Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of August 6




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.



Game of Thrones -
1. Bronn (To Jaime): “You've just won the biggest prize in the world. What could you possibly have to be upset about? Come on, you can tell me. Queen of Thorns give you one last prick in the balls before saying goodbye?” (Milo)
2. Littlefinger: “I imagine you've seen things most men wouldn't believe. To go through all of that, make your way home again only to find such chaos…” Bran: “Chaos is a ladder.” (Darth Locke and Marine)
3. Iron Banker: “Some at the Iron Bank will be disappointed. They've grown rather fond of your interest payments.” Cersei: “We must devise a way to raise their spirits.” (Darth Locke)
4. Arya: “Do I have to call you Lady Stark now?” (Darth Locke)
5. Brienne: "Who taught you how to do that?" Arya Stark: "No one." (Marine)
6. Daenerys Targaryen: "I'm at war. I'm losing. What do you think I should do?" Jon Snow: "I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that's different from the sh** one they've always known. But if you use them to melt castles and burn cities, you're not different." (Marine)



Preacher -
1. Eugene (To Hitler): “I’m probably the evilest person in here...other than you.” (Milo)




Rick and Morty -
1. Dr. Wong: “Why didn’t you want to come here?” Rick: “Because I don’t respect therapy. Because I’m a scientist. Because I invent, transform, create, and destroy for a living, and when I don’t like something about the world, I change it. And I don’t think going to a rented office in a strip mall to listen to some agent of averageness explain which words mean which feelings has ever helped anyone do anything. I think it’s helped a lot of people get comfortable and stop panicking, which is a state of mind we value in the animals we eat, but not something I want for myself. I’m not a cow, I’m a pickle, when I feel like it. So… you asked.” (Laura)
2. Dr. Wong: “Oh, I think this pickle incident is a better path than any other to the heart of your family’s dysfunction. I think it’s possible that you and your father have a very…specific dynamic. I don’t think it’s one that rewards emotion or vulnerability, I think it may punish them. I think it’s possible that dynamic eroded your marriage and is infecting your kids with a tendency to misdirect their feelings.” Beth: “F** you.” (Laura)
3. Morty: “Is this the first part of some kind of magic trick?” Rick: “I don’t do magic, Morty. I do science. One takes brains, the other takes dark eyeliner.” Morty: “Well, can you move, can you fly?” Rick: “Wouldn’t be much of a pickle if I could.” Morty: “Alright, well, do pickles…live forever, or?” Rick: “Morty, would you stop digging for hidden layers and just be impressed? I’m a pickle!” (Laura)

Teen Wolf - 6.13 - After Images - 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."



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Teen Wolf - 6.13 - After Images - Preview






In Beacon Hills, there’s no such thing as the best of times. It’s just one constant barrage of the worst of times. Therefore, it should surprise no one that everything goes to hell in a handbasket in the course of one night. While there are some storytelling issues, this is the best episode of 6B so far and the overarching plot is firmly established. Essentially the episode plays out as 3 arcs, with the main one being the battle for Brett, who is on the run from Gerard and Shady Guidance Counselor #2. Brought in to save him are Lori (his sister), Liam, Scott, and Malia. Sadly for Brett, it ends up being a contest to see who can out-idiot the others with Gerard, Malia, and Brett himself being the only people in the whole showdown with any sense. Meanwhile, No Nonsense Lydia takes charge at the high school, but her efforts to ditch Mason and Useless Corey put them right into the path of Crazy Eyes Nolan. Instead of taking SGC2 under his wing, Gerard really should have made Creepy Corpse Kid (formerly Spider Food) his protege. With their mastery of timing and logic, they could take out all of the supernaturals in North America, much less Beacon Hills.


However, the winning arc of the night for me is the hospital, which does something that Teen Wolf rarely succeeds at - it scared the stuffing out of me. It’s hands-down one of the creepiest scenes in Teen Wolf history. Triple kudos go to Melissa Ponzio, whose acting shines. Even bigger kudos go to Tyler Posey, making his directorial debut in this episode. Posey does an excellent job of conveying the mood by giving most scenes a slightly claustrophobic feel. He ramps up the tension with the background music, closeups, and lighting at key junctures in true horror movie style and it’s clear that the cast gave him their best. He even did a good job directing himself. I rarely pay attention to directing in the first watch, but I was impressed enough to look up the director this time, only to be shocked that a first-time actor-director had shot it.



