Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of Feb. 12





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



The 100 -
1. Roan: "What's wrong? You created a killer. In the street, they're calling her Skairipa, death from above." Indra: "I'm so proud." (Little Dreamer and Dahne)
2. Raven to Clarke: "You asked me to be in charge of rationing and I am doing it, but choosing who gets to live or die is your specialty." (Dahne)
3. Emori: "These woods have always been good to me. Now there's not even bugs." Murphy: "Well, fortunately, I'm not hungry enough for that to be upsetting yet." (Dahne)
4. Indra: "My daughter was not meant to wander the earth looking for Nightbloods. My daughter was meant to lead armies. My daughter was meant to lead armies." Gaia (looking at Octavia): "Looks like you found that daughter now." (Dahne)



Agents of SHIELD -
1. Phil: "All of these things you've done, all of the energy you spent, the hatred...and you know what the funny thing about it is? I have no idea who the hell you are. I've been on hundred of missions in my time. This one you're upset about, I was sent to retrieve an object and if I'm being honest, I don't even remember what it was. As far as I'm concerned, you're just another red shirt like so many others who tried unsuccessfully to stop me from saving the world 'cause that's what I do. So...cool origin story bro but this means nothing to me." (Little Dreamer and Donna)
2. Aida: "Even filth has a purpose." (Little Dreamer)



Black Sails -
1. Berringer: “Right now the time calls for dark men to do dark things.” (Milo)



Code Black -
1. Rorish: “Sometimes, things happen to us that make us smaller. But they can also make us bigger." (Rachel)
2. Rorish about De. Jesse's yellow HAZMAT suit: "You look like a pineapple in that thing." (Rachel)
3. Willis: "Maybe it's not the memories you're afraid of. Maybe it's...replacing them with something new." (Rachel)



Lethal Weapon -
1. Trish: "Baby, why is my picture on the back of a bus?" Murtaugh: "That man better have a good lawyer." ~A low rent lawyer, in an honest effort to thank Murtaugh for saving his life, make Trish part of his 'practice'. It was an absolutely hilarious button on a pretty fun episode. (Prpleight and Dahne)
2. Getz: "It took some spine to do what your wife did today. If you can't see that, then you've got bigger problems than paying for your kids' college." (Dahne)
3. Getz (watching Riggs hanging from a helicopter): "That's a lawsuit waiting to happen." (Dahne)



Legion -
1. David: "How do you know they won't kill her?" Syd: "Because she's bait." (Dark UFO)
2. Cary: "You have an extremely large amygdale." David: "Thanks." (Dark UFO)
3. Melanie: "David, your whole life people told you that were sick. What if I told you that's a lie? What if I told you, every memory you have of mental illness: voices, hallucinations, was just your power? And what if I could do more than just tell you? What if I could show you? Help you re-write the story of your life?" (Dark UFO)



Riverdale -
1. Veronica: "Hey! You know what happens to a snake when a Louis Vuitton heel steps on it? Shut the hell up or you'll find out." (Justin)
2. Sheriff Keller: "Is there not a nice gay kid at your school?" Kevin: "Yeah, there is. Me." (Pop Culture Guy)
3. Veronica to Cheryl: "You may be a stock character from a 90's teen movie, but I'm not." (Winston)



Supergirl -
1. Lena: "Well, Supergirl may have saved me, but Kara Danvers, you are my hero." (Justin and Zandarl)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Friday, February 17, 2017

HTGAWM - 3.13 - It's War - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



The 100 - 4.03 - The Four Horsemen - Best Scene Poll









About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Emerald City - 1.07 - They Came First - Review





***Note: I am filling in for Ashley B. this episode but she will be back for the rest of the episode reviews. Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments section below.



Summary:


The Wizard of Oz rounds up all the girls in his kingdom, looking for witches after West informs him that Glinda is likely planning on using them to take him down. He makes a deal with West that she will sniff them out but only if the girls are given to her and not killed. On the first sweep, none are found. However, one young witch is discovered when she burns 2 of the Wizard's guards and blows up a dyemaker's place. Summoning West to examine the scene, West realizes that the girl is not dead and brings her out, only to be betrayed by the Wizard who intends to lock up the witch. To protect everyone from the young witch's wrath, West creates a pit for her to fall in and then magically seals it from the witch's fire. The Wizard uses the situation to his advantage by sending his High Council into the pit to be burned alive. He then returns all other girls to their families while proclaiming the witches themselves to be The Beast Forever.

