Fair warning, I spent a good portion of this week at Wondercon and I very well may not get to all of my TV watching but I will give it a shot. This week, one of my favorite shows from last season returns, Orphan Black, which I didn’t even start watching until after the season was over because it didn’t sound very good. Oh, was I ever wrong! So sit back, strap in and let’s get through TV Thursday – 4/24/14.
Arrow #2×19 – “The Man Under the Hood” – The team, dressed in black clothes and ski masks, drives in a van. Sarah says the plan is insane but they have to do it. They break into Queen Consolidated’s applied sciences warehouse and blow it up to keep Slade from having access to the equipment he needs to mass produce mirakuru. Isabel goes on the news to condemn the terrorism and the gang wonders what Slade’s plans might be and how best to stop him next. Laurel, meanwhile, is trying to work out if Ollie is really the Arrow. Come on, nobody can be that blind! She goes to visit her father in prison, he’s there for up to 18 months for working with the vigilante and he swears he has no idea who Ollie and Sarah… um… the Arrow and his blonde female companion, are. Sarah walks in and says that he really doesn’t know. Of course he does. Seriously, I never understood how a mask confused so many people in the comics. Oliver and Moira meet with Ned to discuss the damage that Isabel has done to their financial situation. He says that, on paper, they’re essentially broke. So what, everything they own, the house, the land, the cars, all of that is actually owned by Queen Consolidated? Really? Someone fire their financial planner! Besides, I’m sure that Queen Consolidated is a corporation, their own personal assets would never be held under the corporation. Ned needs to have all of them sign a document so he can restructure their assets and keep Isabel from further damaging them but Thea isn’t there, she’s not on speaking terms with Ollie and Moira. Moira tells Ollie to get her to sign it, no matter what he has to do. We zap back to the island where Knyazev is threatening Ivo and he admits that there is a cure to the mirakuru. Funny how nobody ever mentioned this before! Oliver heads to Verdant to find Thea, but instead finds Sarah and then Diggle and Felicity show up and they all go downstairs to the Arrow Cave where Deathstroke is waiting for them. They all shoot it up and then Deathstroke leaves, taking the Clock King’s universal key with him. Both Oliver and Sarah are injured and they make up an excuse about being in a motorcycle accident when they go to the hospital. Laurel arrives, just as Sarah is being discharged and she sees that Sarah has the same kind of scars on her back that Oliver does. Well duh, they both spent time on the same island, why is this surprising? This, of course, makes Laurel more suspicious. Damn, she’s dumb. Oliver goes back to Verdant and talks to Thea, who says she’s not on the paperwork because she’s really Thea Merlyn. She’s the daughter of two mass-murdering psychopaths, count her out. Now that Slade has the skeleton key, he has to find the best equipment and that’s certainly at S.T.A.R. Labs, where Caitlin and Cisco are working late, closing the place down. After all, Starling City doesn’t want to rent space to a company that blew up a large part of Central City. Deathstroke arrives, they run and try to fight back but the best they can do is survive as Slade finds what he came for and leaves. Arrow and Black Canary get there, too late, but Laurel is watching them. Felicity and Diggle arrive, they know Caitlin and Cisco through Barry Allen, whose condition has worsened and he’s now being kept at S.T.A.R. Labs. They find out that Slade stole a bio-transfuser, which will allow him to inject multiple people with the mirukuru, thus having a higher chance that one will survive the process. Another flashback to the island, Ivo tells Sarah that the cure is in his safe aboard the ship, but in exchange, he wants her to kill him because he doesn’t want to die slowly. Oliver goes to see Isabel, he knows that she and his father had an affair. She says it was more than an affair, he was going to leave Moira for her but when Thea broke her arm, he went to be with her and broke off the affair. This did not make Isabel happy. Oliver is surprised that his father knew that Thea wasn’t his. However, Isabel doesn’t want to play games anymore and throws Oliver out. Back in prison, Quentin is playing cards and there’s a disturbance down the cell row. A prisoner gets free, unlocks Quentin’s cell and beats him silly. Guards retrieve the prisoner and leave Quentin bleeding in his cell. Laurel gets out of her car and meets the Arrow. She tells him that she’s always felt a special kinship with him, but before she can say anything else, Sarah calls her and tells her about their father. Laurel visits him in the hospital and says she’s tired of seeing her family members there. She pulls Sarah out of the room and says she knows who the Arrow is but the city needs him, no matter who is under the mask. Kate Spencer arrives and apologizes, she says he was supposed to be safe, but come on, he wasn’t exactly in solitary. Laurel says Kate has to release Quentin immediately or she will sue the city for everything they have. Kate agrees (can she do that?) but says Laurel might not always get her way. Ollie tries to talk to Thea again, but Slade powers up the machine and although Felicity begs him not to go, he does anyhow. He arrives to find all of the escaped prisoners hooked up to the machine, bleeding from the eyes. Instead of finding Slade, weakened by donating so much blood, he finds Roy. Slade says that disconnecting Roy from the machine will kill him and they fight. Ollie hits him with an exploding arrow and that distracts Slade, but Isabel is there and tries to shoot at Ollie, only to be shot twice herself. He rescues Roy but he’s in a coma and while Sarah is right, he needs a doctor, they can’t risk medical science finding out about the mirukuru. Oliver says there is a cure and everyone is mad that he never bothered to mention this before (yeah, why didn’t he?). Ollie says he was ashamed that he could have cured Slade but tried to kill him instead. Well what about Roy? Why didn’t you try to cure him? Thea finds out that her step-father knew that he wasn’t her real father, this is getting confusing, and that just made him as big a liar as everyone else in her messed up family. Oliver sits at Verdant and Laurel comes and gives him a hug, just because. She’s not going to let him know that she knows what she knows. You know? Slade now has his super soldiers (wait, that’s another company) and he also used the mirukuru to bring Isabel back to life. Now wait a minute, if mirukuru can do that, why didn’t he just bring Shado back to life in the first place and be done with all this drama nonsense? Good episode, not the best, everyone is keeping secrets from everyone and that gets annoying fast. So Ollie saves Roy and then can he become Speedy? Or is Thea Speedy? That’s actually kind of a cool concept, truth be told. And now Isabel is a super-powered CEO? You’d think there would have been some kind of protection to keep someone from taking over your company, wouldn’t you? Some of this stuff is so convenient, it’s absurd.
