Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD


Episode Date: 9.23.14

Episode Title: Shadows

Rating: LOVE

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

Let’s flashback to Season One.  When the show was first being advertised I personally thought this show was going to be fun, exciting and entertaining.  What I did not expect was that I’d fall so in love with it that I’d end up being a webmaster on it’s fan site.  That was something I never saw coming.  But it wasn’t the only thing I wouldn’t see coming.  I wouldn’t see the ending of the season two premiere or the devastation that would creep into my heart about it.

Yes, Agents of Shield broke my heart.  No it wasn’t the death of guest star Lucy Lawless.  Nor was it the broken relationship of SHIELD couple skyward.  Coulson visible stress wasn’t enough to do it either.  What broke my heart was Fitz.  At the end of season one we only knew he was alive.  I think a comatose Fitz would have been an easier story than the one I watch unfolded on 9/25 2×1 episode.  But easy isn’t what the writers have in store, easy isn’t what we love.  But more on Fitz later.

I knew the flashback was going to be a part of the episode, I didn’t know that it was going to set up the enemy for the time being.  As the Kraken was introduced in the flashback as original SHIELD agent Peggy Carter with Dum Dum Dugan and Jim Morita infiltrated the last Hydra camp that they knew of.  Their team took charge of artifacts that Hydra was using in evil ways.  Dr. Whitehall was taken into custody.

I loved this scene.  There was just this look of pride on Peggy’s face when she said this was the last known Hydra facility.  Like she’d finally closed this chapter, and avenged Steve.  I hope that is the kind of work we can expect from Agent Carter.

Then the showed jumped to current day.  Where a darker Skye appears in the midst of a  mission.  Her, May and Trip are watching Izzy and Lance Hunter but intelligence on a level ten artifact. But before the deal could be completed a third party interfered with deal and killed former shield agent Browning.

I won’t lie, I was confused for the first few scenes.  Who’s good? Who’s bad?  The answers weren’t very clear.  Maybe this was on purpose, to show how the world is changed for Coulson, and the team.  But it quickly becomes clear that Izzy is loyal to Coulson. So, she’s alright in my book.

This sets up the storyline for the episode, the team chasing the artifact and looking for the third party.  Quickly we learn that this third party is Carl Creel, aka absorbing man.   He can take in any material and become it to do with as needed.  This makes him an opponent that is a huge challenge.

I’m sure by now, we’ve all watched the episode a few times now, so we all know what happened.  But I have to say I loved the relationships; both the old and the new.  Especially Coulson and May; they work so well together.  I was taken by surprised when Izzy grabbed the artifact from the beginning of the episode.  I wasn’t expecting for things to turn so badly so quickly. I also didn’t expect Coulson to seem to not care.  When they went into the facility to retrieve it, they also had a mission to get the plane.  When Izzy became compromised he ordered the team to continue on the mission.  I really loved this character growth  between agent who didn’t have to make the hard choice, but the right choice and director who had to make the hard choice, no matter what is right.  The team was able to get what they needed, but at a price.

Skyward was reunited for a few brief moments.  I loved and hated these scenes.  I hated seeing how low Ward has fell.  Hearing him describe how low he’s felt and what he’s done to himself.  I hated seeing this couple that I loved last season stand there and just be so cold with each other.  I loved the emotions that the scene made me feel.  The fact that Skye’s face fell when she saw his scars. But he stiff defense against his love for her.  I loved how May was so against it.  That she was being a momma bear.  I also loved that when it was over I wanted more.  Especially when he made the comment about Skye’s father.

Talbot is the only other thing I want  to talk about, before Fitz.  I loved the way Coulson played him.  First I really got a kick out of George Stephanopoulos cameo.  I watch him every morning on GMA and to see him on my favorite show was pretty great.  But Talbot is one of those characters that you love to hate.  Him and Coulson’s interaction in the “honeycomb kill” room was nothing short of brilliant.  Because they used him and made him give them exactly what they wanted.  It was awesome.  My favorite part was when Coulson was literally putting words in his mouth and said, “Talbot out.”

