“Did we win?”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Doors & Corners
Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
Episode Number: 2×02

Episode Description

Holden and crew stage a dangerous raid in search of information about the protomolecule.

My Review

Damn, shit really hit the fan in this episode! Loved the battle scenes, as per usual, and I was actually worried that they would kill off Amos so I’m glad they didn’t. He really came through with patching up the Roci there in the nick of time and I admire his bravery and not being afraid of anything. He just wants to do the job. He definitely continues to be my favorite.

Miller shooting that scientist, man, I don’t even know what to say. I don’t think that was a good move because if the scientist was telling the truth, they could have used his knowledge of the protomolecule and also found out who his benefactors were. I get that he’s angry about what the scientist did to Julie, but come on, this could have been a big breakthrough on the Earth/Mars/OPA battle.

Fred Johnson helping Holden go to that unregistered ship was a pleasant surprise. The OPA could be the one to put a stop to this all-out war between Earth and Mars and I would love to see both planets’ reaction to this when it comes to light.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Avasarala is still full of political shenanigans and I just enjoy watching her play everyone like a fiddle. Her suggestion to Errinwright that they should target Deimos, a Martian moon that will cause very little casualties, if any, as a proportional response for Mars blowing up Phoebe was very smart. I love watching her play this political game and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for the rest of the season.

I liked the Holden/Naomi scene where Holden asked her how Amos will react if he found out about them: Naomi considers Amos as a brother, but Holden has a point when he commented if Amos knows that. I laughed when Naomi first said that she and Holden can make a public announcement or take out an ad to let everyone know that they are a thing, lol.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– Interesting to see that Diogo guy pop up in this episode. I really thought he would have died out there floating in space when his uncle dumped him before he went on his suicide mission.

– I liked Johnson’s second-in-command female crew member and I hope we get to see more of her.

– Who else laughed when they saw those pods said FedEx on the outside? Good to know they’re still in business hundreds of years from now!

– What were those scientists doing while hooked up to that machine? Very creepy scene.

“Never listen to what people say. Just watch what they do.”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Safe
Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
Episode Number: 2×01

Episode Description

Miller, Holden, and the crew of the Roci deal with the aftermath of their narrow escape from Eros. We meet Martian Marine Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper and her platoon when the “Cuban Missile Crisis” between Earth and Mars heats up.

My Review

I’m so glad I don’t have to wait to watch season two and that I can just binge-watch the show. Then again, after I finish this season, I’m going to have to wait a long time for season three just like the rest of the viewers.

I loved that we finally got to go to Mars and meet a few of the Martians with Gunny/Bobbie and her crew. I like her already and I felt for her when she came to the realization that it might be a long time before she sees Mars being habitable just like Earth. Her feelings about Earth should be an interesting plotline and I can’t wait to see more of her and her crew.

The political shenanigans between Avasarala, Errinwright, Johnson, and Mars are finally heating up and I can’t wait for Avasarala to one-up Errinwright and his co-conspirators. Her being proactive and hiring a spy is a genius move and I’m looking forward to their relationship and how this can benefit Avasarala and her resolve not to have Earth go to war with Mars.

Amos almost killing Miller was a scary sight. Without Naomi there to stop him, I really think Amos would have killed Miller. Interesting observation by Miller about Amos and Naomi’s relationship, how Amos is like a child who Naomi has to keep an eye out on. He definitely has pegged them right.

Loved that we got to see the Roci crew along with Miller just hang out and enjoy each other’s company while eating Alex’s lasagna. Amos offering Miller a seat at the table as if nothing happened between them is classic Amos.

I know I said I was starting to ship Holden and Naomi in my review of the S1 finale, but I think I will have to retract that statement just a bit because they got together in this episode and I wasn’t too thrilled about it. I wrote in that S1 finale review that I wanted the writers to go a more organic route and have them get closer to each other, not fuck each other in the first episode of season two. Come on, man. It would have been so much more interesting if the writers took this relationship slowly and developed it even more.

