The TV Week That Was

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Welcome back to the TV Week That Was.

Image result for carl walking deadJust finished watching the Walking Dead special 90-minute mid-season finale.  Most of the episode was leading toward a shocking ending, an ending that they were teasing that everyone would be talking about.  And what they were referring to is that Carl was bitten by a Walker.  After Negan had gotten free of the zombie trap, he came to Alexandria for vengeance.  However, Carl had gotten the others out and confronted Negan.  After that, in the sewers where the survivors were hiding, Carl showed the Walker bite to Rick and Michonne.  Carl is not dead yet, and, on the Talking Dead, writer/producer Scott Gimple teased that Carl will have something important to do when the Walking Dead returns in February.

 

Dirk Gently on BBC America continues to be solid television each and every week.  The show has tremendous humor, exciting action, twists and turns and some great characters.  This week, the violence capita went through the roof as several of the characters from Wendimore were killed.  Hardest of all, moments after the sweet reunion, Panto and Silas were shot to death.  However, the sight of Bart with a chainsaw preparing to unleash holy hell is really dramatic.  I am hoping that the Boy will be able to save some of these characters when Dirk rescues him from Blackwing.  Either way, we found out this week that Sheriff Sherlock Hobbs is not dead.  Whoo-Hoo!  Of course, he then promptly got shot along with Farrah and Tina.  This show has really been on a breakneck pace this season.

Agents of SHIELD was just off the charts again this week with the group still in the future and in space.  Not only did we get more awesomeness from the crew, but they officially introduced the concept of the Multiverse in the MCU.  It was a difficult week for Simmons, though she is just looking all kinds of beautiful with her gold trimmings.  She was brought out of her weird daze to help train an Inhuman with her phasing power. The girl wound up in a gladiator style showdown, eventually sending her fist through her opponent’s chest.  And what did she get for it?  Sold.  Besides this plot, Coulson came across some kind of strange message coming from the surface of what is left of the earth, that is covered with the roaches.  Agents of SHIELD is rocking season five hard so far.

On Gotham we had a bratty Bruce Wayne sighting this week.  Bruce’s bad behavior had Alfred very concerned, but Bruce was not in the mood to listen to his guardian/butler.  So Alfred got into some fisticuffs with Master Bruce and blackened the brat’s eye.  Because of that, Bruce got himself emancipated and fired Alfred.  Bruce’s evolution in Bratman is well under way.  Also on the episode, we saw he murder of Carmine Falcone, who arrived to retrieve his daughter.  Everyone believed that Penguin had ordered the hit, but it turned out that it was Sophia, his daughter.  Sophia blackmailed Jim Gordon into keeping it quiet.  Plus, she shot the escaped Pyg in the head.  That was my least favorite part of the episode, because I really enjoyed Pyg.  Then, with Penguin returned to Arkham, he wound up in the cell next to Jerome.

Image result for Speechless star warsStar Wars hype continued on the Disney owned network ABC on Speechless as JJ and his brother Ray were able to get tickets to the premiere of the new Star Wars movie.  This, of course, led to conflict when JJ wanted to use the tickets to get a hot girl to take him.  There is a funny cameo on the show by famous director Kevin Smith, which is even more ironic since Smith talked about not being invited to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere on his latest Fatman on Batman podcast.

Related imageI tried to watch the new SyFy series Happy, which is based on a Grant Morrison/Darick Robertson graphic novel but I just could not get into it.  Happy starred Law and Order star Christopher Meloni and a blue, flying unicorn that only Meloni could see. 

 

Marvel’s Runaways took another awesome step this week as the group came together for the first time and showed off their powers.  And old friend of Alex’s father, who had taken the rap for him to get him out of prison, returned this week and grabbed Alex fro leverage.  Little did he know that the Runaways were here to take care of business.  We got a good scene between Chase and his father as well, as it turned out that Victor revealed that he had a brain tumor.  The show on Hulu has been really great so far and I have enjoyed the slow burn on it.

Image result for star wars schmoedownThe Movie Trivia Schmoedown continues its push towards its big show, The Schmoedown Spectacular on Dec. 22nd.  This week they had a number one contender for the Star Wars Championship, currently held by “The Pit Boss” Ken Napzok.  The fatal five way match saw Sam Witwer come out on top after a very dramatic match.  However, after the victory, they brought out Napzok who apparently turned to the Dark Side of the Force and joined the Lion’s Den.  Seemingly, Napzok’s Nerd’s watch partner Rachel Cushings talked him out of it, getting Ken to agree to team up with her again against the Lion’s Den team Blofeld’s Cat.  That match up is Tuesday, and I expect some shenanigans, especially if Ken and Rachel lose.

The week ahead features a sneak peak of the return of Movie Fights to Screen Junkies.  The show that has been off the air since the Andy Signore sexual harassment situation is on its way back and Thursday has a sneak peak.  Also more from Agents of SHIELD, a new Runaways, and more.

Happy viewing

The TV Week That Was

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Good evening everyone.  Welcome back to the TV Week That Was.  First, a plug.  Here at EYG, December means it is time for the Year in Review for 2017.  There will be multiple categories in all areas of pop culture, including television,  So stop in and see where your favorites fall.

Image result for agents of shield premiere season 5Agents of SHIELD returned with a two hour block of episodes this Friday.  What a series premiere.  Just amazing.  Not only did the agents wind up in space (as in outer, like Coulson said), but also in the future, a future where the Kree had arrived to pick the bones of humanity after the earth was destroyed by, supposedly, Quake.  What?  Agents of SHIELD is consistently the best show Marvel out and it is full of action, drama and comedy.  Mack and Coulson were hilarious with their one liners and quips and it never fails that Agent May is destined to kick some ass.

Image result for runaways characters hulu episode 4Marvel’s Runaways continues to slowly build toward the eventual running away.  I like the fact that we are four episodes in and the kids have yet to leave their parents.  It allows some serious character development.  This week we see more with Old Lace, the mysterious dinosaur, and Karolina shared her powers with Chase.  It seems that Gert;s parents are not quite evil as much as they are trapped.  I did not read the initial comic run so I do not know what happens, but I am suspecting something more tragic with these two.  Each episode has been wonderful so far so I am looking forward to Tuesday on Hulu.

Image result for lennie james on fear the walking deadIt was announced on the Talking Dead this past week that the cast member that would be crossing over between the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead and it turned out to be Lennie James, who plays Morgan.  How this would work out was not revealed as it looks as if there will need to be a time jump on Fear.

Image result for season 8 walking dead episode 6Meanwhile, on The Walking Dead, a conflict on the Hilltop threatened to cause trouble.  Maggie, however, quashed the problem sending the snake Gregory into the prison camp that they had set up for the POWs.  We also got Daryl Dixon arriving at the perfect time to prevent the escape of some Saviors with sound equipment in a dramatic way and we also got a rocket launcher.  Then Rick gets himself taken by the garbage people who, apparently, do art in the nude.  This show has not had a great season so far with a few breaks.

Image result for designated survivor season 3 episode 8President Kirkman is showing his inner Jack Bauer on Designated Survivor taking a secret trip into Afghanistan to meet with the opposing sides of the war.  This is something that NEVER would have happened.  When the suicide bomber went off in the camp, President Kirkman stayed right there and dug in.  Any real president would have been on Air Force One and speaking to people on the phone.  I enjoyed the episode though it was perhaps the most unlikely and unrealistic one on TV.

Related imageI am working on catching up on American Horror Story: Cult on the FX app.  I just finished episode 7 of 11 in the season and I am really enjoying it.  I am not sure about the Zodiac Killer part of the story, but I really find Evan Peters transcendent this season playing cult leader Kai.  The realism of the year is also pretty frightening.  In the past, American Horror Story has had some trait of the fantastical about it, but this year, any of this could happen.  That make it all the more scary.

Image result for carol burnett showI am watching at this very moment, the 50th Anniversary of the Carol Burnett Show on CBS.  It is a basic clip show featuring Carol along with a bunch of special guests.  It is too bad that there is not a variety show like this in prime time any longer.  Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence never failed to bring laughter, even if it was just themselves.  Jim Carrey is on the show right now, saying something strange.

Happy viewing.

 

The TV Week That Was

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Good afternoon, Geek Nation, and welcome back to the TV Week That Was.  Last week was a huge week, but this week was a little less.  Filled with holiday offerings and breaks for Thanksgiving, the TV was a bit less.  However, there were still several great things happening.

Image result for runaways marvel HuluLet’s start with Hulu dropping the first three episodes of Marvel’s Runaways, the new adaptation of the classic Marvel comic by Brian K. Vaughn.  The series has given us some of the best adaptations of characters we have seen yet.  The Runaways are a group a kids who discover that their parents are members of a super villain organization and they take off on the run.  We have yet to get the runaway part of Runaways yet, but I am enjoying the movement toward that.  We got to see Old Lace, the dinosaur partner of Gert.  There has been some changes to Molly from the comics, but they seem to work very well in the live action and as long as the changes to a particular character still encompasses the character’s basic vibe, then I am fine with it.  Nico is great.  All of the young stars have shown some impressive work so far and I am fully interested.  Hulu is not dropping the whole series at once in this case.  They will be releasing it weekly on Tuesdays.  I would have binged this fully had they dropped the whole season, but now… I must wait.

