Friday, September 30, 2011

The Big Bang Theory 5.03 - The Pulled Groin Extrapalation



The Big Bang Theory 5.03 - The Pulled Groin Extrapalation


Brief Summary

Amy invites Leonard to come with her to a wedding, since Sheldon isn't a very good wedding date, and would rather be playing with toy trains. Howard and Bernadette argue about whether or not they should move in with Howard's mother when they get married, and Howard suggests a trial run with Bernadette staying at their house for the weekend.

What I Liked

Amy is hilarious, as always, and her interactions with Leonard were actually a lot of fun. Leonard is so awkward around her, since she herself is pretty bizarre. Her attempts to get him to lighten up at the wedding were great. "My sort-of-boyfriend is at home playing with a train set, you don't see me bitching about it!"

What I Didn't Like

The Howard and Bernadette story was essentially a rehash of an episode from last season, where Howard tried moving in with Bernadette. It's an issue that's ridiculous, and not very funny. It makes Howard look like an idiot, and I have no idea why Bernadette would stand for that. I'd dump him in a second.

Twists and Turns

Bernadette yells very similarly to Howard's mom.

Sheldon is actually jealous at the end when Leonard is talking about his date with Amy, and sternly scolds Leonard by hitting him on the shoulder. "No! She is not for you."

Observations

I love Bernadette, but Howard is ridiculous. How could she stay with him? He's almost more of a child than Sheldon. At least Sheldon has his own place.

Overall

Loved the Amy/Leonard story, hated the Bernadette/Howard story. Sheldon and the trains wasn't really that funny either.

Vampire Diaries 3.03 - The End of an Affair


Vampire Diaries 3.03 - The End of an Affair


Brief Summary


Klaus takes Stefan to Chicago in an attempt to get him to remember some of his bloodiest days from back in the 1920's. We see flashbacks to the 20's, where Stefan had befriended another vampire, Rebecca. Damon gets a tip-off from Kathrine about their whereabouts, so he and Elena take a road trip up to the windy city to see if they can talk Stefan into coming home. Meanwhile, Caroline is being tortured by her dad, who is trying to condition her into associating her cravings for blood with pain.


What I Liked


The flashbacks to the 20's were fun. I liked Rebecca, and think she's going to be an interesting addition to the cast. Damon was witty, as usual.


What I Didn't Like


Caroline's dad torturing her was tough to watch.

Damon leaving Elena in the apartment was such an obviously bad idea I called it as soon as he suggested it!


Twists and Turns


Rebecca is an original, Klaus' sister, and the two of them both knew Stefan back in the 20's. Stefan had forgotten this due to Klaus' compulsion.


Katherine is trailing Klaus and Stefan for some reason.


Stefan essentially tells Elena that he doesn't want to be with her anymore, and that she should beat it.


Elena's necklace actually belonged to Rebecca at one point, and is essential to figuring out what is wrong with Klaus' hybrid situation.


Katherine was also trailing Stefan back in the 20's.


Observations


No Matt, Jeremy, Bonnie, or Alaric this week. Tyler getting the sheriff's help to rescue Caroline was great, but I do feel bad for Caroline, whose dad, the parent she really admired, had turned on her so much. Damon continues to be nothing but supportive of Elena's quest to bring Stefan back, but I wonder what he will think past this week's events. And even though Katherine is a manupulative bitch (couldn't find a better word!), and I certainly don't want Damon to fall for her again, their banter is amusing. I'd also love to see more 20's flashbacks, including what Katherine and Damon were up to at this point.


Overall


Not sure where they're going with all this, but it will certainly be interesting to see. Will Elena try to move on from Stefan, or will she stay hung up over him? And with Stefan's memories returned of Rebecca, will he fall for her again? Stefan has got to get that necklace back from Elena, too, but if he spills the beans about Elena being alive, she's got bigger problems on her hands. Pretty good episode, overall! Lots of reveals, and plenty to think about.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Castle 4.02


Castle 4.02

Brief Summary

A man is murdered by being sliced in half, and the murderer seems to be a masked superhero! Castle puts his comic book knowledge to good use in an attempt to track down this elusive character. Things get complicated when it seems like there are more than one of them, though.