I loved the concern that Naomi showed Holden while they were preparing the protomolecule and it was very sweet, but I rolled my eyes when they were stripping off their suits. Like, really? They couldn’t do that by themselves? It felt so contrived. Oh well. I’ll still enjoy both of them, together and separately because they do have great chemistry. Just please, let’s not have Amos acting all jealous and shit.

“Most magnificent”

TV Show: Orphan Black
Episode Title: To Right The Wrongs Of Many
Original Air Date: August 13, 2017
Episode Number: 5×10

Episode Description

Helena takes shelter behind enemy lines, and Sarah and Art struggle to protect her and end the siege. Who will make it to the end?

My Review

What an emotional rollercoaster this finale episode was. I don’t know about you guys, but I cried my eyes out several times during this episode. I thought this was a perfect bookend to an amazing show and I couldn’t have been happier with the ending we got.

Sarah turning around and not taking that test was disappointing, but I hope that she did eventually get her GED because we saw her staying at their house and not selling it after all. Maybe what Alison said during the baby shower stuck with her. It’s interesting that she felt unsure about her life now that there are no more problems to solve and situations to get out of. Good thing she has an excellent support system surrounding her.

Helena screwing Coady (literally) with that screwdriver made me laugh because damn, she deserved it so much. I love that even in her state, Helena devised a way to trick Coady into coming closer to her so she can put the proverbial nail in the coffin.

I thought Helena giving birth to her twin boys (with Sarah and Art assisting) was one of the most beautiful and most moving scenes of the show ever. I was crying buckets of tears watching this unfold and my heart was so full at the implications of Art being there since he has been there for the sestras from the start and I thought that it was quite fitting that he was there for the next stage of the sestras’ lives.

The scene that made me cry the most was definitely Helena naming Purple and Orange after real men: Arthur and Donnie. I’m not kidding, tears were rolling down my face. Such an honor for both men to be named after Helena’s babies. Ooh, but what about Felix? Then again, Helena was closer to both Art and Donnie so it’s only right.

Cosima and Delphine are making it their mission to go around and find the Ledas so they can administer the cure to them. I do wonder what Delphine’s pitch is in giving these women the injections. Cosima hanging around the clinic and risking Camilla Torres seeing her was kinda dangerous and stupid. They certainly don’t want to drag these sestras’ lives into chaos and confusion. Best to lay low in the hotel, Cosima.

I’m kinda sad that we didn’t get original Alison back, but it seems like she’s slowly making her presence felt and we saw a few brief glimpses of original Alison when she pushed Sarah into a corner and Sarah snapped. Sensitivity is not Alison’s forte. I cracked up when Donnie started taking his clothes off and performed a striptease in front of Alison while she’s playing her keyboard. These two, lol.

Although I understand why Rachel couldn’t join them in the end, I sort of wish she could have, but her involvement in killing the other Ledas before makes having a relationship with her sestras an impossibility. Her ending is really sad. She literally has no one in her life. I just hope she moves away and starts a new life somewhere.

Loved, loved, loved the scene with all four sestras: Sarah, Alison, Cosima, and Helena and how they all rallied together to be there for Sarah. It broke my heart when Sarah said that “I don’t know how to be happy” and how she feels like she’s a bad mom. Everyone offered their stories and anecdotes to make her feel better and it worked.

That must have been another logistical nightmare to shoot this scene. Can’t wait for the behind the scenes clip (there better be one) as to how they shot this scene.

To close this out, I would like to thank the cast and crew and everyone who was involved with the show. It has been a fantastic five years filled with great stories, crazy twists, brilliant acting, and many, many more. Tatiana has been incredible all throughout and I am so happy for her that she has gotten acclaim for her work on the show because she so deserves it. Gonna be tough to follow this up for her. If she’s on another show, it’ll be a breeze because I don’t think anyone would want to emulate what she did on this show.

