Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Revolution: The Stand – March 25, 2013

If you have not seen last night’s episode of Revolution, you may not want to proceed because I am going to spoil the hell out of it!

First, I am so happy this show is back! I really missed it, but didn’t quite realize how much until last night’s BIG return.

They didn’t hold anything back, tons of action, some power and lots of mysterious bits of information.

They continue to find clever new ways out of situations. Morgue attendants carrying dead bodies with at least one real dead body? Genius.

So, was I the only one who was hoping to solve the whole, Miles/Rachel summoning that was teased early in the season? They had that alone time and he drops the bomb that he thought she was dead and he would never have left knowing that she was still alive. And, “All that time with Bass, did he hurt you?” And then I thought they were going to kiss and they didn’t. OMG! I need the answers! I need to know what happened between them!

I still really really hate Neville. I know I am not supposed to like him and I don’t. And deep down I know he is not going to die anytime soon. He’s such a dick to his kid. To beat the hell out of him and then tell Monroe the he’s “dead”? I’m not sure how Kim Raver is going to feel about that. That is if we ever see her again.

I’m totally expecting Jason to join Team Miles with Charlie’s nomination & campaign management.

John looked like a sketchy guy from the beginning. It was no surprise to find out that Randall had gotten to him and it was also no surprise that he is not the best at tying people up. How did he stockpile all of that weaponry? And what has Randall been doing for fifteen years that he is just now getting to these people and The Tower?

The Militia open fire on the rebel headquarters with Nora, Aaron, Charlie & Danny on the front lines to hold them back. Things are not looking so great for the rebels and then in rides Miles & Rachel to the rescue. Miles has a big old grenade launcher, but is unable to get a shot off due to being blown back by some massive firepower from chopper number one. While the ladies tend to him, Danny sees an opportunity to be the hero and takes the grenade launcher and blows up chopper number one, which just so happened to have the amplifier on it. He basks in short victory as chopper number two is spinning out of control and the gunmen get a few rounds off that hit Danny directly in his abdominal region.
I always expected Danny to be a casualty. I don’t know that I expected it in the first episode after hiatus. He was a throw away character. He meant nothing to the audience and his death serves up the motivation to take down Monroe. Plus he was weak. His asthma was always going to slow the team down.

But, what was that thing that Rachel “surgically” removed from his side? At first I thought they had blinking bullets but then I remembered the surgery that he needed as a youngster and how Randall had a hand in making that happen. More mystery.

The first half of the season was dedicated to rescuing Danny (RIP) and it looks as though this second half is going to be dedicated to getting to The Tower and Level 12.

What were your thoughts on The Stand? Are you happy Revolution has returned? Hit the comments and let me know.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Scandal: Top of the Hour – March 21, 2013

Remember that six month time jump Scandal took back in January? Well it felt like we waited six months for a new episode.  Returning last night, Pope & The Gladiators took on a scandalous cheating/sex case between a Supreme Court nominee and Dr. Cuddy.

Guest star Lisa Edelstein played Sarah, a powerful CEO accused of having an affair with Judge Randall, POTUS Fitz’ pick to replace Verna on the bench. Her lawyer calls in Olivia Pope to do some damage control. Things are going to be a little bit harder this time around because it turns out, it’s true. She did have the affair and then some with the Judge. Oh and Cyrus is on Team Judge and is hell bent on beating Olivia at her own game.

While Harris & Abby work to clean up the little morality clause issue, Huck takes Quinn under his wing and they stalk tail the CIA director to find out where he is making his drops & get some insight. They tail him right to the cleaners. Could it be more clich├ęd? But, the insight gleaned favors Director CIA as he has an inside man at the cleaners who sends him photos of Quinn returning his clean laundry, in which she found at least $20g’s. Ruh oh, Scooby Doo, I think we’re in trouble now.

Olivia gives some information to Jake the sometimes creeper which he passes on to Fitz, who arranges a rescue operation and the CIA operatives human relief workers are found safe and sound. But there was a little problemo. During their rendezvous, a spunky photographer snaps a shot of Olivia & Jake meeting.

Oh and Mellie discovers that Fitz is not cheating on her with Olivia (as she thought from his late night phone call hidden agenda meetings), but Cyrus with Jake.

Jake has a little breaking and entering tendency and ransacks Snappy’s place to try and find the memory card with the photo on it. He ends up beating the crap out of the guy, who did get some good shots in, claims the card and heads over to Olivia’s apartment to celebrate the win. The rescue, not the claiming of the card.

As she goes to get him some ice, he settles in on the couch and gives a snide little smile to the camera. I think he might be part-time government official, full-time creeper.

The episode didn’t pack a lot of punch, but was entertaining enough for the late hour.

What did you think of Top of the Hour? Was it your top hour last night? Hit the comments and let me know.

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Grey’s Anatomy: Idle Hands – March 21, 2013

I was a little skeptical going into last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I thought it might be all whiny Meredith & power struggles amongst the new Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital owners.  The first few minutes seemed to almost cement my skepticism with the new fangled body scan and the constant reminders of how much it cost.

The good outweighed the annoying last night and I was pleasantly surprised with the episode. So let’s break it down…

The Good
·        Alex and the adorable cancer kid punking Chesty, who spent some time running around the hospital looking for a patient named Jenny Talia. Yes, I am over the age of fifteen, but I still found it hilarious.

·        Christina was back to her old self last night, trying to find a way to one up a former classmate and get on board Dr. Russell’s lotus valve project. And when she cut his funding so he HAD to put her on it, well that was the icing on the Christina cupcake.

·        April riding all the rides at the carnival. So much better than Jesus hating her.

·        My fears of it being a whiny Meredith episode was sort of spot on. My fears that I would loathe it, well they couldn’t be further from the truth. I loved Meredith and her extremely pessimistic doomsday outlook on her pregnancy. “If any one is going to have a two headed, eleven fingered baby, it’s going to be me.”

·        “See that, eleven fingers” “That’s not a finger”. Yep, McBaby is a boy!

The Annoying

·        Arizona & Callie. Ugh! Can they just please have the sex already so that we can move on and stop these uncomfortable sexual overtones? Really why would you share the sex with all of your partners?

·        Chesty getting all crude at the end of the episode. WTH Man? That was not cool, not cool at all.

·        The sad “goodbye” the teacher had to say to her students was gutting. It is so hard to find that one teacher that you love so much, but having to say goodbye to her, I wouldn’t have made it through.

·        Just use the damn thing already! Who gets a new body scanner and doesn’t test it out before putting a patient through it? I would have though there would have been test runs when it was set up.

·        And the counting? I get it’s cool, but that is a man with several broken bones and you people are acting like it is a new release of Harry Potter. Have some compassion!

