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Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Review of Arrow 6.01- Fallout

Oliver and the team deal with the fallout from the events on Lian Yu and end up with a *VERY* rude surprise...

Unsurprisingly, the entire team made it off of Lian Yu alive.  Thea is in a coma, but everyone else is alive and (mostly) well.  The only casualty was Samantha (again, not a surprise).  That means that Oliver is suddenly thrust into being a dad to William since Samantha is dead, so that is another role which has been thrust on his shoulders.  A major complication is that William (not without some reasons) blames Oliver for what happened to his mother and is resistant to Oliver's attempts to be a dad.  Or he was until Oliver let him know that he wasn't going anywhere and would be there to protect him.  Never a good promise to make when you are in Oliver's line of work.

The Black Siren also made it off of Lian Yu alive and seems raring to get back at the gang.  She is particularly mad at Lance because he shot her in order to protect Dinah and then left her for dead.  She was rescued by someone and is in Star City now stirring up trouble.  She stole a prototype of one of Curtis' flying scanners and also managed to out Oliver as the Green Arrow.  Or I should say apparently managed, because we never found out whether or not it was her who sent that photo to the news.  That is not good.

It is nice to see that Dinah has continued to bond with the team.  She is also working on keeping Lance out of the bottle, which is an almost full-time job in itself.  Her interactions with Diggle were particularly cool.  I do want to know what is up with him.  His right shoulder seems to be hurt and that is affecting his shooting skills.  Either that is or he has a severe case of PTSD.  Not sure which yet.

Olicity seems to be going strong, again. Given the fact that the team is, in very unsubtle ways, giving them time and space to be together, they are giving it another go.  Only, they are keeping it from William.  Again, this is not a surprise.  William is adjusting to the fact that Oliver is his dad, so to throw a new girlfriend into the mix would not be a good way to go.  I am glad that they seem to be taking everything a little slowly, presumably to make sure that nothing screws it up this time.

I love Wild Dog's new suit.  He didn't have a whole lot to do tonight, but he does have those nifty new threads, so that is cool.  He is also getting another shot at getting his daughter back, so that will be a good thing.  Hopefully nothing happens to screw it up this time.

Watching Slade and Oliver interact with each other was pretty cool.  Like I said in the review of "Lian Yu", Slade has definitely calmed down a lot.  He is sane, able to talk with Oliver without trying to hurt/kill him, and he is on a mission to find his son.  He also dispensed the advice to Oliver to be careful because sometimes being a hero means that you can't be a good parent.  The nice thing is that William knows Oliver's secret identity, so that will help him understand why Oliver might be gone (I hope).

I just wonder how the gang is going to deal with Oliver being outed as the Green Arrow.  Will they be able to make it look like the photo was doctored?  Or will they be able to pull some other sort of cover-up?  I can't imagine that the show will let Oliver's identity become very public knowledge without some sort of cover-up, but I could be wrong.  If he is permanently outed, it would be the end of him as mayor and would immensely complicate everything.

My other question is about the identity of the person who saved the Black Siren.  Inquiring minds want to know.

Until next week!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My Review of The Flash 4.01- The Flash Reborn

Welcome back to the new season of The Flash!  With Iris putting everything to the side in order to focus on getting through, Cisco, Wally, and Joe deal with the metas in the city while Caitlin deals with her own issues.

A 66% success rate is not too much to brag about, so I am not sure why Wally seems so pleased with it.  Granted, he is new and Caitlin wasn't around, but Cisco has been around for a while, so you'd think they might do better than that.  I do think it would have been cool to show (or at least mention!) Nate working with them for that time, so I'm not sure why they didn't.

As for Cisco's plan, I have to back him on not telling everyone.  If he had announced that he was working on a way to get Barry out, he would have raised everyone's hopes, and they did need to concentrate on protecting the city.  That said, I can't understand why everyone seemed so surprised that he was working on it.  I would have expected nothing less from him.  I also get that Iris has been more or less coordinating the team, but her anger at Cisco for ignoring her instructions to not help Barry didn't really make a whole lot of sense.  I know that Barry wanted her to move on, but I think that he just didn't want her to dwell on the past and to keep living without dropping into despair.  As far as I can tell, Cisco never let trying to rescue Barry get in the way of the work they were doing, so it was a good thing.

I hope they explain why he was writing those weird symbols and babbling the way he was once he was free of the Speed Force.  Did being in the Speed Force prison drive him temporarily insane?  Or did it somehow temporarily overload his brain so he needed time to process it all?  Or was it something else entirely?  Given the fact that the season's villain is the Thinker, I suspect that what Barry was writing will ultimately be important.

