Tube Talk: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Greg and Larry

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See you next fall!

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 3: Episode 23: Greg and Larry: GRADE: B+

Now our season finale balances a lot much like our penultimate episode, but it has a bigger task of wrapping it all up, closing the season, and setting up its upcoming fourth year this fall and I think it does slightly falter under that, but it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

We do pick up right where we left off in discovering Bob is a traitor and the rush from everyone, including Amy and Boyle, into getting to Holt in time and thus begins our first act with wacky hospital adventures which is some good stuff with, especially when we see what Bob and Holt were talking about before the discovery of Bob’s betrayal. Goddamn can those two make the most mundane sounds amazing. Its pretty thrilling and does further carry over the stakes from last week and heightens the tension. Jake and Terry’s escape in particular with how they stay on target and outwit Figgis’ men.

Joke after joke comes firing with hitting character beats that feel dead on, particularly Hitchcock and Scully either licking whatever substance they see in the hospital or taking their shoes off and laying in an empty hospital bed because of course. Its all great work that nails home how far we have come to know and except them of these guys, yet because of who they are its still very funny thanks to their timing and chemistry.

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With Amy and Boyle getting out of Texas is relatively easy thanks to the fake pregnancy of Amy after a hilarious goodbye to the ladies on her prison and the genuine worry and concern she has not just her friends, but the face that her boyfriend is in immense danger. Its really a nice moment that allows more range for Melissa Fumero and yet again shows how far their relationship has come. Boyle plays a great straightman in all of these and plays off her very well. Though their plane ride could have been a bit tighter as it does actually clash with the pacing back him and it doesn’t gel so well. This is where the plate spinning in the episodes starts getting wobbly.

We get to Rosa’s apartment, which is the opposite of Rosa, oops, I mean “Emily Goldfinch” and alter ego “Rosa Diaz” (Please get to that right away in season 4) and sets the stage perfectly as the highlight of the night comes from the interrogation of Bob and how everyone takes their own approach from Jake trying to ruin jazz (bastard) to Terry and hypothetical kids to Gina complaining about her cousin with lyme disease. The editing is perfect and gives each segment just what they need so its not worn out at all, but make me question why Hitchcock is wearing what he’s wearing. My mind is gonna be focused on that for far too long.

And much like last week, we get a well thought out plan that is reliant on several things, mainly team work from a fake sniper to get the info needed. Happy day right? No.

Now this is where we get set up for next year. The team celebrates, Figgis in the wind meaning Pimento is still in the dark, and Jake and Amy moving in together (we had just had to get cheerleader Boyle in there one more time apparently).

Well that is until Figgis calls Jake and threatens his and Holt’s life. Cut to Florida one month later as Holt and Jake, I mean Greg and Larry are residing next door neighbors. Witness protection was not where I though this would go, but honestly I’m kinda excited to see where it goes. This can present a whole new level of drama and actually allows a smooth bridge into the fall. One thing this show does well, connected the seasons together. Though this time there isn’t so much tied up resolutions as before, its still all very much in the air until our September return. Now how the show handles that is to be seen.

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A less stronger season than last year, but still enjoyable in all the best ways possible, Brooklyn Nine-Nine really excelled in year three. It kept things fresh when needed and even when they relaxed on laurels sometimes, it was a bad thing since more or less there were still laughs. Hitchcock and Scully got an episode and it was pretty damn good.

I found development this year strong. Jake and Amy were a true, believable couple, Holt got added dimension to him, Boyle went up and down but for the most part was good, Rosa opened up more, Terry matured more, Gina stayed the best, and Hitchcock and Scully ate. Nothing else more I’d want from the show.

FINALE GRADE: B+

SEASON GRADE: B+

Tube Talk: The Strain: Night Train

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Goddamn it, Zach!

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The Strain: Season 2: Episode 13: Night Train: GRADE: C+

The season finale of The Strain presents narrative changes that the show desperately needs, but by the end of this season itself, very little has felt like its changed. The show presents these changes mostly through the deaths that occurred and character death doesn’t always signify great change for a TV show.

