A Summer Sci Fi Summary

Aha!  I bet you thought I’d forgotten about this site.  Fooled ya!

It’s been a restful summer, sci fi-wise.  There are a few sci fi shows currently airing, but they’ve not grabbed me.  Then there was the demise of Believe, the show that could have and should have been so much more.  I started draft after draft discussing its final episodes, but it seems rather silly to say anything now.

So let’s move on.

First up:  Defiance
Grant Bowler and Julie Benz star in Defiance.

Have these two hooked up yet?

This summer has brought us the second season of Defiance.  My best friend and her husband love Defiance.  But they also loved Battlestar Galactica, a show I never cared for.  I watched a few episodes of Defiance last year but quickly lost interest.  I like Julie Benz; it’s great to see her in a strong female role.  I like Graham Greene, but his character wasn’t (isn’t?) very likeable.  The show killer for me, however, is Jaime Murray.  I first saw her (and her breasts) on Dexter, where she played a despicable, often naked character.  It formed a hatred of her that seems to have left a permanent mark.  Not even her turn as H.G. Wells in Warehouse 13 softened my feelings.

Next up:  Dominion

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CANCELLED!

Well crap.  Intelligence was cancelled in favor of another season of The Mentalist.  That makes yet another show down the drain.  My Current SciFi category is going to be significantly smaller next season.   Let’s look at the count.

Freshmen programs:

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Believe: Collapse (110)

Well geez, if I’d remembered Channing was shot in the last episode, I might have watched this episode sooner.  Good news for Jamie Chung fans.  She lives.  Oops, spoiler.  Sorry.

It’s a good thing the writers didn’t wait too long for Tate find out he’s Bo’s father, since Believe has been cancelled not renewed.  His interactions with Bo have become so much sweeter.  He even kissed her in “Collapse.”  (Maybe he’s done it before.  I don’t remember.)

Tate and FBI Agent Farrell are trapped under rubble.

Tate & Farrell: Frenemies with benefits?

In general, I don’t like main characters in perilous situations.  I fast-forwarded through the bulk of 127 Hours. When Magnum, P.I. was lost at sea, I really didn’t want to watch an hour of Thomas treading water. (Of course, there was much more to the story, with Magnum’s memories and the search for him).

Thus, I wasn’t looking forward to “Collapse.”  Yes, there were the tropes of the dying batteries and no cell phone service (except there was).  But having Tate and FBI Agent Farrell not only working together, but sharing similar pasts was a nice touch.  And Farrell turns out to be pretty darned awesome! Continue reading

It’s Rate-a-Palooza Time! Part 1

I’ve recovered somewhat from my Charlie White crush.  So, shall we do a little catching up?  Lots of episodes have aired since last we reviewed (mid-April).  Which episodes were good?  Or not so good?

Believe

FBI Agent Farrell is back with a new partner.

FBI Agent Farrell is back!

This show is getting good!  There’s been a nice story arc building with the past three episodes. Big Events have occurred, an old frenemy has returned, and we learn Channing’s first name.  It’s Janice.

Bang and Blame (107)

I give this episode 3 stars.

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It’s Time for a Poll!

You can vote for two shows.  Two shows only.  Otherwise, things could be messy.  Of course, that’s assuming anyone (besides Natalie) will vote.  😉

C’mon followers, all it takes is one or two ticks.  Don’t be shy!

(Sleepy Hollow isn’t included because it’s already been renewed for a second season.)

Believe in Warehouse 13

How about a “quick and dirty” discussion of episodes from four early-week shows?  Here are thoughts on Sunday’s Believe and Monday’s Warehouse 13.  Thoughts on Tuesdays Agents of SHIELD and Supernatural will be posted later—because the first two reviews turned out to be not so quick. 😉

Believe:  Sinking (106)

Like last week’s episode, “Sinking” broke out of the rut this show had fallen into; I’m hoping it’s finally hitting its stride.  Granted, that won’t mean a thing if it doesn’t get more viewers.

Last week, Bo removed Tate’s ankle restraint (with her mind!).  This week Tate takes advantage of his freedom to return to his hometown to settle old scores learn the truth behind the betrayal that landed him on death row.