Believe #1×07 – “Bang and Blame” – We begin with Bo, Tate, Channing and Winter driving somewhere, with Bo in the back seat drawing pictures for a story she’s writing. She says she doesn’t know what’s going to happen, just that there is a monster in the chimney that’s going to get the characters. They stop at a convenience store so that Tate can use the restroom, but while inside, Skouras’ agents pull up outside. They rush out the back, but while getting into the car, Bo is shot with a tranquilizer dart. They are chased down the road by the shooter on a motorcycle but they stop him by slamming on the brakes and he crashes into the car. They tie him up, throw him in the back of the car and when they realize that Bo isn’t recovering like she should be, they go to the nearby Mackenzie farm where Bo had been a few years before. Sarah, a nurse, and Carl come out and take Bo into her old room. She has a fever and is mumbling delusionally. At first, Sarah thinks there may be an allergic reaction to the tranquilizer and wants to know what was in the dart, but Tate questions (ie. beats up) the shooter and he has no idea. Wait, what about residue in the dart? What about other darts that the shooter might have been carrying? I know it’s not a hospital but can’t they get them tested? It’s not like they have no idea whatsoever. Anyhow, Bo has a dream, or maybe an out of body experience, where she’s walking through the cabin and she sees smoke coming out of the chimney. Tate wants to take Bo to a hospital but Winter tells him that a hospital can’t help her. Why not? Is she not human? At least they could stabilize the fever. No, Winter says that Bo is “degrading”, a condition that psychics get for over-using their powers. So how has Bo “overused” her powers? We haven’t seen anything lately where she’s been throwing cars at people. But whatever, nobody said this show makes any sense. So Bo’s temperature is rising and they can’t figure out what to do. How about pack her in ice? That’s what happened to me when I was young, I had a case of pneumonia with a temperature of 105 and they packed me in ice to get the temperature down. Why was Bo not in the bathtub with cold water and ice? Isn’t Sarah supposed to be a nurse? So Tate and Winter take off down the road so that he can call Zoey and ask for help. Of course, Zoey is the spy in Skoras’ organization, contacting her is dangerous for all of them. Back at the farm, Carl goes out and talks to the shooter, conveniently tied up in the barn, and demands to know if he was the one that broke into the cabin four months before, shot him in the leg and stole Bo from them. He says no, but he knows who it was. It was Channing, who is now on Winter’s side, but she wasn’t always that way. Carl holds a gun to Channing and says he’ll wait for Winter to decide what to do with her. She says Winter already knows everything. Meanwhile, Zoey gives Winter a syringe and says that, depending on what’s wrong with Bo, this will either snap her out of it or maybe kill her. After all, it is experimental. After returning to the farm, they inject Bo, but now they have to convince her to come out of her coma. Tate wants to take her back to Orchestra, like Zoey said, because they are the only ones who might be able to save her. When Winter refuses, Tate goes out into the barn and releases Skouras’ shooter, he’s the only one who knows how to get back to Orchestra. Tate sends the man upstairs to get Bo, but while in the house, he pulls a gun and holds everyone hostage. When Tate goes inside, the man runs out the door. Bo has another dream, this time with Tate in it and she asks if he’s her father. He says yes and she wakes up. They get back on the road and while at the next safe house, Tate tucks Bo in and says she came from the good part of him. Awwww! Okay, this is getting to be obnoxious. It’s really clear that Bo doesn’t mean a damn thing to the story. She’s either going to save the world (or destroy it) and the reason she isn’t doing it now is because she’s not in control of her powers. Okay, what does it take? Is it practice? Is it time? We just don’t know and they’re not doing anything to tell us. So far, it’s a drama between Tate and Bo, plus in most episodes, a throw-away sub-plot of Bo helping someone. The people she helps don’t even matter and their plight isn’t really interesting. Let’s figure out the whole dynamic of Bo’s powers and what it is that Skouras really wants to do with her. She has to mean more than a military contract, that’s really cheesy. I’m locked in to this show through the end of the first season at least but it really needs to stand up and start doing something intriguing soon or I won’t get beyond that.
