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Bones – The Blood from the Stones

28 Mar

Whether or not it is “real to life”, Bones is by far one of my favorite shows and I look forward to watching it every week.  I am not a follower from the beginning  having only seen a few episodes here and there, but I had gone back and watched every episode before catching up with the current seasons.  The combination of science-y stuff and characters that I love and can relate to just makes it a great show for me.  Plus… David Boreanaz, need I say more?

The crime the team is investigating in this episode involves a somewhat petrified body found in a car.  Of course, they quickly determine that he was murdered and they’re off to the lab to determine who, how, and why.  The one side bit to this episode is that there is a guy video taping the team work in order to get donations for the Jeffersonian.  However, they get Dr. Edison to help with the case, even though he is not part of the crime unit anymore, because he is viewed as more camera friendly and relatable.  Through-out the episode, the camera guy is wandering around which causes Bones to try to compete with Dr. Edison to be more likable.  Bones struggles throughout the episode with the idea that maybe she is “stern and imperious” and maybe even mean or rude.  She talks with Booth at the end to ask if she is always like this and he comforts her to say she is nice and not always like she was on the footage.

Back to the murder, the victim was determined to be an undercover cop, but there is some suspicion that he has gone dirty, since he had swallowed a bag of diamonds before he left.  Bones and Booth meet with the cop, Dinco, who knew the details about the victim’s undercover work.  He was very upset over the suggestion that the victim may have been dirty and he quite upset and passionate, though a little anxious, about wanting to work on the case and does not stir up any suspicion.  That is until the victim’s wife says that it would be his fault, even if he didn’t pull the trigger.

Based on some of the particulates and such on the bullet, they determine where the victim was shot.  While there find a foot that was most likely left by whoever shot the victim in the first place.  Meanwhile, Angela is able to perform some of her technological magic and trace the ATM robberies to a house that is rented by two students.  They suspect that the female student just may be missing a foot.  Booth and Bones go to check it out and they find the female in the bed with her leg starting to gangrene.  Booth questions her before letting the rescue team to the hospital.  Shortly after that, they are able to catch up with the other student and bring him in for questioning, but only after he was roughed up by Dinco.  The kid admits that they were going to buy the diamonds, but the undercover cop took their money and shot his girlfriend.  By this point, they also know that the gun used to kill the victim was one issued by the DC police, so the kids did not kill him.  That turns the gaze on Dinco as the murderer, but that does not last long when Hodges finds particulates of leather, alcohol, and jasmine on some of the gun powder in the bones.

 They bring the victim’s wife in to question her and she finally admits that she killed him because she wanted the money to herself.  She had shot him with his own gun through her leather purse and had broken a bottle of perfume she in there in the process, hence the particulates.

I was a little disappointed that the rest of the team are not in the episode much.  I love Angela, but she was only in the show for a short time.  Even the rest of the team, Sweets and Hodges, were not main characters in this episode.  I do prefer episodes where the whole team gets very involved   Especially where Hodges does experiments!

Overall, I didn’t find this to be one of the best episodes, but it was still good.  The case they were involved in wasn’t as interested and didn’t seem as detailed as others in the past, probably because of the elements of the documentary and such.  I give it 7 bones out of 10.

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Family Guy – Chris Cross

26 Mar

I loved Family Guy when it first came out.  Since it’s return, it has good episodes and some are just… ehh… If you watch I’m sure you know what I mean.  I’ve apparently gotten a bit behind on Family Guy.

In general, I tend to like episodes more when they do not focus on Peter.  Let’s face it, Peter is a moron and, while he does have a few funny moments, is generally just annoying.  Based on the name of the episode, it seems like it’s going to be another episode focusing on Chris.  I did enjoy the episode where he went to space camp, so I had decent hopes for this one.

The main story line for this episode is that Chris gets made fun of because he is wearing lame shoes.  He asks his parents for money, but they refuse, so he sneaks in their room when they are gone and steals some money.  Meg sees him and blackmails him into doing things for her, in typical Meg fashion.  She has him watch An Officer and a Gentleman (I’m assuming it’s some romance movie, I have never seen it) and at the end she has him say “That’s going to be you someday Meg”.  The creepiest part was she wanted him to help put contacts in and her eyes rolled up into her head.  Finally Chris cannot take it anymore so he runs away from home.

I was pleasantly surprised that he runs away and ends up staying with Mr. Herbert (that creepy old man that has a crush on Chris).  I love Mr. Herbert, he adds that necessary creepy feel that is just hilarious.  This was one of the better episodes for him.  My favorite scene is when Chris and Mr. Herbert are going to bed, they are both in individual twin size beds that are decently far apart.  Chris keeps turning the light off, then back on to ask a question and the beds keep getting closer and closer.  Chris farts and turns the light back on and Mr. Herbert is back where he started and said that’s one way to waist a Cialis (erection pills for those that are too innocent to know what that is).  Eventually Chris gets so annoying that Mr. Herbert kicks him out.  Meg had ended up looking for him and finally found him and convinced him to come back home.

