Synopsis: A fire-based Wesen threatens to bury Portland in lava, and only Nick can stop him. Meanwhile, Adalind finds someone to help her with her pregnancy.
My thoughts: We finally got some headway on two of the main story lines:
1. Juliette remembers her Nick and their past together. Unfortunately, before everything clicked in to place… she once again pushed Nick again after a car wreck. This ofcouse means that he probably has learned his lesson and will move on.
2. Adalind meets with the gypsies and tells them what the terms are for her handing over her royal/hexenbiest child and that is the return of her powers. If she does not get them back, than she will terminate her pregnancy.
Regarding Nick, Monroe and the Captain’s case, they ofcouse rid the world of the Volcanalis by freezing him and allowing one of the victims of the creature’s crimes to shatter him into hundreds of pieces. But, it really was not the highlight of the episode, that was all Juliette. Now that she has her memories back, will she go after Nick quickly or take her time because she still has no many questions.
We shall see…
Next time: Nick and Hank investigate a series of event that suggests that there are aliens in Portland, possibly within the Wesen community. Meanwhile, Juliette remembers her more romantic memories of her time with Nick before the coma.
Synopsis: David reluctantly agrees to help Gold restore Belle’s memories, but they discover that Regina has given the amnesiac princess a new set of memories. Meanwhile, when Emma learns that Anton has the means to take everyone back to the Enchanted Forest, she must decide which world to live in. In the fairy tale world, Rumplestiltskin forces Belle to accompany him on a hunt for a thief that she freed.
My thoughts: There is something magical about Belle-centric episodes. In this episode, in our world, Regina makes Belle think she is a barfly named Lacey. Gold than finds himself trying to woo Lacey in order to get her true memories back. Even as Lacey, she sees good in Gold and that give him hope. But, then she leaves him in the dust in the middle of her date to go canoodle with a guy from the bar. She sees him attack the guy and that turns her on… they are turning into the couple that is always on Maury.
In the Fairy tale land, we look back at when Belle lived as Rumple’s servant in order to protect her kingdom from the ogres. Rumple is pissed at her because she helped Robin Hood escape. When he escaped he stole from Rumple and now Rumple is dragging Belle along for the pursuit. She sees that he is indeed a good man, when she leaves Robin Hood along as they learn that the reason Robin stole the wand was to heal Marian from her illness and sees that she is pregnant. Belle hugs him for his kind deed and you can see the change in his demeanor. This leads him to give her a library. Where is Peabo Bryson when you need him.
Now, this was all predicated by the fact that Gold is beside himself by the idea of offing Henry because he knows that it will end his relationship with his son, so he turns to Belle (while she is still in the hospital) for help.
It other Storybrooke news, Emma tipped off Regina about something happening. So, she follows the trucks tracks to the magic bean field… uh oh.
Also, Emma struggles with the idea of moving to Fairytale land and then there is the plotting of Tamara and Greg, who bring Hook back to Storybrooke to assist them in their attempt to take down this town.
Again, Belle and Rumple storylines are made to delight the viewers. I hope we see more of Robin, but I cannot wait to see what is up with the outsiders.
Synopsis: The Doctor and Clara meet the meet the mysterious Major Alex Palmer and psychic Emma Grayling at Caliburn House, who are in the midst of conducting a dangerous investigation into a spooky spectre known as the Witch of the Well. It is not long before the Doctor becomes involved in the ghost hunt, but the apparition might not be the only one with secrets.
My thoughts: For a brief moment I felt we were going to see some connection between the Christmas special where we met Clara for the first time, because if you recall in the special there was a haunted house and the house had a water feature that housed a creature that was tormenting the family that resided in the house. So, when we saw the ghostly figure in Hide, I for some reason kept thinking of Clara. But, I was proven wrong. What we got was a sci-fi-horror-gothic-romance. Yes, romance. No, it was not between Clara and the Doctor. Nope… it was between two of the ugliest creatures that have ever graced the small screen and who were split apart due to space and time.
While the doctor bungee-jumped into a parallel universe to retrieve the lovelorn creature to bring it back to its love and to also bring back the missing greatx10 granddaughter of the Major and the psychic (who were forgettable), we were left to wonder if these stories of love mirrored Clara and the Doctor… To tell you the truth, there are so many trust issues between these two characters that in all honesty… why would anyone think that there would be any type of romance between them.