I’m going to miss the heck out of this show and its characters.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– I got choked up when the camera panned to that portrait of Siobhan in their house and she’s shown holding her tea and her trusty rifle next to her. Perfect.

– Can’t believe Enger survived. I really wanted Art to put a bullet in her, but he’s a better man than I am. “You’re a shitty partner, Enger.” Indeed she was.

– I cringed when Sarah rammed that tank against PT’s head. Oof. He definitely deserved it.

– Loved that we saw Siobhan in this episode in the flashbacks with Sarah thinking about getting an abortion when she got pregnant with Kira. Things would have been so different if she did that.

– I laughed so hard when Helena pulled out her notebook and said that her story is called Orphan Black. Shades of Gilmore Girls, heh. I laughed again when they all asked her what it means and Alison said that they’re not even black. This is a total shout-out to the fans because we have all theorized as to why the show is titled OB.

– Another funny moment was the scene with Felix and Rachel in the car and Felix asking if the guy driving the car was Rachel’s new henchman. “This is Yusef, my Uber driver.” 😅

– “Every time I look, the baby’s eating sand. I turn around, sand. Where does this sand come from? I don’t know, so I let them eat it.”

“Being in charge is a shit job”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Leviathan Wakes
Original Air Date: February 2, 2016
Episode Number: 1×10

Episode Description

As the true horror of the events on Eros is revealed, an ailing Holden and Miller must overcome incredible odds if they hope to live to fight another day.

My Review

What a fantastic finale to close out a great first season. All of these characters have really grown on me and I love them all for different reasons, but I’m very surprised as to who ended up as my favorite character after this episode and who I ended up shipping.

Amos has increasingly been becoming my favorite character after every episode and this finale cemented that for me. His unflappable demeanor is astounding and I admire his no-nonsense attitude and his pragmatism. I also love his unwavering loyalty to Naomi (I think he’s forgiven her for not telling him about Holden) and how much he looks out for everyone on his crew.

As for who I’m surprisingly shipping…Naomi and Holden. Yes, I didn’t expect to ship them at all, but the past few episodes, they have had several scenes that made me notice at how they seem to put each other at ease and how they relax when the other is around or nearby. The scene in the end with Naomi telling Holden that she wishes they could have saved more and Holden saying that they will and then the two of them clasping each other’s hands made me smile. I just hope that Amos doesn’t become jealous and lashes out at both of them if the writers do go there with Naomi and Holden and that I hope they do it organically and take their time with them.

Miller hacking his lungs out was pretty gruesome. I certainly didn’t need all those shots of him coughing/spitting up blood and vomiting all over the place. Amos was right: they both looked like shit by the end there. I laughed so hard when Miller hallucinated Julie only for the camera to reveal that it’s Amos that he’s looking at.

I didn’t feel sorry for that spy who ended up getting attacked by whatever that thing was. How in the hell will they contain this virus if/when it gets out? It’s not airborne, but it spreads like wildfire anyway. Julie’s father looks to be the one behind all this, but why? Which faction does he belong to? Why is he hellbent on forcing Mars and Earth to fight against each other and dragging the OPA into it as well?

I liked Mao’s meeting with Chrisjen and I hope she figures out quickly what the fuck he’s up to. She already knows not to trust Errinwright and the Admiral and told her husband to take their grandchildren off Earth to protect them just in case something happens on Earth. I can’t wait to see what she has planned up her sleeve. It’s to her advantage that whoever is behind these shenanigans don’t know that she knows.

Lastly, is Naomi OPA? Her knowledge of the tunnel system in Eros and how the OPA used them for smuggling was highly suspect. I hope we get to learn more about her background next season along with Amos and Alex.

“We’re better when we stick together”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Crititcal Mass
Original Air Date: February 2, 2016
Episode Number: 1×09

Episode Description

A flashback to Julie’s origin story reveals her trajectory. Holden and Miller finally meet and team up to get to the bottom of the strange emergency situation happening on Eros.

