Friday, October 28, 2011

The Vampire Diaries 3.07 - Ghost World



The Vampire Diaries 3.07 - Ghost World



Brief Summary

Bonnie and Vickie's messing with witch magic from the other side has had unforseen consequences: now all the ghosts who have a reason to come back are back in the real world, and tangible. Mason exacts revenge on Damon by torturing him, but then lets him free and the two team up to find some secret to killing Klaus that is buried on the Lockwood property. Lexie captures Stefan and tries to starve him back to humanity. And Anna and Jeremy bond more. But when the tomb vampires return to exact revenge on the founding families, Bonnie has to come up with a way to send all the ghosts away, and fast.

What I Liked

Mason. Although he messed Damon up initially to get even, he moved past the whole "You killed me" thing pretty quickly, and the two teamed up. It was fun to watch, and led nicely into Alaric reluctantly letting go of the grudge he's been holding against Damon for weeks.

Anna and Jeremy. They really had a connection back in the 1st season, so it was nice to see it get resolved a little bit. Although you know they could never be together, it was nice that Anna found her mom at the end and they could presumably move on together.

What I Didn't Like

I don't care much for Stefan or Elena, so Stefan's whole detox plot was rather boring for me. Also, it's just a tad rehashed. I don't care if Stefan breaks through right now, because I frankly don't think it's possible. He's compelled. So that's a bit of a snoozefest for me!

Twists and Turns

All the ghosts that came back, including Bonnie's grams.

Bonnie and Jeremy essentially broke up. (Good!)

Observations

Rebekah and Tyler were notably absent this episode.

Matt's just about fed up with the supernatural, but then again, they have him in scenes with Bonnie. I wouldn't be opposed to the two of them comiserating together over the whole ghost thing.

We know Caroline's dad could resist compulsion, but I doubt that you can resist compulsion once you're already compelled. I suppose they can have Stefan break through at some point, though.

Is it bad that I'd actually like to see Elena give up? Her "I won't give up on you!" speech every episode is a little tiresome. Give it a rest for just a bit, eh?

Overall

Good episode. Interesting, fast-paced, aside from the Stefan/Lexie/Elena storyline. Looking forward to next week, of course.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Castle 4.06


Castle 4.06


Brief Summary


A ghost hunter is killed while filming in an old house for his show. Castle suspects that a demon might be at work, but Beckett is skeptical. Meanwhile, Ryan and his fiancee have dinner with Espisito and Lanie, but it doesn't go as planned.

What I Liked

Any insight to the characters' personal lives is nice, so I liked the dinner storyline for the most part.

Castle's goofy demon theories were fun, and even led up to Beckett telling a spooky supernatural experience of hers ... that turned out to be fake, haha.

What I Didn't Like

The dinner storyline didn't exactly wrap up. We don't know what Espisito and Lanie talked about other than the fact that they broke up. Who didn't want to get married? Usually on these shows it's the woman who doesn't want to settle down, especially given that Lanie is pretty devoted to her job. I assume this plot will carry over to future episodes.

I'm glad Alexis didn't go away to college, but I don't like her growing apart from Ashley. He seemed like a really nice guy, so hopefully they work things out.

Twists and Turns

The person everyone thought was the murderer in the cause from '91 was actually dead the whole time, and upstairs in the attic.

Lanie and Espisito broke up.

Observations

Beckett's mom's case hasn't come up in a while. I bet we're due for another dramatic episode soon.

The chief wasn't in this episode. I keeping wanting to like her, but she's frustrating.

Overall

Enjoyable episode. I forgot to reveiw 4.05, but since I don't watch Castle with as much ferver as I do my other shows, they all sort of blend together after I watch a few. I think I'll skip reviewing it for now! It had to do with someone being murdered in an art gallery.

Monday, October 24, 2011

How I Met Your Mother 7.07 - Noretta



How I Met Your Mother 7.07 - Noretta


Brief Summary

Kevin brings up a theory that many people find partners that are similar to one of their parents. This causes Lily and Marshall to imagine each other as their respective fathers. Barney and Nora try to have a romantic evening (leading up to a special event), but mysterious accidents keep ruining the mood. Ted feels left out, and Kevin is annoyed that Robin is too close to her roommate.

What I Liked

It's probably better to start with what I didn't like, honestly, but I'll give this a go:

James saying that he didn't like Barney with Nora, and Robin's hurried agreement listing reasons why not to like her.

Kevin talking about Ted's nuts, and his flip-out when Robin was giving Ted a back massage.

