“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.

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“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.

“You have superpowers, too?”

TV Show: Runaways
Episode Title: Kingdom
Original Air Date: December 5, 2017
Episode Number: 1×05

Episode Description

Just when Alex thought his relationship with his parents couldn’t be more strained, an old friend from Geoffrey’s past resurfaces, and Alex discovers long-buried secrets about his dad. After their not-so-fearless leader is taken, our kids spring into action to save him. And as they scramble to get Alex back, the Runaways begin to experiment with their own untapped power in order to step in to save their friend.

My Review

There was a lot of great things that happened in this episode, the greatest being that now everyone’s superpowers are out in the open. Loved that scene and loved everyone’s reactions at finding out each other’s powers. That was so cool how Karolina blasted/blinded Darius with her gay glowing rainbow. Gert had the line of the episode when she saw Karolina’s powers and said “She’s beautiful and she glows. Great.” 😅 Molly getting excited to show off her super strength was adorable, as was her just casually laying on top of the hood of the car to nap, lol. Nico using the staff was very cool, too, especially when she commanded it to protect them from the hail of bullets. Chase’s Fistigons was also very cool and even cooler is the fact that he made them himself.

I was right about Frank not being Karolina’s dead. I’m too lazy to look for it now, but I’m pretty sure I mentioned this in my review for the first (or second) episode in that Frank just didn’t come off like Karolina’s real father. I mean, we never really saw them interact, but I don’t know, I just had that feeling. I even posed the possibility that he is probably his stepfather, but no, he’s just as clueless as Karolina.

So Julian McMahon’s character is the one that Leslie and the rest of the parents have been keeping life and whom they’ve killed for to have him resurrect and live on forever. Now I’m deadly curious as to what their individual motivations are. We know what Leslie’s motivation is. We sort of know how Geoffrey and Catherine are involved, but what about the rest? How did they get roped into this cult?

Poor Karolina. This was not a good episode for her in the end there. She’s still recovering from finding out that her mom is evil and a murderer and that her faith and religion are all a lie. Then she catches Nico making out with Alex and, man alive, you can see the disappointment and jealousy all over her face. I just wanted to give her a hug right then and there.

There were definitely hints that showed that Karolina is attracted to Nico (it’s been subtle for the past few episodes, but I think it came to the forefront in this episode. That hug in the parking lot between her and Nico definitely became a lot more meaningful and I totally caught Karolina looking at Nico’s lips after they broke off the hug. (Side note, I LOVE the height difference between them.) There was also that moment in the cafe where they’re both talking excitedly about each other’s powers and I loved it when Nico tucked in a strand of hair behind Karolna’s ear. That seemed way more intimate than I expected. Can you tell that I’m really invested in this ship? Hahahaha. This is not a good thing because I know that there’ll only be heartbreak for Karolina here so I guess it’s best that she saw Nico and Alex making out. That way she doesn’t fall even further.

Man, Alex’s dad is something else. He did Darius wrong, asking his best friend to confess to something he didn’t commit, promising to take care of Darius’ family, and then getting out and not keeping his promise. I don’t care what his reasons are, that was a really shitty thing to do. How much would it have set him back to take care of Darius’ family so that they’re set for life? He’s practically swimming in money, jeez.

Seeing Chase and his father bond was very sweet, but I felt exactly how Chase felt. Every time Chase did something wrong or say something he shouldn’t have said, I was cringing because I was expecting Victor to start berating and beating up Chase. Scary. This brain cancer has mellowed him out so it’s definitely a good thing for Chase. I’ve a feeling that Victor is going to go back to his asshole-ish ways if/when he beats this cancer.

I thought it was very odd that Tina didn’t get mad at Nico for taking the staff. What was that about? It’s so unlike Tina that for a second I thought she was replaced by a pod person. Nico must have felt the same way because she was practically speechless when her mom told her she could keep it for the night.

Lastly, Victor’s time machine worked! So Los Angeles in ruins in the future. No surprise there. I wonder if he’ll find out that his machine works.

“Now let’s go kick some ass”

TV Show: Legends Of Tomorrow
Episode Title: Crisis On Earth-X, 4
Original Air Date: November 28, 2017
Episode Number: 3×08

Episode Description

Barry and Iris’s wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold, The Ray, Felicity Smoak, Iris West, and Alex Danvers to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes – Green Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and White Canary – lead their teams into battle to save the world.

My Review

Now that I’ve watched the Legends Of Tomorrow portion of the crossover, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal that Felicity and Oliver also got married. It was an impromptu wedding for Barry and Iris so what was the big deal that Felicity and Oliver also felt like getting married? Whatever, man. People who hate Olicity can continue hating on Olicity. I’m not going to waste my precious time defending my favorite couple from those haters because it’s not going to do anything.

As for the rest of the episode, I liked this one even more than the Arrow portion of the crossover (did not bother watching Supergirl and The Flash). This actually made me want to kind of start watching LOT again because it’s great to see a female leading these Legends (and a bisexual at that). I also found Rory and Ray to be hilarious and adorkable, respectively, same as they always were. I laughed so hard when Sara smacked Rory upside the head and told him to shut up when he asked her if she “hit that” in regards to Alex. 😅

I also liked the two new female characters and I’m intrigued about their stories and how they joined the team. I could take or leave the Nick Zano character, but whatever. As long as there are no romantic shenanigans on this show, I would seriously consider watching again.

I bawled my eyes out during Grey’s death scene and his funeral. Victor Garber really pulled all the stops during his death scene (not to much the actor who played Jax). That was quite emotional and really hit me hard. Loved how the people who were important to Grey said their personal goodbyes to him. Ugh, so good.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– The fight scenes were amazing. I was so impressed by the special effects, the stunts, and just everything about it. Kudos to you, Gregory Smith!

– Diggle showing up in the end made me happy and I cracked up at the continuity of him never failing to get sick whenever he travels with Barry, lol.

– Cisco, yay! Cool superpower being able to open a portal to anywhere. Kinda like Blink’s power on The Gifted, except Cisco’s is better since it doesn’t seem to limit his abilities.

– Holy crap, Caitlin’s power is AWESOME. She’s kinda like a female Silver Surfer. How cool (see what I did there?)!

– Snart staying behind was interesting. I wonder why. Loved that he’s an anti-Nazi fighter in Earth-X (together with his boyfriend, aww).

– Oliver killing Oliver-X seemed anticlimactic. I did like the effect when Overgirl blew up in outer space.

– Sara and Alex awkwardly hugging it out was hilarious. I can’t wait to see their interactions in the next crossover episodes.