Posted on September 19, 2014 by Doug
Best episode of LOST… The Constant
Worst episode of LOST… Jack’s tatoo (Stranger in a Strange Land)
And more from the Producers in this article from Esquire back in May.
Ten years later, they talk about their mistakes, their successes, the worst episode, and why we’re all still talking about this damn show
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Posted on September 18, 2014 by Doug
Extant – CBS
The summer 2014 TV shows are ending so I thought I would begin writing some short reviews. Note: The finale is somewhat SPOILED for Extant.
The Set and Art Design were cool and futuristic but also livable and comfortable. Good job there.
Halle Berry’s acting was spot on throughout the series. She was probably the only character I really cared about. I did like Katie Sparks, but alas Katie was neither here or there (if you know what I mean).
The story wasn’t too bad but the execution was too slow especially during the middle episodes.
Why was Halle trying to save the world again? Wasn’t “the offspring” already here on Earth. Won’t the spores be back to find him?
If people knew (or were told) they were seeing a mirage (albeit a pretty convincing mirage) wouldn’t that take the fun out of seeing your loved ones alive again? I mean the characters still know the folks they used to love are really dead, right?
I guess overall I liked the premise, and some parts of the episodes, and Halle Berry, but I don’t need this show to come back next summer.
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Posted on September 18, 2014 by Doug
I can’t brag because I missed one question the first time around, it was ” Who was Faraday’s constant?”.
Take the quiz yourself:
You got a perfect score!
You are a genuine Lost expert! We’re so proud of you that we’re starting up a mysterious utopian organization based specifically around your own Lost teachings.
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Posted on September 9, 2014 by Doug
The Leftovers – HBO
The summer 2014 TV shows are ending so I thought I would begin writing some short reviews. Note: The finale is SPOILED for the Leftovers.
HBO played the finale on a free preview weekend. Thanks HBO. Otherwise I would not have seen this interesting finale.
Kevin got his wish. He met “God” (aka Wayne) in a latrine of all places, and he granted Kevin his wish. “To be with his family and to hold them”. Note this came immediately after Kevin confesses his guilt (for wanting to leave his family).
The beautiful music and the long silences which gives us, the viewers, time to reflect on our own lives and our regrets.
The “rebirth” at the end of the episode when a baby literally shows up on Kevin’s doorstep. There is hope in this place after all. This is hell on earth but grace can still intercede.
The Guilty Remnant served its purpose to remind every one of what they lost. But why?
I only watched the beginning and end of the first season of the show so I am still not sure where things could end up. Will every one of the departed suddenly return… after those they left behind (the leftovers) on earth realize what it means to be missing them? I don’t know.
I was afraid to watch the show because of its dark unrelenting tone. I am still not sure I would want to watch season 2.
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Posted on August 7, 2014 by Doug
Posted on August 6, 2014 by Doug
The Killing – NetFlix
This recap will SPOIL the series finale of the Killing. Well guys and gals it’s been an up and down journey but here we are at the last episode.
The Killing Season 4 Episode 6 – Eden
Recap: In this final episode of the last season, Linden and Holder’s relationship is tested to a degree it has never been before and the homicide case is solved.
It opens with Linden jogging through the woods as did she did in the premiere episode. She sees a kid’s pinwheel lying next to something on the beach. (Linden as a girl loved parades and pinwheels.) She takes a closer look and finds the object is a dead girl, rotting away alone. She hears someone behind her. It is a man with a gun to her head and he is ready to pull the trigger. She wakes up. It was a horrible dream. Was Linden seeing herself as the dead girl? Was it Holder who was ready to pull the trigger?
The cadets are looking for Kyle outside the academy. They find a rifle shell and they see blood on a tree. But Kyle is not to be found. Linden is turning the house upside down to find the missing bullet casing. She gets a call and rushes to get to her car. She stops the car and Kyle rushes inside. He says they are trying to kill him and he doesn’t want to remember what happened to his family. Linden takes him to her house where he should be safe. She needs to go out. But while he is there, Kyle remembers what happened that night to his family. The family that despised him (except for his sister, who knew there was a monster in the house, but believed that Kyle was her protector).
Lincoln and AJ somehow let Kyle escape their attempt to kill him. Maybe they were worried what Col Rayne would think if they did. So they go back to her office to talk to her. She wants them to stick with the plan. Their hope was that Kyle wouldn’t remember what happened. But now he is remembering. The cadets want to get rid of him before he talks. Rayne won’t let them, but they leave to do it anyway. Just then the police arrive with a warrant to arrest the boys. They hear gun shots. When they get to Raynes’ office both boys are dead, shot by Rayne. Linden wants her to drop the gun. Rayne says she killed the Stansberry’s. But everyone knows she is lying. She finally gives her story. She thought her child had died (in childbirth) but he didn’t. Her child was Kyle and she had been visiting him for years, but was too afraid to tell him the truth that she left him. The Stansberry’s hated Kyle because he was not truly their son. Kyle couldn’t find love at home or at school. His rage had built up until one night he was goaded by the cadets to kill Kyle’s mom. Probably because she had spurned Lincoln I guess. So the three cadets go to Kyle’s house. The two can’t believe it when Kyle actually goes through with it. In the saddest part of the crime, Kyle kills his sister because she realizes that it’s Kyle who is the monster and he can’t stand to see it in her eyes.
