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TV Thursday – 7/31/14

July 31st, 2014

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Welcome to another week of summer television, TV Thursday – 7/31/14. This week, I take a look at six shows, Defiance, Dominion, Extant, Perception, The Last Ship and The Strain and give both a detailed recap and my feelings on each episode.  There will be spoilers, oh yes, there will be spoilers, I assume you’ve either seen the episodes in question, or are not bothered by knowing the entire plot.  I pull no punches and give no quarter.  I hope you enjoy my take on these series and I welcome you to post comments or disagreements below.  Am I completely wrong or am I right on the money?  Let me know.

Defiance #2×06 – “This Woman’s Work” – Tommy, who was a really good second in command in the first season, has really fallen apart since Nolan has come back and his relationship with Berlin has led him astray.  This is especially true now that Irisa is back and he’s realizing that he still has feelings for her. Viceroy Berto Mercado comes to town and orders Pottinger to enlist Nolan to salvage a falling Ark segment.  Nolan, being an experienced ark hunter, is the perfect man for the job, but Pottinger has to lie to him and tells him that it contains a clean power source that can change the world. Unfortunately, it is a prison ship that contains Gulanee, energy-based warriors that still think the war is going on.  Mercado wants to acquire the warriors as a means to political success but Pottinger isn’t at all enthusiastic, but Mercado is his boss and he has to do what he’s told.  Nolan had told Tommy to get Irisa, but instead he decided to bring along his girlfriend Berlin to take publicity video of the search.  Nolan was pissed and Tommy, tired of it all, quits his job.  Pottinger takes out about 50 soldiers but Nolan wants to check out the crash site with just himself, Pottinger and Pottinger’s bioman servant Churchill.  Nolan is very disrespectful to Churchill, which he says is just stem cells and spare parts, the biomen were artificial lifeforms built by the Votan and they’re not that bright.  Pottinger says that during the war, he rescued Churchill after he was ordered to leave him to die and Churchill has been his bodyguard ever since.  It’s the same kind of story as Nolan rescuing Irisa and raising her as his own.  Of course, when they get out there, one of the Gulanee has escaped and is busy killing everything it finds, including the entire expedition, except for Nolan, Pottinger and Churchill.  Nolan remembers building a weapon useful against the Gulanee during the war and they salvage the parts from the vehicles and they rush back to the ship to build the weapon, but the Gulanee is coming and Pottinger orders Churchill to fight the Gulanee, a battle of certain death to give Nolan time to finish building his weapon.  As expected, Churchill trundles out and engages the enemy and gets himself killed, like I said, biomen aren’t that bright, and Nolan finishes just in time.  The Gulanee walks right up to the weapon, which seems pretty silly and it goes off, disabling the suit and giving them a chance to beat it to death. Pottinger insists on the death blow as revenge for Churchill’s death.  They get back to town and Mercado is mad at Pottinger for failing to return with the rest of the Gulanee pods, which really makes no sense because there were tons of other pods that were intact that could have been acquired, and says that he’s going to send Pottinger to a far off post as punishment.  While all of this has been going on, Tommy and Berlin, since he quit, decide that they need to move on and start a new life together in Texas.  This is probably a good idea, but after they talked, Tommy followed Irisa and saw her sticking her tendrils into a random Castithan.  He thinks she murdered him and, since he hadn’t turned in his gun and badge quite yet, tries to arrest her.  She says that he’s not dead, he’ll come back and they drag him into a nearby cargo container to wait.  They spend a while talking, probably the first time they’ve been alone together since she came back from her 9-month absence at the beginning of the season.  We get a recap of the end of last season where Irisa made a deal with a “god” to save Nolan’s life.  Tommy realizes that Irisa needs him, supposedly as a friend, and tells Berlin that he’s not going with her to Texas.  She gets mad, saying she would have even gone with him to a horrible place like Texas and storms off, ostensibly leaving him to get back together with Irisa, assuming she’s willing.  Everyone ends up in the NeedWant, Pottinger mourning the loss of Churchill and his job and Berlin mourning the loss of Tommy.  Amanda goes off to console Pottinger and Nolan and Berlin end up in bed together, which really bugs me because I was under the assumption that he and Amanda were a couple.  Also, Stahma decides to start a Castithan women’s lib movement, but the first women she brings the idea up to rebuff her so she poisons them and pins it on their abusive husband.  The husband gets strung up on the Castithan rack of shame, where all the Castithans drop stones into a basket to torture the criminal.  Datak knows that Stahma framed the man and is thankful she didn’t frame him instead.  There are things about this episode that I liked, more good character moments, especially the bits with Churchill, and some that I really didn’t like, like Nolan and Berlin.  We’ve gotten to see in recent weeks that Pottinger isn’t the evil dictator that he was originally portrayed as, to someone who actually does care about the people of Defiance but is trapped between the good of the people and his orders from above.  We’ve gotten to see him as a decent, although not entirely good, person  but it looks like he’s going to be gone now and I’m not sure how I feel about that.  My immediate reaction was “Amanda gets the town back”, which may be true, but I hate shows that change the status quo, only to bring it right back to where it was in the first place.  If  you’re going to change, make the changes permanent. The bit with Nolan and Berlin really sucks, it makes me really hate Nolan, with the understanding that Amanda and Pottinger are probably in the next room doing the same thing.  Come on, can’t you trust anyone?  I hate having a show where there are no admirable people at all.

