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Sunday, November 22, 2015

What We Watched: November 16, 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: November 16, 2015

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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Authentic Flirt
Cast: Jaimie Alexander (Jane Doe/Taylor Shaw), Sullivan Stapleton (Kurt Weller), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Bethany Mayfair), Rob Brown (Edgar Reed), Audrey Esparza (Tasha Zapata), Ashley Johnson (Patterson), Ukweli Roach (Dr. Borden)
Channel and Time: Mondays at 10/9c (After The Voice) on NBC
Episode Summary: Jane and Weller go under cover as an assassin couple, an intimate assignment which draws them even closer; David tries to win Patterson back; Carter and Mayfair disagree.

My Thoughts: This episode had me at the edge of my seat from start to finish I tell you! There were so many twists and turns and close calls that my heart was pounding every step of the way… And then it broke completely.

An abandoned house, a shootout between the team and two unknown assailants and guess what? Jane understands Bulgarian too! Not to mention a pretty US Marshal named Allison Knight who has a past with Weller and Patterson gets a wakeup call, but it’s too late to change her mind.

But let’s cut to the good parts: Weller and Jane go undercover! And Jane has a flashback that just might mean she has a husband, a fiancĂ© or someone that was very important to her at one point. Hmm, this could separate the dynamic duo if this mystery man appears which I think he will. Eventually. It is nice to see Weller lighten up enough to crack a few jokes and *gasp* even a smile or two. Seems that professional distance thing was out the window the moment they started talking about Weller’s dating past with Allison. The tension between the two is definitely up a few notches this week and it had very little to do with the job. Whether they realize it or not, Kurt Weller and Jane Doe (Cause it’s still not 100% clear whether she’s the missing Taylor Shaw or not) are getting closer and closer. The spark is there it’s just a matter of when it will turn into a flame and if there will be someone to throw water on it before it could turn into a blaze.

Meanwhile Patterson’s ex David sees a woman using the old books in the library, particularly THE book that he and Patterson found old encoded messages in and he foolishly decides to follow her. Not knowing that he’s being followed too. I knew this was going to end badly and it did. I just didn’t expect it to break my heart this bad.

Those last few minutes where the team is at Jane’s place having a fun get together when Patterson gets a call and the entire team rushes to the hospital showed their solidarity. Patterson’s face when Mayfair tells her that David is dead and then embraces her was the knife in my heart. Next week’s fall finale will deal with the aftermath of David’s murder, with Weller promising a broken Patterson that they will catch David’s killer. Unfortunately it looks like its Jane that gets caught. By Carter of all freaking people.

Heads up NBC, if you leave me hanging with Jane in Carter’s custody until the New Year I will scream.

One interesting scene that I think will have major repercussions in the coming episodes is Zapata destroying the very expensive surveillance device that Carter gave her to plant in Jane’s safe house. She may have a good heart but Carter doesn’t play by the rules and he plays to win so we’ll see if she truly breaks free of him.

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: To Hot to Handler
Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn, Scooter,
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC (Before Fresh off the Boat)
Episode Summary: Scooter develops a crush on Chelsea Handler after she appears on the show. Meanwhile, Kermit and Denise go on a double date with Fozzie and Becky where Kermit thinks Becky might be cheating at history trivia.

My Thoughts: Who would have thought that Chelsea Handler was Scooter’s type? Well at least his fantasy type. Really, Scooter’s such a dork it’s not even funny. This week was another Scooter centered episode and while he’s a cutie, I don’t think he’s enough to carry an episode on his own. Now Rizzo and Pepe? I LOVE those two. Pepe just cracks me up with his smooth talking ways and confidence. And the accent, the accent is great.

I’m surprised that Handler was able to tone down her outrageous personality for this show. I half expected something that would send purists into cardiac arrest. Scooter and Handler was a bit out there for me to really get into. I could see her and Animal though and her being too much woman for even Animal to handle. I think that would have been a little bit more entertaining.

What I did like was seeing how protective Kermit is of Fozzie. Kermit’s normally a laid back kind of friend but with Fozzie he really had the worried mother hen vibe written all over him. It was sweet and at the same time funny. It also gave viewers a chance to see him with his new piggy love, Denise. She’s cute and I like her. She’s no Miss Piggy but that doesn’t make the Southern Belle any less likable.

