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TV Thursday – Letter A

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-Present)

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. – IMDb

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

Almost Human (2013)

In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Angel (1999-2004)

The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Shows I want to check out starting with an A: Agent Carter (2015), Ascension (2014).

Vidding Paper Progress, A Thank You And Links: Writing, Social Media, Redefining Disability, Science Fiction, Feminism, Masculinity

Writing has been going well and I have reached half of my vidding paper already, which makes me very happy. Thanks to the guest lecture I gave at the University of Texas at Dallas in March, I have many more things to work with than when I originally submitted the paper proposal! It feels wonderful to be focusing on academic projects again.

Now, I’d like to give a big thank you to the Sourcerer blog and its awesome people for having featured me as their Follow Friday On The Blog! It is a blog with several great contributors and they write about many topics of interests. So thank you very much for mentioning me as you did!

Photo Credit: Jennifer Langley.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Langley.

Links: Writing, Social Media, Redefining Disability, Science Fiction, Feminism, Masculinity

Guest Blog Post At Fangrrrl.com: Five Promising Women in Science Fiction Television Shows That Premiered in 2013

Astrid Finch.  Source: The Tomorrow People Wiki.

Astrid Finch.
Source: The Tomorrow People Wiki.

A few days ago, I finished to write a small contribution for Fangrrrl.com, called Five Promising Women in Science Fiction Television Shows That Premiered in 2013. I am very happy about the opportunity as this website has a mindset and topics that mean much to me.

It was released a couple days ago and can be found at this link. In it, I discuss Astrid Finch (The Tomorrow People), Bo Adams (Believe), Lillian Strand (Intelligence), Melinda May (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Sophia (Star-Crossed).

