Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is the 24th week and with the summer over and TV season back in full swing again, its time for the weekly TV reviews to come back, and this week I’ll be talking about Blindspot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lucifer and South Park. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers…
Blindspot (Season 2) “In Night So Ransomed Rogue”
Ah Blindspot, its good to see you again. What was nice was that the tone, plot and characters felt in line with what’s come before, but the new plot involving the NSA working with the FBI to get Sandstorm (the same enemy that messed with Jane) creates a new dynamic that’ll be fun to explore over the course of the season. It’s interesting to see how things had initially changed for not only Jane but Weller and his team too with Jane being incarcerated and physically tortured, while Weller and his crew miss working on Jane’s tattoos. But what captured my attention more was how the events surrounding Jane from last season finally came to light and how it affected Weller, Reade, Zapata and Patterson’s relationship with Jane. Emotions were clearly running high not only with the FBI’s crew’s feelings towards Jane, but also the relationship between Jane and Weller, but then there’s all the stuff with Jane especially towards the end of the episode, with all those revelations about her past and the tie-ins to the beginning of the show, it just adds so much layers to the overall story, and the new characters Jane’s interacted with. I also liked seeing all of the actors back in their roles especially with Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton, but it was also great to see newcomers Archie Panjabi, Michelle Hurd and Luke Mitchell (my man from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) establish themselves well in this show.
Agents of SHIELD (Season 4) “The Ghost”
So S.H.I.E.L.D. is back on TV again and its nice to see how things have progressed since last season and all the new elements introduced. I like how the episode didn’t waste time and started with an action sequence which not only gave us a look at Daisy/Quake in action but also showed us glimpses of Ghost Rider as he drove his flaming car and took dudes out in a gruesome manner off-screen. I also like how Mac and Coulson are a new pairing, while several of the old members of the SHIELD team are off in different departments. Crazy to see how divide of all the characters has created not only a shift in power/authority but also trust issues as well, some of my favourites being with Simmons and May or Yo-Yo and Daisy. It was also great to see the return of Dr. Radcliffe and his Life Model Decoy (AIDA played wonderfully by Mallory Jansen) in action and the conversation he had with Fitz about the codes and ethics of what he can and can’t do in SHIELD and Radcliffe’s reasoning behind wanting to create the LMD was really fascinating. Gabriel Luna is doing a great job as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider so far, he’s mysterious, intimidating and cool, and I love his reasoning for doing what he does not only as Robbie, but as Ghost Rider too. Plus how sweet was that reveal of the Rider in action? So cool, the VFX were on-point! The episode was pretty good with the addition of supernatural elements not only with the unexplained origins of Ghost Rider, but also of that strange ghost lady that made those guys kill each other and infected May’s mind. Finally I also liked the theme of attachment and how it applied to several of the main characters including Daisy, Robbie, Fitz and Yo-Yo. Can’t wait to see how this season progresses.
Lucifer (Season 2) “Everything Comes Up Lucifer”
Lucifer has returned and it feels like nothing has changed and that is both a good and bad thing for me. On the one hand the show’s still the same with the humour, style, characters and cop drama cases, and that’s good stuff. But at the same time there wasn’t too much change between the end of season 1 and the start of season 2, I guess that’s due to the short amount of time passed between episodes. All in all it was a funny episode with Lucifer being his funny, charismatic and egocentric self, but it was also interesting learn details about Lucifer’s mother, his history with her and how Maze and Amenadiel felt about it too. But what was even more intriguing was Decker’s feelings about Lucifer’s abilities and how Amenadiel explained it to her to keep her away from the truth. I’m definitely curious to see where the show goes from here, but the first episode for season 2 wasn’t as impressive as I wanted.
South Park (Season 20) “Member Berries”
So here we are with season 20 of South Park and it was fine, had some fun moments, but nothing super funny. The episode was topical, covered a lot of stuff that’s happened in the world recently, but also covered certain things that’s happened in South Park history too. I did like how the episode started with the Volleyball match, that was pretty funny especially after everyone left after the national anthem. The Cartman thing with him talking about girls being funny and talking about their virginas was kind of funny, but the best line was when one of the girls called Cartman and a “fat fuck” and Butters laughed, that was perfect. The whole Member Berries thing was just a little weird and dull, but the thing with J.J. Abrams rebooting the natural anthem was fun, if a little anti-climatic, and while I loved Mr. Mackey’s rise to power for the position of President, in this episode I found him a lot less compelling and funny than before, I hope he gets better. The end reveal that Kyle’s dad was skankhunt42 was great and I can see that this being one of the key elements that will continue of the course of the season.
Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching too. Until next time, laters! 😀
September 23, 2016 at 7:01 am
Hello there! Nice to see you’re keeping up with this feature. You seem to have a good eye for picking out some new shows last season that got renewed for a season two.
I liked the banter between Mac and Coulson, especially the line that Mac should have cut off his own hand if he wanted the X-ray hand gadget. It shows they have a history together and brings up what happened in Season 2 finale. I also really liked Mac and Yo-Yo’s scene. I guess it helps that she can speak fluent English now and she an interesting personality, without having to use her powers in the episode. This Fitz reminds me a little of season 1 Fitz. It would be funny if it was Dr. Rad’s plan to “show off” naked AIDA to Fitz and then convince him to bend the codes and ethics lol. I mean what if it was a guy life model decoy, would Fitz would be as enthusiastic to help haha? He’s a science nerd so probably yes! I wonder when they were writing the season 3 finale if they already knew that Ghost Rider would be on this season. Because like you said the themes about attachment relate really well with rogue Daisy (and her need for punishment/judgement) and Robbie.
September 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm
Hey man, thanks as always for commenting. I also found it interesting how Yo-Yo was so conveniently able to speak English fully, but I guess time had passed so she’d had plenty of time to join. Oh and that scene with Fitz reacting to AIDA’s naked body was jokes, it was natural/funny.