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Glee Series Finale

20 Mar

Let’s be honest, Season 5 of Glee kinda sucked.  A lot.  With all the kids leaving and going off to college and stuff, it pretty much turned into the Rachel Berry show.  Most people expected it, but I thought it would focus more on the kids at the high school, not venture off with the original cast.  I still watched it but it didn’t have the appeal that the previous seasons had.

This season started with Rachel failing in Hollywood and coming back to run the Glee club.  It was odd and I wasn’t really sure what to do with the season up to the finale.  A lot of the kids just come back and hang out at the high school which makes me feel a bit awkward.  I’d feel weird if I went back to my high school, but then again, my high school was a little redneck and unwelcoming.  Returning there really would be admitting failure to me.  The new club members aren’t that intriguing and the school gets combined with Dalton Academy (seems like a stretch) to fill up their ranks.  Overall it was an okay season, but not something I’d clear my schedule for at 9pm on a Friday night.

Tonight I was at home and thought why not, it’s the last episode, I’ll go ahead and watch it and I’m very glad I did.

The first half of the finale starts with some flashbacks to when the glee club was getting started.  We’re reminded of how arrogant Rachel is and hinted that Kurt might be thinking about suicide.  We are bought back to the initial struggles of the main cast, except for Finn of course.  There is some original footage from the pilot episode of Finn and the classic Don’t Stop Believing.

The second half brings us back to the present.  Well slightly ahead from the previous episode where the team just won sectionals.  They are at Nationals and of course win first place.  After that there are a lot of changes at McKinley.  Mr. Schuester is asked to be the new principle and the school is converted into a center of the arts and Sam becomes the new coach of the New Directions.  There are then some flash fowards into the future.  Kurt and Blaine are successful and doing their thing in New York, Mercedes gets to tour, Artie and Tina get together, Will has a house full of kids, and Rachel finds a new love, Jesse from Vocal Adrenaline, and is carrying a child for Kurt and Blaine.  Everyone has gathered at 10 years in the future to watch the Tony Awards as Rachel is nominated for one.  She is absolutely shocked when she wins and gives an acceptance speech that perfectly wraps up the series.  The last scene is a fairwell number after Sue dedicates the stage to Finn.  While I think it would have fit better earlier in the episode, I do like that it ended with an upbeat song.

Usually when a series ends for good, the finale leaves a lot to be desired for me.  How I Met Your Mother just made me angry and felt cheated in a way.  But Glee did not.  It’s always going to be bittersweet, but given season 5 and the start of season 6, I think it had outlived it’s prime in a way.  But the finale to me was perfect.  I started watching the series in 2009.  I was so excited when I saw the original trailer because I have a major soft spot for musicals (sue me) but I didn’t think I would become so attached.  It’s understandable why though.  I was a bit of a misfit in high school as well.  I was geeky and didn’t really fit in with most crowds.  Thankfully there was little bullying and no one throwing slushies, but it can still be isolating.  In college I struggled with making friends and in 2009 I was second to last year of undergraduate.  I had very few friends and an almost non-existant support network.  In a way, Glee was there to show me I’m not alone and maybe it will get better.

I’ve since finished a graduate degree and scored a job that I love, but there are still days that I feel alone.  The finale may have hit me so hard because today was one of those days for various reasons.  I know that the show is not real and it shows a pretty ideal future for all of them, but think back to where they started.  Rachel was a pretty awful person, she wasn’t personable or nice. Over the years of the show she grows into an extremely caring and dedicated individual.  Kurt struggled with his identity and was in a very dark place, but he found happiness.  And I know it’s cheesy, but it’s the little things that remind you that maybe, just maybe, life doesn’t suck as much as you think.  Even when something ends, it may be bittersweet, but there is always hope.  The major takeaway for me from the series finale of Glee:  It gets better.

American Dad – Spelling Bee My Baby

24 May

American Dad is a show I watch on occasion that is either hit or miss for me.  For a while I liked it a lot, but it seems to be getting more and more like Family Guy.  I still watch it, but it’s not great.  This episode is the first episode after Roger tricks Jeff and he gets taken away by a space ship, which was still just a weird thing, I was waiting for it to be a dream or something.

So for this episode, there are two plot lines.  The main line is with Steve and Francine.  They both show up at Toshi’s house where his mother is being the stereotypical Asian mother tyrant and making Toshi and his sister Akiko practice music.  She tells Francine that Steve will never get into a good college because he’s not good at anything.  Later Francine is talking with the gay couple when their baby comes in speaking French after her fencing lesson.  They say they’re already preparing her for college because they want her to stand out from the other applicants.  This causes Francine to panic and she goes to grab Steve to find what he is good at.  They try chess and gymnastics, but Steve just sucks at everything.  Francine is logging into Amazon and needs to spell diarrhea for her password and Klaus said it is an impossible word to spell, but Steve spells it with no problem.  That’s when they realize that Steve’s special talent is spelling.  So obviously if he wins the National Spelling Bee he will be able to get into any college he wants.

