Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up: Mar 1 2O15: Sleepy Hollow, Gotham, The Walking Dead


Episode 18: Tempus Fugit - A second chance to be friends

Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.


Pimp walk, witness style
This is so crazy. Ten minutes in and Abby already screwed up the entire future. Great start Abby. Ichabod's death is diverted and now Abby has to figure out how to get the time line back on track again. Abby also knows his wife, Katrina, is looking for him so she can murder him and save Jeremy from a horrible fate. At least we think that is still the game plan. I thought you were going to take care of your son, Katrina? And if so, what is the point of killing Ichabod before he is born? Couldn't you all just start over? Ichabod didn't kill Jeremy, Abby did.

Well any way, Katrina ends up hitching up with the past horseman and gets him to do her bidding to find and kill Ichabod. *sigh* I hate her character so much. So Abby is all about getting Crane to Benjamin Franklin because she knows he is the only one that could possibly believe her plight and he does! My man, Ben, is totally awesome. After a discussion of how awesome his ideas have worked in the future, they decide to go to Fredrick's manor to visit Grace Dixon, Abby's ancestor, to find out how to reverse the traveler's spell. Unfortunately the Horseman found them and killed Benjamin before they could leave! Oh shit! Noooo, you can't kill Ben!! TAKE IT BACK, DAMN IT! I said TAKE IT BACK! He's one of my favorites. :(

Here I come to save the daaaaaayyy!
So due to the hessian/horseman attack and Ben setting his own house on fire from a small bomb in his hand, Abby and Ichabod take the fall and Abby gets locked in jail again. I think for Ichabod its tough to believe a person that is from the future, but she tells of so many undeniable truths that its hard to explain how she knew everything. I believe the visit with his wife convinced Ichabod that Abby was not lying about his wife being out to hurt him and that she was keeping secrets from him as well. The moving picture on Abby's phone only further solidified the truth.

It was totally awesome that Abby got to meet her ancestor! I was waiting for that to happen. This had to be one of the best moments of the show along with Ichabod getting a hug from Abby. He looked so confused. He was like "Is this level of intimacy commonplace in your 2O15 America?" And she is like "yeah, we like to hug it out." hahahaha. I really love these two. No matter how awkward things become, they are both hilariously awesome together.

Is it bad that I'm really this happy at her misfortune?
So long story short, Abby manages to get both Katrina and herself back to their original timeline before the spell cast and Ichabod is forced to kill Katrina to save Abby and himself. He is heartbroken and doesn't seem to be given enough time to weep in the show. But I'm NOT! DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD, THE WITCH IS DEAD, THE WITCH IS DEAD! I mean, ehem, let's pour some out for my homie, Katrina. I've been waiting for this moment for so long. She was such a distraction and stopped enhancing the storyline a long time ago.

But I'm totally sure this isn't the last of her character. The fact that Jeremy was involved in bringing her to the other side means that he has a few tricks up his sleeve. *sigh* Can't characters stay dead on this show? I wonder how Abraham is going to react to this?


What is Wrong in Sleepy Hollow:

1. Personal Stuff- 

Did Abby ever get all of her personal stuff back from the other time? Like her cell phone and her ID? I mean I know everything is now reversed, but I am assuming she didn't get those items back, which still made her a fugitive slave technically.

2. What did General Washington want?-

Before Katrina put a knife in Ichabod's back, General Washington summoned Ichabod with a flood of soldiers to his door. What did he want? And why did he bring so many men for protection? He couldn't have realized that Ichabod was in danger, so what was it that he needed?

3. Grace Dixon- 
Abby comes from good stock...yup
I was a bit confused on how Grace managed to recognize her descendent. Her ghost in the future didn't know Abby until she triggered her. So how is she able to remember her in the past? And if she did remember her, how come she didn't recognize her off the bat? Its not like Abby doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in this century. To me that was a bit of a story fumble there. Also, why is she the ONLY person to exist in Frederik's manor? Weren't there more people?

4.  Witchiness-

Keeping with the theme of Grace. If Grace knew how to reverse the spell, does that mean she is a witch? And if she was a witch, why didn't Abby hear the call of the bell in the last episode to her dormant inner witch?

5. Your birthday is my password-

Oh...what is up with that? Who puts some one's birthday for their phone password unless they liked them quite a bit? That seemed to stand out in this episode. Maybe they are closer than they cared to admit. I don't necessarily want them to be together in that manner, but that did make things interesting.


Yeah you are chauvinistic, but man you are still awesome.
This was definitely one of the best episodes I have seen in a while. After several weeks of plodding, this was all worth while to see Abby struggle in a different time the same way Ichabod struggled in Abby's current time. It gives her a level of appreciation for everything Ichabod came from and worked for in the future.


I was definitely sad Benjamin Franklin died [hes my favorite US historical person besides Jefferson], but we all know that is going to be reversed! So our man Franklin will still be alive and kickin to make history. I really loved how everything was wrapped up in one episode for the finale. But I wish Ichabod had time to mourn his loss and lick his wounds. He lost quite a bit in the same day, his son and his wife. The fact that they didn't give him any time to me makes that part of the story just a bit unbelievable.


DnD Episode Rating: 8/1O

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Episode 17: Red Hood - Feeling a little stabby? I can relate.

Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.

Peekaboo, I'm out to rob you
Red Hood starts off with a bang, or a robbery to be exact. A group of bank robbers and a charismatic red hooded fellow play robin hood while taking from the rich and giving a little back to the poor. This causes quite a ruckus with Jim and the GCPD. Although the robbers got away, the legend of the red hood begins and as the first person stated, it made him lucky. He was shot at 6 times and didn't get hurt, so now everyone believes there is something special about it and it could make them stand out as leader. This thought process makes the group slowly turn on each other during the course of the show.