What I Liked

I found the subject matter much more interesting than last week's, though it's probably because I'm into superheroes and comic books. Castle pulling out his comics, trying to piece together the backstory of the superhero, and the visit to the comic book store were all really fun. Of course Beckett would be Electra, and Castle would be Bruce Wayne, haha. (Though, personally I think he's more of an Iron Man.)

What I Didn't Like

What happened to Alexis?? I know she's a teenage girl who thinks she knows everything, but she's usually so calm and level-headed that her decisions to take only the classes that her boyfriend was taking at college seemed beyond stupid. The end declaration that she wants to move in with Ashley was also pretty out-there for her. She's such an good kid (emphasis on the kid part - she's got to be like 17, since she's supposed to still be in high school) that it seems odd that she'd even suggest that. I'm guessing it must be the "we're so in love!" blindness, but it's a little hard to watch.

Twists and Turns

Lots of false starts on the indentity of the superhero. The best twist for me was when the actual Lone Vengance (who was not the killer) turned out to be a female cop, who did, in fact, have a vendetta because of the death of her father, as Castle pieced together in his "backstory" discussion.

I guess Alexis wanting to move in with her boyfriend was a bit of a twist.

Observations

Comments about Alexis aside, this was a good episode. The parallels to Castle/Beckett were obvious as the comic writer and the cop were kissing in the elevator.

I think the reactions of the new female boss to Castle's methods would be funnier if she was more likable. She's kind of a jerk. (Trying to avoid profanity on this blog. I had a better word in mind, haha.)

Overall

Much more fun to watch. I approve!

Monday, September 26, 2011

How I Met Your Mother 7.03 - The Ducky Tie



How I Met Your Mother 7.03 - The Ducky Tie

Brief Summary

Ted tells the story of how he reconnected with Victoria after seeing her at the architect's ball while the gang eat out at a hibachi place. Barney, Marshall and Lily make a bet with the stakes being Barney touching Lily's boobs or having to wear Marshall's ducky tie for a year.

What I Liked

Although the opening scene where the gang tries to guess who Ted reconnected with was seriously cut short (the preview clip had the gang go through 37 guesses), it was still pretty funny. I also enjoyed Robin's version of Ted's encounter with Victoria, and generally the entire storyline of Ted's night with Victoria. The random flash to Barney having a jump house full of girls while presumably apartment-sitting for Marshall and Lily was also hilarious.

What I Didn't Like

The bet actually didn't do much for me, but it wasn't bad. I was really surprised that Victoria and Ted actually kissed, whereas I assumed they'd just recreate their "almost kiss" from 6 years ago. I did hate Robin's shirt, though! It was horrible.

Twists and Turns

Victoria is getting married to a guy she met while she was in Germany.

Barney loses the bet, and presumably has to wear the ducky tie for a year.

After Victoria points out how weird it is for Ted, Barney, and Robin to still hang out and be friends, and that it just doesn't work, Future Ted ominously agrees and mentions that it "didn't work."

Observations

While I doubt Barney will be made to wear the ducky tie for a whole year, I do wonder how long they'll actually make him wear it.

I'm very confused by Future Ted's statements about how Barney, Robin, and Ted's friendship didn't work. Barney and Robin are referred to as "aunt" and "uncle" respectively in the future, so clearly everything works out okay friendship-wise. I'm wondering if maybe this has more to do with Robin being unable to hang out with Barney due to her feelings for him while he's dating Nora, and Ted subconsciously waiting around for he and Robin to turn 40 and make good on their "40 deal" and thus not putting his all into any relationship. To me, this also seems to be more evidence of Robin being the bride: if she and Barney get married, that means she'll be off the table and Ted will finally have to let her go for good.

Overall

I liked it better than the last week's second episode, but I didn't love it. The bet was a little hollow, and even though it is laughable to see Barney in the ducky tie, I for one really don't want him to wear it for a whole year, haha. I thought the Victoria story was well-done and the episode got really intriguing at the end. I'm very curious where this is all heading.

The Big Bang Theory 7.02 - The Infestation Hypothesis


The Big Bang Theory 7.02 - The Infestation Hypothesis

Brief Summary

Penny gets a great new chair, but when Sheldon finds out she got it off the street, he freaks out about what kind of germs and bugs it could contain. He tries to use Amy to get Penny to get rid of it, but Amy is worried that Penny will cut off her friendship with her. Meanwhile, Leonard is trying to keep the romance with Priya alive via webcam chats, since she is now back in India.

