Posts Tagged ‘CBS’

Review – Person of Interest – Pilot (S01Ep01)

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Yes, you are being watched so don't go out in ugg boots, m'ok?

Scenario:
Post 9/11 the world changed. We are all now watched by CC TV, and tracked in our day to day lives. What if the patterns of our day to day lives gave away more than just suspected terrorism plots?

Pluses:
Jim Caviezel (though apparently he calls himself James now).
Michael Emerson.
Interesting concept.
Nice fight scenes.
Leg shots!
Love the cutaways – very uncomfortable.

Minuses:
Writing didn’t really build suspense.
Found it hard to get into it till about 20 mins.
Had trouble being empathetic to the characters.
Not sure I like the whole “cop trying to find the truth” arc – been there done that a gazabillion times. Given the premise it could have been a lot more interesting and menacing.
Discussed but didn’t address the loss of human rights to gain “freedom.”
Think it is going to be very formulaic.
No female lead.

For a pilot, it wasn’t bad – but it wasn’t great. It told me what was happening, what to expect from week to in way of episodes. It is enough to have me coming back for a few more weeks to see what happens, but not convinced yet.

#twoandahalfwaitingtobeimpressedpandas

Review – Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior – Two of a Kind (S01Ep01)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I am going to shoot my agent for convincing me to do this gig.

Synopsis:
This is a spin off from the hit show Criminal Minds. It follows a Red Team of the FBI who focus on profiling criminals and seem to be able to work outside normal boundaries as they report only to the Director of the FBI. They all have backstories which will impact the way they approach the cases.

This week:
A 8 year old white girl from an affluent Chicago neighbourhood is abducted. The team are sent there by Toby Zeigler (Richard Schiff) to find the little girl, only to hear of an 8 year old black girl from the bad side of town was taken a week or so ago… could there possibly be a connection?

Pluses:
Great cast – Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo and more.
Richard Schiff as the Director.

Minuses:
Could it be any more cookie cutter?
Makes a procedural drama seems ground breaking.
So obvious plot.
Why is there a Brit in the FBI?
The Garcia character is a stereotype of a tv stereotype.
Last scene was just an insult to the viewer.

I hadn’t watched Criminal Minds for some time, but given the cast, was interested in giving it a go. I won’t be back.

#twodisappointedpandas

Review – Hawaii Five-0 – E Malama (S01Ep16)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Sorry honey, I can't talk now, a vicious creature from outer space is killing my team.

This week:
Danny’s family is put at risk and a witness fights for her life when a hit is put out on her. McGarrett gets his Arnie on. Kono gets to kick some butt again.

Pluses:
Kono flying solo and putting the pieces together.
Danny stepping through his dislike of his ex-wife’s new husband.
Some great throw away lines in the Danny story line.
Lots of stupid police work! (it is one of the reasons I love it)
No product placement.

Minuses:
The barefooted witness was wearing visible Five Fingers.
If you are trying to keep someone alive, wouldn’t you give them your bullet proof vest, especially if they are going to sit on the bike behind you and get shot at?

This wasn’t a good week for Hawaii Five-0 Bingo, and apart from Predator homage/ripoff, it was a fun episode. I am not sure which way Chin-Ho Kelly is supposed to go though. One week he is tech guy, then he is action hero… maybe in Hawaii you can do both!

This week’s title E Malama means “to protect” which ties in nicely with the themes.

#threepanoramalovingpandas

PS.  Looks like I forgot to watch last week’s show. A tsunami expert got kidnapped… just another day in Hawaii – though I wonder how the international crime syndicates could be behind it.

Review – Hawaii Five-0 – He Kane Hewa’ole (S01Ep14)

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

No Chin, I have to wear these cargo pants every episode. I think because we are sponsored by Banana Republic. I still look bad arse right?