·        Bailey. Dear Bailey, how I can barely stand you anymore. You are just so into you, you, you.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Following: Love Hurts – March 18, 2013

I have to admit that I get a little nervous on Mondays imagining what new, messed up things the writers of The Following will bring to the table.

I took some bullet point notes this week ant thought I would share those with you.

  • I think it is sort of cool that each follower/student presents their chapter to Professor Joe.
  • Amanda might be the most visibly psychotic follower yet.
  • I have to ask, what kind of prison was Joe at? Amanda goes in and confesses to two murders and nobody had a bug on that? Are his conversations with those who are not on his legal team privileged?
  • How does Joe have Ryan’s private cell phone number? Is he part of his Friends & Family plan?
  • Dear Amanda, she is a nervous girl. All fidgety scaring that poor lady and then she just goes and spear guns her soon to be divorced friend.
  • And the connection is Claire Matthews. Not the person, just the name.
  • “How much hurt can one endure”? Obviously Joe has never watched soap operas because women on those endure tons of hurt, yet still look fabulous.
  • It seems that you have to have at least one murder on your resume to be accepted into the Carroll Cult.
    • Unless you are Jacob.
  • Speaking of Jacob, that is a really nice vacation house his parents have. Makes you wonder what kind of messed up childhood he had to have joined up with Joe’s Cult of Crazies.
  • Obviously tonight’s second Claire Mathews doesn’t watch Lifetime Television for Women or she would not have opened that door without asking for identification. Now it’s too late.
  • That is the first time I have ever seen a realistic looking scene after a fall or in this case, a throwing from way up high.
  • Now, I think all of Joe’s followers are a bit unstable, but I think Amanda is the kind of unstable that would take out the entire following if she got her hands on some weapon of mass destruction.
  • I also think she might be the most entertaining follower yet.
  • It appears as though there are night soirees at Compound Crazy. A little mixer among murderers.
  • Roderick looks like the child of Richie Cunningham and one of the Walton girls.
  • I loved Roderick doing Jacob. I literally laughed out loud. Have to think it will be one of the only times for that.
  • There isn’t a relationship on this show that is not beyond dysfunctional. My god Dr. Phil is probably salivating waiting to take a crack at this.
  • I guess Jacob is a full fledged member now that he killed Paul. Although it wasn’t quite as violent as the other members and seemed to be done out of love and oh that pesky little matter of him owing it to Paul.
  • I have to wonder how Jake’s dad is going to react to having a dead murderer on his vacation home house. I think that would dampen his already down trodden state of mind.
  • Good luck finding the third Claire Matthews in that shit show of a college rave.
  • I love how Ryan radios in that he needs backup by the ferris wheel and then takes off.
  • Man Roderick is going to be pissed. Who is he going to almost asphyxiate as foreplay now that Louise is dead?
  • Of course there would be some sort of unfinished, easily accessible construction sight to creep around in.
    • Apparently this Claire Matthews didn’t bone up on some Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer viewing in her junior high years.
  • Are we certain that Ryan wasn’t asked to leave the FBI because of their rising worker’s comp premiums? This guy gets hurt every week. This week he takes a nail gun nail to the arm. And not one of those picture hanging nails either, a big hold up Fort Knox nail.
  • As if I couldn’t find any more entertainment value in Amanda, she spouts off “It’s a freaking metaphor Ryan!”.
  • I have to wonder if Ryan Hardy enjoys playing chicken or if he is so done with life that he just doesn’t care if someone pumps him full of nails.
  • I do hope we get to revisit Amanda to see how she gets the meaning of her life. AKA, offing herself.
  • With Charlie gone, who is manning Tech Central at Camp Crazy Cult?
  • Whoa, Jacob looks pissed.

What did you think of the Love Hurts episode? Did you run to iTunes and download the Nazareth classic? Do you wonder how much Hardy owes in medical claims? Hit the comments and let me know.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dallas: Ewings Unite! March 18, 2013

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Work begins this week on JR’s Masterpiece. If you recall, he was trying to find Pam, left a gun for John Ross to deal with Cliff, and left a mystery letter to Bobby that we assume tells who is responsible for his death. Oh and he was trying to stick it to Harris Ryland. The troops are gathered in JR’s bedroom at South Fork trying to piece things together when they are called to the reading of JR’s will. John Ross hangs back to lock up the “clues” and diddle with Emma.

I will say it again and again, there is something not right with Emma. She is definitely not the innocent she portrays to her family!

At the reading JR bequeaths the following:

·        His boot collection to Bobby.
·        A book to Christopher, basically telling him to grow some balls
·        A dove hunting gun to Ann provided she is not the reason for the reading of the will.
·        His heart to Sue Ellen
·        His share of oil rights to John Ross
o       Miss Ellie also leaves, upon JR’s death, half of South Fork to John Ross
·        Possibly my most favorite thing JR did is leave a bottle of whiskey to his recovering, AA honoree, brother Gary.

Christopher is still trying to get Allison Jones to buy into his methane as fuel for the city fleet of vehicles. She drops the bomb than Barnes Global made a compelling argument and hints that there is a way to get the Board on board with his methane. Christopher balks at the idea of taking her to bed and leaves.

Back at the office, the Ewings unite to bring Allison on board by having John Ross, “do what John Ross does”. Which is take Ms. Jones to bed. After their coital bliss, John Ross heads out to the balcony for some air and a little show for Bum who is photographing the two so that Christopher can blackmail Allison into getting the Board on board.

Christopher seems pretty jammed up over “crossing over to the dark side” even though he really didn’t do any of the crossing, that was all John Ross up in Ms. Jones.

I have to wonder if John Ross is a regular at the Free Clinic on STD Testing Day? The man sleeps with every walking female.

Gary arrives at Sue Ellen’s office to stage a little intervention and she is “fine” she doesn’t need him. She tells him that she was getting cozy with him to get the oil turned back on, but since Bobby has already done that (turn the oil on, not get cozy with his brother), she doesn’t need Gary anymore. Then she hits the bottle.

I will say it is nice that they are not just letting her slip off the sober wagon go unnoticed. It should be interesting to see how things go.

Sue Ellen calls up her old pal Valene and tells girlfriend to high tail it to Dallas and reclaim her husband.

I am beginning to think that John Ross has real feelings for Pamela.

Valene’s in the house!!!!!!!  Joan Van Ark is looking quite pretty if I do say so. She soon realizes that Gary is not really in the need for help and heads off to Sue Ellen’s office to let it be known that she knows what Sue’s doing. I was a little disappointed because it had the beginnings of a great old school cat fight. Val’s claws were drawn, but Sue Ellen was playing it cool and sincere.

Elsewhere, Cliff & Harris are teaming up to take down the Ewings. Harris has the muscle and Cliff has the money Harris needs to buy out Mama Ryland.

