My husband thinks the killing is a ruse.He does not believe any member of the team will die.He enjoys every character on the team .He says he is going to miss the show because of the great acting and story lines.He wants me to DVR the next episode and let me watch first and to let him know if any member of the team gets killed. I for one loved the episode on Wednesday.I am glad Teresa and Patrick have talked why he is afraid for her .He surely does not want to lose another person he loves.I think my husband would act just like Patrick.No one wants to lose the love of their life.
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Arrow Season 3 Episode 11 Midnight City: I must say overall, this was a good episode for the writers/actors/actresses/crew of Arrow. Positives: First Vinnie Jones as Danny Brickwell. Doing an awesome job with the character, I find myself rooting for him to at least escape to come back another day rather than being sent to Iron Heights prison or being killed. Complete disarray and confusion by Team Arrow. As the writers intended, Team Arrow without Oliver Queen is an aimless group of individuals, some with fighting skill, (Roy and Diggle) some not, (Laurel) and others so conflicted that they do not know if they wish to stay or go (Felicity). A city besieged by a criminal warlord in the Arrow’s absence clearly shows what life is like in Starling City without the Arrow (Oliver Queen ) around. And a Father daughter duo (Malcolm Merlyn/Thea Queen) who, because of Oliver’s failure to defeat Ra’s Al Ghul, must now decide either to live life on the run from the League of Assassins or make a brave heroic stand to meet the challenge or the prospect of death at the hands of the League head on. Loved Thea’s inspiration speech to Malcolm and that Ra’s should be afraid of them and not the other way around as this solidified her status as a warrior and lit a fire under Malcolm Merlyn’s behind to stop running from the League and meet their challenge. Was Malcolm truly afraid of the League or was this a test of Thea’s mettle? Anything is possible where Malcolm Merlyn is concerned. That scene was one of the better scenes in the show that most people either missed or don’t talk about because they do not understand what that scene truly represented, the growth of Thea Queen. The continued charade of Captain Lance making him think Sara is still alive. Laurel, in going out as the Canary when her father expressly forbids her doing anything vigilante, must now continue the lie that Sara is alive otherwise her father will know she is the Canary and would lock her in a cell if need be to stop her. The Aldermen rescue attempt: More luck than skill, this was most likely improbable, especially Laurel’s James Bond-like leap out of a glass window (no cuts to show for it I might add) to catch hold of a ladder in a mid-air moving helicopter when earlier she could not leap from about five feet from a stair ledge and land on top of a stationary van upright without falling down klutz-like. (that fall on top of the van made me laugh as I surely thought that Laurel was going to be seriously injured by Brick at that point), but she barely made it through. As I said, more luck than skill here. But Oliver Queen less team Arrow needed to have some type of victory tonight and since having KlutzCanary Laurel and Ineffective Roy I am too distracted in saving Laurel every five minutes Arsenal bring down Brickwell would have been too far out there for the writers to pull off, then saving the last two living Aldermen was the next best thing for them to do to make their efforts worthwhile. Negatives: The Mayor. She folded rather quickly, especially now that Brickwell had no more hostages. I think the writers threw that in there to compensate for the fact that Team Arrow had to have a small victory, (especially for Laurel) in rescuing the Aldermen while at the same time building up Brickwell’s takeover of the Glades for Oliver’s return. Ray Palmer. What purpose does he serve here, as Brickwell clearly points out with his meeting with the Mayor when he asks Ray is he trying to make himself seem important. The only reason why Ray was even there was because he gave the police association money. I guess that entitled him to be present at a high level meeting with a criminal warlord who is terrorizing the city whereas in any other instance no civilians who were not law enforcement or direct government officials needing to be there would be. Chase’s blunder in telling Thea that he heard a rumor she was leaving Starling City. Surely Thea should know by now this guy is a spy, for who she could debate or directly conclude he works for Ra’s and the League, or whomever. Who else knew she at least intended to leave outside of her or Malcolm Merlyn? For those, and especially for the Campea crew at StreamTV (Arrow Aftershows) who lambasted this episode, I say to you all, think outside of the box and look at this episode as one in a trilogy of Team Arrow minus Oliver Queen trying to contend with a seriously dangerous crime boss in Danny Brickwell who is creating murder and mayhem every time he steps out of his lair. Midnight City was everything the writers intended it to be, and because of that, I will rate Arrow, Midnight City as 4.00 stars out of 5.00.
The actors, across the board, brilliantly portray characters of incredible complexity and nuance. Regardless of how one may feel about their actions or personalities, it's simply not possible to not admire these characters. It's a pleasure to watch the interaction between Oleg and Arkady, and Gabriel's arrival is an especially welcome development.
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I am an emotional mess...I've never cried so much for a fictional family...but thats what was good about Parenthood...there was a story for everyone. I wish we saw more of Ryan and Amber, Ryan looked soo good. And of course Jason Katims had to have an FNL character in this finale...Jason Street it was nice seeing you without the wheel chair ;)
I realize this is only a fictional television show, but I am frankly troubled by the number of times characters' go-to solution when facing a brick wall in an investigation is to torture or harm a suspect. Twice it was a serial killer, which most people let pass, and last week it was the sister of a sexual predator. The sister herself appeared to be suffering from some sort of PTSD, no doubt from growing up with a sexual predator. Beating her may have gotten some answers, but to me it seemed over the top and cruel. Does this indicate Kitty will be quick to use the same methods in whatever future place she goes to "help people"? Sooner or later, she is bound to use it on an innocent person. Also, did Del Gruner overhear the conversation between Sherlock and Kitty? If so, will he be telling that to Gregson? What will Gregson do when he finds out that Sherlock deliberately walked away from the opportunity to follow proper legal channels? I actually like this show, even though it sounds like I am nit-picking.
