TV Thursday – 2/7/13

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I’m not sure if I didn’t realize we were back to a regular week or what, but wow, this is going to be long.  There’s lots of Continuum this week as I continue my mission to push through the entire first season, a double-dose of Elementary, plus tons of other shows!  I’ve also come to a realization, with Fringe gone, it’s really hard not having a go-to show for worst of the week!

Arrow #1×12 – “Vertigo” – Thea’s lawyer tries to get a plea deal past the judge, who refuses and sends her case to trial.  Oliver pleads with Laurel to see if her father can help and reluctantly, he does.  Oliver tries to buy himself a meeting with the head of the Vertigo drug cartel, someone known only as “The Count”.  Of course, this isn’t the same guy in the DC Comics universe, known  as Count Vertigo, a small-time supervillain in Green Arrow’s rogue’s gallery.  Once again, we see a guy without a suit or powers, who gets sort of shoehorned into the story.  I don’t have a problem with that per se, especially since we might see him get powers due to the events of this episode.    Finally getting a meeting, it is broken up by a police raid and in the ensuing madness, The Count injects Oliver with a lethal dose of Vertigo.  Diggle drags him back to the lair and uses the wonder drug on him, which saves his life, although the drug still has various effects.  Oliver flashes back to the island where Yao Fei pretends to kill him in a gladiatorial match to gain favor with Fyers, then provides Oliver with a map and a means to escape captivity.  Oliver spills the beans to Thea, who is being a spoiled little bitch, that it wasn’t their mother that was a loser, but their father.  Personally, I would have let the little bitch rot in prison.  After a little off-screen science by Felicity, they discover where the drug lab is and Oliver runs off to take out the bad guys.  The police show up just as Oliver injects The Count with a huge dose of his own drugs, then gets away.  The police take him to the hospital where, miraculously, he’s not dead, although there could be serious brain damage.  Felicity shares the book of names that Walter gave her with Oliver, telling him that the book is his mother’s.  Thea manages to bargain 2 years probation and 500 hours of community service at Laurel’s legal firm.  Once again, we get the obscure DC villain of the week, which I don’t mind at all, I just wish they were closer to their comic versions.  Hopefully The Count will come back changed and whacked out of his skull later on in the season.  I was also not at all impressed with how Thea acted in this episode, she was a little pain in the ass, rude to everyone, entitlement happy, etc.  She was afraid to go into the courtroom, she was terrified when her plea deal was rejected, but when given a very favorable solution to avoid going to prison, she turned it down?  Sorry, it just didn’t wash.

Bones #8×14 – “The Doll in the Derby” –  Bones and Booth investigate the death of an out-of-control roller derby skater that is found dismembered in the woods.  Angela, who has done pretty much dick in the last couple of episodes, volunteers to go undercover at the roller rink to try to get clues and ends up getting the crap beat out of her.  In making friends with the other skaters, they go out and get drunk and she ends up making out with Booth, who is pretending to be her significant other.  It turns out that most of what Angela did was just a time-waster, all of the skates were covered in blood, there was no way to tell which one had caused damage to the murder victim.  Now I don’t care how drunk someone is, as far as I’m concerned, if they really are in love with their husband, they would never act like Angela did.  Ever, especially not go back later and ask for more.  It was a disgusting display as far as I’m concerned.  The B and C stories this week were not better.  Wendell feeling bad about turning 29 and having very little to show for it could have been a really good story, he could have been the king of the lab for the week, come up with something that really made it possible to identify the killer, something really dramatic, but no.  Hodgins plays big brother for a couple of minutes, after, let’s be honest, being an annoying, harassing git for most of the episode and for his trouble, he gets a formerly-nude painting of Wendell, painted by his wife.  Yeah, thanks for that!  Finally, the whole Booth doing charity work was just dumb.  Yeah, it’s great that he’s helping out, but the idea that he has to hide it from everyone is just idiotic.  If you’re doing charity, how can anyone else help if you refuse to tell them about it?  Overall, yet another wholly disappointing episode out of Bones.