Steve wins his first spelling bee and Akiko comes up to him and starts flirting with him afterwards.  Her mom says that he won’t win the National Spelling Bee because Akiko will be willing it.  Once they get home, Francine takes away his video games and says his life will be just words from now on.  She puts cards with words on them everywhere.  He thinks he’s finally escaped with no words in his room only to pull out a porn magazine to find words over the boobs.  Frustrated, Steve sneaks out and goes for a walk and ends up at this waterfall that overlooks the city where he of course runs into Akiko.  They chat and then end up making out for a few minutes.  Akiko says she needs to get back before her mom finds out and asks Steve if he’s coming.  He says he will after his “comfortability” goes down.

Afterwards they show both Akiko and Steve spelling montage, which you would then expect a montage of them winning spelling bees that lead up to the national one.  However, they pull a Family guy and say they aren’t going to do that and have a bunch of weird, random pictures from the internet.  Lame.  The night before the National Spelling Bee, Steve is talking to Akiko online and they are planning to meet by the waterfall again.  Francine finds out and gets mad and forbids him to see her.  Steve gets upset and starts crying and says he won’t do the spelling bee so she agrees and lets him go.  When Steve gets there, he finds a message from Akiko essentially standing him up.  He runs back home and says he’s going to kick her ass in the spelling bee.  We find out though that Francine actually kidnapped her and has her in the basement.  When they leave the next day to go to the spelling bee, she gives Akiko a Wii so she won’t be bored.  Her mother is trying to find her when a cousin of the family that works at Nintendo found where she had logged into the Wii.  Akiko’s mom goes ninja mode and breaks into the house and gets her out so she can get to the spelling bee on time.

They do make it to the spelling bee and while they kids are spelling; the moms go out to fight.  They each have Asian style swords and Akiko’s mom says there is no way Francine can win in a fight to the death because she isn’t Asian.  Just then Francine’s parents walk by looking for the spelling bee and Akiko’s mom realizes she grew up Chinese.  Epic fight scene ensues.  Out of the whole episode, I think this was probably the most amusing, mostly because of the horrible stereotypes.  After a while, Francine’s dad pops in and tells them to stop playing around because it’s down to just Steve and Akiko.  Steve learns that his mom kidnapped Akiko and neither of them wants to beat the other so they go back and forth spelling words wrong.  Francine realizes that her kid isn’t so bad after all and Akiko’s mom realizes she shouldn’t be so hard on her daughter.  Dawww such a sweet moral lesson.

The minor plot line in the episode is Stan and Roger messing with Haley.  She is obviously still quite upset that Jeff was sucked up by the aliens and thinks they will bring him back any day now. Roger and Stan need her to be the line judge for their badminton tournament (the winner gets the prized “shuttle cock ring”), but she’s still at the starting stage of the grief process.  They decide they are going to push her through the five stages of grief.  Roger starts by giving her a front wedgie to push her into the anger stage and it works after she beats the crap out of him.  The next stage is bargaining, but since Roger doesn’t know what that is, they skip to depression by showing her a slide show of all the good memories with Jeff.  At the end she does come out and tell them she accepts that Jeff is never coming back, but she also accepts that it is all Stan and Roger’s fault and takes their shuttlecock.

Overall, it wasn’t a great episode.  The fight scene was amusing, but the rest just seemed out of place and like they slapped and episode together at the last minute.  I much prefer the episodes where Stan is more involved, even though he is a complete douche.  I’ll give it a 4 out of 10 nerd glasses, if you’re quite bored.

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Doctor Who – The Bells of Saint John

28 Apr

How can I be writing about geeky things and not have written about Doctor Who yet?  Well… I’ve been busy.  I am up to date, minus the most recent episode (since Xfinity decided not to POST IT YET /rage).  But I’m going to go back and write about the episodes that I have watched since starting this blog.  The first of which was The Bells of Saint John.  I have to say I was a little underwhelmed by this episode.  I had hyped myself up a lot because of the Snowmen episode and I really wanted to know what is going on with Clara.  The premise of this episode is that The Great Inteligence has hired a group to farm human minds.  Basically, humans are getting sucked up through the wi-fi.

So the episode starts with The Doctor living with monks when the phone in the Tardis rings (apparently it does that).  It’s actually Clara on the phone asking about the internet and how to make it work on her computer.    The catcher here, that I didn’t think much of until later, is how did Clara get the number to the Tardis?  She says that the lady in the shop gave it to her and said it was best help line in the universe.  A lot of people have had a lot of suspinions.  My theory is that it is possibly Rose or River.  Those are the most likely to have the number to the Tardis, but then the question is how do they know who Clara is?  She could be the daughter of Rose and meta-crisis Doctor or even River and The Doctor.  But we’ll have to wait and see.

