Posts Tagged ‘S01E02’

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Episode: 102
Airdate: November 7, 2015
Directed by: Michael J. Bassett
Showrunner: Craig DiGregorio
Written by: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, & Tom Spezialy (written by); Nate Crocker, Zoe Green, & James Eagan (staff writers)

After last week`s fast-paced gorefest, you might expect Raimi and co. to slow things down a little, let us get to know the characters a bit more. But no – Raimi knows exactly who his audience is, and we`re all plenty familiar with who, exactly, Ashley “Ash” J. Williams is (bet you didn`t know his last name!). And to be honest, who really needs to know Ash beyond his smarmy smile, his rock-hard chin, and his ridiculous one-liners? Click through for my take on Episode 102.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review will give a synopsis and opinions about tonight’s episode, Ash vs. Evil Dead Episode 102, “Bait” – read through at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 102
Airdate: February 9, 2015
Directed by: Michelle MacLaren
Showrunners: Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould
Written by: Vince Gilligan (creator) & Peter Gould (creator); Peter Gould (written by)

In an attempt to quickly hook viewers, AMC has gone with the two-night premiere (much the same as ABC did with Marvel’s Agent Carter a few weeks ago). It appears to be working, as AMC released initial viewing numbers last night showing that Better Call Saul had the biggest ever cable series premiere, with 4.4 million viewers in the prime 18-49 demographic. It’ll be interesting to see how those numbers move in the next few weeks. But on to the show. Last night’s premiere opened with a glimpse of Saul Goodman post-Walter White, flashed back to Saul’s pre-Saul days (when he was still Jimmy McGill), and finished with a huge surprise for fans of Breaking Bad. Things were looking pretty dicey for Jimmy – so how’s he doing tonight?

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Better Call Saul Season 1, Episode 2 “Mijo” will discuss events and plot points revealed in the episode, and is written with the assumption that you have a basic knowledge of Breaking Bad (major plot points will not be revealed, but cross-over characters will be briefly discussed) – do not read through if you don’t want to be spoiled!>>
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Episode: 101 & 102
Airdate: January 6, 2015
Directed by: Louis D’Esposito (Ep. 101) & Joe Russo (Ep. 102)
Showrunner: Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (Ep. 101); Eric Pearson (Ep. 102)

Agent Carter [Hayley Atwell], a relatively minor character in Marvel comics (where she was first and foremost a love-interest for Captain America), emerged from Captain America: The First Avenger as a strong female role-model working within a society of institutionalized misogyny (even more so than today), taking on a job typically reserved at that time for men, and kicking a fair bit of ass along the way. Carter is a natural for the small screen treatment, with her strong characterization, witty dialogue, and always popular period-drama opportunities. Marvel and ABC have committed to an 8-episode mini-season, with the first two airing tonight. So, how goes it so far?

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss events from Marvel’s Agent Carter S01E01 and 02, “Now is Not the End” and “Bridge and Tunnel” – read on at your peril!>>
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Episode: 102
Airdate: July 6, 2014
Directed by: Peter Berg
Showrunner: Damon Lindelof
Written by: Damon Lindelof (creator), Tom Perrotta (creator)

Last week’s premiere episode of The Leftovers introduced us to several different storylines, following people in and from the fictional small town of Mapleton, New York. There were a lot of characters, a lot of stories, and while this meant that things were at times a little disjointed, the upside for the show seems quite high. Lindelof and Perrotta set up several mysteries that will likely be full ten-episode arcs, as well as giving the audience some smaller-scale arcs in order to give some sense of resolution, even in the first episode. Taking a look at the Promo videos released by HBO this week, it appears that we’re going to see some further development from characters already become familiar, and a few that we’ve only had glimpses of so far. Click through for the promo videos and my thoughts on what we have coming up.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Leftovers Season 1, Episode 2 “Penguin One, Us Zero” includes promotional material from HBO, and will speculate on future events.>>
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Episode: 102
Airdate: June 29, 2014
Directed by: Jack Bender
Showrunner: Hank Steinberg
Written by: William Brinkley (based on the novel by), Josh Schaer (written for television by), Hank Steinberg (written for television by)

You need to expect, when watching a show about a Navy destroyer, that you’re going to get a certain amount of jingoism. But when the constantly reiterated theme of the show is the breakdown of command hierarchies, and the beginning of a new world that, in CO Commodore Tom Chandler [Eric Dane]’s words, has “no good guys and no bad guys,” you wouldn’t be far amiss to expect that maybe, just perhaps, the cheer-leading might get tempered down a bit. But so far, two episodes into The Last Ship, it appears that the writers and actors can’t quite figure out what they want this show to be.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Last Ship Season 1, Episode 2 “Welcome to Gitmo” will include minor spoilers and plot points.>>
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