The Path: The Father and the Son – There Is No Light (Review)

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As the title suggests “The Father and the Son” is all about Eddie and Hawk,  as well as the burgeoning relationship between the Lane teenager and Cal. The Path this week also brings Richard and Kodiak that bit closer to learning the truth about Steve and The Light.

It is interesting to note that this episode brings things full circle in terms of Eddie and his discovery at the start of season one that Steve was dead that there was no light. Lane is also being followed, like the young woman who thought her husband had been murdered by the cult last year.

Once again things are taking a more sinister turn and it seems that Richard has already worked out that Cal wrote the last rungs.  Like anyone who seeks the truth behind a lie,  Richard is stumbling a bit. He believes, to an extent, that Cal and his appointed “co-leader” Sarah wrote the last rungs.

Richard enlists the aid of Kodiak to bring Steven close enough to them to ask the question. He believes that Steve is not in the light and both men now think that the man who pushed their leader off the mountain was Cal and not Eddie.

As they perform the ceremony to ask Steve about where he is, Kodiak jerks and tells Richard that “there is no light.” He also reveals that Steve is not in the light since it does not exist. It looks like the whole organization is in danger of imploding.

Cal’s confession to Sarah has not, as he seemingly believed it would, brought Eddie’s wife closer to him. She now distrusts Cal more than ever and is becoming increasingly paranoid about his killing of Silas.

At one point the police show up at the gate as Sarah is returning to the compound. She believes they are there to arrest Cal.  Instead they inform the cult leader that Hawk and Noa were involved with breaking a window on the DaKeer mansion.

Meanwhile Mary seems to be leaning towards wanting Cal to be the father of her unborn baby and in the process is pushing Sean away. Abe is having issues with his wife about being undercover in the group and not spending any time with his family.

Hawk moves to be closer to Cal, whom he now sees as a father-figure since Eddie became a Denier. His father is less than pleased at this latest turn of events and threatens Cal, “I will murder you, before I let you take him away from me.”

Eddie is being followed by a member of the movement after his confrontation with Cal at the center. After getting together with Chloe at a local casino, he spies the man again. Confronting him angrily results in security intervening and punching Eddie out.

Lane awakens on a hospital gurney and is told that he reacted badly to all the alcohol he drank. Eddie spends most of this episode distraught that his son is cutting him off.

Hawk tells his father that it is too hard and it is tearing Eddie apart. Whether it is Eddie’s defection and the realization that Cal may not be telling the truth about Steve, the movement founder, but the whole thing appears to be falling apart.

Sarah expresses doubts to Eddie; most likely brought about by Cal’s confession of murder. Richard and Kodiak stumble across the same “truth” that Eddie saw in his vision last season. A truth that started the believer on his journey of self discovery.

Eddie’s journey has shown him that the entire movement was a lie and that Steve Meyer, at the end, realized that he put his faith in “the wrong son.” Cal is on a path that will lead to his self destruction and the downfall of the movement.

His “threatening” behavior in the parking garage proves that he is still capable of acting dangerously and unpredictably. Cal’s interests continually take precedence over that of the group’s.

Finally we have Abe, who talks about his father not wanting children as he spends no time with his own. The FBI agent appears to be faltering on his own journey to taking Cal down.

This episode also features two moments where men who love their wives come dangerously close to being physically abusive. Abe, who roughly grabs his wife’s arm and Eddie who roughly grabs Sarah, although he does let her go immediately. Abe, on the other hand, is clearly angry and it takes him a few moments to release his wife’s arm.

The Path airs Wednesdays on Hulu. Tune in and watch this fascinating look at cults from the pen of Jessica Goldberg.

Cast:

Guest starring Britne Oldford as Noa and Leven Rambin as Chloe.

The Mick: The Country Club – Caddyshack Poop Attack (Review)

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It is all too tempting to call foul on this episode of The Mick. However…This is not, as it first appears, a rip off of Caddyshack. It is instead a gleeful homage that turns that iconic Baby Ruth scene into a poop attack on not just one but two characters in the show.

This episode reveals that the Pemberton’s may have 30 percent of their funds frozen but they have plenty of money left. They are also still members of the country club and have a luxury apartment on ice.  Money manager Barry explains that he knew nothing about the tax issue and Chip tells about Sabrina’s poop in the pool story.

