Elementary Review: “Render, and Then Seize Her”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season five episode “Render, and Then Seize Her.” 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.

We are three episodes into the season and it feels like a rough start. While the cases have never been super riveting on Elementary, I feel like the ones we’ve had so far this season are not as good as they could be. This episode is no exception. Normally, the strong b-plot would make up for this, but even this episode’s character story fell short of the mark. “Render, and Then Seize Her” is just not up to Elementary’s previous standards.

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NCIS Los Angeles: “Ghost Gun” Review

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Ghost Gun.” 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 dip in quality with last week’s episode, NCISLA is back in top shape in this week’s “Ghost Gun.” We hit all the important things a good episode should have: an interesting plot, character development, humor, and emotional content. There are three plots running through the episode and all are juggled well. As always, the procedural aspect is still a part of the show, but more focus was given to several long-running storylines which made the episode much more dynamic and interesting for the audience.

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Elementary Review: “Worth Several Cities”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season five episode “Worth Several Cities.” 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.

Compared to the season opener, this week’s episode, “Worth Several Cities,” is much better and slightly more interesting. Although the character work was not nearly as strong as in “Folie a Deux,” the case was more engaging and Joan’s storyline continued to move forward.

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NCIS Los Angeles: “Black Market”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Black Market.” 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 week’s episode honestly was very boring to me. But, of course, that’s just my personal opinion and not everyone is going to agree. So I’m trying to look at “Black Market” objectively because as a reviewer, that’s what I do. But even then, I still feel like this episode was not up to NCISLA’s usual standard.

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Elementary Review: “Folie a Deux”

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Here’s my review of Elementary season five premiere “Folie a Deux.” 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.

Since season four wrapped up without a cliffhanger, Elementary got off to a fresh start. As any good season premiere does, “Folie a Deux” set up a plotline that will stretch on for several more episodes: specifically, Joan’s job satisfaction problems and her new “project” Shinwell Johnson. The parts of the episode that relate specifically to that are the strongest. The case, however, is like a half-baked cookie where things are a bit squishy in the middle, which is a detriment to the episode. But this is nothing new for Elementary. The case is almost always the least interesting part.

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NCIS Los Angeles Review: “The Queen’s Gambit”

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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “The Queen’s Gambit.” 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.

Last week’s premiere ended with Kensi seriously injured and Hetty admitting to treason (she’s lying of course, but it was a slightly surprising move anyway). “The Queen’s Gambit” picks up where we left off with an episode that is both usual and unusual. The team is shaken but still trying to function like normal. These circumstances make for a fascinating episode, moving several characters’ storylines forward in the process.

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