July 20, 2017

Suits: The Statue (7x02)

Yeah, okay. This was a good episode. And it actually fixed some of the things that made me angry about last week's installment, so... good on ya!

Cons:

Rachel took a backseat again. Last week, we learned that she would be taking over the associates, but we didn't get to see that play out. This week, she almost took over a case for Mike but then ultimately didn't, and we didn't get to see her playing bad-ass attorney. What with Mike becoming a legit lawyer, I sort of feel like we've forgotten that Rachel is a lawyer now too.

Harvey and Louis get into another brief tiff in this episode. Louis is whiny, Harvey is a steamroller, they both say sorry and are okay by the end. It wasn't a bad plot thread. I guess I just don't know what they can do with Louis' character at this point to make him more interesting. He's been through the same whirlwind dozens of times and I'm getting really sick of it.

July 13, 2017

Suits: Skin in the Game (7x01)

This show has a special place in my heart. It's sort of like a disobedient, not-too-bright child. It can piss me off so easily, but nothing it does makes me love it any less. And lemme tell you something - there are a bunch of things about this opener to Season Seven that are not what I would call ideal. And yet... I still had fun watching.

Cons:

Donna... okay... look. All last season I was annoyed because the whole plot thread with "The Donna" was stupid and made no logical sense. However, I really liked the idea of exploring Donna getting more attention and respect for all of her hard work. Now, we throw this whole "Donna is suddenly a senior partner" thing into the mix. Yo. I'm a legal secretary who works at a corporate firm... let me tell you that this is ridiculous. There are plenty of other ways to move up in your field without going to law school, even if you work at a law firm. Donna seems to be suggesting that she's valuable not because of legal expertise but because of her management skills. Great! Promote her to a practice manager, head of client relations, executive administrator... any of these things. These are all real jobs with real power and money and an office and a say in firm policies. And they all make a lot more sense than just her being made a partner in the firm. It's ridiculous.

Louis screws up, people call him on it, and he backs down. Again. This time it's because he's smarting over his breakup with Tara. I get that he would be hurting, but he yells some truly horrible and abusive things to the associates, and we're all just going to forgive him and move on to the next cycle in the never-ending Louis story? Yikes. I'm sick of it.

July 03, 2017

Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls (10x12)

I really quite enjoyed this episode. I won't lie, though, I also had a few complaints. I can taste freedom, though. Moffat is almost out of here. Let's dive in.

Cons:

Basically, this is just a continuation of next week, which is perfectly lovely, in that we're wrapping up the only real through-lines of this season's plots. Namely, Missy. The problem is that this episode had a lot of endings, and I'm not sure I'm satisfied with them. Namely, Missy. The Master and Missy kill each other in this episode, which on the one hand is like the perfect way for them to go out, but on the other hand, it still feels like we didn't have enough screen-time with Missy to make her inclusion in this season feel worthwhile. There was so much more to explore. And I get the whole dramatic irony thing, because now we know that Missy was going to go back and stand with the Doctor, but the Doctor doesn't know that... yadda yadda.... I just feel like there was a more satisfying ending that could have come out of this.

And then there's Bill... On the one hand, I love the way her character ended up, going off with another immortal lesbian to explore the universe forever more. I'm all about that shit. But at the same time, my complaints from last week still stand. She did a lot of reacting instead of acting in this episode, and I still feel like we're only just beginning to understand her as a character. I really wanted her to be the carry-over companion for our new Doctor and new show-runner. We didn't get nearly enough time with Bill.

June 26, 2017

Doctor Who: World Enough and Time (10x11)

Oh, gosh. Sometimes this show makes it very difficult for me to pick a score out of ten. I liked watching this episode quite a bit, but my brain kept interjecting with complaints all the same. Let's take a closer look.