What I Liked

The whole chair storyline with Amy, Penny, and Sheldon was funny. The kicker at the end when Raj and Howard decide to take it back upstairs was great. Leonard and Priya was less funny, but I laughed when Sheldon was giving Leonard advice on how to get the webchat to unfreeze, and then yelling at them that he was trying to stream a Netflix movie.

What I Disliked

Nothing, again, it was pretty solid.

Twists and Turns

Nothing that will carry over to the next episode, I'm sure. The chair actually did have a critter in it, and Raj and Howard looked to be taking it back upstairs.

Observations

I don't think Bernadette was in this episode. Since Amy is my favorite, though, I'm glad she was in both of these new episodes, and appears to be in the next, too. Her friendship with Penny is just as fun to watch as her oddball interactions with Sheldon.

Overall

Again, pretty solid. I don't expect a whole lot from The Big Bang Theory, and it's never quite as funny as I think it thinks it is, but it's always good for a chuckle.

The Big Bang Theory 7.01 - The Skank Reflex Analysis



The Big Bang Theory 7.01 - The Skank Reflex Analysis

Brief Summary

Penny slept with Raj! How does this go over on the rest of the group? Leonard is a little annoyed, Bernadette and Howard are miffed over the revelation that Raj had a thing for Bernadette, Amy is relishing in the gossip, and Raj has a little secret about what actually went down that night. Also, Penny finally lands an acting gig - a hemroid commercial.

What I Liked

I always like Amy, so her pleading with Penny not to leave because she was her entire social circle was funny. Bernadette's outburst to Raj, "I'm nice everybody!" was also pretty funny, as was Penny's commercial. I almost forgot about the paintball scene, which was amusing, although kind of ridiculous.

What I Didn't Like

No complaints, it was pretty solid.

Twists and Turns

Turns out Penny and Raj never actually got to the having sex part, since Raj was a little quick on the draw.

Observations

Although Penny and Raj didn't really have sex, she keeps quiet on the actual events to spare Raj the humiliation. However, this means everyone else still thinks they did it. Wonder if that will come back up again?

Overall

Pretty solid Big Bang Theory.

Young Justice 1.11 - Terrors


Young Justice 1.11 - Terrors

Brief Summary

Superboy and Miss Martian go undercover as twin criminals at a high-security prison for supervillains to investigate why all the ice baddies seem to want to be sent there. They uncover a plot for a jailwide break, and are forced to act to stop it from happening.

What I Liked

Although I feel like it's overexposed, Superboy and Miss Martian's friendship/romance is cute. Miss Martian takes the opportunity while they're at the therapy/pschoanalysis session with Hugo Strange to bring up Superboy's "dad" issues, under the guise that she's talking about "their" father. (Since they're playing the role of the twins.) Their kiss at the end of the episode is cute, if not a little odd given the circumstances. (The reaction from Icicle Jr. is hilarious. "That's your sister!")

What I Didn't Like

No Robin, again. Also, maybe I'm just dense, but it still looked like Superboy and Miss Martian were stuck in the prison at the end, unless Aqualad and Red Tornado had a good idea to bust them out.

Twists and Turns

Hugo Strange has taken over the prison, presumably, and was in on the jailbreak the whole time. I know him from Batman lore, so I'm curious to see what his master plan might be.

The Riddler somehow escaped in the chaos.

Observations

Maybe it's because I'm most familiar with Bat-villians, but I feel like there were a lot of them mentioned or appearing in this episode. Hugo Strange, The Riddler, and Mr. Freeze all appeared, and the Joker was mentioned.

Overall

A solid episode, but I just wish there would be more episodes with the whole team, or at least spread out the coverage of characters a little better. Superboy and Miss Martian already had a sideplot in last week's episode, and Artemis, Kid Flash, and Robin have been MIA for 2 episodes in a row now. Next week seems to feature Robin and Artemis, though, so I'm sure everyone will get a chance to star as the weeks go on.

