“You will always be my Speedy”

TV Show: Arrow
Episode Title: Divided
Original Air Date: January 18, 2018
Episode Number: 6×10

Episode Description

Despite losing half his team, Oliver remains confident that he, Felicity, and Diggle can stop Cayden James and Black Siren. However, when he discovers one of Cayden’s secrets, he decides to team up with an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, Dinah spends time with Vince.

My Review

Original Team Arrow > New Team Arrow. It’s not even a contest. The newbies really irked me with their self-righteous attitude and hypocrisy. Oliver, Diggle, and Felicity were ready to forgive and move on from what transpired, but the other three are still butt-hurt over this so-called “betrayal.” Get over it, people, and think about the safety of the city. Let’s see how long they last in their new group before they fold and call it a day and come crawling back to Oliver and company.

I’m not usually a fan of James Bamford’s style of directing, but that long shot of Oliver kicking ass in that warehouse was pretty cool to see and even more impressive that the camera felt like it was so close to the actors.

So happy Thea is back, but I just wish she’d come back and join the team already. I don’t want to see her just in an office setting. I do like her relationship with Quentin, though.

I also liked the indirect reference to Helena Bertinelli because I’ve always been a fan of her and The Huntress. Now I want to see her show up again on this show. And while they’re at it, please bring back Roy and make him a permanent member of the team and let’s get rid of the newbies.

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“Sarcastic dealing. Cool.”

Movie: Molly’s Game
Date Watched: January 20, 2018

Synopsis

The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.

My Review

I’m a HUGE Jessica Chastain fan so I’ve been dying to watch this movie and the wait was definitely worth the wait. I have to agree with a lot of critics who said that this was probably her best performance since Maya on Zero Dark Thirty and I can’t wait to find out if she’ll get another Oscar nomination for this role. It’ll be tough because there are quite a few fantastic female performances this year as per all the awards write-up. I have only seen Lady Bird out of all the other movies that have Best Actress contenders and even though I love Saoirse and adored her in that movie, I would give my vote to Jessica because her performance was fuller and more complete.

As for the movie, wow. Congrats to Aaron Sorkin for writing and directing a great piece of film. This was so well done and I want him and Jessica to collaborate more in the future because I think Jessica really captured the essence of Aaron’s writing and pulled off that rat-a-tat dialogue. Loved that there was no love interest in the movie and that made the movie all the better for it.

Seeing Molly organize those games and making a name for herself was quite admirable especially when she pleaded guilty to all those charges. She could have easily taken the deal the DA’s office offered, gotten five million of her money back, but she didn’t do it because she didn’t want to destroy all those lives and she didn’t want to besmirch her name since it’s the only one she has. That has to take a lot of balls, to have her risk going to jail just to protect those people who couldn’t have cared less about her. Good thing Charlie was right and that the judge was a good man and a reasonable one and didn’t feel that the sentence was equal to Molly’s so-called crimes.

Molly having power over all those men was quite satisfying to watch and I loved that she didn’t take shit from anyone. When an asshole puts her down, she grabs life by the horns and paves a path for herself. Ain’t no man will stop her from doing what she does best. Good for her. It was painful to see her getting beaten up, though. I was hurting just seeing it onscreen.

I was a mess after her scene with her father in that park bench. It was probably the best scene of the movie and Jessica and Kevin knocked it out of the park (no pun intended). In just three minutes, we got our answer as to why Molly was so hard on her dad and why she antagonized him every chance she got. And that was probably why her dad treated her differently than her two brothers. It broke my heart when he threatened to kill the people responsible for beating Molly up. Ugh. What a scene. I’m still not over it.

Random thoughts and observations:

– I didn’t know Joe Keery (Steve from Stranger Things) was in this movie! I love him so that was a nice surprise.

– Idris and Jessica have great chemistry and I loved that Charlie’s daughter Stella was the one who convinced Charlie to represent Molly. I liked Molly’s relationship with Stella.

– Loooooved the opening with Molly skiing for the last time and injuring herself. Aaron showing off his directorial skills. I also loved that the movie ended how it began, on the ski slope.

– Jessica Chastain can do no wrong, can’t she? The woman is an acting tour de force and I just love watching her be brilliant at everything she does.

“Should we host a podcast?”

TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: Clooney
Original Air Date: January 16, 2018
Episode Number: 2×12

Episode Description

Kate goes wedding dress shopping. Kevin embraces a new lifestyle while Randall explores William’s past. Jack and Rebecca take the kids to the mall.

My Review

This was the best episode for Kate because it didn’t involve Toby and it didn’t involve her family (who I love, but Kate hardly ever gets stories outside of Toby and her family). I don’t care that Madison might be a tad delusional in thinking that her and Kate are now best friends (I laughed at Kate’s facial reaction after Madison said this) because I am all for this.