TV Reviews: Agents of SHIELD

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.19 – The Only Light In The Darkness: The show is so great, especially now with the Hydra situation and its aftermath. I was glad to see the Cellist and it was very emotional to see Coulson refuse to let her know he was still alive, because she was finally able to move on with her life. And seeing Amy Acker again is always a joy. The scene with the lie detector was very interesting. I am very uncomfortable with Ward as he plays his double game and I have a very hard time believing that he can really stop being Hydra. Seeing him work on wrapping Skye around his finger is creepy. Watching May decide to leave  was another moment that was sad and touching. It’s understandable that Coulson has a hard time trusting her because of what she did, but both their sides are understandable, and this is what makes it even harder. I liked how Skye used her hacking skills again to figure things out. I think she has benefited from solid character development. Mentions of several superheroes such as Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner was a nice touch though. Skye understanding about Ward was done in a very Hitchcock manner. Coulson briefly coming to the Cellist’s side before fading away again gave me misty eyes. Skye returning to Ward as if all was good and trying to keep an eye on him wasn’t something I was certain that Skye could do. Coulson wanting to work things out with May was sad because he has no idea she is gone. Ward and Skye alone on the bus gave me a very bad feeling. I loved the final scene between May and her mother! That was a really great twist!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.20 – Nothing Personal: Seeing Agent Maria Hill again is a treat! I liked that she was talking to Pepper on the phone, another great touch. I loved the scene between her and May. They both are clever and efficient women to say the least! The rest of the team at the Providence base trying to figure out what happened with Ward and Skye. I like how Skye was able to leave a message behind for them. Ward still creeps me tons in his scenes with Skye. Coulson keeping the rest of the team together as best as he can as they all understand that Ward is Hydra was a great moment. Special Forces chasing Coulson and the rest of the team was a surprise. Hill showing up and revealing she was the one telling Special Forces explained a lot. May digging into Coulson’s empty grave was priceless. I wonder what she will find in the files she retrieved. The confrontation between Hill and Coulson was necessary and a great moment between them. When they discarded special forces together was a kick ass moment. Skye tipping the cops off was impressive, and courageous. I was glad that she managed to run away though Mike Peterson grabbing her shocked me. It makes sense that he was shadowing Ward. I was so happy when she headbutted Ward even if he cuffed her right after. Ward pulling the pity card made me roll my eyes and I was glad that Skye didn’t fall for this. I like the scene between Skye and Mike. I am kind of surprised (save for the fact that Ward is main cast) that Skye eventually gave the information so easily as she did. Ward’s misogynistic quips at Hill annoyed me and I didn’t need that to want to strangle the character. Coulson sneaking on the bus and reuniting with Skye was one of the best moments. Lola is as good as a James Bond’s car! I like that Coulson doesn’t want to give up, even though he could have options like Hill had (it is great that working for Stark is a good choice for her but I wouldn’t see Coulson do that). Lovely scene with what is currently left of the team at the end, though it’s not the same without May, which was why the final scene made me glad, though the information she has found were beyond anything I had expected.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.21 – Ragtag: Seeing all the team (minus Ward) together feels right. Having them be gathering all their talents together and still doing their duty, even though they aren’t official SHIELD anymore. I also like how Coulson wants this ship back at the end of the speech! I can’t wait for Garrett to be stopped. Coulson being all giddy about teh equipment from Triplett’s grandfather was a funny and welcome moment! Deadpan May saying “Watch out, Hydra. Here we come.” reminded me of Aeryn in Crackers Don’t Matter in Farscape season 2 saying “We’re all gonna die.” Coulson and May undercover was quite priceless. Can I say how much I love May? And seeing Coulson so happy she is back warms my heart. I love their interaction! The “large file transfer” was a great line! Though we’re seeing more of the past between Ward and Garrett, I’m still not sure of what to think of Ward’s possible return to SHIELD after all that happened. I didn’t expect Garrett to be the first Deathlok either. The scene between May and Skye about the Ward situation was one of the best in the episode! Raina is still quite an intriguing character. Fitz trying to reach out to Ward after he used the EMP on Garrett was a great moment too. Fitz so determined to reach out to Ward was a big development I hadn’t really expected. I really want to smack Ward in the head. I understand that he has a troubled history, but I can’t get myself to be really invested in the character as I would have liked to. Given how the episode ended for the team, I am very happy that I have waited to watch the last episodes of the season instead of having to wait a week in between!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.22 – Beginning of the End: Triplett, May, Coulson and Skye working together and May being her amazing self was quite a powerful opening! Coulson breaking the news about Fitz and Simmons was heartbreaking, although I don’t really care for the characters, though I don’t hate them. I don’t wish them to get harmed or to die, but I just am not invested in their story. I always love Coulson as a leader, as an inspiration to his team. May and him are perfectly complimenting each other and this is one of the big strengths of the show and the team to me. I could really live with the core team being Coulson, May, Skye and Triplett. They are all characters I really enjoy and that have great dynamics. Raina and Garrett as an mad duet really makes me wonder how they’re going to be taken down. I am also curious about uncovering more about Skye’s history and learn about what she is. Oh the wonderful team moments with Triplett and Coulson together and also May and Skye! The scene between Fitz and Simmons before they blow up the window underwater and that Simmons takes Fitz to the surface reminded me of The Abyss. Fury showing up? Amazing moment! I can’t even begin to say how excited I was to see him show up again! Fury is one such great character! Great confrontation between Ward and Skye and then May coming in for one hell of a fight, that was another great moment and I wanted to see her beat the hell out of Ward so much. And Garrett versus Coulson was also something big! And then Fury coming to the rescue, including how Coulson says they’ll have a loud and possibly angry conversation was a great moment. Coulson and Fury “appreciating” how nuts Garrett has gone made me grin. And May giving his due to Ward was so great and deserved on many levels. Skye wanting to reach to Mike again and asking for his son’s help was great and emotional. That was a great twist! Coulson and May telling Ward in which trouble he is made sense. Mike watching his son be reunited with the rest of the family and his talk with Skye was a heart breaking moment and I look forward to seeing more of Mike in the future. Not surprised to see Garrett try his luck again but so relieved that Coulson smashed him into literal pieces was a relief. Coulson shouting at Fury about the TAHITI project (in front of May) was something. Fury explaining why he did this made a lot of sense and shows how much he thinks of Coulson. Fury trusting Coulson to rebuild SHIELD was a beautiful moment, and also making sure that May will be buy his side. That was great! And Coulson certainly deserves to be Director. Seeing the team arrive at their new base was great. I admit that I would be happy if Triplett replaced Ward as part of the team on a permanent basis. Raina telling whoever/whatever that she has found their daughter, Skye, gave me a very bad feeling. I have no idea what to think of this final scene or how to feel about it.