Dominion #1×06 – “Black Eyes Blue” – At the end of the last episode, we learned that Claire’s mother was taken over by an 8-ball that her father kept locked up in an old hotel outside of the Vega limits.  There’s nothing creepy about that, is there?  Alex, instead of killing the 8-ball, brought it to another casino where he and Michael locked it up inside a vault, trying to figure out what to do.  Alex wants to drive the demon out, but Michael tells him that it’s almost impossible and to do so, requires an ancient book called the Apocrypha that just so happens to be in Gabriel’s possession.  Of course, Michael has an in over in Gabriel’s camp, that’s where their sister Uriel is staying and she’s a sucker for ancient human artifacts.  Meanwhile, Claire reveals to her father the music box that, unbeknownst to her, was delivered to her room by the 8-ball.  She thinks her father left it for her and he’s only too happy to take credit.  He asks her to help with the no-confidence vote being pushed by David Whele and, though she thought he had given up on it, she agrees.  Michael goes to see Uriel and offers a rare painting that he found in a Vega hotel in exchange for the book.  She’s tempted, but she’s more interested in seeing Alex’s tattoos.  Michael agrees and we get a creepy scene of Uriel studying Alex’s half-naked body in detail.  She gives them the book, but it’s so faded that it cannot be read, but when Alex looks at it, he gains new tattoos and the ink reinvigorates the book so he can read the spell.  I pretty much figured that would happen, we’ve seen the ink do things in past episodes so it’s not particularly surprising.  Michael talks to the 8-ball and says she killed Claire’s mother and was part of Gabriel’s army, but she says she’s different, she had no choice because 8-balls have no bodies of their own and they can’t be expected to just sit in the ether and wait for something to happen.  She says she’s always respected the vessel she resides in and respected the woman who lived there before.  Alex is impressed that this 8-ball is different from the others he’s encountered. Michael is pretty sure it won’t work, but he thinks Michael has to learn that “failure is a grand lesson”.  Alex also goes to pull Claire out of an important meeting, leaving Arika to talk with General Riesen.  At first, Claire is really mad that Alex didn’t kill the 8-ball that killed her mother and stole her body.  She wants him to go do it immediately but he convinces her to talk to the 8-ball and when she does, she discovers that the 8-ball knows a lot about her, things only her mother could have known.  She tells Alex to do the ceremony and try to force the 8-ball out so that her mother’s spirit can return to her  body.  Now honestly, this is where I would have warned Claire that it probably won’t work, but at least her mother can die at peace, free from the angel possession, it will keep her from storming off pissed, as she’s about to do, but that’s rational thinking and these shows don’t do that very well.  So Alex performs the ceremony, the 8-ball is driven out and apparently, Claire’s mom is back, at least for a short time, but it doesn’t last, the body is left alive but empty and Claire is mad at Alex and Michael, not bothering to think that at least she has an opportunity to say goodbye to her mother, something she had been robbed of in the past.  Leaving the empty shell on the floor, she runs off.  Meanwhile, Riesen and Arika talk, he tells her that he knows about the deception of their air force.  They have claimed to have many planes, but they really only have a single B-52 and maybe a couple of helicopters in Helena, but that’s all Riesen needs.  Vega can produce a nuclear bomb and Helena can deliver it to Gabriel’s stronghold, but the current queen of Helena will never agree because she doesn’t think Gabriel will ever attack Helena.  However, Arika promises to go back and with her followers, depose the queen and take over the city and form an alliance with Vega. William is preparing for a sermon in the park when David shows up and says that one of the masks worn by the Gabriel cult was found in the house.  William orders that the rest of the cult disband, at least for a little bit, but while the announcement is being made, Whele’s troops move in and kill many of the worshippers until they wipe out the troops. Now that the troops are dead, Whele will know that the cult is still alive and will send an even bigger force.  William promises to take care of his father, he goes back home and pulls a gun on his father, but his father laughs at him, saying he’s too weak to do anything.  William doesn’t shoot him, but he does knock David out.  Claire goes back to the vault and while holding her mother, strangles her to put her out of her misery.  She goes home and tells her father that she knows everything and insists that immediately after the wedding, he’s to renounce his position so she can take charge or she will tell the city what he’s done.  William unmasks David at a gathering of the Gabriel cult and puts him through the same torture that indoctrinates others into the cult.  It’s unclear if David is mortally wounded, or now just part of the cult.  I’d argue the former makes more sense, but writing Anthony Head out of the series this early on seems a bit bizarre. But just torturing him won’t make him actually believe that Gabriel is his savior so I’m not sure what the point here is.  Is this ceremony that well known that they could threaten him with exposure if he opens his mouth?  We’ll just have to see what happens next week.  Honestly, this episode humanizes the 8-balls, at least a little bit.  Was Claire’s mother a special case, or are all the victims of the 8-balls still alive inside of their possessed bodies?  And we know that the exorcism can be done successfully, Michael says that there were two cases where it was done right, can Alex learn how to throw the angels out of their human hosts and end the war that way, at least against the 8-ball foot soldiers?  That will at least even the odds a little.  Still, we don’t have a well defined “good side” and a well defined “bad side”, as tends to be the case in these dystopian shows, I really have no reason to care who lives and who dies.  That may change in the future but probably not.  I really have no horse in this race, which is really a major problem as far as I’m concerned.  

