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Queen of the South: Ep 2 Cuarenta Minutos – Gut Wrenching (Review)

 Queen of the South - Season 1Episode two of Queen of the South; “Cuarenta Minutos” (forty minutes) follows Theresa Mendoza’s faltering steps towards becoming the Queenpin of drugs in the US.  The journey is a gut wrenching and white knuckle experience this week. While not as adrenaline fueled as the pilot, it  has enough suspense to make up the difference.

Mendoza is still in a caged area surrounded by women being injected with drugs. Despondent, Theresa is not hungry and another woman stops by to offer help. She is a mule  waiting to make her delivery. As the young drug trafficker is speaking to Theresa she collapses. The mule is dead as the balloons inside her have started to dissolve.

Theresa shouts for help and the men outside the cage collect their dead mule. The balloons are retrieved from the dead woman’s stomach.  The urgency of gathering the drugs overtakes security precautions and the gate to the cage is left open.

Theresa runs.

She is caught and Camila asks the young woman once again why Epifanio is so keen to get her back. Mendoza explains that she does not know what  Guero did and Camila sentences her to be drugged and used as a prostitute.  Theresa desperately offers to deliver the shipment the dead girl could not and Camila agrees.

James Valdez is the “go to” man who sorts out Theresa’s identity, passport and helps her to down the 23 balloon wrapped parcels. Watching Mendoza shove the balloons down her throat is almost as stomach turning as seeing her expel the packets  later.

Time is running out and James must rush Theresa, and the drugs, to the airport. Once there they get through passport control and head past airport security. An accomplice opens a janitor’s cupboard door and  the two head inside.

Theresa begins ejecting the balloons and James gives them a quick rinse.  There are still three balloons left to expel and Mendoza cannot vomit them up. James squirts liquid hand soap down Mendoza’s throat.  Two  more packets land in the sink.

Valdez grabs the two balloons in the sink and begins wrapping the packets for delivery. One of the  balloons lands on the floor and James does not notice (more about that later). The drugs are handed off the Han.

Back in Sinaloa, Mexico, Brenda and her son are on the run from Epifanio’s thugs.  They head to her grandmother’s shop only to find two of his men waiting. A deliveryman that Brenda has known since childhood stops and picks the mother and her son up, saving their lives.

Late the delivery driver is tortured to give Brenda up but he holds out against the vicious Batman. The coldblooded enforcer for Epifanio shoots the man. Brenda’s cell phone has been pinged once and when it surfaces again the godfather’s men will kill her and the boy.

Camila has big plans. She is divorcing Epifanio and planning to increase her drug intake.  The current queenpin of Texas is also moving assets and reinvesting. Her husband calls again inquiring about Theresa.

When James reports on how well Mendoza did on the drug run, Camila orders him to talk to her and use Theresa again. She will be valuable, Varga says. James appears to be taking a personal interest in Mendoza. At first it seems that Valdez may be the new Guero.

There is one problem however. At the airport terminal, James was counting the packets of drugs that came out of Theresa.  Expecting 23, he began wrapping the product when only 22 had been vomited up.

Theresa leans over after giving her stomach such a severe workout and finds the last packet. Handing number 23 to James he puts it in the bag.  Earlier Valdez insisted that Mendoza force the balloons back up as they are late to the airport. He says that she will die as the balloons are dissolving and he cannot face that again.

Yet he does not bat an eye when he believes that she still has one dissolving packet inside her. This alone would sentence her to death as it is a pure uncut version of the drug. So at this point it does not seem likely that he is the new Dallas version of Guero.

Mendoza is visited by her “future self” a couple of times. In the first  visit successful Theresa tells a bemused and bedraggled Mendoza, “I said welcome to America. I did not say it was going to be easy.” The last time she drops by it is to tell her younger self  that she is heading in the right direction.

Braga is killing it in this remake of a popular telenovela.  The stunts are impressive even when they are not that spectacular. The car sequence where James and Theresa are rushing to the airport terminal is nail bitingly good.

Veronica Falcon is suitably icy and aloof as Camila Varga and de Almeida is superb as the godfather going into politics.  Machado is spot on as the new widow on the run.

This is drama/thriller is great entertainment. Regardless of the subject matter, we are behind Theresa Mendoza as she struggles to survive.  While not on par with Walter White in Breaking Bad we do like Theresa and feel comfortable rooting for her.