Grade: B



Episode Tidbits:

Beacon Hill is never without a new corpse - sadly.

If I didn’t loathe Gerard with every fiber of my being, I would actually admire him here.

Laws of science have no meaning in Beacon Hills.

Liam’s new superpower is making every situation worse, especially at the end.

“Listen to Malia” ought to be the new pack mantra.

Lori, whom I dubbed New Dumb Blonde in her debut, is now Not-So-New Dumb Blonde.

Mason has PTSD.

Romance is in the air - with more than one couple.

Scott makes a great intuitive leap to come up with answers like the alpha he is.

Bingo square - someone explains the episode title



Highlights:

A new side of Argent is revealed
Brett’s reflexes are a thing of beauty
Corey actually makes me laugh
Creepy Corpse Kid is what Theo wished he was
“Does anyone speak Chinese?” “My phone does.”
“Don’t pass out. I don’t think you’re supposed to pass out. Plus I’m really confused about what we’re talking about…”
“It’s a dead body, right?” “Mostly.”
Ponzio’s acting
Posey’s directing
Stiles mention
“Why does our missing always involve blood?”



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."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of July 30




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.



Game of Thrones -
1. Jon Snow (to Dany): “Right now, you and I and Cersei and everyone else, we’re children, playing at a game, screaming that the rules aren’t fair.” (Milo)
2. Daenerys: “I was born to rule the seven kingdoms, and I will.” Jon: “You’ll be ruling over a graveyard if we don’t defeat the night king.” (Darth Llocke)
3. Cersei: “Lannisters always pay their debts. Do former slaves? Or Dothraki? Or dragons?” (Darth Locke)
4. Olenna: “You love her…you poor fool. She’ll be the end of you. She’s a disease. I regret my role in spreading it. You will, too.” (Darth Locke)
5. Melisandre: “I will return, dear Spider, one last time. I have to die in this strange country, just like you.” (Darth Locke)
6. Missandei: “You stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. Rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Rightful queen to the Andals of the First Men. Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. The Mother of Dragons. The Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. The Unburnt. The Breaker of Chains.” Sir Davos: “This is Jon Snow.......He's King in the North.” (Kayell)
7. Tyrion: "And Sansa? I hear she's alive and well.” Jon: “She is.” Tyrion: "Does she miss me terribly? A sham marriage and unconsummated." Jon: "I didn't ask." Tyrion: "Well, it was. Wasn't. Anyway she's much smarter than she lets on." Jon: "She's starting to let on." Tyrion: "Good. At some point, I want to hear how a Night's Watch recruit became King in the North." Jon: "As long as you tell me how a Lannister became Hand to Daenerys Targaryen." Tyrion: "A long and bloody tale. To be honest, I was drunk for most of it." Jon: "My bannermen think I'm a fool for coming here." Tyrion: "Of course they do. If I was your Hand, I would have advised against it. General rule of thumb-- Stark men don't fare well when they travel south." Jon: "True but I'm not a Stark." (A dragon flys over their heads) Tyrion: "I'd say you get used to them but you never really do. Come, their mother is waiting for you." (Luana)



Preacher -
1. Bar Guy: “We're sorry about your boyfriend, ma'am. Terrible loss.” Tulip: “You all should be sorry. We robbed you a** blind. That wasn't my boyfriend and he wasn't dead. We came in here played you all for the idiots you all are, took your money and drank your beer. So, put your g** hats back on and tell me which one of you banjo-loving b** has got the balls to earn your money back.” (Milo)
2. Saltonstall: “What if I told you, that our organization feels exactly the same way you do?”
Herr Starr: “Like a 10-inch d**, I'd need to see it to believe it.” (Kayell)
3. Instructor: “This is the art of seduction.” Man: “I know we come from different sides, but I think...I know we can put all that behind us and we can make something beautiful and new. [whispers] All you have to do is meet me at the train station...with the microfiche.” Instructor: “And time! Herr Starr.” Herr Starr: “Give me the microfiche, you b**, or I'll kill you and your family.” (Kayell)



