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  1. Danielg342

    S02.E11: Lasting Impressions

    This was...a nice episode. Light...maybe a little too light. Kind of glad that Seth picked 2015 for this one...go a year or two later and politics would get in the way. Anyway...great to see Leighton Meester. Seth's ability to get A+ guest stars is off the charts. You don't get half the quality of guests on most shows during an entire season but Seth just seems to get at least one each episode. It's unreal. Like Laura Huggins, har har. Anyway, Meester did very well as Huggins, making her very real and very likable (anyone who knew Meester from her Gossip Girl days knows Huggins is a complete 180 from her previous character). I also think she had some great sparks with Gordon, and, while I know Huggins and Malloy can't further explore their romance, I'd love to see Meester and Scott Grimes perform a duet. Really, it was pure magic. Oh...and Bortus and Klyden smoking. I don't think there was a dull moment in that entire story...I loved Bortus asking for 500 cigarettes. Pretty sure there are some smokers that would, er, love that capability. No Issac tonight...wonder if we'll see much of him the rest of the way.
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    S05.E10: I Am Bane

    I'm sure there's a few Gothamites who felt the city needed remodelling. That's about all I can say. This season has been a pure drag...and an utter disappointment. Glad there's only two episodes left.
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    Whiskey Cavalier

    One thing I really like about the fights is that this show is not afraid to have male characters lay some good licks on female characters. Too many shows contrive their fights so that men only face men and women only face women when that's just not realistic. In this episode, you'd expect Will to help Frankie out with the assassin, and Will did that- unlike other shows that would have parked him on the sidelines.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Good catch. Congrats Shemar Moore on your accomplishment...he's earned it. Here's hoping we get S3 as well.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Ah, OK. I think we're on the same page.
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    Whiskey Cavalier

    "Mr. & Mrs. Trowbridge" (March 20, 2019) Last week, I chided this show for not keeping things simple. This week, they listened and kept things simple. (OK, so I doubt they actually did listen to me...but still) Tonight we had a pretty straightforward story that had only logical twists and turns, with layers added on as needed. We didn't have the writing of before where they tried to wow us with their "depth"- they just stuck to the story and allowed the depth to come naturally. ...and it worked. Beautifully. First of all, good to know Iona really did get her happy ending. Kind of reminds me of Tom Keen in The Blacklist (where he was "married" to his mark and also did fall in love with her), only this time the love was real from the get-go. Second of all, Vir Das and Tyler James Williams had great chemistry together. They're really great as comic relief. ...and Ana Ortiz kills it on her own. Even when she doesn't do much like sulk into her drink she still commands the screen. Lastly I'll say that this was the first time I saw some genuine sparks between Will and Frankie. It's ultimately where the show wants to go, so I'm glad we're actually getting a payoff. They just need to go slow, lest they make the same mistake Moonlighting did. Overall, great effort. They earned themselves another look- and if they keep this up, they'll definitely be a hit,
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    S.W.A.T.

    I realize it's a matter of interpretation but it sounded to me that Deacon shot down Annie's suggestion as more of a show of overconfidence and arrogance than to "remind her of her place". Again, I don't get the feeling Annie is being forced to live in this arrangement- she wanted to live this way.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Perhaps Annie is just as traditional as Deacon is and thus feels it's most important to be a housewife. She certainly doesn't feel forced into the arrangement. I do think they'll come back to it...Annie mentioning work means the show has at least thought of that possibility.
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    Whiskey Cavalier

