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The Blacklist: Brothers (2020)
This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it does give some reason where Ressler's drive came from. I know it really doesn't advance the plot or relieve suspense from the end of the last episode, but it is entertaining. After so many episodes it amazes me how people can't handle one where Red doesn't appear. I didn't even recognize Anthony Michael Hall (I always thought of him as the little twerp in "The Breakfast Club"). But the hard edge to this episode works well enough and there is the obligatory confrontation with some bad dudes. Oh, I thought that car was really great. The thing with Elizabeth still leaves me a little cold considering where her head is at.
Throw a Wrench Into the Works
First we have a half episode of some guy who has women deliver babies, he then gets extortion money, kills the women (who are prostitutes), then he buries them alive. The babies are passed on to people. His motives are sketchy (or is he just nuts?). The other has to do with a series of things. Elizabeth continues to betray her friends and Red. Don has something in his past brought up by his no good brother. And that woman that Elizabeth hired brings up a dangerous group that she warns Liz about. Of course, we have to look at Katarina again. She, to me, is one of the ugliest people I have ever seen. I wish there had been a plot that didn't include her story. At least one that didn't continue for three years.
Poppy Peed on the Couch
This episode is about Jerry getting a new couch and the implications of his doing that. It also bring back the guy who was cited for not washing his hand in the bathroom--Poppy. Jerry and Elaine go to his restaurant and are about to have a wonderful duck dish. But we find out that Elaine won't date people who are anti-abortion. This is something that causes huge problems. Elaine falls for the furniture delivery guy and they are getting hot and heavy. Until the abortion issue comes up. Finally Poppy comes to Jerry's after being hospitalized to collect money for the expensive dish that was never served. He sits on Jerry's pristine white couch. And then something happens. Great episode.
Seinfeld: The Chinese Woman (1994)
A Total Blast
First of all, as Kramer goes, it will indicate a funny episode. When he is told he may have a low sperm count he goes to be checked out. It turns out that he does, and the cure is boxers instead of jockeys. It gets even worse. The other plot revolves around a woman whose last name is Chang, and Jerry believes her to be Chinese. Elaine's friend is dating a blabbermouth and Elaine hangs up when he answers the phone. This eventually leads the guy to a belief that her friend is having an affair. There is also George's father, meeting with a man with a cape on the street and a separation. I can't reproduce what took place but the timing is great.
Oh, Are You Offended?
I wish that this episode had never been done. It gives a forum to the neanderthals and their violent approach to the world. You notice it's only political if it's something you don't believe in. I've always felt that that guns are a great substitute for coming up short in the bedroom department. If you've watched this show from the start, how can you not know that it is about vigilantism and random violence, often using guns. It was perfectly natural for Reddington to take matters into his own hands after the girl was killed. He's done things like this a hundred times. But after a bunch of FBI guys get slaughtered in an ambush, no one talks about the availability of guns, so I don't her any complaints. On a much more show related issue, there's old Elizabeth paying that woman and betraying Red.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Sooner or later, Park is going to be back in Alaska because she did something terrible there before she was transferred. The whole gang finally gets there as well, as a guy, accustomed to harsh places, is running a bunch of illegal stuff. Aram strikes out again when it turns out his girlfriend with whom he has had so much fun is herself a murderer. I've had it with this series for the moment and will take a little hiatus. I thought for a while that Park might be leaving the show, but it doesn't like like that is in the cards for now. I realized the other day, there have been no evil dwarf herds that need to be straightened out by Reddington.
Two points lost for Elizabeth, back in action with the same stupid tunnel vision concerning mommy/daddy. Then there is Aram who has hooked up with Elodie, finding that she is deceitful. The guy is such a schmuck and is about to get even more paranoid. The whole business with Glen was a high spot but it seemed to never end. Apparently, that truck was made of Tritium, not just containing Tritium. So the self righteous Elizabeth who has probably killed about fifty people and has actions that have led to countless more, tells the new girl that she has to pull it back or she'll be in trouble. I guess lying, deceit, insubordination, and a host of other things don't matter but defending yourself aggressively does.
And Then There Were Two...Sort Of
Dembe drops Red off on an island in what is obviously a frigid climate. There he is to meed a host, and four others who are to put their Russian caskets together and decide on a price for their sale. But like Agatha Christie, one of them becomes greatly ill and dies. Soon others meet similar fates. But there are forces on the island, Turkish agents. It's a good episode because for once there are no outside forces to muddy things up. We do get a look at Reddington's past romantic partner who runs the island. We also get some quite serious methods of killing. This is a pretty good episode. Of course, Reddington is drawn back to his own world and own rules.
Three Pines: White Out - Part 2 (2022)
Filled with Sad Intensity
What I really liked about this first offering is that Gamache is such a cool head (played by Alfred Molina). He faces hostility in the town which views outsiders a bit negatively. The most vocal on is Ruth Zardo, who walks around, carrying a duck, and shouting expletives. She is also a gifted, published poet. I won't go into all the characters since they will reveal themselves. Things seem to center around the Bistro, a restaurant in the center of town. It is run by two men. This episode looks into the murder of the author and it is quickly determined that she was pretty much despised in town. Eventually, Gamache puts up a list of about sixteen suspects. At the same time he tries to appease the family of the missing girl. He does what he can, but has little power. He locates her but the family refuses to accept his findings (and because she is an adult, he can't go bring her back). The general feeling of this opening show is rather melancholic. But we do get to meet the police, the Surete, and friends that Gamache depends on. We only meet his wife but I know there are other family members. Gamache also reveals something significant about his past.