Also we find out that misguided Drew is tangled up with Ryland and his illegal trafficking business. Drew says he is out, but Harris’ muscle pulls him into agreeing to build a bomb to place on the rig. If he doesn’t Mr. Muscle explains that Elena’s death would be tragic. Hook, line, sinker.

So Drew heads off to Bombs R Us to get the needed supply for a little thing that goes bang. He frets over it and ultimately decides to build it. Then by the cover of night and a black hoodie, sneaks aboard the methane rig and plants a not so tiny bomb.

Harris is still all pissy towards Mama Ryland who drops her own bomb that she is heading back to England and once there will freeze all of Harris’ money and cut him out of the business. Harris cries like a three year old and then pushes Mama down the stairs. She wasn’t looking so good as the scene closed.

Over at The Rig, all the Ewings are aboard along with The Board and Miss Jones. Mr. Muscle is watching via his iPad, waiting for the moment to trigger the bomb. He notices that Miss Pamela is on the rig and calls Cliff to ask what to do. Cliff claims they “need witnesses” and tells him to go ahead with the plan. Mr. Muscle reminds Cliff that his daughter is pregnant. Cliff doesn’t much seem to care and tells him to proceed. Mr. Muscle kisses some sort of religious medallion and then sets off the boom.

Well then.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Is Cliff a cold hearted bastard or what? Is Mama Ryland dead? Did anyone else expect Ann to find the bomb when she went wherever she excused herself to? Is John Ross in need of stock in Trojan? Hit the comments and let me know.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Catching Up: Castle's Valentine's Day, Kidnapping & Daddy Issues

I am slowly making my way through my backlog of DVR recordings. I am happy to report that I am now all caught up on Castle, having just finished the two-part Alexis kidnapping story last night. I have a few thoughts and the last three or four episodes…

The line of the season I believe goes to Castle when he received his Valentine’s Day gift from Kate. She leads him to a drawer and tells him to open it. He does and sees that it is empty and he feels around and says “Maybe it’s in another drawer”. Funniest line of the season. I snorted, I laughed so hard. The look and the tone was all kid-on-Christmas-morning like. Bravo to the writers and to Nathan Fillian for pulling that off.

I thought the Valentine’s Day episode was perfect. It was so sweet and I loved that Gates was so into the Wall Street Wives show.

Backing up a couple/few episodes, what was up with Meredith? She has to be in the running for Worst Mom Ever. I am not a huge fan of Darby Stanchfield in general, but I think she pulls it off in this role. She did completely change the dynamic with Kate & Castle though, at least from Kate’s point of view.

Now onto that two-parter that lead into this long break. I feel sort of let down. During the first hour plus, I was all like, oh they kidnapped this guy’s daughter for some sort of political reason and Alexis was in the wrong place, just like everyone else thought.  Then they drop the bomb on us that Alexis was the target. Then with like twenty minutes left in the second hour we find out that Castle’s dad is a super spy and it is because of a past deed that Castle & Alexis were targeted.

There was maybe 10 minutes with the “bad guy” & the action sequence. I would have liked it much more if they had spent twenty minutes on the Sara girl & the remaining time with the “dad” plotline.  It felt so rushed.

I do however love that James Brolin is Castle’s dad. And I think that the story he told of how he was sort of always in his son’s life was awesome. And the ending with the book was a nice touch.

I have read some spoilers and they have not shot anything that has any mention of Castle’s dad, so that is a bummer.

I drifted away from Castle last season with the whole Beckett/Therapy/Denial/Revenge thing. I just wasn’t feeling it. I came back this season because it felt like the old Castle. The one who has fun on cases. Plus I have been loving some of the guest stars.

Are you a Caskett shipper? I must admit that I am almost always against pairing characters up on a show who have such a great chemistry in not being a couple. This one is working so far. It is nothing like Bones, where they totally ruined the dynamic of the show. He is still his childlike self and she is still hard as nails. Together they are adorable as well.

What are your thoughts on Castle? Did the writer’s finally get it right? Did you feel let down by the Castle Dad 20 (minutes)? Hit the comments and let me know.

Coming soon to Catching Up: Body of Proof, The Vampire Diaries and eventually Elementary.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dallas & The Following: March 11, 2013

A fitting send off for JR Ewing? And are new pat down measures in store on The Following?

Did Dallas do right by JR Ewing? I am a bit torn on the issue. To be honest, I expected a bit more from them. A few pictures and a couple of old faces just didn’t seem like enough for JR Ewing. I felt a little let down by Bobby & Sue Ellen’s, promised tear jerking eulogies. I didn’t have many tears that’s for sure.

It was refreshing to see Bobby finally rail Ann for keeping all the secrets that eventually came out. And then she goes and throws fake tears at him. Good for him for storming out.

And little Miss Emma is quite the skank. I am half thinking that she is infiltrating South Fork for Harris. There’s something not quite kosher with her, that’s for sure.

And speaking of skanks, what was up with Sue Ellen? I was happy to see John Ross tell her off about her plans to go after Gary’s oil shares. And then she goes and falls off the wagon. It is sort of fitting that JR would be the one to send her over even after he’s dead. And I loved the “I’m a little drunk right now” during her eulogy.

Dear old Bum missed the funeral, but he sure did bring the “bang” to the reception. Old JR was doing a little more than trying to close an oil deal in Dubai. He was searching the world over for Pam, but we’re not sure why. He was also gathering the goods on Harris for Bobby. And he left John Ross a gun to go after good old Cliff Barnes.

I am hoping that we are going to get many answers in the next few episodes. One thing I do know is that if they are bringing back Pam, she’s going to have a new face. Victoria Principal is dead set on not returning, as she believes Pam died in the car vs oil tanker accident, even though the show brought Pam back.

Maybe I watch too many soap operas, but I was expecting a little more than just a passing mention of Miss Ellie and barely a nod to Jock. I would have thought there would have been something else there.  

The opening credits were very nice. That might have evoked more tears than the eulogies.

Rest in peace Larry Hagman, you are forever JR Ewing.

I’m thinking that several detention centers around the country are going to add a new search procedure to their protocol after last night’s The Following.

The writers keep finding new and amazing ways for followers to off themselves and last night they set the bar with David and his sewn-in-his-hand cyanide pill. I was all like what? How did he die from biting his own hand?

I do believe that The Vampire Diaries might have shared their stock pile of movie blood with The Following. That was a copious amount of blood on David’s face.

Another question, do small town law enforcement agencies not vet their employees? Roderick is the sheriff in Joe’s new hometown.  There was a bit of surprise for me that Roderick wasn’t a member of Team FBI.