There’s honestly very few consequences in this finale, the most significant ones present is Nora’s death at the hands of Zach’s stilted and boring storyline and the acquiring of the Lumen by Setrakian. In fact that’s where I’d like to start given its the most exciting storyline that runs throughout the hour. Setrakian and Eichhorst bidding over an ancient book doesn’t exactly sound like the most thrilling centerpiece for a finale of a show that’s centered around a war of humanity against vampires, but goddamn if this didn’t make it thrilling. Eichhorst subbing in for Palmer was already putting it on the right foot as Eichhorst is a wonderfully campy character that get liven up the scene and plus his history with Setrakian is ripe with hate that it makes for better tension than Palmer who really wouldn’t add anything to the scene, aside from resending the payment to leave Eichhorst high and dry to lose to Setrakian. Eichhorst then becomes desperate, a side never seen of him that is played very well. The scene gives off the feel of a Western standoff and David Bradley and Richard Sammel play it up excellently. The tension fills the air and if the Lumen contains what its believed to contain, then again it makes sense for Eichhorst to be there. I even loved Setrakian’s putdown of Eichhorst as always being the bridesmaid and never the bride. Fet being added in to the scene added the extra bit of tension that really completes the scene.

Afterwards Eichhorst and company ambush our auction winners and engage in one thing the show does well, big action set pieces that also has Gus and company finally get engaging and help in the battle. Silver Angel dons his mask and I finally feel happy to see Gus in a scene and then going after Setrakian and Fet is seemingly killed as their van exploded. Except he follows them through the sewer confronts them. Damn you writers! This also gives us the one and only engaging thing to come out of the finale that seems to really set up something interesting for season three and that’s the uneasy alliance of Setrakian and Fet with Quinlan, Gus, and the Silver Angel.

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Well Coco is dead thanks to Palmers stubbornness and I felt nothing. Palmer’s story fell flat the moment he was saved by The Master and hasn’t fully recovered. The addition of Coco didn’t help things and further halted any progress of him. He’s essentially become a twisted version of Setrakian when he started doing all he did out of his love for Coco, highlighted more so by him removing her heart in the closing montage.

Speaking of stories that go nowhere, hey Zach, you’re now the worst. Congrats Gus, you’ve been replaced. Eph’s storyline has been one of the more engaging things this season and that is thanks in part to Eph’s evolution over the show. Corey Stoll has played it very well and each time Eph had to deal with a constantly in denial Zach, I felt bad for him since Zach never really changed. I thought there was some redemption when he seemingly finaly saw Kelly for what she is, but that went out the window the moment Zach essentially killed Nora. Kelly sets up a strain of vampires to stand in front of Eph and Nora’s train which successfully derails it and allows her to track Nora and Zach. Nora and Kelly do battle and while it actually is pretty tense and well staged, but the moment Zach yells for Nora to stop as she’s about to finally kill Kelly, I immediately groaned out loud. Nora is attacked by Nora’s stinger and then she and Zach walk of to I don’t really fucking know what. Zach is a moron, he still can’t see that Kelly is dead and a huge threat. Zach is further made into a nothing character for me by this and I don’t care.

Nora’s death is also not well done. Her final moments with Eph are nice, but then electrocuting herself by placing her sword on the third rail is kinda over the top then goes back to nice with Eph laying with her corpse. Much like this second half of the season, that moment felt unbalanced.

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Season 2 of The Strain felt like it was stalling, enjoying the view along its trip more than caring about getting to its destination. Poorly handled love storylines, uninteresting new characters, and Zach. While it did have interesting new storylines, deepened mythology, and plenty of great action. These last two episodes honestly make me weary of season 3 and where it can go. So much of what the show tried to change hasn’t changed at all from where it started and they can’t seem to know what really needs to change. Here’s hoping a sense of renewed focus for next year.

FINALE GRADE: C+

SEASON GRADE: B-

Tube Talk: The Strain: S2/E12; Masters of Sex season finale

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The Strain gets ready to close shop and Masters of Sex does it poorly.

