From: Ian J. Ball <IJBall@mac.invalid>
Subject: Re: What Did You Watch? 2017-11-09 (Thursday)
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Subject: Re: What Did You Watch? 2017-11-09 (Thursday)
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:49:57 -0800
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On 2017-11-10 13:35:16 +0000, Obveeus said:

> What did you watch?

The Shannara Chronicles (recorded) - "Paranor". An episode that was 
almost entirely "filler", as it didn't even resolve its own storylines, 
instead kicking the resolution of the various stories to the next 
episode.  :/
   Anyway, Wil and Allanon reach Paranor, and enter to meet Bannon 
after Allanon sends Mareth off. But, it turns out, it's all a plan by 
Allanon to get Mareth to trap himself and Bannon inside Paranor. But 
before that happens, Bannon fatally poisons Wil's uncle Flick. So 
Bannon coerces Wil and Mareth to get the Warlock Lord's skull in order 
to free Bannon in order to save Flick. Instead, though, Wil and Mareth 
get transported to the past, where they meet a young, pre-quest version 
of Wil's father Shea. Meanwhile, Cogline tells Eretria of her "secret 
destiny". And Ander, Lyria, and Garet Jax prepare to interrogate a high 
Lieutenant in the Crimson.
   Basically, none of these storylines were resolved in this episode, 
so we need to wait until the next episode to see if anything comes of 
any of this...  :|

Stranger Things (The Netflix) - "Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple 
Street". This episode is mostly devoted to fleshing out the strange 
girl the boys discovered at the end of the previous episode. They hide 
her out in the lead boy's house, and call her Eleven, "El" (shouldn't 
it be "Elle"?!) for short. Oh, and she has "mutant powers", as she can 
move stuff with her mind... Meanwhile, the sheriff discovers the body 
of the diner owner, which has been staged to look like a suicide. 
Winona Ryder continues to get weird phone calls from her son from 
"beyond", and inexplicable things keep happening during these calls. 
And Ryder's son goes to visit his deadbeat dad, but doesn't find the 
missing boy there. Meanwhile, the whole subplot with the teen sister 
and her teen friends is total distraction-bait that I wish they would 
just leave it all out of this - but that does end with the "monster" 
getting another "victim": the teen sister's nerdy friend.

Gotham - "Stop Hitting Yourself". An episode that's actually very light 
on Gordon, as we focus on the "fight club" where Grundy, Riddler and 
Dr. Leslie are hanging out. Penguin orders the female trio of Barbara, 
Tabby, and CatGrrl to go to the club to pinch Riddler. But there, Tabby 
discovers that "Butch" is still "alive", and Barbara discovers that 
Leslie has been hangin' out there, so they get sidetracked. Eventually, 
Penguin sends Firefly(?) too, when the three ladies "fail" in their 
mission's time-limit, but Leslie and the three babes stand up to 
Firefly, and save Riddler. Now the three dames are off Penguin's 
payroll, and Leslie is running the fight club.
   Meanwhile, Gordon displaces Bullock as Captain, after Gordon loses 
faith in Bullock. And Penguin takes on a very young "apprentice" (was 
this kid some kind of "Easter egg" for the comics fans?...), and likely 
figures out that Crystal Reed's Sofia has been snowing him this whole 
   Next episode: It looks like we're back to Pyg, as Pyg apparently 
takes on Penguin head-on...

Arrow - "Deathstroke Returns". An episodes devoted to the backstories 
of Slade Wilson and Dinah Drake, probably the show's two *least 
interesting* characters. So, yeah, this episode was a total snooze, 
especially when they bungled the revelation of who "Vigilante" is 
(we've been waiting over a season, for *this*?!...), and then went 
improbably awful with the "twist" in the story of Slade's missing son.
   Yeah, this was an episode so bad, even I could hate it like Fred and 
Jim usually hate this show - and the worst part is, it's not over: the 
next episode is going to follow-up on all of this nonsense...  >:/
   P.S. Why the *Hell* is Willa Holland still main-cast credited on 
this show when she never friggin' *appears*...  :/

Recorded for later: The Orville, Van Helsing, and S.W.A.T. (just 
because I'm morbidly curious to see if this show gets better, or worse, 
after the pilot!!...).

"Three light sabers? Is that overkill? Or just the right amount
 of "kill"?" - M-OC, "A Perilous Rescue" (ep. #2.9), LSW:TFA (08-10-2017)