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Sunday, December 6, 2015

What We Watched: November 30, 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 30, 2015

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Show: The Muppets
Episode Title: Going, Going, Gonzo
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: Following a duet with Miss Piggy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt heads to play poker with Scooter, Pepe and the gang; The Great Gonzo gets ready to perform his dream stunt; Dave Grohl and Animal face off.

My Thoughts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt sang with Miss Piggy! I do love it when celebrities perform with Piggy but the biggest draw of this week’s episode was the return of GONZO THE GREAT! All season there have only been small bits with my favorite blue muppet and I kept wondering why? I’m pretty sure that Gonzo was and still is one of the most recognizable icons in pop culture so why has he been treated more like an afterthought? I guess it took a sizable screw up involving Gonzo to get him his turn in the spotlight.

Seriously though, Chip has GOT TO GO! He freaks me the heck out!

The second best part of this episode was Dave Grohl having a drum faceoff with Animal. He’s a highly competitive booger and Dave Grohl’s talent is shown as well as his sense of humor. I mean, who would get into a drum war with Animal? He could either take it well or go bonkers on you if he feels slighted!

Good episode, and I loved the “Piggy Water” being promoted. It’s so Miss Piggy.

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: Closure
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:

My Thoughts: Whose idea was it to be ironic and name this episode Closure yet grant us none? Hmmm? This episode was a prime example of why you should NEVER get too comfortable with a character because at any moment, *sniffle* they can go the way of, well a sunk ship and break your heart! In this case, I had several broken heart moments.

Why oh why would Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D introduce someone as witty, collected and strong as Rosalind Price, make her more than a match for Coulson, make us like her and then snatch her away in a heartbreaking manner?! The cruelty of it all!

Bravo Ms. Price, you were a shining light in Phil Coulson’s life, no matter how brief that time was. Don’t deny the tough as nails woman didn’t make an impact on you! I love strong female characters and like I said before, Rosalind had no powers like Daisy, no bad ass ninja skills like May and Bobbi, nor was she a super genius like Jemma but Roz held her own among these women and that is why, I doff my imaginary hat to you ma’am and mourn your untimely demise.

Bravo Constance Zimmer, you were an amazing albeit temporary addition. Bravo Clark Gregg for that emotional reaction, it was broken heart #1.

*sniffles some more*

And Ward, you’ve really poked a sleeping giant this time, this cannot end well for the former-but-never-really S.H.I.E.L.D agent.

Broken heart #2: Coulson walking into the compound covered in Rosalind’s blood and everyone, from newbie Lincoln, to Jemma to pseudo daughter Daisy is looking at him with everything from shock to pity to sadness. Daisy is the only one who wants to go to him but May stops her. Yes people, the love the original team showed for one another in season 1 is still there, buried deep but still there. They want to be there for their leader but they just don’t know how. Coulson disappears into his office and as the team looks up the stairs, they hear the sounds of him apparently destroying his office. Having the team and viewers only hear the sounds of destruction had more of an impact than if the show had actually filmed Coulson’s outburst.

However, this is only the beginning. When Coulson is seen again, he’s all coldness and professionalism. And he wants to talk to the original team about Ward. He wants every damn detail about their individual feelings and relationships with Ward when he was masquerading as one of them and he’s kind of cold about asking, even when Daisy tries to offer comfort.

The most surprising revelation comes from Daisy herself. While she will never forgive Ward for what he’s done, she understands him in a way. Both of them came from rough backgrounds and she related to him. She insists Ward never lied to her and that he hid parts of himself that he didn’t want her to see… Yet. And Daisy claims that Ward feels too much and that’s what motivates him to do the awful things he does.

I’m not buying that explanation honey. In the meantime:

  • Gideon Malick and Ward are now having a little heart to heart about Ward’s doing things his way instead of sticking to the plan.
  • Coulson has stepped down as director and appointed a confused and slightly flustered Mack in order to go after Ward.
  • Before stepping down, Coulson sends Jemma and Fitz along with Rosalind’s loyal second in command, Banks to a facility to look for clues. I had a big problem with this because if they knew what Malick and Ward were planning, the last thing they should have done was send out Jemma and Fitz, the two people who have the information HYDRA wants, out into the field. I was right too because HYDRA snatched them right up like a cat snatches a mouse.
  • SURPRISE! The last Ward brother is finally seen and I am so not buying his speech about not being a monster. If I’ve learned anything with this show it’s that appearances can be VERY deceiving.
  • Meanwhile Fitz and Jemma are face to face with Ward again who suggests the two be split up. Fitz has to listen to Jemma being tortured because once again, Ward knows the original team better than anyone.

One thing was very clear in this week’s episode and it was mentioned: Ward seems to always be 10 steps ahead of them but his end game is still unclear. Just what does he want? Closure? Revenge? World Domination? Or is he just off his freaking rocker? Whatever it is, Grant Ward is definitely giving Coulson and his team a run for their money and a hero, or heroes in this case, are only as good as the villain.

It’s because Coulson and his team are outnumbered that acting director Mack allows Inhumans Joey and Lincoln (Yay) to join them in backing Coulson, Hunter and Bobbi up and to hopefully rescue Fitz and Simmons. It’s a glimpse of Daisy’s unique team. I’m curious as to how she’ll be as a leader and if Lincoln’s “darkness” will help or hinder her. Who am I kidding? I sense a lot of turmoil in Daisy’s future.

By the time Coulson arrives at his destination (i.e. HYDRA’s temporary location, in that same castle in England where the monolith was opened and Simmons was rescued), Fitz has agreed to go through the portal with Ward and a team to find that Inhuman HYDRA has been searching for. Simmons is to remain behind and with Fitz on the planet; he will be the incentive for her to help HYDRA re-open the portal. What no one counted on is Coulson jumping out of a Quinn Jet straight into the portal. Now Fitz AND Coulson are on that alien planet.

This week is the mid-season finale and I’m wondering: Will Ward, Coulson and Fitz come back before the episode is over? Will they bring Will aka “Hog Face” (Hunter’s words not mine) with them? Will the deadly creature come through the portal? And will Ward and Daisy come face to face again? Remember that the last time Ward saw her; she was still “Skye” and hadn’t fully gotten accustomed to her new abilities. Will Ward pick up on the new vibe between Daisy and Lincoln? Will he even care?

Hopefully we’ll see all this and more in the mid-season finale!

And who is ready for some Agent Carter in January?

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