Here’s a recap of this week’s episodes. A special Thank You goes out to Suzanne at Damsel Undistressed who’s written some GREAT recaps herself. She’s lessened my workload. by nearly half. Thanks, Suzanne!
Almost Human: Are You Receiving (103)
There are certain kinds of shows I really dislike. One is when hostages are taken at the beginning of the episode. The minute they showed the office scene, I knew the whole episode would be about rescuing them.
Given that, the show moved along quickly enough. Yes, there were tropes along the way. Cops disregarding orders from the boss, secret communication with one of the hostages, and possibly the hostages being a diversion from the “real” crime. (Even though kidnapping is a far worse crime than robbery.) But the episodes had original moments, too. Dorian answering the “telephone” with different voices, getting shot in the head and patched up with gum. I was certain the ice fishing story was made up, but its veracity was never answered. The fact that Dorian could hear John’s confession of his middle name while “out” might have been expected, but the pay-off of Dorian singing along to “Benny and the Jets” was priceless.
And Rudy saved the day! Sort of.
Sleepy Hollow: Sanctuary (109)
Can you believe there are only four more episodes for season 1? I hope, hope, hope they won’t end on a cliffhanger, ala Supernatural, but rather wrap up this part of the story, ala Doctor Who.
Suzanne wrote a great review at Damsel Undistressed. I doubt I could do any better, so check out her post. (We both hail from Iowa, so we share a certain dry, corn-fed humor.)
Agents of SHIELD: Repairs (109)
Ghosts! Was I watching Supernatural? Demons! Or Sleepy Hollow? Nope, it was Agents of SHIELD, with a surprisingly unscientific view of the universe. I didn’t really remember the plot (I had to it look up to jog my memory). What I remembered was the personal aspects of the show. Fitz and Simmons “hazing” Skye (which was pretty lame, as pranks go), May and Ward’s tryst, Skye’s compassion, Fitz getting punked, and May cracking a half-smile.
Skye was her same nosy self, but this time it worked. She argued with Coulson and Ward about SHIELD’s isolation of a scared young woman. Just for once, I agreed with Skye.
The tv cable guide said we’d learn more about May’s past, which I guess we did. But it was through Coulson’s dialogue with Skye, not from May herself. It felt a little like cheating. May remains the mysterious super-Ninja fighting woman in black. With a pilot’s license.
The episode is noteworthy for what it lacked as well. No Coulson worrying whether he’s human or not, no talk of Skye’s parents. It was a welcome change. Next week (or two?), Peterson from the premier returns! Will he be integrated into the team or will it be a one-time mission? Probably the latter.
Supernatural: Rock and a Hard Place (908)
If you heard a gigantic groan during Dean’s “confession” at Virgin Anonymous, that was me. I HATE horndog Dean. And while some people complained about his tryst with the ex-porn star, it was his getting way too caught up in the moment during his tell-all that bothered me. Part of the reason is that I knew it would happen, and it would be totally embarrassing, because that’s how the writers love to write Dean.
Even the welcome appearance of the wonderful Sheriff Jody Mills couldn’t erase the gross factor. Please don’t make this atrocity of an episode her only appearance this season.
Once again, Suzanne comes to the rescue. Her take on “something is wrong with me” Sam and growing mistrust of Ezekiel mirror my own thoughts. (By the way, Suzanne and I don’t always see eye-to-eye. She loves “The French Mistake” and “Changing Channels.” I moaned at “Changing Channels.” First because of its low-brow humor (“Nutcracker” and herpes commercial), and secondly because the Trickster suddenly changes into the archangel Gabriel. It felt like a cheap way to alter the story. Initially I didn’t care for “The French Mistake.” I’ve since come to like it, but it certainly doesn’t rate in my top 10, probably not even top 50.)