“Just a quick reminder. Super-speed, I don’t have it.”

TV Show: Arrow
Episode Title: Crisis On Earth-X, 2
Original Air Date: November 27, 2017
Episode Number: 6×08

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

This was fun. I have no time to watch the other three shows just to find out what happens, but from what I gather, they’re also a lot of fun. It’s all good. I don’t think I’ll miss much in the grand scheme of things. I’ll just watch the Felicity/Oliver marriage in clips or through gifs.

I know this whole thing is controversial and I’m going to side with (probably) the majority and say that Felicity and Oliver also getting married during Barry and Iris’ wedding might have been in poor taste. I just might watch the Legends of Tomorrow part of the crossover just to see how the whole wedding thing went down since it’s caused a lot of controversy and Olicity backlash.

LOVED Tommy’s return even though he’s Tommy from Earth-X. Colin is always welcome to come back. Loved that he was Prometheus in that iteration of Earth. I was amused by everyone’s reaction when they found out that Oliver and Kara from Earth-X were married. I actually thought Stephen and Melissa had very good romantic chemistry together.

Felicity not wanting to marry Oliver, ouch. I get her reasons, but man, that had to hurt Oliver. Good thing he didn’t let it get to him too much and was able to compartmentalize that part of himself so he can concentrate on fighting Nazis.

I stopped watching Supergirl (because it stopped being about Kara once that character showed up) so I enjoyed the little Danvers scene we got. I miss that relationship and wish I didn’t have to give it up. Unless that character goes away for good, I will never watch Supergirl ever again. Alex and Sara by the elevator was hilarious. Loved how Sara just took it in stride and got enjoyment at getting Alex all flustered.

Rory continues to be funny. It was cool to see Caitlin’s power. I miss Cisco! What happened to him? I know the mention that he was unconscious, but why? I stopped watching The Flash several seasons ago. Black Canary, Wild Dog, and Curtis showing up only to get their asses handed to them by Oliver-X had me laughing. Useless. Please get rid of all of them and bring back Thea and Roy.

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“I asked him to lie with my eyes”

TV Show: Mindhunter
Episode Title: Season 1, Episode 10
Original Air Date: October 13, 2017
Episode Number: 1×10

Episode Description

The team cracks under pressure from an in-house review. Holden’s bold style elicits a confession but puts his career, relationships, and health at risk.

My Review

That’s that then. Overall I thought this was a very good series with topnotch production and storytelling and performances. Kudos to the actors who portrayed the serial killers especially Kemper and Brudos. Kudos also to Holt McCallany for his portrayal of Bill. I really liked the character, more than any other character on the show (yes, even more than Anna Torv’s character) and how he’s great at his job and how he handled Holden (or at least tried to).

Jonathan was very good, too. I thought Holden’s panic attack in the end was great and especially him quivering and panicking under Kemper’s gaze and stature. That was intense as hell and I flinched when Kemper got up from his hospital bed. I thought Holden was a goner for sure. Damn. Can’t believe we ended the season like that. I’m sure Holden will be fine, but still, very worrying to see him on the floor like that having an absolute breakdown.

I think my favorite scene of the finale was Holden explaining to Debbie her behavior for the past few weeks and then deducing that all of that and her actions have been leading to her breaking up with him. His face when he came to this conclusion was priceless as if it never occurred to him. Great scene.

I’m bummed we didn’t get a resolution in regards to Wendy and the cat and the can of tuna. Anyone want to come up with a metaphorical explanation for this in relation to the group’s research and how studying criminals?

I wonder if season two will follow the same format. Can’t wait.

“It’s always a pleasure to see daylight”

TV Show: Mindhunter
Episode Title: Season 1, Episode 9
Original Air Date: October 13, 2017
Episode Number: 1×09

Episode Description

Holden’s methods during a disturbing interview with mass murderer Richard Speck create dissension among the team and kick off an internal FBI probe.

My Review

Boy oh boy. Holden’s methods are causing quite a stir, aren’t they? In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it was that big of a deal that he spoke that way to Speck since their normal way of talking to these criminals is not going anywhere so he saw an opportunity to get Speck talking and he took it. There really was no need for Bill to tell Holden to remove the “eight ripe cunts” from the transcript because that’s how this whole thing got blown up out of proportion.

Gregg sending that tape in the end, come on, man. Why? Guess his religion and conscience did get in the way of his job. He couldn’t handle lying and to alleviate himself of that guilt, he decides to hand in the tape to OPR. Let’s see what happens to Holden now and to the unit as a whole. Will they get a slap on the wrist or something more?

Seriously, though, who gives a fuck about Speck? Let him rot in jail. We can all talk about equal rights until we’re blue in our faces, but in what world is it fair to even bother looking into this just because he felt slighted and that his civil rights were violated? This might come off as unfair or not at all how the law should conduct itself, but what about those women he killed? Where’s their justice?