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The Strain: Season 2: Episode 12: Fallen Light: GRADE: C+

A show like The Strain needs to use its PENULTIMATE(!) episode of a season to really amp up the tension, lead our characters on the road to where they need to go before the finale, bring tension to a full 11. Fallen Light fails at doing all of that.

The one bit of tension that is fairly prominent and will pay off for next week is the Occido Lumen which will be contested over a bidding war between Setrakian and Eichhorst and each side with its own set of drama. Turns out Palmer and Coco’s gift of eternal, which admittedly I didn’t expect so props to this episode for genuinely surprising me there and Quinlan isn’t trusting of Setrakian to uphold their deal so he wants Gus to convince him and if that doesn’t work, straight up kill him and hand him the book. Now that right there should have been all over the episode a lot more. This sets up tension and has expectations of amazing conflict for the finale next week.

The only other bit of that here was Mayor Lyle being offed and Justine being risen up through the ranks in Palmer’s plan to run security in New York city. That’s intriguing.

Not so intriguing is a full focus the current love lives of the show. First to Eph and Nora whose meeting is explained in flashbacks from ten years ago with a brief return of Sean Astin, who I admit I was pleased to see on here again. Fleshing out their story and including the build up towards Eph’s divorce was just so boring. Their romance hasn’t been a fixture on the show for sometime and to see it come right back up is jarring on the episode plot to say the least. It just doesn’t really seem to work here as I never feel invested. Same goes for Dutch walking out on Fet and then Nikki walking out on Dutch. It was emotional framework that should be building up for next week, but it just doesn’t have the legs to hold itself up to be an important factor on the story here. I wanted to care, but I just don’t.

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Another problem is Quinlan himself. Quinlan is by far the most engaging thing of season three and he and another great idea in the Silver Angel have been given a disservice by being saddled with Gus for the season. The Silver Angel should be amazing, not a story accessory, it can expand the show. Gus and Angel’s breakout of the prisoners isn’t at all as cool as I had hoped. Sure they have to fend off some vampires, but its just okay. The whole sequence is. I feel like The Strain really squanders the moments where it needs to be big and it just holds back. Don’t hold back, go all in!

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The Strain limps its way towards the end of the season and that is not at all how it should be setting its endgame for the year up. This finale is gonna need to really be something.


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Masters of Sex: Season 3: Episode 12: Full Ten Count: GRADE C

Masters of Sex this season has been playing with its history a lot and my thing is as long as you can still tell a compelling narrative with how you’re playing with facts, its all fine by me, its good. That said, this finale was just all kinds of wrong in so many ways. It barely skates by with its grade thanks to excellent performances, but I think this was a completely poor way to leave things.

As expected Bill is brought in on the wild stretch of charges of molesting Dennis, but prostitution and pandering charges with the surrogacy program. Nora as it turns out is involved with recurring Bible thumper Ronald Sturgis and tricks a police officer to listening in to Bill handing her money for the rent as paying her for her services. As much as I thought the Bible group being annoying because its yet again fear mongering and spreading Christians, fitting for repressed 60s, but still, I put up with that a lot within my own personal life and hometown. It just felt like such a reach around to make for conflict in the finale to make sure we can make this a finale that means something except it doesn’t in that regard. The only thing good it led to was Virginia rightfully calling her out on her bullshit. That’s all. This was all a big stretch to help create conflict where there could have been internal conflict within the office with Bill and Virginia dealing with their bullshit while putting on a face for the press conference about their new book.

Nora was a pure plot device to make this happen and doesn’t help Emily Kinney’s case as an actress at all. In fact the Bible group were just plot devices and not that interesting of plot devices which makes their role in the finale here even worse to me.

