TV Thursday – 2/14/13

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I managed to finish the first season of Continuum and catch up on this season of Murdoch Mysteries so it’s another big list this week!

Arrow #1×13 – “Betrayal” – Oliver confronts his mother over the notebook he received last episode from Felicity, but she denies knowing anything about it, claiming it was a list of people who owed his father favors.  She then tossed the book into the fire.  Luckily, he has another one.  Laurel calls the Hood when Cyrus Vanch gets out of prison due to a technical glitch and sets out to take over the city’s crime families.  To do so, he decides to kill the Hood to prove his worth.  When he learns that Laurel has been working with the Hood, he kidnaps her, causing Detective Lance to seek out the Hood for help, recognizing that someone in his force, the only ones who were aware of Laurel’s connection with the Hood, could be a traitor.  Together, they take out a group of killers that Vanch placed between himself and Laurel’s rescuers, but of course, they pose no threat or  challenge to the Hood.  Laurel is rescued unharmed, Vanch is taken into custody again but Laurel decides to distance herself from her father due to his deception, then the Hood decides to distance himself from Laurel because she was put into harm’s way because of him.  Meanwhile, Diggle starts following Oliver’s mother, just to see if her story is on the level.  It isn’t.  He records a conversation between her and Mr. Merlyn where she says a lot of incriminating things.  When Oliver hears this, he is quite unhappy.  In our weekly flashback to the island, Oliver finally meets Slade Wilson, who will become Deathstroke and they form an uneasy partnership that Wilson thinks will get them off the island. I do like the fact that Oliver is finally starting to see his mother for what she is, which is good after the last couple of episodes where her character has been built up.  She finally told Thea that her father wasn’t the saint she thought he was, implying that the things that Thea had blamed her mother for over the years really should have been her father’s doing.  Now, it’s clear that even if their father wasn’t such a great guy, their mother is no peach either.  A little well-meaning suspicion goes a long way.  I was also a bit unsure of the revelation of Deathstroke’s real face, it was never said specifically in the episode but everyone keeps saying that’s who it was.  Oliver was tortured by someone in that mask, the idea that there are two of them out there, one crazy and one sane, is a bit odd, I think it’s more likely that it’s a single man with a split personality, just like the two sides of the mask.  Add to that the fact that the DC comics version of Slade Wilson was an ex-U.S. Army soldier, not Australian, so maybe that’s not him.  I was almost thinking that the person Oliver met at the crashed plane might be Major Wintergreen, the long-time friend and partner of Deathstroke.  I guess the truth will be revealed in time.  

Thumbs DownBones #8×15 – “The Shot in the Dark” – Every time I think a Bones episode can’t get worse, they disgust me.  Bones is shot while working late with a mysterious vanishing bullet, she keeps dying on the table, giving rise to visions of her dead mother, with whom she never reconciled.  Meanwhile, everyone spends their time throwing around religious epithets while Bones, whenever she comes out of her delirium, simply declares she doesn’t believe in God.  This whole nonsense of playing the rational Bones against the irrational and religious Booth has always pissed me off and they pushed every one of the wrong buttons this week.  The other really bad part of the episode was the blood bullets.  Why?  Okay, we know that ice bullets will never work, they even said so in this episode, but what was the point of even bothering?  Why didn’t they use a real bullet?  There was no point whatsoever not to, it just gave Hodgins something to do with himself.  When you think about it, it was really asinine that the killer used his own blood, which could be tracked back to him, to shoot people with.  Hodgins reasoned that nobody ever checked the blood at the scene, but would the killer have known that?  After all, he worked in an entirely different area of the Jeffersonian, why would he think that doing what he did was safe?  I’d have thought it was no safer than leaving my fingerprints all over the crime scene.  And what ever happened to the case they were working on, the guy who was thrown off the bridge?  Where was Angela in all of this?  I know that Brennan’s father needed a bigger role in this episode, but she is her best friend, it makes no sense for her not to be in the episode at all.  Dumb dumb dumb dumb and dumb some more.  This show is slipping big time.

