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Sunday, February 28, 2016

What We Watched: February 22, 2016

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: February 22, 2016

Show: Agent Carter
Episode Title: The Edge of Mystery/A Little Song and Dance
Cast: Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), James D’Arcy (Edwin Jarvis), Chad Michael Murray (Jack Thompson), Enver Gjokaj (Daniel Sousa), Lotte Verbeek (Ana Jarvis), Bridget Regan (Dottie Underwood), Reggie Austin (Jason Wilkes), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark)
Channel and Time: Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC
Episode Summary: Frost tells Wilkes that if he accepts the power of the Zero Matter within him then he will be able to control it. Carter and Sousa meet with Frost, giving her fake uranium in exchange for Wilkes. Frost soon realizes the ruse, and pursues them. Wilkes, learning to control his abilities and change between corporeal and non-corporeal states, turns on Carter, demanding that Sousa reveal the location of the real uranium. Sousa directs him to a vault at the SSR. Ana survives surgery, but loses the ability to have children. Thompson overhears Frost telling Masters to retrieve the uranium, but is incapacitated by Masters. Carter and Sousa join Thompson, and, along with Jarvis and a new gamma cannon courtesy of Stark, travel to the Isodyne atomic testing area. Wilkes is sucked into a rift created by the now armed atomic bomb, but the cannon closes the rift and returns Wilkes, now full of Zero Matter. A revenge-seeking Jarvis shoots Frost, but she survives due to her Zero Matter. Jarvis and Carter are taken hostage by Manfredi's men.

Carter and Jarvis escape capture while Thompson and Sousa return to the SSR. Manfredi sets up a new lab for Frost in an abandoned facility, where she begins trying to take all of Wilkes' Zero Matter for herself. Thompson convinces Masters to use the gamma cannon against Frost, then visits Frost, warning her of Masters' treachery and offering to turn on him in exchange for a seat on the Council. Thompson then turns on Carter and Sousa, delaying them, as he actually intends to remote detonate the cannon to kill Frost, Masters, and Wilkes. Thompson turns Masters over to Frost, but the SSR manage to jam his detonator signal before he can detonate the cannon. Carter tries to get Wilkes out of the building, but he refuses to leave knowing what he has become. Thompson holds the others at gunpoint until his signal is un-jammed, though Carter is still unwilling for Wilkes to die. As Frost begins killing Masters, he notices that the cannon is being activated. However, Wilkes finds them then, and unleashes all the Zero Matter from within himself.

My Thoughts: So many twists and turns in this two hour episode it almost made my head spin! The season finale is next week and it looks like there’s going to be one hell of a showdown. Everyone seems to have taken leave of their senses! It’s clear the tension and stress is causing almost everyone to show their true colors and say things they normally wouldn’t.

The message of these two episodes seemed to be Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Beginning with a flashback of Jarvis and Ana back in season 1. Ana has overheard one of Jarvis’ first phone conversations with Peggy and when he tells her not to worry and that Peggy Carter won’t interfere in their lives she says not to make promises he can’t keep.

Jump back to the present and a haggard looking Jarvis is by Ana’s bedside. This new side of the formerly unflappable butler was heartbreaking. I’ve looked forward to the scenes between him and Ana because while they seem like totally different people, they just fit together and there’s an obvious devotion there.

This season has a clear villain in Whitney Frost, whom I feel sympathy towards. She’s brilliant but she doesn’t know how to value herself, looking for others to validate her existence. She’s almost completely predictable in her quest to find out everything about Zero Matter. But it’s not Whitney that I’m fascinated by, it’s Jack Thompson. He’s unpredictable. One minute he’s putting up road blocks in Peggy’s investigations, the next he’s showing an unusual amount of consideration for her. Just what is his end game? After this week’s episodes it’s even more unclear. Is he a coward? Is he trying so hard to live up to the image everyone created that he’s blind to what is really going on? Or is he becoming power hungry? Or does he have a bigger plan in mind, one that could seriously cripple The Council? Who knows and that’s what’s so great about this character. He has moments of genuine goodness and vulnerability but they’re few and far between his normal jackass behavior.

Which is the real Jack Thompson I wonder?

Peggy: “Dispassionate” Chief. Your word.
Daniel: So if the situation was reversed that’s what you would’ve done. Let him shoot me?
Jack: If it makes a difference… I’d have let him blow you both away.

Turns out Jason Wilkes isn’t as brave as he seemed to be. That turncoat! Betraying Peggy like that and for what? Because he’s afraid of what will happen to him? Because he’s jealous of Daniel? Geez dude, grow up and get a pair will ya? I still like the guy because he seems to have that last minute, do-the-right-thing-change-of-heart.

And Rose!! Her scene with Jarvis and later with Ana was so sweet and touching even though it was only a few minutes long. I adore this character so much, she brings the warm fuzzies to any scene she’s in!

And now for the second hour of Agent Carter. How about that dream sequence? The singing and dancing? That was fantastic and such a throwback to the musicals of the 40s (Of which I am a fan of)! Did you catch a few of the Dancing with the Stars pros? Such fun!

Emotions are still running high after Jarvis’ foolish attempt to kill Whitney lands him and Peggy in their custody. From there it seems that Peggy and Jarvis’ friendship begins to deteriorate as Jarvis blames Peggy for the turn of events. The duo manages to get out of the desert only to find that Daniel, Samberly and Jack are back with Vernon Masters. Jack seems to be helping Peggy until he’s not. Again. See? Interesting and unpredictable.

We get another Jarvis and Ana scene, this time Jarvis is determined to stay by her side but Ana in her strong, quiet way tells him he must go and help Peggy. Ana has some of the best lines that inspire love and support from those around her. She’s so strong and caring, even after being shot. And her complete lack of jealousy over her husband’s close friendship with Peggy proves that she’s just as strong and confident as Peggy albeit in a different way.