What the episode did give us was a unique take on what goes bump in the night in that scary looking house on the hill that everyone is told to avoid.
Next time: The TARDIS is on a countdown to disaster when it crashes, and the Doctor has 30 minutes to find Clara and stop an explosion that will destroy his ship.
Synopsis: Evan finally tells Cat he loves her but also reveals he’s the one who lead Muirfield to Vincent. Gabe discovers proof that someone in the department was feeding information to the vigilante.
My thoughts: This was really an interesting episode because it killed off a major player in the show. But, by doing so… it tied up one storyline nicely and that storyline revolved around Evan. Yes, the doc is dead, but not after learning the truth about Cat’s mother and about the intentions of Muirfield. After being mortally wounded, he gave up his life valiantly in order to give Cat and Vincent a head start on their escape form the goons of Muirfield.
There were a couple of revelations in the episode; Cat acknowledged that she and Vincent would never have a normal life because of Muirfield, but that they would stick it out together. We learned that whatever questionable light was on Cat was turned off because Evan took the rap for being a leak in the NYPD and we also learned that Gabe suffers from an ailment that forces him to take a multitude of meds.
Next time: Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) comes clean to Cat (Kristin Kreuk) that he knows about Muirfield. Vincent (Jay Ryan) does not think Cat should trust Gabe and is suspicious of his intentions, which causes tension between them. Meanwhile, JT (Austin Basis) and Vincent finally find a new place to live.
The Vampire Diaries: Recap of S4:Ep19 – Pictures of You and Synopsis and Promo for The Originals
Synopsis: After making a decision that infuriates Klaus, Elijah presents Rebekah with challenge that could change her life. Caroline is upset to discover that Elena has ruined her plans for the perfect Senior Prom, so she turns to Klaus for help. Determined to get through to Elena, Damon and Stefan both attend the prom, but they quickly lose control of the evening. When Elena suddenly behaves in a violent and unexpected way, Matt seeks Rebekah’s help. Finally, Bonnie uncovers some terrifying news, and Klaus receives a message that could change everything.
My thoughts: Yet another dance graces the auditorium of Mystic Falls High and yet again it is a game changer. This time, the dance is the senior prom and it goes awry from the get-go as Elena steals the dress off of Caroline’s back. Of course, the episode does not deal with the pettiness and cattiness of dress stealing alone. Nope, there is a lot at stake and it all revolves around the cure, Silas, and Elena’s soul.
Let’s start off with Elena. The Salvatores are hell bent on flipping on her humanity and they realize that after she is being tortured to the point of death by Bonnie that the one feeling she is still harboring is fear. So, after subduing her they lock her up in their dungeon. Yes, the two Salvatores are still in love with Elena, but they are willing to keep the feelings and fears of what’s to come on the backburner.
Silas appeared to Bonnie as Jeremy in order to sway her into his corner. He wants to die, but to do so all those have passed would come back. That means Jeremy, Alaric, Aunt Jenna, etc… Yet, Bonnie initially knows that this cannot happen… so she fights him and Elena off, but in doing so we see her power go bonkers. By the end of the episode we see her approach Silas and we see and learn that his visage was disfigured by a witch for not returning her affections. Remember at the beginning of the episode when Bonnie was wary of assisting Silas. By the end of the episode, she changes her mind.
Elijah convinces Rebekah to be human for a day, this would convince him of his sister’s desire to be human is genuine and that she fully understands what it entails. So, she buys a dress off the rack and goes to the prom alone and watches as Elena wreaks havoc on the dance. Throughout the episode Matt tells Rebekah that she is a horrible person and should not be given the shot to be a human. Yet, when April is once again almost killed (by Elena this time), Rebekah rises to the occasion and saves her. This changes Matt’s perception of her… but that was not the twist. Silas approached Elijah as Rebekah and got his grubby hands on the cure.
There was a bright and tender moment and that was Tyler’s return to Mystic Falls in order to spend prom night with Caroline at Matt’s. Of course, Klaus showed up as Tyler was trying to leave, but once again he gave him a head start. Such a softie.
Regarding Klaus, he got a note from Katerina that a witch in his old haunt of New Orleans was out to get him, which sets up next week’s pilot for The Originals.
