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What I Watched – May 23

23 May
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In this week’s edition of the weekly wrap-up: SEASON FINALE-PALOOZA!

 

Episode of the Week

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Johnny and Dora”
What am I going to do without the Nine-Nine in my life for the next several months, you guys? This finale was about as perfect an episode of this show as they’ve ever done, and it’s just going to make the upcoming hiatus seem EVEN LONGER.

The main story this week revolved around the long-simmering romance between Jake and Amy. I have been a huge fan of how the show has handled the pairing – never letting it take over focus on the show, but still having a bit of fun with the will they/won’t they of it all. I was thrilled to see them finally take a step forward in the finale, though, particularly because it was just so much fun.

Amy and Jake found themselves out on assignment trying to track our bad guy for the week, and had to pose as a newlywed couple. This is not fresh territory, by any means (we saw Castle pull a similar move with Kate and Rick before they finally got together), but it worked SO well here. Jake was already so uncomfortable after admitting to Amy that he liked her again that being thrown into what was basically a date made him extra-twitchy. And any time Amy is nervous, she is hilarious – I particularly loved her exclamation of “SUCH A NORMAL TIME!” after she and Jake got back in the van with Rosa and Boyle after kissing to keep up their cover.

After two “totally professional” kisses (and some awfully sincere declarations of feelings at dinner, also to maintain their cover), the actual kiss at the end of the episode seemed all but inevitable, but still made me squeal in excitement. I loved that they got interrupted and didn’t really get to talk about it – it’s the perfect sort of thing to leave unresolved in a season finale, and I can’t wait to see where they’re at when we come back to the show in the fall.

Even beyond Jake and Amy, there was a ton of great stuff happening in this episode. Rosa and Boyle had a terrific storyline involving Rosa’s birthday (which she hates, because of course she does). Throughout the entire episode, Rosa was annoyed with Boyle, under the assumption he was bringing her to a surprise party at the end of the night. Meanwhile, Boyle kept proving just how well he knew Rosa – like her love of Gilmore Girls (Stephanie Beatriz’ frustrated delivery of “I just want Lorelai to be happy!” may be my favorite thing that Rosa’s ever done), among other things. So when the two of them showed up to her “surprise party” – an empty bar Marcus had rented out for just the two of them for the night, at Boyle’s suggestion. It was a very sweet moment and a great bit of development for that relationship as it moves even further away from Boyle’s crush on Rosa earlier in the show’s run.

Back at the precinct during all of this, Holt (with the help of Gina and Terry), was trying to prevent being reassigned to a job at 1PP by his nemesis Madeline Wuntch. If there’s anything to take away from this story, it’s that Terry and Gina should ALWAYS work together. Terry snuck an entire file cabinet past a clueless desk clerk while Gina distracted the guy with questions about bird-watching. It doesn’t get much more entertaining than that.

Of course, their efforts ultimately failed, and Holt was forced to fall on his sword for the good of the Nine-Nine. Wuntch threatened to send every cop in the unit to scattered places around New York City unless Holt accepted the promotion, so of course he did. With very little fanfare, he took his leave of the precinct. We got to see him get as close to emotional as he’s been in two seasons on the show (and it made everyone uncomfortable: “GO BACK TO BEING ROBOT CAPTAIN!”), and it was a perfect moment to lead into Jake and Amy’s first kiss.

Who will the new captain be? How will Holt and Gina find their way back to the Nine-Nine (you know it’s going to happen? What’s going to happen with Jake and Amy? Lots to find out in season 3, and I can’t wait!

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What I Watched – March 28

28 Mar
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It’s been a while! If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been having some health issues that have kept me from updating and vlog-making. I still haven’t gotten any answers, but I have started feeling better, so I should be back to something vaguely resembling a regular schedule (as regular as it ever is, since I am the worst) going forward!

 

Episode of the Week

Better Call Saul – “RICO”
Another week, another amazing episode of Better Call Saul. Vince Gilligan and friends are just killing it right now, you guys.

One of the things the show is doing really well that I think is a terrific storytelling device is the little pre-credits flashbacks every week. They are telling so much story in so little time, and this week’s was no different. Before he was a lawyer, Jimmy worked in the mailroom at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill – and he went to school at night, without anybody (besides Kim) knowing about it to get his law degree. Once he passed the bar, he went to Chuck to ask if he could join the practice. Chuck deferred to Howard, who turned Jimmy down in a terrifically filmed, dialogue free sequence where the only sound was a copy machine. This small bit of information added so many layers to our ongoing story – it certainly explained even further why Jimmy hates Howard so much, and gives us a sense of how hard Jimmy has worked to get, up to this point, basically nowhere in the law field.

