Can you tell that I like a specific type of show?
Let’s start off with Riverdale’s the Blackboard.
As Jughead says ever so eloquently, our Archie is going down a dark path…that he was coerced into by the FBI. When he asked the FBI if what they were doing was okay…I believe asking a minor to get intel that would help take down a power hungry businessman is so not right on many levels.
But, this is Riverdale. So, FBI goes up to Archie and asks him to help them take down Hiram. In exchange, his Dad and Veronica would be protected. But, something seems wrong. Do they not have to take him “downtown” to fill him in on everything? Is there not official paperwork? This story line just rubs me the wrong way. However, seeing Veronica keep secrets from Archie and vice versa clearly screams trouble for this couple. And if you think that Archie fessing up about his kiss with Betty was oh so noble, it was a ploy to cover up his work with the FBI.
While Veronica is keeping her secrets close to her chest, she was doing her parents bidding by welcoming Serpents to the hallowed Halls of Riverale High. However, not is going well for the Serpents, it seems like profiling is the name of the game at Principal Weatherbee’s school, even if it being forced by Reggie and Cheryl. Juggie fully comprehends what is going on and under FP’s advisement, has him and his fellow Serpents hiding in the tall grass and waiting to strike. I like this story line because it shows that Juggie has found his place and just because someone comes from the wrong side of the tracks does not mean that they are not to be trusted. Just like…
…Alice Cooper. Alice has had it rough. Her eldest, Polly, has basically become a Scientologist and shunned her family. The final straw was when she popped up and told Betty that she had given birth to her twins, Juniper and Dagwood (?!?). Feeling for her Mother, Betty finds her long-lost older brother, Chic. Chic has not had an easy life. The only reason he is in the Cooper household, at this moment, is that Betty rescued him (not so sure about that) from a brutal beat down at his hostel. But, Chic is not all that he appears, there is something dark in him. Is it his resentment towards Alice and Hal for giving him us as a baby or is it even something more sinister…
There was a moment when Archie asked the Fed if he and Betty caught the real Black Hood…I think not.
Next up: The Wrestler – In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team; Betty unearths some dark secrets about Chic; Veronica and Josie clash.
Arrow. You know, I still do not get what the deal is with Cayden James. I know that technology based crime is a big deal, but this whole wiping out the internet plot seems like something that everyone should be involved in….not just the people in Ollie’s neck of the woods?
Just the mere fact that they have another World’s Laurel Lance, screams like they need to bring in help from Legend’s of Tomorrow. That is beside’s the point and before I go off another tangent…what is interesting to see is how Oliver’s decision have affected his world. He has spied on half of his team and they have decided to branch off and do their own thing. Is this a bad thing? Well, in the Marvelverse…1,2,3….how many heroes are in the state of New York alone? In theory, this should not be seen as a bad thing. That does not mean that the old adage of, “A House Divided Shall Not Stand,” should escape your brain totally. There will be more fall out…we just do not know to what extent that will be. Especially when there are kids at stake.
Next up: We Fall – William gets caught in the cross hairs as Oliver attempts to stop Cayden James with just the original Team Arrow.
Counterpoint is from Starz. It is basically an espionage tale with a classic sci-fi tilt. The first episode was very intriguing. We meet this schlep of a guy who is just not happy with his 9-5 job, at a quasi-government agency, and due to his love of his life being in a coma after being in an accident. Then something interesting happens at his place of work, he meets his “other”. His doppelganger from another dimension. To a point, they’ve lived the same life. Yet, something happening to Howard in the other universe to become the complete opposite of our Howard. This comes about as these two Howards meet to not only capture an assassin, but to save our Howard’s wife. Now, why this assassin is targeting Howard’s wife does not make sense…until we see Other Howard go to his world and we meet his Emily and she is in the same line of work as Other Howard. This is interesting because Other Howard told our Howard that his Emily died from cancer. Why did he lie?
The other intriguing parts of this show is why is there a quasi-government agency keeping tabs on one another and not just trying to wall off the other universe? Also, what is up with this assassin?
So many questions and we only have nine more episode left.
And the best for last…Star Trek: Discovery.
What a twist and why do I keep tweeting DeLorca instead of Lorca. No se.
That is besides the point. We have been given the best plot twist so far this season of any show.
Now, we all knew something was up with Lorca. There was just something off. His intentions were never clear and even the people he knew really well thought something was off with him. We originally thought it was the accident he was in, but were so wrong.
And now we know why. Our Lorca is not really our Lorca. This Lorca is this alternate universe’s Lorca. The Lorca that betrayed Philippa and apparently romanced quite a few women…including Michael.
I know, I know…wth!!!!
Now that he is on his target, what will Lorca do? What does this mean for our discovery crew, for Michael, for the people in this universe that were hunting down Lorca…we just have to wait and see.
While this was all going down on the Charon, the Discovery got it’s Stamets back. While I know, the story line was given a bit of romance to push Stamets out of his coma. Some people on Twitter did not like this, however love propels people to do extraordinary things…even come out of a coma. Now, Stamets and Tilly have to figure out how to fix the spore issue.
Ash Tyler is not doing well at all. Out of compassion, Saru turns to their captive for help. She refuses at first, but when she see how destroyed Ash is, she gives in. We will have to wait and see if we our Ash back and if there are any repercussions from 1. the fall out of being a Klingon victim and 2. the death of Culber.
We only have three episodes left for this surprisingly edge of your seat and fun show.
One last thing, I loved the last episode of X-Files. It had a lot of the fun and will they, won’t they moments that made me fall in love with the original show. The only issue was that the plot was weak.
Oh! Keep an eye out for The Alienist!
TCAs have led to some renewals and some changes:
- The Gifted (FOX)
- The Walking Dead (AMC) – With news that Scott Gimple has moved up to oversee all of the Walking Dead franchise and that means the cornerstone of the franchise will be getting a new show runner, Angela Kang.
- Stan Against Evil (IFC)
- The Orville (FOX)
- Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu)
We also received some disheartening news from the world of HBO. The prequels for the much heralded and beloved Game of Thrones will not see the light of day until possibly 2020. Screen Rant
NBC has decided to shake things up with their latest cop show. David Heyman’s In Between Lives is about a young woman who uses her special gift (talking to the dead) to help a detective and an ex-FBI agent solve crimes. Deadline
We know that Starz’ American Gods has lost Gillian Anderson, but they have also lost their show runners, Michael Green and Bryan Fuller. At the TCAs, Chris Albrecht stated that they will continue to be involved, but at what capacity…no one is sure. Chalk up all issues to two main factors: 1. Budget and 2. Timing. Fingers-crossed that the second season will be in production sooner than later. Variety
But, Starz did give us some good news. The Continental, which is in the John Wick universe has been picked up by Starz. If you recall from the movies, The Continental is the hotel that John Wick goes to as he seeks refuge or intel and assistance in his revenge plots. So, the show will focus on this safe haven for assassins and give us more details about how this world of assassins works. They did promise that the show will match John Wink in tone and in action. This is a show to keep an eye on. THR
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:
- Barry let Original Harry go….to terrorize another day.
- Ollie killed his fuhrer doppelganger.
- 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).
- Barry and Iris finally got married.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!