Queen of the South airs Thursdays on USA. Looks like Mr. Robot will not be the only addictive series on the network in 2016.


Killjoys: Season Two Premiere Dutch and the Real Girl (Preview)

 Killjoys - Season 2

Killjoys are back on 1 July and the season premiere “Dutch and the Real Girl,” has the team still split up. Last season saw the bombing of Old Town and while Pree, Johnny and Dutch got out Pawter did not.  D’Av is being “tested” by Khlyen while his brother and fellow killjoy work to find him. Pree is along for the ride.

The players return moving through the first episode at an adrenaline fueled pace.   D’Avin learns a quite a bit about Khlyen, including why the Level Six wants him to join the ranks.  Pree turns out to have a rather checkered past, something that helps Dutch and Johnny in their search for D’Av.

We also learn more about Level Six’s and this enhances their already impressive mythology.  Dutch, Johnny and Pree make a good team. The trio  are funny, especially the bartender/bar owner. Pree is funny and very entertaining in the quest to free the third killjoy.

Along the way another ally is picked up. A very special young woman who, after a moment of debate, joins the trio to help them find D’Av. Allie MacDonald  is Clara, a strong character with an assist or two that makes her very formidable. 

On top of the Level Six threat there is, apparently, another more deadly group.  Red 17 (first encountered in season one) is still there and this is where the killjoys must go to find D’Avin.

All the humor from season one is still there as is the close bond between our heroes.  Without giving anything away, the first two episodes of season two reveals that Pree has been hiding his light under a basket. Past “skills” (or skeletons according to Pree) are many and this new information  seems  to quantify the feeling that there was always more to the bar owner than met the eye.

There is a touch of romance or,  at the very least, a mutual appreciation society of two (three counting Lucy) and  Dutch knows when D’Av lies to her.

The opening episode reveals a lot in terms of who the bad guy really is.

John-Kamen still is still one of the strongest female role models on television and Ashmore, along with Macfarlane continue to work well as her “cohorts in crime.” Thom Allison is still delightful as Pree and Rob Stewart continues to be mysterious and not a little scary as Khlyen.

This Canadian export, along with Dark Matter has returned to SyFy to make Friday nights fun again.  Killjoys has a good bit of subterfuge going on along with a lot of action.  Dutch is a tough leader who is not afraid to take on the giant in the room.

Show creator Michelle Lovretta (who also created Lost Girl ) has the series looking great and the characters acting as we expect.  The “bounty hunters” are still excellent entertainment value. Although it has to be said that Johnny is a little less flippant this go around. 

Killjoys airs Fridays on SyFy. Tune in tomorrow and get your fix. We will see you there.


Dark Matter: Season 2 Premiere – Slow Shocker (Preview)

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At long last Dark Matter is returning to our screens.  Co-creatorJoseph Mallozzi has kept his promise from last year’s interview with Mike’s Film Talk and kept the mystery burning bright.  The show’s season two premiere airs tomorrow; 1 July on SyFy and while it may be a tad slow, compared to last year.s finale it does manage to be pretty shocking.

Looking at the first two episodes, but not reviewing them yet (That would be spoiler city and very unpopular with everyone.) fans are in for a treat with season two.  The gang are all back and we learn more about their past lives.

Six is revealed to be a law enforcement official and the rest of the Raza crew are split into criminal and “not-criminal” quarters. Two, Three and Four are all placed in with the general populace while One and Five are in protected custody.

The Android is in a tech lab and proving to be a handful.

The first episode is slow, it is, after all, setting up this new predicament for the crew and it is a bit stationary compared to the fluidity of space.  This is prison and it entails rules, gangs and “fitting in.”

All the characters, with the exception of Six, are exactly as we remember them.  Three is irascible and quite comfortable in the stir.  Four and Two are equally at home in this prison environment.

More is  learned about the bombing, which so disturbed Six when he suffered from double memory loss.  There is a lot going on behind the scenes and it looks like a few more people may be joining the Raza crew.

Brit actress Melanie Liburd is Nyx; an inmate who appears to be a match for Two,  seems to be on board. Although things get off to a rocky start initially.  Gang leader Arax Nero, played by Mike Dopud, is also supportive after starting out on the wrong fool Nero and Nyx may be “on-side” but their   motives are a tad unclear at this point.  

