Teen Wolf Review: “The Sword and The Spirit”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “The Sword and The Spirit.” 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 continue to be very disappointed with this season of Teen Wolf. So much so, I actually wonder if they have different writers than before. Previous seasons have been stronger because they had focus, they had a well-defined villain, and the storylines made sense even if they were ridiculous. “The Sword and The Spirit” has none of that, and while I thought things might be improving, I was clearly very, very wrong.

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Agent Carter Review: “Better Angels”

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Here’s my review of Agent Carter season two episode “Better Angels.” 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 was an entertaining episode—any appearance by Howard Stark is fun—but something about this episode just seemed to drag. By the end of it, what have our main characters accomplished? Other than discovering that Wilkes is still alive (yay!), not a whole lot. It’s weird to say that “Better Angels” is a filler episode in such a short season, but that’s really what it felt like.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Come Back”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Come Back.” 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.

Usually I like the episodes where the case is personal and close to home for one of our main characters. Stories usually are more interesting that way because it raises the stakes. “The Long Goodbye” featured the return of someone important from Sam’s past. “Active Measures” and “Internal Affairs” put Callen and Deeks in the spotlight of the case. And all of these are great episodes. But this week’s episode, “Come Back,” tries to put the focus on Kensi and bring back a bit of her past. The problem is how contrived this whole episode feels.

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Elementary Review: “Murder Ex Machina”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “Murder Ex Machina.” 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.

Unlike most Elementary episodes, “Murder Ex Machina” didn’t have any sort of subplot meant to develop Sherlock’s, Joan’s, or even Bell’s character. That’s a little disappointing because this show always has very strong character work, so without it, things feel a tiny bit incomplete. But on the bright side, this case was absolutely enthralling to me with all its twists and turns. I can forgive the lack of character stuff as long as there is a fascinating case to investigate.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Codominance”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Codominance.” 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 don’t really know what to say about “Codominance.” It was one of those episodes where nothing really happened. Except for Kira’s story, mostly everything else was inconsequential. It’s like the show is stalling for time because they don’t have enough material for as many episodes as they have. Seriously, I don’t understand what the point of all this is. But at least this episode had a strong theme to it: the “codominance” of the title.

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Agent Carter Review: “The Lady in the Lake/A View in the Dark”

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Here’s my review of Agent Carter season two premiere episodes “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark.” 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 first season of Agent Carter was a fun adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I expect nothing less from season two. The first two episodes, “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark”, did not disappoint. We quickly jumped into a new story with some new characters, but the show still retained the charm from season one as well. These two episodes were a good mix of humor, action, and even romance.

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NCIS Los Angeles: “Angels & Daemons”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Angels & Daemons.” 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.

Late into this episode, Kensi confronts the murderer in the Boatshed with something along the lines of “you gave us just enough truth to cover the lies.” He pretended to help them just so they wouldn’t suspect him. I thought that it was an excellent line because it’s something we see from the bad guys all the time. But if you think about it, our main characters go undercover all the time, often mixing the truth and the lies together to serve their purposes. And I think in particular, this line could say a lot about Callen, especially in this episode. “Angels & Daemons” was an entertaining episode, but the subtle character study of Callen was the most interesting part.

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Elementary Review: “A Burden of Blood”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “A Burden of 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.

As I often talk about in my NCISLA reviews, long seasons usually mean there are at least a few filler episodes. Just a side story that doesn’t tie in with any sort of overarching storyline. Fillers aren’t bad, per se, but they’re not always that great either. But happily, “A Burden of Blood” was an interesting story (with both a strange case and a Bell-centered b-story) so ultimately it doesn’t matter that this one doesn’t connect to an overarching plot.

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Teen Wolf Review: “Damnatio Memoriae”

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Here’s my review of Teen Wolf season five episode “Damnatio Memoriae.” 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 happy to say this episode felt like it was a bit better than the previous one. It was less of a hot mess anyway. “Damnatio Memoriae” still had a lot of problems, but a few really good moments balanced it out. And it now looks like we might have the focus this season has been lacking so far.

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Keiji Ballerino SP Recap/Review

Detective Ballerino

Detective Ballerino

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! 

On January 9th, NTV aired a nice little drama special called Keiji Ballerino (translation: Detective Ballerino). It was both a hilarious and interesting story about a police detective and his partner investigating a series of murders and uncovering the the dark secret underneath. The catch? The main character, Usushima Kurumi, (portrayed by Nakajima Yuto) is obsessed with ballet and thinks he was a swan in his past life. Out of context, everything seemed really crazy but it was actually a very well-put together story. So let’s talk about it!

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