Hearing about the 12-year old getting raped and murdered was tough. This show is certainly not for the faint of heart. I did like how Holden and Bill figured out who the culprit was. Great deductive work using their own research in helping them crack the case.

I can’t wait to find out if there’s a point to all these scenes of Wendy and the can of tuna and the cat. One more episode!

“First rule of IT, turn it off and turn it back on”

TV Show: Agents of SHIELD
Episode Title: Orientation, 2
Original Air Date: December 1, 2017
Episode Number: 5×02

Episode Description

Coulson and the team find themselves stranded on a mysterious ship in outer space, and that’s just the beginning of the nightmare to come.

My Review

What is going to happen to Jemma?! Why is she always the one who gets put through these types of situations? Girl just can’t catch a break. However, I do believe that if anyone can subvert and hurt Kasius and the Kree where it really matters, it’s Dr. Jemma Simmons. Just you wait.

Yo-Yo had a lot of great lines in this episode and my favorite had to be her line about Mack’s go-face: “You should go-face in slow motion. Classic.” 😅 Also laughed at her reminding the team “Hello. Yo-Yo, master thief.” So happy that she’s a regular now.

This episode gave me The 100 and The Expanse feelings, kinda like a mish mash of those two shows, but only with our gang of SHIELD agents (and Maya from The 100, haha). Even Kasius’ female assistant looked like Julie Mao from The Expanse…let me go and check if it is her. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, OMG IT IS HER. This is amazing. I can’t stop laughing. What are the chances that the two shows that remind me of these first two episodes would have characters from those two shows appear on this season of AOS?!! 😃

Deke telling Daisy that she caused the destruction of Earth rings false to me. I don’t think she had anything to do with that, but I can’t wait to find out what exactly happened.

Man, this season is shaping up to be all kinds of awesome. If this is how the show is going to bow out during their last season, bring it on.

Lastly, Jemma sass is always the best: “Well, I’m a biologist, but sure, I can invent time travel, just give me a minute.”

“I figured it out using magic”

TV Show: Agents of SHIELD
Episode Title: Orientation (1)
Original Air Date: December 1, 2017
Episode Number: 5×01

Episode Description

Coulson and the team find themselves stranded on a mysterious ship in outer space, and that’s just the beginning of the nightmare to come.

My Review

Now that’s how you come back for a new season. Whoa is all I can say after the ending of part one. So many things happened and I have so many questions and I also laughed my ass off throughout this episode. I have forgotten that Mack made it out alive of the Framework so I was so confused as to why he’s here alive and well (not that I’m complaining!). Great to see the gang back together again (no Fitz this time around) and kicking ass and taking names.

There really were too many laugh out loud moments mixed in with great action and suspense and mystery. Fantastic job by Jed and Maurissa writing this episode. Definitely one of the show’s best episodes to date. That ending, though. The truth that they traveled through space AND time? That just blows my mind. And what does the Kree have to do with all of this? Did they help the humans when Earth got blown to smithereens? (Also, did anyone else think “Poor Ms. Frizzle and those kids” when they saw the yellow school bus floating in space? Hee.) And what exactly happened 90-some years ago that obliterated the Earth and everyone (?) living in it?

The beginning of the episode was very cool with that guy going about his day, swimming, taking off his clothes AND SKIN to take a shower, put his skin back on, and drive to work. Just a normal day! And then we see how Coulson and the gang (minus Fitz) got kidnapped, but not why. Who ordered for them to be taken and transported to space and time? How does this all tie back to the upcoming Avengers movie? Still have so many questions, but I’m looking forward to this season unfolding. Looks like it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– “So wait, SHIELD doesn’t have a space division called SPEAR or something? I always thought you guys had people hiding on the moon.” I love Yo-Yo. 😅

– “Is it okay if I call you Yo-Yo”? “No.”

– Loved it when Daisy showed up and saved the gang from the roach. Also loved it when they were hiding behind her and looking less than menacing (with Mack holding a wrench, lol) and then Coulson saying “This has to be the coolest we’ve ever looked.”

– Everyone groaning when Yo-Yo posited that maybe they’re back in the Framework again had me laughing.

– “Haven’t you ever seen an alien movie?”
“Mack, it’s the best way to cover the most ground.”
“Okay, you see, that’s exactly what they say before they get picked off one by one, and you know who the first one will be.”

This one really made me laugh so hard because Mack knows that if they split up, it’s always the person of color who first ends up dead and he has a feeling it will be him, which I don’t blame the guy! Mack’s retorts were the highlights of the episode for me.

– Mack calling one of the Krees “Papa Smurf” had me giggling

– “Are you high on something? Can I have some?” I think I like Deke. He’s going to be quite useful to the group.

– Loved Daisy showing concern for Jemma in regards to her and Fitz getting torn apart again. I continue to love their friendship.

“I’m gonna miss her”

TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: Number Three
Original Air Date: November 28, 2017
Episode Number: 2×10

Episode Description

Randall and Beth face a hard choice; Jack takes Randall on a college tour.

