Upfronts: Odd Cancellations & Interesting Pick-Ups

The 2017-2018 TV season is coming to a close and that means all the networks, cable channels, streaming services are putting their wares out to show what’s to come…

This means that we have also learned what shows are returning and what shows are not returning.

I think the most shocking return was Agents of SHIELD, which will be back for a truncated 6th season. This was an interesting announcement because everyone was saying the 5th season would be the last and also because Infinity War changed everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this show is tethered to the movies.

Outside of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cancellation, was the cancellation of the fan-favorite Lucifer. Fans started #SaveLucifer campaign on Twitter and as Tom Ellis, aka Lucifer himself, stated, “Power to the People.” The show is in talks to move to another home.
Honestly, if Constantine can show up on the CW and find a home on DC’s Legend’s of Tomorrow after being canceled on NBC’s Constantine…than it looks good for everyone’s favorite fallen angel.

Other surprises:

The return of Midnight, Texas, but it is to air Friday nights at 9 pm on NBC.

The 100 and iZombie were renewed over at the CW and they picked up five pilots among them:

  • Charmed – After the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches.  Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.
  • Roswell, New Mexico – After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.
  • In the Dark – A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
  • Legacies – Continuing the tradition of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals,” the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires, and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?

The CW renewed all of their DC assets, as well as Riverdale, Supernatural, Jane the Virgin and Dynasty. That is a lot of TV.

Besides the cancelation of Lucifer, FOX made a lot of other interesting changes for their fall schedule. The Gifted made it to the Fall line-up, but The Orville and Gotham are mid-season replacements. Also, the 5th season of Gotham will be its last. But, it will be the season where we see Bruce become the Dark Knight.

Outlander was picked up for two additional seasons, hurrah for me! But, they canceled Ash vs. the Evil Dead. I will miss their set-ups at Comic-Con.

Westworld was renewed for a 3rd season.

Amazon renewed The Tick and Jack Ryan, mind you…the latter has not even aired one episode of season 1.

Netflix renewed Lost in Space, Travelers and Jessica Jones.

Hulu renewed The Runaways.

EPIX grabbed the 10 episode prequel to Batman that centers on Alfred Pennyworth. It is being created by the dynamic duo behind Gotham. It is a standalone story exploring Alfred’s life as a former British SAS soldier who forms a secret company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne.

As news rolls in, I will update.

We have our New Sabrina the Teenage Witch and More News Bites…

We have our New Sabrina the Teenage Witch and More TV News Bites.

The latest comic book to TV show adaptation that everyone is excited for is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which will be on Netflix. During the New York Comic Con’s Archie Comics panel, it was mentioned that the house that Archie Andrews built was on the hunt for an actress to portray the very popular character and they’ve found her! Kiernan Shipka has landed the part and we can’t wait to see her portray Sabrina!

Fox’s The Gifted has been renewed for a 2nd season.

Fans of Dirk Gently! Rejoice! The show is on Netflix…and we must rally to save this show! Quirky, fun and unique, this little gem of a show needs a third season.

The sexual scandals that have plagued Hollywood have reached FX’s Legion. Bryan Singer has been accused of sexual misconduct and as a result of that, he as requested that his name be removed from the show. Deadline

Not only will Gillian Anderson not return to the X-Files, but she is not returning to American Godz. LA Times

Also, a little advice to the American Godz/Outlander fans who are customers of Optimum. If, for some reason, a deal does not come around by the time your favorite shows come back. I suggest that you sign up with a streaming service and watch your shows during the time that is on and end your subscription after the show ended. It makes life easier and you do not have to deal with the insanity of cable.

USS Callister fans, the director of the Black Mirror episode has stated that he and the producer of the episode were talking about a potential spinoff pilot. Screenrant

Happy news….Animaniacs will be rebooted and will air on Hulu. and Flight of the Concords will be back for a special on HBO. EW

The good news ends there. HBO confirmed that Game of Thrones will be back in 2019.

Who Was the Tops on TV?

It has been an eventful week, hasn’t it?

We have had a massive and entertaining four show crossover event, boys ended up stealing the show in a couple of our favorite shows, and if you are not watching KDramas, than you do not know what you are missing.

I may have my issues with all of the CW Superhero shoes for various reasons, but I have to admit their Crisis on Earth X crossover event had me glued to my seat. IT even made me tear.

