Sunday, June 28, 2015

Suits: Denial (5x01)

Oh my God Harvey. You poor dear! And poor Donna! Seriously I'm so upset. But also so excited about this season! This episode was honestly really hard to watch, but at the same time when it ended I had the biggest grin on my face. Let's go over the plot.

Basically, Donna has left Harvey and is going to start working for Louis. Donna tries to be an adult about it, but Harvey insists that they rip off the band-aid and just get it over with. Donna doesn't stay with Harvey for her final two weeks, therefore, and instead goes straight to working with Louis. Harvey is in denial. He thinks that Donna will come back. Louis is also uncertain about Donna's new position, as he thinks that Donna will abandon him and run back to Harvey. Harvey goes to see a therapist, hoping to be given anti-anxiety medication. He has been suffering from panic attacks due to losing Donna. He fears that he's going to drop the ball and mess things up.

Meanwhile, Rachel and Mike decide to keep their engagement a secret for the time being. Originally, they were going to tell Donna, but the news about Donna now working for Louis eclipses all else from their minds. Rachel misses a test in school because she sticks around and helps Harvey. Harvey is still refusing to hire a new secretary, thinking that Donna will come back. The case that Harvey and Mike are working on nearly gets screwed up because of a minor oversight of Rachel's, but Mike tells him it's his own fault for not hiring a new secretary. Rachel shouldn't be blamed, since this isn't even her job!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Outlander: To Ransom a Man's Soul (1x16)

Well then. That's one way to end a season. Honestly, this episode was even tougher than the last one, so if you couldn't stomach, 1x15, steer clear of the followup. Let's take a look at the plot.

Murtagh and the MacKenzie men successfully enter Wentworth Prison by causing chaos with a herd of cows. They get Jamie out, but he is badly injured, both physically and psychologically. Jamie, Claire, and the other men stay at the nearby Scotsman's house while Jamie recovers from his ordeal. It seems no matter what anybody says, Jamie is convinced there's no coming back from what happened to him. He is suicidal, and he actually asks one of the men to kill him. When Claire finds out, she realizes she cannot keep coddling him. She needs to get to the bottom of what happened.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Modern Family: American Skyper (6x24)

Cute finale! Poor Haley and Andy... let's jump right in.

Alex has graduated from high school, and the whole family gets together at Jay and Gloria's house for a party. The whole family, that is, except for Phil, who got stuck out of town. He still manages to be at the party, sort of, by staying on a video chat on a rolling camera so he can move around and communicate with the whole family. Throughout the party, lots of shenanigans take place, with Phil trying to mediate all the chaos.

Mitchell and Cam have plans to buy the unit above theirs and expand their home, but Cam notices that Mitchell doesn't seem too excited. We learn that Mitchell has actually lost his job, and has been going to the park during the day and hanging out with an old man named Spencer. He didn't tell Cam that he lost his job, and now he wants Phil to help him so that they don't have to buy the unit upstairs, because they can no longer afford it. Cam is suspicious of Mitchell's behavior, and when he sees texts from a guy named Spencer on his phone, he thinks Mitchell is having an affair. When the truth comes out, Cam is just relieved that Mitchell hasn't been unfaithful, and they decide they'll buy the unit upstairs anyway. They can rent it out for now - it's still a great opportunity. Also, during all of this, Cam has been having trouble with his speech, because he got adult braces.

This plot thread didn't really do much for me. The braces thing was funny for a second, but it actually just got really annoying to hear Cam talk with a lisp. They purposefully wrote his lines with a lot of "s" words to really emphasize the impediment, and it felt sort of childish. Also, it's pretty horrible of Mitchell to hide such a huge secret from his husband, and I feel like the episode didn't really address the more serious aspects of Mitchell's mistakes. However, there were a few cute moments, like when Cam read Mitchell's phone through the bottom of a glass table.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Supernatural: Brother's Keeper (10x23)

I'm really disappointed, actually. That wan't very good at all. That was just... ugh. I have a lot of complaints. But let's start first with the plot. God, I'm so annoyed. Grr.

Dean is working a case with Rudy, another hunter, but then Dean tells Rudy to get lost and that he'll handle it himself. Rudy calls Sam and tells him where Dean is, since he can tell something is terribly wrong with him. Dean finds a vampire's nest, and allows Rudy to get stabbed and killed before he take out the vampires, killing them ruthlessly. He goes back to his hotel room and has a meltdown, destroying the whole room. Then, he leaves a note that says "she's all yours" with the keys to the impala for Sam to find, and he takes off.

