Dougal's corn-grinding comment CRACKED ME UP. Seriously. The acting in this episode was amazing. Watching Randall recap his encounter with Jamie was incredible; so hard to watch, but the acting....just...Wow. You got the real sense that Randall derived pleasure from torturing people, but not in the obvious way; he is not some mindless brute; he's calculating, intelligent, and DOES possess the wherewithal to be a better man, but simply has no desire to make that change. We got that from the books of course, but the acting just brought it to life so incredibly well. I also thought the interaction between Clare and Jamie at the end was perfect; subtle, light-hearted as could be given the situation, and just right. I cannot tell you how sad I was to hear just TWO more episodes left.
Fantastic stuff Jim! A couple of very enlightening tid bits. I'm surprised Chuck didn't see the negative feedback about The Master's face on Twitter. I run the @MastersMinions account as you know and man I was getting fed up already. There were people claiming the reveal killed the show for them and they were dropping it. Personally I didn't hate it, but it didn't scare me so I felt very underwhelmed. Ready to see more of Quinlan!
Do four intelligent women really have to go to his "abs" during any part of the discussion of an extremely serious episode? Disappointing and why I will want to stay away from this site if the Round Table will consist of the same individuals.
Another problem for me is how does Neil get Grace to the Zen Master without admitting openly that he knew about Simon?
Isn't Neil trying to help himself through Zen with issues not necessarily related to the affair. Grace has seen the book. She might be going on her own.
Just wanted to say that you are one of the best reviewers around! I mentioned before that I loved your reviews on Helix. Same with The Strain. There is another TV website, not sure if I'm allowed to mention the name...so I won't, but the reviewer who reviews The Strain obviously hates it because he criticizes the every episode from beginning to end. I'm so glad you write mostly about the positive instead of the negative. I really enjoy watching every week and then reading your insights on the episode. Great job!
I've said this before, but I really appreciate your kind words! Definitely try my best to go for the positives. I've never been a fan of reviewers that get a kick out of slamming/bad mouthing a show or movie. That's not cool if you claim to be a fan you know? Love love love that you're enjoying The Strain and my reviews! Going to share your comment now via Twitter. We all love compliments and they're rare believe it or not. I appreciate your comment tremendously! Thank you.
Hi again. In a couple of free seconds I would like to post a question for which I don't have an answer. Why does the gunman in the promo have a picture of Mallory and her husband, before he gets the gun?
Where is that picture?
It appears to be in a glove compartment. It is part of the episode 10 promo. It doesn't make sense to me.
Mallory's husband is probably holding the picture as a reminder of happier times, he then gets the gun and looks for Neil, Who he thinks is Simon.
Actually he would be going after Simon because he has the real Simon's phone number. Neil doesn't exist for him.
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I hate this crazy preview speculation, because I am always wrong, but if there is a gunman coming for Neil, maybe Neil sees him coming and that's why he's yelling at Grace to get up.
The promos are designed to peak our interest while also misdirect us from the true story line. I stopped trying yo guess what they might hold for us in the future. But I did wonder, after seeing the promo for the season finale, whether the person holding the gun is Neil. The style of clothing and the watch on the right wrist matches Neil's standard ensemble. What do you think? Day dream sequence?
That's very possible, but Neil doesn't need a photo to identify either Mallory or her husband. So why the photograph. He looked them up on his computer. This is a misdirect, I hope. The show doesn't need a phony murder or act of violence to sustain the story line. Escorts aren't usually high priority targets. I hope that this another dumb dream sequence. I am much more interested in speculation about Neil's apparent demeanor of depression in many of the photos.
I just read on the Facebook site, someone said the picture of Mallory and her husband was in a story of a murder, suicide? WT?
This was a funny response from Clark. I thought it was a quote from another movie, though. That would have made more sense than for Clark to make a racist quip.
Well well well ... I didn't know either what to expect ... and I liked it. As often noticed in the comments, what I liked the most, was the humor; I have to confess I never really watched WD, just few episodes from time to time, without being really "attracted" by it; but I've got plenty of friends who are, and they never said it was "fun", in anyway; so I was surprised by the funny tone of Z Nation. Non stop action, badass characters, creepy baby ... it's a good start !! :D thanks Hank, I watched it ( a bit ) because of you, because I like your reviews, as you already know, and I thought, ok, give this Z stuff a try ;) and I don't regret it !
Hi Marion, so glad I played a small part in your decision to check out Z Nation. Really glad you liked it, crazy but fun right? Looks like it's going to be an entertaining season and what more can we ask for as television viewers? Btw what other shows do you watch?
A lot, actually ... I'm a bit of a show addict ;) I watch Outlander, Masters of sex, Tyrant, The Divide ( one of my fav this year ), Dominion, The Knick, Intruders ( like this one too ) ... and I am also a big fan of shows from UK, like "The village, Our zoo, Sherlock, Chasing Shadows ... and among the "oldest" shows, I like "Reign", Supernatural, The Blacklist, The Following ... as you can see, I am more the "sci FI" and "Thriller" type ( same goes with books, I'm a big reader ), with few "historicals" kind ( The Tudor, Rome, Borgias ( great ), Vikings ... ) in the process ( I am also addicted to History ) ;) I certainly forgot some, but it will take a veeeerrrryyyyy looooonnnngggg comment to speak about it all :) oh, and also, the shows I'm waiting for : "Constantine", "Gotham" ( even if I'm not that crazy about comics heroes ), and Wayward pines, from Shyamalan.
Wowza that's an amazing list Marion! I watch many of those shows as well. Same here, the sci-fi genre are my favorites. I absolutely love the historical fiction and all those shows you mentioned...The Tudors, Rome, Borgia. I actually review Vikings right here at the site. Outlander is a new favorite, so gorgeously shot. The lead actor's have wonderful chemistry. I am covering Constantine here starting next month. Very excited about that show. David S. Goyer and Bear McCreary (Da Vinci's Demons) teaming up again for that one. It's going to be a great TV season this year!
yes, I think the same; great season to come for TV fanatic as us ;) ( ... and of course, I also like "da vinci's demons", how could I forgot this one ? ) can't wait to read you on "Constantine" :)
Agreed, Outlander is absolutely outstanding in every aspect. The acting, writing, characters and the story telling are all astonishing. My new favorite as well. Z nation is a cheese fest of blood and guts with stupid dialogue, lousy acting and horrible cinematography. It looks as bad as was. Highly disappointed...so what is taking so long to renew the great continuum. Junk like this.
I'm not surprised being as her character jetted off with Hannibal at end of the season finale..........what is her end game? I also suspect the new season won't air at least until February or March................
WOW..........a lot of comments on the show..........too many to read.......... For me, I don't understand all the negative comments about the show. It's ridiculous to entertain the thought that couples don't go through what is being portrayed on this show--although most probably wouldn't resort to an escort service. However, It DOES happen...........a lot more than people want to admit........... I agree with Carissa that, if there is a 2nd season, it will have to dive into how Grace and Neil repair their relationship. I think them agreeing to therapy is a clue to that.........but will that work or will they both continue on the path they are already on? I think Neil pretty much doesn't want to continue on with Adrianne and I think Grace is unsure if she wants to continue on with Simon..........
I think everyone posting here likes the show, although they may have some complaints with the actions some of the characters are taking.In someways it is like we are critiquing a reality show. I don't know what to make of the large number of comments this column is generating, other to say it is probably a good thing.
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