Monday, October 16, 2017

The Shannara Chronicles - 2.02 - Wraith - Preview





While I liked the premiere of season 2, this episode is vastly superior. Its fast pace and cuts from one character to another make it a whirlwind ride. It’s still heavy on exposition but it balances it out with action and intrigue. Again, two new characters are introduced and they definitely make an impression. Queen Tamlin of the humans is a force to be reckoned with and no stranger to political intrigue. She is likely to be a “love to hate” kind of character and could end up one of a trio of Big Bad’s along with General Riga of the Crimson and the Warlock King. Actually, at this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if Riga ends up reporting to her, although that is purely speculation on my part. The other new character is Garet Jax and let’s just say the guy knows how to make an entrance. A very bloody entrance. If Bandon is Anakin Skywalker, then Jax is Han Solo. He’s a kick butt loner bounty hunter with no allegiance except to himself and a cocky attitude that just screams “soon to be reformed bad boy,” although I’m not quite sure who will be the one reforming him yet. He can also take down Eretria, which he does...twice. Like Mareth and Lyria before them, Tamlin and Jax round out the characters nicely and add to the plot, especially Tamlin.


Hinted at in the premiere, our 4 intrepid heroes (Wil, Eretria, Allanon, and Ander) continue marching slowly towards reunion. Wil and Mareth pick up where they left off, being chased by the wraith. Mareth is more of a fighter while Wil prefers to hide out in sanctuary. The loss of Amberle scarred his psyche and he still wants nothing to do with magic. Therefore, it is Mareth again who provides a distraction from the wraith. I continue to love the Mareth character but Wil gets a lot of good material in this episode as well. Reconnecting with his uncle, he learns more about his family’s role in taking down the Warlock King the first time around. His uncle also does an abrupt U-turn in his thinking about magical abilities. He actually encourages Wil to use his magic and it seems like he will play a greater part this season than he did in the last. That’s a good thing because these scenes between Wil and his uncle are some of the better Wil scenes of the show.


Meanwhile, Ander heads to Leah with Allanon, eventually meeting up with Eretria again so she finally gets the lowdown on what happened in Arborlon when the Dagda Mor attacked. Sadly, Ander’s recap is done offscreen so we never see Eritrea's reaction to it. Although I understand the need to NOT recap in an episode still heavy on exposition, I feel it is an important moment for the character so I wish they had used a recap scene instead of the lengthy previouslies. Ander, too, has his own major moment when he is forced to choose between his own happiness and the welfare of his kingdom. It’s a great scene with Catania, showing how much Ander has progressed as a character and leader, which Queen Tamlin points out as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this episode. There is the political intrigue of Leah, all the action, and several good character moments that combine to make the episode fly by. It feels like, in season 2, The Shannara Chronicles has found its balance and I can’t wait to see where they take it.


Grade: A-



Best Scene - This is hard but I’m going with Catania and Ander talk
Best Reason to Watch - the reveals about Mareth, Lyria, and Uncle
Best Reason to Cover Your Eyes - Jax’s entrance, which may be the most graphic violence in TSC history
Best Confrontation and Exposition Dump - Bandon vs….
Best Joan Crawford Impression - Tamlin
Biggest Surprise - BETRAYAL!!! / a character might be dead (By the way, if this character comes back as a demon, I revolt.)
Most Kick Butt - the “bad” guys (Bandon, Jax, Riga) who keep beating up the “good” guys (Allanon, Eretria, Wil). It’s a hard episode for the good guys.
Most Valuable Character - Tamlin, who adds just the right amount of intrigue and menace
Least Likely to Forget a Debt - Mareth
Least Missed - Amberle
Character You Least Want to Screw With - Bandon and his witchy mind powers
The “Trouble in Paradise” Award - Eretria and Lyria



Quotes:

“Anybody ever tell you, you’re a pain in the a**.”
“I was finding it hard to believe that Allanon could have a daughter, but you are sounding more like him by the minute.”
“She forgot to mention a lot of things.”
“Someone’s a little rusty.”
“The truth is you cannot face the Crimson or the Warlock Lord alone.”
“This is about the survival of the elves. Your father, your brother, Amberle, they all gave their lives so that we could build a better world. It’s time we start doing that.”
“Well then you got some bad information.”
“You’re lucky. I have a soft spot for hopeless romantics.”