And what is going on with Caitlin?  She obviously still has her powers and Killer Frost is lurking within her, but she has found some way to suppress them both.  Is she setting herself up for some sort of split personality?  And why is she working with a group of (apparent) criminals?  Lots and lots of questions on that front.

In terms of season openers for The Flash, this was not the best, but it was interesting.  Barry is definitely faster and seems a lot more at peace with everything than he has been in the past.  Hopefully he has learned from his past mistakes and will stop messing with time.  I am curious to see how he will deal with a non-speedster foe.  I am also curious about how he managed to break out of the cell he was in.  That cell has held other speedsters, so it has to be something about him when he returned that enabled him to escape.

I do love the new graphics when the title flashed up at the beginning of the show.  That was just nifty looking.

Until next week!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Some Final Thoughts on Teen Wolf

I just finished watching the last three episodes of Teen Wolf a little bit ago, and was thinking about how to do a review.  While I was thinking, I realized that it would be better to write a reaction to the season as a whole and then the show as well.

Honestly, seasons 5 and 6 were the worst the show had.  The Dread Doctors were too remote as villains and had no personal connection to Scott, which made the stakes not terribly high.  Season 6 was missing Stiles, which seriously hurt the show.  While he is not the only character, not having him in the show made the show suffer in a serious way.  The Riders in the first half of the season were an even weaker villain than the Dread Doctors and then the villains (other than Gerard) in the last half of the season were almost a retread of the situation with the Benefactor.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciated seeing the whole gang together at the end.  Seeing Jackson and Ethan together was just flat out fun, as was Lydia's reaction when she figured out that Jackson was with Ethan.  Stiles and Derek coming back in the finale was also a blast.  Seeing the Anuk-Ite transform into various villains was pretty cool, particularly since it was mostly the Nogitsune or Void Stiles, definitely two of the best villains from the series.

I appreciated the ending mainly because I do enjoy those endings where there is an opening to acknowledge that life does go on and not everything is always tied up neatly in a nice little bow.  Whether or not they choose to move forward with a spinoff, I appreciate that they acknowledged that this was not the end for the pack.

Looking back over the whole series, I think it is more than fair to say that the show peaked in Season 3 with the Alpha Pack and the Nogitsune.  I did like Season 4, it did have the Benefactor, who was one of the weaker villains on the show, although I did love the storyline at then end where Scott was taking on Kate and Peter, which was fun.  Season 1 introduced us to this world and Season 2 introduced us to Gerard, who was the most durable villain on the show.  About the only good thing about season 5 was that it gave us Theo, who was a great villain in his own right as a Peter-lite.

I had thought that a part of the problem with season 5 was that the Dread Doctors were being spread out over 20 episodes when, in the past, villains had only lasted for 12 episode arcs.  However, when the 6th season was broken into 2 10-episode arcs, it still didn't help, although admittedly season 6 suffered from the totally unrelated problems mentioned above.

I will miss the show, but I sort of wished that it had ended a bit sooner or had a stronger last couple of seasons.  I hope that they don't jump immediately into a spin-off or something.  They need to give it time to rest and then decide whether or not to do a spin-off. 

Until The Flash and Arrow come back!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Review of Teen Wolf 6.17- Werewolves of London

Several familiar faces return, we find out who was shot and who did the shooting last week, Lydia has some more banshee moments, and romance is in the air...

Ok, that has got to be one of the best openings in the history of the show.  I loved the juxtaposition of the classical music with the fighting, Ethan's palpable annoyance at Jackson's "forgetting" their anniversary, and the kiss at the end.  Just loved it all.  The only questions I have; and it is relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of things; is whether Jackson is gay or bisexual.  It was definitely fun to see Jackson back again.  Yes, he is an ass, but he is still lots of fun to watch.  Also, how the heck did he and Ethan meet?  Maybe Danny introduced them?

It was interesting to watch Scott go to Deucalion and Peter for help.  I'm afraid that Deucalion is right, there is no way out of this for Scott without Gerard dying.  He is so obsessed with killing everything supernatural that he will keep coming back as long as he can in order to kill Scott.  I know Scott doesn't want to kill, but I think it is unavoidable in this particular case.  Surrounding him will killers is not a bad idea, but I would rather have someone like Scott take Gerard out because Scott would do it for the right reasons.  Peter, Theo, or Deucalion might do it, but it could be for all the wrong reasons.

