Friday, October 24, 2014

Supernatural: Soul Survivor (10x03)

Where was my Winchester Bro hug?! I want it! I demand it! All I can say is, I want some angst and guilt from Dean in the next episode. It's necessary. But I should slow down and write out the plot first, yeah?

We see Sam dressed up as a doctor, procuring blessed blood to use in curing Dean. He injects Dean with blood in the bunker, but Dean is very resistant to being cured. He seems to be in a lot of pain as he's being cured, and he uses every trick in the book to get Sam to stop. He tells Sam that he might be killing his own big brother, and when that doesn't work, he tells Sam that he knows what he did when he was searching for him.

Turns out, Sam set up the crossroads deal with Lester, so that he could use Lester to track down Dean and Crowley. He never intended for Lester to truly sell his soul, but that's what happened. Dean gloatingly tells Sam that he killed Lester himself. Dean also says that he left Sam for a reason - he's tired of having to save him. Dean's mother would still be alive if it weren't for Sam. Sam tries not to let this stuff get to him. He continues injecting Dean with the blood. Sam goes into Dean's room in the bunker and looks at signs of his old life with Dean. When he comes back down to continue the cure, he sees that Dean has escaped from his bonds.

Meanwhile, Cas and Hannah are heading towards the bunker to help Sam out, but Cas is getting weaker and weaker because of his failing grace. On the way, Cas is sure to tell Hannah that they need to keep their priorities straight - getting to Sam and Dean has to be their focus, and there can be no distractions. Particularly not distractions of the "I have feelings for you" variety. When they stop for gas, they run into Adina, one of the angels who refused to go back to Heaven. She is out for revenge, because Cas killed her friend. Adina beats up Cas and threatens to kill Hannah.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Castle: Child's Play (7x04)

I'm going to apologize for my brevity in advance.

Basically, this week we get a case that starts off with a murder in an ice cream truck. Beckett, Ryan and Espo track down leads involving the Russian mob scene, while Castle follows a different lead. Inside the ice cream truck, the team find a permission slip from a 2nd grade classroom. Castle goes to talk to the kids, trying to figure out the witness.

While there, he butts heads with the teacher, who is protective of her students. Castle makes friends with a couple of kids who he think might be the witness, but once he gets them to open up, turns out they're not. One little girl asks for help with a bully, and when Castle tells her to stand up for herself, she punches him. Turns out, the bully was the one who knew something about the case. But he wasn't the witness - it was his older sister. This sister was connected with the first of the victims. From there, the rest of the case is solve-able.

Meanwhile, Alexis has been pampering Castle by making him food, checking in on him constantly, and even loading a locator app onto his phone. Castle is at first willing to let this continue, since he gets the perks, but eventually he and Beckett agree that it's weird. Castle talks to Alexis, telling her that part of being a grownup is knowing that you can't always protect the people that you love. Alexis reluctantly agrees to back down a bit.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Big Bang Theory: The Expedition Approximation (8x06)

Let's do the two plot threads separately, shall we?

Raj and Sheldon learn of a new opportunity to get in on the ground floor of dark matter studies. It would involve them going into a salt mine, and staying there for hours at a time. Raj suggests that they try to simulate the environment to see if they would be able to handle it. They climb into an underground utility tunnel at the university, while Amy stays above to keep in contact with them via walkie-talkie. Sheldon has to battle his claustrophobia, among other fears, in order to stay down in the tunnel. The two of them talk about Hannah Montana, among other things, until Sheldon finally reveals his deepest fear - what if his research into dark matter doesn't lead anywhere? He was a respected member of the field when it came to string theory, and now he has to start all over! Raj commiserates with him, and tells him that fear is normal. He was terrified when he first left India to come to America. When Sheldon sees rats in the tunnel, he runs out, leaving Raj behind. Raj later yells at him for being a coward, and Sheldon doesn't deny it.

The Walking Dead: Strangers (5x02)

I'm just going to jump right in - sound good?

The group walk through the forest, regrouping after their ordeal at Terminus. Carol doesn't feel like talking about what happened before, at the prison and with Lizzie and Mika, but Daryl tells her it's okay to start over. Abraham is anxious to keep moving on towards DC, but Rick hasn't decided yet if they'll all come along.

They then encounter a priest, named Father Gabriel. They save him from being killed by Walkers, but Rick isn't sure what to make of him, especially when he says he's never killed any Walkers, or people. He takes them to his church, where he's been holed up this whole time, surviving on canned goods that had just been collected for a food drive when the disaster began. He tells them that he's recently ran out of food, but that there is one more place nearby with food. It's been overrun by Walkers, though.

