Tuesday Night TV (at least on the CW)

iZombie

Clive talks to the victim's neighbor while LIv and Ravi look on.

Scene of the crime.

I know I said I was going to cover iZombie this season, but this episode “Grumpy Old Liv,” left me uninspired.  So much so, I wasn’t going to write about it.  As it is, it’s taken me almost a week to post.

What did you think?  Did you feel the season premiere was a little dull, too?  Perhaps it’s because a so much time was spent building the over-arching scenarios for season 2; you know, much like series pilots are exposition-heavy by necessity.  We had to learn that Liv’s brother Evan survived, but wants nothing to do with her because she refused to donate her blood (like they’d take it anyway); that Blaine now runs a funeral home-slash-Utopia den; and that cured zombies (all two of them*) have a spidey-sense. for zombies  *Oops, I take that back.  There are three cured zombies—I forgot zombie-rat.

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Arrow: Al Sah-Him (321)

Oh fandom, you’re so funny.  One of the first comments I read after “Al Sah-Him” aired was “I hate this show.”  To which I ask, “Then why the hell are you watching it?”  I know, I know.  Sometimes it’s hard to let go of a show you used to enjoy.  But why spend precious time watching something that’s gone sour for you?

In the holy triad of this week’s CW shows, Arrow comes in last.  But it wasn’t a total loss.

Katrina Law plays Nyssa al Ghul on Arrow.

Nyssa: Can we keep her?

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Arrow: The Fallen

To quote Felicity Smoak,

So… that happened.

John Diggle helps Oliver Queen lower his sister into the Lazarus Pit.

John Diggle helps Oliver Queen lower his sister into the Lazarus Pit.

But not before a lot of other shit happened.  Including a flashback that wasn’t particularly germane to the episode except for the “without [humanity, love, fill in the blank] we are just a shell” quote.  There was a sort of public service announcement from Tatsu on how to get information from a man.  She threatens a soldier with her sword to his throat.  He’s stoic.  She moves the blade to pierce his heart.  Nothing.  Moves down to the crotch.  He tells her everything!  Then, Oliver drops the vial containing the Alpha/Omega bio-weapon and it shatters on the pavement.  Bye-bye, Hong Kong.

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The Flash: Who Is Harrison Wells? (119)

Joe, Barry, Caitlin, and Cisco examine a long-dead body.

Who is Harrison Wells? He would be the pile of bone and dirt on the table.

And yet another mini-crossover.  That’s ok, I don’t mind.  Actually, I kind of likeCisco and Laurel.  But not enough to put Cisco at the top of the list.  (Besides, it’s someone else’s turn.)  Nope, this week’s ranking is quite a surprise.

1.  Eddie Thawne

Framed for the murder of two police officers, Eddie refused Barry’s offer to help him escape.  Instead, he insisted Barry get him out of police custody “the right way.”  When Eddie encouraged Barry to work within the system saying, “You’re a scientist.  Hell, you’re the Flash!”  I got goose-bumps.  In my mind’s eye, Rick Cosnett has all makings to play a villain (and time will tell), yet his portrayal of a good cop not willing to break the law was a joy to watch, with the added bonus of expressing his admiration for Barry.

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Tuesday TV: Nerds Rule!

Dear Comcast,

You suck.  Yet again your HD channels for the CW were so disjointed and distorted, they were unwatchable.  So when I tuned into my DVR recording of The Flash around 8:40 pm, I had to go to the SD version, which I had not recorded and was therefore able to watch only the last 2o minutes of it.  I take that back; it was only the last 15 minutes because I has to sit through five fucking-minutes of commercials.

I was a refund.
Me

The Flash

Since I caught only 1/4 of the episode, you get only 1/4 of the photo.

Since I caught only 1/4 of the episode, you get only 1/4 of the photo.

Fortunately, since I do not like Ray Palmer of Starling City, nor do I care for Felicity Smoak when she’s with him, I didn’t miss anything of importance to me.

And I did get to see Cisco Ramon take a bullet bee for Ray.  Nerd Hero Alert #1! 

So Cisco “kind of” remembers Harrison Wells killing him.  It looks like the whole “Harrison Wells is the Reverse-Flash” intrigue will take us to the end of the season.  I’m totally fine with that.  (Unless it means Tom Cavanagh will be out next season.)