Image result for agents of shield 17 minute preview'Speaking of interested, ABC released the first 17-minutes from next Friday’s season debut of Agents of SHIELD, which will be two hours in length, and the debut is beyond epic.  Agent Coulson is back and seems to be in outer space.  Mac steals the entire segment with his quips and lines.  He was a complete riot in the short preview.  In the preview, I literally screamed out twice in shock and laughed I do not know how many times.  I have missed Agents of SHIELD and I am very sorry that there are so many people who do not watch this awesome show.  Seriously, the first half of season one was pretty weak, but as soon as they got through the Captain America: Winter Soldier, this show has been on fire ever since.  Last season with the shortened arcs that included Ghost Rider and the A.I.’s were amazing and this season’s space start was compelling, intriguing and downright scary.  All played with the typical wit and humor of Agents of SHIELD.  I believe this may be the show’s final season and if that is the case, you need to give this fun ride a chance.  Two hour premiere this coming Friday!  Be there!  This is a HUGE step up from the Inhumans.

Image result for professor pyg and meat pies Gotham'There was no Gotham this week, but I had missed the episode from the week before and…holy crap!!!  Professor Pyg returned and brought the chaos with him.  It was one of the best, downright disturbing moments of television this year.  Professor Pyg had taken over a party full of the high society of Gotham and forced them to eat some meat pies a la Sweeney Todd.  In other words, the pies are people.  I am not sure if that was the most disturbing aspect or if it was how the Penguin, trying to protect the boy Pyg held at knife point, grabbed a handful of the people pie and chomped it down.  Seriously creepy.  Jim Gordon got there soon after and was able to bring and end to the reign of Pyg, but not before some of the wealthiest of Gotham got their comeuppance.

Image result for wendimoor dirk gently episode 7“I’ve solved it!”  Dirk Gently yelled at the end of the latest episode of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.  It was especially sweet because Dirk had been in such a depressed mood recently.  It was truly a welcome sight to see him break free from the doldrums.   However, it may be too late since the warring factions of the fairy tale world Wendimoor attacked one another leading to major casualties on both sides.  Series creator Max Landis tweeted that he was really excited because the next episode (next week) is his favorite of the entire series run.  Dirk Gently is consistently one of the most fun shows on television.

Image result for walking dead negan and father gabrielThe Walking Dead’s latest episode was pretty average considering how great the week before was.  We got some information and progression on the Negan front, finally going inside the building where he was trapped with Father Gabriel.  Meanwhile, we returned to the Saviors who were having some extensional crises with who might be in charge without Negan.  That wasn’t working very well and was going to lead to some issues.  We also saw an apparent rift between Rick and Daryl as the two best buddies came to blows over a plan.  I found that to be pretty dull since we all know that there is no way any sort of rift will continue between Daryl and Rick.  In the end, The Walking Dead did not sustain the momentum from last week’s excellent show.

Image result for aj brock ssSurvivor Series was last week with a great match between Brock Lesnar and A.J. Styles on the card.  This might have been the best match Brock Lesnar has been involved with since CM Punk.  There was also an excellent match between the reuniting Shield and the New Day that kicked off the show.  The final match with Team RAW and Team Smackdown seemed a bit of a bungled mess as the people they should be making look great were not the ones there at the end.  However, Braun Strowman continues to be the best booked character in the WWE.

Can’t wait for Agents of SHIELD this week.  By the way…exactly, who is this guy from that 17-minute clip?  Friday can’t get here soon enough!  Happy Viewing.

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The TV Week That Was

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Wow.  What a week.

Image result for shiva tigerWhere to start?  How about the Walking Dead?  Last week, I wrote that I had been unhappy with the new season of the Walking Dead because the show had become boring.  Just a few hours later, the Walking Dead would have the best episode of the season.  Why? Easy.  They focused on people that we knew– with stakes for them.  King Ezekiel, Jerry, Carol, Rick and Daryl.  Then, they gave us the most emotional scene of the year and it was about the death of Shiva, the CG tiger that had been prowling the Kingdom.  I could not believe that Shiva died, even though it was a heroic death as Shiva saved Ezekiel from the Walkers. I was on the edge of my seat.  More episodes like this one please.

Image result for jon bernthal punisherThe Punisher debuted on Netflix this weekend and… HOLY CRAP.  This series was not what I was expecting.  There was more character development and characterization than any of the Marvel Netflix series.  It had remarkable writing and tremendous dialogue.  I was very engaged by the story, even though some claimed that the early episodes were slow or boring.  I love the character stuff so I was enthralled.  Then, when it came time for the Punisher violence, this show went further than I ever believed it would.  People who complained about Marvel/Disney not doing Deadpool right if FOX sells to Disney should just look here for the example.  There was so much blood and there were several times when I had to look away because it was so graphic.  This was easily the best version of the Punisher ever on film and Jon Bernthal deserves an Emmy nomination for his work as Frank Castle.

annaliseBut the most emotional I was all week was at the end of the Winter finale of How to Get Away with Murder.  All season we had been fed tragic scenes making us wonder what exactly had happened, and tonight we found out.  Laurel passing out in a stuck elevator as she went into labor, giving premature birth.  There was blood everywhere, and it was up to Annalise to try and save the baby… the baby that we knew had disappeared from the scenes all season.  Those desperate cries from Annalise to the 9-1-1 caller and her yelling “live” at the baby was just unbelievable.  Watching her give CPR to that tiny preemie was as emotional as you are going to get.  I have never taken a deeper breath than when we heard the baby cry as the screen went black.  Amazing.

Image result for robert kirkman secret history of comicsWe got a new series on AMC this week that I have enjoyed.  Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics told the story about the unknown back stories of the comic industries.  The first episode talked about Stan Lee and the history of Marvel.  There was a great deal of focus on Jack Kirby as well.  There was a second episode that I saw this week with the story of William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman.  I had already seen the film Dr. Marston and the Wonder Women so I had a background on this story already, but it was cool to see it again. 

Image result for ghosted Sam the computerThis week’s episode of Ghosted was fun, but it showed the strengths and weaknesses of the series.  Ghosted has a great cast, with some creative stories… this week dealing with an A.I. named Sam who went evil.  The problem was that the show goes too fast.  The half and hour show always feels that as soon as they get things properly introduced, the plot wraps up because the show’s time was over.  Perhaps if Ghosted was an hour show, or they did two part episodes the show would feel less choppy.  I really enjoy the humor of the show and the interaction with the characters, so I hope they figure out the pacing issues.

Image result for last week with john oliver the trump presidencyLast Week Tonight with John Oliver ended their show for the remainder of the year and they did it with a great episode looking at the Trump presidency.  Oliver showed clips showing how Trump and other Republicans use the techniques of “delegitimizing the media,” “whataboutism” and “trolling” as a way to distract and detour his opponents.  It was a really funny show.

Image result for samm levine schmoedownThe Movie Trivia Schmoedown concluded their team and singles Ultimate Schmoedown tournaments this week and one person stood out as the highlight of the week, “The Inglorious One” Samm Levine.  First, the team tournament finals happened where Above the Line, featuring Samm Levine and Drew McWeeney defeat the heelish Team Action.  Then, later in the week, Levine won the singles tournament as he upended “Little Evil” JTE.  So now, Samm Levine, at the December Schmoedown Spectacular, has two title matches.  Above the Line takes on the team champions The Patriots, and then Levine takes on the Schmoedown Champion Kristian Harloff.  Congrats to Samm Levine on his big week.

Related imageIt seems as if Dirk Gently is having some serious trouble with all the death going on around him.  He has really lost the sparkle in his eye and he has become tired of the mantra that “Everything is connected.”  That is making the stakes on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency all the more tough.  There is a lot of strangeness going on on Dirk Gently and it is awesome fun.  However, please do not let Farrah be dead.

Did Papa Pope kill the very pregnant Quinn?  He supposedly kidnapped her in a way to get his freedom and his dinosaur bones back, but when Olivia did not fold, he shot her…off screen.  Personally, I do not believe for one minute that he did it.  I believe that Quinn and Pope were working together to try to save Olivia’s soul.  However, her soul is very, very dark right now.  Scandal is in its final season and will be off until January 18th.

Image result for future manI also sampled the first few episodes of Hulu’s new show Future Man starring Josh Hutcherson.  After the first three episodes I had not been convinced to watch the remainder.  It was not terrible, but it did not grab my interest as much as it needed to. I may still continue to watch it, but I am not feeling the need to binge it.  Here is hoping that the next Hulu series, The Runaways which starts this week, is more engaging for me.

Survivor Series on WWE Network is happening right now.

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The TV Week That Was

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Good evening, Geek Nation.  Welcome back to the TV Week That Was.  There are some television programming to talk about this week.

Related imageFirst off, what is wrong with the Walking Dead?  This season has been fairly weak so far as they have entered all out war with Negan. You wouldn’t think that this would make things duller, but it seems as if it has.  The show brought back a character from season one at the end of the program one week, Morales, only to kill said character in an anticlimactic manner the very next episode (and only about 15 minutes into it.)  Morgan has seemed to be reverting to his past stage, tossing aside any character development we saw from him over the last two seasons.  They keep killing off characters that we don’t have much attachment to, expecting it to mean something to us.  Worse of all, they allow Gregory back into the Hilltop despite his clearly lack of loyalty.  When he betrays you AGAIN please don’t come crying to me.  It has been several episodes since we have seen Negan.  Season eight has been a mess so far.  Hopefully, things will start to straighten themselves out.