Little Miss Emma is sure quick to try and get into Joe’s pants. I have a feeling that when, because you know it is going to happen, Claire shows up, Emma is going to have a hard time keeping her emotions and killer instincts in check.

Is anyone else wondering where all the followers are sleeping? Sure that is a large house, but are they sleeping dorm style or what?

When Weston was dismissed to the hotel for reading the new man-in-charge’s email and had suspicions about that woman, why didn’t he get in his car and head back to FBI Central? That’s what I would have done. But nope, he goes to his room and gets kidnapped by Roderick & Louise. And if he isn’t already having a bad enough day, he gets the crap beat out of him in hopes of him revealing Claire’s location. Then Charlie stabs him. But, Ryan Hardy, Superman to the rescue. He manages to take down quite a few of Joe’s followers but Louise, Roderick and a few others get away.

Weston lives! Sure he’s going to be miserable for a few weeks, but he’s alive and that’s a good thing. And Hardy is there to make sure he doesn’t wake up alone and shocker…Weston is the ONLY person on the team who does know where Claire is.

Apparently if you fail Professor Joe’s class you fail life. Charlie again screwed up in one, not getting the information from Weston and two, not killing him. He babbles on about wanting his life to have meaning then produces a large knife and hands it to Joe. Louise meanwhile, unrolls a plastic tarp for Joe & Charlie to stand on. There is a tender moment of love between the Professor and Follower and then Joe guts Charlie, right there in the living room/study/library. See this is why I didn’t study literature in college! It appeared as both men sort of “got off” on it as well, upping the ick factor by about twenty.

After, Louise and Roderick move Charlie, Roddy confesses that “things are different” with Joe in the house. Uh, duh! And Louise tries to “take his mind off of things” with a little seduction. Only, Rod is not having that and he tries to choke her out. Don’t worry folks, it’s just some sort of messed up kinkery foreplay and they end up christening the leather couch.

Meanwhile upstairs, Joe is in need of a clean shirt, what with having wiped Charlie’s bloody knife on it. Once he removes his shirt, it looks as though he took a bath in Charlie’s murder pool. Not to worry though because Emma is there to help. Apparently all those years in prison, Joe didn’t learn how to care for himself. He once again tells her that he loves his wife and she points out that “she’s not here” meaning Claire and they bask in the gloom of death by hitting the master bed.

I have to wonder if Fox has a writer’s workshop in which they teach the art of WTF moments. 24 never failed to shock and keep you guessing and The Following is doing the best job since 24 went off the air. Seriously each week they bring it and it is usually dripping with creep and blood.

What are your thoughts? Who would you trust to sew a cyanide pill into your hand? Would you hand a knife off to one of your professors for failing a course? Hit the comments and let me know.

Were you moved by Dallas’ send off of JR Ewing? Are you on-board with a new Pam? And finally, Who Shot JR?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

UPDATE: General Hospital: March 6, 2013

I have an update on the recast of Lulu Spencer Falconeri on General Hospital. While I was convinced that Jen Lilley was going to replace Julie Marie Berman, GH went out and got Emme Rylan to play the littlest Spencer.

You may ask yourself, "Who is Emme Rylan"? And I did ask myself that, out loud. She is actually Marcy Rylan with a new first name, that has not been explained.

I didn't even know she was on the market because last I heard and saw, she had returned to Young & the Restless as Abby Newman. Even if I had known, I would have still tapped Jen Lilley.

Win some lose some.

And GH is losing another of its stars as Brandon Barash is exiting the role of Johnny Zaccara. I can't say I am that surprised considering Johnny was carted off to Pentonville a few weeks ago. Yes, GH's prison of choice is named Pentonville.

Oddly enough Johnny & Lulu used to be an item.

And much to my surprise, GH did NOT kill off Steven Lars Webber. They are actually sending his character to Mephis or Nashville (not sure which) to answer a murder charge, to which he claims he is not going to fight.

I fully expected Steven do die during or shortly after his vows to Olivia. Instead they were interrupted with the Tennessee town of choice PoPo.

They never did anything with that character. I thought they had a lot of opportunity and I don't know if it was Scott Reeves or the writing of the character, but he was a dud.

And finally...

Fan favorites Brenda & Jax are returning for the big 50th Anniversary Bash. Look for Ingo Rademacher & Vanessa Marcil to return sometime in the next few weeks.

Still waiting for John Stamos to commit to a return as Blackie Parrish. Fingers crossed.

Catching Up: March 6, 2013

After a month of new airings, we seem to be fully entrenched in repeats this month, with a few new episodes sprinkled here and there.

The Following

I finally sat down and watched the first six episodes this weekend. I wasn’t sure I was going to keep watching, but I like to give a new show a couple of episodes before I make a decision (unless I can’t get through the first twenty minutes). And now I am kind of hooked and wondering how this is all going to play out.

Fox gave the show a second season pickup and I am imagining that it will center around Ryan Hardy (played by Kevin Bacon) getting a new pacemaker. Seriously he is really pushing that little appliance to the max, really seeing how much it can take.

I find Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) intriguing. I know I am supposed to hate on him, but he is a charming sort of character and I really love seeing how he pulls in his followers.

The writing on this show is incredible, if not a bit scary. I am sure a lot of research was done into serial killers and cults and that is where a lot of this comes from, but some of it comes from their minds and that is disturbing.  I point you to a scene in which Jordy, the hapless prison guard who slaughtered three girls and then got caught was easily coerced into giving up some information and the subsequent scene where he committed suicide. By choking himself with the bandaging on his shoulder. Seriously, he ripped off the bandages with his teeth and forced himself to swallow, thus causing him to choke and asphyxiate. Creatively creepy.

I also have to know what Emma’s role is going to be with Joe at the compound now. And I have to try and figure out if anyone else in the FBI is a follower.

The Following is kind of reminiscent of 24 in a way. A season long case that while doesn’t play out in real time like 24 did, feels like they tackle a day an episode.


Well the powers that be made it happen. They made “Who Shot JR” 2.0 and I am pleased. I long felt like that was the only way they could send off JR Ewing. Such an epic piece of television drama, there was no other way to do it. And yes, I realize we did not see JR being shot, but we heard the gunshots and we know that is how this is going to play out.

I am anxious to see who returns next week for JR’s funeral. I have read that the eulogies by Sue Ellen and Bobby require tissues to be at hand. I would like to say that I am not affected by such things, but I am a girl and an emotional one at that, so there is no doubt in my mind that tears will be free flowing on Monday evening.

I am hoping that the person who shot JR is not some day player who hasn’t played into the show. That would disappoint me.