Castle #5×13 – “Recoil” – This is a continuation of the Senator Bracken storyline, begun earlier in the season.  Bracken is the man behind the murder of Beckett’s mother and Captain Montgomery, but he’s so powerful and smart and stuff that nobody can get any evidence against him, even though he’s got no problem speaking openly about it to Beckett.  Anyhow, one of Bracken’s political associates is found dead in a skid-row barrel, burned beyond recognition.  Only a medical implant serial number identifies her as Melanie Rodgers.  This gets Beckett investigating Bracken again, although it turns out that not only is he innocent of the crime, he’s actually being targeted for assassination.  Now, it’s up to Beckett and Castle to save the man that Beckett desperately wants to see dead.  They locate where Melanie was killed, using a cell phone message she was recording at the time of her murder, and find evidence in the trunk of a car, including a notebook making threats against Bracken.  While looking through all of the death threats that Bracken had received, Beckett locates one that matches the handwriting in the notebook and considers burning it so that whoever is going to kill Bracken can do the job she wants to do herself.  However, she doesn’t and they eventually stumble across evidence pointing to an unemployed mechanic, Robert McMannus, who felt that Bracken had murdered his son.  However, it was all a setup and the real culprit was Bracken’s long-time driver who had been paid off by political rival Ben Moss, leaving McMannus to take the fall.  When Beckett realizes that it was too easy and there will be another attempt made on Bracken’s life, she races to a huge public speaking engagement and evacuates the hotel, pissing everyone off and potentially ending her career.  However, the bomb wasn’t in the hotel, it was in his limo and, deducing this at the last moment, she stops Bracken from getting into his car just as it explodes.  He tells her he owes her now, that  no matter how much she hates him, having a friend in high places sometimes comes in useful.  Bracken has Moss arrested and uses it for political capital.  It was a good episode and nice to see it not revolve around Beckett’s mother, something I was afraid of at the time.  I would almost have bought Beckett burning the letter, but she’s a better cop than that.  Still, it was a momentary concern, seeing as she’s been unable to catch Bracken red handed, to maybe look the other way for a moment, or accidentally slip and burn the evidence and let reality take it’s course.  However, while I think Beckett ended up being in character, Castle was another matter.  I don’t care how tired he was, the Rick Castle we all know would never walk away and leave Beckett to do the work alone.  That’s just not him, yet it happened because we needed a convenient few seconds for Beckett to discover the evidence alone and have her moral dilemma.  And when Rick finds out what she almost did, he blows it off like it’s no big deal.  Someone needs to kick the writers and get their brains back in gear. 

Continuum #1×02 – “Fast Times” – Luckily, my concerns from the first episode were very quickly handled, Kiera’s Portland cop identity didn’t survive even the most tenuous examination and she soon finds herself in handcuffs for impersonating an officer.  The members of Liber8 are trying to return to their own time, they have the time device but lack a means to power it.  Personally, I don’t think it made much sense that they wanted to go back to the future before they had done much of anything here.  Don’t they realize that going back will just  get them put to death?  One of them, Matthew Kellog, decides he likes it here and he’s going to stay.  That’s probably the wisest decision.  Anyhow, she escapes and chases them to a university nuclear reactor, which they attempt to use to return home.  Wanting to get back to her family, Kiera convinces them to take her along.  Well, convinces is the wrong word since it’s done at gunpoint.  Anyhow, they fail and in the ensuing chaos, lose one part of their time machine, they’re not going to be trying again any time soon.  Carlos shows up to take her back into custody, but she hatches a plan, with Alec’s help, to construct a new identity for her, that of a deep undercover government operative.  Almost immediately, she’s out of cuffs and back on the case.  That’s maybe the only thing I didn’t care for in this episode, she lied to them before, they neglected to check it out and she got caught, yet this time, she’s got an identity that’s so secret they can’t check it out and she’s aces?  It seems to me that they ought to be a little more cautious, fool me once, kind of thing?  Oh well, at least this time she seems to have a more solid identity and she can finally go by her real name.

