2x13, "The Akeda"
The definition of mediocrity.
I don't remember a show so eager to embrace the very thing that has been threatening to blow everything to pieces, and now it has. There is a strong consensus among professional TV writers about what is wrong with the show, and plenty of fans vehemently agree, yet the ship sails triumphantly onward to its very own doom. Katrina and Henry need to go; it's been said time and time again, yet there they are.
In fact, I publicly acknowledge that Supernatural
did a better job with the Apocalypse than Sleepy Hollow
. Oh and to paint the critics as crazy Ichabod/Abbie shippers in an attempt to discredit the very valid criticisms of thousands of fans is pretty insulting. Then again, the poor quality of the episode as well as the entire second season speaks for itself. Not much else I can say because Tom & Lorenzo's review of "The Akeda" once again hit the nail on the head.
I also take back what I said about How to Get Away with Murder
. It is a terrible show and I had to stop watching after the third episode.
Yes, Homeland was really good last night, yay! The best part however was the sudden and unexpected apparition of Bradley James playing the pilot in the middle of the premiere's controversial bombing. Great scene too. Love watching the Merlin cast in good shows.
Duke breaks my heart and I miss Jennifer. I know I don't have any credibility when it comes to Nathan's obsession with Audrey given the fact that I've never liked the couple, but isn't Nathan beyond pathetic? It's not that I don't understand how he feels, I do; but the guy is acting possessed. There is barely a struggle to let Audrey go or risk everyone in order to get Audrey back and it feels to me almost like he's programmed to reject any notion that puts Mara/Audrey/Entity at risk, regardless of how many people drop dead, Duke included. I mean, at least he was moved to look for the book Duke buried with his brother! That worry for someone else other than Audrey helped humanize Nathan for me. Maybe that's the point? Is Nathan being "controlled" by some other entity? I wouldn't doubt it for a second. Duke better live!How to Get Away with Murder
As if we didn't already know Viola Davis is wildly talented, this show comes along. I couldn't keep my eyes off her; she's magnetic. Ah, if only the unnecessary sex scenes would disappear. If only. I'll have to keep skipping.
I can't communicate how much I love
movies/shows/plays set academic settings, especially mysteries. Right away the show reminded of "Tesis sobre un homicidio"/"Thesis on a Homicide" (2013)
. Granted, the movie started out great only to fizzle halfway, something I don't expect from Murder
, still there are a few common elements I'm expecting the show to develop in a way the movie wasn't able to do in a hour and thirty minutes.
I loved the student group, especially Wes. Aja Naomi King, who plays Michaela, played a cutthroat med intern on Emily Owens M.D.
(still not over the ending); she's good at this. Now, the show is kind of ridiculous in a way. Unless they were already familiar with the criminal justice system as well as criminal law theories, there's no way these students would be able to keep up with professor Keating's assignments and questions. Sure they could help her out with the facts, establishing timelines and sussing out inconsistencies in witnesses' testimonies, but criminal law isn't exactly easy to understand. The concepts are fairly straight forward, but applying them to real life cases requires practice and skill. Not to mention the rules of Evidence, or the Constitutional force field surrounding all criminal cases, which the students wouldn't exactly be aware of unless they were already professionals, which plenty of law students certainly are. ( !Collapse )
I always knew the day would come when Derek Jeter would retire, except that right now, even typing those words feels untrue somehow. I can't imagine what next year will be like without him. One by one -- Bernie, Jorge, Andy, Mo, etc. -- they've left, and now the Captain joins what to me once was a source of wonderful excitement (and I do mean wonderful) and terrible heartbreaks (and I do mean terrible). But I am upset. I'm upset that the team failed to make the Playoffs two years in a row, especially because neither Mo nor Jete got the opportunity to play in October one more time. I badly wanted to see it. We'll always have the memories, though and those will last a lifetime and will be never be taken away. Some truly amazing
moments. ( !Collapse )
Summer flew by! Kinda wish I had one more month. Didn't go to beach once. Maybe next summer, or next week; here in PR it's always summer. And because I didn't get any reading done the last two months yesterday I finally decided to start Pride & Prejudice. It really is a lovely book, so many sassy characters. Hehe.
As far as I'm concerned the best show this summer is The Divide on WeTV. It isn't mind blowing, but it's gripping and beautifully shot. Britne Oldford plays Jenny Butler, which was a nice surprise after ABC Family canceled Ravenswood (I insist that the show's main problem was making Miranda the lead character; not only did the girl die in the Pilot she was mega dull and never had much chemistry with Caleb who, let's face it, is meant for Hanna).
