“I freaking hate space”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Assured Destruction
Original Air Date: April 25, 2018
Episode Number: 3×03

Episode Description

Earth strategizes a costly ploy to gain advantage in the war against Mars. Anna struggles to convince Sorrento-Gillis to do the right thing. Avasarala and Bobbie seek refuge aboard the Rocinante.

My Review

This season continues to be very, very good and we finally see Avasarala and Bobbie meeting the Roci crew and it wasn’t all hunky dory. I really liked the scene where Bobbie got all abrasive and confrontational about the defaced Martian flag and threatening to take over the ship. Of course she would behave like that because that’s just how she was built. Amos ready to duke it out with Bobbie at first made me smile because I honestly wouldn’t know who to root for if those two ever fight against each other. It will be an even match.

Seeing Avasarala continue to adjust to space life by using mag boots was very funny. Just like Bobbie, I highly enjoyed watching her try to walk with mag boots on and complaining about hating space. Bobbie just sitting there smiling at all of this was just as funny. I got a kick out of Amos helping Avasarala put on her boots with her leaning on his shoulders. It was adorable.

I thought Avasarala’s scenes with Holden and Naomi were quite good. It won’t be long until she will have convinced Holden to go to the Agatha King and rendezvous with Admiral Souther. Nice touch bringing up her visit with one of Holden’s mothers to somewhat convince Holden that her intentions are good and that she’s doing all of this to save Earth from being nuked and to stop an inevitable war between the two planets.

As far as Naomi and Avasarala, yeah, they’re not going to be friends any time soon, but I’ve a feeling that both of them will start to mellow out and will eventually decide to work together because I think essentially, they both want the same thing: no war and very little casualties from all sides.

Fucking Errinwright, I swear. I don’t know why he’s doing this and practically forcing the Secretary General to declare war against Mars. What is his endgame here? Is he willing to sacrifice innocent lives just so he can have his war? It looks like that’s exactly what he did, most likely tampering with the fifth warhead giving enough time for the Martian ship to fire a missile at Earth. Now he’s blaming the Secretary General (and Anna) for those two million lives that were lost in South America. Unforgivable.

I was so thrilled when I saw Cotyar! Really hope he gets to reunite with Avasarala and Bobbie again and if the Roci does make its way to the Agatha King, I hope Cotyar makes it onboard the Roci to join the rest of the crew. His loyalty to Avasarala just warms my heart and I really hope that Souther and his crew figure out a way to get Nguyen off his ship.

So now Mao grows a conscience? Too little, too late, dude. This probably means he’ll be toast soon, right? I really thought Strickland was going to kill him right then and there after Mao orders him to stop experimenting on the kids. Yeah, that’s not going to happen under Strickland’s watch. You just know he’ll disobey that order even before Mao finished saying it.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– Poor Alex getting that message from his wife and her saying that she’s happy for him, but that she and their son don’t need him anymore.

– I continue to love the bond between Prax and Amos. More of that, please. If we learn more about Amos’ backstory this way, I’m all for it. I read the novella that’s about Amos’ story so I already know it, but I can’t wait to see it will unfold on the show.

– Did anyone else got a laugh at the poor coffee maker in the corner all duct-taped with an Out Of Order sign?

– Alex making peace with Naomi was very sweet. I’m glad. Now let Amos be next and then Holden.

– Avasarala thanking Bobbie for “not letting me die” brought a huge smile to my face. They have such a great relationship and I might have teared up just a little when Bobbie took Avasarala’s outstretched hand to squeeze it.

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“You think you can kill me? Have at it.”

TV Show: The 100
Episode Title: Eden
Original Air Date: April 24, 2018
Episode Number: 5×01

Episode Description

In the fifth season premiere, Clarke struggles to survive on desolate, scorched Earth while her friends in space come across a long-awaited beacon of hope.

My Review

This was quite a strong start to season five, I thought. Good to see most of the episode focusing on Clarke and showing us how she survived those first few months after Praimfaya and then how she and Madi became “family” after six years. Unfortunately for them, living in paradise couldn’t last forever with that prisoner shop docking right in their backyard and messing things up.

Clarke and Madi killing two of their guys right off the bat was not surprising because this show is all about kill or be killed and/or survival. Really curious how Clarke and Madi will get away from the prisoners, though. There’s a lot of them and they are packed with a lot of firepower.