Ted's montage of calling everyone asking to see if they'd go to the concert with him. They included Claudia, Stewart, Trudy, Brad, Natalie, and Ranjit!

What I Didn't Like

Good gosh, Season 7 is turning out to be quite a mixed bag. A really funny episode followed by possibly one of my least favorite episodes ever!

The "seeing your partner as your parent" plot was creepy, no way around it. Although there were some awkward laughs to be had, Marshall and Lily's whole sequence with their fathers was just cringe-worthy.

Nora singing randomly. Awkward...

Barney and Nora had sex, regardless of all the mishaps and the fact that he was starting to see her as his mother. While I don't believe he's in love with her for a minute, his crass comment at the bar about turning her around during sex was just out of place and rude, though. And did that scene take place during the same night? Somehow I don't think he'd run out on Nora (at his own place!) just after sex! He did follow it up with a nice comment, but still. Barney was seriously just desperate to get laid, which makes sense, but I can't help but feel a little bad for Nora, even if it were her idea to have sex in the end.

What was up with Robin being so touchy feely with Ted?? She gives him a back rub right in front of her boyfriend trying to butter him up to take her to the concert, when it turns out she doesn't even like Weird Al?! I'm sorry, but where the hell did that come from?

Twists and Turns

Barney and Nora finally got it on.

Kevin apparently knows that Robin used to date Ted.

Observations

I'm perplexed about Barney's behavior. Clearly, going 2 months without sex is big for him, and it's understandable that he would want an evening where Nora clearly stated her intention was to end it with sex, to go well. But his comments at the bar at the end were pretty off-putting. No, I don't believe he's in love with her, rather that he's forcing himself to pretend this is what being in a relationship should be like, but I still think he should have had a little more tact. But then again, it's Barney. He's trying, but ultimately he's clueless.

Then there's always the theory that he lied to his friends about having had sex with Nora. Maybe he really couldn't do it! But given the way things have been going lately, I'm fairly certain what we saw was what we get.

What the heck is going on with Robin? Is she trying to make Kevin jealous or something? It's implied they're already sleeping together, since Kevin's around in the mornings, but she still doesn't seem very into him. And Kevin's all worked up about Ted now, when it's really Barney that Robin's harboring feelings for.

Overall

Man, I really have to say I disliked this one with a passion. Down there with my least favorites. I'm going to re-watch just to see if maybe I'm being overly critical, but this was really bad.

The Big Bang Theory 5.06


The Big Bang Theory 5.06


Brief Summary

Sheldon's mom comes to visit, but he's disappointed when she would rather hang out with his friends and sight-see than cater to Sheldon's whims.

What I Liked

The scene in the church was funny, as was Mrs. Cooper's continual use of politically incorrect and (let's be honest) somewhat ignorant terms. The comment about "our Indians having the drinking problem" had me guessing for a moment before I got it. Leonard's offering to make her a list of the offensive terms was great.

What I Didn't Like


I'm actually having trouble remembering what all there was to the episode. I don't recall there really being a B-story, other than Sheldon being a poor sport about his mom not wanting to cook and hang out at boring lectures with him.

Twists and Turns

Not much

Observations

Again, nothing much to observe. I think Bernadette was missing entirely, and Amy was only around for a scene or two.

Overall

Not the best, but Sheldon's mom was certainly funny.

Young Justice 1.15 - Humanity


Young Justice 1.15 - Humanity


Brief Summary

The team is determined to track down Red Tornado to find out once and for all if he really was the mole. While under the guise that they're showing Zatanna, Zatarra's daughter, around the compound, the group sneak off to investigate. Meanwhile, the creator of the Reds has collected both Red Tornado and his two siblings' memories and implanted them into a perfect robot, with the intention of setting of a volcano to destroy humanity.

What I Liked

It was refreshing that Red Tornado turned out not to be bad, and even his two siblings were also not as bad as we were led to believe. I was a little confused on the backstory, though ... were they originally made to look like humans?

I like the continuity in that Wally's arm is still messed up from the previous adventure.


Zatanna was a fun addition to the team for an episode, but I'm not sure if she'd be good as a permanent addition. Her father seemed pretty angry at the end, so I doubt she'll be joining up anytime soon, anyway.

What I Didn't Like

Not sure why Robin was all over Zatanna, considering he's usually more of an observer of Wally's goofball attempts to woo the ladies rather than a participant. At one point he even makes the comment, "Was that too Wally?" Although Zatanna was completely different from Artemis and Miss Martian, so maybe she's just more his type. Her willingness to participate in his word play was cute, and I wouldn't be opposed to Robin having a love-interest on the show. (They somewhat spoiled me by revealing the fact that Barbara exists in the YJ world, though, as I've always been a big Batgirl/Robin fan.)

