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  1. FBI

    This show seems to be getting worse with each episode. What happened? This was the one where the Alt Right guy was killed by a Molotov cocktail fire bomb at a college campus. The WtFs: 1) Maggie and OA, with their big "FBI" vests, walk around campus, interview people, walk up to an active protest. THEN, Maggie goes "undercover" in the same area. Seriously? 2) The FBI would allow a civilian family member to assist trained agents on an undercover case? We jokingly noted that the government shutdown must be affecting the NY FBI branch, since they appear to have only around five people doing any work and need family members to help.
  2. S02.E04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

    I am not sure what to make of the fact that the women Ed has been involved with have all deceived him and/or cheated on him. I can only think of three: Kelly, the time-traveling Charlize Theron and now, Teleya. Perhaps Macfarlane is working through some issues?
  3. S05.E00: Bandersnatch

    It felt more like a stunt than a story. And I was skeptical about watching it, considering the depressing nature of most of Black Mirror episodes. I felt more distracted than entertained - wondering what I was missing by following one path and not another. It did seem as if the writers were trying to guide you toward the more violent options - for instance, it felt difficult to avoid the father being killed - I kept getting a reset when trying to keep Stefan from becoming a murderer. I may have been more impressed if all roads lead to the same destination (or maybe one of two, not five). We are debating going back to try different options. But picking less appealing options just to search for alternative scenes just reinforces the idea that Bandersnatch is a time-sucking stunt.
  4. S02.E04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

    I could see grounds for court martial after Ed told Telaya the secret about the pseudo-real command codes - and then let her go. But for the Orville, the writers get to decide what is serious and what is not - so there is no point in trying to apply real-world logic to things that happen there. At some point, these sci-fi show will need to drop the gimmick of hostile aliens getting a captain's passwords/codes, because current technology is already moving past single password authorization.
  5. S02.E04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

    Yes. There were many, many things that could have easily caused her plan to fail. Also, how would the Krill, being so xenophobic towards Earthlings, mange to get all the information needed to fake a believable background history for Telaya? And with futuristic technology, how could an Orville crew-member not get a security check that included DNA scans? The Orville story lines require a lot of suspension of disbelief.
  6. S16. E12. The Last Link

    All of the NCIS team did not seem to be particularly bothered by the fact that a soldier was murdered while in their custody and during their watch. Heads should have rolled for that.
  7. FBI

    Same here. The wayward undercover FBI agent said she could not betray her target because he was 'a good man'. Was she deliberately overlooking the fact that he had sex with the daughter - and then either arranged for her murder or was okay with his partner committing the murder? Plus, you know, the drug dealing.. The main FBI characters are fine for this type of procedural - but after a while they do start to come off as practically perfect in every way.
  8. Bodyguard

    I also decided to watch after all the attention given by the Golden Globes. It was an engaging, nicely short series. It reminded me of other BBC police dramas: lots and lots of different elements being thrown in the pot: PTSD, parenthood issues, estranged wife - with boyfriend, workplace affair, terrorists, organized crime, politics, office politics, etc. It seemed as if almost all the characters outside of David's family were shaded to potentially be revealed as a villain (and almost all were guilty of something). Unfortunately, the story resolved with biggest police drama cliche: officer gets personally involved and obsessed with case; officer is relieved of duty - turns over gun and badge; officer goes rogue and manages to crack the case almost single-handedly. Personally, I did not like the Nadia 'twist'. She failed at her self-assigned suicide bombing - but then she tries to portray herself as an empowered, intelligent villain - on behalf of a radical group that most likely has little to no respect for women in their society..? But a second season? It is hard to imagine how they could put the genie back in the bottle after everything that has happened. How could David realistically get back to being a regular bodyguard again?
  9. S02.E03: Home