My Review

I cried/teared up several times during this episode and I hate the show so much because it never fails to make me do those things every episode! For once I want to be able to watch the show without weeping…but then again, if that didn’t happen, it wouldn’t be the same experience.

Anyway, the Pearsons saying goodbye to Deja just about made me go full-on crying especially when Randall hugged Deja. Ugh. I was also on the verge of tears when the girls gave Deja their drawing and hugged her goodbye and tears started to well up in my eyes when Beth told Deja that she has a beautiful heart and hugged her goodbye. These scenes hurt my heart too much. 😭

The other moments when I got all choked up was when Deja gave a shout-out to Randall for helping her with her science project and Randall (and Beth) couldn’t control his smile and how proud he was of that moment. “My foster dad helped me with that.”

I had a feeling Tess was in the car with Kevin when Randall couldn’t find her in the house so her popping up in the backseat wasn’t that much of a shock. I’m just glad that he got pulled over and he didn’t end up crashing the car with Tess inside. Oh man, Kevin is going to get a lot of heat for this and I wonder if him being an addict is going to let him get off the hook easily. I seriously doubt it. Randall is going to get on his ass and after he’s finished, it’s going to be Beth’s turn.

Linda has got to be a freaking saint. I don’t know how she puts up with these kinds of awkward and tough situations and I get that that’s her job, but not enough money in the world would make me want to take that job. In that regard, she’s a better person than me because she’s only doing her best to give the kids good homes.

It was great to see William again and especially his imagined scenario of what would have happened if he knocked on the Pearsons door many years back and introduced himself to Randall. That must have been one of the toughest things William had to do in his life, but at least he take comfort in the fact that Randall has a good life and has a family who loves him.

Lastly, how perfect was that scene between Beth and Randall in the school hallway? Randall calls Beth beautiful and Beth shrugs it off and says “rose-colored glasses”, Randall takes off his glasses and says “still beautiful.” They are so PERFECT together. 😍

“No matter what happens, we’ll be okay”

TV Show: Mr. Robot
Episode Title: eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko
Original Air Date: November 29, 2017
Episode Number: 3×08

Episode Description

Elliot tries to get ghosted; it is the day of all days.

My Review

You know what I said after this episode ended? “That was beautiful.” It truly was. Probably one of the most beautiful episodes of TV I’ve ever seen: beautiful storytelling, beautifully written, beautifully acted, beautifully shot. Everything about it was beautiful.

There is some debate about whether Trenton’s brother is real or was just imagined by Elliot, but as of right now, I’m on the side of those who think he’s real. That little kid was great and I thought he had great chemistry with Rami. The show implying that Elliot was getting ready to kill himself was certainly not lost on anyone so I was very happy that the kid showed up in time to save Elliot. Yes, Hollywood-ish, but I don’t care because their interactions were a highlight of the episode.

I liked their confrontation at the mosque and my jaw dropped when the kid said “I wish you were dead!” and Elliot yelled back “So do I!” Definitely an “oh shit” moment if there ever was one. Then their last scene together made me teary-eyed. The kid giving Elliot a lollipop “because you said you were sick” was definitely a tearjerker. I hope Elliot keeps his promise and takes the kid to see The Martian.

Their discussion about The Martian and how the kid wanted to see it so badly was quite amusing. “The Martian has 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.” I disagree with Elliot on this because The Martian is an awesome movie and whoever shits on eat gets a side eye from me. Also, just because a movie is universally praised by critics, it doesn’t mean that they have horrible taste. Get off your elitist ass and actually watch the movie before passing judgment and thumbing your nose against that movie. But I digress.

It was so nice to see the show not ignoring Mobley and Trenton’s deaths and actually letting Elliot time to mourn and grieve over them. I loved that he went to his friends’ families’ houses to let them know that Mobley and Trenton were good people are were innocent. Mobley’s brother needed a bit of convincing, but I think Elliot’s threat was just enough to convince him to give his brother a good funeral.

Elliot going to Angela after initially telling Darlene that he doesn’t care that Angela is spiraling made me happy. I don’t ship them, but it’s nice to know that even thought they’ve been through so much shit the past few days, they can’t break their bond and that their friendship is still there. Loved the shot of Elliot cloaked in black and surrounded by the fuchsia-colored walls and on the other half of the screen is Angela cloaked in white and surrounded by the dark walls. Such a cinematic shot. Kudos to Sam Esmail for that and for the entire episode and how he made it feel like I was watching a movie.

Lastly, Trenton’s email might be the one thing that would prove that her and Mobley (hopefully) were good and were not involved with the attacks. This might also be the thing that could hopefully lead Elliot to uncover the fact that Santiago is a traitor. Only two more episodes left this season, right? I can’t wait to find out what happens next. After this breather of an episode, I have a feeling that the last two will be relentless and that we’ll get a lot of movement on the Whiterose/FBI/Tyrell/Elliot front. Bring it on!