Source: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki.

Source: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki.

TV Reviews: Believe, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People

Believe 1.09 – Prodigy: I am sad that the show got cancelled as I think it still had so much potential and that the characters had developed solidly despite only a few episodes. I’m curious about the new girl they brought at Orchestra, and she can be quite scary. I really hope that they can get Channing out of the huge trouble she is in.  Yet, I was mostly interested in the scenes regarding the current person to help with Tate and Bo. I love how they are bonding and how things are evolving. I like how they aren’t perfect either on their own or with each other. How the federal team and Skouras managed to get information from Channing with the new prodigy and then make their way to the safe house was suspenseful moments for sure. I really hope that someone can stop Skouras. I’m feeling sorry for the poor girl Bo helps because of how she is kept under her mother’s thumb. I was relieved when Skouras was caught by Milton. This is quite a confrontation and I’m glad that he did that to get Channing back. I like how Bo and her closed ones too, help people. I know that I repeat myself at every episode but this is the truth. I wanted to strangle Skouras myself when he shot at Milton and that Channing took the shot. And the new Orchestra prodigy definitely scares me.

Game of Thrones 4.05 – First of His Name: The scene between Cersei and Maergery was extremely interesting and a great moment between great actresses. Yet, I don’t understand how this scene unfolded. Cersei suddenly speaking about how Joffrey did horrid things and how she is civilized with Maergery and seems willing to have her there for her second born? It baffled me. I loved the scene between Ser Jorah and Daenerys! One of their best scenes in this seasons. I am relieved to see her take his advice and his support the way she does in this, because he realy his her friend and right hand, in opposition to the others. I don’t care for the scenes with Belish, Lysa, Robin and Sansa. In the whole bunch, I like Sansa best, that says a lot how I dislike all of them. I don’t like Sansa, but all this other bunch is so crazy and scheming I feel sorry for her to be there. Sansa was safer with Tyrion by her side in King’s Landing, in my view. Cersei speaking with her father about the upcoming royal wedding and looking fine with marrying Maegery’s brother all of the sudden still surprises me. I don’t understand Cersei’s change at all. I admit that this season tends to leave me scratching my head on several accounts. It was great to see Arya and the Hound again! They are some of the best parts in this season! I still wish that Arya had been the one to kill Joffrey. I never liked Lady Stark’s sister but I wish we didn’t have to put up with her madness. Brienne putting up with Podric having a hard time riding his horse cracked me up. The scene where the Hound and Arya discuss weapon training was also interesting, especially as this episode has very few moments that had me really care. I am very grateful for the scenes between Brienne and Podric. And what is the deal with sexual violence against women in this season? I am tired of this and I don’t see how it serves the plot! This really really angers me! I was relieved to see Jon Snow and the others Nightwatch members come to take care of that scum at the camp, but that other Crow kidnapping Bran wasn’t such a surprising twist and I was glad that he could be defeated. Bran deciding against reuniting with his brother was heartbreaking but showed great and strong personality. Jon fighting that filth and killing him was a meaningful moment and I also liked that one of the abused girls didn’t hesitate to hit that sadistic scum too. Jon and his wolf was one of the few happy moments in the episode. Seeing Craster’s keep burnt down was a relief, no matter how it can’t take away all the horrors that took place there.

