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Sunday, April 10, 2016

What We Watched: The One Where I Used the "F" word

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: April 4, 2016

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Show: Blindspot
Episode Title: Any Wounded Thief
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: As Kurt's relationship with Allie develops, his sister decides to move out of his apartment because of her anger over him making Reade dump her. It is also Jane/Taylor's birthday, and Kurt gives her a pin that belonged to her mother. When an armored truck carrying stolen Sarin gas is robbed, the team's investigation leads to a corrupt general who was selling the gas to North Korea. When Jane gets upset at Oscar for asking her to get closer to Kurt, he professes his love for her and they have sex. Meanwhile, Patterson struggles with memories of David when she gets a call confirming a reservation he had made for their year anniversary. After some encouragement from Dr. Borden she goes to the restaurant with David's last crossword. Speaking to a phantom of David, she solves the crossword which reveals a hidden message that David had solved another tattoo before his death.

My Thoughts: Things are getting heated and more complex for the team. Reade is protecting Sarah Weller by breaking up with her, Zapata is gambling harder than ever, Weller seems content with his ex flame and Jane seems to be letting her guard down with Oscar.

Another show that brought feels this week, Patterson got a call from a restaurant to confirm plans that her now deceased boyfriend *sniffle* made in advance to celebrate their anniversary. Aaaaand cue waterworks because I still haven’t gotten over David’s tragic death so when that popped up it was like reliving that moment again. It wasn’t easy for Patterson who spent some time with Dr. Borden talking about it and then with his encouragement, decided to keep the reservation and celebrate David’s life. Then something exciting happens as Patterson is solving the last crossword puzzle David ever did and it reveals that he managed to solve another of Jane’s tattoos before his death.

This show doesn’t hesitate to put its characters through physical and emotional wringers but they do it in a way that engages the audience rather than alienates it.

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Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Episode Title: Spacetime
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: S.H.I.E.L.D. picks up an emergency call about Johnson, and finds the caller, who was shown a vision of his death by the Inhuman Charles Hinton, in time for him to learn Johnson's name before being murdered by Hydra, who capture Hinton. Johnson is able to touch Hinton first, giving her a vision of his death. Hive promises to reward Malick for sending Ward through the portal with "true power"; they use Hinton to obtain a powerful exoskeleton from a private corporation. Desperate to prove that fate is not fixed, S.H.I.E.L.D. seeks to avoid Johnson's vision from playing out by sending May to find Hinton instead of Johnson, as the vision showed, but at the last minute Garner arrives, stating that he wants to say goodbye to May before he transforms into Lash for good. Subsequently, Johnson goes to the corporation, where S.H.I.E.L.D. has tracked Hydra and Hinton, and faces Malick and his exoskeleton. Hinton saves Johnson by distracting Malick, giving them both visions—hers of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent dying in space—before dying himself.

My Thoughts: AoS is really stepping it up this season with the storylines, and character development and the actors are shining brightly. I can’t say enough awesome things about this season and the cast who genuinely seem to like one another.

This week was another tear jerker. Maybe not on the level of “Parting Shot” but it still brought the feels. Chloe Bennet always rocks as Daisy but this episode really showcased Daisy’s strengths and possible weak points. She’s really emerging as a leader in her own right I just hope that with her headed towards her own team, that she doesn’t completely stop working with the original team that’s become a family to her. I love the direction of the show but I still want to see the original team work together once in awhile. I’m very attached to the chemistry that the original team had in season 1 and it’s carried on into the current season so I don’t want to see that go away.

Okay so by now its been established that some Inhumans are very powerful and very dangerous and while Daisy might want to save them all, I think that by the end of the season she may have to face the harsh reality that not all of them should be saved.

Also, was I the only one who went “Holy crap” when Ward/Hive did that slow motion walk in that all black ensemble? That was pretty neat.

The big thing for me was Andrew and May’s tearful goodbye. I really liked Andrew and he made May smile. That woman has had so much grief in her life that you have to wonder if she has a breaking point and where that will leave her if she does finally break.

We’re getting closer and closer to the Secret Warriors scene… ;)

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Show: Sleepy Hollow
Episode Title: Ragnarok
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: Fridays at 8/7c on Fox
Episode Summary: After a startling discovery, Abbie and Crane realize what they must do in order to make Pandora's box complete again. Meanwhile, the team works tirelessly to stop The Hidden One, before he destroys all of humanity.
My Thoughts: WHAT. THE. FUCK. So I watched the season finale and something about the end seemed so final, so… Finished. Abbie Mills, Witness and all around bad ass chick died to save the world and told Ichabod that her role as a Witness was done. Then daddy Mills catches Ichabod at the cemetery and tells him that Abbie’s essence, her soul of a Witness would move onto someone from her extended bloodline (Meaning NOT Jenny) and Ichabod had to find her before “They” do. Oh and because Ichabod and Abbie had found a living Betsy Ross in the catacombs last week and sent her back to her time period, she convinced George Washington to put Ichabod in charge of some sort of group in the future (Ross letting Washington know that Ichabod survives into the modern times) that will battle paranormal forces. Pandora briefly experienced being a goddess only to be killed by the Headless Horseman whom Ichabod summoned. Did I mention that Joe Corbin was killed off last week too?

All of this was pretty rushed but Abbie’s death didn’t sit well with me so I logged onto the internet and found out that Nicole Beharie LEFT THE SHOW and that’s why Abbie was killed off. The worse part? There are rumors floating around that she left due to her character being mishandled this season and I can agree with that IF it’s true.

This season saw Abbie being sidelined way too many times and it ticked me off because the show WAS SUPPOSED to be centered around ICHABOD AND ABBIE not Ichabod and other people. I loved Beharie as Abbie and I was thrilled to see a young woman of color in the lead role that played a strong female. Not someone who needed constant saving or who slept her way to the top. So Beharie leaving was something I wasn’t pleased with, less so with the way the incompetent writers handled the Abbie character and her “exit” on the show.

IF Sleepy Hollow is picked up for a fourth season (Which if you’ve read the comments on Fox’s Facebook Page seems unlikely), I will not be watching. No Abbie, no show. No Beharie, no show. It’s not hard for fans to see that, why was it so hard for the writers to see?

Bad move Fox. Bad, bad, move. You just killed one of my favorite shows.

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