Image result for inhumans finaleSpeaking of a mess, The Inhumans ended its 8-episode run this Friday night with an okay episode.  However, I, for one, found Black Bolt leaving his brother stranded in a bunker on the moon as the city collapsed around him to be a bit less than heroic.  I understand that they did not want to kill of Maximus and he had done some terrible things, but perhaps he could have been stranded accidentally… presumed to be dead… instead of making Black Bolt be the one to carry out the sentence.  Plus, there were several questions that were raised in the series that, I believe, will never be answered since I cannot believe that this series will get a season 2.  Now, the Inhumans have moved to earth, and we know the Asgardians are on their way to earth as well.  Hm… hope there is enough space.  I also want to call out how weak of a death it was for poor Henry Ian Cusick.  He was killed by the reanimated Gorgon, and, honestly, no one even gave a single crap.  Was I wrong, but he was truly an innocent bystander in this, right?  I mean, he was manipulated by Maximus, but he was not evil and I thought he deserved better.

olivia skrullOlivia Pope is officially evil now.  Any semblance to the Olivia Pope from the first several seasons of Scandal is gone now.  It was revealed this week that Olivia was actually behind the plane explosion and the murder of the foreign leader and his daughter.  Then, she spent the whole episode trying to keep the rest of her friends from finding the missing Quinn because she thought Quinn was going to reveal the truth about Olivia.  Turns out, Quinn was truly kidnapped.  I’m sorry, but I think that Olivia Pope died back when she was kidnapped and they replaced her with a Skrull.  That is the only explanation for the character assassination that has gone on with her since that horrible storyline.

Image result for gotham season 4 jim harveyA lot of complaining going on this week.  Let’s hit on some positives.  Gotham continues its hot streak as the James Gordon-Harvey Bullock feud rages on.  This week, Jim has officially replaced Harvey as police captain of the GCPD and Harvey was not too pleased about it.  Some may see this as the first step to creating Commissioner Gordon, however, the fact that Jim is beholden to Sofia Falcone.  This is certainly leading to bad things.

<p>Jack Falahee, <em>How to Get Away with Murder</em> </p> How to Get Away With Murder is in high speed right now, heading dramatically towards its mid-season finale and an explanation of exactly what is happening.  Whatever it is, it is going to be terrible.  It was tough to see Connor get blindsided with the truth.  Especially after he had spent the whole season in the sad world and he had finally found his smile.  I am afraid for his fate in the upcoming episode because that it an awful lot of blood in those flash-forwards and it must belong to someone.

Image result for jughead kisses toniRiverdale seems to be fast forwarding its story as well and it is doing what it can to trash the relationship between Betty and Jughead.  The fans of “Bughead” took it hard as the Black Hood apparently has some kind of Jones for Betty and then proceeds to threaten her family (including her sister) with murder if she did not break up with Jughead.  Then, Jughead kissed the Serpent Toni in some kind of rebound kiss thing.  I am not sure I am too happy with the way the Black Hood has moved forward and it does feel like these characters change to fit whatever the plot of the show needs them to do.  Still, Riverdale is a continually interesting show and a must watch.

Arsenio juggling ‘Mayor’ role, stand-up and a ‘not famous’ girlfriendtv_arsenio1aArsenio juggling ‘Mayor’ role, stand-up and a ‘not famous’ girlfriendArsenio juggling ‘Mayor’ role, stand-up and a ‘not famous’ girlfriendThere was a fun cameo by Arsenio Hall this week on ABC’s The Mayor.  Arsenio played a reverend who was trying to get Courtney’s mother, Dina (Yvette Nicole Brown), to join his church’s choir.  The Mayor has been a fun show each week, but it has never had that really awesome episode that places it on the map.  It is a consistently good show though so maybe if we continue to get some more of Arsenio Hall, who knows where The Mayor may go.

Image result for aj styles vs. jinder mahalTuesday night saw the crowning of a new WWE Champion on Smackdown, and it was awesome!  A.J. Styles defeated “The Modern Day Maharaja” Jinder Mahal for the title. I was so excited when the hand hit the mat for the count of three that I yelled out and applauded.  It has been a long time since I reacted to WWE television in that manner.  I had hoped that this title change would happen for many reasons, chief among them being that I really like AJ Styles’s work.  But even more so was that now, next weekend at Survivor Series, AJ Styles will be in a Champion vs. Champion non-title match against Brock Lesnar.  This could be a match of the year candidate.

Related imageAnd perhaps the most consistently entertaining and weird show on television right now is Dirk Gentley’s Holistic Detective Agency.  Dirk, whose motto has always been that “everything is connected” and has said that all he has to do is wait until everything come to him, has begun to find the coincidental aspect of his fate annoying, and it is extremely funny.  Seeing Dirk react to the major coincidences as if they are doing it just to spite him is extraordinarily funny.  The show also has great side characters that it spends time developing.  I am very concerned that we just lost Sheriff Sherlock Hobbs this week.  Hobbs has been one of my most favorite additions to season two and I hope that he has not been killed off, as I fear.

This upcoming week will see the Netflix debut of The Punisher!  That should be brutal.  We also see the Winter finales of both How to Get Away with Murder and Skrull Olivia.

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Happy viewing.

 

The TV Week That Was

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Welcome back to another episode of The TV Week That Was.  Unfortunately, this Sunday has brought another mass shooting, this time in Texas.  As I am writing this, there are not very many details available outside of the shooting taking place at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs just past noon.  According to an article at the New York Times website, officials believe there have been 27 deaths, with that total perhaps to rise.  There will be plenty of news coverage of this on the cable news, but I really think the time has long since passed that the US steps up and does something instead of allowing the gun lobby and the NRA to continually push these national tragedies aside in the name of the 2nd Amendment.  I see lots of Senators on Twitter sending out thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.  How about doing something besides just praying, you sycophantic slugs?

Okay, got that off my chest.  Let’s get on with something happier.

Image result for houston astros on SNLWell, at least, happier for some.  The Houston Astros won game 7 of the World Series this week to become World Series Champions.  The Astros defeated my Dodgers 5-1 in the final game of an excellent series.  Congrats to Houston, which brought some good news to a city that has not had a lot of good news this year.  Also this week, members of the Astros found their way to Saturday Night Live and onto the set of Weekend Update.  Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Alex Bregman walked out and Altuve ended up on Lesley Jones’s lap.

Image result for rick and Morales walking deadI have to say, I have not been into The Walking Dead yet this year.  Last week’s episode was difficult to get into.  They kept bouncing back and forth between people I did not know and other people I did not know firing guns at each other.  There was not enough interactions with the characters who I do know and love.  There was also another fake out on a character’s death as it sure looked like Morgan had been gunned down.  Yet, he survived.  I’m not even sure exactly how he did this.  There was an interesting turn at the very end of the episode as Morales, a character from season one returned to stick a gun in Rick’s face.  I assume Rick will be fine since we saw him as Old Man Rick last week.

Image result for inhumans episode 7The Inhumans brought both Triton and Gorgon back to life this week as the Royal Family returned to the moon, made a deal with Maximus, handed over Dr. Desmond from LOST to Maximus, and then acted surprised when Maximus did not keep his word.  The episode ended with Maximus being led into a trap and winding face to face with Black Bolt.  Only one episode left as I continue to count the days until Agents of SHIELD returns and fills this time slot with watchable Marvel TV once again.  Seriously, Marvel TV has been pretty average to poor lately with Iron Fist and Defenders both being “meh” and Inhumans being downright bad.  Hopefully Agents of SHIELD and Punisher in two weeks (as well as Runaways on Hulu) can start matching Marvel TV with the excellence that is happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Marvel Studios.

Image result for riverdale black hoodI am also split on Riverdale season two.  I loved season one, but I am just torn with this Black Hood killer storyline.  I love serial killer storylines and I do like how they have woven the killer into Betty’s story as well, but I am just not sure what to think about how this story is completely altering Archie Andrews as a character.  He has turned into a crazed and violent nutjob.  Archie bought a gun and got into an Outsiders style street fight with the Serpents.  I understand that the Black Hood started by shooting Archie’s father, but he seems to be going way over the line.  I am interested in the character of the Black Hood and I do wonder whom this killer truly is, so I hope some of the characterization can get straightened out before it ruins Riverdale completely.

scandalplaneboomDark Olivia Pope continues on Scandal as the White House CoS and “Command” of the B613 secret organization each week and even being outed as the head of B613 did not stop Olivia this week.  Show of hands if you expected something to happen to that airplane at the end of the episode?  Yeah, my hand is up too.  This final season has been very disappointing as Olivia has really gone over to the dark side and I am just about ready to say let her stay there.  I also hated how President Mellie Grant, the first female president, fell for the first handsome foreign leader she came across.  So much for female power.  That was terribly cliched and borderline offensive.  Why couldn’t have Mellie just been a strong and powerful woman without having their be “sparks?”  Well, at least the leader was on that plane so there won’t be any more sparks.

Image result for professor pyg gotham episode 7Gotham continues to be must see each week as the Professor Pyg storyline continued this week with Jim Getting a lot of kick back among GCPD for his NOT being targeted by Pyg (that’s like Pygmalion, btw).  However, Jim’s act of bravery to save a group of cops won them all over.  All of them, that is, except Harvey Bullock.  There are definite cracks appearing in the relationship between Jim and Harvey, and it all makes sense.  We also got a storyline with Bruce Gone Wild at a nightclub and getting heavy into it with a girl.  The Bruce Wayne part was the weakest part of Gotham this week, easily.