This week:
Father / Son issues hit home for McGarrett. A head without a body leads the Five-0 on a merry chase looking for the murderer, the body, and the missing wife. Chin was more than a suspected dirty cop. Kono holds grudges and beats herself up. The day is saved, lives are changed and we get a life lesson in immigration.

Pluses:
The running CHiPS gag – really added to the episode and the dynamics.
Development of the relationships of McGarrett and Danny.
Character backstory for Chin – interesting dynamic with Kono and part of Chin’s past.

Minuses:
Tad too schmaltzy at the end, but that is getting pretty stock standard for the show.
No “Book him, Danno” in the show.
No Hawaii Five-0 Bingo – yes there was a dead body, but no-one got their kit off this week.
Way bit obvious with the clues.
The twists were miss-timed and really didn’t add to the story.
Felt like I was watching Blue’s Clues.

It isn’t often I am left a little off after Hawaii Five-0. If it hadn’t been for the CHiPS gag, this show would have left me rather cold. Very weak episode for this normally highly enjoyable romp of a show.
By the way, this week’s ep “He Kane Hewa’ole” means “an innocent man” which ties in with just how obvious everything was in this episode.

#twoPonchpandas

Review – Human Target – A Problem Like Maria (S02Ep07)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Really Ames? You didn't pack a change of clothes and now you have to go into a dangerous situation in a ball gown and stilettos? There is a lesson here.

This week:
A flame from Chance’s past comes back. Cross, double cross, triple cross. Ilsa is pissed. The cost of being Christopher Chance.

Pluses:
The opening bar scene was just brilliant.
Guerrero and Winston agreeing again (I think that makes 3 times).
Not about nuns as I thought from the title.
Ames gets to dress up.
Ilsa has puppies, kittens and a menagerie of animals – she is that pissed off.
Ames and Guerrero buddy “cop.”
The rocket launcher scene. Best Winston moment yet.
Guerrero and Maria interaction.
Nothing goes to plan (as usual).
Ames catching herself, but not in time (this will have consequences in the next ep).

Minuses:
The toast distraction.
Helicopter scene.
Was there no change of clothes on the plane?

For an ep where everything that can possibly go wrong, goes wrong (even more than usual) this was a hoot. I had a couple of laugh out loud moments, and only a couple of groans (Ames not getting changed was one) and the helicopter fight was the other. Other than those real urgh moments, it was a hoot!

#fourinapropriatelydressedpandas

Review – Human Target – The Other Side of the Mall (S02Ep06)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I have my shooting glasses on, can I shoot my way out of this Mall Hell?

This week:
Christmas episode! The team descends into Hell – The suburbs at Christmas. Each team member has their own client, as they try and work out who is being targeted and why. Santa is bad arse, geeky kid gets cool. Chance still hates Christmas.

Pluses:
It was SO much fun to see the team try and deal with Christmas for regular people.
Chance unable to deal with bickering.
Chance as an office temp.
Awesome editing.
Ames giving relationship advice.
Winston and the book club.
The final mall scene.
Backstory for Chance and Ilsa.

Minuses:
Not much!
Couple of cheesy lines.
The real reason for the hit was a bit soft.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this episode. This team operates apart from our normal lives, so seeing them thrown into a “normal life” was just brilliant. It was the classic fish out of water scenario but they did it so well.

#fourchristmashatingpandas

Review – Human Target – Dead Head (S02Ep05)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I could still be a nice guy... couldn't I?

This week:
A paranoid client gets himself partially blown up and suffers from amnesia. The team have to work out who he is and why someone wants him dead all while trying to keep him alive from the people trying to kill him.

Pluses:
Always a pleasure to see Broadway star Roger Bart on the box.
Nice variation on the usual “save the client of the week.”
JD’s distraught that he may not be a nice man.
Ames got a lot of screen time.
The Guerrero paycheck arc.
Guerrero rescuing Ilsa.
Treasury paper.
Back story to Winston.

Minuses:
Chi McBride played Emerson Cod again this week.
Boring backstory of Winston.

