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C. Hagen Radick
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Films to Keep You Awake: To Let

The premise is decent, and both the acting and the production is solid. The story really suffers from the old trope where you have the antagonist down, but don't take two seconds to verify she's actually dead.

Worth watching if you can ignore some glaring story problems.

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Marvel's Inhumans: 1x03 Divide - And Conquer

I want to like this series more than I do. It's somehow coming across as feeling decompressed yet loaded with plot-driving exposition at the same time, which is a weird dynamic.

Gorgon feels like he's trying to keep a straight face when he delivers his lines.
Karnak's arc isn't working for me at all.
I realize Black Bolt can't speak, but his expressions are coming across as creepy and not stoic.

Maximus is coming across the best, playing the duality between sympathetic villain and master manipulator pretty well.
Crystal is a close second. Her teenager forced to grow up in a hurry is working well, too.

I don't know where I'm going to fall on this show. It's not the pile of garbage some folks are touting it as, but it's got a lot of problems as well. I honestly think it would have worked better as a two-hour movie versus an eight-hour miniseries, considering it's following a near-identical plot to the first Thor movie.

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The Pact

So she had blueprints for the house, but no mention of a basement, nor did anyone ever bother to look down there?

This movie had potential and was executed decently for what it was, but the above spoiler and a few other glaring plot holes/deus ex machina moments knocked it down considerably. The "stinger" at the end didn't help either.

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Norsemen: 1x06 Episode 6

Did I miss something? When did Arvid hook up with Hildur? That big announcement at the end really threw me off what was otherwise a satisfying end to the first season.

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Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1
Marvel's Iron Fist: 1x07 Felling Tree with Roots

Well, that's one way to resolve your daddy issues...

I'm curious to see if Harold remains dead, since Hand resurrectees are notoriously difficult to kill (again).

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4x20 Farewell, Cruel World!

This was a really good episode as a whole, but one thing bugged me when it happened and still boggles my mind:

So you're telling me that the father of HYDRA's Second-In-Command lives in a random suburb with no guards, no overhead drones, and no security system whatsoever? I know Jemma is smart and resourceful,
but there's no way someone on HYDRA's most wanted list should be able to just walk up to the front door (armed, no less) of one of HYDRA's elite and no one notices.

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Vikings: 4x19 On the Eve

"It turns out, brother, I understand women better than you."

I'll miss Princess Ellisif. She was almost as pretty as Lagertha.

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Black Mirror: 3x05 Men Against Fire

This might have had more impact had I not seen the "Hearts and Minds" episode of The Outer Limits almost twenty years ago, since it has almost exactly the same plot.

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Conviction

From Entertainment Weekly:

ABC is pulling the plug on the Hayley Atwell-starring legal drama Conviction.
EW has learned the network will produce and air the 13 episodes initially ordered, but will not move forward with additional episodes. The sixth episode is scheduled to air Monday at 10 p.m., but it remains to be seen if the show will remain in its current time slot.

This isn't too surprising. The cases are mundane at best, and every character that isn't in the Morrison family has zero personality, to the point I can't even tell you the character's name.

Can we get Agent Carter back now?

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Conviction: 1x01 Pilot

The Pilot is spent mainly establishing the characters, and there was a lot of jumping around as the showrunners are trying to set the theme of the series. Of course, all the team members have their own closet skeletons.

With all the focus being on setting up the series, the plot itself seemed almost an afterthought, The case resolution was no surprise as the victim's mother spouts out a name with zero context, and surprise that's the guilty party.

I'm hoping future episodes get more focused on the cases, as the pilot was pretty disjointed, and I'm worried people won't come back. Despite the script flaws, it was well-acted, and Hayley Atwell is absolutely gorgeous. I'll give this a few more episodes to develop, but the show is fighting an uphill battle at this point.

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4x01 The Ghost

Just a few thoughts/observations:

  1. While I don't mind the organization changes, and encourage the show shifting things around a bit to keep it fresh, the intentional obfuscation of the new director's identity seemed a bit heavy-handed. Although judging by 4x02's episode title, we'll meet him/her next week.

  2. I'm not familiar with this incarnation of the Ghost Rider (although I read a ton of the motorcyle-era versions), but the effects looked great for a TV show, and Gabriel Luna did a good job with his limited on-screen time.

  3. May is still a badass. I like how the Triad guys get infected/possessed, freak out, and kill each other, but Melinda is all "Huh... that's a bit unsettling."

  4. Honestly, my only complaint is how everyone is still fixated on Skye/Daisy/Tremors/Quake. I've found the character dull since the first episode, and they've made her entirely too overpowered at this point. I kind of wish she had gotten shot into the sun with Ward/Hive instead of Lincoln.

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Marvel's Daredevil: 2x10 The Man in the Box

Elektra is still the weakest part of this season, but more Punisher... oh heck yeah!

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Strike Commando

As terrible and inteptly-made as this movie is, it's never boring and infinitely entertaining.

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Lucifer: 1x12 #TeamLucifer

"You're supposed to be blond."
"That's what everyone keeps telling me!"

I admit it -- I lol'ed.

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Lucifer: 1x10 Pops

The more "human" Lucifer gets, the less interesting.

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Vikings: 4x02 Kill the Queen

Awesome battle scene. No appearance by Lagertha, though, which is always a shame.

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Lucifer: 1x06 Favorite Son

I was getting worried, especially after last week's episode, that the show was turning into "Castle" with Satan. Fortunately, they started dipping into the source material more in this episode.

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Vikings: 4x01 A Good Treason

Rollo is kind of a jerk.

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Lucifer: 1x01 Pilot

Being a fan of the comic series, I went into this with major trepidation. Yes, forget most everything from the comics but the character names, however, the dialog is snappy, and I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would, even if this ultimately just "Castle" with Satan.

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Wayward Pines: 1x10 Cycle

Great finale -- until the last two minutes totally crapped the bed.

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