Thursday, July 17, 2014
--Looking sharp is looking like Goran Visnjic. I agree.
--Julia, John's assistant, is so clearly in love with him and obviously got to used to being his "wife" while Molly was away. Is John aware of this? Nope.
--Molly appears to be carrying a perfectly normal human child.
--Hideki and and our resident religion-still-matters board member are a couple. I wonder if she knows that her lover is dying in 102 days.
--How old is Hideki? He seems to have a fondness for history. Not unusual, but with shows like this there might be something more to it. Something, dare I say, very-old-super-human-looking-for-a-way-to-live-forever sort of deal.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Pine: I stopped the rain! Now we must kill people!
Pine: Kill! Death! Food! Supplies! Thin the herd
Jim: I agree
Barbie: Julia, sugar pie honey buns, you know I totes love you but the Pine lady has a point. People are bad.
Julia: I thought I knew you!!
Me: For the love of everything, you met him two weeks ago and he killed your husband!
However, I would like to point out that if you want people on board with the whole "survival of the fittest Hunger Games-esque" parade, maybe we don't refer to them as livestock being taken to slaughter. Just a thought.
Joey gets the bright idea to look at a list of all the people who have had the locker over the past 50 years, in an effort to jog Mysterious Lake Girl's memory. And BOOM! It happens. We get a name. I can finally stop calling her Mysterious Lake Girl. She is Melanie Cross. Yay! Oh wait, she had this mysterious locker in 1988? How is that possible? Wormholes, right? This is about to be get really science fiction-y with time travel and alternate dimensions. My favorite part of this scene? Joey finds a yearbook from 1988 and find Melanie Cross. Showing the picture to Mysterious Lake Girl, she utters, "That's me!" No kidding, Sherlock. Thanks for that. Just in case I wasn't sure you were Melanie Cross after you recognized the name, knew the locker combo, and Joey had his "omg guys! We're on to something" face.
--"We don't even know her name!" Thank you for pointing that out Barbie. Julia, take notice. Barbie is acting like a sensible guy.
--Jim has the hots for Science Teacher Pine.
--"I won't let you die...yet." Geez Sam. Calm down already. Openly telling someone that you want them dead might not be the best plan. Especially the guy with the God Complex.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Oh. Wait. It's not that sort of space show? Okay, cool. When I first saw the previews for Extant, I was both befuddled and intrigued. Science fiction mission in space meets Alien-esque pregnancy conspiracy meets a whodunit. None of that is to say that it didn't look cool, but rather I was confused as to what the show was supposed to be. Still, Halle Berry. Can't go wrong with her. I was genuinely surprised by how good the first episode, "Re-Entry," was. It kept me on the edge of my seat; it had a lot of thought provoking ideas woven in between an actual mystery. I am hoping this summer show doesn't go the way of Under the Done with its science fiction silliness. The basic premise is of a woman who returns from a year long solo mission in outer space to find that she's pregnant and all sorts of mysteries unfold. I know it sounds trite, but what saves the show, at least from the pilot, is that it's not simply a "who is the baby daddy!" type scenario; there is an actual philosophical bent the series. It's about more than just alien pregnancy.
Overall: check it out! There are a lot of threads being dangled in front of the audience and right now the connection between all of them is incredibly nebulous. However, unless the show goes cheesy, I think it's going to be a very good summer mystery.
--"We always end up where we're supposed to."
--Molly was infertile before her run in with the alien. I wonder if that played a factor in the alien "choosing" her.
--Ethan is a creepy kid, but I think that's part of the overall themes presented in the show: what is life. Is Ethan creepy because he's not "human" or is he creepy because that's part of his personality and development?
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
--The butterflies flock to Julia because she's the Monarch. That's her secret power.
--"She's a scared little girl, she couldn't have killed Angie!" Julia, seriously, YOU LIVE IN A GIANT GOLDFISH BOWL. And it's the fact that this is a girl who trembles a lot that is your indication that she couldn't possibly have done anything wrong?? Why are you still using logic and reasoning? You live under a Dome that is trying to send you messages. Give up the logic ghost, honey. You'll be better for it.
--"What do you have faith in?" "You, Big Jim" (insert eye roll here)
--Who killed Angie? I'm still going with Mysterious Lake Girl
--Joey, Norrie, and Junior try to take matters into their own hands and gun down Mysterious Lake Girl. These kids have basically learned nothing.
Monday, July 7, 2014
--"I like dogs"
"Then stop shooting them cause that's what crazy people do!"
--Is Mystery Man with a Gun real? He has some obviously not real moments in the show: refuses to give his name, leaves his truck with a dead dog in Kevin's driveway, claims he is doing the Lord's work. He's either real and very strange or dead-all-along and there is something other worldly going on with Mystery Man with a Gun, Kevin and Jill and their various states of mind fuckery.
--"I should never have told you to watch The Wire." Haha. Obvious HBO show reference is obvious.
--I guess Meg has overcome her past life or something. Poor tree.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I don't think the Dome is happy. Instead of letting Big Jim exact his plan to kill Barbie to cover up his own crimes, the Dome sends out a loud noise. This noise is painful for those inside Chester's Mill; so painful, in fact, that most of the residents pass out right where they are standing. Only Barbie, Jim, Junior. and Linda are left standing no the green because you need your main characters to do something other than fall to the ground. Oh, I'm sure there is an explanation for why they weren't affected--the Dome loves them more, the Dome hates them more, the Dome is a fickle bitch who likes to pretend it's God and tease the little ants that live inside it. Normal Dome stuff. But along with the now passed-out residents of Chester's Mill, the Dome has become magnetized and is pulling all the metal objects toward it--grills, car keys, hand cuffs, cars. Barbie manages to weasel his way out of the noose and he, Jim, Linda and Little Crazy Pants Junior go to inspect the wall of the Dome. Now this is a brilliant plan. Surely nothing bad will happen when you go to where all the REALLY HEAVY metal objects are being drawn. It's not like this could possibly lead to anyone's death or anything.
RIP Linda. You were sad a lot in the first season and it made it kind of hard to like you in the end, but being crushed by a car against a magnetized mystical Dome is no way to go.
--What an utterly pretentious title. No heads rolled. Unless Angie really is headless now.
--Of course Stephen King has a cameo in this episode.
--"What the hell are you supposed to be? The Ghost of Christmas Future?"
--Raise your hand if you feel a love triangle brewing between Barbie, Julia, and Rebecca Pine. Barbie will have to choose: faith or science.
Monday, June 30, 2014
There are a lot of other goodies in the show but for a pilot episode, it's more important to get the main cast down--the family who didn't loose each other in the rapture but are lost to one another anyway. It's possible that the show may delve into the more theological aspects of a "post" world--God, angels, demons, and Satan may appear, but I somehow doubt it. The show doesn't much care for the how of the rapture and maybe not even the why, but the what now question. The people taken will likely never come back and the characters still around will never get an answer as to why they were left over. It's how they learn to deal with and live in the new world that matters.
Or maybe it's aliens. This is Lindelof after all.
--I'd encourage people to check the show out. It's an interesting hour of TV.
--There are a lot of characters so far and it's hard to keep them straight, but that's very LOST. There are also some flashbacks, but unlike with LOST and ONCE, they aren't important yet.
--Christopher Eccleston plays an American preacher. He'll always be the 9th Doctor to me, so it's a bit odd but I really want to know what caused him to start spewing information about those taken.
--Lot of interesting musical elements in the show--classical piano motifs cut in at intervals of violence or upheaval.