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


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


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

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