They also learn about gossip columnist Oliver Fishburn’s article about the Pemberton’s problems and the kids decide to take the writer on. Mickey is excited to learn that they are members of a country club, which Chip hastens to explain that his aunt is not a part of.

The action shifts to the club where Sabrina makes things worse and Chip discovers that in the golf competition he has been “demoted” to playing with the local concrete tycoon.

“The Country Club” follows the Pemberton family attack on the gossip columnist.  Operation Poop is meant to humiliate the writer and despite Mickey’s intricate plan, the whole thing falls apart upon its execution.

By the end of the episode, Sabrina ends up with a “roll” of fudge that everyone believes is her poop and Mickey assaults Fishburn with hot sauce. Alba has passed out after drinking far too many mojitos and the only two Pemberton family members to emerge unscathed are Ben and Chip.

The plot this week has Sabrina having to become an willing ally to her aunt when the plan she starts falls apart. Mickey taking on the columnist also fails, she throws an Apple laptop into a fountain that does not belong to the writer and she has to retreat.

Alba gets wasted on mojitos and spends a fortune on a spa afternoon with Ben. Chip, who has become a personal favorite as portrayed by Thomas Barbusca (he joins Carla Jimenez and Kaitlin Olson), manages to almost eclipse the main storyline with his version of this “Caddyshack” homage.

After the golf tournament, where he and Jerry, along with their two Japanese partners, come last the concrete magnate lies and tells the club that Chip got a hole in one. In any golf club in the world this means the player must treat everyone to a drink at the 19th hole.

Chip is furious but then embellishes his “fame.” Telling  politically incorrect jokes and working the room until the club president calls him into the office with charges that he lied about the hole in one.

Jerry saves the day by bribing the two Japanese players, who pointed out the lie, and when the president apologizes about the whole thing, Chip rips into the man with a vengeance.

It is pure Chip.

The episode’s poop finale, with Sabrina rushing to push the columnist into the pool with that fudge “lookalike” fails. She re-lives her earlier humiliation  and the “pool panic” when she grabs the roll of fudge replicated the Caddyshack scene before the groundskeeper moment in the film.

Everyone in this episode got a chance to shine. This ensemble cast is meshing together perfectly and every segment of this brilliantly funny show increases the comedy quotient exponentially.

The Mick continues to push the boundaries of good taste while delivering more laughs per square inch of film than any other comedy out there at the moment. The series unapologetically goes for the jugular with whatever works.

The series airs Tuesdays on FOX and should not be missed. Who else has the brass to pay such a loving homage to a 1980’s iconic comedy. This episode, like the rest in this opening season was spot on. Go now and watch this brilliantly un-PC comedy show.

Cast:

Guest starring Paul Ben-Victor as Jerry Berlin, Jason Kravits as Barry, Sam Pancake as Oliver Fishburn, Avery Wada as Dai Yamaguchi, Toshiya Agata as Jun Yamaguchi and Thomas Crawford as club president.

The OA: Champion – Learning (Review)

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The OA “Champion” gives more backstory to Prairie’s time in captivity.  We learn that Dr. Hunter, despite his degree, is not the sharpest tool in the shed. There is also some question as to whether or not he actually catches Prairie after her short abortive bid for freedom.

In fact the entire episode seems to indicate that Prairie’s fellow captives are not the sharpest tools in the collective shed either. Homer, who is paranoid that his “son” will believe he has deserted him is far too fixated on his unborn child to make any real sense.

The chap with the beard “Why the hell did you ruin it with mustard,” is obnoxious and also not a real clever clogs. At least the other female is not as aggressive or as single minded as the other two members of Hap’s “zoo.”

It is interesting to note that Dr. Hunter becomes conditioned quite easily by the blind Prairie, aka The OA. Like a case of Stockholm syndrome in reverse. He clearly believes that she poses no threat and allows her to act as “chief cook and bottle washer” while the other three captives stay in their humid little glass cells.

He gets so carried away with having her upstairs that he forgets to mention that he is allergic to tomatoes. When she attempts to poison him, with a load of crushed up sleeping pills, the effort goes awry when he has a reaction to the “stew” she made him.