Continuum #1×03 – “Wasting Time” – A number of men turn up dead with perfectly circular holes drilled in the back of their heads and their pituitary glands missing.  Kiera theorizes that they’re making some sort of super soldier serum and, using her advanced tech and Alec’s computers, figures out who is probably their next target.  In reality, while it is the Liber8 soldiers drilling out people’s brains, they are trying to come up with a cure for Travis, their de-facto leader, who took over when the real leader of the group was presumed lost after the time jump.  However, Travis is very sick and may not survive, leading the other members of the group to jockey for position.  Even Kellog, who didn’t want to return to the future, tries to improve his lot by setting up Kiera with fake clues, thinking that if he can kill her, he’ll be a shoe in for the leadership position should it open.  However, his plan fails and Kiera and Carlos survive, causing Liber8 to eject Kellog from their ranks.

Continuum #1×04 – “Matter of Time” – Kiera and Carlos investigate the death of Dr. Ames, a scientist who had been working on a form of clean antimatter energy, but had died in a freak accident.  Ames’ assistant, Shane Mathers, offers to help, but they find that all of the doctor’s research has gone missing from the backup drives, someone has stolen it!  They suspect a former colleague, Dr. Melissa Dobeck, of having stolen the data but cannot find any evidence.  Meanwhile, the military shows up and demands that all evidence be turned over to them, they are considering the case a matter of national security.  With this seeming roadblock, Kiera and Carlos go at it a different way and eventually convince Mathers to confess to the crime.  He’d been sleeping with Dobeck but he refused to give her up and takes the rap for the murder on his own.  However, there is evidence that a second backup of the data was kept by Dobeck and she’s suddenly leaving the country.  Kiera intercepts her, gets her to turn over the data, but then learns that she, once she marries her fiance, will become the woman who solves the future energy crisis and saves the world.  Kiera gives her back the data and sends them on their way rather than risk destroying the future.  All this time, we find out, Kellog has been making a killing in the stock market, using his future knowledge.  He has also been helping out a young woman, paying off her mortgage, she’s suspicious of his motives but he plays it off as being a friend of her father’s.  In reality, she’s his grandmother and he’s trying to change the future for the better.  Also, the missing Liber8 leader, Kagame, reappears, he was farther from the time portal and thus, his arrival in the present was delayed.  After escaping from the hospital, he returns to the group and takes control and starts seriously planning for a war.

Continuum #1×05 – “A Test of Time” – This deals with another of my general frustrations with time travel stories, and while it’s well-handled, it does bring up another confusing fact about the Continuum universe.  Kagame decides to shift focus from military might to changing the hearts and minds of the modern-day people against the corporations.  He also changes his tactics with regard to Kiera, instead of directly attacking her, he decides to go after her grandmother, supposedly with the understanding that if she dies before giving birth to one of Kiera’s parents, Kiera would never exist.  This is hardly an original concept, in fact, it’s something that’s tried in a lot of different time travel stories, usually without good resolution.  While I’m not going to get into any of my own solutions to the grandfather, or in this case, grandmother paradox, I didn’t really find their ideas very satisfying.  Kiera knows that her grandmother’s name was Lily Jones, there are 9 people with that name in the area and she knows her grandmother lived there for a time.  When one Lily Jones ends up dead, Kiera goes out to round up the rest and protect them.  She finds that the right Lily Jones is a stoner, pierced and tattooed, not at all the woman that Kiera was raised thinking she was.  Add to all of that, she’s pregnant, presumably with one of Kiera’s parents.  She wants to get an abortion, saying her boyfriend would leave her if she didn’t, but we get a flash-forward to the future Kiera, where the same thing happened to her and her boyfriend at the time proposed to her.  In the end, Kiera outsmarts Kagame by finding his own grandmother and threatening to kill her and thus, eliminate Kagame, but in the ensuing shootout, it is the grandmother of Kellog that we see back in the previous episode, who gets killed.  Kellog, however, doesn’t vanish, leaving everyone scratching their heads.  This, however, is where I have problems.  In the future, they have these time travel oranges.  I don’t know how common they are or if this is the only one, it seems logical that it was an experimental device or you’d expect to see tons of Protectors showing up in 2012 to deal with Liber8.  Therefore, I can sort of understand why nobody really knows how time travel works or what the rules are and that gives the writers a little leeway.  However, even if the time device was experimental, they now know it works, why aren’t they making more of them and why aren’t the aforementioned Protectors not popping out of the woodwork?  If we assume that, in going back in time, Kagame and crew kill the person, or one of their ancestors, who came up with time travel, then they’ve created a paradox, the device shouldn’t exist in the future to allow them to come back and kill the creator.  Therefore, it seems logical that some other formula is at work here, if Kiera and Liber8 are in an alternate universe now, then nothing they do will affect their actual “future” and it’s all a waste.  This is why time travel stories are so difficult to write.