Castle #5×14 – “Reality Star Struck” – When a star of a reality television show ends up dead at a bus stop, the team tries to figure out who done it when everyone involved with the show is just a dick.  Any of them could have done it and just gunning down the whole cast and crew would have been a better solution.  Still, with Valentine’s Day looming and Castle being competitive with everyone over gifts, it was a classic Rick Castle week, which is always excellent.  About the only saving grace with the reality TV plot was that the victim wasn’t as much as a sleazebag as everyone else on the set, I can’t stand reality TV, especially the trashy shows like this.  It ended up being a pretty stupid solution to the crime anyhow, what idiot uses their own expensive wedding present to commit a murder and thinks they won’t get caught?  Hell, she didn’t care that she got caught, she just thought she was above being punished for it.  The backstory was more interesting, where Castle accidentally put Beckett’s present into Captain Gates’ coat pocket and they spent the episode stressing that she might find out their secret.  Hell, everyone else knows, Gates can’t be that stupid.  Everyone just talks about it openly.  It’s not like everyone doesn’t know that Javier and Lainey are going out again.  Nobody cares!  The resolution, where Gates reads Castle the riot act, was well played, although it could have been played for comedy and she could have been appreciative for the gift.  In fact, Castle could have played it better and got a few brownie points with Gates.  The bit where Beckett’s gift to Castle was a drawer at her apartment, honestly, was underwhelming.  Why did it take her this long?  A decent, although not spectacular episode, but they can’t all be.

Continuum #1×08 – “Playtime” – When Carlos and Kiera investigate two mysterious murder-suicides that happen on the same day, it looks like someone has managed to develop mind control, but who?  Signs point to a software startup that the two murderers were employed by, but this kind of technology shouldn’t exist yet, and of course, Liber8 is behind it.  When Kiera tries out the company’s new virtual reality game, it integrates with her HUD and bad things start to happen.  It takes Alec some time to realize that there’s more to the game than meets the eye and it’s about to bring Kiera’s system crashing down, but it also allows Liber8 to take control of her body, almost killing Carlos in the process.  Alec, with the help of her suit, manages to reboot her system just in time.  However, that means that Liber8 learns that Alec is helping Kiera, something they’d kept secret to this point in time.  He upgrades her firewall so no one can hack into her system again, but in so doing, discovers a hidden file, addressed to him, from his future self. I honestly think this is one of the weakest episodes of the season.  At the beginning, you see  a flash forward that in the future, they’ve developed (with a few bugs remaining) a system for controlling the minds of Protectors.  I can’t really imagine what they’d use it for, but the point is, it only works on people who have the computer chips implanted into the back of their neck.  We see Kiera getting hers, we see them implanting the program using a tool on the chip.  So why does it work on two people who do not have the chips (and cannot have them implanted since they haven’t been invented yet)?  How did two people get “programmed” by playing a game?  It shouldn’t be possible. I can see Kiera being  susceptible, but regular civilians?  Hardly.  But without that, the whole episode doesn’t work.  I suppose it’s just a way to answer the possibility of Kiera’s system getting hacked, and for that I can appreciate it on some level, I’d rather they address these concerns than ignore them, but it should have been done better. 

Continuum #1×09 – “Family Time” – When a local farm is reported to have purchased an alarming amount of ammonium nitrate, Carlos and Kiera go to investigate.  It turns out to be Alec’s farm and his step-father is shocked to find a truck filled with chemicals in the barn.  It turns out to be Alec’s step-brother Julian and his friends who are determined to make a bomb and make a statement as part of the Liber8 movement.  This causes a standoff at the farm, with Julian and his friends trying to figure out how to escape the police blockade, while holding Carlos, Kiera, Alec and his mother and step-father hostage.  The step-father, as we found out a couple of episodes earlier, while a radical, is not a violent man and he tries to convince Julian to give up peacefully to the police.  Alec tells Kiera that her suit is just about repaired, it just requires a few more adjustments, but before he can finish, they are rounded up.  Carlos gets himself shot and spends the rest of the episode drifting in and out of consciousness.  That’s probably a good thing because Kiera, feeling guilty for lying to him all the time, spills the beans about her true nature while he’s delusional.  We have no idea how much he heard or remembers of what she said, we’re led to believe that he was unconscious at the time but who knows.  Alec manages to talk his way out into his workshop and retrieve Kiera’s finished suit and gets it back to her and together, they stop Julian’s friends.  Alec’s step-father talks Julian down and gets his gun, just as police snipers, convinced that it’s actually Roland who is holding everyone hostage, takes him out with a single shot.  Good job guys!  It’s a good episode, we get to see a lot of character development, we get to see what eventually drives Julian to do what he does next episode, my only complaint is that the death of Roland at the end is pretty gratuitous.  Yes, it pushes Julian over the edge, but shouldn’t someone have mentioned to the police, in the several times they had them on the phone, that Roland wasn’t responsible?  In fact, I don’t remember offhand if the police even asked!  Seems like a no-brainer.