It was amusing to get to watch The Doctor play tech support.  He walks her through setting up her wi-fi and realizes it’s her when she uses “run you clever boy and remember” to remember the password.  Somehow he is able to track her and shows up at her door.   There was an amusing scene where he says he’s The Doctor and she says “Doctor who?”  She is a little weirded out and talks to him through the door camera.   When she refuses to talk anymore, he goes to change out of his monk clothes (don’t be a monk, monks aren’t cool).  While he is in the Tardis, one of the waystations shows up and starts to download Clara.  He comes back just in time and is able to get her computer and reverse the download.

They chat for a while after she wakes up, but are shortly in danger again as a plane is about to crash into them.  They flee into the Tardis, which is this Clara’s first time which didn’t give much time for a “it’s bigger on the inside” scene.  They land on the plane and fix the wi-fi and stop the plane from crashing.  This scene was a little weird.  I think I would have prefered if they had skipped this and had something else instead.  It just seemed a little odd and flighty.  It’s hard to explain.  Perhaps the point was just to freak out Clara more.  Once they fix the plane it’s back in the Tardis and they land somewhere the next morning and The Doctor gets a motorcycle out of the garage (yep, there’s a garage in the Tardis) and they go to have coffee.

The Doctor is using the computer to try and find where the people who are running the wi-fi operation are to get to them and stop them.  Clara had computer knowledge added to her when she was downloaded, so she takes over hacking while The Doctor goes in to get coffee.  This is probably the creepiest part of the episode.  The woman running the operation talks to The Doctor through various customers and employees at the shop to proove how powerful she is.  Wi-fi is almost everywhere now, so it’s scary to imagine that this is possible.  Unfortunatly she is only distracting The Doctor so they can download Clara.   Clara had found where they were, so he hops on his bike and speeds off to rescue her again.  We find out when he gets there, that he really hacked the wi-fi waystation and sent it there.  He downloads the lead woman there, which forces the group to un-download all of the people they have.

After they do that, Unit shows up at the building and is trying to get information out of wi-fi group.  The woman in charge is talking to The Great Inteligence and is told to restore them to their original personalities.  When Unit comes in to get her, she is talking like a little girl and asks for her mommy and daddy.  This is something that no one else has really mentioned, but this group must have been started a long time ago, if she was a small child and is now in her 50s or so.  The Great Intelligence was the same that was in the snow in the Snowmen episode, but it is still out there.  I feel like it is something we should be concerned about, but I don’t think The Doctor ever found out who had hired this group.

The episode ends with The Doctor coming back to Clara’s house.  He asks her to come with him and she says to come back tomorrow and ask her again.  He thinks this is silly, since he can just fastfoward to the next morning, but does it anyways.  Some people have pointed out that since Clara is a governess type personality and this Doctor is very childlike, this was for her to set down her ground rules.  I did like that she wasn’t completely eager to go of with him that second.

Now don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy parts of this episode.  But th emain part that underwhelmed me was the amount of dramatic coding and such.  I loved the twist at the end, that it wasn’t really The Doctor himself, but the overall action and suspense was limited for me.  Especially after the Snowmen episode.  This episode did bring up a lot of new questions and still didn’t answer any. Who was the lady at the shop and how does she know about Clara?  What is really the deal with Clara?  Though I am glad that she did not die in this episode.  It would get very emotionally draining if we had to watch her die every week and the Doctor had to find her again.  Overall, I have to go with 6.5 Tardis (Tardi? What’s the purple of Tardis?!) out of 10.  It just didn’t live up to my expectations.

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Glee – Sweet Dreams

19 Apr

So you may be thinking… wait wait wait you skipped an episode!  You are probably aware that it was a very controversial episode and one that hit especially close to home for me.  I made it about halfway through before I had to stop for reasons that will be explained if/when I write about it.  I read about what happens, so I am still up with the plot, plus Glee is good with giving little snapshots of what’s been happening to keep you up to date.  Moving on to this week’s episode, Sweet Dreams.

So far this season, I have been a little underwhelmed with everything that’s been going on.  Half the cast is gone and the new one has been struggling with getting through sectionals and stuff.  Mr. Schue and Emma had a major rough patch and Mr. Schue even had a falling out with Finn.  However, this episode truly revived my faith in the show.  This is the show I fell in love with during the first season.

In this episode, things seem to be at an all time low for Mr. Schue.  Finn is off at college (and apparently partying it up with Puck) and Mr. Schue turns into, well, kind of a dick.  He picks a set of songs for regionals and is completely inflexible on them, even though Marley asks about doing some of her original songs.  The club bands together and tries to suggest to Mr. Schue that they could try some other songs instead and Mr. Schue calls out Sam, Blaine, and Unique.  Marley meets with those three later and asks them to sing one of her original songs with her that she specifically wrote for them.  The song was about how you really have more friends than you think you do and for the particular time in my life, it means a lot to me.  Think it’s sappy all you want, but this song won me over for the episode.