I must say that this show is getting harder and harder to watch. When I first started waning, I thought it was because they just shifted their focus to terrorism and there is enough of that without adding even more. But that’s not it. The show isn’t as much fun as it was. The humor is lacking and when it is there it feels forced. I haven’t noticed as many movie references from Tony and Abby seems so whiney. I loved her character in the beginning, she was quirky, smart and fun, but now she is a bit to juvenile and really annoying. They stopped writing the Zivaisms that I grew to adore. And then McGee lost all of his naivety when he lost all that weight.  Plus now they are trying to shove Dornegut (sic) down our throats and I am just not having it.

I did enjoy the few episodes with the Assistant Director, but now Vance is back and I have never been a fan of his.

The cases stopped being interesting as well. I watched last night’s episode and knew early on who the copy cat killer was. It was no fun.

Like CSI, I have to think that this show has run its course and should be wrapped up nicely with a bow and shelved.

Body of Proof

I really don’t have much to say about this show. I watched the first season and it was enjoyable enough. I didn’t watch much of the second season. I didn’t see the finale and was surprised it was renewed.

I decided to watch since they cleaned house in the actor department and brought in some fresh blood, no pun intended. I like Mark Valley and I really like his character (at least through two episodes).

I do not like Jeri Ryan. I think she is an awful actress and I just cannot get behind that character at all. It feels like they didn’t have a blonde character and just created this role for her. She adds absolutely nothing to the series. Nothing!

Are you using this down time to catch up? Or do you even need to? I watch a lot of hockey and am a bit thankful for the run of repeats just so my DVR doesn’t fill up. I also like DVR for the simple fact that I can fast-forward through commercials! Hit the comments and let me know what you are watching. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

General Hospital: A Statement on the Current State of the Show

For a good part of my life, I have been in tune if not always tuned in to General Hospital. It is one of the lasting soap operas and the only one that ABC still airs.

The show is approaching its 50th Anniversary and in preparation of that, has been bringing back a lot of characters and a lot of stories. It is very refreshing and endearing to me when a show pays homage to its history. When it revisits a storyline from long ago without totally ruining it with change. I am looking at you All My Children and the Erica Kane abortion storyline that you ruined by having the fetus transplanted into another woman. Shame on you for that. Shame, on, you!

The parade of beloved character returns began with Duke Lavery & Caesar Faison in a battle for Anna’s love.

Perhaps the most entertaining has been Lucy Coe and the Nurse’s Ball/Port Charles tie in. I have absolutely loved that they worked in the Port Charles/Caleb/Livvie/Vampire/Lucy the Slayer connections. I am impressed with the explanation they have given for “Caleb the Vampire”. It is refreshing if you watched Port Charles when Michael Easton played Caleb and Kelly Monaco played Livvie, as Easton now plays John McBain, and Monaco plays Sam McCall. Very well played by the writers.

It was also lovely that they brought in Jon Lindstrom as Kevin, Lucy’s estranged husband, who doubled as her “Doc”, shrink.

Frisco Jones, might be the most surprising return. I can’t remember when Jack Wagner was last seen as Frisco and I certainly did not expect him to return. I must say that his character has been a little on the creepy side with relation to his daughter Maxie. Almost a little lecherous if you will. I am sure it is not on purpose & I am not the first to notice it.

After Genie Francis was ushered off of The Young & The Restless, it seemed certain that she would reprise Laura Spencer on GH and to the relief of many she did. She was last seen recovering from a catatonic state and heading off to treatment with former husband Scotty Baldwin. It was really no surprise when he returned as his portrayer Kin Shriner has been an all time favorite. It was also no surprise that they are engaged to be married. Of course with Luke recently kind of blown off by Anna, there is sure to be a bit of a battle for Laura’s love.

Tied in to Luke & Laura is the revisiting of the Ice Princess storyline as their daughter Lulu was gifted a replica of said Princess.

Speaking of Lulu, her portrayer Julie Marie Berman has left the show and the role is going to be recast. Upon hearing this, my first thought was, “I wonder if they will bring Jen Lilly in to fill that role.” Lilly was a fan favorite when she subbed for Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones. Remember, if they land Lilly for this role, I speculated it here first.

Earlier this year they brought Sean Kanan back as AJ Quartermaine, just after the departure of Steve Burton as Jason Quartermaine. I have to say that I absolutely love the change in the character and really believe that AJ has changed his ways. I am happy that they are letting his biological son Michael develop a relationship with him and not having him being poisoned by Sonny & Carly, not for them not trying of course.

Also coming back soon is Rick Springfield as Noah Drake and he is bringing his son Liam along as an undercover cop. I am thinking that the 50th Anniversary is going to culminate with the Nurse’s Ball, a past favorite arc that has been missing for several years. I am expecting Springfield to perform, perhaps Jessie’s Girl, as part of the event.

Rumors were swirling that they were also trying to bring back John Stamos as Blackie Parrish, adopted brother of Laura Webber-Spencer, who has been imprisoned on a manslaughter conviction. I read where Stamos is very open to returning, but the tone has to be right. He is not interested in just playing drums to back up Springfield’s Noah. The tone of the article made me think that he would be open to a longer stint with some meat to it. I would totally be open to that as well.

Jackie Zeeman is also set to return as Bobbie Spencer, Luke’s sister, Noah’s ex, and Carly’s biological mom.

Also rumored to be possibly returning is Antonio Sabatto Jr. as Jagger Cates, brother of Michael “Stone” Cates, who succumbed to AIDS, which was the center cause for the Nurse’s Ball.

The new era of show runners seem to be very much committed to reexamining the past and mixing it with the present and future.

I for one am very grateful for the direction the show has taken. It seems that they are trying to break free of the “mob mentality” if you will. In the mid 90’s soap operas started to turn to a younger cast, a teen cast to draw in the younger viewers who were home more during the day, especially in the summer. I hated that change. I have been a viewer of soaps since I was under the care of my Granny while my parents worked, and later when my Dad was home during the mining shut down. I remember watching One Life To Live and then taking our nap. When my mom was a stay at home mom for a time, she turned me on to Days of Our Lives and Another World. My sister was responsible for me tuning into As The World Turns.

When I began watching soap operas, they didn’t have the need to cater to a younger crowd. We were already there and we didn’t mind that the story lines were all adult. It worked perfectly. There was no need for shirtless men every other scene like there is today. The story lines were better, not as preposterous. So yes, I am all for a show revisiting characters and stories that made them great. I am not a fan of glossing over the past or changing it to suit the here and now.

I should also note, that while I no longer watch Days of Our Lives, I don’t believe there will ever be a need to revisit the Marlena Devil Possessed storyline.

Do you watch the soap operas? What is left of them anyways? Are you a GH fan and loving or hating the storylines? Hit the comments and let me know. I am very interested to hear your thoughts.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday Three: February 21, 2013

Thursday Nightcap

I sort of felt like I needed a nightcap after watching my Thursday Three. Let’s dive right in…

Vampire Diaries

Elena is in all sorts of denial. She takes her very dead brother Jeremy home to wait for his magical ring to work, but since he turned out to be one of The Five, he is technically supernatural and that ring doesn’t work anymore.

