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Supernatural Season 13 (2005-?)


Supernatural Season 13 (2005-?)

Network:

CW

Creator:

Eric Kripke

Starring:

Jensen Ackles

Jared Padalecki

Misha Collins

Samantha Smith

Mark Pellegrino

Ruth Connell

Alexander Calvert

Kim Rhodes

Briana Buckmaster

Jim Beaver

Plot:

Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters”, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Review:

I make myself wait until an entire season of Supernatural is complete and on Netflix before I watch because I can’t take the torture of watching it week by week. I started watching it by binging and watching it any other way just doesn’t work.

Season 12 was a great season, in my opinion one of the best, so I expected there to be a dip with Season 13 and I do feel like there was one. 13 had Sam, Jared Padalecki, seemingly stepping back from all the growth he’d made in the previous season. He was back to being in Dean, Jensen Ackles, shadow, following his lead, and not really doing much. It was a return to previous seasons and I, personally, dislike steps back, especially if they last an entire season.

At the end of Season 12 we saw a lot of death, since it’s Supernatural a lot of that was overridden or alternatre reality versions of the same characters were reintroduced. It’s one of the things that I love about the show, people rarely stay dead. Charlie, Felicia Day, is back and I’m beyond excited about it. I am concerned about bringing back Bobby, Jim Beaver, because I love his character so much but the boys have kind of moved on. Well, I say that but really have they? Nah, you can never move on from Bobby.

Mary, Samantha Smith, continues to make some selfish decisions this season. I understand that her life, or lack thereof, has been rough, but the shit her sons have been through you’d think she’d want to stick around. Instead she seems to be looking for ways to get away from them. She’s a hunter, sure, but she’s always pushing her boys away, it feels like there’s no love there.

Lucifer, Mark Pellegrino, was the main evil this season. They worked with him off and on, which had me shaking me head because you could see the betrayal coming a mile off. He’s evil and needed to be gone a while ago, though, I always enjoy how Pellegrino plays him. The finale had him and Dean fighting in a pretty amusing fight that had them thrashing about in the air before he was ultimately killed by Dean with the aid of Sam.

The big new addition to this season was Jack, Alexander Calvert, for a while you don’t know if he’s going to be bad or good and while he spent most of his time on the good side I can see some issues in his future. I’ve never been a huge fan of adding a younger cast mate to a show as a sort of newbie (I’m looking at you final season of Charmed) but he grew on me. I can see a future there and I really hope that they roll with it and don’t just kill him off for the emotional impact.

Best episode of the season was by far the Scooby Doo episode. Oh my god that was incredible, it has easily joined the list of my favorite Supernatural episodes and I can’t wait to watch it over and over. It was perfect.

Least favorite episode of the season was the finale. It was super predictable and I’m a bit tired of the whole angel possessing one of the brothers thing. It’s happened a lot, though, it has been a while. Feels like a throwback. I also thought the fight between Dean and Lucifer looked silly, their legs flailing in the air. Dean did look hot in the hipster hat though, so that was nice.

Biggest disappointment of the entire season though was that Wayward sisters didn’t get picked up. Jodi, Kim Rhodes, and Donna, Briana Buckmaster, are some of my favorite characters. I had such high hopes for that show. Supernatural with all women, how could you not want that? Huge loss, still sad.

My hope for season 14 is that Sam returns to being his own man and not just Dean 2.0. I hope that Jack doesn’t go bad and that he embraces the flannel and life of being a hunter. I hope that Dean is saved quickly and something else happens. I hope there is more Bobby, though, please don’t have him hook up with Mary. (It’s going to happen, I know it, I’ll deal when it does) I hope there is more Charlie too. Also, every episode is a Scooby Doo episode. Surely, that’s not too much to ask?

4/5

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The Flash Season 3 (2014-?)

The Flash Season 3 (2014-?)

