“Protect the world from them”

TV Show: The Gifted
Episode Title: threat of eXtinction
Original Air Date: November 20, 2017
Episode Number: 1×08

Episode Description

More refugees pour into the Mutant Underground, but the group faces a threat when they discover one of them is a spy working for Sentinel Services. Meanwhile, Reed visits his estranged father and learns that secrets from his family’s past could prove useful.

My Review

This might have been my favorite episode of the show yet. I thought the whole reveal of Reed’s family was well-done and tied nicely to Lauren and Andy. I’m not entirely surprised that Reed was a mutant because there had to be a reason why his kids are mutants. What surprised me was Reed’s father turning out to also be a mutant. It was great to see him sacrifice himself to save his son and, in turn, his grandchildren.

Now we know why Campbell seems to have this obsession with the siblings: it’s because he studied Reed’s dad’s work at Trask and now he’s on a mission to find a pair of mutant siblings that he can control in order to rid the world of mutants. Damn.

This storyline with the Strucker siblings is probably the most intriguing part of the show for me and I’m glad that they are in the middle of all of this. I wonder how much Reed will tell them about their great great grandfather and great great grand-aunt. Will he tell them everything so that they’ll know to avoid becoming just like their descendants or will Reed not tell them anything thus running the risk that they’ll turn out evil? Tough decision for him and for Caitlin. If I were in his position, I would tell them because there’s a better chance that they won’t turn evil since they were brought up in a better environment than Reed’s dad’s father and aunt.

I really enjoyed the big battle scene with Blink, Johnny, and Marcos battling Chloe, the speedster. That was pretty badass and so well-staged. It’s sad that Chloe died and it even got me teary-eyed. So it looks like Campbell is drugging these mutants and this is his way of controlling them and using their powers for his own benefit. Can this guy get any worse?

It’s too bad that Pulse died, but I did like how Johnny and Reed bonded over the deaths of people they care about. These two have a nice dynamic going and I wouldn’t mind seeing them team up more. Another team up that I was surprised to like was Blink asking Dreamer help to rid the little girl of her bad memories. That was really nice of Blink and even bigger of her to come to Dreamer for help.

Can Esme become a regular please? I really like her a lot and she has a pretty cool power. Would love a scene with her, Lauren, and Sage. Power trio right there.

Could not care less about the relationship drama between Marcos and Polaris. Whatever. I know they have a lot of fans, but I’m just not that interested in their relationship. Separately, they’re okay. The show needs to limit the relationship angst on this show and this goes for the Johnny/Blink/Dreamer triangle, too.

The ending felt pretty ominous with that shot of Lauren and Andy holding hands. It wouldn’t have been ominous if we didn’t learn beforehand that that was how Reed’s father’s father and aunt channeled their powers together. I have faith in you, kids! You’re better people than your descendants!

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“I just feel whole now”

TV Show: Stranger Things
Episode Title: The Lost Sister
Original Air Date: October 27, 2017
Episode Number: 2×07

Episode Description

Psychic visions draw Eleven to a band of violent outcasts and an angry girl with a shadowy past.

My Review

As much as I liked this episode, I couldn’t wait for this to finish because I just wanted to get back to the craziness in Hawkins. Good for Jane for finding Kali and getting closure in regards to that part of her life. And good for her for not resorting to killing for revenge. I can understand if Kali and crew tortured those people as an act of revenge, but for them to actually kill them outright was the wrong way to go about things.

It warmed my heart when Jane told Kali that she’s going to save her friends and then Jane telling that woman on the bus that she’s going home brought a smile to my face. The shadow monster and those Demogorgons better watch their back. Jane is back and she means business.

Random bits I liked:

– Dottie holding a fly swatter when the cop raided their place

– Jane going for the Eggos while robbing the convenience store (of course)

– Jane smiling and looking in awe at everything while walking in the streets of Chicago

– “Bitchin'”

“Human tastes better than cat, I promise”

TV Show: Stranger Things
Episode Title: The Spy
Original Air Date: October 27, 2017
Episode Number: 2×06

Episode Description

Will’s connection to a shadowy evil grows stronger, but no one’s quite sure how to stop it. Elsewhere, Dustin and Steve forge an unlikely bond.