But, she is pretty sure that witchy Bonnie can bring him back, because that never went wrong in the past. Only problem is, Bonnie is nowhere to be found. She is off in the Newfoundland wilderness with Professor Shady Shane. He tells her a tale of how to bring Jer back to life, back to reality. Sounds like total b.s. to me, but Bonnie loves Jeremy so she will try anything.

Dr. Fell comes to the Gilbert house to claim Jer’s body, but Elena is having none of that. Too bad for the people who can actually smell things, like super vamps Stefan & Caroline and the humans, because Jer is starting to stink up the place.

Damon hooks up with Rebekah and they run into another hunter. Damon leaves Bek with the hunter and heads off to find Bonnie. She comes into the clearing and Damon proclaims “I could hug you right now” and they do. Bonnie tells Damon she knows how to bring Jeremy back to life. They hop some sort of flight back to Mystic Falls and Bonnie lays out her plan.

Her plan involves a huge massacre. You see why I think Professor Shady Shane is full of b.s.? Finally Elena’s bulb brightens and she realizes Jeremy is dead and nixes Bon’s plan. Instead she decides to light the house on fire with Jeremy’s body inside as a cover story. Seriously they need a cover story? The sheriff is in on the situation, they have a doctor who knows, what is there to really cover up? Damon tells her to “turn it off” and I am not really sure if she did or didn’t. Because she still burns her house down, with all her shit in it. What?

Rebekah is still in Newfoundland, not really sure how she’s getting home, but that really isn’t her problem right now, she finds Professor Shady Shane in the forest all bleeding and dying and well that can only mean one thing. Silas is some sort of shape shifter and has assumed the Prof’s identity. So it was his total story of b.s. with that whole massacre thing.

Looks like we have some reruns coming up, so not to sure what is happening next in Mystic Falls.
Grey’s Anatomy

Things are getting dicey at Seattle-Grace. Derek & Company are trying to find a partner to throw in about 90% of the money they need to buy the hospital, Alana has talked Pegasus back to the table, the interns are getting haircuts and looking for work, Bailey is being a bitch and Richard is on to something.

So Mousy got a really cute haircut and is keeping Meredith up to date on her patients, while she has to intern for Bailey who is all bitchy about Meredith leaving her a patient who is ready to die and has no hope. Alex is working on taking down Phil, a little boy’s tumor, Owen is totally in the dark about everything.

The hour wasn’t all that exciting. D & Company finally read some people in when a potential investor tells them they have no leadership, so they enlist Chief Webber and Owen. Owen goes balls to the wall and begs the board to wait one more day, to which they agree. Derek & Webber get to fly to Sea-Tac in a helicopter only to be shot down by the investor (not literally).

Webber has some sexy talk with Momma Avery and in the end, the Harper Avery Foundation buys in and backs the doctor and then Shonda jumps the shark and informs Jackson and everyone in the room that he is the Foundation’s representative and that she essentially “bought him a hospital”. Yeah, “he’s in charge.”

I think my brain shut down at that moment because it was one of the dumbest things I think Grey’s has done to date. And I have no more words.


Well Hollis Doyle isn’t the one spying on Olivia. Thank god for that right? We find out pretty on that Creeper Jake is working for Evil Fitz. That’s right POTUS is having Liv spied on. Jake makes the comment that they have gone from photo to video surveillance and I am taken back to long before Fitz was shot that he had photos of Olivia. So, he’s been spying on her way before he knew about Defiance. But why? I am pretty sure that is the big arc question we are going to be asking ourselves until the season finale.

Jake is at least somewhat of a gentleman and doesn’t watch her get all naked. Score one for him. Also I think he might actually care for her. And not just in that stalkerly way.

Cyrus is still being frozen out by Fitz and Mellie is still in his good graces. Olivia tips Cyrus to letting Mellie be her own downfall and then he tips the media when it is decided that the First Lady will speak to the family of the hostages on a call-in. Once Fitz finds out, he is pissed and out pushed is Mellie and Cyrus just sits backs and waits.

David is being followed, but doesn’t know by whom. Huck is a smelly felly and the team has a new job of finding a non-gay, non-committed governor candidate and fake wife. And I am quite sure we all knew from the beginning that he was not gay and not gun shy around women, and was indeed bedding his sister-in-law. What we didn’t know until later in the show is that his brother totally knew about it and had no problem with it whatsoever. Politicians people, pol-i-ticians.

Finally we find that some lady (sorry I zoned out a bit) was following David and that she knows who was after the dead lady (who’s name I do not remember).

The CIA director assures POTUS that the mole is not in his department, which technically isn’t true because we find out HE is the mole.  Oh and Olivia & the Gladiators all know that.

I love that Quinn did some research on water-boarding to figure out what is going on with Huck. I think they have this adorable relationship. They are both the quiet types.

So why is Fitz spying on Olivia? How long before CIA Director is outed? Will Cyrus ever get back into Fitz’ good graces? And why do we still not know the name of America’s Baby???

Did you tune into any of my Thursday Three? If so what are your burning questions and head scratchers? Do you think Grey’s “jumped the shark”? Why is Fitz spying on Olivia? Hit the comments and let me know.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dallas 2.0: What's Happening in Season Two

Dallas 2.0 returned for season two some four weeks ago and ever since I have been meaning to blog about it.

I was a huge Dallas fan back in the day and so when I saw that they were rebooting it, I was pretty much in. Especially when I saw that they were bringing back Bobby, JR, & Sue Ellen. I was a little iffy on the casting of Jesse Metcalf and had no clue about Josh Henderson.

I won’t lie, it took a lot on my part to get through season one. I really hate how they have weenified Christopher. And yes, weenified is a word, is means to make one a weenie. He is so weak and tries to act so tough. Definitely my least favorite character on the show. John Ross is young and stupid, trying to find himself while living in the shadow of his father. His facial hair sort of skeeves me out, but whatever.

Season one seemed to have a lot going on in a short amount of time. A wedding, a pregnancy, cancer, death, bad guys, theft, murder, cons, backstabbing, bribery, the list goes on. It truly was Dallas, just all packed into one can.

Season two started off…I don’t know how long after season one ended. My biggest pet peeve is that we don’t know how much time had passed. At first, I thought several months because Ewing Energies (or whatever they are calling it) had completely built their offices (remember the shell at the end of season one) and had a fully staffed and gotten everyone on board. It takes time to build out offices, especially when things have to be decided upon, then ordered, then installed, along with delays and subcontractors. Do you see where I am going here? A long freaking time!