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: Many Heads, One Tale
Cast: Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Gant Ward), Chloe Bennet (Skye/Daisy Johnson), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse), Henry Simmons (Al MacKenzie), Luke Mitchell (Lincoln Campbell)
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 9/8c (After Fresh Off the Boat) on ABC
Episode Summary: Dangerous facts about the ATCU are discovered by the team; Ward’s plans to take down SHIELD do not go as expected.

My Thoughts: This episode just goes to show how dangerous Ward is and how I think Coulson and his team haven’t put neutralizing him as a top priority like they should. He’s out there pretty much unchecked since the beginning of the season, putting together his plan and making some very powerful friends (Or is it frenemies since Councilman Gideon Malick tried to have him killed).

Understandably though, SHIELD has more pressing concerns, like Andrew/Lash, the Inhumans and the ATCU sniffing at their front door. Hopefully they can stop Ward from bursting in from behind.

With SHIELD handing over Andrew to the ATCU because apparently they have a way to keep him in stasis until a cure can be found, that frees up the team to do other super secrtet stuff. Can I just say though, the look on Mack’s face when Coulson invites Rosalind to their base reflected what I was thinking though, “WTF? Seriously? You’re bringing her to our super secret meeting place?”

In the meantime Fitz’s chewing out some clumsy SHIELD employee for dropping priceless manuscripts was just classic.

“Okay just go, before you drop another priceless manuscript. Why don’t you go deface a Picasso, or something?”

“Fitz, what are you doing?”

“There all idiots.”

“Be nice.”

“Sorry. Well meaning idiots.”

I think this whole looking for Jemma’s other man thing is wearing on his nerves. Still, only Jemma can calm him and bring him back to focus.

Does anyone else think it’s a bit morbid for Coulson to have “The” axe hanging on his wall? I mean, it’s the axe that cut off his hand and standing in front of it is Mack, and he’s ready to question Coulson’s “relationship” with Rosalind. Mack is tenacious, which is a great asset to the team. Not so much when that tenacity is directed towards a fellow SHIELD member or in this case, the head of SHIELD.

Since the beginning of this season the team (Especially Daisy) has been questioning Coulson’s acceptance of the ATCU and his eagerness to work with them. Some were even doubting his allegiance *cough* Daisy *cough* So here’s where the fun and shocking parts kick in on this episode:

  • While Coulson has Rosalind at their base, he wants the rest of the team to go behind her back and check things out. Since the ATCU brought Andrew’s containment module into their research facility, SHIELD is going to use that to access the entire organization. He splits the team up and gives them their assignments. Bobbi and Hunter are the ground team. This was priceless. It was several minutes of classic Hunter being Hunter and that’s when he’s at his best. I LOVE his cheeky humor. Did anyone notice his t-shirt? Lol.
  • Daisy and Mack are going to be feeding Hunter and Bobbi information as well as making Hunter sound like a convincing enough hacker. Up until now Daisy’s past as a hacker has been put in the back burning but I’m glad to see that the writers haven’t forgotten that fans first fell in love with Skye the hacker, not Daisy Johnson the Inhuman.
  • Last but not least, the extraction team consists of May and… Lincoln? That’s right, at the last moment; May says she wants Lincoln to go with her. She’s been giving him the stink eye according to Lincoln since he moved onto the base. His face when May picks him made me laugh since he’s pretty much presented this bad ass loner persona yet he seems confused then a little scared that he’s going with May. Even Daisy looked surprised. I’d be scared too if I disobeyed orders and attacked Andrew in front of May. I honestly thought she was going to hand Lincoln his ass but Melinda May is nothing if unpredictable. Wouldn’t it be great if May and Lincoln became an extraction team? Kinda like Daisy and Mack are a team?

But Mack does have a point when Coulson asks him “That answer your concerns?” and he replies “Just raises all new ones.”

Like, what is SHIELD prepared to do if the ATCU isn’t helping the Inhumans like they claim? Which is EXACTLY what the team finds out. My fear was that Rosalind was in on it the entire time cause let’s face it guys, she’s a pretty awesome character and Constance Zimmer does a great job playing her. This character doesn’t have powers like Daisy and isn’t a fighter like May yet she can hand anyone their ass with a few words or even a look. Now that’s power.

Another gem is Melinda "The Calvary" May APOLOGIZING to Lincoln for not knowing Andrew was Lash, and for not stopping him sooner. There was a real moment building up between them before it was interrupted but Agent-y business. I want to know what else Lincoln was going to say to her.

