November 21, 2018

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NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5 Review: In the Blood

Did Pride get a new job or just new weapons? Pride never ventured near his new office during an intensely personal case on NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 5. Instead, it was Pride, Hannah, and his team on the series' 100th episode. And his father and his new half-brother, truth be told. Was anyone shocked that Pride had a sibling? Or were you more surprised that more of Cassius' spawn haven't shown up yet? Likewise, was anyone shocked that Cassius hadn't learned his lesson and was back in trouble again? In fact, in trouble with multiple people? Related: NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 Episode 4 Review: Legacy It was an interesting framing device to have Pride's subconscious mind feeding him relevant memories about Cassius and Jimmy while he was sleeping. So I guess that's not a weapon. It was just the dreams of one tired middle-aged man as he sorted through what was uppermost on his mind. A large part of this case was Pride's knowing about everyone and everything New Orleans. Pride knew all about the lore on the River Grand Casino heist. He was also a hugging acquaintance of Gina, now a casino executive. Of course, she was involved and got killed for it in the end. A side note: How did Melinda McGraw, who played the late wife of both Gibbs and Fornell for years on NCIS, end up portraying a totally different character within the NCIS universe. It's one thing if an actor plays Thug #2 on one series and Reporter on another, but McGraw was memorable in her recurring NCIS role. So how about at least a nod to continuity? Pride has learned one important skill in his new role as SAC: delegating. Let those who tolerate the mindnumbing meetings attend in his stead. Related: Watch NCIS: New Orleans Online: Season 5 Episode 4 He does seem to relish those wonderful toys he now has at his fingertips, such as throwing up a roadblock to stop Cassius from fleeing town. One of these days, he's going to go too far with a warrantless search and be right back where he started. Hannah has done quite well handling such a fluid situation with a hands-on boss. If Pride's there, she defers to him. If he's off chasing down his own lead, as he is wont to do, then she snaps back into command mode. The rest of the team doesn't seem too concerned about this revolving leadership. With some of the stinkers they've had filling in during Pride's absences, who can blame them? I especially commend LaSalle for not having his nose out of joint. I enjoyed Hannah, that international woman of mystery, giving a beatdown to the white-supremacist chick. That showed she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty, a useful skill in the Crescent City. I liked the introduction of Jimmy. He's an intriguing addition to the cast. It was funny to see Patton's hackles rise when he encountered a fellow hustler. Related: CBS Cheat Sheet Jimmy could be useful to Pride, as he cou..

Mayans M.C. Season 1 Episode 8 Review: Rata/Ch’o

Despite wanting to give everyone a chance to shine, certain characters are better off not being the center of attention. One such character is Lincoln "Linc" Potter. On Mayans M.C. Season 1 Episode 8, Linc played such a large role that his presence felt overbearing. Sons of Anarchy got it right with Linc. They give him just enough time for the audience to get to know him, but not enough time that his eccentric ways became eye-roll inducing. That wasn't the case on Mayans M.C. In fact "Rata/Ch'o" relied heavily on him to tell the story, and it affected the episode's overall quality. The problem is that Linc's character talks in riddles and gives these grandiose monologues, so after just one scene, we've had more than enough of him. However, Mayans decided to have Linc appear on so much of the episode that by the time he delivered his third speech, I was exhausted. I watch TV to escape and be entertained, not to solve riddles. Related: Mayans M.C. Season 1 Episode 7 Review: Cucaracha/K'uruch The show made a smart decision to share Linc's screentime with Miguel and Emily whose stoicism balanced out Linc's over the top eccentricity, but even they couldn't save the episode. That's saying a lot considering how great both Miguel and Emily have been portrayed thus far. If it wasn't for Emily and Miguel, I might've tuned out entirely because it became work for me trying to understand exactly what Linc was saying. His riddle me this and riddle me that antics have officially made me despise the character which is disappointing because he was a great side character on Sons of Anarchy. The one positive thing that Linc did was bring out a much more fierce side of Emily. Slowly, we are seeing Emily becoming someone else. She is no longer the scared wife and mother we first met. Now she is a woman who has been taken advantage of too many times and will do whatever is necessary to protect her family. By Season 2, I predict Emily will officially turn into Dark Emily. You're very entertaining Mr. Potter, and I'm sure beneath that mask of eccentricity, you're just as scared as the rest of us. But no matter what loss you threaten me with or what gift you promise to deliver, I won't turn on my husband. And if you really did your research, you would already know that. Emily Permalink: You're very entertaining Mr. Potter, and I'm sure beneath that mask of eccentricity, you're... Added: October 23, 2018 The first person who will feel the wrath of Dark Emily? Mr. EZ Reyes. Even though this all could've been done without Linc's foolishness, he did provide Emily with valuable information. After reading intel the DEA gathered about Miguel from a prospect, Emily finally knows EZ is behind what happened. She hasn't told Miguel yet, and I don't think she's going to. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of ..

