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Grimm Season 6 Episode 7 “Blind Love” | Review

GRIMM -- "Blind Love" Episode 607

This episode makes some attempt to move the seasonal arc along, but for the most part, it is played for laughs. We are introduced to a skull with the glowing eyes that has something to do with the spooky writings and Eve’s glimpse into the hellish dimension and Diana’s creepy questioning of Eve about her other mother Kelly. (You remember the one that evil Juliette killed, in case you forgot she flash backed to the head-in-the-box). From then on, though, it is all Grimm-lite. If they were going to do a funny episode this is a good place to put it, we still have six more to save (or destroy) the world.

We know we are not to take things too seriously when we have a wesen that spits a fatal love potion into drinks, a father that is amused at his daughter’s kidnapping, and the most unbelievable of all, Monroe going on a romantic birthday spa retreat with his wife and five other friends and one infant. I could almost accept that Nick and Adalind are invited as a companion couple and maybe they didn’t have a choice but to take Kelly. (Who could they trust?) But Eve? Seriously? She lived for weeks in the tunnels beneath Nick’s house and Diana was the only one who noticed. I supposed if she was going to be invited, you would have to invite the two forty-something bachelors, both of whom had been cursed by Adalind. The more the merrier!

So, to recap the potion generated love connections: Eve loves Nick (of course), but that pairing was more cringe-worthy than amusing (as usual). Nick loves Rosalee, which was great, mostly because of Bree Turner’s acting (she totally rocks). Monroe loves Eve and thankfully Silas Weir Mitchel is there to do all the heavy lifting. Adalind (Claire Coffee) loves Monroe giving us another example of how well they work together. Hank loving Hank and the associated soundtrack was brilliant. I hope Wu and the waitress end up being a real thing, he deserves it, he’s a great guy, and after all, he did save her life.

That the funniest thing about the episode is the kidnapping of a child shows how Grimm should just go for it. Sasha Roiz as the “not at all concerned father” and Hannah R. Loyd as Diana made something that should not work into something truly original.

Grimm Season 6 Episode 8 “The Son Also Rises” | Review

GRIMM -- "The Son Also Rises" Episode 608 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Bitsie Tulloch as Eve -- (Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

I get that we have to have an entree into the hell dimension behind the mirror. I agree that the remnant of Eve is the suitable catalyst for that. But now, attacked by the creature behind the mirror, she goes full on hexenbeist and is found unconscious on the floor of the spice shop. Why she didn’t ask to live there weeks ago is beyond me, but anyway, now that she’s near death, she’s no longer Eve, but returned to the Juliette personality and Nick sits vigil at her hospital bed and is all in love with her again. Why? For the love of all that’s holy, whyyyyy? From an acting, plot and character standpoint Adalind is the more compelling love interest and Claire Coffee the better actor.

With respect to the actual story this week: at least the MOTW is done well and with a welcomed twist. We are given a circumstance that we’ve never seen before. (Although, given that there are so many wesen in Portland, I’m surprised this particular unintended consequence had not become epidemic by now). Medical experiments with donor parts from dead wesen result in limb vogue and ensuing mayhem when the monster goes after his creators. This episode is an effective and suspenseful take on the Frankenstein monster motif with an added father-son dynamic that increases the emotional impact.

With only five episodes left, I’m starting to worry that not enough time is being spent setting up the final, series ending confrontation. Renard is using his never-before-revealed and mysteriously powerful Siberian connection to decipher the writings, so I suspect he’ll know more about them than anyone next week. As usual, we don’t know what he is really up to. And that throw-away line from Rosalee about wesens from outer space? Please, no. That’s too much, even for Grimm.

Grimm Season 6 Episode 13 “The End” Series Finale Review

GRIMM -- "The End" Episode 613 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade -- (Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

I was sure at the end of the last episode that Hank and Wu would not stay dead. When, at the beginning of this episode, the stick didn’t work to revive them, that just meant that the reset would come later. By the time Renard got offed, I was calling shenanigans because the manipulation had gone too far. After all, we were just told that “this can’t be happening.” Just because I get the joke, doesn’t make it funny.