Three Pines: White Out - Part 1 (2022)
We Are Introduced to the Characters
Having read every one of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels, I watched this first episode with some trepidation. While things were a little ragged and I saw some portrayals a little off, I dd enjoy Gamache finding himself punished and sent to Three Pines, to solve the disappearance of an indigenous girl. The native population has been protesting their treatment and the indifference of the police. But the inciting incident is the electrocution death of a very harsh woman, the author of a new book about peacefulness. She has a daughter and husband, whom she loathes, and has bee shacking up for some time with a handsome photographer. The odd thing was, she was sitting in a chair alongside a curling rink. Gamache begins to gather evidence, doing his best to be fair and to listen. He is met with scorn by the family of the missing girl. Good start.
Ressler and Keen share secrets. I don't care. Mom is still alive. I don't care. Aram is sleeping with a woman who intubated husband is in the next room. I only care because it is disgusting and distracting. I've grown tired of his schtick as the shy, uncertain guy who has trouble keeping his pants on. Oh, check out John Glenn's space capsule. The heist plot is really lame. Red wants some valuable little metal boxes and goes to a young woman who has been trading copies of valuable art pieces to finance some kid who got sick. I'm sorry. Lost interest in that one as well. I didn't mind that they spent more time on the separate plot and less on old Katarina, but it was just kind of dull.
There is little I can say that hasn't already been said. My God, Liz has gone on for nearly seven seasons. She has been pampered, forgiven, allowed to be stupid and treasonous, indifferent to the deaths of innocent people. All so she can know the truth. I was so pleased when that awful woman was "killed"? But, of course, she is invincible. And now the two are in cahoots. I see from glancing ahead that Liz continues on the show, which means she is going to continue to disrupt and destroy those around her. She is truly a monster with those big eyes and pretty face. She knows all about her past and chooses to believe sociopaths. Things are so contrived and unpleasant I can't believe it.
Where Is Everybody?
I had backed off Elizabeth because constantly bashing her was getting sort of boring. Well, I'm back. She puts two and two together. She gets info from the task force. She knows Katarina is dangerous. Instead of sharing that with her colleagues, she goes by herself. She should know that this woman is as dangerous as they come. But there she stands, pistol in hand, charging her with her transgressions. Daughter in the other room, sleeping. And this ugly killer says, "I'm your mother." I'm sure that when the next episode starts her hesitation and idiocy will begin a downward spiral. Oh. There are guards outside her door. I suppose the pinochle game is still in progress.
Leave Park Alone
I'm already tired of Park, but who she is doesn't matter to me. I have a feeling if she were male, a lot of people wouldn't be complaining about her. She would be seen as macho and edgy. It's that smug, round little face. Then we have Keen. She is so out to lunch. I wonder what those guards are doing. A little snooze time. The little girl has more insights than her old lady. But Liz suddenly is aware that something is amiss. I often fast forward when Katarina is on the screen. She is harsh and despicable. Lots of bodies again as Red tries to find his friend. Much better than the previous episode.
What if? What if? What if?
The whole focus of this episode is beyond absurd. The woman who was raped certainly would have deserved sympathy. She also could have sought revenge. But her methodology was so beyond belief that it's like some futuristic, alien venture--perhaps something from the original Twilight Zone. She also had an awful lot of ingenuity and strength to set up the rigging in the basement. Meanwhile, good old Katarina is bouncing around with her own stupid agenda. I have one bone to pick. Why is it that every time there is an episode that counters the beliefs of some conservative, they have to make it an issue in their reviews. Your commentaries are ten times more tiring than anything portrayed in the episode.
Don't Know What to Make of It
So it's all about money and she fell for it. So Red needed to test the young woman. Of course, in fairness, she has flip-flopped about six times already. Park seems really tiresome and has this great mystery in Alaska (did she kill off a family of Eskimos or something?). Being Asian, of course she comes off like a ninja warrior. Aram and his new squeeze are into doing dangerous things. Not that puts them in physical danger, but Aram could lose his standing with the FBI because he can't keep his pants on. The episode was not satisfying to be quite honest. We also have Red again finishing off someone who betrayed him and washing his hands. By the way, where is Katarina? She's probably out drowning a litter of puppies.
Another Mad Medical Man
The story is about another one of those doctors, a germaphobe, who infects young people with some really ugly stuff, and then attempts to cure them. He wants to find cures for all the things he may get at some point. This is another one of those far fetched science stuff, like the little blonde girls, with a bona fide nut case. In a parallel story, Reddington is up to something relating to his own health. We are left to wonder about that and to look at the ridiculous story that has been concocted. Ressler continues feeling he can deal with Liz's mother thing. Katarina doesn't show up in this one. I suppose she will surface soon.