Let’s just get to the overall plot, shall we? It is Iris and Barry’s wedding. Like any wedding, something goes wrong. Usually, it is a drunk uncle cussing out someone or throwing up on the cake. That would just be too easy in the DC universe. What goes down is truly epic. The doppelgangers for Ollie and Kara, along with Harry #1, invade Earth 1, why…to kidnap Kara in order to save Earth X Kara. This Kara is suffering from sun poisoning and at any moment she may go nuclear.

This invasion does not go according to plan. They failed to factor all of the heroes on the Earth 1 and their desire to keep humanity safe, not underfoot as the Superheroes of Earth X do.

There were fun moments, like Alex and Sara hooking up after the rehearsal dinner and then kicking ass together as they went to town on the Nazis in Earth X and on Earth 1. It seems like there is no long term romance for these two, but their friendship has been solidified.

The sad moments revolved around Dr. Stein and Jefferson. We knew from the get go that Dr. Stein wanted to end his partnership with Jefferson so he could spend time with his wife, daughter, and grandchild. He even devised, with the help of the other scientists, with a way to allow Jefferson to still be a Legend. But, Jefferson was struggling with the idea of losing the only father figure he has ever had. When Stein hears what has made Jefferson struggle over the last few days it makes him understand why Jefferson has been distant. But, he ultimately proves his love for Jefferson when he gets show multiple times and is mortally wounded as he tries to protect Jefferson and everyone else. He asks  Jefferson to take a concoction that would cut their bond and end his own life. Victor Garber did a wonderful job as he said his goodbye to Jefferson and the Legends of Tomorrow.

Actually, no one really dies in these shows…since there are so many earths. I’m guessing we will see him again.

The surprising moments were much more plentiful:

  1. Barry let Original Harry go….to terrorize another day.
  2. Ollie killed his fuhrer doppelganger.
  3. Leonard Snart, well his Earth X version, is back on the Waverider and being highly sympathetic to his brother. But, he let his love, The Ray aka Russell Tovey (who will hopefully be back).
  4. Barry and Iris finally got married.
  5. After Ollie failed to get a yes out of Felicity…Ollie and Felicity got married.

Now, is the marriage of Olicity legal? Not sure, since there was no marriage certificate. But, with Ollie being a Mayor…I am sure this issue will be rectified.

This crossover event is the reason why the CW was the standout of the week. Between this and Riverdale, which played with presenting a show that hinted at potential future horror storylines with a zombie deer and the Candy Man scaring the bejeezus out of Juggie and Archie. We ended up learning a lot about the adults. The Sheriff and The Mayor are hooking up, which dispels the idea that Betty had of him…being the Black Hood. Now, while Juggie being under the thumb of a snake charmer may be the worst thing to happen to the Jones family and all those that love him. It was the story revolving around Josie, the Pussycats, Cheryl, the Mayor, and Chuck. Josie wants to evolve musically and she has her chance via Cheryl. But, that means she has to sneak behind the Pussycats. When they catch wind of her plan, they drop her like a wet towel. That leaves her in Cheryl’s line of sight. Unfortunately for Josie and Chuck, Cheryl is trying to be the only person that Josie can rely on. Cheryl is truly up to no good.

Ultimately, this was all to show that everything that was going on was a test by the Black Hood and apparently Riverdale failed. Dun, dun, dun…

Second is more of a lumping in…there were two shows that had these two young actors that stole the episode. In Mr. Robot, Elliot is ready to end it all, until the little brother of Trenton. Mohammad forces Elliot to go to the movies and then follow him to a mosque. Throughout their discussions, you learn a lot about how Elliot feels. He, like Angela, is broken. But through his discussions with Mohammad…he finds a purpose. He has to redeem Trenton and Norm. He has to help Angela. He has to undo what has been done.  He even goes to Angela to try to talk to her. That last scene made me all teary.

That little boy commanded all his scenes. Keep and eye out for him.

The other boy to make note of is Martin, Oswald’s little sidekick on Gotham. As Gotham teeters on the cusp of war, Martin is used as a pawn. But, Penguin will not allow his little protegé to go up in flames. That little boy, as he confesses to Penguin, as he is kidnapped, and as he is ushered unknowingly to his death, you just want to take care of him.

So, as Sofia teams up with Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina, they learn that Oswald do anything to keep his power and that means it’s on like Donkey Kong. It’s war!