Castle #6×20 – “That ’70s Show” – Wow, it’s been a long time since Castle has been on. Why take a month-long hiatus? I hate that! Anyhow, we open up with a jackhammer worker at a construction site finding a skeletal hand under a pile of rocks. Meanwhile, back at the Castle abode, Martha is being obnoxious, designing floral arrangements for Castle and Beckett’s wedding. they have to find something for her to do where she can’t cause too much damage! But wait, crime time! The body has been buried in the building since it was built in the 70s and Castle immediately knows who it was! Renown 70s crime family boss Vince Bianchi disappeared and was assumed dead under mysterious circumstances. A cop who worked the original case, Detective Boyle, comes in to bring them up to speed. Captain Gates is off at a terrorism seminar and Beckett is in charge of the precinct until she comes back. There were a number of suspects, including Frank, Vince’s former rival, who had dinner with Vince just before he died. Boyle thinks Frank did it but could never prove it. However, there was a photograph of the dinner and Vince isn’t wearing the same suit that his body was found in, there has to be more to it. They go visit Frank, who is now a legitimate businessman, and he says they had a nice dinner and he dropped Vince at home and that was the last he ever saw of him. Frank’s wife is mad that Frank doesn’t make a lot of money since he left crime behind. Frank says if anyone knows what happened, it would be Harold Leone, Vince’s consigliere who he told everything to. They go to visit Harold but are told by his nurse that Harold never got over Vince’s death and is now stuck in the 1970s. They can’t give any hint that it’s 2014 or Harold will freak out. Harold is watching All in the Family and makes some sexist remarks toward Beckett, then assumes that Castle is her superior. They tell him that they found Vince wearing a blue suit and Harold says he knows who killed him but he refuses to tell them anything until he can see Vince’s body. Unfortunately, all they have is a pile of bones and nothing to show him. Luckily, the concrete that Vince was entombed in left a perfect impression of his body and Laney dressed it up a little so it looked like a body. Of course, since Harold is convinced that it’s the 70s, Laney makes the morgue look suitably groovy and Harold is fooled. However, while Harold is there, there’s an attempted mob hit in the morgue, even though nobody is injured. The professional hit-man gets away. Ryan and Esposito do “research” on 70s cop shows, including a direct lift from Starsky & Hutch. They interview all of Vince’s old enemies, at least the ones that are alive, including Louie the Lip, who is so old, he doesn’t even remember if he killed Vince. Ryan finds that back in the 70s, all of the mob families controlled the concrete business and Vince was dumped in the area controlled by the Carcano family. Michael Carcano comes in out of respect for Vince and says it didn’t make any sense for him to kill Vince, they were planning on merging the families and Vince was going to marry his sister. Castle finally convinces Harold to make a statement, after all, his enemies think he’s already told the police everything, he might as well do it. However, Harold will only make a statement at the precinct and that means they have to make it look like the 70s! Castle calls in Martha to give her something to do that’s not wedding related and she hires actors and writes scripts for everyone. When Harold finally arrives, it’s very convincing and Ryan and Esposito are dressed up like the 70s cop show “Snookie and Ray” that they were watching. Harold recognizes them and thinks they’re the real deal and insists on being interviewed by them. He says that he knows that the nightclub Glitterati was involved but then Esposito’s cell phone rings and Harold is thrown off. Castle tells them to take Harold down to the nightclub, which just so happens to be a retro disco today, just as Gates arrives. Her seminar was cancelled due to a bomb threat. She’s not at all happy and tells Beckett and Castle to get out of her sight. Traffic cameras captured the face of the morgue shooter a couple of blocks away and they haul the guy in. He’s a mob hitman and the gun was found in his car but he refuses to talk. It doesn’t matter, Castle found some pictures of the Glitterati nightclub where Vince used to dance and he always wore a blue leisure suit, exactly what he was found in. Glitterati was, and is, owned by Frank Russo, the mob boss who had eaten with Vince and they rush down there. Meanwhile, Harold wants to dance and flirt before he talks to Ryan and Esposito, but in reality, he heads up to Frank’s office and pulls a gun on him, demanding that he admit that he killed Vince. Ryan and Esposito break in and stop Harold from doing anything stupid. Beckett gets mad at Harold, she knows he’s faking it and really knows what year it is, He said that as soon as he knew Vince was found in the blue suit, he knew what happened. The night of Vince’s murder, he had gone to the club but it was closed for a private party. It turns out that Vince had rented out the club, ostensibly to propose to the woman who would bring the crime families together. However, Vince and Harold were secretly lovers, but Harold had talked Vince into marrying for power, not for love. The woman who he was supposed to ask, Carcano’s sister, turns out to now be married to Frank Russo. They theorize that, after Vince was unable to go through with the proposal, she shot him in the back and Russo dumped the body. The morgue shooter, not wanting to spend the rest of his life in prison, rolled over and admitted that she paid him to kill everyone in the morgue. Russo’s wife gets arrested, case closed. Back at the precinct, Harold says that he wishes Vince had just married her, he might be alive today but he’s ready to move on in 2014 and put Vince behind him. Martha says that her 70s stationhouse was such a success that she wants to revisit flowers for the wedding. Castle rents out Glitterati for a 70s party and Harold finally lets Vince go. These are some of the best episodes, the ones where they take a theme and go with it, no matter how ridiculous it all gets. It was fun from beginning to end, even though the idea is pretty absurd. Good episode!