The Alienist: These Bloody Thoughts Recap

Synopsis: Sara and Kriezler posit on the ability to kill. Moore goes on a date. Byrnes and Connor eye potential suspects. Roosevelt is under scrutiny from the public.

Watching Kreizler interact with a former patient to gain some insight into the mind of a killer gave me Sherlock and Penny Dreadful-like joys! But, Kreizler’s approach to learn more of those around him, even to provoke them to learn more about their own idiosyncrasies, is a bit unnerving. Especially when he thinks everyone is capable of the most deplorable of crimes.

We also learn that Roosevelt and Kreizler knew each other back when they were in university and that when they were about to fight, Teddy stopped the fight when he saw Kreizler’s “Broken Wing” of an arm. However, that handicap does not deter Kreizler from doing anything. But, their past together had given Roosevelt a good idea of what makes Kreizler tick. Yet, their past is not the only thing that gives you some idea of what is going in Kreizler’s head. We see him talk to both his former and current patients, we see him interact with Mary’s under things and when he sees John walk in with Mary, it kind of sets him off.

The reason why Mary and John are together is that she was upset about Kreizler and Sara going off to the park together, John takes Mary out on a date to the pictures via Edison’s Vitascope. This makes Kreizler a bit jealous. This is the assumption made by Moore, but Kreizler uses that to further analyze Moore. Understandably, Moore questions why Kreizler continues to push away those that care about him.

New clues: Moore learns, from his Dentist’s patient, that the Silvery Smile is caused when someone takes mercury salts for syphilis. This explains the scene of the man slathering himself with that white cream. Is this the killer?

Moore, along with the officer, tie the castle to the now defunct whore house that Santorelli lived and worked at.

Our team is then lured to Brubacher’s, but why? He knows who they are and that they are working on this case together, but who is it? And as they read the letter that was sent to Santorelli’s mother…explaining to her that he did not have sex with her son, but she did eat him flesh. That is when we see the face of the man with the silvery smile. Is it William, the son of the well-to-do family? Or is it someone else? I think it’s the man helping the family take care of covering up her son’s indiscretions.

Next:

Star Trek: Discovery – Will You Take My Hand?/Season Finale Recap

Synopsis: With Georgiou at the helm of the plan to end the Klingon war once and for all, the USS Discovery crew struggles to fathom and tolerate her hostile tactics. Memories of past hardships are rekindled within Burnham.

This Philippa is no bloody joke. She threatens Burnham for attempting to expose her to the team, beating the crap out of L’Rell and begrudgingly allows Tyler and requests Tilly to help in her plan to take down the Klingons.

Tyler seems in his element as he tries to get information about a shrine, but he and Burnham can no longer have any kind of romantic entanglement. She still remembers the death of her parents at the hands of Klingons and the way he is now…makes it very hard for her to be on love with him.

Yet, with Tilly (who had a hilarious moment when she got high), they do have a meeting of the minds as they discuss the plans of the Federation. Which basically is committing genocide of the Klingons in order to stop the war. Starfleet listens to reason because they know that this act goes against the principles of the Federation.

Philippa gives the bio print on the bomb to L’Rell. This will allow L’Rell to control the Klingons and hopefully make them an ally instead of an enemy.

The highlights of the episode are all at the end of the episode:

  1. Ash and Michael are allowed to have their moment of closure, and one last  kiss, before he heads off with L’Rell to be a force of good for both sides. We see L’Rell force the houses to reunite under her rule.
  2. The moment that Michael and Amanda had. Moms and Daughters. It takes times to appreciate your mother and all that they do for you.
  3. Michael and her Father, Sarek, He called her his daughter and I cried. He also gave her the good news that she was reinstated as a Commander. The rest of the team was also either promoted or given awards for their valor. Tilly was actually accepted into the Commander training program.
  4. They are picking up a new Captain in Vulcan.
  5. They are no longer using the spores until they can figure out how to use it without harming living beings and this is thanks to Stamets.
  6. Captain Pike and the USS Enterprise hailed the Discovery!!!! YES!!!

Great way to end the first season! And I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how great this show was. It tipped it’s hat to Star Trek, but took great risks with its story lines. Once I was onboard, I was hooked!

