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Review – Caprica – The DirtEaters

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What all the cool New Cap City players are wearing.

This week:
The idea of ethnicity is re-explored through flash backs and choices by the Adama family. Daniel makes yet another deal with the devil. The Avenging Angels are the latest fad.

Pluses:
The idea that honest work like farming could be so distasteful to others.
One’s own choosing to return to the soil.
Sam and Joseph’s journey as children.
Daniel being even more devious.
Everyone has their own agenda.

Minuses:
I still lack empathy for Amanda.
That stupid editing between V-World and Caprica.
Tamara and Zoe aren’t strong enough actors to pull of their current story lines.

This was an incredibly strong character driven episode. It is a shame that just as this series/season found its feet, they were removed out from under. I write this having seen The Heavens Will Rise, and I found this episode a perfect counterpoint for the next step.

#threeandahalfpandas

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Review – Community – Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design

Learning, Reading and other courses for credit for Greendale's night classes

This week:
When a lie becomes truth and all truth becomes lies. Pillow fort of gigantic proportions. Professor S. Professorson. Britta in a den in iniquity. Best chase scene ever.

Pluses:
Everything from the moment it started to the last second of the closing credits.
So many brilliant lines, infact there has been a lot of quoting going on today in twitter.
Said chase scene.
Toy guns.
Zing, double zing, triple zing, quadruple zing.
Seriously just everything this week was brilliant.

You know it was a killer episode when your twitter has this sort of ongoing conversation that is too long to screen grab.

Negatives:
Not a single thing comes to mind.

From brilliant lines, comebacks, to set pieces and the end credits, this episode is now up there with the bestest ever in Community. I can’t believe they managed to get Annie a gun, let alone say “Annie’s got a gun!” The bar has been reset on what can be done in a primetime sitcom, and we have finally seen the allocation of the mythical and mystical #fivepandas. In other news, Community is going to be up against Idol in the States – but I think we are safe, because only people with brains watch Community – so totally a different market to that of Idol.

#fivepandas

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Review – Caprica – False Labor

No one can hate themselves more than Daniel right now.

This week:
Daniel Greystone works through his mistakes and grief. Amanda Greystone fully immerses into the world of sister of Clarice.  Sam Adama gets his patriotism on. Joseph Adama gets lucky.

Pluses:
The Tauron subplot.
Character development of Sam – why are only learning of this now?
Daniel’s mechanisations.
Amanda’s subterfuge.
Don’t piss of someone with access to a Cylon.
No Zoe.

Minuses:
Acting of Anita Torrance’s Mar-Beth – plank of wood anyone? She is Australian isn’t she?
No Lucy Rand.

I am sure many people who watched this ep would have thought, OMG so slow! But it wasn’t slow – it was pure character driven drama – which is what the show should be.  This episode worked because it wasn’t trying to address too many themes at once, and the themes they did discuss were pure and honest.

#threeandahalfpandas

 
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Review – Nikita – One Way

Unusual aliases was the underlying theme of this episode.

This week:
Michael is off on his own revenge laden off the books mission. Nikita and he join forces. Nothing goes to plan, professionally or personally. Nikita reaches out and Michael reaches back – to a point.

Pluses:
Michael backstory – was great to see his motivators.
Nikita and Michael buddy cop/assassins.
Awesome shoot out scene.
Great hand to hand work.
Really plot and implementation.
Percy being Percy.
Great overall dynamic between Nikita and Michael.

Minuses:
The recruit arc was a bit weaker this week – but then the action really had nothing to do with them.

I don’t want to say too much and give away this episode.
Yet again another fantastic episode. Good to see Nikita is now on GO! You really must check this show out – why it doesn’t get advertised I have no idea. This episode had been in, hook, line, sinker and copy of angling times. Hope is lost. There is just vengence.

#fourpandas

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Review – The Vampire Diaries – Katerina

Ms Double Standards is smitten.

 

This week:
Elena gets what might be the truth from Katherine. Elijah isn’t as gone as we thought. Lots of new info. Damon gets lucky. Katherine backstory. Jeremy gets cockblocked.