In the mean time, an old friend of Alfred shows up at his door, desperate for help and shows young Bruce some alternative fighting methods that disturb him. Alfred is pretty protective of little Bruce and is a little teed with his friend's behavior at times. There seems to be a distinct difference between the two men. Alfred has cleaned up, grown up and has moved on from his past, while his friend still lives in it and it only has served as an excuse for his actions to continue doing the wrong things. In a moment of sincerity, Alfred admits to his friend, Reggie, he struggles with being a parent for the first time in his life trying to raise his young master the best way he can. How his parents would expect him to be raised. It is nice to see Alfred in this way for once. He has always been the strong figure in the scenario, but I can't imagine what its like to raise a boy who has lost his real parents. Alfred seems to be generally helpful, but not as intimately involved with little Bruce. Perhaps he is afraid to overstep a boundary between master and butler. But in this scenario, he has no choice, but to be some kind of father figure to him. We can see Alfred cares, but he struggles with that line at times and what is appropriate with their relationship.
Bold strategy, cotton. Taking out the eye is definitely in play
On the baddie side, Oswald is still struggling with his night club while Fish does the craziest thing when she gets threatened by the boss that runs the underground human body part joint, she takes one of her eyes out and crushes it due to its value to the boss. Wow, what a shocker. I am not sure the eye popping was warranted, but it definitely shows her character likes to stamp her feet if she doesn't get what she wants. Fish has never lost many negotiations before and I knew she was going to lose this one because what is stopping them from just killing her and mowing down the rest until people scatter and go back to being victims? I suspect a future eye patch is in order for Miss Mooney.

Both Oswald and Fish's stories are a bit on the boring side at the moment. Oswald seems dumbfounded by his new position as boss and Fish seems to flounder in her position as low person on the totem pole. I think Fish's position will humble her a bit while Oswald's position will get him killed. But I have no clue how this is going to play out. The Penguin eventually becomes the kingpin of all the mob in Gotham. He is cunning and can squirm his way out of anything, but he is not very smart. He could learn a lot from Don Falcon and Butch if he chooses to listen. His arrogance will get him in hot water.

Looks like a dirty one ended fight to me
What was great about this episode were all the shockers this time around. Especially getting to know Alfred's past through his old war friend, Reggie, who ends up stealing from them and stabs him before running away. I knew that guy was trouble. He looked like the kind of guy that would gamble everything away and then blame everyone else while he drank himself to death.

We find out later that he was working for the Wayne Enterprise board of directors and that his chance meeting was not mere coincidence. Man, what a jerk. Reggie seems to feel guilty about what he has done, but it will be interesting if he decides to tell young Bruce about the board's motives. Looks like young Bruce needs to start suiting up against Gotham's spoiled elite. But first, he has a wounded Alfred to tend to.


Darkness Only Gotham Knows:

1. New Clothing-

Does Barbara realize that giving the girl's new clothes is only going to put a target on their back for theft? Also, Selina's clothes are not ratty. In fact, they look pretty damn new to me. I really don't like  this Barbara chick's motives at all, but I can see where this is going. Catwoman uses her sexuality in the future to help her. Barbara could be that catalyst in achieving that.

2. Wayne manor?-

Is Wayne manor so well known that people know exactly where to go? Bruce just picks up the phone, barely dials and is like "yeah this is Bruce Wayne, I need some one to come to Wayne manor, thanks bye." A little more info kid. I know you are freaking out, but you need to be calm under pressure. Like Batman. Think of what Batman would do.

I request you beat yourself with that cane or I will
3. Why would it matter about Alfred's past?-

From those fighting moves in the past episodes, does it really matter where he got them from? A man who has actually killed people in the past to save others is probably the best man to protect your child from getting murdered by his own board of directors. You kind of want that dude around. To Bruce, he is just Alfred the butler. To everyone else, he is Alfred the guy you don't want to screw with. Sounds good to me.


With the Flash not returning for a while it is great that Gotham can keep up the pace and give us something good to chew on. I like where this is going, but I still wish they would unclutter the storyline from all of the unnecessary characters. Like Barbara, the meandering ex-girlfriend that has no place in the storyline anymore. YOU LEFT HIM BARBARA. GO BACK TO THE HOLE YOU CRAWLED OUT OF. And what happened to the two private detectives? They seemed to drop off the radar entirely. Also we need an end to Fish. A dignified end because I feel she should get one after all of this time. Her storyline has been dragged out for so long, she just needs to be killed with some dignity involved.


DnD Episode Rating: 8/1O


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Episode 11: The Distance - Is there hope for Rick?


Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.


They are really shooting ducks in a carnival for a prize
What an episode this was! It was all about trust and letting go of the past. Something I can totally relate to. I really compare Rick to a beaten, abused dog. He had been screwed over so many times that he is paranoid when some one shows him an ounce of kindness. Same with a dog that gets taken into a home or a rescue for the first time. At first they are paralyzed with fear, even violently fearful, but as time goes on and they see nothing is happening to them, they become comfortable, relaxed and loving again.

All of these people need a break from all the suffering they had endured together. And it shows. The wear and tear on their emotions has taken its toll and you can see Rick passively agree with the group wanting to go to Alexandria, but you could tell he doesn't want to. He is afraid to lose everything in an instance. You can't blame the poor guy. He has lost so many people already under his care, but Michonne and Glenn have stepped up to tell him they believe newcomer Aaron and want to give him a chance.

Even then they still took precautions. Part of the group went to find the vehicles Aaron told them about while the others protected the barn and looked out for any enemies in the area. They found the camper and vehicles and brought back food. Even then, Rick is paranoid and wants to not only travel at night, but on a different road in case people are waiting for them on the one Aaron claims is cleared by his people. Because of this, they run into a horde of zombies and lose control of the vehicles and of Aaron who sees a flare shoot up in the sky and dives out of the car. 

The group fights off the horde and finds Aaron again about to be eaten by a zombie while his hands are tied. Glenn saves him and unties him so he can be a useful member of the group. When Glenn, Aaron, Michonne and Rick meet back up together, they now are missing the camper and this looks gravely suspicious. Everyone is looking toward Aaron for answers, but they managed to reunite with their group in an area of abandoned buildings after a bit of searching. Everyone is safe, including Aaron's lover, Eric who ended up breaking an ankle during the fight. Rick's people saved and took care of him, making Aaron break down in an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness toward the group.

