Post by Ubiquitous
What did you watch?
On the first day of the new year when I went into work (for a
half-day), I watched:
Chicago Med - "Ties That Bind". This went exactly as expected: Reese
did indeed freak out on a patient (just not the patient you were
expecting), and gets herself suspended. (I think in the real world, her
career would be over, at this point...) Meanwhile, also as expected,
they write Robin out (though this took longer than I expected...). And
they let the stupid Ice Princess get up on another one of her soap
boxes, which is always tedious when they let it happen. I don't
remember Halstead's case. And Maggie figures out a clever way to
attract more ambulences to their E.R. so that she may eventually be
able to hire more nurses!!
Haywire (Tubi TV) - OK, this was not what I was expecting, though it
all made sense when I saw that this was directed by Steven Soderbergh:
that means a sparse filming style (and the lack of "enhanced"
sound-effects: so punches sound like they really do), and non-linear
timeline storytelling, and a surprisingly good cast. Gina Carano is
actually pretty good in this - it's too bad no one has seemed to let
her play a "good guy" since. I did enjoy her beating the snot out of
Channing Tatum (and Michael Fassbender!). It was also kind of a hoot to
see Bill Paxton playing a decent guy, for once.
The Librarians (recorded) - "And the Hidden Sanctuary". Fred was
correct - I quite enjoyed this episode! :) as it's a "Cassandra"
Cassandra has a failure of nerve during a mission, and questions her
place in the library, and so takes a "leave of absence" to the "safest
town in America" (in Ohio). Once she gets there, she begins to see some
(statistically) unexplainable things, and is further pushed into
suspicion by a local teen, who just happens to be Triple G from "Game
Shakers"! (Benjamin Flores, Jr.). Wackiness ensues.
This one was directed by Noah Wyle, and after a somewhat slow start,
got better as it went along. I liked the ending quite a bit.
The Darkness (The Netflix) - I watched this because of Lucy Fry (who's
not in it that much...), but it's actually quite well cast with Kevin
Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz from "Gotham"(!!), Paul Reiser, and
even a cameos by Jennifer Morrison and Ming-Na!! As a "supernatural
horror" flick, this was mostly paint-by-the-numbers in terms of plot.
It was just unusually well acted, due to the cast.
Knock Knock (Hulu) - This turned out to be very disappointing - I
generally don't respond well to flicks that don't explain/justify their
premises, and this one never came close. Of course, this all made a lot
more sense at the end when I realized this was an "Eli Roth picture". I
should have known... :/
Anyway, anyone going into this expecting a satisfying premise is
going to be disappointed - this doesn't make a lick of sense, and this
film isn't going to give you anything to make more sense out of it.
This sounds like it works better if get the "alternate ending" -
that at least would give back a little bit of satisfaction.
S.W.A.T. - "Seizure". Sort of covered by Ice, but he left out the quite
odd 'B' story in which Deacon's wife Annie (Bre Blair) apparently has a
serious stroke in front of Commander Hicks (Patrick St. Esprit), and no
one can let Deacon know about it while he's on the prison riot detail.
I'm not sure what the point of this storyline was, except to humanize
Hicks and show that he's not just a dick...
"Three light sabers? Is that overkill? Or just the right amount
of "kill"?" - M-OC, "A Perilous Rescue" (ep. #2.9), LSW:TFA (08-10-2017)