Sam leaves Cas with Rowena, telling him to please find a way to enact the spell that will remove the Mark of Cain. He tracks Dean to the hotel room, finds the destruction and the note, and then... he gets a call from Dean. Dean has summoned Death, and Death has offered to remove him from Earth to protect everybody from the Mark of Cain. He can't kill Dean, and he can't take the Mark off of Dean unless Dean passes it to somebody else. Since Dean is unwilling to do that, he'll have to continue, immortal, with the Mark for the rest of eternity. Turns out, if the Mark is not tethered to a person, it releases something called the Darkness, which existed before the world was created. God created a Mark to tether the Darkness, and he gave it to Lucifer. Lucifer then gave it to Cain, who gave it to Dean. Dean calls Sam and tells him where he is. It's time to say goodbye.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outlander: Wentworth Prison (1x15)

So, if you're on the fence about this episode, and you're not sure if you can stomach it, find somebody who's already seen it and they'll tell you what's what. It's... yeah. There are certain parts where I had to look away, watch through my fingers, or even pause altogether and take a break to watch something light and fluffy on Netflix. It's an intense episode, and even as somebody who can handle a lot of dark content, I was feeling pretty queasy by the end of it. Let's start with a plot summary.

Jamie is standing in the courtyard of Wentworth Prison, waiting to hear his name called out to be hanged. McQuarrie is with him, and Jamie is forced to watch as he dies. However, just as Jamie has the rope put around his own neck, Jack Randall shows up and saves him from the noose. Jack brings Jamie down to a dungeon cellar. Jack wants Jamie to admit defeat and surrender to him. If he does that, Jack promises to let Jamie die in the manner of his own choosing. Jamie refuses to cooperate.

Meanwhile, Claire poses as a distant relation of Jamie's, hoping to be allowed to see him. This doesn't work, and Claire is given a box of Jamie's personal effects to pass along to the family. Murtagh and Claire despair, but some of the other MacKenzie men manage to find out information about the prison's schedule. They do so by drinking and gambling with some of the British guards. Claire goes back into the prison, lying and saying that she was given permission to retrieve a letter from Jamie. Murtagh knocks out a nosy guard, and Claire sneaks through the prison. She unlocks a backdoor that can serve as an escape later on, and then tries to find Jamie.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Vampire Diaries: I'm Thinking of You All the While (6x22)

Okay so this actually made me cry real tears. But despite that significant accomplishment, I still feel like there were a couple of things that didn't quite work. Let's go over this emotionally devastating finale, as we say a tearful goodbye to Nina Dobrev!

In the aftermath of Kai's attack on the wedding, we see that Jo has died, and many people are injured. Elena has been knocked out, and Damon can't get her to wake up. He rushes her to the hospital. Kai stabs himself in the neck, killing himself and thus killing all of the other Gemini Coven members. Liv is dying because of this. Tyler has a huge piece of glass embedded in his torso, and it looks like he won't make it either. Liv convinces Tyler to smother her, killing her and triggering his werewolf curse. It's a full moon, so the transformation will cure Tyler. Tyler, tears in his eyes, does it. He manages to get a message to Matt that he's a werewolf now, so all the vampires need to stay away from him for his own safety.

Meanwhile, Lily is looking for her friends - Kai promised that they would be brought back. She tells Enzo that she gave Kai her blood in exchange for the rescue of her friends. This means... Kai is a vampire and a witch! He shows up just as Alaric is putting Jo's body into his car for transport. Kai gets ready to attack Alaric, when Tyler shows up and bites Kai!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Elementary: A Controlled Descent (3x24)

It's been pretty obvious from day one of this show that we would eventually reach this point... but even so, it hurt very badly. Let's take a look.

Oscar Rankin is back, and he wants Sherlock's help. His sister, who is also an addict, has gone missing, and he wants Sherlock to find her. How does he get Sherlock to help? By kidnapping Alfredo. He has him tied up somewhere, and won't tell Sherlock where unless Sherlock helps him. While Joan, Gregson and Bell try to track down Alfredo by following clues from the crime scene, Sherlock follows Oscar on his quest to find his sister.

Eventually, Sherlock does find the missing Olivia Rankin. She's already dead, and based on footprints near her body in an abandoned tunnel, Sherlock realizes that Oscar already knew she was dead. His real motivation, Oscar finally admits, was to drag Sherlock down with him. He wanted Sherlock to succumb to his drug addiction and join the lowest of the low once again. He offers Sherlock a box, with heroin inside. He threatens that he'll never tell anybody where Alfredo is, unless Sherlock gives in.

Meanwhile, Joan and the others do manage to find Alfredo. Joan texts Sherlock to tell him that Alfredo is okay, and once Sherlock reads that text, he snaps. He attacks Oscar, brutally beating him. He then takes the drugs, and walks into the tunnel.