Yet, Miss Pamela Rebecca Barnes is not showing at all. And we know she is totally preggers with Christopher’s twins. She jetted off with daddy Cliff at the end of the season. When you put the fact that she does not look pregnant together with the totally tricked out offices, you have to wonder who dropped the ball.

The first five episodes have been pretty full. First Harris tells Ann that he knows where their daughter is, so she gives him the blackmail tape and in turn Sue Ellen loses her bid for governor. Pamela is back and is taking over Daddy’s business I guess. Christopher is totally skanking around with Elena, who is now a partner in Ewing Energies (or whatever).

Ann’s daughter is totally turned against her thanks to Harris and Mama Ryland (played by Judith Light). So Ann, being so incredibly weak (what happened to strong Ann from season one?!?) shoots Harris. Bobby takes the blame & is arrested after Harris fingers him. Ann finally makes the police believe she did it and is carted off to trial. By the way was that the fastest trial ever? Seriously Phoenix, you should look into how they did it because this Jody Arias thing is dragging on.
Christopher tried to get an annulment but every plan he put into place was thwarted by either his cray cray wife or his ahole cousin. Couple that with the fact that I think he is to stupid to work his way out of a one room fun house, things just suck for him.

John Ross is still trying to get everything for himself. He apparently didn’t learn from his father’s mistakes in life. Live and learn I guess is his motto. He keeps trying though.

Because we didn’t have enough characters on the show already, they decided to give Elena a brother, a shady brother and bring him to the ranch as well. He has some smarts, but they seem to be overshadowed by his stupidity.

Seriously, is it just me or is Dallas 2.0 giving Texas men a bad rap?

JR for being so scheming and ruthless didn’t really learn who he can and can’t trust. Remember in season one how his own son was trying to sell him out? So what does he do? He tells John Ross about uncovering dead Tommy. And then John Ross tells Cliff and the whole thing is shot to hell. Seriously people, think before you speak.

Finally in last night’s episode, which they tell us is one month after Harris’ shooting, Pamela looks pregnant. Hallelujah all is right with the world again. Only it’s not because Ann’s lawyer calls two character witnesses, Sue Ellen (a former drunk and disgraced politician) and Pamela (the conniving bitch who is trying to ruin Christopher (her step son)’s life. Wow, Aaron was a good Secret Service agent, not such a good lawyer. (That is a 24 reference in case you are wondering). She is found guilty (sorry spoiler alert) and carted off to the prison van, just as Tony Almeda (24 is in the house) is being brought into court, fighting for extradition to a country that won’t execute him. Texas is serious business when it comes to the death penalty. Oh and JR is finally catching on to John Ross.

I know the show is setting up for the death of JR since the incomparable Larry Hagman passed away.  I hope that I am not the only one hoping that they are planning another “Who Shot JR?” mystery. I think doing anything other than that is a slap in the face to the long time fans of Dallas. That was such an iconic arc and to not use that history is unacceptable.

I think Jordanna Brewster is gorgeous, but I don’t think she is a great actress. It is so uncomfortable to watch her and Jesse Metcalf. I really wish the casting department would have searched a little harder, or perhaps have watched Passions (Jesse Metcalf) and The Fast and Furious (Jordanna Brewster).

I was so happy that they cleared up the whole Cliff/Frank father/son thing last night. I was left last week thinking that Cliff had had an affair with a super tall middle eastern woman at some point. Good to know there was no blood relation.
So Judith Light is great. I hate her character because she is a stuck up rich bitch, but she is good at it. There is a problem in that she is not nearly old enough to play Harris’ mom. I think I read that there is an 8 year age difference between the two actors. That is sort of creepy when you think about it. Of course I think their mother/son relationship is the definition of creepy.

One thing I love about the reboot is that they kept the opening theme, which is the all time classic in my opinion, and the opening credit vignette. Bravo TNT, bravo.

So have you been watching Dallas on TNT? What are your thoughts? Hit the comments and let me know.

You can always leave comments and/or email me about things you would like me to talk about (provided I watch the show or at least know it exists). I would love to “discuss” other shows you are all interested in. You can also tweet me (@ldypngn).

Until next time…

Friday, February 15, 2013

Burning Questions: Valentine's Edition

It’s time for Thursday Night Questions!!

Thursday is my night for television, I watch three straight hours of programming and am always left with a ton of questions. Valentine’s Day left me with some doozies!

First there was not enough Damon in this episode for me. Sorry, there just wasn’t enough of his snark.

Once you get through all the blah blah stuff you get to the juicy bits.
·        There is only one dose of the cure.
o       Seriously? One dose? Who doesn’t plan for the future?
o       Which leads to who is going to get it. For sure if Damon &/or Stefan get it they are giving it to Elena. Rebekah wants it for herself. Vamp Hunter Vaughn wants to cram it down Silas’ throat to kill him for real. And a few people want to feed it to Klaus. Oh and I think Klaus wants to give it to Tyler, but he also wants to kill him.
·        Bonnie does her magic with a shirtless Jeremy and it is all gooey and flirtatious. Once her magic works there is a “cave in” of sorts that leads Professor Shane with a broken leg and nobody wants to help him. Nobody.
·        Silas, for being a calcified dead dude has some magic of his own because he creates hallucinations for people. First Prof Shane with his dead wife then Bonnie’s Grams visits her. Jeremy, being that whip smart high school drop out he is, is on to it and brings her back.
·        Once Jer & Bon stumble upon good old creepy Silas, they find the cure locked in his stony hands and can’t pry it loose. Vaughn comes in and totally stabs Bonnie and then he and Jer get into a fight and well Jer is losing that battle. But big sister to the rescue.
·        Only it is not big sister Elena it is Katherine. Yes ladies and gents Katherine is back for the cure. But nobody knows why.
·        She sacrifices Jeremy to Silas because the only way to wake Silas is to feed him blood and well Jeremy is fresh meat. Silas goes to town on Jeremy like he is a Golden Corral buffet. And then he eventually breaks his neck and leaves him lying pretty convincingly lifeless on the floor.
·        Oh yeah, and Klaus is free and Tyler is on the run.

So the questions are:
·        What did Katherine do to Elena?
·        Is Jeremy really dead? Was he wearing his ring?
·        Will Bonnie be saved?
·        Why does Katherine want the cure?
·        What is Silas going to do with the Mystic Falls Vamps?

So that was jam packed hour one. Then we move on to a somewhat more subdued Grey’s Anatomy, where Derek & Company all quit in the end as they decide to buy Seattle Grace.

I have to say that I am really over the whole plane crash/settlement/hospital in jeopardy stuff. I miss the medical part of this medical drama.