Speaking of Deucalion, it was weird seeing him as a pacifist.  After all, last time we saw him (with the Dread Doctors), he had no compunction about killing, so what happened between then and now to make him so worried about his soul?  As for Peter, while he (like Theo) is completely untrustworthy, he can help Scott out.  He is very strong, crafty, and ruthless, all things that Scott will need in the fights ahead.

Not only was Melissa shot, but so were Lydia, Mason, and Scott's dad.  Fortunately, all of them made it through, which is fortunate for Nolan and Gabe, because Liam was on the warpath.  See, Gabe shot up the house in order to make Ms. Monroe spare Nolan's life because he gave Nolan the credit for the shooting.  Speaking of Ms. Monroe, she has been completely brainwashed by Gerard.  She sees his willingness to kill his allies and others as proof that he is dedicated rather than as proof that he is a murdering psychopath.  And somehow she has the entire police force following her and Gerard.  Not a good thing.

With Lydia's weirder banshee moments, I am never sure what is going on, and that was the case tonight.  She saw herself walking through a snow filled hospital and then met Scott and Malia at the site where a pack was slaughtered by the Anuk Ite who was looking for it's other half, which is apparently in a werewolf.  So a little confused there.

So, I will be on vacation starting next Sunday morning and won't be back until the following Sunday, so I may do all three of the remaining episodes on the 24th or I may do the 24th and 25th.  Depends on my time.  Until then!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My Review of The Fosters 5.09- Prom

It's prom and things get hairy for Ximena, Brandon learns a secret about Grace, Stef and Tess talk, Callie has a fight with Aaron, and Monte has a proposal for Lena...

Well, the protest pretty much went the way Stef warned Callie it might, and Callie did the right thing and left.  While it may have been a bit selfish of her, it was still the right thing.  Leaving the protest to avoid getting arrested allowed her to be at the prom later so that she could help Ximena get away from ICE.  You could argue that Callie should have been willing to risk more, but given all of the strikes against her, I still think she made the right decision.

Unfortunately for her, Aaron saw AJ at the protest, so he turned down the internship in order to be close to Callie because he thought AJ might steal her away from him.  And that led to a fight because Callie sees that as him not trusting her.  And I can't say I blame her.  The way Aaron was talking about her was almost like she was a prize and that was guaranteed to make her mad.  She made a choice to be with him and he needs to respect that, period.

Spiriting off with Ximena may not have been the smartest choice, but at least she told Stef about what she was doing this time.  And calling Jude to make sure that she would be able to get into the church to get sanctuary for Ximena was a smart move.  Unfortunately, she, Ximena, and AJ are now trapped inside the church until they can figure out how to get Ximena out safely.  This also puts Callie squarely in the sights of ICE, so that could be bad for her.  It might even get her arrested, which would be bad.  Hopefully she can figure a way to get out of this mess.

So Grace has leukemia, which is why her mother is so worried about her.  You could tell that it was breaking Brandon's heart to know that and not be able to say or do anything to help her out.  So he gave her the best prom he could, which was a nice gesture.

Stef and Tess' talk was illuminating.  Tess seems to have internalized a certain amount of homophobia because she has been denying her feelings for years.  I just hope that she doesn't try to make a move on Stef or anything because that would be seriously awkward.  What she needs to do is figure out how things will work with her husband and son before she does anything else.  She says that she's been unhappy in her marriage, so she needs to decide if she wants to stay or ask for a divorce before things get any messier.

The fact that Nick knows who destroyed the model tells me that it was probably either Drew or Nick's dad who did the deed.  I said in my last review that it might have been done to discredit the Adams-Fosters or the opposition in general, and this lends credence to that idea.  Can't wait to see who it was.

Mariana's plan to demonstrate to Logan's girlfriend that she is not after him backfired spectacularly.  First she tried to get Wyatt to take her to prom and be her boyfriend for the night, and that didn't work.  Then she tried Matt, but that failed too.  Watching her and Emma be "girlfriends" was totally amusing, but that failed when Jesus decided to tell Emma that he wanted her back.  In other words, a standard Mariana plan failure.

Monte has been offered the position as principal of another charter and she wants to take Lena along with her.  While not an awful idea, it is not the best timing because of the efforts to keep Anchor Beach open.  I hope that Monte sticks it out through the vote and then decides what to do.

See everyone when the show returns!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

My Review of Teen Wolf 6.16- Triggers

The gang tries to get ahead of Gerard only to find out that he is playing a much larger game than they thought...

So Gerard had a map with locations of nemetons from around the world and is planning on using them in order to wipe out all supernatural creatures, on the assumption that having a nemeton located nearby will mean that there are supernatural creatures in the area.  Not a bad plan, and the gang figured it out too late.  For Beacon Hills, Gerard has armed the entire town with the weapons from his "business" in order to destroy Scott and the gang.