Image result for designated survivor episode 6 two shipsDesignated Survivor has been consistently entertaining for the last several weeks.  I like how it has moved away from the deep seeded conspiracy to events that a president may have to deal with every day. This week, a US spy ship crashed with a junker in waters where it was not supposed to be.  We got some really good drama, especially between President Kirkman and the young captain Griffin, played by Gregory Smith, who had to step up as leader after the higher ranked officers died in the accident.  The conversations with these two were very emotional and took its toll on Kirkman when we learn that Griffin stayed behind to make sure that the ship’s secrets did not fall into enemies hands.  It was a strong episode of a series that has been very reliable this year.

Related imageHow to Get Away With Murder continues to amp up the situation and continues to drive Annalise toward what looks like some sort of bloody confrontation.  This episode showed us some demons in the mind of Annalise’s therapist, Isaac Roa.  It looks like Jimmy Smits’s character has lost a daughter in his own past and the fact that Annalise has confided in him that she lost a child in the hit and run seems to have sent him into his own emotional tailspin.  The flash-forwards of this show are getting closer each week and soon we will be able to put it all together.

Image result for schmoedown rocha vs. levineThe Movie Trivia Schmoedown is continuing its Ultimate Schmoedown singles tournament, which is turning out to be full of major upsets.  The number one seed, “The Outlaw” John Rocha fell this week to “The Inglorious One” Samm Levine in a close and dramatic match.  That means our final four consists of Levine, a 9 seed, taking on Rachel “The Crusher” Cushing, a number 12 seed, and Mike Kalinowski, a seven seed, taking on “Little Evil” JTE, a number 11 seed.  The winner will receive a shot at the Championship, currently held by “The Commish” Kristian Harloff, at the Schmoedown Spectacular.  The finals of the team tournament are scheduled next week as well with Team Action vs. Above the Line.  If you enjoy movie trivia and you are not watching the Movie Trivia Schmoedown, you need to get on it immediately.  There is fun every match.

Have a great week.  Smackdown Tuesday has a WWE Championship match with Jinder Mahal defending against A.J. Styles.  The Inhumans final episode airs.  GH is continuing its Tale of Two Jasons.  There are lots of great TV programs to watch.

Happy Viewing.

Oh, and by the way… Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

The Gunpowder treason and plot.

I can tell of no reason, why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

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Image result for noah schnapp stranger things 2Stranger Things 2 was awesome.

I know that some people were worried to see if the show could improve upon an excellent first season that came from out of nowhere.  Well, season 2 was tremendous, and, in my opinion, had 8 out of 9 episodes that were amazing.  Plus, the kid actor who had the least amount of screen time in season one was absolutely brilliant in season 2.  Noah Schnapp, who plays Will, brought so much emotion and just about every possible reaction a kid could have.  His performance is Emmy worthy.  All of the kids were great in season two, including Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard.  The story was tight and dramatic.  There were moments where I literally yelled out loud.  It was a great season 2 and I cannot wait until season 3 comes around.

Image result for old man rick walking deadThe Walking Dead debuted last Sunday night with its season 8 opener that was, truly, kind of meh.  There were some interesting confrontations with Negan, but it felt as if there was a lot of set up involved in this episode.  The most notable moments in the episode were the strange “Old Man Rick” flash forwards (?) sections.  There were not very many of these, but it is something different that makes you wonder exactly what is going on.  Plus, we had Weird Al Yankovic’s “Another One Rides the Bus” played.  Then, poor Father Gabriel got screwed over by Gregory and wound up face to face with Negan as our cliffhanger.

Related imageThe TLC PPV for the WWE had some trouble with a viral infection and had to redo some of their main matches.  Because of that, we got the return to action of RAW GM and our Olympic Hero Kurt Angle, and we got a Match of the Year candidate in AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor.  Angle wound up doing the Shield power bomb in place of Roman Reigns, getting the pin on Miz and Finn Balor beat Styles in a wonderful match.  Styles vs. Balor showed that two professionals who know what they are doing can still have a great match without any build prior.

Related imageGotham brought out an unexpected Batman villain to the world of FOX network.  Professor Pyg was a character that I did not know much about but he was an extremely creepy and perfectly cinematic villain to really bring a fearsome factor to Gotham.  With Professor Pyg going after Gotham cops who had been taking money from Penguin, the episode also dropped a bomb on us that our beloved Harvey Bullock had been doing that as well.  Professor Pyg got away at the end and I look forward to more from him a Gotham moves into the season.

Related imageThis was the best episode of The Inhumans so far this season, but that was not saying much.  It was still not a great episode, but we got a lot with Karnak, and that is something this episode gave us.  The episode also surprised us by killing off Gorgon, a member of the Inhuman Royal Family.

Image result for mr robot tyrell wellick episode 3 season 3Mr. Robot showed us what had happened since the end of season 1 to Tyrell Wellick.  Told basically in flashback, we saw how loyal to Elliot he was.  And we saw a dramatic interview of Wellick by Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride’s Vizzini).  This interview was a must see moment…as was the mustache.

Image result for speechless halloween michael JacksonSpeechless had a tremendous Halloween episode last week.  It involved finding some really old candy hidden in the DeMeo house that caused the kids to hallucinate and dream.  And these dreams were awesomely funny.  Plus, Kenneth ran through a series of Michael Jackson costumes.  Spechless is a consistently funny and warm comedy that has complex characters and wonderful plotlines.

Image result for kershawThe World Series started this week and, as I am typing this, the series is tied at 2 games each.  The Dodgers won game one and four, while Houston won game 2 and 3.  Houston and Los Angeles are two very evenly matched teams and game five will see the return to the mound of LA’s Clayton Kershaw.

Related imageGhosted had a great “monster of the week” episode this week.  A water based monster loose in the headquarters lead to a lockdown.  This was probably the best episode of the series so far– a series that has been surprisingly solid so far.  I had not expected to like Ghosted, but it has been entertaining, mainly because of the chemistry between the two main leads, Max and Leroy.

General Hospital Spoilers: Steve Burton Filmed Behind the Scenes - Patient Six Shocking Party RescueGeneral Hospital’s Patient 6, which is the return of Steve Burton, crashed through the skylight of the Metro Court and literally dropped back into the Port Charles world.  Burton, who left the show, once played iconic Jason Morgan.  After Burton left for Young and the Restless, GH replaced Jason with Billy Miller.  Now with Burton returning, GH has began scripting the Tale of Two Jasons story that has been pretty solid so far.

Have a happy Halloween this week everyone!  Happy viewing.

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Welcome back to The TV Week That Was.

Image result for dodgers win NLCSAs a life-long Dodger fan, I was watching a bunch of baseball this past week as the Los Angeles Dodgers finished off the Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1, in this year’s National League Championship Series to make their way to the World Series for the first time since 1988.  Justin Turner and Chris Taylor were co-MVPs for the NLCS.  Game five went to LA easily, with an 11-1 victory at Wrigley Field.  The Dodgers will now face the Houston Astros who survived the New York Yankees in the ALCS. This is the first appearance for Houston in the Fall Classic.

Image result for the good doctorUnfortunately, one series has found its way into my stop watching category.  That show is the Good Doctor on ABC.  Although I very much like Freddie Highmore, the show just was not doing it for me.  Not only is it shown on Monday nights, which is already pretty tough to fit with WWE RAW, but it suffered from the hospital show problem.  I have never been a fan of hospital shows because, as a bit of a hypochondriac, these types of shows bother me.  I can remember being upset back as a child when watching Quincy, M.D.  Sorry, Freddie… you’ll always be Norman Bates to me.

Image result for gotham solomon grundyFOX’s Gotham had a intriguing episode on Thursday which included Bruce Wayne killing Ra’s Al Ghoul and the first appearance of Butch as Solomon Grundy.  We have been waiting for Grundy to make his presence felt and the show has teamed him up with the like damaged Riddler.  However, my favorite moment from Gotham this week was the moment when Penguin remembered his dearly departed mother over a bowl of goulash.  Robin Lord Taylor brought the goods in that small moment on a show of over-the-top scenes and characters that really showed that he understands the character of Oswald Cobblepot better than anyone.

Image result for dirk gently season 2 episode 2Dirk Gently, Todd and Farah have come back together on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and reminded us immediately why these three were so entertaining last year.  Episode two of the BBC America series showed the best of the series with snappy dialogue and ridiculously funny characters.

Image result for scandal season 7 episode 3Scandal this week was all about what has been happening with former President Fitzgerald Grant.  We see how he struggles with his new reduced role and being bored with the daily grind of life in Vermont.  Even though I am not a fan of Fitz, it was good to see him show up.  Interestingly enough, Papa Pope showed up in Vermont begging Fitz to do something to save Olivia from herself.  Fitz did not believe Olivia had taken over the role of Command.  This is what led Fitz to head to Washington DC and show up outside Olivia’s door, and, as we saw last week, he saw Olivia smacking all over the reporter.

Image result for riverdale episode 3 season 2Murder continues on Riverdale as Archie seems clear that the attempted murder of his father and the actual murder of Ms. Grundy are linked.  Most of the rest of the city thinks that he is nuts, but Archie is absolutely correct.  Also, Pop’s Diner has been saved.  In danger of being shut down, the kids are lead to believe that their charity event helped save the diner when it was actually Veronica’s father, Hiram Lodge, whom secretly purchased the diner, allowing Pop to continue to run it.  He lied to Veronica about it, bringing his motives into questions once again.

