“I knew your nerd brain couldn’t handle this much processing power”

TV Show: Runaways”
Episode Title: Metamorphosis
Original Air Date: December 12, 2017
Episode Number: 1×06

Episode Description

During PRIDE’s gala, the kids set in motion a new plan to take down their parents for good. As the evening unfolds, everyone’s personal drama threatens to derail their plans.

My Review

Karolina, girl. You need a hug and a good cry. Her whole life really has been a lie: her mother is a killer; her religion is a farce; she’s not human and has powers; she’s discovering her sexuality and struggling with it. Hell, I’m just glad that Jonah wasn’t dumb enough to proclaim himself as her dad because that would have been pretty disastrous and would have made Karolina reel even more. Poor thing.

I’m really enjoying how the show has handled Karolina’s coming out story so far. I can sense her struggle in accepting who she really is especially when Gert asked her about being into Nico. Karolina got scared and she retreated back into her shell and tried to cover it up by flirting with Chase knowing that this will hurt Gert and will likely stop pestering her about her sexuality. Smart, but not the best decision since she’s hurting herself, Gert, and Chase in the process.

As I said before, Karolina’s crush on Nico is not going to end well at all. I did, however, enjoy their scenes together, dressing up and getting ready for the party. It also looked like Karolina was thisclose to opening up to Nico just before Gert and Molly showed up.

Chase kissing Karolina…well, it’s obvious she didn’t enjoy that at all, but I don’t think Chase has any idea. I hope she lets him down easy and tells him soon that she’s not into him. I did like the scene where she ended up flying, that was pretty cool. What else can she do?!

Victor revealing that Janet and Robert are having an affair in front of everyone was pretty low, but then again, who can blame him, right? Still, he shouldn’t have done that in private. Now that he’s okay (I’m going to assume Jonah cured him of his cancer), is he going to go back to being a dick? I hope not. I like good Victor and it’s nice to see him bond with Chase.

I laughed when Chase told Tina that their parents are having an affair and when Tina thought at first that Chase’s mom and her mom are having an affair, hee. If only! Definitely makes for interesting conversation now that that’s out in the open. I felt sorry for Tina, though. She might be very cold and tough as hell, but apart from that, I don’t think she deserves to be cheated on. It was pretty sad when Nico saw her mom sobbing and couldn’t do anything about it.

Loved Gert flirting with the guard in her own unique way and then playing that arcade game with the security guy and with Tina’s henchman. “She’s a lot scarier when she’s quiet.” Indeed. It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

Frank knows there’s something up with Jonah and he might even remember seeing Leslie and Jonah having sex. The Yorkes’ forgetfulness serum didn’t work or is fading a bit judging from Frank’s memory coming back to him when he met Jonah. This is not going to end well. Leslie is going to be in deep trouble (or not; I’m sure she’ll figure something out to convince Frank that what he saw was not real).

Lastly, the Stan Lee cameo was the best! I live for this stuff! Marvel never fails to make his cameos one of the highlights of a movie or TV show.

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“Whatever he wanted, we just gave it to him”

TV Show: The Gifted
Episode Title: eXploited
Original Air Date: December 11, 2017
Episode Number: 1×10

Episode Description

At a moral crossroads, Jace is forced to hand over something valuable to Dr. Campbell. The team at Mutant HQ is divided on what they should do next, so Reed and Caitlin take matters into their own hands.

My Review

Was not surprised at all about Sonya’s death. The actress has only been billed as a guest star for the duration of the show so it was only a matter of time before the character got killed off. But still, that was quite shocking how it happened. That Campbell is one dastardly dude. I’m glad Turner got the mutants out of his lab, but I’m afraid this is only a temporary setback for Campbell. Good to know Campbell is not above torturing kids, too, just to get his way. The worst kind of person.

Maybe it doesn’t matter to Campbell anymore that the mutants were taken away since he most likely has the information that he needed when Laurel and Andy were demonstrating their powers for him. The thing he said about finding a cure for the mutant gene did pique my interest, though. Now that he has this data from the Strucker siblings, is his plan to find a cure for the mutant gene?