I really enjoyed their scenes together and loved how Madison took care of Kate at that shop and how Kate took of Madison after she fainted. Another thing I loved was how the show didn’t go the predictable route of Kate having issues with finding a dress. That was such a breath of fresh air. More Kate/Madison scenes, please. Both actors have great chemistry together.

The show did a very good job at making Miguel sympathetic, I thought. Kevin’s attitude with him was a bit off-putting and I didn’t like that he was the guest at the house and he felt entitled to telling Miguel what to do and what not to do. That really rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not even the biggest Miguel fan and yet I felt sorry for him. I’m glad they cleared the air and hopefully Miguel will be treated better now.

Randall having an epiphany about William’s building was nice and all, but I don’t think Beth is too thrilled about this idea. She looked miserable standing outside in that lot and probably thinking “Great, here we go again.” The poor woman. I wonder how many of these Randall epiphanies she’s experienced throughout their relationship. Saint Beth. It annoyed me when Randall showed up at her work because I hate when something like that happens in real life. It’s inconsiderate and just throws you off your work.

I was bored by Randall’s storyline in this episode, but I did get a kick out of him knocking on strangers’ doors with no shame and disturbing their quiet time. I laughed at the following exchange:

“Oh, you mean gay.”
“Yeah.”
“No, bi.”
“Bye.”

😅

The flashbacks were good with Rebecca getting super excited that Kate asked her to go dress shopping with her. I liked Kevin and Jack’s storyline better, though. I even got teary-eyed when Kevin thanked Jack when they were trying on their suits. Kevin knows what Jack has sacrificed for their family, that he gave up his dream of starting his own construction company because it wasn’t the right time.

Those damn batteries! I actually mouthed “nooooo” when we saw the shot of the smoke detector. For a second there, when Rebecca asked if they forgot something at the mall, I thought they forgot Randall, lol. Well, I guess now we know the circumstances of how Jack died. There was probably a fire and in an attempt to rescue someone, Jack died. Ugh. I’m readying my tissues now.

Lastly, Annie saying that she would rather have a Costco instead of a park after Beth’s rant probably got the biggest laugh of the episode from me.

“We all deserve hell”

TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder
Episode Title: He’s Dead
Original Air Date: January 18, 2018
Episode Number: 4×09

Episode Description

The group deals with more obstacles as police investigate the accidental shooting of Simon; Laurel and her baby cling to life.

My Review

Well, that was quite a ride. I was cheering when Frank killed Dominic and even enjoyed his strut down the hospital hallway only to laugh when Laurel said that they could turn to Dominic for help. Oh man, Frank must have felt like shit right then and there. I did like how Annalise knew right away what Frank did to Dominic without having to hear his confession. Can’t wait to find out why Wes called Dominic and what Dominic’s role is in all of this. Is he really loyal to Laurel’s father or does he have his own agenda? Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

I couldn’t help but laugh at the last scene with Annalise and the gang at the end with her saying “You just never learn” because it’s true. Or maybe they have learned something since so far, they’ve all gotten away with murder, but then again, that’s most likely because they had Annalise in their corner. I wonder what she has to say about all this Simon mess and how to figure out how she can get all of them off the hook.

Laurel’s father is the worst. Just taking Laurel’s baby like that and framing his own daughter and painting her up to be a drug addict? Jeez. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if he did something to induce Laurel giving birth much sooner than expected.

It broke my heart when Annalise was doing everything in her power to stop him from taking the baby to another hospital. I guess Annalise and Laurel will have this special bond now, with Annalise saving her and her baby’s life. I had tears in my eyes when Annalise was watching Laurel as Laurel was looking at a picture of her baby on Annalise’s phone. That was so touching.

Guess it’s safe to say that Michaela won’t have a job back at Caplan and Gold anymore, probably the same thing can be said of Oliver. Speaking of Oliver, why is he acting all high and mighty now and separating himself from the group by calling them “you people”? Shut up, dude. You could have easily not taken part in this plan and yet you did. Connor has told him enough times and he didn’t listen so he has no leg to stand on here and judge the others.

Connor blaming Michaela for Laurel giving birth early and possibly leading to the baby’s death really hurt. I hope the show lets us see Michaela going to visit Laurel on her hospital bed because those two are magic together. Michaela’s concern for Laurel was so sweet.

Annalise not having any of Isaac’s professional advice in regards to Laurel was tough to watch because we know that Isaac is most likely correct, but Annalise doesn’t want to hear about protocols right now. I actually said out loud “oh shit” when Annalise accused Isaac that the reason his daughter committed suicide was because he was driving her crazy just like he was doing with Annalise.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– Loved that Bonnie and Nate are helping the gang in their own way with Bonnie getting Asher released and letting Oliver leave C&G. I’m with Frank. Bonnie and Annalise need to make up together and that way the family is whole again.

