So much has happened in TV-land since my internet modem crashed last week. I was able to post a couple reviews I’d already started (Agents of SHIELD and Supernatural—and a reply to Natalie) during interludes of access, but that’s it. Now that things appear to be stable, here’s a super-duper brief roundup.
Yep, all these shows are discussed (to a limited degree) under the cut.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Heart of Stone (105)
Cyrus escapes! Alice passes the pure-of-heart test. The Red Queen decalcifies Will! Jafar cuts off the foot of the White Rabbit to get him to talk, then reattaches it because the White Rabbit talked. And everything the Old Prisoner said and did reaffirms my assertion of who he is.
I really hope Cyrus and Alice meet up soon. I’m getting tired of all this True Love talk without seeing it.
Grimm: One Night Stand (304)
Thanks, Grimm. Now I’m rethinking that mermaid tattoo I was going to get. We learn that mermen are sterile, so propagation of the species requires mermaids to copulate with humans. And macho mermen don’t like it. We discover more about Nick’s new physiology, specifically, his vitals are about half that of an ordinary man and he never tires. It comes in handy when he has to rescue a mermaid under water.
You can read a review of last week’s episode “A Dish Best Served Cold” at Dahne’s Recaps. I won’t be covering Grimm any more this season since Dahne does a much better job and has the added bonus of polls.
Dracula: From Darkness to Light (104)
Vlad Grayson plays Lady Jayne like a fiddle and kills one of his oldest pals to gain her trust. Granted, the old pal was a horrible house guest, killing kitchen staff and forcing Renfield to suffer the loss of apple crumble. Lord Davenport employs some Mysterious Woman to kidnap and torture someone close to Grayson. It turns out to be Renfield.
I’m done. It’s all just… too much. I might continue to watch, but won’t be reviewing any more.
Almost Human: Pilot (101)
It’s finally here! And it seems to be getting mixed reviews. io9 likens it to the sci fi cop dramas of the 1980’s, saying
Do you like Robocop? Blade Runner? Demolition Man? Alien Nation? Total Recall? And countless other police drama-esque science fiction movies from the ’80s? Then you’ll love Almost Human, which is an unapologetic pastiche of the genre, updated to reflect 21st century post-human politics and fears of pharmaceutical terrorism.
The only one of those I’ve seen is Demolition Man, which I enjoyed (and not just because it featured an early Benjamin Bratt). So, since I like those types of shows, I’ll be sticking around. There will be more after tonight’s second episode.
DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk
I’m never very good about keeping up with this show, even though I love it. Last week’s episode, “Appetite for Destruction” was a favorite. Perhaps I’ll write some reviews once the other shows go into their winter hiatus. In the meantime, you can check out Berk’s Grapevine for all things Hiccup and Toothless, including the upcoming movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2. (Hiccup and Astrid grow up nicely.)
Oh good grief. I spent much of my internet downtime watching a Doctor Who extravaganza celebrating 50 years of the show on OnDemand. Sadly, OnDemand lied, saying episodes from 21st century seasons would be available until December 31. As of today, only seasons 5-7 are available. And I only got to see four of David Tennat’s episodes. 😦