Meanwhile the Queen of Ev and Jack have a falling out while he attempts to be sympathetic. Grieving the loss of her father and finding herself now the sole ruler of Ev, Langwidere takes her emotions out on Jack and leaves him alone in the Screaming Forest only to come back for him after he's already rusted over. After a bizarre oiling-down, she takes him back to her castle where they make out. On the journey to deliver Sylvie to Glinda, Dorothy and Lucas also hook up…in between arguments that is. Lucas is concerned that Dorothy is getting herself too attached to Sylvie and won't want to leave her with Glinda. Little does he know that Dorothy has struck a deal with the Wizard to use Sylvie to kill Glinda in exchange for being sent back to Kansas. When Dorothy finally admits that she'll be leaving soon, Lucas and she argue enough that Sylvie freaks out and literally turns the house upside down. Dorothy then changes her mind and offers to take Sylvie and Lucas back to Kansas with her. However, upon reaching Glinda's palace, Glinda kisses Lucas and brings back his memories. His name is actually Rowan and he fights for Glinda, not Dorothy.



Best Potential:


With the pieces falling into place, Emerald City's seventh episode, They Came First, takes a leap forward towards the upcoming war. None more interesting than Lucas' switch in allegiance to Glinda. While Emerald City writers seem to be falling into the clich├ęd "give shippers what they want and then take it away" writing model, it has far bigger implications here for the plot than just yanking people's chain. It remains to be seen how far they are willing to take it and given that there are only 10 episodes, it's not likely to be much. Still, it offers a lot of possibilities. I will be disappointed if the whole thing ends up just being a spell Lucas/Rowan is under that Dorothy has to break. Instead it should be used as an opportunity to plead Glinda's case. Let's face it. The Wizard of Oz is hardly a sympathetic character here but a lot of what we have seen of the conflict has come through his point of view. It's time to see things from Glinda's too.  Right now, she is little more than the female version of the Wizard.  Why would a reasonable person follow her either? Is she really as selfish as the Wizard or is there something more than just a power struggle between opposite viewpoints at play here? I'd also like this storyline to give us a bit more background on the cardinal witches and their lore as well. I find them to be one of the more interesting parts of the story and the setting switch from Emerald City to Glinda's fortress will hopefully change the focus of the narrative as well.



Biggest Twist:


If you, like me, haven't read the books, the biggest twist of the night actually came with Tip, not Lucas. I confess, I expected Tip to be The Beast Forever given that so much time went into concealing her true identity. Instead it seems that she is, in fact, a princess. The dagger she holds was King Pastoria's, handed down to his daughter Princess Ozma. If she is indeed Princess Ozma, that would make her the legitimate heir of Oz and thus another rival for the Wizard. I suspect he will not be pleased to find that West's servant girl could take his power more legitimately than Glinda. It could be the final straw that breaks his uneasy alliance with West, especially since he backed out of his word to give any young witches to West.



Best Acting:


Ana Ularu did a magnificent job of portraying West's pain in this episode, both when she was duty-bound to kill the young witch and over her part in the death of so many witches the last time The Beast Forever rose. The scene of her taking the life essence of the dying young witch was heartbreaking. Ularu has made a character who could have been widely unsympathetic and even a one-note joke into the most sympathetic character in the show. Not bad for being the Wicked Witch of the West.



Crew Kudos:


The technical aspects of this episode were done very well. Big kudos to the director, Tarsem Singh, and everyone on the visuals team for the stunning horror shot of the burnt council members in the pit. Even with the house flipping scene, the pit is one of the most searing images of the week for me. The visual foreshadowing of the dove pecking at the scarecrow was a stroke of brilliance as well. What seemed like an unusual choice on first watch became something deeper after Lucas/Rowan switches allegiances in the ending twist. I also loved the visuals of Glinda's keep. It was the austere white that I expected but the deep cracks in the wall hint at the crumbling of her power and her desperate attempt to take back what had been hers. Nicely done all around.

The costuming department again outdid themselves, especially with the Queen of Ev. Langwidere's military-themed ensemble embraced both the powerful aesthetic of a new head of state and the whimsy of a toy soldier, balancing out both sides of her personality. The mask, of course, was stunning as usual.  While I too want to see what is under the mask, I can't help wishing I had her collection.