Thumbs UpContinuum #1×10 – “Endtime” – And we finally reach the last episode of the first season.  Kiera finally relents and sleeps with Kellog, although it seems just an excuse to steal back his part of the time orange.  She meets Jason, who says he’s a time traveller from 2077, but he was sent back to 1992 instead of 2012.  In that time, he’s been building a time machine to get back home, he just lacks one vital component that won’t be invented for many years.  Conveniently, Kiera just stole that component.  However, today is the day that the war starts, with a terrorist bombing that kills thousands of people and Kiera can’t bring herself to leave without trying to stop the attack.  She and Jason know that one building is blown up, they just can’t remember which one it is so they try to have all of them evacuated.  This brings her to the attention of a real government official who has never heard of Section 6, Kiera’s imaginary cover identity, and he starts to dig.  It seems that after the last episode, Julian went to Kagame and offered to drive the suicide truck filled with explosives and trigger the attack.  It turns out though that he’s just a decoy, sent to divert police forces to the wrong building.  Kagame himself is wearing a high-tech explosive vest, but is cornered by Kiera and Alec.  Managing to escape them, tells Kiera to ask Alec why all of this is happening and then detonates the bomb, killing himself and thousands of people in the plaza, thus keeping history on track.  The government agent receives a telephone call from his superiors, saying that he’s to cooperate with Kiera at all times, she outranks all of them.  Meanwhile, Sonya makes a delivery to a woman and her newborn baby in the hospital, it turns out this is Kagame’s mother and newborn self, he had to kill himself on this day to keep from causing a time paradox.  Sonya announces it was Kagame’s wish for her to take over Liber8.  Kiera, horrified that she couldn’t change history, goes back to Jason’s place, intending to return to the future, only to find that he’s just a nut and his time machine is a fantasy.  She gets back her piece of the time orange and goes to see Kellog, who she thinks covered for her with the phone call, yet finds that he had nothing to do with it.  She receives a call from Alec, who reveals to her that he’s the reason she’s been sent back to the past.  We get a flash-forward to the future and see Kagame in prison with a much older Julian, who explains the whole plan to him, but is then taken to see future Alec who provides him with the time orange and starts the whole plan in action. Some of this, we knew.  For instance, we knew that Alec was really the mastermind behind the future and we suspected that he had a hand in the events that sent everyone back in time.  He was the only one who didn’t react in the viewing gallery when Liber8 and Kiera disappeared.  We’d heard about this terrorist attack before, the attack that started the whole war, but we knew no details.  There are only two things that bother me in this otherwise excellent episode.  First, I don’t buy Kiera sleeping with Kellog for a second.  She has spent all of her time dreaming about her husband, doing everything in her power to get back to him and she goes off and bones this asshole?  Not buying it, sorry, I don’t care what excuse they come up with for why she did it.  I can see her humping Carlos before she’d do Kellog.  Secondly, and I admit this is stretching a bit, but I can’t imagine no one ever realized that Kagame was born on the same day as the terrorist attack that started the war his group carried the banner for.  No, they wouldn’t have understood the significance, but the idea that nobody ever said “hey, look at this!” seems strange.  I’d think it would  be pretty common knowledge, especially for Protectors who were chasing Kagame, Kiera should have known it and maybe, just maybe, realized that there might be a reason for it all, now that they’re all back in time.  Just seemed like something someone should have said, even in passing.  Anyhow, fantastic episode that really makes me want to see the next season right now. 