There are a number of well known performers turning up in this season of Dark Matter.  Keep your eyes peeled for Franka Potente to make an appearance. The Run Lola Run and Creep actress (who was spectacular as the  hit-woman in The Bridge) shows up and knocks it out of the park.

The actors all continue to deliver in spades.  Even in this new setting they all maintain their characters and the paths they walk.  One crew member, however, shows a new side.  This surprising turn also shocks a little.

One slight word of complaint would be that there was not enough Zoie Palmer in the opening episode but that is rectified by episode two.  Before then the crew learn that there is much more going on their arrests and imprisonment.  A device must be found in order to stop a corporate war.

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Zoie Palmer as The Android

Dark Matter airs Fridays on SyFy.  Tune in and be ready for a slow open but pay attention! If you have forgotten last season a lot of hints are hidden in plain sight in this show. Do not miss this season two open. In the mean time let your excitement build and watch this trailer. One more night…


Wayward Pines: City Upon a Hill – The Abbies Are Coming (Review) Some Spoilers


After the Abbies attacked the cornfield in last week’s episode of Wayward Pines this week, in “City Upon a Hill” more are coming  to surround the beleaguered arc of “humanity.” Wayward Pines is struggling, not the town and its people but the series.  There is a problem with taking a show that was meant to be a “one-off” and bringing it back. For one thing all the plot devices   that worked so well in the first series are either watered down or disappear completely.

Losing Ethan Burke (and now all the Burkes) has not helped this FOX follow-up at all. Matt Dillon, who played Ethan,  was a strong protagonist.  He anchored the show with all its apparent madness.  Burke was a combination of Patrick McGoohan‘s character in the cult classic The Prisoner and Neo in The Matrix. (Incidentally, in the first season Wayward Pines felt like a brilliant blend of both.)

Sadly, despiteJason Patric being a personal favorite, Dr. Yedlin does not come across  as a strong rock of right and wrong. Instead the surgeon seems peevish,  petulant and snide. The medical man is not a patch on Ethan Burke.

As the Abbies arrive in droves to apparently finish of the denizens of the town the last Burke dies. Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) expires as Adam Hassler (Tim Griffin) holds her hand and apologizes once more. 

“City Upon a Hill”l starts with the camera panning a serene group of Abbies in a forest setting. There are children, males and breastfeeding females. A helicopter arrives, above the tree line,  and begins firing indiscriminately at the peaceful creatures.  The Abbies panic and run. It is a massacre with only a few survivors. The chopper lands and Toby Jones steps out.

Once again it seems that the second series is attempting to hint at a deeper conspiracy. That the Abbies are “man-made;” an experiment gone awry. That Pilcher tried to sort out the post apocalyptic problem before the birth of Wayward Pines.

The death of Pilcher (Toby Jones), who was in the middle of killing off his second generation of townspeople,  left puppet leader Jason Higgins in charge. While Higgins (Tom Stevens) is clearly his own little Hitler now, he was inspired and guided  by Megan Fisher (Hope Davis). The brownshirt leader is out of his depth now that the Abbies have proven to be more intelligent than Fisher led  him and the other Generationals to believe.

It also looks like the creatures are telepathic or have some sort of hive-like existence (think the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Margaret is either the queen of the Abbies or the central “hive mind” controller. (Which may be the same thing.)  Regardless of Margaret (or Boudicca if you will)  and her standing in the Abbie “community” it appears that the denizens of Wayward Pines are in deep trouble.

The “mindless creatures” have destroyed their crops and are amassing outside the gate in an ever increasing amount of red dots on the towns security feed.   The crop destruction shows the main  problem with Higgins as leader. While he worked out the importance of gathering the food there was no follow through.

Clearly, despite the truckloads of fresh produce shown being brought back into the fenced off area, there was still a lot that needed harvesting. Rather than concentrating on that, Jason sends out his horticultural expert to “colonize” another food farm. Apparently Fisher never taught her little leader about “one step at a time” management or following through.

There are not as many questions to be asked this season.  The first time Wayward Pines was introduced there was a lot of mystery around the town and its founder. Annoyingly the same mystery remains. What was Pilcher up to before his beloved ant farm ark? Did he create the Abbies?

