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Stargirl: 3x09 Chapter Nine: The Monsters

Daaamn. And after all the Eclipso-induced hell that Mr. Deisinger survived last season...

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24: 8x01 Day 8: 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

I think I especially liked...

"Who's Jack Bauer?" —Arlo Glass

[looks of dude? seriously?] —everyone else

Arlo don't know Jack. Yet.

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24: 8x01 Day 8: 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

And Jack experiences yet another "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in" experience...

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Reacher: 1x05 No Apologies
Naomi: 1x03 Zero to Sixty
Stargirl: 3x03 Chapter Three: The Blackmail

Does anyone else think that something is distinctly wrong with Sylvester? (Beyond his ridiculously reckless destructive behavior; like something's wrong with him causing this behavior.) I have to wonder if, when he "came back" in his coffin (as he explained in episode 3x01), he came back a little incomplete. (He's reminding me just a little of Harold Meachum from Iron Fist.)

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Stargirl: 3x03 Chapter Three: The Blackmail

I'm finding it interesting that Courtney, Nebraska's Conclusion-Jumping Champion of Seasons 1 and 2, is now the one [finally] practicing extreme caution about suspecting or condemning any one in particular.

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Unforgettable: 1x09 Golden Bird

Roe Saunders: "Is it that I look stupid?"
Carrie Wells: [holds that frozen smile]

I do enjoy these interestingly individual characters and their interactions.

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Motherland: Fort Salem: 3x10 Revolution (2)

There was definitely some rushed skimming and skipping across the story elements of this episode (and the one previous), and I sooo wish we could have seen all of those story-bits that simply didn't fit into the time remaining, but I still liked what we got, the wrap-up of the storyline and the resolution for all (well, okay, most) of our good-witch characters.

At the same time, I really do hope that show-creator Eliot Laurence someday goes back and writes the original book series he had in mind to begin with. I'd love to experience and digest the full detailed story as originally intended.

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24: Redemption

This is kinda like a two-episode prelude a few months before Day Seven. Perhaps not entirely necessary to watch and understand Day Seven, but the bit of background is definitely helpful.

That, and any excuse to watch Jack save some people and fight off an evil strike team is good enough for me.

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24: Season 6

My name is Jack Bauer. For twenty months, I was stranded in a Chinese political prison with only one goal: survive. Now I will fulfill my President's pleading wish: to use every skill at my disposal and bring down those who are attacking my country. To do this, I must become someone else. I must become something else.

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24: 6x24 Day 6: 5:00 A.M.-6:00 A.M.

Strike Team Jack, always a winning hand.

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24: 6x21 Day 6: 2:00 A.M.-3:00 A.M.

I was kinda hoping for more Die Hard Jack in there, but still... daaamn.

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Motherland: Fort Salem: 3x05 Cession in Session

I suppose if the Camarilla are training that many assassins, they can't expect all of 'em to be any good at it, right?

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The Flash: 8x18 The Man in the Yellow Tie

Mmmm. Errr. Gaak.

Honestly, I really liked the basic idea of the primary story here: Eobard's second-chance return (perhaps earned for that end in Legends) sans most of his memories leaving little more than the Speed Force source designs to drive him but unaware of its "negative" aspect, etc., etc., etc. This storyline alone could easily have fueled a good solid movie. And that's my problem: it should have been a movie, or at least 2-3 episodes, to give it enough room to flesh out and breathe. Jamming it all into one episode this like required simplifying and shortcutting too much of it, leaving it feeling choppy and... well... shortcutted.

A good idea quickly rushed together half-baked yields an okayish result that could have been so much better.

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The Boys: 3x08 The Instant White-Hot Wild

The deadliest flashdance ever. (Daayam.)

And that hint of it's-going-to-be-okay smile emerging at the very end, as he finds the sorely missed taste of supportive family among the power of the dark side...

"Now, matters are worse." —Yoda

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The Boys: 3x07 Here Comes a Candle to Light You to Bed

After listening to that last-minute phone call...

Frenchie, we may need even more of that Novichok nerve agent...