On another sideline, Beast encourages Mr. Schue to go to Finn and ask him to come back.  Finn is having too much fun at college and says no.  However, after a heart-to-heart with Puck about how they slacked off in high school and now they need to show people what they are really capable of, he decides to go back.  Mr. Schue agrees to treat Finn as an equal and he’s even getting college credit for his teaching degree from working with the glee club.  However, if you follow the news you’ll know that Cory Monteith (the actor that plays Finn) checked himself into rehab.  It is hard to say what the producers will do or if Cory will be able to be in the episodes while in rehab.

While things started tense with Mr. Schue and the glee club, he overheard Marley’s original and of course has a change of heart.  With Finn back, they say that they are going to work night and day to help them get through regionals and even asks Marley to teach the group some of her original songs.  They end the episode with the entire glee crew singing “Outcast”.  While it wasn’t as good as the first, I still loved the song and it brought back the idea that the glee club is for the misfits.

Outside of the high school, Rachel has a duet with her mother who has moved back to New York and started a Broadway daycare business.  Her mother encourages her to make sure she stands out for her audition for Fanny, instead of doing a Barbra Streisand song.  She later talks to Finn on the phone who encourages her to do something that takes her back to her roots.  At the audition, she walks on stage and gives music to the pianist.  Most of us, especially long time watchers of Glee, knew the song within a few beats.  Don’t Stop Believing.  You thought they were done with this song didn’t you?  Well, for those that are sick of the song, too bad for you.  For me, it brought back a sense of what the show started as and, in particular, how Rachel started.  After the first verse or so, Rachel has a sort of “vision” that she is on stage with all of the friends she started with in Glee club and uses that as a way to empower her performance.  After she sings, a producer asks her what changed midway through and she told him it was thinking about her friends and how much they encouraged her to become who she is today.  Of course, she gets a call-back.

The only thing that I did not like about the episode is that they pulled out the Harlem Shake.  I have a personal extreme dislike of the Harlem Shake.  The only good video is the one with Grumpy Cat saying NO.  Aside from that, this, for me at least, was one of, if not the, best episode so far of the season.  I think the use of the original songs really brought be back in, especially the meaning behind them.  It also gave a sense that everything is finally coming back into place and back to a sense of normalcy.  I am looking forward to more original songs.  There are only three more episodes in the season and this episode got me excited to watch them all.  I give this episode 9 nerd glasses out of 10.

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The Neighbors – It Has Begun

10 Apr

I knew I continued to watch this show for a reason.  I only watched it a bit and was not that into it, but when I heard that George Takei and Mark Hamill were going to be on the season finale, I was quite excited.  And I am happy to say that this is the episode I have been waiting for.  Yes it was still cheesy, but it seems to have actually picked up a plot continuation other than “Oh look, we’re aliens and have no idea how Earth stuff works!”.  I just hope they are able to continue this into the next season.

So this episode starts off with the Weavers asking Larry and Jackie to keep an eye on the kids while they are going to Atlantic City.  Larry and Jackie decide they are going with them because their children are being boring.  So they set the kids up with Amber (who is baby-sitting by herself for the first time).  Technically they end up leaving Dick in charge because he’s the smartest and most responsible.  in Atlantic City Larry and Marty do some gambling because Larry can see through the cards.  My favorite part of this is when Larry is calling out cards instead of “Ace of Clubs” he says “A of balls”.  Of course Marty ends up losing $5,000 and so they go off to win all of his money back.  Jackie and Debbie join in a Bachlorette party and Debbie ends up discussing her wedding, which leads to Jackie deciding she wants to have an official wedding with Larry.  Larry is mostly concerned about being able to see the puppet show, but they go through with the wedding.  Jackie gets Debbie to dress up in an actual maid outfit, since she is the maid of honor.

The main storyline is that Dick gets a toast (yes, a message on a piece of toast) from the Supreme Commander, which is his grandfather. He tells him to go to the TV and asks Dick not to contact his parents and that “It has begun” to which Dick respond “Oh… crap…”.  A few more messages later we actually get to see George Takei as the Supreme Commander.  He is on the TV talking to Dick saying that the evacuation of Earth has begun and that they are pulling them out because they are not impressed.  Reggie is talking to Dick and he says that they’re loyalties lie with their father so they call their parents to get them back.  This interrupts the wedding and the whole group rushes back.  A large traditional and brightly lit space ship is shown over the community and the Supreme Commander and his lackeys.   Larry is talking to his father and was asked “Didn’t you get my toasts?!”.  And apparently Jackie’s name on their home planet was also Debbie.  The Supreme Commander says that they are going, but Larry says they are not leaving.  The Weaver kids are saying they won’t let their new friends go, but Dick pipes up saying he can go back, he doesn’t care either way.  The Supreme Commander says that he WILL return.

