SLEEPY HOLLOW Develops an Eating Disorder


Season 4, Episode 10 “Insatiable”
Written by Keely MacDonald
Directed by Steven A. Adelson

This is a little better than the episodes we’ve had lately. At least there are a few answers and some progress on the main plot. In other words, we know a little more about what Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) is up to. The monster is not exactly original but has some interesting twists to its abilities. And most importantly, Crane (Tom Mison) does not pretend that he was present when the Donner party was trapped and starving. Thankfully, we are given no flashbacks to that event.

We start off seeing a woman from Malcolm’s company, Helen (Kathleen Hogan), visiting him in his cabin in the woods. She is ambitious and Dreyfuss describes her as hungry, and famished, for power. Jobe (Kamar de los Reyes) ushers her through a door and the screaming begins.

Crane throws a party in his apartment. It is Jake’s (Jerry MacKinnon) idea, as a means for Crane to meet his neighbors. Crane and Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) talk about how well he is settling in. He tries to get her to take a room down the hall.

Jake brings Missy (Michele Plaia) to the party. She’s the bartender he met when Alex (Rachel Melvin) was on her ill-fated Tinder date. Alex is consumed with jealousy, at least if jealousy looks like you’ve been sucking on lemons, and I think maybe it does.

In the meantime, Diana (Janina Gavankar) visits an old mentor, Assistant Secretary Nancy Stryker (Catherine Dyer) and tries to convince her to investigate Dreyfuss. She doesn’t have enough evidence and the woman can see that it’s a personal vendetta. She’s wearing a lovely string of pearls.

I don’t know what we’re doing out here when we should be chasing Dreyfuss. (Tina Rowden/FOX)

Jobe enters the Eisenhower building. He goes through the metal detector and there’s a funny moment when the security guard sees his demonic form on the screen with spikes everywhere. A moment later he has a perfectly normal silhouette. He’s carrying a girly little basket with a handle. He stops at a statue of justice, the scales even. When he gets to the basement he opens the basket. The little basket contains a puzzle box. The box contains a demon. He lets the demon loose and tells it to eat. The demon heads into the duct system. A moment later a lobbyist starts eating everything in sight and then dies of starvation.

This puts Diana and Crane at odds. She still wants to go after Dreyfuss. Ichabod wants to stop the immediate threat. Knowing that Dreyfuss wants Molly has increased the urgency in hunting him down, at least for Diana. She concedes the point to Crane but then hijacks the histerns for her own ends.

Jenny goes off to find a book that might help and gets a treasure hunting offer. Alex and Jake spy on an assistant of Malcolm’s.

And what is a Rubik’s cube? (Tina Rowden/FOX)

Diana and Crane go back to the Eisenhower building, where a little girl in a tour group comments that the lady justice statue has scales that are not equal. They were before, when Jobe went past them. Crane and Diana hear horrific screams, and follow the security guards to where Diana’s mentor is eating someone’s guts out like she was a zombie. She’s covered in blood and a guard shoots her when she stands up. I wouldn’t have recognized her except for the pearl necklace. Crane sees glowing red eyes behind the duct work.

Through video surveillance they see the puzzle box, which Crane has seen before. A fellow soldier had it. His whole company later died of starvation. The box was then passed down in the family, and the Donner party had it during their ill fated trip.

Their first attempt to capture the demon fails and the box is smashed. They figure out that the gold on the box is its kryptonite and create another box with 3D printing. They capture the demon with cars (full of trace amounts of gold) in a junk yard, which is actually pretty cool, and destroy the hunger demon with injections.

I think I am getting the hang of this “modern” art. (Tina Rowden/FOX)

Dreyfuss and Jobe hunt down and find the headless horseman. Unfortunately, he is still alive. We find out that their purpose is to call forth the four horseman of the apocalypse. The social media kid, Logan MacDonald (Robbie Kay), will be the horseman of pestilence. The former employee is famine. Headless is the horseman of death. Since Henry is gone, it seems likely that they are planning for Crane to be the horseman of war.

Dreyfuss steals the scales of justice and throws them in with the horseman of famine. In the Bible, famine is pictured on a black horse with scales in hand, counting out grain.

Crane mentions several times that the team is working well together now. This is our hint that the team may split apart. There are cracks showing. It undermines trust between Diana and Crane when she takes away part of their team to investigate Dreyfuss. Jenny is tempted to return to her true love, treasure hunting. She is reluctant to make a commitment to stay in D.C. It would make sense if Jenny left. She’s the only one left of last season’s characters except for Crane. She was always restless and her main connection to Crane was through her sister.

The monster was very good this time, although he had no real contact with his victims. A starving body, great mouth and glowing red eyes, the monster is seen mostly in the dark or just as glowing red eyes. He’s both mysterious and appropriate.

Best of all, we have returned to the overall season arc and are given some reason for some of Malcolm’s actions, which makes some of the weaker episodes at least seem necessary. We know he pictures a very rosy future for himself after this apocalypse.

I’m enjoying the changes in Alex and Jake’s relationship so far. I hope that it doesn’t result in heartbreak for Alex.

 

Sleepy Hollow airs on Friday nights on Fox at 9pm/8c.

 




SLEEPY HOLLOW Imitates Itself


Season 4, Episode 9 “Child’s Play”
Written by Francisca X. Hu
Directed by Michael Goi

This episode is creepy, and not in a good way. Like the episode where Molly’s father is not Molly’s father, but a monster, this is nightmare fuel for kids. Molly (Oona Yaffe) would be spending a lot more time in therapy than the show seems to think.

It’s also similar to a first season episode in which they encounter a monster from the same source. Crane (Tom Mison) mentions it to forestall the audience saying it, because it’s always better if the show itself mentions any strange coincidences or obvious flaws before the people watching catch on to them.

The histerns are practicing on a kid’s obstacle course. Jake (Jerry MacKinnon) wants to be in shape in case he’s needed. Alex (Rachel Melvin) points out that he saved a lot of lives, including hers. I may be imagining it, but it looks like their dynamic has changed. She appears to have developed a little hero worship for Jake. She’s impressed, anyway.

I think I’m doing this trick wrong. (Tina Rowden/FOX)

Molly is having trouble in art. The teacher asks if she is having trouble at home, which is an understatement. She appears to be most distressed by the vision she had of Crane. Her mom decides to cheer her up by taking her to the vault. Jake is beautifully enthusiastic showing her things. This goes wrong, however, and the first part of the episode is taken up with Molly and Crane being trapped in the library.

Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) goes to extremes to prompt another vision, and he has one of himself and Molly having a delightful time in his post-apocalyptic Dreyfuss-ruled world.

The histerns and Diana (Janina Gavankar) find an employee ID number on the barrier trapping Crane and Molly and go look up the employee. Diana goes to her meeting with Molly’s teacher. Kid trapped in a magical vault? Still have to go to the parent-teacher conference. She finds the art teacher beaten up but not dead. Molly’s imaginary friend, Mr. Stitch, was brought to life by her talking about and drawing him in the vault. Diana recognizes it by a piece of baby blanket.

Alex and Jake find the former employee’s dead body and a video of her in full tinfoil hat mode. I’m not sure what the purpose is other than to make the episode more frightening.

Mr. Stitch attacks Diana and Jenny but they escape into the warded house. They talk about an amusement park Molly liked as a (younger) child and think Mr. Stitch may go to bed there.

Crane and Molly find an opening that’s too small for Crane but Molly can fit through. Molly gets out only to find herself in the alley and with Dreyfuss. Dreyfuss introduces himself and lays some propaganda on her. Jake and Alex find her quickly.

(Tina Rowden/FOX)

Somehow they end up at the amusement park. I wonder whose decision it was to rush Molly to the place where her mother and Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) are trying to dispel Mr. Stitch. It’s a good thing, because they failed and Mr. Stitch is knocking them around. Molly stops him and confesses some of her negative feelings towards her mother. Jenny finishes the spell and he goes up in cinders.

Alex is afraid that they will someday end up like Claudia, their predecessor. Jake is comforting her. It might get romantic but at that moment the vault opens and Crane is freed.

Alex finds a witch’s hex in an e-reader Molly was carrying, donated by Dreyfuss industries, which is why her imaginary friend came to life.

Dreyfuss shuts down his company and fires all of his workers. He tells Jobe (Kamar de los Reyes) about how much he, Dreyfuss, will mean to Molly and how Molly needs a father figure. It’s creepy.

Using blood is SO three seasons ago. (Tina Rowden/FOX)

When I say Sleepy Hollow imitates itself it’s because we already saw this episode. Crane’s son Jeremy had a doll given to him by his mother Katrina and it came to life because blood was spilled on it when he was being beaten at the orphanage. When Crane mentions this, he sounds like he was there, but in fact at the time that this happened to Jeremy he didn’t even know his son existed. In the present time, he didn’t know yet that Jeremy was Henry. As they have been doing lately, they fail to explain that Crane did not get his knowledge first hand.

