Monday, March 20, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of March 12





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



Black Sails -
1. Eleanor's grandmother to Max: What will you do when the cat fights back?” (Milo)






Grey's Anatomy -
1. Robert Avery: “You know your mother. Her expectations are …crushing.” ~ Said about Catherine, could easily have been said about Ellis. (Maxine)




Legends of Tomorrow -
1. Rory, after Stein's impromptu rendition of the Banana Boat song in the middle of the Apollo 13 mission control: "Nice voice, professor." (Donna)
2. Stein, after being asked why he was singing: "It's a British tradition, sir." (Zandarl)




Legion -
1. Lenny to David: "I've tried making you comfortable. I let you have your friends, your woman, but the fact is it's too much work. And honestly, all I really need is your body. And your mind? Well, I could give a sh** about your mind." (Milo)




Scandal -
1. Rowan about Mellie: "She has never been hungry for anything. She has never had to learn the hard way that love is a privilege reserved for the victor." (Luana)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Monday, March 6, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of Feb. 26





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.




Baskets -
1. Cody: "But, Mom, while you're there, do not do any MDMA, okay?" Christine: "MDMA?" Cody: "Yeah." Christine: "It sounds terrible." Cody: "Yeah, it was." (Bradley)




Bates Motel -
1. Sam: “I don't have the patience to get through most movies. I guess I'm more of a doer.” Norman: “What is it you're always doing, Sam?” (Nirat)
2. Mother: “I’m a caretaker for a mentally ill person.” (Nirat)
3. Norman: “Mother, are you smoking?” Mother: “I’m dead. I can do that if I want to.” (Nirat)



Big Little Lies -
1. Madeline: “No. I love my grudges. I tend to them like little pets.” (Nirat)
2. Madeline: “You know what? I'm a lady and I've never said this to anyone in my entire life, but you can go f*** yourself right on the head.” (Nirat)



Black Sails -
1. Jack Rackham: "I watched him defeat Edward Teach, in battle...outnumbered and through sheer force of will, saw his bloodlust with my own eyes. That man will never surrender his position here. He will never allow himself to be defeated by you or I. Not because we bribed him, not because Eleanor Guthrie told him so. He simply will not allow it to happen. I don’t know where that man went or what designs drew him there. But this I know: Woodes Rogers will be returning. And this fight isn’t nearly over." (Milo)



The Expanse -
1. Solomon Epstein: “Mars had been a colony for a long time and it was filled with the best scientists and technologists humanity had to offer. We were ready to govern ourselves and start a new nation of our own, but everything we built or mined or made was still the property of old mother Earth.” (Nirat)



Legion -
1. Oliver: “In times of peace the warlike man attacks himself, this is the root of all our problems, and by this, I mean we, we are the root of all our problems, our confession, our anger, our fear of things we don’t understand. Violence, in other words, is ignorance… figure your sh** out.” (Nirat and Milo)
2. Oliver: “I wouldn't go out there. It's waiting: the monster. It's waiting. You brought it in here, and now it's hunting you.” David: “There is no monster, It's just me. I know that. It's my psychology.” Oliver: “Monster as metaphor: I like it, but wrong. It's part of you, but not like a symptom. More like a parasite.” (Nirat and Milo)
3. Syd: “I was looking for the man I loved or did I just love the idea of him, the face he showed me?” (Nirat and Milo)
4. Oliver: "There's good news and there's bad news. The bad news is, it's not the drug. You're here, in the astral plane. You went too far in the make believe and got lost in your mind, consciousness, and now you're trapped in this, no place. Where every day is the same, where you can imagine yourself a kingdom. but nothing is ever real." David: "And what's the good news?" Oliver: "I'm not alone anymore." (Milo)



The Magicians -
1. Prince Ess: “And to seal the alliance, I, Crown Prince of Loria, offer my hand in marriage to the virgin Queen Margo.” Eliot (laughs): "Um, okay.” Margo: “Did he just call me a virgin?” (Nirat)