Cons:

In brief, this plot thread tells us the origins of one of the Doctor's most fearsome foes: The Cybermen. Cool. It does so with a twist about a black hole, and time moving more swiftly at one end of a large ship than it does the other. Also cool. Then there's the additional twist that the kindly yet strange old man who has been caring for Bill during most of the episode is actually the Master. C...c-cool? I mean, seeing John Simm back in that role is absolutely thrilling, don't get me wrong. And the idea of watching Missy and the Master riff off of each other is just delightful. I suppose my problem with this is that it seems like a twist for the sake of a twist. You could say that this older, even more evil version of the Master showing up is a chance for Missy to decide where her allegiances lie, and all of that. But for my money, Missy is plenty interesting on her own. There's so much to untangle with her character, and now that we're adding Simm to the mix, I worry that Missy's development will be halted or ignored. This is the first episode where Missy has had anything to do beyond an extended cameo, basically, and she's being overshadowed by the return of a sinister face from the past. Just a little bit hard to swallow.

I rather loved the conceit of Bill being separated from Nardole, the Doctor, and Missy, even though we just saw that happen in last week's episode. But I couldn't help but notice that in last week's episode, Bill had a lot of agency and tried to figure out what was going on. In this episode, however, Bill is taken in by the Master (albeit unbeknownst to her and us) and she sits around waiting for the Doctor to rescue her. Literally. It's a significant plot point. Bill hasn't suddenly become "the girl who waited" or the "mystery girl" or any of the other pithy and sexist epithets given to Moffat's companions in the past. But Bill starts off this episode getting shot, and ends it crying to the Doctor that she waited for him, apparently turned in to a Cyberman. I'm not going to rant and rave and get all angry about this, because I'm waiting for the finale to see how this all shakes out. But if things stand as they are, it's a little annoying, is it not? Bill sits around and waits, and then she ends up being one of the Doctor's most fearsome foes. Sound familiar? Did we not meet Clara originally in the form of a Dalek, and then see her again as a Dalek in a later episode? And now Bill has succumbed to a strangely similar fate.

June 19, 2017

Doctor Who: The Eaters of Light (10x10)

This is an episode that I might give a middling score, but it made me think a lot, and it makes me want to write a big long meaty review analyzing some of the pros and cons. In some ways, that makes it better than the average episode of this show nowadays. I'm going to try and restrain myself and make this brief.

Cons:

Apparently, Bill just now figured out about the TARDIS having a universal translator. A little slow on the uptake, there? For some reason, this just really rubbed me the wrong way. I liked the fact that everybody understanding each other led to a deeper conversation, but it felt silly that Bill hadn't put this together before now. Also, that "deeper conversation" involves Scottish natives and the 9th Roman Legion realizing that they are all just scared children and should be on the same side. Oh, good. An end to a violent conflict. Except that it's more complicated than that. I feel like the episode failed to wrestle with the fact that there definitely is a wrong side in this conflict. I'm not blaming the individual young people fighting with the Romans, but I am blaming the Roman Empire... they were invaders and conquerors. They enslaved and murdered innocents. It felt a little strange that the episode's thesis was all about how these two sides can be united, but there was no point in which we really wrestled with the philosophies of the two different sides in this conflict.

Another well-meaning yet ultimately odd moment is when one of the Roman legion guys is flirting with Bill, and she explains that she's only interested in women, saying that she knows it'll be a difficult concept for him to understand. However, the soldier is completely okay with it, saying that she's just like another of the soldiers, a man who only likes men. Meanwhile, most people are "normal" in that they like men and women. My problems with this are a bit difficult to define. I want to celebrate what seems like positive representation of sexuality, and I do like it when Bill talks about her own sexuality. But earlier in the episode, Bill says she'd read all sorts of books about the Romans and found them really fascinating. Surely she would have known about ancient Roman views on sexuality? So why was she surprised? And also, it's not "modern." Men were able to take male lovers, sure, but the sexuality of women, particularly women loving other women, was not normalized. It bothered me that they were acting like the ancient Romans were these great forward thinking people. Not so much.

June 12, 2017

Doctor Who: Empress of Mars (10x09)

Unfortunately, this episode isn't exactly brilliant. Luckily, it's not as disappointing as last week's, but still. I was hoping for a more impressive comeback. Let's just take a look.

Cons:

The biggest complaint I can articulate about this episode is that it's just sort of... whatever. I didn't feel connected to the characters, and there were a few too many shortcuts in the plot for me to feel satisfied. For example, there's this Victorian soldier guy who it turns out deserted many years ago, but accidentally survived his execution. Now, he's doing the right thing by dying with honor in the service of his people. I get the sense that I was supposed to feel really emotional about this, but I really didn't.