Twists and Turns

Red Tornado was not the mole.

Observations

First off, just a slight disclaimer as I'm not 100% sure that this has been revealed or not officially. I can't remember if I gleened this information from briefly researching Artemis online or by the hints dropped in the show/comic, but I think it's obvious that Sportsmaster is Artemis' father. This really had nothing to do with this episode, but I'd like to be able to reference that in speculation going forward!

If Red Tornado was not the mole, then who was? We're still left wondering. I doubt it is any of the team itself (unless Artemis is somehow being blackmailed due to her ties to Cheshire and Sportsmaster), and I can't understand why any league members would be leaking information. (And it's certainly not Red Arrow, who was uncovering the mole stuff in the first place.) I wonder if there's still a telepathic link to Superboy that he's unaware of...

Overall


A good episode, but not my favorite. I haven't loved any episode in particular since Homefront. There will be a hiatus this coming week while they play the "Batman vs Dracula" movie for Halloween weekend, so we'll pick back up again in two weeks!

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Vampire Diaries 3.06 - Smells Like Teen Spirit


The Vampire Diaries 3.06 - Smells Like Teen Spirit


Brief Summary

It's the first day of senior year, and things are not going well. Stefan is leaving bodies all around the Salvatore manor, much to Damon's irritation, and Rebekah also invites herself to stay because Klaus has left her behind. Things get even more tricky when both vampires shows up at school. Meanwhile, Matt is still seeing Vickie, who tells him he can help her come back into their world, and Tyler is enjoying being a vampire/werewolf hybrid just a little too much.

What I Liked

While there wasn't much Damon in this episode, his few scenes were pretty good. His looking disgusted at the state of the manor, and his cleaning up Elena's wounds at the end were fun and sweet respectively. And his "flirting" with the marshmallow at the bonfire was pretty funny.

I loved the scene at the end with Anna and Jeremy finally able to touch each other. I know she's dead, and it's probably only because of Matt's spell to materialize Vickie that it's possible, but I think those two are so much better together than Bonnie and Jeremy.

What I Didn't Like

There's a difference between not liking something period and being shocked by something, so I'll say it was a pretty solid episode overall. I only wish Damon had been around a little more.

Twists and Turns

There were a bunch.

Damon turns around at the end of the episode only to come face-to-face with a pissed off Mason Lockwood! You know, the werewolf he tortured and killed??

It seems all ghosts can now materialize in the world.

Mikael the vampire hunter has a taste for vampire blood, in this case, Katherine's! I hope she's not dead.

Rebekah is leading Tyler down a dark path, tempting him with a girl at the end of the episode, whom he happily chomps down on.

Elena stabbing Stefan at the end of the episode, while not particularly meaningful or twisty, was awesome.

Observations

Again, Bonnie is teamed up with Matt. Coincidence, or are we heading to a new love triangle?

Loved the callback to the first episode, with Elena running into Stefan outside the bathroom at school.

Stefan is totally unhinged, and it's crazy.

Overall

Good episode! Definitely planting seeds for the future, though, I'm very interested to see how this ghost plot goes. Apparently anyone can see ghosts? (Otherwise, why would Damon be able to see Mason?) Who else from the past might we see again? And can the ghosts stay in the real world, or will they all have to return to the other side eventually? I'm guessing the latter, but I'm pumped to see what happens next.

Unrelated, but my DVR was mean and didn't tape the Big Bang Theory, so I might have to wait on that review until I can catch it online or on demand.

Monday, October 17, 2011

How I Met Your Mother 7.06 - Mystery vs. History



How I Met Your Mother 7.06 - Mystery vs. History

Brief Summary

Ted goes on a date with a girl with the condition that they cannot do Internet searches on each other before the date. Barney and Robin can't resist looking her up as the rest of the gang, plus Robin's new boyfriend Kevin, help paint the baby's room over at Marshall and Lily's. Marshall and Lily also have to decide whether or not they want to find out the gender of their baby.

What I Liked

I'll start by saying that after the premiere, this was probably my favorite episode this season. The gang was in great form, and their interactions were hilarious.

Barney/Robin being the research duo.

Kevin pointing out all the gang's various flaws/issues. (Co-dependency, separation anxiety, pathological lying, etc.) I especially loved the montage of the various slaps/hits when Kevin mentions he only didn't notice violence.

Marshall and Lily finding out the gender of their baby. We always knew they were going to have a boy at some point, so it's nice to confirm.

