RSS

Tag Archives: Television

Castle – S04E15 – “Pandora”

ABC's Castle

Castle – S04E15 – “Pandora”

Castle and Beckett track down a murderer, only to have him calmly disappear from their holding cell. The partners soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy between the CIA, an ex-operative, and an ex-asset. A solid episode with a few fun quirks but basically it’s a rehash of last season’s “Setup” and “Countdown”, right down to the cliffhanger.

Score: 3 of 5

>Spoilers<

The good parts about this episode are:

Castle – S04E15 – “Pandora”

I hope they cleaned the bag...

  • Alexis interning with Laney and Castle is the last to find out. This is going to add a different dynamic to the situation and I hope it’s not a plot line that will be over quickly or forgotten about in later episodes.
  • Beckett’s jealousy of Castle’s CIA ex-flame (Jennifer Beals). The whole set up is very similar to when the show had Dana Delany’s FBI agent but the CIA agent is actually an ex-flame this time and Beckett is more aware of her feelings for Castle.
  • Drop Dead Diva’s Josh Stamberg’s supporting roll as a CIA agent. Of course, this means he’s instantly the number one suspect in my eyes but I’ll forgive him because he does such a wonderful job on Diva.
  • The bags over Castle and Beckett’s head when they go to the CIA headquarters, but probably only made funnier because of Burn Notice’s Michael Weston’s comment: “The worse thing about going to clandestine meetings… they never wash the bag.”

The bad parts about this episode are:

Castle – S04E15 – “Pandora”

Castle is confronted by his ex-flame, a CIA agent.

  • Everything else.
  • We have a plain murder once again and it all leads to a plot to cause some major damage with global repercussions. A federal agency gets involved, heads are butted, but ultimately Castle and Beckett are two steps ahead. Of course, this gets them into trouble. It’s the same plot as “Setup” so much so that at the end of “Setup” Castle and Beckett were trapped in a freezer, at end of “Pandora” they are trapped in a car that’s been plunged into the water.
  • The second part of this episode should hopefully diverge more from “Countdown” (“Setup”’s second part) because you don’t have the same ‘person is being set up to take the fall’ angle going on (or maybe they do, who knows). However, this isn’t going to distract from the point that “Pandora” is too much a direct rehash of “Setup”. Did they not think we’d notice? It’s pretty insulting actually.

And you know what’s worse, we get an episode named after Pandora and it even mentions the myth… yet not a single comment from Castle that Pandora’s box was actually a jar. Castle. I.am.disappoint.

Advertisements
 
1 Comment

Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Television

 

Tags: , , , , ,

Alcatraz – S01E06 – “Paxton Petty”

FOX's Alcatraz

Alcatraz – S01E06 – “Paxton Petty”

This latest episode of Alcatraz opens with a horrific scene of a busy park turning into a war zone. Paxton Petty was a jilted military veteran who played out his grievances via planting mines in public locations. Now he’s back and ready to finish what he started while the audience and our heroes continues to learn more about what happened back in the 1960s. Again, another solid episode that is as interesting as it is annoying.

Score: 3 of 5

>Spoilers<

Alcatraz – S01E06 – “Paxton Petty”

A scene that was must less dramatic/climatic than it should have been.

I’m still trying to figure out what it is that makes this show so dull when it has every right to be awesome. I think it has to do mostly with the actress who plays Rebecca and the style in which it is shot. She’s not a plank, just kind of walks around with a drooped “I’m a quarter from pissed off” look on her face. The show itself is dark and rainy with too many long shots. Normally I hate the hand-cam shaky stuff but Alcatraz needs more cutting, more sense of movement, and a lot more sun, this is freaking San Francisco people, it looks like Vancouver…

Back to “Paxton Petty”, the episode starts out with a bunch of mines going off at the same time in a park. Whoever wrote this scene knows nothing of land mines. The park has been busy for hours until someone just happens to step on one which causes a panic and all the others get set off in the rush to get away from the scene? No. One of those should have been stepped on and gone off way earlier in the day and while a few more might get tripped in the panic, the park wouldn’t be full enough to set them all off. Hey, my dad was a Marine, I think about these things.

Don’t get me started on the Silver Star stuff.

Putting all that aside, it was interesting to see the relationship between Hauser and Banerjee started all the way back in 1960. It definitely puts everything that has been happening since in a different context. Hauser’s character development is more consistent with the “Kit Nelson” episode and this whole sub plot makes things a lot more interesting.