This episode also banked a little too hard on the supposed wacky-ness of its premise. Oh my gosh, you guys, there are Victorian Red Coats on Mars! The thing is, Doctor Who does this sort of stuff all the time, so I wasn't exactly delighted and shocked at seeing "God Save the Queen" written out on the surface of the planet in rocks.

The last bigger complaint I have is that the TARDIS decides to peace out at the beginning of this episode, taking Nardole away from the action. He knows he needs to get back to Mars to pick up Bill and the Doctor, but he can't fix the TARDIS on his own, so he enlists Missy's help. It frustrates me that there was no explanation as to why the TARDIS conveniently decided to malfunction. This was a very contrived way to get Missy out of the vault. And Nardole was the one who was so insistent that she stay in the vault. I don't know... it all seemed a little too convenient.

June 04, 2017

Doctor Who: The Lie of the Land (10x08)

Ah. So we've arrived. The first truly disappointing episode of the season. Let's just get started with this.

Cons:

The Monks have taken over the world and rewritten history so that all humans will think that the Monks have been there all along, and that humanity needs to obey their benevolent overlords. Most people buy into the lie. Bill is resisting, hoping that the Doctor will be able to return and save the world. Nardole shows up, and he and Bill sneak in to find the Doctor, who is apparently working with the Monks and broadcasting messages about their benevolence. Bill shows up, and is horrified to find that the Doctor really does seem to be working with the Monks, and is not planning something to free the world. In despair, Bill gets a gun from one of the guards and shoots the Doctor. The Doctor then starts to regenerate, but it turns out the whole thing was a trick so that the Doctor could be absolutely sure that Bill wasn't under the Monks' influence. From this point on, we pivot and the rest of the episode features the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole working together to rid the world of the Monks.

Before I go in to the rest of the episode, there is just so much stupid shit to deal with in this first section. I was actually enjoying the story up until the point where we find the Doctor and it turns out that he's "really working for the Monks." There were a couple of different directions this could have gone. The stupid, boring, predictable direction is that the Doctor is faking and has a master plan. Ding ding ding! That's what they went with. Other possibilities include: the Doctor is brainwashed, or the Doctor is biding his time and doesn't really have a plan, and is pissed off that Nardole and Bill have shown up and put themselves in danger. Or the Monks had some way to replicate the Doctor and fake those TV broadcasts. But no. They went for the predictable outcome.

May 28, 2017

Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World (10x07)

Wow! I'm pretty damn happy with this one. The bulk of the episode was nothing all that remarkable, and it definitely reminded me of other episodes of Doctor Who in the past. It wasn't exactly offering anything all that new. However, the ending definitely offered something quite new, and the buildup to it was excellent. Let's take a look!

Cons:

Like I said, there were elements of this episode that felt like I'd seen them before. Aliens show up and threaten to destroy the world, the Doctor says no I'll stop you, and it all comes down to a few key humans making the right decision to prevent disaster. The Doctor is always right, the humans are always wrong, and they fail unless they listen to his advice. In this case, it's the heads of the three largest armies in the world: the U.S., Russia, and China. They decide to work together, which is good, but they decide to capitulate to the aliens, which is bad, and they all die for their trouble. A little simplistic.

We also have this moment where the Doctor encourages the three powers to strike against the mysterious pyramid that has shown up in their midst, to show their strength against this alien threat. Nardole and Bill both act shocked and appalled that the Doctor would want them to try a violent tactic. Okay, yeah. The Doctor is a pacifist and so any hint that he might be violent is seen as a crazy deviation from the norm. Sure, except for I feel like I'm being asked to be shocked about the same thing over and over and over again. Moffat's Doctor frequently resorts to violence, or at least doesn't stop others from trying it. Bill's outrage in particular kind of rubbed me the wrong way, because I feel like we haven't seen enough of Bill learning the Doctor's "code" as it were. Does she really know him well enough yet to understand that this behavior deviates from the norm?