What I Didn't Like

Nit-picky, but I wish they'd change Robin's hair like they do Lily's when they do flashbacks. Lily always has era-appropriate hair, but Robin has the shorter, kinkier hair in ever scene.

Why is Kevin dating Robin again? If he can see through all the rest of the gang's issues, he can certainly see that Robin was hanging all over Barney, a man she explicitly confided in him that she was in love with, all evening. Don't get me wrong, I thought his character was hilarious. But I just don't understand why he's dating Robin.

Twists and Turns

Marshall and Lily are having a boy.

Observations

Robin and Barney were on such the same wavelength in this episode with all their researching habits, the same reactions to everything, etc, that if it wasn't specifically stated that Robin was dating Kevin, you'd think Robin and Barney were together. Foreshadowing?

Barney never brings up Nora when she's not around. And was he looking up porn on the Internet...?

Does Kevin even realize that Barney is the same Barney that Robin said she was in love with just two episodes ago? And I'm sure he doesn't realize that she and Ted used to date, too. I'm sure he's going to have a field day analyzing that one when he figures it out!

Overall

Awesome episode. Had me laughing the whole time, and had some great group moments. My favorite since the premiere!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Young Justice 1.14 - Revelation




Young Justice 1.14 - Revelation


Brief Summary

Plant creatures are attacking all over the world. The Justice League tackle the creatures head on while the Young Justice team goes undercover to the center of operations for the Injustice League, in hopes of shutting down the plants at their source. The Injustice League is hardcore, however, and the team may be in over their head.

What I Liked

This was a really action-packed episode, and everyone got a moment to shine. We saw just about ever League member fighting at one point or another. Although it was just a brief scene, I liked seeing Red Arrow, Green Arrow, and Black Canary all fighting together. Nice to see Red Arrow is helping out, and maybe patching things up with his mentor.

Although I wish it had been a longer scene, Robin vs. Joker was a cool concept.

Miss Martian really stepped up her game this week! She was quite the fighter.

I'm also glad they revisited the Dr. Fate helmet. I was certain Artemis was going to use it back in "Homefront," when she ended up in the souvenir room, so I'm glad someone finally realized it was their ace in the hole.

Artemis' comment, "I feel naked, and not in the fun way." was hilarious!

What I Didn't Like

Well, there was quite a bit going on, so we didn't really focus too much on any one particular person for very long.

I'm not sure how I feel about Superboy's wolf. It's cute, and helpful, and it reminds me of him having Krypto around like in the comics, but I don't know...

The Joker's voice was really bad. It didn't bother me much at first, but by the end I was really wishing they could have gotten John DiMaggio, who voiced the Joker in the "Batman: Under the Red Hood" movie, instead.

Twists and Turns

Aqualad used the Dr. Fate helmet, but was fortunately released when they were finished with the fight.

The Injustice League were just a cover for the real masterminds, which include Ra's al Ghul and Lex Luthor, among many other villains that we've seen over the season.

Observations

More hints at something happening between Artemis and Kid Flash. They walk in together after Robin and Aqualad are discussing how Miss Martian and Superboy are a couple, Wally was particularly protective of her during the fight, and she takes a minute to tie up his injured arm during the fight. I actually think they'd be more interesting to watch together than Megan and Conner, no offense to them!

None of the Red Tornados seemed to be involved in this, the Injustice League, nor were they seen among the masterminds. So I wonder what their agenda was?

Overall

A good episode that showed a lot of different characters. Part of it felt a bit rushed, but I think that was just because of the amount of people and stories it was trying to cover. Honestly, I think this would have made a better 2-part episode, but it was still good.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Big Bang Theory 5.05 - The Russian Rocket Reaction


The Big Bang Theory 5.05 - The Russian Rocket Reaction


Brief Summary

Sheldon and Leonard are invited to a party at Wil Wheaton's, which Leonard plans on attending. Sheldon plans on essentially de-friending Leonard if he does attend. Meanwhile, Howard tells everyone about an opportunity for him to go up in space on a Russian rocket, and Bernadette does not take the news well.

What I Liked

As usual, Penny, Amy, and Bernadette were great. I loved their conversation in Penny's apartment.

Sheldon finally getting his signed figure from Wil Wheaton was cute, but then immediately ruined by Data (can't remember the actor's name!), who has now become the new "mortal enemy."

Sheldon pulling out a floppy disc drive to access his list was hilarious.

What I Didn't Like

Howard and Bernadette are cute together, but I'm generally not as into stories involving the two of them. I love Bernadette, but I feel like their storylines just get a little slow and repetitive. Also, I'd love to see them actually address some future plans. I notice they're still just living at his mother's place!