Grey's Anatomy: You're My Home (11x24)

Huh. That didn't really feel like a finale. It was so... gentle. And sweet. Still, I really enjoyed it! Let's go over what happened.

The patient who was trapped in the car will live to see another day - and his wife and child both made it too! It's a tricky task, saving him, as they need to transport him from the car to the OR in less than five minutes, or he'll bleed out. They manage it, as Stephanie gets the interns to help her clear a path from outside to the OR. Stephanie is having trouble with her interns, since she's angry at them for almost killing a patient the week before. Bailey reminds her that the interns are her ducklings, and she needs to be a good teacher for them. Stephanie steps up her game.

April and Jackson talk about their future - April wants to go back to war, because she feels like it's her calling. Jackson says she should go if that's what she wants, but that he can't be there waiting for her when she gets back. It's too hard for him to handle the separation. April is devastated by the ultimatum, as she contemplates losing her husband.

Alex tells Jo that Meredith asked if she and the kids could move into the house. He asks her what she thinks, but Jo knows that she doesn't really have a say - Alex can't say no to Meredith. Alex explains that Meredith is his best friend, but he wants to be putting down roots here with Jo. Jo isn't sure what to do at first, but ultimately she decides that she and Alex should get their own place - she takes Alex to a loft that they could buy and start their lives in. Then, Alex could sell the house back to Meredith, and everybody will be happy.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Modern Family: Crying Out Loud (6x23)

This was a really enjoyable, surprisingly emotional episode of Modern Family. The plot threads were all separate, but they all tied together to create a common theme - sometimes even in a close, loving family, it's hard to express how you're really feeling, and it's hard to understand how your relationships with your family members will change when people begin to move on to the next stage of their lives. Let's take each plot thread on its own.

Claire is offered a job to work for a hotel chain. She doesn't want to take it, but she tells Jay about it, hoping that he'll tell her to stay. Instead, he seems totally dismissive, and tells her to take the job. Claire does, but then she believes that Jay is secretly upset, so she says no. Then she finds out that Jay isn't upset, and tries to take the job again. Jay finally admits that he didn't tell Claire how he felt about the job offer because he didn't want to influence her decision - the truth is, he really doesn't want her to go. Jay is not satisfied with Claire's emotionless response to this declaration, so he stages a confrontation with the man who wanted to hire Claire, announcing that he wants to keep working with his daughter. Claire tears up. Turns out, the guy Jay was talking to was just a friend, not the man Claire had been speaking to on the phone all this time.

I really liked this plot thread. We're not exactly covering new territory here - Jay often has trouble accessing his emotions, and his children are starved for his attention. But there was a lot of humor and a lot of sincerity here, and that made it wonderful. I loved the fact that Jay held back from telling Claire what he thought because he knew it had to be her decision. I also liked that Jay wasn't satisfied with Claire's reaction, so he tricked her into showing more emotion. It's a dysfunctional relationship, but it seems to work for them!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Supernatural: The Prisoner (10x22)

Um. Ouch? I'm ready to cry like a baby during next week's finale, to be honest. I just want to find Sam Winchester and hug him for like ten hours. And then Cas. And then Dean, although I feel like that would be a good way to get myself killed. I still haven't forgiven the creative team for killing off Charlie, but I'm going to try and take a look at this episode without dissolving into another rant on that topic. Let's start with the plot.

Sam and Dean burn Charlie's body. Dean blames Sam for what happened, and says he's going to go after whoever did this and then kill everybody they ever loved. Sam is worried that this is the Mark talking, but Dean walks away, intent on revenge. Sam tells Cas what happened, and that he promised Dean he would shut down their attempts to read the Book of the Damned. Just as they're about ready to give up, Sam gets the email from Charlie, with her notes from the codex. Rowena confirms that with this new information, she should be able to read the Book of the Damned. Sam is torn, but ultimately he decides he has to do whatever it takes to cure Dean. He sends Cas after Dean, to make sure that he doesn't go too far off the rails.

Rowena tells Sam that she won't read the Book until Sam holds up his end of the bargain and kills Crowley. Sam lures Crowley to him by faking a phone call from Dean. He shoots Crowley with a devil's trap bullet, and then uses a hex bag that Rowena gave him to kill Crowley. Crowley takes a while to die, and Sam uses that time to tell him that no matter what everybody else may think, Sam still remembers that he's a villain. Crowley, who has lately tried to redeem himself by making Hell less... Hellish, finally remembers who he really is. He's able to set the hex bag on fire, proving himself stronger than his mother's magic. He spares Sam's life, telling him to go deliver a message to Rowena: he'll be coming for her, and there's no stopping him. Sam calls Rowena, who tells Sam to find another way to kill Crowley.