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Speaking of acting, that’s the one saving grace of this finale. In particular the scene between Bill and Libby in the police station when he confesses about his affair to Libby. Her reaction is laughter, knowing all along of what was between the two of them and seems to finally come around to sever ties with Bill. It’s a very powerful scene between Michael Sheen and Caitlin Fitzgerald where they finally have it out about what a sham of a marriage they have had for the past few years. It’s also great for Bill realizing how bad he is, going head first without ever thinking of the consequences. Both come to realize their true selves and what that’s done to one another. They are broken. Bill losing grip on trying to control everything and Libby losing grip on her family.

Bill and Virginia’s conflicts are the other highlight as they have great confrontations across the episode about all that’s gone on this past season. It’s really great stuff that made up for much I didn’t care about her finally choosing Dan Logan. I’ve felt over that by now, even with last week’s excellent episode. This only makes for heightened drama to add to the ending scene where Bill goes to get Virginia to bring her back before the charges against Bill are made public. Bill finally takes the advice of his dad via dreams to stay down for the count and stop getting hit. End of season. Yeah that’s where we leave the series for the year. I’m left hollow by the ending of the season. Not feeling a sense of waiting or anticipation for what is next, but really nothing. I have no real reason to be excited now.

Also Barton and Jonathan are a thing that’s really just an after thought in this episode.

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Where the finale really fails in how it brings up the conflict they choose to go with for the finale. It feels like much of the season itself, unsure of where it really wanted to go for where it needed to go. Something so much better could have been done and really I expected better of the show. I hope season four can pick up fast.

FINALE: C

SEASON 3: B-

Tube Talk: Tyrant: Pax Abuddin

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The uncertain future of Abuddin.

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Tyrant: Season 2: Episode 12: Pax Abuddin: GRADE: A

For all of its bumps along the way, Tyrant certainly turned things around in this second season and now I’m left here wanting at least one more season given the events the finale leaves us on.

The ending of the finale is much like the show, uncertain as Bassam tries to save the life of his brother Jamal after a fatal shooting by Nusrat, guess she’s really out of the will now.

The bulk of the finale is the rift between Jamal and Bassam. Bassam finally seeming to have his life back on track and ready to go home despite being wanted by the people of Abuddin to lead the country just as it seems Jamal is finally going to be brought down. The highlight to be any scene involving the two, but more so their reunion in the hotel. Its played out exactly as it should have been. Jamal’s affectionate nature, carrying on as if nothing is wrong, but Bassam having rightful anger at him since he has discovered what’s happened to their mother. This perfectly showcases the journey both men have been through. Jamal becoming more calm and collected despite his brief descend into unhinged madness and Bassam realizing his purpose in protecting the future of his homeland. Its really incredible and speaks to the development that both characters went through to be better than how they were with season one, specifically Jamal who is the MVP of this season. Ashraf Barhom and Adam Ryaner have encapsulated their roles and played them in so many layers. Their scene when Jamal signs the confession on the gas attacks plays nicely as well to how even though they really shouldn’t depend on each other, they always will.

To continue with the acting praise, Moran Atais again gives a remarkable performance as Leila where she continues to run the gambit of emotions as the long suffering wife. Even had the balls to admit to Jamal that she’s testifying against him. No fucks left to give. She’s given this character many sides as well, but not all of them good. She even turns the conversation she and Bassam have after Jamal signs the confession into how she’ll use this to keep herself floating.

So much is packed in that I’m amazed many things got wrapped up. Bassam and Molly’s reunion was played just absolutely right for the level of emotions it would produce seeing lovers back together and Ahmed and Nusrat’s resolution felt organic to their characters as well.

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As for Daliyah well things are lingering and not really solved too much, but I’m okay with that since it seems if there will be a new season the cliffhanger will keep things rooted in Abuddin for the time being. Daliyah was a great addition to help Bassam stay grounded in his mission and help him hold on to his humanity which is his greatest strength. They are bonded together by helping each other survive, but I think honestly it should stay that way. Bassam and Molly are great for each other, but that’s just me.