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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Brave - 1.04 - Break Out - Preview





Those concerned that The Brave would have no character revelations need not to have worried. While Seal Team still dives deeper into the lead’s psyche, each week The Brave brings a new reveal about at least one of the characters. Last week it was Hannah’s turn as we found out details about why she had to leave field work and join the intelligence side. This week is all about Patricia and the loss of her son. Along with her role as Deputy Director, Patricia has a reputation for being quite the interrogator, once having locked herself in a closet with a Somali pirate for 3 days to get info on his prisoner. This time she is called to Afghanistan, close to where her son died while helping to build a school. Her mission is to get information from a former American, turned Taliban soldier. She needs to know about an imminent attack on a US military base, specifically which base is the target. Drawing on her grief, she tries to bond with the prisoner as a mother to varying levels of success. Of course, no mission is without complications on this show. They happen to arrive on the same day that the Taliban is planning a prison break. With little actionable intel and no way to leave the area, the team must find the info they came for while finding a way out.


Highlights:

1. Having Patricia in the field is the best part of this episode. It allows the show to delve deeper into who she is at a person while still revealing a more action-oriented side to her. In many ways, she is a lot like Dalton in that she will allow nothing to compromise her mission, even when it comes at the cost of personal safety. She’s competent and focused, confirming why so many people in the government rely on her opinion.


2. Because Patricia is in the field, it creates a better view of her relationship with Dalton. They have several great scenes together, including a touching one at the end. I really enjoy the camaraderie between the two and the fact that they completely trust each other. It is obvious that they have a lengthy working relationship and I hope that as the show progresses, they will continue to reveal their past. Plus, there is no hint of anything romantic between them, which is a welcome change.


3. Noah in charge is a great way to provide more depth for his character as well. Since Patricia is away, it is up to Noah to run the intel department. He takes this job very seriously, even showing up in a new suit and tie to Hannah’s amusement. In contrast to Patricia’s calm exterior in the control room, Noah is visibly nervous and it works to the show’s benefit. It ratchets up the tension on the normally less adrenaline-powered intel side and the scene where Noah realizes that he cannot do anything to help is very emotional. All in all, I wouldn’t mind having more of Patricia in the field and Noah at the helm. It does both characters good.


Issues:

1. The largest issue for some will likely come in the heavy emphasis on American vs Taliban ideology. Those who worry about jingoism in military shows may find some scenes harder to take. It can also be a little preachy in places if you are sensitive to this sentiment.

2. Similar to Scorpion, it would be nice to have a mission that is complicated in its own right and not complicated because whatever can go wrong does go wrong. I think these characters and the writing could tackle a multi-piece mission that requires them to work on a variety of escalating subplots at the same time. It would also give them a chance to focus on Preach, Jazz, and McG more.



Grade: B


Quotes:

“American Taliban, it’s an oxymoron. It’s 2 words literally at war with each other. You can’t be both.”

“Are we good?” “Well, that depends. How’s your 100-yard dash time?” “Better when my life depends on it.”

“It’s a tactic.” “And what if it’s not?” “Then it’s a better death than the alternative.”

“Man, you should wear suits more often.”

“The truth is the truth in any language.”

“This the Deputy Director’s idea of a vacation?” “Sun, sand…” “And Taliban.”

“Two rules: #1. Shoot the bad guys. #2. Don’t shoot me.”

“Why do you get to live?” “The grass is always greener.”