May 22, 2017

Elementary: Hurt Me, Hurt You (5x24)

Oh boy. I guess I'm really glad we do get a Season Six, because that would be one hell of a way to finish a show... and not in a good way. Let's take a little look.

Cons:

Last week, I almost made a guess as to what the deal was with the woman, May, who seemed to be following Sherlock around. I know there's no way to prove this now, but my guess would have been "May is a hallucination of Sherlock's mother, caused by Sherlock's brain tumor." And... yeah. I'm not saying I'm opposed to this turn for the show, as I think the buildup for it was beautifully executed, and there could be a lot of cool stuff to come out of this. But at the same time, I feel like this was just a little bit too obvious, you know? And too... dramatic, perhaps? This show is so brilliant at being down to earth. The characters are realistically professional when it comes to their cases, in the sense that they don't get personally drawn in to every little story line. I'm okay with some drama, but this show doesn't need to lean on soap opera plot threads like the lead getting a brain tumor. I have faith they will go somewhere good with this, but I'm slightly let down by the premise itself.

Pros:

I'm pretty happy with the take-down of SPK. Wilcox, the head of the group, gives up his entire gang in exchange for immunity, but then screws up by lying about the one murder he actually committed by hand, and they get to put him away too. What I enjoy about this plot is that in some ways, things get tied up in a pretty little bow, which means that we can be pretty satisfied that all of the bad people are going where they belong. But on the other hand, there are some really sinister dangling threads left hanging, specifically relating to Joan Watson's moral compass.

May 21, 2017

Doctor Who: Extremis (10x06)

Wow. This was a great episode. It made me really excited for the rest of the season, while also standing on its own as a solid outing. And the Doctor is still blind! I'm getting really pumped.

Cons:

Three complaints, to start. One is big, the other two are small.

The big one: Apparently it is Missy in the vault. Literally the first thing we all guessed. I'm not too upset about this, because at least they told us now, instead of waiting and trying to pull it as a big reveal at the end of the season. That would have been a real letdown. But the fact that the thing in the vault was a known entity all along is a little disappointing. The way Nardole talks about her, I was thinking she'd be something a bit more mysterious and unknowable. I get that Missy is really dangerous, but... I don't know. I wanted something new and exciting!

Small one: We see in flashback that at one point, the Doctor was tasked with executing Missy. He of course fails to go through with this, but agrees to watch over her for 1,000 years and make sure she doesn't cause mischief. This is why he's exiled himself to Earth to watch over the vault. Okay, sure. That makes a certain amount of sense. But there was this moment when one of the executioners checked the Doctor's record and saw all the many, many deaths he was responsible for. Moments like this encapsulate everything I hate about Moffat's version of the Doctor. Why does he have to be such a freakin' special snowflake? Any and all deaths that the Doctor is responsible for are his greatest shame. The only names flashing through on that file should be the names of the Gallifrey citizenry that he destroyed. The Doctor does not make a habit of killing people, and to imply that this is a regular part of his legacy is really annoying to me. The Doctor shouldn't be remarkable for anything other than being the last of his kind.

May 19, 2017

Supernatural: Who We Are/All Along the Watchtower (12x22/23)

Uhhhhhhhhh okay. I remember last season's finale was a big ol' anticlimax, although it did set up some potentially interesting ideas. This season finale was... is... I mean... not an anticlimax, let's just say that. Yikes. I'm going to review both episodes in this same post, but I'm going to break it up into sections.

Who We Are

Cons:

I know I complained about this in last week's review, but it bears repeating: Sam and Dean being trapped in the bunker really doesn't make sense. We didn't get any explanation here as to why Ketch thought that was a good idea. Like. What. Of course they got out. They just blew up a small part of the bunker, and they were free and clear. Oy. This felt like a bit of a wasted opportunity, also, in the sense that it took all of ten minutes for Sam, Dean, and Toni to escape from their near-death. There could have been more material with this, if they were going to go this route.

Toni agrees to help Dean try and un-brainwash Mary, but only with the promise from Dean that he'll let her get a head start so she can try and escape. Cool. Unfortunately, while Mary and Dean are both unconscious and hanging out in Mary's brain somehow, Ketch shows up and kills Toni. We don't actually get to see it happen, we just see Dean waking up and he notices Toni lying there with her throat slit. All of the baggage that they built up with Ketch and Toni... leads to nothing. I feel like this should have been a bigger moment somehow.