I actually agree with you. The instant I saw that Gruner was disfigured, my heart sank and I was uncomfortable with her doing that. I just thought a TV show goes too far to condone such behavior. It might be too "square" of me. I was surprised to see that the reviews/recaps did not really address that as if that is okay.
I was also somewhat disappointed with her decision to burn Gruner and it's triumphant portrayal. I was looking forward to more development from Kitty as she learned (or didn't learn) to deal with the emotional trauma and the violence it has breed in her. And now she's gone. But since most justice systems, and especially the US justice system, operates under the notion that retribution (punishment inflicted upon the wrong-doer) is justice, it's not surprising to see it in TV shows. I doubt he heard the conversation from inside.
pretty funny when harrison admitted he had "failed this city"...
The 1st season of The Following was good - the second, not so much. I am willing to see what they do in the 3rd before bailing on it. The Bachelor(ette) is, hands down, the dumbest thing on tv and kills the brain cells of anyone who believes it's real....
So, Shonda brought her A-game to Grey's last night, I sure hope it continues as I literally sat at the edge of my seat throughout the entire episode. Just how tragic is the storyline of baby-boy Avery? This a tv show with fictional characters, but the storylines are very real. Some babies are born with what April/Jackson's baby has. Loved Jesse William's very emotional admission, that everything is not okay, to Richard Webber, of all people, seeing their history, to he/April just falling into each other's arms, both totally devastated by the news that something is wrong with their baby. I did not find it unusual for April to immerse herself in work that she lost track of how many patients she took care of that day at work, as that is how some people start to process terrible things in their lives, to her questioning why God would let bad things happen to children. It was great to see a soon-to-be dad crumble in front of someone else to show how men/dad's can get a "kick in the gut" over the same bad news as the mother's. Sometimes it's just the mother's side of the story that is told, I'm so happy that both sides are being shown. And we already know Jackson to be so happy & is really into this "becoming a dad idea." Imo, stellar performances from both Sarah Drew & Jesse Williams throughout the entire episode. But now it will be very interesting to watch April struggle with her faith, knowing that Jackson isn't overly into it & I wonder if the tides shift, where she stops being so religious & Jackson take that on. That would be a very interesting dynamic. Personally, I really do like these two characters together, let's hope that the story is written to show that they lean very heavily on each other, because that is what marriage is supposed to be all about, or so they say, because I would not like to see Shonda have one of them become a "cheater." I am SO OVER that. But that's just my opinion. I want to see these people show us through storyline, that couples can go through so much adversity & come out on the other side stronger. At least that is what my wish is. Who can forget the episode where Derek/Meredith wrote their vows on a blue Post-It? It was great to see the flashback itself, not just see it hanging on their bedroom wall. It was great that each of them stopped long enough to look at the very principle that makes stay & not run. Though I was sad to see Meredith toss it in the garbage can, I was happy that she retrieved & rehung it, broken glass & all. There may be some really dark times ahead for these two, but they kept "vowing" to each other, that they will make it work out. I sure hope so. Love how Cristina is still brought up in conversations with Owen/Meredith, even with the character gone from the show. I still love to hear Owen speak her name, still soft, gentle & loving, as he always did. And I like the way Kevin McKidd's hair color is his normal light blondish/reddish hair as opposed to it being darkened for the show. I'm actually starting to like Dr. Hermann - we actually saw the "human" side of her last night, once she broken down in the hospital restroom. Not only will It be interesting to see if she can perform any kind of miracle on April/Jackson's baby. (I sure hope so, but if it turns out that she is unable to, while it will be very, very sad, it will tell the story of parents around the world whose babies are not going to be born healthy or maybe even living.) It will be interesting to see how long before surgery will be performed on her by Amelia & what the outcome of that is. All in all, three very powerful storylines, each in their own way & I hope Shonda & her writers continue the great storytelling. Wasn't sure that I would enjoy this season as much as I have with the character of Cristina gone but I really have. Maybe because we saw Cristina's face for a split second & her name is brought up in many of the episodes. But I think it is the very strong writing & the very compelling storylines that are being presented.
I, too, believe the strong writing and compelling storylines have been totally on point this season.
I didn't mention the brothers - they were absolutely hilarious - calling each a**faces & the younger one being a brick wall & having none of what Bailey was trying to get across to him. When asked if the older one was 18, he said yes & the younger one replied "yah & I'm 25." Did I laugh. And really, isn't that like two siblings? hahaha!! They were the humorous part of the show.
Such a predictable episode and everything after they took Olivia from the other apartment was unnecessary. I was waiting for the gladiators and Jake to start the hunt for the kidnappers and hopefully that will happen next week. Is Andrew really that smart to orchestrate this? The writing is really getting bad. At least we know that an underwire bra can be useful for other things.
Borin as hell.... Waited entire hour to go back to Washington... Disappointed no one else was in the episode....
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