However, they do not know one thing…there is a power growing in Gotham and Lee (with the help of Ed Nygma) is orchestrating this power surge. Will she be thrown into the war for Gotham? Also, will she lose her right hand man, now that his little friend has come back to sit on his left shoulder?

This episode was a great episode for Gotham, but it still pales Crisis on Earth X. Just sayin’

Outlander was amazing! I just saw it! You could have knocked me over with a feather when Geillis and Lord John popped up in Jamaica.

This just spells doom and it did.

Geillis has big plans for Scotland and it involves three sapphires. One of which Jamie stole from the treasure chest, Geillis learns of Jamie’s connection to the missing Sapphire, the sapphire he gave to Lord John.

Guess what…Lord John pops up. He is the bloody Governor of Jamaica. When he sees Jamie…Claire could see what we know. He loves Jamie. I mean the man is carrying around the sapphire that Jamie gave him. He was just asking for trouble and he got it when Geillis saw that sapphire…her sapphire.

Of course, this was not the worst of it. Who else popped up? Captain Leonard and he arrested Jamie.

Now, the most heartbreaking scene involved the slave trade. The way they treated those poor people, it was so hard to watch.

The most fun show to watch this week was Dirk Gently. The scattered pieces have started to come together. Dirk has solved the case (via the hidden mural that shows us that the Cardenas had two sons. One they rescued from the boat and is presently at Black Wing in a coma. They need to get him to the land that he dreamed up.) and has recruited the Rowdy four to save Todd and Amanda, but they still have to contend with the nutty Suzie….who has learned to use the pool of foresight…or whatever that thing is called. Back in the normal universe, Tina and Farah go off to find out where Hobbs is. But, the Mage popped up…this is not good.

It was nice to see Ken taking the brass ring and owning the new operation as Friedkin is still at a loss about everything. However, contending with Priest and Friedkin and the possibility of crossing paths with Bart again…what will he do???

Now, there are two shows you should seek out.

  1. Hulu’s Runaways – This show is Marvel’s first foray in the Hulu world and it is based on the west coast and revolves around a group of kids who find out their parents are involved in a Scientology-like organization. They witnessed their parents kill a teen girl. That teen girl’s death is supposed to help this flaky old entity that is locked up in a room at a sanctuary. But we learn more about the adults in the second episode and they are all screwed up and at least a third of them want out of this weird religious order. We also see these kids start to gel together and pair off into couples and bond as siblings. It is filled with a lot of head turning moments. The leader of the church getting intimate with the entity….and then there is a dinosaur.
  2. Dramafever’s Revolutionary Love – This is such a fun little Korean drama that follows Byun Hyuk,  a son from an affluent family whose fortune comes from the food industry. He is a happy-go-lucky guy that did nothing. Unfortunately, after a series of missteps his father kicks him to the curb. Who saves him from living on the streets, but his childhood friend. This friend is friends with Baek Joon. A beautiful and smart young lady that refuses to do full-time work due to what her later father went through. As she works part-time jobs to make ends meet, she decides to help Hyuk. Through mentoring him, Byun grows as a person and decides to help Joon(a) redeem her father’s good name. In doing so, he learns how corrupt his brother and father are.  There are a lot of funny, sweet, screaming at your TV moments. It is only 16 episodes and only one season. Trust me…watch this.

So much good TV, but I am looking forward to the hiatus.

News You May Have Missed…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but now we are back to the day to day of life.

To help you get through your Monday, we got a bit of a news recap for you that will help you as you chat with your colleagues, friends, and family.

Biggest TV news bite, well for me, is that our beloved man who saved Rick-than turned nutty-turned zen Kung Fu master-turned angry with the world Morgan from the Walking Dead is moving to Fear the Walking Dead. Lennie James, who portrays Morgan, will join new cast members Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) and Garret Dillahunt (The Gifted) in the 4th season of Fear the Walking Dead. Production of the 4th season will commence on Monday in Texas.

If you are a fan of Lennie James, you can follow him on his journey to the new show:

FTWD

We have our first teaser for A Discovery of Witches:

Will you watch?

If you do not know of the first book in the Lost Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, here is a bit from From Publishers Weekly:

In Harkness’s lively debut, witches, vampires, and demons outnumber humans at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, where witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her. Against all occult social propriety, Bishop turns for protection to tall, dark, bloodsucking man-about-town Clairmont. Their research raises questions of evolution and extinction among the living dead, and their romance awakens centuries-old enmities.