Hush little girl, there are no big bad cannibals here
At the end of the episode, they managed to make it to Alexandria, Rick fears he hears nothing behind the walls and that it is still a trap. That is when the sounds of children playing fill his ears. He relaxes and for once in a long time, we see hope in his eyes. Hope for baby Judith and Carl, hope that they never have to suffer on the open road again. The whole group is hopeful and so am I! For once Aaron seems like the good guy they had always hope to run into and Alexandria seems like the home they were always yearning for. This was a great episode. I can't wait to find out what Alexandria is about this sunday!


The Horde Speaks:

1. Is he crushing nuts for her?-

Have they been feeding baby Judith wild nuts this entire time? That's incredible, I can't imagine that they would be able to crush them enough to make it edible for an infant. They would have to use water to turn it into mush or something. Wow.

Oh you aren't just hurt, you are fabulously hurt
2. The lovers-

I'm happy they are finally showing some representation in this episode. I know we have a lesbian character, but she hasn't really had any action herself, you know? You almost forget she is gay in a sense because she hasn't really expressed much of her sexuality [like she really has the time to honestly]. Maybe she will find some one in the community? And not only are they good gay characters, they are also strong characters that just happen to be gay. Its a great representation of a medium that isn't always seen on popular television. Either gays are represented as either on one end of extreme or the other. Its not common enough you see them just as...just people.

3. Washington-

Looks like Alexandria is near Washington! How about that! The group finally made it close enough to see what Eugene started them off on, even if the path was a lie.

4. Rick's extra gun-
He placed it in a container as a just in case they find themselves stranded without a weapon, but I kind of wonder if he will ever come back for that or it will come to play later. They wouldn't show us that unless the group was going to need it at some point. Hmmm....

I knew that one thing I taught you would come in handy
What I loved about this episode is how Glenn's lessons from Dale came into play. Remember Dale? The guy who owned the RV in season 1 and 2? He taught Glenn how to fix cars knowing it might come in handy in the future. It was really cool to see a reference back to a time when things were simpler. It will be interesting to see if the group can come back to life from all the suffering they had been through. It will be a wonder if they could be the people they once were and trust once again.

DnD Episode Rating: 8/1O

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up Feb 2-22 2O15: Sleepy Hollow, Gotham, The Flash, The Walking Dead


Episode 17: Awakening - Welcome to 1781, Abby.

Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.


I asked for Earl Grey, get it right, Librarian.
Jeremy is up to his old tricks again with some witchcraft mayhem. Its not like our two witnesses have enough on their plate. Like trying to figure out how to get an additional copy of all the cool stuff they just blew up last episode. Gosh, Jeremy. You are such a turd.

We end up finding out Jeremy wants to create a strong coven of witches with his mother so they can rule over Sleepy Hollow and I am just thinking. "Oh please, just kill off her character already. I can't stand it anymore." I really find her character the most irritating part of the show due to her constantly going against the grain and constantly messing things up.

I can understand that she serves as a monkey wrench and a source of drama, but aligning with Jeremy? Obviously she is under the influence of the darkness that was sparked a few episodes ago. Either that or the appeal of having her baby boy back is strong with this one. Ichabod has  no real connection to Jeremy besides duty, so I can see why he cares less about the consequences than her.

So of course Abby and Ichabod do battle and we can't do battle with Katrina and Jeremy without some Crane family drama involved. "Oh you abandoned me. Boo hoo." Get over it. It happens and it wasn't even on purpose. It was out of necessity to save your punk ass from being killed. Ungrateful, I swear. When Jeremy gives him the abandonment speech again, Ichabod made the great point that he didn't even know he existed. HA. You weren't even a thought, Jeremy. Personally, this is all Katrina's fault. She didnt tell Ichabod about their son, she covers up for Abraham, she continues to BS Ichabod every time. I think Katrina needs to go. DIVORCE. I demand a divorce!

Overall they manage to break the bell and kill Jeremy. OH YAY. But now they pissed off Katrina, augh. So she goes all evil on their ass and becomes the enemy. By the way, Katrina continues to have "one face" syndrome and I can't tell how mad she actually is. It always seems reserved emotion for me and I am just bored by her one face emotions. How did Ichabod ever understood when she was happy? Their married life seems strange to me.

I am going to kill you...in a different time period. Bye!
So if she was so raging mad and wanted to kill Ichabod, why didn't she kill him again? She was going to, but then she cast a spell and disappeared. I don't get it. You had him right there. You are powerful enough to make his nuts explode. So why did you run away? So instead that happening, she accidentally takes Abby with her in the whirlwind of shit. Abby travels back to 1781 with Katrina and is now back during the time they existed. Just when you think this couldn't have been more boring, they spice it up again.

I'm sorry Abby. I hope you get a decent master because you are in for a really bad few weeks until you can escape that time period. Maybe Crane can take you in? Oh...that's right, Crane doesn't know you during this time. You better know a skill he can use or this is going to be craziness for the next few weeks.


What is Wrong in Sleepy Hollow:

1. The Bell- 

How in the world did they get that bell down there? They could barely move it into the tunnel, and they managed to move it from the square? Holy hell.

2. Reload-

Oh thank God some one reloaded and made that time useful. Not only is it realistic, but it serves as a great break point for conversation and story development. Good job writers. You didn't make it the mythical gun that shoots 3OO bullets.

3. How the hell did she survive that explosion?- 

No, for real. How the hell did she escape that explosion? That's total bull shit. There is no way she escaped without them seeing her escape. Plus that would have to have been a split second decision before Katrina blew the car up. She couldn't have reacted so fast.

4.  Jenny's got nerves of steel-

Holding a live decapitated Medusa head while the snakes are hissing is pretty damn brave Jenny. I would be afraid to get bitten by those little shits. They got to be hungry after all that time.


Whoa, I'm not use to having no rights. What up, British?
Am I happy about this ending? A little. It seems like an interesting direction that the writers decided to take with the story. Ichabod is stuck in Abby's time alone and now Abby is stuck in his time which will allow her to personally talk to her ancestors and gather information that was not written in their memoirs.