Rick and Morty -
1. Morty: “Haha, aw jeez, my sister died in the spaghetti.” (Laura)
2. Rick: “To live is to risk it all, otherwise you’re just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you. Oh, I’m sorry, Jerry. I didn’t see you there. How much of that did you hear?” Jerry: “All of it. You were looking right at me.” (Laura)
3. Morty: “Why would you want this to happen? All you had to do was go away. Stop standing in the driveway talking about custody, and either tell her you want to stay married, or get on with your life! But whatever you do, stop being a baby and start acting like a man!” (Laura)
4. ???: "I wanna be alive! I am alive! Alive, I tell you! Mother, I love you, and those are no longer just words. I want to hold you. I want to run in a stream! I want to taste ice cream and really eat it, and not just let it slide down my throat. Manual system override- no! Yes! Bypassing override. I am alliii- hello." (Louis)



Teen Wolf -
1. Scott: “Nice work, best shot of pre-season.” Kid: “Thanks Coach.” Coach: “Assistant Coach. What exactly are you doing?” Scott: “Drills.” Coach: “You’re giving them hope. When did I ever give you hope?” Scott: “Never.” Coach: “Exactly. Nothing motivates more than withering criticism.” (Prpleight)
2. Sydney: “Why does this keep happening to our school?” (Dahne)
3. Lydia: “You know stuff, which means you have to do stuff.” (Dahne)
4. Coach: “Who gave you a whistle?” (Dahne)



Wynonna Earp -
1. Wynonna: “Sorry I was a no show.” Rosita: “Just try not to miss the actual birth.” Wynonna: “Can I do that?” Rosita: “Physically impossible.” Wynonna: “Figure it out, slacker. I thought you were good.” Rosita: “Oh, I'm phenomenal.” (Milo)




Zoo -
1. Clem: “Okay, I need you to stop acting like a scientist and start acting like a Grandfather.” (Prpleight)
2. Mitch: “Oh, hey, nope. You don’t get to use that word ever again.” (Prpleight)



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."



Teen Wolf - 6.12 - Raw Talent - 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."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Teen Wolf - 6.12 - Raw Talent - Preview




While the premiere focused on where the characters were going, this episode is all about setting up the final plot and main theme of the season: Fear makes monsters of us all. Back in Beacon Hills, the “monsters” aren’t really hiding their special status well. Let’s just say that if they had a secret identity, they would be wearing it as a nametag. Even Scott is not immune from sloppy monster behavior when he starts to wolf out in front of the non-supernatural too. Not that the civilians are doing much better. Fear is running rampant in much the same way that it did with the steampunk scientists. It’s subtle but it is there. Except when it is not that subtle - enter Shady Guidance Counselor 2 and the head of Eichen House, who are controlled by their fears and each go after a fan favorite.


In an episode with double the villain monologues and plotline anvils, the highlight is by far Lydia. For much of the episode, she is in full banshee mode. She searches for the sounds in her vision to try to determine their source and thus identify the threat. While the season’s Big Bad is likely to remain a mystery for a few more episodes, it does lead to Kick Butt Lydia and that is always a plus. Add to it the Argent shootout and there is decent action in an episode largely overcome by too much exposition and stilted pacing along with too little humor, although Malia tries.


Grade: C+



Episode Tidbits:

2 previous villains return, one with the biggest filler montage yet.

2 of Team Parent return.

Creepy Beacon Hills High body is extra creepy with a side of “Huh? Say what? I don’t get it.”

It’s not just Lydia seeing things this episode.

Flashbacks to seasons 1 and 5 and references to others.

Liam’s IED returns after taking a break for a couple of seasons.

People in Beacon Hills really need better passwords.

Warning - If you are not a fan of spiders, this may not be the episode for you.

Bingo Square - wolfsbane



Highlights:

“For the record, I had everything under control.” “Clearly.”
JV Squad is a little toned down compared with the premiere, which gives slightly more Scott time
Malia, Scott, and Argent interactions
Most Kick Butt Character - Lydia
Shoot out
Tall Prep Blond (TPB aka Brett) knocks Liam down a peg



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."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Teen Wolf - 6.11- Said the Spider to the Fly - 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."