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – #1×19 – “The Only Light in the Darkness” – In yet another shoutout to the Marvel comic book universe, Marcus Daniels, Blackout, gets out of a boat, having escaped from the Fridge. He asks a man along the road for a ride but the man refuses and Marcus takes his truck anyhow. Back at Providence, Simmons is patching up Ward and he tells them his cover story about the Fridge. He claims they were too late and that he killed Garrett after getting the crap beat out of him. Ward tries to push Skye to access the hard drive but Coulson has other ideas for her. Coulson asks Skye if Daniels escaped and she confirms it. He says that Daniels is dangerous and that he only barely captured him in the past. Coulson puts a team together to go after Blackout but Agent Koenig says no way, they can’t leave the facility, it’s against protocol. The only way he’ll let them out is if they all submit to his super special lie detector and get lanyards. We do find out some interesting information during the interrogation. For instance, Agent Triplett is the grandson of one of the Howling Commandos. Clearly, this refers to Gabe Jones, one of the original members. We find out Melinda May’s middle name, we find out that Skye isn’t really Skye’s name, it’s one that she gave herself. However, the machine isn’t as great as they thought because it also clears Ward, although with some difficulty. He claims that he’s in pain from his two broken ribs but it’s revealed later that he stabbed himself with a piece of wire to throw off his responses. Now that everyone has lanyards, Coulson picks his team, he’s taking everyone but Ward, May and Skye. Ward is in no condition to go, he won’t put Skye in danger again and May has to fix the fuel line on the Bus. Coulson explains what happened to Blackout, he was working on a secret project with “black energy” and through exposure, absorbs energy wherever he goes. The last time they captured him, they had to give him a super dose of energy which knocked him out. Apparently, Blackout is obsessed with a girl named Audrey and that’s how they’ll find him again, he’ll go straight back to her and they can find him there. However, Audrey isn’t just the obsession of one man, she’s also the cellist that Coulson has mentioned before, the woman he loves but can never be with. We see Audrey running at night and all of the lights around her start going out. A car pulls up and Simmons yells to get in, they’re with the CIA, then Coulson and Fitz come up and start shooting Blackout with energy beams, but he says that he spent his time at S.H.I.E.L.D. being experimented on. Coulson says it was to keep him under control and he says no, it was to make him stronger and they did. He blasts them across the road and leaves. Koenig is using the lanyards to track everyone at the base and Skye calls him on his hypocrisy. She says that they shouldn’t just sit around, they should hack into the NSA satellites and find out where all the inmates at the Fridge went. Koenig doesn’t want to piss off the NSA, but come on, how much worse can things get? Skye goes to hack the satellites and Ward, realizing that as soon as those images come up, they’ll see him breaking into the Fridge with Garrett, kills Koenig and stashes him in a closet. So much for Patton Oswalt’s illustrious run on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Simmons and Triplett have Audrey stashed and she says she knows they’re not from the CIA, they’re from S.H.I.E.L.D. but it’s okay because she was once very close to an Agent Philip Coulson who saved her life and she knows she can trust S.H.I.E.L.D. Awww! In another room, Fitz asks why Coulson doesn’t tell her that he’s alive and he says that she’s just starting to have a life again, he can’t stay anyhow and it’s for the best. Fitz says that he has a plan, but he has to use Audrey for bait. Coulson says no but there’s no other way. Back in Providence, when Skye comes up from the server room, the only images are of an empty roof. Ward is down in the hangar, thinking he’ll have to take out May, but she says the fuel line is fixed and since Coulson won’t trust her, she’s leaving. She heads out into the snow. Ward goes back upstairs and talks to Skye about how hard it is to be a specialist and let people in and they kiss. He tells her that he lied about his older brother. He said that his older brother used to beat up his younger brother, but instead, his older brother terrorized him into doing it. Skye feels blood on his head and he says one of his wounds must have opened and goes to the bathroom to clean up. While he’s gone, Skye grabs Koenig’s tablet and goes to find him, which she does in the closet, hanging from the rafters. She gets out just in time to avoid being caught by Ward. She realizes he’s working for Hydra but she has no way to get away from him so she pretends that she still wants to be close. He tells her that he’s just gotten a message from Coulson and they have to join the team immediately. The Bus is fixed and fueled, they have to go. Back with the rest of the team, they have Audrey practice her cello, expecting that Blackout is going to come and watch like he always does and they’re right. Triplett, Simmons and Fitz shoot him with their ray guns, developed by Bruce Banner, and it has no effect, he uses his powers to push them back. Realizing that Audrey set him up, he pushes her down but then Coulson comes in with another gun and together, the team makes him explode. Coulson rushes to Audrey’s side and tells her that he’s there, but when she wakes up, it’s Simmons, Coulson got cold feet at the last moment. He feels bad, wishing that he could tell her the truth and says he will, someday, but when they get back to Providence, he has to make it up to May, he can’t expect Audrey to forgive him if he can’t forgive May. Ward and Skye are on the Bus and he says they’re going to head to where she can decrypt the hard drive, Coulson is going to need some of that information. When the team gets back to Providence, they are shocked to see