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Sunday, October 18, 2015

What We Watched: October 12, 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: October 12, 2015

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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Bone May Rot
Cast: Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza
Channel and Time: Mondays at 10/9c (After The Voice) on NBC
Episode Summary: A hidden message on Jane’s body reveals a plot that could result in catastrophic consequences all over the world.

My Thoughts: So do I start referring to Jane Doe as Taylor Shaw? If so what does that mean now? Not much because aside from the fact that Taylor was Weller’s neighbor and friend many years ago that doesn’t tell the FBI anything else. She can’t remember anything so she can’t tell them who took her, why and where she’s been all these years. Her identity has created more questions than answers in a good way because I’m all about finding out where this chick learned to be such a badass and why.

The episode started off with a scene that took place two years before Taylor was found. It’s a lab, a biohazard lab apparently and scientists are conducting some kind of experiments when one of them, “Walter” suddenly starts coughing up blood. A second scientist sounds the alarm but it’s too late for poor Walter. Cut to present day and to tell you the truth aside from Jane/Taylor and Weller, I have yet to memorize the other characters’ names. I suck at it. *pauses tv and hops over to laptop to google characters while Mr. Pud gives me the stink eye for moving his head off my lap* Patterson! That’s the blonde’s name, puts together another clue from one of Taylor’s tattoo and when they follow up on that lead the find and ultraviolet tattoo on Taylor’s face.

On a more personal and emotional side, Taylor has to hear about her life from Weller. She was an only child to a single mom who has since passed away (Poor Taylor) and she spent a lot of time with Weller and his sister when they were kids. The therapist that has been treating Taylor encourages Weller to share anything he can remember about Taylor in an effort to trigger more memories. Later she asks Weller what happened on the night she went missing and Weller tells her that he was babysitting her as he usually did when Taylor’s mom worked and it seemed she just disappeared. There was only one suspect in Taylor’s disappearance: Weller’s father.

I love all the suspense and high paced action in this show. It’s such a thrill ride for me and Taylor Shaw is the type of lead character I LOVE seeing in books, on tv and on movies.

Major points for Patterson’s “MacGuyver” reference.

And just what is Weller’s boss hiding? What is Daylight???

Oh and apparently Taylor Shaw may NOT be Taylor Shaw… Her DNA says one thing but test results on a tooth she lost in the last episode says she was born in Africa, not in Pennsylvania like Weller remembers. So we’re back to wondering, WHO is this woman?

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: Pig Out
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 finds out that the crew unwinds at Rowlf’s Tavern at the end of the taping and gets herself invited. Meanwhile, Statler is hospitalized after being accidently shot with a t-shirt gun by Fozzie, who goes through great lengths to make things right. At the same time, Sam mistakenly thinks Janice is attracted to him.

My Thoughts: It was karaoke Muppets style! This was a cute episode, watching the crew unwind with a little old school Hip Hop, rock and Bette Midler (Thanks for that Sam). Miss Piggy showed she could “hang” with the common folk but not for long thanks to Kermit’s master manipulation (Which he freely admits he learned from Piggy). Let’s face it we all love Miss Piggy’s attitude as long as it’s not directed at us.

And for YEARS I’ve never been able to remember the names of those two cranky old men that heckle everyone! And they’re two of my favorites! Statler and Waldorf!! I have got to remember those names! Cantankerous old fools make me laugh with their rude comments and not much has changed since then.

So far though, aside from Liam Hemsworth there haven’t been any “big” stars and I’d like to see some big hitters from movie and tv in this revamped series just like back in the day (I YouTubed the old show’s episode with my favorite, Gene Kelly). The old show had icons and legends like Rita Moreno, Mia Farrow, Lena Horne, Florence Henderson, Vincent Price, Twiggy, Steve Martin, Milton Berle, Don Knotts, Elton John, Bob Hope, Julie Andrews, Loretta Lynn, Alice Cooper, Cheryl Ladd, Kris Kristofferson, Raquel Welch, Sylvester Stallone, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, Christopher Reeve, Linda Carter, Mark Hamil and the cast of Star Wars, Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, Loretta Swit, Carol Burnett, Johnny Cash, and Gladys Knight just to name a few.

In the above list I see singers, tv stars, movie stars, superheroes (*cough* Marvel I’m looking at you *cough*), action stars, comedians and supermodels. With all the celebrities today I can’t imagine that they’d have a hard time getting some of these people to appear.

I have my list of celebs I’d like to see on the show, how about you?

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: A Wanted (Inhu)man
Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Henry Simmons, Luke Mitchell
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 9/8c (After Fresh Off the Boat) on ABC
Episode Summary: Mack, Daisy and Coulson race against time to keep Lincoln safe; Hunter will do whatever it takes to get revenge.

My Thoughts: So Lincoln is now Inhuman non grata yet doesn’t want S.H.I.E.L.D’s help (And YAY for a shirtless Lincoln too Lol). Simmons is trying to re-adjust to NOT being hunted by aliens and seems to be more sensitive to sights and sounds. Hunter and May are getting closer and closer to inserting themselves into the new HYDRA.

