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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Some Thoughts on The Fosters

Last night was the final episode of The Fosters.  I started watching this show during Season 1 (want to say my first episode was either "QuinceaƱera" or "The Morning After", but I could be wrong) and kept watching until the end.  For the first few seasons, the show was really, really good.  While it never got bad, I did get annoyed that they had the characters making the same mistakes over and over and over again.  No matter how many times they had to make a mistake, most never seemed to learn their lessons.  Brandon, for example, repeatedly sacrificed everything, including his dreams to help the girls he fell for.  Another example is that people kept trusting Mariana with their secrets despite her chronic inability to keep a secret that was not her own.  While I get that there are certain character traits that you may not outgrow, having the same story repeated over and over with a few details changed got annoying after a while.

I think the other thing that sort of drove me nuts about the show was the way they treated Jude.  In the first couple of seasons, when Hayden was in his early teens, I get not having him on the show as much.  But when he was on the show, he had good stories that really worked.  Watching Connor and Jude come out together was an incredibly powerful story.  But after Gavin left the series, it felt as if the writers no longer knew what to do with Jude.  Aside from reacting to what happened to Callie or the tepid romance with Noah, he really didn't do much in the last couple of seasons.  Losing Connor was a major blow to the series because Jonnor was one of the central relationships on the show.

All that being said, I did still enjoy the show, even if my enthusiasm waned in the last season and a half or so.  I appreciated that Callie was able to really grow and learn from her mistakes, even if it did take her a while.  I think she was about the only child on the show who really grew and developed much.  I also loved seeing Stef and Lena together.  The two of them had some rough patches, but they always managed to find their way through them and made their marriage work.  Like Callie, Stef changed a lot over the series.  Lena didn't change much, but Stef really developed from a gruff, almost authoritarian, character to someone who mellowed and was much more open in expressing what was going on in her life.  That was really cool to see.

Regarding the final three episodes, I did appreciate the way they wrapped up Brallie and the way they finally had Brandon stand up for himself, so we got a little growth there.  I also liked that they had Stef in a job where she directly helps people everyday, that was really cool.

I wish that there was more I could say, but there really isn't.  I do not plan on watching the spinoff because Mariana is my absolute least favorite character on the show and, while I like Callie more, she is not enough of a reason for me to watch.  I think it would have been cool to see a show about Jude; preferably with Connor; because having a show with a gay young adult (Hayden himself is straight as far as I know) as the main character would be cool. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TV Schedule for the Fall

Hey everyone.  I am still not sure if I will go back to doing reviews, although I am seriously considering doing a Fosters wrap-up this week after the three night event is over.  As for the spinoff, I am not sure if I will watch it.  Mariana is my least favorite character on the show, so having a show where she is one of the two main characters is not a huge draw for me.

But, here is my schedule for the 2018-2019 year:

Italics means a new show I may watch
Bold means a new show I will watch
Underline means a show I already watch on a new night

Sunday

8 pm-  Supergirl (CW)
9 pm-  Charmed (CW)
10 pm- Madam Secretary (CBS)

Monday

8 pm-  Legends of Tomorrow (CW)
9 pm-  Arrow (CW)
10 pm- The Good Doctor (ABC), Bull (CBS), Manifest (NBC)

Tuesday

8 pm-  The Gifted (Fox), The Flash (CW)
9 pm-  This is Us (NBC), Black Lightning (CW)

Wednesday

8 pm- Riverdale (CW)

Thursday

8 pm-      Supernatural (CW)
8:30 pm- The Good Place (NBC)
9 pm-       Legacies (CW)
10 pm-     How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Friday

8 pm- MacGyver (CBS), Blindspot (NBC)

Coming back at mid-season: Blacklist, Instinct, The 100, iZombie, possibly Roswell, New Mexico

As you can tell, I have a much lighter load than I have had in the past.  The only new show I am definitely on board with at this point is Legacies, but that could change.  I am leery of the Charmed reboot and while Manifest looks interesting, I have had issues with high concept shows like that starting strong and then petering out very rapidly, so I am leery there as well.  I am also contemplating dropping HTGAWM because it is no where near as good as it was.  It has become almost a parody of itself at this point because it has become so convoluted and so wacky.  I would love for this to be its last season because then I would definitely watch it just to finish the show off.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

No More Reviews...for now

For the past several weeks, I have found that writing reviews has become more of a chore than something I enjoy.  Between that and other demands on my time, I have decided to stop writing reviews of any shows for now.  I may decide to start again later, but that will depend.  Until then, enjoy the shows and I hope to see you again.

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Review of Arrow 6.05- Deathstroke Returns

Oliver helps Slade go after his son, the team protects an anti-vigilante councilwoman, and we find out the identity of the Vigilante....

So Vigilante is Dinah's former partner.  Apparently, when the dark matter wave hit them, he was transformed and gained the ability to heal himself.  I can only assume that is part of the reason that he is so keen to take people out.  After all, he was transformed into a meta thanks to what was done to him.  The gang knows who he is, but what they don't know is that Dinah let him go after he dropped in to kill the councilwoman.

Watching Slade go after the Jackals was quite neat.  It was sort of fun to see Deathstroke go after people who aren't in Oliver's circle.  I had forgotten how incredibly deadly he can be when his ire is raised.  He ripped through people there like it was nothing. The fact that the leader of the Jackals is his son was a teeny bit of a shock.  I sort of expected it, but it was still a little surprising.  I have to wonder if his son saw him kill that man and if that is part of the reason that he is doing what he is doing.  How much does he know of his dad's past?  Does he know what Slade did in Star City? 

This FBI agent sure is determined to do everything she can to prove that Oliver and those around him are the Green Arrow and the vigilantes working with him.  She is so determined to find out who they are that she refuses to accept any sort of coincidences.  I get that she is right, but she doesn't really have any proof, so I am wondering if there is some personal reason for what she is doing.  Hope we figure it out before something else happens.