Modern Family -
1. Kaplan: "In my culture, they say: Loco en la cabeza." Cam: "Knock it off you're from Canada." (Marko)



Star Wars Rebels -
1. Mon Mothma: "This My Friends, This Is Our Rebellion." (Milo)




Suits -
1. Mike: "You're trying to bribe me." Harvey: "I'm trying to close you." (Laura)
2. Harvey: "Thank you for flying in." Jessica: "I wouldn't miss this for the world." (Laura)
3. Mike: "I'm not getting into the Bar if it means getting you kicked out." Harvey: "Mike, she wants me. She always has." Mike: "No, Harvey. She wants both of us and she's not going to stop until she gets both of us."
Harvey: "You don't know that." Mike: "Yes, I do and if you don't get that, then she's got you right where she wants you." Harvey: "So you're just gonna sit there tomorrow and let her take everything away from you?" Mike: "She's not taking anything away. She's keeping things exactly the way they are." Harvey: "You mean working for that clinic." Mike: "Harvey, I'm lucky to still have a job at that clinic. So tomorrow morning, I'm gonna go in there with my head held high. But what I'm not gonna do is let her strip you of everything that you are." (Laura)



Supergirl -
1. Maggie: "I'm here. You can tell me anything. What happened with your Dad?" (Donna) ~ A teary eyed Alex looked up, uttered a heavy sigh, then a shuddered sob, and then a complete emotional collapse into Maggie's arms with heart rending sobs. Without a single word Alex told Maggie how completely devastated she was by her father's betrayal. Chyler's Leigh's face spoke volumes!



The Vampire Diaries -
1. Damon: "Dearly beloved, we're gathered here today to witness the joining of these two epic love birds in official matrimony." (Marko)
2. Stefan: "Caroline, you've been my friend, my conscience, my sounding board. You've seen light in me when all I saw was darkness. You saved me from despair. You've said I would fall madly in love without realizing and I did." (Marko)
3. Caroline: "I remember how you told me when I was ready for you, you will be ready for me. I'm ready now." (Marko)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."


Sunday, February 26, 2017

HTGAWM - 3.15 - Wes - Best Scene Poll






This is the poll for the second half of the 2-parter. You can find the poll for the earlier episode here.






About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

HTGAWM - 3.14 - He Made a Terrible Mistake - Best Scene Poll





Although this episode was part of a 2-episode finale, I decided to split them into 2 different polls because so much happened. The poll for the second episode will go up later tonight.






About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of Feb. 12





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



The 100 -
1. Roan: "What's wrong? You created a killer. In the street, they're calling her Skairipa, death from above." Indra: "I'm so proud." (Little Dreamer and Dahne)
2. Raven to Clarke: "You asked me to be in charge of rationing and I am doing it, but choosing who gets to live or die is your specialty." (Dahne)
3. Emori: "These woods have always been good to me. Now there's not even bugs." Murphy: "Well, fortunately, I'm not hungry enough for that to be upsetting yet." (Dahne)
4. Indra: "My daughter was not meant to wander the earth looking for Nightbloods. My daughter was meant to lead armies. My daughter was meant to lead armies." Gaia (looking at Octavia): "Looks like you found that daughter now." (Dahne)



Agents of SHIELD -
1. Phil: "All of these things you've done, all of the energy you spent, the hatred...and you know what the funny thing about it is? I have no idea who the hell you are. I've been on hundred of missions in my time. This one you're upset about, I was sent to retrieve an object and if I'm being honest, I don't even remember what it was. As far as I'm concerned, you're just another red shirt like so many others who tried unsuccessfully to stop me from saving the world 'cause that's what I do. So...cool origin story bro but this means nothing to me." (Little Dreamer and Donna)
2. Aida: "Even filth has a purpose." (Little Dreamer)



Black Sails -
1. Berringer: “Right now the time calls for dark men to do dark things.” (Milo)