Esme is part of a triplet?! Didn’t see that coming. What’s her plan now, though? Freeing the mutants and then what? World domination? Didn’t know her powers also involved getting in people’s minds and telling them to do things. I thought she can only read minds.

I liked that Caitlin was the one who convinced Turner’s wife to plead with him to do the right thing and that he listened to his wife. All that time Reed and Turner wasted by arguing back and forth was pretty fruitless. Let the women do the job if you want to get something done!

I’m guessing this was the last episode of the year and then we’ll get the last three episodes early next year?

“Congratulations on not being comatose”

TV Show: Arrow
Episode Title: Irreconcilable Differences
Original Air Date: December 7, 2017
Episode Number: 6×09

Episode Description

Quentin Lance is kidnapped by Black Siren and Cayden James, who are looking to trade Lance’s life for a weapon of mass destruction. Oliver and Team Green Arrow must figure out a way to save Lance while still keeping the city safe.

My Review

Can we have the writers and director of this episode (all women, mind you) write and direct more Arrow episodes? This was one of my favorite episodes this season because I was actually interested in the plot and it got me engaged. Hell, it even made the impossible possible: I actually kind of got sad when the newbies left the team one by one.

I’ve never been a fan of them and I should have been celebrating that they’re no longer part of the team (let’s be real, though, they’re all going to be back on the team next episode), but this episode made me feel sorry for them. A bit of hypocrisy going on with Rene, Dinah, and Curtis, though. Rene was given a second chance by Oliver and yet he still screwed it up by not trusting Oliver enough. Dinah kept the Vigilante a secret from the team. Curtis blames being on the team as the reason why his marriage ended. I remember correctly that he was the one who chose the team over Paul so what the hell is that about?

Best parts of the episode were:

1) The wedding reception. So great to see everyone happy and all dressed up. Oliver and Felicity look utterly happy and in love, I love it. Nice to see Donna again and I laughed at her asking that they should have been married by a rabbi.

2) Thea! I have missed her so much and wish that she be part of the team again. Please make it happen, show. There’s no reason why Willa is getting sidelined here. Let the woman earn her pay. Still curious as to why she’s no longer part of the regular cast even though her name still appears on the opening credits in every episode. Anyway, it made me smile when Thea said that she expected someone to be there (i.e. Roy). I want him to come back.

3) Original Team Arrow. Fuck yeah. They’ve done this before and they can do it by themselves again. Gonna be tough, though. Should be interesting to see how they function as a team against Team Cayden.

4) The reveal in the end with Cayden James, Laurel, Vigilante, Anatoly, and Diaz all working together? Whoa. That’s a formidable team right there. Dinah is going to regret trusting Vince again.

5) Quentin giving the watch his own father gave him on his wedding day to Oliver was awesome. He’s become the son that he never had and I love it. I love that he mentioned the fact that Oliver’s parents weren’t there and it made me tear up a little that Moira wasn’t there to see her son get married.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– “You are not throwing up. I’m already spending my honeymoon in a garbage can. I’m not wearing your puke!”

– Enjoyed the nod to Mission Impossible with Oliver coming down from the ceiling in a harness to steal the weapon. That was great.

– Rene’s reaction when Curtis took his burger was priceless.

– Laurel letting Quentin go was a shock, but I think she was only doing it to stick to whatever Cayden has planned. I don’t think she sees Quentin as her own dad.

“So…this is weird”

TV Show: The Gifted
Episode Title: outfoX
Original Air Date: December 4, 2017
Episode Number: 1×09

Episode Description

The team develops a risky plan to help mutants who are in Sentinel Services custody. Reed reveals details to Andy and Lauren about the Struckers’ family history that could prove to be a game-changer.

My Review

Great episode especially that ending. Did not expect Clarice, Dreamer, Lauren, and Andy getting all captured. That plan really wasn’t that good, if you think about it. Then again, it could have worked if Jace didn’t show up with his Sentinel men and that robot spider. The group just didn’t have a chance at that point.