Can’t wait for season 2!

PS – Not much was divulged about the second season in After Trek, but they did mention that they are intrigued with science colliding with spirituality.

Mmmmmmmm?

Riverdale: The Tell-Tale Heart Recap

Synopsis: A hasty decision comes back to haunt Betty; Tensions between Hiram, FP and Jughead spiral out of control; Archie is forced to make a tough decision.

I don’t think Edgar Allan Poe had bad parenting in mind when he wrote his famed short story of a narrator trying to convince us about his sanity after committing a murder.

Nope.

Why I say bad parenting…it is because this show gives us a weekly depiction of what not to do as a parent. And yes, I know that the tale is to mirror Betty’s spiral after helping Alice bury a body.

Let me digress and get on with the recap…

The Lodges:

  1. You (Hiram) reel in your only child (Veronica) in to your sketchy dealings at the tender age of 15…16 (but she looks like she is in her 20s), why? Because she asked, of course. Now, as the sharks start to swim around you because you seem to be a little wonky in your decision-making, you still have to deal with your daughter worrying if you hired someone to kill off a Capo and if any or all of your action are in the best interest of your family and of the town you now reside in.
  2. You then accepted an ask to be an intern for you by your daughter’s boyfriend (Archie) , because he was being duped by an FBI agent (that was actually one of your associates and cannot pronounce ‘Capo’ for the life of him). It was all a test. Set-up by you (Hermione) …to see if his devotion to your daughter and your family was true. You nearly drove that kid insane with worry.

The Coopers and The Joneses:

  1. So, your son (Chic) kills a drug dealer who was going to harm you. But, he showed up for a reason. You (Alice) are just not thinking about that now or even thinking about calling Sheriff Keller, because you are worried you may lose him again. But, you do allow your daughter (Betty) to help you dispose of the body and clean your house. Of course, you nearly make her loose her mind because you are acting like nothing has happened. You even have her lying to her own, cheating-ass Father (Hal).
  2. But, she cannot lie to her boyfriend (Jughead). She has to turn to someone and he helps her get rid of the drug dealer’s body and his phone. Due to her near-nervous breakdown and whatever your relationship with him was in the past, her boyfriend’s Father (FP) has to help you totally get rid of the body. Now, her Dad is all wtf is going on…and when that happens things may start to unravel.

The Blossoms:

  1. In a rare moment of caring, the youngest (Cheryl) tries to comfort a relative/acquaintance (Betty) but because she is a hot mess, she gives her space. Later on, due to the shenanigans at her home (Mom, Penelope, is a Harlot), she confesses to her relative that her Mother is having an affair with her cousin’s Father (Hal).
  2. This allows her to have some kind of leverage over her Uncle…and even her Mother, who seems to be falling for him.

The only parent that tries to wholeheartedly be on the up and up is Archie’s Dad. Even if Mayor McCoy and Sheriff Keller have the upper crust in their pockets, they try to steer their kids away from the General Hospital-like insanity in their small town in Upstate New York.

Will they survive their parent’s decisions? Only time will tell.

Will these kids learn to not follow in their parent’s footsteps? We shall see.

Next: (To Air on 03.07.18) The Hills Have Eyes –

Question? Will these kids ever see a classroom again?

The Magicians: A Life in the Day Recap

Last week, we spent a lot of time on Penny and hoe desperate Katie was to keep her love alive and keep him safe. It was heartbreaking and funny because of how Penny was dealing with everything.

This week’s episode centered on Q and Eliot and it was possibly my favorite story line this season. The writers are spending a good amount of time on giving the fans what they want, some wonderfully well-written character driven stories.

Over time, Eliot and Q have learned to depend and rely on one another…even love one another. That was clearly evident in tonight’s episode. So, they go on a quest to find a key of magic in a mosaic in ancient Fillory. It is an impossible task and they end up spending a lifetime in Fillory. Q finds the love of his life, has a son and grand children, and is about the bury Eliot when he finds the tile that allows him to get the key. That is when Jane Chatwin shows up and Q realizes that in order for the future to happen the way it is supposed to happen, he has to hand over the key. Up until Jane’s arrival, I was weepy for Q and Eliot.