More importantly are the creatures replacements for the citizens of Wayward Pines? Adam Hassler believes they are and told Dr. Yedlin this when he returned to the town. It makes for an interesting mental picture.

Wayward Pines being populated by a horde of hairless and fanged creatures who communicate telepathically but snarl and grunt verbally.  Will the nakedness disappear when clothes become available?  Will they all queue up at the hairdressers for a mani-pedi?

Perhaps some of these questions will be answered in the next episode “Time Will Tell.” Although from the look of all those red dots surrounding the town, it does not look like time is something the townspeople have a lot of.

Wayward Pines airs Wednesdays on FOX. Tune in and see if the Abbies win.

America’s Got Talent: Week 5 – Simon Cowell Stands for the Queen (Review)

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Week five of America’s Got Talent  started out on a humorous note with an 18 year old homeschool graduate singing his own composition to rapturous applause and ended with Simon Cowell standing for the Queen. Or more accurately for a male  singer who did a cover of the Queen classic “Somebody to Love.” The final act of the evening was proof positive that there really is talent in “them thar hills” just waiting to be discovered.

The first act of the evening was Ryan Beard. The  young man combined “sit-down” comedy with playing the piano and singing a funny song about being home schooled.  All the judges were impressed as was the audience. Simon even told  the young man he would never forget his audition.

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Ryan Beard

Thankfully, this week did not have as many of the weird and wonderful acts from weeks past. No one slinging weights around with their sinuses or picking up heavy objects with their nipples. One man came out and devoured a dog food hamburger dipped in bile, which was revolting. In terms of shoving sharp objects in things, there was Dan Meyer, a 59 year old sword swallower who pulled  a car with the sword in his throat.

America's Got Talent - Season 11
Dan Meyer

While previous weeks belonged to the youngsters, week five of the auditions belonged to the mid 50 contestants.  Not in number but in acts that pleased. Each entertained but it was 54 year old Las Vegas denizen Christopher with his full-sized plastic puppets that had the crowd singing along.

Dressed as a Native American Christopher came on, to everyone’s delight, as the Village People. He synced, as did his  puppets, and they all danced and re-created the moves to “YMCA.” Apart from being a real show stopper Christopher also got a standing ovation and four yes votes. He promised to do something even bigger the next time.

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There were two youngsters; a brother and sister magic act. The children were 10 and 8 years old and the lad cut his sister in half. The Rockets, Kadan and Nicole were brilliant. The trick was more than impressive as  Nicole was shown in two pieces without a box or any other object obscuring the view.

Another dog act was passed through this week with homeless contestant, and OCD sufferer,  Pato and his dog Ginger.  The talented pooch rode a scooter and stood on a tight wire as part of this act and the audience were enthralled. So too were the judges who gave the act four thumbs up.

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Pato and Ginger

14 year old self- taught contortionist Sofie Dossi came on and wowed everyone. Her father made her props and the talented girl ended with a “Katniss Everdeen” Hunger Games style  bow and arrow display. Only this Katniss performed the trick with her feet.

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Sofie Dossi

It would have been nice to see more of the Arkansas choir that only got a snippet of air time. They sounded inspirational and impressive. They were certainly good enough that the judges all voted them through.

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The Gloryland Pastor’s Choir.

Two backup singers, The Smiths; a married couple,  knocked it out of the park with their duet. Singing a cover of the great Aretha Franklin’s “You’re All I Need to Get By” the couple killed it.

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The Smiths

After an interlude of clowns, all of whom were buzzed off by Simon, who has a severe dislike of clowns, things progressed until there  was one act left.

Brian Justin Crum came out and told his story. Bullied as  child for being fat and gay, the young man worked to lose the weight and followed his dream to sing. The performer knocked it right out of the park and got a standing ovation after his rendition of  Queen’s hit “Somebody to Love.” Even Simon stood to applaud the young man’s skill.

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Brian Justin Crum

The talent level of this year’s America’s Got Talent is high and the acts varied.  So far in week five there have been a number of entertainers who have impressed the judges and the crowd. Last night another acrobatic act wowed the audience as well as a knife throwing act.

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays on NBC. Tune in and enjoy the talent on offer. For those who missed the performances there are a few videos below. A nice mix of what was on offer. Enjoy.