I really enjoyed this episode. When it first started and we met JD, I really wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I love Roger Bart’s work, but couldn’t get into his character. It all pulled together very well with some classic Guerrero moments.

#fouramnesiacpandas

Review – Human Target – The Return of Baptiste (S01Ep04)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Your rules are Pants, Junior.

This week:
A friend of Ilsa’s is being held captive by a South American drug cartel. Ilsa tries to save her friend, can’t so asks Chance and the team to help. The only way to get her out is to use Baptiste. What follows is a great romp through ego vs ego and some great set shoot out pieces.

Pluses:
Always a pleasure to see the fantastic as Baptiste (my favourite character) played by Lennie James.
LMAO Cameron Daddo!
Baptiste and Chance buddy “cop.”
Cantina ego off.
Guerrero and Winston interactions.
Norma Jean.
“So, how is the rescue going?”
The watch.

Minuses:
Ilsa Pucci couldn’t hit on a dead horse with a huge stick.
Really? That much tech?
So Susan doesn’t wear socks with her boots, huh? Dirty girl!
Saw the double cross coming on the plane.

Again, a great adventure romp. It was fun to see Ilsa try and be cool, when she is not. Not nearly enough Guerrero for my liking, but seeing Baptiste again was so much fun. I can’t wait to see him again.

#threeandahalfwatchlovingpandas

Review – Human Target – Taking Ames (S02Ep03)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I poured olive oil over myself and crawled through ventilation shafts today, you?

This week:
Ames’ past comes back to bite her in the butt. Chance becomes a bad guy. Ilsa has kittens and puppies. Group hug.

Pluses:
Nice background into Ames.
The changing dynamic of family.
The team spying on Ames.
Guerrero supporting Ames.
Chicago (Mike Dupod of SGU)
Great banter.

Minuses:
Do we really need Ames to show that much skin?
Those diamonds were pretty easy to get to.
Ilsa is annoying as all heck.
Way too much tech in the office.

This was one of those episodes where you take your belief and send it outside to play with the kids next door. Even within the realms of Human Target Believability it was a bit thin. That said, the positives far outweighed the negatives and I did enjoy watching this ep to see how the mess, and then bigger mess, would turn out.

#threeandahalfoileduppandas

Review – Hawaii Five-0 – Ke Kinohi (S01Ep13)

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

You can tell just how bad arse I am by my fierce pink hair extension, biatch!

First up – let me say that I know I am way behind in reviews – I do plan to catch up, maybe with a multi-ep review.

This week:
McGarrett’s little sis (Mary Ann) has been kidnapped and it ties back into the Champ case left to McGarrett with his dad’s last few words. Corruption goes very high in Hawaii it seems. Motorcycles, the Yakuza and golf.

Pluses:
Good use of tension.
The ep wasn’t all about getting Mary Ann back.
McGarrett goes all Ninja-Seal for the episode.
Nice background development on McGarrett.
Danny still has the best lines.
There was actually some acting this week.
Solved the recent mystery of McGarrett’s mum’s murder.
Opened new mini-arcs for team to solve instead of case of the week.

Minuses:
A bike up the stairs into a building with Yakuza who would all be packing guns? Sure.
Let’s kidnap you but leave you your phone.
Not much Chin or Kono.
Just how many international crime syndicates operate in Hawaii?
Shoot out on the beach.
People relaxing on the beach not 20m from uncovered dead body while police work on it.

This episode had all the things I love about Hawaii Five-0 plus all the things I love to being so bad – bad policing, stupid plot devices, obvious twists and turns, the twee use of island language or terms, and insanely beautiful panoramic shots. For all its faults, they are ones within the “Hawaii Five-0 Believability Universe” so it is OK.

Oh – I forgot to say that this episode’s title “Ke Kinohi” means a new beginning, which tied in very nicely to the episode.

#threeandahalfpandas