But back to that final scene which weirdly could work as an ending to the show, but there’s just too much you want to see after that. Jamal makes his speech of resignation, but that produces evidence of Tariq ordering the gas attack and begins to start beginning a rant, but Nusrat shoots him several time after learning how he might not serve as much judgment as she’d like. That is natural to her character even her arc from the beginning and not surprising she would do it, but it was surprising watching it as I wasn’t expecting it to go down, but its was needed to help give the season one last shock. The moment where Bassam tries to save him and Leila insisting that he let him go is brilliantly played and in character of the both of them. The framing and composition of it stages the ending perfectly. Again it leaves Jamal’s fate as uncertain as the show’s is right now.

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Even Jamal going off the handle like that was in character for him since it felt like with all that happened he was gonna slide back into mad Jamal again after being reeled back in.

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Whatever the future may hold for Tyrant it certainly looks bright with a better grasp of storytelling, character development, engaging drama, and jaw dropping turns. Tyrant should be able to have at least one final third season to wrap things up, maybe a fourth, but it certainly knows where it wants to go and hopefully it gets to reach that. Tyrant already wins my award for biggest TV turn around of this year.

FINALE: A

SEASON: B+

Tube Talk: Game of Thrones: Season 5: Episode 9 and 10

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Season 5 is at an end and here we are with the last review across the kingdoms for this year.

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Game of Thrones: Season 5: Episode 9: The Dance of Dragons: GRADE: C

Aw man, its the PENULTIMATE(!) episode. Shit goes down, lives lost, unbelievable moments, racing heartbeats! There was all that and more…in Hardhome the previous week. Yeah I wasn’t quite feeling season 5’s almost last chapter.

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We start off with Arya who is continuing her mission to poison kill the Thin Man before she notices Mace Tyrell and Meryn Trant arriving to negotiate with the Iron Bank and says fuck all to that then goes to to tracking Trant into the city where she discovers he is a pedophile at the brothel. That kinda upset me to see Thrones get shocking for shock again here. Not as bad as having rape happen to women then never addressing it again, but goddamn. Its dealt with in the next episode and I know there are terrible things like this in the world and in fiction, but it felt unnecessary here. We know he’s a bad guy, we didn’t need you to show us further proof than he likes the company of pubescent girls in beat and that he likes to beat on them. It was poorly brought up and something I didn’t particularly enjoy.

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We get nothing much here, just Sam backing Jon up and telling him he did do a good thing by saving those he was able to as the survivors go past the wall. Wall Bros for Life!

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The North
Stannis’ camp is attacked at night by Ramsay and his group of 20 men, so yeah turns out he’s not as dumb as thought when asking for that last episode and thus Stannis is fucked. He sends Davos go back to Castle Black in order to get more supplies so Stannis can stay behind and fully command the troops on the way to Winterfell.

Stannis then talks to Melisandre and to please the red god to change their luck, allows for his daughter Shireen to be burned alive. Now that is shocking and also bullshit. Yeah Stannis isn’t a good buy, but man this felt so fucking out of nowhere and out of character from a few episodes ago with the talk he had with Shireen about loving her and protecting her when born with greyscale. The reaction to Selyse’s change of heart represented mine as I saw the episode since this sudden change just really didn’t sit quite well. It fits the character of Stannis is who was blind to fulfilling his proposed destiny and of course Melisandre pulling the strings behind him, but I didn’t feel like this scene was necessary to get that across. Really the better sacrifice would have been Selyse. I feel like this was kinda a last minute decision. It has impact, but I much didn’t care for it myself. The only hope I have of this is how pissed Davos will be when he finds out.

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And here we are with the mixed bag of Dorne. Where I was first optimistic and hopeful of this storyline, the more I’ve thought about it and as it has gone on, its faltered. Last week its faults were certainly noticeable and they still are here. A deal is worked out to have Myrcella and Trystane return to King’s Landing together so that Trystane will also take Doran’s replacement on the Small Council. First up, I’ve been so disappointed in what a lack that Doran has been this season. Seeing Alexander Siddig was playing him made me excited as I do find him an exceptional actor, but this is the most he’s given to do here and its used well. Ellaria pledges loyalty to him and then does a 180 and says, “Yeah, Oberyn got himself killed. I dunno what I was thinking, but we cool.” Ellaria hasn’t exactly had the best development this season as it were and that really showed it. Just some terrible choices there.