that the Bus and the rest of their team are nowhere to be found. In the post-credit scene, May is walking along the road when a car pulls up and she gets in. It’s her mother, who works for another intelligence agency. She asks her mother if she got the information she wanted and her mother says of course she did, her agency isn’t in shambles. She asks if May is going to kill Maria, presumably Maria Hill, and May says she just wants to talk as they drive away. So we finally meet the cellist that Coulson has talked about and the only thing I could think is “hey, it’s Root!” Great cameo though and one that we have to revisit later after this Hydra thing is put to bed. Now Ward has Skye and the hard drive but she knows he’s with Hydra, I have no idea what to expect from this but I really want to see where it goes. Another point, Fitz is very jealous of Triplett because he has feelings for Simmons but refuses to express them. It’s kind of cute but they can’t let it go on too long before it becomes absurd. We also know that Cobie Smulders is coming on the show next week as Maria Hill, another connection with the larger Marvel cinematic universe and our end scene plays straight into that. There was also a great moment where Skye was being interrogated by Koenig and reveals that people at the orphanage called her “Mary Sue Poots”. Skye is clearly the Mary Sue character of the show, the one that lets the audience identify with someone. That’s a great nod. This show just keeps improving week after week!
Mentalist #6×18 – “Forest Green” – Jane and Lisbon go out to see a dead body, laying on a path in the middle of a desolate forest. The officer in charge says she might have fallen down the hill but Jane doesn’t think so, he thinks she came from an exclusive retreat nearby called The Foragers where women aren’t allowed. They go back to the retreat and are told that female guests are rare, they have a number of female employees but mostly, it’s a retreat for senators and CEOs and other powerful corporate types who want to get away from the world. They’re given guest badges by the smarmy president and told that they can ask around if they like, but to keep a low profile. Things are going to get busy as they have a special, unnamed speaker coming in tomorrow. They learn that cell phones are not allowed on the property, but some of their members have a problem giving them up while there. Abbot and Cho find more information on the victim, they find out her name, Madison, and a broken cell phone that has a recording on it from the time of the murder but it’s too damaged and reconstructing it will take weeks. Jane runs into Marvin, the man with the cell phone addiction, talking to his lawyer. Marvin isn’t too happy with the FBI, he’s being prosecuted for financial crimes. Jane says he beat an FBI murder rap and suddenly, Marvin is very interested in how he did it. Back at the FBI, they’re talking to Madison’s sister, who tells them that Madison is gay. Clearly, she wasn’t up at the retreat with a boyfriend. Jane and Lisbon are talking about her relationship with Pike and she says she’s happy. He tells her that she deserves a good man. They’re having lunch and Jane keeps calling over all of the waitresses and sniffing their hair, which Lisbon thinks is strange, but Jane smelled a certain scent on Madison’s body and he eventually finds it on one of the waitresses. Yes, they were sleeping together and Madison was at The Foragers as a prostitute, she was just keeping it quiet so her sister didn’t find out. Madison was supposed to meet a man but the waitress didn’t know who it was. They go talk to the president and he admits, reluctantly, that there is a place called “The Fishing Camp” where men can go to see prostitutes. He says they’ve never had a problem with anyone complaining since they brought it onto retreat grounds. Abbot arrives, having heard a lot of complaints by wealthy and powerful clients so he wanted to check things out. They go out to the cabins and find a golf ball token and Jane thinks he can narrow down the list of suspects. They find Grant, a professional golfer, who reluctantly admits he visited the Fishing Camp but he’s married so he doesn’t want it to get out. Grant’s lawyer, Greg, shows up and gets upset that they’re talking to his client. He’s there as a special guest of the club. Jane reasons that the body must have been moved by a golf cart and they search the carts and find one that was meticulously scrubbed of all evidence just an hour before. Marvin comes by and talks to Abbot, he heard that Jane beat a murder rap and he wants to know how he can convince Abbot to help him get his money released so he can skip town. Abbot says he’ll think about it so he can get the whole thing on tape, but Jane has a better idea, and by better, I mean more extravagant, difficult and expensive. They can’t find Gill, their prime suspect in the murder and Pike suggests that they use the satellites that the forestry service uses to search for forest fires. They find a remote vehicle and behind it, Gill is dead. Nobody at the club knows Gill is dead and Jane wants to keep it that way. He asks Abbot if there’s a way to lock down The Foragers, just for a couple of hours and Abbot says he can do that. With the help of Wiley, who is probably my favorite character on the show anymore, Jane concocts an elaborate sting for Marvin, where Abbot tells him that he put his money back into his account, less a 30% service fee. Wiley set up a redirect so that it looked like the money was returned when it really wasn’t. The president of The Foragers is upset because now his special speaker can’t get onto the grounds. Jane offers to perform a magic show to entertain the guests and while doing so, solve the murder. He and Lisbon use objects that were supposedly from the lost and found and included the victim’s broken cell phone. The murderer, seeing the cell phone in the hands of the authorities, was supposed to break into lost and found to retrieve it but he didn’t. The reason he didn’t is because they talked about the caper in a cabin where there was a surveillance camera. That camera belonged to Grant’s lawyer, Greg, who had planted the camera so that he