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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Round Table: The First 0-8-4

Qu#1: Everything surprised me. Coulson being Fury-esque, the team working separately and very un-bus-like, the newbies already being established with the group, Hannibal-Ward being kept in the basement, and FITZ............. It was a really strong start to the season, that's for sure.
Qu#2: I very quickly got a sense for Izzy and Hunter, but not so much for the other two. That being said, I am already in love with Lance, and WAS well on my way with Izzy until....well, you know.... Eesh. Talk about a surprise.
Qu#3: Carl Creel was straight up fantastic! What a cool villain to bring to the screen, and to tie him back to Ward = brilliant. I loved it all.
Qu#4: Honestly, Skye and Ward were my favourite part of the hour. Not in a million years would I have guessed the route that the show is taking with them, but I am utterly intrigued about where things go from here. I 100% believe that Ward is playing to get out of his cell. Not his feelings for Skye of course, those run deep, but he's so going to use this "turn around" as a means to get out. I can hardly wait to see what happens once he's free. Seriously....I have no clue what he will be like, but I'm excited to find out. It's going to get uber complicated, as I don't see him returning to the Ward we knew Pre-Hydra.
Qu#5: Fitz cracked my already broken heart and turned it to dust. That was brutal. It was equal parts brilliant and soul-crushing, which is why I suddenly remember that I'm in the Whedon-verse. What a great and hurtful twist?
Qu#6: I'm looking forward to everything, because it is all so new and there are such huge questions that need answering. So much fun. Oh...and for some weird reason that I can't explain in this early juncture, I really, really want to see Ward and Lance meet. LOL I don't think they'll like one another, and it seems pretty fantastic in my head. LOL Great first episode all around. I had fun.

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@ icewitch

Ward and Lance... interesting. I hadn't thought of that, could be cool. I'm just hoping Lance makes it out of the next few episodes alive and then who knows? Loved reading your thoughts on the episode, thanks so much. Just a few days until episode 2!!!

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NCIS Season 12 Episode 1 Review: Twenty Klicks

Regarding the season opening episode. Curious as to why they blew up the jeep? They didn't even look in the Jeep to see if there were keys in it? Also wondering how many times the writers are going to go to the "bad guy after Gibbs .. McGee hacks into a government computer" well. What are they doing with the Bishop character? Not to be critical of the actress but they don't give her much to do. I saw an interview with Mark Harmon and he did say that there would be references to Ziva this season and that there would be more character development. I for one, hope they bring Ziva back somehow. Last year was awful (my opinion). I love the characters and have watched this from the beginning but I am tired of the same story lines and miss the banter between Ziva and Tony etc.

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Scandal Round Table: Welcome Back, Gladiators!

A thought just occurred to me. Is the end game that Olivia becomes Command replacing her father?

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@ Rosie

Oooh! I like the way you're thinking!

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Hope Tamala gets more air time this season!

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Castle Season Premiere Scene

meep!

Authorsue

I watched both the pilot and the first episode. New Orleans is such a great city. They need to make use of that. The story line was okay, but I did not record it. That means a lot. I did love the part where Tony got the Voodoo doll. By the way isn't that called an Effigy? There is so much potential in that town. Especially with haunted plantations. Voodoo everywhere. The masquerade parties and parades. The remarkable Audubon Aquarium of the Americas--love the glass tunnel and jungle. And the gators! I could just see some illegal alligator hunter pulling in a gator with a dead human in it's mouth. Then there's the swamps. There are so many things that could happen there, from kidnappings to terrorists camps, to fugitives, and so on. This is a great place to shoot a series, but remember, we love good story lines, dedicated actors, minimal gore, and heart-lifting humor.

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Person of Interest Season 4 Episode 1 Review: Panopticon

Just wondering how John got onto the police force using an alias (Sullivan). Doesn't the NYPD run background checks on new hires? Anyway, a good episode to set the stage for this season. I don't think Ali will show up again; he was just a vehicle that explained how the team got a new network that Samaritan can't eavesdrop on. The info boxes are great, but I'm a slow reader (maybe not the only one), so have to pause my DVR to read what they contain. Especially true for the new gal villain, who had about six aliases. She seems to be working for Samaritan, since she "offed" the guy in Budapest who new about Samaritan. She was then told that there were two others in Seattle, so I wonder why she showed up in NYC. Great to have the team back together again, unfortunately minus Carter.