And that’s pretty much what this whole episode is, just a series of misdirection, scenes of Nick howling at the death of yet another friend and a checklist of the stuff that the Scoobies have to do each episode. We have an “emote-off” pitting Monroe, Rosalee and Eve against each other, badass Trubel with her machetes, searching books, making potions, Eve/Juliette making goo-goo eyes at Nick, and no one ever asking Diana a direct question even though, by now, everyone know that she’s dialed into everything that’s going on.

I’m not hating on the episode. I loved it in the same way I have always loved Grimm, i.e., in spite of, and maybe because of its flaws. What saved “The End” for me was the immensely ridiculous battle of the Granny Grimms. What made me love it was the hug fest after the reset, and epilogue of Young Grimmsters Kelly and Diana calling Team Grimm assemble to catch up with the triplets.

I wish this episode wasn’t so manipulative. I wish that Juliette stayed dead. I wish that there were some substance to the character of the Big Bad. I’m sorry to see Grimm go.

But I am glad that Bud is OK.


CLASS Season 1 Episode 4 “Co-owner of a Lonely Heart” Review

Too much happens in this fourth episode in the series of eight and the info-dump it contains is head spinning. The story begins with an attempt by the King of the Shadow-Kin to retrieve his half heart. The procedure doesn’t work, but rather increases his connection to April giving her heightened hostility, strength, and aggression all of which come in handy with the unwelcome return of her father. In turn, the King feels the need to cuddle as April and Ram consummate their relationship.

We then find out more about Charlie when he shows his privileged imperious nature and as a result both Matteusz and Tanya question his ethics. The message appears to be that perhaps Ms. Quill really was a freedom fighter after all.

Meanwhile, back at Coal Hill, there is a new Head Teacher (Pooky Quesnal) who knows way too much as well as an as yet unexplained plague of carnivorous flower petals.

All this makes me wish that they’d just slow down a bit and take a breath. It’s all good stuff to be sure, but it needs some space to sink in. Charlie is getting more interesting, and even Matteusz is starting to have depth. Ram is turning out to be a heroic nice guy which he deserves to be. Tanya didn’t complain about her mother for a whole episode and April is becoming a bit of a badass, all of which make me like this show more.

One thing I don’t like though are the episode titles that so obviously try to be clever but usually fall flat.


Dragon Ball Super Episode 9 Review

Although perhaps not packing as many laughable moments, or any of those super-swelling and intense make-or-break fight scenes that have been littered throughout the previous few episodes, “Sorry for the Wait, Beerus Sama. The Super Saiyan God Is Finally Born” isn’t really an episode that would qualify as filler, but also wasn’t close to standing out despite two huge happenings throughout the course of our half-hour adventure. These moments, as awesome as they may have been, felt predictable, or maybe just a long time coming, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that this episode was entertaining and had a few scenes that will surely influence the series for a long time to come.


To quote Gohan, “We are going to have a baby, like for REAL for real?!”


The world is already thankful for this addition to the Z-Family because the addition of one more Saiyan-blooded body allows for our heroes to finally fulfill the actions of the ancient Saiyan mythology as prophesied by Shenron in perhaps his greatest appearance of all time throughout the franchise.

So, while we find out we have a baby coming quite soon and get a few laughs along the way (with Chi-Chi’s baby name suggestion and the scene involving the Saiyans trying to figure out how to become a Super Saiyan God being highlights), “Sorry for the Wait, Beerus Sama. The Super Saiyan God Is Finally Born” felt light on content.


The episode flew by and left me feeling discontented in light of some of the amazing high points that have happened over the previous three episodes or so.


The episode climaxed with a real high point and an amazing ending scene in which finally Goku climbs to the top of the mountain and reaches what had appeared as unattainable throughout the past few episodes. Here we witness the monkey transcend into a true Super Saiyan God amongst the golden glow of his friends and family.


As Beerus so aptly notes to end the episode, “it looks like this was worth the wait after all…”

Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 2 “Smile” Review

Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 2

I like Bill. In the tradition of companions who admire, but don’t adore the Doctor, question what he says and retain a human perspective, Bill is just right. Everything she does is earned. She is curious and thoughtful and maybe that’s just what the Doctor needs. I’m glad to have her around for this transition.

This week we have more about this season’s enduring mystery. There is a vault that the Doctor must protect and the vow that he must not leave Earth. There will be reveals and consequences to look forward to as Season 10 progresses.

