Netflix released a show awhile ago called the Tribes of Europa, with season 1 consisting of six episodes, dubbed in English. The setting of the show is the year 2074 when life in Europe consists mainly of warring tribes. According to the opening explanation, something happened in December 2029 which caused a massive blackout, and the phrase for the “event” was Black December.… Read the rest
The new show Debris debuted recently, with a strong alien/X-Files vibe to it. In a nutshell, the premise is that scientists spotted a damaged alien ship drifting through the solar system, surrounded by debris. Some of that debris has fallen to Earth, and almost all of it has strange energy readings with unpredictable impacts on the local population.… Read the rest
One of Chuck Lorre’s newest sitcoms, the United States of Al, picked up some pre-launch buzz but not good buzz. Lots of people looked at the 30s trailer and immediately jumped on it saying it was going to be tone-deaf, mocking Muslims, etc. Oddly enough, the goal of the producers was to have a Muslim protagonist that wasn’t a punchline.… Read the rest
The final season was not the strongest of the six, although Desmond gets some serious and welcome airtime. The candidate vs. Jacob, and all the other history stuff for the island, and Locke 2.0, are all complicated and convoluted in places. All of which leads to a less-than-satisfying ending to the series.… Read the rest
The season starts with the supposed rescue team arriving on the island but the extra members beyond the soldiers are not quite what everyone expected. Later in the season, you see a press conference where everyone has to lie.
Episodes That I Liked
The three biggest episodes of the season for me were Eggtown (E04) with a huge twist at the end, Ji Yeon (E07) dealing with Sun’s pregnancy drama, and There’s No Place Like Home Pt 3 (E14) when the island undergoes some magic.… Read the rest
While the first two seasons were watchable, I felt the show really hit its stride this season, with the third best season of the series.
Episodes That I Liked
There were five episodes that I ranked 5/5, four of them with a “heavy” Desmond role in them dealing with time-travel and trying to prevent Charlie’s death: Desmond feeling the weight of his pre-cognition (E08); trying to save Charlie while Claire is trying to figure out what is going on with them (E12); Desmond faced with endless choices where none of them seem right (E17); and Charlie remembering his five greatest memories (E21).… Read the rest
Overall, I would say that there are a lot of storylines going in the season, and not all of them work. A few — like looking for Michael — go nowhere. It is almost like the writers sent people out looking, only to change their mind about where the narrative was going to go.… Read the rest
When Lost first premiered, I watched about three episodes. It was okay, I thought the beasts were some sort of horror premise, and then about EP03, the shallow relationship of Michael with his son, and his apparent jealousy of Locke, was just ridiculous and stupid. I didn’t care, and I couldn’t figure out why anyone else did, so I stopped watching.… Read the rest
At the end of Season 2, Alec had to make a choice, and it created consequences for everyone. Now there is semi-evil Alec and semi-good Alec, although it isn’t always clear which one is the good guy and which one is the bad guy. And other entities are interested in time travel for their own purposes.… Read the rest
Keira Cameron is a police officer. It’s a pretty advanced time, the year is 2077. While she is overseeing the execution of 8 domestic terrorists, they activate a time travel device that sends them all back to the year 2013. She arrives with a bunch of her high-tech police tools — a special suit with lots of functions built into it, weapons that are keyed only to her DNA, and communications equipment to allow her to connect directly to her HQ.… Read the rest
There is an episode near the end (E19) that is one of the best of the series…it is funny, it is interesting, it is vintage Season 1 and 4 all together in a big bowl of mystery with comedy sprinkled on top. A complete palate cleanser from all the EPs filled with angst.… Read the rest
As I watched the episodes, I frequently felt, “Okay, last season”. Quite a few EPs seem like repeats of story ideas they’ve used before or promising ones that go nowhere. I was initially skeptical of the “Castle as P.I.” plot device, but it isn’t completely batty in its execution, and it does work for the most part.… Read the rest
The season starts off with Beckett working in Washington, and the whole dynamic just doesn’t work. I like the 3XK stuff, and a Carrie-like prank. I’ll even accept the wedding episode. But not a great season overall, one of the lower average scores so far.
Episodes That I Liked
They have some good plots for single episodes — Castle might be dying (E01), dead hackers and Daddy (E012), brawling models and wedding planning (E14), and skateboarders (E21).… Read the rest
I really want to love this season, and there are some seriously good episodes, like Ryan going undercover or the Rear Window episode. And while the average is higher for individual EPs, driving the season up to 4.0 overall, my overall satisfaction was down — the backstory just wasn’t working for me any more around Bracken, 3XK, Beckett’s mom, and the wildside of Castle’s Dad’s story (great premise, not awesomely executed).… Read the rest
Building off Season 3, this season really starts to gel in certain areas. Which is odd, because the characters are written so they are NOT gelling…Castle finished off Season 3 with a big pronouncement, and Beckett says she doesn’t remember it. So they are at odds for most of the season.… Read the rest
This is the season where Castle hits its stride. Beckett and Castle are in a good place after the first couple of episodes; they’re in their groove and they’re even making progress on the conspiracy that claimed Beckett’s mother.
Episodes That I Liked
For me, almost every episode hits the mark this season.… Read the rest
Season 2 starts with Beckett and Castle on the outs, as she’s pissed at him for looking into her mother’s case at the end of season 1. By the end of Season 2, Castle is starting to give up the romantic chase, just as Beckett starts to think she likes it.… Read the rest