Extant #1×03 – “Wish You Were Here” – After being really impressed with the first two episodes of this new Halle Berry series, I suppose it’s only natural to be let down a little in the third.  At least as it opened and Berry explained the backstory, I just found myself a little less than enthused about her description of her husband’s artificial little boy.  It’s not a big thing to be sure, I just find myself much more interested in Molly’s alien pregnancy than in Ethan, the little wooden boy.  I’m sure he’ll be made more interesting as time goes on, hopefully as the two storylines collide.  This week, Molly’s husband John insists on throwing a birthday party for Molly, who is pretty partied out already but he is adamant.  She was away in space on her real birthday and they want to celebrate here on Earth.  Meanwhile, it’s time for Ethan to go to school, he needs to socialize with people outside of the family, even though John’s assistant and Ethan’s foster mother Julie isn’t too happy about the arrangement.  She’s also not very happy that Molly is home, she played the part for Ethan, and I’m not sure she didn’t do the same for John, while Molly was away in space and now that she’s back, Julie is out in the cold.  After telling her boss, Alan, that she was pregnant last week, he comes back and tells her that she was impregnated by the ISEA, without his knowledge, while in space.  See, Molly and John tried for years to get pregnant the usual way and it didn’t work, apparently the ISEA figured out how to take the remnants of those attempts and make them work up in space. No, don’t ask me and frankly, I don’t know why Molly buys it, maybe it’s because Alan is sure that this revelation is going to cost him his job and his future.  Anyhow, she tells Sam about this and Sam wants to run some independent tests to see what’s really going on.  Ethan, as all of this is going on, is getting stranger than usual.  After being told by John to stay inside, he goes outside and rigs up a Wiley Coyote rig to catch a pigeon and, having done so, puts it under a box in the garage.  His parents return to take him to school and the rest of the parents are none to happy that their kids are going to be educated by a toaster.  One of the parents is very vocal about it, I’m sure he’ll end up dead pretty soon now.  At the end of the day, it’s time for the party and as she and John toast her birthday, she pours the wine out.  In the last episode, she said she hadn’t had a drink since before she went up into space. Her friends said they were going to get her drunk but we didn’t see if they did, and since she’s now with bug-eyed baby, getting drunk is probably not on her dance card.  Sam comes by to draw blood, a fun party game that everyone ought to play, but while she’s there, Molly doubles over in pain and gets a weird tattoo-thing on her wrist.  She sees a hallucination of Marcus who tells her everything will be okay, but when she recovers, she runs into Tim, Marcus’ brother and they talk about the good old times.  The only problem is, Tim is also dead, something she never knew about, and even though she thinks everyone at the party sees Tim, he isn’t in any of the photos and John tells her he was never there.  John goes out into the garage to flip on a circuit breaker and finds Ethan’s bird.  Ethan doesn’t seem bothered by putting a bird in a box where it can starve to death.  REDRUM!  REDRUM!  Once Molly realizes she’s seeing dead people, she calls Alan to come get her, she needs immediate medical testing and he shows up at the door.  She gets in and they drive away, but at the same time, Sam tries to get her blood back to her lab, but is told that there is a gas leak and her wing is restricted.  Smelling a rat, she tries to sneak in and while she’s being captured, she texts Molly to get out of the car.  Molly wrestles Alan for the wheel, then when the car stops, she runs off, only to find that John was following behind.  Alan brings a team of men back to their house, but they’re all gone.  Now Molly, John and Ethan are on the run from ISEA and the truth.  I am hoping that Sam is okay. After Doreen died in Helix, I lost a lot of hope I had for that show and I’ve kind of got the same kind of feelings about Sam in Extant.  She’s the one honest character in the show, the one that you feel you can trust when the chips are down.  I don’t want her to die, at least not so early on.  Now that Molly has let the cat out of the bag with John and he knows that she’s pregnant, are they going to try to go off the grid until the baby is born? It was 16 weeks along, that means quite a while to be on the lam and avoiding the government, or whatever ISEA happens to be.  Do they go to the media?  What do they do?  And we got to see Yasumoto for a moment this week, although he didn’t do anything remarkable, but it got me thinking and he used to be married to Satomi Tezuka, a Japanese actress who once guest starred in Galileo, one of my favorite J-dramas.  Small world.  