They are creating one hell of a screwed up time paradox at this point. Who knows how this is going to dramatically change their time line from Abby being there and Katrina going out to save Jeremy from a horrible fate and the destructive path he was on. This will also feel weird for old Ichabod as it will for current Ichabod as his history will change as well. I think this can pretty much erase all of both seasons with severe consequences. Not sure how they are planning to handle this, but hopefully it will be clean and not so messy.


DnD Episode Rating: 6.5/1O

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Episode 16: The Blind Fortune Teller - Hot Damn, that's the Joker!

Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.


This kid is no joke! He's scary as hell.
So this was an interesting episode. Jim's ex-girlfriend comes back home to both Kat and her friend Ivy with the news that Jim dropped his keys off a while ago. Jim has to deal with a break out fight at the circus, Little Bruce is about to go face the board of Wayne Enterprises, Fish becomes queen of the underground and the Penguin now owns his own restaurant.

There are a few things I have to mention though. For one, is Jim's girlfriend really taking advice from two kids that know nothing about fashion just to get him back? She must be super desperate. The question is always, why? You left him. Stop being a crabby pants about it. You broke his heart and now you want it back? Barbara, you just can't handle that he hasn't called since you left.

Well Jim has his own problems besides his girlfriend preparing to wing her way back into his world. He has a new girlfriend that wants to be more involved with his investigations. She bugs him to go on a hunt for a murder weapon out in the middle of no where due to a fortune teller's cryptic message from a dead person. Jim is not pleased. He wanted dinner and sex. We totally saw it. He was teed off going out in the middle of the night and doing work when he could have been romancing his woman. haha. Poor guy.

Stick it to them little Bruce!
With all that going on, still, the craziest part about this episode was Jerome. A seemingly new character that we feel for, but are curious why there is so much focus on him. Turns out...this boy is the future Joker and it is so apparent when he laughs and goes "KooKOO" that you are struck on the head with a holy shit moment.

The actor who plays him is brilliant and he gives you the chills and shock that is so ingrained with the character. I seriously hope he becomes a regular! We NEED a face off between little Bruce and psychopath Jerome that is cut short. That would be so awesome!

Speaking of young Bruce, he ends up confronting the board at Wayne Enterprises about the shady stuff that has been going on. They don't take him seriously at first, until he threatens legal action against them. Yup, this is going to be some awesome shit going on. I love this kid! Stick it to the adults!


Darkness Only Gotham Knows:

These two are the cleanest riff raff I have ever seen.
1. So who is paying the bills while the girls are squatting?-

I kind of wonder this. Jim doesn't live there anymore and I doubt he is paying any of the bills. So is this all going on his girlfriend's account? His bisexual druggy model girlfriend that didn't like playing second fiddle to a job? I know she is rich and all, but damn. She can just leave a nice flat like that on a whim?
2. Why are they not using their guns?-

So these underground guys have guns and they run this little whole joint that Fish Mooney is stuck in. Why aren't they just firing into the crowd if people are trying to toughen up against them? They could easily mow a few down. Maybe even shoot Fish in the head before she gets too cocky.

3. Oswald is smarter than that-

He puts his mother on stage? I know he loves his mother, but he's got to be smarter than that. He is running a night club. I knew the issue of his shitty managing would come up at some point. He better wise up quick or some ones going to axe him too. Good thing Butch is back in the picture. Could have sworn that guy was dead.

Doesn't this guy look like a young RDJ?

Overall this episode was a bit, clownish? I love seeing Butch become Penguin's puppet, this is going to be a very interesting few episodes. Now the backdrop of the snake dancer murder seemed to only push the characters relationship wise, but it was still a crawl story wise. I think there are just too many character focuses for the story to be sharp and lean. The writers should start considering cutting a few people out. Barbara should be the first to go. You had your chance Barbara, we don't care about your character anymore.


DnD Episode Rating: 7/1O


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Episode 14: Fallout - HOLY SHIT did you see that ending?!

Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.


Awww, love in radioactive ash. So romantic.
There is so much to talk about! So this episode starts off as a continuation of the last one. We find out that Ronnie and Professor Stein both survived the explosion and are now seperated. However the military is out to retrieve firestorm and bring them whole again. Remember that general from a few episodes ago? That turd burger is back and ready to do some more evil military shit.

Also we FINALLY get to the time travel talk! BALLIN! I'm super pumped! Joe shows Barry the stills of him being there that night, bringing a whole new level of crazy into the equation. This will inspire Barry to eventually go back in time and alter the past by learning the mistakes from his future/past self.

We also learn that firestorm will always be intertwined with each other. I guess Caitlin is never getting her fiance back and neither is Professor Stein's wife getting her husband back. What a crazy character to have TWO people controlling one body. I hope firestorm comes back and becomes a permanent part of team Flash. It would be awesome to have a flying fireball guy by his side. So far Barry has been winging it alone and he could afford all the help he could get.

Also this can't be an episode of the Flash without Dr. Wells being shady as shit. His visit with the General is peculiar. What are you up to Wells? The curious end game of Dr. Wells makes one wonder why he would sacrifice one person and not the other. Does Harrison genuinely care for his crew or is he just doing this to look good? What would his crew think of him if they knew about ALL of his past activities? Hard to say. He delivers Professor Stein, but I feel there was more than giving up one man over the other. It is used as a testing tool to make Barry better as well as covering his tracks. He knew where the general was the entire time. So it had nothing to do with looking for his hide out to exact revenge.

So with all of that said, THAT ENDING! Holy moly! I just about Nerdgasmed all over the place! We finally get to see our man in the suit and GRODD!! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! So worth it! I love how the General was like "Oh you are one of them." to which Wells responds. "Yes I am and I protect my own." SHIT YEAH HARRISON!! BEAT HIS ASS!! :DDDDDD


A Lightening Round of Thoughts:

Why isn't Barry getting PTSD from this?
1. So...you just walk in?-

The last time I remembered, Barry's old home belonged to some one else. So Joe has the keys to come in whenever he feels like and just leave that expensive equipment there? This makes zero sense. Where is the vivacious cougar that was hanging out in this home? Did Joe just give her the best night ever in exchange for her to camp out in a hotel while they use her home? Now I want to know.