Things in space aren’t hunky dory either with everyone becoming impatient and all wanting to go back to Earth, but unable to do so. Can’t wait for them to get back down and help Clarke and Madi out. Interesting to see the dynamics on the ship: Monty and Harper are still together. Murphy and Emori are no longer together. Bellamy and Echo are a thing now. And there’s Raven being her badass genius self.

Look, I am not a Bellarke shipper at all and have stopped shipping couples on this show because the show is so much more than that. Reading comments on here, it seems as if people only watch this show for Bellarke and you’re free to ship whomever you want, but if that’s the only reason you’re watching this show, I don’t know, man. I hope you realize that there’s more to the show than shipping two characters. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

So Octavia has her own version of Thunderdome going on in the bunker? Okay then. Wonder what that was about.

Excited for this season and I’m looking forward to meeting new characters and seeing old ones reunite.

“I am here to relieve you of your command”

TV Show: Homeland
Episode Title: All In
Original Air Date: April 22, 2018
Episode Number: 7×11

Episode Description

Saul’s mission is a go. The clock ticks on the Keane administration.

My Review

I actually clapped after the episode was over because that’s how much I loved it. Definitely one of the best episodes of Homeland ever. Non-stop suspense and just an overall thrilling ride from beginning to end. We got to see Carrie being a super spy, scaling the side of a building, donning a wig, coming up with a plan B when plan A failed, and having that plan succeed. Just overall amazing stuff.

I have read a few negative comments about this episode and how ridiculous everything was, but you know what? I don’t even care that I had to suspend my disbelief at some of these scenarios because I was thoroughly entertained. This is still fiction so I don’t care if it’s not realistic to drain that Russian guy’s American bank accounts and for that same guy to get his men to storm the GRU headquaters. We see stories like this happening in movies all the time so why not in Homeland?

Paley and his chief of staff can go screw themselves. They would risk the lives of Americans just so they come out of this untainted. Those two deserve each other. Surprisingly, Paley couldn’t bring himself to put those American lives at risk by talking to the Russian ambassador himself. But that cancels itself out because he was willing to do it in the end by telling the new POTUS to disavow Saul and distance his administration from this mess.

Clint, the computer guy on Saul’s team, was so easily manipulated. I couldn’t believe it. He didn’t even bother lying. Thank God for Max and the woman (I can never remember her name). I wonder how they’ll react when they find out that Clint was the one who started this whole mess by telling Paley’s chief of staff what Saul was really doing in Russia.

Dar Adal shows up and screws everything up for Team Saul and Carrie. Of course. Even in prison, he continues to be a troublemaker. He must be celebrating in his cell now that Keane is out of office.

I actually thought that Yevgeny was going to shoot Simone right there during their scene at the GRU. I was thinking to myself that Simone is disposable now and probably not worth all this trouble so there’s no reason for Yevgeny not to kill her aside from him being in love with her. Well, guess self-preservation or Yevgeny’s love for his country trumps his love for Simone after all.

Should be interesting to see how things go in the finale with Simone in American custody and how she’ll end up helping Keane and putting Paley, the VP, and all those naysayers in their places. Keane is going to owe a lot to Saul, Carrie, and their team.

“You told my best friend that you should have killed her”

TV Show: Jessica Jones
Episode Title: Pork Chop
Original Air Date: March 8, 2018
Episode Number: 2×10

Episode Description

Jeri finagles a deal for her new client in exchange for Karl’s location. Trish forges ahead with her own investigation. A prison guard crosses a line.

My Review

As an avowed fan of Trish, this was a hard episode for me to watch because she kept making the wrong decisions over and over. Her knocking Malcolm out and locking him up in the trunk of her car was too much. The poor guy. He’s so enamored with Trish that even after she forced him to take a hit of the drug, he still let her back into his life and would do anything to help her.

Alisa hit the nail on the head when she said that the only reason Trish is so obsessed with the IGH story is because she most likely wants to be powered just like Jessica and that it’s killing her that she’s not. Trish has her heart set straight in that she wants to use her powers to help those less fortunate, but her mind is just not in the same universe as her heart. Alisa is going to kill her if she does anything to Karl or Jessica will if Trish messes up Jessica’s plan to have Karl leave the country. Trish is in deep, deep shit.