Another underlying plot is Amber still has a crush on Reggie.  He decided he wanted to take his relationship to the next level with Giselle, meaning showing his true form, but he is nervous and then interrupted by Dick.  After Reggie runs out, Dick tries to hit on Giselle but saying “If it doesn’t work out with you and Reggie… Heeeeeyyy”.  Dick is such an odd little guy he’s hard not to like.  We’ve probably all known one of them.  He ends up telling her that he still loves Amber.  Reggie is telling Amber that he may have to leave and that she was his favorite thing about Earth (come on now, that’s just all kinds of sweet) and  they go to kiss and the grandfather walks in on them, which leads to the best moment in the show, a classic Takai “Ohhhh Myyyyy”.  I had been waiting the entire show for it and it was epic.  Amber and Reggie do kiss at the end and we learn that he apparently has two tongues and it ends with Amber saying it’s going to be an interesting summer.  Take that as you will.

 The very last scene is the Supreme Commander with his second in command played by Mark Hamill.  They are standing at a toaster sending the toasts messages to his son.  He says it is an urgent message and the second says that he shouldn’t be contacting him.  We see that the toast goes to the Weaver’s instead and it zooms in on the message but all we can see is “Warning! ___k is _en_t”.  So it leaves a very nice cliffhanger   I do expect it to pick up from this in the next season and I hope it is a little more interesting and more sci-fi-y.

Overall, I thought this was by far the best episode of the season.  It really picked up the plot and ran with it and they did more with this episode than the entire season.  I am excited to see what will happen next and I do hope they can continue this.  While the rest of the episodes aren’t bad per say  this one really set the bar and made it a show I am actually interested in watching, rather than just something amusing to fill time with.  I give it 8.5 aliens out of 10.

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Once Upon A Time – Selfless, Brave, and True

1 Apr

I know many people have not been a big fan of Once Upon a Time with the new season and say it should have ended with the first season.  However, I still enjoy watching it and waiting to see what twists the stories will take.  I am sure that the writers have something big up their sleeve.

This episode starts of in 2011 with August (Pinocchio) somewhere in Asia with his leg turning to wood.  In the time frame of things, this is after he made Neal leave Emma and just before he ends up going back to Storybook.  He freaks out and goes to the hospital, where they just think he’s crazy, and he runs into a kid who says he knows a place where he can get help.  The kid takes him there to meet a guy named The Dragon.  The Dragon says that he can help him and that he can also see that his leg is wood and he also knows his real name.  He takes the string that was used to first animate him when Geppetto created him and he also needs $10,000.  The Dragon tells August that if he brings him the money, he will be able to make it so that he will never turn into wood.

This is where the twist for the episode begins.  When August is going to see The Dragon, he runs into Neal’s (now) fiance Tamara who is also there to get help.  This was before Tamara had met Neal.  After August talks to The Dragon, he runs into Tamara at a bar and she tells him her story, that she has cancer with only a few months to live and has been all over the world looking for alternative cures.  The Dragon had also asked for $10,000 from Tamara and Neal sees it in her purse.  She steps away to make a phone call and he steals it and goes to The Dragon.  I do like that they have August display physical pain because he is not being truthful and good.  The Dragon does give him a small potion, but says that only he can cure himself.  Tamara, however, is smart and is able to track August down and confronts him.  They end up in a chase and the pain from August’s wooden leg causes him to fall and Tamara gets the potion.  At this point, we assume that she cured herself of her cancer and that is why she is still alive and with Neal.  However, there was a small seed of suspicion planted when at the bar Tamara was talking about how The Dragon asked for a personal item and she said “Who carries something like that with them all the time?”.  Thinking back on it, it hints that she may not necessarily be a good person.

Back to the current timeline, Tamara shows up because Neal had asked her to come.  Emma warns him that she should be honest with him and he tries to tell her about who she really is, but she won’t believe it and leaves to go stay at the hotel.

Snow White finally gets her but out of bed and goes out in the woods.  She is shooting her bow and very focused when she misses and she goes to find the arrow and ends up finding August living in an abandoned trailer (I believe this is the trailer that we saw in the last episode where the young boy and his father were camping and it got damaged).  August is not completely wooden, though when the curse broke it did allow him to move again.  Snow tries to convince him to come back into town, but he refuses.  Once in town, she finds Emma and Gepetto (so convenient that Gepetto just *happens* to be there) and tells him that she found August and what had happened.  They decide they must go and talk to the blue fairy to see if she can help.  The blue fairy, however, says that there is nothings he can do.  When she first animated Pinocchio, she told he that he would remain a real boy if he stayed brave, selfless and true.  However, he may be able to help himself, but he must do it by himself.  It is also here that Gepetto admits that he sent August through the wardrobe with Emma, but the issue is pushed aside and not mentioned again.  I expected it to be a much bigger deal that it seemed to be.  I think they could have used this for a bigger plot point at a later point where Snow is forced to make a difficult decision and this plus her blackened heart would come into play.