Rick tells Carl to keep his guard up, and that he doesn't trust Gabriel. Then, Rick takes Michonne, Bob, and Sasha with him to get the food. He also drags along Gabriel, because he doesn't trust him enough to let him out of his sight. The group manage to get the food, but Bob has a close call with a Walker, only barely being saved by Sasha. Gabriel sees someone he knew when she was alive, which badly rattles him.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Once Upon a Time: The Apprentice (4x04)

I should have known they'd find a way to work Mickey Mouse into the story somehow! :) Let's start with a plot summary, and then we'll move on to what I thought.

So, remember that mysterious box thing that Rumple saw in the house where he and Belle honeymooned? Well, turns out it's pretty important. We start with the Apprentice, who is guarding a vault, when the Dark One enters. Not Rumple - a previous Dark One. This Dark One tries to get to a box, being guarded by the Apprentice. Turns out, there are wards around the box to prevent anyone from opening it if he or she has accepted darkness into his or her heart. No Dark One will ever be able to open the box.

We then flash forward to Anna, as she finds Rumplestiltskin. She has come to ask him about her parents. Rumple reveals that Anna and Elsa's parents did indeed come to see him, but he refuses to tell her why they had come, unless she agrees to a deal. Rumple tells her to slip the contents of a vial into the Apprentice's food. Anna goes to the Apprentice, but she can't bring herself to put the vial into the man's food, since of course she believes it's poison, and doesn't wish to harm a nice old man. Anna returns to Rumple and lies, saying that she's completed the task. Rumple then reveals that the vial actually contained an antidote to a poison that the Apprentice had already consumed. Since Anna didn't give the Apprentice the antidote, he turns into a mouse.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Doctor Who: Flatline (8x09)

Arrrrgggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Blah. Plot. Let's start there.

So, as the Doctor is trying to drop Clara off, something weird happens with the TARDIS. It's getting smaller on the outside! The Doctor stays inside while Clara wanders around to investigate. She finds a crew of people cleaning up graffiti, and there meets a member of the crew who is there for community service (he himself does graffiti and he got busted). His name is Rigsy, and he tells Clara about all of the people who have been disappearing lately. When she gets back to the TARDIS, she discovers that it has shrunk even more. The Doctor, still regularly sized inside, can no longer get out of the door.

Clara and Rigsy go to investigate the place where the last disappearance occurred. Clara talks to the Doctor through an earpiece, and with the Doctor's help, Clara and Rigsy try to solve the mystery. When a police officer goes missing on the premises while they're searching, things start to become more clear: creatures from a 2-Dimensional universe are making contact with our universe, and flattening things - and people - as they do so.

At first, the Doctor tries to make contact with them, hoping that they might be reasoned with. Perhaps they don't know that they're hurting people? But it turns out that's not the case. There's this graffiti of people standing with their backs facing away from the world. Rigsy thought it was a memorial for the missing people, but then the people in the graffiti start to turn around. The 2-D universe gets the power to go 3-D, and these people peel themselves off the wall and start chasing our heroes.

The Legend of Korra: The Coronation (4x03)

Okay, so in this installment, we've got a lot of things getting underway. Let's just jump right in.

It's Wu's coronation day in Republic City. He's upset because apparently a lot of the traditional ceremonial jewels and performances won't be possible, due to the problems and the raiding in the Earth Kingdom. Nevertheless, Wu sucks it up and gets ready for his coronation. At said coronation, Kuvira makes a speech declaring that she will continue to lead the Earth Kingdom, and she will crush anyone who stands in her way.

Bolin is a bit uncomfortable with this takeover, but Kuvira reminds him of all they've done for the Earth Kingdom. Mako, who still has to look after Wu, clashes with Bolin about this. The two of them fight over what Kuvira has done. The other world leaders, including Suyin, are very upset with Kuvira. Suyin tries to talk to Kuvira, but Kuvira insists that Suyin was too cowardly and lazy to help the Earth Kingdom when it needed it, and that now Kuvira will do the job.

Mako has to look after Wu, as supporters of Kuvira constantly attack him in the streets. The poor prince feels very dejected about his coronation and his future prospects. We also set up a few threads for later episodes here: Varrick appears to be doing experiments on Spirit Vines for Kuvira, for what purpose we don't know. Tenzin sends Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo on a special mission to find Korra.