Continuum #1×06 – “Time’s Up” – In pursuit of their new agenda, Liber8 kidnaps the CEO of a major corporation; Exotrol, using a riot at a demonstration, dressed up to look like Occupy Wall Street.  Alec’s stepfather and stepbrother are conspiracy theorists, but his stepbrother, Julian, turns out to have bought into the Liber8 rhetoric and took part in the riot.  Kagame demands $20 million but when the ransom is paid, he just distributes it to the crowd, further cementing their loyalty.  He then sets up a website and holds a vote, should the CEO live or die?  The public overwhelmingly votes for her to die.  When Kiera and Carlos finally find her, she has a bomb strapped to her that demands that she tell the truth in order to be saved.  The CEO says that the financial crash was just a way to cover up for corporations stealing money from their employees and the bomb turns out to be fake.  Kellog breaks into Kiera’s apartment and steals her part of the time travel orange, likely to use as a bargaining chip with Kagame.  Kiera and Carlos work out that someone inside of Exotrol was working with Liber8, short-selling stocks to make millions to fund their mission.  This is yet another place where it’s somewhat unbelievable how things work out.  Kellog goes to Kagame and gives him a big bag of money, saying he’s been playing the stock market with his knowledge from the future.  Beyond the fact that doing such inherently changes the market, the fact is, I don’t buy it.  Ask yourself, could you pick out the specific stock trends of any particular day 65 years ago without looking?  Assuming you’re not a stockbroker or a stock historian, if I gave you a day like February 7, 1948, could you tell me what stocks were doing on that day?  Of course not!  You probably couldn’t even give me broad trends.  I find it hard to believe that a criminal on death row in the future is going to be given access to detailed historical stock records either without raising a lot of red flags so it’s not like Kellog could have done his research before he came back.  So how does he know?  What Liber8 did is much more reasonable.  But let’s look at Kellog a little longer.  Assuming he did have this knowledge, do you think for one second that the IRS wouldn’t come down on a guy who came out of literally nowhere and turned into a multimillionaire overnight?  It’s not like he can justify his existence, he literally didn’t exist here six months ago, he has no social security number so he can’t be paying taxes legitimately, and if you think the IRS (or the Canadian Revenue Agency, since this takes place in Canada) isn’t going to audit the crap out of him, you’re wrong.  They need to come up with a solution for this.