Once Upon A Time 3.20 – Kansas: I was so happy when I heard that this show was renewed, as I had so many I liked getting cancelled. So knowing I’ll get a fourth season of this great show made me a very giddy camper. The storyline this season has been solid and I liked how some of the characters evolved. Regina’s change has been very well staged over the three seasons. Seeing her using light magic and saying how she makes her own destiny was one of my favorite moments of the whole season. Seeing Henry telling her she had to believe and wasn’t a villain anymore was powerful. Seeing them all be as a team, a family is one of the best things about this season. I was even surprised when David told Emma to keep Hook with her and support him about how he had been meaning to help her in the first place. I admit that while I really liked Emma in the earlier seasons, she leaves me rather indifferent now, and sometimes a bit annoyed. In a way, if she ended dying as the Savior, it could be one of the best story twists to happen and would leave her family with a lot to deal with and be a meaningful and sensible way for the character to go. I know that it might be some weird opinion, but the more I watch season 3, the more I think that. Regarding Rumplestiltskin and Belle, I was disappointed in him for lying to Belle, as I really thought he was better than this, as she told him. Anyway, I can’t wait for the season 2 hour finale!

Star-Crossed 1.12 – This Trick May Chance to Scathe You: This is another show that I already miss. I love how it has grown so strongly. I really liked how the team going after the Suvek was so unexpected with Roman, Drake, Sophia, Lukas, Emery and Grayson. I like how Drake has developed in the last while. In this episode, he had great scenes, including with his mother. I like how the female characters are interesting in this show, and are well layered and in multiple types of roles, both as teenagers and adult women. I even think that amongst the adult characters, the women are way more interesting than the men. I admit that the interaction between Castor and Teri is quite creepy to me. I also liked how Emery had to calm Grayson and Roman down, when they were being idiotic guys (as annoying as it could be it was credible anyway for different reasons). I wonder about Teri’s choices and allegiances. It is hard to tell with her, though I admit I prefer her mother Vega to Castor, which shows how much I can’t stand Roman’s uncle. I guess that Teri handling Castor shows she is loyal to her mother. I have no idea how they’ll heal Roman yet, though the Atrian’s healing skills and herbs tend to be quite extensive. I loved the scene when Drake explains to his mother why he can’t go to Eljida with her. They have beautiful scenes together. I liked how the final scene between Emery and Roman echoed the first time they met. Is it the season finale yet?!

The Tomorrow People 1.22 – Son of Man: First of all, I was really sad to learn about the show’s cancellation as it’s been one of my big favorites of the show premiering this season. I loved it to pieces and it had so much more potential. The characters had solid development and I know that I’ll have much to write about in the future. The scenes between Jedikiah and Roger in the beginning of the episode were extremely poignant (I liked how we found out that the human body rejects the paranormal powers even if injected). I cried a lot and I still think that Jedikiah reminds me a lot of Snape in Harry Potter. His interaction with John is always very interesting and many of their moments in the episode were emotional. It doesn’t mean that Jedikiah can be forgiven for what he does to John at the end, turning him into some kind of super soldier again, but the character is still one of the most interesting “villains” I’ve seen in a very long while. The reason I was annoyed with that last arc is that it’s the only thing that really feels as a mini cliffhanger in the show, otherwise I loved how wrapped up things felt, even with the solid potential for more season. Seeing the team saving the world with Stephen, Cara, Russel, John and Astrid was really great. I was glad to see them all survive in the end, though I’m curious of how Stephen’s powers could expand. Seeing the Stephen/Cara and John/Astrid romantic direction also made me incredibly happy (and I can’t help but know that Astrid could have helped John go beyond whatever programming he underwent in a second season). There were still very great dialogues and thank you for funny bits in the middle of so much intense drama!  The kiss between John and Astrid before time was frozen for them reminded me of Crichton and Aeryn at the end of Farscape 4.22 Bad Timing. All in all, I am very much  missing this show and can’t wait for the right time and opportunity to write about this as there is a lot I want to talk about. I don’t know whether it’ll be in papers or a possible eBook, but I know that this show will show up in my future research and writing.

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

I know it has been a while since I posted any review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes, but I’m planning to watch the last four episodes of the season in a row and post a general review for them (as I will also do for Continuum season 3, Crisis and The 100 seasons 1). I am very very happy that Agents of S.H.IE.L.D. got renewed for a second season as I love it. And I can’t wait for the upcoming Marvel’s Agent Carter new show as well!