“You like martyrs? You’re gonna die looking up at this one. Three hours ago I stood on the spot where one of your friends killed my son. If you do not help me save other mothers that pain, I will gladly die here with you…”



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


HTGAWM - 4.03 - It’s for the Greater Good - 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 reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of October 1





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. Since there hasn’t been a lot of TV in the last few weeks, here’s our favorite quotes for the month so far. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



Black-ish:
1. Josh: “Wait. You don’t think my grandparents’ summer house in Savannah, Georgia was built by slaves, do you? It’s so beautiful. There’s this big house and then there’s all these little play houses out back -- ohhhh. Oh, no.” (Kristie)



Criminal Minds:
1. Spencer: “Are you worried?” Prentiss: “About what?” Spencer: “About me being in the field, that I might freak out, overreact?” Prentiss: “Why would you even…” Spencer: “Because I wanted to kill Scratch.” Prentiss: “Standing room only on that bus.” Spencer: “No, I mean it literally. After what he did to you, if I had found him, I would have killed him. And I would have slept well.” Prentiss: “The review board asked me to weigh in before they made their decision, and I told them that you are rock solid.” Spencer: “Thank you for putting yourself out on a limb for me.” Prentiss: “I know you, Spencer. The limb isn't going to break.” (Samantha and Dahne)



HTGAWM:
1. Jasmine: “You want to save me? Go back to when I was 13 and my daddy sold my a** to a crew for a couple of bags of smack. You know what they do to the new girl? Strip you naked and take turns. They call it wolf packing because then you are so broken, they can work you full time - in vans and basements. And the only way to get through it is shoot up and get numb. And who do you think takes the heat? So you plead out and you do your time only to get back out, sell you body again for more drugs, get arrested again, plead out again...until you have spent your whole life in a cell. And here you come, thinking you can save me. Guard, get me the hell out of here.”
2. Connor: “I was there, Laurel. I saw him dead and you could have died too. And then I lied to your face all that time. I hate myself more than you could ever hate me if that makes you feel any better.” Laurel: “It doesn’t.” Connor: “What can I do to make it better?” Laurel: “You can’t. None of us can, He’s gone and it’s not your fault so stop hating yourself.” Connor; “I can’t.” Laurel: “Fine, but you owe me and you have to do what I say so at least try.”
3. Annalise: “No, what makes me uncomfortable is you telling me that what I want to discuss in here is wrong. I mean I’m here, showed up on time, and all you’ve done is make me feel more screwed up than I already am. I don’t know you. You don’t know me, no matter what you read about me, so why not give me the damn time to feel comfortable before telling me all the horrible details of my life.”



NCIS: LA:
1. Sam: “If something happened to this team and I wasn’t there to do everything I could, I don‘t think I could live with that….even if it was just Deeks.” (Dahne)
2. Callen: “Nice work guys but it looks like we’re gonna have to go with Plan B.” Mosley: “Okay, what’s Plan B?” Callen: “B stands for We Better Come Up with Something Fast.” (Dahne)
3. Deeks to Callen: “Ohh...and just like that, Dad ruins the party.” (Dahne)



Rick And Morty:
1. Secretary of the Interior to the President: “I don't think you've ever understood what "Secretary of the Interior" means.” (Milo)



Speechless:
1. Kenneth: “Ms. Emma Watson work out sweaty.” Jay: “Did you found anything?” (Marko)
2. Ms Moreno: “Oh, hi, Kenneth. And you must be JJ.” Kenneth: “Well, um, Ms. Moreno, we're gonna start a year in your class, but I need you to know something. I have feelings for you Big, bold, Technicolor feelings. I'm ready to be with someone special” Ms Moreno: “Kenneth, I am so flattered. But I don't feel that way about you. I just don't. I'm sorry.” Kenneth: “Oh. You what, you thought that was me? No, that that was JJ. I was reading for him. You know, that's how this works.You'll get used to it. Oh, JJ. Oh, baby. Oh! It takes guts, but you gonna be alright, dawg, okay? You'll find that special lady.” (Samantha)



Star Trek Discovery:
1. Saru to Michael: “You were always a good officer...until you weren’t.” (Milo)