There’s a lot going on in this episode with everyone it seems but I loved how everyone is helping everyone else deal with what is happening. Bobbi advising Fitz on how to deal with Simmons being so distant, May helping Hunter gain entrance to HYDRA, Skye/Daisy helping Lincoln see himself as something other than a monster. It’s all one big complicated family.

Okay I have to admit it, I’m really digging Bobbi so far. Last season I couldn’t stand her at all. I felt like I was being force fed this new character because she was in so many freaking scenes. This season she’s been dialed back and isn’t so in-your-face. Her recovery is giving her time to bond with other characters on a more emotional level. If she’s going to be off of field duty for most of the season I think it could prove very interesting for the character who is used to being the “muscle.”

And Lincoln? It’s weird to see the once confident and positive Inhuman brought so low by the events of last season’s finale. He’s totally different now, growing more and more suspicious and bitter of everything around him. This episode left me hanging as to how he’ll interpret Coulson’s order to let the ATCU have him. Will he later find out it was a choice between letting the ATCU have him or Skye/Daisy? Will it make a difference in how he probably feels towards Coulson and SHIELD? Is it okay to have a fangirl crush on the brooding character cause I’m a sucker for a wounded hero. Or in this case, a lost hero.

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I am totally on board with Mack and Skye/Daisy’s friendship. Mack needs to be utilized more as the season goes on. I love that he was paired with Skye/Daisy and I hope it stays that way. I really don’t want to see a SHIELD/Inhuman divide with Skye/Daisy leading the Inhumans and being prejudiced against her old comrades and friends just because they’re human. I couldn’t take that lack of consideration for everything they’ve done for her and the affection they have for her.

Hunter is totally a little scrapper but after that bloody scene I’m wondering if it’s only the beginning for him and for May. He was unrecognizable and so very determined to get into HYDRA, it makes me wonder how far gone he’ll be by the end of the season. Will his thirst for revenge erase what made Bobbi fall in love with him in the first place? Cause you know, HYDRA tends to do that to you if you’re not already evil.
And damn it’s always a pleasure watching Melinda May kick some ass, especially when those asses belong to people who think she’s defenseless. You. Go. Girl. And I loved her line:

“How about I do you a favor and not tell anyone that a tiny little Asian woman kicked your ass.”

I can’t be the only one who melted just a little when Fitz took Simmons to the restaurant where he had made (and kept) the reservations for their date last season. He was trying so hard to help Simmons get back to her old self that when Simmons broke down and started crying, I almost wanted to cry too! Poor girl, I wonder what she’s holding on to from her time on that planet. Or why she tells Bobbi that she HAS to go back.

Oh and Costume Department: LOVE the way you’re dressing Chloe Bennet! That jacket? I need it!

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: Blood and Fear
Cast: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood, Shannyn Sossamon, Nikki Reed
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox
Episode Summary: An ancient artifact has the ability to transform a human into a terrifying figure from the past, scaring the residents of Sleepy Hollow.
My Thoughts: Ichabod railing at the injustices of the modern world tickles me like you wouldn’t believe. I just love hearing him deliver grand speeches about whatever bee is in his breeches. This week it was about being denied the chance to save the building that served as the teams “Headquarters” last season from being demolished. Since Ichabod isn’t an American citizen he can’t apply to have the building declared a monument which lead to one funny speech about how unfair the system has become and Abbie looking on with amusement.

Blood and Fear put a new paranormal spin on the legend of Jack the Ripper and I have to say, it was pretty convincing. An ancient dagger that turns the person holding it into a Ripper which explains how every hundred years or so there were mass murders where the victims were exsanguinated (Which FYI is the process of blood loss, to a degree sufficient to cause death and a word that spell check on Word did NOT recognize). It doesn’t take long to recognize that Pandora (Whom I can’t get enough of because Shannyn Sossamon’s eerie but ethereal portrayal is so addictive) is behind the creation of a new Ripper.

Aside from the new spin on the Ripper legend, there was plenty of Ichabod/Abbie moments that just brought back what I loved about season 1. The way they trust each other and the friendship they have is the best part about this show and one that I desperately hope they keep. There were a few scenes with Jenny and Joe Corbin that are promising more mystery and possibly a huge secret reveal involving Joe’s dad, who was a mentor to Jenny, Abbie’s boss and the Horseman’s first victim in season 1.

Sadly, Fox is already advertising that disastrous Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover. I’m not opposed to crossovers nor to the show Bones (I’ve never even watched it) but it just doesn’t make sense that a show that is focused on fact and realism would cross over with a paranormal, magic based fantasy show. So I’m going in with VERY low expectations there. I would have much preferred a Supernatural/Sleepy Hollow crossover. It just makes more sense and I’ve only ever watched one episode of Supernatural (I need a better internet connection to binge watch the hell out of that show).

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