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Colony: 98 Seconds (2016)
We still don't know what the factory is, only that people who defy the new Government are sent there. Will is getting comfortable at his new job and he's very good at it. He claims he knows what he's doing and his ultimate target is to get away from where he and his family are now for good. But Katie is not that confident. Although she seems to be pretty tough, she is still scared by a little blood spill and by Resistance's actions. And she has a good reason for it. The Resistance doesn't give a damn by their soldiers' well being; they only care about the ultimate goal: bring the Government down. Even if she's afraid, Katie is smart after all. She freaks out at first but then Will is there for her and comforts her, reassuring her he does have a purpose for everything he's doing. By the end there is no wonder she takes the best decision there is, even if it's hard to choose between saving someone's life and putting yours on the line. She makes a deal.
Spencer is now the main character in the theme song and she asks Hanna for permission to make a move on Caleb. That scene is realistic but seriously, they met up in Spain but nothing happened? That is not so realistic.
Spencer discovers an ugly truth about her mother and the campaign and Hanna, and the viewers, learn the truth about Emily and her hard time after high school. Melissa is back. Lucas is back too but Melissa's scenes are more exciting.
A lot of screams are heard in this episode: Emily, Ezra and Hanna are quick-tempered. Emily has a good enough reason - she's eventually coming clean about the last five years and has a lot on her mind. Then there's Ezra, whose yelling is somehow funny. He's got a reason too - he's wrongly accused of committing a murder and is being made to look like he were capable of being a killer. Hanna is upset, even she may not know it, because of Spencer and Caleb's thing. This is implied by her looking at photographs of her and Caleb taken through high school. However, she claims she's perfectly happy with her fiancée Jordan.
The truth about Sara's accident is revealed. And the girls can't be blamed. They were there, yes, but the incident happened because it had to happen i.e. by chance; it wasn't intentional.
Colony: A Brave New World (2016)
Will is setting in his new job and meets his new partner, Beau. But he's also helping his friend Carlos so he's not 100% with the Redhats, he's still doing things he shouldn't do. On the other hand, there's his wife Katie who's definitely trying to work hard for both sides: be there for Will and be there for the resistance.
The ending made Will realize that there is a mole indeed. Will he suspect his wife? Not very likely at first but this remains to be seen. Right now the character of Madeline is somehow there but doesn't have a specific role; she's not important to the story in the least. We are also shown that only those working for the government can ride cars; ordinary people wanting to make a living only use bikes. Snyder is absent; only mentioned in dialogs.
It wasn't bad
One learns to ignore the stupid "Josh" character and this is an okay episode. There is mental illness, memory manipulation, proving someone important wrong and planting evidence.
Brian plays everybody and gets away every time. Well, it's the pill, right? He can hack a computer, delete security footage, destroy and plant evidence and then walk away like nothing ever happened. He may think he had a reason for doing what he did, which is the first sign he is really one of "them" now or at least he's closer to becoming them. It's obvious that he's advanced from receiving threats to receiving favors from Morra's contact.
Brian's sciency speech is well done, although none of his co-workers are impressed, especially Naz, who notices that "we have powerpoint now" so Brian shouldn't have bothered doing it the old way. But it's more fun the old way when you're building something with your own hands instead of choosing from a set of options that look pretty much the same.
In the end, Brian gets what he wants. Josh realizes that he's gotten old and life isn't a fairy tale anymore. He also reminds Brian that he's sloppy. But one doesn't get sloppy on NZT, right? So what did Brian really do? He may have, consciously or not, have become closer to Rebecca than he should have ever gotten.
Heroes Reborn: Company Woman (2016)
Everything happens at the right time at the right place. For example, Ren and Emily just happen to bump into each other. And how did Ren even end up in the American database? Again, it's an American TV show so everything happens in America; only America is concerned. What about the rest of the world?
The most interesting thing was seeing flashbacks from Erica's past. She is human and has made some human mistakes in her life. After all, her intentions were good in her sick mind - everything she's done was for her daughter, to give her daughter all she's never had. And she had reasons for it too. It was personal for her. Taylor's actions were realistic and the actress did a decent job showing that Taylor would always choose the father of her unborn child over her evil mother. It would have been nice to see Peter Mooney again but we didn't.
Matt's actions seemed forced. Okay, he's definitely egoistic and has a very convenient power but it's way too easy for him to get what he wants. The ending did him well, though. You don't always get what you want.
Alison asks them to lie again
The first thing one remarks is that there's five of them in the opening theme and Alison has taken Aria's role now.
Alison has been friends with Charlotte ever since the previous episode, five years ago. She wants her out and asks her friends to lie for her one more time. Mona is back again, going to court too but her testimony seems rushed and influenced by the others' thoughts.