2. T-Shirts-

Does Star Labs have a never ending supply of these shirts in boxes? Were they prepared to sell t-shirts the day the particle accelerator exploded and were like, "Welp, these shirts are no good. Oh wait, we can keep them just in case some one here is naked. Also...what was the point of having both Professor Stein and Ronnie wear those t-shirts again when they tested them the second time? They had regular clothes on and they weren't tattered.

3. Military Propaganda-

How is nobody reporting a shooting at the restaurant by the military? How is this asshat not arrested and charged with homicide? Besides that, this guy should be in a staff position, not playing leader in an underground operation. It would have made more sense to make him a Colonel, because at least he would still be some what tactical in nature and they don't have to go through the trouble to explain this shit to me. Augh.

That splicer is made out of alien blood I swear.
4. Quantum Splicer Part 2-

THAT THING SURVIVED? How the hell did the splicer survive that massive eruption? What is it made of? We need to coat our planes with that!

5. What the hell are they shooting at??-

As Ronnie and the Professor realize they need to merge again, the army is just shooting bullets. Because...why? Nobody has a weapon here. They must know that. Yet what the hell are they aiming at? What a freaken waste of bullets, Private Cowboy.

6. Where's Eddie?- 

Did Iris break up with him? We haven't seen Eddie for a few episodes now and when we do, its very brief. Now I am curious. I mean, its great that we don't get much of Iris [she is a bit annoying and she still is], but I really want to know. Eddie was a cool dude.


This episode wasn't too bad, but the ending REALLY slayed it for me! The ending alone was a 1O/1O for awesomeness.  What I am starting to realize now is a long theme of Dr. Wells pushing Barry on his limits. He always tells him to run in a crisis or a situation to get faster and stronger, possibly in preparation for a future crisis that is much larger than they could imagine. Perhaps in the future, Barry fails to save everyone from whatever the crisis was on the newspaper we saw in the beginning of the series.

*Squeal* It fits you so well. Ahem, Doctor.
Dr. Wells has got his questionable moments, but one has to think of the why. He lets the General take Stein, but probably to protect Barry in some way or even a member of his crew since he could consider Ronnie family by extension through Caitlin. He could also allow this to motivate Barry and using his desire to help people continuously to make him better. Perhaps all of these challenges exist for a reason, including him being the reverse flash and essentially TEASING Barry into getting faster.

It is true that Wells could possibly be a bad guy still, but I feel he is more of a neutral entity in this. Perhaps the way he motivates is considerably shady and morally corrupt, but he seems to genuinely care about the people he works with. Especially Barry. There has to be a reason he is so protective of him and I still think he is some kind of relation or descendent to him. Either way, that ending was SO WORTH IT. Can't wait for another episode of the Flash!!

DnD Episode Rating: 8/1O 


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Episode 1O: Them

FINALLY! It comes full circle!


Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.

 

This is like 8O% of what this season looks like.
After spending a long episode on losing Tyreese, the group heads out to Washington to see if they could find a safe haven once again because, what else were they going to do? The group has lost two major members in a very short span and its depressionville up in there. The group is much larger than it had been for a few seasons which is both a good and bad thing. Good because they can protect each other more. Bad because they stand out easier on the road, have more mouths to feed, and more likely arguments will break out easier. Oh and is that Eugene in the background? I totally forgot that dipweed was still alive. ITS YOUR FAULT EUGENE!
Both Sasha and Maggie are pissed at their losses. Maggie has lost all of her family at this point, except Glenn which is now her only extended family to still be alive. I admit, Glenn has become quite the man the past few seasons. He use to be more of this wimpy scout and now he's just as good as taking the walkers out like the rest of them. He is definitely put in a tough position with Maggie and her losses.

Sasha has two of her own as well. Her brother and her boyfriend, Bob. She takes her anger out on others and decides to ruin a few plans or two by killing all the zombies she can manage. The group is unraveling for sure and with little food and water left and a pretty bummed mood, its getting hard not to get testy with each other. Nobody wants to talk and everyone is losing their faith in everything, including God. The priest is having a hard time trying to keep the faith of his new flock and is getting shut out by a lot of people.
Finally, a shower! Everyone have a naked party!
Even Daryl ends up going out alone a few times to get away and eventually breaks down about Beth and probably all the surmounting losses he has had. The gang was getting really thirsty and hopeless when the rain started to hit. They went to a barn that was close by to get out of the rain and sleep off the hate.

Unfortunately during the night of the storm, zombies came pounding on their door on a full frontal attack. The group banned together to keep the door from being broken down by the horde in what was the most amazing display of human togetherness since the show started. Nobody cared about anyone else's problem, they all knew what they had to do and they did it to survive together. That is one hell of a bonding experience.

By some miracle of God, the zombies were slaughtered, pinned and scattered by the falling trees and the group survived without any causalities, reminding them of why they were here and why they are still living. Sasha and Maggie decide to venture outside together to watch the sun rise and see the damage of the storm. They share a moment when a stranger comes up to them. Not surprisingly they pull their weapons out in defense. The stranger seems friendly and healthy, but who knows why. I can't wait to find out!


The Horde Speaks:

1. How is the baby surviving?-

I am still amazed how alive baby Judith still is. There is no way that baby is that quiet and that healthy. I don't care what anyone says, they don't have many supplies on them, including diapers and formula, so how is she still OK? You can have clothe diapers but that needs to be washed regularly. Could Rick be smelling shit all the time while carrying her through the forest?

Its nice the crew can still smile after 5 years of this shit.
2. Open Road Walking-

I know there aren't a lot of humans left, but is it still smart to walk around on the open road? That's an easy way for an evil colony to come out and gun you down. You would figure they would at least be moving through the trees. Also, why doesn't anyone have a map? How do people know where they are going?

3. Cigarettes-

How long did Daryl have cigarettes? I don't think I ever seen him smoke. I mean it doesn't surprise me, but still.

4. Facial Hair-

Is Rick the only guy without a razor? I mean, he looks super bad ass and manly, but either the other guys can't grow much facial hair or he just decided a beard is great in the middle of the sweltering summer.