“Edwin, what are you doing here? You should be helping Miss Carter.”

“I am here because you need me.”

And that’s lovely but there’s a legion of doctors and nurses for me here. Who does Peggy have? Only you. I will not debate this with you Edwin. You must try and render any assistance you can.”

I love that this show highlights how women can be strong and valuable in different ways. Peggy’s the ass kicker, Rose is the heart and Ana is the voice of reason. Three totally different women who show their strength in different ways. What we didn’t see was Ana’s reaction to the news that she can no longer have children due to her injuries.

Show: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Episode Title: Star City 2046
Cast: Victor Garber (Professor Martin Stein / Firestorm), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary), Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory/Heat Wave), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Ciara Renee (Kendra Saunders/Chay-Ara/Hawkgirl), Falk Hentschel (Carter Hall/Khufu/Hawkman), Franz Drameh (Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm), Casper Crump (Vandal Savage)
Channel and Time: Thursdays at 8/7 c on the CW
Episode Summary: The green-hooded archer turns out not to be Oliver Queen, who attacks the team. They retreat back to the Waverider to make repairs and leave 2046. Rip, Sara, Snart, and Mick head to Smoak Industries to find an essential part needed to repair the ship. The team come across a fight in the city between a new gang and Green Arrow. Sara follows the vigilante, who turns out to be John Diggle, Jr., under the alias of Connor Hawke. Connor reveals that Oliver is believed to be dead since vanishing 15 years prior when the son of Slade Wilson, Grant Wilson, arrived in Star City with an army and took over. While searching through Green Arrow's old hideout, Sara and Rip find Oliver, still alive and missing an arm. Oliver directs them to where they can find what they need, but he refuses to help in the struggle. In a fight with Wilson's men, Connor is taken prisoner. Sara goes to Oliver and convinces him to resume the Green Arrow mantle. Sara and Oliver then stop Wilson from executing Connor. With the rest of Rip's team as backup, Oliver is able to defeat Wilson for good. With the ship repaired, the team re-enters the time stream.
My Thoughts: Just when things seem to be going right for the rag tag team they get stranded in Star City 2046, right in the middle of what appears to be a mini version of the future that Rip originally showed them. Criminals have overrun the city, which makes Mick feel like he’s found a home sweet home while Sara is determined to do something about it.

This was an interesting episode because there was way more team dynamic going on as well as some team friction. Rip and Sara are at odds because Sara wants to stay and help give her home city a fresh start by ridding it of the head honcho Grant Wilson while Rip just wants to fix the ship and get on with their initial quest. Up until this point I sided with Rip on there being ONE main and most important objective: Stop Vandal Savage. However, Rip showed a more cold hearted side of him with this episode when he flat out told Sara she had one hour to help Star City or the ship would leave. With or without her.

Then there was Mick and Leonard. Mick has found a home in 2046 and he doesn’t want to let it go. He has a thing for seeing the world burn but Leonard, now he’s starting to have a change of heart. At one point he refers to the team as “friends” and tries to convince Mick that the mission is more important than their personal goals. It doesn’t work and leads to Leonard having to knock Mick out to get him on board the ship. Naturally this doesn’t sit well with Mick and there begins some very serious tension. I have to say, I never expected that these two would ever turn on each other. I am interested to see if Leonard’s change of heart will last and if it does, how far will it go? Will we see Leonard being besties with anyone on the team?

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: Sins of the Father
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), Jessica Camacho (Sophie Foster)
Channel and Time: Fridays at 8/7c on Fox
Episode Summary: When Jenny makes the decision to confront her father, family turmoil from the past rises to the surface. Meanwhile, Atticus Nevins returns to town, bringing more danger than the FBI could have imagined.
My Thoughts: So Abbie is acting mysteriously. At first it seemed she was having trouble adjusting to being back in her world which she was but then it became clear that something was bothering her. Ichabod tries his best to make her feel like normal and the opening scene with Ichabod singing opera was something new and his ability to operate a modern stove has certainly improved because the meal he made looked absolutely delicious. Too bad Abbie didn’t appreciate the effort and sentiment that was behind the meal.

Atticus Finch is back too but this time he’s not alone and really, did anyone else smell BS when he started telling his story of how a vicious creature was after him? I mean, the guy has already proven that he can’t be trusted so why on Earth would anyone on Team Witness believe him? I guess everyone makes mistakes but this one almost cost them everything and as it was, it cost them something pretty big.

It was great seeing Sophie Foster fitting into the team and helping cover for Abbie when she had to disappear. I really enjoy that character and I’m glad she’s been upgraded to main character status.

Joe and Jenny seem to be working out okay so far as a couple and they still make a great team. It was Joe that pushed Jenny to at least talk to her father to rid herself of some of the anger she feels and that’s what happens. The sit down is decidedly hostile on Jenny’s part with reason but at the end she seems to find some kind of peace and convinces Abbie to sit with him and do the same.

By the end, Ichabod and Abbie defeat the creature that was in fact not after Nevins but rather, being controlled by him only for Nevins to escape with a file with locations to nine sacred sites. He then hands the file to Agent Daniel Reynolds’ superior. That’s a new development. Just who is this guy and why did he want to file? Unfortunately for Nevins, he has outlived his usefulness and is killed.

Later, Ichabod and Abbie are at home and making sandwiches when Ichabod suggests going to visit Jenny at the bar where she works and Abbie agrees but tells Ichabod to meet her there and hold a table. Once alone Abbie heads to her shed and uncovers the symbol she drew in the previous episode. Abbie kneels, crosses her arms and says “You saved my life. I’m yours.”

Creepy and yet curious. Who is she talking to?

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