With most of the sci fi shows back, why haven’t there been any new posts? Perhaps my winter ennui has set in. I watch the shows, and enjoy them (to varying degrees), but haven’t felt a great urge to discuss them. I will likely stop covering some of the shows, but haven’t decided which ones yet. In the meantime, let’s catch up with the A shows. That is, the shows which begin with the letter A, not the A-rated shows.
If you want suspense in your drama, don’t make the penultimate climax the (potential) demise of your main character. Like that’s going to happen. *sheesh*
These three episodes illustrate what’s wrong with the show; one-dimensional characters, repeated plots, no overall story arc. If I continue covering Almost Human, it will most likely be from the technology perspective. It’s much more interesting than the drama has been.
Mid-21st century black market organ transplants have come a long way from the ol’ “wake up in a bathtub minus a kidney” routine. Now it’s bio-mechanical hearts. The episode had too many red herrings to count, but that’s to its favor. The villain wasn’t the heart manufacturer’s CEO, or the surgeon. The mortician (for lack of a better description), while not the primary bad guy, was perhaps the most nuanced villain this show has produced. We wondered if he would really “pull the switch” on innocent people. But once he did, all subtlety and remorse were gone.
I’m not sure what the purpose of the extra DRN was, unless it was to show Dorian’s “human” side. But in this show, I’m not sure that’s a complement. Dorian overstepped his bounds, but what would you expect from somone who has Kennex for a partner?
Simon Says (107)
This show certainly doesn’t know how to write sympathetic characters. I’m trying to take Natalie’s advice and not groan so much at the ultimate evilness of each week’s villain. Fortunately, watching Dorian on low power was a hoot. His inappropriate behavior—even recognizing it and apologizing in advance—was a great take on what could be a great character. Watching Dorian scale the side of a building, I ask again, how is an MX more advanced than a DRN?
And yeah, I was on pins and needles wondering if Kennex would make it out of his bomb collar alive. Not!
You Are Here (108)
If you’re pulled into a story, would you be thinking how much this episode mirrored the previous two? Does that mean the drama isn’t interesting enough to negate thoughts of the trivial? A guy knows he’s going to be killed beforehand, but no one believes him. And he ends up being killed by unknown forces. Shades of “Arrhythmia.” From “Simon Says,” a basically innocent guy is killed, but the baddie’s next target, a young woman, is saved by our detectives. I suppose those who bitch about Supernatural‘s perceived misogyny (which really isn’t there) wouldn’t mind, but I do. I don’t like predictability.
“You Are Here” finally resurfaced events from the premiere, but the promise of continuity and the continuing story line fell flat. It didn’t advance the story much.
Agents of SHIELD
The show seems to be having trouble living up to its hype. It’s enjoyable enough (some episodes more so than others) but it took me weeks before I watched “The Bridge.” (In my defense, I was grieving.) I haven’t watched any of these shows more than once, and you’ll find what makes the show memorable to me is not necessarily the main plot. Is that an indication of my interest in the show? I’m not sure if I’ll continue to review it. Opinions, anyone?
The Bridge (110)
It’s the episode in which the team takes on the Centipede organization once again, but all I care about is the return of Mike Peterson. The sympathetic, chemically-enhanced father from the series premier becomes part of the team. He’s looking fit and eager to prove himself. All the action leads up to the dramatic showdown on “The Bridge.” In return for his son Ace, Mike hands Coulson over to Centipede. It’s a shocker to us, but apparently not to Coulson. I suppose we can take comfort in the knowledge that Coulson is okay with the exchange. In the ensuing explosions, Centipede takes Coulson and Mike (in an effort to redeem himself?) runs back into the fire. I’m holding out hope that the show doesn’t make Ace an orphan and that Mike is still alive.
The lesson? Be careful what you wish for.
The Magical Place (112)
It isn’t Tahiti. At least we learn Phil Coulson isn’t a robot. So that’s a relief. I’m sort of confused why the ‘rebuilding” of Coulson was centered on his brain, when his death was actually from a rod through his torso and heart. Oh, who cares. That scene of SHIELD working on Coulson’s brain (complete with a concerned Ron Glass) was one mega-creepy sight.
The good news is that Mike Peterson didn’t die at the end of “The Bridge.” The bad news? Death probably would have been preferable. Now he’s covered in burns, missing one leg, and worst of all, has the dreaded eye implant. Yikes!
In related events, I was totally wrong about the Clairvoyant, but the death of Po (sounds like a movie title, yes?) was great.
Kind of a throw-away episode. Fitz and Simmons make a trip back to the SHIELD academy, but it’s not a particularly interesting one. It could be the beginning of an established Marvel villain, although my lack of Marvel universe knowledge prevents me from knowing which one.
Then there was the requisite “Skye’s parentage” angst. I’m not really interested. The best part of that storyline? When May confesses to Coulson she and Ward are sleeping together. It’s the most human she’s been all season. Too bad it was ruined by its rehash and standard responses at the episode’s end.