Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans review: “Iron and Blood”

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Here’s my review of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans season one episode “Iron and Blood.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

At first glance, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans is a story about two boys: Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka. It follows the story of their unshakable bond as they simply strive for a better life.

Don’t get me wrong: this IS what the series is about. But on a much deeper level, it’s a story about children trying to take their place in the world of adults, and fighting back against the cruelty which comes with it.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Code of Conduct”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven finale “Code of Conduct.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Though it wasn’t originally intended as a season finale episode, “Code of Conduct” works pretty well as a wrap up for a somewhat strange season. There was plenty of good suspense and action to carry the plot, and it sets up some plot threads to continue next season (which hasn’t officially been confirmed yet but for the sake of this review, we’ll assume).

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Knock Out”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “Knock Out.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I try to keep personal bias out of these reviews and look at each episode as objectively as possible. But I’ll be honest with you guys, I don’t particularly like the writer who penned this week’s episode, “Knock Down”, so I found it quite difficult to enjoy this episode.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Fortune Favors the Brave”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “Fortune Favors the Brave.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

“Fortune Favors the Brave” had an abundance of character moments, which really enhanced the episode for me. We got to see the team interact with a potential new team member, and we also focused on a potential conclusion for Nell’s storyline. Of course, there was also a case thrown in there too, but it took a backseat to everything else going on.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Missing Time”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “Missing Time.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

It’s not every day that a serious CBS procedural series suddenly shifts from investigating mysterious murders to mysterious aerial phenomena. But that’s almost what happened during “Missing Time.” Our favorite NCIS team didn’t actually do any real investigating into the potential UFO sighting, but they did search for the missing agent who was.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Watch Over Me”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “Watch Over Me.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

After two rather good episodes (“The Circle” which was a great Callen-centric story and “Alsiyadun” which brought back new series regular Fatima Namazi), “Watch Over Me” felt more like filler again. This episode was a bit more slow-paced than previous ones, and kind of felt like it wasn’t fleshed out enough.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Alsiyadun”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “Alsiyadun.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I really enjoyed watching “Alsiyadun” this week since it brought back one of my favorite characters and it had enough action to keep me interested. My main thought this week, however, is how knowing information ahead of time can impact they way we watch an episode.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “The Circle”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “The Circle.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Though most NCISLA episodes are standalone stories, there are a few ongoing storylines which stretch on from season to season. “The Circle” is one of those episodes that draws from a previous storyline to continue it. Last season, the team traveled to Cuba where they were first introduced to Darius Reznikov. In that same episode, they said goodbye to Anna, seemingly for good. Both are back, however, for an exciting episode of television in “The Circle.”

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “High Society”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “High Society.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

I thought the search for some shady drug dealers in “High Society” was a decently interesting plot, and the partner switch up gave it a bit of extra flavor too. So it was an entertaining episode for me to watch, even though the biggest thing I focused on was what felt like some unnecessary time filler.

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NCIS Los Angeles review: “Groundwork”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eleven episode “Groundwork.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.

Now that Christmas break is over, NCISLA is back and perhaps attempting to lay the “Groundwork” for upcoming episodes. Or perhaps, this was just a relatively entertaining hour with a punny title (“groundwork” referring to the stolen agriculture equipment instead of our usual use of the term.) Either way, I thought the episode was fun to watch even if it lacked answers to many questions.

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