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Grimm | Season 6 | Episode 2

Grimm | Fridays at 8:00 | NBC
Season 6 | Episode 2
“Trust Me Knot”

Eve is becoming more like her former self Juliette every moment, which I hope ends badly for her. From the beginning, she has been, and still is by far, my least favorite character. Renard continues to have visions of blood on his hands while planning for more mayhem. The war between he and Nick, long in abeyance due to the need for concealment, is now unrestrained. The magical stick is proving to be even more magical, and becoming more attached and precious to Nick the more he holds on to it. Diana is more powerful and disturbing than ever, even when her eyes don’t glow. She is so damn creepy, uhhhh, makes me shudder, and I love it.

In this episode, anything is possible as Captain Renard sends Portland’s version of a SWAT team after Nick, but Hank and Wu arrest him for the death of his mistress/publicist before he can give the order to storm Bud’s shop. To be fair, Renard could not have killed what’s-her-name because at the time he was saving Nick’s life by running a sword through Bonaparte, and beside that, we already know Diana was behind it all courtesy of long range spell casting and her flawed understanding of how to keep mommy happy.

Later, Nick tries to cut a deal with the Captain, but gets double crossed and Monroe and Rosalee are tasked with babysitting the horrifying, and maybe insane Diana. At least the kid seems to like them and wants to help decode the cloth that the magical stick came in.

Everything we need to know for the rest of the season/series has been laid out. Sasha Roiz, as Renard, finally gets to be the big bad we always wanted him to be and nobody is being especially careful about putting all of Portland’s wesen secrets out in the open. Regardless of how this ends, it looks like the show is firing on all cylinders. My only complaint is that Trubel has again gone off on yet another unexplained mission for HW. I hope she comes back soon, with superior firepower and reinforcements.

Score: A solid 7 out of 10 since we are still in the set up stage.

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.

Class Season 1 Episode 5 “Brave-ish Heart” Review

The super-powered April has jumped through the rift that she cut out of thin air with her twin stone scimitars only to be followed into the “Underneath” by the foolish romantic Ram. It is revealed that there is a mysterious “Board of Governor’s” at Coal Hill Academy who has given to the new Head Teacher the task of compromising Ms. Quill. This B.O.G. is specifically pointed out as to be not associated with U.N.I.T. at all, and yet all knowing. More to be explained, I hope. And the rest of the adults, especially April’s “Worst Dad Ever” do little more than shrill whining.

Sophie Hopkins is front and center in this episode as she battles the Shadow King for control of the Shadow Kin. As April, she info-dumps about the nature of the place and its politics while engaged in an awkward sword fight. She manages to win the battle anyway and becomes the “King” herself. Even for TV, this was some of the lamest fight choreography I have ever seen.

Oh, and let’s no overlook how callous Charlie really is. He’s not against genocide so much as angered by being coerced to do so. I did like how Quill called him out about it.

The Librarians | Season 3 | Episode 10

The Librarians Sundays at 8:00 on TNT
Season 3 | Episode 10
“And the Wrath of Chaos”

Did anyone really believe that Col. Baird sold out Flynn and the rest of the Librarians? Maybe not, but we were forced to believe that the head of the super-secret all-powerful government agency tasked to protect everybody from magic is stupid enough to release Apep from his sarcophagus, get possessed, and try to release pure evil into the world. As luck would have it (surprise, surprise), it turns out that all along, Flynn’s master plan to save the Library and the world was to rely on the General to do just that.

And just to make matters worse, Gen. Rockwell (Vanessa Williams) of DOSA happens to have a bomb on hand to blow up the Library, even though if her plan went correctly it would have been empty. Or was the explosive supposed to destroy only the source of magic in the Library? Why would she think she could? How did she know where it could be found?

Anyway, the government stooges underestimated both our plucky heroes and the great big bad chaos god. In the end, of course, Flynn doesn’t have to die because Jake, Cassandra and Ezekiel were each given the exact thing necessary to turn Apep into a human so that he could be the sacrifice instead of Flynn. Yay, good triumphs over evil! I like that the good guys win, but this whole season felt like it was phoned in.