While Snow talks to Emma and Gepetto about August, Tamara is sitting in the diner and over hears the conversation.  At this point it is clear that she is up to something because she does not have a look of shock that Neal was trying to tell her the truth, but more like she has a plan in mind.  Afterwards, she shows up to the trailer to see August. reveals to him that she is Neal’s fiance, and asks him to leave town.  She reminds him of his desire to protect himself and offers him “salvation”.  She tells him to leave and gives him her car.

August gets in the car and is driving out of town but he is putting the pieces together in his head.  He knew Neal already and he knew she wasn’t up to any good.  He also remembered that he found The Dragon dead when he went back to ask him to make another cure for him and he suspects Tamara.  He turns around to go and find Emma to warn them.  He gets to the police station and is able to call and say he needs to warm Emma about Tamara, but she shows up and cuts the phone line.  It is here that she tells him her evil plan (because that’s what bad guys do right?).  She admits to killing The Dragon.  Tamara never really had cancer and had really been traveling the world looking for real magic.  She took the bottle that The Dragon had given August and that it showed that the liquid contained nothing that was found in this world.  She threatened to kill him, and he started to transform into something or use magic, but she used a stun gun to kill him before he could complete.  I do think this was a bit of a cop-out because I wanted to know more about The Dragon.  Why did he know about Pinocchio and what realm is he from?  Perhaps he will come back in some form later, I hope so because I would really like to know more.

After Tamara finishes telling her evil plan she attacks August with the stun gun and he collapses.  My concern here is, well, he’s made of wood.  I suppose there is some kind of magic that is animating him, but I don’t think the stun gun would kill him.  Maybe I am thinking about it too much, but it seems like an unlikely way to kill a magical wooden being.  He is able to stumble outside where Emma, Snow, David, Henry (apparently Henry is rarely in school), Neal, and Gepetto find him.  He is about to tell them about Tamara but he dies.  Henry pipes up and says that he was brave, truthful, and unselfish and can have a second chance and that they need the blue fairy, who conveniently shows up right at that second.  The blue fairy is able to use her magic and turns him back into a real boy, but literally a boy.  Tamara had popped up in the background beside Neal looking shocked, but when they ask boy August if he remembers what he was going to tell them, but luckily for Tamara he does not.  After that, they all kind of disperse, because someone dying and coming back as a small child is totally normal, nothing to see here folks.

After that, there are a few events that make things start to click into place and bringing out the new twists.  Tamara comes around to Neal and tells him that she’s going to stick around a while.  Regina also realized that Greg (the guy that crashed into Storybook) is the boy she tried to abduct.  He is back to look for his father, though Regina says he is not there.  Later, he is talking to the mysterious girl on his phone when she shows up to his hotel room only to reveal that it is Tamara.  And lastly, they also show that August finds Neal after he had started turning to wood again.  Neal says that he is going back to Storybook and we see that Tamara had been following August the whole time.  It is here that she plots her approach and hook for Neal and runs into him.

Overall, it was a fairly good episode.  It brought in a lot of twists and turns and kept me quite interested it.  There are some things that bothered me though (shocking wood, really?!), but it seems that we have a new bad guy and gal in town and I am curious to see what they will try to do.  I give it 7.5 nerd glasses out of 10.

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Bones – The Blood from the Stones

28 Mar

Whether or not it is “real to life”, Bones is by far one of my favorite shows and I look forward to watching it every week.  I am not a follower from the beginning  having only seen a few episodes here and there, but I had gone back and watched every episode before catching up with the current seasons.  The combination of science-y stuff and characters that I love and can relate to just makes it a great show for me.  Plus… David Boreanaz, need I say more?

The crime the team is investigating in this episode involves a somewhat petrified body found in a car.  Of course, they quickly determine that he was murdered and they’re off to the lab to determine who, how, and why.  The one side bit to this episode is that there is a guy video taping the team work in order to get donations for the Jeffersonian.  However, they get Dr. Edison to help with the case, even though he is not part of the crime unit anymore, because he is viewed as more camera friendly and relatable.  Through-out the episode, the camera guy is wandering around which causes Bones to try to compete with Dr. Edison to be more likable.  Bones struggles throughout the episode with the idea that maybe she is “stern and imperious” and maybe even mean or rude.  She talks with Booth at the end to ask if she is always like this and he comforts her to say she is nice and not always like she was on the footage.

Back to the murder, the victim was determined to be an undercover cop, but there is some suspicion that he has gone dirty, since he had swallowed a bag of diamonds before he left.  Bones and Booth meet with the cop, Dinco, who knew the details about the victim’s undercover work.  He was very upset over the suggestion that the victim may have been dirty and he quite upset and passionate, though a little anxious, about wanting to work on the case and does not stir up any suspicion.  That is until the victim’s wife says that it would be his fault, even if he didn’t pull the trigger.