The golem pursued the witch coven, the Four Who Speak as One, after Crane involuntarily brought him back from purgatory with him. Crane tries to talk him down, like Molly stops the golem, since Jeremy is no longer there to protect (he thinks). Crane uses his blood to render the golem powerless, since the same blood flows through his veins. The first time it happened, the golem was destroyed in a carnival. This time, the golem was destroyed in a defunct amusement park.

They changed the rules, though. The golem was raised by blood and destroyed by blood. In modern times, it was raised by an electronic witch’s hex and destroyed by burning a baby blanket. If you are going to reuse a monster, it should adhere to the same rules. It doesn’t have to adhere to the same plot or the same location.

But worse of all, the first time it was a better episode because it was actually tense and mysterious. It reminded me of the first season, when Sleepy Hollow was new and different. And that reminds me of how predictable and old it is now.

 

Sleepy Hollow airs on FOX on Fridays at 9pm/8c.

 




A GRIMM Look Into Schrödinger’s Mirror


Episode 6:11 “Where the Wild Things Were”
Written by Brenna Kouf
Directed by Terrence O’Hara 

[recap by Maia Ades]

I’m not sure there’s anything I can say that doesn’t fall under the spoilers category. So let’s just jump right in, shall we?

I got my prediction correct that Eve (Elizabeth Tulloch) would be in trouble when she stepped through the mirror. But, I thought that Diana would follow her and it doesn’t look like she will. In fact, most of the main characters are being uncharacteristically pragmatic. How odd that now, with the last couple of episodes to go, they are finally being sensible.

(Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

The title of this episode confused me. I didn’t understand why it’s called “Where the Wild Things Were”. Teresa Wickersham had a good theory about why it’s called were and not are. She thinks maybe when they stepped through the mirror they actually went back in time. It’s better than any ideas I had about it. Anyone have a good theory they’d like to share on why the Wesen are always woged in “the other place”? Perhaps they are primitive Wesen and woging at will was an evolutionary aspect of Wesen. The concern for Eve is that she will woge and be stuck in her Hexenbiest form.

(Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

I thought the parts of the episode that take place in “the other place” were barbaric and rather scary. On the other hand, it also gave us probably the best Eve scene she’s ever had. Her explanation to Nick (David Giuntoli) about who she is, her journey and their current relationship was spot on. I don’t think Elizabeth Tulloch has been given permission to express who Eve is before this. There have been tidbits of lines from her on who Eve is. But this was the biggest and most powerful speech from her.

Unfortunately Nick is still a bland character. It never ceases to dumbfound me how the lead character, the anchor of the show, can have so little character. If you’d asked me if this was possible, I would have argued that it’s not. The audience needs to be able to connect with the character. That we need to have reason to care about and for this main character. Obviously, I’m wrong. Grimm has been successful for five and half seasons. Audiences proved that they will follow a show that has interesting supporting characters even if they get very little from the lead.

My one beef with this episode is the amount of time given to bringing Renard (Sasha Roiz) up to speed. It’s a bunch of expository information that the audience doesn’t need. There just has to be a better way that could have been handled. Maybe someone could have said that they’d fill him in on what he needs to know, say as they head out to a car. We’d assume that they talked about all the stuff that Renard needed to know during the car ride. 43 minutes is precious time that we could have gotten more new information but some of it was spent on stuff we already know.

(Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

For the first time Renard wasn’t using his daughter in his own game for power. It was a breath of fresh air to see him actually acting like a concerned parent. Although, how he’s going to protect her from this Zertörer, Devil thing I can’t imagine.

Last season I was concerned about the mounting war the Black Claw was bringing on. I argued that war is too heavy, brutal and deadly to fit in this story well. I don’t think that is a concern any longer. We’ve not heard much about Black Claw. In fact the last I recall it being mentioned was when Renard declared he no longer supported their cause. Oh, and of course Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) was sent on an undisclosed mission by Hadrian’s Wall. I think we’re to presume that she has been battling Black Claw.

With only two episodes left, this one ends in classic Grimm style, “to be continued”. Hang on, this is probably going to be a bumpy ride.

 

Grimm airs Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

 




12 MONKEYS Renewed, Cancelled and Binge-Aired

Get ready to set your DVRs for the weekend of May 19th, when all ten episodes of season three of 12 Monkeys will be aired on Syfy. It will be like Christmas in May for addicts of the show. On the other hand, it deprives the fans of watching the show over ten weeks and getting to talk about it and process it in the usual fashion. There’s a lot to be said for getting a weekly fix.

Syfy also announced that 12 Monkeys will be renewed for a fourth and final ten-episode season which will air in 2018. As much as we always want more of the show, it’s good to know when it will end so it can bring us a satisfactory conclusion. 12 Monkeys is a novelistic series. It rarely has an episode that can stand alone. After telling an excellent story for the first two seasons, it deserves to have a proper ending. And then maybe another beginning and another ending. After all, it is time travel.

In season three, our regulars will return. James Cole (Aaron Stanford) and Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) will pursue the Witness across time even though destroying the Witness now will be a great personal loss. Ramses (Kirk Acevedo), Katarina Jones (Barbara Sukowa), and Deacon (Todd Stashwick) are reported to be returning. We last left Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire) lost in time, in the middle of World War I.

Several new guest and recurring stars will be in season three. James Callis from Battlestar Galactica, Faran Tahir from Iron Man, and Hannah Waddingham from Game of Thrones will join the cast. Christopher Lloyd will appear as the mysterious leader of the cult, and the Pallid Man’s father.

You can see a trailer for the third season here.

 

 




SUPERNATURAL Looks for a Lost Dog



Season 12, Episode 15 “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell”
Written by Davy Perez
Directed by Nina Lopez-Corrado

Another good episode, but one where the plot is dependent on making some stupid mistakes. One of the stupid mistakes makes sense because the people making it are not the brightest, but the other is just an oversight.

But the first event I want to mention is the shout out to The Walking Dead. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) come in from a series of kills — ghouls and sirens and wraiths — and Dean throws a baseball bat covered with barbed wire on the table, saying “Dad would have loved this thing.” When the scene is over they focus on the bat so you can see that it looks just like Lucille. What we need now is for Negan to mention his long lost sons or his old Impala or something like that!

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There’s a young couple camping in the woods. They are sweet and adorable and he’s planning to ask her to marry him, and she finds the ring before he gets a chance, and by this we know they are going to die. He goes for firewood and is attacked. I think at first it’s a werewolf, but we can’t see it and by that we know it’s a hellhound. Only it doesn’t act like a hellhound. It doesn’t drag the young man to Hell, and it goes after the girl, who wounds it with an ax.

Are you sure you haven’t made any deals with the devil? He’s done it, and she’s done it. We’ve all done it. (Bettina Strauss/The CW )

Sam and Dean find out that neither the girl, Gwen (Angelique Rivera) nor the guy, Marcus (Connor Paton), appear to have made any deals with the devil. They call Crowley (Mark Sheppard) to find out if any of his hounds are missing. Crowley asks his flunkies and yes, one of his hounds is gone. He shows up immediately. He says it looks bad if one of his hounds are loose, but the truth is that he is much happier hunting something with the Winchesters than he is dealing with all the petty legal decisions in Hell, such as whether two demons had an even split of babies to eat. The hound is THE hound, the mother of all hounds, and quite intractable.

In the meantime, Cas (Misha Collins) tracks down the incident where Dagon kills the angels trying to kill Kelly. The owner of the cafe is a big UFO nut, which is amusing. He seems to think Cas is Mulder. So Cas now knows Dagon has Kelly under her protection. Castiel runs into someone he knows and is persuaded by the angel to talk to Joshua, who can get him back into Heaven. What do you want to bet it’s a trap?

Two of Crowley’s lieutenants find where Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) is hidden. They are the ones who let the hellhound loose to distract Crowley. Lucifer has something like a bridle on. At least there’s a bit between his teeth. He is chained to a chair. Crowley’s guys have the key. One of them wants something in return from Lucifer. The other one just wants to worship Lucifer. These two are the ones who are abysmally stupid, and they pay for it, because Lucifer destroys them both with a snap of his fingers.

Getting the reward they deserve. (Dean Buscher/The CW)

Sam, Gwen, Crowley and Dean end up in the woods with the Impala. The boys have special glasses to see the hellhound. I assume Crowley doesn’t need any. They both look good in glasses. The plan is to leave Dean and Crowley in the woods. Sam is to take Gwen to safety in the car. Dean fusses about Sam driving her, and by that we know that something is going to happen to the Impala.