From the beginning I have liked the premise of The Librarians, the characters and the actors and as disappointing this season has been, it is still usually fun to watch. Maybe it will get better, maybe I will lose interest. If there is nothing else on, I’ll probably continue to watch…if I remember.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 15 Reaction

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 15
[Please don’t read this post unless you’ve seen the episode…there are spoilers ahead…]

After last week’s ending, I was eager to see what happened with Sasha, and Eugene for that matter, and after watching the teaser preview of tonight’s episode, I was concerned for Maggie’s safety.

I absolutely loved how Negan saved Sasha from being raped by that Savior scum-bucket, ‘Rapey Davey.’ That and I also thoroughly enjoyed how Negan referred to Sasha’s “Beachball sized lady nuts,” not once, but twice. I mean, what did we do before we had Negan’s one-liners? Oh that’s right, we watched Glenn…

Did you hear Eugene trying to convince Sasha to drink some of Negan’s Kool-Aid? What the hell was that about? I thought initially that Eugene was putting on a front just to increase his chances of surviving, but now…now I don’t know.

Gregory now knows Maggie’s name, so that’s a plus. Oh yeah and how sweet was it when Cindy laid out her grandmother at Oceanside? I was watching like, Damn!

And now that Rick and company has the firepower that they need, it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose. I would have liked to have seen some of the women from Oceanside join the fight – because clearly, some of them wanted to – but I’m confident that the Saviors are going down.

That ending! Next week is going to be nuts!!!

Dragon Ball Super Episode 6 Review

Let’s start off by saying that we all agree that Vegeta definitively has the best vocabulary of any Super Saiyan in the universe. I know Gohan’s been nonexistent this season, and super boring since he hit high school because he’s a scholar, but he doesn’t drop bombs like throwing ‘infinitesimal’ into his dialogue as smoothly as the Prince of Saiyans. So dramatic.

Honestly, this episode was one of the most ridiculous episodes in the franchise. With a strange, but effective, plot, packed with tons of seriously funny scenes, that would leave many longtime fans relatively shocked, “Don’t Anger the God of Destruction! The Heart Pounding Birthday Party” does a really good job encapsulating the essence of what Dragon Ball Super has been shooting for this season. Props to the writers for giving the fans what they want and bringing back at least one more brief encounter between Vegeta and his one true arch nemesis in this entire godforsaken universe…no not Kakorot, Octopus.

“Don’t Anger the God of Destruction! The Heart Pounding Birthday Party” was actually a standout episode because of how memorable it’s going to be for a lot of people, as it will surely prove to be an episode that defines the series. The structure, a slow build-up, with tons of gags sprinkled throughout, until a big dramatic end point with some action, works for now. It’s better than where we were three or four episodes ago. And the end of Episode 6 just sets up so many possibilities for next week and maybe finally, one of the first big fight scenes of the season. If not, I don’t believe many would complain about another episode of Vegeta playing sushi chef for a good majority again, right?

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.

Twin Peaks: The Return Part 7 | Review

Laura Dern in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

The wild eyed Jerry Horne begins this chapter of Twin Peaks: The Return as a spiritual surrogate for the audience. Literally lost in the woods, he is frightened and confused. He mirrors how many of us have felt over the first third of The Return. Things have changed, however. Part 7 reels back the crazy and lands us in more familiar territory among cherry pie and Douglas fir. This is the most conventional part of the show so far stretched to the point of absurdity. We are spoon fed the explanation of the pages in such a way as to make sure the audience is grounded in the reality and in the continuity of the narrative from the original series.

We also have full disclosure on Major Briggs, Yankton Prison and Diane. We even get Good Coop acting like an FBI agent, his muscle memory of his Quantico training taking over when the spike-less Ike tries to kill him by running at him with a gun.

The Great Northern Hotel is revisited as is the Sherriff’s Office (complete with log activated computer monitor). We even get to see Deputy Andy (sporting a Rolex) act like a Deputy. I expect he’ll stumble on important clues in as is his practice. Lynch hasn’t abandoned his out-there style, but has thrown a lifeline to those who feel at sea.

9.5
Score
The Bottom Line
The connections to Coop are drawn. Act two of the story has begun. It is only a matter of time where everything converges at the Great Northern. I am amazed and delighted with each installment.
Yes!Diane exceeds every expectation. Our “interesting cross between a saint and a cabaret singer” has arrived and does not disappoint.
No...Don’t mind me, I’m totally hooked.

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…

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