Well, according to the reviewer, arcs are a "thing of the past." What good is an arc when a viewer can get all the information they want in a day? That's the wave of the future! To which I say, "Stuff and nonsense." It's a fad. And, it's boring. So you can watch a series in one day. So what? You'll just have to wait longer for the next season than the person who watched one episode a week. It's like that annoying driver who zooms in & out of lanes on side streets only to end up in the same place as everyone else - at a red light, waiting for it to turn green.
Wholeheartedly concur. And, what's with starting a ONE episode review by comparing it to an entire series that can be consumed in less than a day? That's like finding fault with Martin's GAME OF THRONES novels, still in progress, because they aren't like Japanese haiku - 4 lines or less. It's a pointless, ridiculous comparison. NO, Mr. Otero, not everyone likes to read the last page of a mystery, or overdose on an entire solid chocolate bunny in one sitting. Whatever happened to savoring the art of storytelling? I liked the episode and thought both storylines were very effective. I also can't help but point out that for all the Inhumans uberconfidence, they really screwed up with Eva & her bad seed. IMO, they have NO cause to be upset with SHIELD when Coulson & May were basically cleaning up an Inhuman mess. Do the Inhumans even care about the number of human casualties because it really didn't seem like it. I think they only cared about being found out; not that people actually died because of their "gifted" associates. That said, it was nice to see Cal, Jiaying & Daisy finally have a family moment.
Coulson is looking for Ward because Ward was associated with both Skye's father & Hydra. He's trying to find Skye by going thru Hydra because SHIELD has devolved into a nest of vipers. The only person Coulson isn't trying to find right now is May, because she's the Calvary - and will be activated once he gets all the pieces in place.
I cannot blame the Inhumans for wanting to create a Shangri-La on a Tibetan mountaintop. The image of what Hydra did to Skye's mother is still very clear. How can they be expected to trust any humans after that experience? BUT....the revelation that Jiaying is still alive was stunning, and makes the Doctor's grief more than a little odd. Why all the hand-wringing if she never died? Tears for losing Daisy I understand. But, now that she's alive, & the audience realizes he KNEW she was alive, it just feels like a manipulation of everything. Death & loss is powerful storytelling tool. Sometimes I wish Marvel wouldn't cheapen it by having everyone who dies in their universe pop up alive 6 months down the road. Coulson, Mike Peterson (who we thought died twice), Fitz, Skye, Jiaying, even May's lookalike - they are creating an atmosphere where Steve Rogers' resurrection is not that special anymore.
I think Coulson is giving Ward too much credit. Ward's connection was to Bill Paxton; not Skye's father. Considering how mistrustful the Inhumans are to the Doctor, I doubt Ward got close enough to them to know anything. Even Raina, who the audience believed had some inside information, was more on the outside than she thought. While I'm still TeamCoulson, I think bringing Ward in is one of the worst ideas I've ever heard; especially when Phil knows Fury is still alive & has connections all over the world. That is NOT the way to win Skye's trust - to work with Grant Ward, of all people.
Sure, Michael! Don't know if I'll find you on the MADAM SECRETARY page though considering how you feel about it. ;-) I don't watch THE WALKING DEAD. But, I watch a lot of other ones. However, I'm running a little behind these days. Another thing about renewals that people don't seem to understand - every network & cable channel has a different bar or criteria for making their decision. Networks are not stand-alone entities. They are usually part of major entertainment corporations, which are just now figuring out how to do more than simply cross-promote. They are literally leveraging all their resources to sell their products in different ways all over the entertainment spectrum, so everyone will see better returns across the board. The most obvious examples are Disney/Marvel/ABC and Warner Bros/DC Comics/CW.
I don't think THE MENTALIST ratings fell because of CBS. They fell when the show tried to do it's umpteenth fake out of a Red John finale & didn't reward viewers with a decisive conclusion the following season. IIRC, it was when TM was still in its cushy Thursday time slot around the 4th year. A lot of fans just got tired of all the red herrings & bailed. People left long before TM was moved to Sunday. IMO, CBS was not only patient. They have been overly generous to give it 2.5 more seasons. I expected it to be cxld two years ago. As for NCIS & TBBT, I'm not talking quality of writing or episode structure. From a pure ratings standpoint, both of those shows did not take off to their top positions until after their *4TH* season! Hmmm...maybe that's a clue. For CBS, the 4th year seems to be critical as to whether or not they'll hold something for a few more years. I DO know that a show being CBS-produced & owned is definitely a factor vs. those that are not. And, those already getting revenue from reruns, and that are popular overseas, have an edge over those that aren't.
Because it is in the top 15-rated shows of the week on a regular basis, and CBS prefers to build an audience over time. That's how monster hits like BIG BANG THEORY & NCIS with large followings are created, and they know it. Same with SCORPION. I don't know what information you look at, & arrive at a different conclusion. It is a money decision. Ratings = money. Entertainment corporations are not charities. Profit is always the bottom line.
Great episode. Couple of thoughts...1) If this doesn't get Hunter to drop Bobbie for good, I don't know what will. Move on, man. 2) Isabelle Hartley was probably a Gonzales convert, too. Bummer. 3) BIG cracks already in RealSHIELDland. There are too many cooks in the kitchen with access to big guns when things don't go the way someone wants. HYDRA may have been evil. But, at least they were a model of efficiency.
I'm interested in the Inhuman storyline, too. But, IMO, they are no better than "real" SHIELD in that they don't trust anyone but their own kind. Both of them foster an attitude of "us vs. them" and refuse to give others the chance to make up their own mind. It's really easy for Gordon to put himself in the position of savior, criticizing Coulson & Team for dealing with Skye's abilities from a position of prevention, when he's had the benefit of over 4 decades of knowledge and they have ZERO - and they are being deliberately kept in the dark by the Inhumans. It's a manipulation - they circle the wagons & criticize all those left on the outside for not knowing what's in the middle.
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