Continuum #1×07 – “The Politics Of Time” – When a woman that Carlos knows  and was intimate with shortly before ends up dead, Kiera must question her loyalty and trust to her partner.  Yeah, we know he didn’t do it, that it’s written just to give that impression, but this is a pretty common plotline in many shows.  It turns out that Carlos is old friends with a major union leader who is up for election to the largest union in the nation, that said union leader called Carlos to drag away Alicia, a reporter who accuses the leader of campaign improprieties, away, so they go back to her place and get it on, only to be called back to her apartment to find her dead body the next morning.  Carlos, of course, keeps it all quiet, he wants to solve the murder and he knows that if his relationship comes to light, that he’ll be pulled from the case.  The problem is, keeping his involvement secret gets him suspended from duty.  Oops!  Kellog visits Kiera and offers her the access codes to all of the military satellites if she will promise to let him know if anyone is planning on staging an attack on his boat.  Meanwhile, Alec is still trying to fix Kiera’s suit, he integrates it with his computer system and the suit turns out to be more useful than he is.  It can handle huge amounts of data and is, apparently, at least semi-sentient on it’s own, it does things that Alec doesn’t ask it to do.  After Kiera accept’s Kellog’s terms, they do a magic trick with the cell phone tower conveniently on the roof of Alicia’s apartment and get to see what happened inside the apartment when the murder happened.  They clear Carlos, although can’t tell anyone how, but this leads Kiera to suspect the union leader’s wife, who she thinks suspects he and Alicia had an affair.  It turns out in the end that it was the campaign manager, who took millions of dollars from Liber8 in exchange for doing away with the nosy reporter who could ruin everything.  Carlos is cleared and everything is dandy.  Well, the fact is that Carlos still lied and opened the department to potential lawsuits, so he should have been given an extended vacation without pay regardless.  This really opens up another can of worms though.  We know that Liber8 was behind the whole thing, they wanted to buy the ear of the union leader, who had a huge amount of influence after he won the election.  We see Kagame in the car with them, discussing the future.  So was the point of this to gain political influence or was it to ruin Carlos’ life?  Was it just a coincidence that Carlos was involved with Alicia?  It certainly did play into the plan, as Kagame had Jasmine try to kill Carlos in order to have him accused of the murder.  So was it just a big coincidence that they were involved or was it part of the plan from the beginning?  I know I seem to be complaining a lot in the last couple of episode reviews, but I’m really not complaining about Continuum, but about typical TV tropes that Continuum is using.  In general, I think Continuum is handling them a lot better than other shows, I just wish they’d go that extra few steps and think their way around the typical problems that these tropes have. 

Thumbs DownElementary #1×13 – “The Red Team” – After last week’s fiasco, Sherlock finds himself suspended and, as far as Captain Gregson is concerned, permanently barred from consulting with the NYPD ever again.  That doesn’t stop Sherlock though, he learns that the moderator on a conspiracy theorist forum he frequents has gone missing and off Sherlock goes, breaking into his apartment and finding him dead, the apparent victim of auto-erotic asphyxiation.  Of course, Sherlock sees right through that and finds a link to a 2009 military think tank which had come up with a means to defeat the U.S. military so thoroughly that it’s become an embarrassment to the government.  The implications are so dire that all of the members live in fear that someone will kidnap them and torture the information out of them, or will attempt to buy the information for obscene amounts of money.  In fact, that’s exactly what happens when one of the cadre starts killing off the rest so he’s the only one with the information and can sell it for an astronomical fee.  When Sherlock solves the case, he provides a half-hearted apology to Gregson, who takes him back, but only after punching him in the gut.  I guess they both got what they really wanted, although the relationship between the two of them will be very strained for quite some time to come. 

Thumbs UpElementary #1×14 – “The Deductionist” – Elementary showed an extra episode this week following the Superbowl, thus I have two episodes to review.  Luckily, they decided to go with a special episode and it was truly excellent.  When a serial killer that Sherlock had dealt with in England manages to break out of the hospital where he’s undergoing a kidney extraction for his sick sister, Sherlock is reunited with a criminal profiler, Kathryn Drummond, with whom he had a relationship.  However, since then, he’s soured on her when she wrote a profile of him that accurately predicted his descent into drug addiction and ultimately said that he will eventually self-destruct.  In this, both he and the killer, Martin Ennis, have something in common, she had written a book on his case and accused his parents of abusing him as a child, causing both of them to commit suicide.  It turns out that not all is as it seems, the sister actually caused her kidneys to fail on purpose by taking specific toxins, waiting for her opportunity to kill Drummond for what she did to their parents.  I honestly never  saw that coming at all and it’s pretty damn hard to surprise me in these shows.  Sherlock determines where Ennis is hiding and confronts him alone, giving him a choice between a gun and handcuffs.  He desperately wants Ennis to prove that Drummond’s profile of him is wrong, thereby giving Sherlock hope that she was wrong about him as well.  Whether she was right or wrong though, it was a fantastic episode, one that reminds me exactly why I keep returning to Elementary.

