@Jim: All it was missing was someone being unmasked saying â€œAnd I would have gotten away with it if hadn't been for you meddling Irathaintsâ€� to be truly worthy of the face-palm I did afterwards. I'm not sure why you're looking for a villain. The idea was to advance the Irisa-as-Prophet storyline and pull her further into Irathient culture while simultaneously undercutting the magical/religious part with the "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" explanation. Is she magic? Is she just the victim of a plot? You'll have to wait a couple seasons to find out. I was not fazed by Irisa's tying up Nolan. She's a teen rebelling against dad and trying to make sense of her past. She's meant to be breaking away. She trusts that Sukar is doing the right thing because she accepts, not without some skepticism, that the gods must be acting through him. I think it works, especially after all the friction between Nolan and Irisa over the past few episodes. As for Kenya and Stahma, we've been primed to not take anything Stahma does at face value. Her offense could easily have been feigned in order to gain leverage over Kenya. She's probably less interested in sexy time with Kenya than with gaining Kenya as a confidant and as a lever for influencing Nolan and the mayor.
@Brian: I am left wondering if they are truly brothers of the same womb, or just "brothers" in in being of the same mind. Miles Matheson and Sebastian Monroe are not blood relations. They grew up together and shared many experiences; they are what social scientists call "fictive kin." Ben Matheson, late father of Danny and Charlie, was Miles' blood brother.
@dan: Who was it that put the drawing on Lindens fridge back in Season 2??? Good question. I had forgotten about that. It has to have been meant to inform this coming season, which should mean that we will have the answer some time in the next handful of episodes.
One of the things that the finale leaves open is whether the subversion of the nanites was something that Randall and his friends engineered or something that caught them by surprise. We know that the nanites were subverted -- that was the talk about the "back door" in Aaron's software being "open" or exploited. (Not something you could tell IRL by looking at a piece of code.) We know that Randall rushed the trial of the nanites in Afghanistan, but that doesn't necessarily mean he was in on the evil plot to turn off the lights worldwide. We also don't know why the president removed himself to Guantanamo of all places -- I don't think I've ever LOL'd while watching Revolution except for the moment I saw that title -- or why he thinks that nuking a couple of cities makes it a good time for him to sail back to ... wherever. In any event, isn't that dude's term over, whoever he is?
When did HG graduate from "dangerous crazy person on tentative probation" to "well-loved friend"? I kinda missed that.
@TRob13: I care much less about how many episodes they take to solve the case than I care about what they choose to fill the episodes with. If they have interesting leads to follow up, great. If they want us to watch unsympathetic mom getting attached to an unsympathetic runaway and other long-form nonsense that leads nowhere, forget it.
I'm still on the fence about the return of "The Killing". Unlike Sean, I wasn't "overly angry" about the way the show strung us along and abused our patience. No, I was justifiably both frustrated and disgusted. When AMC announced the show's cancellation, I felt that justice had been served. Did the two-hour premiere include some of the first two seasons best elements, like Linden's intelligence and conscience, Holder's shrewd perceptiveness, and the odd chemistry between the two of them? Yes. Did it also include some of the previous seasons' worst elements, like Linden's inability to learn anything, accept others' help, or be honest when it's obvious she should be? Yes. What remains to be seen is where the balance will fall: smart and tense, leavened with sly humor; or frustrating, annoying, and proceeding at a snail's pace.
1. The Doctor has known how and when River would die ever since he first encountered her. She's always been dead as far as he's concerned. But he's always been dead, too. He knows he's going to die, and he even knows where he's going to end up. None of this changes anything from his perspective, even if we are affected by how we see it unfolding. 2. Intellectually, I would say that Clara's fate is tragic. Emotionally, it's ... whatever. She's not much more than a plot device, and that's a shame because she showed a lot of promise initially. 3. I was initially skeptical that John Hurt is the next Doctor, and I see on the net that my skepticism is shared. Since the current Doctor knew who he was, he's very likely to be a past Doctor.
BTW, Orphan Black continues to be very good: intense, funny, and unpredictable. It's a thoughtful, high-quality show, and it's a shame TV Fanatic isn't reviewing it.
I agree that Warwick Davis (star of "Willow" and Professor Flitwick in the "Harry Potter" movies) was very good as "Porridge", and it would be a pleasure to see him again. Yes, the kids were annoying, and that's pretty much what kids are for on most TV shows. I did not like the way the Cyberplanner was written and played. He sounded way too much like Matt Smith's Doctor. Why was he happy and goofy? He's a Cyberman! Cybermen have no emotions, and they may be clumsy and inflexible, but they're not goofy. I suppose the Cyberplanner is like the Borg Queen in Star Trek -- an ill-advised way to humanize an inhuman enemy. I also agree that Clara remains too incurious about her place in the universe. Of course, all will be revealed in time, so why bother pushing? This is a TV show, after all.
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