Just wanted to post a quick update here to explain why I’ve been MIA the last couple of weeks.
Tags: real life stuff
Just wanted to post a quick update here to explain why I’ve been MIA the last couple of weeks.
Tags: real life stuff
The winter TV season has finally started, so I’m back with my weekly round ups! Lots of fun things to talk about this week.
Agents of SHIELD – “The Magical Place”
I was thrilled with how Agents of SHIELD came back from the winter hiatus. The pacing of the episode was great – something the show has sometimes struggled with – and it threw us right into the search for Coulson. It was the first time we’ve really seen the team click and work together as a unit the way Coulson presumably envisioned from the start. Whether it was plotting to get Skye off the plane (even if they didn’t know May was in on it), working together to interrogate the guy they arrested at the beginning, or actually finding Coulson, the agents finally looked like a cohesive team. Bonus points for Skye getting to basically cosplay as May to fool the boneheaded business guy into giving her information – that was awesome.
The Coulson stuff was great, if a bit heartbreaking. Clark Gregg was fantastic throughout the episode. I suppose we should have expected to only get half of an answer regarding Coulson’s death, but when that answer comes via a scene as amazing as the one with Gregg and the wonderful Ron Glass, I’m not going to argue. And I think watching Coulson struggle with the information he has, after defending the SHIELD machine for as long as did, is going to be really fascinating and worth waiting for the full reveal.
PLUS, we found out that Mike Peterson, portrayed excellently thus far by J. August Richards, survived the big boom in the midseason finale – but is now being held captive, has a bunch of severe burns, and OH YEA, one of those scary eyeball things that means he has to take orders from the Clairvoyant. Trouble!
Honorable Mention: New Girl – “Clavado En Un Bar”
It’s been an up and down season for New Girl, but episodes like this are why I keep coming back. The show has always done the episodes with an emotional center really well, and this one was no different. It probably helps that I’m having my own career-related crisis and could totally relate to what Jess was going through, but I loved watching the flashbacks (another thing the show does well) of everyone figuring out their careers. It was also really nice to see Nick have a moment where he seems like a real, competent adult for once – he’s so often portrayed as a total screw-up that to find out he DID pass the bar and was just working as a bartender because he loved it was a nice surprise.
Two kind of non-specific ones this week:
Parks and Recreation – “Second Chunce”
Basically any time an increasingly pregnant Ann Perkins spoke, I laughed. She was craving crazy amounts of food, she was having wild mood swings, and she wanted Dominos delivered to a restaurant. Funny stuff, and made even funnier by how perky and non-bothered by all of it Chris was. I’m going to miss those two when they leave in a few weeks.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Pontiac Bandit”
Captain Holt getting angry at the team while holding his “two smaller dogs”, also known as puppies, which completely undercut the seriousness of his rant. Watching him be his usual super-serious self while carrying those two adorable animals around all episode was pretty delightful in general, actually.
Dorian, Almost Human- “Simon Says”
While this was possibly my least favorite episode of Almost Human thus far (it wasn’t bad, necessarily, it just wasn’t great), I got a huge kick out of watching Dorian freak out because of his charging issues. Michael Ealy was terrific as usual portraying Dorian’s wild mood swings – whether it was irritation with everyone around him (I particularly enjoyed watching him punch Detective Paul and his loud proclamations of “HUMANS, OFF!”) or a ridiculous swing of happiness when they saved someone. His reaction to being moved in with Rudy at the end of the episode was perfect, as well. Just a really fun episode for a character that’s quickly becoming one of my current favorites.
Psych – “Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster’s Goblet of Fire”
I’m not sure what was going on with this episode, but it felt really off to me – and I’ve generally LOVED the Despereaux episodes, too. The jump cuts and graphics felt like something from a different show, and were never really explained. I missed having Lassiter and Juliet around – I’m sure this was meant to burn at least one of the Maggie Lawson-less episodes this season as a result of her shortened episode commitment, but the show just doesn’t work as well without the whole gang. And though Cary Elwes was awesome as usual as Despereaux, he was not in the episode all that much, and was playing at being an Interpol agent, and not his usual mysterious, snarky self for a chunk of that time. I hope this isn’t an omen for the rest of the season – I have some concerns about Juliet being missing for a big part of what could be the final season of the show.
What have you been watching this week?
My latest vlog, the second half of my best of 2013 list, is live! I filmed this at the same time as part 1, so same disclaimer as last week: please excuse my gross voice and red face. Stupid cold.
I will get back to the weekly wrap-ups next week, and I hoping to start writing some occasional episode reviews again as well.
Happy New Year!
No weekly wrap-up this week – I’m STILL getting over the evil death-cold/bronchitis or something, plus there’s barely been anything on – but I’m finally back with a new vlog!
This week’s episode is the first half of my best shows of 2013 list. The top 5 will post in my next episode in a few weeks.
After the jump, a few shows that narrowly missed making the list – the honorable mentions, if you will. SO MUCH GOOD TV!
Time for this week’s wrap-up! A lot of shows have gone on hiatus for the holidays (and even more aired fall finales this week), so much fewer things to choose from than normal – and a shorter roundup.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Christmas”
I’m officially in love with this show. I’ve talked about it several times in these wrap-ups, as well as on my vlog, but I am enjoying it SO much. This week’s Christmas episode was no exception.
I loved that Jake finally got to be right about something – Holt reacted to his death threat by trying to run off and handle it on his own, and while Jake continued to annoy Holt like he always does, ultimately he was right. The captain needed the whole team to help him find the guy threatening him.