The whole episode we see Fitz with Simmons while no one else seems to speak to her directly, there is nothing really off about that.  A lot of the team refers to them as one.  Its only at the end when Coulson is doing his narration, when it’s revealed Simmons isn’t there, that she of doing something else. That is when my heart shattered, poor Fitz it’s broken, hallucinating Simmons because he needs her so much.   I didn’t cry, but I wanted to.  That was so sad.  Coulson says Fitz  was too badly damaged and when Simmons left he was just broken.  I don’t know how this will turn around, but if they can bring Coulson back from the dead, they need to be able to fix Fitz. End of story, I can’t take the heartbreak any longer.

Overall, I loved the episode.  There was action, shock, heartbreak and some really comical moments.  The end is what sealed the episode for me.  The voice over provided by Coulson, just really showed the “shadowdy” season.  I’m looking forward to the next episode.  What are your thoughts?  I’m watching are you?

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Episode Date: 9.29.14

Episode Title: Driven, 7×1

Rating: Love

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

“Castle” has been hit or miss.  Not in my dislike for it, but rather if I’m going to watch it or not.  In fact, I completely missed the season finale.  I know they were getting married and something was going to happen, but I didn’t know what happened or how it would affect the new season.  So when I finished watching one of my guilty pleasures (“Dancing with the Stars”) and it started, I was like, “Okay, I’ll watch.”

The first few seconds had me hooked. I don’t think I could have stopped watching if I wanted to.  Watching Beckett cry and try to reach into the car whilst in flames, was heartbreaking.  I can’t explain it any other way.  Stana Katic is amazing.  Her emotions seeped from the screen and permeated into my living room. Her feeling the need to do something resonated with me.

So here is the case of the episode: Castle was grabbed and the detectives have no idea why. It was clear that something terrible happened.  An SUV banged his car, drove back and forth, as seen by a roadside fruit salesman.  Castle wasn’t in the car as it burned, but as Beckett pointed out, it could be anyone for any reason.  Once the FBI got involved, all I could think about is the fact that Agent Connors is the actor that plays Kevin on “General Hospital.”

I understood the need for Beckett to act out her stress, but the way she treated that thug wasn’t something I enjoyed.  I can’t really say it’s completely out of character, but I do know I didn’t like it.  It seemed too brutal. I know it could have been worse, but still.  I was glad she was called on it.

As the details started to come in, it appeared this case had connections to the mob.  Apparently, there is a Jersey mob guy who had the thug from the junk yard crush the SUV. Why? A client needed it done.  So who was the client? Well, it appeared to be Castle himself.  Why would Castle do this?  Now it’s just a, “Crap, I’m confused.” moment.

Obviously, a lot of questions are running through my mind: Is Castle really in on this?  Is there more to this?  Does he not want to marry Beckett?  Agent Connors thought Castle did this and there wasn’t anything more, but I knew there had to be. Beckett agreed with me and wouldn’t let it go.  Time passed.  In TV when time passes, there are only a few correct ways to do it, and this episode did it beautifully.  It used newspaper clippings to mark the time.  It was sad seeing Beckett collect these clippings, but it was a good use.

After two months, Castle was finally found, in a boat.  How weird was that? He was 80 miles off the coast of Delaware, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  How did he end up there?  Well, that answer wasn’t quickly forthcoming, since Castle was unconscious.

I loved how Beckett was like a madwoman on the hunt for him, but she froze when she saw him.  That was kind of an emotional moment for me.  I wanted to know what happened to him.

Esposito’s and Ryan’s bickering match that Beckett overheard was intense, but Beckett was right. Until they knew what was going on, they had to treat him as a victim. The three detectives go to work.

The evidence was staggering. It really did seem like Castle was mixed up in something bad.  Another witness, Henry Jenkins, said he saw Castle camping on the beach.  Castle’s tux, watch, shoes, fingerprints were all there, as well as newspapers. However, he never tried to get help.

It looked like Castle just walked away from his whole life, all the while saying he didn’t remember what happened after the car crash.  Beckett lost faith in Castle, and honestly, I think I did, too. When Beckett questioned him, he was confused.  He demanded to see where this alleged tent was set up.  When they got there, nothing sparked his memory.

That’s when things got even more complicated. The witness, who claimed to see Castle camping, disappeared and was replaced with the real Henry Jenkins, in the last five minutes of the episode. Who was the imposter?

Is this a set up or is this Castle leaving and coming back and lying to the people who care about him the most?  I lost my faith in him, but he’s talking a good talk.