Castle 4.01 - Rise



Castle 4.01 - Rise



Brief Summary




Beckett recovers from her gunshot, of which she says she does not remember anything. Castle doesn't hear from her for months since she claims she "needs some time." When she returns to the station, she finds out there's a new (female) chief in town, and Castle no longer hangs around the precinct. Beckett is fired up to investigate her own shooting, and is forced to bring Castle back as he has intell that the guys at the precinct don't, since the chief is not interested in pursuing the case.

What I Liked

I honestly wasn't crazy about the episode.

What I Didn't Like

There's a three month time jump to allow Beckett time to recover, and in that time she doesn't contact Castle at all? She also lies about hearing his declaration of love for her, and is hellbent on continuing investigation into her mom's murder. At the end of the episode she agrees to put it aside for now, but then we see Castle is investigating on his own. I'm a little bored with the whole case of her mother's murder, honestly. I feel like there needs to be additional subplots or something that doesn't relate to that.

Twists and Turns

Beckett actually did remember all the events from the shooting.

Castle is going to continue investigating on his own.

Observations

I know the will-they/won't-they tease is the bread and butter of this type of show, but I haven't even seen all the episodes and I already feel like it's dragged out too long. Hopefully there will be some actual progress in that field sometime this season, especially given that Beckett knows how Castle feels.

Overall

Not impressed. I never like the super serious episodes of Castle, and actually just prefer the random weekly mysteries. Also, the dragging out of the romance is a little tiring, as is Beckett's obsession with solving this case.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Vampire Diaries 3.02 - The Hybrid


Vampire Diaries 3.02 - The Hybrid

Brief Summary

Klaus and Stefan use Ray, the werewolf, to find his pack. Klaus then preceeds to try to turn all the werewolves into vampire-werewolf hybrids. Meanwhile, Elena gets the location of the pack from Tyler, and she, Alaric, and Damon head off into the Tenesee mountains to find Stefan. Tyler's mom calls in an unknown person to "take care of" vampire Caroline, and Jeremy tries to convince Matt to help him contact Vickie.

What I Liked

The Alarcic, Damon, and Elena road trip was fun. Elena and Damon bickering, and Alaric trying to keep the peace. I'm also glad the Alaric decided to move back in with Elena and Jeremy. He really is the closest thing to a parental figure right now, and maybe being responsible for them will help him deal with his own problems.

I really don't care for Bonnie, so I didn't miss her a bit, as she was notably absent this week. Can she stay out of town for a few more episodes?

What I Didn't Like

Nothing I really disliked here. It was a pretty solid episode.

Twists and Turns

Klaus can't turn werewolves into hybrids right now because he hasn't completed all three tasks: he still needs to kill the doppleganger. He thinks he already did that, of course.

Turns out whoever Mrs Lockwood kept calling to deal with Caroline was actually Caroline's dad(?!)

Anna appears to Jeremy and tells him not to trust Vickie ... just after Vickie says there is a way for her to come back.

Observations

Hopefully Mrs Lockwood is now on-board with the supernatural after seeing Tyler's transformation first-hand.

Damon is being remarkably straightforward with Elena regarding Stefan. He's not pretending, he's giving her all the facts, including the fact that he thinks Stefan can still be saved. However, he presses her to admit she cares about him, too, just so she won't forget it when Stefan comes back.

Overall

Good episode! Leaves us wanting more. Can't wait for next week!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How I Met Your Mother 7.02 - The Naked Truth



How I Met Your Mother 7.02 - The Naked Truth



Brief Summary

Marshall gets a call from a firm that is interested in bringing him on board, but first they need to run some background checks. Marshall finds a video of himself streaking from college, and frantically tries to get the person who posted it to take it down. Meanwhile, Barney finally gets a date with Nora, but doesn't exactly show his best side. Regardless, he vows not to leave the diner until she comes back for a second date. Ted is using the magazine article about him to try to pick up girls, and ends up dating two girls at once.

What I Liked

I liked Marshall's freakout in the beginning, and his comments about possibly working at Taco Bell. Robin's attempts to get Ted to invite her to the architect's ball were funny. And, of course, Ted seeing Victoria catering at the ball was awesome. I can't wait to see how they deal with that.

What I Didn't Like

I'm sorry, but I'm not buying Barney's storyline with Nora. He's trying way too hard to win her back, and prove that he's changed, and we aren't given the slightest reason as to why. Also, it doesn't make a bit of sense for Nora to continue seeing him. Barney is charming, yes, but he doesn't exactly seem like someone she'd go for. And since Barney was tied up in the diner the whole episode, he barely interacted with the rest of the gang.