Biggest Question:


Since the pilot, fans have been guessing that Dorothy herself is The Beast Forever. I initially rejected that idea because it seemed too obvious and I was betting on Tip. Now I am not so sure, especially since there is little time to introduce a new character to be The Beast. It almost has to be someone we know already. Still things with Dorothy don't add up for me. If she is truly Karen's daughter and Karen was a regular human on earth, how it is that Dorothy can possess anything magical? Why would East's gloves go to her, much less allow her to do bigger and bigger magic? Watching Dorothy take out a pack of wolves to save Sylvie makes me wonder if what we know about Karen, Dorothy, and witches is true? With only 3 more episodes left, what is your theory?



Grade:  B



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About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."




Sunday, February 12, 2017

HTGAWM - 3.12 - Go Cry Somewhere Else - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

The 100 - 4.2 - Heavy Lies the Crown - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of Jan. 29





A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.


The 100 -
1. Ambassador: "Until a new Commander can ascend, Polis is to be ruled by the ambassadors of the coalition. If Azgeda wants it, they must take it by force." (Echo slits her throat.) Echo: "Consider it taken."
(Dahne)
2. Indira: "I didn't agree to give them guns." Murphy: "Well, that's probably because you're not an idiot."
(Dahne)
3. Clarke: "We couldn't save her, but we did what we came here to do. Now I need you to honor your promise to protect my people." Roan: "Yeah, that was before your people shot me and killed my Commander." (Dahne)
4. Bellamy to Clarke: "Okay, princess. What now?" (Meghan and Doug)



Agents of SHIELD -
1. Daisy: "So May's a freaking robot." (Little Dreamer)




Arrow -
1. Rene: "You take your time. I got three patties and three slices of cheddar to go." Oliver: "That's disgusting." (Little Dreamer)



Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -
1. Nathan: "Have fun flying coach, d***." (Little Dreamer and Marko)
2. Paula: "Listen, we are gonna make Josh pay. I will help you. We'll TP his house, hack his Facebook. We'll key his car." Rebecca: "No, no, no. We can't do any of those things." Paula: "Why not?" Rebecca: "Because they're not enough. Because Josh Chan must be destroyed." (Little Dreamer and Marko)



Elementary -
1. Gregson: "You okay?" Watson: "Not really." (Milo)
2. Sherlock: "I'm referring to time itself." Watson: "Oh." Sherlock: "As rivals go, it's undefeated." Watson: "I just want you to know that if you tell me you're trying to build a flux capacitor, I'm out of here."
(Dahne)
3. Brunelle: "Your partner dies with everybody else if you don't deliver." Sherlock: "If I don't deliver, it will be because she stays. We work as a team. I require her counsel." (Dahne)
4. Brunelle: "Do you have any idea what it's like to lose a child? If you ask any parent if they would die in place of a daughter or a son, I guarantee you the answer would be yes. And do you know why? It's not because of honor or duty or parental responsibility. It's because it's easier. It's easier to die than it is to be left behind. Every morning since Connor passed away, I wake up and I wish it was me instead of him."
(Dahne)



The Flash -
1. Cisco: "She’s gonna kill me, isn’t she?” (Kate)
2. Iris: “I’m afraid…what if I end up just like my mom? Just gone without making a mark, without leaving anything behind." Barry: “Iris, your mom, she left something behind. She left a brave, wonderful son and the woman that I love. All right? I don’t know what the future holds, none of us do. I know that we will face it together." (Kate)
3. Julian: "She must have been having an off day." (Kate)



Gotham -
1. Tabitha (after Butch knocks Penguin unconscious): "You realize you have to carry him now." Butch: "Son of a b***." (Pop Culture Guy)
2. Butch: "Give me five minutes; he won’t refuse." Tabitha: "I’d do it in three." Butch: "Why you gotta do that?" Tabitha: "What?" Butch: "Cut me down like that in front of people." Tabitha: "I’m just saying." (Pop Culture Guy)



HTGAWM -
1. Michaela: "Let me remind you that the most basic legal tenet is innocence until proven guilty. That applies to Professor Keating, who let's be clear, is being framed for a crime she didn't commit. Yet this office still hasn't released a statement of support for her, which I understand from a covering-your-a** point of view, but not from a looking-to-the-future one. Professor Keating is Middleton Law. She is a brilliant, empowering force of legal nature, and you should think long and hard before you hang her out to dry." (Dahne)
2. Annalise: "Then why are you here? As my A. A. friend? 'Cause let me be clear If anyone offers me any liquor in here, I'm drinking it." (Dahne)
3. Connor: "You threatened him." Michaela: "Oh, please! That was a gentle nudge. You want to see a threat? Try me." (Dahne)
4. Asher: “It may come as a surprise to you, but I was not always the glue that held this group together. Yeah, I was late to the party too. Not that it’s a party. It’s a murder, but I get how scary this can be, finding out about all the awfulness. So I’m here if you ever need to talk or you just want a hug." (Kate and Dahne)
2. Conner: "I should have broken up with you, Oli, a long time ago. I should have rejected you or made you hate me, but instead I just needed you." Oliver: "I need you, too. Will you spoon me? Don’t let go." Conner: "I won’t." (Kate)