We’ve also been given a closer look at Banerjee’s work style and I’m actually impressed that they didn’t give her a ‘modern slate’, like she’s ahead of the times, as some of these time-travel-flashback shows tend to do. She’s modern for what was modern at the time. And Soto didn’t know about Banerjee’s work on Alcatraz? That makes the first few episodes make more sense since he didn’t immediately recognize her or her name. Why was she kept secret? Could it be because of what I mentioned in my overview of a female psychologist not likely to be found on Alcatraz?

Also, is that a love interest for Soto that I spy? Interesting.

Alcatraz – S01E06 – “Paxton Petty”

Someone should have told him he was wearing a "Red Shirt".

Unfortunately these enticing bits of development don’t distract from the fact that there are two major problems with this episode. For one, the doctor does know about the blood, or at least enough to know to keep his mouth shut, so, again, what has he told Hauser? What has he kept secret? The Doctor has to know something! This possible plot hole is getting more and more annoying.

Secondly, why did the bomb tech try to dismantle the mine? Why didn’t he just send a robot in to blow it up? Seriously? They had enough time to get all the way into cover, he could have backed off as well and been far enough away had it gone off before they could send the robot in. His death was a waste and only an excuse for Hauser to shoot Paxton, though I’m sure the audience figured Hauser already had enough of one without the guy dying.

I was so tempted to give this episode higher marks but that was just too much.

Alcatraz continues to suffer in the ratings, again dropping from the previous episode. At this rate, I don’t think we’ll ever find all the answers because the show won’t last long enough to give them to us.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Television

 

Tags: , , , ,

Eureka producer to create new show, a cross between Eureka and Warehouse 13.

Okay, so Jamie Paglia didn’t exactly say that outright in this news article from Variety but he might as well have. Here is what was wrote:

Rochford, an AFI alum, wrote the pilot about a clandestine organization, known only as “Corporate,” that solves dangerous mysteries caused by science and technology gone awry, topped by an enigmatic leader who operates with a strong moral code and “a very big gun.”

Basically that is Warehouse 13‘s plot only in a hard-scifi setting like Eureka. Of course, tone will have a lot to do with how the show will play out, if it has the zippy-ness of Eureka or the flat drama of Alphas or the grim emo-ness of BSG.

Either way, I’m not sure this show could fill the hole left by Eureka‘s cancellation. I’ll give it a fair shot, as I do most shows, but consider my expectations low.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Blog, Television

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

FOX Cancels House, and I’m okay with that.

FOX's House

Word has come down from the powers that be that Hugh Laurie’s Medical!Sherlock drama House is coming to an end at the close of this, its eighth season. It comes as no surprise as Hugh Laurie’s contract was up the end of the season, they already lost Lisa Edelstein, Olivia Wilde and several others, as well the show is suffering middling ratings.

The cast of House on FOX

The cast of House on FOX

I was actually just debating if I should start reviews of House as it’s one of the shows I watch but I kept shrugging it off. For one, the technical babble always tends to get muddled up for me, I can’t keep it straight afterwards. I just know that the same formula of ‘the first two diagnoses are wrong, patient almost dies, House has an ah-ha! moment, patient saved’ is played every week and I can figure it out from there.

While House never quite jumped the shark, it just stopped being as engaging as it once was. It put on a good face by sending him to rehab, having him crash his car into Huddy’s house, etc, but everything in between was simply filler.

I’m glad to see it go peacefully into the night instead of lagging on for another year or so to finally find that shark to jump. There are some great actors on the series and I hope that they can continue on into new roles, House isn’t exactly a major stereotyping style show (unlike SciFi).

The only question I have is… are they going to end House properly? There is still time to shoot a finale, a proper finale. Let’s hope because as I say, the finale makes the show. Eight years folks, let’s hope it was worth it.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Blog, Television

 

Tags: , , ,

Alcatraz – S01E05 – “Guy Hastings”

FOX's Alcatraz

Alcatraz – S01E05 – “Guy Hastings”

Alcatraz releases its first guard, Guy Hastings, a good man who believes he’s lost everything. Like the others he’s after a key, only this time it’s a key our heroes would never expect. A long-arc driving episode that gives us plenty to think about but is otherwise dull.

Score: 3 of 5

>Spoilers<

This was an episode of firsts so you would think it should be more interesting than the last two, right? Yeah, not so much.

