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Sunday, November 8, 2015

What We Watched: November 2, 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 2, 21015

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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Sent on Tour
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: One of Jane’s tattoos sends the team to a remote location where they find themselves face to face with a dangerous criminal in a case that puts Jane and Weller’s strained relationship to the test and threatens to expose Mayfair’s secrets. Meanwhile Patterson breaks the rules to solve a tattoo puzzle.

My Thoughts: Whoa, by the end of this week’s episode the only thing I had to say was Shit just got real!

Last week both Weller and Jane made the decision to put their relationship on professional territory and it immediately started to cause tension between them. This week that tension was so thick and so obvious even guest star Lou Diamond Phillips’ character could sense it!

Can we talk about Phillips portrayal of notorious criminal Sal Guererro for a minute? I have only seen this actor in guest spots but each time he does something he nails it and this character was no exception. He placed the right amount of arrogance and danger into the role yet

So with Weller and Jane’s new professional distance, did it give Jane a chance to connect with Zapata or perhaps with Reed? Or did things will go wrong for a while until Weller and Jane realize they work better when they let their emotional attachment influence their professional relationship?

By the end of the episode both Weller and Jane accept that theirs is an unusual relationship and that forcing it to be something different doesn’t work well for anyone. My favorite moment was when the team was flying back home and Jane is freaking out over being in a plane she and Weller discuss their relationship and at the end of that discussion he reaches over and grabs her wrists, as if to show her that he’ll always be there to help her get through rough patches. I’m not going to deny it, I love the idea of Weller and Jane having an unconventional working relationship that depends on their personal connection. I see all sorts of interesting situations and conflicts arising in addition to the already present issues.

In the meantime, Patterson gets in HUGE trouble for allowing her well meaning but very persistent boyfriend see the photos of Jane’s tattoos AND for letting him help her solve the mystery of one of them. Even though they are a great team, Patterson was just stupid to have made that mistake. She’s lucky she didn’t get fired AND sent to jail. I did feel sorry for the poor guy who seems to be head over heels in love with Patterson and in the end gets dumped.

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: The Ex-Factor
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: Kermit is scrambling to find the perfect birthday gift for Denise, so he turns to Miss Piggy for help. Meanwhile, guest Kristin Chenoweth agrees to do a gig with The Electric Mayhem and inadvertently causes a rift between the band.

My Thoughts: Seriously? Kermit must have a death wish to ask Piggy to help him pick out a gift for his girlfriend Denise. I thought for sure Piggy would kick his butt back to the swamp but in true Piggy fashion, she kept Kermit guessing until the very end when she comes through but not without extracting her own revenge that only Kermit recognizes.

You gotta hand it to Piggy, she puts the “D” in DIVA. I loved that this week’s episode showed that Piggy could be a good friend but that she had limits to her already low supply of patience. Her “revenge” on Kermit for asking her to help with a gift for Denise was perfect and had “Piggy” written all over it. I liked this more subtle version of Miss Piggy better than the over the top vindictive one we saw last week. Not that she wasn’t funny but this episode made Piggy into more than just the ill tempered, demanding star of a late night show. Her subtle digs at Kermit’s new girlfriend and the looks she exchanges with Kermit said more than all the tantrums she could have thrown and to me it was a lot more entertaining. I loved that there was no rivalry with this week’s star, Kristin Chenoweth. Apparently the two are friends. Love that!

Chenoweth spent the majority of the episode on the road with the Electric Mayhem until she inadvertently starts an argument within the band. There was a moment with Janice and Floyd when Chenoweth innocently asks how long the two have been together. Janice quickly replies

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: Among Us Hide…
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: The stakes get higher as May and Hunter pursue Ward and Hydra; Coulson thinks the ATCU is keeping a big secret.

My Thoughts: Thank goodness we’re back on track. Not that I didn’t think Elizabeth Henstridge didn’t do a fantastic job in last week’s episode but it was a little too slow and too lovey dovey for me. It seems that this week was the week of shocking revelations because S.H.I.E.L.D laid one big one down on fans! Lash’s identity. This is the part where you look away in case you haven’t watched the episode yet (Which if you haven’t, why are you even here?).

Andrew IS Lash! *cue shocking music and gasps* This one was hard to take because I really like Andrew, he seemed like such a good guy and maybe he still is but Lash is killing Inhumans and we don’t know why, only that in Lash’s words he was “necessary.” Necessary for what? What little we know about the Inhumans points to the fact that they were created for a purpose and weren’t supposed to be allowed to live, much less grow into their own community. Can Andrew control Lash? Will he even want to or will he have to be put down? And if so, by whom? If it’s May then I could see it destroying whatever humanity she has left.

One of the best parts of this episode was watching Hunter get back to being the guy I originally liked. Dark, stupid, brooding Hunter is a total loser but the sarcastic, reckless, bored Hunter? He’s a fun guy.

It’s getting harder and harder for me to continue liking Simmons after last week’s episode. C’mon Jemma don’t be heartless! Fitz is helping the woman he’s in love with to rescue a man that she got cozy with. I understand why she turned to Will for comfort, only two people on the planet with no possible hope of escape and all but to rub it in Fitz’s face constantly? Unless Fitz has darker intentions than just keeping an eye on the new guy, then Simmons isn’t my favorite person right now.

I’ve also started to look forward to Coulson and Rosalind’s verbal foreplay. They’re both used to being in charge and while there might be a bit of an attraction there; both are too suspicious of the other to let down their guards. Still, the thought that Rosalind might not be one of the bad guys is interesting if not totally believable.

And yay! Lincoln!

I’m liking that this season, SHIELD isn’t keeping too many secrets for long. I hate it when a show racks up secrets like chips and tosses them all at my face in the season finale.

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: This Red Lady from Caribee
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: Jenny and Abbie are tempted to confront a part of their past when an iconic monster haunts Sleepy Hollow residents as they sleep. Abbie makes a decision about her career.

My Thoughts: I don’t know much about the Red Lady from Caribee but I do know she was pretty awesome. The one thing I would have loved is if she had had dialogue. I LOVE a Caribbean accent and think that it would have added to the soucouyant character. To be honest though, when I Googled “soucouyant” I didn’t read that she was represented by Jack Spaniard wasps. My biggest problem with this week’s “baddie” was the ridiculous mask the she wore. Couldn’t she have just been a literal red lady who spoke in that musical accent that comes from the Caribbean?

Then there’s the feeling of two separate stories in one show. On the one hand there’s Abbie and Ichabod doing their Witness thing, then there’s Jenny and Joe doing their black market hunting thing. I’m not liking that. It’s like they’re running separate plots parallel to each other. Can we merge the two plots together now? Thank you. I want to know how the Shard of Anubis being absorbed by Jenny is relevant to the conflict with Pandora, what did Azzaca mean by Jenny’s fate has changed? And how is Pandora’s disappearance into that damn tree she was growing is going to affect them all.

So many questions, so little time though right? Though I loved the inclusion of Ichabod’s dates with Zoe. It’s nice to see him taking some time for himself, to integrate into the modern world more but it’s a little suspicious that Zoe just appeared at a time when he was feeling a little lost and lonely. Plus, she doesn’t seem to question his oddities, like his speech and his manners. Who wants to bet Zoe is a bad guy?

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