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NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Sam Hanna Revealed
11/16/2011 10:46 AM
Ugh - "Your" not "You're". Sorry for the error!
NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Sam Hanna Revealed
11/16/2011 10:45 AM
@Michael - You're generalization in saying that becoming a soldier turns you into a heartless person just goes to prove you're either very ignorant and intolerant or else a troll who can only feel like an important person by provoking people to respond to stuff you post online. I'm the granddaughter and sister of soldiers and those men have the biggest hearts of any of the people I know. In the real world people sometimes have to make calls in which either decision has aspects that suck. What would have been better? For Sam to die, the governor to continue to get away with his atrocities, and Jada to get married off to some guy she doesn't love and could kill her in the name of "honor"? Or for Sam to live, the governor to have to face punishment for what he did, and a heartbroken Jada to have a chance at a better life? I'm not saying it was "right" for Sam and the others to play Jada like that, but it was the best decision they could make under those circumstances.
New Girl Review: Hanksgiving vs. Dudesgiving
11/16/2011 10:30 AM
I'm Team Nick in the long run, but Team Paul short-term. Zooey Deschanel and Justin Long have some adorable chemistry, and Paul's presence will hopefully be the push Nick needs to start loosing up.
Winston and Cece are rounding out as characters, but Schmidt...Schmidt for the win! From him being the first to give in to Jess' Thanksgiving plans to his "Oh, Mrs. Beverly from the mailbox!" upon seeing the neighbor's dead body, he's just so fantastic. He's like everyone's loveable little brother.
NCIS Review: Always Faithful
11/16/2011 10:20 AM
Tony at the church as a great scene that reminds us there's more to him than the goofball persona he projects a good deal of the time. And, risking some flames being thrown my way by Tiva shippers, I liked the chemistry between him and Captain Burke - especially in the elevator when she let him know (in a gentle) she saw how broken he was. I wouldn't want her around during every episode, but I'd like to see her again.
TV On My Terms: Welcome to Must-Flee TV
11/15/2011 10:09 AM
Agree! What am I supposed to do without Community? Not watch NBC, that's for sure...
2 Broke Girls Review: Lip Locked
11/15/2011 10:05 AM
Great episode. Johnny acts like he's totally whipped by Cash - he's crazy about someone else but staying with the woman who put the pretty-much-innocent someone else in a humiliating position and then tormented her all night? Dude, you'll be good enough for Max when you've grown a spine (and a pair) and broken up with the bitch for good. In the meantime, Caroline has Max's back and she's proven herself to be more than up to the task. I do agree that she needs her own storyline: how about bringing back that friend of Johnny who has a crush on her? Or having her actually confront her jerk of an ex or her old fair-weather friends?
How I Met Your Mother Review: The Almost Story Of Us
11/15/2011 9:57 AM
My heart broke for Barney at the end of the episode. Yesh, I'm a total Barbin shipper but I would have felt for the guy no matter what. I'm getting a bit suspicious of Kevin. (1) His whole I-don't-need-to-hear-it thing raises flags. When you're in a relationship with someone, you take the bad with the good and the fact that he doesn't want to get into that makes me think he's hiding something or else just doesn't want to see Robin in any other way than the way he's already decided to see her. (2) That romantic speech was a little too perfect, like he's practiced/used it a lot. That combined with the fact that Robin and Kevin have no chemistry and he's the kind of person who breaks a huge ethical rule of his profession makes me hope he's gone soon.
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Too Fast, Not Enough Furious
11/15/2011 9:48 AM
Kono was awesome: sniper, gearhead, simply badass - she's becoming one of my favorite female characters on a crime drama. Too bad Lori, a character who started with such potential, has been squandered so badly that every scene she's in I can't help thinking about the character whose lines she's speaking who could have done the scene a lot better. I mean, when the best thing you can say about a character is she was less robotic and looked good in tight pants you know that character is a dud.
Once Upon a Time Review: Fairy Consequences
11/14/2011 9:43 AM
Maybe the fact that Henry doesn't know who Mr. Gold really is will be key in Emma getting out of her deal with him. Remember in the stories the Miller's Daughter gets out of her deal by finding out his name; and Rumplestitlkin himself has mentioned the power of names...
Okay, so Cinderella/Ashley wasn't as smart, strong, or savvy as the other female characters have been, but she was a desperate teenager in both worlds and desperate teenagers do dumb things without thinking through the consequences sometimes. Both versions of her toughened up and wised up in the end.