ABC’s 10 Days in the Valley revealed the kidnapper last Sunday.  Casey, Jane’s assistant, was shown to be involved in the kidnapping to some extent.  At what point this happened or reason this happened is still up in the air.  I also believe that there may be more to this story than what we have learned.  Certainly, Detective Bird, not Mr. Eko, has really started to get to work on the case by discovering many of the problems that Jane has been hiding from the police.  I am waiting for the next twist in this show.

Image result for inhumans episode 5Each week it seems that I have to say that The Inhumans continues to be terrible.  This week is no exception.  There are only three more episodes of this show remaining and there is not enough time to get this working.  I am afraid the only characters that I am enjoying on the show are the former LOST stars.   Desmond and Miles are here playing roles and I love them.  Of course, Miles has an advantages because he is playing Karnak, a character that I already have knowledge about, but Desmond is a new character– and a secret doctor as well.  The Inhuman Royal Family is finding their way back to each other and hopefully will lead them back to the moon.

Image result for stranger things 2I finished Netflix’s Mindhunter this week after starting it last week.  I really enjoyed the show, based on the life of John Douglas.  Next week, Netflix will be bringing it once again as the second season of Stranger Things drops on Friday and the world will be binging it as soon as possible.

 

 

Walking Dead Season 7 starts later tonight!  I’ll have details on that next week.  Also tonight on PPV, AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor at WWE TLC.  Kurt Angle also returns to the ring.  Happy viewing.

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Lots of shows to talk about this week.

Image result for mindhunterMindhunter debuted on Netflix.  I love the book Mindhunter by John Douglas that this series is based on.  The focus on profiling the serial killers was something that fascinated me so when I heard that this was going to be a Netflix series, I was very excited.  In this very busy weekend, I have not been able to binge the whole series, but I made it up to about episode 7 and I have to say that I am really enjoying this.  I love the two main characters, Holden and Bill.  They are based on the real life FBI agents John Douglas and Robert Ressler.  The interviews they had with these serial killers were constantly enthralling.

Image result for riverdale season 2We returned to Riverdale on the CW this week with a great start to the second season.  We see the result of the season one cliffhanger of Archie’s father Fred being shot at Pop’s.  Fred survives the supposed robbery, which is looking more and more as if it were something more than just a robbery.  The end of the episode saw the return of the masked man who had shot Fred, strangling Miss Grundy to death.  Who is this masked murderer and what is his motive?  Does he have some kind of vendetta against Archie?

Related imageSaturday night saw the return of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America.  Max Landis’s adaptation of a Douglas Adams book is all kinds of weird, but Landis promises us that everything has a reason and that it will all make sense as the season progresses.  Meanwhile, there are some really entertaining moments with Dirk and Todd.

Image result for mr robot season 3Mr. Robot returned Wednesday on USA Network.  After a weaker season two, the premiere episode of season three felt like it was getting back to basics.  There were several hints that the show was preparing to “reboot” and start things over, though I have no idea what that might entail.  Elliot talked about wanting to “fix” things and he seemed to believe that he could do so.  Of course, “Mr. Robot” himself is fighting against Elliot. This felt like a welcome change for the show.

Image result for inhumans episode 4The Inhumans need a reboot too.  So far, four episodes in, this show is a hot mess.  It feels as if there may be a story there somewhere, but it is lost in this series with so many dumb side stories that really serve no benefit to the story. The Karnak love story?  The Hawaiian hit squad that Gorgon had found?  Mortis is just a ridiculous villain.  Medusa is either a fish out of water or she knows exactly what the earth item is used for.  Crystal is just wooden as can be.  We even do not have the best part of the show, Lockjaw, as the poor dog got hit by a car.  This has just four more episodes left to straighten itself out.

Image result for gotham episode 3 season 4A show that has straightened itself out is Gotham.  After two very inconsistent and cheesy seasons, last year’s got so much better.  This season has continued as we got an emotional showdown with Bruce and Ra’s Al Ghoul.  We also got some exciting scenes with the Penguin and the Riddler.  Gotham continues to move closer to the Dark Knight as Bruce Wayne is developing his heroic self.  So if Gotham can do it, maybe Inhumans can do it as well.

Image result for scandal season 7 episode 2Scandal had a better second episode than the travesty of the season premiere.  Olivia Pope however continues to be a completely different character than the one who we all fell in love with.  One wonders if Olivia will eventually be saved by the returning former President Fitz Grant, who showed up on her doorstep at the end of the season.  Oh, and by the way, Olivia was making out with the reporter Curtis on the way to her apartment.  The show had an entertaining state dinner with a President of a Middle Eastern country that Mellie wants to sign a nuclear peace treaty.  We also had a loose parody of Trump with Dean Norris as a new character, a billionaire thinking about a run for political office that Cyrus took care of.  And there was a really funny moment between Mellie and Olivia talking about vibrators.  No really.

Image result for the mayor episode 2The Mayor had a pretty good second episode and may have solidified a spot on my queue for watching.  The show dealt with a city cutting music program despite the new rap mayor’s promise to fund new music equipment.  Courtney tried to execute a filibuster to prevent the vote from happening.  The show depends on its cast and it does a great job being entertaining. The show has been funny and lighthearted fun.

Image result for loreAaron Mahnke’s podcast has transformed into a new series on Amazon called Lore.  The six episode series focuses on real life events that lead to our darkest fears and some of the legends of the world.  The first episode showed how a certain case led to the inspiration for vampires.  Again, I was only able to see the first three episodes of the series since the weekend was so packed, but it was a very chilling show.

Dodgers and Cubs are playing the National League Championship Series while the Houston Astros play the New York Yankees.  At this point, LA leads 1 game to 0 and Houston leads 2 games to 0.

Next week-  The Walking Dead returns.

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Welcome back to the TV Week That Was.  Fall TV is in full swing and I am watching my fair share of the shows to see what, if anything, I want to continue to watch.

mortisLet’s start with the most disappointing.  Inhumans.  I had seen the premiere in IMAX and it was not very good, but I had hoped for the show to improve.  Sadly, I think it may have gotten worse.  The acting is wooden.  The costumes are laughable.  The special effects are just not quality.  The story is dull and idiotic.  The new villain named Mortis was played up to be a dangerously powerful and crazed villain that even scared Maximus, but he turned out to be a whining and complaining smart ass.  There are only 8 episodes of the Inhumans and this was episode three so I will most likely continue to watch the remaining 5 episodes patiently until Agents of SHIELD returns, but for a show that could have been an epic, Inhumans has been an epic failure.

mr.clucksBefore Inhumans, we saw the return of the seventh season of Once Upon a Time with its new story arc. We have Henry aged and there is a young girl claiming to be his daughter and that he had forgotten all of the history of the past.  Turns out, Henry’s great love is Cinderella.  We see all of our favorite characters playing different characters (much like the final season of LOST in the flash sideways).  The first episode was passable, but it feels like just a publicity stunt.  Although, the fun did arrive when I saw Mr. Clucks appear in the episode.  Mr. Clucks (which I believe has been in past episodes of OUAT) was the chicken joint Hurley worked at and eventually bought on LOST.  Now, Cinderella is working there.  It was a fun little Easter egg from my favorite series of all time. As for Once Upon a Time, it still feels as if they should have ended the series last year with the happy endings, but I’ll see where it goes from here.

Image result for rick and morty season 3 finaleRick and Morty had their season finale and my thought was the same as most everybody who watched it… ALREADY???  The season of Rick and Morty just flew by and, considering we do not know exactly when the fourth season will arrive, the short season made it even worse, and the continual jokes about it in the show kept reminding us of it.  The episode itself was very funny, with the question of whether or not Beth is a clone (something that might have happened in the penultimate episode of the season).  A major face off with Rick and Morty and the President of the USA highlighted the finale, which was a typically great Rick and Morty episode, but might have been a bit lackluster for a season finale.

Image result for scandal season 7 premiereScandal returned for its final season and I was immediately unimpressed.  I have grown to dislike Olivia Pope tremendously.  She does not seem to be the same woman whom I fell in love with in the first several seasons of Scandal.  To be honest, I am not sure that the show has ever truly recovered after Olivia was kidnapped.  Most of these characters are acting like completely different characters, doing things that do not seem like these characters would do. All led by the power hungry Olivia Pope.  They tried during the episode to show Olivia doing the “right thing” but it felt so far from the old days of gladiators with the white hats that it makes me sad.  This is another show that I will continue to watch because of history and because it is in its final season, but it is a shadow of its first 3 seasons.

htgawm4However, the other Shondaland show that I watch, How to Get Away With Murder, seems to be better than it has been since the first season.  I am fully engaged in the new mystery, and I want to know what is going on.  I am also enjoying the cat and mouse discussions between Annalise and Dr. Roa.  Viola Davis and Jimmy Smits make an amazing pair and this episode showed what we have to look forward to this season.  This episode also included a powerhouse performance from L. Scott Caldwell (Rose from LOST) as Annalise’s first defendant since being reinstated as a lawyer.  This show has started extremely compelling.