This Is Us:
1. Toby: “Between you and me, I think that she is super sensitive around you. And, obviously, I don't know the whole history, but as much as I want you to like me, you need to know that I am Team Kate for life. Like, that's the deal here. So I can't have you putting me in a position where I bring you to a show that she doesn't want you at, and you can't ask me to side with you, okay? Because Team Kate. Forever. That's how this works.” Rebecca: “Got it. Okay.” Toby: “Shall we commence the awkward car ride home?” (Kristie)



Will & Grace:
1. Bridget: “Even a small raise would make us feel valued, and give us a shred of dignity.” Karen: “Let me think on it. (mutters) Have a bill, trade a fish, Cayman Islands, take a plane, that'd cost, Switzerland, carry the four, write it off, I'm still rich. Deal. You tell Rosario that you and the staff can have your raise.” Bridget: “Thank you, Mum” Karen: “Everyone deserves a little dignity. On your way down, there's some dried puke in the library. And find out who's been reading.” (Kristie)
2. Jack: “I think I'm going into renal failure. I just sneezed and some pee came out of my nose.” (Marko)
3. Will: “He doesn't like Madonna.” Jack: “He should be beaten with a VHS copy of Evita.” (Marko)
4. Will: “You guys can't forget the struggle that came before you, the people that fought for you, loved and died so you could walk down the streets in skinny jeans with rights you never knew you never had. The minute we forget what we went through to get here is the minute it can all be taken away. And that will be the NIGHT WHEN LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA.” (Marko)
5. Grace: “I love you, Karen Walker.” Karen: “Right back at you, Grace Adler.” Computer: “Shower off.” Grace: “Wait a second! ‘Grace Adler’ is your safe word? My name is your sexual buzzkill?” Karen: (Dunks Grace's head underwater) “It's better this way.” (Samantha)





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

Monday, October 9, 2017

HTGAWM - 4.02 - I’m Not Her - 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 reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

The Shannara Chronicles - 2.01 - Druid - Preview






Previously on The Shannara Chronicles….it’s been over 1.5 years since the last episode aired. Therefore even the previouslies may not be enough for some viewers to remember season 1. Basically, two kickbutt young females with daddy issues (Princess Amberle and Eretria) set out to save a magic tree called the Ellcrys, which can hold back the demon hordes. Joining them is a rather useless shannara (read: wizard) named Wil, who occasionally saves their lives with magic even though they generally take care of themselves and him. For some unknown reason, they both fall for Wil but Amberle gets him in the end.



They are sent out on their journey by the last known druid, Allanon, who never heard a proverb he didn't like to repeat.  He inexplicably does not join them as added protection but instead stays in Arborlon to bicker with the Elf King, who is ticked that his favorite son, Amberle’s father, died. He is a jerk to his remaining kids, Hot Prince and Slacker Prince, and that’s even before he is killed and replaced by an evil shapeshifter. Since Arborlon doesn't have enough problems, the two princes make a terrible tactical decision, leaving Hot Prince dead and Slacker Prince the new guilt-ridden king. At the same time, a powerful seer named Bandon channels his inner Anakin Skywalker, complete with an about turn to the dark side.



Meanwhile, the epic quest goes horribly wrong about a dozen times and eventually the demons are released. In San Francisco, the intrepid trio meet up with some trolls and the Guardians of the Bloodstone, neither of which are happy to see them. Eretria stabs herself, Amberle goes towards the light, and Wil finally gets his magic stones hero moment. The Guardians tell Amberle that she needs to hurry back to Arborlon so Eretria sacrifices herself to get Amberle home, where a political coup threatens Reformed Slacker King while Hot Prince is turned into a demon and kills his ex. Allanon and Wil fight the Dagda Mor (head demon) while Amberle gives herself to the Ellcrys and thus captures the demons once again. Allanon does his own Dumbledore impression by admitting that he knew all along that Amberle would have to sacrifice herself to save the day. Having won the battle but lost his girlfriend, Wil heads out to search for Eretria.