Twists and Turns

Howard's mom puts the kabosh on his going up into space.

Wil Wheaton is actually a nice guy.

Observations

No mention of Priya tonight. I wonder when Leonard is going to break up with her?

Overall

Solid episode.

Vampire Diaries 3.05 - The Reckoning


Vampire Diaries 3.05 - The Reckoning


Brief Summary

The gang is at the school for their high school senior prank night, but it goes terribly awry when Klaus, Stefan, and Rebecca show up. Klaus takes Elena hostage, feeds Tyler some of his blood and then kills him, and orders Bonnie to figure out a way to save him from dying a horrible death like all the other hybrids have. Meanwhile, Katherine and Damon are road-tripping to who-knows-where, and Katherine has brought Jeremy along for the ride. And last but not least, Matt is trying to find a way to speak to Vickie.

What I Liked

This episode was crazy with all the revelations and drama. There were definite good moments. I loved Damon's scene with Elena, where he gets her from the hospital, and the subsequent scene where he essentially promises to protect her.

I don't like Bonnie, but I enjoyed her scenes with Matt tonight. They are the two more normal members of the team, and I liked them talking about life before all the crazy started happening. I don't know if they're laying any groundwork for a romance between them, but I would be down with that.

Caroline and Tyler's scene at the end was cute, although I have a bad feeling that Tyler's "feeling good" isn't going to last very long.

What I Didn't Like

I can't say I really didn't like anything about this episode. It was solid, intense, and had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen.

Twists and Turns

A whole bunch! For starters, Tyler has become the second successful hyrbid.

Elena's (the doppleganger's) blood is the key to turning werewolves into hyrbids. The Catch-22 was that the doppleganger was supposed to die in the ritual, meaning Klaus should have never been able to create more like himself.

Matt can now see Vickie.

Klaus compells Stefan so much so that he seems to have completely shut off his emotions.

Stefan strolls back to the mansion and insists he's going to be staying there "protecting" Elena, since her blood is important to Klaus.

Katherine and Jeremy find the tomb of the vampire/vampire hunter Michael.

Observations

I wonder if there are going to be any bad side-effects to Tyler becoming a hybrid. If I recall correctly, hybrids are not weak to sunlight, and can transform into a werewolf at will. Those all seem like very positive things. However, Tyler isn't used to the hunger for blood, so that might cause him to go out of control.

Stefan staying at the mansion is going to be interesting, since he's almost a completely different person. We know deep down Stefan is still a good guy, but right now I'm assuming that side of him is completely unreachable. Having him around will force Damon to be more on the ball about protecting everyone, though.

Where did Klaus and Rebecca go, and what are the going to do with Elena's blood? They can feasibly turn more werewolves into hybrids. I also assume that Klaus is going to want Tyler on his side.

Overall

Really intense episode, but very good! I'm excited to see where they're going with all this. I'm not sure how I feel about Tyler becoming a hybird, honestly. I liked the werewolf/vampire romance, and now that he's essentially a vampire, too, it loses something for me. Also, this means Tyler is no longer "normal," in that he won't age, and is immortal. Werewolves were definitely more "human" than vampires are in that regard. I'm just glad Matt didn't become a vampire.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Castle 4.04


Castle 4.04


Brief Summary


Ryan's missing gun turns up as the murder weapon in a killing of a young girl. Distraught about letting the gun get stolen, he works with Beckett to get to the bottom of the mystery, which they hope will lead them to the person who originally stole his weapon.


What I Liked


Although I never saw the original episode where Ryan's gun was stolen, it was nice to get to see Ryan in more of the spotlight. He and Espisito are often the guys who do the boring work, and only return to tell Castle and Beckett what they've discovered.

I'm also glad Alexis is doing something about getting herself into college, and not moping anymore.

What I Didn't Like

Nothing wrong with this episode, it was fine. Castle was in much more of a supporting role than usual, but it wasn't a bad change-up.

Twists and Turns

Typical murder mystery turns in the case. Castle tells Beckett they should not make a deal with the killer in order to get information on the one who originally stole Ryan's gun, knowing the information would be false.

Observations

This episode was a little more serious, but still good. I liked it.

Overall

A good episode. Nice to see some more of Ryan.