Following #1×03 – “The Poet’s Fire” – There’s one thing I’m realizing as I watch The Following.  The vast majority of character development in this series is done on the serial killer antagonists, leaving most of the FBI and “good guys” as little more than walk-on cardboard-cutouts.  Ryan is the exception, of course, but otherwise, they just stand up “generic law-enforcement mannequin #47” to deliver some line of dialog.  Even Weston, who plays Ryan’s protege, has very little background so far.  Yes, I know this is only the third episode, bit it’s clear where all of the development has been.  The problem is, I just don’t buy Joe Carroll as the serial killer/cult leader.  I wouldn’t follow this guy to a swimming pool full of ice cream.  I don’t find anything he says particularly inspirational, but in the show, not only can he get a pile of people to follow him around, he can plan out an absurdly elaborate plan that spans years and nothing ever goes wrong. See, last episode, I pretty much called it that Paul really did have strong gay feelings for Jacob and is feeling betrayed now that Jacob and Emma are back together.  He even went out looking to pick up a woman as a means to reassure himself and when he does, he kidnaps her and drags her back to the cabin to use as a sex toy so he’s not such a third wheel.  The revelation that Jacob and Paul had a gay relationship in fact, not just in appearance is hardly a surprise either.  Yet I have to wonder, how could Joe Carroll, who was in prison, or Emma, his voice on the outside, convince them to play the gay role for 5 years, even if it was just a role?  Carroll couldn’t convince me to change my socks.  Anyhow, back to the story.  As we saw in the previous episode, a Poe-masked man (Rick) lit a man buying a hot dog on fire in front of lots of witnesses.  We find that his victim is a critic who wrote a scathing review of Carroll’s book and Rick is taking revenge.  In fact, that’s what Rick is all about, that’s what he wants to be remembered for, revenge.  He’s also not very good with knives, preferring fire.  I guess that’s alright, after all, who wants to see a one-trick pony among the serial killer cult?  The FBI brings Rick’s wife in for questioning and discover that he had tried to stab her to death years earlier and failed.  Bad with knives, remember?  So they send Agent Riley back to protect the wife and it turns out she too is part of the cult and shoves a knife in his neck.  Another one bites the dust.  Why?  Surely stabbing some random FBI agent isn’t part of Carroll’s grand plan, it makes me wonder why she’d sacrifice herself that way.  In fact, she reveals that the cult used to practice stabbing each other.  Seems rather stupid, doesn’t it?  In another part of the plot, Claire receives an e-mail with a  video attachment, showing Joey being shown how to kill.  Yes, that’s creepy, especially how he seems to like it.  I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Finally, we see Jordy, the murderer from last episode, stuffing bandages down his throat to take his own life.  Come on, nobody is watching this guy?  Seriously!  My problem thought is the same one I brought up in the first episode.  How far can this show go with this premise?  A single serial killer/cult leader and his wanna-be followers?  Where is this going to lead?  I can’t imagine they have that much plot material to go through, even if this first season is only 15 episodes.  How are they going to get an ongoing story out of Joe Carroll and his Brady Bunch of maniacs?  I just don’t see it, sorry.

Person of Interest #2×13 – “Dead Reckoning” – Picking up right after the end of last episode, we find that Carter survived the crash, Donnelly is dead and Reese is missing.  We find him with a bomb-vest strapped on, next to Snow, with his former partner Kara Stanton holding their leash.  They’re going to do some work for her and start by beating up some ATF agents and stealing their car.  Reese manages to send a quick text to Finch, which he an Carter decode to mean he’s wearing a bomb-vest.  We find, in a flashback, that Kara had barely survived the drone strike on their position in China, she was in the hospital and visited by an unknown man who offered to give her information she needed to hunt down the people who tried to kill her if she’ll work for them.  She agrees.  Back in the real world, Reese and Snow are sent into a top-secret government facility where they develop cutting edge cyber-weapons, Reese thinks they’re there to steal a weapon that Finch assures him can shut down The Machine, but after Reese deletes the hard drives and the virus, Kara shows up and reveals it was just a way for her to get in and accomplish her real mission, uploading something into the government mainframes.  She sets the bomb-vests for 5 minutes and makes her escape.  Snow claims he’s going to go find an FBI safehouse a couple of blocks away, Reese goes up on the roof, presumably to die, but meets Harold there and, with 7 seconds to spare, disarms the bomb.  Snow, however, didn’t really go to the safehouse, he got in the back seat of Kara’s car, just after she receives the name of the individual who almost got her killed.  The car explodes, killing them both.  Back at Finch’s loft, he tries to get into the government hard drive but all he can tell is that it is set to activate in just over 5 months.  We flash back to see Kara’s car explode and a piece of flaming paper comes to rest on the ground, the name of her tormenter, it says “Harold Finch”.  To be honest, Finch’s name wasn’t a surprise, as soon as Kara’s handler said “it’s a name that appears in no databases”, I said “It’s Finch!”  However, the idea  that, presumably, there’s a covert organization out there, unaffiliated with the government, who presumably knows all about The Machine and wants to get rid of if, that’s a good story that I very much look forward to seeing more of.  At least Reese is home again, for the first time in a number of episodes.