Twists and Turns

Bringing Victoria back is an awesome move. Things with her and Ted ended terribly (she'd moved to Germany for an internship, and Ted essentially cheated on her with Robin while they were still in a long-distance relationship), and we haven't seen her for 6 years. I'm very curious what she's been up to in that time, and what seeing her again will do to Ted, who is already feeling pretty depressed about his own dating life.

Observations

Barney is wearing "the ducky tie" mentioned in the previous episode in the scene where Marshall and he are at the casino, and he's looking quite serious. I wonder what in the world Marshall is doing there.

Overall

I didn't like this one nearly as much as the premiere, and since it aired right after, it's hard not to compare the two. Marshall's storyline was goofy but had some laughs, and I do like where they're going with Ted to a certain extent. Revisiting Victoria is an awesome move, but I hope they don't make him too much like Barney in his attempts to pick up girls. And again, I'm not feeling the Barney/Nora story at all. It's dull, and I'm confused since we have no reason why Barney would want to change that much for someone. I also hope they don't separate him from the group too much just so he can interact with her in the future.

Monday, September 19, 2011

How I Met Your Mother 7.01 - The Best Man



How I Met Your Mother 7.01 - The Best Man


Brief Summary

The gang head to Cleveland to attend Punchy's wedding in the present, while in the future we see Barney and Ted having a talk on Barney's wedding day. Robin's clearly still into Barney, but Barney seems to be serious about going after Nora. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily try to keep their pregnancy on the down-low, and Ted is disappointed in his own love life.

What I Liked

Ted's many internet videos of melting down at various wedding toasts. I was literally slapping my knees I was laughing so hard. I loved the callbacks to various low-points in his life, all of which were coincidentally during the 4th Season.

Barney and Robin's dance. It was so flirty and fun!

The after-the-dance, Robin "helping" Barney come up with the words to say to Nora, when really she's spilling her own feelings. Heartbreaking and sweet.

Ted and Robin's chat outside the wedding.

Barney and Ted talking in the future at Barney's wedding. I love Barney and Ted's friendship, and it comes through really well in that scene. Barney's analogies about ties was funny, and brought to mind his analogy about suits when he was first trying to win over Robin.

What I Didn't Like

As a fan of Barney and Robin, Nora calling Barney right after his awesome dance with Robin was definitely a boo-ed moment at my place.

Twists and Turns (and hints!)

At the end of the scene at Barney's wedding, Lily tells Ted the bride wants to see him. A definite hint at Robin being the bride, especially given all the talk about chemistry and timing that were placed throughout the episode. I'm sure there will be red herrings all season to lead us away from this conclusion, but I'm also sure Robin will end up being the bride in the end. (Why would any other bride need to talk to Ted??)

Obviously Marshall and Lily can't keep their pregnancy a secret. But the way Marshall ruined Punchy's wedding was definitely unexpected! (Turns out Punchy and his wife were also keeping a secret on the down-low.)

Observations

Lily completely let Robin off the hook about her feelings for Barney. (Probably amidts Marshall's drunk confessions and, you know, starting a fight between the fathers-in-law.) I assume that's going to come back up again.

Barney didn't tell anyone he'd actually called Nora. I assume this is because he didn't want to admit she hadn't called him back.

Future Ted reintroduces us (and his children) to Nora. If Barney were really married to her in the future, certainly they wouldn't need any reminding.

Overall

Overall, I really liked the episode! I thought it was a strong premiere, and gives us a lot to look forward to this season. I just hope they don't drag out Barney and Robin's inevitable getting-back-together for too long. There are plenty of things that can be done with the two as a couple.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Young Justice 1.10 - Targets


Young Justice 1.10 - Targets

Brief Summary

Red Arrow is trailing the assassin Cheshire, who is targeting Lex Luthor, who has been hired to negotiate two sides of a warring nation. Red Arrow is reluctant to call in backup, but ends up enlisting the help of Aqualad when he gets in over his head. Meanwhile, Megan and Superboy (who takes the Earth name Conner Kent) tackle their first day at school. Megan joins the cheerleaders, and Conner tries to keep his temper (and superpowers) in check.