 

Alcatraz – S01E05 – “Guy Hastings”

Guy Hastings and Ray Archer in 1960

We get our first guard but instead of having the episode center around him, he’s got almost nothing to do with the plot except be a side/supporting character who in any other show might not even be given a first name. Instead, “Guy Hastings” is all about Tommy Madsen, who turns out to be brothers with Ray Archer, Rebecca’s pseudo-uncle though apparently he’s her real uncle. This isn’t quite as Earth-shattering as I expect the writers hoped it would be. Oh, and apparently Ray knew about Madsen’s return but out of brotherly love won’t help Hauser or anyone else find him, so long as he leaves Rebecca alone?

It’s all a bit convoluted and that can work to great effect, but it’s not here. Despite the want for the show to be mysterious and such, it’s all too neat and tidy, not in the “something is wrong here” trope, but literally in the way it’s presented. The story isn’t so much cliché but reasonable. It’s like the writers were shooting for the stars and settled for the Chrysler building.

“Guy Hastings” is also a large info dump for the overall plot and while that can be appreciative, it can also be disappointing. It’s too soon. I know they don’t want to lose people by taking too long but at the same time you won’t want to move too fast.

Alcatraz – S01E05 – “Guy Hastings”

Rebbeca talks to Ray about her dad.

Here is what we learned:

  • Madsen is the key to all this and Hauser knows it. Madsen has gone rogue from the people who took the 63 and they aren’t happy. Now we have the kidnappers and Madsen’s end-games to wonder about.
  • The blood is definitely they key. However, how could the doctor not know what’s going on? I don’t think we’ve seen him physically taking the blood himself but he has been around while it’s being done, surely he’d ask what the deal is? Seeing as he’s returned and working with Hauser who is none the wiser I guess he didn’t. Unless Hauser is hiding some vital information from Rebecca?
  • The guards who were taken were lied to. Which brings up the question, how did the kidnappers manage to snag the blood from the guards, doctor (again, why didn’t he catch on to something going down?), etc, without them getting curious? How would they know who would be on the island at the time of disappearance or did they just take everyone’s to make sure they had some for whoever was there?
  • The guards were talked to so there was some lag time between disappearance till them being put ‘in stasis’. I say stasis because the evidence at hand leans more towards that explanation of what happened. Makes sense from what the guard says.
  • The people in the other room that Hauser visited aren’t a one off. Looks like the writers thought the same thing, how could there only be two people working on this case?
  • Hauser has a soft spot for the guards which isn’t surprising, but again, his characterization is all over the place.

Still, overall it’s a solid episode it just don’t have any real punch. Everything that feels like it should be gasp-worthy just falls flat. Like the previous episode, the show has every right to be perfectly awesome but settles for perfectly adequate. The show only posted a 2.3, down from 2.8 the previous week and 3.0 the week before (visit http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/ for ratings information). It’s a steady decline and I’m not too surprised. They really need to step up their game on the next episode, or the fact that this doesn’t seem like an FX-heavy show might be the only thing that helps it limp into a second season.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Television

 

Tags: , , ,

Fringe – S04E11 – “Making Angels”

FOX's Fringe

Fringe – S04E11 – “Making Angels”

Altrid crosses over so she could meet her alternate and Bolivia comes to fetch her because no one can believe Altrid is doing anything malicious. Walter has to face his hatred of Bolivia as well as his feelings for Peter while a man runs around killing individuals who will either die miserably or ruin the lives of others. Some wonderful interactions don’t save this episode from the fact it’s another precog story line and a dull one at that.

Score: 3 of 5

>Score<

Fringe – S04E11 – “Making Angels”

Astrid meets her alternate.

Altrid crosses into our universe just as a man predicts what will happen to a cancer patient and literally saves him the trouble of dying a slow, painful death. My initial thoughts were that this was going to be a case of statistical game theory where the villain of the week was able to predict what was happening and somehow Altrid stumbled across the statistical improbabilities and took it upon herself to do something about it. That would have made this episode so much more interesting.

Instead, Altrid’s father had died and she couldn’t quite cope so she went to her alternate who is ‘normal’ to try to understand if her father loved her even though she was ‘different’. Great touch with Astrid’s scream at seeing her alternate, as Olivia put it, why don’t people do that more often? Walter shows his softer, fatherly side, being kinder to the autistic Altrid and calling her by her real name. Though, we all know he keeps messing with Astrid’s name as a sign of affection.

Bolivia crosses over to fetch Altrid and ends up being stuck there until the case of the mercy killer and is solved since Altrid comes in handy at these kinds of things. Wonderful interactions between Bolivia and Walter as he calls her a Mata Hari viper woman. Bolivia is able to eventually win Walter over to at least neutral respect. Bolivia also gets Olivia thinking about Peter, he is a fine looking, intelligent, strong specimen of a man. Okay, she didn’t really say that but we’re all thinking it.