The other story line for this episode is between Stewie and Brian.  Stewie discover Anne Murray and loves his music.  Brian thinks he’s full of shit, but after Stewie sings to him, he has the same weird visions to the music that Stewie does.  They end up later arguing over a song and go to see her to ask what it really means.  It is here that Stewie finds out that she didn’t actually write the songs so he ties her up.  There was no real end to that story line.

There were two random scenes in the episode that stood out to me too.  One is when Stewie mentioned Buzz Lightyear not showing up and it cuts to Buzz at a scene trying to pick up some girls with the pickup line “Want to go to my apartment? And beyond?”  I thought that was pretty good.  The other was Peter being out on a date with Lois but had forgotten his wallet.  He ran to the payphone to make a call, but it cuts to a live action clip from probably the 80s.  It may have been funny if I had known what the original clip was from, but I just didn’t get it.

Overall, it was a decent episode.  I love Mr. Herbert being all creepy and I was amused by the fact that he eventually got tired of Chris.  At the end, it showed Mr. Herbert arriving at a cabin (that he had planned on going to with Chris) to meet with another guy and his small child/boyfriend crying that they had broken up.  I give it 7 evil monkeys out of 10.

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Arrow – The Huntress Returns

24 Mar

I need to start this off with a disclaimer.  I have been watching Arrow fairly regularly since it began and I quite enjoy it.  That being said, I have not read the original comic that it is based on (as is true for pretty much all superhero comics… and comics in general).  Any of my writing will come from the view as Arrow as it’s own thing, since I cannot compare it to the comic.  I also watch because it has John Barrowman in it… mmmm… Oh right… Arrow.

The episode starts off in a fitting manner with the title of the episode and we see The Huntress (Helena) kill her father’s attorney to try to get his location, I am assuming she wants to break him out.  Later in the episode she shows up in Oliver’s house asking for help to find her father to kill him.  When Oliver refuses, Helena threatens his friends and family.  At the club opening, she captures Tommy and convinces him to help her.  The heist is planned and Helena gets caught and Oliver breaks her out and leaves her.  She breaks in and forces Felicity to give her the address to the safe house where her dad is held and takes off and of course, Oliver goes after her and epic battle between the Arrow and The Huntress ensues.  Okay, maybe not so epic, but they fight a bit.  To make things even more messy and complicated, Oliver’s detective girlfriend shows up and ends up getting shot.  No, she doesn’t die, but she does decide to move away for rehabilitation due to her injury.  I think her death would had added to the animosity between Arrow and The Huntress that could really be drawn on later, but perhaps there is a part for her later in the series.

In the last episode, we are introduced to Laurell’s mother, River Song, well at least the actress that plays River Song (Alex Kingston).  Here Laurell’s mother confronts her dad with her idea that her sister may still be alive.  She even has proof with a picture that was taken by a tourist.  It takes some convincing from Laurell, but her dad finally agrees to sit down and listen to her mother’s ideas.  I am quite curious as to how this will play out.  This plot point will have to tie into the main idea, perhaps relating to who caused the boat to sink in the first place.  Maybe the sister was in on it and was used almost as bait.  Otherwise, it seems unnecessary to the show.

Another side story is Oliver talking to Tommy about him now knowing his identity.  Tommy refuses to see past the idea that Oliver is a murder and said he would not believe any of his reasons or justifications.  Tommy is mostly upset that Oliver would keep a huge secret from him.  It seemed like he would never come around to it, but by the end of the episode, especially after what happens with Oliver’s girlfriend.  Yey they are friends again!

The flashback scenes in this episode were few, but seemed unrelated to the overall progress of the show.  It starts by Slade and Oliver observing one of Flynn’s camps where he has managed to acquire a missile launcher and Slade suspects he is trying to start a war with someone.  They sneak into the camp to destroy it, but Oliver removes a circuit board (I don’t know much about missile launchers, though I’m sure they have them, but this seems like a simple way out) to use for leverage.  It ends by trying to barter with Flynn to trade the circuit board for a way off the island.  We will have to wait to see how this plays out.  I do not think Flynn will give a way off the island so easily and I’m sure he has some tricks up his sleeve.

I was a bit disappointed because Felicity had very little screen time.  Her geek girl personality really appeals to me and one of my favorite episodes was when she upgraded Oliver’s hideout and essentially forced herself in, at least until they find his step-dad.

Overall, this episode lead to some interesting thoughts for me.  The Huntress is back and wants to kill her father and there is growing tension between her and Arrow.  I am sure that we have not seen the last of her.  I give it 8 out of 10 arrows.

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