Tate's father joins Winter, Channing and Bo on the docks.

Tate’s father joins Winter, Channing, and Bo.

Given its significance to the overall story of Believe, “Sinking” should have been a two-parter.  The writers packed so much into one episode, it felt rushed.  What could have been excellent background information was either glossed over, rushed or just plain ignored.  Rather than keeping the two FBI agents from New York, our team was tailed by two new agents.  Using the two New York agents would have given the show some continuity, and upped the stakes, since those two were working for Skouras.

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Believe: White Noise (105)

Channing checks her laptop, while Bo straddles the back of a pew in an old churce.

Channing (Jamie Chung) is finally given something to do besides complain. As for Bo, how cute!

Finally!  An episode that broke the mold—sort of.  Winter, the season, has thawed into a gentler climate.  Winter, the man, got the dressing off his hand.  (It makes me think there was break in filming between episodes 104 and 105.)  Jamie Chung’s character, whose name I finally caught as “Channing,” was given something to do other than complain.  Yes, she complained a little bit, but it was overridden by demonstrating some astounding fighting skills.  Doesn’t it make you wonder a bit about her background?

Sure, there were the guest star that needed saving, but at least Bo and Tate weren’t on the run the entire episode.  It was a pleasant break from the intensity of the constant running, but there was still plenty of action.

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Believe: Origin & Defection

Goddamn it!  Why aren’t people watching this show??  Perhaps with The Walking Dead season finale, viewers will migrate to NBC.  Then again, it’s doubtful zombie lovers would go for the tenderness of Believe.

Origin (103)

Nina goes into labor after blowing up a missile.

Even a 4-star admiral isn’t afraid of a little labor.

The larger story is unfolding nicely, giving us a little more background each week.  “Origin” was a lovely story, my favorite so far.  We learned the reason for Bo’s gifts.  It’s genetic, literally.  It’s a specific gene Bo inherited from her mother, Nina.  But the powers seem to come with a price of mental illness (Nina’s mother) and physical weakness (Nina herself).  There was a hint of Nina’s relationship with Tate, although he’s not mentioned by name.  But no mention or appearance of Stanley, Bo’s stuffed turtle.  It seemed short-sighted, given Stanley’s role in the previous two episodes.

 

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Why I Believe It’s Better than Resurrection

[Nope.  Not above a groan-worthy pun.]

This week brought the second episodes of Believe and Resurrection.  While a series can take several episodes to find its groove (*cough*Brooklyn Nine-Nine*cough*), two episodes each is still 100% more to go on than last week.

Jacob stands alone on the playfield while his mother looks on.

The citizen’s of Arcadia, MO discriminate against the previously dead.

After the pilot episodes, I found Believe more entertaining than Resurrection.  I couldn’t have told you why, it was something I felt.  Now that the second episodes have aired, my verdict of Believe over Resurrection still stands.  At least now I know why.  Not that Believe‘s second episode didn’t have problems.  It did.  But I’m willing to forgo them in the interest of the longer run.

Resurrection is generating more positive buzz, what with better ratings, more coverage, message-board enthusiasm, and critical acclaim.  Heck, Resurrection even has its own listing at Television Without Pity.  It’s also being covered at TV Fanatic and io9, two sites that don’t even acknowledge Believe exists.  Why is that?  Alfonso Cuarón is hot property now.  Did NBC just drop the ball promoting it?

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Believe and Grimm: Two (Sort of) Quick Takes

One series ends, two new ones begin.  A third series returns, and a fourth is so good it deserves to be discussed.

Almost Human ended, only to be replaced with Resurrection and Believe.  Worse, both shows will be airing at the same time on Sunday evening.  As it was, Believe premiered last night at the same time as Intelligence.  What in the world did we do before DVRs?  Or VCRs?

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland returned, and Grimm, which I’d stopped covering, has been too entertaining to ignore.  Let’s cover these shows in alphabetical order.  Only Believe and Grimm are discussed here, because I ran out of steam to cover all four shows.

Believe:  Pilot (101)

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