Next time: Klaus goes to New Orleans to investigate a mysterious piece of information about a plot against him. His research leads him to an old protege of him, Marcel, a vampire who is in control of both the humans and supernatural creatures of the city. Elijah is determined to help Klaus get his redemption, follows him and finds out that Hayley, who had visited the city searching for clues of her family, was captured by a powerful witch, Sophie. At the same time, in Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan go on with their plan with Elena, and Katherine reveals a vulnerability to Rebekah and asks her to make a message delivery.
Synopsis: The Doctor takes Clara to see the rings of the planet Akhaten and the Festival of Offerings. However, something stirs in a nearby pyramid and it demands a sacrificial offering,
My recap: Clara finally joins the Doctor on her first official jaunt as a companion. Yet, the episode began with the story of how Clara came to be. Remember the movie Up? That is kind of the feeling I got from the opening sequence. We see how her parents met and then they have a baby and they raise her. We see an incredible bond between Clara and her mother, which has left an indelible mark on her and is reflective in how she interacts with children.
Which was evident in how she interacts with the Queen of the Years, a little girl named Mary that has the responsibility of seven worlds on her shoulders. This causes her to run because if she fails at her task than the known universe will be eaten up by her Grandfather (a planet that eats planets). Clara gives Mary the confidence to do her job, but ultimately she fails and everyone is in a panic as the little girl is sucked to the Grandfather so she can feed it. Clara and the Doctor intervene, but even the Doctor’s impassioned tale of suffering is not enough to save the worlds. But, Clara and her little red leaf and all the memories and moments that should have taken place were it not for the untimely death of her Mother, saved everyone. Even after all this, the Doctor is still questioning who Clara is…
What I can say about Clara is that her sense of wonder is infectious. If I were in her shoes I would be the same way, wide-eyed and giddy. Also, when you see her be sympathetic… it kind of plucks at the heart strings because it is in those moments where we learn the most about her. In a way, she mirrors the Doctor.
I have a clarification for new Whovians and a question that I had after this episode:
1. Who is the Doctor’s granddaughter? It is Susan from the first version of Doctor Who.
2. We never really saw Clara’s mother pregnant. Is she something other than human?
Loved this episode.
Next time: In Cold War, it is 1983 and the Doctor and Clara land on a Russian nuclear submarine trapped beneath the Arctic ice. A ghostlike alien haunts the ship, and threatens to drive the crew to the brink of madness.
Synopsis: Rosalee is called to jury duty and takes on a lawyer with unusual powers of persuasion.
My recap: The Scooby gang once again worked together to solve the mystery of the Fuchsbau attorney (Fox-like creatures known for being extremely sly) and the tampering of the jury case. This story kind of centered on Monroe. His importance to the group is evident as he tips Nick and Hand on potential cases, assists them on Nick’s tasks that keeps the Wesen toeing the line and we saw both the soft side (helping Juliette) and scary side (defending Rosalee from an angry Fuchsbau) of Monroe.
The case in question revolved around a Fuchsbau who used toads to heighten his ability to sway a jury in his favor. When the Scooby gang succeeds to suppress the Fuchsbau’s ability, he goes to Rosalee’s shop to get help. Yet, when he sees that Rosalee (who was a juror on his failed case) works at the shop… he launches at her, but Monroe defends her and is stopped by Nick before he devoured him. The attorney in question is hauled to jail for assault.
Yes, we did continue to see Juliette unravel as the memories of her life with Nick bombard her, but it seems that the best part of this series is that of the evolution of the Justice League of Grimm.
There was a nice moment between Adalaide and Renard’s brother. The scary bit of this moment was the hinting of what might be coming down the line for Adalaide’s pregnancy, which may lead to her undoing…
Next time: In Ring of Fire, Nick (David Giuntoli) finds himself fighting a wildly different sort of nature freak in a desperate attempt to keep a volcano from burying Portland in lava. Meanwhile a pregnant Adalind (Claire Coffee) meets a powerful new ally (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) in Europe. Meanwhile, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) seeks out help after becoming overwhelmed by the latest side effect of her recovery – multiple memories of Nick showing up everywhere. Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee and Bree Turner.
Arrow: S1:Ep.19 – Unfinished Business
Synopsis: A woman at Oliver’s club dies of Vertigo and Oliver confirms that The Count is apparently not responsible. However, when The Count escapes, Oliver sets out to bring him in and finds out who is really responsible for the drug distribution. Meanwhile, Quentin gets a lead that takes him to Tommy as the suspected distributor, and Tommy has to take extreme measures to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, on the island, Oliver continues his studies with Slade and Shado.