5. Oregon Trail-

Remember the game Oregon trail? You had to get your family of morons across the country without them dying of typhoid, starvation, indians or cannibals? Yeah me too. I feel like this show isn't realistic enough with disease. Half his crew should be dead from disease and movement should be slowed to a crawl over that too. I know its just a show, but most of these people would be dead from tooth decay, infection, illness, or just some other nonsense. That's right, the zombie apocalypse would just be a slow crawl toward death. The fact that they lasted this long is pretty incredible.


Who are you??
This has been one hell of a ride so far. It looks like the Walking Dead may come to a nice conclusion. At least I hope. I would hate for Washington to be another bull shit sanctuary where corruption rules. However they got this new stranger to tango with for now. He seems friendly and healthy. Like some one you would see on a kid's hiking show. Lets hope he is friendly and this isn't some trickery situation like the last...5O situations they have encountered.

DnD Episode Rating: 7/1O

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up Feb 2-15 2O15: Sleepy Hollow, Gotham, The Flash, Constantine



Episode 16: What Lies Beneath - Is a waste of plot progression

 

Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.

 

Three guys with hard hats and flash lights are in a spooky tunnel. They look like construction workers of some sort, maybe specialist. Walking around, they managed to find a hidden path. Two are black, one is white. After discovering some creepy hole nonsense, you know the black guy gives the white guy a look like "I've seen this shit in a movie before, we are about to die" But the first guy goes in anyway and like the bros they are, they follow to back him up.

The Douchey Mcdouche of journalists
Yup, its official. Black people have now joined the ranks of stupid white teenagers in most preventable deaths in horror scenarios. And we just thought you were the first to die in action movies, you totally expanded your territory. Good job!

So a few men are missing and its time for our witnesses to investigate! Since the rest of the Sleepy Hollow PD is useless in anything that is a normal case scenario. They go into the "impenetrable fortress" and get ganged up on by a million demons. Meanwhile, as they escape the hole, the journalist that Abby met earlier, sneakies up and takes pictures of their escape. Abb, please kick him in the nuts. ARE YOU SERIOUS? PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER. PUT THE CAMERA DOWN YOU POS!!!!

This guy infuriates me. He not only follows them down the tunnel like a dickweed, he decided threatening them with press action is the next best option when they don't want him to join them in their reindeer games. On top of this, Abby lets this moron join the crew after a split second decision of not talking this out with her partner in crime. Just shoot him in the face and get it over with. Augh.

Meanwhile, Frank is being all shady on Jenny, trying to get her to steal his wedding ring back, but she knows whats up. Something is wrong and she only agrees to find out what he is really up to. She figures it out and calls Frank on his bullshit, but he manages to escape. Should have shot him in the leg, Jenny! She catches up and they battle it out. He convinces her that there is another evil soul trapped in him that is controlling his actions and he doesn't have a lot of time left to be himself. He makes a pretty convincing case to her and finds the information he needs to give money to his family due to the fact that he knows that he will not be able to provide for them and is about to lose himself in evil Frank. Sad.

Where the hell did this took place? That isn't the liberty bell.
The best part of this episode is when Ichabod destroys Calvin's $7,OOO camera. YES. You deserve it douche face. So the witnesses go back into the tunnel filled with America's Next Top Models and take a few out to get into the inner chamber. Low and behold, they see my man, Thomas Jefferson, just chillin inside. Apparently the Crane family are not the only ones that are 2OO years old. Well we end up finding out its only a supernatural hologram and even though its cool, the spirit is not helping them in their feeble mission to save the lost men, but he is more serving the bigger picture.

So Jefferson explains to them they got a whole library of stuff they could have used oh...the first two seasons of this show and that its important that this place must stand even though they are trying to save the men. Of course as witnesses..they can't possibly leave the men there. What kind of people would they be? So they save the remaining two and choose the people over knowledge. Jefferson is disappointed, but he agrees to the destruction of his super fortress and the knowledge he's been holding for years. And we also learn that Calvin has no concept between an email and a text. I HATE YOU CALVIN. I hope you get eaten by the chupacabra!


What is Wrong in Sleepy Hollow:

1. Even Abby is questioning the plot - 

"I feel we are fighting evil now without an end game." FINALLY! Something I agree with. YES, Abby...wtf is the end game? Even the characters know we are all scratching our heads in confusion.
Wait til Jefferson finds out a black man is currently president.

2. All you old American people look the same -


So did anyone think Thomas Jefferson looked pretty similar to Abraham? For a moment I couldn't tell between them. I really don't think the actor looked that much like Thomas Jefferson. Also...WHERE IS ABRAHAM? We know he is still out there.

3. Who was recording the kidnapping? - 

Seriously? They got video of this thing? Who the hell did that? And why were they recording this manhole onslaught while everyone was being taken? That's insane. What a douche.

4.  Abby...listen to the 2OO year old man -

No. Oh God, no Abby. Why did you let this journalist hang out with your spook crew? His plight isn't convincing at all. In fact, he is severely pissing me off. Look buddy, you want answers? Stay the hell out of everyone's way. Nobody wants to save your ass because you just realized you are in way over your head.

5. Nobody has changed the code since Frank's time? - 

Isn't it procedure to change a lock code when people permanently leave a facility? Especially in the special case of Frank Irving, the man who supposedly got off on a double homicide? Why would they keep the code the same? Is this a case of lazy cops?

So these aren't demons? Are they at least crab people?
6.  Protectors?-

So those creatures are supposed to protect the area, but if Jefferson's image was waiting for the witnesses the entire time, when did that get added to the plan? If the Witnesses were supposed to find this place, shouldn't the creatures be instructed not to attack them?

Who thought it was a great idea to put a whole army of freaks down there so it would be almost impossible for even the right people to get to the information alive? Don't they have BOLOs for witnesses so that 2OO years later they can be referred back to the description and let them pass through?


So finally we get a Ichabod and Abby centric episode and a break from the Crane family drama. I know the ending still had to include a little Katrina in it [augh], but at least she had nothing to do with the plot this time. Although I have to say the whole plot was very wasteful as far as movement. They didn't gain any ground at all. I was wondering why Ichabod couldn't have just asked which material was the most important and took that with him as he bailed out of the tunnel. I also don't understand why Abby couldn't take a few too? Hey guys, here is some SUPER IMPORTANT stuff for you. Oh you want to just blow it up? K....not like I've been waiting 2OO years to give this to you. Ungrateful.