Elementary #1×15 – “A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs” – Sherlock’s former drug dealer Rhys shows up, asking for help when his adult daughter is kidnapped and the criminals, clearly a drug syndicate that Rhys had stolen several million dollars from years earlier, want the money back.  Of course, Rhys has spent it all.  Watson is concerned that the reappearance of Rhys might send Sherlock into a tailspin, even though Rhys is no longer in the drug dealing business and Sherlock is no longer in the drug taking business.  However, she’s closer than Sherlock would like to admit as Rhys suggests that Sherlock was a better detective when he was on heroin and while I don’t think he ever seriously thinks of going back, he certainly isn’t sure if Rhys isn’t right, maybe the drugs did give him an edge.  However, that doesn’t stop him from discovering the culprit, an undercover DEA agent who was in deep cover with the syndicate, but who found out that Rhys had money he could be blackmailed out of.  With the girl recovered, sans a finger, Sherlock decides that his life is better and safer if Rhys is removed from it forever so he forbids Rhys from ever darkening his doorstep again.  I do think that having a story where the specter of drugs comes up again, especially since Watson is supposed to have moved on to other clients by now, is a good idea.  Not only do we get to see that Sherlock still has potential cravings, or at least thinks about it, which is something we haven’t seen out of him much, we also see that he has the strength of will to reject drugs on his own, even when he could easily have given in.  That’s good to know, especially as Watson moves away from her sober companion role and into her partner in crime-solving role. 

Following #1×04 – “Mad Love” – I’ve pointed out the potential problems of Joe Carroll’s little game many times, that he has to trust that his minions will do exactly what he wants them to do, when he wants them to do it, with absolute precision, in order to have his plan work.  I think we saw a little hint of what happens when things don’t quite go his way tonight.  Last week, Paul went out and kidnapped a woman he could be with, but the consensus was that she had to be put down.  However, instead of Paul taking care of his own problems, Emma wanted her boy-toy Jacob to off her since he’s never actually killed anyone before.  Even Carroll knows this, saying that he’ll do it when he’s ready, until then everyone can just pretend he’s done the deed.  I suppose if they want to train Carroll’s son Joey to be a killer, everyone ought to know what it actually feels like, right?  This week though, Maggie goes on the rampage.  Ryan Hardy killed her husband, remember, and she’s rather miffed about it so she kidnaps Hardy’s sister.  Hardy and Weston head off to rescue her, but Ryan ends up with magnets strapped to his chest in an attempt to make his pacemaker fail.  Surely there are better, more certain ways to do it, especially since Maggie is one of Joe’s minions, but she takes the slow, absurd approach to bringing about Ryan’s death, which only gets him rescued when Weston finally shows up and puts a bullet in Maggie.  So we have Paul acting outside of Carroll’s plan, we have Maggie gunning for revenge, outside of Carroll’s plan, and finally, we see that Emma, Paul and Jacob are having a threesome, once again, outside of Carroll’s plan.  Even Carroll recognizes that things aren’t going as he thought, even criticizing some of the elements like the Poe mask, which he always thought was stupid.  And that’s where things get potentially interesting.  See, I hate the super-villain who is always three steps ahead of everyone and never makes mistakes, that’s what I’ve feared The Following would be.  But now we’re seeing that, while Joe Carroll is cold and calculating and undoubtedly a genius, he’s not perfect.  His plans rely on others who are not nearly as committed to the plan as he is, who have other agendas, whose emotions can get in the way.  It will be more interesting seeing how Carroll tries to hold it all together from behind bars, especially when major players start to fall, and fall they will. 

Murdoch Mysteries #6×02 – “Winston’s Lost Night” – Another of the really cool elements of this show is the appearance of many historical figures, often playing parts at earlier points in their illustrious careers.  People like H.G. Wells, Annie Oakley, Nikola Tesla, Orville and Wilbur Wright, who appeared in the last episode, and here, Winston Churchill.  It seems that he’s in town to give a talk, long before his political career began, but after a night of too much drink, he wakes up to find his friend murdered beside him and he’s the primary suspect.  Murdoch needs to figure out exactly what Winston actually did the night before and who he made mad (which was pretty much everyone), to discover who really did it.  Along the way, Inspector Brackenreid, who is a huge fan of Churchill initially and very much wants to get his autograph, but is rebuffed as an immature child for asking, eventually gets his autograph and Churchill is quite impressed with the long list of famous individuals he’s already collected, including the prime minister of England.  Murdoch suggests offhand that one day, Churchill might become prime minister and make his signature quite valuable, for which everyone has a chuckle.  It really is that kind of writing that makes watching this show such a joy, even though I’m typically one to hate period dramas, this is a period drama that doesn’t take itself seriously and that makes a lot of sly winks at the audience.  If you haven’t seen it before, by all means, grab an episode or two and check it out!