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Now for what is the highlight of this episode. The fighting season begins and much to Daenerys’ surprise, Jorah returns and fight in combat which is a nicely done fight sequence. Afterwards, Jorah spears an assassin sneaking up on Daenerys which then leads to the Sons of the Harpy hidden among the audience to attack the stadium and seal the exits. Massive fights going on as Daenerys and her court go to the center of the stadium and are seemingly surrounded until the one great moment of this episode happens when Drogon flies right in and kills off many of the assassins before Daenerys takes off on the back of Drogon.

Now that really was the most memorable thing of the episode and the most interesting since Daenerys has been consistently the most engaging character next to Jon Snow all season long. Reopening the pits gets her admiration, but for how long? Also where could she possibly be? It all raises the right questions and well how about we just get right to it?

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Game of Thrones: Season 5: Episode 10: Mother’s Mercy: GRADE: A-

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Stannis seems to have things going well, aside from Selyse hanging herself out of grieve from last week, until he discovers that Melisandre has fled before Ramsay and a much bigger army start to come and Stannis says fuck it and go right into battle. This goes as well as you’d honestly expect it too. Stannis survives, but is so badly wounded and its not any better than Brienne has come across his beaten and battered body and announces how she intends to exact revenge for the death of Renly. I loved this scene not just for the speech Brienne gave which got be stirred up a bit, but also how Stannis gets a look across his face that shows he accepts his inevitable fate. Its a nice piece of subtle acting on the part of Stephen Dillane that shows how damn good he is. The pacing in the scene also really helps it before the moment Brienne holds up the sword then brings it down and we cut to black.

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Back at Winterfell, Sansa lights her candle, but is intercepted by Reek and Myranda who really is a woman of Ramsay’s heart as she wants to mutilate Sansa, but then she’s thrown over to the ground by Reek which kills her in a nice shocker of a moment and a fuck yeah one for Reek, but the Bolton army comes back and that leads Reek and Sansa to hold hands as they leap off the castle walls.

Now that was a shocker, but I’m kinda mixed. Still no mentioning or fallout of the rape, but I think at this point its excepted to be disappointed by Game of Thrones now in that regard, but it was a cliffhanger to the story that made me more interested to see what will happen and how the story of Sansa, Reek, and Ramsay will play out when the show returns next spring. The North had nothing but great highlights for the finale, even if it felt a wee bit rushed given the time constraints of the finale.

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Broken and defeated, Cersei finally confesses she was playing kissing cousins with Lancel and is granted the Mother’s Mercy by the High Sparrow in which she returns to the Red Keep in an atonement i.e., being stripped of her clothes, her hair cut, and her face somewhat successfully digitalized onto a naked body double as she walks back. Now the body double being obvious took me out of the moment for a brief second before the scene continued and it hooked me backing seeing as this was the comeuppance that many, including me, have been waiting for Cersei to get. Lena Headly plays it well and the emotions she place among her face is fantastic as the crowd get their chance to let Cersei know how they really feel about her. It was even given its own cliffhanger by showing that Qyburn reveals the newest Kingsguard member, Gregor Clegane, back from the dead! Yeah it seems that tease from earlier in the season wasn’t a tease and something that pays off. This reveal took me a bit by surprise as I remembered that tease, but its still perfectly effective for the finale and wrapping up stories for King’s landing this year.

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Meanwhile Myrcella is cool with being an incest baby. I didn’t quite like this as they made their way back to King’s Landing. They try to play it really sweet that she’s happy if Jaime is in love with Cersei and while I applaud the attempt by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Nell Tiger Free in how to play this, I’m sorry, the incest factor doesn’t make this any better at all for me. Maybe its me being creeped out by it and hearing about it throughout the whole time I’ve lived my life here in the south, I just can’t move past it in this context. Well turns out Ellaria’s 180 turn wasn’t a 180 turn as she poisoned Myrcella with a kiss before she left and Jaime is too late to stop it. I really felt nothing from this to be honest. I just lost all kinds of interest.