The Mindy Project: Freedom Tower Women’s Health – Jody (Review)

Osha Roquemore as Tamra

The last few episodes of The Mindy Project have not been kind to Dr.Jody Kimball-Kinney.  Last week,  after admitting he slept with his sister-in-law,  Jody was smacked in the face by his brother. This week in “Freedom Tower Women’s Health” his troubles escalate, while he attempts to get together with Mindy.

In the previous episode, Dr. Lahiri broke up with her football coach boyfriend (Jay R. Ferguson) and her son lost out on becoming a  star after Mindy’s actions got Leo fired. Jody stopped by to offer commiserations and the two kissed. 

After the romantic smooch, Mindy apologizes and Jody goes to break up with Courtney.  This goes awkwardly as she believes that Jody means to propose to her.  He gives up and later Courtney arrives at work furious. Her boyfriend has given her Chlamydia and Courtney confronts him in his office.

After her shock announcement Jody breaks up with her, or vice versa as she throws his drink in his face. Then  to add insult to injury  Courtney tells the reception area that  Jody gave her Chlamydia. Kimball-Kinney, via text message,  then informs Mindy that he and Courtney have broken up.

She insists they go out immediately but Jody suggests waiting for 7 – 10 days, giving the antibiotics a chance to work.  Mindy declines the wait.  After their meal she forces him to go upstairs to be ravaged. Meanwhile, Morgan and Jeremy go to see Danny about his edict that Mindy cannot date.

The two men meet with Danny and his girlfriend, Sarah. She has issues with Mindy as Danny still apparently has feelings for the mother of his child.  Sarah meets with Dr. Lahiri and after they  talk for a bit, Danny’s fiancee realizes that Mindy is clearly over  her intended.

Morgan goes back to see Danny and insists that he tell Mindy that he is engaged to Sarah. He also texts his boss to tell her that Jody has Chlamydia. This ends the evening of fun that Mindy had planned as Jody will not mention the STD until Mindy prompts him. She kicks him out of her apartment.

As usual The Mindy Project offered up some splendid bits of comedy.  Courtney storming through the office and tossing the drink in Jody’s face was funny. The entire STD thing, where she tells the world that Kimball-Kenney gave it to her,  is hilarious yet cringeworthy.

The reactions of his staff, especially Tamra, was equally funny and the text gag was brilliant. (After  Kemball-Kenney admits to having the STD he asks the staff to tell no one. The two women decide this does not include texting and they begin to type.) Jody’s increasingly desperate search for a condom at Mindy’s place was spot on right up to and including the banana and sandwich bag moment.

Garret Dillahunt does comedy brilliantly and his delivery in this episode was spot on. Mindy Kaling is, as usual, excellent as the sexually focussed ob-gyn and single mother. As Dr. Lahiri,  Kaling knocks it out the park weekly. She manages to convey  a certain amount of eccentricity along with her ability to turn every thought she has into sex.

Sadly, it appears that Jody’s reluctance to reveal his STD status to Mindy may have shot down this blooming romance and sexual pursuit in its first stages.  As she kicks Jody out of her apartment, she says, with disappointment and a bit of anger, “I liked you too.”

It appears that Dr. Kimball-Keney may have spoilt his chances with Mindy full stop.

The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays on Hulu.

Pretty Little Liars: Bedlam – All Roads Lead to Radley…Again (Review)


You have to  love all the Pretty Little Liars with their tendency to point fingers at nearly everyone as suspect when things go pear shaped (wrong).  Last week saw A.D. texting out testily to the Liars and “Beldam” sees all roads leading to Radley, again.  In season six it seemed everyone who went to school with the Liars spent time the the town’s asylum. Now it appears that it may be a prerequisite for most,  if not all, of  Rosewood’s denizens to have spent time there.

Back to Emily:  In the previous episode she jumped to the conclusion that Ali killed Charlotte based on her friend’s delirious call to the Almighty after she questioned her. Now she thinks she could be wrong. Especially after getting the “midnight” phone call from Alison begging her for help.

Rollins, the secret Brit, who must be A.D. (if he is not he certainly seems to have a vested interest in torturing his wife Ali for no apparent reason,) changes the visiting rules. Only family are allowed in to see DiLaurentis, although that is not a firm and fast rule as he throws “Aunty” Mary Drake (aka Jessica DiLaurentis) out with Emily.