Thumbs DownPerception #3×06 – “Inconceivable” – When a baby is reported kidnapped, Kate leaps into action and Daniel starts seeing Natalie pregnant and she tries to convince him that he really does want a baby.  Yeah, it’s one of those episodes.  A lot of these detective shows do baby episodes, there was one on Castle where Beckett and Castle were stuck caring for an infant and this one really isn’t any better.  The mother sobs and cries that she only left her son in the car for a moment while she brought in groceries, but then he was gone and the window of her car was broken.  They put her on TV to beg the kidnappers to return her child and everything seems really emotional, but of course, nothing is ever as it seems.  A nosy neighbor saw a car speeding away and got the licence number and Kate finds the car parked at a local park.  She sees a woman who acts suspicious, carrying a baby and chases her but the woman trips and the baby rolls out into traffic, and of course, we all know it’s not real.  No, the woman was carrying a realistic doll.  The woman, Betsy, stole the fake kid from the back seat of the “mother”, Lucy.  Why?  Well, that’s a long, involved story but it’s okay, we’ve got time.  See, Betsy lost her child to a congenital heart defect so she visited realistic doll maker Asgar Svensden to get a fake version made to help her deal with the grief.  Unfortunately, she couldn’t afford to pay for the doll after it was made so Asgar sold it to Lucy instead. Lucy, meanwhile, has a couple of screws loose upstairs, she thinks the doll is actually a real baby named Owen and when Kate and Daniel call her in to return the doll, she honestly doesn’t know that it isn’t real. Of course, Donnie isn’t going to press charges against a crazy woman and, due to our really screwed up mental health laws, they can’t force her to receive treatment for her delusion so they let her go.  Lucy tells them that her ex-boyfriend, the “father” of her baby, a guy named Andy, left them and she’s really exhausted trying to raise the little hunk of plastic on her own.  This doesn’t turn out well for Lucy, she ends up dead, her head bashed in by a toy truck and the doll goes missing once again.  Betsy is in the clear, she left town after the last incident but they don’t know who to blame.  They check out Lucy’s abusive mother and she tells them that a couple of weeks before, she paid an unscheduled visit to Lucy’s place and Lucy had a real, live baby Owen.  So where did the real baby go and why did Lucy have the fake one? They find out that Lucy’s ex, Andy, has just gotten back into the states from Afghanistan, but when they talk to him, he tells them that he broke up with her because she told him when he was stationed overseas that she was pregnant, but when he got back unexpectedly, he only found her with a doll.  Maybe, Daniel reasons, she had a real baby and lost it somehow and replaced it with a doll when her brain cracked.  Kate searches the yard for a body and Daniel finds a box of photos and memorabilia.  He thinks that maybe she gave it up for adoption so they check the records and yes, a baby was turned in to a fire station a month before, but before Child Protective Services could pick it up, the mother had come back to reclaim the baby.  Or at least that’s what the fireman to whom Lucy turned in the kid said.  In reality, the fireman and his girlfriend couldn’t have children so they claimed Lucy came back for the baby when they actually kept it for themselves.  That still doesn’t explain Lucy’s death or the missing doll, until they went to see the doll maker again and he’s nuttier than a fruitcake, he makes Lucy look normal.  He’s obsessive about the dolls he makes, he thinks they’re real, or at least need to be treated as if they were real and he found that Lucy wasn’t treating his doll with the proper respect so he went to her house to give her money back and retrieve the doll, but he saw evidence that she wasn’t being as good to his doll as he wanted so he killed her. Yeah, things are crazy all over.  The b-story this week, Donnie has been looking for houses and starts pushing Kate to agree to have a bunch of children when she realizes she really doesn’t want any kids at all.  Good Catholic my ass.  She tries to tell Donnie but she doesn’t want to disappoint him.  This does not bode well for their perfect relationship.  The problem is, this whole thing comes entirely out of the blue, just like the Castle episode I mentioned earlier (“The Good, The Bad and the Baby”, which I reviewed in this weekly post), where there had never really been anything mentioned about kids between Beckett and Castle before. Seriously though, Kate and Donnie are getting remarried, they never had this little talk before?  And the whole bit where Daniel wanted a child but he didn’t know it was stupid, that too came from nowhere.  This week was too much crap thrown at the wall in hopes something stuck, the case wasn’t really good and the implications are much worse.  It’s just another one of the classic tropes they had to check off and it didn’t go well.