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Arya goes and straight up murders Meryn Trant in the brothel he frequents. Its a brutally violent and very effective scene that shows how badass Arya has become and that her arc is still endlessly fascinating. However, she wasn’t suppose to take his life and that to appease the Many Faced God, another life must be taken for balance which thus leads Jaqen to supposedly poisoning himself. Arya goes over to Jaqen’s body, but sees its not his. Turns out that Jaqen never existed. There was no one there the whole time. Which then leads to Arya being struck blind as she is told by the Waif that putting a new face if one is not no one is like poison.

Its a very effective scene that’s disturbing in the setting, lighting, and the music that really gets things very interesting as it goes. I was affected by this thanks to my attachment to Arya, but felt interested in what might happen next with her when the show returns.

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As Darrio, and Jorah contemplate their search for Daenerys, Tyrion announces he’ll stay behind and govern in her absence which feels like a natural progression of a role for Tyrion to do in this storyline and also very fitting of the character. tyrion is in power you guys and this is gonna rock! Then Varys appears to tell Tyrion that King’s Landing’s is much like the one in Meereen which gives him a sense of how to run things as well as give him endless delight.

Meanwhile we do get answers as to where Daenerys is after leaving with Drogon in a hail of badassery. They are north of Meereen where Drogon lies wounded as she sees a Dothraki coming along the way and surrounds her. That certainly as a surprise as the Dothraki haven’t been on this show in a long goddamn time. I’m finding myself quite interested in how they will play into the vents of next season. It really gets you curious.

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Now for what broke the internet again. Jon sends Sam to Oldtown so that he may become a Maester and to go with Gilly and her son. Its much more than we get between them from the previous episode. Jon and Sam acknowledge life is changing for them both, especally for Sam recently with Gilly and all, even getting props from Jon on losing his v-card. It was a really nice and sweet moment between best friends that made what happens later so much more heartbreaking.

Davos arrives for the supplies, but Jon reminds him that the Wildlings never fight for Stannis just as Melisandre arrives and the way she presents herself leads to know of Stannis’ defeat and Shireen’s death. While not getting Davos’ mad reaction as I expected, its a nicely played moment.

So then Jon meets with some Night’s Watch members outside Castle Black but is too late to see its a trap and is stabbed to death by them all as they utter “For the Watch” as they leave him to die.

While not only the shocking ending to the season that Thrones usually promises, it also shows I shouldn’t get too attached after all. My feelings. ALL OF MY FEELINGS! Jon Snow turned into such a compelling and fascinating character this season there had to be something else waiting around the corner for his character and it seem this was it. The moment was truly shocking and unexpected and the facial expressions of Kit Harrington’s is great that really sells the moment perfectly. Harrington is the season MVP to me for bringing more life to Jon Snow.

SEASON THOUGHTS

While Game of Thrones continued being itself, it kinda didn’t at points. Dorne and the sexual violence really hinder the season a bit with their poor execution in promise of what could happen with the story, but was thankfully off balanced by the rise of Jon Snow, continued interest in Arya, Tyrion, Baelish, and Daenerys, and the exceptional action. Hardhom being the standout episode of course.

Season five just really lacked compared to four and seems to try hard to go for the shocking moments. Granted that’s kinda why we come to Game of Thrones for, but also the characters and deeply involved story. I think something might have gotten lost along the way since the show is catching up on the books and will have to start going on their own path and while I am curious to see how that goes, I am worried about how they will try to live up to all the expectations the show has built up as a mega sensation. I am hopeful for season six with all that was left in the air in the finale and that we get right back on to top notch form.

SEASON GRADE: B

Tube Talk: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Johnny and Dora

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The times they are a-changing for the Nine-Nine.