I don’t understand this plan. If the hellhound is angry with her because she hit it with an ax, she’s the bait. And they are driving the bait away. Hellhounds hunt down specific people anywhere on Earth and drag them to Hell. Whether they do it by magical means or just have the best dog noses ever, they don’t seem to be constrained by space or normal means of travel.

And that is exactly what happens. Dean and Crowley find an empty den, complete with meal to eat later. It gives them a chance to have a nice walk in the woods and hash out their differences.

Sam has to pull over to let his passenger throw up. She confesses to him that she was going to break up with her boyfriend but went camping instead. She feels guilty because he would be alive if she had been honest with him. Sam listens to her and is reassuring but the hellhound catches up with them before he gets the car started again. She lands on the roof, caving it in. She tries to get through the windshield. Sam confidently gets out of the Impala. He’s carrying an angel blade, which can kill hellhounds. He gets pinned to the ground immediately. It doesn’t look good for him but Gwen smacks the invisible hound with a cooler and he gets up and stabs her with the angel blade.

I like Gwen. She may be an emotional coward and unable to handle her romantic affairs, but she has guts when faced with danger.

Dean gives Sam grief about the state of the car, of course.

When they get back home, Sam gets a call from Mick, whose name is Frodo on his phone. Sam confesses to Dean that the jobs that they have been getting are from the British Men of Letters and not some computer program he said he invented. Dean takes it pretty well. He acknowledges that he might be hypocritical since they just called in the King of Hell on a case. I wish his family would quit lying to him because doesn’t deserve that.

Sam gives Mick and his guys credit for the alpha vampire’s death again, which is not true! The Winchesters did that!

You thought you’d gotten free, didn’t you? (Dean Buscher/The CW)

Crowley comes back to find Lucifer unchained. He doesn’t seem to be worried about it. In fact when Lucifer confronts him he bats him around a bit and sends him back to his room. He says the vessel, which was heavily modified, IS his real cage. Crowley gets the most points for being clever, careful and coordinated while doing a foolish thing. He is only keeping Lucifer to torture him because Lucifer humiliated him. He has no reason to take that kind of risk.

I’m relieved that Crowley and Dean have made up over their sending Gavin back in time to suffer the fate he had originally suffered, if only because Crowley makes a better friend than an enemy. With the blows he’s suffered lately he’s likely to go to the dark side. Well, darker side. A really bitter dark rather than the milk chocolate dark he’s been for the last few seasons. The way he’s treating Lucifer now shows how vengeful he can be.

To top it all off, Gwen gives Crowley a big hug and Sam says thank you! Yes please, let’s treat Crowley like a person.

 

Supernatural will be back on March 30th, 8 pm/7c, with an episode titled “Ladies Drink Free”.

 




On SUPERNATURAL, the Hunters Become the Hunted


Season 12, Episode 14 “The Raid”
Written by Robert Berens
Directed by John McCarthy

This is an excellent episode that shows why the Winchesters are the at the top of the hunter hierarchy. I would call them the most likely to survive, but we all know they’ve died several times.

The episode begins right where we left off, with Mary (Samantha Smith) and her boys talking about her working with the British Men of Letters. Dean (Jensen Ackles) is hurt. He’s very hurt. He even retorts at one point that he didn’t have a childhood, which is true, but is only going to push his mother in the direction that she’s going. He even calls her Mary. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is probably as hurt, but not as vocal.

My feelings are really hurt. Mary. (Diyah Pera/The CW)

We see Ketch (David Haydn-Jones) and Mary returning to the Men of Letters’ temporary compound after a successful raid on a vampire nest. We find out a few things in a short period of time. The Men of Letters use an Anti-Vampire Device. I don’t know how it works because it seems to be airborne, and do vampires even need to breathe?

We find out that the “old man”, someone over Mick (Adam Fergus) and Ketch, wants the Winchester brothers to join them. We also see Ketch treat a young woman (Sunita Prasad) with profound disrespect, which reminds us that Ketch is not nice. She responds that she has two PhDs. I think his snobbery is not due to the fact that she’s a woman, but the fact that she’s a noncombatant. The other thing we find out is that the boys have frozen their mom out for a couple of days, despite her attempts to call and text them.

The boys argue about their mom. Sam is in favor of listening to her. Dean is still feeling betrayed. He goes off to get a few drinks. Sam goes off to meet with Mary. She takes him into the Men of Letters compound to show him around. She also tells him what I knew, that she is doing this so he and Dean can have a life without hunting. Sam is impressed with their operation. He thinks the two researchers are smart, but he’s not impressed with the only other hunter they have working with them, Pierce Moncrieff (Aaron Douglas), someone Sam already knows.

Ketch goes to Sam and Dean’s lair and entices him with Scotch and a run at a vampire’s nest. He tells Dean that the Men of Letters helps him channel his impulses into something constructive. He assumes that he and Dean are the same. Dean goes with him. He was saying he wanted something to hit.

Dean and I are both killers, but he doesn’t have my English rose complexion. (Diyah Pera/The CW)

The nest is empty except for a small female vamp who had survived an attack on her group and has come to this one for safety. Ketch knocks her around. You can tell he enjoys it but it makes Dean uncomfortable. Dean offers the girl a quick death in exchange for information, and this is how they find out that the hunted have become the hunters.

The compound is quickly in trouble because it’s under attack by the very vampire nest that Ketch and Dean are trying to raid. Vamps take the guards out. Sam and Mary jump into the fray and then get back into the compound with one live undead guy (Andrew Tkach). They ask him some questions and he says that their father came back because of the raids on vampire nests. The young lady says that their intel said he’s been in Morocco for the last decade. Sam says that’s not true, he met him in North Dakota five years ago. That would be when they needed the blood of an alpha monster to defeat the leviathans.

The family that slays together survives together. (Diyah Pera/The CW)

They make an assessment of what weapons they have. It’s not pretty. They ask who in the room has ever killed anyone and only the lousy hunter, Moncrieff, raises his hand. Mary gives Mick a look. He does have the Colt. But it doesn’t have any bullets. Sam knows the recipe and spell to make bullets for it.

Mary is knocked out when she goes to the armory to get the AVD. We soon find out that Moncrieff knocked her out and destroyed it. He also let the alpha vampire in. The alpha vampire (Rick Worthy) quickly kills the two smart people, Serena Colman (Sunita Prasad) and Alton Morehead (Kett Turton). At least the girl tried to fight back. Sam threatens the alpha with the Colt. He claims to be one of the five things that the Colt can’t kill. Yeah, right. He’s full of himself.

Sam gives him a spiel about how they can return to the old ways. Cops and Robbers. Vamps and Hunters. Only vamps that stick their heads out get them cut off. Just let him and his mom walk away. He claims not to care what happens to Mick, and when he does, Mick makes a half-hearted attack on him. Sam literally shrugs him off.

The head vampire says that he thinks the Colt isn’t loaded and then realized that Mick gave Sam a bullet and Mary’s attack on him was a distraction. It turns out that he is not one of the five beings the Colt can’t kill.

Ketch and Dean arrive to find everything over and done with. Dean admits that he could think of nothing else but rescuing Mary after he found that the compound was under attack. He calls her Mom again.

Ketch and Mick have a confrontation. Mick didn’t know where Ketch was, and thought he should have been there to protect them. Ketch gives back some attitude. He says people get killed down in the muck. He drags Moncrieff off and says they have ways to handle rogue hunters and they aren’t pretty. Reactions range from “good” to who cares. I guess no one cares about Renfield.

Mick is embarrassed, to say the least, and apologizes to Sam. Sam says he’s in. They’re trying to change the world, and he wants to help. The head vampire did get killed. Sam will work on Dean about it.

Sam shouldn’t be impressed that the alpha vampire was vanquished. It was almost all due to the Winchesters. Mary stole the gun from Ramiel. Sam knew the incantation and ingredients to make a silver bullet into a bullet fit for the Colt. Sam held off the vampire, Mary distracted him, and Mick’s only part was to get the bullet to Sam.

This is why I say that this episode shows why they are head and shoulders above other hunters, and I don’t just mean Sam. They are tremendously learned and experienced. They are not above trickery, when necessary. They know their foes. The Men of Letters, London Chapter, need the Winchesters far more than the Winchesters need them.

Another big mistake they are making is having people work for them that are not able to protect themselves. Sam and Dean know that doesn’t work. That’s how they lost Charlie and Kevin. It doesn’t matter how good they are at their specialized skill if they aren’t also hunters.

Head and shoulders above everyone else. (Diyah Pera/The CW)

What about the quest that the British Men of Letters are on? Is it at all feasible? England is an island. You can eradicate rabies there. Ireland is an island. You can drive all the snakes out. But America is vast and has borders with two other countries. We also have a lot of unoccupied land.