The Last Ship #1×06 – “Lockdown” – Since the beginning of the series, nobody has really trusted Dr. Scott and for  good reason, she did lie to everyone about her mission for four months, although, as I’ve pointed out before, she was acting as much out of military secrecy as they were, if they can accept that they have to lie to others about their own missions, why would they hold it against her?  Anyhow, the command staff are concerned that the crew of the Nathan James really doesn’t know what went down in Nicaragua with El Toro.  Slattery and Jeter want to keep it secret, after all, it should be need to know but Chandler says the crew deserves to be kept in the loop, after all, the Nathan James is probably one of the last bastions of humanity left, why lie to people? Who are they afraid is going to find out their military secrets?  Meanwhile, Rachel is working with her new monkeys and tells Chandler that she feels good about her prospects to come up with a vaccine, all it will take is time and luck.  Chandler unilaterally decides to inform the crew and says they’re heading back to the States and by the time they get there, Rachel will have a vaccine.  It’s completely premature, of course, as the first six monkeys she’s tested on all die horrible deaths.  All she can do is keep working on the vaccine and hope something works.  The crew is a little spooked by the thought that the away team ran into infected people in Nicaragua and when Lieutenant Green collapses and everyone assumes he’s got the virus.  Our buddy Dr. Tophet, still playing chess with Bacon, tries to convince him that Rachel’s work is failing and when she’s found dumping dead monkeys over the side of the ship, word spreads like wildfire.  This bothers people so much that 16 crew members, including Bacon, express their interest in leaving the Nathan James and going it on their own.  This makes Chandler decide to be completely open and honest with the crew, he calls them to the flight deck, opens up Rachel’s lab and walks them through the nitty gritty details of the work.  This is so encouraging that the 16 crew members immediately decide to re-enlist and get back to work.  Okay, this wasn’t the greatest episode so far, in fact, it was pretty slow, but it did answer some questions that you’d expect needed to be addressed. First off, let’s be honest, the United States is dead, so is Russia and every other country. We know that the entire leadership of the country is dead and decomposing, the idea of a United States Navy is a bit absurd at this point.  Late in the episode when the 16 re-upped, they did the Navy oath and they were pledging their allegiance to a military command structure that didn’t really exist anymore.  I’m sure it helps to keep order, but when you think about it, it’s silly.  Secondly, while they were listening to distress calls, they were talking about keeping it secret from the crew and how the crew wanted to know what happened in the radio room.  Come on, I pointed out in the first episode that only a thin curtain separated the radio room from the hallway outside, anyone who wanted to know what was going on could just linger outside the door for a couple of seconds.  Not much of a secret.  Finally, why haven’t they thrown Quincy overboard yet? He serves no useful purpose, he tried to kill everyone on the Nathan James and he’s actively fomenting dissent among the crew.  Sure, he got “punished” by having his chess set taken away, but why keep him around at all?  Is he the guinea pig for Rachel’s human trials?  Finally, Chandler finds out about Green and Foster, even though they broke up weeks ago.  I know he’s mad that their relationship, however undefined it may be, put the boat at risk, but honestly what can he do about it?  These are some of the last people on the planet, even if they do come up with a cure, they’re going to need to breed like bunnies to bring the human population back.  You’d think he’d be happy they’re interested and just arrange for them to be assigned non-conflicting duties.  The problems have come because they had to hide their relationship, now that it’s out in the open, so much the better!  