    For a comedy, there was nothing very humorous in this episode. The entire thing felt like a very special episode to bid farewell to Alara. Alara's horse riding daydream was weird - but the whole episode felt like a tribute to Alara. The drawn out good-bye with the main crew/cast seemed to indicate that the character was really leaving. It seemed very odd that a starship would deliver a crew member directly to the front yard of her family's house. Not a medical facility? Not a Union base? And it seemed as if Alara was going to sit there while her family was tortured. Only Ed's arrival interrupted the hostage situation. I thought that Alara was going to demonstrate that her security training used both brains and brawn, but no, it came down to fighting and shooting people. Orville continues to defy my expectations - so, yay?
  10. S02.E01: Ja'loja

    Had missed this episode and found it on Fox On Demand - but Fox definitely labels it as 'comedy' , not 'action' or 'drama'. And I do view it as a comedy/parody even though it does not seem to stick to one tone or another. Maybe it is FOX's attempt to avoid being sued by Star Trek. Starting the season with Ed and Kelly's relationship drama signaled to me that the show is committed to them being the destined, endgame couple. All other love interests are most likely cannon fodder. Ugh. Considering that the show began and ended with the subject of an alien peeing ritual (and really emphasizing the term "peeing"), I really did not take any of the other plots as intended to be more serious than that. To me, it feels as if I would be putting more thought into the story than the writers do - - like worrying about Homer Simpson's career and parenting choices. Still, it is a fun show..
  11. Aquaman (2018)

    I understand the appeal of rehashing "the sword in the stone" story line with the fantasy of "Hey, maybe even I could be a king!". But the kingdom of Atlantis does not come off as a very advanced society if they are excited to have the winner of a fight become their leader - - someone who doesn't know anything about their culture, rules, or history - - and basically blames them for his mother being sentenced to death. And if Atlantis was the type of old-school patriarchy of its original above-ground time, the children of a queen would have no standing. It is a bit hard to believe that anyone would think that whatever child a ruler has should automatically be the next ruler. The monarchy system seems like a slightly different version of dictatorship.
  12. Venom (2018)

    We rented this with very low expectations, just looking for entertainment/action. It works ... sort of .. as a comedy. Tom Hardy's character came off a frazzled, recovering drug addict before and after the symbiote merge. Michelle Williams' character did not work for a lot of reasons as mentioned by others. And with no heroes, was the aim of the movie to feature the least worst villain? The lowest point of movie was the symbiote-on-symbiote battle. That may as well have been an animated movie. With no established understanding of what the creatures' differences were or shape-forming capabilities , it felt like nonsense. And isn't Venom (as implied by the name) supposed to have spider-like characteristics? Without a Spider-Man reference, I did not see any.
  13. S02.E02: Primal Urges

    When the shuttle left the planet, I was surprised there seemed to be room for more people in the shuttle and that there was not a child on Bortus' lap. Also, the planet's surviving group were not waiting at the door and Bortus and Isaac did not seem very rushed during the trip. They even took the time to go to another area and have a lottery. Everything about the surviving humanoids on the planet - from their discovery to the timing of the rescue attempt - was set up for only some of them to survive - in order to serve Bortus' story. It happens often on sci-fi shows: the plot requires a certain outcome, so there is a lot of geek-speak blah-blah-blah explaining why the most obvious solutions will not work. For me, The Orville works best when it sticks to being a Star Trek parody. When it attempts to be heartfelt in the middle of the jokes, it feels awkward.
  14. S02.E02: Primal Urges

    A weirdly entertaining show, but not something to spend a lot of time thinking about. It is sort of like Seth McFarlane's Family Guy - but in space. So many wacky situations that really should not occur. How does The Union (Federation) of Planets allow alien species into their ranks and high profile positions on their ships and yet have no knowledge of their customs - especially the violent customs (divorce killings)? The crazy Moclan customs just seem like wouldn't-it-be-funny stunts.
  15. FBI

    As far as CBS procedurals go, FBI is pretty good. (NBC only does Chicago now, apparently.) But coming from Dick Wolf - of Law&Order fame - I did not expect every case to center around the same two agents. They would be the most famous FBI agents of all time. (I guess L&O had the same detectives for several seasons, but it was the city of New York, not a national agency.)