That made it all the more satisfying to see Jimmy hit on an actual case this week. We’ve seen him succeeding with elder law the past few weeks – wandering from nursing home to nursing home to help people with wills and the like. This week, he realized one of his clients was getting way overcharged, did some digging (literally, in a dumpster, which was one of the more entertaining sequences of the episode), and landed on a pretty big fraud case.

To make things even better, Jimmy brought Chuck in on things and we got to see the two brothers working together on the case. For most of the show so far, Chuck has been relegated to the outskirts, hiding at home while Jimmy pops in and out to bring him supplies and what not. We’ve been told he used to be a terrific lawyer, but have never really seen him in action. Once he realized what Jimmy had stumbled into this week, it was like the old Chuck finally woke up. He was digging through paperwork, spitting out case names to investigate, and bantering with Jimmy – it was really fun to watch.

And then, to end the episode, Chuck wandered outside without even thinking about it to get supplies from Jimmy’s car. No space blanket, no shakes and pain – just walked right out the front door, grabbed the keys out of the mailbox, and started shuffling through Jimmy’s trunk. It wasn’t until Jimmy walked outside to see what was going on that Chuck realized, looked shocked, and dropped everything. It will be fascinating to see what his response is next week. Did working the case with Jimmy snap him out of whatever mental issue he’d been having long enough to shake the worst of his electromagnetism fears? Or will that brief lapse cause everything to get worse all over again?

While all of this was going on, there was also a fairly significant, if brief, development in the life of Mike Ehrmantraut. After babysitting for Kaylee and finding out about his daughter-in-law’s money issues, we see him visit the vet from a few weeks back (the one that patched the gun shot wound in his shoulder) – and offer his services. This is an enormous step towards the Mike we know from Breaking Bad.

Only two more episodes to go this season – can’t wait to see where the show is headed before the finale!

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What I Watched – December 13

13 Dec
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© ABC

Lots of great things on TV this week!

Episode of the Week

Agents of SHIELD – “What They Become”
I hate using the same show twice in a row for the episode of the week, but when a series rolls out such an IMMENSE episode, it sort of doesn’t leave me much choice!

Quite a lot of things happened in the winter finale of Agents of SHIELD this week. And now we have to wait until March to see what happens next, because TV likes to torture us that way.

Among the highlights: Skye finally meeting her father, Cal. I believe I’ve mentioned it here before, and I know I’ve talked about it on Twitter, but Kyle McLachan is AMAZING. He plays “slightly unhinged” better than just about anyone. You could see just how much he was struggling to connect with Skye, to explain to her what was happening all around her, what all of it meant, and how they ended up here. Then he goes and says something like “Now that he’s [Whitehall] served his purpose, I’m going to kill the man that destroyed my life. Best day ever.” with an utterly chilling amount of calm and composure, and it becomes clear that as much as he might fight it, the man is clearly not stable.

Also involved in all of this was Ward, and I LOVED how Skye handled him. The show has made a big deal of leaning on the “Ward is doing this because he cares about Skye” angle, but they’ve also made it abundantly clear she does not care an ounce for him. After Coulson’s rescue attempt caused things at the Hydra location to get a little crazy and Cal left her alone with Ward, she shot him multiple times to get away as soon as he gave her the opening. I appreciate that the show hasn’t given the characters short memories when it comes to the truly terrible things he did to them and their team.

While all of this was happening, the rest of the SHIELD gang was attempting to blow up the underground alien city after seeing what had happened to Mack down there last week (and finding out Whitehall was going to try to go down there). Trip got to bust out some more of his grandfather’s old Howling Commando equipment to use on the mission, which I always enjoy. He, Simmons, and Fitz were sent down to set a series of bombs (on timers) and then get the hell out of there before it blew.

Nothing ever goes quite that smoothly for this team, though. All the bombs got set, but just as they were about to leave, May contacted them to let them know Skye had gone down to the city – following Raina, who had taken the obelisk down there – and Coulson went in after them both. Trip immediately went back in to try to stop the bombs (it was at this point there was a lot of NO NO NO NO NO beginning to happen in my apartment). Ultimately, he succeeded, and found Skye and Raina just as Raina was activating the obelisk.