The Rookie Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Crash Course

If you ever have to call the police, Officer John Nolan is the guy you hope answers your call, and not just because the always charismatic Nathan Fillion plays him. John Nolan is a good person, and he has the potential to become a good cop, but on The Rookie Season 1 Episode 2 he couldn't seem to stop crashing into things. In Nolan's defense, performing your first pit maneuver during a high-speed chase on city streets must be daunting. As Bishop pointed out, his instincts were to avoid an accident, not cause one. Of course, those same instincts didn't prevent him from hitting those shopping carts, another vehicle, or the woman who ran out in front of his squad car. We'll cut him a break on the scissor lift; that hit him. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! The runaway bride chase ended up costing the city $21,000 in property damage which left me wondering how much the average police chase costs. No one can accuse Officer Nolan of not caring, but will that turn out to be a detriment to being a cop? It is not your job to punish that man for what he did, do you understand? Overcoming that impulse could be the hardest thing you do on the job. Captain Permalink: It is not your job to punish that man for what he did, do you understand? Overcoming that... Added: October 23, 2018 Because let's face it, who wouldn't want to beat the hell out of the guy who kidnapped, drugged, and chained women up in his basement? I know I would. But being a police officer means reigning in your anger and aggression. It means keeping a certain amount of perspective and emotional distance. For someone who instinctively cares as much as Nolan, that might prove more difficult than he expected. But the best moment of all came when Nolan held out his hand, all but forcing Detective Moda to shake it in front of their Captain. The look on Nolan's face as he waited for the other man to acquiesce was positively comical. Even though Nolan appeared to make slight inroads with Sgt. Grey, Bishop got put on notice. If she wants to fulfill her ambition to move up the ranks, she needs to keep her eye on the task at hand. I didn't get the impression that the warning was necessary. Bishop seems to take her job as a training officer seriously, and I hope Grey's admonition doesn't change her attitude towards working with Nolan. The only issue I've had with Bishop so far is her warning to Lucy Chen. I can't say that calling out Chen's relationship with Nolan was unwarranted. Bishop was right in that if their romance comes to light at work, it will most likely impact Lucy more than it will John. That's unfair but realistic. But I like Lucy and John together far more than I expected. These two are equals, and they lean on one another, and I think they both need that right now. When you&#..

FBI Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Doomsday

Things got heavy with radioactivity quickly on FBI Season 1 Episode 5! Between radioactive murder victims and OA and Maggie risking exposures themselves, it had everything I could have wanted in an episode and then some. What the hell kind of drill was that? Then the alarm went off for real and they expect me to just trust that it isn't another drill? Though the dead body was a pretty good indication that things at this plant had gotten a bit more than real. Maggie: Wait! Wait, I want to see her face. Plant Owner: Don't get too close. She's radioactive. Maggie: How did that happen? Plant Owner: There was a problem with the fuel pools last night. Maggie: Fuel Pools? Permalink: Fuel Pools? Added: October 23, 2018 Wow, the guy in charge of the plant is a complete jerk. His plant is under investigation and one of his employees is dead with their body being radioactive. That would be more than enough for me to cooperate with the FBI and not be a smartass. First the guy in charge of the plant, then Garret. Besides the fact that I instantly thought he was guilty, his attitude kind of made me want him to run away so Maggie and OA would have an excuse to tackle his ass. Also, what the hell was with Valerie? Her friend is murdered and she thought it would be a good idea to go to her friend's apartment? Then she leaves the door open and acts surprised when Maggie and OA enter the apartment. Not the smartest of moves. Did I miss something along the way with Maggie and OA? They act like they have just met and don't know anything about each other, yet they work together seamlessly and investigate as if they've been doing it together for years. I'm confused. Though the fluidity of the partnership could be because of the leadership of both Jubal and Dana. They clearly run a tight ship and demand the absolute best of their agents. Something made easier when the two top agents are two of the finest the FBI has to offer. Related: Get CBS All Access via Prime Video Channels for Hit Shows, Exclusive Originals & Live TV! But how could they not under the flawlessness that is Jubal? I love Dana, but I really think Jubal is the glue that keeps this team together. The way he has a different method of working with every individual agent shows his level of expertise and wide array of skills. I love the way that Jubal and Kristen are able to end each other's sentences and create a seamless profile of the main suspect. They both added important points while hitting all the necessary targeted bits of information and never overlapping one another. Jubal: Ladies and gentlemen, meet the impressive Jake Fletcher. Nuclear engineer and one of our ten most wanted. Charged with disclosing top-secret government documents claimed as a crime of conscience. Kris? Kris: Fletcher, Jake. Ph.D. Was a resident inspector at Arrowpoint. Then, three years ago, an internal investigation was initiated into coworker claims that he becam..