The Blacklist: Kuwait (2019)
Not Much Fun Any More
So Cooper is going to blow the lid off Reddington's identity. He's going to his superior because he has a sense of duty. Reddington has save a thousand lives so what about the duty to them. Some guy got captured in Kuwait during the Gulf War and Harold feels responsible, even though he was overcome by the soldiers. That story is dull. The only thing I found interesting was the drone attack set in motion by an overweight gamer. The other plot continues to be Katarina and Elizabeth. Katarina wants to kill Reddington and is using stupid Liz's apartment as a setup. Who, exactly, are the FBI men guarding her place protecting her from. I'm so tired of Elizabeth and her mother thing.
When Katarina reads "Little Red Riding Hood" to Agnes, she reads the version where the wolf eats the little girl. No happy ending. This whole episode is pretty bad. Several have mentioned Elizabeth's lack of oversight, even after the constant turning of the tables by Reddington (it's not always what it seems). She should be super suspicious but moves right into bed with the wolf. That whole Fleurs du Mal thing with the game is right out of Shirley Jackson and "The Lottery." By the way, that glass must have been really thin that gun would shatter it. It really is a case where the writers came up with the game and thought it would be fun.
With the help of the nurse (who is actually a villain), Reddington gets out and heads for the house where Dom lives (well played by Brian Denehy). There are numerous violent confrontations where, ultimately, Dom is shot in the chest and close to death. The task force people save the day, but that walking cesspool, Katarina, continues to be a hunter. I'm really not sure there is anything specific she wants. Everyone is safe after the bad guys assault the farmhouse. So Elizabeth goes back to her home and to her little girl, Agnes. Reddington chews out Liz for drawing the fire of Katarina. In the end there are dire consequence. I suppose we're stuck with Katarina's life being very important.
Seinfeld: The Pledge Drive (1994)
Every Element a Gem
Where do I start? First of all we have Kramer discovering a pile of greeting cards from Jerry's Nana. Each of them contains a ten dollar check that never got cashed. Kramer says it is insulting to the old lady, so he has him deposit them. Since she no longer has an account there she is notified that she is overdrawn. Parallel to this, Jerry tells Elaine that a friend of hers has been coming on to him. She decide to check into it which leads to a hilarious encounter with a man who has a woman's voice. Jerry is going to do a bit at the local PBS station and gets George to bring a Yankee player. Of course, he'll never get there because of George's temper. And, finally, Elaine accidentally tells Nana to drop dead. She must be 85. What an amazing episode.
Seinfeld: The Big Salad (1994)
It Was a Big Salad
There were so many hilarious things. First of all, George the cheapskate and the master of pettiness gets Elaine a salad. His girlfriend carries it to the apartment but doesn't mention George paid for it. She is very attractive and smart, but he can't get over it. Secondly, Jerry's girlfriend, it turns out, once went with Newman (and he actually dumped her). Jerry can't get over this and can't have a relationship with her after that. There is also Elaine's interaction with a lascivious stationer whom she orders a pencil from. He lusts after her and tries to get her to go out with him. But the best is a former baseball player who kills his dry cleaner. Kramer thinks that a golf dispute caused him to do it and he blames himself.
That Awful Woman
Are we supposed to feel anything for Katarina. She is a butcher. For some reason, Red has a positive feeling about her. Apparently, she wants to do him in to get everything he has and to get critical information. At first I thought that the rest of this show would have Reddington as a paraplegic. The entire ruse is pretty amazing. His ability to get himself out of his situation was a lot of fun. Now I'm depressed that the entire Seventh season is going to be dealing with that awful woman. She is a virago. And, of course, there is going to be Elizabeth's role in the task force since she has lied to most of the people.
What a Mother!
A really exciting conclusion to an intense season. It brings into play everyone in the unit. Each plays a part which could lead to disgrace or death. We have been teased all along by the little commentaries of the President and First Lady. We don't get the news until the very end. I am glad that Dembe has returned and his reasoning makes sense. Why it's important to find Katarina is one thing that bothers me. She is a cold psycho and master of cruelty. I guess in a real world there would be lots of bodies to account for. Imagine for a second what scrutiny the Secret Service would be under. Although, there would be very few trials. Well, Red's fate is in doubt but there are still more seasons to go.
Unrealistic as Are All TV Shows, but Delightful
This episode had non-stop action, intrigue, bad guys, good guys, technology, a cool dossier, Red stopping for lunch, arrests, on and on. Of course we can criticize this for its writing. But lets look at it. First of all, there is no such person like Red in reality. He's impossible. And yet viewers are into their sixth season. There are controls in the White House. Yet the President is constantly interrupted. Did anyone ever look into McMahon before she gained so much power? Oh, by the way, those Superman fans out there. Did you know that people can't fly. I watched every episode of "24" and loved it. Could all those things happen in 24 hours. No! But that's what the show is about. And, yes, I'm also from Minnesota and the Metrodome is gone. Is that the only criticism you have of this show? Enjoy the craziness of this show, or find something else to do with your time!