Meanwhile, “Emoji” survives as the enduring language of humankind. That’s probably the most frightening aspect of the episode.

But “Smile” is a good episode. The audience is clued in right away by the menace these robots pose and before long the Doctor and Bill see it too, but in their attempt to fix the problem, they make it worse. There’s plenty of running and swiping out of component wires in this familiar but nicely paced story. It works as an easy intro to the new additions to the TARDIS and showcases the genuine chemistry between Capaldi and Mackie.

And no matter what Episode 2 implies, Emojis are evil and will always be evil.

DOCTOR WHO Season 10 Episode 3 “Thin Ice” Review

The Doctor has been telling us things for millennia, sometimes we listen, but usually, we forget. This time, though, he has decided to listen to us.

It is the 1814 Frost Fair when the Thames has frozen over and the Doctor discovers a giant sea creature chained to the bottom of the river. It eats people who are provided by the energy mogul who imprisoned it. Should The Doctor set the fish free? Will more people die if he does? He leaves that decision up to Bill giving her a lesson in the ethical quandaries that come up while time traveling. It is never easy to assess the value of a life regardless if it is human.

The monster, though impressive, is the least important detail of this episode. It is Bill, once again, who is the center of importance. At first, she pleads with The Doctor to save a child, then gets a glimpse of how much death he has actually seen and been responsible for. Never cowardly or cruel, he carries unimaginable burdens, as Bill begins to understand.

The implications of his speeches give much food for thought and are the best part of the episode. They promise for heady discussions to come. I love this introspective version of The Doctor and I’m sure we’ll see more of his musings before what is in the vault is revealed.

Speaking of which, I doubt I’m going out on a limb if I say I think there is a living Timelord behind that door. Exactly what kind of Timelord remains to be seen, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will be epic when we find out.


Grimm Season 6 Episode 9 “Tree People” Review

GRIMM -- "Tree People" Episode 609

This is an episode that I wish had been done much earlier in the series. The morality of the Grimms of the past has been fluid at best and is usually glossed over. Most of Nick’s forbearers had the unwavering strategy of ‘decapitate first, ask questions later.’ Some of them were mercenary. Some were corrupt. Nick, to his credit, occasionally thinks about ethical behavior. With “Tree People,” the question comes up that if these creatures are only killing humans when defending themselves from aggression, then is it more wrong for a Grimm to kill them? It is easy to take the role of judge, jury, and executioner when you are after merciless predators and sneaky parasites, but when the human is the villain, the meeting of justice is not so cut and dry. Nick really doesn’t have the moral high ground in this case, but when Rosalee accidentally pollutes the forest and becomes the target, the philosophy class ends, so does the MOTW, and both without any satisfactory resolution.

The rest of the story is just info dump about the BIG STORY. Apparently, Diana knows all about the hell dimension but doesn’t volunteer any useful information and no one asks any pointed questions. Eve is hinting that she will voluntarily go into the dimension to do battle with something, I suppose. Renard’s Siberian connection hasn’t figured out anything and seems to know less than she did last week.

What we ended up with this week is a situation where the competing stories in the episode worked against each other. The interesting parts about the MOTW should have been fleshed out and the season arc needed to be the central focus from now on. It looks promising that the last four episodes will do just that as the progression to series end moves along. I’m hoping for the best.

Dragon Ball Super | Episode 5 | Review

The action really gets shaking in the fifth episode of Dragon Ball Super, as “The Ultimate Fight on King Kai’s Planet! Goku Vs the God of Destruction Beerus” kicks off addressing that huge cliff hanger and some highbrow comedy befitting of only a Kai. We’ve got a good amount of face time from some of the best character combinations, and we finally address one of the main plot points that have been simmering so slow, and oh yeah, GOKU, of all people, throws some punches! What a novel idea for a show called Dragon Ball Super…

The action that we have here isn’t some of the finest or most precise high-stakes game of intergalactic combat, but compared to what we’ve sat through thus far, this episode is like a crisp senzu bean after a long and tough battle.

Not only did “The Ultimate Fight on King Kai’s Planet! Goku Vs the God of Destruction Beerus” take a stroll down the first three aisles of the Super Saiyan Market; there were some very genuinely funny scenes scattered throughout the episode, peaking with the Vegeta joke about Yamcha that might just have been the funniest moment of the entire franchise so far.