May needs some real help now. This Andrew/Lash thing is bigger than what happened in Bahrain because this time her emotions were fully engaged. This was someone she loved deeply and feels very betrayed by. She probably feels guilty as well. Melinda might act like she's a cold fish but in reality I think she feels things much more deeply than anyone else on the team. I hope she bonds with other team members more and opens up.

But let’s get to the REAL point of Many Heads, One Tail: A FitzSimmons kiss! These two FINALLY lock lips and fans everywhere squealed with delight. Until Fitz tells Simmons that they’re “cursed” because no matter what, they can’t seem to be on the same page. With those words hearts shattered a hundred times over.

Fitz could have a point though. Ward now knows the true purpose of HYDRA as does every fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. HYDRA is so old that they’ve changed their symbol half a dozen times but the goal was always the same: To figure out how to open the piece of the monolith that they have in order to bring back the first Inhuman. Apparently a prophecy says this Inhuman was meant to rule the world but before it could fulfill its purpose it was banished to a far away planet. Malick tells Ward that he recently found out that SHIELD did what HYDRA could not; they brought someone back from the planet the Inhuman was banished to. *cue evil music*

Does anyone else think that HYDRA’s new targets will be Fitz, Jemma and Daisy? I mean Jemma was stuck on the planet for a long time, Fitz studied the monolith day and night to get Jemma back, and Daisy was the one who opened the portal so that Fitz could get Jemma out. That’s three SHIELD targets that were Ward’s former team mates. He’d be a fool to pass up the opportunity to draw Coulson in.

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: Novus Ordo Seclorum
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: Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox
Episode Summary: Joe and Jenny’s encounter with Sophie leaves Abbie in trouble with Reynolds; the witnesses face unimaginable evil.

My Thoughts: I hate fall finales. I really do, and it seems like every year they come earlier and earlier so it ticks me off that this week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow was the first of the fall finales for me. So many questions in this episode and not enough answers.

So we see just what, or should I say who Pandora brought back with her from the underworld: Her husband, a Sumerian god who definitely doesn’t have the world’s best interests at heart. I was a little disappointed with this particular bit because it reminded me too much of The Mummy Returns with the whole evil lovers reuniting and the man looking like a warped mummy who needs to feed on something (or someone) in order to look remotely human again. Couldn’t they have come up with something a bit different? Or at least not so obvious to people like me? Eh, I’ll get over it.

So Pandora has brought her hubby back and he’s not happy with the world but before he starts redecorating it, he has to rejuvenate which is where poor shard infected Jenny comes in. Even if he doesn’t absorb the shard’s power it will kill Jenny so she basically dies by his hand or by exploding after the shard’s power becomes too much for her mortal body to hold. I’m wondering if this has anything to do with that whole fate being changed and some big bad claiming to own her. WHO owns her? Is it this Sumerian god with a lust for world domination? An older baddie? Or someone completely new? Who knows but we’re definitely not getting THAT answer in this episode.

Ichabod, Abbie and a very concerned Joe do reach Jenny in time but as luck would have it, Pandora and her honey bunny come out swinging. Ichabod and Joe manage to distract the two long enough for Abbie to draw out the shard’s energy using the original casing to house the shard. Unfortunately, the power of the shard becomes unstable and Abbie who STILL carries the guilt of failing her sister as kids, takes the shard and runs into Pandora’s tree doorway just as the shard explodes. At this the remaining three are horrified, particularly Ichabod.

Now a lot of shippers are saying this is a declaration of deeper feelings on Ichabod’s part. I hope not. I hope it’s just a deep love for a friend because guys, there ARE other types of love out there. Remember that Abbie was the first and for a long time, only person Ichabod could count on. She’s been there for him when he found out his son was one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and when his wife went ape shit on them and tried to kill them and HELLO they’re the two witnesses in different prophesies. Of course he’s going to share a unique connection to Abbie and that’s all it has to be. Not everything needs to be a romance. Why can’t we have a strong female character that DOESN’T fall for the first man in her path while she’s on a dangerous journey? Why can’t she just have a best friend who will always have her back?

Abbie is a total badass and as much as I love Ichabod Crane, I can say that Abbie doesn’t need a romance to make her “more interesting” or “better” in any way, shape or form because as a single woman who can kick ass and is a witness who just happens to have a quixotic buddy from the 1700s, Abbie Mills IS a solid character already.

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