This mystery changed everything.  This was a great way for the season to start.  I like the mystery that has been set up, and the hunt for the truth.  I hope they don’t drag it out too long.  That can’t be all this season is about. I’m watching. Are you?

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Episode Date: 10.5.14

Episode Title: White Out, 4×2

I’m posting today because this promotional photo is out for the next episode of OUAT and I’m just very confused by Charming’s hair.  I don’t tend to post anything on here but reviews, but this one just had to be shared.  Sundays’ upcoming episode should be interesting based on this one photo alone.  I can’t wait to see it.

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Everything you need to know about ‘Once Upon a Time’ season 4

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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Expectations for the upcoming fourth season of Once Upon a Time have never been higher.

After three seasons of introducing various fairy tale figures from years past—including characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and even The Wizard of Oz—the ABC drama is tapping into a property that was released less than a year ago: The highly popular Frozen.

When Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) returned from their time-traveling journey to the past in the season 3 finale, they unknowingly brought along a stowaway from Rumplestiltskins’s (Robert Carlyle) vault: Frozen‘s ice queen Elsa (Georgina Haig), who made a chilling entrance before closing out the third season.

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‘Revenge’ star Emily VanCamp teases ‘hilarious’ relationship with Daniel in season 4

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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For Revenge fans who watched that season 3 finale and yelled at your TV some variation of “what the hell?”, you’re not alone: Star Emily VanCamp had the same reaction.

When VanCamp talked to EW Radio’s Julia Cunningham about the ABC retribution drama’s fourth season which kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. she said season 3’s revelation that David Clarke was, after all this time, alive was a decision former showrunner Mike Kelley was “absolutely” against.

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‘Once Upon a Time’ postmortem: Rumple finds a surprising Disney icon

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Warning: This story contains spoilers from Once Upon a Time’s season four premiere. Read at your own risk.

Move over, Frozen: Once Upon a Time has introduced yet another Disney property into the mix.

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‘Family Guy,’ ‘Once Upon’ get big return ratings

Originally posted on Inside TV:

[ew_image url="" credit="" align="none"]Sunday night had two much-anticipated premieres with major brand cross-over elements and both stunts paid off big time: There was Fox’s Family Guy crossing over with longtime animated frenemy The Simpsons in a one-hour episode at 9 p.m., and the fourth season return of Once Upon a Time introducing its arc based on the Disney hit Frozen at 8 p.m.

Both shows jumped in the ratings compared to last fall, with Fox’s animated series coming out on top: Family Guy (8.4 million, 4.5 rating among adults 18-49) bounced a whopping 73 percent from last season’s premiere and ranked as the night’s No. 1 entertainment program. This is Family Guy‘s biggest rating in four years (here’s our take on the crossover). While Once Upon (9.3 million, 3.4) spiked an impressive 31 percent from last fall to mark its best ratings in nearly two years.


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‘Castle’ boss: Season 7 will reveal more of why Castle is the way he is

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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When you end a season on a cliffhanger as big as Castle’s car accident at the end of season six, it’s difficult to start the next season with a large time jump. And thankfully, Castle will pick up right where it left off, with Beckett, still in her wedding dress, realizing that Castle is no longer in the burning car. That being said, the episode, like most Castle episodes, won’t play in real time all the way through.

With the episode focusing on Beckett’s hunt to find Castle, there will be a minor time jump within the episode. EW spoke with executive producer David Amann about what to expect from Monday’s premiere and season seven as a whole.

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‘Chicago Fire’ having a three-way crossover (with ‘P.D.,’ ‘SVU’)

Originally posted on Inside TV:

[ew_image url="" credit="" align="none"]It’s official: NBC is doing a crossover stunt across three different crime dramas: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. The unusual three-way crossover will have characters from NBC’s Dick Wolf-produced fall procedurals interacting across three epiosdes next month.

Word of the crossover had been making the rounds, but the network officially announced the plan and the event’s premiere date today — Nov. 11-12. NBC staged a crossover between Fire and P.D. last season, but this time is letting SVU in on the action. “We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows,” Wolf said in a statement. “Warren Leight [SVU showrunner] and Matt Olmstead [Chicago Fire/P.D.] showrunner and I came up with a story that was big and unique enough to transit to all three.”

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OUAT Sneak Peek

ALL I can say is tear came to my eyes when I saw this, because I’m that kind of sappy person.

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