Criminal Minds Review: Forecast Murder
11/10/2011 2:32 PM
I enjoyed the personal story with JJ and her family and appreciate that they didn't show her decision to go back to the BAU and become a profiler destroy her relationship with Will. They've already covered that territory with Hotch's family and it's nice to see a TV couple who have problems and disagreements actually trying to understand each other's points-of-view and make concessions to make the relationship work. Her reciting the book to Henry over the phone at the end was just perfect.
@Art - I don't think it was unprofessional for JJ to leave in the middle of the presentation. It wasn't like she was running off once her phone vibrated - the father of her ill child sent three urgent texts in a row before she excused herself. "My toddler was taken to the hospital after having a seizure" is a reasonable distraction, one that any decent human being would understand.
I like how they're leaving a little extra time to explore some personal stories and hope each character gets at least one or two episodes where they get extra scenes. What I don't like so much is the viewers knowing who the unsub is throughout the whole episode and spending so much screentime on him, but at least they're still showing the profilers actually profiling and letting that profiling tell viewers who the unsub is (unlike too many episodes in the disaster that was season 6).
NCIS: Los Angeles Review: What's In the Box?
11/9/2011 9:17 AM
Between Deeks proving how observant and canny he is in the scene where Selah pulls his gun on Kensi and his absolutely sweet interactions with the pig, is it any wonder why this guy is my favorite character? :) And while I'm not exactly crazy about Nell (I don't hate her - I just wouldn't miss her if she was gone), the flowers interactions between her and Eric were very sweet. I totally think a romance between the two of them would play nicely on the show.
New Girl Review: Your Mouth Says One Thing, Your Feet Another
11/9/2011 9:10 AM
I like your suggestion that Winston get a job at Jess' school! He could be a gym teacher or basketball coach or something using his sports background. It'll give him the chance to grow as a character and bond with Jess (I can so see Nick and Schmidt becoming competitive/jealous of Jess and Winston having shared funny stories and inside jokes - after all, the two of them knew both Jess and Winston first).
I'm sure Nick and Jess will get together eventually, but I hope they're more like Monica and Chandler (friends first, gaining momentum that carries the relationship throughout the series) than Rachel and Ross (constant break-up-make-up-he-loves-her-she-doesn't-love-him-now-vice-versa).
NCIS Review: A Daughter is a Precious Thing
11/9/2011 9:01 AM
Very powerful episode. The scenes with Gibbs and Mr. Flores were especially moving, and the two of them at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...the father finding out his daughter may still be alive...just gave me chills.
How I Met Your Mother Review: The Perfect Storm
11/8/2011 9:25 AM
I am happy about the Barney/Robin kiss (especially since it took place after that great flashback scene), but I hope they don't rush things. While I wouldn't mind it if Robin broke up with Kevin sooner rather than later (sorry, but they have no chemistry and the premise of his character and their relationship is sketchy and a little gross), there should be some real conflict for Barney in terms of his relationship with Nora vs. his feelings for Robin.
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Out of the Dog House
11/8/2011 9:17 AM
I started out really liking Lori, but that dims a little more with each episode she's in. They took what was interesting about her in her first episode - she's a profiler, she's a potential spy for the governor, she's going to need to earn the trust of Steve and the team - and completely squandered it in desperate attempts to make viewers embrace her. Introducing new characters should be a marathon, not a sprint! Now instead of bringing something new and interesting to the show, she's not doing anything that any one of the other characters couldn't be doing (and doing better). I hope she goes away soon.
I did love the return of the Steve/Danny bromance to the forefront (and Danny tearing up during "Enemy Mine"!), the dog, Max, more screentime for Chin and Kono, and the cute flirting between Kono and Fong. More of that, please!
Once Upon a Time Review: A Snow White Worth Fighting For
11/7/2011 9:25 AM
I loved this episode and the spunky Snow White. The stories between Snow and Charming in the Fairy Tale world and Mary Margaret and John Doe/David in Storybrooke were both distinctive and very effective. I can't wait to see their true love win out in the end - and see how Mary Margaret and Emma do as roommates.
Community Review: Daddy Issues
11/4/2011 9:24 AM
I thought this episode was great! I loved Troy's deliberately absurd kidnapping (complete with an astronaut making paninis and "Black Hitler") and him and Abed pretending to be each other and playing "Inspector Spacetime", but Pierce, Jeff, and their daddy issues stole the show. Britta needling Jeff like an annoying little sister, Pierce's outrageous dad, and that funeral - inappropriate and delightful! And it had just the right amount of Chang.
Criminal Minds Review: The Other Side?