It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia -
1. Charlie: "I do chokeslams and backbreakers, sharpshooters, cripplecreek ferries...." (Max Conte)




Jane the Virgin -
1. Abuela: "Even though you made it seem like I stole that necklace when I didn’t, you are a writer, Jane. An incredible writer and if this is what came out of all that drama with my sister and the letters and Catalina - well, it was all worth it. Thank you, for telling my story." (Kate)
2. Rafael: "Why would you destroy the will?" Petra: "I had to, for the babies. It’s the only thing I can do. We just started to bond. Do you remember when she paralyzed me? They don’t know me now. They cry when I hold them. But the money, I can help with the money, with you not losing your money." Rafael: "You’re gonna be okay, Petra. You’re gonna be okay." (Kate)



MacGyver -
1. Matty to Riley: "You've fallen into my hands and it's on me to aim you at the right targets." (Daynah)
2. Mac to Jack: "Hey, look, we're not just partners, we're family, so any problem you have is a problem of mine." (Dahne)
3. Matty: "Look, they say that it's better to be lucky than it is to be good, but in my experience, anyone who has ever said that has wound up dead. So far, I think you've been really lucky. I don't want to be watching on a monitor the day your luck runs out." (Dahne)
4. Matty: "Okay, Bozer, I would love for this story to contain 100% less burger-related info and some hint of a point." (Dahne)



Powerless -
1. Emily: "You fired four people before you got to me?" Van: "Technically, they weren't fired. One was crushed by rubble before he started. I like to think of that as God firing him." (Dahne)
2. Van: "How do I look?" Jackie: "Like you don't understand how phones work." (Dahne)
3. Voice over: "Well, my name's Emily Locke and I grew up in what's known as a fly-over state. Superheroes never stopped there. They just flew over it. I don't have any powers so I did what everyone else in my town did: finished school and got a soul-crushing job." (Dahne)



Supergirl -
1. Livewire: "Just us girls next time. We can braid each other's hair." (Zandarl)
2. Mon El: "I thought he was a professional desk person." (Marko)
2. Wynn: "If there’s a flaw in your suit that means the suit is faulty, which means I have to go fix it and that's already on top of me having to make Mon-El a suit." James: "Wait? Mon-El?" Wynn: "Oh yeah, didn’t you hear? He graduated from superhero kindergarten." (Prpleight)



Teen Wolf -
1. Stiles: "Bad guy, right? I didn't misread that?" (Purpleight and Dahne)
2. Stiles: “Were we like that?” Scott: “Worse.” (Purpleight and Dahne)
3. HET: "You of all people, Scott, should know what happens to a lone wolf." Theo: "He's not alone. He's got a pack." Malia: "And Theo's not in it. But I am." Peter: "I'm not in the pack, but no one likes a Nazi."
(Dahne)
4. Scott: "You want to split up." Stiles: "Never again." Scott (and the entire fandom): "Thank God."
(Dahne)
5. Peter: "It's impossible." Malia: "We can try." Peter: "Where do you get this implausible optimism?" Malia: "Definitely NOT from my father." (Dahne)
BONUS - Stiles: "They still need us." Scott: "They'll always need us." Stiles: "And, you know, I need you. You know that." Scott: "I need you too. I'm gonna miss you." Stiles: "No really, I need you though. I lost my license in the Hunt, so you have to drive." Scott: "Your dad is Sheriff. I'm sure he'll let it slide. You drive." (Dahne)



Training Day -
1. Frank to Kyle: "Police work is like sex. It's more effective if it isn't pretty." (Djriter)




The Vampire Diaries -
1. Bonnie: "Enzoooooooooooooo. Nooooo!" (Marko)




About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."


Monday, February 6, 2017

HTGAWM - 3.11 - Not Everything's about Annalise - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Friday, February 3, 2017

The 100 - 4.1 - Echoes - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."