DnD Episode Rating: 5/1O

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Episode 15: The Scarecrow - Nothing new to see here, move along.


Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.


That is the "Oh shit, I can't control her" face
So we continue with Jim's dating life when "surprise!" his girlfriend decided to take the medical examiner position at the Gotham City Police Department. Oh boy...now he can see her all the time. What? That isn't cool? Oh well. You are stuck with her now. You better do good Jim or she will ruin your career. ha.

Meanwhile the Penguin is preparing for the reopening of Fish's old place under his name and is begging for protection against Don Maroni, Fish is trying to survive in some underground lair with a bunch of thugs, and Jim is trying to solve the case of crazy adrenaline man from the last episode.

Also we get more of Master Bruce trying to move on and live his life. He goes hiking in the woods in tradition of what him and his father use to do. However he goes alone and gets frustrated by his parent's death. From there he tumbles off of a hill and sprains his ankle. Crawling his way back up the hill, he manages to make it to find Alfred, who got worried and went out to look for him, waiting for him on top. After pouting for a brief moment, they decide to wait for the sun to come up, sharing a bonding moment.

So this episode is really a medley of everything including the Scarecrow origin story. So we all realize after a while that his father is one psycho dude as he keeps pumping his kid full of adrenaline. He gives him a bit too much before he dies and the kid convulses. Now he permanently is in fear and sees an evil scarecrow stalking him everywhere he goes. That sounds like it sucks. Thanks pops for ruining my entire life. No biggie.


Awww, its like they are father and son
Darkness Only Gotham Knows:


1. Where is the security detail for this kid?-

You are just going to let him walk outside alone, Alfred??? Haven't you ever heard of kidnapping? It has the word "kid" right in the name. There should be a whole army out there with him with the way things have been going lately. Its not like the Wayne estate is running out of money any time soon, but you could be out of a job if he dies.

2. Why are they living in this house?-

Does Dr. Crane and his son have another place of residence, because how are they just living in this burned down home? Are they squatting? Does he just get his kid fast food every day? His father is so obsessed with fear that he probably isn't doing anything related to fatherhood.

3. Stranger-

Why is Jim avoiding his girlfriend? He kissed her in front of everyone at the station. Its not like nobody knew they were dating before she got hired. Not sure what his issue is besides him showing his feelings.

Is the Riddler smirking?
The whole Penguin getting possibly murdered plotline is getting a bit old. I hope they move from it soon since he is a weak character in a weak position right now. Can't Oswald hire some thugs to protect him? Why isn't his detail protecting him more? It makes no sense half the time. If you are in a decent position then you should have security.

Due to his personality though, it seems he is not very cautious on how he plays the game in this city. Fish was way more careful than that. Maybe she should have strangled him herself, because he is not really producing anymore interesting moments at this time. I would say the best scene is between him and Nygma. It was almost like you were seeing a stand off between the Riddler and the Penguin in the future. I can't wait for both of these characters to evolve in their full form. Sweet.

DnD Episode Rating: 5/1O


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Episode 13: The Nuclear Man - Crime Fighting, Lady Slaying Machine


Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.



I got this single flower to not show how desperate I am.
I love Barry having a girl to finally hang out with besides moping after Iris for so long. You can see a pep in his step and he's so excited. You can also see how hella jealous Iris is. She's totally like. "You can't like another girl while I like another man! You were my back up plan."

Meanwhile Caitlin and Dr. Wells is looking for Ronnie while Cisco is helping Joe look for some evidence back at the crime scene of the Allen's old family home. Barry gets a second date with his new girl which quickly turns into sex and....did he just vibrate? Geesus is this guy perfect or what? He's a geek, he's sweet, he's fast and he can vibrate? Come on. Now you are just making all the men look bad.

So after Barry leaves in the middle of sexy time on an emergency to save Dr. Wells and Caitlin from Firestorm, he comes back to a teed off girlfriend. That's your fault Barry. You never leave a girl when she is turned on. That is just bad manners. Eventually Iris attempts to cock block because NOBODY DATES MY BARRY ALLEN! OF course he ends up finding out Iris is being lame and has to dish the talk to her. She seems irritated that he had to point out that he isn't into her like that anymore. Way to stick it to her Barry! Move on, woman. You got a guy.

So back to Ronnie/Firestorm/Dr. Stein who is now in the hands of Star Labs as they are trying to separate both men out of the same body. That sounds...scary. They want to run some tests and make sure they won't kill both in the process. However Ronnie's temperature is rising and soon he may go nuclear if they don't separate the two identities fast.

Joe, Dr. Wells is the shady one in this series. Stop it!
During this time, Cisco is helping Joe with his investigation and they find a mirror in the original home of Barry Allen that theoretically could have acted like a camera due to the lightening sparks of the murder event. A lot of gizmo speak later, they got 3D graphical evidence of the scene from several years ago and an indication of blood being spilled on the walls behind new wallpaper.

After Cisco gets excited with their findings, Joe asks for him to run a matching process on Dr. Wells and his DNA. Cisco gets upset and tells him he won't help him incriminate Dr. Wells and leaves. I don't know why Joe bothered to ask. He could have probably figured it out any way without asking at all. Way to blow your cover, Joe.

So Cisco ends up running the blood and we find out adult Barry was there that night. SPEED FORCE CONFIRMED!!! But we already suspected Barry was there that night...and now we know Dr. Wells wasn't there....and he isn't future Barry. Unless Cisco never ran it against his blood, but we assume he did. So who is Dr. Wells? He isn't the reverse flash either....or at least not the one we saw in the midseason finale. But what we do know is he IS another speedster. He could be Wally or a descendent of Barry.

Also the ending was total sadness. When they attempted to fix Ronnie with the splicer, he still dies. I figured this was going to be the case any way. Caitlin is going to have a bad day.

