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TV Review: Crisis (Episodes 9 to 13)

Marcus Finley. Source: Crisis Official Website.

Marcus Finley.
Source: Crisis Official Website.

I admit that I had lost interest in Crisis within the first episodes of the show and was somewhat relieved when it got cancelled. Yet, I wanted to see it to the end for three reasons: the plot and two characters (Marcus Finley and Meg Fitch). I wish I had been more into the show, regardless of its cancellation (after all, I fell in love with a few shows that got cancelled after only one season this year).

The idea was brilliant and overall well executed. As I said before, my biggest problem was that I didn’t care for most of the characters. Of course, I felt bad for the kidnapped kids and what their parents went through as well, but I didn’t feel emotionally engaged with this show as I expected to be, especially given the topic. For example, I found Agent Susie Dunn okay at first and remotely interesting, especially with the personal revelations that took place early in the season. I was also hoping to find myself invested in her relationships with both her sister Meg and Agent Finley, her new partner. I didn’t manage to. It felt that most scenes where I should have just left me staring at the screen and wish that some spark had actually happened.

Without Marcus Finley and Meg Fitch, I don’t think I would have actually sit down during the whole thirteen episodes. Both Lance Gross and Gillian Anderson just delivered something on screen that made me care for their characters and it was a breath of fresh air in this show, but even them weren’t enough to make up for all the other scenes when they weren’t included.

Television Catch Up List

While I am delayed in TV catch up, and not just because of the soccer World Cup, I realized that I still have quite a few series to catch up with or to start when they actually air. For some I only have a handful of episodes to watch, for others it is most of a given season or the complete one, in case they’re not back yet! One way or the other, I still have things to watch! And it doesn’t even include older shows or movies I have yet to check. The list below shows what I will be reviewing during this summer, when it comes to television series:

  • Beauty and the Beast (season 2)
  • Believe (season 1)
  • Continuum (season 3)
  • Crisis (season 1)
  • Defiance (season 2)
  • Falling Skies (season 4)
  • Game of Thrones (season 4)
  • The 100 (season 1)
  • The Last Ship (season 1)
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Image courtesy of worradmu / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

TV Review: Crisis

When I learned about Crisis‘s cancellation, it was somewhat of a relief (in opposition to the six other shows whose cancellations leave me sad). I understand that it didn’t last, and my Gillian Anderson’s fangirl side crosses fingers that she will get to star in a show that I like more (she is stunning and the wonderful actress she is in her portrayal of Meg Fitch in Crisis, but Crisis doesn’t do it for me, and I can’t put myself to watch Hannibal even for her recurring part in it. I watch The Fall, but I would be happy to see Anderson in more than one series that I can watch and enjoy).

I tried the show out because of Gillian Anderson being part of the main cast, and continued watching only because of her character, Meg Fitch and Special Agent Finley. The idea behind the show is brilliant and there is solid execution of some of it. The problem with it (from start) is that (at least for me) most of the characters are just uninteresting or outright annoying. I can’t put myself to care for the kids (save for Anton whom we briefly saw in earlier episodes) and while I understand part of Susie Dunn’s behavior, I never really like her or care for her, except maybe in a couple of scenes with either Finley or Meg, especially in the latest episodes that aired.

I watched episodes 5 to 8 tonight, and will continue to watch the remaining episodes left to air. I am curious of how things will turn out, but it is kind of really sad because even if some of the kids died, I would just be sorry for their parents. It is the parents that I feel most sorry for in the show, as weird as it might sound. Once again, the idea behind the show was great, but I think that the gallery of characters and how things either feel dragged on or rushed, depending on the moment, didn’t help Crisis be the show it could have been.

Source: TV Guide.

Source: TV Guide.

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!

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: Believe, Continuum, Crisis, Once Upon A Time, Star-Crossed

Believe 1.05 – White Noise: It was one of my favorite episodes since the show started. I loved seeing so much of the team together, including Channing. The relationship between Tate and Bo continues to become closer. It is interesting to see how alike they can be in certain ways. The group taking refuge in a church completely reminded me of some Highlander moments, and I found it a nice touch. I liked seeing more of Bo drawing and painting and I hope they continue to explore this angle in her precognition gifts. I loved the scene between the future mother and Tate when she tells him that he was the one Bo asked to bring her plus tortoise, Stanley, back to her. It was an extremely acute and lovely moment. Bo being scared of her power and not wanting it anymore in the end of the episode, doubled with her “freeing” Tate were very emotional moments.