Do they really think they can kill every monster? Lycanthropy and vampirism are contagious, although werewolves don’t make too many new werewolves because they like to tear their victim’s hearts out. Anyone who is killed unjustly or hangs around too long after death can become a ghost. You can learn to be a witch. It takes pretty much an act of God to close the Gates of Hell or keep the angels in Heaven. They would not only have to keep demons from inhabiting people and wipe out all vamps, werewolves and similar monsters, they’d have to cut down our high murder rate.

Mr. Ketch is getting interesting. It appears that he resents being the low man on the totem pole when he is doing all the dirty work. I think, despite his R.P. English accent and posh wardrobe that he came from humble beginnings. He also claims to have dated Lady Toni. I wonder if he is the father of her child? It certainly explains why she didn’t want them to call him for backup when she was first in the U.S.

It may be that Sam is not as on board with their ideas as it seems. He’s a smart cookie and may realize that as long as their mom is on this quest, they’d better be there to protect her.

 

Supernatural airs on the CW on Thursday nights, 8pm/7c.

 




SLEEPY HOLLOW Imitates THE RING


Season 4, Episode 8 “Sick Burn”
Written by Joey Falco
Directed by Darnell Martin

I think I will keep naming the reviews after the shows that Sleepy Hollow has ripped off until they start doing something more original. I’m not particularly fond of the plot device of media spreading a ghostly evil around. It seems to me a confusion between the term viral and viral. Viral is a description of how something spreads; it does not mean that the thing spreading is actually an illness or harmful in any way. I didn’t like it much in this episode either, but it did give me a chuckle when it spread by pamphlets nailed to trees in 1812. Unfortunately, this is not the only problem with this episode.

We get treated to a bizarre vision of grandiosity where Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) is lording it over a defeated Crane (Tom Mison). Crane is obviously the rebellion while Dreyfuss is the worst of demagogues. This is a vision that Dreyfuss has of the future. Whether it’s wish fulfillment, precognition, or a push towards a certain future from somewhere else is impossible to tell. Dreyfuss claims to have set something in motion that will change the U.S.

And then her date just caught on fire. CR: Tina Rowden/FOX

Molly (Oona Yaffe), her mom (Janina Gavankar), and Crane go to a public appearance of an internet sensation, Logan Mcdonald (Robbie Kay). Molly is lucky enough to get a selfie with him, but then he faints and falls to the ground. He has burning symbols in his arm.

Alex (Rachel Melvin) is on a very bad date. Jake (Jerry MacKinnon) is supposed to be her backup if things go wrong, but he’s having too much fun flirting with the bartender. He does pay attention when Alex’s date collapses. They rush him off to the hospital. Alex’s Tinder date bursts into flames.

Because Alex was talked into watching the viral video by her date, she is now infected. She has runes burning under her skin. The team decides that the monster is a djinn.

Alex runs off into the tunnels and they let her go. Crane postulates that keeping the others from the djinn is what caused them to catch on fire.

And this is where we have another problem with this episode. The British sacked and burned the White House in 1814, well after Crane’s time. In the story, they think that the fires in Washington D.C. were due to the djinn. Crane describes the scenes and the battle with the djinn as if he was there, including a perfectly ludicrous scene with Davy Crockett (Daniel Parvis), Paul Jennings (Zae Jordan) and Sacagawea (Dayana Rincon), lead by Sam Wilson (Rick Espaillat), facing the djinn together. For a minute I thought, did the writers forget that he didn’t actually live through all of that history? Then I realized that he read it in the files. But who has been sitting around reading all of the files? That’s Jake’s job. In this episode, all Jake gets to do is pace the floor and hand Crane books while Crane recites the twistory.

If I don’t get any exposition in this episode, I’ll just have to set myself on fire. CR: Tina Rowden/FOX

Also, when learning the history of the fire flu, the group appears more concerned with the possibility of Washington burning again than they are with the fact that people are spontaneously combusting.

The djinn is calling the victims to himself so that he can consume their life energy. Jake gives himself the virus so they can find Alex, and Diana injects her with an herbal antidote that lowers her body temperature. Crane electrocutes the genie and saves everyone.

In the meantime, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) spends the day with Molly and Molly chooses the path of the oracle. Molly sees a vision of Crane, imprisoned, facing Dreyfuss’s flag, and as old and scarred as he was in the vision that Dreyfuss had. It scares her and makes her feel bad for Crane, but more importantly, it confirms the other vision.

The djinn was in Dreyfuss’ server farm. Crane and team are aware of this. Even though the virus was contained, Dreyfuss got the famous internet sensation, Logan McDonald, on his side.

I’m not at all sure how Logan McDonald became a follower of Dreyfuss. He said he felt better, and different, so I’m not sure what happened to him. Dreyfuss his putting together his own team to counter Crane’s team.

Was there anything good about this thoroughly bad episode? The djinn and zombies in the server building were sort of cool. Jake infecting himself and going after Alex was great, as was her saving him back. It makes you think that their bond may be more than it seems.

We need a lot more story in order to believe that such disparate historical figures as Davy Crockett, Paul Jennings, Sacagawea and Sam Wilson were the forerunners of Ichabod Crane and his band. That just sort of came out of left field. Even for Sleepy Hollow.

C’mon, people. You can (and have) done better than this.

 

Sleepy Hollow airs on FOX on Fridays 9pm/8c.




SLEEPY HOLLOW Does Little Red Riding Hood


Season 4, Episode 7 “Loco Parentis”
Written by Zoe Green
Directed by Russell Fine

Werewolves and demons, oh my. This could have been an episode of Grimm, as Ichabod Crane and Diana and Molly step into a story straight out of Grimm’s fairy tales.

We see Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) emerge from the wreckage of the philosopher’s stone. We also see a young lady get killed in a graveyard by a slashing, toothy beast with fur. A werewolf.

Crane (Tom Mison) and Diana (Janina Gavankar) are shopping for kid’s toys. Molly (Oona Yaffe) is going to turn 11. Diana gets called away because of the body.

And why is there no Ichabod Crane action figure? (Tina Rowden/FOX)

Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) returns to the scene of the explosion but she doesn’t find Dreyfuss. She finds the lantern with Jobe (Kamar De Los Reyes) in it. She takes it back to the tunnels and makes a devil’s trap to keep Jobe in. It works. A very angry and very naked Jobe comes out of the lantern but he can’t get to her. Although Jobe looks really good with no clothes, I very badly want her to give him some pants. It’s just humiliating. We see later that she’s given him a towel to wear.

We get to meet Molly’s father, Mitch Talbot (Bill Heck) who has come home from Afghanistan for his daughter’s eleventh birthday. Molly and Diana haven’t seen him for two years. He’s not very interesting in any way. His hair is long and his facial hair doesn’t seem right for a soldier, to me. He says all the right things to make Diana feel like he regrets not taking the two of them more seriously.

The werewolf takes another victim. He’s a traditional werewolf who would fit in well on Supernatural. He likes to eat hearts. Crane thinks he may be Dreyfuss, thinking the same way I did, that Dreyfuss may need some kind of fuel for his immortality.

They find that there was a werewolf victim near Plymouth, well before the philosopher’s stone exploded,which makes Dreyfuss an unlikely suspect.Through reading the Mayflower Chronicles, they find that the beast disguises himself as someone the victim knows, which is something like a skinwalker. It accounts for disguising itself as the grandmother in the story. The pilgrims kill it and bury it under Plymouth Rock, which is enchanted.

Jenny lets Jobe go in exchange for Molly’s precise location.

At least the towel doesn’t have Dory and Nemo all over it. (Tina Rowden/FOX)

It should be no surprise that the werewolf is Molly’s father, especially since his name is Mitch Talbot. It is pretty heartbreaking. Diana confirms this by calling Afghanistan (because she’s Homeland Security and can do that) to find out that he is still there.

Werewolf dad hauls Molly into the forest and chases her around for a bit. She is wearing a red hoodie. Molly acquits herself well in the art of surviving and gets saved by her mom and Crane. Crane has brought darts tipped with Plymouth Rock rock. I don’t know where he got them. Molly gives both her mom AND Crane a hug when she is saved.

Jobe and Dreyfuss have a touching reunion. Dreyfuss fires all of his people and wants the world to be reborn.

It turns out that eleven is the age that young witnesses start attracting monsters. Happy Birthday to Molly. It may have been exacerbated by her own research into arcane symbols. The entire point of this episode is that Molly is a Witness, whether Crane is in her life or not, and her chances of survival are greater if she has all the information she needs. Her mom, Diana, apologizes to her for trying to shield her from the truth.