    Episode 01.03, "When In Rome" You know, I never thought I'd ever say this about a "serious" show like this one but... They really could learn a lot from Seth MacFarlane. Well, OK...let me clarify. They could learn a lot from MacFarlane's The Orville. I'm going to qualify this by stating that this is by no means a suggestion that The Orville is some kind of "Hollywood gold standard"- as good as the show is, their stories do suffer from a lack of depth. They're a little too straightforward. ...but... In an industry that is plagued by writers who feel they need to be grandiose and have to hit you, the viewer, with so many different twists and turns and feints and so...much...elaborateness...when you get something like The Orville where the plot is easy to follow along and the characters don't try to do too much, it's refreshing. Which is what this show really needs to learn- Keep it simple, stupid. What sold me on this show was the concept of two leads who kept each other on their toes because they're just so great at trading jabs with each other. They're like Holmes and Watson on Elementary, The Mentalist's Jane and Lisbon, Bones' Booth and Brennan...a Moonlighting for the modern age. Basically...a married couple that doesn't yet realize they're married yet. While that has, largely, played out because of Scott Foley's chemistry with Lauren Cohan, what is holding this show down is this incessant need to pile on layers after layers that just wind up bogging down the finished product. Fine...Frankie just might be afraid to get too close to Will for...whatever reason. She bonds with him but she constantly fights it because those kinds of bonds have hurt her and her partner in the past, and she doesn't want to get hurt again. Fine. ...but you can still show all that without turning Frankie into a petulant child who puts her own feelings and her own ego over the needs of the case and the mission. How many times did Frankie do something just for the sake of "doing it her way" that nearly destroyed the whole mission (like drawing attention to herself by stabbing Andrews in the arm)? Did she also have to keep on telling Will that "no, we're not bonding"? Once or twice was all we need. Then, of course, there's Will, who never seemed to stop telling people how charming he is. If Foley wasn't actually charming, those repeated lines would be more than just irritating. More than irritating was Standish's repeated insistence that he gets a gun...where he fires said gun to no effect and proves why he's not yet ready to handle one. OK, look...I don't get why this guy is even in the field without gun clearance (you never saw Penelope Garcia in the field for that reason), but if that's how the show wants to roll...fine. Just don't have Standish act whiny and maverick-y to the point where he, like Frankie, could sabotage the mission. The coup de grace, though, is that- yet again- the show tries too hard to make this band of agents- supposedly the "brightest agents in America"- into some kind of "lovable band of idiots" by making them blunder their way through their missions and barely escape by the skin of their teeth. Hello? Hey guys- I know it's "funny to see people fail"...but you seriously undermine your team's credibility if they can't do anything as simple as tying their shoes without tripping over themselves over and over again. I said it last week- I shouldn't be asking the question "why would I want to hire these guys?" so early in a show's run. Make this group competent. Establish the characters. Plant a few seeds here and there, yes, but don't think you have to reveal all in one episode- let your show grow. Organically. That's how we're going to fall in love with these characters. Simply put, I came here for a show about two snarky co-leads who kick the butts of the world's worst criminals and may or may not want to do something, ahem, to each other's butts, even if they initially deny it. So give me that show. Don't pile on the troubles and the issues before you've established the characters- give them issues only after you've developed them. Otherwise, there will be hardly a reason to care.
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    S.W.A.T.

    1) I hope that's the story and not the predictable "Annie and the kids get kidnapped and used as debt collection", though if the show follows the lead of "Vendetta" and remembers to bench Deacon, it could be interesting. 2) IMDB isn't always accurate, and they're likely going off press releases. I wonder if, on air, Mumford has ever been called "Jeff". I guess we'll see how CBS treats this going forward.
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    S02.E10: Blood of Patriots

    ...and whatever she was going to do with those gloves.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Episode 2.17, "Jack" Thought it was slow to get going but once it did it worked well. I'm thinking Deacon's money issues won't end with that detective doing a simple favour for his loan shark. That needs a bigger payoff. Glad the show alluded to a "miracle cure" that other shows use only to pull the rug from under us. The case was interesting...using expensive cars to hide drugs. Novel approach, though I bet it's happened before in L.A. I also gotta give the show a nod for using Italians as villains...it's a break from the normal Latinos, East Asians, blacks and white supremacists that the show goes through. Plus I am Italian...so there. 😛 Heartbroken for Darryl, expecting to be taken back by his mother only for her boyfriend to ruin things. Looks like Hondo's got himself a child to raise, in a roundabout kind of way. Oh, and good episode for Street...he and Whip had quite the camaraderie. EDIT- Is it just me or did Mumford's name suddenly become "Jack" in this one? The credits list him as "Jeff Mumford", and I'm sure the show has referred to him as such before...*shrug*
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    S02.E10: Blood of Patriots

    Kind of took a bit to get going, but once it did, it did great. I had a feeling that Orrin was a strange dude from the minute I saw him. I figured the show would go with "he's not really Orrin, he's a Krill in disguise" (like they did with Teleya as "Janel"), but the way they ultimately explained it worked too. It did require a bit of a Deus Ex Machina (creating a whole new race on a whim to provide the "final clue"), but it still worked in the end. I'll also say that this episode was Gordon's finest moment. Required to do more than just make fart jokes, Scott Grimes showed what kind of an actor he can be. I already knew (he was on Criminal Minds), but he never really brought it out until now. Oh, and shout out to Admiral Ted Danson...Seth McFarlane's ability to get great cameos never ceases to amaze me.
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    S05.E09: The Trial of Jim Gordon

    For an obvious filler episode, this was a good one. Ben McKenzie should get into writing...he seems to know what he's doing. I just think this should have been an earlier seasons episode...it just doesn't fit within the S5 framework except for a few periphery ties. Maybe this would have worked better in S3 or even S4, when the storyline "Jim thinks he's the hero" really took hold.
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    Whiskey Cavalier

    I wish Frankie would stop running in heels (that's an overdone cliche at this point), but I'll give the show credit that she at least recognized their limitations and adjusted for it.
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