– So who has the hard drive? Someone at the police station must have it. I’m sure Laurel’s father has his own crew within the police that will do his bidding.

– Was it just me or did anyone else thought for a second that Isaac was working for Laurel’s father? The thought crossed my mind when he was talking to Michaela and he was pressing her for information. It just seemed a bit intrusive to me like he was fishing for information.

– I was laughing at the gratuitous scene of Nate opening the door to Connor and then laughed again at Connor’s reaction when he saw Bonnie sleeping off a hangover on Nate’s couch. 😄

– “Simon’s still alive.”
“Oh, thank God.”
“This is not good news, Oliver.”

“Lying about who we are is second nature”

TV Show: The Good Place
Episode Title: Rhonda, Diana, Jake, And Trent
Original Air Date: January 18, 2018
Episode Number: 2×11

Episode Description

Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Janet, and Jason head to a destination that may have lasting implications.

My Review

OMG, what a brilliant episode. I love this show so much and wish more people are watching it and discovering its genius. Everything about this episode was pretty perfect. The Museum of Misery and its exhibits were forking hilarious. I think I enjoyed the “First man to ever say ‘I need a vacation from my vacation'” exhibit the most because I have been guilty of saying that so I guess it’s official that I am going to hell.

The group taking on aliases and mingling with the demons was a total riot. I especially loved how Tahani embraced her fake identity and aced that American accent. “Don’t get me wrong, I love shoving hot dogs into people, but once you’ve dogged every hole, you just start to feel like you’re repeating yourself.” That sounds so dirty on so many levels and I can’t believe they got away with this on network television.

Another thing I loved was Eleanor being so impressed with Tahani’s skills at blending in with the demons and telling her tales of hot dog torture. “She even name drops in Hell” followed by her proud smile was SO SWEET. I laughed so hard when she said this because Tahani is Tahani no matter where they are and will never not lose the opportunity not to drop some names.

It was a hoot seeing Dax Shepard show up here (he’s Kristen Bell’s husband) and I got a kick out of them sharing a brief scene complimenting each other (“Damn, you’ve got that good stank” / “Right back at you, bud”). I wonder if Kristen got Dax that cameo or if the show asked her to have Dax on the show.

Jason’s Molotov cocktail advice was pure genius because it forking worked! It got them out of that jam and now they’re on their way to see the judge. Loved Janet trying semi-successfully to be Bad Janet and how much it hurt her having to call the humans and the demons bad names.

The last scene with Michael and Eleanor made me tear up. They have both grown so much and I love that Michael solved the trolley problem and didn’t hesitate to have himself apprehended and giving the pin to Eleanor so she can take care of the other three. Nooooo! I hope he figures out a way to get out of this jam or maybe the team will concoct a plan to help him so they can face the judge together. Did Janet go into the portal? I didn’t see it. If she didn’t, I hope she also helps Michael.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“I’m luggage.”

“All trains are delayed for three hours. Just like they are everyday. All passengers, you all suck and you’re ugly.”

“Is there a gift shop?”
“Jason, this is hell. Of course there’s a gift shop.”

“How do you smell loud and confusing?”

This show is the best.

“You’re the one who denied your abilities and almost destroyed the whole family”

TV Show: The Gifted
Episode Titles: eXtraction and X-roads
Original Air Date: January 15, 2018
Episode Numbers: 1×12 and 1×13

Episode Description

Dr. Campbell attends an anti-mutant summit, attempting to take the Hound program national, and some of the team at Mutant HQ goes on a dangerous mission to stop his efforts.

As the first season closes, Polaris learns more about her past and makes a crucial decision that could have impactful consequences. Meanwhile, the Mutant HQ comes under attack and, with everything to lose, relationships are put to the test and alliances shift.

My Review

I’m combining my reviews of the show’s last two episodes since I watched them back to back. The penultimate episode was a tad boring. I don’t know, I wasn’t really feeling that episode. Maybe it’s because it’s leading up to the finale, but I was mostly bored because it seemed like the characters were just biding their time until the big showdown. I rolled my eyes at Clarice kissing John (why?). I hate when it feels forced and that scene definitely felt forced. I know they’ve been dancing around each other for a while now, but I thought that their friendship would have developed more before they take the leap into couple-dom.

Campbell is the worst. Taking one of the children to use as a shield so that he won’t get attacked? That is just reprehensible. He’s not above putting kids’ lives in danger just to save himself. I wonder if the show will kill him off this season and introduce another villain in season two.