My Review

Oh, Julie Mao. You didn’t deserve to die like that, alone and no one to care about you. That bastard Dawes didn’t even answer her messages. It’s possible he never got the messages, but I’m not going to give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s been shown to be pretty ruthless so I don’t doubt for a second that he left Julie there to die. I can’t wait for Miller to shoot his ass. Julie died for the Belters and believing in their cause, not knowing all along that Dawes was just using her. So sad.

Come on, does the show really think Miller and Holden will die after being exposed to such a high amount of radiation? Who are they kidding? I can’t believe they didn’t leave that room full of dying people as soon as they saw what was inside. Were those people injected with the virus? What the fuck is Julie’s dad’s plan? Were they test subjects? Damn!

Fred Johnson broadcasting that message is not good for Earth because he just made Earth the target and pretty much told Mars that Earth was responsible for shooting down the Donnager and the Canterbury and starting all-out war. If people really think about it, though, why would Earth do this? Time for Avasarala to shoot back and figure out a way to get Earth out of this mess.

Kudos to the actress who played Julie. That must have been one hell of a scene to shoot with her getting sicker and sicker and dying a slow death. It was so gross when that thing started coming out of her mouth and to also see it growing all over her body. Great job to the special effects team.

“How about I shoot you another mouth hole and you talk to yourself?”

TV Show: Killjoys
Episode Title: The Wolf You Feed
Original Air Date: August 11, 2017
Episode Number: 3×07

Episode Description

Desperate for an advantage, Dutch goes AWOL and risks a dangerous procedure that connects her to Aneela’s memories.

My Review

I don’t understand anymore what is going on with this show…well, mostly Dutch’s origins. From what I gathered from reading various message boards, Dutch IS Aneela and Aneela IS Dutch and that Dutch was borne out of Aneela’s memories that Khlyen tried to suppress? I don’t get it, but whatever. I’ll hand-wave it. Aneela pulled Dutch from her memories via the green goo and that’s why they both look the same and also that Khlyen was really Dutch’s father. Who would have thunk it? I’ll let the smart people speculate on what this all means.

I enjoyed the backstory we got as to how Dutch and Johnny met and also Johnny and Lucy’s first meeting. Both of them were of course pretty fucking awesome. I laughed so hard at Johnny’s guyliner, lol. I can’t believe Dutch hasn’t poked fun about that yet – prime opportunity!

Lucy and Johnny’s first meeting was pretty antagonistic with Lucy killing him “thief” and you could already tell that they were going to have a wonderful relationship.

“Ship?”
“Yes, thief?”
“Are we still alone?”
“No, thief.”

Hee.

Dutch and Johnny’s first meeting was also antagonistic with Dutch even shooting him for the first time (and that’s why Johnny wore the vest when he went to find Dutch after she left Zeph): “I love you, Dutch, but you don’t get to shoot me twice” The shipper in me is happy. Loved the two of them touching their foreheads together, aww.

“Johnny Jaqobis, lover of ships.”
“Yala Yardeen, killer of men.”

Turin not trusting Fancy and the rest of the Cleansed got his ass imprisoned for sedition. Why, Turin? Why did you let that Hullen hostage a few episodes back get to your head? This is your team! Trust that they have your back and are in this to defeat the Hullen and for what they did to them. Sucks that he’s not with the group and I hope he realizes the errors of his ways.

D’avin figuring out how to fly the ships (thanks to Fancy) and holding fort while Dutch was missing was a great display of leadership. I hope Dutch is not serious when she told him that he’s a better leader than her (at the moment) and that this is his army and not hers. I don’t believe her for one second.

It was a lot of fun seeing Johnny figure out Zeph’s clues and puzzles for him to reboot Lucy. I really like their rapport and how they bond over all things geeky. It’s adorable. I just hope the show doesn’t go there with these two because they have a sibling chemistry that doesn’t need to be messed with.

Lastly, this Lucy/Johnny exchange cracked me up so much:

“Lucy, if you had a body right now, I would kiss it.”
“If I had a body right now, I would let you.”
“Still creepy, Lucy.”