Murdoch Mysteries #6×03 – “Murdoch on the Corner” – I really love in this show that they introduce common modern items as brand new inventions.  In the first episode of the season, they took up eating meat between bread, initially a disgusting idea for them, but they discovered they loved eating hamburgers.  This time, a brand new Italian dish called the “pizza pie”, convenient because it makes it’s own plate.  Perhaps, concludes Crabtree, the vendor might even use his bicycle to deliver his pizzas right to people’s door!  After a series of seemingly unrelated murders, the only common element of which is that the victims all mysteriously came into money before their demise and they all were seen on a particular street in town, Murdoch and Crabtree realize that they’re dealing with a serial killer, one of the first to be identified, but how can they discover the culprit?  Murdoch invents the movie camera, of course!  Murdoch dangles Crabtree out as bait to catch the killer who is using a dropped wallet as a moral test.  It’s a fun episode where the actual killer isn’t known until the very end, we’re left with a lot of very likely suspects and no real proof for who done it.  We’ve seen since the beginning of this season, the return of Murdoch’s love interest Julia Ogden, the former medical examiner who Murdoch stupidly allowed to marry another man and move away, yet now she’s back and ready to ditch her husband.  In this episode, the judge refuses to allow the couple an annulment after Julia cannot bring herself to lie in court and say they did not consummate the marriage and now, Murdoch is having serious problems justifying a soon-to-be-divorced woman because of his strong religious beliefs.  Yes, I know that religion was a big deal back in the day, but it still pisses me off.  I’m glad to see that he finally came to his senses and said he will marry her regardless.  It would be nice to see him reject religion, after all, he’s become a competent scientist in his time with the Toronto Police, might as well go all the way.

Murdoch Mysteries #6×04 – “A Study in Sherlock” – When a bank robbery is foiled by a mysterious man who thinks he’s Sherlock Holmes, Murdoch must not only discover who the man really is and if he’s connected to the case, but he discovers that Holmes really is a fantastic detective with an eye for detail that he needs to solve the case.  It gets more interesting when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle comes to town to convince Holmes that he’s not really Holmes and Doyle walks away, not only impressed with his detective skills, but inspired to bring back the deceased literary Holmes for more adventures.  It turns out that “Holmes” had witnessed a violent crime involving his step-father when he was younger and this made him snap and take on the persona of Holmes as he tries to solve the murder from the past.  It’s certainly an interesting concept, it only makes sense that he’d adopt Holmes as his delusion based on the case.  He spoke openly about the murder and the stolen gem as though it was one of Doyle’s books, but Doyle had no clue about it, except to say that he might write about it later, which sent Murdoch in the right direction. Murdoch Mysteries gets so many of these famous cameos right, while we really have no idea how these people would have acted in reality, you can certainly imagine and be convinced that the actors are doing their interpretations spot on.

Murdoch Mysteries #6×05 – “Murdoch Au Naturel” –  A body is found at the edge of a nudist camp, prompting Crabtree to shed his uniform and everything else to ferret out the criminal.  The corpse turns out to be a Pinkerton agent of some repute, who was chasing down the last surviving member of the Rooster Gang, yet with a group of nudists, none of whom will talk about their pasts, how do they discover who the killer is?  The use of “convenient obstacles” in this episode is great, the only thing you get to see is backsides and there are plenty of those, but everyone has a basket or a convenient bush to block untoward views.  It’s all very smartly done, you never get the impression that the actors are shifting things around for censorship reasons, except for George, who clearly is uncomfortable with his nudity, especially when he runs into Murdoch’s fiancee to be, Julia, who is trying out the nudist lifestyle.  I’ve spoken before of the “inventions” that Murdoch comes up with, this time, he makes Silly Putty to lift an impression from a newspaper.  Inspector Brackenreid is so impressed with the stuff, he wants to take some home to the kids because they’d think it’s silly.  He said it, not me.  Perhaps my only disappointment with the episode, and this is entirely within character for the time-period, is the continued angst over how Julia will get a divorce, since she has to prove she’s been unfaithful to her husband and… she hasn’t.  She initially wants to spare Murdoch any part in the scheme, thinking the embarrassment of being involved with a married woman would be too much for him, but honestly, he intends to marry her after the divorce, what is more embarrassing, being involved with a married woman or marrying a woman who had been unfaithful with someone entirely different during her previous marriage?  Honestly pal, go get laid. 