Based on some of the particulates and such on the bullet, they determine where the victim was shot.  While there find a foot that was most likely left by whoever shot the victim in the first place.  Meanwhile, Angela is able to perform some of her technological magic and trace the ATM robberies to a house that is rented by two students.  They suspect that the female student just may be missing a foot.  Booth and Bones go to check it out and they find the female in the bed with her leg starting to gangrene.  Booth questions her before letting the rescue team to the hospital.  Shortly after that, they are able to catch up with the other student and bring him in for questioning, but only after he was roughed up by Dinco.  The kid admits that they were going to buy the diamonds, but the undercover cop took their money and shot his girlfriend.  By this point, they also know that the gun used to kill the victim was one issued by the DC police, so the kids did not kill him.  That turns the gaze on Dinco as the murderer, but that does not last long when Hodges finds particulates of leather, alcohol, and jasmine on some of the gun powder in the bones.

 They bring the victim’s wife in to question her and she finally admits that she killed him because she wanted the money to herself.  She had shot him with his own gun through her leather purse and had broken a bottle of perfume she in there in the process, hence the particulates.

I was a little disappointed that the rest of the team are not in the episode much.  I love Angela, but she was only in the show for a short time.  Even the rest of the team, Sweets and Hodges, were not main characters in this episode.  I do prefer episodes where the whole team gets very involved   Especially where Hodges does experiments!

Overall, I didn’t find this to be one of the best episodes, but it was still good.  The case they were involved in wasn’t as interested and didn’t seem as detailed as others in the past, probably because of the elements of the documentary and such.  I give it 7 bones out of 10.

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Beauty and the Beast – On Thin Ice

27 Mar

Yes… I know… this is by no means a great show, but hey, it is exactly what you would expect from the CW.  I started watching it with the hope that it would be a clever retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  It is definitely an interesting modification (the “beast” is a genetically engineering soldier who beasts out when he gets mad), but the main focus seems to be the romantic relationship between Vincent (the beast) and Catherine (the beauty).

Honest I have gotten a tad behind in this episode, so I was trying to recall what had happened in the previous one.  I don’t recall the details (it’s so memorable huh?), but Catherine had gotten shot and she is not recovering.  Part of her recovery is talking with a shrink during which she realize and admits that she is in love with Vincent (shocker!).  But for the time being, she has still not been authorized to start working again.  Because she cannot work, she is going crazy and keeps bugging her partner Tess to let her help with a case.  She does end up sneaking around and helping some with the case, but it was not a major part of the episode by any means.  Generally the cases get Vincent involved, but this one was fairly open and shut and completely not interesting.  I think if they were going to have her sneak around, it could have at least been an interesting case like usual.

The other major plot line in this episode is Vincent is seeing his ex-fiance Alex.  She has been stealing supplies from the hospital she works at and is helping at a clinic for people who cannot afford treatment.  She brings Vincent with her and he helps with some of the patients (of course Mr. strong, dark and handsome ex-military is also a sweet and compassionate doctor!).  She tells him that they could run away together in a group that does medical treatment in various villages in Africa (or something to that effect).  After they finish at the clinic they sneak into an ice skating rink that they used to get into and get caught.  Since Vincent has no ID and cannot reveal his true identity (since he is technically dead), he calls in Catherine who reluctantly gets him out of trouble by lying to the police that caught them.  At the end of the episode, he tells her that Alex is willing to run away with him and if she would be willing to do the same, but she asks if she would still be willing to do so if she knew the full truth.  Given that it is a romantic “sci-fi” type show, it’s pretty easy to tell that he will end up with Catherine, that’s just how it has to be.

The other minor point in the episode is that J.T. is now working with Evan on the trans-genetic DNA, which is really Vincent’s DNA that has been found on various crime scenes. Evan wants to be able to understand this create and capture it and possibly cure it.  Just when it looks like they are about to have enough evidence to go to the police chief (and J.T. is freaking out about it) the samples show as corrupted.  The last scene of the episode shows Evan’s girlfriend (Claire) meeting up with Dr. Sorenson saying that she had corrupted the samples and that they would get to Vincent first.  I believe that Dr. Sorenson is one of the bad guys from earlier in the episode that wanted to capture Vincent to study him, he looked familiar.

One thing I wanted to mention was the “lab work” they were doing to look at the DNA.  Determining if the trans-genetic DNA was a match took only a few minutes and just came up on the screen saying it was a match and had two DNA strands on the screen.  Then all of a sudden a big flashing “SAMPLES CORRUPTED” came up on the screen.  Because… ya know… science totally works like that.

