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Days of Our Lives Round Table: Melanie Jonas Returns

This show has been running on fumes lately. Nothing is going on except a lot of whining and unhappiness.

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If it has Amelia in it then its A.

Smoak and arrow

Q1: Not particularly. She was too over the top for my tastes. I'm hoping if we see her again (which it sounds like we will), it's in very small, tightly controlled doses. I think I would have liked it better if she'd been allowed to torment and target actual people in Oliver's life and pose a threat. Q2: I got what he was saying and what he was attempting to do, but Felicity was right. If Oliver has changed his mind, Oliver needs to say so. The two need to talk like adults and get it hashed out. Why shows feel that couples have to be tortured and tormented and kept apart to be "interesting" is beyond me. But anyway, Diggle. Poor Diggle. He's been so sidelined this year and I'm not sure for what. But then I think the whole trio Team Arrow (Oliver/Felicity/Diggle) dynamic has been pushed off for no good reason this season and not for the betterment of the show. Diggle deserves more story for himself. He deserves a suit or, at the very least, some kind of mask/protective outfit to hide his identity. If anyone has earned it, he has. What happened to searching for his brother's killer? What happened to HIVE? Where is all that? They've dropped that portion of Diggle's story for way too long. Q3: I think Felicity is dealing with the situation pretty well. She's trying to establish something of her own and feel like she has a life beyond just the Arrow cave. She's way too quick to trust, which surprised me and will probably come back to bite her, but that's what the plot needs so.... Q4: I have zero interest in this. The character's done nothing for me. I just see Arrow adding all these new characters and glancing back at Diggle and Quentin and Felicity and thinking, can we get back to developing that and telling their stories, please? Q5: To be honest, Arrow's a mess this season. I miss my trio team component. I miss Quentin Lance. I miss feeling like each week's story is actually pushing the show forward and has a point/direction. The murder mystery steam has totally faltered. There doesn't feel like there's any pressure on Oliver and Company to be doing anything. Everything feels really disjointed. They're spending way too much time on characters I'm apathetic about and don't feel connected to, too much time on characters we don't even know and were just introduced this season, and making me wonder how invested they in characters that don't have (or haven't been given) a defined destiny (Diggle, Quentin, Felicity, etc). I have no clue who the big bad is supposed to be (Malcolm? Ra's? We haven't seen them in far too long so it's hard to even remember). Every time they build some kind of momentum in any part of the story, it feels like they wander off and forget all about it. It's like nothing's really happened to feel like we're on that roller coaster ride clickety-clacking up to the top of the hill getting ready to pause at the top and go screaming down toward... well... anything. This is not about fan-servicing X or Y or pandering or Olicity or any of that. It's a whole show structure problem this season. I don't know if this is because all the attention is focused on The Flash or what but yeah, Arrow's suffering huge this season. The frustration among viewers is pretty palpable at this point. It's taken way too long just to get to the promise of the winter finale finally making SOMETHING happen. They better make it -- and the episodes upon the show's return after break -- spectacular, because right now a lot of people are struggling to find a reason to keep watching. As usual, the best moment of Arrow this season have been those way too rare moments when you get Oliver, Felicity and Diggle together, working as a team. That's probably one of the reasons I'm looking forward to the Flash crossover when I don't even watch the Flash -- I just want that original vibe back. I want to know that the 7 or 8 episodes I've been sitting through so far actually had a point.

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Winter
The re-viewing has been very enlightening. I really over-looked several items on first viewing. The age difference was a striking example. Secondly, upon second viewing, it was made clear that Grace's ticket visitation and her relapse, probably were the same event. Another event I cannot explain, is Neil's daydream where he is accompanying a woman who appears not to be Grace, and another one he is helping with a towel. These are not women we have seen him with before. Are they from his past? The Zen Master says we daydream of the future, so are the writers telling us something?
In my viewpoint, Grace started this saga with her affair. Her affair was powerful enough to make her change most of her personality. She changed her clothing appearance, took greater control of her career, and became more distant from her husband and child. These events are clearly related to the affair. It is true that Grace only tells Neil once that she loves him (episode 10). She does tell Anika that she and Neil still love each other. She does not say she cares about Simon (at least not that we have been privy to). Grace clearly is in a fragile emotional state. She goes from panic, sadness, mania, and depression (episode 9 and 10) to euphoric at the end of episode 10. This is all within 24 hours. I know that there were dramatic events, but Grace seems to over react in my viewpoint. Grace does not want to confront the issues with Neil. Neil is hesitant also, but on multiple occasions he has said "Grace we need to talk". Grace told the psychologist and her sister about her affair. None of them has uttered a word about the trauma Neil must have suffered upon witnessing her betrayal. Everything is about Grace's state. Grace has no idea how long Neil has known about the affair. She only knows that it occurred at a home staging. We know that she has been with Simon on a least two. She may be under the that Neil has known for many months or maybe for the duration of her affair. That would mean to her that Neil has condoned the affair. She would of course question why?

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When will the Haylijah post be published? I'm impatient.

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It was definitely going to be a one and done character. I think Carl was hired by Janvier as part of some master revenge plan on Callan.

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State of Affairs Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Secrets and Lies

I am eternally flummoxed by people who always expect a show to be something that it is not. Let's be very candid, "State of affairs" isn't meant to be nothing more than CIA porn. If you expect it to be anything else you are going to be disappointed. That being said if you are looking for good CIA TV you are going to love the show. Katherine does a marvelous job of staying on top of her character and her supporting cast are what you would expect from a politically motivated drama. This may not be the best show on TV but it is included in my eight hours I have alloted myself per week. I think you will get a great viewing experience if you are going to the show with the correct expectations. It seems like everyone wants to be wowed every minute of their day but this is classic entertainment.

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The Walking Dead Round Table: Who Will Die?

Its gonna be sasha

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CSI: George Eads Exiting After 15 Years as Nick Stokes

Jorja Fox is an original cast member, but I haven't kept up with the show Maybe She isn't there anymore? When CBS moved the show to 10 pm e.s.t on Sundays, that was the first clue that they might want to get rid of it(or end it). It's not a cheap show to make. CBS is suddenly looking to end/cancel shows after renewing almost all of them from last season. The Mentalist is only getting 13 episodes before it ends, and We'll have to see what happens with CSI. CBS will need to bring in another Big Name Actor to keep the show going, and they may not want to spend the money to do this. Emily Proctor or Melina Kankaredes would be perfect. Adam Rodriguez would work too. It all comes down to money.

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I think it's due to Ferguson why the ratings are, down.

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@ Tania

Agree. With the Internet and news stations like CNN and MSN do not understand why they need to interrupt shows for what was a know news story. Everybody know the murderer would not be charged.