TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S04 E20)

We’re almost at the end of the season, and I must confess, we’ve had a wonderful ride.

After spending lots of time in the Framework we’re back to the real world, short one major character.

For things to have happened this way, Alastair Fitz had to die. His death angered Evil Fitz so much that he sought to end Jemma, bringing his undoing in the Framework. Bad news is that, Aida is now a breathing living being; a human without obvious powers of teleportation.

 We’re few weeks away from the season finale and I still have some expectations. I hope the story goes full circle. It has almost achieved this purpose; bringing back the Darkholme as the power behind Project Looking Glass. What I still hope for, is to see Ghostrider again. Robbie Reyes Ghostrider was the character that brought back eager interest of many fans to AoS. And lest I forget, the major character left behind in the Framework is Mack.

After figuring out the new location of the backdoor from Radcliffe, Daisy convinced most of her teammates (even where necessary to do so with lies) to go there with her, Radcliffe used deceit to get an angry Fitz who wanted to kill Jemma there. Mack refused to take the leap of faith, saying that his daughter, Hope, is alive to him in this world; no matter who it was waiting for him on the other side he couldn’t live in a world without Hope. Daisy respected his wish (to my disapproval). Time would tell if he’d remain there, or of it’s another plot to further the story.

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AoS continues Tuesday on ABC

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The Flash: Savitar unmasked

Over the course of The Flash’s current (3rd) season one mystery has taken central stage just like the previous two seasons, and it was about in masking the big bad – Savitar. In last night’s episode (E20), Savitar was finally revealed. Some viewers might be satisfied with the revelation, others  not so much. Maybe it didn’t go down well with your theory, maybe it did, but Savitar is none other than Barry Allen. At least some version of him. The next question now is, was the reveal worth it? 

Many viewers thought Savitar was either going to be Ronnie or Wally, because of the many tricks the producers played in toying with the future. A few went with the option that his version of Harrison Wells was yet another villain. Another faction did support the idea that Barry was both the hero and the villain of this season, citing the issue of the time remnant he created when he defeated Zoom. Only time will give us the explanation.

The Flash continues next Tuesday on The CW.

The Originals (S04 E06)

The threat of The Hollow keeps getting bigger.

With Marcel Gerald still in captivity, Klaus decided to throw a party with Elijah to lure servants of the Hollow. Easily predictable is the fact that The Originals ended up being played. We’ll find out how soon.

Remember Josh? The gay vampire guy who was Davina’s BFF. Yes, that guy. He returned in this episode. For one thing, I do like as he’s not being strung along for the sake of having him on the show. Most of his scenes used to be ones that tied with Davina’s, and with Davina dead, Josh has been missing almost all season. Well, Josh was invited to the party thrown by the Mickelson’s for masquerading that all was well between them and clan Marcel. Marcel’s lover (I really need to stop forgetting her name) needed Josh to attend as his plus one in order to find out where the Mickelson’s were holding the most powerful vampire hostage.

Hope is missing from the episode, and I’ll say it’s a disappointment: I’m still waiting for the awesome Witch, Vampire, Werewolf hybridized power promised with this abberation. Keeping her away from our screens week after week isn’t helping with the anticipation one bit. Hayley on the other hand was on a mission to know more about her parents. Naturally, she sought out Freya’s help. This led to one major revelation about the Hollow and its plans to return to the land of the living. More on this later.

The last faction of the episode is the one where Vincent is still collaborating with Klaus and Elijah to save the city from the ancient evil that is the Hollow. Vincent discovered the high priest of the Hollow. The high priest gave Elijah a choice – turn over Vincent and Marcel and the Hollow will spare the Mikelsons. Elijah (who’s acting more like Klaus now) responds by killing the high priest publicly for all of their guests to see. They do learn in time that the talk with the high priest was all a ruse for the other (many) servants of the Hollow to steal Papa Tunde’s blade. Now, Papa Tunde’s blade is revealed to be one of four bones required by the Hollow’s disciples to raise their master. Things are turning out to be more interesting, though as I said before, at a slow rate.

The Originals airs Fridays on The CW

So Far This Season: The Originals

So last week we didn’t get a mee episode for The Originals. Very sad. But on the bright side, we get to talk about the season.

So far so good:

For a season truncated to thirteen episodes, the pacing has been fair. There’s just one big bad (I think), and were almost half way through the season, yet, the identity and true motive of The Hollow still eludes us. In fact, more treachery and hidden agendas of supposed players are still being revealed. I’m talking about Marcel’s new love interest with a vendetta against Klaus.