Outside of the academy building Linden tells Holder she wants to pin the murders on Rayne in order to protect Kyle. But Holder won’t let her do that. Linden then has a melt down and accuses Holder of colluding with Reddick to bring her down for killing Skinner. She even thinks Holder has stolen the bullet casing from her house to use as evidence against her. Holder, in complete disbelief, knows that Linden no longer trusts him. His only response is to silently walk away.
Back at his family’s house, Kyle admits all that he did to Linden when she promises him she will end his suffering. I had no idea what she was going to do next (kill Kyle maybe?, let him escape?). But she just quietly waits for the police to come and take him away. The case is solved. Linden seems to have a blind spot when it comes to murderers, but this time she lets justice take its course.
She then goes into police headquarters to admit to her murdering Skinner, but also to say that Holder had nothing to do with it. She is willing to face her punishment without a lawyer. But something surprising happens. Congressman Richmond comes to tell her the ballistic report shows that Skinner shot himself in his car. The authorities want to cover up the crime because having a high-ranking police office guilty of these heinous acts is very bad for public relations in the city. Linden objects and threatens to go to the newspapers. Richmond would love to throw her away into prison as she is responsible for him being in a wheelchair, but he says they will just tell the press that Linden is known to have mental issues, so they won’t believe her. Linden relents, but leaves her badge behind. She quits the police force.
Holder waits for Callie’s mom to show up at the cemetery to pay her respects to her dead daughter. He apologizes to her for what he said about her wanting to see her girl after how the lake and time had disfigured her. He says that he is going to be a dad of a little girl. He then walks down and finds Bullets’ grave. He had promised Bullet that he would keep her safe, but Skinner got to her. He leaves behind a “bullet” bracelet (I think) as a remembrance.
As Linden is packing her car with the last items from her house, she notices in the air vent the bullet case that was missing. Holder did not take it. He was faithful to her. He was faithful even when Reddick had threatened him to expose Sarah in return for leniency. In what could have been the last scene of the show, Linden drives away from Seattle. She could have just left town knowing her and Holder would never be friends again. But there is still a little more story left.
It is a few years later. Holder is walking his little girl Calia to the school bus as they talk and joke about her upcoming birthday party and you can see some of Holder’s traits in her. He says he will pick her up from her mom’s house on the weekend. I guess Holder never married or separated somehow from Caroline. We then see him working at a rehab facility like Alcoholics Anonymous. When he goes outside Linden is there waiting for him. He is surprised to see her after so long. They talk about their lives. Jack is grown tall and is in college. But Linden has just been driving around searching for something real to hold on to. She tells him that their friendship was real. “Just them sitting in the car and talking”. Holder asks her to stay but she can’t. He wants to kiss her but she thinks it’s weird. She never had a place to call home. They say goodbye. She tries to leave the “place of death” but returns to the lake and thinks a minute. Holder is locking up his workplace for the night, but at the bottom of the steps he sees Linden and she is smiling. She has finally found her home. THE END.
Highlights of the Finale:
This was my favorite finale because we finally got some resolution and happiness for our characters. I know I am a sucker for happy endings, but given the grimness and descent into hell they went through this story needed this kind of ending.
I really got choked up at the scene with Holder and Callie’s mom. As that scene closed, I thought ‘wow’ he could name his kid after Callie… and I got what I wanted!
If Linden had just driven off without saying goodbye to Holder I would have been severely disappointed. Or if they would have ended up happy right after all the terrible things had just happened, I would have been disappointed. So doing the epilogue was perfect.
The case resolved in a logical way. Yes the police don’t want bad publicity and yes they knew that Linden was in a relationship with Skinner, so what she did was understandable (but not justified). But she had served the police force well solving two murder mysteries. Letting her go made sense.
It was great how they kept folding the stories in on each other. Rayne lost her son and was afraid to let him know she was a mom who could not provide a home for him. Linden’s son knew his mom but had a lot of trouble relating to her desire to find a home. Holder was an addict who hated himself and other addicts, but when he met Callie’s mom he could finally forgive her and himself. Holder grew to want to help the addicts. And Linden finally found her home with her good friend (who never left her), Holder.
Big question: Will there be any more episodes of the Killing? It’s doubtful, but I am going to miss Linden and Holder. They started out as two very damaged cops trying to fix the problems of the world while finding out that they really couldn’t. The best they could do was try. And they did that together and found a true friendship in each other.
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Posted on August 5, 2014 by Doug
The Killing – NetFlix
These recaps will SPOIL everything from the Killing up to the latest episode reviewed.