Grey's Anatomy: Ring of Fire (13x24)

Grey's Anatomy is at its best when improbable disasters are occurring. Last week was a good example of that, and this week is a great example. I'll start with a couple of things I didn't like, but for the most part I was totally drawn in to this season's finale. I can't believe this show is going to be starting its fourteenth season in the fall! Nuts!

Cons:

In big story-line news, I am super not thrilled about the idea of Jackson and Maggie. I know they've been hinting it for a while, but I just cannot reconcile myself to that one. Sorry, but no way. Maggie is too annoying for Jackson. Jackson and April have too much chemistry. I'm just not in support of this. Maggie manages to find a moment in the middle of the chaos to awkwardly apologize to April for yelling at Jackson when Jackson risked his life, and April then has to give Maggie permission to have feelings for Jackson, and it's just so... Maggie. She is incapable of understanding that sometimes things are not about her. She's just so self-centered.

And then in even bigger story-line news, we've got Minnick getting fired because she forgot to tell the police that Stephanie was missing during the chaos of the explosion and the fire and all that. Okay. I'm pissed about this from every different angle. First of all, Minnick ended up being a boring failure of a character who I don't understand or empathize with at all. And yet oddly that somehow makes me even more annoyed that she's been fired, because... because... if she's just gone from the hospital now, what was the point of all of that? On a more minute level, it's stupid that nobody else thought to mention to the police that Stephanie was missing. I know Jackson told Minnick to tell them, but all of the other doctors couldn't take half a second to let somebody know? And in any case, they were looking for the little girl, Erin, already. It's not like they didn't know anybody was missing. They were already looking for somebody.

May 18, 2017

Modern Family: The Graduates (8x22)

Yeah, okay, this was an alright episode. Maybe not one of the greatest episodes this show has ever done, but it had a lot of heartfelt moments as well as some good laughs. Let's get started.

Cons:

The fact that this episode is a graduation episode for Luke and Manny is fine, but it does sort of highlight one of this show's ongoing problems. We did a graduation episode for Alex, and it felt like the start of a new chapter for her character. In reality, she's been floundering with no direction for seasons and seasons now. I'd love to believe that in the next season, Luke and Manny will truly be spreading their wings and exploring new avenues of their lives, but if history is anything to go by, I'm worried they just won't have anything to do.

Whenever Manny's father pops in to the story, it always feels a little forced. Just like every other time we've seen him, Javier is there to make sure that Manny and Jay have a cute father/son moment. Not complaining about the sentiment on its face, but... did we really need Javier to come in to make that happen?

Phil crying over a slideshow of Luke growing up was funny, but I felt like the buildup didn't have a good punchline. Seeing him emotionless at Luke's graduation wasn't particularly funny or rewarding.

May 17, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: World's End (4x22)

Man, what is it with ABC shows ending their seasons with show-altering shakeups? First we had Once Upon a Time with the time skip, and now we've got S.H.I.E.L.D. sending everybody into outer space? But setting aside the last few minutes of the episode, which I'll talk about later, we should first look at how this finale worked as a wrap-up for the best season of this show to date.

Cons:

Like I said, this was the best season of the show we've yet seen, and the finale had a lot to live up to. Consequently, things felt just a tad crowded. We had to deal with the resolution of the Framework plot, along with getting Mack and Yo-Yo out of there. We had to deal with the return of Robbie Reyes, and somehow resolve the whole Darkhold business. Also, the world is still suspicious of Inhumans, and nobody knows what to think of S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore, so there's that. Oh yeah, and Ophelia/Aida is running around trying to kill everybody. Oh yeah and we've got to deal with relationship drama between Fitz and Simmons, as well as between May and Coulson. With so much going on, I felt like several very important things didn't get enough resolution.