The monster was pretty scary. We never see it in broad daylight and there are lots of silhouettes with fangs and fur. Werewolves are a fairly basic monster that’s been around for a long time, symbolizing the animal within. It’s worse because it goes after little girls. Little Red Riding Hood is a warning tale about sexual predators. And yes, information is the best defense against wolves in the woods.

I also enjoyed Jenny against Jobe, holding him there like a circus animal. He is so much more powerful than Dreyfuss, although Dreyfuss’ weakness is probably why he’s dangerous. Jenny is portrayed as so badass that usually she just comes in and saves the day. It was nice to see her up against so formidable and naked a foe.

From absentee dad to fake dad. (Tina Rowden/FOX)

This episode also does a good job of portraying Molly’s dad as an absentee and disinterested father and no threat to a romance between Crane and Diana. Crane is bonding with Molly in a very paternal fashion.

 

Sleepy Hollow airs on FOX on Fridays at 9/8c.




GRIMM Goes Eco Warrior


Episode 609 “Tree People”
Written by Brenna Kouf
Directed by Jim Kouf

[recap by Maia Ades]

Seems the literary reference was dropped for this week. Unless I missed something by a famous author that I’m unfamiliar with. Which is very possible. If I missed it, please help enlighten me.

Programming note: the episode has gone missing at Podcasts.com, so until we find it (messages sent), we’ve embedded it here. Apologies for any inconvenience.

There are other stories that have walking trees. I thought of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents. And of course we’ve recently seen Groot on screen. But this didn’t really remind me of any of those references. There are two different tree things. One that catches people that have sinned against nature and then sacrifices them to a large tree thing that, absorbs them. I think. Our Grimm team tries to stop this ritual killing. I don’t think they were successful. The last shot in that story seems to say the forest protector will live to venge another day.

(Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

Adalind (Claire Coffee) is back this week. She didn’t have a big role in this week’s story, but she was back. As was most of the gang, the noticeable exception was Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni). Where oh where did HW send her off to? There are only four episodes left. Can we please have her back?

I’m not sure how well the tunnel drawings is working as a major plot point to drive us to the final episodes. It feels like a lot of hand of the writers. It’s my sincere hope that this plays out much better than it looks like at the moment.

Next week should start to give us more of our main storyline. I mean, Grimm is running out of time to tie this up and give audiences a nice wrap up. Let’s hope they use their time wisely.

 

Grimm airs Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

 




SUPERNATURAL Reunites Star-Crossed Lovers



Season 12, Episode 13 “Family Feud”

Written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Lemming
Directed by P. J. Pesce

This episode is part dysfunctional family dynamics and part romantic ghost story. Ghosts often symbolize regret and guilt, even on Supernatural, where any unjustly killed person can become a ghost if they stay around too long and refuse to go to their heavenly reward or Hellish punishment. As a ghost, they become warped and vengeful whether they want to or not.

Quite a bit happens in this episode that is not related to the ghost story. The first of this that we see is Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith) using a ray gun to fry the brains of some monsters. Mr. Ketch (David Haydn-Jones) is clocking how long it takes to work on them. I believe it’s a good weapon. The sound is horrible. She gets a call from Dean (Jensen Ackles), who invites her to join their case, which is a school teacher with their tongue cut out and innards squished. She turns him down nicely.

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

Later, Ketch, who seems quite admiring of Mary, points out that she is softer when talking to her sons. He advises that she puts some distance between her and them.

We find out why Crowley (Mark Sheppard) hasn’t been around much lately. He’s been up to his own no good tricks. He patched together Lucifer’s old vessel (Mark Pellegrino) and readied it for occupation. It turns out that he diverted the spell that Sam (Jared Padalecki) used on Lucifer when they drew him from the president and sent him to the vessel, which means I was right! He didn’t go in the orb! And he wasn’t in the cage in the depths of Hell. This is a foolish move on Crowley’s part. As difficult as it was to catch Lucifer and get him off of our realm, it’s not something you want to have to do again. And why did Crowley do it? So he could make Lucifer grovel, they way Lucifer did to him? He’s not getting that kind of satisfaction out of Lucifer.

A very frightened Kelly (Courtney Ford) is found by angels, who try to kill her. Dagon (Ali Ahn) shows up and saves her and takes her under her wing.

Several teachers were killed in different locations but they had all taken a field trip to a museum recently. The Museum houses artifacts from the Star, the ship on which Crowley’s son Gavin (Theo Devaney) met his demise in — the first time around, before he was brought to this time by Abaddon. Crowley is unwilling to help the boys. He has just found out that they left Kelly and Lucifer’s unborn child alive. They call Rowena (Ruth Connell) to help them find Gavin and bring him to the museum. She is thrilled to find out that she has a grandchild and seems quite taken with him.

Uh-what did you call me here for? Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

Gavin finds, to his alarm, that a locket he had given to his fiancée was in the list of items recovered. Since he never made it on the ship, he didn’t know that Fiona (Candace Woods) was on it. She wasn’t supposed to be. They have a seance so that Gavin can talk to her. She shows up and says she was a stowaway on the ship but was brutalized when found without Gavin there to protect her. The Fiona ghost is angry at teachers because her old teacher on the ship slut-shamed her for pursuing Gavin and did not help protect her.

Sam and Dean think he should go back. For the record, that’s what they thought when he was first brought to the future. Crowley made the decision to keep him in the future. Gavin thinks he should go back, too. He wants to save Fiona. Rowena agrees to help and Gavin disappears into the past. We see the couple, briefly, as ghosts together before they go to their heavenly reward. One hopes that they had some happy moments together before the ship went down.

All of the teachers and the scoutmaster that were killed are still alive. As sweet as this was, I’m not sure one should have to go back to the past. If one gets a “get out of fate free” card, run with it.

Crowley and Rowena talk. He doesn’t believe that her motive was altruistic. She says she wanted to get back at him for making her kill her apprentice in an earlier season. A boy she loved more than she loved Crowley. I don’t think that was really her motive, but her motive in saying it was to hurt him.

Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

Mary comes home and tells the boys she’s been working with the British Men of Letters. They aren’t happy, but they talk. In contrast to Crowley and Rowena, the Winchesters are a functional family. They are trying to pull together, not apart. Rowena’s last jab at Crowley may be a permanent rift. They could have pulled together over their mutual grief. He is more alone than ever and vulnerable to Lucifer’s ploys.

Now I’m going to talk about Mary. In reading people’s posts and lurking other places I was surprised to find so much anger towards her, and feeling that she has betrayed her sons, and not understanding why she would work with the Men of Letters. I agree that the Men of Letters should not be trusted. Ketch looks like a psychopath. Sometimes I wonder if he is even human. All we know about him is that he admires a good weapon, and he looks at Mary the same way as he did the Colt. Torturing Sam is a deal breaker for me.

And we know, although the Winchesters don’t, that Ketch killed the little girl in the bathroom just because she had psychic powers and killed the soldiers who had held Sam and Dean captive even though the brothers worked hard to spare their lives. Sam and Dean are right. Mary is wrong.

But I know why she is doing it. To me it was so clear I haven’t talked about it before. Mary was born in a hunting family and tried hard to escape it. She never wanted this life for her own family. She wanted a nice, normal, white picket fence life with a handsome guy who liked cars. And she had it until she died. And she had it in Heaven. But she came back to Earth and found out that Sam and Dean, her babies, never had that growing up after all, because she died and John turned into a hunter.

It’s decades too late and there’s nothing she can do to fix it. So when her sons have disappeared for six weeks, being held by the real authorities for nothing more than doing their jobs, she is susceptible to Mitch’s pitch, which they even used in the voice-over in this week’s episode. ”Let me paint you a picture of a world without monsters or demons or any of those little buggers that go bump in the night. Of a world where no one has to die because of the supernatural. Of a new world, a better world.”

Mary joined up with the British Men of Letters to eradicate every supernatural critter on the planet. Or at least the U.S. That’s why she talked to Wally of efficiency, and body count. She’s trying to put Sam and Dean out of their jobs. She’s trying to give them no reason to be heroes anymore. It’s smart of her that she knows she can’t change who they are. And yes, she will do it even if they don’t like it because you do things for your kids that they don’t like that are for their own good. You get them shots and make them eat their vegetables.

So, no, she’s not going to betray them for this quest. It’s for them.

I think we’re going to find out some more about this in the next episode. I really wish the Winchesters would get to see some of the horrible stuff that we’ve seen that the BMoL have done. I would like to see their eyes opened.

 

Supernatural airs on the CW On Thursday nights at 8pm/7c.

 




TIMELESS Season Finale Leaves us Twisting in the Wind


Season 1, Episode 16 “The Red Scare”
Written by Arika Lisanne Mittman
Directed by Matt Earl Beesley

Well, I wasn’t expecting THAT. This is a terrible place to leave the series, and we don’t know as of this writing whether there will be a second season of Timeless.