Network:

CW

Creator:

Greg Berlanti

Geoff Johns

Andrew Kreisberg

Starring:

Grant Gustin

Candice Patton

Danielle Panabaker

Plot:

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he’s been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Review:

For the first half of the season I watched episodes about a week or so after they aired on my DVR, then we got rid of cable and I had to watch them online on CWs website. Eventually I couldn’t take that anymore and I decided to wait until they were up on Netflix.

I don’t know if it was the waiting in between episodes or maybe watching shows like Silicon Valley and Westworld that made me unable to really get back into enjoying The Flash. It was cheesy, but took itself way too seriously, and the story felt like the same thing they’ve been telling over and over. Plus the whole Iris is going to die thing felt like it was dragged on forever and I just wanted it to be over and didn’t care what happened.

I dropped Arrow earlier in the season because I wasn’t enjoying it anymore, I know everyone else thinks it’s a return to the glory days, but I just didn’t like it. I think, and this makes me sad to say, I think I’m going to drop The Flash too. That leaves me with just DC Legends of Tomorrow because I dropped Supergirl after the first episode of the second season.

Maybe I’ll watch the crossovers. Not sure. Is this the end of an era for me?

3/5

Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

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Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Network:

PBS

Starring:

Hugh Bonneville

Phyllis Logan

Elizabeth McGovern

Michelle Dockery

Laura Carmichael

Dan Stevens

Plot:

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Review:

I watched the first season way back when it first aired but then canceled cable and totally forgot about it until I saw it on Amazon Prime. I ended up not re-watching the first season because I could remember the major points and I flew through the rest.

Mary, Michelle Dockery, was my least favorite character. When Lady Edith, Laura Carmichael, called her a bitch in the final season I nearly shouted, “Finally!” I really did not understand why the man she wound up with even liked her. She was nicer to Matthew, Dan Stevens, in the second season and she wasn’t bad in the third season, but all others she was horrible.

Loved watching the characters grow, I did think the fact that the Bate’s were almost always being framed for murder a bit tedious. All in all I could have enjoyed several more seasons of the show and now I’m trying to find something similar to it.

4/5

3% (2016-?)

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3% (2016-?)

Network:

Netflix

Starring:

João Miguel

Bianca Comparato

Michel Gomes

Plot:

A thriller set in a world sharply divided between progress and devastation, where people are given the chance to make it to the “better side” but only 3% of the candidates succeed.

Review:

There’s a lot you still don’t know about the world by the time the series is over. Most of the episodes and time were spent on developing characters, explaining why they were there, and showing just how far they would go to be chosen. It was interesting and compelling enough to keep me awake in the middle of the night while I was nursing my newborn.

The one character I really liked, Fernando, Michel Gomes, ended up getting shafted which I didn’t like. I didn’t hate the other characters, though, so it didn’t kill my desire to find out what happens next.

I was really happy to see that it has already been picked up for a second season. I hope we find out more about the world, specifically the Offshore which is where the 3% go.

4/5

Travelers (2016-?)

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Travelers (2016-?)

Network:

Netflix

Starring:

Eric McCormack

MacKenzie Porter

Nesta Cooper

Plot:

Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century. These travelers assume the lives of others, while attempting to save humanity from a terrible future.

Review:

Once again Netflix sprung something on me I hadn’t heard anything about. I think I might be hanging out in the wrong places on the Internet.

As soon as I saw this was about time travel I knew I had to give it a try. Sure it was set in present day so there would be no cool settings, but whatever, Continuum was pretty cool when I watched it.

After watching two episodes I had to bail. I just can’t handle the slow pace. The concept is fine, but there wasn’t any kind of reveal that made me want to stick around. None of the characters were super appealing either. I guess I was supposed to be drawn in by the fact that they were disarming a dark matter bomb, but I was never on the edge of my seat. I didn’t care. The stakes weren’t properly revealed to make me care, just little vague hints.

Oh well, one less show I have to watch.

2/5