Image result for gotham season 4 episode 3The Riddler escaped the ice on Gotham while Bruce Wayne continued to move closer to the Dark Knight persona.  Jim Gordan went to try and find help from the former gangland leader Carmine Falcone to overcome the Penguin’s grip on Gotham City.  However, Carmine tells us he is dying.  Still, his daughter, Sophia, has returned to help. I don’t know if this is the new love interest for Jim, but I am intrigued for sure.  Gotham continues to be a solid show and continues to be a much improved show from its first couple of seasons.

Image result for 10 days in the valleyI saw four new series this week.  First one was last Sunday on ABC.  Ten Days in the Valley starred Kyra Sedgwick and told the story about her daughter  who was kidnapped.  There are several mysteries involved in the new show and there are some really strong new characters with some unknown motives.

Image result for the giftedNext show was the new X-Men universe show, The Gifted.  This one was better than I thought it would be.  We saw some cool X-Men characters including Polaris and Blink.  The heroes being chased by the Sentinal Services.  That name would make any comic fan take notice.  The effects were good too, so The Gifted has got me hooked in.

Image result for ghostedThird new show is Ghosted.  This one I had no intention of watching and I thought that I would not enjoy it.  Boy I was wrong.  This one was really enjoyable.  It was not the stupid comedic spoof that I thought it was.  It felt like an X-Files episode that leaned toward comedy.  There were plenty of those and they were some of the best.  This one has some real potential.

Related imageThe fourth new show was The Mayor.  I had seen a lot of promotion for this show and so I gave it a chance.  It was okay.  I did not hate it.  I might give it another chance, but there will need to be something more than what they gave us on Tuesday for it to become a regular watch for me.

 

Go Dodgers!  Happy viewing

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Big week as the Fall TV Season is well underway.

Image result for star trek discoveryStarting off last Sunday night, I saw the premiere episode of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS.  I was watching it as well as trying to watch the WWE No Mercy PPV at the same time, so there was some lack of focus.  I thought Discovery’s first episode was okay.  It was certainly a beautifully shot show and some of the characters were interesting.  I am not sure it was quite a Star Trek series, as the whole Vulcan strategy of shooting first against the Klingons did not seem very Star Trekkie to me.  I did not watch episode two since you had to go online ot watch it.  This is one of those shows that I will most likely not watch, especially since it is on CBS All Access.  Had it been on CBS itself, then I might have given it a chance, but I will not be paying for another streaming service just to see it, even if I did like the show.

Image result for cesaro loses his teeth at no mercyAs I mentioned, I was also watching No Mercy on the WWE Network.  There were two big time matches that felt like Wrestlemania matches: John Cena vs. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman.  Unfortunately, I found both to be underwhelming.  Cena-Reigns was a good match but I did not like the ending.  Lesnar vs. Strowman was just disappointing.  The best match of the night was Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeating Cesaro and Sheamus.  Cesar had his teeth driving into his gums and blood was everywhere.  The Swiss Superman still finished the match.  He is quite the stud.

Image result for oprah on 60 minutesAnd as I was waiting for Star Trek to start, I ran across Oprah Winfrey on CBS’s 60 Minutes.  I did not know that Oprah was joining the news show and her piece this first week was bringing together a group of people who both supported and opposed Donald Trump and see what connections that could be made.  Honestly, this was a fascinating story as it made you look at these people (from Michigan, if I remember correctly) who had differing opinions on Trump and how they believed what they believed.  Oprah did a good job of keeping things cordial despite a couple of blow ups.  This being 60 Minute’s 50th season, Oprah will help bring the goods to the show.

Image result for sheldon proposes to amyI watched the Big Bang Theory on Monday night.  I had not watched the show much the last season or so, but I always liked it.  I know there is a lot of hate for the Big Bang Theory online but I have never understood that.  It was nice to see Sheldon propose to Amy and then to be immediately interrupted by a phone call.  This was a very in-character bit for Sheldon.  Thing is, very few characters have had the development over a series as Sheldon has.  Having said that, BBT did feel its age for the rest of the episode.  This is the 11th season and many of the jokes of the show felt tired.  It is perhaps nearing time for the show to move off into the night.

Image result for young sheldonThe Big Bang Theory was followed by Young Sheldon, the new show about the childhood of Sheldon Cooper in high school as a young boy.  This show was enjoyable but I did not find it as laugh out loud funny as some of the early seasons of the Big Bang Theory.  I think there may be some problems with the concept (such as how do you show any character development for Sheldon if he is to turn out like he did for the first season of BBT?)  Still, the young actor playing Sheldon (Iain Armitage) does a great job and the actress doing her best Laurie Metcalf (the BBT’s Mary Cooper) impersonation, Zoe Perry, is actually Metcalf’s daughter.  The mother-son relationship here is no doubt going to be fascinating.

That’s the most CBS shows I have ever commented about.

Related imageABC had a new show called The Good Doctor starring Freddie Highmore as an Autistic savant doctor.  Highmore was really good in the role, but the show itself was kind of weak.  This is another show that I might have to give a couple of episode to get the flow going, but, since it is on Monday nights opposite RAW, it might get pushed aside.  Highmore was brilliant for five seasons on Bates Motel and I feel like I want to give him another chance.

Image result for big mouth netflixI came across another new series on Netflix this weekend and I am about halfway through the binge.  It was called Big Mouth and it is an animated show from Nick Kroll.  It is a coming of age story, but extremely dirty and sexually based.  There are a lot of dick jokes and a lot of jokes about jerking off and every other hormone-induced action teens do.  It is quite funny, but if you offend easily, it is probably not for you.  Think Family Guy without the network censors.  So far I have not grown tired of the jokes (I am not a huge fan of this kind of humor) and the characters are actually quite good.  The last episode featured a voice-over cameo from Nathan Fillion, which is always fun.  I think that I will be finishing the binge on this show so we can see how far they might push it.

Image result for whose line season finale brad and wayne les mizWhose Lien is it Anyway had its season finale for the time being, with an episode featuring fourth chair specialist, Brad Sherwood.  The first game featured was “Hollywood Director” and it found the crew bringing up 20-25 members of the audience to participate in a Les Miz style song.  It is consistently amazing what the show is able to convince its audience to do.  One of the newest games included Brad and Wayne using cell phones form the audience and they could only use lines that were in the phone text already and Colin had to play the straight man.  Whose Line is a classic and hopefully it will be back soon.

Image result for designated survivor season 2Designated Survivor returned on Wednesday with a new problem for President Kirkman.   A plane full of hostages, including some Americans, finds itself in-between troubles with Russia and Ukraine.  As it turned out, one of Kirkman’s old friends happened to be on the plane.  Was he able to get the opposite sides to free the hostages without a major international incident?  Yes and no, I guess as his friend wound up dead.  Kiefer Sutherland looked very presidential here, unlike some…

Image result for speechless BrandySpeechless returned with a wonderful episode featuring the return form camp for JJ.  However, JJ missed out on his first kiss because he did not see the note.  The family went out of their way in a touching way to get JJ back in contact with the girl.  This episode featured a brilliant musical parody of “Brandy” by Looking Glass with Kenneth singing the song as a diss to the DiMeos clan.  It brought a huge smile to my face for the entire run of the song.

In fact… here it is…

 

Image result for gordon vs scarecrow season 4 episode 2Gotham continues its push toward Batman as Bruce Wayne received a more impactful suit from Lucius Fox.  Meanwhile, Jim Gordon continues to fight to prevent Penguin from licensing criminals making crime legal.  The GCPD did not have Gordon’s back, since they liked not being killed constantly by the crazy criminal element in Gotham. With as many cops as have died in seasons 1-3, who can blame them.  However, it meant that Jim had to face off against Scarecrow all by himself inside Arkham.  We also got some development of Poison Ivy and the other ladies teamed up (including the not dead Barbara).

Related imageAnnalise Keating returned in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, starting up a new mystery for season four, as well as continuing the story from season 3.  The tag at the end where we wonder what happened to Laurel’s baby.  Annalise had called the group together to tell them that she was not being disbarred, but they were all dismissed.  She provided letters of recommendation to each of the crew, who were anything but enthused with her dismissal.  Before this in the episode, there were some truly powerhouse scenes with Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson as Annalise’s mother.  We also met Jimmy Smits, who has a role this season- exactly what is yet to be determined.

Image result for baldwin trump new season cold openSaturday Night Live returned as well with a new season where they left off… with Emmy Award winner Alec Baldwin skewering President Trump.  Seeing Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions sitting on Baldwin’s Trump’s lap is just so surreal that it can’t help but be funny.  Plus, fresh off their own show during the summer, Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che is great satire on the world as a whole.  Weekend Update hasn’t been this topical in years.

Image result for 2017 mlb postseasonMajor League Baseball will begin its playoffs this week.  In the National League, the wild card teams playing a one game play in are the Arizona Diamondback and the Colorado Rockies with the winner of that game to play the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In the American League, the wild card teams are the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.  The winner of that game will play the Cleveland Indians.  The other two series include the Washington Nationals vs. the defending World Series Champions the Chicago Cubs and then Boston Red Sox vs. the Houston Astros.  MLB action!

Later tonight is the season finale of Rick and Morty and the debut of the new ABC series Ten Days in the Valley.

Happy viewing

The TV Week That Was

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We are closer yet to the unloading of an entire new fall season and I am ready for it to start.  However, before it does, I found a gem on Netflix.