Speaking of Peter, as in the last episode he doesn’t have much to do except stand around as window dressing. There is a moment where he is literally seconds ahead of Walter in what to do regarding the case and this riles up Walter. Altrid is very astute, nothing that Walter loves Peter, or at least loves him as much as he would want to love his son should he have survived. Peter does have an effect on the people around him, but he doesn’t show any more signs of not wanting to leave.

Fringe – S04E11 – “Making Angels”

Observers communication device.

Also, the Observers are given a bit more transparency. They have communicators which I’m sure someone out there is feverously trying to decipher but not me, cause I can’t make heads or tails of it. Our favorite Observer, September, is obviously the rogue of the bunch in any universe. He’s lied to the others, again. How could they not have noticed Peter was back? And not sure I like the idea of giving them technology to explain their Observer-ness. Will have to see where they go with this.

Lastly, Peter and Olivia knew about the rod… yet they didn’t think to check the house for it and find the quite obvious safe? Fail.

The episode has some nice character development but the sub-par story line relegates this latest Fringe to blah-ville. Important to watch for the details but overall not worth rewatching.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Television

 

Tags: , ,

CSI – S12E12 – “Willows in the Wind”

CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI – S12E12 – “Willows in the Wind”

Spoilers from previous episodes.

After being shot and chased, Catherine and D.B. are on the run from an elite assassin team whose motives remain murky. Finding help from some unlikely friends, Catherine and the team are able to sort out fact from fiction, but is the truth really what she wants to hear? Given an offer she could refuse, Catherine Willows has to decide if she’s going to leave the Las Vegas Crime Lab behind.

Score: 3 of 5

>Spoilers<

CSI – S12E12 – “Willows in the Wind”

Catherine gets emotional as she says goodbye.

CSI is a show I rarely watch first run because there is always something I’d rather watch, usually a show on USA or SyFy. While CSI has some arcs, it’s not a long arc show and almost every episode is a Villain of the Week style making it the perfect pickup series. I catch episodes during the off times when other shows are on breaks and CSI is re-airing on about six other channels. Although, I did catch up with “Willows in the Wind” via the CBS website because I was a bit more interested in this episode than others.

Catherine Willows is probably my second favorite character after Nick Stokes so I was interested in seeing how they were going to send her off.

Dummy me didn’t pay attention and didn’t watch the first half of this two-part episode but the catch up was more than enough to figure out what was going on. Mostly I needed to know that Catherine had been shot and is on the run with D.B. after she was working on a case involving an old friend of hers.

The whole of this episode was typical CSI fare with a bit of a greatest hits vibe but that is to be expected when a character is leaving, especially one that’s been there twelve years. Perhaps kudos that they didn’t go overboard but for the most part it was a ‘nothing special’ episode. The last ten minutes is where it was all going to be and what everyone was waiting for anyway, Catherine’s goodbye, and boy was it a bit dodgy.

I’d seen enough of the twelfth season (first eight episodes) to know that they had been playing the demotion card a lot to give her a reason for leaving. Then there was the ‘daughter moved out, empty nest syndrome’ as well. All this is valid characterization for her leaving but the whole scene was poorly executed.

  • CSI – S12E12 – “Willows in the Wind”
    Cathrine says goodbye to her team.

    Catherine is told by FBI she could have a future in the FBI, okay, sure.

  • Catherine sees her ex-friend and has a soul searching moment, good.
  • Catherine turns around and quits, effectively immediately. Erm, what? She hasn’t even had time to fill out and application let alone go through all the red-tape it takes to get accepted into the FBI academy. And what’s all this effective immediately crap? Why is it people in tv shows can just quit while if I tried that I’d lose my last paycheck and get a bad reference?
  • Catherine then gives a speech extolling the virtues of the CSI team, they are so great, family, blah blah, but doesn’t really say why she’s leaving other than she wants to move on. She touches on this at the beginning but her over-emotional speech practically cancels out everything she just said. Not the worse goodbye speech ever but it definitely leaves you scratching your head. If she loves them so much and has no real reason to leave except she’s pissed and bored then wha..??

At least they didn’t kill her off meaning she can pop up later as a guest star but at the same time I don’t think I want her back after the attitude in which she left. Not quite as bad as Padme’s death scene but it did feel like a major F-U moment. Or, who knows, maybe that is what they were going for in the first place?

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Television

 

Tags: , , ,