Thumbs UpThe Strain #1×03 – “Gone Smooth” – I’ll be honest, it’s really hard keeping three versions of the same story straight in my head.  I have the TV version, the comic book version and the novel version.  All of them are essentially the same story with some minor variations and it’s difficult to keep from comparing and contrasting the various incarnations.  I spend a lot of time thinking how things are different in another version and there were a couple of moments this week where that was very much true.  We start off this week with Eichorst putting on his face, literally.  After all, being a vampire for a long span of time invariably causes some cosmetic damage and having to add a nose, ear and throat (sounds like he’s in need of a specialist) might not be the worst thing in the world, given eternal life.  We haven’t seen what the Master looks like yet, he’s certainly going to be worse off.  Anyhow, Nora tells Eph that he really ought to talk to Setrakian and Eph doesn’t even remember him.  Luckily, Setrakian plays the judge at his trial like a fiddle and gets out, all charges dropped.  Nora stops by to see him and he tells her that she’s useless, she isn’t ready to do what needs to be done, regardless of what it is.  At this point, I don’t think anyone is and honestly, looking back at this point from the ending of The Fall, they ain’t seen nothing yet.  The real point of the story this week is the slow march toward the transformation of the four survivors.  We’d already seen it happen with the little girl and her weird French father so we know what will eventually happen to all of them, alive and dead alike, but the individual stories of the four who didn’t quite die on the Regis 777 are quite interesting, especially when the audience knows that things can’t turn out well for the unsuspecting humans that surround them.  Of the stories, the one I was most interested in seeing was Ansel Barbour, who was much better detailed in the book and comic than in the series, I will say, but they did a lot more that really wouldn’t translate into the TV realm, particularly his insane religious fundamentalist wife Anne-Marie.  For reasons unknown, they changed Barbour’s dogs from Saint Bernards to German Shepherds.  Anyhow, in the comics particularly, Anne-Marie becomes convinced that Ansel is possessed by demons and locks him into the dog house where he eats the dogs. Their neighbor, who beat one of the dogs with a switch when it escaped, comes to threaten Anne-Marie and she tells him to go into the dog house with a stick, with expected results.  I’m sure they’d piss off a lot of viewers making Anne-Marie the religious nut she was elsewhere and it really didn’t matter much in the scheme of things.  We also saw some really disturbing changes for Bolivar, where his junk fell off in the toilet and now he’s a Ken doll.  Okay, I have a question about that and it doesn’t really mean anything unless you’ve read the novels, but if this suggests that the vampires are asexual, how did the Master, in the next book, which will come in next season, produce a half-breed son?  And what will he do when he takes over Bolivar’s body?  Too much of a spoiler?  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  Then there’s Captain Redfern who is at death’s door, being rushed into emergency surgery and he gets up and wanders to the basement.  Jim goes looking for him and says he’s in the kitchen.  Wait a minute, they store blood in the kitchen?  Anyhow, Redfern is chowing down on blood and then attacks Jim, snapping at him with his tentacle. Eph comes along and smashes Redfern’s head with a fire extinguisher.  I guess that’s one vampire that won’t be bothering anyone.  And speaking of Jim, he ran off the Stoneheart to get paid for getting the Master’s coffin out of quarantine and our buddy Eichorst not only gave him money, but offered to get his wife into an exclusive cancer study if he just wouldn’t go to the police.  I guess working with the bad guys has its advantages.  Overall I love the story being The Strain, I wish I had started reading it earlier because I’m going into overload, getting through three versions of the same story at the same time, but it’s worth it.  

Best of the Week:  The Strain, with its new take on vampires and odd twists and turns, even though I’m doing the same story multiple times in multiple media, I’m actually enjoying the subtle differences between the versions.  Just because you’ve seen one doesn’t mean you’ve seen them all.

Worst of the Week:  As has become the case far too often lately, considering how much I really do like the show, Perception gets the bottom slot, not really because of the common problems of Daniel’s untreated mental issues, but because they went for a standard trope and didn’t do it well at all.  Maybe next week.

Other Stuff I Watched:  Six Million Dollar Man #2×07-3×06, Mythbusters #13×03, The Wil Wheaton Project #1×09, Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark

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