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Agents of SHIELD Review: Welcome to Level 7

Really enjoyed the pilot episode. My kids were tickled that the whole Extremis storyline linked back to IRON MAN 3, & ran parallel to that plot. They also seemed to think that "Fitz" & "Simmons" are twins because they seem to know what the other is thinking & doing at all times. Looking forward to next week!

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...So, we'll have to see.

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...The Tarrs are indeed a very ambitious, lethal team. But, it's clear Stahma has her hands full battling the psychotic tendencies of her husband that sabotage their climb to the top at every turn. Someone before referred to them as "mafia-like." They remind me more of ancient Rome, with Datak as a Caligula-type of character whose excessive appetites border on mania. Stahma told the truth to Kenya when she said she loved Datak's cruelty. What she didn't say, but the viewers have seen in private moments, is that Kenya was right too. Stahma is terrified of her husband, & that she or Alak will one day being on the receiving end of his rage. The dance of submission & ego-stroking that she does on a daily basis to keep him calm & satisfied that he feels important must be exhausting. What isn't clear to me yet is how much of that is Castithan culture & how much is the Tarr family dynamic. We haven't been privvy to a non-corrupt, "normal" Castithan family yet. So, we'll have to see.

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EXCELLENT finale! I'm definitely excited to see this series return next summer. As much as I enjoy Nolan & Amanda try and tame the town of Defiance, a big part of me is always thinking, "Why? This town isn't worth it! It's as corrupt as Chicago in the 1920's, without the jazz & dancing to make it remotely bearable." One main question I had in the episode was why Kenya even went to meet Stahma. She didn't trust Stahma & was prepared for a betrayal. So, why go there alone? What was she hoping to accomplish? If Stahma hadn't betrayed her, would Kenya have left with her?...cont'd

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Vegas Review: Last Night in Vegas

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY just came out with its Top 50 Most-Watched TV Programs of the 2012-13 season. VEGAS was on it. On any other network, it might have received another season and VEGAS' numbers would have been considered a success. But, because CBS is the #1 network & its lineup has some of the highest numbers in the business, the bar VEGAS needed to meet was just set too high. I bet it's also an expensive show to produce with that cast. Enjoyed the show. Sad to see it go. And, Mia was just too progressive a girl for Jack to settle down with at his ranch. That would have NEVER worked. I actually think a younger kid like Dixon would have been able to make something like that work. But, Jack is just too traditional & seemed to need a completely different kind of woman.

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Grimm Review: The Game Changer

LOVED this finale! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Agree with everything the reviewer wrote. My only confusion is over why Eric wants Nick, *one* Grimm. Doesn't he have Grimms of his own over there in Europe? That's what we've been told for 2 seasons - that Grimms work for Royals to control wesen. If they don't have any Grimms on their payroll (which could be the case, considering how Eric treats his staff), I anticipate their power would decline rapidly because they wouldn't be able to control the wesen. Have the Grimms been on strike during the worldwide recession? Maybe this is how Royals have treated Grimms all along, and Nick just wasn't aware of it. Excited for season 3!

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Grimm Review: Unmasked

Why is this episode difficult to review? It was EXCELLENT! Juliette is finally remembering everything. The zombie army is clearly being formed to split Nick's attention so he can't protect Renard, leaving the Captain vulnerable. (BTW, does Renard have ANY abilities other than the Ugly Face?) And, Adalind is in way over her head, even if she gets her powers back. The one item that rings false is Juliette "helping" Nick. Seriously, she is more of a liability because she is ignorant about what being a Grimm *really* means. Does she know all the people/Wesen he has had to execute in the span of one year? This goes way beyond the scope of normal police work. She & Hank need to talk since they're the only humans that know about this world.

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Arrow Review: Unwanted Exposure

Does anyone here have any thoughts about the Legs - as in whose legs ordered the downing of the commercial flight when Oliver was on the island, and evidently has Edward Fyers at her beck & call? I know everyone's first thought must have been "Moira!" But, if not her, who else would we recognize at this late juncture? There aren't very many other female characters with influence & gravitas on this show who fit the timeline (as in, they weren't in college at the time) except...Dinah Lance. Speculation is most welcome!

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Arrow Review: Unwanted Exposure

Favorite line: "Hi, Roy. I'm the disapproving older brother." If anything will kill Thea's love life, it's Roy finding out the Vigilante is Oliver. LOL!

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Arrow Review: Unwanted Exposure

@TMT - It would take a looong time, and possibly some chemical alterations, for Tommy Merlyn to become the Dark Archer even within 2 years IMO. The guy has NO fighting skills. Laurel Lance is more lethal than he is. You would have thought his father would have insisted he train in martial arts to defend himself because of what happened to his mother. But, he has shown zero ability in that area. This brings me to a slight nitpick: Malcolm Merlyn should not be able to take down the Vigilante. I don't care how long he's trained. Oliver is younger than him by 20+ years, has quicker reflexes, & 20% less body fat. Oliver brought down Merlyn's entire security force by himself to free Walter last week mostly in hand-to-hand combat. Does not compute. But, I understand the need to make it seem like he could for dramatic purposes.

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