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Episode Review: SUPERNATURAL (“All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1″)

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Why is this the first part of a two-parter, when this whole episode was basically the SUPERNATURAL version of PERSONS UNKNOWN (I still haven’t finished that show btw.)? Why was this episode so bad in preparing for the season finale, when almost nothing shown here was of importance? This episode was basically just a pick-up of all the special 23-year-olds out there, all in one little spooky town and in the middle of a competition. Because not even the yellow-eyed demon (Fredric Lehne) has something to do with all of this.

It really was a lame episode. Almost nothing happened. Except Ash’s (Chad Lindberg) death, which is batshit fucked-up, because I liked him. And there was Lily’s (Jessica Harmon) death, which was fucked-up too, because she was the one who had the most interesting characteristics of the five special kids. Not even Sam (Jared Padalecki) was able to be that interesting, and I’ve seen him for 43 episodes now. Lilly reminded me of Rogue (of X-Men fame, ladies and gents), and it wouldn’t hurt to have such a character as a recurring, especially with all the problems she had to deal with and she mentioned to Sam. But Ava (Katharine Isabelle) and Andy (Gabriel Tigerman)? Mostly annoying. I liked the twist that Ava was in this town for five months already, killing all the kids and expecting to win this competition. But soon after she plugged out this information, she got killed by Jake (Aldis Hodge) – seems like she wasn’t really careful and hasn’t learned anything in those five months. Then there’s Jake, who wasn’t much of an interesting character. And I don’t know if his minimalistic Hulk powers weren’t really supernatural. Who needs Hulk as a leader for an army, when you can have a whiny girl, who controls demons?

Anyway, the whole story in the town was mostly a waste of time. The story wasn’t developed, the thrill wasn’t there, and not even the yellow-eyed demon’s appearance could pick up my interest. In addition, I wonder why Ava and Andy’s powers developed over the months. She was all of a sudden able to control demons (that’s a totally different talent than her future visions), while he was able to send mind pictures across the country (which is almost similar, but I don’t dig that power). Meanwhile, Sam hasn’t developed at all, since he realized he had the visions. Somewhat is not right here…

Dean (Jensen Ackles) came too short this time. Just some headaches, the burned-down roadhouse, and a little road trip with Bobby (Jim Beaver) wasn’t enough. How many minutes screentime did the two have? Two, three? Well, at least the cliffhanger could save the episode a bit. Though it should be obvious that Sam will be saved. Like Dean was saved in the season premiere. 4/10

Creepy girl ghost with claws as fingers is creepy

Yellow-eyes is interested in Sam. And he's not gay

Written by Christian Wischofsky

November 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Episode Review: STANDOFF (“The Kids in the Hall”)

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It was a good episode with some surprising scenes, but a clichéd antagonist. Furthermore, the ending is again crapped and unlikable. I think it’s too late to hope for a good ending in this show for once, especially since this episode is the penultimate to the series.

So, Nathan (Aldis Hodge) was it all doing to keep the prison running. A kinda interesting story, figuring that this episode went a different way from all the other prison riot stories. With Nate the episode had a charming antagonist during the first half, and an actual threat with Rome (Will Rothhaar) as well, which could have led to an interesting story of good versus bad within the fence, while the FBI is trying to calm the situation from outside the fence. Especially when Espinosa (Benito Martinez) was introduced to be the real antagonist of the episode. Only it didn’t work, and he was antagonized too much and way too brutal that it didn’t look good. I really wanted to see a standoff situation within the fence, for the FBI having to change their approach. The writers always managed to change the situation during a crisis, so why wasn’t it possible here?

Furthermore, I didn’t like the troubles between Matt (Ron Livingston) and Emily (Rosemarie DeWitt) this time. Of course their (temporary) break-up had to come some time in the series, and of course they would be in a disagreement, after the beginning of the episode showed them evaluating themselves, and Matt could completely trust Emily and would never have an argument with his partner on the job. So, count me in on the prepared ones, when Matt wanted to have a break, because he went in over his head during the job, went over the line, went too far, and actually was on Nathan’s side.

Which brings me to the next thing: I couldn’t believe that Matt was on Nathan’s side so fast. It had something to do with Espinosa as well, since Matt was hating his guts from the beginning. A few more logical character decisions would have been great, because what I got here wasn’t really buyable. But it brought me the nice conflict between Matt and Nathan, as well as the twist of Nathan being the good guy. There aren’t much TV shows or movies out there, where the bad guy turns out to be the good guy, and it’s always refreshing to see something like it. It gets the story to the viewers with a message.

And finally: Lia (Raquel Alessi) is part of the story! I never talk about her character, because she always only has 20 seconds of screentime, but I just liked how Matt pulled her into his schemes, and made her break some laws. Unfortunately, Lia is still a forgettable character, which didn’t bring the writers to invest more time in that part of the story. 7/10

Written by Christian Wischofsky

September 11, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Castle – Season 1

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Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a rock star of the literary world, is suffering from a case of writers block after killing off the main character in his novels and is struggling to come up with a replacement.
He had grown weary of having it all, “fame, fans and females”, when he was approached by the attractive Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) of the NYPD to help catch the copy-cat killer staging murders based on scenes from his novels.
Castle is not a traditional investigator and his approach to solving the crimes conflicts with Beckett’s conservative approach leading to much tension and a hint of romance. From now on he works with captain Roy Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) and Beckett’s other partners and detectives Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) to look for stories for his new book. Keeping Castle grounded are his mother Martha )Susan Sullivan) and his teenage daughter Alexis (Molly C. Quinn).

Episode 01: Flowers For Your Grave
An interesting start into the series. The plot strongly reminded of Murder, She Wrote (a TV show I never watched btw); the setup strongly reminded of buddy cop shows like Bones, Monk and Psych. In addition to that, it looks like that crime shows with a consultant, who first had nothing to do with solving cases and is generally unarmed, are “in” today.
The murder case(s) of the episode was good. It had the potential of a serial element in the series, but the authors decided to put stories like this in the first episode and finish them, before the pilot is over. That is good and a little bit unexpected. Nathan Fillion has charm like in all of his other shows and Stana Katic was a little bit of an eye candy. The chemistry between the two is good enough to give the series some funny moments, but Castle’s family scored all points in the matter of humor. The man-fishing mother and the adorable daughter who has more sense than her father, and finally the ex-wife, his kinda-like boss.
But the show won’t survive that long. A crime show on ABC? Come on… Women’s Murder Club only survived for 13 episodes. 8/10

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Written by Christian Wischofsky

August 4, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Friday Night Lights – Season 1

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In the small town of Dillon, Texas, one night matters: Friday Night. Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) has recently been hired as the head football coach for the Dillon High School Panthers, the town’s pride and joy. Friday Night Lights displays the stress that the town gives the high school players to win, and the hope that the team gives to a small town, and how a team has its low points, its high points, and how they come together as a team on their way to victory.

Episode 01: Pilot
It is pretty much the very short version of the movie with same name. But nevertheless the right pilot for a great series. Because it shows from the beginning, what you have to expect from it: real and authentic drama, great and likable characters. The documentary character of the show sets the rest – shot on location, hand camera, interview style (at the beginning). The cast is wonderful, the characters feel real, the setting is real, the soundtrack is great, the storytelling is wonderful. But the pilot has the problem to jump directly into the story without introducing the characters properly. And a few people who don’t know anything about football could be disappointed, because the last third only is football.
But for me, it is a great start to one of the best network TV shows after The West Wing ended. 9/10

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