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Episode: First Wife

Outlander is back in all its glory!  I was a little concerned with the last episode, but all is well.

It has been 20 years between Jamie & Claire seeing one another & they are having growing pains.  They have to play catch up, but it is obvious it is painful.  Both of them had their own lives, albeit they were incomplete without one another, for years.  They had learned to live with the void, and even tried to fill it.

With Claire and Jamie ultimately facing their pasts and their present all at once is an overwhelming task.  I am sure the audience feels their emotional conflicts, and their pain at trying to get their indescribably intense love back on track.  Coming back together has pulled at their heartstrings and throws Claire a huge fact to be reckoned with… Jamie’s second marriage to a woman that tried to kill Claire.  And now I say, why hadn’t Claire told him the truth about her all those years ago?  They did after all, tell one another everything.

What do you think?

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This has been a remarkable series, well, I am only on Season 2 so I can’t tell completely.  I have enjoyed the characters no matter how diabolical they all become, or are shown to be.  It somehow gives me a sense of the corporate world, as well as the political one. Scary stuff indeed.

I am however, mortified by the real Kevin Spacey’s sexual deviances.  A long time ago my mother told me she couldn’t stand watching NRA member, actor Charlton Heston because of his Republican politics.  I decided that I would watch him for his acting ability, his magnificent voice and the interesting projects he picked to act in.  Spacey however, just may have ruined it for me watching the rest of House of Cards.  Imagine how many people will lose their jobs, including him, due to his brazen sexual prowling.  His kind don’t stop, obviously.  So can I separate his excellent acting persona from his real life choices?

So far I have moved on to The Bridge.  I will blog about this magnificent Danish/Swedish series ASAP.

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I had this feeling a while back that I was being too complementary to most of the films and television shows I critiqued, but now it seems the tide has turned and I have nothing but negative things to say.  Is it because with most television series, with the exception of the Law & Order series, I think things go downhill over time.

I have to admit that I am hugely disappointed at the way Blindspot has progressed, or lack there of.  We see Jane and Kurt igniting Jane’s NEW tattoos that they are somehow related to the old tattoos – as if the woman isn’t covered enough.  And her brother, Roman, put them there at some convenient time.  No one knows why Roman put those tats on her.  Oh wait, we find out Jane has a price on her head and she is once again shoved in a suitcase.  At least this time it is in Venice.   

The relationships between the characters is forced, convoluted and predictable.  There must be a trick to how everyone gets just what they need at the exact time they need it.  Kurt gets a tank, armour, guns, planes, directions to his comrades in distress.  And of course in Venice Jane and Kurt get not just one boat, but two!  This series is now beyond contrived.  Do I still watch it so I can shake my head in disappointment?  Do I continue to watch so I can write on something that has gotten so trashy, I can barely write anything nice about it?  It is not as interestingly surreal as it once was, it a stupid television series on very thin ice.  Maybe you have to have several blindspots to keep watching.

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I was excited for the new season of Blindspot.  I know it has gone off the beaten path, but this season it has really gone into surreal territory or should I say terror-tory.  Weller has been in love three times and is going to have a baby, whose mother, and their child, are quickly being taken out of the picture.  Presumably this is because of Weller’s new love interest, Nas.  Does he still love Jane?  What happen to those dynamics?

Then there is Patterson, who has recently lost her first lover, and now her second to a terrorist group.  He also tried to kill her.  And, by the way after being shot in the stomach seems to be able to be back at her post, standing for hours on end with a bad headache.  Oh wait, dropping painkillers onto the floor helps her solve the puzzle to one of Jane’s tattoos that is not on her, but was in her prototype video.  In turn, she defuses a set of bombs ready to go off at a school with 59 seconds left.  She does this by shutting down several cell phone tower grids in a matter of seconds.  Mind you no one else in this area has problems with this happening.

Let’s see, so far as I can remember, two to three FBI agents have been kidnapped.  Jane was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA.  Weller, Jane, Patterson (tortured and shot) Mayfair, Reade, perhaps Tasha, Dr. Robert Borden, Patterson’s lover have all been either shot, or shot and killed.  It is obvious that this not only a dangerous job, but after one has been shot or stuck with a pole & major eardrum piercing etc., there is a miraculous recovery for all who are not killed.

The writers here are not only stretching the truth I imagine, but the storyline, and we are expected to follow.  Okay, I am game, for now, as I like the notion of there being tattoos that tell a story and depict horrible acts of terror to occur.  I predict the life of this show to be one or two seasons more at most.  The plot is already running thin, and the characters are unbelievable at best.  What do you think?

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It is unfortunate, but Person of Interest has announced it is in its final season.  I can understand this, because the story has progressed to the point where it would have a hard time being cleverly sustained.

Having a climatic ending seems to be a perfect way for this series to end.  I hope J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, his production company, has something else in the works.

I liked the actors enough, that I hope to follow them to other productions.

Let’s hope “She”, The Machine” wins the battle between good and evil against Samaritan.

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