In the matter of Lauren vs. Andy, I’m torn. I can see both of their arguments and at this point, it might be past treating Sentinel Services people in a humane way if their intent is to kill and eliminate all mutants. Survival of the fittest. Maybe Lauren could make a compromise with herself in that she won’t kill anyone, but will just do everything in her power to protect herself and the people who are getting attacked. She can still do that without having to kill anyone.

“Nothing brings people together like hate.” Esme knows what she’s talking about. I think we’re seeing this unfold in our country right now and it’s scary.

As for the finale, it was a lot better and made me realize why I started watching this show in the first place. I haven’t really been that invested in the whole Lorna/Marcos conflict, but I thought the show did a very good job in showing us Marcos’ devastation at what Lorna was about to do and what this would mean for their baby. It also sucks that Lorna just made the decision on her own to take their baby away from Marcos.

Out of all the mutants who joined up with Lorna and Esme, I was most surprised by Sage joining them. Even her speech during the scene where everyone was trying to come up with a plan on what to do next, I was very surprised to hear her just give up and be all negative about rebuilding the Mutant Underground. I know we haven’t had much backstory on her, but I thought that was a bit out of character for her. I was just assuming that she would do her best to keep the group together and help in her own way, but I guess I was quite wrong about it.

Andy joining Lorna was not really a surprise since this was all foreshadowed midway through the season. It was sad to see Lauren pleading with him not to leave her, though. I have always loved their sibling dynamic and it’s going to suck not seeing them together next season. Nevertheless, this is going to make for an interesting season with lover vs. lover (Lorna/Marcos) and with brother vs. sister/family (Andy/Lauren & their parents). I can’t wait.

I was so shocked that the show actually went and had Lorna assassinate a Senator. Wow. That was a pretty brutal assassination, too. This is going to make things so much worse for the mutants now. Everyone will be going after all of them, no discrimination anymore.

I wonder what’s going to happen to the Hound program now that Campbell is dead. No one could possibly have survived that crash. And what’s going to happen to Turner now that he quit his job at Sentinel Services? Will he be back next season? Also, he was such a coward when his men were raiding the compound. He was hiding behind the wall and cowering like a mouse. You would think that he would have been front and center and fighting with his men in the line of fire for all his talk about taking out the mutants.

This was a very good first season, but I hope that the storytelling and acting would improve next season. I also hope that they would write Caitlin a lot better than her being a nag and just being a mom. I cheered when I saw her pick up that shotgun and started shooting at SS. I had flashbacks of Amy Acker playing Root on Person of Interest.

“I stopped having faith a long time ago”

TV Show: Agents of SHIELD
Episode Title: The Last Day
Original Air Date: January 19, 2018
Episode Number: 5×08

Episode Description

Coulson and the team discover that the most unexpected person from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s past may hold the key to preventing Earth’s destruction.

My Review

This season just keeps hitting it out of the park. This was another fantastic episode which made me laugh and cry. I laughed at the team calling the Kree “Kreepers” (why wasn’t this done sooner?) and Mack calling them “Blue Man Group.” I laughed when Voss knocked Deke out cold and I love that this seems to be turning into a thing in every episode, lol.

Of course I cried during the parallels of Robin and May basically having the same conversation during different timelines. The fact that May, of all people, became a surrogate mother to Robin is one of the best things that ever happened on this show. That was so great to see her being so protective of Robin and believing in her while everyone else have had it with her and her cryptic visions. I’m glad that Robin was able to tell May how to get back in time and save the world before she passed away. “Who’s Flint?” brought a smile to my face.

I’m really curious to find out who Deke’s parents are and if they’re someone we know. I’m pretty sure his dad is also still alive and that Voss is lying about him being dead so I can’t wait to see who they’ll get to play him.

The past timeline that we saw in this episode looked pretty damn bleak. Mack is gone (probably dead), Daisy has disappeared to who knows where, Jemma is dead, Coulson is MIA, Yo-Yo and Fitz are grieving over their losses, and May is barely keeping the team together while taking care of Robin. May just can’t catch a break no matter what timeline she’s on.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– I absolutely loved the scene where Yo-Yo took out the roaches. That was pretty freaking awesome. Flint being awed by it was pretty cute as was Mack saying “Dial it back a notch, Pebbles.” Also love Mack’s perfect nickname for Flint. Leave it up to Mack to come up with the best nicknames.

– Flint coming to the realization that the shotgun axe is a lot better than just a regular gun or regular axe was great. “A shotgun axe? I get it now.”

– Sinara coming to the surface to go after Daisy and the team should make for an interesting showdown next episode. She’s lucky that Daisy’s powers are being suppressed otherwise this wouldn’t even be an issue as to who will come out on top.

– Fitz and Simmons getting some alone time and using it well made me happy for them. Get it, nerds!