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Castle Review: No Happy Ending

If Marlowe cannot get this love story and marriage back on track, then NCIS: Los Angeles will bury Castle, because without the love story and marriage, all you have, is another crime show, and the plots are only average at best, certainly not up to NCIS level. I was a fan of Castle until the cheap shot ending last season. I'll give it a few episodes, but my guess is I'll go back to NCIS: Los Angeles and Castle will last only through season 7, and certainly gone by end season 8. Stana/Nathan, love you both very much, but I would get my resumes in order.

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NCIS: Watch Season 12 Episode 1 Online

I think the real problem is, until lately, mostly the team worked as a whole. Not so anymore. It seems one or two are always left behind. Not good. And about that rock, paper, scissors thing between Tony and McGee. Neither wanted to go with Gibbs. McGee won with paper over rock. Why did McGee go? And I really don't like Tony in the background. Not once in that episode did I see that remarkable DiNozzo smile. I think you should write an episode where the whole team is on an airplane and it's high-jacked by terrorists. They take out the terrorists, of course, but the problem is there's no one on the plane who can fly the huge aircraft...and the radio is out. Good luck.

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What makes it so hard for couples to talk to each other? In Satisfaction, Neil tells Grace that he tried to quit his job. She blows him off not understanding the seriousness of the statement. How hard would it have been for Neil to say, “No Grace, I really did try to quit my job and I need to talk about it.” There is something that Neil has done that they have not addresses , that makes Grace not want to have sex with him. Instead of saying, “I am too tired,” why not address the real problem? Better yet, why not address it when it first occurred. The problems in their marriage have grown so big that they have resulted in both of them cheating. They both know that Grace has cheated and they still are not talking about the elephant in the
room. The way this is going, they will not talk about it until after they
separate. Then they can reminisce about all the things they did it screw of their marriage and how they could resolved their problems if they would just have talked to each other. The sad part is that this same lack of communication happens in real life.

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@ sojourner

Good point. The biggest lack of communication was the night after the bar fight. When Grace woke up and saw the note that Neil was working late she went to Simons knowing full well what was going to happen.
What she should have done is rested up and waited until he came home. She should have then said remember what I told you last night? I want you to go with me for counciling. If he said no. Then she should have said. Well I'm going to go, because I need to figure out if I want to stay in this marriage. That would have gotten his attention.

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@ sojourner

Link to spoiler videos? Stealing?

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@ sojourner

We don't know why Grace cheated. She conveniently echoed the Zen Masters remarks about Neil, as applying to her also. In truth, she knows nothing about what Neil did, nor why. She will find out about his escorting. I bet she will have an over the top response to someone betraying her. Grace did not cheat to better her marriage by understanding her spouse and his desires. She betrayed him solely and completely for her own needs. In no way was her cheating about changing her relationship with Neil. Neil did none of the kind. His cheating was only about Grace and what she might have been looking for. In fact, Neil pursued a false premise. Grace committed adultery, because a hot young stud took an interest in her. She was intent in getting her own satisfaction, which had nothing to do with Neil or his needs. Neil was willing to risk all to better understand Grace, and thus improve his marriage, Grace cheated because it made her feel good, without regard to the consequences. Only when Simon and Grace started to form a non client - escort bond, did she go to a psychologist. Most of the time when women go for therapy of this type, it is for reinforcement to justify their moral failures. In episode 10 when Grace tells her sister that she is a bad person, she is correct. She is a lying, stealing, adulteress. Her lack of moral grounding causes her husband to betray his moral ideals. After bedding Adriana a second time, Neil decided to terminate further physical contact. When faced with continuous sexual advances from Adriana, Neil maintains his abstention from intimacy with her. This is nothing like Graces' 6 month dalliance with Simon. I suspect we have not seen the end of the Grace- Simon romance. Since the relationship will no longer be for pay, it must be classified for passion and romance. The pursuit of love. This is what Sean Jablonski probably means about the Grace -Simon relationship changing or taking a different course.. Grace will ultimately betray every facet of her marital life. In one of the internet spoiler sites I saw out takes from sex scenes between Grace and Simon, which were not shown. They were hot. If they had shown those scenes we would not be discussing Grace's motivation.

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