All of the girls seem a little changed, the most remarkable being Spencer, who's got a different haircut and ended up following her mother's steps, although in high school she wanted to avoid that badly. Emily has definitely something to hide and is not being completely honest. However, her life is the most realistic of them all. While the others seem to be young and successful, it's obvious that Emily is struggling but feels the need to hide and not being honest about her true self. At least she's sort of sincere to Toby when she says "College wasn't what I thought it was gonna be."
As always, Spencer is calling the shots among the four girls and everybody listens to her. Well, almost everybody, anyway. Spencer says listen to Alison, all of them do that with one exception but in the end it doesn't matter anyway as Alison wins.
The ending was just Ali all over again. We've got a body but do we? Is it for real?
Heroes Reborn: Send in the Clones (2016)
Yay Katana Girl
Even though she's not real, Katana Girl is once again at the right place at the right time, coming to everybody's rescue. Through her actions, she finally puts an end to a despicable evo that was against his kind. Not only that as her work prevents possible deaths from happening.
Quentin's sister is quite odd, resembling Erica Kravid's personality. But living with the enemy for so long and one would think like the enemy, be like the enemy. Quentin disapproves of his sister's beliefs. In fact, he is so turned off by his sister since he's searched so long and hard for her only to find a turncloak. And that's the reason he becomes a double agent and helps the other side; he can't be evil, he still has some hope.
No Noah Bennet appears in this episode, not future and not present Noah. It's more intriguing and makes one wonder where Tommy sent him to. But Luke is there for Malina and Noah's plan is still on. It's nice to see characters from the original series - Mohinder who's in for a few seconds, Matt whose actions are not surprising at all and Micah who seems to be the hero everyone has been waiting for, the hero that can shed some light to what's happening.
Fringe guest and playing double
We all knew Brian was a double agent - playing both for the FBI and for Senator Eddie Morra, whether he liked it or not. But now he proves that he likes this double agent play, when a third party comes to town. It's the actress that played Etta Bishop on Fringe who does a good job on portraying Eddie's ex-associate, a scientist surrounded by mystery. Brian doesn't know who to trust or who to choose based on possible future benefits. At least he can act, he can pretend that something that didn't happen happened.
Missing from his daily FBI consultancy job without any of the two bodyguards following him around, he approaches the mystery lady and the two of them start plotting together. Two minds on NZT have to find a reasonable good ending for the story, right?
There are some scenes that are meant to be funny but seem a bit forced, for instance the scenarios Brian imagines in his mind of his meeting Mr Sands. Of course what he imagines would have never happened. And then there's Eddie Morra who gives a pretty impressive speech toward the finale. He wants to convince Brian he's one of "them" now but Brian doesn't want to accept it. But on the other hand he seems to have been fooled. Eddie is on NZT so how could he ever consider Brian to be capable of first degree murder? That's unthinkable if someone knows Brian, on NZT or not.
Rebecca is starting to connect the dots. She realizes the "villain" of this episode must have been on the pill in order to take the shot and that there might be a connection between Morra and NZT.
Oz: Dead Man Talking (2003)
Augustus is back... for just a minute
A nice introduction of Augustus Hill about death in general is presented in the beginning of the episode. But that's it as another inmate takes his narrator place for the remaining of the episode. Dante, hell and heaven are mentioned but the true meaning cannot have the same impact on the viewer as it would have had, had it been spoken by Hill.
An important event takes place by the end of the episode that concerns the sake and future of Tobias. The viewer is not told anything for now but can assume it will not end pleasantly for the former lawyer. Ryan realizes his cell-mate was a good friend but only when it's too late. An interesting talk goes on between him, doctor Nathan and sister Peter Marie. In the end Ryan gets what he wants.
Heroes Reborn: The Lion's Den (2015)
Neglecting the almost too easy escape of Noah and friends from the company people, this episode is quite enjoyable. The arrival of the two Japanese young people coincides perfectly with the attempted escape, making it possible. However, everything seems to come out of magic. The science is left out, totally unexplained. He only has to put on the special pair of glasses and, eureka, all his problems are solved. How exactly?
The boy who masters teleportation finds a cruel truth about his mother. His reactions are clearly forced and don't look quite natural. Get over it, will you? It could have been way too worse then what he got. Moreover, it seems like the role of the Pruitt Taylor Vince's character is finally going to be explained. All that matters now is that the kid forgets his anger issues for once and come back to reality. He is different and he must face the consequences.
The interesting part was the confrontation between the mother and the daughter which lead, in the end, to us receiving those long wanted explanations concerning the company's intentions. Yes, it makes more sense now: what they want to do, how they want to do it etc. But still, the why is not answered. Why would that happen? Is the Earth under some kind of imminent threat that only the company is aware of? Or does the company itself cause the actual attack?