Continuum 3.04 – A Minute Changes Everything: This show is so brilliant, and I know that I tend to say that with every single review I post. I found it interesting to bring back Alec’s brother and how Liber8 still inspire some of the youth. It poses important questions about ideas and means. I also like how we still have glimpses of Kiera’s life in the future (i.e. flash back from the future). It gives further insight into her personality and background. I wonder how downward Carlos might spiral given the scene when he goes to speak to the other Kiera’s corpse at the morgue. I think that using Becky as a bait for Liber8 now that they outed her is going to make for an interesting arc development. The scene where both Alec met was mind blowing and I wonder whether they will ever interact again. I still am unsure of how both Alec will end relating to Emily as I’m a bit confused on that matter.

Crisis 1.03 – What Was Done To You: I missed not seeing Meg Fitch (Gillian Anderson) in this episode, but it was a really solid one. I think that showing how far parents can go to get their children back is a brilliant plot idea. I like how Special Agents Finley and Dunn work together and their team evolves, given the short time they have been working together due to this crisis. I still don’t really care about any of the kids who are held hostages. So the less we see them, the better, for me. I want to be more invested in their well being, but I just don’t really manage to. What matters to me in their survival is for their parents. I like Anton though.

Crisis 1.04 – We Were Supposed to Help Each Other: I understand why Dunn wants no one to interfere in her investigation but I still don’t find her such a pleasant character. In that, I like Finley much more, though they make a great team. I wonder how things will go and whether Meg and her company will be able to find more with her resources now that she got access, thanks to the White House, to further documents. I found the whole affair matter regarding Meg’s former collaborator kind of cliché and a bit lame though.

Once Upon A Time 3.15 – Quiet Minds: I love this show and this episode didn’t disappoint! I’m glad that we get to see more of what happened in that missing year. The explanation of the voices and how Gold saved Neal – at least for a while – was very compelling. I also like how we still see how he cares about Belle (just as in the next episode when she tries to reach out to him). Seeing Neal return was one heck of a shock and I definitely cried when he died. I loved seeing Hook help him get on his way. The day that blasted Wicked Witch will meet her fate won’t come soon enough.

Once Upon a Time 3.16 – It’s Not Easy Being Green: The funeral scene was a beautiful and heart wrenching scene. All of them gathered as they were, it really spoke of family. I was very happy to see Tinker Bell in this episode again as she is a great character. I love her discussion/argument with Regina when Tink realizes that Robin is the one with the lion tattoo. Regina’s line “I think I would remember if my mother told me she had a lovechild with the Scarecrow.” was priceless and made my day. The more I watched Regina and Robin banter the more I loved them together. I like how their interaction is so far and it doesn’t feel rushed as it could have been. I also liked Hook taking Henry to his boat and tell him what he could about his father. I like that while Hook has feelings for Emma he still had genuinely taken care of Neal for years in the past and thus cared for him and Henry too due to that. It was interesting to see some of the Wicked Witch’s history but I still don’t like her though she is a great villain. I still am for sure on Team Regina whenever there is a showdown between Zelena and Regina!

Star-Crossed 1.08 – An Old Accustom’d Feast: This show keeps growing on me with every episode. I found it smart that since they had revealed what the biology teacher was really up to, she approached Julia and then forced her into the deal in this episode. It was better than if they had delayed it too long as it adds to the  general web of influences and political games and threats which are at stake. It was great to see the humans invited to the Atrian celebration. I liked how Sophia understood who Emery was because of the star she created for the Atrian kids. It also made a lot of sense that Roman’s and Sophia’s mother didn’t really see well that the humans were invited, especially Emery, though the explanation of why she showed up later on at the gathering worked well. Drake is becoming a more interesting and layered character and I was happy to see that the Atrian returned from the crate was his mother. Their reunion was a very touching moment. The accidental discovery Emery made because of the Atrian device was a clever plot twist too. And I’m glad that the love triangle is over as I don’t like them.

