Supernatural March Madness: the Sweet Sixteen

Sweet 16 cancelled

Sorry guys!

Whew!  We’re now at the part of the tourney where the pace picks up dramatically.  It’s exciting, but in a way, its a little sad.  We’re coming to the end, but each round is going to take only one post.  Still, we have eight games to pick, so let’s begin, shall we?

On to the Sweet Sixteen!

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About damn time!

I finally got around to rewatching the Warehouse 13 season finale.  I don’t know why I kept putting it off.  I guess I just felt I wasn’t ready.  (Ready for what, I don’t know.  Maybe ready to write a review?)

The episode had so many locations—the wife’s house, the warehouse, the gravel road, the underground place; not to mention everything going on back at the warehouse—it felt a little disjointed.  But it also had Roger Rees.  He makes such a fabulous villain, and a great foil for Artie (and Mrs. Frederic), I could forgive the choppy editing.

And then, the ending was so freaking awesome, I forgot any complaints I might have had.  And that was before I saw the real ending!

Yes, it’s true.  After watching the episode two times, I thought the episode ended with the reveal of MacPherson’s helper.  And, as I’ve already said, it was awesome.

But upon reading the Warehouse 13 thread at Television Without Pity (I hope the show gets it’s own forum next year), I discovered there was some sort of fire involving the possible death of Artie.  What the heck?  Did my recorder cut off too soon?

Nope.  I’d just assumed the cut to commercial after Leena’s reveal signaled the end of the episode.  Turns out there was another 5 minutes!  Biggest.  D’oh! Evah!

So the real ending was more of a cliffhanger than I initially thought.  Although I dislike season-ending cliffhangers, they really have become de rigueur in the industry.  I was quite happy with the cliffhanger-suspense level of MacPherson’s escape and Leena’s reveal.  It gave me the whole… however long it is until season 2 starts… to think about the ramifications.  The actual ending was much more dramatic and the cliffhanger-suspense level on a whole new level, but I still have the same things to ponder.  Plus:

  • Will Artie live?
  • Will Pete & Myka make it out of the warehouse?
  • Will Mrs. Frederic make it back in time to intercept MacPherson?  Or to save Artie?
  • Where is Claudia?
  • What will become of Myka’s ferret?

Oh!  And who thought it’d be a good idea to put a “Reverse” button on the cryogenic-bronzing gizmo?  At what point in time would one want to reintroduce history’s greatest criminals back into society?  Isn’t that just a tad bit reckless?

This and that

A little bit about several things:

Suzanne has posted her review of the terrific Supernatural episode “The End” at Damsel Undistressed.  As usual, it’s great.   Television Without Pity really needs to hire her to replace the current Supernatural recapper.  First of all, it’s the following Thursday and he still hasn’t posted his full recap.  And when he does, half of it will be spent on inane, redundant verbal exchanges with Raoul, the imaginary gay dragon, which add absolutely nothing to the recap (other than making it longer).  [Ok, since I wrote this, the TWoP recap has been posted, but still!.]

I’m not sure I’ll continue watching FlashForward.  How many “I won’t cheat on you” speeches did we hear last week?  It ended up feeling like nothing but time-filler.   I really like Joseph Fiennes and Courtney B. Vance (see, there is life after Law & Order: Criminal Intent), but I’m not sure it’s enough to overcome the annoyances.

Yes, I’m way overdue on my Warehouse 13 season finale thoughts.  But I do have them!  I just need to rewatch the episode to refresh my memory.

I’ve been looking for the Sookie Stackhouse novels (from which True Blood was born).  Ellis Flynn keeps urging me to read them.  The early ones are always checked out from the library.  So I decided to pick one up at Barnes & Noble; but they didn’t have any.  However, I did find the first of Charlaine Harris’s Lily Bard novels, Shakespeare’s Landlord.  It’s not scifi or paranormal based, but it was so good (she’s a terrific writer), I subsequently read the second novel, Shakespeare Champion.  I highly enjoyed the murder mystery, but was disappointed by the turns in Lily’s love life.  Sort of like how I’m not liking the coming changes in Sookie’s love life.

True Blood: Let’s FF

Oh, get your mind out of the gutter.  That’s Fast-Forward, not… you know, the other F word.

But first, let’s discuss last week’s episode, since I didn’t get my review up.

New World in My View

It’s official.  I am loving Jason Stackhouse.  Underneath that horndog exterior lies a heart of gold.  Using his “soldier of God” (or whatever it was called) training to rescue Sam and Andy was great.  Even if it didn’t go quite as planned.  Posing as Bacchus (I’m going to call him by his Roman name because it’s a lot easier to spell than Dionysus) was genius.  The unlikely trio of Sam, Andy and Jason was just too much fun.  I kept wondering why Sam didn’t just turn into a fly again, but the way it was done put a polishing finish on the events.

Lafayette is once again awesome (and I actually liked his green eyeshadow).  He gets the line of the night.  “This has got to be worst mother-fucking intervention in history.”  That may end up being as classic as “Who ordered the hamburger with AIDS?”

I’m so glad Sookie and company are back in Bon Temps.  That Dallas shit was getting old.  Besides, I wanted Sookie to come back and reclaim her home.  Ok, that didn’t turn out so well, did it?

It must have been a good episode.  I didn’t notice the makeup at all.


Ok, I admit it.  I haven’t really “watched” last night’s True Blood.  I fast-forwarded through most of it, stopping to watch only a few scenes.  I’ll go back and watch it in full tonight.  If something better doesn’t come along.

I’m am so sick and tired of the black-eyed plague.   How many weeks have we been subjected to this (literal) madness?  Four?  Five?  The entire damn season?  Enough already!

What the eff was the purpose of getting Tara to come out of her stupor, only to be stuper-fied again?  Seriously!  It made the whole intervention scene feel like filler.

Alan Ball wrote this episode and I have to say, I am not impressed.  Maybe I will be after really watching tonight.  But at this rate, I’ll actually be glad when the season ends.

Warehouse 13: Implodingly Duped

I missed talking about last week’s Warehouse 13 episosde, “Implosion,” perhaps because it felt a little disjointed.  Like Myka, I wasn’t crazy about Artie’s backstory, but I guess it’s needed to bring the character out of the Warehouse and give it something to build on.  But really, how can you complain about a show with an invisible wielding sword, mesmerizing pinwheel fireworks and Roger Rees?  While there might not have been quite enough of Artie’s nemesis, the door’s wide open for his return.

Had I written this “review” last week, I would have complained about the show completely dropping Myka’s ferret.  And look what happened—two mentions in one episode!  Yay!

And that’s not the only thing there was to love about “Duped.”

I liked the continuity the show kept with Artie’s arm still in a sling.  The Warehouse artifacts were beyond awesome:  the Studio 54 disco ball that automatically plays Donna Summer’s “I Will Survive” when it’s moved; and Louis Carroll’s mirror (or, “looking glass” for the purists) that allows Pete to play ping-pong with himself.  (Didn’t we see Pete playing ping-pong with himself/it in an earlier episode as well?)   While the magical see-the-future coin wasn’t nearly as interesting, it was necessary to the episode.

A lot of people complain about Joanne Kelly’s acting, but I thought she did a fine job here.  She had to play a myriad of characters and did them all entertainingly well.  Even if the drunken bimbo at the door was a bit over the top, all is forgiven for the awesomeness of crazy-mad Alice marching through the Warehouse to destroy the mirror, all to the tune of “White Rabbit.”  (I have got to get that song on my iPod.)

Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering as Crazy Alice

Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering as Crazy Alice

All in all, one of my favorite episodes so far.

[Screencap courtesy of Krissie’s Caps.]