Jessica killing that corrections officer was a shock, but the asshole deserved it. He has had several inmates commit suicide on his watch and I bet you some of those were probably not suicides, but him torturing them to the point where they ended up dead. What a sick bastard. I felt so sorry for Alisa, a vegetarian (most likely), having to force to eat meat. I totally sympathize since I’m also a vegetarian and if someone forced me to eat meat and I had no choice, I don’t know what I would have done.

And holy shit, Jeri. Totally didn’t see that coming. Fucking Inez and her lying ass. I bet Shaun was probably her lover and they concocted this elaborate scheme to bamboozle the hell out of Jeri. So messed up. Jeri is not exactly a saint, but she didn’t deserve to be lied to, to be tricked, and to have her possessions stolen. She is going to scorch the earth to find those two, mark my words, and I can’t wait to see her do it.

Looking forward to how all of this unfolds. It’s taking me a long time to finish this season not because I don’t like it, but because it’s hard to fit it within my weekly TV viewing schedule especially when I’m watching about 15 shows every week. I try to fit this in when I’m done with all of my shows, but it doesn’t happen every week.

“It’s normal to feel two things at once”

TV Show: Billions
Episode Title: Hell Of A Ride
Original Air Date: April 15, 2018
Episode Number: 3×04

Episode Description

Axe explores the new arena of venture philanthropy and looks to neutralize old accomplices. Connerty’s scrutiny of Chuck intensifies. Chuck tries to reconcile with his father. Wags pursues an intensely personal real estate acquisition.

My Review

Interesting episode. My favorite plot was probably the Heidecker story with Taylor feeling conflicted about their hero dying and having profited from said hero’s death. The scene with Wendy, the scene at the store when Taylor bought the same watch as Heidecker, and the scene with Axe and the Venture Philanthropy guy were all played to perfection by Asia. Taylor continues to be such an intriguing character and I’m always fascinated and entranced whenever they are onscreen.

I also really liked the scene with the entire Axe Capital staff watching the liftoff and how excited they were to see the outcome and even seemed happy at first when it looked like it was going to succeed and then the initial somber reaction when it exploded. Dollar Bill and the others celebrating shortly after because Axe Capital would reap the benefits and not thinking about a man dying out of this was heartless, but I’m sure this happens all the time in real life. Poor Mafee and Taylor.

Wags’ cemetery plotline was silly, but entertaining. He tried his best to get the plot through honest means, but when that lawyer didn’t budge, he went for the kill and practically upended the guy’s life. I really liked the end scene with him and Axe and them talking about mortality and what people usually say when a person dies at a certain age. Wags laying on his plot to test it out was morbidly amusing.

Axe putting on a show for the board and getting them to vote for Rayveon Solar was genius. I knew what he was doing a few seconds into his act and those board members were idiots for falling for it. Then again they weren’t privy to that guy and Axe’s earlier conversation so they can be somewhat forgiven for being stupid, but they would have voted for anything to pass if Axe was against it.

So if I got this right, Charles covered for Chuck in the end because something Chuck did impressed him. Chuck went to Black Jack (the character played by David Strathairn) to talk about the land that Charles wanted for his casino and he somewhat had Black Jack convinced to use this as leverage against Charles by way of a state senator. Charles saw through the play and came to the conclusion that Chuck was behind it hence the warm reunion in the end complete with him planting a big one on Chuck’s lips.

Will this be the end of Connerty looking at Chuck’s possible misdeeds and instead focus all his attention on the Axe case? No matter how disappointed he is at Chuck’s indiscretions or Chuck lying to him, this shouldn’t blind him at doing his job. Charles was right in that Connerty is letting emotion get to him in this case. He can still work the Axe case and do a bang up job on it and investigate Chuck on the side. Seems like that won’t go away so I hope he does that in secret.

Lastly, it was pretty funny that for the second time this season, Connerty got an eyeful of another man’s private parts. “Why does this keep happening to me?”

“I hate going out”

TV Show: iZombie
Episode Title: Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Brain
Original Air Date: April 16, 2018
Episode Number: 4×07

Episode Description

After consuming the brain of a bachelor playboy, Liv heads to a club to meet up with Clive and Ravi. Meanwhile, Major is assigned an enormous task. Lastly, Clive is still struggling with the arrangement he’s made with Bozzio.