TV Reviews: Agents of SHIELD, Believe, Once Upon A Time

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.18 – Providence: I love the crisis aspect with how Hydra took over and that SHIELD is in a complete mess to stay operative and free with danger lurking coming from everywhere. It makes for good tension. I wonder when Ward’s true allegiance will be figured out and Garrett is doing a good job now revealed as the Clairvoyant. I like that the Clairvoyant wasn’t a magician but one with a clever mind, network and security clearance. Seeing Raina back in action is also interesting. The team giving up on their SHIELD badges is emotional, given what it means for the team who’s still true to their mission and the group. The scene between Coulson and Skye was beautiful. I had learned that Fury had only faked his death in the second Captain America movie, but I still rejoiced and got giddy when he sent the coordinates. And Coulson’s speech to his team? So inspirational! Ward works well as a villain! He’s grittier and still arrogant, but more than when being the good and brave boy. I liked the argument between Coulson and May was very engaging and they both have points which makes it even better! I liked seeing the discussion about Coulson between May and Skye. Coulson breaking down and then apologizing to his team once they were all in the middle of nowhere was another great moment. I was relieved when the facility actually opened when Coulson identified himself! I have such a bad feeling about Ward’s reuniting with the team!

Believe 1.06 – Sinking: This show keeps growing strong with every episode. I really liked how they showed what happened in Tate’s past that took him jailed for murder. I thought that it was clever to tackle it middle of the season instead of the end of it. It made for solid character development for him and also for his dynamics with the team, not just Bo, and also his father. I liked how Bo, Milton and Channing went to find and help Tate after he got away with Bo’s help. It feels that we see more of Channing in the latest episodes and this is really great because she is a great character and adds to the team. I was glad that Tate could get his answers and return to Bo, Milton and Channing. I thought that Milton finally telling the truth to Tate was a very emotional and meaningful moment. I also very much like how he chooses to have Tate share this with Bo on his own accord.

Believe 1.07 – Bang and Blame: I liked that Tate didn’t break the news to Bo right away, remaining true to his character who’s still going through a lot. I was in shock at the revelation about Channing’s past and was glad to see again how Bo can influence people and help them discover who they can be and all. It was great to find more about Channing in this episode.  I also like seeing how Zoe was willing to help Milton and the group for Bo’s well being, no matter what Skouras can do to her in retaliation. The team spirit is becoming tighter and makes a lot of sense. The scene when Tate tells Bo that he is her father and saves her was very emotional and I love how their relationship keeps developing. The final scene between father and daughter was beautiful too and I am looking forward to the next episode!

Once Upon A Time 3.17 – The Jolly Roger: The episode opening with Hook wearing an armor was a wonderful eye candy moment! The more I see of Hook, the more I like the character. I find that many characters in this show have benefited from solid character development over the three seasons. It’s really commendable especially with such a large cast of main and supporting figures. I was very happy to see Ariel again! What happened in the missing year for Hook and Ariel was quite something. I admit that I really like that Hook had killed Black Beard and lived the guilt to make things better. I find that his evolution is better handled that way. I also wanted to build the baby crib for David and Emma when they struggled with it! I love assembling furniture! I had a good laugh when David wanted to show he was cool enough for his grandson and the messy driving adventure was quite a fun moment! I am grateful that the show is both dramatic and funny! The boy talk and then the magic lesson between Regina and Emma was pure awesomeness! And Regina as a teacher is one of a kind! The verbal showdown between Hook and Zelena at the end of the episode was something and I was glad to know that Ariel and Eric were doing well on their own.

Once Upon A Time 3.18 – Bleeding Through: I was in shock about the revelation about what Zelena’s plan is! I also liked how Belle was able to figure it out, at least partially. While I understand that Zelena has issues, I still don’t like her at all and she makes for a great villain. The way she retrieved Regina’s heart was clever and twisted. I hope that maybe Rumplestiltskin could find a way to break the hold Zelena has on him. At least he tries all he can! Seeing Cora’s past again was interesting and shed some more light on what happened between Regina’s and Snow’s bloodlines. I loved how Regina and Snow could work things out though not everything was made magically perfect. The final two scenes were among the most emotional lately. I was teary eyed at the scene between Regina and Snow and the final of Regina going to see Robin was equally awesome!

