Posts Tagged ‘CW’

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The Dinner Guest (S02Ep15)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

 

Oh Katherine. Sex as a weapon? Isn't that just a little passe?

This week:
Elena and Stefan are still at the lake house, reading the half mad diaries on Jonathan Gilbert. Rick and Damon, using John’s gift and some information from Katherine, decide to kill Elijah during a dinner party. What could possibly go wrong?

Pluses:
Rick and John doing virtual penis waving over Jenna and Isobel.
How many times have they tried to kill Elijah now?
Double cross.
John sowing seeds of doubt for Jenna.
Rick being honest (as much as he can) for Jenna.

Minuses:
Elena has here whinge pants on again.
Stefan backstory – mega yawn.
Jeremy and Bonnie (I seriously dislike that character).
Bonnie’s acting whens he loses something important.

This wasn’t a great episode. While watching I thought there was too much going on, but then I realised nothing really happened, other than the great double cross at the end (which got me totally by surprise).

#twoandahalfaveragepandas

Review – Nikita – Alexandra (S01Ep15)

Friday, February 25th, 2011

All this pollution will be yours one day, little Alexandra.

This week:
We get a bird’s eye view into Alex’s past and understand in more detail how she ended up in America, and why. Her past catches up to her while on a “date” mission for Division. Michael and Nikita both searching for her, team up to find her.

Pluses:
This episode was disturbing on a lot of levels.
Female exploitation, while stylised, was still well represented.
Lyndsy Fonseca proved her acting chops.
Michael and Nikita buddies again (for now).
Nikita as a towel girl.
Great hand to hand fight scenes.
Alex taking control – that scene brilliant.
The editing and writing. This episode was tight – and drove the tension ever forward.

Minuses:
Oh please? That scene with Amanda at the end is just a bit lame (though I understand it sets us up for the upcoming episode).

While not driving the overall arc of the season, or in that matter, the show forward, the development of Alex as well as a semi-truce between Michael and Nikita, was worth the price of admission for this week’s episode. Given Alex’s past, it does surprise me just how well she “copes.”

This was far and away one of the best episodes to date.

#fourandahalfspyingpandas

PS. Shedding for the Wedding – that is a TV show? Jeez they must be getting desperate for reality shows these days.

Review – Nikita – The Next Seduction (S01Ep14)

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Now I have taken off my ugly wig and dropped the fake accent, do you still think I am hot? Remember, I am holding the gun.

This week:
An old job from Nikita’s past get’s a revisit. Ryan and Nikita bond. Michael tries to cockblock Nathan. Gogol is sniffing around. Nikita reassesses her choices and advice.

Pluses:
Was very fun watching the Ryan and Nikita relationship developing.
The interactions between Alex and Nathan.
The switch in Nikita with Voss.
Michael’s annoyance that Nikita has had to interact with Voss again.
Ryan trying to stop the plane.
Switch and double cross.
More Noah Bean.

Minuses:
A few minutes of looping weren’t completed.
Nikita’s set up of Gogol was a bit lame and very fake. Are they that stupid they didn’t realise it was a trap?
Nikita in an short wig isn’t nearly as hot as she normally is

This episode took us on a journey into the world that Nikita managed to escape, more depth into the Michael and Nikita relationship as well as the fact there is still hope. Not sure what is happening with the Black Boxes, and Gogol seems a little inept. So while it was fun, it didn’t get us where we want to go in the overall arc, though the character development was interesting.

#threesexypandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – Crying Wolf (S02Ep14)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

At the lake house I will ponder the big questions. Like, why I am such a whining annoying character?

This week:
Elena wants to get away from all the craziness in her life. The werewolves want some payback and the moonstone. Jeremy finally gets the girl. Tyler man’s up.

Pluses:
Tyler’s speech to Matt.
Elijah kicking butt.
Elijah 2, Damon 1.
Damon coming “clean” with his new romantic interest.
Bonnie getting her freak on to get the truth about Elijah’s plans.
Nice twist in direction even if we all knew it was coming.
Elena’s parent’s secret room.
John’s demands.

Minuses:
Why is Tyler still trusting Jules after she clearly lied to him?
Too much Elena.
Elena being victim girl.

I must admit I am going to miss Tyler from the mix, but seeing him come back more in touch with his puppy side will be great. I am hoping there is another full moon before the end of the season – puppies vs fangs with Elena and pals caught in the middle is going to be great. Bring on Klaus!

#threepandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – Daddy Issues (S02Ep13)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I know you are a werewolf Tyler and that you have the hots for that Vampire. Just use protection OK? For example a big wooden stake.

This week:
John announces his relationship with Elena to Jenna. John plays hard to get. Jules gets her vengeance on with the help of some friends. Caroline gets captured. Tyler learns the truth about Mystic Falls.

Pluses:
Did NOT see the fight ending that way.
Caroline in the hands of the werewolves.
Tyler development.
Not too much Elena.
John playing many hands in the same game.
Katherine!
Tyler and Caroline interactions.
Damon back to old tricks but tortured by them.

Minuses:
Caroline and Matt. That couple doesn’t really interest me at all, but I did like how Caroline handled it.
Tyler’s choice – didn’t think he would do that – the first and third bits yes, but the second and forth bits no. (hope that is vague enough for you all)
Elena was a bit annoying in her interactions with John.

All up though this was as close to a perfect episode as you can get in TVD. The arc development, the character choices and forward actions, reaffirming their starting positions and lining things up for one heck of a show down. Can’t wait.

#fourandahalfcompelledvampirepandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The Descent (S02Ep12) Mid-Season Return

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Damon, I am going to emotionally manipulate you because I know you love me. That doesn't make me a bad person, but it does make you a bad Vampire if you follow your nature.