11/3/2011 9:49 AM
While I'm not a fan of knowing who the unsub is at the beginning (although it looks like that isn't going away anytime soon), this one was done right in the way we could both feel sorry for the unsub while being completely horrified by what he did.
My heart broke for Rossi all throughout this episode: struggling about what to do, having the woman who means so much to him dying in his arms, and sitting by the graves of her and their son at the end. The storyline packed such a wallop and Isabella Hoffman and Joe Mantegna were so affective that I think trying to stretch it out over more scenes/episodes would have been overkill.
I think Reid got the warm, white light near-death experience because it wouldn't have given Morgan (or the more skeptical viewer) pause if it had come from anyone else. Reid, a dedicated scientist dying in a dark cabin far away from any hospital, having such an experience holds up better against the two most common arguments against this near-death experience: that you were dreaming this because you're pre-inclined to believe or seeing things going on around you. Prentiss, in contrast, has a religious background (as seen in "Demonology") and was in an ambulance with light and medical personnel; and her
having the same experience as Reid is again a contrast to the aforementioned arguments.
Hawaii Five-0 Review: Oh, the Horror
11/1/2011 12:06 PM
I agree with Tamara: Lori should NEVER call Danny "Danno"! That nickname belongs to Grace and Steve alone.
I liked Lori's character when she first came on, but I'm quickly losing patience. The writers seem to have no plan for her time on the show except to make her "Steve's Love Interest", which means they're not only all over the place with her characterization but also throwing a whole bunch of cliches our way, trying to make us like her. The fan fiction community has a name for that type of character: Mary Sue. And no one can write a Mary Sue without coming off like a 13-year-old girl writing her first fic. Honestly, this character had two interesting aspects that might have made her useful to 5-0 and/or the story as a whole: her profiling background and her potential to the the opposition within the group. Now she's not doing anything that Kono couldn't do (and do better).
Danny was completely OOC. Taking Grace trick-or-treating at his hotel instead of driving her to a nice, safe neighborhood? Disrespecting the beliefs of his co-workers? At least the last scene was enjoyable...
2 Broke Girls Review: Vagina Bed Alert!
11/1/2011 11:56 AM
One thing I love about this show is that it reminds me of living with some friends during college, especially now that Caroline is getting better at matching wits with Max: we made a lot of dirty jokes, insulted each other, stuck up for each other, and sniped and got over it without big make-up scenes. This whole episode was a good example of that dynamic and just generally great.
Once Upon a Time Review: The Price of Power
10/31/2011 11:57 AM
I loved the vulnerable look on Emma's face when Mary Margaret told her Henry thought she was Snow White (a.k.a. Emma's mother). I'm not sure if Emma believes at this point, but in that moment she certainly wanted to.
Grimm Review: Brewing with the Enemy
10/29/2011 10:56 AM
I enjoyed the pilot. There was a lot to explain to set up the series and I thought they did a good job of that without overwhelming viewers and leaving room for the show to grow and deepen. The procedural format may not be for everyone, but it might be a good way of keeping "Grimm" from falling into the two most common traps of mythology shows: (1) getting so caught up in the importance of the characters/shows/myth that it stops being fun; and/or (2) creating a myth that's so complicated it's practically a full-time job to keep everything straight.
NCIS Review: Thirsting For Something Better
10/26/2011 12:56 PM
Yeah, I concur: poor Ducky! They need to bring back Lily Tomlin's Penny to console him, pronto. He needs some happiness in his life.
I knew from the moment Tony and McGee slapped their badges against the security guard's window that I'd love that scene. Their big brother/little brother-partners relationship is always fun to watch.
Castle Review: I Ain't Afraid Of No Ghost!
10/25/2011 4:55 PM
I love how the show can change up the partners - Beckett with Esposito and Castle with Ryan - without unbalancing the chemisty that makes the show so great. Watching Castle go from being serious as a supportive dad and positively gleeful at the possibility of hunting ghosts and then back again make me adore Nathan Fillion even more. And this episode was wonderfully Gates-free. Now they just need to get Esposito and Lanie back together (and give her more screen time!).
Once Upon a Time Review: Believe in Magic
10/25/2011 9:44 AM
I love this show. I've never had an opinion one way or the other about Ginnifer Goodwin, but watching her Snow White bravely insist she and Charming give up their newborn to save her and then breaking down in tears when father and daughter left sold me. This show needs an end date, a la "Lost", so it has direction in the storytelling, but I can't wait to see how the stories of both worlds unfold.
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