Monday, October 10, 2011

How I Met Your Mother 7.05 - Field Trip



How I Met Your Mother 7.05 - Field Trip


Brief Summary

Ted decides to take his students on a field trip to the GNB site, but things don't quite go as planned. Robin's therapist, Kevin, tells her he can't see her anymore because he's attracted to her, and the two end up starting to date despite the weirdness of it all. Barney takes a comment Nora makes about Ewoks to indicate that she's 37, and freaks out because she told him she was 29. And Marshall's boss is so jaded to saving the Earth that he accepts a ridiculously low offer from a company that was doing chemical dumping.

What I Liked

Ted and Barney with Ted's students, trying to do a field trip, was great. Using them as a focus group to answer all debates, showing them ridiculous presentations about Ewoks, and taking them everywhere from GNB to Ted's apartment. The interaction between Barney and Ted was great.

What I Didn't Like

It goes without saying that Barney/Nora is still way too shallow, without any emotional depth, and just downright perfunctory. I seriously hope this will be addressed in coming episodes, because these two seriously have no reason to be dating.

The Robin and Kevin storyline, while admittedly trying to be cute, comes across as haphazard. There is no way Robin is suddenly over her feelings for Barney in a week. She must be using this as a distraction, or forcing herself into a relationship in order to somehow move on.

Lily had essentially no story, other than being pregnant, and the gang was barely in the same location for a scene. The best HIMYM episodes play off the gang as a whole. The various stories today were so scattered that they honestly could have been in separate episodes.

Twists and Turns

Robin is now dating her therapist.

Marshall's boss is super creepy.

Nora is not 37, she just didn't see the Star Wars movies until she was an adult.

Observations

Is Barney looking for a reason to break up with Nora? Seriously, though, their relationship is silly and needs to end sooner rather than later. They're not even addressing any real aspects of their relationship. What do they even do together, other than occasionally see each other at the bar and kiss?

Ted's growing a bit of a beard, and it looks okay!

The guest starts are nice, but they really take away from the gang's main interactions with each other. Between Nora, Kevin, and Marshall's boss, our main guys barely said two words to each other. I want interactions between our people, not the guests.

I almost forgot to mention Barney was still wearing the ducky tie throughout the episode. In the flashback to "a few weeks earlier," though, he was not. I guess that means not much time has passed overall this season.

Overall

While this one was better than some of the others this season, I think the poorly-written relationships for Barney and Robin respectively, along with the multitude of guest stars, are really bringing the episodes down. The best ones this season have been the first and third, where it was just the gang being the gang. Hopefully the guest stars will run their course, and we can get back to what makes the show so great.

Young Justice 1.13 - Alpha Male


Young Justice 1.13 - Alpha Male


Brief Summary

Everyone's upset with Aqualad for neglecting to mention that there might be a mole in their midst. Captain Marvel takes over as "den mother" for the group, and the team heads to India to deal with a crazed gorilla who has injected animals with the Kobra venom. However, the team is divided: everyone feels betrayed by Aqualad, and refuse to take orders from him. When Captain Marvel is captured, Aqualad has to pull the team back together in order to save him.

What I Liked

It was nice to have an episode that featured the whole team for a change. Although the focus was on Aqualad, everyone had a pretty good role.

What I Didn't Like

I didn't care for the villains, or Captain Marvel, but since they were just the side characters and not the main focus, it didn't really matter.

Twists and Turns

I already knew the bit about Captain Marvel really being a kid, but I guess that was a bit of a twist at the end.

Obviously they weren't going to remove Aqualad from leading the team!

Observations

I like the continuity between episodes. They were using the Kobra venom from the 4th episode, and the collars from the jail episode.

Historically, Robin has always been the leader of the teams he's been on. Aqualad is clearly defined as the leader for now, and that only makes sense seeing as how Robin is by far the youngest, though even when they made that decision, Aqualad said that Robin would take over some day. To me, that seems to set up that something will happen to Aqualad at some point. While I doubt they'd kill off essentially the only ethnic character on the team (though I suppose Miss Martian also counts) and not to mention this Aqualad character is a newer creation rather than the old incarnation, it makes me wonder. (Unless they just threw in that line to assure us that Robin would lead the team eventually.)

Overall

It was a good episode, but not my favorite. I hope they bring Red Arrow back into the mix soon. It would be nice if he joined up the team permanently, or at least helped out regularly, though he seems like a bit of a loner for now.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Big Bang Theory 5.04 - The Wiggly Finger Catalyst


The Big Bang Theory 5.04 - The Wiggly Finger Catalyst


Brief Summary

Penny sets Raj up on a date with her deaf friend, and Howard acts as the sign-language interpreter during their dates. But when it comes to light that Raj's family is actually extremely wealthy, it seems like his new girlfriend is just in it for the perks. Meanwhile, Sheldon starts using D&D dice to make "trivial decisions."