TV Reviews Part 2: Believe, Continuum, Crisis, Intelligence, Once Upon A Time

And here comes the second part of TV reviews. It’s hard to believe I am watching so many shows lately. And I still have others to catch up with, from still airing showss to cancelled/finished ones. It’s a good thing though, because having so many things to follow isn’t always the case.

Believe 1.03 – Origin: I was glad to find out more about Bo’s mother and her ties to Milton and his promise to watch over Bo, always. I like how Bo is set on doing good thanks to her gift and help people, because she isn’t just a boring I’m better than you type of child. She has a fiery temper and stands her ground, but she isn’t perfect. I like how Tate and her are befriending each other little by little and how they can learn from each other. I wonder what their reactions will be when they find out they are actual father and daughter, though I can’t help thinking whether Bo might actually know it in a way. I enjoy discovering things little by little and watching the interactions between the characters a lot in this series.

Continuum 3.02 – Minute Man: My brain is still fried  from this show, but I love how intelligent the show is. It is one of the best Science Fiction television series I have ever seen. Time travel is one tricky topic, but the writers are doing an outstanding job with it. Seeing Liber8 back together makes me think that they will likely cause more trouble as the season goes on, though I also wonder whether there might eventually be an evolution of ties as well, given what happened between Kiera and Garza in the opening episode of this third season. Watching Kiera and Alec deal with the “new” timeline they are in, and also how Kiera has to handle both Alec, is extremely engaging. I was glad that she explained the situation – though likely forced because of her dead other self – to Carlos.

Crisis 1.02 – If You Are Watching This, I Am Dead: I still don’t care for the teenage characters. I know I should, but even as I am sorry for them being kidnapped and held prisoners, I don’t like them nor care for their fates, save for how it would be a tragedy for their parents to lose them in a permanent way. The only one who is different is Anton, that Finley saved. I was glad to see them have a couple of scenes together in this episode. While the script is really solid and the suspense extremely well done, there are very few characters I really am interested in. It’s Secret Services Special Agent Finley and Meg Fitch. These two are the ones that I really care for. Meg’s sister, FBI Special Agent Susie Dunn, has her moments and I don’t dislike her, but I can’t really say I like her either. I am curious to see how Meg’s husband, Noah Fitch will develop, now that he came home and overheard his wife’s discussion with the kidnappers on the phone. The mystery is great in this show and I think that the idea of posing the question of how far parents would go to save their children is a really clever angle.

Intelligence 1.12 – The Event Horizon: This show needs to be renewed. I really hope that it gets at least another season because it is one of my favorite in the ones which started this season. I love the story, I love the characters and the dynamics between them. There is a real team spirit now, as shown so well in this episode when everyone is ready to do anything to prove Gabriel’s innocence and get their job back when they lost them, either by being suspended or being considered fugitives. The scene between Riley and Weatherly, the Director of National Intelligence, was one of her best scenes in the whole season. It was a very powerful one. I loved it. Her dynamic with Gabriel is still developing further. In the scene when Gabriel pulls the seductive card in the virtual render with Mei Chen so the team can locate her, I was hoping and thinking it had to just be him playing her because of how the render and scene looked like a bad Twilight sequence. As for the ending and the dropped bombshell, I can’t wait for the second part of the season finale. I have the feeling this is going to be one crazy ride!

Once Upon A Time 3.14 – The Tower: I still love that show to pieces, and yes, I am aware that I tend to say that after every episode. I like how they continue to have flash backs to the missing year in between scenes in the present. The Wicked Witch is certainly one mean and sneaky enemy. I was glad that David/Charming could face his fears, which I thought made a lot of senses regarding what happened with Emma in the past. I loved Rapuntzel in the episode, and hope we will get to see her again. One character I really miss is Mulan. I hope she returns at least on a semi regular basis. I like seeing Regina team up with Emma, Hook, David to find a way to defeat the Wicked Witch. And I wonder what impact Rumpelstiltskin will have now that he is back from the dead.