Bookworm’s got teeth! – Regina

Upcoming TV Catch Up and Blog Announcement

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In the past week, I have been doing my best to relax because of my burnout and I hope that by early or mid May, I will be back on track. It is really weird not being able to focus on writing projects, but sometimes you have to listen to your body and brain. Okay, when it comes to the brain, you always have to listen to this pretty and creative devil!

In the upcoming couple of weeks, I hope to post a blog announcement which I hope might spark new collaborations down the road. I already have some points jolted down but I need to sit down more to put it in the right words so it makes most sense.

I have fallen on the way side of TV watching, since I have mostly been playing Torchlight II in the last days. I am watching the currently airing shows:

  • Agents of SHIELD
  • Believe
  • Continuum
  • Crisis
  • Game of Thrones
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Star-Crossed
  • The 100
  • The Tomorrow People

I am planning to continue watching all of them, but it is likely that I wait until Crisis, and maybe The 100 seasons are over to get back into them. I find good things in both shows, but I am not as deep into them as the others, so far. The rest, I will continue watching as it airs, except when I fall a bit behind as it is the case this week. Later this year, I also want to watch Angel‘s final season and continue to catch up with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I am also waiting for Beauty and the Beast to return in June, as well as Defiance and Falling Skies, and I’ll try The Last Ship when it starts.

TV Reviews: Agents of SHIELD, Game of Thrones, The 100

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.17 – Turn, Turn, Turn: I love how the show has grown since the pilot and I definitely care much more about the characters than I used to, despite how Coulson and May have always been my favorite. I even found myself caring for Simmons this time. I didn’t see the new Captain America movie, so I knew I would get spoilers for the film with this episode. I was in for a shock regarding Fury, and it saddened me. The episode was a game changer as announced by its trailer. It was Marvel and Whedon epicness at its best in my view. I liked how it was so important for most dynamics within the team. And it didn’t feel gratuitous at all! The whole Clairvoyant and Hydra aspect was very good and made for solid, albeit crazy twists! I’m very curious to see how much mess the team will have to go through between the shock regarding Ward and the crisis they are facing.

Game of Thrones 4.01 – Two Swords: I loved the episode and I found that it was a better season opener than the one for the previous season. It felt as if we really saw (almost) everyone and it felt more complete as such. I loved seeing how big Daenerys’s dragons are becoming. I know they are dangerous but I still find them cute and the big black being with his head on his mother’s lap for a moment reminded me of Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon. I still really like her second, Ser Jorah. I never liked Sansa but this episode comforted me in that feeling. She just annoys me. It isn’t about how she should be wielding swords and running away or whatever. She could have had been different in many other ways. I felt bad for Tyrion when he tried to even make her think of her mother and how Lady Stark would have wanted her to carry on. I also feel bad for Shae as this is one huge mess. The new threat in King’s Landing will probably cause lots of trouble in this season. I felt like slapping Cersei when I saw how she treated Jaime and was all “me, me, me” as always. I was happy to see Jaime stand up for himself with his father and even Joffrey. The scenes between the Hound and Arya were priceless and having a bit of a laugh at times was relaxing. Arya continues to grow up well. I was glad to see both Brienne and Jon still be the great characters they can be. I can’t wait to see the next episode.

The 100 1.04 – Murphy’s Law: I admit that I didn’t get many of the characters’ mindset in this episode. Many of them just baffled me. Clarke was growing on me but she annoyed me in this episode. I mean I understand how she tries to be just and protect everyone, but the way she was all about protecting Charlotte after she admitted murdering her childhood friend she had just patched things up with? Well, I scratched my head. Sure, Charlotte was a child, but at the same time, nobody knew why she had been imprisoned in the first place. On the other side, Bellamy confirmed becoming a really interesting character. I liked Abby as always in the episode,  even though I am angry at her for having been responsible for getting her husband airlocked. She is an interesting character and I understand her better than her daughter at least. I liked Raven and was glad that she refused the offer that other woman made her to get the piece. That scene disgusted me especially with how the older woman seemed to think it wasn’t shocking, and was rubbing it in about how Raven’s mother had gone for it several times. As for the ending with Raven being close to crash on Earth and of course, her boyfriend Finn and Clarke jumping each other, it made me shake my head. Why is there always a need for love triangles?