Season 2 starts one year later with the people of the Four Lands still trying to recover from the demon attack. Eretria lives among her mother’s people in San Francisco with her new lover and bodyguard, Lyria. Apparently there’s little communication in the Four Lands because she still doesn’t know that Amberle was turned into a tree and she’s a little miffed that neither Amberle or Wil have come looking for her. After all, last they knew, she was surrounded by trolls. Wil is hiding away at a healing colony, learning to hone his traditional medical skills to the bafflement of his teacher, who knows Wil is capable of great magical power. Having lost Amberle, Wil no longer wants anything to do with magic - unless it is to conjure up glimpses of his ex-girlfriend.


The one most screwed though is King Ander, the former Slacker Prince, who has traded in a political coup for a military one. While Ander is focused on returning the Elvin people back to their homes and rebuilding, there is not enough money in the coffers to do so and the other races aren’t that psyched to help the elves return to power. General Riga, in a bid to dethrone the new king, stirs up hatred against magic users, blaming them for the rise of the demon army in the first place. He consolidates his own army called The Crimson to forge a swath of terror, torturing people, burning down villages, and executing anyone suspected of magical abilities. But he’s not alone in trying to use the chaos to his advantage. Bandon, Allanon’s former protege, has the Demon King’s blade and with it, he tries to raise an evil to rival the Dagda Mor.


If you liked season 1 of The Shannara Chronicles, chances are that you will like the season 2 premiere as well. The pacing is good and it wraps up season 1 pretty quickly so that it can delve right into the new storylines. Allanon still speaks fluent fortune cookie but Eretria remains a fascinating character who will not let others dictate how she chooses to run her life. Those who wonder how the show can continue with its lead character out of commission may find themselves focused on the new characters instead. Both Lyria and Mareth are kick butt females and Mareth especially has a lot of promise. She takes over the role of Wil protector but only on her own terms, revealing an interesting tie to another character that could lead to much-needed backstory. Sadly, the actor who plays Wil is still the weak link in the acting department, being overshadowed by everyone he’s on screen with but his fans can look forward to a shirtless scene. By far the best news though is that the annoying love triangle appears to be over. It dragged season 1 down and needed to go. Another plus is the character growth in King Ander, which started in season 1 and appears to continue here. While his own people still seem a bit iffy on his ability to lead, he is determined to help his people in this time of chaos and will not let hatred win.


Grade: B


Best Reason to Watch - Mareth
Best Quote - “....sometimes the truth doesn’t set you free. It brings you more pain.” “That will be for me to discover.”
Best Snark - “How did this guy ever save the world?”
Best Action Scene - Allanon vs. …...
Best Strategy - Eretria vs. the trolls
Best Reveal - Mareth’s / the head healer’s
Coolest Magic - the wraith / Projection Wil
Most Likely to Quote a Fortune Cookie - Allanon
Biggest Surprise - a character that should not be there is there twice
Bad Guys that Most Needed to Go - the Rovers



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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Teen Wolf - Series Mega Polls






To celebrate the end of Teen Wolf as we know it, I wanted to add some fun polls to the traditional Best Scene poll. In the comments below, please add your favorite scene, funny moment, speech, etc. Anything to celebrate Teen Wolf one last time.

















In the comments below, please also add your Favorite Scene, Favorite Funny Moment, Favorite Speech, etc.



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

HTGAWM - 4.01 - I’m Going Away - 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 reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Seal Team - 1.02 - Other Lives - Preview






If you enjoyed the pilot of Seal Team, you’ll enjoy this one too. It is set up in a very familiar fashion, including both the mission and the personal lives of those involved. It even has a Nate flashback, where Jason remembers telling Nate that Alana and he are separating. This occurs as Alana and Jason are packing up the house for Nate’s wife, Molly, who doesn’t want any of their old things. She wants a fresh start after Nate’s death and refuses to keep the old memories, which bugs Jason - though not as much as Alana refusing to go on a date night with him. She thinks it is best that they stay separated in all things to keep it less confusing. Her biggest concern is not his work hours but that even when he is physically home, he is somewhere else mentally. Given his tendency to delve into flashbacks in her presence, she has a point. Even at the end, when she tries to connect, he cannot answer her honestly and instead calls over his son to distract himself from his most recent loss.  On a happier note, Ray and his wife get good news about their baby, who is doing well and should arrive by the end of the month.  In a great scene, Jason tries to talk Ray into sitting this mission out so he can be with his wife in case the baby comes early.



