Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD: The Patriot

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We had a brand new episode of MARVEL's Agents of SHIELD Tonight titled 'The Patriot' (Season 4, Episode 10) and thus we're doing a little recap and review after watching it! Spoiler Warning is in effect!

  • Mace is exposed as being a fraud, not really having powers, but he makes the perfect figure head for SHIELD because he can play politics and work the press
  • LMD May knows something is off, and discovers she's a machine following her skin being punctured 
  • The REAL May woke up because she was put in the simulation of a freaking day spa...
  • Aida 2.0 clearly has an ego about LMD May being a bit more advance and doesn't take to kindly to Radcliff not letting her just get the Darkholm
  • Fitz wants to figure out what's went wrong with Aida 1.0, but Simmons is oddly... anti-investigating it

A Series of Unfortunate Events: "The Reptile Room Part 1”

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We're ahead of schedule, as I took a look at next episode of A Series of Unfortunate Events today with episode three of season one titled 'The Reptile Room, Part One'


I thought this was a very even episode, establishing everything needed to show what could be a very positive ending for Violet, Klaus and Sunny, with solid performances all around from the cast

Covering the first half of the Lemony Snicket book of the same name that I never read, The Reptile Room part 1 sees the Baudelaires placed in the care of their Uncle Doctor Montgomery ‘Monty’ Montgomery, a herpetologist (he studies snakes… why did it have to be snakes), who was their parents intended guardian for them in case anything was to happen to them… and I can see why, he’s a fairly normal dude, very likeable and pleasant, who is quite happy to take care of his extended family. Since he’s well off financially he has no interests in the fortune they will inherit when Violet comes of age, and for all intents and purposes this could’ve been a nice happy ending for our heroes...

But then Count Olaf comes around, pretending to be a new assistant named Stephano sent to help Monty, even though he has not called for a replacement of his last assistant Gustav, who I believe was the same one killed at the end of The Bad Beginning after helping Mr. Poe’s assistant Jacquelyn get free from a team that Olaf’s theater troupe tied her too. While Monty can see that Olaf as disguise, he believes him to be a spy sent by rivals in the world of herpetology , he does actually act on it, wanting to keep an eye at him at first and then firing him after Olaf’s pale old twin ladies try to abduct him… unfortunately, the episode ends with Monty entering his reptile room and its implied he’s attacked and killed… well not implied, we are told that, but we don’t see by whom but its safe to assume it’s Olaf. 

Beyond this the story of this episode a lot of filling in of the gaps are found, that Monty and the Baudelaires parents grew up together and Olaf was indeed around as well (taking a picture of them locked in a grand piano), and the hedges around Monty’s house form an eye pattern that matches Olaf’s ankle tatoo… and that he goes to the movies to search for secret messages in the subtitles using a special telescope that can decode them, telling him to take the kids and get them to Peru (where it turns out the Baudelaires parents are), Monty acts on this and it turns out whatever the connection is, there are those looking to keep the kids safe from harm.

Things about this episode I like, is well I like the character of Monty, he’s very much a kindre spirit to the Baudelaire Trio , actually finding a soft food that Sunny likes to eat (marshmellow), and that Klaus is being very cautious about the entire situation since his parents never told him or his sisters about Monty, his skepticism being something Monty can admire. The attention to detail to create Monty’s home and the Reptile room is perfect is just amazing… and at the movie Monty takes them took, Klaus notices that an actress looks familiar (looked like Jacquelyn Mr. Poe’s assistant) 

As far as individual performances goes, I thought Aasif Mandvi was great as Monty, since this episode was all about establishing his character and getting it to connect with the audience, he had a lot to get over so that when the character is killed off, the viewers would go ‘man that really sucks, he’s such a cool dude!’

Star Trek Online Special Task Force Missions! #TeamEmmmmsie

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This a replay of my January 17, 2017 broadcast on twitch following the posting of my review for A Series of Unfortunate Events episode 2, and we're doing nothing by STF missions, yup I do play with others!  -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/fredcasden

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning Part 2

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We're kicking Tuesday off with my review of The Bad Beginning Part 2, which is episode 2 of season of the Netflix Original series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'


The Bad Beginning Part 2 is awesome, with Olaf coming up with a legal way to get the Baudelaire fortune, he will simply marry Violet as part of a play which would actually be real, since he’s her legal guardian he can give his enthusiastic permission for her to marry, and all she has to do is say ‘I Do’ and sign a legal document…. And it nearly works, but thankfully the plot was realized by Klaus who read up on nuptial law thanks to a book he got from Justice Strauss and presents a legal and moral argument for why the wedding is invalid. Not because Olaf is a vile human being, but because Violet signed the document with her left hand instead of her right. 

The fact that Olaf’s scheme nearly works is quite ingenious cause in my view, as he takes full advantage of the law… and it actually takes one hell of an argument from Klaus to get Justice Strauss to make it invalid. Which raises the question as to why it did… well for lack of a better term… Strauss is a bit soft in the ‘backbone’ department, and was actually convinced by Olaf to actually be in his production to make his plan to marry Violet even more legal, playing on her desires to wanting to be an actress. Let’s face it, Olaf had just about every single base covered, including holding Sunny hostage to ensure that Violet go through with the all to real performance. 

That said there are two scenes in this episode that stand out to me, one is Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf and Louis Hynes as Klaus Baudelaire going back and forth over his scheme, and young Mr Hynes more than holds his own against NPH in terms of not being blown off screen, since NPH is very over the top with his performance, it’s a very well pace and crafted scene that shows the intelligence of Klaus and the devious vile nature of Olaf.

The other scene I just loved… Sunshine playing poker with the Hook-Handed Man to escape from a birdcage and to have him bring her down to where Olaf’s all to real wedding with Violet was taking place after the plan was exposed. Here’s the advantage of having a baby that you say can do incredible things (such as having four teeth so sharp she can chop parsley easily), you can have her simply be off the chain vocally cause only her siblings can understand her or have her be one hell of a card shark when it comes to playing poker to get herself freed.

Some things I’ve notice is that there seems to be a reoccurring image of an eye, such as on Olaf’s ankle tattoo and on the floor of the cell where the Baudelaire’s parents are working on their escape. What does this mean I don’t know cause I never read the books, but Justice Strauss did have a book about the incomplete history of secret organizations. Also exactly how damn strict is the Baudelaire’s will when it comes to what should happen with the kids, cause clearly Strauss would make the best guardian… but I’m guessing when the books were first written they were done as an ongoing series in mind, so a ‘happy ending’ is out of the question.

On that note, we’re wrap things up here and we’ll back tomorrow to go over episode of A Series of Unfortunate Events with ‘The Reptile Room Part One’

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