Code Black -
1. Rorish: “Sometimes, things happen to us that make us smaller. But they can also make us bigger." (Rachel)
2. Rorish about De. Jesse's yellow HAZMAT suit: "You look like a pineapple in that thing." (Rachel)
3. Willis: "Maybe it's not the memories you're afraid of. Maybe it's...replacing them with something new." (Rachel)



Lethal Weapon -
1. Trish: "Baby, why is my picture on the back of a bus?" Murtaugh: "That man better have a good lawyer." ~A low rent lawyer, in an honest effort to thank Murtaugh for saving his life, make Trish part of his 'practice'. It was an absolutely hilarious button on a pretty fun episode. (Prpleight and Dahne)
2. Getz: "It took some spine to do what your wife did today. If you can't see that, then you've got bigger problems than paying for your kids' college." (Dahne)
3. Getz (watching Riggs hanging from a helicopter): "That's a lawsuit waiting to happen." (Dahne)



Legion -
1. David: "How do you know they won't kill her?" Syd: "Because she's bait." (Dark UFO)
2. Cary: "You have an extremely large amygdale." David: "Thanks." (Dark UFO)
3. Melanie: "David, your whole life people told you that were sick. What if I told you that's a lie? What if I told you, every memory you have of mental illness: voices, hallucinations, was just your power? And what if I could do more than just tell you? What if I could show you? Help you re-write the story of your life?" (Dark UFO)



Riverdale -
1. Veronica: "Hey! You know what happens to a snake when a Louis Vuitton heel steps on it? Shut the hell up or you'll find out." (Justin)
2. Sheriff Keller: "Is there not a nice gay kid at your school?" Kevin: "Yeah, there is. Me." (Pop Culture Guy)
3. Veronica to Cheryl: "You may be a stock character from a 90's teen movie, but I'm not." (Winston)



Supergirl -
1. Lena: "Well, Supergirl may have saved me, but Kara Danvers, you are my hero." (Justin and Zandarl)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Friday, February 17, 2017

HTGAWM - 3.13 - It's War - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



The 100 - 4.03 - The Four Horsemen - Best Scene Poll









About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Emerald City - 1.07 - They Came First - Review





***Note: I am filling in for Ashley B. this episode but she will be back for the rest of the episode reviews. Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments section below.



Summary:


The Wizard of Oz rounds up all the girls in his kingdom, looking for witches after West informs him that Glinda is likely planning on using them to take him down. He makes a deal with West that she will sniff them out but only if the girls are given to her and not killed. On the first sweep, none are found. However, one young witch is discovered when she burns 2 of the Wizard's guards and blows up a dyemaker's place. Summoning West to examine the scene, West realizes that the girl is not dead and brings her out, only to be betrayed by the Wizard who intends to lock up the witch. To protect everyone from the young witch's wrath, West creates a pit for her to fall in and then magically seals it from the witch's fire. The Wizard uses the situation to his advantage by sending his High Council into the pit to be burned alive. He then returns all other girls to their families while proclaiming the witches themselves to be The Beast Forever.

Meanwhile the Queen of Ev and Jack have a falling out while he attempts to be sympathetic. Grieving the loss of her father and finding herself now the sole ruler of Ev, Langwidere takes her emotions out on Jack and leaves him alone in the Screaming Forest only to come back for him after he's already rusted over. After a bizarre oiling-down, she takes him back to her castle where they make out. On the journey to deliver Sylvie to Glinda, Dorothy and Lucas also hook up…in between arguments that is. Lucas is concerned that Dorothy is getting herself too attached to Sylvie and won't want to leave her with Glinda. Little does he know that Dorothy has struck a deal with the Wizard to use Sylvie to kill Glinda in exchange for being sent back to Kansas. When Dorothy finally admits that she'll be leaving soon, Lucas and she argue enough that Sylvie freaks out and literally turns the house upside down. Dorothy then changes her mind and offers to take Sylvie and Lucas back to Kansas with her. However, upon reaching Glinda's palace, Glinda kisses Lucas and brings back his memories. His name is actually Rowan and he fights for Glinda, not Dorothy.