Drake has angry words with Rollins afterward and Em watches with interest through the glazed opaque glass wall.  Even the silhouettes look angry so it is easy to tell that someone is having a falling out.

Aria and Ezra’s book effort hits a stumbling block when Liam (who volunteered to help on their co-authored book) lets his green-eyed monster out of the bag. He pretty much accuses Ezra, Aria’s former English teacher,  of being Humbert Humbert from “Lolita.” Liam also demands that chapters be re-written so the rest of the world will not see a “Lolita” connection. Ezra is not pleased and sees through Liam’s anger dressed as constructive criticism.

Hanna, who has returned from captivity with the help of Mary Drake, has flashbacks of  meeting cute with her ex fiancé Jordan.  Hanna also has another  memory; her  breakup. with Jordan. She remembers what happened  when she  discovers that the bar where they met has been torn down. Poor Hanna reacts badly.

Spencer’s mother fires her for being unfocussed and spending too much time on her friends.  Mary Drake is working her way through the Liars, meeting them individually and, apparently, trying to befriend them all.

Jessica DiLaurentis’ twin sister trots out her own sad backstory, which manages to pin the death of an infant on her dead sibling, that ends with Mary in Radley. Lucas, Hanna’s savior with a multi-million dollar deal looks as trustworthy as a snake with a switchblade. He also looks a bit off…

Pretty Little Liars ends with Ali being drugged via her intravenous drip and having her gurney moved out of her solitary confinement space and down the hall.  As Alison looks on fearfully the double doors at the end of the hallway open to reveal a bright white light.

Season seven of the series has allowed the girls to grow up. It is, after all, five years (plus) later.  This has been a mixed blessing as the characters can now dress like grown women but still suffer from a “high school” mentality when it comes to their impression of the Scooby Gang.

In term of performances, all bring much to the table. They have had six seasons to really learn their characters and it shows.  Sadly, this last trip to Rosewood may be a little contrived (As if the first six seasons were not?).  It will, however,  be interesting to see who made those Mission Impossible type masks and  learn just who Rollins really is.

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays on Freeform.


Uncle Buck – Going to Jail Party/I Got This – Show Finding Its Feet (Review) Mr Creepy Neighbor


After despairing at last week’s episodes with their  poor parent/Uncle Buck mix (and slapping two episodes together as well as being  out of order which is still the case this week) the show has turned things around with “Going to Jail Party” and “I Got This.”  Episode four is all about Will and Alexis worrying about Miles’ impulsiveness and where it comes from. It is also about pranking a neighbor and providing a comedic highlight. Perhaps the best in the series thus far.

“Going To Jail Party” focuses on parent teacher meetings for all three children and this shifts the parents to a smaller portion of the storyline. This move does not hurt the characters  but serves to let their humor come out smart and snappy.

Miles is in trouble at school for staging a race between the biology class’s white rat and the first grade class’  hamster Sprinkles.  The race goes badly and Maizy is upset that her brother’s actions  caused the school  pet to be injured.   Alexis learns of the stunt and when his teacher explains that Miles  acts without thinking of consequences, she first blames their Uncle Buck.

At the house, the kids and their uncle party down with loud music and are having fun till “Mr. Creepy Neighbor” calls the police.  They retaliate with a hysterical prank. Without giving too much away, it involves the family dog, a spider suit and a giant web.

(The revenge prank by the neighbor was equally funny since it made Buck scream like a girl.)

This was easily  the best episode in the series so far.

The mix was perfect with less time given to the grown ups and more on the Uncle Buck/children interaction.  It had more of a “John Candy” feel to it. The storyline was focussed more on the kids and Alexis’s realization that Miles gets his impulsiveness from her was also funny.

“I Got This” did run parallel storylines with the parents attempting to “sex up” their relationship and once again featured more of Uncle Buck bonding with the children.  From helping Miles with his first  crush to sorting out Tia’s social life Buck’s hands are full. On top of his “manny” responsibilities he also has to support his team the Chicago  Bulls with his lucky ball.

Uncle Buck is also about the kids’ manny turning over a new leaf. There was, perhaps, a bit too much time spent on the parents with their anniversary celebration but the main storyline was spot on.

