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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: 5x05 Tipping Points

Best line:
"Oh, look at the time!" —Hondo Ohnaka

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 6x04 Bay of Squids

I know I've said before that this show can be at its best when it goes all-in timey-wimey wacko, but this wasn't it. This was far more farcical than anything else—from candied Fidel to pointless football—and so much of it just made no sense whatsoever, including Eva handing the Waverider and mission over solely to Mick (while the rest of the crew will now do... what?). There were some fun and funny moments, but not enough of them to make up for the Bay of Farce that was the rest.

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Batwoman: 2x14 And Justice For All

Ryan: "Ok. So how do we dose that many people all at once?"

Luke: "You have to inject each person one at a time."

Ryan: "But that means…"

Me: "It's time to call Barry."

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Batwoman: 2x14 And Justice For All
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2021-05-19T03:39:33Z— updated 2021-05-20T05:35:40Z

"Nah. I got this."

Oh, crap.

What could go wrong?

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 6x02 Meat: The Legends

Nice seeing that brief cameo-moment of original-timeline Zari. I hope we get to see more of she who was the center of one of the best time-loop episodes ever.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 6x02 Meat: The Legends

So Behrad thinks he's a wizardly fry-cook on the level of such greats as Spongebob Squarepants and Odd Thomas? Hah. Likely story. ;-)

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The Blacklist: 8x13 Anne

Hearing Detective Eames— er, Officer Lois say that most New Yorkers are "narcissists" was a fun little in-joke.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: 2x22 Lethal Trackdown

I do have to wonder, watching this, how much of Boba's drive to avenge his father comes from within vs. being stoked by old-friend-of-Jango Aurra Sing. Probably a mix of both, but it might say something about the influences of elders/mentors on the youngers' choices, such as Aurra Sing on Boba, Plo Koon (and Tera Sinube and Luminara Unduli and...) on Ahsoka, etc.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars: 2x22 Lethal Trackdown

Funny moment when they said they were heading to Florrum: my wife, just passing through the room at that moment, heard it as going to "Florin", stopped and said "incontheivable!"

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Titans: 2x01 Trigon
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The Blacklist: 8x03 16 Ounces

I'm having increasing difficulty with Liz's apparent loss of thinking skills. I get that she's angry as hell as Redd, but what led her to believe that a one-pound semtex bomb was an appropriately surgical tool with which to take out Redd and only Redd in a hospital, regardless of how you think you've timed the placement? How does the very idea not scream out collateral damage?

At least Aram's afterward reaction seemed deeply appropriate. Everyone else... and especially Donald...

I feel a little like, alongside Dembe, shaking my head at it all...

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Alias: 2x10 The Abduction

Any episode with this much extended Marshallness is like a fun bonus.

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Glitch: 3x01 Episode 1

Do some parts of this season-starter feel rather more forced? That very different family. James. Heysen. Like a new set of writers stepped in and decided to wipe the slate to do something... else?

This start feels like a very different show than the first two seasons. Not sure what I think of that so far, except that it's an awkwardly jarring transition...

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Stargirl: 1x03 Icicle

At this point, the show and story are starting to get halfway decent, even if Courtney is still acting like a moron.

I did expect a little better of smooth-investigator Pat at the hospital, though.

Hrm.

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Motherland: Fort Salem: 1x05 Bellweather Season

Wow. Didn't expect the episode title to end up feeling like a sort of hunting reference. :open_mouth:

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The Umbrella Academy: 2x09 743

As weirdly entertaining as the whole Five-vs-Five thing was to watch...

Would it have worked (and been much simpler) to never contact fourteen-days-ago Five but instead to quietly stalk him until he, as he did before, dropped his mission and briefcase to transport himself back to 2019, and then grab the briefcase he left behind? As it turns out, this seems like it'd have cost them the same amount of time and a lot less risk...

Other than that, fun and crazy entertainment as always...

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Blindspot: 5x10 Love You to Bits and Bytes

Mostly good, except for the wild technobabble overdrive, and...

At the end, couldn't Jane have hit that door button and then slipped out the door before it finished closing? At least tried? Sigh.

I'm half-expecting to find out that, either due to the ZIP released in the room being from the "denatured" batch or due to Jane's previous experience with ZIP (and ZIP poisoning) that she now has some degree of immunity to ZIP, and will end up having some sort of weird memory-lane finale experience before waking up to an all's-well end... maybe... as long as they don't make it some overly simple "just kidding!" sort of save...

Just one episode left to wrap it up, one way or another.

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 7x07 The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and The D
Blindspot: 5x08 Ghost Train

Given how Patterson clearly knows those bunker tunnels better than anyone and has clearly planned a series of discovery contingencies, I have to wonder if her sad "I'm sorry"s through the closed-door window were about having failed everyone (as it seemed to suggest) or about having to leave everyone behind and captured while she slipped out yet another way from under all that fiery doom. Wishful thinking, perhaps, especially near the end of the series when writers are most likely to give some characters heroic ends, but... maybe...