Jude Law is just making the rounds. Last time, we learned he is our new Dumbledore (well, a much younger one) in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. Now, we learn that he is in talks to play Doctor Walter Lawson, a.k.a. Mar-Vell, a mentor to Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Law could join Rogue One’s Ben Mendelsohn, who will play the bad guy in the 90’s era Marvel movie. (Variety)

We got our first peek of Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom and it’s adorable!

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Baby Raptors and Chris Pratt. It is on my list of movies to watch in 2018. They better not disappoint.

So, as I continue to take my time with the Punisher, which is great…but so dark and bloody. I decided to watch Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu. It is interesting, because I really do not know the backstory of the characters and it is not based in  universe I am well-versed in, I find it refreshing. Even though we only find out that two of the characters have powers, it is the dynamic between the kids that is intriguing. These are kids that know each other well because their parents are close (why they are close is the kicker), but their friendships fell apart after a friend of their passed away. Most of the Marvel stories we know of are based in New York State or in D.C. This is the first the revels in the warmth and privilege of the west coast. It will be interesting to see how this story plays out.

Did you watch TV this past week? If yes, what was your highlight?

Mine was Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Why? Well, our mad cap detective, Dirk, is seriously in the dumps about how this case is going and as a viewer…it kind of takes you aback. He has always been this super positive guy and in this moment of time he is as lost as we are. It got so bad, that even Todd just has to give up on his friend so he can attempt to save his sister, Amanda. However, everything falls apart for Amanda and Todd. They are in the middle of a war in a Fairy Tale land and all they allies have died due to massive confusion, gun running, and Suzie being in town and deeming herself the new queen of this land. Their only hope maybe back in our dimension (Panto, Bart or Farah) or it may be…Dirk, who finally gets his shit together and solves the case. Now, we only have three episodes to see how this story resolves itself.

Mr. Robot was a close second and that is because we see the backroom machinations of the Puppetmaster, Whiterose. Also, we get clarity from Irving, of all people, as he puts things in perspective for Elliot. The most disconcerting part of the episode was that Angela is spiraling because she wants to believe Whiterose so much, that she cannot see that she was played…like everyone else. The only one that really gets this is Dom.

Third was Outlander. In last night’s episode, we spend the majority of the episode watching Claire try to survive on this island that she ended up on after jumping ship in the last episode. This type of storytelling, focusing on one character as they try to overcome whatever obstacle is before them, is what I love about this show. She suffers as she holds on to hope and when all hope is lost, she is saved by a nutty priest. Now, if you thought we were going to have to wait another episode to hopefully see Jamie and Claire reunite…you would be wrong. They reunited in the second half of the episode and with the help of the nutty priest and his Mamcita and that the ship that Jamie was on having issues, we also watch Fergus Fraser marry Marsali. Marsali may be warming up to Claire, but the real warming up happened later in the episode after Claire has some of Mr. Willoughby’s turtle soup. Beset with fever from an injury and tipsy from the alcohol in the soup, Claire becomes ravenous with passion and we get our frisky pair back and it was fun to watch. We fear that the price on Jamie’s head may be the cause for all the fun times to come to an end…and we only have two more episodes before we are stuck in a droughtlander.

The OMG moment on TV happened when Rosita used a launcher to kill a Savior and as his partner got away…Daryl plowed into her car! That’s how you give your group a fighting chance, unfortunately…the rest of the group in The Walking Dead is not on the same page.

Recap: Outlander – Heaven and Earth

Synopsis: Claire races to discover the source of an epidemic aboard a disease-stricken ship before hundreds of sailors die. And as Jamie locks horns with Captain Raines, Fergus finds himself torn between loyalty and love.

One of the things I love about this show is that it gives us different points of view in a scenario. Last time, we saw Claire get kidnapped by a ship that was in desperate need of her help as they were struggling to survive a bout of typhoid. She was left wondering if she would see her husband, as was promised to her, on the isle of Jamaica or what she feared would come true.

Come into the latest episode and we see Jamie’s point of view of what just transpired. Just as Claire as at a loss, Jamie is at a loss. So, he decides to be reckless and ends up being tossed into the brig. I get that love makes you want to move heaven and earth to save the one you love, but think before you act.

So, you have our two love birds stuck once again in situations that they cannot get out of easily.