This Is Us Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Toby

Big Three move aside because the Small Three are in town. That's right, after years of being pushed aside in favor of the Pearson clan, Toby, Beth, and Miguel finally got the spotlight they deserve. It was more than expected that Toby would be a focal point on This Is Us Season 3 Episode 5 considering the title of the episode is his name, but what was a welcome surprise was that his fellow Small Three compatriots also got to bask in the spotlight alongside him. The Pearsons are a fragile bunch, and its been pretty much expected of their significant others to be the shoulder for them to cry on. While all of them have been great at this role so far, it's high time for the Pearsons to take care of them. While it doesn't look like Randall is going to be able to do that job, at least right now, Kate has stepped up to the plate, and hopefully, she doesn't strike out. Related: This Is Us Season 3 Episode 4 Review: Vietnam "Toby" started just like other This Is Us episodes; Toby was trying to be a rock for a nervous Kate. They had one viable embryo, and one last chance for Kate to get pregnant. However, Toby has slowly been unwinding ever since he stopped taking his anti-depressants. Learning how Toby got to that place was extremely important for his character. He's been built up for two seasons as a big lovable goof who can fix make any problem he or Kate faces. This has always been who Toby is though. He did the same for his mother when she was going through her depression. Cracking jokes and trying to make those he loves smile is in his DNA. Yet, when he was facing depression, things got dark to the point that he couldn't get out of bed. It was such a contrast to the Toby we've become accustomed. He was able to overcome his depression the first time around, but will he be able to do it again? Therapist: I do think the medications and our sessions are having an effect, Toby. Toby: I concur doc, I feel good. Now if only we could find somebody who wanted to date a guy who looked like swallowed the Unabomber. Permalink: I concur doc, I feel good. Now if only we could find somebody who wanted to date a guy who... Added: October 23, 2018 When Kate told Toby she was pregnant, it was tragic the happy moment turned dark so quickly. Toby's meltdown was heartbreaking and was an excellent portrayal of how depression works. Even the brightest moments in someone's life can turn into something dark and bleak when faced with depression. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! However, I do have hope for Toby, and that's because of Kate. I've been crapping on Kate a lot since the beginning of This Is Us Season 3, but I adored her on this episode. It felt like the old Kate was back. Gone was the selfish, Debbie downer I've loathed. She's been replaced by an optimi..

Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Master Lowry

Khalil is too deep in his Tobias mess to get out. That internal conflict was made perfectly clear on Black Lightning Season 2 Episode 3. He may have adopted the moniker of "Painkiller," but if he had a choice, he wouldn't be Tobias' enforcer. Khalil is no Syonide. This life wasn't something he asked for in exchange for getting the ability to walk again. It's a shame that he didn't believe he had a way out. Painkiller could free himself from Tobias' grasp! He feels honor-bound to the criminal, but he can make a decision that protects his future. Even with the dedication, Tobias kept hitting and burning him to toughen him up. And, with Syonide dead, he's going to push Khalil to be just as heartless. Khalil fully regrets joining ranks with Tobias. You could see it in the way Painkiller reacted after strong-arming the men at Club 100. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! Enforcing orders and reclaiming debts wasn't something he wanted to do. Plus, he had no intention of accidentally murdering the dealer. Whereas Syonide would've relished at the moment, Khalil had some guilt on his face. That's not to say he isn't a villain; Khalil is unquestionably a villain for killing Black Lightning and committing illegal acts. However, just like Jefferson, I agree that there is potential to redeem the character. Painkiller wouldn't have given his mother a phone to contact him. He wouldn't have reached out to Jennifer if he wasn't miserable. And, he wouldn't be talking back to Tobias if he wasn't completely loyal. Painkiller needs the right push. Jefferson should keep at it. Their battle at the warehouse, while visually stunning, did provide a lot of character building between the hero and the villain. The pair finally had the chance to talk about the reality of their situation and what could be done to save him. Khalil is still in that villainous mindset, but if Jennifer spoke to him, I think it would work. (Just imagine a battle between Painkiller and Jennifer once she embraces her alter-ego Lightning. That fight will be incredible and such a big character moment!) Peter: They’ve been trying to find Tobias for 30 years. Energy might not be the problem. Jefferson: So it’s still on us? Nothing has changed. Peter: Well, not nothing. Tobias has got Painkiller, and he’s got that A.S.A. briefcase of Proctor’s which according to your Ms. Fowdy contains hell. Jefferson: You know, your pep talks need work. Permalink: You know, your pep talks need work. Added: October 22, 2018 Speaking of the fights, "Master Lowry" exposed an issue that has nagged me for a while about Black Lightning's fight choreography. In particular, Jefferson's victories are too easy because of his electric powers. As shown through the fight with the green light woman and Painkiller, Jefferso..