I was left with only a few questions:
·        When will this whole thing with the hospital end?
·        Are we sure this isn’t the final season? It sure is playing out like it is.
·        Can we just get Owen a mental health day? This poor guy is run ragged with all this crap.

Finally it was time for Scandal. And after last week’s culmination of Defiance it was time for a new arc. And it starts off with a two-fer.

First I have to say that I think ABC is really pushing the adult content for this show. The show opens with Fitz in the shower only to be joined by Mellie who wants to make his day start off great and that is all I am going to say. I did feel for poor Cyrus who had to interrupt that with a pressing matter for the “President”.

Olivia is having an okay morning with a swim and then a stop at some corner coffee shop where she runs into Henry and they flirt a bit.

David Rosen is not having such a great day as he wakes up to a dead girl in his bed and cops at his door. Once he sends the popo on their way he calls the only person in town who can handle shit like this and Olivia and the Gladiators are off to rescue him.

Turns out that some covert CIA operatives were captured and are being held hostage in some foreign land that I didn’t quite get or can’t quite remember. In any event, Fitz is not happy and decides to handle this shit.

David agrees to let Olivia & Company clean up the shitstorm that hit his apartment while he was roofied out.

Quinn joins Team Cleanup with coach Huck and seems to excel at it. Is it just me or would they just make the cutest couple?

While Huck estimates they have two days before Wendy the slut is found, it turns out that she picked that day to have cable installed, so they have two hours!

It amazes me what they can get done in two hours. They id half naked photos of men (no faces, just body parts) and question them.

Olivia runs off to ask Henry errr Jake some questions because he is on Wendy’s phone tree. Then finds out that David has been arrested.

David makes a compelling argument to the guy who replaced him and is released. He heads off to Olivia’s to basically fire her after he accuses her of setting him up to rot in jail for Defiance. She tells him he can’t afford her and leaves.

Liv then heads off to meet up with Cyrus who is not having the best week ever as Fitz had a meeting with the head of the foreign land without him and is really giving him the cold shoulder. They have a back and forth on if there is something they need to discuss and well they apparently do, but decide they don’t.

So Cy has just a few minutes, but was gentlemanly enough to bring Liv a coffee. She asks him if he set David up for murder and while he likes the idea he did not do it. She drops the bomb on Cyrus that she is pretty damn sure Fitz knows about…you guessed it…Defiance. And then the light bulb comes on.

Back in hostage situation, Fitz wants to send in a SEAL team because they get shit done and Cyrus thinks they should wait, so Fitz acquiesces for all of about five minutes.

Turns out that James & Cyrus were able to decide on a name for their little baby, and little Ella is being christened and what nearly a year old. And guess who her godparents are? Yep, Fitz and Olivia. They have some sort of sexy stare down while everyone watches except the priest who is blessing the lovely child. Then after some thanking and champagne (because that is the classy way of doing a baby christening), Olivia sprints off with Fitz right behind her. Seriously was like the fastest walking race ever and it ended when Fitz pulled her into a computer control room (they don’t lock that kind of stuff up?) and once again the adult content was pushed to its near breaking point. Very skanky if you ask me.

Olivia drops the word Defiance and it is in the open and well he says she betrayed him and blah blah blah. Cyrus interrupts with news that the SEAL team is going in and they head off to the war room to watch. (See Fitz decided to send in the SEAL team right before the christening after Mellie told him to follow his gut). Turns out the hostages are not there and they issue an abort and then one of the cabinet members has the room cleared and drops the bomb on Fitz & Cyrus that there is a mole and there is arc number one for the second half of season two.

Olivia head off to the office and gets a visit from David with Wendy’s flash drive and they discover that old Wendy has a lot of classified information she is not supposed to have, stuff nobody is supposed to have.

After Liv heads home and calls up Jake and they chat and make plans for a date of sorts. Jake has some sort of fat apartment and after making himself a cool beverage while on the phone with Liv, he heads to his big old couch and full wall of television screens all of which are tuned to one station…Olivia’s apartment. Imagine William Baldwin’s character in Sliver and you will get it. Jake is definitely not Henry. And that is arc number two for the second half of season two.

So the burning questions are:
·        Who is Jake really?
·        Does Fitz realize that if The Secret Circle hadn’t made Defiance happen, he would not be president?
·        Why hasn’t Fitz & Mellie named their kid? They just refer to him as The Baby. It’s been ten months!
·        Am I the only person who made the connection that Fitz is a Republican and the actual winning candidate is/was a Democrat?
·        Why doesn’t Olivia have a better lock/security system in her apartment?
·        How unlucky can one person be Mr. Rosen?
·        How long until this country has a Creeper Alert system similar to the Amber Alert system? Because Jake should be on all the reader boards.

So did you watch any of these three shows? Were you left with any burning questions? Hit the comments and maybe we can come up with some answers together or at least commiserate together.

Thanks for tuning in. Next episode I will be featuring Dallas 2.0.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Vampire Diaries: Burning Questions

Is Matt going to be the only human left on The Vampire Diaries?

It appears that everyone is some sort of supernatural being, except for Matt. I often wonder if he feels left out. First his sister became a vampire, then died. Then his almost girlfriend Caroline gets bitten and leads the life of a vampire. His BFF Tyler was a werewolf and is now a hybrid werewolf/vampire. His friend Bonnie is a witch who can barely control her spells. His history teacher was a vampire hunter, then a vampire and then dead. His ex-girlfriend is a vampire and had to rely on him for nourishment, which he was happy to do because he blamed himself for her fate. Now his other new BFF Jeremy is a vampire hunter and he is being used as bait. Not to mention that his mom hauled ass out of town some time ago, leaving him basically an orphan left to fend for himself. How does he go on and what will his ultimate fate be?

I must say that I thought Matt was going to fall victim to a vampire a long time ago. He is kind of a background player. Dressed for the game, but only put in when it’s a blowout. He is getting some more action so to speak, but it isn’t quite the kind of action one would probably enjoy. And why isn’t Matt all doused in vervain now that Elena doesn’t need him for meals and snacks?

I am now left to wonder what fate beholds dear dear Matt. He must feel totally left out of the supernatural club. Everyone he hangs out with has some sort of “gift”. Are we going to find out that he is the key to the cure? There has to be some sort of end game with Matt. They haven’t kept him around just because.

Another question…why don’t they have elections in Mystic Falls? First Tyler’s dad was mayor then when he died a painful death, Tyler’s mom became mayor. Then when Klaus drowned her, Bonnie’s dad became mayor. So is it some sort of “phone tree” type situation where if Person A dies, Person B becomes mayor and when Person B dies, Person C becomes mayor? I thought maybe it was a Founding Fathers type thing, but I don’t ever remember Bonnie’s family being amongst the founders.  So how did he end up mayor? Was it just to remind us that one kid has a parent? At least for now?