My recap: Vertigo, the dug, makes a lethal return to Starling City and it has its crosshairs on Ollie’s club. Unfortunately, the creator of Vertigo has turned all Shakespearean in his insanity… so we spend our time trying to figure out who created the new more lethal version of the dreaded drug.
Back on the island we see Ollie learning more about Slade as she teaches him to be a better fighter. Who knew slapping water could help someone learn archery.
What was interesting was when:
1. Laurel’s Dad sets his sights on Tommy and his underhanded dealings; i.e. taking 10 grand from the club in order to pay off an official from inspecting the club and also suspecting him of dealing Vertigo at the club. Yet, it was all a ruse so Tommy could protect Ollie and his “Hooded” endeavors. Yet, when Ollie questions why Tommy bribed an official… Tommy throws it in Oliver’s face that he does not kill people and that in the last six months he has not done anything that should make Oliver question him. As a result, he quits and then Tommy goes to his father for a job!!!!!!
2. Digg goes after Dead Shot via handing over vital info to an old friend named Lila.
Of course, Oliver’s identity always gets compromised and he manages to mend the issue before it gets him in big trouble. This time, we learn that it is a Psych Ward Doc’s need to make money that makes him want to re-create and improve vertigo. This doc captures Oliver, but Oliver and Diggle get the best of these amateurs. Yet, he cannot kill the original maker of Vertigo, since he has become a shadow of what he once was.
Next time: In Home Invasion, Oliver and his team go after Deadshot, only to discover that ARGUS plans to capture the assassin… and recruit him as an operative. Meanwhile, Roy seeks out The Hood while Laurel inadvertently drives a further wedge between Oliver and Tommy. And on the island, Shado teaches Oliver how to use the bow.
Supernatural: S8:Ep.19 – Taxi Driver
Synopsis: Kevin calls in Sam and Dean when he hears Crowley inside of his mind. The brothers end up turning to Ajay, a Reaper, to help Sam with the second trial of the Tablet. Meanwhile, Naomi secretly visits Dean and gives him vital information, forcing him to seek out Benny’s help.
My recap: A lot of stuff happened in this episode and it was gratifying, tragic, insightful, and alarming.
What was gratifying? Seeing Bobby, who was holed up in hell by Crawley. Sam travels to hell in order to complete his trial to be the right hand of God and that entails rescuing a soul from hell. That soul is that of Bobby. Boy, have we missed him. When he punched Sam, we cheered. Happily, with the assistance of Naomi, Bobby got to go to heaven and Sam completed this one trial.
Tragedy struck when Benny went back to Purgatory to assist Sam in his attempt to come back to our plane of existence. Benny was so tired of living his life because it was not a life to be had. After so many years, this life had taken its toll. So he agreed to go back and became a martyr. I have to say that the exchange between Benny and Dean was heart-wrenching. These two had a genuine bromance. Oh Benny, my cuddly Vampire… you will be missed.
Naomi gave us some insight in how she can be of come assistance to the Brothers Winchester, but not Dean or we can truly trust her. I mean, Castiel disappeared for a reason.
When Kevin called the Winchesters for assistance because he felt Crawley crawling through his thoughts, the alarms went off in as we knew this may be an ominous omen of things to come. As a result, Crawley got his creepy claws into Kevin. The only issue now is how will the Winchesters find the hidden tablet?
Next time: In Pac-Man Fever, Dean is concerned about the physical impact the second trial had on Sam, so he insists that Sam stop hunting for a while. When Charlie comes across a case and finds the boys, Dean decides it’s time to teach her how to be a hunter. However, the boys suspect she is hiding something from them that could get her killed.
Hi gang, because Valentine’s Day fell on a Thursday the romantic festivities ran through Saturday. So, today was the only day I could play catch-up. So, from great to not so great… here are some recaps for the shows you love to watch.
The Walking Dead – Daryl is back and in the nick of time as he saves Rick from being chomped on by a group of walkers that were unleashed by the Governor, who went after the Prison to avenge the loss of his daughter and for basically destroying Woodbury’s morale and their feeling of invincibility. Yes, Rick was still in his own personal hell as memories of Laurie haunted him, but that bit of insanity crumbled as danger comes a knocking on their door. Merle now knows where he stands with Daryl after Daryl saves a Spanish speaking family from some walkers and Merle attempts to steal from them. Daryl takes his weapon and urges his brother to step away. This moment makes Daryl realize that he needs to be with his family and that is not Merle. Yet, Merle cannot function alone, so he follows Daryl back to the prison.