Hap sends her to retrieve his backup epipen. She discovers the dead body of her predecessor laying in a bathtub filled with pinkish/lavender fluid. The not-so-good doctor explains that her death is not his fault after injecting himself with the epipen.

Later, Prairie shoves Hap backwards down the stairs to his holding cells. She then uses the cast iron skillet to break the kitchen window and climb outside the house.

As she stands on a precipice overlooking an odd landscape, she is knocked unconscious.  This may well be what “cures” her blindness. The hands holding the rifle must not belong to Hap as he could not have recovered from falling down those stairs that quickly.

In terms of “learning” Steve, still the most unpleasant of Prairie’s witnesses, finds that the kid he could beat up when they were younger is now tough enough to choke the meanness right out of him.

We also learn that the teacher has recommended the school bully and drug dealer for an alternative method of schooling.

In this episode much is revealed about the day-to-day existence in those glass cubicles. However, the almost reverential memories that Prairie has of Homer seem terribly misplaced.  So too are her earlier recollections where all the captives seem to be banded together.

As the story of The OA continues to unfold, it is becoming clear that some things here do not add up. Have the “supernatural” elements that interceded in Prairie’s earlier life in Russia stepped in once more? Or has Prairie “self-edited” her recent experiences?

The OA is streaming on Netflix and can be downloaded for viewing offline. All eight episodes are available for viewing.

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Agents of SHIELD: Hot Potato Soup – Raising Koenig (Review)

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At long last Agents of SHIELD in “Hot Potato Soup” bring back the Koenig’s and allows the agents to work out that May has been replaced with a Life Model Decoy, aka LMD. It took Simmons to remember that Radcliffe did a complete brain scan of May when she was affected by the Darkhold “ghosts” earlier in the season.

Last week, Phil revealed that he gave the book to Billy as he is good at making things disappear. This week sees three of the Koenig’s who were all “raised” with LT Koenig (played by the brilliant Artemis Pebdani) who rules them all.

(It is all too tempting to paraphrase Tolkien here: One Koenig to rule them all, One Koenig to find them, One Koenig to bring them all, and in SHIELD  bind them. Sorry…)

The Koenig storyline was interesting and the introduction of LT gave the show a strong, and powerful, female slant. Simmons, who works out the May issue, May the LMD, Aida, Quake and finally LT are all uber capable.

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LT Koenig ruling and binding them all…

On a sidenote: Pebdani must be super busy right now. Playing Linda on FOX’s Son of Zorn and nipping in quickly to play the “leader of the Koenig’s” on ABC. She manages to pull off both roles effortlessly and has become  a personal favorite.

This episode of Agents of SHIELD was impressive in terms of the LMD intricacy of plot and how each one empathizes with their original host. May, commiserating with Coulson while simultaneously trying to shoot him, and Radcliffe’s baiting of Fitz where the LMD tries to pull a Holden on him were highlights of the season.

The Koenig’s manage to help out to a degree but then blow it by giving the Darkhold to the wrong person. By the end of the episode the book has been lost, May is still MIA and The Superior believes, mistakenly, that Phil Coulson is behind all the issues in the Marvel-verse.

“Hot Potato Soup” had its fair share of laughs. The whole “who took my puppy” gag which prefaced Radcliffe’s realization that the Koenig they had in custody was the wrong one was truly funny.

Patton Oswalt killed it in this episode. Playing three versions of his character effortlessly and making each one funny, tough and “special.” The Quake crush was hysterical and it was fun to see Oswalt raising a little Koenig.

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(Sidenote: Loved the opening scene in the arcade and the self balancing hoverboards. The sequence then turning into a brief shoot em up with the Russian baddies being confused about their target was the perfect followup.)

The May LMD storyline actually had us feeling sad for the fake May and the LMD Radcliffe was revealing, unlike’s Agent May’s “clone,” it knew it was not the “real deal.” This storyline just gets better and better. The fake Holden even knows about Fitz’s problems with daddy…

Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays on ABC.

CAST:

Guest starring Patton Oswalt as Sam/Billy/Thurston Koenig, Artemis Pebdani as LT Koenig, John Pyper-Ferguson as Terence Shockley and Zach McGowan as The Superior.