Posts Tagged ‘awesome’

Review – Fringe – Bloodline (S03Ep18)

Monday, March 28th, 2011

 

Oh Seth, your hair is much better in Other There.

This week:
We are back in the Red, and pick up on Fauxlivia’s pregnancy. All is not well for Fauxlivia – she thinks she is being followed and her fellow Fringe Division Agents thinks that they don’t really know what is going on. Add to this a disease from Over There plus an abduction and the scene is set.

Pluses:
No waiting around for this story arc.
Not your usual case of the week.
Great development and use of Seth Gabel’s Lee.
Always nice to see Charlie Francis alive and well.
Hi there Fauxlivia’s mum.
Oh Walternate it was obvious but I feel you let me down.
Torv totally got me – and I am admit I cried.
Lee’s declaration.
Francis and Lee’s final moments.
Henry, our favourite cabbie, is back.

Minuses:
Didn’t feel that sense of urgency about Fauxlivia’s situations.
The twist was telegraphed a little too strongly.
Since when are the Observers so obvious?

After a very weak episode with Os and then a solid episode last week with Stowaway, we are back in the Fringe heartland of great TV. Oh and the title of the final episode has been released – OMG – but I won’t say anything here.

#fourandahalfredpandas

Review – Community – Critical Film Studies (S02Ep19)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Heading back, on the track, for a little green bag.

This week:
It is Abed’s birthday, so Jeff arranges an awesome Pulp Fiction party for him. Unbeknownst to Jeff, Abed has his own plans – to have a proper sit down dinner with real conversation.

Pluses:
OMG Abed’s sweater! (This plus the voiceover was an instant tell to the movie they were taking on this week)
The gang’s Pulp fiction outfits.
Troy and the suitcase.
Dany Pudi’s acting.
Jeff’s voice over.
So amazingly funny.
Jeff backstory.
Britta character development.
Not too much Pearce.
Cougar Town (say it in a breathy way).

Minuses:
Little too much Chang (not my favourite character).

With homages to two movie classics as well as the running Cougar Town story line, this episode was up there with the best. The story within a story within a story within a story. Classic. I don’t want to say much more because it will give it away, but if you have seen the major movie this episode hangs on (not Pulp Fiction) you will love every single second of this week’s Community, and probably will love it anyway.

In fantastic recent (since I last blogged about Community) it has been renewed for a third season. It is so nice to see a smart comedy finally accepted and not left hanging with a reasonably early renewal.

#fourandahalfsweatercladpandas

Review – Fringe – Subject 13 (S03Ep15)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Recorded on Doctor Walter's handy Beta Max.

1985 Fringe Opening Credits HD

This week:
We go back in time to 1985, 6 months after Peter was taken from Over There. We see life in both universes, how both families deal with the grief, and how Peter is dealing with that knowledge.

Pluses:
OMG So that is how Walternate knows!
Peter and the city below the lake.
What made Walternate.
Why Walter was using the Cortexiphan kids.
A field of white tulips.
Crossing over and seeing sky ships.
Orla Brady is once again outstanding as Elizabeth Bishop (in both worlds).
John Nobel plays the same character, the same person but different so well.
Peter and Olivia (the two child actors were amazing).
Peter’s choice of a toy. I wonder if that is because he wants to go home.
BSG – though I remember BSG as before 1985.
Rubic’s Cube.
Space Shuttles.
Star Wars.
Elizabeth’s lies – heart breaking.
How far Walter was willing to go.
Peter being so careful in his words to Olivia.

Minuses:
Why didn’t Peter remember?
Some of the attention to detail was off, but that didn’t detract for me at all.

After an iffy episode last week that didn’t leave me inspired to blog at all, this one took my breath away. The Peter development. The greater understanding of early Olivia (not just what happens at the clinic). Amazing.

#fiveretropandas

Review – The Chicago Code – Gillis, Chase & Baby Face (S01Ep03)

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

 

I am just going to sip my coffee while I try and not outsmart myself.

This week:
Wysocki and Evers are on the hunt for armed bank robbers. Colvin’s actions put Wysocki and Evers in danger. Organised crime go all passive aggressive. Colvin goes gunning for Gibbons via the Irish Mob.

Pluses:
Holy twists and turns, Batman.
The two major stories this week really complimented each other with great cross over.
The depths of corruption.
Play and double play.
100% engaging.
Wysocki vs Moosekian.
Outstanding writing.

Minuses:
I was disappointed in Wysocki’s niece’s choice but understand the peer thing, but still given her background I thought it unlikely.

The Chicago Code is far and away my favourite show on TV right now. Its intelligent writing and story arcs, incredible acting and brilliant delivery makes this show my #1 on the watch list. Make it yours too. The Chicago Code is on USiTunes.

#fourandahalfoutstandingpandas

Review – Community – Intro to Political Science (S02Ep17)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

This may be my sister's outfit, but do you think these shorts make me look fat, Annie?

This week:
Progressive yet folksy Joe Biden is coming to Greendale to meet the Dean and the student council. With no student council, elections have to be held immediately. What could possibly go wrong?

Pluses:
Abed action (as much as Abed can).
Secret Service.
Jeff’s total domination of the debate without saying a thing.
Annie’s AV presentation. I laughed so hard I almost cried.
Greendale CCTV – loved their ticker too.
Key marks (Had me laughing before the credits).
The Dean’s sister.
Pierce wasn’t nearly as annoying as usual.