The last episode of The Divide left me heartbroken so we'll see how the rest of the series goes. Right now I'm just sad for Jenny, Terri (that family blow up was so real and frightening) and our no longer fierce prosecutor Page. Christina possibly failing the bar was so bleak. Get it together girl!
It's a Summer show! I loved it. The Pilot even managed to freak me out during the dead husband visitation/hallucination sequence. I'm looking forward to the next episode. If nothing else, it's leagues better than the silliness that turned out to be Under the Dome. Ok, that comparison may not even fair because the Extant Pilot was pretty decent IMO.
Murder in the First
Not great, definitely not great, but it's entertaining.
The Wire 3x09, "Slapstick"
This show proved elusive for a long time. It wasn't until I signed up for HBO Go that I was able to resume watching it (now it's on Amazon Prime as well, heh). THIS SHOW. This show has bewildered me, angered me, and it has made me cry. It has also broken my heart; this episode was one of those times. Oh Prez. :( You were so happy investigating and doing your Sherlock Holmes thing. Whyyyyyyy?
Very cool and infuriatingly predictable. Who didn't know character B would die ten minutes in as soon as he was introduced, or that the system would fail at the last minute causing characters X and Z to sacrifice themselves? 90% of Pacific Rim is basically every alien movie ever. I still liked it, though. Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) was pretty great and Charlie Hunnam was simply wonderful in this, so charming. The last five minutes were adorable. Idris Elba was awesome as the stoic Stacker Pentecost.
For me the most effective sequence was hands down Mako's memory/flashback. That little girl was fantastic; I was terrified for her. The moment Stacker comes out of his Jaeger and her face lights up with hope and relief nearly killed me. What a lovely thing after such a scary sequence! Like I don't care how derivative the movie is, if a child is crying out for her/his parents while a huge monster chases after her/him, I will lose it.
I need icons.
My old DVR is done. I lost a ton of Orphan Black
episodes (so far I'm liking S2 more than I liked S1); all the 24
episodes that aired so far; 90% of Raising Hope's
final season; and the Suburgatory
series finale, which I'd already seen, at least (still can't believe ABC canceled Subugartory
second episode disappeared as well. The truth is I've been watching less TV. I dropped Hannibal
halfway through S2 and I no longer agonize over catching up when I fall behind, so I'm good. New box is smaller, which is a plus.Game of Thrones
4x09, "The Watchers on the Wall"
Jon Snow's big moment has finally arrived. I loved everything about the episode, especially Sam's heroics, Jon's leadership and fighting skills, and Ghost's shining moment. ( SpoilersCollapse )
When Live Another Day
(premiering May 5th) was announced I got really excited, which was weird since I'd never seen a single 24
episode. So here I am, watching 24
for the first time ever. The show has its moments, and it certainly has Kiefer Sutherland/Jack Bauer, but it's still ludicrous and nonsensical, which means I like it for the most part. (Oh and Tony! I love Tony very much.) Since it is mathematically and physically impossible to finish all 160+ episode by Monday, I'll DVR the new season until I somehow make my way through the remaining six seasons or simply give up and enjoy the revival on its own.
S1 was kind of strange in the sense that all the major female characters were either unlikable or downright villainous. Speaking of which, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to forgive Sherry for her S1 shadiness, but I don't trust her one bit. I wish Palmer had more to do than pace around looking dignified while everyone around him manipulates him in some way. Oh and how I hate that Mason is dying!Scandal
3x18, "The Price of Free and Fair Elections"
This season sure was a mess, but the finale was alright IMO. Kinda obvious that Papa Pope was pulling the strings; the man sure likes being in charge. I'm not sure how Olivia being the daughter of power hungry murderers translates to her being "the scandal" though. It must feel that way to her, seeing as she's at the center of every personal and political cataclysm happening to everyone she knows, but her own participation in this particular season's calamities has been minimal, plus there is every indication her parents were pretty much the ask questions later types before she was even born. Sure Maya, Rowan and Fitz sometimes make decisions based on their relationship with Olivia, but mostly they're dominated by their own pursuit of power and influence, and in Maya's case symbolic destruction. They all may love Olivia, perhaps she's the one person they all love most in the world (with the exception of his children, in Fitz's case), but unless there is something we've yet to find out, that love is not the driving force behind their actions, Rowan's "My daughter wanted him to president, and he is" aside. (Not to mention the nefarious Cyrus, who acts motivated exclusively by his own self-interest.) At the end of day Rowan loves and seeks power, so does Maya, and so does Fitz. It just so happens that the most visible leader is also the least powerful and
the most vulnerable, because unlike Command, it is essential Fitz keeps up appearances, which is probably why Mellie is still in the picture in terms of role as First Lady. ( !Collapse )