This week:
Rose is suffering the effects of the werewolf bite. Damon has to come to terms with no longer switching off his feelings. Elena babysits an hallucinating vampire (what could possibly go wrong). Caroline gets kissed, twice. Stephan has his own little side mission.

Pluses:
Jules is a lot more complicated than initially thought.
Damon’s dream with Rose. I admit I cried.
Return to Damon 1.0.
John is back!
Caroline and Tyler (really enjoying this story line).
Not Elena centric.
Werewolves can hold a grudge like a vampire.

Minuses:
When I first watched it I thought, WOW a lot just happened, but in retrospect, not so much.
Elena is still trying to emotionally manipulate Damon.
No-one is really trusting anyone, yet expecting others to trust them.

I did enjoy the Damon arc this episode. As you know, I rewatched season one before Christmas as part of my holiday viewing, and I had forgotten the old Damon. This was almost a return to form. This could get very interesting very fast.

#threeandahalflycanthropepandas

Review – Nikita – Coup de Grace (S01Ep13)

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

What? You don't think I can take down two highly trained and armed operatives with nothing but a dull Samurai Sword?

This week:
Alex has a big mission coming up. Nikita is going to foil it. Percy blusters. Michael is called in. Suspicions are raised.

Pluses:
Alex playing both sides.
Michael starting to sniff out the truth.

Minuses:
Why not just check Alex’s mobile phone location?
Nikita in a sword fight.
The case while a twist, wasn’t that interesting.
No empathy for the target and no real interest in the case at all actually.
What, they just climbed down off the roof? Please.

This episode lacked the depth of usual Nikita episodes, and was way too focused on nothing. It was still a distracting and enjoyable show, but left me feeling half full.

#twopandasinasilverdresswithasamuraisword

Review – Smallville – Collateral (S10Ep12)

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Let's look serious - and.... GO!

This week:
We pick up shortly after the events of Carter Hall’s funeral. All is not as it seems. Chloe is back but can she be trusted? Jumping off buildings. Superman flying. Matrix moments. Suicide Squad.

Pluses:
Liked how the story developed – I wasn’t 100% sure which was it was going, so loved the clarification.
Chloe goes to Oli first.
80 feet up.
Trust.
Lois’ face during the flight scene.
Unlikely alliances.
Fate.
Oli’s speech to Chloe at the end.

Minuses:
Black Canary – I really don’t like this incarnation.
Cheese Black Canary lines.
No Chay-Ara.

While there were a few too many Matrix moments for me, I really enjoyed this episode. The scene towards the end with Clark and Lois flying was a real highlight. Only a few more episodes to go – already dreading the thought of no more Smallville. Even bad Smallville is better than no Smallville. The final date/flight has been announced and while some bloggers are relishing its end, others, like me, will be sad to see an old friend leave my screens.

#threeandahalfavatarpandas

Review – Nikita – Free (S01Ep12)

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

So, let me get this right - I am a smoking hot 19 year old, with this amazing wardrobe and you dress me in this hideous outfit? You know I can kill you with one hand right?

This week:
Alex gets her own place. Nikita and All-American CIA get their sneaky on. Michael beats people up. Percy gets annoyed and we get some awesome Alex backstory.

Pluses:
Noah Bean – need I say more?
Alex backstory – totally not what I was expecting.
Oh my golly gosh – Thad Luckinbill from Young and the Restless (so hope he doesn’t end up doing a Daniel – Nikita’s ex).
Hallway fighting.
Red herring.
Start of a REALLY good arc with our favourite agent.

Minuses:
Whomever is styling the Alex character needs to remember she is 19.
For all the training, I can’t believe Alex has no life skills (but then Division doesn’t know what we know).

When I saw the release last year that there was going to be a love interest for NIkita and making it more younger demographic friendly (CW’s core market of 18-35) I was worried – but if this is any indication – Nikita will remain the awesome, loner who looks like and kicks butt while doing it.

On a side note – Thad has had some work done – or the lighting on Nikita is a LOT better than Y&R. It is also odd to think they were a couple of Y&R and now they are a couple again in Nikita – well a potential couple.

#fourpandas

Review – Nikita – All the Way (mid-season finale)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Excuse me while I break out while chained to the ceiling. Thanks. Bubybe.

This week:
Alex takes the final step to becoming an Agent. Capture for Nikita is the only way out. Alex proves how far she is willing to go (All the Way). Flashbacks and home truths.

Pluses:
The suspense was pretty solid for most of this episode.
Good use of flashbacks to underline the themes.
Excellent acting.
Very strong development for all parties.
Michael protecting Alex.
Alex.

Minuses:
The breakout scene by Nikita was pretty lame.
Now I have seen Pretty LIttle Liars and re-watched Season 1 of Vampire Diaries it is hard to look at the Inquisitor the same way. (HA – I just looked up the actress and it turns out she isn’t in Pretty Little Liars but too much plastic surgery will make all 40+ B actresses look the same.

Now I can usually tell what is going to happen in Nikita – but it isn’t overplayed so I don’t mind. This time round I got caught completely by surprise. People’s choices and how those decisions played out took me off guard. I said a while back just how manipulative and “Division”ish Alex was becoming, and I understand why she did what she did, but I was expecting a “two birds with one stone” outcome. Kudos to the writers for that. I was also pleased we haven’t seen goody two-shoes CIA agent Ryan Fletcher again yet. Now that comms are down and Alex is live the whole series is going to change. I can’t wait – but am going to have to, as no Nikita till after Christmas.

#fourhotguntotingchickpandas