What Sue’s Watching – Playing PVR Catch-up

 

Last week saw a lot of epic television, but I’m going to try and focus on a few in particular this time – especially the ones that I inadvertently left out last post.

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Lost Girl – Tim usually writes the episode recaps, and while I thought of trying to write one for last week’s insanely huge ep, I foun I really had no idea what to say.  HALE!!!  WTF?!  NOOOOO!!!!  My inability to string together a coherent sentence tells me that it was a fantastic episode, but the downside of that is that I can’t say anything intelligent about it.  I never really got on board with the romance between Hale (KC Collins) and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), so I was all judgmental through the first half of the ep…like, dude, don’t surprise her with a visit from her estranged mother and then propose in front of her!  So much pressure!  But then Ksenia’s performance when Hale was struck down was so powerful I was in tears for a romance I didn’t even believe in!  I think the shock also hit me because I was distracted by Hale touching his ear right after he Sirened his heart out….I thought maybe something was wrong with his power if he was bleeding from the ears.  But I barely had time to think, “Oh no…” when the best abs ever were impaled from behind, and my brain was in denial.  Part of me still doesn’t want to believe it.  This episode had 2 other characters who were presumed dead (welcome back Linda Hamilton!!!), and this is LOST GIRL.  Anything can happen.  However, having the balls to kill off a beloved major character like that deserves HUGE kudos and respect, and the creators have both of those things, and more, from me.  Just, you know…DAAAMMN!!!

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The Following – I am so freaking happy that this creepy damn show is back!  Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is the coolest thing since Jack Bauer (who I will also gladly welcome back in a few months!), and James Purefoy’s Joe Carroll is the most amiable serial killer ever.  It’s easy to see why he has so many devoted followers.  He’s so warm and kind…right up until the moment he stabs you and giggles while you die.  That was just disturbing.  But his attempt at a southern accent was comedic gold, and the sad tension between Hardy and Mike (Shawn Ashmore) is just heart-breaking to watch.  I want them to work together again.  It’s dangerous, but they are better together than separately, and something tells me that they’re going to need each other before too long.  Those twins are BADASS.  Okay, and here’s something I just this moment found out – the twins are played by the same guy!  Sam Underwood plays both roles so convincingly I thought it was actually a set of cute identical twins in the roles!  Perhaps he’s the male version of our favourite clone, Tatiana Maslany?  Anyway, the storyline is slowly kicking into high gear with 2 segments of the cult, and Joe back in action after his first new kill in recent months.  I love seeing how the cult members contact one another, and the Joe Carroll masks are disturbing as hell!  So love this show, and can’t wait for whatever happens next.  Oh, and, Ryan Hardy?  My money’s still on you!

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Teen Wolf – The blacklight party the kids held this week was awesome – it was sexy, it looked crazy cool, and it was the perfect place for those creepy black figures to come out of the dark and brand our heroes.  Seriously?!  Who came UP with those things!  I love Lydia (Holland Roden) giving the gears to her twin, while the other twin (Max and Charlie Carver, but I always forget which is the “gay one”) flirts shamelessly with Danny (Keahu Kahuanui), but I am torn watching the sweet chemistry developing between Allison (Crystal Reed) and Isaac (Daniel Sharman), and between Scott (Tyler Posey) and Kira (Arden Cho).  I still want – and expect – Scott and Allison to end up together, and I think they do, too.  Just, in the meantime, there are other fascinating people on their radars!  I hope we get to find out more about whatever Kira “is”…her photograph when the flash is on looks cool!  I am also interested to see what she thinks of Scott being a werewolf, too.  Her family probably doesn’t hunt them, at least, so that’s something.  I was NOT expecting that end bit with Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), either!  HE left the message on the blackboard?!  Holy crap!  What’s happening to our boy?!  This is one show that continues to refresh itself and keeps itself moving forward in new and unique ways.  I can’t wait to watch each and every episode!

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Saving Hope – Oh man, this episode was a heart-breaker, too!  Alex (Erica Durance) went above and beyond to try and save her poor patient, only to realize too late that the possible answer had been staring her in the face the whole time.  Devastating!  I love the talk time between Charlie (Michael Shanks) and Gavin (Kristopher Turner).  I actually put one of Charlie’s lines into my phone’s notes because I laughed so hard I didn’t want to forget it:  “I don’t like your couch.  it smells like onions.  And shame.”  I’m glad that Charlie tossed his pills at the end, too, as not taking them could have made a difference in saving the patience, too.  Though if the medication was actually having an affect, what does that say about the “ghosts” he’s seeing?  I’m very happy to see more use being made of Zach (Benjamin Ayres) in recent episodes, too.  He melted me with a lie for a kid’s sake, and I’m glad to see some of his comedic side getting play, as well.  Ah, Hope Zion, how I wish you were real so that I could wander your halls, too!

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Haven – Colin Ferguson has a certain boyish charm about him, but as William, that same charm works to make him rather disturbingly evil as he grins his way through the streets and mysteries of Haven, Maine.  He’s told Audrey (Emily Rose) that they used to create Troubles together – to balance one another out.  He creates a sound Trouble and gives it to a baby, so she is supposed to create a silent Trouble to give to someone else.  Once she successfully accomplishes this task, she will remember who she was originally and, presumably, get back together with William.  Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour) aren’t having any of it, and Duke actually tries to convince her to give him his family curse back.  The father of the Troubled baby is willing to let Duke kill him to end the curse for his son.  Our heroes can’t come up with any other option by episode’s end, and we’re left waiting to see if Audrey will go through with it.  Duke’s family is dead, except for the daughter he fathered who made him grow old unnaturally fast, so there won’t really be a way for him to get rid of it again, I don’t think.  If any Crocker is going to shoulder the burden of that particular Trouble, though, I’m glad when it’s Duke.  Not sure how long he’d be able to fight using it, but he has put up the most struggle thus far.  Meanwhile, Jennifer (Emma Lahana), Vince (Richard Donat) and Dave (John Dunsworth) have to find the “heart of Haven” in order to get more instructions from the mystery book, and it turns out that they have to go check out the lighthouse.  Of course…it’s always the lighthouse!  Jennifer opens a trap door only she can see, and in a cavernous area below the lighthouse, the trio finds a giant replica of the Guard tattoo carved into the stone floor.  There are 4 points to the compass-like image, and so they figure they need four people – one to stand at each point.  I’m not sure it can be ANY four people, but we’ll see.  I have no idea what to expect next, and that’s one of the billion things I love about this show.  AND it has been renewed for a fifth season – with DOUBLE the number of episodes each previous season has had!  I can not wait!!!

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Bitten – I’m finding that every time someone from the Pack sneaks into a hotel room to check out a Mutt, I get stressed out.  I know the Mutts can smell them, and vice versa, so I’m always stressed about them getting caught.  And I’ve read the book!  I love that there was a time for mourning their lost friend, and I love that Elena (Laura Vandervoort) does this thing with her hands when she’s upset.  She doesn’t just use facial expressions to convey emotion – she uses her whole body.  As does Greyston Holt as Clay.  After Clay and Elena went for a run to wear off some frustration and anger, she made it clear that she didn’t want to be with him, and from that moment on, Clay walked differently; carried himself differently.  He looked like a dog that had been kicked down one too many times.  He looked cowed.  It was just the slightest physical change, but it spoke volumes and encompassed how Clay was feeling for any viewer to see.  The scrapbook was just disturbing, and that second trip to the adjoining hotel rooms was crazy tense!  But Elena’s reaction to the writing on the wall?  Perfect.

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