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Blindspot: 5x07 Awl In

Another mixed bag...

Good:
* Just about every moment with Greg in it. Not hard to like the guy, and to sympathize with what he must be going through with what he's learning. Even the mistake with the phone—not really something he would have known about—and the sadness that followed. I hope that that isn't all we see of him.
* I hoped and suspected that Allison, who is far too smart for this, was performing layers of prepared story for Madeline throughout all of that. And, indeed, in the end, Allison was giving the finger, so to speak.

Has Potential:
That end-reveal moment was kinda cool. I just hope they do something worthy with it.

Bad:
Every single emotional-crisis moment in this episode—and there were several—was sooo poorly manufactured. The concept behind them all is totally valid and in the background all the time, but, for some reason, every time it's been brought into the foreground it's been done with such supreme poke-you-in-the-eye clumsiness that I'd rather they just tossed it soft a line once in awhile and left it back there.

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Supergirl: 5x19 Immortal Kombat

I think my only real gripe was the method and accomplishment of talking ~4 billion immersed Obsidian North users down from using the platform—not even by citing an immediate dangerous problem with the platform, but by arguing them out of the long-term escape at all—which was such a massive oversimplification of the situation (and the many various users' motivations for using such a platform) that was awfully hard to swallow.

But, otherwise, not a bad season-ender at all, especially given that this was originally intended to be season's fourth-to-last episode, but for the coronavirus-response production shutdowns. It will be interesting to see how this unplanned cliff-hanger's resolution is worked into the start of the next season...

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 7x04 Out of the Past

Also, nice reference with the episode title, "Out of the Past", a 1947 film-noir crime drama movie...

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Travelers: 1x06 Helios-685
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2020-06-03T04:25:28Z— updated 2021-02-21T18:55:49Z

So, they have a strict directive (Protocol 3) to not kill anyone.

However, in this case, due to the nature of the situation, shooting down (or even just wounding) a few soldiers would have resulted in the same number of deaths in the end (due to the final explosion) and a much higher chance of mission success (mandated by Protocol 1) without having to send back (and waste) more travelers to occupy the soldiers. No deadly force (and thus no direct Protocol 3 conflict) was even necessary; shooting the soldiers in the legs (sharpshooter?) would have sufficed.

Which seems to suggest that either (1) the writers were careless with such plot details or (2) something else (more complex/insidious?) is going on.

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Travelers: 1x05 Room 101

Naming an episode such as this after that Orwell 1984 reference... Oddly fitting.

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Travelers: 1x02 Protocol 6

About the selection of hosts for travelers...

I get the mistake concerning Marcy's selection: information isn't always perfect, and her case was unexpectedly odd. But... are there just so few viable options compared to the need that they have to accept traveling into people with babies and wives? Seems like an otherwise very odd choice that deserves a little explanation...

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The Blacklist: 7x19 The Kazanjian Brothers

Overall, the animation was a bit stiff, but perhaps expected as such given the incredible short notice with which the project to produce it must have been thrown together. The inventive transitions helped. In the end, I appreciate the dedication that brought it to us rather than simply letting the season effectively dangle after ep. 18.

I wonder how much of Elizabeth's IMO-far-too-easy slide completely over to the Mom Side (my only real problem with the plot development here) was rushed by the need to complete it with this one episode as opposed to across the originally planned four episodes that this one effectively replaced.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: 5x11 Ship Broken

Lots of fun moments (and plenty of wacky) in this one, although I think my favorites may have been watching Sara with her new Matt Murdock look and Johnny Smith moments, and wondering if the Paragon of Destiny wasn't a bit of oblique foreshadowing of Sara's upcoming entanglement with Fate(s).

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The Blacklist: 7x16 Nyle Hatcher

Hmmmmm. The Sikorsky Archive... as in... sikorskyarchives.com? Or something entirely else?

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The Flash: 6x14 Death of the Speed Force

Interesting developments, fun stuff. Nice.

I think my only complaint is the usual sort of thing for this show: When Flash and Kid Flash blurred there way into the police station, why oh why did they stop to present themselves and confront Frida Novikov (Turtle 2) rather than just zip straight in and use the injection-gun on her before she could even register their presence? C'mon, guys. You have Speed. Use it. No, smarter than that.

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Manifest: 2x13 Icing Conditions

Soooo, if, as the Major apparently has planned, the military is able to deliberately replicate the genetic mutation in new people, will it have the same effect as the 828ers; would the Death Date effect somehow still relevant (as those people didn't skip over any time) and, if it is, how? That plotline, with or without the Major, has some interesting possibilities...

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