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The Boys: 3x06 Herogasm

The opening warning-disclaimer has to have been the awesomest warning-label writing I've ever seen.

And that's just the moment opening into an episode thoroughly jammed with individual plotline advancements and interconnections, all leading up to that fight and that speech...

Well done. And only two episodes to go...

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The Boys: 3x04 Glorious Five Year Plan

Daaamn. I was really growing to like Alex, too, but... sigh... The risks of trying to recruit from that volatile mix of assorted desperates into what they're trying to do... I can't even imagine.

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The Boys: 3x03 Barbary Coast

Oh, poor Timothy... :-(

And Starlight's hidden fist-clench... damn.

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The Flash: 8x13 Death Falls

Warning: Minor naming gripe.

Hell Storm? Really? I could see that as something flip that Frost might say, or maybe if Constantine was involved, but... uhhh...

Given the trail so far, from Firestorm to Deathstorm to... Icestorm?

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Superman & Lois: 2x14 Worlds War Bizarre
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BlockedParent2022-06-27T03:12:28Z— updated 2022-06-28T04:11:06Z

The weird choppy visual of the worlds coming within "sight" of each other, like some sort of TV signal being erratically interrupted, was odd. I very much doubt something like that would look so sharply back-and-forth choppy. But, IMO, that's a relatively small complaint in yet another solid segment of the story.

A larger complaint might be: Why does no one seem to remember the existence of others who might be able to help: Kara, Barry, Jefferson, etc? That story-hole has been annoying me much more, lately.

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The Boys: 3x01 Payback

I gotta think that a portion of the ideating/writing process for The Boys involves asking the following:
1. Pick an interesting superpower that a lesser-known The Boys "supe" might have.
2. What extremely creative adolescent prankish dumbassery might a not-terribly-wise (or just drunk or high) supe do with this power?
3. What could go very very wrong with said dumbassery?
4. How visually horrifyingly gross can we make that look?

I suppose it's fair, given that a fair chunk of the human population is foolish enough to engage in all sorts of because-we-can dumbassery (including those who might do so only for being drunk or high), so why wouldn't at least some portion of supes be the same. The realisticness of random supe-ness popping up in the real-life human condition with no correlation to intelligence or wisdom.

Which is why, as part of the story, it works, almost no matter how "WTF?!?!" it can feel to watch. A little like what makes the more realistic (but still drama-ridden) of reality TV work, but amped up to [even more] ridiculous levels.

Daaamn.

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The Flash: 8x11 Resurrection

This was another one of those episodes in which I did really like the high-level storyline, but was frustrated by the excessively sloppy/clumsy execution of so many of its pieces. (I get the feeling that Khwalah's probably right about it being at least partially a direction problem.) In any case... sigh. This could have been really good.

High-level story progression: 8/10.
Detailed execution: 5/10.

And why does Deathstorm (in his reveal-pose at the end) look a bit like a big flaming Dammit Doll? Hopefully, that'll improve, too.

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Pennyworth: 2x10 The Lion and Lamb
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BlockedParent2022-06-20T03:29:32Z— updated 2022-06-24T04:38:17Z

Curious what they'll name him, or whether the producers/writers had even given him a name by the time this aired...

Captain Stormcloud? Gullystorm? Deathsmurf?

IAC, he looks a bit like one of those armored tanks had a baby with Mr. Freeze.

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Pennyworth: 2x09 Paradise Lost

As fun all of this chaotic confluence was, in some ways, that first living room chat scene (and all its personality interplay) was among the best bits of the series so far.

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The Flash: 8x10 Reckless
Superman & Lois: 2x13 All Is Lost
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BlockedParent2022-06-10T03:19:09Z— updated 2022-06-11T05:56:33Z

"I call it the Kessel Run."

That look, and the sudden-but-smooth deflation-transition to it, was so damn perfectly delivered, that it easily deserved a couple of rewind-and-rewatches.

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Superman & Lois: 2x12 Lies That Bind

Did we just see the energy-absorption powers of DC's Parasite?

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24: 5x06 Day 5: 12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M.

Jack Bauer is a scary MacGyver of emergency enhanced interrogation tactics.

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