Also, Glenn and Maggie hit a rough patch as Glenn tries to 1. Be the leader of the group and 2. Deal with the internal struggle of thinking that Maggie was raped. Of course we all know she was not and when he is told this, she kicks him to the curb and rightly so because Glenn is willing to go down in a blaze of glory as long as he offs the Governor.
We did suffer a death and that was Axel and we will miss his Colonel Sanders ‘stache.
The Vampire Diaries – It was a bit shaky for a little while with its emphasis on The Stefan being Upset, Damon not knowing about Elena’s feelings for him and Elena living in the moment. But, with the whole attempt at getting the “cure.” Everything was amped up to the Nth level. We learned the truth about Professor Shane’s desire for the cure and it all stems from the loss of his wife and son. We men one of the five and they are not joke in their insistence to rid the word of Silas. We learned that Bonnie was being manipulated the whole time and that there really is only one dose of the cure and everyone wants it…. even Katherine, who popped up in last night’s episode. That was a shocker.
But the biggest shocker was when Katherine and Silas killed Jeremy.
You heard me right. To tell you the truth… this was a long time coming. Will we see him again, no clue.
We also lost one other major character and that was Tyler. Klaus gave him a head start, for Caroline’s sake, but told Jeremy that he would kill him if he ever found him. This head start gave Caroline and Tyler enough time to say goodbye to one another and I actually cried for these two.
Once Upon a Time – Not only did we meet the adult Baelfire, but we also met Henry’s dad and guess what? They are one in the same and it is Emma’s Neal. Yes, I know we all knew this fact already, but I just had to state it so I could move forward with the review.
Of course, it is not pretty when everyone realizes the truth. Emma feels anger over the fact that she feel like she was a chess piece, Henry is upset that Emma lied to him about his father, Bael is pissed that he never knew he had a son and that his father his found him and Rumpy is upset because he knows that Henry, via a foretelling from a Seer, will be his undoing. Yep! And you know how he will stop Henry from doing that? Well, he said he would kill him.
What this all means for this little family, I have no bloody clue, but it should be exciting. Also, that human once again someone using magic and this time it was Regina, who was getting a clue from Belle about the whereabouts of the dagger. He refuses to leave Storybrooke because he wants to see more and he has sent a video of Regina using magic to his wife. Next time:
Merlin – Darkness steals into the very heart of Camelot as Morgana and her puppet queen hatch a sinister plan to murder the king. But when stable hand Tyr Seward becomes caught in the crossfire, he threatens to ruin everything. Even though Tyr is sentenced to death, Merlin suspects that things are amiss. As it stands to reason, Merlin saves Arthur and his own ass as he foils Gwen and Morgana’s attempt to take Camelot.
The best part of this latter part to the final season, so far, is Angel Coulby’s Gwen turning dark. You can clearly see that she is having a blast being Morgana’s puppet. In this episode, she stabs Tyr to death in his cell and she and Morgana’s plot succeeds and they frame Merlin for the crime. In order to escape, Merlin changes into his old man wizard visage and uses a spell to bring Arthur back. Of course, Arthur never suspects his wife of any underhanded dealings, so she gets off scott-free and we’re glad about that.
Beauty and the Beast – Vincent is really having an issue with Cat accepting his proclamations of love and we can see why. Here is a guy that keeps running to his ex to 1. Find a life where he can be what he wants to be and 2. Save her. He never listens to Cat’s advice to lay low because Muirfield is lurking in the bushes 24/7. So, when he sends her flowers and chocolates, she just gives them to her partner, Tess. Even as he once again attempts to save Alex, his ex, it is Cat to the rescue; because Alex was working under the impression that if she brought him in to the company that made him into a monster, than they could fix him. Is she really that naïve?
We’re now a week away from the beginning of Syfy’s Powerful Mondays with Being Human, Continuum and Lost Girl! Below, I have a few promo clips for you for each show. What are you most excited for? You can always learn about new shows or re-acquaint yourself with your favorites by going to Syfy.com. But right now, you can also catch up on Being Human with full episodes of Season 2!
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