The Killing Season 4 Episode 5 – Truth Asunder
Recap: In this fifth episode of the last season, we learn a little about Sarah Linden’s relationship with her birth mother and Reddick shows that he has pieced together what happened to Skinner. He gives Holder one last chance to save himself by making a statement about what happened that night.
This episode opens with the dredging of the lake. Sarah sees Skinner’s body pulled up on shore. Reddick dredged the lake because Sarah was seen throwing something (Skinner’s phone) in the lake. It was the last bit of evidence she still had from the crime, but she felt compelled to return it to Skinner’s last resting place because of her relationship with him.
Linden and Holder close in on Col Raynes. She was seen at the Stansberry’s house (from photos taken by a neighbor) on numerous occasions. And now they have traced her credit card records to match those of Mr. Stansberry’s since they were meeting at hotels outside of town. There was an affair going on after all. We also learn that Col. Raynes made a big mistake in Iraq. She ordered her unit to kill some hostiles, but when the unit refused, she followed her own orders. Being a woman soldier, she may have thought the unit disobeyed her because of her gender, but maybe they knew there was a chance the hostiles were civilians. Well it turns out that they were. Somehow Col Raynes was given an honorable discharge, so I guess the authorities didn’t want this mistake publicized.
Back at the academy, Kyle goes into AJ’s room and finds the map of his house hidden in a drawer. AJ was the one who pulled it from Kyle’s room before he was able to show it the Raynes. On the way to Raynes’ house he sees AJ and runs back to the barracks. But AJ knows that Kyle is getting suspicious. Later that night AJ and Lincoln talk to Raynes about Kyle’s memory coming back. She tells them to stick to the plan. And reveals that they did it (kill the Stansberry’s probably) to save the academy. Lincoln says he want back to the murder weapon which was left at the scene and feels all would have been better (for them) if Kyle had actually taken a bullet to the brain that night. But Raynes says she doesn’t want Kyle harmed in any way.
Jack tells his girlfriend by phone that he lied about not being wanted back home. He does it because he hates to think of his mom being so alone in the world. Linden overhears this and decides to make a visit to her mom’s house. Linden tells her mom that if anything happens to her, she wants her to take care of Jack. When her mom asks if Sarah is okay she instead asks her about the day her mom left her to fend for herself when she lost her at the parade. Her mom was young and afraid and she had trouble staying in one place (just like Linden). Linden leaves without giving her mom another glance.
Side note: One of the big themes of this season and in understanding Linden is that she so desperately doesn’t want to mess up her son’s life as she felt her life young life was messed up. Linden leaves family situations (using anger as an excuse if she has to) to get away because she doesn’t want to be a bad influence. Holder feels the same way about his son to be. Since Holder was an addict he doesn’t want to be a bad example either. Linden and Holder understand this about each other even when they are putting down this fault in the other person.
Sarah says goodbye to Jack at the airport in a nice scene where she tells him that he was the best part of her life. Linden confronts Holder about his confession at the drug rehab meeting. She no longer trusts Holder to keep their secret. Finally Kyle gets tortured again by the cadets and heads off to tell Raynes. But while there he finds the murder weapon hidden in her trophy case. He points it at her (I was thinking it’s probably not loaded), and she tries to explain that she did what she did to protect him. But he runs out and into the woods.
In a scene that is reminiscent from Season 1, Kyle is running through the woods while being chased with someone with a flashlight. It is the cadets Lincoln and AJ, they want to kill him (despite Raynes orders not to). They discover his location behind and tree. The screen goes dark and a gun shot is heard.
The entire episode was a highlight.
If there was one thing I wanted more from, it was the scene revealing Callie (from last season) was one of the victims found in the lake. Holder was pretty tough on Callie’s mom for wanting to see her one last time and to ask her daughter (posthumously) for her forgiveness for being a bad mother. You would think of all people he would have some sympathy for her. But I guess he feels parents shouldn’t make serious mistakes like she did.
What is Linden going to do now? She has resigned herself to the fact she won’t see Jack again. Her own emotions have led her to this dilemma, since she couldn’t let go of the Skinner’s phone when she had the chance early on.
My last working theory on the case: Col Raynes knew Mr. Stansberry. Perhaps when Kyle said that Mrs Stansberry treated him as outside the family, she was being serious. Kyle is not an offspring of both Stansberry’s. Col Raynes’ is likely interested in Kyle be because she had an affair with Mr. Stansberry which produced baby Kyle. I am thinking she didn’t kill the Stansberry’s for just personal reasons. She was likely worried that the Stansberry’s would revoke their support of the academy because of the way the cadets abused Kyle. And of course Raynes would take the blame for not being able to control the cadets.
Big question: Okay, we found the gun in Raynes possession. So in the next and final episode I really want to know how Linden and Holder will end up after the case. Will Linden just disappear? I think she wants to solve the case first. Will Holder rat on Linden to save his own family? One more episode to go.
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