TV Reviews: Agents of SHIELD, Believe, Continuum, Star-Crossed, The 100, The Tomorrow People

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.16 – End of the Beginning: It was a solid episode and threw the team off balance for sure. I was happy to see Skye become an official SHIELD agent. My favorite characters are still Coulson and May (and Fitz and Simmons my least favorite ones). The way the Clairvoyant was uncovered through the process of knowledge gathering was well done and I thought that it was a good twist. I really wonder what exactly May is up to and with whom. The episode definitely left us hanging with an evil cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next episode and I hope that the team can sort things out, but they are in one hell of a mess for sure!

Believe 1.04 – Defection: I like the spirit of this show and I like how Bo has a gift and calling to help people. Maybe to some it might sound cheesy, but I think that such goodness is really a nice way of developing the show and the character, especially since Bo is still a girl her age and is far from perfect. Seeing the flashbacks of how Skouras pushed Bo when she was under his wing and how Winters was shocked and then eventually decided to defect with some of the team brought further insight on why the characters left as such, to protect Bo. I couldn’t help smiling and being brought back to my childhood when I saw Bo discovering the hidden letter and ring behind a brick in the wall, as it reminded me so much of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, both the novel and also the 1987 film adaptation that reminds my favorite screen version of the story.

Continuum 3.03 – Minute to Win It: This show is so brilliant. My poor brain has a hard time computing everything on a regular basis, but I love how they have come so far since an already strong premise in the first season. It isn’t always easy to have a story grow as well as its characters, but the Continuum cast and crew keeps blowing my mind every single week. Going back to Kiera and Carlos against Liber8 is entertaining. I also wonder what this device Kiera could retrieve and brought to the Freelancers can be. Her relationship with both Alec, truth and lies, is still extremely interesting and sometimes heart wrenching. Alec going through the discovery of who Escher was to him was also a great opportunity for his character, as well as what he uncovered about Emily. I wonder how everything will continue to unfold.

Star-Crossed 1.07 – To Seek a Foe: This show keeps growing on me with each episode. My favorite characters are still Julia, Sophia, Lukas and Roman. I admit that Drake and even Taylor might be growing on me with the latest two episodes, which is a surprise. I also hope we get to see more of Teri soon, as she had a lot of potential. Emery still doesn’t interest me that much, though she annoys me less than in earlier episodes. Sophia is an amazing character and I was very happy when she decided to help Lukas and not let Roman save the world alone as she told him. It was important. It is ironic how the main love story doesn’t interest me that much but that I find the show compelling in the friendships and general Atrian and human story lines.

The 100 1.03 – Earth Kills: I miss seeing much above the station in the present time in this episode, as I really love the dual story line aspect of the show and think this is one of its strengths. Of course, being able to see the flash back scenes was a great way to make up for it, but still. It was interesting to gain insight in the past regarding the Jaha and Griffin families. The scene when Clarke’s father was airlocked was extremely emotional and they really got me with this one. Wells was one of my favorite characters from the start and he grew even more on me in this episode and I love his scenes with Clarke. This is why the final scene of the episode wasn’t only a shock but really a disappointment. Seeing one of my favorite characters get axed so early in a show really sucks. It was also interesting to see the interaction between Bellamy and Clarke. For the first time, in his scene with Charlotte, Bellamy wasn’t annoying to me. I still enjoy the show but the final scene left a sour taste in my mouth, I admit.