The twist with Lauren being the one to want to blow up the building and Andy pulling away and stopping it before it happens was so great. All this time we’ve assumed Andy was going to be the one to go evil, but it looks like Lauren’s going to be the one to be swayed into using their powers because it makes her feel good. That’s a slippery slope, Lauren, but I definitely like where the show is taking this. This is going to be a great storyline.

Loved the flashback scene to the first time Lauren and Andy saw their powers manifesting together when they held hands. I like getting glimpses of everyone’s pasts during the first scenes of the episodes and I look forward to them every week.

Esme spying on everyone was disappointing. Is she really being honest about her family being inside Trask or is she working with Sentinel? She could be a great addition to the team, but if she’s going to betray the group, no way is she seeing the light of day again.

Clarice and Dreamer sacrificing themselves so that the Strucker siblings can escape warmed my heart. Now that they’re all captured, at least the kids won’t be alone. I’m worried that Campbell will get well quickly thanks to his precious mutant and then he’ll start experimenting on the siblings. That would be the worst thing that could happen.

“I really thought this would work”

TV Show: Agents of SHIELD
Episode Title: A Life Spent
Original Air Date: December 8, 2017
Episode Number: 5×03

Episode Description

Daisy decides she will rescue Simmons, even though she must risk everything to do so.

My Review

Deke, you bastard traitor. How could you?! Or maybe he was just trying to help Daisy and saving her from being hurt by the Kree so the best way he could do this was to betray her and have her captured. I have a feeling he’s going to regret this when the Kasius turns Daisy into his own prize monkey.

Wonder who Virgil was communicating with over that radio and where exactly that person is. It can’t be Earth, can it? Was that Earth that we saw in the end when Grill’s assistant was surrounded by who-knows-what to kill him? Reminded me so much of when Jemma was stuck in another dimension surrounded by endless sand.

I love Daisy being adamant about saving Jemma. It really warms my heart that she doesn’t care about herself and being caught as long as she finds and saves Jemma from whatever situation she’s in.

Still not sure what Kasius has planned for Jemma, but it sure is making Sinara jealous. That much is obvious. I can’t help but laugh every time Sinara threatens Jemma by playing with her metal balls. It’s quite laughable and silly. Bye, Abby. It was nice knowing you. Very cool powers, too.

Yo-Yo continues to be awesome. Loved how she tricked Grill into getting out of his office and remove her token so that she can go in there and take the gizmo and give it to Daisy.

Loved Daisy fighting those two Kree in the elevator. I had to laugh at her hiding place and then slipping. Very cool action sequence. Kudos to Chloe Bennett. It looks like that was mostly her.

“Let’s keep eating”

TV Show: Top Chef
Episode Title: It’ll Take More Than Pot Luck
Original Air Date: December 7, 2017
Episode Number: 15×01

Episode Description

A diverse group of chefs must make a potluck dish to introduce themselves to the judges; the chefs also prepare their take on a meat-and-potatoes dish for a block party with 200 diners and Denver’s biggest culinary names.

My Review

Welcome back, show! This is the only reality competition show that I watch these days so I’m happy that this is back so I can indulge in watching these chefs cook great food. If only our TVs allow us to also smell what they’re cooking, I’d be in heaven.

Not surprised that Melissa was the first one to be eliminated. She seemed a bit out of her depth and for her to screw up potatoes, not once, but twice? That’s a big no-no. And she even messed up her potatoes again (well, the chips) in Last Chance Kitchen. I did like her last talking head where she says that her restaurant will have potatoes on the menu, lol.

Line of the episode was definitely Gail’s “Let’s keep eating.” That’s why I love her and that’s why she’s my favorite judge!

I like the majority of the chefs at least from what we’ve seen so far. The ones who stood out for me were:

– Fatima: the Pakistani chef; glad she was in the top three

– Tu: the Vietnamese chef who won the Quickfire; I just hope he varies it a little by not always cooking Vietnamese food

– Adrienne: one of the chefs who ended in the bottom, the one from Harlem; I want to see her go far because she seems competent enough and could be a dark horse

– Tanya: the Oakland chef. I love her already and her food looks absolutely divine. She’s my pick to win it all.