My Review

Clive was very funny in this episode with him making fun of Liv’s hat and hating everything about the dating scene. It kinda broke my heart that he slept with a hooker to sate his urges and then later on it was so sad when he found out that Dale didn’t actually sleep with any of the guys she’s been seeing. Damn. That relationship is just now so full of angst. I hope both of them realize that the other will be happier in the long run if they break up now. There’s just no way around this whole zombie thing…well, we do have the cure that Blaine hid, but no one knows about that.

I really, really wish the writers would tone down Liv’s crazy brain antics every week. I honestly don’t know who Liv Moore is as a character because she’s always being someone else. The brain she was on was quite despicable and men like Max are scum and not worth anyone’s time. I didn’t feel sorry for him that Huma plotted to kill him. Good riddance. The world is a better place without him.

I don’t understand how Levon and Liv are now suddenly attracted to each other. I know Liv was on douchebag brains, but I did not sense an attraction between the both of them in previous episodes. Or maybe it was there and I just didn’t see it. In any case, I don’t want this to happen. We all know Levon’s probably going to end up dead just like with Liv’s other boyfriends. It’s becoming a joke at this point.

Peyton busting Liv’s illegal zombie activity, hmm. Where is the show going with this? Will Peyton help Liv? This will, for sure, cause a division between them and Major so it’ll be interesting how friendships and relationships are altered when it’s found out that Liv has taken over Mama Leone’s operation.

Major was acting out of character in this episode especially during the scene where Fillmore-Graves shut down that paper. Then I realized that he was probably just trying to ingratiate himself to Roche, as per Chase’s orders. He wouldn’t have been shooting up that place willy-nilly if he wasn’t putting on a show for Roche.

These two exchanges between Clive and Liv cracked me up:

“I wanna be honest.”
“That is dumb.”
“I’m not gonna be a liar to get sex.”
“Good luck with that.”

“Did they have mirrors in the bathroom?”
“Yes.”
“So you saw what you looked like and didn’t take off the hat?”

Lastly, I’m with Clive. I hate going out, I hate warm weather, but I like This Is Us. I do agree with him about the show being emotionally manipulative because it is!

“I just saved the world”

TV Show: Agents of SHIELD
Episode Title: All Roads Lead…
Original Air Date: April 20, 2018
Episode Number: 5×18

Episode Description

The team must find a way to stop Ruby before the prophesied chain reaction that can destroy the Earth is put into motion.

My Review

Man alive. Ruby getting killed was pretty brutal, but I think Yo-Yo did the right thing there in that instance. Ruby was getting more and more unstable and unpredictable as the seconds ticked by and Yo-Yo didn’t want to risk Ruby letting go some kind of power that will obliterate the planet. Unfortunately, Yo-Yo didn’t realize what kind of effect will happen after Ruby’s death. That blast has to have some kind of consequence, right? Was that gravitonium released into the atmosphere? What will be the effects of that, if any?

There was a lot of torture going on here with FitzSimmons, mainly, and also it hurt to see Yo-Yo in so much pain with her robotic arms malfunctioning and pulsing electricity into her. It was also pretty sad to see Talbot fighting the Hydra programming and all but ready to shoot himself to end that. I felt sorry for Creel, too, for not being able to do anything to stop the voices in his head from making him go crazy. Hell, I even felt for Ruby after she got some gravitonium in her and she couldn’t stop hearing those voices.

I do have a question, though: why was Ruby so intent on getting into that chamber and have the gravitonium mold together with her? Maybe I missed something in the earlier episodes as to why Whitehall wanted this, but I was just like “What is the point?” throughout most of this episode. Nevertheless, I still liked it.

What I didn’t like was Deke talking about his crush on Daisy. It was funny in the last episode, but totally unnecessary in this one. I wish the writers would drop this shit because Daisy does not have any interest in the guy and I really hope that the writers don’t have her change her mind because I haven’t seen any hint of a feeling from Daisy for Deke.

I’m glad Talbot and Robin’s mom are still alive. I was worried for Robin’s mom there for a second when I thought Talbot might have killed her. Really hope Coulson can help Talbot and deprogram him from all that Hydra compliance bullshit.

Well, Hale’s really going to rain hellfire on SHIELD now that they killed her daughter. Let’s see what she’s going to do with that alien’s help. I have a feeling Hale’s going to end up dead before this season is finished either by SHIELD’s hand or by those aliens’ hand.