I’m finally caught up with episodes from the past two weeks, and find myself with eleven episodes to review. So, I decided to break it into two posts, otherwise this would just be way too huge. I tried to find a way to organize, and ended putting the shows for which I have two episodes to comment on instead of one. It accidentally turns into a CW show review! I didn’t even think about that when I first came up with the order.
The Tomorrow People 1.16 – Superhero: Over the past few weeks, I kept saying that the show has found its pace and was becoming more solid. I confirm with these latest two episodes. The time when I sometimes wondered whether I would keep watching (always to be inspired to do so by the episodes’ ending) seems such a long time ago. I have no problem with shorter seasons if it means the show lasts a few seasons, but I’m nevertheless very happy to be able to enjoy some shows that still last 22 episodes per season like this one. I liked the ‘Scarlet Avenger’ idea developed in this episode and I hope we will see more of them again. It is good to see about other groups of gifted people out there. I was also happy to see more of Russel’s past as he is one of my favorite characters. Can I say I also love the super computer, Tim? I don’t remember if it was in this episode or the following one but when he wants to tell the characters something and they’re sleeping and says “Wake up! I’m not a bloody alarm clock!”, I found it hilarious! Seeing John and Cara back together made me happy. I thought it was interesting that Stephen could find his father’s body so “early”, as I was more or less expecting it to happen in the season finale. I still can’t figure Jedikiah out. He is a fascinating character to me. Oh and the scene when Hillary kisses Stephen? I didn’t see this one coming. I was very much “what the hell?” during it. I think it was also smart to uncover more about her past in this episode.
The Tomorrow People 1.17 – Endgame: It was interesting to see the latest breakout being Cara’s younger sister, Sofie. The reunion between both sisters and how Sofie didn’t want the life of a Tomorrow People added to how everyone can act differently and show how the life of a fugitive is difficult. I admit that while I liked how Cara gave the bracelet to prevent her sister’s powers from manifesting, I wondered how Sofie would justify wearing such a device all the time, especially as a ballet dancer as the costumes don’t really help hiding it. I wish we had seen more of Astrid in the episode, as she is one of my favorite character and always wish she had a more prominent role in the show. Regarding how all hell breaks loose regarding Stephen, Jedikiah and the Founder, I don’t know what to believe. I mean, Jedikiah is a very complex character and no angel, but I don’t like the Founder either. His hurt at the loss of his daughter seemed genuine, but given what he had put her through, it isn’t enough to erase what he did. I was glad to see more about Jedikiah and his brother Roger through the flashbacks. I really don’t know how things are going to go from there. So much can happen in the next five episodes! I’m looking forward to whatever whirlwind happens!
Star-Crossed 1.05 – Dreamers Often Lie: I’m glad that the show continues to focus on the political and societal aspect of the cohabitation and confrontation between humans and Atrians, as well as what happens within each groups because of subfactions. This is what interests me most in the show, though I really do like some of the characters as well, like Julia, Lukas, Sophia and Roman for the most part. I find that Teri is becoming more interesting in the past couple of episodes. I don’t dislike Emery, but she tends to annoy me at times. Finding out that Eljida actually exists so early in the show surprised me, though we didn’t actually see it. While I would have rooted for Lukas and Sophia as a couple, I found it great that Sophia admitted having an interest in someone else, in Taylor. I thought that making a non heterosexual female alien character was a great move though I was surprised that she had a crush on Taylor. I’m curious to see where things might lead given how intricate everybody’s crushes are.
Star-Crossed 1.06 – Stabbed with a White Wench’s Black Eye: It wasn’t my favorite episode. The whole tabloid reporter story bored me and kind of came out of nowhere in my view. The whole love triangle Grayson/Emery/Roman also made me yawn at times, though I loved the scene between Roman and Emery where he tells her he doesn’t have the right to ask her to wait because they can’t be together now. Okay, that scene got me. And how did Roman show up at Emery’s house in plain daylight, out of the sector, when they’re not at school in the last scene when he sees her comforting Grayson? I scratched my head on this one. One thing that I like in the show is that there women are shown in leadership positions, like Gloria Garcia at the high school and being a liaison with the US Government for the Integration project, Vega with the Trags and Grayson’s mother, matriarch of the Red Hawks. I’m also more and more intrigued about Eva Benton, the biology teacher.
The 100 1.01 – Pilot: Just like when I tried Star-Crossed, I didn’t really have big expectations when I checked The 100 pilot. Within ten minutes, I was hooked and I didn’t change my mind after being done with the second episode. The show feels like some mix between The Hunger Games and After Earth, with a zest of LOST. As always, I spotted tons of actors I saw before, but I always find it fun, except when it’s actors I can’t stand, but it wasn’t the case here. I’m happy to see Isaiah Washington in an interesting and important role again. I remembered having seen comments about the diversity in this show, but I also found that they did rather well with cast and characters. I think they also do a good job with information dumping so to speak. I’m far from being that interested in all the younger main cast, but most of the adult one are pretty interesting. I like how there is the dual story between what happens on Earth and what goes on aboard the space station.
The 100 1.02 – Earth Skills: Just like in Star-Crossed, I don’t really care for all the romance part, or possible romance, so it’s secondary to me. I am more interested in the survival part of the story, both on Earth and aboard the space station. I am very curious about what is really going on with the grounders. The scene where Octavia is covered in some kind of blue butterflies totally reminded me of a scene in the movie Avatar. I like Clarke but I like her mother, Abigail, even more, I admit. I think that Abigail Griffin is my favorite grown up character while Wells Jaha, the councilman’s son, is the one for the group of teenager. I like that Abigail was given 10 days to prove that Earth was viable and find more about what is going on with the hundred teenagers sent there. Big stakes like that make sense, especially with a 13 episode season. It gives a little 24 feel with how urgent things are. The show has a pretty decent and interesting start and I hope that it has an even better development with the rest of the season.