A Really Disappointing Tuesday

The Flash:  Rogue Time (116)

I’m so disgusted with “Rogue Time,” this week I’m going to rank the principles in reverse order, from worst to best.

  1. The Writers!  What a horrible, horrible way to disengage all the greatness of last week.
  2. Everyone else.  Not even the few who were on form get special mention.

A year or so ago, I began binge watching Continuum.  The season 2 finale was a doozy, with the heroine in dire circumstances, several deaths, and extreme realignment of alliances.  I pondered for months how everything would be resolved.  And what did they do?  They set everything back one week!  I was so disgusted, I stopped watching.

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A Short Agents of SHIELD Comment before We Discuss The Flash

Skye's father, Crazy Cal (Kyle MacLachlan) assembles his own team of "gifteds" to take on SHIELD.

The second best part of “One of Us”

Did anyone else notice how easily Fitz and Simmons slipped back into their companionable banter when discussing May and her ex?  Simmons may still be annoyed with Fitz—it’s not likely a permanent repair to their relationship—but it gave us a much needed wink to the loveliness that is FitzSimmons.

And while crazy Cal (Kyle MacLachlan) was completely and delightfully crazy, the show was otherwise a big ol’ yawn.  I’m done with Skye.  Again.

Procrastinator’s Roundup, Part 4: Terrific Tuesday

So many shows, only one night.  My poor DVR can’t keep up.  Which means I sometimes must resort to OnDemand. It’s nice that it’s available, but the broadcast networks won’t let you fast-forward through the commercials.  It’s like watching television c. 1980!

Supernatural

It was covered in Round-up #2.  but is included here for continuity.  It’s not the first show of the evening, nor is it currently first in my watching priority. Heck, I haven’t even watched “Paper Moon” (1004) yet.  Depending  on how the season pans out, it may deserve its own post.

The Flash

The S.T.A.R. Labs experts explain things to Barry Allen.

The S.T.A.R. Labs Stars: not a softball team

Do you ever watch a show and suddenly realize you’ve got a silly grin on your face?  Turns out I’m not the only one.  I’m not in the CW’s target demographic, yet I’m totally enjoying this show.  It’s engaging on many levels.

There’s something about Grant Gustin that immediately pulls you in.  I don’t know if it’s his “boy next door” persona, or the “dorky nerd” vibe, but he is Barry Allen, chronically late forensics scientist by day, fastest man alive by night.

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Doctor Gotham Hollow SHIELD

A Roundup of Doctor Who, Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, and Agents of SHIELD

(Guess I better get this posted before another week goes by.)

Doctor Who: The Caretaker (106)

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor makes me smile.  Until he gets all pissy and judgemental.  His new found dislike of soldiers doesn’t make sense.  But I enjoyed the episode.  Clara admitted she loved Danny (although what’s been shown of their relationship really hasn’t borne that out).  Danny learned about the TARDIS.  I’m not sure where the show will go from here.  Surprise me, Steven Moffat.  In a good way!

An Eleven look-alike!  When I first saw him in the teacher’s meeting, I thought it was just a tongue-in-cheek nod to the past.  But he turned out to have a slightly larger role to play.  It was cute, even if a little egocentric for the Doctor.

There as a new creature to cause havoc with the world, but I kind of felt sorry for it.  It had to play third string to the Doctor wreaking havoc with Clara’s classes, and the whole Doctor/Danny debacle.  Surely something so destructive should be seen again.  Yes?

Gotham: Selina Kyle (102)

The mayor of Gotham hold a press conference.

Would you believe anything out of this guy’s mouth?

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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Hypotheses

Prior to watching to second season premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which you will see referred to properly only this once) I read a spoiler that said Skye is an alien.  Yes, it was a joke, but it would have made her so much more interesting.

The regular agents of SHIELD are augmented by another team.

The gang’s all here, and then some.

“Shadows” was neither over- nor underwhelming.  It wasn’t a bad outing, but it didn’t motivate me to write anything about it.  Until I watched it a second time.

The first time around, my biggest question was “Who can you trust?”  So many possibilities!  First there’s Mack, Tripp’s mechanic buddy.  (He’s new, isn’t he?)  Then there’s Koenig (although, like John Cho, it’s hard to imagine Patton Oswalt to playing evil).  And lastly, there’s the ever-grumbling guy from Lucy Lawless’s team.  (Sorry, didn’t catch his name).

Watching the episode a second time cleared up a few things.  The grumbler’s name is Hunter.  The mysterious “he” who rewards Carl Creel with minerals he can absorb, is Reed Diamond (the ageless Whitehall).  And the goal of Coulson’s primary team (May, Skye and Tripp) was the “Quinjet,” the cloaking fighter plane.  (Although why did May escape via motorcycle?)  Yeah, yeah.  You may have made all those connections initially, but I did not.

More importantly (for blog purposes), the rewatch gave me pause to contemplate and amend my previous assessment of who to trust.  I herein give my theories for season 2:

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What’s New This Fall?

Last year, the 2013 television season brought us several new scifi-oriented shows.  Only a couple of them survived.  Does this year bode as well (or as poorly) for the genre?  I’m not sure.   I’ve been checking out some of the new show previews on Xfinity.  Here’s what I’ve gleaned so far.  Interestingly, these three remind me of three current shows.

Gotham (Fox)

The cast of Fox's Gotham are featured in this poster for the tv show.

The Gotham cast: All the main players are here.

The most highly-anticipated show of 2014 is a prequel to the Batman saga.  As with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m behind the power curve, having seen only a handful of the many Batman movies made in the last several years.  Ratjer, my exposure to the Batman world came from the Adam West Batman series of yesteryear; and its campy, cartoonish vibe was much different from the dark, forlorn tone of the movies and (I suspect) the comic books.

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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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