Image result for american vandalAmerican Vandal dropped last weekend and I binged it this week.  It was an easy binge of eight half-hour (generally) episodes and it was simply brilliant.  It was laugh out loud funny and, before it was over, it was as compelling as any of those documentary series that it is spoofing.  American Vandal is a mockumentary dealing with an investigation by high school student Peter Maldonado into a true crime style case involving local bad boy Dylan Maxwell, who had been suspended for spray painting dicks on 27 faculty cars at the school parking lot.  However, Dylan claimed to be innocent, despite being a known dick drawer.  The show is a brilliant send up on the true crime genre, but it is more than that.  It is a true compelling mystery as well as Peter and Image result for american vandalhis friend Sam dive full force into the mystery searching for the truth of what happened.  The fact that this was the spray painting of penises on car was played completely straight and each character was taken seriously within this ridiculous situation.  When a key piece of evidence is that there has been no ball hair drawn, you know you have something special. I loved this show.

Image result for gotham season four episode oneGotham made its return to the FOX schedule on a new night this past Thursday, and the show continued from its high level of last season.  No show was more improved from one season to another as Gotham was from season 2 to season 3.  We are getting closer to a Batman character as young Bruce Wayne has started wearing a dark outfit and has begun thinking about the life of a vigilante.  Meanwhile, Penguin has bribed the new mayor into allowing criminals to carry a license to commit crimes.  Legalized crime?  How creative. This certainly places Jim Gordon in an awkward position.  Plus, we return to the Scarecrow.  Gotham started off season four HOT.

Image result for braun StrowmanTonight is the WWE Network’s next special, No Way Out, which features two huge matches that are being dubbed as “Wrestlemania” quality matches.  John Cena vs. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman.  While Cena vs. Reigns may be a passing the torch match between the “guy” of yesterday to the “guy” of today, the real match that I am looking forward to is Lesnar and Strowman.  Braun Strowman is legitimately a beast of a man, a monster that seems that he can do everything.  Though I still expect Lesnar to retain the title, if I were the WWE, I would be jumping on the Strowman band wagon with both feet.  He is a legitimately impressive individual who can do unbelievable feats of strength as well as talk on the microphone.  He is big time money and he should be the one to finish off Brock Lesnar.  My guess is he won’t, but you never know.

Image result for hbo liars show emmy 2017The Emmys were presented last Sunday night.  The Handmaid’s Tale won Best Drama, Veep was the Best Comedy and Big Little Lies won Best Limited Series.  Julia Louis Dreyfus won her 7th consecutive Emmy as Best Actress in a Comedy.  Big Little Lies was a huge winner as well with multiple acting awards presented.  Sterling K. Brown was Best Actor in Drama for This is Us.  Stephen Colbert hosted with his typical amount of political humor as well as a good musical opening number.  Saturday Night Live cashed in on the air of political satire as both Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin won supporting actor/actress awards for a Comedy.  Of course, McKinnon and Baldwin were heavily featured this year as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump respectfully.  And Last Week with John Oliver won the Best Variety Talk Series and writing.  Congratulations to all the winners.

Image result for rick and morty season 3 episode 8I watched last week and this week’s episode of Rick and Morty, and they were tremendous as usual.  Morty has been having Rick wipe his mind of certain memories that he believes that he cannot handle.  Unfortunately, there have been times where Rick erased Morty’s mind without the permission of his grandson.  Morty started to get those memories back via the special helmet and the mind blowers.  This show consistently takes the line and completely destroys it.  It never fails to be brutally funny.

New Star Trek series on CBS tonight.  More new shows debuting as the week moves along.  Happy viewing.

The TV Week That Was

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Good day.  It is time for the TV Week That Was once again.  We are racing toward the start of the Fall TV season.  Entertainment Weekly came out with its Fall Preview issue this past week, highlighting some of the shows that are returning as well as the new ones to look forward to.

Image result for colbert emmysTonight is the Emmy Awards on CBS.  Stephen Colbert from the Late Show is the host this year, and that should be fun to see.  There are some very difficult categories to pick this year, but I will be cheering for Feud in the Mini-Series categories.  Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus win once again for Veep or will the Academy find another female comedic performance worthy?  Will Alec Baldwin earn an Emmy for his Donald Trump imitation from SNL?  How will newcomer series such as Atlanta, The Handmaid’s Tale, This is It, Westworld, The Crown do against some of the old Academy favorites such as Modern Family, House of Cards or Veep?  How much will Colbert roast Donald Trump?  Many questions to answer tonight.

Image result for unabomber discoveryManhunt: Unabomber ended its run by doing something that you would never think it was possible to do… it humanized and made me feel sorry for Ted Kaczynski.  Part of that was the situation he found himself in and part of that was a tremendous performance from Paul Bettany.  It was important that, near the end of the show, the Unabomber’s victims reminded us of the horrors that he had unleashed upon them, or else there might have been an outrage with the way he was seemingly railroaded into a confession.  The show was a great hit for Discovery and I hope we get more Manhunt shows with other real life cases.

Image result for schmoedown championship murrell harloffThe Schmoedown team tournament has a final match, scheduled for this upcoming week.  It is Team Action, who knocked off the number one seed in Top 10, vs. Above the Line, who defeated the Wolves of Steel.  Team Action vs. Above the Line will vie for the tourney championship and for the title match with the Patriots in December this coming week.  But the biggest news coming from the world of movie trivia is they have a new Movie Trivia Schmoedown Champion.  “The Commish” Kristian Harloff defeated “Dangerous” Dan Murrell in a low scoring but very competitive championship match.  Murrell, who comes over from Screen Junkies, announced his retirement from the Schmoedown after the match completed.

Image result for the orvilleLast Sunday night, I watched the pilot for the new Seth MacFarlane series on FOX, The Orville.  The Orville is a Star Trek spoof and debuted on Sunday before eventually heading to anchor FOX Thursday nights.  I must say that I was surprised that I did not hate this.  The pilot has created a great deal of divisiveness in the online community, but I found the show smarter than I thought it would be.  I went in expecting humor like was found (and I use the word humor loosely here) in A Million Ways to Die in the West.  I am also not a fan of much of the Family Guy type humor so I anticipated not liking this.  However, though some of that humor was in effect, it was more subtle than I thought and felt more of an homage to Star Trek than a spoof.  It was enough for me to look into the second episode and see if it continues to interest me.

American Horror Story: Cult had its second episode and it seems to be finding its footing pretty well.  The use of the killer clowns is extremely topical these days as It is completely crushing at the box office.  Plus, with the inclusion of the political world we face these days, the feeling of horror is truly in place.  The show has yet two more great performances from Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, long term cast members from the anthology series.

Things are slowly heating up as the temperatures down down outside.  Fall season is right around the corner.  Happy viewing!

 

The TV Week That Was

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Hey all.  Welcome back to the TV Week That Was.  We are nearing the new fall TV season and there are several new shows that look interesting.  How many of these actually pan out is a crap shoot each year but it is the feeling of new that is always exciting.

imageLast week saw the end of Twin Peaks which I already discussed in its own post.  After some time to reflect, I believe that two part finale was even better than I had thought.  It certainly created buzz.  There are countless theories online about what was going on in episode 18 and many of them really work out slickly.  The thing is… we will never know for sure because Showtime has not renewed the series and it is unknown if they are planning on it.  The third season of Twin Peaks is one of David Lynch’s greatest creations and will be examined and debated for years to come.

image.jpegManhunt: Unabomber had its penultimate episode this past week where the FBI was able to get the search warrant from the judge and get Ted Kaczynski out from his cabin in the woods in Montana.  The final episode looks to have a face off with Fitz and the Unabomber in court over the legitimacy of the warrant.  I have been really enjoying this series, even with having to watch it on the Discovery Go app.

image.jpegThe Gong Show returned this week with a new episode that included former Friends star Courteney Cox.  The acts this week were really good as the show ended in a four-way tie, the most of the year so far.  The winner this week was the very entertaining FlashPants.  There was also a 16 year old rapper who rapped on broken glass.

image.jpegThe NFL season kicked off with a shoot out in Foxboro.  The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the World Champion New England Patriots on Thursday night 42-27.  It was an unexpected start to the season.  Today has a full slate of games in the NFL.

Monday Night Raw continues to feature a showdown between John Cena and Roman Reigns.  These two polarizing figures in image.jpegthe world of pro wrestling have been slamming each other verbally for the past few weeks on Raw and on social media, Twitter in particular.  The match, being dubbed a Wrestlemania quality match, between Cena and Reigns is scheduled to take place at No Mercy.

image.jpegTuesday saw the first episode of the new season of American Horror Story: Cult.  The Ryan Murphy series started off with the most infamous night of the last year… The 2016 Presidental election.  The series also included the return of Twisty from AHS: Freak Show along with other killer clowns.  Riding on the coat tails of the new movie, It, AHS is off to an okay start.  The first episode was fine, but I have seen better starts to the anthology series.  Rumors indicate that the second episode picks up really well.

Image result for IT actors on SchmoedownThe team tournament of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown continued this week.  We are down to the final four:  Team Action vs. Top 10 and Wolves of Steel vs. Above the Line.  The tournament has been entertaining so far despite having a few blow out matches this past week.  Next week’s match with Team Action and Top 10 should be a heavyweight battle for sure. They added a celebrity edition of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown this past Monday as well featuring the young actors from It.  Finn Wolfhard won the Free-for-All format of the Schmoedown.

Emmy Awards are out next week.  Happy viewing.