black-ish Season 5 Episode 2 Review: Don’t You Be My Neighbor

Jack and Diane are not the little Johnson kids anymore. They are officially teenagers and black-ish Season 5 Episode 2 was a first glimpse at what life is going to be like for Bow and Dre now that the twins are growing up. black-ish gets so many things right, but there is always one thing that makes it stand apart from the rest. It uses comedy to tackle serious, vital topics. Dre's initial response to not get the cops involved in dealing with the disrupting Airbnb renters is a common one. People want to keep the peace, stick to themselves and they do not want to be snitches. I liked Dre's hesitation to call the cops. He took pride in not being a snitch. However, after much goating from the guys at work, Dre changed his stance. It was a little hard to believe he changed his strong position because of his homeowner rights. Janine: The Kelly’s really screwed us when they decided to rent out their house. I mean these people leave pizza boxes on the lawn, and they park in front of my driveway. Last weekend there was a party, I found human poo in my garden. Dre: It could have been animal. Janine laughing: Oh Dre! I think I know the difference. Dre: I can’t believe I am agreeing with you, but this does need to be handled. Janine: That is why I am talking to all the neighbors, and we are going to call the police. Dre: Nope. Good luck with your white people fight. Keep my name out of it. Permalink: Nope. Good luck with your white people fight. Keep my name out of it. Added: October 23, 2018 I am not a homeowner though, so maybe my perspective is different. Janine and Dre choosing to team up to call the police on the out-of-control renters were hilarious because they generally dislike each other. She also got him to do all the dirty work by having Dre call the cops each time there was an issue. I am not sure he even realized it since he was so caught up in his quest. Related: Get Starz via Prime Video Channels for Captivating Original Series & Hit Movies! Jack joining Dre on his mission to protect the neighborhood was father/son bonding at its best. Dre goes overboard, and Jack goes with the flow, but they worked so well together. Everything changed when the disruptive neighbors were black. They were doing everything the white neighbors did, but it became a race issue for Dre. He wouldn't call the cops. Instead, he went over and had a polite conversation. It just so happened it was at the same time the police arrived. Jack: What are you doing? Dre: Can you believe how far this Airbnb lady parked her car in the street? It has got to be over 3 feet from the curb. Hey, you want to help me measure it before I call it into the police? Jack: Woah, I thought Johnson’s don’t snitch? Dre: Don’t be ignorant. It is not snitching when you are a homeowner. Jack: Oh, ok cool. Permalink: Oh, ok cool. Added: October 23, 2018 Two cop cars pulling in with cops and demanding everyone sit on the ground, including Dre, had me ..

The Flash Season 5 Episode 3 Review: The Death of Vibe

IS EVERYONE OKAY? ARE WE ALL STILL BREATHING? I’m barely catching my breath after almost going into full cardiac arrest watching The Flash Season 5 Episode 3 and thinking Cisco was dead meta meat. I did find it suspicious that the episode was titled “The Death of Vibe,” and assumed that even if the writers have teased there would be deaths this season, they wouldn’t be so obvious as to title their episode that way. I mean, that’s a huge reveal. Plus, getting rid of Cisco? That’s not a poetic character death to advance your plot. That’s just shooting yourself in the foot. Still, all rational thoughts aside, when I heard the words “Cisco’s dead” come out of Barry’s mouth, I seriously think I flatlined for a full minute. Luckily, it was just a brilliant rouse orchestrated to outsmart Cicada, so Cisco/Vibe would be safe. But writers? Please don’t do that to me again. I’m too fragile for these things. Related: The Flash Season 5 Episode 2 Review: Blocked But even with their attack on my life, the writers delivered yet another incredible episode of The Flash with “The Death of Vibe.” The writing is just flawless this season -- from the clean storytelling to the pacing in the episodes to the balance of the character development and plot advancement -- it continues to deliver in ways we haven’t seen since The Flash Season 1. I know I sound like a broken record, but the way this show can balance humor and intense, dramatic storylines is unlike any other superhero show on television. It makes me wonder why they ever tried to break away from that balance in the first place. Tom Cavanaugh was finally back with the team, bringing us the joy of not one, but two Wells visiting Star Labs. I may not love how many times the writers have switched up Wells on us lately, but I’m always here for a cameo or two. The way he can portray so many different versions of one character is ingenious, and I am always impressed at how every version has a unique, but equally as enjoyable dynamic with the group. Sherlock Wells was no different, bringing a fresh new perspective of comedy to Team Flash (Although who wouldn’t love to see German Wells stick around for a while if only to fangirl over the West Allen family a little more while giving Cisco some side eye?) As usual, his rapport with Cisco seems to be something to look forward to, as Cavanaugh and Valdes have effortless chemistry. But what also impressed me was the dynamic (and possible connection) Sherlock may have with Ralph, a fellow investigator. Do I sense a father/son type relationship blooming? That may be asking too much, but Sherlock’s confidence in his ability to do his job well may give Ralph some of the development he needs. His character is lacking the motive to grow and expand, and Sherlock Wells may be the catalyst to change that. Speaking of Ralph, I’m still hesitant about his involvement with Caitlin. I am enjoying his small journey of self-discovery through her story..

