There’s a moment where Root is forced to deal with feelings of guilt and remorse as she talks with Harold about how he built the Machine. She curses him for ‘breaking’ her by having her care about people while Harold rebuffs that assertion with the pure and simple fact that the Machine’s empathy toward people is what makes her so effective. For all her posturing and deflecting that she’s just not programmed like the rest of ‘them’—seeing her undergo painful medical procedures with little or no anesthetic and barely flinching for example—we know that Samantha Groves is trying to emulate the cold calculated nature of the computers she grew up with.
So giving characters like Lady Sif and Lorelei this platform is more than just another chance for the agents to interact with Asgardian mystique. It’s actually allowing for further cross-screen world building. When all is said and done, what happens on MAOS matters to the films as much as what happens in the films impacts this show. That means that unbeknownst to Sif, she was actually in Midgard following the orders of an enemy—Loki in disguise as Odin. Loki wanting Lorelei back in Asgard has potentially huge ramifications that could pop up in Thor 3 either in another appearance from the character or an introduction to her more famous sister, Enchantress. It’s beyond time we get female baddies in the MCU especially since this show has had its fair share already.
'The Originals' 1.16 “Farewell to Storyville” Review
Don’t get me wrong,I love Rebekah but so far her role on this series has left me wanting. She bounced back and forth between loving and hating Marcel, and she was often relegated for the most part to the role of babysitting Hayley. I just hope her exit will allow the other female characters a chance to step forward and shine more. Hayley, Cami, and Davina I’m looking at you three! Now we also have Genevieve who’s stuck around after Rebekah’s exit, and I can’t help but wonder if the character was brought in to stay with the behind the scenes knowledge there’d be a void to fill with the loss of Rebekah and Sophie. Now the show has a character who may be sympathetic to the Original brothers (at least Klaus) and is also happens to be a witch. There could be some juicy future conflict to be found in that seeming contradiction.
Even though this show has had its fair share of horrific moments, none so far can match anything to do with the human mural. “Sakizuki”’s cold open played out like a mini horror film; there was no way to know how it would end until the gut-punch conclusion. Every moment that the living victim worked to free himself was agony to watch, but there was also a message to be found that could relate to Will Graham’s current predicament. It’s no coincidence that he later envisions himself exactly in the same position as both this victim and later on the mastermind of the mural that takes his place. Freedom is going to cost dearly and while it doesn’t seem as though Will will literally lose his pound of flesh to switch the focus to Hannibal as perpetrator, it is clear that he’s going over a cliff and he might not make it out alive.
Unbeknownst to Reese, Harold was given a chance to scout out his future partner from afar when John chose to believe Daniel Casey wasn’t truly an enemy of the state—just a scared kid drawn into something that’s left various bodies in its wake. Reese’s dangerous habit of thinking for himself was a nice indicator of the kind of person he was underneath all the CIA protocol crammed into his head. After seeing how Dillinger would go on to try and betray Finch it’s just a shame that John wasn’t the one to put several bullets into him instead of Shaw in a quick cameo. Wow how things have changed for Samantha given her former girl to watch status in the agency.
Behind a hidden door, Coulson goes face to face with a bright blue alien who’s barely alive as half of its body has been cut away. I made a hell of a face at it if only because this show hasn’t gone so off the wall in featuring the truly strange things the Marvel universe has to offer—just a lot of people gaining powers because of accidents as well as asshole billionaires. So this bisected imprisoned creature that likely would be rasping ‘kill me’ if it could speak was a surprisingly graphic visual and it’s raised many questions about whether or not AOS is introducing a creature that so far hasn’t even been in any of the films of the MCU. Kree are an alien species that have the kind of advanced healing abilities which could reasonably be transformed into the GH serums it’s been forced to produce. Of course this reveal opens up a slew of questions to ponder: how did it get to earth, who’s the head of this project to use it against its will, and will being given the GH serums result in any nasty side effects down the line for Skye or for Coulson?
'The Originals' 1.15 “Le Grand Guignol” Review
What was especially great about this episode was getting a chance to see more of Mikael, everything from how he expressed his views to truly seeing him in action. Mikeal was all bark and no bite on The Vampire Diaries, hell the pesky teenagers killed more Originals than he did on there. This episode certainly showed us why the siblings ran for as long as they did from the terror he wrought as he pursued them. Sebastian Roche really brought so much to his character in this episode that I can’t help but hope that somehow in some flashback we’ll be seeing him again. Or perhaps there’s a resurrection in the works which in a supernatural show you can’t ever really count that out.
It’s not surprising that he would become so consumed in his taxidermy hobby in the wake of such tragedy—it’s very symbolic that Norman is obsessed with fixing dead things as well as preserving them forever. Despite the fact that his mother Norma disapproves of this activity it shares all of the values that she’s put forth onto her precious Norman throughout his life. Bringing these creatures back from the brink at least externally is a perfect representation of the kind of veneer that the Bates family holds so dear to their day to day life.