It seems as though the attack on Scott's house has injured Melissa.  I am assuming it was Melissa whose hand we saw, but there was no way to know for sure.  Having the entire town armed and freaked out is so not a good thing for the pack.  The town knows who they are and students at school are forcibly testing other students to see who heals quickly and who does not.  Again, not a good thing.

Liam's plan was not a horrible one.  Luring the hunters into a trap in order to allow Scott, Lydia, Malia, and Chris to attack and destroy Gerard's armory was a great idea.  The first hitch (because there is always a hitch) was that no one believed Nolan when he said the entire pack was at the zoo because he only saw Liam and Theo.  I loved Theo's way of handling that situation.  Watching him and Liam fight and snark at each other was possibly the highlight of the entire show.  These two are really great together, if only because they hate each other so much, but they also need each other.  Theo was right when he told Liam that he needs to learn how to control his fear, because an out of control werewolf who kills is only going to prove Gerard's point.

A new use for Lydia's scream: knock down doors.  That was definitely interesting and it obviously tired her out.  But it worked and it saved Scott and Malia, so that is a good thing.

Speaking of Scott and Malia, they are definitely starting to get closer.  As in Malia full on kissed Scott.  I am interested to see where this goes.

Until next week!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

My Review of The Fosters 5.08- Engaged

Brandon throws an engagement party for Mike and Ana, Jesus tries to reunite his birth parents, Lena has a talk with Emma, and Callie looks at her future...

I know that Jesus has a TBI (and I know I've been talking about this for weeks now), but Stef and Lena really need to put their feet down now.  I know that he is not fully in control, but he tried to blow up Ana and Mike's engagement so Gabe and Ana would get together and he won't accept anything from Emma except for being engaged.  He really, really needs someone to give him a firm reality check right about now, because he is going completely off the rails.  He is so fixated on romance that he is destroying all the relationships he has with people.  It was nice to see Brandon stand up to him and I am so glad that Lena has decided that she has had enough.

I am annoyed at her for the first conversation she had with Emma.  I know this is not what she meant, but from what came out of her mouth, it seemed like she was telling Emma that Jesus' recovery was the most important thing and that Emma was a vital part of that recovery.  I am glad that she realized how it came across to Emma and made sure that she knew that Jesus' recovery was not on her, it was on Jesus, Stef, and Lena.  And that led to the ugly blowup where Jesus told Emma that if she didn't want to be engaged right then and there, he didn't want to be with her.  Honestly, I hope she stays gone until he gets better.  I know that it might be really unfair of me and that people are going to scream about him having a TBI, but he was being emotionally abusive, so she was right to walk out.  He is in no place to be in a relationship right now, he just needs to get better.  Or as better as he will get.

As for what happened to the model at the school, I have two obvious/likely suspects.  First, Jesus could have destroyed it in a fit of rage.  Honestly,this is so obvious that I sort of doubt it, but it is a possibility.  The other possibility is that Drew did it himself.  If he wanted to discredit the opposition to the school going private and he saw that the Adams-Fosters were the last ones in the building, it is entirely possible that he, or someone working for Nick's dad, destroyed the model in order to blame it on the Adams-Fosters.  It could always be someone else, but I do have to wonder.

I'm not sure what to tell Callie about this week.  I think she would be wonderful in art or in social work.  Aaron was right when he said that changing the world is a part of who she is.  But I don't think he gets how important her art is to her.  Her art has allowed her to reveal truths that people wouldn't otherwise know, like her senior project showing her old foster homes in photos.  But she has also shown a remarkable desire to want to help others in the foster care system.  That being said, her interest have recently been expanding to include other social justice causes, so I honestly think art might be the better choice for her.  She just needs to make a decision and go for it.

As for the protest, I get why she wanted to go, but I am not entirely sure that it was the right decision.  I really am glad that she wants to stand up for people who can't stand for themselves, but she really, really needs to be careful.  She has so many strikes against her already because of the way the foster care system (unfairly) works, that she needs to be sure she doesn't accidentally ruin things for herself.  I just hope that she is smart.

I almost had to laugh at Noah's plan because you knew it was so going to blow up in Jude's face.  Don't tell someone that you are willing to turn down something that you really want unless you absolutely mean it.  This is not going to be pretty.

I wonder what was up with what Grace's mom said about her not being in a place to have a boyfriend or going to prom.  I really want an answer to that question.  I do have to admit that the prom-posal was really cute.  Corny, but cute.  Also seriously embarrassing for him.

Until next week!