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Read Full Article Chuck: Chuck vs. the Angel de la Muerte

Chuck: Chuck vs. the Angel de la Muerte

Totally awesome, and a welcome return of the fun, drama and action of the previous seasons!

After a so-so season opening, I am very relieved to see the team back on track with a truly awesome episode. To me, at least, it was also a bit of a relief to be spared more Buy More-time – I didn’t miss it at all. This episode had it all – Awesome and Ellie being cute and wonderful, Chuck and Sarah growing closer again (I loved those agonizing gazes across the dancefloor) and Casey being badass as usual. πŸ˜€

It was refreshing to see Chuck being quietly competent rather than a walking disaster area, and I really liked the conversations he had with his brother-in-law – allowing him to sound professional and competent, as well as bringing out the contrast between his in essence unsatisfying life and the down-to-earth happiness of Awesome and Ellie.
While Chuck should never lose his charming goofball personality, he has been putting his life on the line for three years (and has finally had six months of training) and I’m happy that it’s allowed to show. A goal-oriented Chuck who – while still getting nervous – doesn’t squeak or flap his hands is a much more attractive and believable character to me at this point in the series. His relaxed and utter trust in Sarah is also a point in his favour – here is a man who is not threatened by a strong woman, but is secure enough to lean back and enjoy the show, with an almost Modesty Blaise/Willie Garvin-ish feel to it. The whole episode was chock full of goodness, allowing all the characters to shine in their own special way, and the ending blindsided me completely. I can’t wait for the next episode, and I sincerely hope they manage to keep up this level of excellence!

Read Full Article Lost - Happily Ever After

Lost – Happily Ever After

It’s difficult to write reviews for Lost more than a day after the episode has aired unless you plan on watching it several times to soak in all the details.  Unfortunately, I’ve slacked off on my writing duties as of late, and for the last three episodes of Lost, I’ve fallen behind, forgotten key details that I look back on and curse myself for not remembering and just written some sloppy sentences.  I decided that tonight, I would try and write a review while the details were still fresh in my head, and I must admit, it helps quite a lot.  Every stand-out scene, line of dialogue and plot development stands out to me, and tonight’s episode was filled with plenty of them all.  While I wouldn’t consider “Happily Ever After” the best episode of the season, it certainly is in the upper echelon of Season 6 episodes.

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Read Full Article Burn Notice: Friendly Fire

Burn Notice: Friendly Fire

Crowning moments of awesome, putting a face to our new übervillain, and a few moments of heartwarming as well – pretty much one of the best “basic” episodes of Burn Notice I’ve seen.

I tend to separate Burn Notice into two parts, I’ve realized. The “basic”, which is the plot of the week, with its victims and villains, witty dialogue and things that go boom. And then there’s the emotional/storyarc bit, which focuses more on Micael’s relationships with the people closest to him, and the overall direction of the plot – sometimes background noise, sometimes a red thread, and sometimes real and immediate.

Although this episode had a bit of the latter – a nice ending with Michael and Fiona, and finally putting a face to what appears to be this seasons main villain – it was above all a wonderfully over-the-top “basic” version.

In some episodes Michael goes up against real pros, facing difficult odds and pulling on all his training and experience.
And then there’s cases like this one, where the opposition is just weak enough to let him pull off really cool feats of Awesomeness. πŸ˜€
The ultracool persona he portrayed made a bit of preplanning look like magic, and reminded me of a Mission:Impossible episode where the villain is convinced he’s dealing with the devil himself.

The not-so-subtle “hints” pointing in the same direction here are entertaining and impressive, and at the end of the episode I had to resist the urge to snap my fingers… πŸ˜€

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Read Full Article True Blood - Beautifully Broken

True Blood – Beautifully Broken

A more methodical episode that develops the main plotlines introduced in Bad Blood, whilst introducing some new characters that bring a few fresh twists to the tail. Even if slightly lacking in the ‘crack like’ addiction of the first season, it’s still infused with dark comedy and there are some very strong hints that there may be more to Bill’s attachment to Sookie than we were first led to believe.

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Read Full Article Chuck: Chuck vs. the Beard

Chuck: Chuck vs. the Beard

Wonderful, wonderful episode which had me giggling, gasping and squealing throughout – entertainment at its best! *spoilers*

Finally the moment (or ONE of the moments, at least) we’ve all been waiting for: Morgan figures out Chuck’s secret. And in the best way possible, I think. Not through overhearing something he shouldn’t, not through a guilt ridden confession which Morgan would not be able to believe – but because Chuck chose to save his friend over maintaining his cover, and with a handful of competent bad guys to corroborate his story there was no “Dude, get serious”-moment either. And Morgan did what we all hoped he would – he thought it was awesome. πŸ˜€

From Buy More employees on the barricades to Morgan’s bravery in the face of danger, this episode had its fair share of crowning moments of Awesome, and I can’t wait to see where the show will take us next. Will Captain Awesome continue to crumble under the pressure?

Will Ellie agree to join Awesome on a trip to “No-spy-land”?

Will Chuck’s new found insight about Sarah lead anywhere?

And who is that mysterious voice from Casey’s past? πŸ˜€

Read Full Article Lost - LAX, Parts 1 and 2

Lost – LAX, Parts 1 and 2

Move aside, Damages. Get out of the way, 24. The men and women who have helped model one of the greatest serial television shows of all time are back with a vengeance, bringing the same level of intrigue and mystery as always. Lost has made a habit out of reinventing themselves each season, changing the game in ways that most writers and directors wouldn’t dare to do. Where some shows play it safe from season to season, rarely departing from the same tired format, Lost has been able to change the game every season and keep people interested. The story may be confusing as hell and leave millions of people each week screaming at their televisions, but it’s important to realize that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have an endgame in mind. If you remember that, as I do, the show is that much more enjoyable.

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