Next week, Slade's son asks him to kill Oliver.  Until then!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My Review of The Flash 4.05- Girls Night Out

While everyone celebrates the engagement of Iris and Barry, secrets start spilling...

Before I get to the serious stuff, can I just say how much I love Grant's comedic work?  He was so funny as drunk Barry in this episode.  I was wondering how they were going to get him drunk, given that they established early on that his body burned off the alcohol very quickly, so having Cisco create that formula to help him get drunk was perfect.  Between his repeated announcements that he was the Flash and his weepy musings about why Rose didn't let Jack on the door, Barry's night was quite funny.

But tonight was mostly about the girls and the discovery that Caitlin can still become Killer Frost.  The reveal in the restaurant was pretty cool and I loved Barry's and Cisco's reactions to seeing Killer Frost when they got back to STAR Labs.  I can't say that I blame Caitlin for being skittish about Killer Frost still being around.  After everything Killer Frost has done to the gang, it is not hard to imagine them not being happy that she is back.  And, Iris, you've never been particularly buddy buddy with Caitlin, so don't even go there.

As for Amunet, having Katee Sackoff play her was just awesome.  Veering from somewhat jovial to downright nasty and sinister, this was a great villain.  I so hope she is not a one-shot villain, because she was just too awesome to not have back.  I found her power very interesting.  Being able to control metal fragments that way was pretty cool.  I do wish that we had a better idea whether it was just metal fragments or if it was any size piece of metal.  I am assuming metal fragments because that is all they showed her controlling, but you never know.

It was nice to see Joe and Cecile have the talk about how nervous they were about the child.  If they weren't nervous, I would suspect that something is wrong.  Having a baby is never easy and having one this many years after you other child has to be that much harder.

I thought that Joe handled his discovery about what Cecile's daughter was doing perfectly.  He didn't yell, scream, or anything.  He listened, expressed his concerns, and said what he thought she should do.  That was just awesome.

Hopefully we'll soon learn why DeVoe arranged for the new metas to be made.  I have to wonder if he knew what powers they would have or not.  And if he did, how would he know?

Until next week!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

My Review of Arrow 6.04- Reversal

The Black Siren returns with someone we had previously heard of but not seen, the secret of who rescued the Black Siren from Lian Yu is revealed, and Felicity is given a suggestion on what her and Curtis' start-up should do...

First off, can I just say that it was incredibly cute that Oliver and Felicity traded places so that he was the one in her ear encouraging her to keep going?  Totally adorable!  I also thought it was amusing when Oliver instinctively took over the team for a second when they got back to lair.  I think the team did too, given the looks on their faces.  This time off seems to be doing him a world of good, although I hope it doesn't last too terribly long.

Having Michael Emerson play Cayden James is totally cool.  He is good at playing that sort of character and he can radiate menace, albeit not so much a physical menace as a more psychological form.  And his character is seriously playing a long game, manipulating people into doing exactly what he wants in order to accomplish his goals.  Forcing Felicity to take down the firewalls so that he could insert the malicious code he wrote was a really smart idea.  Anyone want to bet she'll be arrested around mid-season finale time?

I do wonder how he knew that the Black Siren was on Lian Yu.  I guess he could have been tracking everything going on, seeing how Helix had been helping Oliver and the gang.  So maybe he knew what he wanted to do and rescued her so that he could have her to help him out when he needed it. 

I loved the Olicity scenes.  Having her get the calls which were interrupting their dates was really funny and another way to have the tables turned on him.  I did sort of want to smack him for following her and messing up what she was looking for.  I get why he did it, but it was not exactly the smartest move in the world.

I hope the start-up works and they can help lots of people with the spinal tech or other similar tech, because that would be totally cool.  I'm not so sure that naming the company Helix is a great idea, but it does make a certain amount of sense.

Until next week!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My Review of The Flash 4.04- Elongated Journey Into Night

Barry and the gang meet a new meta, who is an old enemy of Barry's; Cisco meets Gypsy's dad, and a stray comment leads Barry to a realization...

I sort of liked Dibny.  Sort of.  Definitely not my favorite character, but I see potential in him.  as far as the blaming Barry for how things went for him goes, he is definitively in the wrong.  Sorry, but framing someone you think may be guilty is still the wrong thing to do.  Not only because framing someone is wrong period, but because if it hadn't been caught and the guy had been convicted, there would have been a ready-made appeal.  In addition, it would have called other arrests he made into question.  After all, he framed one person, why not more?

All that said, he could still be an interesting addition to the team.  I think Barry was right when he was questioning whether or not Dibny was good for the team.  I do get why Caitlin wants to think that he can become a better person because she is struggling with the same issue.  I do also think she is overidentifying, but that is ok.  I have to say that some of the stretching was seriously disturbing, particularly the sneezing and the bullet/punch absorbing.  Nifty, but disgusting.

Gypsy's dad was awesome.   Danny Trejo is a great actor and he gave the character such menace.  Finding out that his name was Josh was just perfect because it was so absurdly ordinary.  It was totally cool that he actually admired the fact that Cisco was willing to go toe-to-toe with him to defend Barry and Dibney.  I think that is the one thing that pushed him into actually accepting Cisco.  And Gypsy's reaction so seeing the two of them gone was great.  She knew what was going on wand was totally resigned to it.

Dibney stray comment at the end about how DeVoe set him on the path to investigate the mayor definitely sparked some interest in Barry.  After all, several people have mentioned the name to him as a future enemy, so now he has some idea of who might be pulling the strings behind everything else.  The problem is that, given how far ahead of the gang DeVoe already is, how will they be able to catch up?

Until next week!