A Lightening Round of Thoughts:


Mmmm spicy chili vomit.
1. Ghost Pepper-

I know Barry's metabolism is fast, but seriously there is no way he could just chew a ghost pepper and drink milk and be OK. Also...that is way too big to be a ghost pepper. Also...kissing him after he ate a pepper and threw up probably is not the best idea. But I guess he earned it...

2. Quantum Splicer-

We all know Wells is shady as hell, but the fact that he sacrifices his progress to return back to his future time for his friends is pretty noble. I just wonder to what end is he trying to gain? Did he purposely use the device as a ploy to keep Caitlin's trust knowing this device would kill him any way? I mean who can build a splicer that fast? I don't care how smart these guys are...there is just no way they could do that in ten minutes.

3. So..the chip is gone-

There are so many damn questions on this show! We learn one question, we get eight more. What the heck does that chip do? How long will it take for him to go back into the speed force? And why did he decide to stall his return by using the chip? Is he trying to prevent a future Killer Frost scenario? Or did he know all along Ronnie was doomed, but decided to pretend like he cared to show Caitlin he was a good guy seeing his suggestion of shooting Ronnie was not an option?

4. Barry Simple-

Caitlin shares her nerdy valentine gift to her sort of husband
Caitlin seriously could have just said. "No I want to see Ronnie. Screw you, I'm going any way." She didn't have to say "its too complicated, I have to go." lol. She just pushed a button. How hard is that shit? Sometimes they treat Barry like he is an idiot. Barry is far from an idiot.

5. You can't outrun a nuclear blast, Barry!-

Anyone else thought that this was preempted into nothing? If Barry can out run a blast, can he now outrun the Reverse Flash? Also Caitlin sure risked a lot to see Ronnie one last time. Woman...you are a whole lot of trouble.

6. Dead puppies - 

Hahahahaha. Is Cisco telling him not to finish too fast? XD I'm dying over here.


You know what I love about this show? Is the fact that they don't drag shit out. Things get done and they use every second to make it count. We get to see little snippets of Grodd or Dr. Wells being shady or military man or whoever. Love affairs are dragged out for ages, they just move quickly. Its like these characters act like freaken adults. Even with the flaws, they still are better off than most shows I have seen these days. Another hit for the Flash. Can't wait for next time. 

DnD Episode Rating: 9/1O 


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Episode 13: Waiting for the Man - And this is the end folks. But wait...lets make you even more mad this show got cancelled!


Warning: Like all of my posts, there are spoilers inside. If you have not watched this episode yet, please avert your eyes until you have.

 

Is it me or are the sister wives pretty creepy? Hey pretty girl, you want to get married? You can totally do that with us. We aren't creepy at all just being out here alone with you. Your throat needs to be slashed/branded, but then we are totally bonded forever. On top of that they are lead by a perverted older man that seems to enjoy underage wife collecting as a hobby. Oh and murdering cops. Also he looks like an evil Ernest.

You are a terrible bounty hunter.
John and Zed go to investigate the missing girl with an investigator friend, knowing some supernatural shit is going on. They go to a tomb to pull out a body and check for markings or information. That is when John gets a warning from the dead body about a bounty on his head and Zed gets a vision of a dead investigator. Yup. That sounds like loads of fun. While all of this is happening, the girl that was kidnapped is being corralled by the other three girls inside the satanic home. Yay.

So Papa Midnite knows about the bounty and wants to collect it by creating a voodoo zombie to do his biding. He is seen with a man who killed his wife and is pleading for the Midnite to forgive him and his evil ways. Papa Midnite was totally like "hell no" and kills him, casting a voodoo spell on his body. He uses the new vessel to go after John.

But why wait for John in the fun house? He could have attacked him at any time and besides that, how did he know he was going to be there? It seemed odd that Papa Midnite knew exactly where he would be or if he decided to wait there all night for him to arrive. After a huge fight between John and Zombie man; they gun the sucker down and Zed manages to have a vision of where the missing girl is located at. But that is not the end of John's bounty. He is forced to face his good ol, Voodoo buddy again and manages to get away enough to go help save the kidnapped girl from certain doom.

This ending was pretty sinister and cool in a sense. They let the murdering satanist sister wife loving asshole run so they can shoot him. John painfully sees the detective get sweet on his partner, Zed, which we all know he is probably quite attached to by now. And while talking to Manny, he asks the very important question of what happens to him once he has driven every evil creature back. Where would he go then? A lost purpose is sometimes a man's worst fear. Great ending point. But hot damn, those last few seconds were a total script flipper! SWEET. So we are getting another season right? No? Well shit.


Bloody Hell:

1. So...you didn't try to run?-

She had a boarded up window in her room. I would have tried to kick the boards out to escape immediately or at least tried to escape out of one of the doors. I wouldn't be wandering around slowly trying to reorient myself. Teenage girls, man. No wonder they die so easily in horror movies. She finally tries to escape toward the end of the episode, but damn, she could have been gone a while ago.

2. No weapon?-

You got a voodoo zombie and you didn't even bother to provide him with a weapon? This would have been over with in a few seconds if you had armed him with a knife at least. You bad guys really suck at your job.

3. They never explained the properties of the branding-

I was hoping to know more about the branding irons, what they do, and where he might have gotten them from. They kind of just glossed over it for action.
This looks like the "I don't have an answer" face.

4. To what end is the angel being sweet to Zed?-

Manny had never appeared to anyone, but John Constantine and now he is showing himself to Zed. He is a bit creepy in how he does it though. He acts like he is a nice person with some kind of ulterior motive.

5. Wait, what?-

The evil work for him? Why the hell is he telling John to kill them off then? Dude. Where are your black wings? Why aren't you fallen? Damn it. What the hell. You can't do this to us!


So this looks like that's it folks. The show ends on a cliffhanger, never to be finished off. I am not sure why the people producing this ended it like that knowing that its probably going to be messy ending it on a cliff hanger. In truth, this episode could have been way better. It was really the last few minutes that made it worth anything at all, but the random missing partners deal is really starting to bother me. This show has been mangled with confusing entrances and temporary exits of main characters that it almost never makes sense.

DnD Episode Rating: 6/1O