My Review

I’m so happy that we finally got to see Steve join the kids in their fight against the Demogorgons. How awesome was it seeing Steve and Dustin bonding together while going Dart-hunting? Steve was able to give Dustin relationship and girl advice along with hair advice. ๐Ÿ˜… “Farrah Fawcett spray”, I love it! Steve going out there to use himself as bait was pretty brave. Stupid, but brave.

He was all ready to protect the kids from those creatures and it just warms my heart. This is why he is my favorite character and this all turned around towards the end of last season when he didn’t hesitate to help the Byers despite all the craziness that was surrounding him.

I also really liked Max opening up to Lucas and telling him about her family life and how sucky it is and how awful Billy is and how she’s sorry for being mean to Lucas and the boys, that the last thing she wants is to be just like Billy. Too cute that they ended up holding hands when the Demogorgons were attacking the bus. It’s okay, Dustin. You’ll find your own girl.

Nancy and Jonathan getting together was inevitable. I don’t really have an opinion on them, but their morning after scene with that conspiracy theorist was very funny and kinda cute. I laughed at the pull-out joke, lol. I kinda feel uncomfortable watching the actors onscreen knowing that they are together in real life. It just feels like I’m intruding on their private life.

Oh, Will. What have you done? Well, it’s not technically you, but the shadow monster. That was pretty awful, the monster using Will to kill those soldiers as revenge for what they did to it earlier. I don’t even know how Owens and his team will figure out how to help Will. I remember on the Fringe episode that had a similar storyline that Walter did something to sever the connection between the thing and the kid. Someone page Walter Bishop. How far is Boston from Hawkins?

Will losing his memories and not remembering Bob, Hopper, and Owens. Yikes. Will the shadow monster take more of Will’s memories and physical being the longer they are connected? Ugh. This poor boy just keeps breaking my heart over and over.

I am surprised that Owens and his team really ARE trying to help Will. I thought for sure they were just continuing on the work of Dr. Brenner from season one. That shot of the huge hole in the lab leading to the Upside Down gave me chills. This thing has absolutely taken over the town, exactly like a cancer. They have to find the source and they most likely need Eleven to help stop the shadow monster.

Hopper talking to Eleven over the radio also broke my heart. Fine acting from David Harbour there. I’m guessing we’re going to see more of Eleven in the next episode since she was MIA here.

Lastly, Lucas’ sister continues to be hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing at her playing with He-Man and her doll and making them kiss. ๐Ÿ˜…

“We have bigger problems than your love life”

TV Show: Stranger Things
Episode Title: Dig Dug
Original Air Date: October 27, 2017
Episode Number: 2×05

Episode Description

Nancy and Jonathan swap conspiracy theories with a new ally as Eleven searches for someone from her past. โ€œBob the Brainโ€ tackles a difficult problem.

My Review

Ending the episode with Will having a full-on seizure was so disturbing, almost as disturbing as when the shadow monster inhabited him in the last episode. I had a feeling the vines or whatever those creepy-crawly things are are linked to Will somehow and that whatever happens to them, he would feel it. Definitely reminds me of a Fringe episode where this boy ends up bonding with this substance/vines and when the vines are cut or being burned, he feels the pain.

It was also pretty disturbing to see Hopper getting consumed by the vines and almost suffocating him to death. Thankfully, Joyce, Bob, Will, and Mike came just in time to rescue him. Crisis averted! I did love the adults’ reactions to seeing each other with Joyce acting all excited/hysterical and then you have Bob and Hopper acknowledging each other with a “Hey, Bob” and “Hey, Jim” while barely looking at each other. ๐Ÿ˜„

Bob coming through for Joyce (and Hopper and the kids) like that was so great. I really want to believe he’s a good guy because I don’t want Joyce to have to worry about that part of her life. Please let Bob be a good guy and I hope that Joyce doesn’t end up breaking his heart. Joyce seems way too hands-y with Hopper there after they reunited and I’ve a feeling she’s not into Bob as much as Bob is into her.