What I Liked

Red Arrow has quickly become a second favorite of mine on this show, and he is pretty damn cool in this episode. Also, the ending seems to indicate we might be seeing him around the rest of the Young Justice gang a little more frequently. I also am glad Superboy/Conner finally has his name, and I like that he overlooks the fact that his last name is the same as Superman's. I wish he'd mellow out a little bit more, but it looks like he's on his way.

What I Didn't Like

It was a pretty solid episode, there wasn't much I disliked. Megan is still somewhat over the top, and her inevitable romance with Superboy is pretty front and center. I was a little surprised that again, Robin was missing, as well as Kid Flash and Artemis. But Red Arrow was around, so I suppose it all balances out.

Twists and Turns

Lex Luthor is in cahoots with Raj al Ghul, who is involved with the League of Shadows. So the entire battle/assassination attempt was staged so they could profit from the agreement between the two factions.

Observations

There are a lot of call-outs to various comic book and old cartoon stuff. Cheshire's comments to Red Arrow about it only being their "third date," Marvin and Wendy as classmates at Megan and Conner's school, and I'm sure there were other students who are references to characters that I'm not aware of.

Also, I feel like the constant talk of there being a mole on the Young Justice team is leading us to believe that Artemis is a spy. After all, Red Arrow did confront Artemis about not being totally honest with the others in a previous episode. That seems way too obvious, though, so I assume there's more to this than we are aware of right now.

Overall

I enjoyed it. I would prefer Robin to actually be in more of these episodes, but it was still pretty good. I think the only episode I haven't liked so far was the one about the magician. Next week looks like another episode about Conner and Megan, though, so we'll see.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Vampire Diaries 3.01 - The Birthday


The Vampire Diaries 3.01 - The Birthday

Brief Summary

And we're back! It's been a few months (a summer's worth) since the season 2 finale. Stefan is missing, and Elena, Damon, and just about everyone else (including the sheriff) have been keeping their eyes and ears open for word of his whereabouts. Unfortunately, Stefan doesn't exactly want to be found. He's taken to killing people as Klaus's partner on his quest to find werewolves, and create a new race of hybrid werewolf/vampires. Klaus tells Stefan to get Damon to stop tracking them, forcing Stefan to send a message. Caroline throws Elena a birthday party, where we catch up with everyone else.

What I Liked

It's new Vampire Diaries at last, what's not to love? There were some specific things I enjoyed, though. I was happy to see Andie Starr was back as Damon's "fake compelled girlfriend." I thought she was fun last season, just this perky news reporter in the middle of all this vampire stuff. I also really liked Matt in this episode. Stoned Matt, looking for his truck and eating ice cream with Jeremy is much more fun that dark, secretive Matt from last season when he was spying on Caroline for her mom. I could get down with a Jeremy and Matt friendship. And for some reason, I really liked the scene with Damon yelling at Elena that Stefan was gone for good.

What I Didn't Like

There wasn't anything I really didn't like about the episode, other than Alaric moving out because he felt like he was a bad influence. I feel like his presence was nice, and I think he's not realizing it's almost like he's abandoning Elena and Jeremy rather than helping them. I also would have prefered Andie stay around a few more episodes, but it certainly did send a message. If there was one thing I didn't like, though, it was probably Stefan on the phone with Elena at the end. Eh...just didn't do much for me.

Twists and Turns:

Andie Starr got killed by Stefan.

Caroline and Tyler hooked up. I didn't expect them to do it so fast, but oh well! Caroline surprisingly still seemed a little hung up on Matt for part of the episode, so I don't know...

Mrs. Lockwood, after an awkward encounter with Caroline trying to sneak out, prompty shoots her with vervane!

Observations

Is Stefan just playing the part, or is he really slipping down this path of darkness and enjoying it? Certainly tearing girls apart isn't a good thing to do, but he hasn't hurt anyone he really cares about yet. (Killing Andie was a low move, but then, Damon killed Lexi back in Season 1.) It's hard to tell what he's thinking at this point. He did call Elena and seemed genuinely upset, but if he really doesn't want to do these things, why is he still with Klaus? Does he think in some way by giving himself over, he's protecting everyone else? I guess we'll see.

Overall

Good start to what will hopefully be an exciting season!