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Sunday, October 4, 2015

What We Watched: The Week of 9-28-15

So how did your week of premieres go?

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: 9-28-15

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Show: Quantico
Episode Title: Pilot
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers
Channel and Time: Sundays at 10/9c on ABC
Episode Summary: One of the recruits who arrives at the FBI Quantico Base for training is suspected of terrorism.
My Thoughts: Eh, for a pilot episode it was okay. It does bring the spotlight to racial/cultural profiling when it comes to terrorism which could be interesting. I didn’t care for the back and forth between the present time line and the what lead to the present time line.

But what really put me off was the amount of drama surrounding the characters’ personal lives. I like a show that focuses on what it claims to be about. I assumed this show was going to focus on the inner workings of the FBI Academy and the difficulties of being a Muslim in today’s world. Not a bunch of adults acting like hormonal teenagers. If I want those kinds of sexcapades, I’ll watch a soap opera. Quantico had a Grey’s Anatomy meets-the-FBI feel to it so if you like Grey’s then yeah check it out. As for me, I think I’m going to opt out on this show.

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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: A Stray Howl
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 tattoo points to a pilot with a difficult past; a disturbing memory haunts Jane.
My Thoughts: Whoa what a twist! It appears that Jane Doe might be someone from Agent Weller’s past: A childhood friend that went missing when he was 10. If that’s true, Jane’s real name is Taylor Shaw. That also means that whoever tattooed Jane/Taylor knew about hers and Weller’s connection. And if she IS Weller’s childhood friend, how and why did Jane/Taylor disappear all those years ago? What’s she been doing that she has so many incredible skills? So many questions and not many answers… Just the way I like it!

Jane/Taylor insists she may not be a good person due to some flashbacks but Weller insists that she is. I love that she’s still a bad ass woman who has a few doubts about just who she might have been. Her flashbacks don’t help too much except to provide new questions but that’s part of the appeal of this show. I don’t want it to be so predictable that I can figure out everything before it happens.

It seems that Weller’s dad was accused of kidnapping and killing a young Taylor Shaw which led to Weller’s mom leaving him and his dad going into a downward spiral.

This episode seems to be heavy on the guilt of failure and on making up for it or paying penance with Jane being surprised in her own apartment by the man in her flashbacks.

And apparently we have to wait to find out if Jane really is Taylor Shaw.

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: Hostile Makeover
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: In an attempt to make Miss Piggy happy, Kermit sets her up with Josh Groban, who fills her head with ideas on how to make Up Late with Miss Piggy better. Meanwhile, Fozzie is invited to a party at Jay Leno's house, and everyone is annoyed that Bobo is selling cookies for his daughter's troop.
My Thoughts: JOSH GROBAN!! I love this guy to pieces! He’s got such a gorgeous voice… I sound like Miss Piggy who briefly dated him in this episode. Still funny, still a grown up show for a new generation. I’m looking forward to seeing more guest stars being incorporated into the Muppets’ daily lives, but most of all, I’m dying to see Miss Piggy’s reactions to the “hunks” of today. So ABC, start getting those TV AND movie stars in!

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: The Laws of Nature
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: The team rallies to find and secure new Inhumans before a second, mysterious group can get to them. An unknown enemy is attacking Inhumans and Fitz is desperate to find Simmons.
My Thoughts: This premiere has felt like it’s been a long time coming. Normally I take notes on a notebook but it’s suspiciously M.I.A *glances at Mr. Pud who has been notoriously mischievous this week* so I’m making my notes on printer paper.

Once again, it’s a new dawn, a new day for what’s left of SHIELD. Hey, should we even be calling it SHIELD since technically it doesn’t exist anymore? These guys are considered vigilantes aren’t they?

The agent formerly known as “Skye” is embracing her Inhuman heritage and her real name: Daisy Johnson. Whatever, she’ll always be “Skye” to me. It’s a way cooler name than Daisy. But I am totally digging the new hair. Anyway, Daisy/Skye is teamed up with Mac, the skeptical, slightly paranoid HUMAN to locate and rescue Inhumans that are popping up everywhere thanks to Daisy/Skye’s mother’s actions last season. In the meantime:

  • Bobbi Morse is out of field work and in the lab. Her on again/off again ex-husband Hunter has sworn to go after Ward for what he did to Bobbi. Laughable because if Bobbi who is a trained agent with amazing fight skills, had her ass handed to her by Grant Ward, what chance does Lance Hunter have?
  • Fitz seems to be going rogue in order to find out what happened to Simmons. He could be headed to a dark place if they don’t get Simmons back soon.
  • There’s a rival organization tasked with picking up Inhumans for some purpose. Could be nefarious.
  • There’s a new big bad to contend with, an alien that is killing Inhumans.
  • There was no Ward or Agent May in this episode which sucked.
  • And Simmons is still alive but on another planet running for her life.

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: I, Witness
Cast: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood, Nikki Reed, Shannyn Sossamon,
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox
Episode Summary:
My Thoughts: Okay so I guess Nikki Reed is going to be a more permanent part of the cast than I thought. I don’t know how I feel about this yet. But if she and Ichabod had a “thing” back in the day, I hope that makes its way to the present because then he can stay friends with Abbie. Reed’s version of Betsy Ross could be interesting though.

Shannyn Sossamon on the other hand? Awesome sauce. As Pandora she is both ethereal and eerie.

Ichabod and Abbie’s friendship seems a bit unsteady. Apparently Ichabod needed “time” to process the events of last season and took 9 months without calling Abbie. In that time their archives/secret meeting place has been marked for demolition, Jenny Mills has gotten a job and Abbie is now FBI Agent Abigail Mills. Oh and Ichabod got arrested for “smuggling.” Lol. Watching him in a detention center among all those hardened criminals was a hoot. Watching him say “goodbye” to a fellow detainee was priceless. Think hand signals folks.

Now that Abbie is an FBI agent, I wonder how that will affect her and Ichabod’s mission as witnesses. It might prove an interesting, if frustrating challenge.

I’m trying to watch this show that was such a favorite in season 1 without thinking about the stupid ideas and upcoming episodes that are probably going to be the coffin, nails and hole Sleepy Hollow is going to be lowered into.

Nope. Not digging Ichabod’s new hair. At all. I don’t want this guy too modernized dammit!! It takes away from his overall charm and FRIENDSHIP with Abbie. *sighs* I know the show needed some major changes but not the hair and dear stars in heaven, do not hook him up with Abbie.

This week’s DVD watch: Avengers: Age of Ultron. You knew that was coming. I’m such a fan of these movies because they just make me forget everything I had generally have a good time with them. Could have done without the Bruce/Natasha romance though. It really dragged the film down, thus supporting my argument that while romance is good, it doesn’t necessarily belong in EVERY film, tv series and/or book.

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