Pluses:
Caroline being the best friend she used to be again.
Katherine backstory.
Big Bad is back and a Bigger Bad is on the way.
New characters with their own webs.
New twists and turns.
Uber vamp powers activate!
Dobrev’s Katherine.

Minuses:
I think it is funny how I dised the early dismissal of Elijah – he really is a big bad, if not the biggest bad.
Didn’t feel any chemistry between Damon and Rose – but then it was just sex – for now.

Overall it was a smooth episode – just the right mix of tension, multiple story lines and backstory. This episode continues the theme that every African American in Mystic Falls is a witch/warlock. Katherine’s motivations, if they can be believed, make her much less one dimensional. Very nice indeed.

#fourpandas
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Review – Community – Cooperative Calligraphy

It's called a Bottle Episode, Troy.

 

This week:
We learn what a bottle episode is. Clothes come off. Slim Jims are in the most unusual places. Real feelings under the surface simmer up. Annie’s Boobs.

Pluses:
Excellent dynamic of the cast – was great to see the alliances change so fast.
Brutal comments in self defense.
Annie’s Boobs.
Puppies!
Puppies!
Puppies!
Troy putting two and two together.
Puppy Parade.
Did I mention there were puppies?

Minuses:
No Starburns.

This was a fantastic little episode, with some brilliant tie ins to previous episodes and each character was themselves, but amped up to 11. It was really fantastic to see what can be achieved with dialogue and good acting. Dan Harmon is my hero.

#fourandahalfpandas
SPOILER
Apparently you can see the moment that the pen goes astray (when the Dean comes in the first time) but I can’t catch it.

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SPOILER TWO: Thanks to Simon for this link to the exact moment of the incident!


Review – Community – Aerodynamics of Gender

What do you mean my makeup stops at my chin!?!?

This week:
Abed becomes what can only be describe as RoboCop of girls’ self confidence. Troy and Jeff discover the Bounce. Pearce spoils everything. Nazism.

Pluses:
Loved the whole “Secret Garden” thing when Troy first encounters it.
Abed’s “assessment” program.
All girls really are bitches.
The return of the status quo was wonderfully done.
End gag with StarBurns.
Lots of awesome Chang moments.

Minuses:
I didn’t really get the whole bounce thing – it must be an analogy for something or a twist on another show which I didn’t get. Was it for smoking weed out the back of the classroom or something?
Pearce wasn’t even his endearingly annoying self and therefore Chase wasn’t given the opportunity to be funny.

This was a fun episode but the two plot lines didn’t really mesh for me – I loved the Abed one, but the Jeff and Troy one didn’t resonate or even make me laugh – other than the maze joke during a montage at the end. It is still a fantastic show, but the bar is so high now (I feel like I say this a lot) that anything less than a stellar ep leaves me unsatisfied and anticipating next week.

#threepandas
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Review – Nikita – Resistance

Hi there. My name is Nikita and I am here to help (aka bring down Division)

This week:
Nothing it really what it seems, even when you think you know the truth.

Pluses:
Brilliant Michael development.
Was good to see Nikita in the background.
Alex really stepped up.
Great story idea – neat twists and turns all the way through.
Owen backstory and intersection w Nikita.

Minuses:
Percy seemed a bit “off.”
Was really hoping to see Owen and Nikita buddy cop.

Dang this show can deliver. Action, drama, tugging the heart strings and possibly misplaced hope and trust. I am so pleased Nikita got the full season run. If the second half of the series is half as good as the first I am going to be one happy panda.

#fourpandas
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Review – Vampire Diaries – Rose

Damon Rose TVD

Ok, for this scene I need "tortured love, brooding, whimsical, contemplative and handsome?" CHECK!

This week:
We pick up hours after Elena’s kidnapping. The Originals. The Petrova Doppleganger. The Big Bad. Tyler learning about himself.

Pluses:
Nice to see Caroline and Tyler interact.
Elijah.
Jeremy and Bonnie bonding.
Rose smacking Elena – I wanted to right then too!

Minuses:
Really all that build up for 5 mins?
Action was a bit meh.

Not the strongest of eps. Lots of dialogue which I thought was really setting us up for the next few weeks – but was all over in moments. Maybe this ep was the lead up to the roll through of the back half of the season. I hope so.

#twoandhalfpandas
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