For Jamie, he turns to Fergus. He tells Fergus that if he helps him get out…he’ll allow Fergus to wed his step daughter. But, Fergus is far smarter than Jamie. He figures out a way to convince the captain to let Jamie go. This action, keeps himself, Marsali safe, and Jamie safe.

Fergus ends up being the far more mature hero of the episode, as is the Herder of the Goats on the ship that Claire is being held on.

Claire, with the help of a much younger officer, helps remedy the typhoid issue on the ship. Yet, as Claire is saving those that she can save, she learns that people on this ship know who Jamie really is and that Jamie’s life is in danger. Enter the Herder of Goats. She understands Claire’s plight and tries to help escape not once, but twice. And she succeeds the second time, but it is a perilous escape. Claire must jump off the ship on a makeshift raft in order to get to the closest isle and hopefully get to her love before he is hung for his traitorous acts.

It is never easy for these two…dios mio.

Next: Unchartered – After making a leap of faith, Claire washes up on a seemingly deserted island where survival is her only option. Navigating treacherous waters has crippled the Artemis, so Jamie devises a joyful moment for his crew in the midst of devastating setbacks.

Since I’ve Been Gone…

So, I took a hiatus because my husband, at the tender age of 47, had triple bypass surgery. His CVD is hereditary, but because of his youth and overall health, he was able to come home a mere six days later. He is on the mend at home and that is all that really matters.

However, while he was in the hospital and now that he is on the mend… television and books (read Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, so good!) has given me nice little breaks from everything that has been going on.

Outside of  Hollywood’s McCarthy like era of taking down all those that have sexually harassed anyone, BRAVO, TV has equally been interesting.

The biggest news to me is that Amazon is going to create it’s own Lord of Rings universe that will act as a prequel to the much beloved books and movies. This is amazing because we will be losing Game of Thrones in a couple of years and even though HBO is also planning on spin offs and prequels to it’s heralded series, this will be a great replacement for those of you that love high fantasy. Now, Amazon has to really invest in production for a multi-season series. We are expecting something huge in scope. If it pales in comparison to the Peter Jackson movies, fans will be disappointing.

The biggest episodes of the week were:

  1. Mr. Robot – The beauty of this show is that it takes risks in storytelling. This time, it decided to make the viewer believe that they were watching a single-shot sans commercials about Elliot trying to stop whatever the Dark Army wanted to accomplish on that day, but then he is on the run and E-Corp falls when a group causes mayhem in the headquarters. He ultimately fails because he was fired by E Corp before he could do anything, but then he learns that Darlene has been working with the FBI and that Angela is in cahoots with the Dark Army. He confronts Angela, but what the Dark Army needed on that chaotic day is done by Angela and we are left wondering what Elliot will do to Angela or if he will succeed, especially when he feels like he has no one in his corner. It was just a mesmerizing episode that had you on the edge of your seat the whole time and made you scream F!$k at the screen as the credits rolled. This is why I love this show.
  2. Outlander – Will this couple ever catch a break? Claire and Jamie leave Scotland to try to save young Ian, who was kidnapped as he tried to retrieve Jamie’s treasure, which would pay off Laoghaire ( pronounced as Leary) so he can go off and live happily ever after with Claire and still take care of the Laoghaire’s daughters. Along for the ride are Fergus and Marsali (Jamie’s step daughter) who are handfasted (married) and Mr. Willoughby. Everything is fine, until the wind dies. The crew want to blame whomever brought the bad luck on the ship. Be it a woman, be it a foreigner, or even a person who did not touch the sacred horse shoe.  When all hell breaks loose, Mr. Willoughby (the Hero of the episode) catches site of a shift in the atmosphere via a bird and distracts the frenzied group before they kill off one Jamie’s men by telling his story. That man can turn a phrase and it worked! The Wind was back and they set off again, but before you could catch a breath, Claire is kidnapped by a British ship which was in distress due to most of it’s crew falling to a mysterious ailment. Claire goes to help and since she is the only one that can help and with a promise to deliver her to Jamaica, she is kidnapped and both she and Jamie are at a loss. Will they see one another again? They better! There were a lot of classic moments between Claire and Jamie as they finally start to get back into the groove of being a couple, which was great to watch.
  3. Riverdale – How the tides have turned. Now that Riverdale is in a heightened alert mode due to the Black Hood’s shadow looming over Riverdale. It has actually affected Betty and Archie the most. Archie, because his father was attacked, as well as his friends Moose and Midge, and his ex-lover was killed by the Black Hood. Betty, on the other hand, is just being tortured by someone that is claiming to be the Black Hood in order to protect those she loves. What he wants is for her to turn her back on Juggie, Veronica, and Archie. This will leave her all alone and easier to swoop in on. All my fingers point to Dilton, as he seems a little dark and twisty. She uses Ronnie’s past to turn on her, as Veronica falls back on old habits when an old chum returns to town. This guy ends up preying on Cheryl and slips her a date rape drug, but luckily…Ronnie and the rest of the Pussycats rescue her. This helps Ronnie and Betty to reconcile, but she points the Black Hood to Ronnie’s old friend as a possible next target. She also breaks up with Jughead via Archie and as his heart is in tatters he turns to Toni for comfort. Why do people do that?  This group is splintering apart, so the question is (as we head into the winter hiatus time) if this group will find their way back to one another and can they defeat this Black Hood!