SPOILERS!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2: Episode 23: Johnny and Dora: GRADE: A-

Well here we are and man I was kinda sideswiped by this one. Expectation was that going into the finale of the second season would all be about getting Jake and Amy together, but that wasn’t the case.

Jake and Amy are awkwardly put on an assignment which requires them stake out and trail Brooklyn’s most prolific identity thief, Michael Augustine. More awkward is when they have they follow him undercover as an engaged couple at a restaurant. This provided some nice laughs, such as coming up with the names Johnny and Dora and their fake backstory. Really its also a good showcase on the talents of Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero together. Its a great balance of awkward comedy and good timing of lines.

Now again I’ve stated I really hope they have some plan for this to work and honestly we still don’t know. We don’t seem to see them become “official” as it were and honestly one problem of this is how their friendship is centered around being weird and awkward, but still having a mutual respect for each other. I’m interesting how this will be tackled in the upcoming third season since the Boyle and Gina secret relationship this season was a highlight and showed how they could balance two people in the precinct being together and make it work. The writing in relationships on this show, both romantic and non romantic, are a big part as to why the show works as well as it does. Its the characters bond with each other from all these year and the sparkling chemistry of the cast as well. However season three goes with Jake and Amy, I’m now more curious and confident about it now since we last got major hints of it in the wedding episode of the season.

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Elsewhere Boyle and Rosa might become a thing next season. Its Rosa’s birthday and she wants to celebrate it about as much as you’d think, but Boyle seems to be up to something. She things Marcus wants to throw a surprise party and Rosa really does get upset by this, thinking Boyle doesn’t even really know her at all, but of course he knows all the little things about her, even that she just wanted Lorelai to be happy at the end of Gilmore Girls.

Boyle and Rosa was funny for a bit last season before you realize really how creepy it is with Boyle going full Boyle as its not just funny when characters are that infatuated with someone, but the latter half of season one and season two as a whole has gone out its way to correct that and they are really just a pair of great fans, but the real notice of a future comes when it turns out its an empty bar rented out by Marcus so they are alone, but its Boyle’s idea. The look on Rosa’s face says plenty, but she shakes it off enough to give him a hug and for her to be called Roro. Boyle earned that one and you all know it.

The main source of conflict and really the meat of the episode comes from Holt’s possible leaving of the Nine-Nine and he only has told Terry and Gina as he trusts them to steal letter that’s really more a MacGuffin to help save his job against Wuntch. Once again the dream team of Terry and Gina prove comedy gold and go right to work after Gina puts her phone on airplane mode, which means serious business since she doesn’t even do that on airplanes. The highlight of hilarity comes from Gina distracting a birdwatching receptionist as Terry tries hard and amusingly fails again and again to open it so fuck it, he just lifts it up and carries it out with them and I had to pause because I started laughing for five minutes straight afterward.

As also mentioned before the addition of Kyra Sedgwick as Wuntch has proven to be not just a great antagonistic force for Holt, but really more so the Nine-Nine with the way she’s gone after Holt and the precinct’s performance, which using resources for such things as the Jimmy Jab Games and the events of Halloween II, its understandable. Her back and fourth with Andre Braugher always is a highlight and their talk in the interrogation room and Holt’s office is no different, but its the exchange in the office that changes everything.

Wuntch leverages the entire careers of everyone in the precinct should Holt refuse the promotion that would force him to leave in addition to the letter. Its a great setup that comes from no where and really adds nicely done drama to the situation and more so when Holt announces he’s leaving where he even starts showing emotion that makes Jake beg him to go back to be robot captain with awkwardly done robot noises from Holt. Gina just ups and leaves with him so there’s now two missing components to the Nine-Nine gone. Alright really one, but we all know Gina is kinda the glue of the whole damn place.

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The season ends with possibilities all around from a Holtless precinct, to a brand new captain that leaves us on a cliffhanger, new loves popping up, and what will the future now hold for Gina as she goes on and rules the world? Season three is already set up for loads of things to come and I’ll be waiting here to see what happens.

FINALE GRADE: A-

SEASON GRADE: A-