Primeval: New World #1×10 – “The Great Escape” – Why didn’t this series start out this way?  The Titanis that Leeds kept, back in episode 4, escaped from the lab where the government was doing experiments on it.  Dylan is notified by Detective Harlow that something dinosaur-like was discovered and she and Evan race to catch it.  They corner the terrorbird and realize it’s the same animal that they thought was sent back through the anomaly, only to have a bunch of military-types show up and ham-handedly chase the dinosaur away while trying to catch it.  Supposedly, they work for Leeds, but they have no respect for him whatsoever.  When they confront Leeds, they learn that he’s not really in charge of the project, he took the Titanis as proof for his superiors, but he’s mostly outside of the loop.  He had no idea that hideous experiments were being performed or that it had escaped.  They use the GPS tracker attached to the terrorbird to track it to a sports arena, where Major Douglas and his troops have also arrived to recapture it.  Evan and Dylan make a duplicate tracker out of her cell phone to keep the military off the scent, but the dinosaur is so badly injured and they realize they can’t send it back to be tortured any more, so Dylan euthanizes it.  Leeds shows up to run cover for them as they escape, but is captured and arrested.  In his car, he leaves his access pass for Project Magnet so that they can get in and search for more information.  Honestly, this is the show I wanted from the beginning, when I was complaining that nothing substantive was going on.  We have a government conspiracy to do something with the dinosaurs, beyond what we’ve been led to believe from Leeds and his crew.  We have Cross Photonics on the verge of failure because of how badly Evan has handled the anomalies.  We have time paradoxes, including a former team member’s duplicate in a freezer in the basement.  Now I actually want to watch this show!

Best of the Week:  It was a close call, but Elementary #1×14 gets the nod this week, based mostly on seeing the internal struggles that Sherlock goes through.  Yeah, it was a pretty silly episode in general, from the serial killer virtually waltzing out of the O.R. to his sister virtually committing suicide in hopes it would get her a couple of minutes alone with Drummond in order to kill her, but the shining stars of the episode were Holmes and the serial killer brother who were like two sides of the same coin, who share the same hatred and who ultimately are very flawed individuals.  I just hope that, like we saw in #1×13, the writers don’t let those flaws get out of control.  Holmes is played as a man with issues, but those issues could very easily ruin the believability of the show and ruin his career and his life.  It’s a narrow line to walk, sometimes they fall over, but I’m hoping the writers can keep him on the straight and narrow most of the time.

Worst of the Week:  It’s hard to pick, now that I don’t have the predictably-awful Fringe to beat up on, but that makes me have to consider these shows a bit more carefully.  It was a hard decision, I’ll admit, but I’m going to throw it to Elementary #1×13 this week.  Yes, Elementary gets both best episode and worst episode!  I know that they’re playing Sherlock as a quasi-Asberger, anti-social git, but he was just a prick in this episode.  You just don’t go to your boss and say “yeah, I lied to you and I’d do it again because your respect isn’t something I give a damn about, but stop being a jerk and let me do my work because you need me”.  And worse, you don’t have the Captain agree!  I can’t imagine anyone in a leadership capacity in any police force putting up with that kind of thing, especially knowing how unstable the individual you’re working with is.  Come on, you can be better!

Other Stuff I Watched This Week:  Top Gear U.S. #3×07, Kamen Rider Wizard 14-20, Top Gear #19×02

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