“Doc could find a dildo in a nunnery”

TV Show: Wynonna Earp
Episode Title: I See A Darkness
Original Air Date: August 11, 2017
Episode Number: 2×10

Episode Description

The team may not be able to save one of their own after a deadly run-in with the Widows.

My Review

Whoa. That was an amazing episode from beginning to end. That ending was definitely something else and reminded me of the season three finale of Fringe. I can’t wait to see the next episode and how Wynonna’s disappearance changed the lives of those she knew. From the ending, we saw: 1) Jeremy and Waverly are engaged (!!!); 2) Doc is back in the well, but remembers Wynonna; 3) Doc doesn’t remember Wynonna. What the what?!

I’m kind of excited to see Jeremy and Waverly interact like an engaged couple (lol) because this has all the makings of a truly hilarious and entertaining story. I did like how they bonded over the geeky things earlier in the episode (Jeremy’s Optimum Mug, how cool Komodo dragons are) so I think it will be a hoot seeing them be all geeky together and being adorkable about everything.

As for the episode, well, damn, that was packed. The biggest shock was either Waverly betraying Wynonna or Nicole being married and meeting her wife. Let’s talk about the former first. I can’t believe Waverly did that and I understand that she only wanted to help, but after all she and Wynonna have been through, she really should have trusted Wynonna to come up with a way to save Nicole. And for most of the episode, Waverly waited on Wynonna, but when Dolls gave her permission and an excuse to take matters into her own hands (by having him be the scapegoat), she took it right away. I don’t want the Earp sisters to be at odds so I hope that they make up and figure out how to get out of this mess.

The second shock of the episode left me stunned. Did not expect to find out that Nicole is married to a doctor and that they only got married after seeing Britney Live in Vegas and were high on passion and that it doesn’t mean anything. But then the question arises: if it doesn’t mean anything, why are they still married and haven’t gotten the marriage annulled? It’s good, though, that we are not going the triangle route with these three since Shay seems understanding that Nicole is in love with Waverly.

I was not a fan of how Wynonna treated Rosita in this episode with threatening to kill her if she doesn’t help them and practically ordering her to use herself as a guinea pig for Jeremy to test the anti-venom serum on her and then once this is over, kill her. What in the actual fuck, Wynonna? I know she’s the Earp heir and has been tasked with ridding the Earth of Revenants, but Rosita has been nothing but helpful towards Wynonna and her family. Hell, she helped save Dolls. Without her, Dolls wouldn’t have survived. That doesn’t count for anything?

I was so happy when Waverly immediately removed the IV from Rosita’s arm once she saw her being used as a guinea pig. Even despite the craziness going on, Waverly is still concerned for others’ safety and well-being and I love her for it. I also liked that Jeremy had qualms about using Rosita as a test subject and was only doing it because Rosita already injected the IV into her arm before he can really protest. Jeremy is a freaking saint. Love that dude.

Big ups to Nedley for not cracking after getting tortured by Widow Mercedes. I thought he was going to die in this episode so I was very glad he didn’t because I like him and the actor. I want him to be there when the team is ready to off Widow Mercedes and to help them do it.

It was nice to see the Blacksmith’s twin sister (played by the same actress who played the Blacksmith), but not very nice that she made Wynonna disappear. Someone remind me why she’s mad at the Earp sisters? Who ended up killing the Blacksmith? Was she collateral damage when Wynonna was fighting the Revenants? I don’t remember. What is she planning on doing what that hockey trophy? And what is the significance of that plate that the firemen chief gave back to Dolls?

So I’m guessing we will see Clootie back next episode now that Widow Beth has the third seal to resurrect him? Things are close to hitting the fan (if it hasn’t already). This really has been a great season and I’m so glad that it has already been renewed for a third season. I’m hoping everyone on the cast comes back next season.

One last thing: how adorable is it that Nicole’s cat is named Calamity Jane? 😄