What I Liked

Surprisingly, I actually liked Howard this week. He was great keeping Raj's ridiculous conversation ideas to a more reasonable level. I loved his simplifying everything. Something like "Your eyes are like shining opals" becomes "He likes your eyes!"

Sheldon's ordering at the restaurant was great, though I wish we could have seen him actually drinking the "pitcher of margaritas," as he never drinks.

What I Didn't Like

Raj. He's not very likable, still, and you don't really feel all that bad for him. I did like when he goes and talks to Penny at the end, and when she asks why he's so chatty, he just says, "I'm hammered!"

Twists and Turns

Raj's family is rich.

Observations

More Penny and Raj interaction this week. I wonder if the gang will get the wrong idea eventually. (Or, more of the wrong idea, since they are all still under the impression they hooked up.)

Overall

Pretty good. I think I liked last week's more, though.

Vampire Diaries 3.04 - Disturbing Behavior


Vampire Diaries 3.04 - Disturbing Behavior


Brief Summary


Klaus has his witch try to track down Rebecca's necklace, which they need in order to discover why the hybrids aren't working. She suspects Stefan isn't telling the truth, and tortures him to get information. Meanwhile, everyone in Mystic Falls is trying to go back to normal, but it isn't easy. Alaric is suspicious of Damon, Caroline's dad is impervious to compulsion, Jeremy is having conversations with Anna, and Elena wants everyone to stop picking on her about her friendship with Damon.


What I Liked


I like that Damon is still on the council, and it is amusing that now the sheriff and the mayor have secrets they need to keep, as well. Alaric forcing himself on the council at the end was interesting, too.


Katherine is also great to watch. She shows up to help Stefan, and then goes to Damon at the end with the necklace offering to take him on a "road trip." I don't know where it's heading, but I like it.


I was on edge the whole episode thinking Damon was going to kill Caroline's dad, so it was refreshing that even though Caroline stopped him, he said he wasn't going to kill him anyway. I liked his yelling at Elena to quit expecting him to be like Stefan.


What I Didn't Like


Jeremy shutting Anna out. Yes, I know that he's moved on with Bonnie, but Anna was so sweet, and they really had a connection. Also, even on a less romantic level, she seems to need some help, and if she's warning him about Vickie, she might also be able to help him.

Alaric getting pissed at Damon. Yes, Damon snapping his neck (even knowing the ring would revive him) was a bad move. But I love their bro-friendship, so it's sad to see a little wrinkle in that.

Rebecca turning on Stefan so quickly. Yes, she was jealous of the fact that he clearly loved someone else, but I thought that she really cared about him.

Twists and Turns


Klaus has taken Stefan back to Mystic Falls.

Caroline's dad cannot be compelled.

Alaric joins the council, although they honestly don't do much, so not sure what good that is.

Katherine takes the necklace from Bonnie after pretending to be Elena, and teams up with Damon for some purpose.

Observations

Elena still doesn't know about Jeremy seeing dead girlfriends, since that was actually Katherine at the cafe.

Overall

Good episode! Looking forward to next week, and what havoc Klaus might inflict on Mystic Falls now that they've returned.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Castle 4.03


Castle 4.03


Brief Summary


Castle and Beckett try to track down a body when their crime scene only consists of a huge splatter of blood. They stumble upon a cryogenic presevation lab, where the body of their victim is being kept for future revival. It's a fight to try to get the body into police custody, and the case gets weirder around ever turn. Meanwhile, Alexis is upset when she is rejected from Standford.


What I Liked


The story was interesting, albiet weird. And although they're being a smidge heavy-handed with the hints at Castle/Beckett eventually getting together, I enjoy it.


What I Didn't Like


I could completely understand Alexis falling apart after being rejected from the college, but I much prefer her when she's confident and sure of herself. At least it seemed to be less about Ashley and more about her own desire to prove herself. I also want to like the new boss, but she's so rough around the edges that it's tough. I also almost laugh everytime Beckett calls her "sir." It's possible to be respected and called "ma'am," you know!


Twists and Turns


The twist at the end wasn't really all that twisty - the wife committing suicide. It made perfect sense given her own motives for killing her husband.


Observations


The drama and intrigue set up in the first episode have been placed on the back-burner, and I'm not too sad. I prefer the lighter, mystery-of-the-week episodes.


I'm also starting to get a better feel for the secondary characters. Ryan is apparently engaged (not sure I've ever seen his fiancee) and Espisito is presumably involved with Laney, the autopsy woman. This is probably like "no duh!" material to long-time viewers, but since I didn't really see much of the first or second season, I'm just picking it up as I go along!