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Supernatural Favorites, Season 1

[Can you tell what my favorite episodes are from the screenshots?  Without checking below the cut!]

Detailed analysis of season 1 data indicates my favorite episodes are not normal.  According to a compilation of IMDB and TV.com ratings, the six favorite season 1 episodes, in rank order are:

  • First place:  Home
  • Second place tie:  Pilot and Faith
  • “Fourth” place 3-way tie:  Scarecrow, Provenance, and Devil’s Trap

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Revenge of the Rogues (110): The Flash Is Back!

Wentworth Miller and Domic Purcell guest star on The Flash.

(Sing it!) Reunited and it feels so good.

The Flash pulled off a terrific casting coup (again!) by reuniting Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell.  I never watched Prison Break, but understood their relationship was what made the show a success.  (Much like Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki make Supernatural.)  Allowing them to play off each other as Captain Cold and Heat Wave was genius, and it makes them a great pair of villains.

Among the regular cast, nearly every character is interesting.  Their well-defined and continue to grow and evolve.  How did they stack up this week?

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Arrow-thon Thoughts

Malcolm Merlyn holds Oliver Queen hostage.

Gotta love a man in green leather pants

About two weeks ago (and a day or two before I discovered Outlander, which has consumed me),  I decided to spend the torturous Arrow hiatus by watching two Arrow episodes a day from the beginning.  (And yes, I counted the number of days and episodes so that they would evenly end—unlike how you can never finish a sundae’s ice cream and topping at the same time.)

Yesterday The day before yesterday (because I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator), I finished season 1 and began season 2, watching “Sacrifice” (123) and “City of Heroes” (201).  I’d forgotten how emotional “Sacrifice” was.  Not just Tommy’s death, but many other interactions.  Oliver telling Moira how his father really died, Detective Lance’s calling Laurel when he thought he was about to die, Diggle and Felicity unwilling to let Oliver fight alone. I teared up several times, letting those tears fall when Tommy died.  And now I find the episode didn’t even make my top 5 list.  We may have to rectify that.

Oliver makes sure Felicity is ok after an attack.

Just another day at Queen Consolidated.

I began to realize I’m not really excited about season 2.  As I’ve mentioned before, Sara bugs me, and the thought of spending another 20+ episodes with her isn’t something I’m looking forward to.  It’s an unpopular opinion, but it’s my opinion.  I didn’t/don’t like the actress, and the whole setup it just made Oliver look flaky. He professed his love for Laurel in the first season; then he not only did the same thing with Sara, but threw it in Laurel’s face.  Now, I know Laurel is not a popular character, and I’m not a big fan either (the producers should just cut their losses and let Katie Cassidy go), but that was just thoughtless and cruel.  But there’s another reason Oliver’s serial love-fests bother me.

It makes his profession of love for Felicity feel…  less special.  I know their relationship is different because they were/are friends first.  But c’mon.  At the beginning of this season, Oliver told Felicity “Don’t ask me to say that I don’t love you.”  He said nearly the same damn thing to Laurel in season 1.   And the way Oliver kissed Felicity on the forehead before he went off to… die!.. was exactly the same as one he gave Sara at some unremarkable time in season 2.

We all know Felicity and Oliver are the end game.  But geez, if it is, make it special!  Make it new!  

I will continue with my schedule, painful as it will be.  At least I know there will be some goodness in the season..  I know it’s hard, but someone’s got to do it.  😉

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 Who: Kill the Moon (807)

Six people head out to explore the moon.

Six head out…

This is the type of Doctor Who episode that’s so entertaining.  What starts as a mundane adventure (if you discount Clara’s pre-credit plea to earth) becomes more and more interesting as events unfold, culminating in a spectacular plot twist.  Oh, and it also delves into some serious discussions about responsibilities, actions, and attitudes.

The moon has been increasing in weight and its gravitational pull on earth has had disastrous results.  To salvage earth, a crew of has-been astronauts in a second-hand space shuttle plan to nuke the moon out of existence.  The TARDIS accidentally lands on the shuttle rather than the moon proper, which forces the Doctor, Clara, and Clara’s precocious student Courtney to work with the three astronauts.  (You just know immediately that two of them will not make it to the end of the episode.)

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