The Conners Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Tangled Up in Blue

This half-hour certainly made me a feel a little blue. On The Conners Season 1 Episode 2, we finally got the chance to meet David's new girlfriend Blue, but things didn't go as smoothly as David was hoping they would. I wasn't the only one confused why David thought bringing Blue to a parent-teacher conference was a good idea, right? There wasn't a whole lot of thought behind his decision which was a little infuriating. I know it was to create comic relief, but there could have been a better way to introduce her; though I will say Blue is a fantastic match for David. Related: The Conners Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Keep On Truckin' As much as I loved David and Darlene there's something about Blue's free spirit which clicks with David's personality. She's also someone who isn't afraid to share her opinion which is what David needs in his life as well. One of my biggest gripes with the Blue storyline was her being involved with Harris having sex with a boy. Blue knew Harris was thinking about having sex, and she didn't even think to call Darlene to let her know what was happening. Let's all just ignore Blue not having a cell phone for a moment because the lack of respect she showed Darlene by not saying anything to her spoke volumes. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! It was great Harris had someone she could talk to, but Darlene should have been involved the moment Blue knew Harris would be having sex. Harris was going to have sex no matter what. but at least her mom wouldn't have been blindsided by the news. David got a pass for not being at the house, too. He had a legitimate reason for not being at home and felt he could trust Blue with looking after his kids. Darlene was smart in stating the kids wouldn't be going over there unless David is for sure off work. Is anyone else intrigued by the new guy Darlene met at the bar? I've got my fingers crossed Darlene finds some happiness because the woman deserves it! Related: Get Showtime via Prime Video Channels for Award-Winning Original Series, Hit Movies, Sports & More! I did get a little misty-eyed when Darlene and David closed the chapter on their life together and are giving each other the chance to move on, but I really love the friendship between the two of them. What the heck was Becky thinking when she brought vodka in a water bottle to Dan's worksite? This woman just keeps getting dumber and dumber with each passing episode. The only good thing to come out of Becky's excessive drinking is Dan is finally opening his eyes to see his daughter has a problem; though I'm not sure if she will ever really get her act together. Related: 17 Controversial Shows That We Love Anyway Becky still hasn't dealt with the depression from Mark's death and now adding in h..

Steve Carell Joins Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston on Apple Drama

Apple is bringing out the big guns for its morning show drama. Steve Carell has been added to the cast of the untitled series which also stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. This marks Carell's first regular TV gig since his turn on NBC's The Office as Michael Scott. This project will also mark Aniston's first series regular role since the conclusion of Friends. News of the show's existence first broke in July 2017, and there was a lot of buzz surrounding the proposed series because of the two big stars attached to it. Related: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Drama Lands at Apple In November it landed a 20 episode order at Apple, proving the upcoming streaming service was not opposed to parting with a lot of cash for the right talent. First impressions are everything, and if the company wants people to pay for their content, it's going to have be premium. It is described as "an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual." Having these three seasoned movie and TV stars attached is a big positive. It will drum up a lot of interest as the platform gears up to launch. Carell will take on the role of Mitch Kessler, an anchor who is at an impasse with regards to where he fits into the marker during the dawn of some big changes to the media landscape. This series is just one of fifteen series in the works at the streaming platform. It's still unclear when Apple plans to roll it out, but with that many series in the works, there's a chance it wants to have a healthy inventory before being rolled out to the masses. What are your thoughts on this news? Hit the comments below. View Slideshow: Fall 2018 Premiere Dates: Set Your DVR!
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