– Tyler: the one who won the Elimination Challenge; he seems like an underdog too and his humility being from a small town in Connecticut is endearing

As for the rest, here are my thoughts:

– Laura: the Alaskan chef; so far, so good. She probably won’t last long, but I’m looking forward to seeing her compete with the rest of these much younger and more “experienced” chefs.

– Joe and Joe: I thought I was going to hate Mustache Joe, but he seems like an okay guy, at least so far (bar the Padma/meat joke). Other Joe seems competent enough and seems to have a nice personality.

– Claudette: the Hispanic chef; I like her so far and can’t wait to see what kind of food she cooks.

– Chris: Amish soul food. Very intriguing and makes me want to try eating at his restaurant.

– Rogelio: he’s just there for now, not really memorable.

– Carrie: the local chef. I don’t see her lasting long at all, might even be her next up for elimination.

– Bruce: I hope he doesn’t win. He seems to be quite popular already with Tom and the other judge (I forget his name) knowing who he is along with the other cheftestants.

– Brother Luck: seriously, that name? I don’t know if I should laugh or feel sorry for him.

As for the three returnees in Last Chance Kitchen, I want Marcel to come back into the competition. He seems to have calmed down a little bit and I’ve never had a problem with him. Then again, I didn’t watch his season so maybe that’s for the better. Pretty ballsy to cook French fries and winning with that dish. That’s pretty amazing.

Glad to see Kwame again because I thought he had a lot of potential in his season so I hope he lasts a while. No opinion on Lee Anne since I didn’t really watch her season, but I hope all three of them beat whoever gets eliminated from the main competition and they will all battle it out in the end to see who gets back in.

Can’t wait for the rest of the season. The preview looked pretty awesome and Colorado looked absolutely beautiful. Now I want to go and visit.

“And now I own the Dark Army”

TV Show: Mr. Robot
Episode Title: eps3.8_stage3.torrent
Original Air Date: December 6, 2017
Episode Number: 3×09

Episode Description

Elliot trolls a former ally; Mr. Robot leaves cryptic text; Tyrell gets new commands.

My Review

I want to believe so bad that Darlene and Dom are working together to suss out the mole within the FBI and maybe Dom already suspects that Santiago is the mole so they put on that little show for him. If Irving gets his hands on Darlene next week and kills her, I’m going to riot. She better not end up dead or anyone, for that matter. I’ve grown to like all of these characters, good and bad. I wouldn’t be opposed to Santiago getting killed off, though.

Loved Darlene and Dom hooking up and I had a feeling it was going there when Darlene’s phone trick didn’t work at the bar. I couldn’t help but laugh at Darlene’s face when Dom stopped their sexytimes to put away her badge and gun. Gotta admit, Dom is a fine FBI agent and takes her job seriously. I love that about her.

It never occurred to me that Price could be Angela’s dad, but maybe that was the point of the flashback? So great seeing Gideon again. He was a great character. Even though Price is the face of all the things that we hate (entitled rich white man who thinks he owns this world), I actually really like the character especially when he spews out wise things like these:

“It’s not that I’m out of moves. It’s that you’re not worth one.”

“You don’t force an agenda, Mr. Alderson. You have to inspire one.”

“World catastrophes like this, they aren’t caused by lone wolves like you. They occur because men like me allow them.”

Fascinating character.

Man, Angela has lost it completely. I don’t think this is an act that she’s putting on. I think she’s snapped and the only thing that she’s holding on to is her belief in whatever Whiterose told her. So sad seeing her in that condition. I did laugh during the scene where she was locking her numerous locks to her apartment and then you see a poster of a Hang In There poster with a picture of a cat hanging on to something for dear life. I thought that was a hilarious and sad visual. I love it when the show brings the dark humor.

Can’t believe we only have one episode left. I’m not ready to see the show go on hiatus again. It felt like this just came back last week. I’m ready for Elliot/Mr. Robot, Darlene, Tyrell, Dom, and hopefully Angela to come together and take down the Dark Army. Hell, if they ask Price, he might even be willing to join. He’s probably that desperate for an opportunity to take down Whiterose.

Lastly, where in NYC was that place where Elliot met Whiterose’s second in command? That looked beautiful and I don’t think I’m familiar with that place at all.