Overall


Good installment.

Monday, October 3, 2011

How I Met Your Mother 7.04 - The Stinson Missile Crisis



How I Met Your Mother 7.04 - The Stinson Missile Crisis

Brief Summary

Robin is in court-mandated therapy for assaulting a woman, and she tells her therapist the story of what led up to that event. Barney is being super sweet to Nora, while Ted is getting too involved in Marshall and Lily's pregnancy. When Nora goes out of town, Robin agrees to help Barney get rid of all his womanizing stuff, while Ted signs Marshall and Lily up for a birthing class.

What I Liked

Ted. His dorky, know-it-all, automatically inserting himself into Marshall and Lily's lives is embarrassing and hilarious. Although I think Marshall and Ted should have definitely left the birthing class when Lily didn't show up, Ted's, "When do I get to be the woman?" was great.

Robin. Her entire narration of the story was great, and I loved the various reactions she has to the events as they play out. Her screaming at her co-worker, and crying under the table were both sad and funny. I loved her suggestion to play laser tag and get drunk to Barney, but as per usual, Nora comes in and spoils the moment. This is becoming a regular thing for her, isn't it?

What I Didn't Like

Nora. Her relationship with Barney still isn't believable, and the scene at the restaurant at the end was so syrupy-sweet it was ridiculous. I'm dearly hoping that since the story is being told from Robin's perspective, the dialogue there is only what she imagines it would have been, and not what actually occurred. They try to make up for syrupy-sweet Barney by putting in all his plays from the past, but it doesn't really balance out. The only other consolation is that he's never actually had time to react to any of Robin's proposals - he's always interrupted.

Twists and Turns

Nothing too twisty, although we do get a glimpse of Lily's delivery, and Marshall seems to be missing.

Observations

Is the scene in the future with Marshall and Barney at the casino coinciding with Lily's delivery, or are we just supposed to think that for now?

Barney is still wearing the ducky tie.

We always knew Marshall and Lily wore matching costumes for Halloween, but we never knew Ted was always trying to be the third wheel!

Overall

There was a lot to like in this episode. Robin's pain at having to watch Barney be happy with Nora while she's really in love with him, and Ted's general dorkiness. But the Barney/Nora thing just isn't resonating with me. We aren't given any reason to like her, or to root for her. Obviously we want Robin to be with Barney, but they are making it extremely difficult to even care about Barney/Nora, especially since Barney is oddly out of character around her. I liked the therapist, though, and would be interested to see what he might think about the group should he ever meet them. (His comment about Ted needing therapy was great.)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Young Justice 1.12 - Home Front



Young Justice 1.12 - Home Front

Brief Summary

The cave is under attack by two of Red Tornado's relatives, and they've captured the majority of the team. With just ten minutes to figure out a way to beat the superhuman robots and save their friends, Artemis and Robin, the only two teens without super powers, have to work together to stop them.

What I Liked

Well, Robin was in it, and pretty front and center, to boot, although the focus was mainly on Artemis. I enjoyed Artemis's back story, and fleshed out her character a little bit more.

Robin was pretty cool, getting a chance to show off his years of experience. He also didn't have any trouble working together with Artemis, although admittedly there wasn't much of a chance for him to run off cackling. His wordplay with Artemis was also fun.

What I Didn't Like

Nothing to complain about!

Twists and Turns

Red Tornado was apparently the mole. I had accidentally read the blurb on an upcoming episode which sort of hinted at this, so I was watching carefully. His leaving in the beginning, and then showing back up right after they beat the others, was very suspicious. Didn't they already fight a Red Tornado look-a-like back in episode 3, too? Hm...

Observations

When Dick/Robin was at school, he's seen talking to a red-headed girl named Barbara. I guess that means Batgirl exists in the YJ universe! Color me excited, even though with such a full team plus Red Arrow, it will probably be a long time before we might see her in action. Noted that she looks like she's older than Dick, but still in high school.

Miss Martian and Superboy seem to be keeping their romance on the down-low, particularly from Kid Flash. I'd be interested to see how he reacts when he actually finds out, although, they were pretty clearly setting up something between him and Artemis in the magician episode, so I'm sure he won't stay heartbroken for long.

I liked the one-off mention of Green Arrow and Black Canary on a "hot date," haha.

Overall

I loved it! Very exciting, and it leads into the next episode since we're left wondering why Red Tornado would have wanted to work against the team. Or was he even? He didn't kill any of the team even though he had a chance. I guess we'll find out.