could blackmail Grant over his affair with Madison. Abbot went into the cabin and announced that he would make a deal and Greg showed up and admitted to the whole thing and was arrested. Madison had walked into the cabin early and seen him installing the camera and she found herself dead. After the case, Lisbon and Pike go out for dinner and he tells her that he’s got a job offer in D.C. and he wants her to come with him. Please, whatever you do, GO! Whatever it takes to keep her and Jane apart, I’d rather see her off the show entirely. Has anyone else realized that most of Jane’s schemes are unnecessarily complicated and you could get the same results by doing something far simpler? Sure, it wouldn’t be as entertaining for the audience but it would be far more realistic and I sometimes find myself getting bored by the grandeur and pomp and circumstance of his plans. It’s largely about trickery and not good police work. I don’t know, I think I’m getting tired of this show. I don’t think it’s doing all that well in the ratings, this might be the last year of Mentalist and I’m fine with that.
Metal Hurlant Chronicles #1×03 – “Red Light / Cold Hard Facts” – This is actually a 2 part short episode, which when you consider that the entire episode is only 24 minutes long, makes the individual segments quite short. The first, “Red Light”, written in the original magazine #141 by well-known comic writer Geoff Johns, takes up the majority of the episode, although it is certainly more show than substance. We start with an unnamed human, the last prisoner on an alien world, who is determined to see the sky one last time before he dies. It becomes a series of encounters between the prisoner and the guards as he gets closer and closer to his goal. The action is nowhere as frenetic or well-staged as an episode I talked about last time, “King’s Crown”, and there is a surprise ending that, surprisingly, works. The second part, at a mere 7 minutes in length, called “Cold Hard Facts”, is the story of a man found frozen in cryonic sleep, who is awoken just before the space station upon which he’s located goes wrong and everyone has to escape in pods. However, as the pods are damaged in the escape and everyone has to fight, literally, to survive long enough to be picked up, we get to the end and the somewhat expected result, although the final semi-twist did make me smile a bit. Unfortunately, “Cold Hard Facts” did come off as a bit too European-feeling for my tastes, which is no surprise considering it’s French/Belgian origins, but it just didn’t appeal as much as it could have. Yeah, I know, first-world problem. The quality, so far, is variable and I’ve just seen that there’s a second season airing overseas right now with a surprisingly diverse cast including a lot of American actors. As an anthology, I think it’s interesting but I wouldn’t put any of these in the same class as Twilight Zone or Outer Limits.
Orphan Black #2×01 – “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” – Last season, Sarah Manning’s daughter and foster mother were kidnapped, now we see the clone club fighting to figure out who took them and why. I will admit that this was a very fast-paced episode but it also contained things I never wanted to see, like Felix in ass-less chaps getting ready for a 5-way orgy. Some things don’t need to be on TV. They wasted no time bringing people up to speed, they hit the ground running and never stopped. Sarah is being pursued and must escape after a meeting in a coffee shop goes wrong and she has to break through the wall in the bathroom to get away. She contacts Allison, whose new theatrical career is going like gangbusters, and asks her for a gun. Allison has given up the drinking and drugs and partying that got her into so much trouble last season and is now trying to be wholesome, but she knows people who can get illegal things and she reaches out to an old friend and drug dealer, Ramon, who is apparently working as a grocery store bag boy, selling illicit stuff out of his trunk, and acquires a gun with the serial number filed off for Sarah. Sarah wants to get into a Dyad Institute meeting, confront Rachel and get her daughter and foster mother back. Sure, sounds like a plan. Cosima, meanwhile, is still involved with Delphine and is seriously considering joining the Dyad Institute. She sees no other way to access a well-stocked lab and work on her respiratory illness. As she tells Delphine, “This is my biology. It’s my decision.” However, Delphine isn’t entirely on the up and up either as we will see later. Oh, and if we remember from last season, Allison signed a deal with the Neolutionists to keep from having her entire life monitored by her husband Donnie. They’ve been trying to put a life back together, even though he occasionally slips, like sneaking off to her sewing room to keep an eye on her, they seem to have a decent, although still strained relationship. And hey, being the lead in a musical that is definitely not Cats isn’t bad either, right? However, Sarah has to use Allison to throw the scent off when she moves to invade the Dyad Institute gala, she tells Rachel’s right-hand-man Daniel that she’ll meet him at a certain place, driving a red mini-van and that’s Allison, not Sarah. Daniel apologizes for the confusion and drives away, leaving Allison confused on the side of the road. Delphine helps Sarah get into Dyad by having her dress as Cosima. They meet up with Dyad leader Leekie, played by the always wonderful Matt Frewer, who doesn’t recognize the difference and who gives Sarah/Cosima a tour of the facility. Sarah gets upstairs to Rachel’s space, but she’s not there, instead she runs into Daniel who says that they don’t have her daughter. In fact, everyone says they don’t have her daughter. It’s the Neolutionists who have her daughter. Why? We don’t know. Is it for genetic testing, after all, the clones aren’t supposed to be able to breed? We just don’t have any information yet. Add to all of this the Art storyline where he’s still trying to figure out who Sarah is and how she could so perfectly take over the life of his ex-partner. He’s been trying so hard to get her to trust him and when she starts to