I don’t get why Rebecca and Kol entering and leaving per season. For goodness’ sake, this is The Originals, and not Klaus, Elijah and Hayley’s diary. If Cami and Davina hadn’t being given the mercy killing they’d have also made the list of eponymous diaries which is frustrating because I want me some more Originals, and not wannabes. I want Mikael (which has happened for half an episode), I want Esther, even Dahlia. I want everyone except Finn (unless he’s possessing Vincent again).

And talking about Finn. I thought the show wanted to give him a love interest; its been years since Eva left him for the darkness of the Hollow, and I’m certain he has needs. The needful should be done ASAP. I don’t really like Maxine, but if it’ll stop him from being a tertiary monk, I support 100%. Here’s me hoping the show does the needful.

As for Freya and her new catch, all I’ll say is, let’s see where it goes.

The intrigue behind the Hollow’s mystery has been refreshing to follow, but each time I remember we’re few episodes to the season finale I get understandably uneasy. I want to see heads roll, vampires get staked, witches burnt at the stake, and werewolves cursed to remain in wolf form. I want all the joyous chaos and sharp twists The Originals is revered for.

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The Originals airs Fridays on The CW.

Rinzy Reviews: Preacher (S1)

There’s a Preacher in town doing marvelous things. His name is Jesse Castor, and he isn’t the Christ.

Original Network: AMC

Episodes Duration: 55 mins

Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, etc.

Rinzy’s Ratings: 4/5

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For long time fans of the Preacher comics, the news that it was going to be produced end into a live action TV show must have been good news. For others (like myself) who knew nothing about it until we tuned in for the first episode, we are hooked. I did a little research and learnt that this first season is more like a prequel to all the badass actions and adventures known by its comic fans. This means there’s more adventure to look forward to.

Jesse Castor is not everyday bad boy. An example of one who lives his roots at the village for greener pastures, only to return to his roots to fulfil his father’s dying wish. The best way Jesse knew to do this was by becoming what the town needed most at that time, a Preacher to tell all their sad tales and confide in. Something made Jesse extra special, so special that an entity, a weird force that caused many other preachers around the world (including Tom Cruise) to explode on possession of their body. This entity (known as Genesis) gave Jesse a gift – a twisted means of compelling people to exert the deepest part of their freewill, as could be seen from Mr. Odin Quincanon deviant behaviour after Jesse commands him to serve God.

Jesse has sidekicks:

  • Tulip – A lady from his past with whom he has a sort of on/off relationship.
  • Cassidy – An Irish vampire who’s on the run from people of his own.

With these two around (especially Cassidy) Jesse’s life gets extra interesting. There are also Angels after him, to recover Genesis from its host. Jesse learns of the actual existence of God, Heaven, Hell, Angels, Sapphires, and the existence of other ethereal beings. Jesse is of the believe that Genesis possessing him is for a greater purpose, one of God’s orchestration.

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Preacher’s full cast.

Tulip, though unwilling at first to allow Jesse’s resolve to live as a preacher slide, she learns to accept that the Jesse she knows might just be gone, and just moves with the tide with hope that he might one day come back to his senses.

Moving on, especially as we await the next season, Jesse has a lot of things to look out for:

  • God’s whereabout.
  • Eugene’s whereabout – A boy who Jesse unwittingly sent to Hell
  • The Devil of Hell – He was contracted by the Angels after Genesis.

The story is far from over. To me, Preacher is just getting started.

Tv review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S04 E18) 

As usual, AoS continues to intrigue me this season. There’s nothing scarier than a bloody robot pulling all the strings.

Fitz continued to torture Daisy, and the moment he appears to be undergoing a form of metamorphosis, we’re shown his anchor to this fake reality – His father. Aida corrected Fitz’s greatest regret which also doubles as his greatest undoing. As though killing Agnes wasn’t enough, strongly advocating for the demise of his former colleagues puts him high on the list of bad guys to ever grace AoS.

Jeffrey Mace, Grant Ward, and Could on go on a mission with the aid of intel to rescue a S.H.I.E.L.D. under captive. The agent turned out to be Tripp, who we last saw in S02 during the advent of Terrigenesis and Inhumans.

The squad lost a warrior today, in the person of Jeffrey Mace: The Patriot. He died trying to save children. His death did have a greener side to it. His death snapped May back to reality, and she in turn activated Daisy’s terrigenesis into an Inhuman while still in Hydra’s hospitality.

An old element had a reintroduction in this episode; the steroid Daisy’s father used in S02 for his strength into Mr. Hyde. I liked the callback. The steroid was used by May to stand up against Mace’s natural strength as the Patriot.

AoS airs Tuesdays on ABC.

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