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.
Episode of the Week
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!
Episode of the Week
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! Continue reading →
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.
Episode of the 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.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine - “Halloween”
I talked a little bit in my latest vlog about how much I’m enjoying Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I think this week’s Halloween episode was their best yet. We got to see Jake finally win a round over Captain Holt, which was a nice change from the first handful of episodes, and once again the rest of the ensemble was used really well. I got a huge kick out of Charles’ Mario Batali costume (I immediately knew who he was, I’m not sure what that says about me), and out of his overall enthusiasm for Halloween – even as a police officer, where the holiday can clearly be a bummer. It was nice to see him bring Amy around on it a bit by the end, although her overwhelming annoyance at everything was entertaining in its own right.
The best parts of the episode were definitely Jake’s attempts to break in to Holt’s office to win the bet, though. I had a feeling we’d ultimately find out all of his apparent failures were a giant fake-out, and seeing everything come together at the end was great. I am enjoying the hell out of watching Andre Braugher play the straight man on this show, but it was nice to see him loosen up a bit at the end and joke a bit, give Jake his due (as per the bet), and laugh off the paperwork he inherited by losing.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, WATCH THIS SHOW. It got picked up for a full season, but its ratings are only so-so and I’d really like to see it succeed.
This week I talk a bit about some of the new fall shows I’m enjoying (and also about the one I hated *coughHOSTAGEScough*).
I left out an entire segment of “shows I felt fairly indifferent towards” – a few comedies I watched one episode of, kind of shrugged at, and never felt compelled to return to. That list is after the jump, so my extra work doesn’t go to waste (again). Eventually I’ll get this right!
If you happened to read my blog at all last year, you know I used to do weekly wrap-up posts with short reviews of every show I watched that week. Now that I’m vlogging, I don’t have as much time to write anymore – certainly not enough time to write those sometimes stupidly long posts, so I thought I’d bring them back, but change up the format a bit.
Instead of breaking down EVERYTHING that aired during the past week, I’m just going to hit the highlights – the best and worst episodes that aired that week, my favorite quote, etc. This will force me to keep some notes as I watch things (otherwise I’m dreadful at writing anything of substance), and that should, in turn, hopefully spur me to write more things! VICTORY!
If you have any ideas for fun categories I can write about every week, please let me know in the comments.
This week, I talk about some of my favorite moments from the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad. As you might imagine, it was difficult to narrow down the list after such an amazing string of episodes. I’m going to list some of the things I cut from the video (my initial edit of this was like 11 minutes long) after the jump!