Miles’ first crush is a little girl with more piercings in her face than Carter has little pills and Buck is horrified. He can see that this young lady is years ahead of Miles and not a good match at all. He manages to keep it together, interfering only when needed until the pierced girl breaks out the beer.

Tia has issues with her friends after she lies about going out on Twitter.  Maizy watches Uncle Buck’s zombie movie and freaks out. Buck makes Tia’s problem worse and makes Miles angry.

The Bulls lose and Buck ends up ready to quit his manny job.

If the series can continue on this vein, more along the lines of “Going to Jail Party” which was very funny, although “I Got This” was almost as good.  More comedy like the spider gag would not go amiss and would help the “JC” quotient.

This tendency to slap two episodes together does not bode well for Uncle Buck however.  Whether this has been done to facilitate the upcoming holiday or an effort to get things over with in  a hurry is not known.

Uncle Buck  airs Tuesdays on ABC.  Hang in there, the show is getting better. Tune in and see what you think.


Hunters: Pretending to See the Future – Finnerman an Exalted? (Review)

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Hunters zooms toward its season one finale and in “Pretending to See the Future”  things come to a head between Truss Jackson and Ruth Finnerman.  McCarthy makes a surprise reappearance. Regan and Flynn grab Carp’s son and Carp loses his head.  Musa was injured at the hotel attack and things begin to point to Finnerman being an Exalted.

At the start of the episode Truss is at church with his family after being removed from the ETU by Finnerman. A man dressed as a missionary finds Jackson’s car and plants a sonic bomb under it. Truss and his family narrowly escape being killed. Jackson calls Finnerman claiming that Hunters have tried to kill him.

As Flynn gets coffee for himself and Regan, the news is blaming the hotel massacre on a lone shooter. The two track down Carp and kidnap his son instead of the arms dealer. The young man is dying of leukemia and they learn that he is meant to have Regan’s blood injected as a cure.

Pablo begins to die and starts going through a seizure. Regan injects the blood and Carp’s son responds well. He announces himself cured and then dies horrifically.

While the two ETU agents wait for Carp to show up Jackson meets Briggs at a safe house. Finnerman’s “boy” is there to kill Truss and he gets the upper hand, temporarily. Briggs shoots his old boss in the shoulder and Jackson escapes. Shortly after he talks his would be assassin out of killing him.

Flynn and Regan wait to meet Carp at the docks. A car; its speakers playing loud rock music, pulls up and stops. The lights blind the two agents. Regan calls out to Carp and the weapon dealer’s head comes flying out of the vehicle.

It is McCarthy and he wants to swap sides. He has been exiled by Musa and he wants to strike back.

Musa r is paranoid now that his healing powers have been damaged by the attack on the hotel.  He demands that everyone prove who they are and afterward he tells Abby about the Exalted. Musa claims that they are there.

He also tells her that they want to stop the purge. After their little talk the ship can be seen in a giant hanger. Whether this means that they really intend to escape and not blow up the world remains to be seen.

Finnerman gets a text from Briggs asking her to meet him at the safe house. She arrives and discovers that Briggs has gone back to Jackson. After a short bit of conversation  Truss explains that his old boss  crossed a line attacking his family.  He apparently  shoots Ruth Finnerman although it is not a head shot.

There are flashback throughout the episode where Truss re-lives his first exposure to Hunters. He also remembers the first time they use Echo Protocol to kill innocents to protect the secret.

Rather interestingly, Ruth, despite her family line recitation of ancestors who have served their country,  seems less than human. Something about Finnerman is odd. Her tunnel visioned mission to stop the Hunters and  lack of  emotions about family and killing innocents makes her seem less than human.

Listening to Musa talk of the Exalted; who also want to stop the Hunters makes one wonder if she is one. Disguised, as the Hunters are, to be human. Her position in the ETU makes for the perfect cover and allows her to stop Hunters.

This may seem a little far out but the woman’s behavior is less human and more automaton. Finnerman ruthlessly goes after everything that protects the secret. It also   allows her to kill more Hunters. Could Ruth be an Exalted Hunter?

Along the way Emme tells Flynn that she still loves Abby regardless of whether she is human or not.

Next week’s episode is the season one finale.  Will the Hunters use the ship to go home as Musa claims or will they destroy  the planet.

Hunters is deadly serious with no humor to lighten the load. Show creator  Natalie Chaidez has given us a grim and suspenseful science fiction thriller. It is a world  where the terrorists are aliens who are different from us under their skin. 