It was similarly satisfying to see Boyle get to be the hero by taking a bullet (in the butt, of course) for Rosa. The episode started with him getting ready to go on a singles’ cruise (by leaving for the airport 8 hours early, because he is Boyle) after Rosa has shot him down repeatedly. Seeing her genuinely appreciate him – and actually smile! – after his heroic efforts was a really nice moment for both characters.
And, as usual, Terry provided many, many laughs. This week, he was attempting to get cleared to go back into the field, so we got to see his therapy session, complete with pillow-popping and ridiculous reactions to Rorschach tests. But, like Boyle, he got to come through in the end, shooting the perp before he had a chance to shoot Holt.
All in all, a super fun episode for the show to leave us with as we head into the winter hiatus. If you haven’t been watching, I highly recommend catching up before the show comes back January 7.
I’m finally back with another wrap-up post! Fewer shows to choose from this week as a lot of shows were off for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Agents of SHIELD – “Repairs”
Finally, the Agent Melinda May episode I’ve been waiting for! After great episodes highlighting Fitz and Simmons the last few weeks, I was hoping the show would eventually have an episode giving May the same treatment – and I was not disappointed. It was amazing seeing her take charge of the situation-of-the-week while simultaneously finding out more about her past and the origins of her nickname “The Cavalry”. The more the series goes along, the more we start to see her very stern exterior crack a bit – whether it’s clearly connecting with a case (and with the way Skye wants to handle it) or getting in on the prank wars. She’s by far the best character on the show.
Speaking of prank wars, I’m really starting to love the team dynamic as well. Ward has started to loosen up a bit – maybe it’s the hooking up with May? – and Fitz and Simmons are so fun (especially Fitz, who I’m growing more attached to every week). Skye has also come a long way, I really appreciate that we’re starting to see her place on the team as an actual potential agent and what useful tools she brings to the table.
I know the series started off a little slow, but it’s been getting better every week, in my opinion. I highly recommend giving it another shot if you bailed on it early.
My newest vlog for The Daily Elixir is up! This week, I talk about some of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed episodes.
For the first time in ages I actually fit pretty much everything I wanted to say into the final edit, so no extra rambling! *gasp*
I will be taking my next scheduled week of the vlog off – as you may have noticed from the lack of posts here and my twitter babbling lately, it’s been an extremely busy few weeks. Thanksgiving is also going to be tough this year, as it’s the first major holiday I’ll be celebrating since my father died in June. So I need a break. But I will be back in December with a new episode – and I would love to hear from you guys as far as what you’d like to hear me talk about going forward with the videos. Sound off in the comments!
Another week, another wrap-up. Tough one this week, there were a lot of good episodes!
Agents of SHIELD – “F.Z.Z.T”
This was, by far, the best episode yet of Agents of SHIELD (I refuse to put the periods in there). Whereas most of the early episodes so far have focused on a case of the week, giving us very little opportunity to learn about our agents (with the exception of Skye), this week they solved the case relatively easily, with one minor problem – Agent Simmons was infected with the Chitauri virus causing the craziness-of-the-week as well. So we get to spend a good chunk of the episode watching Fitz and Simmons fight to save her life, which gives us a great peek into the dynamics of their relationship. The high stakes really allowed us to see the team come together and show some emotion – which we haven’t necessarily seen – and I thought it worked really well.
Additionally, Coulson and May have a huge moment at the end of the episode – Coulson admits he doesn’t feel like himself, and May seems to imply she has died in the past too. There’s clearly a ton of history with May, and between the two of them, that the show is building towards – and I can’t wait to see what they have in store.
My latest vlog for The Daily Elixir is live! It’s kind of continuation of my last episode – instead of talking about this year’s new shows, I broke down what I’m enjoying (and not enjoying) about a few older series.
As usual, some content didn’t make it to the final edit of the video because I talk too much, so extra thoughts after the jump!
Time for this week’s weekly wrap-up! It’s a shorter one this week – a few shows weren’t on and I had a crazy week.
Once Upon a Time - “Good Form”
A few weeks ago I listed this show as “in danger of losing its’ series pass”. So I was rather surprised to completely adore this week’s episode to the extent that I did. I think this Hook-centric episode was possibly the best they’ve done in the better part of a year. It reminded me of the early season 1 episodes I loved so much – great flashbacks that put an interesting twist on a well-known character’s back story, while simultaneously moving that character forward in the present timeline in a way that significantly mirrors his or her past struggles. The Hook story was SO well done, and I love the layers they’ve added to that character – the chemistry between him and Emma has been palpable from day one, they might as well use it to their advantage, and helping to save Charming was a pretty great thing for him to do in such a dangerous place, regardless of the motives. I can’t wait to see if he tells Emma about Neal or not.
I also DEEPLY appreciated that the show finally let Regina have her way in an argument, stealing the Lost Boy’s heart and using magic to get a message to Henry. One of the things I’ve been so irritated with this year is the incessant “good triumphs over evil!” crowing from Snow and Charming. I get it, they don’t want to kill anyone, but we’ve pretty firmly established at this point that Neverland really sucks and that way of doing things isn’t working. I’m glad Emma finally gave in and let Regina do her thing – it was the only intelligent move there.
The show definitely managed to hook me in for a few more weeks (no pun intended) with this great episode. I hope this is the start of a bounce back.