However, Q is a smart cookie. He realizes that he has to send a note, with a key, to Margo on the day of her wedding.

This allows Margo to go back in time, due to Jane Chatwin’s time loops, to stop Q and Eliot from going to ancient Fillory with key in hand.

So, there was a cool moment when the show tipped its hat to Doctor Who when Jane and Margo spoke in the clock barrens. Timey Wimey and all. That is when Julia found out from Jane that she had to get the new key from the grave of Jane Chatwin. She saves her friends and the three of them go back to present day Fillory.

The peaches and plums and the note that Q sent to Margo allow their memories of their life together to rush back to them and I got all weepy for them again. It was a good life.

The ancillary story lines were of importance as they mark in changes for the characters:

  1. Margo married the youngest (Fomar) of the tribe of the floating army. He, of course, had to decapitate his older brother (the handsome Micah) who was originally going to marry Julia. Yes, we are talking future serial killer. Margo also locked up er first husband-to-be, which may be a blessing.
  2. Julia finds out that she has the seed of Renard’s magic in her, but she does not want it. You know who does, Alice. Maybe they can figure out how they both can get what they want. The problem here is that Alice is questionable at all levels.
  3. Katie and Penny and have fallen out on all levels. Especially now that she knows that she attempted to commit suicide over Penny for no reason, since he astral projected himself at time of death and technically is not a ghost. Now, she is stuck in a mental health facility with no out in view.

Next episode: Do you like teeth? Quentin faces his most formidable foe yet as Julia helps Alice with a dangerous endeavor.

The Alienist: Silvery Smile Recap

Synopsis: Use of the innovative new procedure of fingerprinting leads the team to discover crucial evidence is missing. Kriezler and Moore interview a witness to find out what happened to Moore at the brothel.

I was tweeting like mad last night. Did you? Just so you know…I had to really figure out how to explain why this was such a great episode. Ultimately, we got a lot of insight into our three sleuths and about the killer. But, what I loved about this episode is the feeling that we officially have a case to work on. Not that the body of the young boy was not enough, but now we have a clue and a clue can lead us to so much more.

That clue is a fingerprint. The fingerprint they do have cannot give them a lot of information, but between it and the weapon of choice…they know it is someone who works with their hands. But, they need another print to solidify this theory. When they go back to the morgue to look at the boy’s body to see if there is another print, but the body was gone.

The next clue is a memory. Moore remembers what Sally said to him about the first victim. With that information, he and Kriezler go off to speak to Sally. What was interesting was the questions he asked Sally.

We also learn some more about what the main obstacle in their investigation is. That’s the police. They are corrupt because the wealthy have their hands in their pockets. When that is happening, they can make the police do whatever they want. But it is not only the upper echelon of society pulling their string, the rising tide of organized crime feeds their want of more money and what they consider a level of power over the dregs of society. We can go into History of New York City during the industrial revolution, but we do not have the time for that. What you need to know is that upper crust controlled the working class and they manipulated those that did not have the opportunities to move up in society.

So, it seems like the police think they know who has committed these crimes and it is the the son of a wealthy family. As a result of that knowledge, they are burying all the evidence as fast as it comes into the precinct.

So, when the call comes in that there was another body, whomever took it tells Teddy and he says not to say anything to the other cops for at least an hour. This gives our team enough time to do a little bit of an investigation.

We learn a lot from the victim:

  1. The killer likes heights
  2. He is no longer hiding his work
  3. There is not enough time to escape…so he is still on the premises and may like to hang around to see the cops run around like chickens with their heads cut off.
  4. He takes a trophy in the form of the drawings of Moore, when Moore accidentally leaves behind his work.

Before you know it, the press is at the crime scene and Teddy is trying to be as vague as possible. Hot on their heels, the police. With them in view, the sleuths are tipped off and leave the scene as quickly as possible.