Dustin trapping Dart was smart, but it will only be a matter of time before it gets out. Dustin “kidnapping” Steve: YES! I’m ready for the crazy shenanigans that I’m sure these two will get themselves into. It was pretty sweet that Steve actually planned on giving Nancy roses and apologizing to her. But I loved it even more when he said to himself “Sorry? What do I have to be sorry for?” because he’s absolutely correct. Nancy was the one who said all those hurtful and horrible things. If anyone had to apologize, it should be Nancy.

Should be interesting to see where the show goes with Nancy and Jonathan teaming up with the conspiracy theorist. The actor was on Go On playing this hilarious and super-weird character so I think he’s perfect in this role. Really hope they don’t get in trouble with the Lab with their plan to water down the truth and blame the Lab for Barb’s death.

Lucas finally telling Max about what happened last year made me go “Finally!” She initially didn’t believe him, but I think she came around in the end. Ugh, why do we have to be subjected to Billy continuing to be a complete asshole towards Max and being a racist, to boot? Lucas’ family is so great with his dad telling him the best piece of advice he could give his son, that his wife is always right. Lucas’ sister, Eric, is a total sass-monster, I love it. I laughed so hard when he was taunting Dustin over the radio about his code red, lol.

And the most oblivious parents award goes to the Wheelers. It almost felt like the show was poking fun of themselves in regards to the Wheelers being clueless and not caring much as to what their kids are doing and that they would take anything Nancy and Mike tell them at face value, no questions asked. I couldn’t stop laughing at Ted asking his wife about the whereabouts of their kids and then telling Dustin “Our children don’t live here anymore. You didn’t know that?” ๐Ÿ˜…

Eleven going home to see her Mama was just alright. I was more interested in the scenes where we see what happened to Terry when she gave birth to Jane and the torture she went through thanks to Papa aka Matthew Modine’s character. What a sadistic asshole, destroying a woman’s life and subjecting her to a lifetime of insanity. It wasn’t enough for him to steal her baby, he had to completely turn her insane. Jeez.

Lastly, did anyone else think of Winnie the Pooh during that shot of Hopper trying to burrow himself out of the Upside Down? It was such a very funny visual.

“I guess he didn’t like my note”

TV Show: Mr. Robot
Episode Title: eps3.5_kill-process.inc
Original Air Date: November 15, 2017
Episode Number: 3×06

Episode Description

Elliot faces off with Mr. Robot; Dom gets tired of the red tape; Tyrell has a new plan.

My Review

This was an utterly brilliant episode. I am left breathless and speechless! Whiterose targeting 71 other E Corp facilities all over the country…yeah, I don’t think anyone saw that coming. I got chills during that last scene and it made me think of 9/11. Elliot, what have you done? I know it’s not his fault, but if he didn’t manipulate those truck deliveries, all of the paper records would have been delivered to the NY facility and the casualties might not have been as high as they are now. It’s an awful thing to say, but that’s the reality of the situation.

Amazing work by everyone during the Elliot/Mr. Robot glitching scenes. The acting, the directing, the writing: so well done. It was pretty sad (and kinda funny, admit it) seeing Elliot running through that hallway and slamming his head and body against the wall. That poor stunt man. So cool to see the transitions and Elliot losing time and fighting so hard to gain control of himself and not let Mr. Robot take over.

The one time that he took over was the one time that really mattered. I was pretty shocked Mr. Robot listened to Elliot. Guess he’s now convinced Mr. Robot that his mission no longer aligns with what Whiterose has planned? Can you imagine Elliot and Mr. Robot working together to take down Whiterose? Is she still the enemy here? I don’t know anymore.

Absolutely loved Dom in this episode and that she didn’t just take no for an answer from her superior. I can’t wait until she finds out that Santiago is a traitor because I want her to be the one to deal him his hand. The asshole is betraying his country and for what exactly? Why are all these people blindly following Whiterose and her cause? Things just keep getting more and more intriguing and I love every second of it.