We open with Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) looking for monsters in his daughter’s bedroom. He promises to always be there to protect her. It would be a touching scene except for two things. One is that he just had Al Capone shoot Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), so I really don’t care. The other is that he’s looking for the monster while holding a real gun. Who uses a real gun in looking for monsters in the closet or under the bed? Unless you’re on Supernatural, of course. It strikes me as odd.

Flynn wakes to find Emma (Annie Wersching) telling him two guys have taken off.

He’s alive! And you’re dressed like Jackie O. And who is this guy? (Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Then the time team has to deal with the fact that Capone shot Rufus. Lucy (Abigail Spencer) calls her McDreamy doctor fiancée (Daniel DiTomasso), whom we haven’t seen in quite some time. He patches Rufus up, but he’s not happy about it, and he takes an instant dislike to Wyatt (Matt Lanter) as well. Lucy finally has to talk with him and says that she is never going to be the girl that he fell in love with. He asks if it’s about Wyatt and at about the third “no” I think he decides that she is protesting too much.

Since Rufus is still in no shape to drive, they take Jiya (Claudia Doumit) aboard, knowing it might cause problems because the lifeboat was only built for three. The fiancée and our time traveling foursome get out just before Rittenhouse finds their hiding place, leaving Agent Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey) to take the heat.

Flynn goes to Joseph McCarthy (Spencer Garrett) to get the time and place for the big Rittenhouse meeting. McCarthy is played with histrionic exuberance. Lucy gives us helpful information on McCarthy in case the audience doesn’t know about him. I suppose there’s an irony there that McCarthy, who is always looking for conspiracies, is part of the biggest one of all. It makes sense to me, though. He has ample reason to believe they exist.

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party? (Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Flynn gives McCarthy Wyatt and Lucy’s pictures and tells him they are commies. I guess he read ahead in the script and knew Rufus wouldn’t show. Maybe he thought Rufus was injured or dead. Of course they could have hidden out somewhere to let Rufus heal, because they have a time machine, but they didn’t.

Lucy has a heart to heart with Flynn and learns that her grandfather will be at the meeting. Wyatt is questioned by McCarthy and gets to show off by taking out three of his goons.

Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) surprises us all by saving Agent Christopher and giving her information about Lucy’s father. The plan to kill off Rufus after Jiya learned to pilot the lifeboat was the final straw for him.

I’m a good guy now and I’m ever so much happier. (Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

After the time trip, Jiya suffers a bloodshot eye and then a seizure.

Lucy and Wyatt follow Lucy’s grandfather Ethan Cahill (young version played by Johnathan Tchaikovsky, older version played by Bruce Gray) only to find that he is at a gay bar and not at the Rittenhouse meeting. He takes them to the meeting and they encounter Flynn, who’s trying to blow the place up. There’s a tense talk between him and Lucy and Lucy talks him down. Wyatt, Lucy, Flynn and her grandfather go to the time machine.

Flynn and Lucy leave together. Wyatt and Rufus take Jiya to the hospital. Jiya and Rufus have a romantic moment but Jiya’s eyes roll up in her head. One wonders if they cast the actress for that particular skill. While she is having the seizure the Golden Gate Bridge in the window behind her becomes an earlier form that is under construction, then back to the modern day again.

Lucy persuaded her grandfather to gather dirt on Rittenhouse over the years. He does it in spades. There’s a whole room full of files. They gather the information and arrest 150 Rittenhouse people. Agent Christopher arrests Jake Neville (Jim Beaver) herself. He looks shocked.

Garcia Flynn and Lucy meet. She has the information he wanted, the name of the man who killed his family. Unfortunately, Agent Christopher grabs him and makes a liar out of Lucy. This is sure to be a big mistake if the show gets another season..

However, Christopher has arranged for Lucy to make one more trip in the mother ship to go back in time and make sure her lost sister Amy comes into the world. Wyatt and Lucy try to say goodbye. Wyatt concedes that it’s not goodbye yet, because he wouldn’t miss going to save Lucy’s sister with her. But they stand there and look mushy, and they’re alone, and I’m yelling at the screen “Kiss her! This could be your last chance. Kiss her!” But since Wyatt isn’t thinking about potential cancellation, he doesn’t.

Before she goes off to rescue her sister, Lucy goes home to tell her mother, Carol Preston (Susanna Thompson), that she’s trying to restore a timeline that could make her sick. Her mother reacts by reassuring her that it’s fine, Rittenhouse would never allow her to make changes in time that would cause her to be sick. Why, they’re Rittenhouse royalty. She’s very cold about Lucy’s sister. She doesn’t care about the loss of a child she never had.

Mommy Dearest. (Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Even now, Rittenhouse is sending out the mother ship to put wrong what Lucy just put right. They have a double agent on board Flynn’s time machine. It’s Emma. She’s surrounded by dead mercenaries. It’s probably what happened to the two she said ran off at the beginning of the episode.

So this is where we are. There were several major twists in this episode. Jiya appears to have a new time ability, or time sickness. This is probably brought about by overloading the lifeboat, but it may just be something that happens to people sometimes. You never know about the rare side effects until a lot of people have tried something. We don’t know exactly what it means, but I would like to see it developed further.

Lucy’s mother is Rittenhouse. This should not be a surprise. Because her mother and father were never married, and Lucy was supposedly the result of a fling between a professor and his student, we didn’t suspect that both sides were Rittenhouse. It looks now like it was more of an arranged breeding, but if so, why did she never get the Rittenhouse speech that everyone seems to have gotten as young adults? Maybe the original Lucy’s mom, who had cancer and was married and had another daughter, was not as happy being Rittenhouse as this Lucy’s mom is. It’s not just that she is Rittenhouse and presumably knew everything all along as it was happening, it is that she is on the other side. Against Lucy. It’s a terrible shock for poor Lucy.

Emma is a double agent. This is a huge surprise. Not because she isn’t cold or sly enough to be one, but supposedly she spent ten years hiding in the rustic wilderness to escape them. She must have made a deal with Rittenhouse after Flynn fetched her from the past. She didn’t want to be killed like Anthony.

They are finally getting to the point where Lucy might actually join up with Flynn. They’ve been teasing us about this since the beginning. If Rittenhouse can undo what she has done, she may have no choice but to wipe them all out, like Flynn plans to do.

I don’t know what the chances for renewal are. The ratings aren’t good, the show is expensive, and it still has a lawsuit hanging over it. But if it doesn’t come back, we’ll never find out what happened to Jiya, Lucy and Wyatt will never get together, and Lucy won’t get her sister back, hopefully along with a nicer mom.

They might as well bring it back because they already have that wonderful wardrobe with all the clothes in their sizes, sorted by time period. They can’t waste that!

Finally! I ditched the Jackie O Outfit! (Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

 

 




GRIMM Builds a Monster


Episode 608 “The Son Also Rises”

Written by Todd Milliner and Nick Peet
Directed by Peter Werner

[recap by Maia Ades]

This episode didn’t do a lot to further the main characters’ stories. It did give us a rather fun police case, an interesting dream sequence, and a bunch of flashbacks.

Last week the theme was Shakespeare. If you missed it, most of the story was based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our main characters drank spiked sparkling wine and each fell wildly in love with the wrong partner. This week it was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I’m not sure I can call it the Wesen of the week since the creature was created by scientists who had no idea the body parts they used came from different types of Wesen. When the poor creature woged he was quite a sight to behold.

(Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

Short version of the episode, at least six months ago there was a car wreck that killed a scientist’s son. Since that time, Shelley the father of the son, got three of his colleagues to work with him to resurrect his son. Now they’ve created this hodgepodge of a body with various kinds of Wesen parts.

Shelley was supposed to kill their creation but much like the original scientist, Victor Frankenstein, he abandoned the creation. The son is not grateful to be alive. In fact, he’s now seeking revenge on each of the scientists involved in the project. Shelley really does play the part of the creator unwilling to take responsibility for his creation. That was the most frustrating thing for me. He really is responsible for at least two deaths because he allowed this thing he created to wander off.

This case allowed Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) for the first time to act as a full fledged detective. He loved every minute of it. If there was a meter for job satisfaction on that week, his would have been pegging on the “Lovin’ Every Minute of it!” side of the meter. That was a lot of fun to watch. As far as I recall, this is the first time that a case has been worked completely without Nick’s (David Giuntoli) help. There was the time he was in the hospital following an attack by an ogre, but he still had a hand in the case. He gave Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) instructions on where to find the correct gun to take down the ogre. That was also the episode that I repeatedly point to as evidence that Juliette (Elizabeth Tulloch) was not as bland and insipid as many make her out to be. She took on an ogre in their kitchen. How many girlfriends do that?