and he’s just about to hear the whole story, we flash to the hospital where Helena, who we thought died last season, stumbles into a hospital with a bullet wound to the chest. The show goes round and round and round, with each plot element leading to another. The people who were after Sarah at the beginning of the episode were religious extremists, leading back to Helena and her Prolethean sect. Mark, another of the men from the diner, shows up at the hospital watching Helena. How did she survive the gun shot wound? Is there more to the clones than we thought? We haven’t seen them do anything particularly superhuman so far but clearly they are special and everyone wants them, but why? One of the things I liked about the first season is that every new piece of information brought about a larger and more interesting world. It started out with one woman who met her doppelganger in a train station. It exploded into many clones and many interested parties, all with different reasons and goals in mind. However, I think there’s only so far that can go before it gets even more confusing than it already is. I think they’ve got enough clones, even now that Aynsley is dead and Helena is not. I think they need to start answering some questions before they introduce too many more, I hope the show runners don’t allow their storylines to collapse on them, that would really ruin the show.
Tomorrow People #1×20 – “A Sort of Homecoming” – Last week, they put Roger’s body and “soul” together and all of the Tomorrow People were waiting around with baited breath to see if he’d revive. Of course he does and there’s a nice homecoming scene between Roger and Stephen and then between Roger and Marla. Of course, Marla expects him to go home with them so he can reunite with poor, unpowered Luca and the second that he agrees to go and have dinner, the rest of the Tomorrow People freak out and think he’s abandoning them. Give me a break! Even John says he can’t go and they have a fight to see whether he can leave or not. It’s not like Roger can’t just teleport away. Eventually, he wins his right to go have a fricking meal with the family he hasn’t seen in six years and the Tomorrow People come unglued and people want to leave the commune because Roger isn’t going to lead them to the promised land 30 seconds after he comes back to life. Really? How childish. Stephen talks to Hillary and says his dad is back and he needs her to cover for him at Ultra. She’s standing right next to Bathory, who makes sure Stephen doesn’t suspect that she’s putting him right where they want him. He wants her to get close to Roger so they can abduct him and put him in the machine for whatever evil purposes that entails. Roger gets home and Luca isn’t happy to see him, but I guess being the only unpowered person in the room, it would be a bit uncomfortable. It isn’t exactly Roger’s fault that he got shot in the chest, after all. Roger makes Chicken Parmesan for dinner and Astrid shows up to play peacemaker, then Hillary arrives and things get awkward again, especially when everyone else leaves the table and Hillary and Astrid are glaring at each other. Astrid tells Hillary that she’d better not hurt Stephen and Hillary says she loves Stephen. Outside, Roger tells Stephen that he has to leave, it’s not safe as long as the Founder knows he’s around. Hillary watches them talk and there’s an Ultra raid planned but she calls it off. Roger goes to meet with Jed in a bar, Jed feels really awful about everything that’s happened, especially because he got to be the powerful brother for a while and it felt great. He tells Roger that even if he vanishes, the Founder will just use Stephen to power the machine, but he has some information that might help back at his old apartment but they have to get in and out quick because Bathory will be watching. Jed cracks the Ultra mainframe and downloads the data, then they teleport back to the Tomorrow People’s underground lair. Bathory is moving the machine somewhere more secure but they have one chance to destroy it at a pier where it’s being stored. While Stephen and Roger plan to destroy the machine, the Tomorrow People are in an uproar. Natalie says she’d rather go topside and take her chances with Ultra and Cara sends Russell along to keep an eye out. They teleport in to Ultra and are welcomed with open arms, so long as they get an injected tracker. Russell isn’t so sure about this but he volunteers to go first. While trying to destroy the machine, John shows up with a gun and shoots Roger with a tranquilizer. John wants Roger to go back to the lair and lead the Tomorrow People, just like he promised that Roger would do. Hillary arrives and Stephen discovers that she’s been working for the Founder the whole time. He tries to warn Roger and John but can’t. John gets ambushed and taken hostage by Ultra agents but Stephen manages to teleport out with his father. John is taken to Ultra and strapped down. Bathory threatens to take away his powers if he doesn’t talk and when John refuses, Bathory shoots him up, not once, not twice but three times before his powers vanish. Hillary meets up with Astrid and asks her for a favor, she wants Astrid to call her in exactly an hour. Astrid agrees. Stephen brings his whole family to the lair where they have a reunion, but they realize they have to take down the Founder. Stephen gets a call from Hillary and she apologizes and he realizes something is wrong. He teleports back to Ultra where he sees Hillary in the Founder’s office. Hillary tells him that she’s here to kill him. He laughs and says the Tomorrow People can’t kill, but she opens her coat and she’s wearing a bomb vest with a cell phone trigger. Just then, Astrid calls and the vest explodes, killing Hillary and the Founder. Of course, we know the Founder wasn’t really killed, Hillary telegraphed her intentions and gave him time to teleport away, but there really was no more part for Hillary in the show, now that her chance with Stephen was gone. This can lead Stephen and Astrid together, hopefully, it’s painful to watch Astrid suffer week after week. We’re close to the end of the season and damn if I’m not really loving what they’re doing right now.