The scene with Dom scoping out the Red Wheelbarrow when she came down the stairs was quite suspenseful. My heart was beating so fast! So glad she didn’t end up dead. Dom has really grown on me and I want her to see this whole case through with Darlene and Elliot’s help. Speaking of, am I the only one who senses sexual tension between Darlene and Dom? I couldn’t help thinking that especially when Dom was looking at Darlene intensely after she got off the phone with Elliot. More scenes with these two, please.

Speaking of sexual tension, it was present again during Darlene’s scene with Angela, hahahaha. Maybe Carly Chaiken just has that kind of chemistry with everyone because I also sensed it in her scenes with Rami Malek. It’s not as strong as her scenes with Dom and Angela, but it’s there.

So Tyrell gets himself arrested. I guess those were the instructions that Irving gave him. But why? Is he going to end up being the scapegoat for all the attacks? Damn.

This season has been pretty amazing, I must say. Really can’t wait to see how everything unfolds now.

“You’re crazy. I love it.”

TV Show: Arrow
Episode Title: Promises Kept
Original Air Date: November 16, 2017
Episode Number: 6×06

Episode Description

As Slade continues to uncover clues about his sonโ€™s last few years, Oliver makes a big decision. Meanwhile, the Green Arrow leads the team into battle against โ€œThe Dragon,โ€ a villain who is stealing valuable tech in Star City.

My Review

What a boring-ass episode. Two weeks in a row, show? Seriously. That better be the last we’ve seen of Slade. Two episodes of him and his son and their issues is not something I signed up for to watch on a show called Arrow.

The only things I liked were the non-Slade scenes, haha. Olicity at the end was beautiful. I loved their reunion and Oliver telling Felicity how happy he is to be back. Oh, my heart. Loved that Felicity was there playing video games with William because he called and said that he’s tired of hanging out with Raisa, lol. I’m really enjoying these three’s dynamic and I’m surprised I’m saying this because I thought the show bringing in William would drag the fun out of seeing Olicity’s scenes together.

I also liked that Diggle finally told everyone about his problem (well, except Oliver and Felicity) and that Curtis pretty much told him he’s an idiot for not coming to him first. This is the same guy who made Felicity walk again, for crying out loud. I hope this is the end of Diggle’s drug storyline because what was the whole point?

I do want to see Diggle apologizing to both Oliver and Felicity because OTA scenes are always golden. That better happen next episode or else I will riot if they just reference to it and the apology happens offscreen.

Is Kirk Acevedo’s Dragon going to be a recurring character on the show? I feel like his appearance here was left open-ended so I’ve a feeling he might be back in future episodes.

No more secrets my ass. Dinah’s hiding the fact that she’s in communication (possibly) with Vigilante and that’s going to cause issues with her position on the team if she’s going to protect him. Hypocrite much?

“I’ve got this, Laurel!”

TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder
Episode Title: Live. Live. Live
Original Air Date: November 16, 2017
Episode Number: 4×08

Episode Description

Annalise is confronted with disturbing news involving one of Isaac’s patients; the investigation into Wes’s murder comes to a head; details of the whereabouts of Laurel’s baby are revealed.

My Review

Oh, my God. Might as well start off this review with those words because they were uttered a lot during this episode. And what an episode it was. Great finale to end the first half of this season and now starts the long wait until the show comes back in January (I think). So much to think about since this episode had a lot to process.

Let me start off at the top with Bonnie declaring her love for Annalise. Freaking finally! See, I don’t know what kind of love Bonnie means so this whole story just keeps becoming more and more intriguing. Is she IN LOVE with Annalise or she loves her like a mother or sister? I need to know! Either way, it’s kind of a fucked up kind of love because of all the things that they’ve been doing to each other and how they treat each other.

I was shocked when Bonnie told Annalise that she was the one who put Isaac on the stand to help her certify her case. What?! I thought for sure Bonnie was trying to mess up Annalise’s case so this was such a surprise. She did it to help Annalise, whoa. It’s too bad Annalise didn’t want to have anything to do with her anymore and told her to scram.

Of course this leads to her going over to Nate’s place with a bottle of Scotch (?) so they can have their AA meeting. I really hope these two forge a lasting friendship and don’t end up screwing each other (as in having sex) just because they share something in regards to their relationship with Annalise. I was surprised when Nate said “I’ll tell you when I do” after Bonnie asked her how he got over Annalise. Ohhhh.