Murdoch Mysteries #6×06 – “Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom” – I really don’t know how to take Murdoch episodes where they sort of take things seriously.  Here, a mysterious film is delivered to the mayor which depicts the seeming death of a dog, killed by a very potent poison.  It includes a massive ransom demand and if it isn’t met, the madman will unleash his toxic “cloud of doom” on the city of Toronto.  Most of the episode consists of Murdoch and his associates trying to figure out if the threat is credible (he concludes it is) and then trying to get the town evacuated before poison gas kills everyone.  Of course, there really is no poison gas, even though the villain has everything he needs to construct a very potent killer, he’s not really out to kill anyone or even get the ransom, he wants to rescue his fiancee who is in the town’s women’s prison, about to be executed.  We do see a lot of wonderful relationship developments in this episode, Julia decides, when the town is being evacuated, that she’d rather stay and die with Murdoch than live without him.  Crabtree, who has, over the last several episodes, clearly developed feelings for Dr. Emily Grace and, faced with the possibility that he’ll be killed by poison gas, finally makes his feelings toward her clearly known.  You go, George, about damn time you got a girlfriend.  We even got to see Inspector Brackenreid caring for his family as he tried to get them out of the city to safety.  It was a more serious episode than most others this season, after all, when you’re talking about the very real possibility of a city-wide holocaust, you’re not going to be going for laughs, but they did manage to sneak in here and there.  Still, it wasn’t really clear until the very end that there was no poison, that it was all a hoax, all the signs that this was a real danger were there.  I’m sure everyone was glad that there was no poison and there were no injuries, and it even looked like there might be extenuating circumstances that might keep the villain’s fiancee from the gallows.  Seems like a win-win for everyone.

Person of Interest #2×14 – “One Percent” – The number of the week belongs to “self-made billionaire” Logan Pierce, who stands in for Mark Zuckerberg as the developer of a major social media site, “Friendczar” which is about to kick off it’s public IPO and rake in even more money.  Nobody likes Pierce, he’s a dick to everyone around him and, let’s be honest, he has no real friends, just people who hang around to take advantage of him.  And oh, do they take advantage of him.  He’s portrayed as a genius but is really a jerk.  The board of directors of his company dump him, then someone tries to kill him to keep him from teaming up with a bunch of people he screwed over in the building of Friendczar, to make an even bigger and better social networking site.  The only problem is that genius part.  He figures out who Finch and Reese are, at least in the broad strokes.  He is, as they later say, just clever enough to be dangerous, suggesting that he may come back again down the line.  I say, as I always do, good.  We need more people than the tiny inner circle that they’ve developed, even if they are just confidants that drift in and out of the show from time to time.  It’s always nice to see people who operate on the same level as Finch and Reese, instead of the typical case where they’re so far above and beyond anything else going on.  I really liked the bit where Carter is researching cold cases of dead cops, trying to find links to the more recent cop killings and Fusco nervously trying to explain that he might have been involved in some of them.  She doesn’t want to hear it, she just tells him that, even if they are partners, even if they are friends, she’s a cop first and foremost and if she finds that he’s been involved in a crime, she’ll take him down personally.  Of course, we know that he’s been a dirty cop (and still might be), this may lead to some interesting developments down the line.