Minuses:
POP POP.

I loved this episode on so many levels. Abed and the Secret Service interactions were just glorious. Annie and Jeff’s interactions. Pierce’s motivations… all gold. Such a strong show, and this episode was great.

#fourandahalfsouthparkpandas

Review – Being Human (UK) – The Longest Day (S03Ep05)

Friday, February 25th, 2011

No funny caption - this scene touched my heart.

This week:
George gets a shock when Herrick turns up in the psych ward of the hospital, and he is a vampire again. Mitchell shows his true colours while desperate to keep his secret hidden. Nina steps up, George gives an ultimatum and Annie hovers.

Pluses:
Where to start!!!
Jason Watkins’ Herrick was magnificent. Fragile, evil, lost yet in control.
George standing up to Mitchell.
Wendy the over worked Social Worker.
Annie getting her compassion on.
George’s fears and Herrick’s response.
Nina’s reaction to what Herrick finds and Herrick’s manipulation of the event.
Annie and Mitchell (both very powerful scenes).
Comedy, darkness, pain, loss, fear – it was all there in spades.
Cara’s misguided beliefs.

Minuses:
Nothing.
Every word, every nuance – perfect.

 

 

 

#mysecondfivepandasever

Review – The Chicago Code – Hog Butcher (S01Ep02)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Guessing these aren't to refill your pez.

This week:
Emotional, physical and political fall out from the death of Colvin’s driver. Isaac and Vonda decide to shine while the rest of the force are searching for the Cop Killer.

Pluses:
Really interesting to see how the force focused on finding the shooter.
Great red herrings – I totally fell for the last one.
Interesting dynamic between Colvin and Wysocki.
That scene at the end just ups the anti something shocking.
Nice development for Vonda and Isaac – be interesting to see how that now flows into the major arc.
Looking forward to seeing more of Moosekian.
Wysocki has fast become the most interesting cop on the box.

Minuses:
Felt it unusual that Hennessey would call – but Wysocki broached that.
Will the bad blood to Colvin continue to hinder her attempts to clean up the city? Not sure they can keep pushing that.
Still not convinced on the voiceovers but they are good at driving the story forward very fast.

This was a great episode. After such a strong first ep/pilot I was ready for a slightly less strong second episode. If anything, this dragged me deeper into the story. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

#fourbadgedstars

Review – Episodes – Episode Five (S01Ep05)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

No really, who have you got to play Lyman?

This week:
LeBlanc, Sean and the plastic surgery queen, Morning, head to a Rape Benefit. Beverly gets jealous and her and Carol share some secrets.

Pluses:
Beverly in the final shot – fantastic acting.
Character development of Sean – not the Morning arc, but why Beverly doesn’t trust him.
Carol almost genuine.
Even when you are enjoying/tolerating success, someone is more successful.
Some great throw away lines regarding the Rape Benefit – Including the Rape Goodie Bag.
Male thinking.

Minuses:
Would like to see more of Tommy (?), their old assistant.

This episode showed us exactly why Beverly was leaving Sean in the pilot. Even though it was done with humour, the pain was evident. Great episode.

#fourandahalfpandasinthedark

PS. I have just seen Episode Six and it was brilliant! The “next week” section looks even better!

Review – Being Human – Type 4 (S03Ep03)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hi Honey, I am home! I may be a bit whiffy though as decomp is well underway.

This week:
The best of intentions have unforeseen consequences. What makes us human? Zombie heartache. Mitchell tries to come to grips with his emotions and past in regards to Annie while controlling a Mitchell Vampire Fan Boy.

Pluses:
Graham idolising Mitchell and copying his life.
Sasha’s emotional journey.
Learning through death.
Nina’s news for George – that is going to be one interesting storyline.
Annie’s fixation.
Sasha not accepting and trying to live her old life.
People are right bastards.

Minuses:
I thought the end of the Graham story wasn’t on point (no pun intended).
Could have been more jokes with Graham.

What really made me love this episode was how it was about “becoming” for all characters, including the guest stars. I was amazed how my empathy was generated for the highly annoying Sasha – fantastic acting and character growth.

#fourandahalfundeadpandas

Review – The Chicago Code – Pilot (S01Ep01)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

In case you didn't know, I kick butt, take names and clean up this city before I finish my breakfast bagel.

Synopsis:
After a life of witnessing the impact of bribery in her home town of Chicago, Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals – yes the Flashdance chick) becomes Police Commissioner, and is going to clean up the city – from corrupt politicians to street thugs. With ex-partner (and rule breaker) Jarek Wysocki (Australia’s Jason Clarke – Rabbit-Proof Fence, Farscape, Home and Away and Brotherhood to name just a few) by her side – they will break the unwritten law behind the law.

Pluses:
Amazing character development without dumbing down.
Great peak behind the corridors of power and what it costs to stay there.
Ambition.
Great supporting cast – not an off beat.
Interesting family/relationship dynamics.

Minuses:
Not sure I really liked the voice overs, but the one that is cut short is just so powerful.

I must admit I wasn’t interested in this show at all – I thought it was yet another un-needed police procedural. Jace from The Daily Beast and Televisionary set me straight, so I followed his advice and watched. I am pleased I did, as it makes Blue Bloods lack real depth.

TEN is showing Blue Bloods, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they picked up The Chicago Code as well – they have a lot of police drama.

#fourandahalfreallyimpressedpandas