First of all, Robbie is awesome, but he felt really shoe-horned in here. We've spent two thirds of the season building up Aida as a great villain, and pitting our various characters against her in unique and interesting ways. And then we get a Deus Ex Flame-Skull guy to come in and be the answer to the question of how to kill her. A little disappointing? Yeah, maybe. And Robbie basically pops in, helps to defeat Aida, and pops back out again, taking the Darkhold with him to keep it somewhere safe, apparently. How is he going to manage it? Where exactly is he leaving this all-powerful book of magic? And is that really the end for his character and the Darkhold? If not, then I'm still holding out hope for a cool resolution. If yes, then... lame.

May 15, 2017

Elementary: Scrambled (5x23)

Yay for focus on Joan! The news that Elementary had been renewed for another season came as a bit of a surprise for me, but I guess I'm mostly happy about it. I constantly feel that this show is failing to live up to its full potential, but the dynamic between Sherlock and Joan is so delicious that I want more no matter what. And it's episodes like this that remind me what this show is capable of when it's at its best.

Cons:

This was a pretty stellar episode, but I do admit that the "twist" was a little transparent. In the wake of Shinwell's death, Joan and Sherlock go up against the head of SPK himself. Along the way, they meet the brother of SPK's leader, a respectable businessman who is ostensibly not connected in any way with his brother's exploits. So... of course he's actually the genius behind it all the whole time. Not a particularly shocking twist, all things considered. I guess I was just annoyed by how extraordinarily evil this guy seemed. This whole time, we think we're dealing with a ruthless street gang. And, we are. But also, look out - there's a Moriarty-level criminal mastermind pulling the strings from the shadows. Was that really necessary?

There's this woman named May who is part of Sherlock's support group, and she follows Sherlock around and seems to interfere in creepy ways. I'm reserving judgment, I just wanted to say that I'd better like where this is going. I can conceive of a lot of different and quite stupid scenarios for this, and I do hope they manage to bring something cool to the table.

Once Upon a Time: The Final Battle (6x21/22)

This is going to be one of those really long reviews where I have a lot of things in the "Cons" section, but I come out the other side thinking this episode was pretty much great. Let's start with a long list of complaints that I'll mostly sweep under the rug after ranting about them.

Cons:

So, as far as curses and plot consistency goes, this episode was a big ol' mess, where many of the characters' actions didn't mean squat. We have the bulk of our heroes swept off to the Enchanted Forest, where we learn that the Black Fairy's curse is tied to Emma's belief, and that once that belief is dead, all the story realms will disappear. Back in Storybrooke, Emma is convinced that her fairytale family are delusions, and Henry tries to convince her that everything is real, as he seems to be the only one to know what's going on.

Alright, great. So we see Hook and David make a daring trip to find a magic bean, we watch the Evil Queen make a noble sacrifice to try and help the heroes get back to Henry and Emma, and we watch Henry struggle to make his mother believe again. My problem? None of this matters in the least. All of the struggles we see to try and get back to Emma and make her believe again are not at all essential to the plot. In the end, Rumple just has to kill his mother. Once the Black Fairy is dead, Emma believes again, and the realms are restored, no problem. Gideon tries to kill Emma, as the Black Fairy still has his heart and had ordered him to, and Emma fights him for a while before letting herself be killed. Henry then wakes her with a True Love's Kiss to the forehead. My problem here is that everything came back around to the Gideon vs. Emma thing, with the first 75% of this episode having very little bearing on the actual events at the end.

That's a pretty big structural problem, but I can set it aside fairly easily as I did like so many of the details the episode offered. But by "so many," I definitely do not mean "all." Let's start with the worst thing in this episode:

May 14, 2017

Doctor Who: Oxygen (10x05)

Hmm. I think this was my least favorite of the season so far. It wasn't terrible or even really bad in any way, it just felt like a lot of recycled ideas. Both not enough and too much happened at once. Let's take a look.

Cons:

So, there's a mostly abandoned space ship, a zombie crew trying to pick off the remaining members, a ticking clock, the Doctor comes up with a brilliant plan to save everybody but he lies about it, a companion appears for a short time to be dead, but of course there's a way to save her, there's a lesson about capitalism being evil and the dangers of trusting too much in machines... I feel like I've seen many of these elements in multiple Doctor Who episodes, often with greater success.

