NCIS Los Angeles: “Matryoshka Part 2”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Matryoshka Part 2.” 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.

Considering the goal of this episode was a prison break, “Matryoshka Part 2” was a surprisingly quiet episode. It had a lot of great points and an important reveal, but pacing issues slowed some of the momentum. I believe the focus was on a few wrong moments but the ending more than made up for that.

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Elementary Review: “A Study in Charlotte”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “A Study in Charlotte.” 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.

Every now and then, it’s nice to take a step back and take a breather to relax. This is true in story writing as well as life. If a story is particularly dark or heavy, oftentimes there will be a part where the characters have a more lighthearted adventure. For Elementary, this adventure is “A Study in Charlotte.” Again, we take a break from the weightier story of Morland Holmes and also Sherlock’s quietly angry recovery from relapse which has been simmering all season long. This episode was the exact kind of fun and quirky that this show does best. While the mystery might not have been the show’s finest, it was strengthened by the investigation part.

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Elementary Review: “A View with a Room”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “A View with a Room.” 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.

Elementary tried really hard to break out of the mold in “A View with a Room” but ultimately it was held back by sticking to what we usually see every week. The episode was still very fun to watch and full of intriguing twists. But the shift away from the exciting heist to the usual murder investigation was disappointing. The b-plot, however, was the best part of the episode.

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Agent Carter Review: “The Atomic Job”

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Here’s my review of Agent Carter season two episode “The Atomic Job.” 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 love watching a good heist. I can’t explain it but I really enjoy all the planning that goes into it and the tension of wondering how badly things will go wrong. So “The Atomic Job” finally makes some headway into the plot by putting our main characters on a mission for some atomic warheads. Again, the pacing of the story is slow as it takes half an hour to get to the actual job, but once that begins, the episode takes off in exciting ways.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “Matryoshka Part 1”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Matryoshka.” 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 leaving Callen’s Russian plotline behind (and basically forgetting about Arkady) for several episodes, we finally return to it all in “Matryoshka,” the first part of a two-episode story. And I’m glad we came back because personal cases are always more interesting than the usual ones. While there seemed to be a few out of place moments that didn’t seem to fit with anything important, overall this episode broke away from routine and turned out well.

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Elementary Review: “Down Where the Dead Delight”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “Down Where the Dead Delight.” 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.

Elementary gives Sherlock a rather large amount of recurring acquaintances. Joan, on the other hand, has just that one friend who see maybe twice a season (and she also had her ex-boyfriend before he was murdered). So it’s really nice to see Cortes back again as someone Joan can interact with outside of Sherlock. “Down Where the Dead Delight” was a fascinating episode because of what they allowed Joan’s character to explore.

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Agent Carter Review: “Smoke and Mirrors”

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Here’s my review of Agent Carter season two episode “Smoke and Mirrors.” 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.

In “Smoke and Mirrors,” Carter and the gang are again stonewalled into stalling their investigation because Vernon shows up to put the brakes on their Arena Club raid. It’s frustrating to see them spinning tires and going nowhere again, but unlike last week’s “Better Angels,” this episode took the opportunity to expand the backstories of both Peggy Carter and Whiney Frost. The flashbacks served to fill in the blanks and also help the audience compare and contrast the two main ladies. One protagonist, one antagonist.

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Elementary Review: “Alma Matters”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season four episode “Alma Matters.” 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 anything about acting techniques, so I feel like I can never comment on acting in my reviews. But I really feel like Jonny Lee Miller’s performance was the key to this episode. The writing was solid, as usual, but the acting really brought it to life. “Alma Matters” was a subtle look at Sherlock’s feelings about his father once again, driving the storyline further in an interesting way.

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