The beginning of Dragon Ball Super has such a unique tone compared to its predecessor; it basks in a more ironic atmosphere and with a lighter overall feel compared to the start of Dragon Ball Z. This is one of those episodes where animation does indeed reach peak-poop-levels at points, but we knew this was coming. More importantly, Dragon Ball Super is finally taking off, and Episode 5 comes closest to the type of series that fans fell in love with many years ago.

There are important distinctions between Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Z, but those lines are blurring in the best possible way and it feels like “The Ultimate Fight on King Kai’s Planet! Goku Vs the God of Destruction Beerus” is a prelude to some positive things…

The Walking Dead | Season 7, Episode 9 | Review

[Article may contain spoilers, and by may, I mean that it does, so don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched the episode yet…]

The Walking Dead is back, and while I would like to say that it’s better than ever, I can’t. I do however think that show is finally getting back on track after what was the relatively dull and uninspired first half of Season 7.

Sunday’s mid-season premiere didn’t wow as much as I had hoped that it would. I went into the night thinking that TWD was going to come out swinging—fighting to pull longtime fans back into the mix, but that didn’t happen. Instead, it appears as though TWD’s team plans to lull viewers back into believing that TWD is the best damn show on television. Is this possible? I don’t know. After all, none of us became fans this way.

Regardless of what the team behind TWD plans to do in the future to wrangle wayward fans, Sunday’s midseason premiere, Episode 709, “A Rock in the Road,” was just alright.

Father Gabriel is back to being a douche…or so it appears. Episode 709 opens with the mischievous man of the cloth packing up supplies and getting the hell out of Dodge. Worse yet, he does so under the cover of nightfall, and while I find it hard to believe that he just decided to up and leave because he’s too frightened to stick around, it doesn’t appear that his decision to leave is intended to benefit the group. I find this odd, but until we know the truth I’m alright with disliking him.

As we all guessed, Gregory *cough* coward *cough* wants nothing to do with Rick’s plan to fight Negan and the Saviors. Gregory prefers to sever all ties with Rick and company. Again, this doesn’t come as a surprise. What did come as a surprise, however, was Enid wrangling up some members of the Hilltop that are willing to fight. Ten points for Enid!

After the failed attempt to inspire Gregory to fight, Jesus elects to take Rick to The Kingdom and introduce him to King Ezekiel. King Ezekiel also turns down Rick’s proposal to team-up and fight, but since Daryl is a wanted man, King Ezekiel grants him asylum in The Kingdom. While this gesture is helpful, it also leads to Daryl yet again being separated from the group. Bummer.

There are a few takeaways from this section of the episode:

  1. Rick and Morgan are reunited! Isn’t always great when they get together? Ah, Season 1…
  2. We get to relive that pain of Episode 701 when Morgan learns that Negan killed Abraham and Glen.
  3. Jerry!
  4. The look on the group’s faces when they learn that King Ezekiel has a pet tiger.

The best part of the episode comes when the group finds themselves looting explosives from a highway spanning tripwire. There is some serious tension here because as the group struggles to attain some much-needed firepower to fight the Saviors, there is a horde of walkers closing in on them. Once most the explosives have been secured, Michonne and Rick hop in the cars that are connected by the tripwire and proceed to drive into the heart of the horde which results in one hell of an EPIC ClOTHESLINE. The gruesome, body-halving goodness of this scene automatically added it to my list of best walker-kill-scenes of TWD.

Episode 709 ends with Rick searching for Gabriel, and inadvertently being captured by a group of heavily armed strangers. Interestingly, Rick closes out the episode by smiling. Why is this?

To me, it appears that Rick realizes that—despite being at their mercy, so to speak—there is another group floating around that is heavily armed. Thus, there is a group that may be willing to stand alongside him to fight Negan and the Saviors. We don’t know anything about this group, except that it isn’t the ladies of Oceanside since there were men in the group. I’m sure we’ll find out what the deal is next Sunday.

The midseason premiere, Episode 709, “A Rock in the Road,” wasn’t what I was hoping it would be, but it is clear that TWD is getting back on track…

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