This is when things got really crazy and amazing and terrible and sad all at the same time.

When the obelisk connected with the city, Skye and Raina turned to stone (as we’d seen happen to anyone who touched the obelisk earlier in the city). In a panicked attempt to save Skye, Trip tried to break the obelisk – except the shards wound up killing him in the process. As this is happening, Skye (and Raina) are beginning to emerge from the stone – in a sequence that was gorgeously filmed and scored. Skye emerges looking so powerful, and the first thing she sees is her dead friend, turning to dust. It was an extremely emotional moment that I’m sure is going to be a touch point for the character going forward. The caves then began to shake and collapse around her….and then the episode ended because Marvel is trying to kill me.

Now, I don’t have a ton of Marvel comics knowledge, but my understanding is this was HUGE in terms of Marvel universe lore – Inhumans and Daisy Johnson and Quake and all sorts of things. I’m just excited by all the story options this opens up for the show when it returns in the spring! How will Skye handle her new powers? What happened to Raina? Is Mack okay (he appeared to be released from the weird spell the city put him under at the end of the episode)? Who was that weird dude with no face at the end? What does Ward do (with Agent 33 apparently at his side) going forward? Have we seen the last of Cal? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

Thank goodness we have Agent Carter to keep us occupied in the meantime!

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What I Watched – December 6

6 Dec

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Lots of build-up for upcoming mid-season finales this week!

 

Episode of the Week

Agents of SHIELD – “Ye Who Enter Here”
Can we just take a moment to recognize once again how awesome this show has been in season 2? I’m so sad it’s going to be off for a couple of months after next week (even if it is making room for the hopefully amazing Agent Carter).

This week’s episode set up for what I’m sure will be a terrific mid-season finale. It managed to do the usual chess-piece-moving you see in penultimate episodes without being boring (as is often the case). It also continued the terrific character work we’ve seen all season long that has been such a welcome improvement for the show.

We all agree that Adrianne Palicki’s Bobbi Morse has nearly instantly become this show’s MVP, correct? I hope like hell ABC/Marvel get her locked in as a series regular. Bobbi’s conversation with Simmons about Fitz this week was the first chance we’ve gotten to really see/hear Jemma’s feelings on everything that happened while the two of them were trapped underwater. Her conversation with Coulson about how different he was from Fury provided some nice character depth for both of them. And I continue to love her interactions with Hunter (although they were brief this week). She’s just KILLING it right now.

I also loved seeing the Agents Koenig pop up again. Patton Oswalt is perfect in the part, and the show is having so much fun with teasing us about how many of them there are and using their Wonder Twin powers as needed. I imagine if they were around constantly the gag would get old, but the show has used them sparingly enough that it’s a delight when they are around for an episode or two.

I don’t know what the deal is with Raina, or whose side she’s really on, but I find her fascinating to watch. You never quite know what she’s up to, it always seems like she knows just slightly more than she’s letting on, and there’s just the slightest hint of crazy in her eyes at all times. As recurring “baddies” go on this show, she’s been on of my favorites.

Of course, we also got another dose of Evil Grant Ward this week when he showed up to take Raina and kidnap Skye. It would seem he has an agenda that is entirely his own, which should be interesting going forward. I’m not sure how he plans to take on Hydra (which I would think he’s going to have to if he’s blatantly ignoring orders from Whitehall), but it might be fun to watch him try. It was also a lot of fun to watch the Koenigs and May seethe at him while he just smugly did his thing. I’m really enjoying the smug asshole version of Ward a lot more than the cardboard version we had for so much of last season.

The other big mission this week, of course, was finding the alien city. It definitely seemed like the team had found it entirely too easy for their own good, so not big surprise that the first guy down there had something terrible happen to him. I hope Mack isn’t actually dead, I kind of liked what he brought to the team (and especially his dynamic with Fitz) – but it doesn’t look good.

Very curious to see what the show does in the finale next week, and where things leave off heading into the hiatus!

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Vlog Season 2 #4 – Comic Book Shows

21 Nov

I’ve FINALLY got another new video live!

This week, I talked about the various comic book shows on the air right now that I’m enjoying – The Walking Dead, Agents of SHIELD, The Flash, and Gotham.

What’s your favorite comic book show right now?

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