For example, the cold open shows a bunch of space zombies, and then later when Bill, the Doctor, and Nardole show up we see some of the space zombies in action, and then - surprise, surprise, there are other survivors that essentially become red shirts while the heroes figure out the scenario. Sooo many episodes of Doctor Who do this same thing.

The red shirts themselves were pretty unremarkable, I've got to say. There was a romance between two of them, one of whom died in the cold open, and there's this moment at the end where I think we're supposed to be touched by their tragic love, but I really wasn't. Not enough time was given to fleshing out these characters. There was this blue humanoid alien who accused Bill of racism when she had a surprised reaction to his presence. And then she brought up that she's usually on the receiving end of racism. Okay, cool, but where are they going with this? Apparently nowhere. The two don't share any more dialogue, and the blue guy gets killed off.

May 12, 2017

Supernatural: There's Something About Mary (12x21)

Yeah, okay, fuck you Buckleming.

Cons:

Eileen is dead. These writers are the jackasses who killed Charlie, and they're back again for another ridiculous move. I get what they're trying to go for here. The idea is that Sam and Dean need to feel totally alone as they face down the big bad at the end of this season, so we've got to axe off some allies so they feel that desperation. It worked really well when Bobby tragically died. Doesn't work so well when you start axing off female characters for no good reason. If you wanted Eileen out of the way, just keep her in Ireland. Why the fuck would you bring her back just to kill her in the first minute? She got a cold open death and then we saw her body on a slab in the morgue. Like, are you serious? And I'm assuming Bevell was lying when she said that Jody and Claire were dead, because if they really are, then... I literally... I mean I'd literally fucking punch my computer screen.

Like, somebody explain to me how killing Eileen is a good idea in any sense of the word. People loved her. She was interesting. She was a character who could pop in and out of the story without problem, like Jody or Claire. Or like Charlie, before the frankly ridiculous death of her character. Why don't they learn? Are they incapable of using their heads?

Oh yeah, and Eileen's death, in the first fucking minute of the show, is only the beginning of the problems I have with this episode. The thing is, it makes no sense.

Grey's Anatomy: True Colors (13x23)

Of course this happens. God, these people are cursed, I tell you! This was a good episode of Grey's Anatomy, in that it delivered I think exactly what this show is supposed to deliver. A lot of melodrama with some really compelling characters. Let's dive in.

Cons:

Okay, so the big "twist" here is that Megan, Owen's sister, is alive and his being transported to Grey Sloan Memorial as we speak. I'm not sure how to feel, because DUH. God, I wish there could have been some way to not make it super obvious that this was going to happen. I'm excited to meet Megan, but they did this in the most trite way. Owen's having a panic attack about it, and they try to keep faking you out like maybe they just found Megan's body, and she's been dead all along. But no of course not. And we see all these happy scenes of Meredith and Nathan ready to take bigger steps into their relationship, so of course timing-wise this is the perfect time for Nathan's long-lost love to make a reappearance. C'mon.

We have a few brief scenes with Maggie and Jackson bonding. I do not want this to be a thing. Maggie is annoying when she's in any sort of relationship plot thread. And Jackson and April should really get back together. I can't believe we still haven't seen them explore the consequences of their hookup. Whatever.

The Big Bang Theory: The Long Distance Dissonance (10x24)

I mean, yeah, okay. I'm alright with this latest development. I really wish that this were the last season of The Big Bang Theory so I could finally be free from this cursed show, but since it's not, I guess I'm glad we're going this route!

Cons:

We focus entirely on Amy and Sheldon's relationship now that Amy is across the country, and that's fine, but it feels odd that this finale didn't really touch on any of the other characters. We barely mentioned Howard and Bernadette's baby... Leonard and Penny's weird relationship troubles were absent... it felt like a regular old episode, not like a season finale (until the final seconds, that is).

This is a complaint that I lodge in my head every time I watch this show, but I always forget to mention it. They do "previously on" sections wrong. It's supposed to be the bare minimum to remind viewers of details they may have forgotten. Or, it can sometimes be a replay of the last minute or so of a previous episode, leading up to a shocking cliffhanger. The Big Bang Theory uses these recap moments to pad the run-time by like two minutes, and they just repeat jokes wholesale because they think they're funny enough to do twice. Super irritating, honestly.