Moving on to Isaac and Annalise, I’m glad the show didn’t go there with the two of them getting together and I hope they never do. Let them keep things professional even though it’s bordering on unethical now with both of them starting to become co-dependent with each other. Isaac’s wife probably is right, but we saw the result of what happened after Annalise stopped coming to Isaac. He spiraled a bit and didn’t know what to do with himself. Maybe it’s better for his well-being to continue to see Annalise as a patient. Annalise has also been doing well during their sessions so keep at it. Just don’t get together. And if they do, I hope they stop being doctor/patient first.

Is it wrong to say that I laughed when Simon accidentally shot himself? Because I did. I actually paused the episode because I was laughing so hard! Of course that’s what happened. I don’t really care if he survives or not because he’s a waste of space. I don’t care if he’s a DACA kid who might be gay, it’s not enough to make him a sympathetic character and certainly not enough to excuse his actions last season and for being just an overall ass of a person.

Asher reaching for that gun. What in the actual fuck. Has he learned nothing from all their criminal shenanigans? Seriously! Loved how Michaela took control of the situation, though. First, dispatching Laurel to go home (but not before wiping her face clean of blood which just made me smile – what also made me smile was her shielding Laurel from Simon when he was waving the gun like an idiot), take a taxi, pay cash, and hide the hard drives in a safe place.

Second, she wipes the gun clean so that Asher’s fingerprints and Laurel’s fingerprints are not on it. Third, she instructs Asher to call 911 as soon as everything seems to be in place. Then she wanders into the party pretending (or not) to be traumatized to come across Simon’s body. Great sequence of events here and showed us how much Michaela has grown as a character. Hell, she was frozen in place in the first season when they came across Sam’s dead body and now she’s micromanaging everything. How to get away with murder indeed.

Connor finding out about the plan and telling Annalise about it was bound to happen. No matter what anyone does on this show, they will always be tied back to Annalise and they just can’t help but call on her for help any time something goes wrong because they know that she’s the one person that they could all depend on to get them out of their jams. Poor Annalise doesn’t have to do it, but somehow she feels obligated because this little group has somewhat become her family so that’s the only reason she needs to help them.

Really hope Dominic doesn’t end up hurting Connor after spying on him at Laurel/Wes’ apartment. I wonder if he heard everything that Connor said and if he’ll go back to Laurel’s father and tell him everything. That would be bad because everyone’s worst fears will have come through and their lives will be in jeopardy now.

Seeing Laurel helpless and alone with all that blood was so sad. Really fantastic work by Karla during this scene. Must have been so tiring to shoot that in such a cramped space and to have a camera shoved right in your face. Wow. I really liked Annalise’s voice mail where she told Laurel that she’s going to help her no matter what.

And that is exactly what she did by saving the baby. Viola knocking it out of the park again! I was in tears when she was giving CPR to that baby because it made me think of what Annalise was probably feeling about her own baby and what happened to it. She didn’t want to have to go through that trauma again, losing another baby even though it’s not her own. I cried even more when the camera panned away from the scene and we heard the baby cry which is a very good sign. He’s not out of the woods yet, but him breathing is a start.

Also, kudos to the 911 operator on the phone for being so calm and helpful while guiding Annalise on what to do. I know it’s her job, but something like this, I don’t know if there’s enough training you can do for situations like this. I know I would have been freaking out and not have been helpful at all, but that’s why I’m not a 911 operator.

Frank inadvertently hurting Laurel in the scuffle with Connor and making her go into early labor made me shake my head. I know he didn’t mean to do it, but this is the second baby that he harmed. Next time, pregnant women should steer clear of him. Can’t really tell if the baby was Wes’ or Frank’s, though. There was too much blood. Guess we’ll find out next year!

So glad that Tegan survived and was able to give her speech. It’s too bad she probably won’t get partner now since this whole deal with Antares will be exposed soon enough and Laurel’s father will probably get out of C&G and Tegan will get blamed for it. I do disagree with her about who the boss-bitch is. It’s Michaela, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Bring on 2018!