Overall, it’s a silly show.  I will probably continue to watch it, but it’s low on the totem pole of what I want to watch.  I only watched it now because it was easier to find than some of the episodes of The Walking Dead that I have missed.  I give it 5 DNA strands out of 10.

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Family Guy – Chris Cross

26 Mar

I loved Family Guy when it first came out.  Since it’s return, it has good episodes and some are just… ehh… If you watch I’m sure you know what I mean.  I’ve apparently gotten a bit behind on Family Guy.

In general, I tend to like episodes more when they do not focus on Peter.  Let’s face it, Peter is a moron and, while he does have a few funny moments, is generally just annoying.  Based on the name of the episode, it seems like it’s going to be another episode focusing on Chris.  I did enjoy the episode where he went to space camp, so I had decent hopes for this one.

The main story line for this episode is that Chris gets made fun of because he is wearing lame shoes.  He asks his parents for money, but they refuse, so he sneaks in their room when they are gone and steals some money.  Meg sees him and blackmails him into doing things for her, in typical Meg fashion.  She has him watch An Officer and a Gentleman (I’m assuming it’s some romance movie, I have never seen it) and at the end she has him say “That’s going to be you someday Meg”.  The creepiest part was she wanted him to help put contacts in and her eyes rolled up into her head.  Finally Chris cannot take it anymore so he runs away from home.

I was pleasantly surprised that he runs away and ends up staying with Mr. Herbert (that creepy old man that has a crush on Chris).  I love Mr. Herbert, he adds that necessary creepy feel that is just hilarious.  This was one of the better episodes for him.  My favorite scene is when Chris and Mr. Herbert are going to bed, they are both in individual twin size beds that are decently far apart.  Chris keeps turning the light off, then back on to ask a question and the beds keep getting closer and closer.  Chris farts and turns the light back on and Mr. Herbert is back where he started and said that’s one way to waist a Cialis (erection pills for those that are too innocent to know what that is).  Eventually Chris gets so annoying that Mr. Herbert kicks him out.  Meg had ended up looking for him and finally found him and convinced him to come back home.

The other story line for this episode is between Stewie and Brian.  Stewie discover Anne Murray and loves his music.  Brian thinks he’s full of shit, but after Stewie sings to him, he has the same weird visions to the music that Stewie does.  They end up later arguing over a song and go to see her to ask what it really means.  It is here that Stewie finds out that she didn’t actually write the songs so he ties her up.  There was no real end to that story line.

There were two random scenes in the episode that stood out to me too.  One is when Stewie mentioned Buzz Lightyear not showing up and it cuts to Buzz at a scene trying to pick up some girls with the pickup line “Want to go to my apartment? And beyond?”  I thought that was pretty good.  The other was Peter being out on a date with Lois but had forgotten his wallet.  He ran to the payphone to make a call, but it cuts to a live action clip from probably the 80s.  It may have been funny if I had known what the original clip was from, but I just didn’t get it.

Overall, it was a decent episode.  I love Mr. Herbert being all creepy and I was amused by the fact that he eventually got tired of Chris.  At the end, it showed Mr. Herbert arriving at a cabin (that he had planned on going to with Chris) to meet with another guy and his small child/boyfriend crying that they had broken up.  I give it 7 evil monkeys out of 10.

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Whitney – Crazy, Stupid, Words

26 Mar

Whitney is another one of the shows that is more of a guilty pleasure, and not so geeky.  The geekiest part of the show is Whitney’s husband/boyfriend Alex who is a bit of a nerd and created and sold a website for a good deal of money.  While he is a geek, he is also a bit of a hipster looking guy, though I suppose the two “types” can often merge.

The theme behind this weeks episode is trust in couples and couples sneaking in and reading each others email.  It starts off by talking about it while watching a couple at a restaurant fight about it.  Later, they go to Marks bar where they are talking about trigger words (a word that upsets you due to a past experience) and it progresses to Whitney taking a picture of her butt as a funny photo with her friends, which upsets Alex because that is *his* butt and only *he* should get to see it…  Right.  That part irked me a bit because it came off much too controlling than I felt the situation needed to be.  It honestly made me like Alex less as a character because it made him much more close minded than the hipstery nerd I saw him as. Moving along… after fighting, Alex decided to take a picture of his junk and of course at that moment Roxanne and Lily walk in to see him in all of his glory and he proceeds to slam the laptop shut… on his dick.

Once you are done cringing at the thought of that, it moves on to Whitney joking with her friends about the situation and Alex sneaking onto her email to read it (Who saw that coming? Oh wait… everyone).  After a bit of fighting, they finally sit down and discuss it like adults and they both discuss their trigger words and explain why they are triggers.

Overall, not one of the stronger episodes and there have been some that are quite funny, but this one just didn’t push that boundary for me, though the part of Alex being controlling and acting like he owns Whitney did push it down a bit as well.  I give it 4 nerd glasses out of 10.

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