Best Potential:


With the pieces falling into place, Emerald City's seventh episode, They Came First, takes a leap forward towards the upcoming war. None more interesting than Lucas' switch in allegiance to Glinda. While Emerald City writers seem to be falling into the clich├ęd "give shippers what they want and then take it away" writing model, it has far bigger implications here for the plot than just yanking people's chain. It remains to be seen how far they are willing to take it and given that there are only 10 episodes, it's not likely to be much. Still, it offers a lot of possibilities. I will be disappointed if the whole thing ends up just being a spell Lucas/Rowan is under that Dorothy has to break. Instead it should be used as an opportunity to plead Glinda's case. Let's face it. The Wizard of Oz is hardly a sympathetic character here but a lot of what we have seen of the conflict has come through his point of view. It's time to see things from Glinda's too.  Right now, she is little more than the female version of the Wizard.  Why would a reasonable person follow her either? Is she really as selfish as the Wizard or is there something more than just a power struggle between opposite viewpoints at play here? I'd also like this storyline to give us a bit more background on the cardinal witches and their lore as well. I find them to be one of the more interesting parts of the story and the setting switch from Emerald City to Glinda's fortress will hopefully change the focus of the narrative as well.



Biggest Twist:


If you, like me, haven't read the books, the biggest twist of the night actually came with Tip, not Lucas. I confess, I expected Tip to be The Beast Forever given that so much time went into concealing her true identity. Instead it seems that she is, in fact, a princess. The dagger she holds was King Pastoria's, handed down to his daughter Princess Ozma. If she is indeed Princess Ozma, that would make her the legitimate heir of Oz and thus another rival for the Wizard. I suspect he will not be pleased to find that West's servant girl could take his power more legitimately than Glinda. It could be the final straw that breaks his uneasy alliance with West, especially since he backed out of his word to give any young witches to West.



Best Acting:


Ana Ularu did a magnificent job of portraying West's pain in this episode, both when she was duty-bound to kill the young witch and over her part in the death of so many witches the last time The Beast Forever rose. The scene of her taking the life essence of the dying young witch was heartbreaking. Ularu has made a character who could have been widely unsympathetic and even a one-note joke into the most sympathetic character in the show. Not bad for being the Wicked Witch of the West.



Crew Kudos:


The technical aspects of this episode were done very well. Big kudos to the director, Tarsem Singh, and everyone on the visuals team for the stunning horror shot of the burnt council members in the pit. Even with the house flipping scene, the pit is one of the most searing images of the week for me. The visual foreshadowing of the dove pecking at the scarecrow was a stroke of brilliance as well. What seemed like an unusual choice on first watch became something deeper after Lucas/Rowan switches allegiances in the ending twist. I also loved the visuals of Glinda's keep. It was the austere white that I expected but the deep cracks in the wall hint at the crumbling of her power and her desperate attempt to take back what had been hers. Nicely done all around.

The costuming department again outdid themselves, especially with the Queen of Ev. Langwidere's military-themed ensemble embraced both the powerful aesthetic of a new head of state and the whimsy of a toy soldier, balancing out both sides of her personality. The mask, of course, was stunning as usual.  While I too want to see what is under the mask, I can't help wishing I had her collection.



Biggest Question:


Since the pilot, fans have been guessing that Dorothy herself is The Beast Forever. I initially rejected that idea because it seemed too obvious and I was betting on Tip. Now I am not so sure, especially since there is little time to introduce a new character to be The Beast. It almost has to be someone we know already. Still things with Dorothy don't add up for me. If she is truly Karen's daughter and Karen was a regular human on earth, how it is that Dorothy can possess anything magical? Why would East's gloves go to her, much less allow her to do bigger and bigger magic? Watching Dorothy take out a pack of wolves to save Sylvie makes me wonder if what we know about Karen, Dorothy, and witches is true? With only 3 more episodes left, what is your theory?



Grade:  B



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About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."




Sunday, February 12, 2017

HTGAWM - 3.12 - Go Cry Somewhere Else - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."