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What did you watch?
The Man in the High Castle (Prime) - Ep's #2.7 & 2.8.
I'm happy to report that, after a weak start, season #2 seems to be
getting stronger in the second half
After the first season, they tend to start out a little weak but it gets
progressively better as the season goes.
(kind of like "Hanna"!...).
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Ep. #2.7 is perhaps the best of this lot - this episode dispensed
with Tagomi and Joe Blake entirely, and was much better for it, focusing
just on Juliana's "spy mission" on the Smiths, while Ed and Childan bond
and go deliver the money to tha Yakuza, Kido gets proof that the Yakuza
was funneling information to the Nazis (and "deals" with it!), and Frank
figures out what General Onoda is really up to.
Ep. #2.8 was mostly about Nazi (and Resistance) politics as word
seeps out that Hitler is in his last hours. Juliana feeds this info to
the Resistance, while Obergruppenführer Smith finally confronts Juliana
about the latest film, and tries to figure out who Hitler's successor
will be and what they're after, and doesn't like what he finds out
(basically, that Joe's daddy is the new Big Bad!!).
I should get to the season #2 finale tonight.
The 100 (recorded) - "Anaconda" (ep. #7.8, though it's #7.13 in the
This is the "backdoor pilot" for the "prequel" spinoff series,
I didn't know they were doing a spin off. is it set on Earth right
after the war? That could be interesting.
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am being completely serious when I say that the "Arrow" spinoff shows *a
lot* more promise than this proposed "The 100" spinoff.
Nothing I've seen from the Arrow spinoff has shown me any promise.
And it's not
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just because I am biased - objectively, there just seems to be a lot
more upside to the "Arrow" spinoff than there is with this.
Anyway, none of this explained how the Second Dawn got to Bardo, or
why Octavia and co. never found the "Anomaly Stone" in the bunker when
they were in there for 5-6 years.
Obsession: Escaping My Ex (Lifetime) - I think I actually enjoyed this
Part 2 more than Part 1 - Part 1 was pretty par for the course, but this
one had the psycho conman/killer chaining up Madison (Celeste
Desjardins) for most of the flick, so that was somewhat more novel.
Also, I somewhat enjoyed the stupid rich sister trying to get her hands
on "$1 million dollars"! to pay the ransom for stupid Madison. (They
never really did explain the psycho conman's plans - I guess he intended
to pocket the ransom, and still take off with a captive Madison in tow...)
Anyway, this ended exactly like you expected it would (though I was
mildly surprised that the sister survived this ordeal).
Tonight: In Part 3, the psycho conman/killer's sister gets into the
act, to punish Madison for righteously killing her psycho brother!!
Last Kind Words (Tubi) - I only watched this because it co-starred
Alexia Fast (as, basically, the "ghost"). It was only sort of OK (at
least Brad Dourif also co-starred...). But the ending made absolutely no
sense to me.
Trolls World Tour (Netflix rental) - After being very pleasantly
surprised by how much I liked the first "Trolls" I was looking forward
to this a little bit. I really wanted to watch the first "Trolls" movie
again for a recap, but I couldn't find it anywhere for free. Anyway,
this movie picks up with whatever happened in the first movie having
happened (not that I remember), and a new threat emerges when the
princess of the Rock music trolls decides she is going to conquer all of
the other kingdoms and force all trolls to rock out to her rock kind
music. What follows is basically a jukebox musical full of nostalgia
songs from various music genres. It held my interest well enough and
generally kept a smile on my face.
Stargate SG-1 (season 3 DVD) - "100 Hundred Days" – After being stranded
on an alien planet with an alien woman who wants his baby, O'Neill finds
his inner light. The title is actually a bit of a lie. O'Neill is
actually only stuck on the planet for a few days.
Stargate SG-1 (season 7 DVD) - "Death Knell" – The alliance between
Earth, the Jaffa and the Tokra falls apart. Felt like a filler episode,
but also the type of background details I need to be aware of in later
Heroes: Part 1 & 2 – Saul Rubineck guest stars as a journalist brought
in to film the Stargate program for when it’s declassified. Robert
Picardo shows up. I knew he was on Atlantis, forgot he was on SG-1
first. They killed off a reoccurring character. I did *not* see that
coming! What happened to the adopted alien kid? I skipped whatever
episode introduced the kid. And hey, it's Adam Baldwin. I didn't
realize he was on Stargate. And the way they set up his character, it
would have made perfect sense for him to move over to Atlantis.
"Resurrection" - This episode was written by Michael Shanks and directed
by Amanda Tapping. I hate to say it, but this was a really bad episode.
Basically the team capture the child of a Nazi (so you know, he's
evil) who acts like Hannibal Lecter, hamming it up as he dribbles out
bits of information on his evil experiment. The experiment in question
is a young woman who he cloned how has the knowledge of the Goa'uld.
"Inauguration" - A new President is sworn in, so there needs to be yet
another clip show to catch him up on everything. It's becoming pretty
clear the reason Stargate does so many clip shows is they need the cast
and the budget for the massive season finales.
"Lost City: Part 1 and 2" - Massive season finale which finds Dr.
Elizabeth Weir now running the SGC and SG-1 trying to find the lost city
of the ancients in hope it will help defend Earth from Anubis' invasion.
I really like the actor they got to play the president, and in
particular, I've always liked his line when Anubis sends his hologram to
the White House to intimidate him, "Don't let the suit fool you. We're
going to fight."
Season 8 (now with subtitles on the DVD!)
"New Order: Parts 1 and 2" - Season 8 kicks off with Dr. Weir still in
command of the SGC, except now she looks a little bit different.
O'Neill is still in hibernation following the events of the finale, but
the Asguard show up to save him and ask for his help again to save the
galaxy from human form replicators. Meanwhile back at the SGC Dr. Weir
negotiates with remaining system lords who have come crawling to Earth
begging for help. I loved the bit when she agreed to help in exchange
"Lockdown" - This is where I should have switched over to Atlantis, but
I squeezed out one more SG-1 instead. O'Neill is now in command of the
SGC. I was fully expecting to see John Crichton heading over from
Farscape, but not yet. Instead SG-1 is now a 3 person team. First up,
Anubis' spirit or whatever is hanging around the SGC possessing people.
I really didn't care much for this one. Nice ending though. I am
assuming Anubis will be back. And I notice they wrote Ba'al as the new