It’s an ongoing debate that Ann Laabs and I have about Eve vs. Juliette. She is not fond of the Juliette character. I still contend that she brought a lot more to the role of girlfriend than is usually given to that kind of character. I am much more disappointed in how little depth and detail Nick’s character has been given. We are nearing the end of five and half seasons and know very little about what this character is about. If it weren’t for the interesting aspects of the other characters, there’d be little of interest in this series for me. Fortunately for me, there are many other more interesting characters to follow.

(Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

The only parts that furthered our main character stories were Eve/Juliette’s encounter with a hand mirror from which an actual hand came out. Renard (Sasha Roiz) investigated the drawings that Diana made. And you might be able to make a case that Monroe’s dream shows his concern about becoming a father.

I’m not sure what to call Eve/Juliette. One suggestion that I rather like is Evette. She seems torn trying to find her current identity. This episode was the first time she has successfully woged since her healing by the Splinter of Destiny. That was a mixed blessing. It may have been the only way to save her life at the time but it’s also left her very vulnerable. When Evette first became a Hexenbiest, it was such a jarring change. I immediately realized that having that sort of power meant she wouldn’t have to rely on anyone else for her safety.

Of course, Evette took it to an extreme and made life difficult for everyone. She set up Kelly to be murdered and Diana to be handed over to the Royal family. She wreaked a lot of havoc in a short amount of time. Now, she’s somewhere between the mostly docile Juliette and the formidable Eve. I’m guessing that this new Evette will play into a love triangle with Nick and Adalind (Claire Coffee). I can hear the audience groans from here. If there’s a different story twist to come, I welcome it. But, let’s be honest. That’s what it looks like is coming.

(Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

I found it curious that everyone is referring to the impending something as a who. I thought the calendar was foretelling an event, not a someone. It happened more than once. Evette said it from her hospital bed. Dasha, Renard’s contact for research on Diana’s drawings seemed to indicate that Diana might be that someone. Or at the very least that Diana will be somehow connected to what, who is coming.

I’m still waiting for my baby Kelly, aka Jack Jack moment. The child has a Hexenbiest mother and a Grimm for a father. Come on. There has to be something in that mix that makes for an interesting child.

Time is ticking down to the final episode. Do you have predictions for these last episodes?

 

Grimm airs Friday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

 




SUPERNATURAL Sticks Mary in the Middle


Season 12, Episode 12 “Stuck in the Middle (With You)”
Written by Davy Perez
Directed by Richard Speight Jr.

I find this style of storytelling extremely irritating. I’m not talking about the Western flavor of the ep, complete with the final shootout in a barn. I’m talking about jumping back and forth in time for no apparent reason but to hide or reveal information. I’m sure they could have revealed the secrets in the episode if it was told in a straight line without all the hopping about.

We open with the boys, their mom (Samantha Smith), Castiel (Misha Collins) and an unknown hunter in a cafe. We even hear all of their orders. The extra hunter is Wally (Donovan Stinson), a friend of Mary’s. She asked her sons to help them out because Wally is facing a demon and hasn’t done that before. We find out later from an earlier scene that she is using Wally as a front because she doesn’t want Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to know that she is working with the British Men of Letters. The waitress flirts with Cas and Dean takes the opportunity to tell him about waitresses. It gets a bit raucous and Mary uses the mom voice to get them all to shut up. It’s a fun scene.

That’s MY angel you’re flirting with. Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW

They go to the demon’s house. He likes to fish. And I don’t mean a fisher of men, or some euphemism. He just likes to fish. They get in the house before he gets there. Mary disappears for a moment. Cas asks where she was. She tells him she was in the bathroom but we see later that she was getting into the demon’s safe and she took something.

Poor Wally. His first and last demon. Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW

Things go badly as soon as the demon (Jerry Trimble, Jr.) gets there. Sam and Dean go after it with everything they have, to no effect. Two other demons show up and kill Wally on the porch. The demon goes after Cas and stabs him with a spear, causing severe injury. Mary gets Cas into a truck and drives off to an abandoned barn with him. She calls Sam and Dean and tells them where they are. Sam and Dean show up. Mary doesn’t know why there were more demons. She’s freaked out because the demon has yellow eyes, like the demon who killed her. Castiel is still in bad shape because he can’t heal himself.

Crowley (Mark Sheppard) suddenly appears and predicts their imminent demise. This is a good thing because they have no idea what’s going on and Crowley does. In the only legitimate flashback of the episode, we see Crowley bringing gifts to Ramiel, a Prince of Hell. He was created by Lucifer himself. One of the gifts was Michael’s lance, which is the weapon Ramiel used on Castiel. It kills demons quickly and angels slowly and surely. Ramiel just wants to be left alone and Crowley makes a deal with him to that respect. The other demons were his, part of honoring that bargain. Crowley says there is nothing to be done. He and Dean have a face off and Dean tells him if he can’t help to get out. Crowley disappears.

Surprisingly, Crowley went to talk Ramiel out of taking his revenge on them, so when Crowley comes flying through the barn doors, they know the fight is on. The three Winchesters surround Ramiel and fight. They get the lance away from him and Sam uses it on him. Ramiel disappears with an evil laugh in an explosion of smoke.

Cas is still dying but Crowley figures out that breaking the lance might break its spell and it does. Cas is suddenly okay.

Afterwards, Mary talks to Mr. Ketch (David Haydn-Jones). She tells him the story. He doesn’t seem impressed. She tells him that if anything like it ever happens again, she’ll burn them down. All of them. She stares him down. It looks like a little fluffy dog staring down a rottweiler, but he blinks first. I don’t know if it’s because her resolve is stronger than his, or because he thought backing down was the politic thing to do. She shows him what she stole from Ramiel. It’s the Colt pistol.

Crowley is concerned about the Colt as well. He has his people searching the house for it. There’s a shadowy figure in a cage by his throne that looks like Mark Pellegrino. It sounds like Mark Pellegrino. He may be back as Lucifer. That would be cool.

I wonder if there’s a deeper meaning to all of this? Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW

So, Crowley is back in play. We haven’t seen him much this season. They should be nicer to him. With Lucifer whispering paranoia, the fact that he is not treated like family the way that Cas is will hurt a lot. And he did go above and beyond the call of duty this time.

Cas gets to tell the Winchesters he loves them again. He has a brave death scene where he gets to tell them to leave him and save themselves. It pulled at my heartstrings, especially the way that the Winchesters responded to it. It’s sort of an answer to his saving one of them from Billie the Reaper. It shows that they love him as much as he loves them. I am really worried they are going to kill him off. We haven’t even gotten to the cosmic consequences for killing Billie.

I’m not sure if Mary is going to continue to work with the Men of Letters, London Chapter, or not. Just because she was angry and betrayed doesn’t mean that she won’t still think there’s an advantage to working with them. I hope she doesn’t. I hope she keeps the gun and comes clean to Sam and Dean about what she did.

Ramiel says that Asmodeus and Dagon are still alive. Asmodeus is busy with his hobbies and Dagon with her toys, but Dagon has taken some interest in the fact that Lucifer is having a child on earth. We may be seeing her as part of that plot line. Azazel and now Ramiel, of course, are dead, both killed at the hands of Winchesters.

Mary has the Colt, which we haven’t seen in a long time. It can kill anything but five beings in creation. I believe that the five are God and the archangels. Dean dragged off the Lance of Michael, which had better be able to kill archangels, because Lucifer is the one Michael wanted to kill. This is appropriate, since Dean was supposed to be Michael’s vessel but refused. I’m sure these weapons will be needed soon.

Just because it’s pretty. Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW

As for the non-linear way the story was told? Irritating. It produced bits of scenes that we saw more than once, which is repetitious and boring. The scenes weren’t changed enough to be interesting, as they would be if we saw them with really important information that changed the way we look at the scene entirely. They weren’t done from a different point of view. It makes it look like they were randomly thrown together and then explained. Ultimately, it’s confusing and made it difficult to figure out what was going on.

Yes, I know that it’s an homage to Reservoir Dogs, including the title of this episode, but I still don’t like it.

If the show ever feels like doing the story this way again, and with the titles showing the time, or something cutesy-don’t do it. Just don’t.

 

Supernatural airs on The CW at 8pm/7c on Thursday nights.

 




TIMELESS is Running Out of Time


Season 1, Episode 15 “Public Enemy No.1”
Written by Anslem Richardson and Matt Whitney
Directed by Guy Ferland

On this next to the last episode of Timeless, the Time Team goes rogue and steals the time machine. It appears that Jim Beaver’s character, Jake Neville, is a bad guy. He has no qualms about sending an assassin after Flynn’s mother, who is by any account a total innocent. They have lost their patience with Flynn (Goran Visnjic) and are pulling a Terminator on her, killing her so that Flynn will never be born.

Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) dress up for the sixties and set off with their new soldier assassin. It is gratifying to see that he gets nauseous, unlike the short lived Bam-Bam. Rufus nails him with a tranquilizer dart and they pick up Wyatt (Matt Lanter). Wyatt learned his lesson from his disastrous attempt to save his wife and is ready to dedicate his life to protecting Lucy and Rufus. They are planning to save Lucy’s sister, presumably by making sure that her stepfather and mother meet. Unfortunately, they get the signal that Garcia Flynn took the mother ship out and they decide to follow him, rather than save Lucy’s sister. This is way too responsible on their part, as they won’t have enough charge left in the battery to do anything else after that.

I always wanted to be a gangster. (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

They land on the day that Al Capone (Cameron Gharaee) is convicted of tax evasion, only to find that he was found innocent. Garcia Flynn gave Capone the necessary information to evade the charge. Lucy is horrified by how badly they fit in while wearing 1962 costumes. The trio meets Elliot Ness (Misha Collins), who knocks out a reporter as he leaves the courthouse.

Back home, Jiya (Claudia Doumit) gets locked up in a store room because she is caught with a burner phone that Rufus gave her. At least he told her he was stealing the machine this time. She manages to help them out with old computer parts to keep Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) from finding out when they are. Teach them to not let a girl use the restroom!

I don’t understand. Only archangels can time travel. (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Misha Collins does a fine but all too brief job of playing Elliott Ness. Flynn told Capone the super secret hiding place and gunmen show up and shoot up the place. Ness is dead. It’s almost as if the actor needed to get back to another show because they were doing a lot of angel-centric episodes.

Because Ness is dead, Lucy comes up with the idea of getting help from Capone’s long lost brother, Richard Hart (Mather Zickel), who is a prohibition agent. In real history, he was in Nebraska. I don’t know if it would have really worked to appeal to him as his brother’s keeper. He managed to not follow the family business but ignored Al Capone’s well publicized crimes all of his life. But he agrees to take them to Capone. He is going to arrest him, while they just want information on Flynn.

Flynn helped Capone to get Ness and kept him from being convicted of tax fraud. In exchange, Capone gave him access to someone who knew about a meeting of Rittenhouse that takes place every twenty-five years that will next take place in 1954. He asked another favor, one which Capone had no trouble with. Flynn told him to shoot the black guy so the Time Team couldn’t follow him. There’s a standoff. Al Capone shoots Rufus! Wyatt pushes him out of the way but not quickly enough to take a bullet for him. Jimmy Capone, turned Richard Hart the G-man, kills his brother.

Oh no! They shot Rufus! (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

Rufus is gravely wounded and Wyatt and Lucy are distraught and so am I. He is my favorite character. They take him to the time machine to try to get him back to modern medicine and he can’t fly. He passes out over the controls. Aaaah! His last words are “Tell Jiya-” Tell Jiya what? That he loves her? That you can be a Star Trek and a Star Wars fan at the same time? To use the tractor beam to get them home?

That’s where they leave us.

I was not too impressed with the brother vs brother storyline or the two actors playing the brothers even though Cameron Gharaee does bear a remarkable resemblance to Al Capone. The storyline with Flynn is thin as well, although he shows an aptitude for using foreknowledge that our team doesn’t. All of it was for one piece of information, and everything our side went through was only for that piece of information. They paid a high price for it. In fact, I think the entire episode was about getting to the point where Rufus was shot. We shall see.

I’ve pointed out several times that they need to have some cross training. Evidently piloting the time machine is very difficult, but Lucy and Wyatt need to know how to do it, too. At this point there are only two possibilities for a pilot-Emma and Jiya. Jiya is in present time, and we don’t know where Flynn is, and if Emma could be persuaded to help. Maybe Einstein could help, or Doc Brown is floating around somewhere!

Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke did a recent interview with TVLine in which it is apparent that the season finale was written with hope for renewal. We are more likely to get a cliffhanger than a conclusion in the upcoming final episode. It was also mentioned in this TVLine interview that it could be two or three more months before we know if Timeless is coming back.

It’s suspense like this that I can’t take. If only I had a time machine.

 

The season finale of Timeless airs on Monday, Feb 20, at 10pm/9c.

 




SLEEPY HOLLOW Returns to Sleepy Hollow


Season 4, Episode 6 “Homecoming”
Written by Joe Webb
Directed by Jim O’Hanlon

Crane (Tom Mison) returns to Sleepy Hollow to find the last piece of the philosopher’s stone. Diana (Janina Gavankar) comes with him. There are  a lot of flashbacks as he comes into town. He has memories of waking up after two centuries, of Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and the sleepy gang as it used to be.

Right away, Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies) supplies the answer to a question I had. He calls for Jobe (Kamar De Los Reyes), saying that his deal said that Jobe was supposed to stay by his side. Dreyfuss made a very good deal with the devil, unlike the deals the Winchesters make on Supernatural. He became rich, his partner got dragged off to Hell, and he has a demon at his back and call. All for one measly little soul.

(Tina Rowden/FOX)

Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and the Histerns take a strange divining rod to find the piece of disk. It doesn’t work very well. They repair to the library —err, I mean the archives — and Crane re-reads some letters from George Washington (Mark Campbell) that give them some information about the stone. Alex (Rachel Melvin) fixes the divining rod so it works more like a Geiger counter.

While they are in the cemetery, a figure that looks like a cross between the Green Arrow and Anubis shoots at them. Jenny knocks Jake (Jerry MacKinnon) to the grown and shields him. This is definitely not going to help his crush go away. I don’t know how she can hear an arrow coming. Maybe she heard the bow twang.

What do you mean I’d be more frightening at night? (Tina Rowden/FOX)

The trip repairs to the archives again and find out that the creature was a sphinx. They devise a plan (my favorite part, when they make a plan). Jenny and the Histerns are to distract the sphinx up above while Crane and Diana look for the piece of the stone in the tunnels. Jenny, Jake and Alex fight off the demon while Crane and Diana solve the riddle and unlock the room that holds the fragment. Victory is theirs until Jobe suddenly appears and takes their find and Crane!

The rest of the team look up Dreyfuss’s business dealings and find that his charity invested in a park where a revolutionary war battle took place.

Dreyfuss has a tent over the stone on the old battlefield. It is the spot where Crane died the first time. Dreyfuss says he should recognize it. Crane realizes it’s the spot where he killed the horseman and then died. He also pieces together that George Washington (Mark Campbell) sacrificed him. Our evil magician wants to sacrifice him, too, along with the headless horseman (Marti Matulis). Their blood mingled together will give him immortality. It will also kill everyone in Sleepy Hollow.

Suddenly the bad guys face an assault. Jenny traps Jobe in a blessed lantern. The rest of the gang plant bombs with the aim of breaking the philosopher’s stone again. They rescue Crane and Dreyfuss laps up Crane’s and the Horseman’s blood from the stone, on all fours, which is just gross. There is an earth-shattering kaboom.

This tavern hasn’t changed in 200 years. (Tina Rowden/FOX)

The gang celebrates at the tavern where the old gang used to celebrate. We see flashbacks of Crane’s fond memories.  He and Diana discuss Crane’s feelings about Washington sacrificing him. Crane finishes his visit home at Abbie’s grave site, telling her everything that has transpired since she died.

Dreyfuss emerges from the rubble with something sharp stuck in him. He pulls it out and he heals instantly. Dreyfuss is now immortal.

This was a big fail for our team although they celebrated a win. They acted together as a team and saved Ichabod Crane but they failed to stop Dreyfuss. They just don’t know it yet. It was stated that immortality would take many lives, as many as the entire population of Sleepy Hollow. That didn’t happen. I wonder if that is something that still has to happen. Dreyfuss could turn into a vampire or zombie that needs lives to be immortal.

I have to admit I don’t understand why Crane and the Horseman had to activate the philosopher’s stone before Washington broke it up and hid the pieces. Supposedly, they had to do it to win the war but I don’t understand how or why. Perhaps I missed that part.

We may have seen the last of the Horseman. Crane manages to shoot him while he is vulnerable. I wonder if this is the last time we will visit Sleepy Hollow, as well. This episode was a good long goodbye to Crane’s old life and this could be the end of Crane’s period of mourning.

Benjamin Banneker (Edwin Hodge) has taken Betsy Ross’s place as Crane’s flashback friend. This might be the last time we see him as he was involved in the betrayal of Crane and the philosopher’s stone and that story has come to an end.

I’m still not sure that the new and improved Sleepy Hollow is an improvement. Crane’s nostalgic memories are my nostalgic memories. However, it couldn’t be helped if they wanted to continue the show.

Next week, Molly (Oona Yaffe) has an adventure.

 

Sleepy Hollow airs on FOX at 9pm/8c on Friday nights.