at Gonzo, Rizzo, and Pepe's house, a party is held with Ian Ziering attending. Camilla the Chicken suddenly appears, much to Gonzo's surprise.

My Thoughts: Piggy has a wardrobe malfunction and Gonzo has a broken heart! I liked this episode! The whole gang was in on things and it felt more like The Muppets. The episode writers kept things pretty simple with Piggy’s dilemma and Gonzo’s heartbreak. The dialogue and jokes were funnier this time and guess what? There was even a great message about self acceptance mixed in with all the drama surrounding Piggy’s mishap. Best of all, this episode showed Piggy in a different light. Sure she’s selfish and loud and oblivious to everyone around her but that’s only 90% of the time. There’s that 10% of her that’s vulnerable and giving and it was great to see that in this episode.

And I loved Joan Jett’s appearance at the end for the “Unveil the Tail” campaign.



Show: Agent Carter
Episode Title: The Atomic Job
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: Wilkes becomes drawn to the Zero Matter in a sample of Scott's body, and temporarily regains his physical body while discovering the location of Scott's after absorbing the small amount of the substance. Carter and Jarvis attempt to steal Scott's body, hoping that the rest of the Zero Matter within it will restore Wilkes permanently, but arrive to see Frost taking the Zero Matter for herself, before convincing Chadwick to help her steal an atomic bomb from the Council so she can replicate the original discovery of Zero Matter. They seek help from Frost's ex-boyfriend Joseph Manfredi, a crime lord, who gives them men for the job in exchange for Chadwick's influence in the media. Carter, Jarvis, Sousa and some SSR allies break into the Roxxon facility holding the bombs and disable them before Frost can reach them. Carter confronts Frost but is seriously injured; as Sousa helps her he accidentally reveals to his new fiance that he is in love with Carter. Wilkes comforts Carter as she recuperates, until his form appears to fade away.
My Thoughts: Good grief but things are moving fast! I’m glad they are though because there’s not much time left this season and sadly, I’ve read reports that the show may not come back for a season 3. I blame reality tv and the lack of imagination.

Anyway, Daniel finally proposed to Violet (Whom I’m still suspicious of but kind of like), Whitney is going back to being Agnes at least in terms of her intelligence which makes her more dangerous, and Peggy FINALLY has backup. As in a team. Sure it’s not exactly the A-Team but they’re good. I love that Peggy is not alone in her missions anymore; she has people who care about her and believe in her to help. We all know Sousa would back her up and not just because he’s in love with her, he knows she’s a capable agent and Jarvis was pretty much ordered to help Peggy by Howard. The addition of Rose was just total fun. Her spunkiness and the fact that she’s yet another woman in the SSR who is seen as less than her male counterparts made her an ideal choice for the team. Naturally Sousa objected but when Peggy has her mind set on something then nothing can change it. Plus she has a way of quietly but firmly calling Sousa out on his slight sexism towards adding Rose to the team.

*Sousa and Peggy looking into the window of the talent agency as Rose watches a man audition*

“Rose?”

She’s someone we can trust.”

Peggy this is crazy, we -- we can’t take Rose. She’s… She’s…

SHE’S passed the same training as the men upstairs AND she protects all of you.

This isn’t about training it’s about field experience and she has none. I can’t focus on the mission if I’m worried about protecting Rose.

It’s funny; I’m SEEING Daniel Sousa but I’m HEARING Jack Thompson. She’s smart, she’s resourceful and I trust her with my life.

I’m just worried she’s gonna get hurt.

*Sousa and Peggy turn to see Rose beating up man auditioning. Presumably he did something she did not like*

Watching the new team dynamics was highly amusing and entertaining. Rose more than held her own to the surprise of everyone BUT Peggy. I hope she gets to go on more missions because she’s a hoot. I loved Sousa’s “pep” talk when Jarvis is forced to disarm TWO nuclear bombs by saying “It’s just like making a soufflé” to which Jarvis later replies “For the record that was NOTHING like making a soufflé!”

