Monday, October 5, 2015

Once Upon a Time: The Price (5x02)

Another very solid installment! This season is really, really awesome so far. The strongest stuff we've had out of this show in quite some time, maybe since the first season, even. Let's jump right in.


There were a few disingenuous character moments here and there. Mostly, they were minor, but I do feel I have to say something. I thought Zelena's presence in this episode was awkward and contrived, especially when Regina had her pose as a serving wench during the stay in Camelot. Come on. Really? It's one thing to see a defeated enemy, it's another to turn a formerly formidable foe into comic relief.

I watched this episode with a friend of mine, and the two of us were rather giggly about the continual talk of "Merlin's prophecy." It sort of felt like Arthur had been given a very specific prophecy that mapped out exactly what was supposed to happen. That's a little silly. This show never does a very good job of determining the rules of magic. Merlin is obviously very powerful - so who trapped him in the tree? Oh well. Probably not the right thing to be focusing on, but it did annoy me a bit.

Doctor Who: Under the Lake (9x03)

Wow! This is going to sound unbelievable coming from me, but I wasn't annoyed by a single thing in this episode. It was really, really amazing! Let's dive in to a few little nitpicks, and then I'll just sing the praises of everybody who worked on this.


A few little things that the Doctor said rubbed me the wrong way... I just hate it when he's a total jerk. I miss the Doctor who saw the wonder and goodness in all humans. This one is disdainful of anybody who isn't as smart as him - which, by the way, is everybody. I wish we could see some more nuance with this. Even the little joke about the notecards, where the Doctor apologized for his callousness by reading off of cue cards that Clara had prepared for him, didn't really hit the spot.

There was a conversation where the Doctor warned Clara not to become too much like him. He says this because Clara is thirsting for adventure. I'm not sure what they were trying to get at here, but it didn't quite work, because Clara has always been interested in adventure. I don't really see that as being part of the Doctor's corrupting influence.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Grey's Anatomy: Walking Tall (12x02)

Another solid episode! Not as strong as the first one, but still... a lot of good stuff is going on here. Let's start with some cons.


The main plot centers around Bailey's first day as chief, and the remarkable patient she wishes to save. This woman is over seven feet tall, and they discover that this rapid growth is caused by a tumor on her pituitary gland. I've got to say, the woman who played the patient was not a very good actor. I hate to be mean to the guest stars, but there you have it.

This plot thread was meant to showcase Bailey's struggle to be a good chief. She ends up yelling at everybody a lot, and not treating them with respect. While I liked this in theory, I felt that maybe some of it came across as a bit extreme. There was no subtlety to Bailey's behavior. She acted horribly the whole time, then apologized. I wish we could have seen more layers.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Modern Family: The Day Alex Left for College (7x02)

I don't know if I liked this episode all that much. It wasn't in-your-face horrible or anything, but I felt like the themes were all over the place. Too many plot threads to juggle, not enough focus on what should have mattered. Let's get started.


I'm going to briefly mention the list of the different plot threads here, so you can see my main complaint: this episode was too crowded, and too disconnected.

- Alex leaves for college a day early so she can avoid the hassle of messy goodbyes. Phil and Claire are shocked and sad. Haley drives Alex, where they meet her annoying roommate. Haley tells Alex that she should give her roommate a chance, because sometimes it's nice to have somebody be your cheerleader.

- Phil tries to get Luke interested in showing a house, but Luke seems more interested in hanging out with his hipster friends. In the end, Phil lets him go off with his friends. Luke proves he still cares by rescuing some duck eggs for he and his dad to look after. Claire uses this as an excuse to call Alex and ask her all about caring for duck eggs.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Laws of Nature (3x01)

I'm so happy that this show is back. Honestly. So, so happy. I literally just watched the episode, and I'm already impatient for more. Let's get started.


No May! This isn't really a serious flaw in the episode, since I know she'll be back soon, but still. It was sad not seeing her.

I think I was missing May so much because I don't find myself particularly interested in Bobbi or Hunter at the moment. Maybe their little romance was just distracting me from the better stuff in this episode. It wasn't awful by any means, but it wasn't holding my attention like everything else was. I'm curious about where Hunter is about to run off to, as we didn't get a lot of answers about that here. But other than that, I could have done without these two.