The Tomorrow People 1.18 – Smoke and Mirrors: This episode was one of the best of the season so far, in my view. It was brilliantly done for the most part and the characters had some great moment, especially the ones between Jedikiah and John. The whole chess aspect and them discussing the present and future was some of my favorite moments. The double date kind of scene with Cara, John, Hillary and Stephen made me laugh a lot. It is interesting how I found this episode so compelling on a main arc level, but was annoyed with different things with the characters. I’m happy to see John and Cara be well together again so I found it stupid to have Cara be jealous of Stephen’s private life. It was kind of ridiculous and counter intuitive in my view. As for Stephen and Hillary? Really? I just don’t care for it. I think that Hillary has been benefiting from more character development than I had first expected, but I still just don’t see her and Stephen together.

 

TV Reviews and Links

Last night, a bout of insomnia saw me catch up with TV to a greater extent than I had first planned. This is why you are getting reviews for a few episodes. The only shows I won’t include today are Killer Women whose pilot I fell in love with (Tricia Helfer was amazing) and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I will review both shows once I am done with the seasons I am currently watching (first one for Killer Women and second one for My Little Pony).

Crisis – 1.01 Pilot: I checked this show because of Gillian Anderson being part of the cast, which should come as no surprise who knows me. I don’t really watch actual thrillers these days, because I am not so much in the mood for them. So, I didn’t know whether I would get into Crisis. It already is one hell of a ride. I admit that I don’t really care about the kid characters, but I love the tension, the atmosphere and most of the adult characters. My favorites are Meg Fitch, Susie Dunn and Marcus Finley. These three characters are extremely interesting and I can’t wait to find more about them. I love how the pilot already provided a lot of great plot twists and I can’t wait to see the characters develop, including the relationship between the two sisters.

Believe – 1.01 Pilot and 1.02 Beginner’s Luck: I like some of Cuaron’s work, so I got intrigued by the show, but I didn’t have any big expectations. I found the pilot interesting but the second episode really won me over. I like “special child” themes and they are doing it really well. There are elements that remind me of The X-Files, Dark Angel, Children of Men and Bird on a Wire. I like the cast and I find that the way they give information about who’s who is pretty well done so far, between the two episodes. The build up is well done and I love the interaction between Bo (yes, I think about Lost Girl every time I hear her name) and Tate. I like that Bo is a smart kid, but still a kid. She has a good heart and yet she isn’t perfect at all, which makes her all the more credible. I am definitely going to keep watching!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 1.15 Yes Men: I got excited about this episode from the moment I knew that Sif would show up. She is one of my favorite female characters in the Avengers verse. It is always a treat to see her and I really hope that she could get her own movie at some point. Seeing her join forces with Melinda May was awesome. There was again a lot of interesting moments between the characters and I like how the team is now. The episode completely reminded me of the first season Stargate SG-1 episode Hathor, but it didn’t feel like a poor rip off, so I didn’t mind it. The final scene with Melinda May left me staring at my screen.

Continuum – 3.01 Minute by Minute: The cliffhanger at the end of the second season was one of the worst I had ever seen and I couldn’t wait for this episode. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I was expecting a lot, and my brain got fried even more than I thought it would be. It went beyond all my expectations. Time travel is a very tricky business, but this show is doing very well with its theme. Seeing Kiera and Garza in their scenes together was something I hadn’t seen coming at all, and Kiera had outstanding moments. The story was good as usual, and I can’t wait to see the direction of this new season. It is dark and I have the feeling it will go darker, but I love the show to pieces. I’m so glad it’s back on air!

Once Upon A Time – 3.13 Witch Hunt: I still remember how I tried this show because I wasn’t sure I had much left to watch back last Fall. I then went through a marathon of everything and couldn’t get enough. I still feel like that now. This show is one of my favorite ones right now and I love what they have done with the fairy tales and assorted imaginary worlds in the story. This episode was great and I like how they jump back and forth in the timeline. It is well executed and easy to follow. Regina and Emma teaming up and being sneaky was great and the banter between Regina and Robin Hood worked well in my view. I’m going to keep repeating it until it happens, but I can’t wait for Regina to smack the Wicked Witch!

Links: Writing, the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and Pocahontas