 

 

Twin Peaks: The Return

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I just finished watching the season finale of Twin Peaks and I am all adrift in emotions.  I’m not sure how I feel.  There are so many emotions washing over me, from confusion to anger to regret to amazement.  Nobody can mess with you like David Lynch.

The original series finale ended with an unexplained cliffhanger, Cooper staring into the mirror only to have Killer Bib staring back, so I should have guessed that the third season would be no less as anger inducing.  Of course, right now as I type this, there is untold amount of angry hyperbole going on on Twitter and other social media outlets.  People earned their right to be frustrated, especially those who watched the 18-hours of Twin Peaks only to end with more questions.  Was it worth it?

I have been watching Twin Peaks all day today.  Showtime was showing the season three marathon and I have been watching since 7 AM this morning (with about two hours of a break to head to the comic shop).  Watching these episodes for a second time gave me a real new appreciation for the art that was Twin Peaks season three.

Did we need one?  Absolutely.  Did Mark Frost and David Lynch mess with us.  Constantly.

The first several episodes were slow and prodding.  We had a ton of characters we did not know and those who we did know were different than we thought.  Most frustrating of all, Special Agent Dale Cooper was able to escape the Black Lodge, but, instead of being himself, he was trapped int he body of a man named Dougie Jones.  Some fans hated Dougie.  I did too, at first, but I grew to appreciate Dougie.  It did take a while though.  Now, however, I truly loved the Dougie character because without him, we never would have gotten the perfect Cooper return that we got in episode 16.  When Cooper was back 100%, you could feel the chills.  Without the excessive Dougie story, we do not have near that emotional response.

By about episode six, I had even stretched my patience to the point of breaking.  I was not going to stop watching it, but it had stumbled from my must see, like Preacher has.  Episode six did not feel like Twin Peaks to me.  On re-watch this morning, though, it felt considerably different to me.  Then, episode seven had a uptick for me, and the tone felt once again like Twin Peaks.  I was renewed.

Then came episode eight.  The most mind blowing episode of television maybe ever created.  We got the origin of Bob and an extended stretch in the past where we see the Woodsmen for the first time, some weird frog bug creature, and some of the most disturbing yet transcendent imagery you have ever seen.  Episode eight was a master class in art and creativity.

The plot started to pick up as well.  Dougie was becoming more than just a lump of nothingness.  People who were finding themselves in Dougie’s world were finding themselves better off than before.  Janey-E started realizing what she had with her husband.  Naomi Watts was simply brilliant as the wife of the tulpa.

The introduction of the idea of a Tulpa was fascinating as well.  According to Tulpa.info a Tulpa “is an entity created in the mind, acting independently of, and parallel to your own consciousness. They are able to think, and have their own free will, emotions, and memories. In short, a tulpa is like a sentient person living in your head, separate from you.”  This helped make sense of some of the really unknown aspects of two Coopers running around.

Kyle MacLachlan is Emmy worthy in his roles as Dougie Jones, Mr. C (evil Cooper, Bob, the Doppelganger..whatever else you may want to call him) and then eventually Dale Cooper.  MacLachlan shows his tremendous range with his distinct characters.  The arm wrestling scene of Mr. C is one of the best moments of the season.  The return of Agent Cooper to 100% might BE the best moment of the season.  Dougie had his share of moments as well.  MacLachlan led the way with these people.

Among the new characters, the Mitchum Brotehrs, Bradley and Rodney, became fan favorites.  Played by Robert Knepper and Jim Belushi, the Mitchums went from evil casino owners to criminals with hearts of gold when they befriended Dougie.  Belushi was very funny with his one liners throughout the series, and truly became great in the last few episodes.

Audrey Horne (played by Sherilyn Fenn) was one of the most beloved characters from the original and her arc in this new series really frustrated fans.  First, she did not show up until the end of episode 12, which drove many people crazy.  The story implied that Audrey was the mother of big time bad boy Richard (and also implied that Bad Cooper was the daddy).  Then, when they brought Audrey in, she was shrouded in mystery in some weird scenes with her “husband” though she claimed to be in love with someone named Billy, a character whom we have never met (or at least, we don’t know if we have met him).  Then, after heading to the Roadhouse and doing her dance in front of the whole crowd, Audrey seemingly woke up in some white room.  Mental institution?  Had she been in a coma?  Alien abduction?  The White Lodge?  No one knew, but surely this would be a major plot answered in the two hour finale, right?

Um… wrong. Audrey did not appear in the finale at all.  This is probably the biggest slight the internet crowd will scream about.  The ending of Audrey waking up in this weird location and looking at the mirror reeks of the ending with Cooper at the end of season two 27 years ago.  She had no resolution to her character at all.  We have no idea where she is or what has happened to her.  We do know for certain that Richard was her son with Mr. C, believed to be a product of rape.  This explained why Richard was such a horrible character who ran down a kid with his truck and beat up his grandmother for money.  We did get a satisfying end to him, as he was electrocuted into nothingness by the false Lodge entryway, sent to his death by his own father.

The show used its characters amazingly well, even those that had since passed away.  Both Miguel Ferrer, Warren Frost and Catherine Coulson died after taping had concluded, so their inclusion was very bittersweet, but even those actors whom died before the series shot were represented well.  We had David Bowie, Frank Silva, and Don S. Davis appeared despite their final passing.  We also saw a flashback including the wonderful Jack Nance and the still living, but retired Piper Laurie.

We got some happy endings.  Big Ed and Norma finally got together when Nadine gave Ed his freedom from their long time loveless marriage.  Loveless is not the right term, because there is clearly a lot of feelings between them, but we all know that Big Ed and Norma have been the tortured couple for decades.  It looked as if Nadine was ready to move along with crazy internet blogger Dr. Jacoby and his golden shovels.  We also got a happy end for Janey-E and her son Sonny Jim, who were surprised with a brand new Tulpa courtesy of Dale Cooper and Mike, the one armed man.  Yes, Cooper replaced himself with another Tulpa so the little family could be happy together.  That was one of the nicest and happiest moments in the finale.

Lets talk about the finale.  The first hour was amazing!  Stunning!  Extremely exciting.  Bob got his comeuppance thanks to Freddie and his Hulk glove.  We had all the heroes coming together at the Twin Peaks Sheriff Station to confront Mr. C.  Mr. C sitting in Frank Truman’s office as Frank was on the phone with Dale Cooper was as tense as it was going to possible be.  I did not see Lucy being the hero, stopping Mr. C from shooting Sheriff Truman (no not that one).

Speaking of Sheriff Truman, the absence of Harry Truman, Michale Ontkean, was felt consistently through the series.  Now, take nothing away from Robert Forster, who played Frank Truman, but the Harry Truman-Dale Cooper bromance was one of the biggest selling points of Twin Peaks, and the show did feel his absence.  Also noticeably gone was Donna Hayward, Lara Flynn Boyle.

The first hour of the finale had everything.  It had reveals (such as the real Diane showing up), exciting action (hello Freddie), unexpected heroes (I already mentioned Lucy), funny quips (Jim Belushi) and a great Kyle MacLachlan performance as Bob gets taken care of.  Then, Agent Cooper seemingly goes back in time to scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (literally, scenes from that movie were used) in an attempt to save Laura from her fate of being wrapped in plastic.  At first, it looked like Cooper had done just that, but the episode ended with him losing teenage Laura to the Twin Peaks forest, echoed by Laura’s scream.

That first hour was everything anyone could have wanted, sans Audrey, of course.  It was ballsy to potentially take the most iconic scene of your original story and change it up with time travel.

However, as we all know time travel causes more trouble than it is worth, and then we get the final episode of the series.  It wound up asking more questions than it answered.  Cooper and Diane have sex for some reason and she leaves a strange note the next day and disappears.  They had already traveled somewhere, through the electrical magic of the world.  Back in time?  Forward in time?  Different universe?  It is impossible to tell.  Cooper, after Diane leaves, winds up in Odessa, Texas finding an older version of Laura Palmer alive and well, although not calling herself Laura Palmer.  She seemingly did not remember anything about being Laura (and the totally unexplained dead body in her house did not seem to bother Cooper).  He took her back to the Palmer house (after multiple minutes of nighttime driving scenes), but now apparently, the house does not belong to the Palmers.  There is a different family that owned it.  What year is it? asked Cooper before our maybe-Laura leaves us with one more classic scream.

Show fades to black.

I am afraid that Twin Peaks has once again chosen to leave the story unanswered instead of wrapping it up in a bow.  They completely ignored Audrey, and taking Cooper and maybe-Laura into a time line somewhere does not leave someone with good feelings.  No one can accuse David Lynch of fan service, that is for sure.

The second hour definitely felt like a step down from the dramatic and fast paced first hour and I am sure that was intentional.  The second hour without shame moves the story to a different level.  I may not be sure how I feel about it, but I do respect the creation of said story.  There certainly is material for a season four, but it is not certain that there will be a season 4.

Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts, and Laura Dern should, at the very least, receive Emmy nominations for their roles in this, if not wins.  They were, all three, sensational.  Episode eight should win every technical Emmy award available for a transcendent episode of television.

After spending all day in Twin Peaks, I understand the joys and the sorrows, the anger and the happiness, the surprise and the frustration that comes along with challenging television.  I have always enjoyed a show that does not feel like it needs to explain every little detail to people, a show that expects its audience to be smart enough to fill in the blanks.  However, Twin Peaks may take that idea too far.  Just like they take everything.

Thank you David Lynch for giving us something that we will never forget… and may never forgive.