All in all there was plenty of action and suspense but the most shocking came at the end when Peggy faced off with Whitney and ended up impaled! Sousa took her to the only place he knew of where she could get help: His fiancé Violet’s house. Violet happens to be a nurse and manages to stabilize Peggy’s condition but she also notices the way Sousa looks at Peggy and tearfully confronts him about his feelings for Peggy. I feel bad for Violet. Unless she’s a villain then I don’t feel bad for her at all.


Show: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Episode Title: White Knights
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: The team arrives in Washington, D.C. in 1986 to find a document that will lead them to Savage. The team infiltrates the Pentagon and retrieve a government file that points them toward scientist Valentina Vostok in the Soviet Union. Chronos tracks the team, and Rip is forced to use Russian fighter jets to assist in taking down Chronos. While Ray and Snart go after Vostok, Rip tracks a time anomaly outside of Moscow. Rip finds his mentor Zaman Druce, who offers to pardon Rip and return his new team to their time if Rip voluntarily surrenders. The pardon is a trick, and Zaman attempts to kill Rip. With help from the team, Rip survives and Chronos and Zaman escape. Back on the ship, Rip has Sara and Kendra work together to tame the feral nature that resides in each of them. Dr. Stein infiltrates a research lab and discovers Savage is trying to build an army with the same abilities as Firestorm. Dr. Stein absorbs the energy in Savage's thermal core, but he, Ray, and Mick are captured by the Soviets.
My Thoughts: So we’re still not getting a fully functional team this week BUT we did get a bit more camaraderie than before. There’s little to no trust between them and until they learn to trust each other at least professionally then they’re not going anywhere fast. The team is now in 1986 and headed towards the Pentagon to steal classified information on Savage’s whereabouts since the ones they had are redacted files. Things got pretty interesting in this episode.

What we did see: A bit more cooperation and coordination in the beginning of the episode. More a glimpse into how effective this odd group of people could be if they just learned how to play nice with each other.

Some nice mix up in the pairings, Sara and Kendra, and Palmer and Snart. The latter of which provided a nice contrast especially when Snart lifts a much needed key card from a passing female member of the military (In a rather smooth and old school way too) and reveals to Palmer that he also lifted the woman’s wallet and Palmer scolds: “Really? We’re trying to save the world and you’re lifting wallets?!” But in true Snart form, he simply replies “It’s called multitasking.” And descreetly passes the key card to a uniformed Sara who, along with Kendra are to attempt to steal the original records of Savage’s whereabouts. I liked that they were assigned roles that emphasized their individual talents. Snart is obviously a skilled thief while his usual other half Mick, is good at distractions.

Unfortunately things go awry when Jax ends up setting off an alarm which causes Sara and Kendra to have to fight their way out and Kendra loses herself to her Chay-Ara persona and not only reveals her wings to the cameras but attacks a guard and claws his face.

From there things seemed to go downhill for the team, leading up to not one but three of them being captured by Savage’s henchmen. Half the team including Professor Stein who belatedly realizes that Savage’s plan is to create another Firestorm, this time for the Soviet Union.

So what’s next for the team? Apparently Rip Hunter is willing to sacrifice someone in order to prevent Savage from acquiring too much power too soon.


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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: Incident at Stone Manor
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: In the quest to save Abbie, Crane and Sophie are forced to battle a supernatural force targeting the citizens of Sleepy Hollow, while Pandora and The Hidden One only grow stronger. Meanwhile, in an effort to find out what truly happened to her sister, Jenny faces an old foe: her father. Can our heroes solve their most personal case yet?
My Thoughts: ABBIE’S BACK!!! Can I just say that Nikki Beharie was AH-MAZING in this episode? The scene where she’s playing chess by herself was my favorite along with the scene where she calls Pandora’s bluff and destroys the Eye of Providence.

I’m very glad that Sleepy Hollow didn’t turn this whole season into a “Where’s Abbie?” search because that would have been such a bore.

Not only was Beharie perfect in this episode but so was everyone else! The Ichabod/Abbie chemistry was spot on and the reunion of the two witnesses was everything I could hope for.

But fast forward a bit and Jenny, Joe and Agent Foster are learning to work together. Is it just me or was there a bit of an Alpha dispute between Jenny and Foster? I wonder if that will be an issue in future episodes.


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