Vicious Review: “Sister”

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photo credit: mpbonline.org

Here’s my first review of Vicious starting with the season two premiere “Sister.” 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.

Stories belong to the young folks. Think about popular movies, TV shows, and books. The protagonist of any of these stories is most likely to be young (a relative term, I know, but we’ll say this means younger than “middle-aged.”) And the protagonist’s friends are probably all young as well. Sure, there may be one or two old folks running around, but they’re hardly ever the ones in important roles. So what I’m trying to say is that this is the reason I love Vicious. Because it’s a story about old people, something we don’t often get to see much focus on. The season two premiere showed that it’s still holding on to the core of the show while also expanding the focus of its universe.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Status Asthmaticus”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five mid-season finale “Status Asthmaticus.” 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.

Divide and Conquer is a pretty effective battle strategy if you can manage to actually accomplish the “divide” part. In most stories, however, it doesn’t usually work on the good guys. Our team of heroes usually realizes what’s going on before the bad guys can take advantage of the split. But as we see in “Status Asthmaticus,” the mid-season finale, Theo’s strategy actually worked to tear the pack apart. And I’m sort of intrigued by this direction. It doesn’t make up for all the flaws of season 5A, but it definitely gives me some hope for 5B. (I am eternally an optimist, just so you all know)

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Teen Wolf Review: “Lies of Omission”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Lies of Omission.” 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.

Remember a few episodes ago when I said Teen Wolf was about to kick into high gear and ride the crazy train? Well, apparently I lied. Because the only thing we’re doing right now is going nowhere fast. The crazy train has fallen off the tracks and into a pile of mud. Or pile of mercury? Whatever. Either way, it seems clear that the writers are just stalling until the last episode (or perhaps the second half of the season) for the big reveal. (At least I hope we’ll eventually get an explanation) While I’ll admit that there’s some good performances and character work still going on, the plot is really suffering. “Lies of Omission” seems like a good episode title because we’ve certainly bad some important information omitted.

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Defiance Review: “When Twilight Dims in the Sky Above”

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Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “When Twilight Dims in the Sky Above.” 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.

Just when you think things can’t get any crazier on Defiance, somebody accidentally shoots a diplomat and maybe sparks another world war? Who was expecting that?? I had been worried that the tension of the story would fade away after they wrapped up the Rahm Tak problem, but it’s actually soared to new heights since then. “When Twilight…” continues following Nolan’s descent into irrational behavior following his breakdown and also sets up more conflict for the characters of the town.

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Teen Wolf review: “Ouroboros”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Ouroboros.” 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’m gonna be honest and straight up admit I have no clue what’s going on on Teen Wolf anymore. It’s still entertaining to me, but all the plot points seem so scattered, I don’t know how everything will tie back together in the end. Last week, I said that stretching out a mystery too far will make it snap like a rubber band. And “Ouroboros” is the snap. Sure, Deaton found out some stuff but it’s not enough to satisfy all our questions. But I’m not gonna spend this review complaining about the flaws in this whole plot line. Instead, I’d like to talk about something that worked well here: Scott’s character arc. Continue reading

Defiance Review: “Ostinato in White”

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photo credit: denofgeek.com

Here’s my review of Defiance season three episode “Ostinato in White.” 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.

There was a plot in “Ostinato in White,” something about mysterious attacks and Doc Yewll’s increasingly hard life, but none of that was quite as interesting as the emotional performances in this episode. There were a multitude of excellent character moments scattered about as all the characters dealt with the aftermath of the averted attack by Rahm Tak. This is the most shaken we’ve ever scene the town of Defiance and that’s what makes the episode so fascinating to watch.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Strange Frequencies”

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photo credit: teenwolf.wikia.com

Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Strange Frequencies.” 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.

Ah, we’ve finally hit the point in the season where we’re barreling down the tracks on the crazy train at full speed. The Dread Doctors are making their move, the pack is hallucinating again, Kira’s putting on her crazy pants, and we lost the most important member of the crew: RIP Stiles’ jeep. (Alas, poor Roscoe, we knew you well.) “Strange Frequencies” had some hits (Mama McCall and Sheriff Stilinski doing actual relevant research) and some misses (Kira’ entire storyline right now), but overall I think we’re reaching the point where things begin to come together. And that’s definitely a good thing.

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