I want to give special shout outs to the Flash for giving us Drunk Barry and sleazy Elongated Man. These two gave us a lot to laugh about as the ladies rescued Caitlin from her alter ego.

The other shout out is to Gotham as it continues to evolve Jim into the Jim that we know oh so well. Unfortunately, that Jim will eventually have to deal with his ex-loves Barbara and Lee are both Queens of the Underworld.

 

 

 

Outlander vs. The Walking Dead…Who won Sunday night?

I know many of you were watching the World Series until the wee hours of the night. However, I know there are those out there that had time blocked off for Outlander and the Walking Dead.

I was one of you. I am going to recap The Walking Dead first because it was not the best episode and it left me scratching my head.

In The Damned, the plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds; As Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.

First, I tweeted that I feel like this first half of the season covers the events of the one day of the attack. This is great, because we see all aspects, decisions, and repercussions of the first day of the war.

However, by doing that you have to create a fresh story line that keeps the viewer glued to their tv.

If this 1st half of the season is going to focus on the events of the beginning of the war, than they should focus on a character per episode. Those episodes always excel and draw the viewers in. It gives us insight into whatever is moving that character.

The highlights of the episode were the moments where we saw Morgan turn off the switch and go to a very dark place. Who has taken the place of Morgan and Gabriel in their merciful ways…Jesus. This has pissed off Tara, who wants to stick to the plan. Does this not sound familiar?

“Familiarity breeds contempt and predictability breeds boredom.” – Sherry Argov.

The other highlight is the moment when Rick realizes that he may have gone too far. A man jumped at Rick and Rick retaliated and killed a man who was only trying to protect his daughter, Gracie. Now, this poor child is left an orphan and while Rick deals with the ramifications of his actions…he gets caught by Season 1’s Morales.

This is not good at all because the tides have turned and only a miracle can save our guys.

Next week: Monsters – Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria.

Whereas The Walking Dead struggled, Outlander excelled.

Twenty years have passed sine you have seen one another and even though the sex is great…that does not mean that you will continue to click.

These two have grown a lot as individuals through whatever experiences they went through in the time they spent apart. This fact, forces the two to try to figure out one another, because…they really do not know each other.

In Creme de Menthe,  Claire follows her conscience as a surgeon, even though it could put her and Jamie’s lives at risk. At the same time, Jamie attempts to evade the reach of the Crown as its representative closes in on his illegal dealings.

Claire will do whatever she has to do to save humanity, this does not work well in 1700s Edinburgh. You have to mind your business, keep your head down, and avoid dangerous situations. This kind of life is not what Claire wanted.

Her decision to save the man that attacked her puts Jamie and all his cohorts in a precarious situation and she refuses to accept what Jamie is telling her.

Eventually, due to Ian’s libido and a ne’er-do-well trying to get info on Jamie at Jamie’s place of work, all hell breaks loose. Jamie loses his print shop and he may loose Claire for various reasons, let’s see:

  • She hides Ian from his parents.
  • He lives in a brothel.
  • Is in constant danger due to his treason and smuggling of booze.
  • Always questioning her.

Oh….and she has still not found out about his first wife. That will be a kicker.

This does not bode well at all for the lovebirds, but remember…love conquers all.

Next time, First Wife – Claire returns to Lallybroch with Jamie, where she does not receive quite the reception she was expecting. Unbeknownst to her, Jamie’s made some choices in their time apart which come back to haunt them with a vengeance.

Overall, I give Outlander the win for Sunday night TV!