But, what drives this show IS the three main characters. We learn a lot about them in this episode and that is partly due to their relationships outside of the group:

  1. Kriezler kind of collects people that have killed people. Mary torched her father. We learn this from Moore. His driver killed a man. We learn that from himself as Kriezler questions him about what it feels like to kill someone. He loves to figure out what drives the people around him and he does that to Sarah and Moore. However, he does not question his own motives. Does his physical deformity make him feel inferior in some way and feel sympathetic towards those who have emotional trauma? Or is it he feels everyone is deformed either emotionally or physically?
  2. Even though Sarah wants to be more than just a woman married to a successful man, she feels the pressure to comply to those societal norms and she has set her eyes on Kriezler as possible suitor.  She also has issues with the loss of her Mom at a young age and then her dying by his own hand. Yet, she understands his motives. What is really interesting is that she views herself like a child and that is intriguing.
  3. Kriezler psychoanalyzes Moore for why Moore goes to dens of ill repute in a way to get some semblance of initmacy that he is lacking in his life.  We also see his Grandmother berate him about finding love and giving more little Moores to look after. Then there is the fact that he was found in the alley and we know why…and trying to keep his good standing where it is.

Even though we are clearly putting our hope in these three broken characters, they are still driven to find out who the killer is…

…and they are slowly getting us closer to who it is.

Next:

Counterpart: The Lost Art of Diplomacy Recap

Synosis: Both sides turn to diplomacy to resolve a conflict. Emily obtains a special visa. Howard interrogates a suspect.
We now know that the AU is suffering from some kind of pandemic. If a person is not reported for being ill, they will be in trouble.
But everyone, in both universes, is upset that Baldwin has been captured by the local PD in this universe.
Emily Burton was asked to go to our universe to figure wtf is going on, Who sent Baldwin to our universe and why is the big question that everyone wants answered. Finding out may help AU Emily regain her once-great reputation.
Following Emily AU through the looking-glass to get to our universe is interesting. There are a lot of precautions and checks. It shows the level of security there is with this dual universe scenario.
The AU even has its own embassy in our universe.
Emily and her partner cross paths with AU Howard in this embassy and Emily and Howard go back and forth as the realization that they are being played comes to them.
However, there is another meeting between officials of the AU and our Universe. They are discussing the same thing, Baldwin. However, she is a pawn for our universe. They want intel. Census numbers and oil reserve info. Oil reserve info makes sense, but the census info is a bit odd.
But we do learn that this relationship between the worlds gives us data and data is king to our side. The diplomacy between the two worlds is fragile and it is intriguing that there are these outside forces manipulating these people, but for what reason?
In a surprising turn of events, Baldwin is rescued by her camrades. Howard and the officers were kept safe because he reached Baldwin, something in her feels for our Howard.
However, AU Howard wants to send our Howard to his universe so he can resolve whatever diplomatic issues he has with the Embassy.
…and we learn that Emily Silk from our universe was AU Howard’s informant.
How tf was she involved?
And then they killed AU Emily.
So out Howard is basically fucked in the other universe. Such a tangled web…

Star Trek: Discovery – The War Without, the War Within Recap

If you remember, the Discovery has jumped ahead nine months in their own proper universe. Their Federation has enemies to the left and enemies to the right…and they are all Klingons.

Sarek and Cornwell are asking the Discovery not to discuss the alternate universe, but having AU Georgiou on board complicates matters.

Also, we have Tyler walking around and it is unnerving to everyone, but kindhearted Tilly and a couple of others. However, Michael refuses to cross his path. Until Tilly talks to her and tells her to be compassionate. When she does go to speak to him, she decides to let him go.

Being at war means those on board are considered to be a tool or hindrance. Cornwell learns what drives the Klingons…to conquer.

They come up with a plan to give the Federation the upper hand, but it was crafted by AU Georgiou. Michael presents it and Cornwell goes for it, but that plan is just step one. But the Federation needs this to work in order for it to survive.

That plan is to jump to the Klingon home planet and to map the planet to conquer it. Who is heading this plan, Captain Georgiou. This is not going to go well, is it? It is clear that Saru and Michael do not trust her at all.

I have to admit something…I miss Lorca.

We have one episode left, like any show…it will have a cliffhanger that will hopefully have our jaws dropping and leaving us counting down to season 2.