NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Fighting Shadows”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six episode “Fighting Shadows.” 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.

This episode, in terms of plot, is one of the weaker ones this season. While it wasn’t disjointed like the last episode, it just didn’t make a lot of sense and felt very contrived. But where the episode lacks in story strength, it makes up for in its characters. As always, NCISLA benefits from the characters they’ve developed these past six seasons. It’s good to have storylines that aren’t rushed or forgotten.

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Elementary Review: “T-Bone and the Iceman”

Photo credit: @CBSTVStudios

Photo credit: @CBSTVStudios

Here’s my review of Elementary season three episode “T-Bone and the Iceman.” 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 quite enjoyed this episode because it was full of a lot of great things: a weird case that wasn’t quite predictable, a b-plot that didn’t go the way I expected, and Sherlock and Joan just being really great friends. So instead of me just rambling about nice moments, I’ll pose a question to explore: does an episode benefit from having the b-plot be unrelated to the main story or does it function better when it connects? Let’s discuss!

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Music Rec Wednesday: MUSIC OR DIE

For this week’s Music Rec Wednesday, I’m doing something a little different. I don’t have a specific song or artist to recommend. Instead, I’m recommending my friend’s blog which is currently running a music review series entitled MUSIC OR DIE. Her plan is to listen to and then review all the albums listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It’s a rather ambitious project but fun nonetheless. Starting with a Frank Sinatra album from 1955, there is a ton of excellent music here to dive into and explore, with my friend as your guide.

As of the day I’m writing this post, she’s already reviewed 8 of the albums. There’s music from Elvis Presley to Fats Domino to Duke Ellington and more. There are some artists I’ve never even heard before so it’s nice to listen to new things. Feel free to stop by and leave her some encouragement!

You can read more details about her project here.

And here’s a link to the main page of her blog.

Thanks for checking it out! Regular Music Rec Wednesday posts will resume next week (barring any unfortunate circumstances)

NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Savoir Faire”

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Photo credit: tvequals.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six episode “Savoir Faire.” 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.

Is it me or did this episode seem kind of disjointed and rushed? It’s like this episode had no clear direction and it definitely suffered for it. This show runs on its characters, and there just wasn’t enough character moments to keep the story interesting and the plot moving this week.

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Elementary Review: “For All You Know”

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Photo credit: @ELEMENTARYstaff

Here’s my review of Elementary season three episode “For All You Know.” 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.

Once again, the writers try to shake up the show’s usual procedural routine with “For All You Know” where Sherlock finds himself as a murder suspect and the group has to work to solve the case without access to their usual tools and methods. I liked this idea, not because it made the case more interesting (because it didn’t) but because we got a chance to delve into Sherlock’s ongoing recovery from addiction struggle. In that aspect, this episode yielded great results.

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