While Seal Team does dwell more into the characters’ lives than The Brave does, the mission gets the most screentime. In this episode, a group of Syrians have been working on a deadly bioweapon called VX in an abandoned hospital. Fighting in the area destroyed the lab and caused the toxin to leak out, killing hundreds of cows. Jason’s SEAL team is tasked with finding definitive proof that the Syrians have been making VX. To do so, the team must jump from an airplane at a higher altitude than Mount Everest to avoid any Russian anti-aircraft missiles. They also need to bring a scientist, whom Jason nicknames Dr. Death, with them to make sure the area is safe and get proof of the illegal bioweapons. Of course, the mission goes sideways halfway through with the discovery of….hostages. (It’s a theme.) From that point, it is a race against time to get the civilians out before the army comes back.



Highlights:


Jason is great in a crisis, understanding the politics of a situation and using them to get what his team needs. It was also fantastic to see him have to make a decision that affects Ray and have it not come back to bite him. Those two make a great bromance!

Dr. Death was a real plus for me, starring in both the funny scene and the biggest hero one. I really hope he will become a regular.



Toss-Up:


Spenser is easily the character I like least, but I did love his comeuppance here. He takes a massive shot to his ego after a smaller one earlier. It’s good to see someone call him on his cocky attitude, even if indirectly. However, he feels shoehorned in here because he is not a part of the mission at all. Instead, he is in training at the same place the team is stationed. There’s an awkward mess hall scene thrown in that seems designed specifically to make Jason remember that Spenser even exists. The show also breaks from the action to show Spenser hitting on someone at a bar. It’s good to see Alona Tal of course, but the whole thing felt unnecessary as does the opening training scene. If they are going to keep this character (and I’m good if they don’t), they have to get him on the actual team sooner rather than later.



Lowlights:


Again there is little insight on the other members of the team except for Ray, whose wife and baby continue to be a major segue on the personal side. We get a few scenes with Sonny, which may make people love or hate his character, but for me he still seems very much one-dimensional. I’m not sure who the other people involved even are, although I finally learned Evans’ name. Lisa gets no development in this episode as the intelligence side, including Maggie, has little to do.

I think they need to make Jason’s wife, Alana, more sympathetic. They don’t make her an evil witch but it would be easy for fans to take Jason’s side when things are more complicated than that. Instead of having her drill him about things he can obviously NOT talk about, like his mission, it would be good to show her just there for him in little ways. It’s obvious that she cares and she knows something is wrong with him but she doesn’t know how to reach him to help him through it.



Grade: B



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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Quote of the Week - September 3-23





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. Since there hasn’t been a lot of TV in the last few weeks, here’s our favorite quotes for the month so far. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



American Horror Story:
1. Kai: “There is nothing in this world more dangerous than a humiliated man.” (DarkUFO)
2. Kai: “The revolution has begun.” (DarkUFO)
3. Harrison: “Lesbians! We're under attack.” (DarkUFO)
4. Pedro: “It's scary to be brown these days.” (DarkUFO)
5. Oz: “Am I asleep, or are you real?” Clown: “You're asleep.” (DarkUFO)
6. Kai: “Stop saying sorry. For anything. That makes you nothing. Everything is somebody else's fault from now on. Do you understand? You wanna be somebody? You wanna matter? Then you make the world wrong.” (DarkUFO)
7. Ivy: “Ally...this thing you're becoming. This is not the person I married. I have been sensitive to your fears. I've dealt with the mental imbalances. I even tolerated the fact that you voted for Jill f*** Stein instead of Hillary.” Ally: “You said you weren't going to bring that up again…” (DarkUFO)
8. Harrison: “How does it feel to exercise your white privilege and execute people of color with impunity?” (DarkUFO)




Broad City:
1. Ilana: "We are so not dying today!" Abbi: "So not! I mean, what, are we gonna listen to her? She was eating a burrito bowl." (Milo)





The Good Place:
1. Michael: “It's a rare occurrence, like a double rainbow, or someone on the internet saying, "You know what? You've convinced me I was wrong.” (Milo and Prpleight)





Insecure:
1. Chad: “And b*** don't need a motherf*** dude as a friend. Just extra d*** around for no reason.” (Luca).