(Sidenote: There was one moment that was unintentionally funny. After Musa goes through the proving ceremony. Liana cuts her arm to the “bone” and shows her inner Hunter. Holding the bloody limb up in the air she states, “One of us.” Meant to be a serious moment, it brought to mind the dinner scene from Tod Browning’s 1932 cult film Freaks.  All that was needed was the “Gooba  gobble”  part of the line to make it complete.)

The season finale “New Holy Ground”  airs July 11 after the show takes a break for the Fourth of July.


Guilt: Exit Wounds – Getting It So Wrong (Review)


Guilt on Freeform continues to irritate rather than entertain.  “Exit Wounds “keeps getting it so wrong in terms of the law in England.  This week it is specifically gun laws and the reactions of the “Old Bill” (slang for police) to guns and their use in self defense.  First of all the courts and law enforcement do not really want the citizenry to defend themselves.

The cops would much rather find your cold dead body and then work to prosecute the culprit rather than find you standing over your assailant victorious and unharmed. Violence, in the United Kingdom,  is left to the experts, i.e. the police.

This is, after all, the country where celebrity Myleene Klass was strongly rebuked in 2010 for “brandishing a knife” at intruders in her home. She was alone there with her child and flashed the kitchen implement in an effort to make them leave. The cops were not best pleased.

In terms of using a gun as self defense, Norfolk farmer Tony Martin was arrested in 1999 and done for murder after shooting at two  burglars. He killed one and did three years for defending himself and his property.

It is highly unlikely that the Old Bill would have been so understanding toward Mrs. Linley for getting a hunting rifle out to defend her husband and home. (Granted she shot her cheating hubby and Patrick Ryan and then lied about it. Regardless of her telling the detective’s “porkies” (slang for lies) they would  not responded so sympathetically.)

(One last sidenote about the rifle.  Gun laws in the UK are beyond stringent. Owners must have a proper certificate and the weapon, if stored at home, must be in a locked case.  Not to mention that in all likelihood the thing should have been a shotgun rather than a proper hunting rifle with a scope. Guns in the UK are exorbitantly priced and while a university professor may be able to afford a weapon that would cost thousands of pounds to own, it is unlikely.)

Back to the plot: This week Guilt sees Mrs. Linley paying a visit to her wounded husband and Grace.  Patrick is seen to by his girlfriend, aka Madame Prosecutor and  then turned in. Stan’s plan to recover Molly’s phone goes awry when the blackmailer turns out to be much cleverer   than he is. James is definitely not a nice man and the prince apparently got Molly pregnant.

Grace falters under the weight of all the haters on social media and overdoses on her sisters sleeping pills. Natalie feels responsible and when she waits to visit Grace meets the reporter who tipped Patrick Ryan off previously.

It does seem that the prince is the one with something to hide. He goes to intimidate  DS Bruno and it seems to work. (Which is rather interesting as the royal family have no real power at all.)  But this move can be somewhat overlooked as it appears that the prince has  information on Bruno that the detective sergeant does not want out.

Right now the prince probably  wants his visits to the “50 Shades” club kept secret. It would also seem that he wants any news of his being the father of the child Molly was carrying when she died kept quiet as well.

There was one high note in the third episode of Guilt. The bus scene with the blackmailer, her man and the Manchester football supporters, aka hooligans. It was odd that they got involved with the little fracas with the backpack. (Although later it all makes perfect sense.) At the end of the scene, Gutterie postures and threatens only to be head butted in the face and it is priceless.

It seems that the ex-pat lawyer is not “all that” after all.

Grace does a “Paula Deen” and speaks to her haters, except it appears to be either on periscope or snapchat and not on video. Her spiel goes over well and she gets a flood of support.  Herein lies the main problem (apart from the English things that are off) with Guilt.

We have a dead pregnant girl, slashed to rag doll ribbons that was the BFF of Grace Atwood. Thus far the amount of tears shed for her dead bestie would not fill a shot glass or an egg cup. Self centered to the nth degree, it has all been about Daisy’s pain and upset. Most annoying.

Guilt airs  Mondays  on Freeform.  Stop by and see how you feel about the show and Grace. It may get better. For example, Natalie was far less irritating this week…