"So now we have a no nonsense FBI supervisor playing with a transformer"
Not a Transformer but a Giant Robot from the Voltron Series as Abbott stated. There is a difference between a Transformer and a Giant Robot.
Both of the series are available in their original Japanese form with English Subtitles with the original plots as opposed to the plots used when the footage was recycled to turn the shows into Voltron. This is similar to what occurred with the 3 series that were converted into the Robotech shows (which also have been released in their original form for those interested in the original plots).
That was the Voltron based on the Japanese Anime series Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. The Lion based Voltron was based on Beast King GoLion.
For those who did not recognize the gift to Willy, it was a computerized pet toy. You had the feed the pet and do other things to it to keep it alive - otherwise it would die. This explains Willy's comment about killing the ones he had when a child and seeing that this one lived.
Hannibal looks like they are expecting NBC to pull the plug on it and not green light a 3rd season. Otherwise why start S2E1 with the "Take Hannibal Down" fight from Red Dragon? Unless they plan to go the SoL locked up Hannibal route or frame Will there is no where to go once that fight occurs.
I was wondering if anyone would mention the series (I had been planning on doing so if no-one else did).
The reference is to the first book in the series - "On A Pale Horse". The basic idea of that story is that Death is a human serving the role. When Death comes to collect you, if you can kill him you assume the role.
"First, the list of suspects who could be Red John was reduced from five to three, as Jane realized three of them - Bertram, Smith and McAllister - all have the same tattoo on their left shoulder."
Not necessarily - All we know was that the PI was killed by someone with the Tattoo. We do NOT know she was referring to Red John (or was working for him or one of his followers). The tattoo could be a "Tyger, Tyger" ID since we know that one of those with it is a member.
I have no problems with you mentioning Throw Momma as a plotlime reference. As I noted, while watching I spotted the plot as from the Hitchcock movie. As to not mentioning Strangers, you could have said both Throw and Strangers (to cover your bases). That way you hit the most well known of the movies that have used this much recycled plot. I am at an age where my references tend to be of the original use when the idea has been recycled later. I like that the writers toss off movie references (usually by Tony) for the fans even when they may not be recognized by everyone watching.
While the reviewer mentions the "Throw Momma From The Train" plot, while watching I said "Strangers On A Train" - the 1951 Hitchcock movie which as referenced in Throw Momma as the inspiration for the murder swap (one of the characters came up with the idea after seeing the movie).
The train rescue was over played. The motorman just honking the horn as opposed to hitting the breaks (releasing the dead man switch) was played for drama. Since he sees the guy on the track, why keep going instead of just stopping (note that he blows through the station).
As to who will be the "Hero" who will die, I am making a wild guess that the Fusco clips in the trailers are a red herring and that it will turn out to be Carter's ex (ie: Her son's father). I am getting vibes from the way they played his backstory that they are setting him up as the one who is being referred to in the promos.
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