Orphan Black Review: “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate”

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photo credit: @OrphanBlack

Here’s my review of Orphan Black season three episode “Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate.” 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.

“Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate” seems like an odd title for an episode about family. But this episode also features Donnie almost getting his nose chopped off by angry drug dealers, so I guess we can give it a pass. This episode really felt like we were stalling a bit, and I think the episode suffers a little for it. But in the end, we got to check in on all the clones so it wasn’t a complete waste of an episode.

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Tatakau! Shoten Girl Recap/Review Episode 7: Book Covers

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Jdrama Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is both a recap and a review of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy!

Firstly, I want to apologize for the delay in this recap. I had some internet issues, but they’ve been resolved now, so I shouldn’t have any trouble for the rest of the episodes. And secondly, thanks to gohyk91 for commenting in the last recap to explain that Corporate Guy wants to shut down the store because their sales are horrible and Not So Friendly Boss is being terrible to Riko because he doesn’t want to lose his own job because he has money issues. With this in mind, let’s take a look at episode seven!

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Orphan Black Review: “Certain Agony of the Battlefield”

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photo credit: @OrphanBlack

Here’s my review of Orphan Black season three episode “Certain Agony of the Battlefield.” 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 of Orphan Black hit just about all the right buttons to make it excellent. Instead of drawing out the mystery of the strange illness introduced in the last episode, we were given answers. Along with getting the plot to move forward at a reasonably exciting pace, there were a lot of important character moments as well. “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” went out with a bang and finally did justice to one of the weaker characters of the series. And along with all of these things, the episode was filled with a lot of beautifully shot dream sequences and visions. They really elevated the level of this one.

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Tatakau! Shoten Girl Episode 6 Recap/Review: Lots of Angry Yelling

tatakau 6 hey gurl hey Jdrama Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is both a recap and a review of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy!

I never thought I’d say this, but I actually miss the romance drama. The corporate intrigue and all the stuff with the now-shady Not So Friendly Boss just isn’t working for me. Despite that, however, this episode did give us a little bit more of the Gossipy Trio and it was also an important step forward for Mita. Let’s talk about it! Continue reading

NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Chernoff, K.”

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photo credit: tvequals.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six finale “Chernoff, K.” 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 enjoyed this episode. It was fun to see the team in Russia, speaking Russian, and going undercover. But on the other hand, “Chernoff, K.” didn’t feel like a season finale at all. Everything played out like usual NCISLA routine. The stakes were not raised in this episode at all. But just like last week, Callen’s story saves it.

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Orphan Black Review: “Scarred by Many Past Frustrations”

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photo credit: @OrphanBlack

Here’s my review of Orphan Black season three episode “Scarred by Many Past Frustrations.” 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.

The relationship between Sarah and Helena is one of the things I am most interested in when I watch Orphan Black each week. Since we found out in season one that they’re twins, they’ve had a weird bond that they’ve developed over time. First Helena tried to kill her, then Sarah put a bullet in Helena’s chest. In season two, they got to know each other better and even went on a road trip with each other. Sarah clearly has come to care greatly about her sister, so she’s spent this season desperately looking for Helena. “Scarred by Many Past Frustrations” focuses mostly on the two sisters as they are held captive together, and it’s fascinating to see how things have changed between them while they’ve been separated.

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Elementary Review: “A Controlled Descent”

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photo credit: @ELEMENTARYstaff

Here’s my review of Elementary season three finale “A Controlled Descent.” 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.

So I was way off base last week when I said Gregson’s storyline would continue in the season finale. That was my fault. Apparently we’ll get back to that story next season. Instead, “A Controlled Descent” was another story about Sherlock’s drug addiction. I’ll be completely honest and say I was a bit disappointed with the end of the episode. Not with how it actually ended, but more about how we reached the point where Sherlock fell off the wagon again. I have questions about what happened but they won’t be addressed until next season. Right now, we’ve just been left hanging and Sherlock’s big moment felt a bit rushed and incomplete to me.

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Tatakau! Shoten Girl Episode 5 Recap/Review: Promotions

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Jdrama Photo Recap Disclaimer: Since this is both a recap and a review of the show, there will be spoilers here. I’m watching this without English subtitles and while I understand a lot of Japanese, I’m not fluent. There are occasionally parts where I don’t understand what’s going on. And lastly, the photo captions are just snarky jokes and not meant to convey actual dialogue. So if you’re cool with all this, read on and enjoy!

During this week’s episode, we take a step away from the romance mostly for a look at some office politics. I like the change of pace even if I’m not all that interested in whatever corporate intrigue is going on. Things are changing at the Pegasus bookstore, so let’s see how everyone reacts!

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Kolcheck, A.”

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photo credit: cbs.com

Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season six episode “Kolcheck, A.” 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 a detour with the “Field of Fire” episode and then no episode last week, we finally pick up where we left off in “Beacon.” But the momentum from end of that episode is lost with the break in the action, which makes the episode suffer just a little. Along with that, this one didn’t deviate much from the norm, so it didn’t feel like the penultimate episode of the season (even if it did do a good job of setting up things for the finale next week). Despite all this, we got some more hints about Callen’s story and that’s really what saves the episode.

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