Primeval: New World #1×11 – “The Inquisition” – My first reaction to this show was “oh great, it’s a clip show”, but I was wrong.  While there was a lot of repetition of basic plot elements, explaining what had come before, it was more than just exposition over again, it was setting the entire series in context, something that it desperately needed.  We start off with Leeds, who after the last episode, has been taken into custody.  He meets with his boss, Colonel Henderson-Hall, someone who has been mentioned before but never seen on camera, who is trying to figure out why Leeds abandoned his duties to help Evan and Dylan.  I don’t think he ever gets a very satisfactory answer, except “I’m not a dick”, but Henderson-Hall plays Leeds off against Evan throughout the episode, revealing the larger plot that has, until now, been totally hidden.  Henderson-Hall orders the military to take Evan’s anomaly equipment by force, only to find that he’s already had it all removed from Cross Photonics, which is failing and near bankruptcy.  They bring him before Henderson-Hall, who reveals that he has much larger plans for the anomalies.  Not only has the military been using them extensively to bring back dinosaurs and biological specimens from the past, he’s planning on bio-engineering an environmentally friendly energy source that can be generated by ancient algae, then seeding it into the distant past, thus solving the energy crisis.  He has many different schemes that, by changing the past, he can better the present and thinks that everything will go off without a hitch since, so far, his antics in the past haven’t changed the present.  Evan isn’t convinced.  Meanwhile, Dylan and Mac break into Project Magnet with the keycard Leeds left to them in the last episode and discover piles of dissected dinosaurs, many of which they had left with Leeds to return to the past.  They are captured and brought before Henderson-Hall, who threatens to make them disappear unless Evan promises to work with the government.  He reluctantly agrees.  Finally, he gives Leeds one last chance to reveal where his loyalties lie and Leeds says they’re firmly with Evan Cross.  He ends up in a cell, who knows what his fate will be.  Two more episodes in this season, I hope they make them count.  So much of what was revealed in this episode should have been shown or at least hinted at along the way, maybe I wouldn’t have complained so much that the series seemed to be going nowhere.  Yes, now I actually care what happens but there isn’t much time left before the end of the season, are they going to develop anything meaningful in 2 episodes?  This one was great but they could only get that much of an info dump in by making the whole episode exposition with virtually no CGI and not much action. Maybe if they had plotted the series a bit better, they wouldn’t have had to have an exposition-heavy episode to explain what the hell was going on.  In any case, it is keeping me more interested than I have been and I’m looking forward to the 2-part season-finale.

Walking Dead #3×09 – “The Suicide King” – After a long absence, AMC’s The Walking Dead is back and… it’s back.  It wasn’t a bad show by any means, a lot happened, but it wasn’t the Glen Mazzara non-stop action style episode we’ve seen a lot of lately, it was the Frank Darabont “tell me about your feelings” style episode that filled so much of season 2.  I think the best episodes are the ones that find a middle ground between those two styles.  Daryl and Merle are ordered by the Governor to fight to the death, but they, with the help of Rick and company, manage to escape from Woodbury.  Of course, now free, Rick refuses to allow Merle back into his good graces, which is no surprise because Merle is just a dick, so Daryl leaves the group with Merle.  This, of course, does not make Carol happy.  Rick is also adamant that as soon as Michone is healthy enough to leave, she gets the boot out of the prison as well.  Yes, she is a bit unstable but geez, Rick, look in the fricking mirror.  If anyone ought to be tossed out, it’s Rick.  How he treats Tyreese and company is just more evidence of it, shake the man’s hand already, stop being an asshole.  Frankly, I think most people in the group are losing it to some degree.  Take Glenn, who decides to do a jig on a zombie’s head.  Rick is just nuts.  Merle is homicidal.  Michone is crazy.  Carl is messed up and hey, for a kid they keep referring to as “Little Asskicker”, the baby is going to be a peach.  He declares that the new people can’t stay, then starts talking to his hallucination of dead Lori on the balcony.  Anyone going to take his recommendation seriously?  I know I wouldn’t.

TWD Zombie Stomp

Best of the Week:  It has to go to the final episode of the season of Continuum, where we really get a sense of what’s going on and how many layers upon layers the plot has.  Is time really fixed and nothing that Kiera and Liber8 do in the past matters?  Alec sent them back in time for a reason, after all, there must be more to it than that.  It’s one of the few times in recent memory that I’ve turned off a season finale and immediately wanted the next season to start the following week.

Worst of the Week:  Yeah, it goes to Bones for it’s ham-handed religious pandering and stupid nonsensical plot elements.  I absolutely don’t want Brennan to turn to religion, I want Booth to reject it.  I don’t want his bad habits rubbing off on her, I want her good habits to rub off on him.  And there was no damn reason for that blood bullet, except that someone on the writing team has spent too much time on Snopes.

Other Things I Watched This Week:  Top Gear U.S. #3×08, Phantom (Korean drama) 1-4, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, Top Gear #19×03

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