Midnight, Texas:
1. Manfred: “We save Fiji, kill a demon, close a portal to hell, and we don’t die. Sound like a plan?“ Lem: “My flesh is burning. Stop talking.” (Prpleight)





Rick and Morty:
1. Morty: “Who doesn’t wish they could talk to animals, Rick?” Rick: “Most humans.” (Laura)





Salvation:
1. President MacKenzie: "I will safeguard this nation; you will safeguard humanity." (Donna)






The Sinner:
1. Cora: “She depends on me.” JD: “Cora, if Phoebe really cared about you, she'd let you go. She'd tell you to go live your life. Has she ever said anything like that? You know why? She wants your life for herself. She's a vampire and as long as you stay with her, you'll be a shell.” (DarkUFO)
2. Cora: “You've given up.” Ambrose: “No, I haven't. I've hit a wall, that's all.” Cora: “With the case or with yourself?” (DarkUFO)
3. Frankie: “I feel like I've always known you. I look at you, and it feels right.” (DarkUFO)
4. Phoebe: “What happened to you? Something happened 'cause you're so sad.” Maddie: “No, I'm not.” Phoebe: “Yes, you are. It's all around you. I'm so sorry.” (DarkUFO)
5. Phoebe: “No, listen. You are waiting for him to ride up and choose you. That's not your game because you're a giant. You could, you could f** up anybody you wanted. You could have anything you wanted. Do you even know that?” (DarkUFO)
6. Cora: “I'm more free now than I ever was with you.” (DarkUFO)
7. Cora: “It was you. I remember your eyes. I know you did it for your son.” (DarkUFO)



Teen Wolf:
1. Scott: “We need a new plan.” Malia: “Not a dumb one.”
2. Malia: “I don’t want to die like this.” Scott: “Oh, Malia.” Malia: “Not like this.” Scott: “The more you talk, the more oxygen that you use.” Malia: “I don’t care. I’m not dying here. I was supposed to go to France. I’m 18. I haven’t been anywhere. There’s still so many things I want to do. I don’t want to die here. Not here. Not like this.”
3. Mama McCall: “You have known about the supernatural for 5 minutes and we have been doing this for a lot longer so trust me when I tell you that these kids can handle it. So let them do what they’re best at - saving our a**.”
4. Malia: “So what? You moved into a cave and took a vow of uselessness.”
5. Peter: “What’s the hold up? I have a lot of revenge to plan.”
6. Malia: “I’m here for moral support.” Peter: “For him or for me?” Malia: “You’d need to have morals.”
7. Mason: “You can feel it right. It’s like it doesn’t want us here.” Theo: “That makes two of us.”
8. Liam: “That’s agreeing with Theo.” Mason: “Yeah, but I thought I’d try to soften the blow a bit.” Theo: “Is everyone completely shocked that I might be right?” Liam: “No, we just don’t like it.”
9. Malia: “I don’t think we should be hanging out here, waiting for him to spring back to life.”
10. Sheriff: “If you’re coming for my friends, you’re coming for me.”
11. Argent: “You think someone with that much hate is going to have any love left over for you.”
12. Deucalion: “I didn’t think it was possible but I’m actually starting to wish I was blind again.”




You’re the Worst:
1. Jimmy: “It's making a comeback, like pubes and racism." (Max)
2. Jimmy: "Like they say... 'tits, or GTFO.” Edgar: "What does that stand for?" Jimmy: "I'm not sure exactly. I think, maybe, 'Tits, or get thy fanny out.” (Max)



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