Warehouse 13 #5×02 – “Secret Services” – Pete and Myka return to Washington D.C. when a political fracking lobbyist drowns on dry land. They meet up with their old friends Ted and Elise who kid them about their new jobs, solving freaky cases. However, there’s something odd about Ted and Elise and even though Pete and Myka don’t want to expose Ted and Elise to any of the artifacts or “freaky stuff”, they have jurisdiction and so they all team up. There’s a second drowning, a senator who supported a fracking bill and the team think they’re on to a trend. Myka notices that Ted has a parking ticket and he seems embarrassed by it, saying he’ll get it taken care of later. She and Pete talk and think maybe their weird behavior might make them the killers. They follow them to the courthouse and it turns out that Ted and Elise have gotten married, in violation of agency rules. They then get a third case, a real estate investor who had no connection to fracking, dead of drowning. Actually, the guy had been a bartender a year before, then received a sudden and mysterious windfall and became an investor. However, the hotel he bartended at was the site of a major political scandal where a senator lost his position and his wife over a sex scandal and the person who picked up that senatorial seat just so happened to be the second victim. Now that they know the link, they go to the reporter who first broke the story and she denies any wrongdoing, but immediately starts to drown. Myka uses an artifact, a necklace from the Atacama desert, the warmest place on Earth, to evaporate the water and they realize that it’s lying that triggers the effect. After being saved, the reporter tells them that she was paid by Diane Hewlett, the Chief of Staff to the deceased senator, in hopes that the manufactured scandal would ensure victory for her employer. They go to the senator’s office to confront her but she escapes by using a sword hilt to infect Ted. He tells a lie and starts to drown and Pete and Myka have to show their hand to save his life. There’s one more person on the victim list, the girl that the original senator cheated with and Diane goes to take her out but Pete and Myka cure her before she tells a lie. Diane then tries to take her own life with the artifact but they get it away from her in time. Ted and Elise are happy that they were saved and they tell Pete to go for it if he really wants to be with Myka. There was a second story, more an attempt to sew up plot threads, where Claudia wants to meet her long lost sister but Artie tells her that her sister is an artifact-infected danger that’s been kept in a coma for years. Claudia doesn’t want to hear it and insists and Artie uses an artifact to allow her to come into his memories and we see how her sister Claire was responsible for killing their parents. Of course, it’s all the fault of an artifact, in this case, a music box which was destroyed in the midst of it’s effect on Claire, thus driving her uncontrollably insane. They finally go to Claire’s “bedside” and go into her memories and find out the truth, that Claire destroyed the artifact, not Claudia, thus easing Claudia’s mind and making her determined to free Claire from her living damnation. It’s an interesting idea, Artie told us that Claire was a dangerous telekinetic and that’s something that we need to see before the end. Honestly, I don’t care about Pete and Myka, we’re down to 4 episodes and the series is over, how bad can it be? Pete and Myka have never really seemed romantically attracted, except extremely recently, it doesn’t seem natural but it won’t last long regardless so I really don’t care. I’m just not that invested in whether these two do the naughty or not. I do have a question about Claudia’s memories though, exactly where was her brother Joshua? He didn’t seem to be there. With so few episodes to work with, I guess we have to expect things to move quick. Oh, and someone send Pete to the barber, please.
Best of the Week: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets it three weeks in a row. The Hydra debacle is really the push this series needed to become amazing and every episode since has been top notch. Can they make 4 in a row? I hope so!
Worst of the Week: Sad to say, this goes to Mentalist, which just wasn’t that impressive this week and the work they’re doing to shoehorn Jane and Lisbon together is horrible. I’d rather see Lisbon get shot in the head than contemplate them romantically involved. Don’t do it!
Other Stuff I Watched: Fists of Fury (Rifftrax)