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.
'Hannibal' 2.01 'Kaiseki' Review
A marked difference from how Jack takes on Hannibal as foe. The intense and desperate fight scene that opened ‘Kaiseki’ was all the more an accomplishment by saying so much by being completely free of dialog. Even before the knives flew, the two faced each other with the deadly insinuation that they both knew and understood each other’s true selves for the first time. There was then no other way for it to end but in bloodshed. Their battle is set for twelve weeks from now, a clever nod to how many weeks from today until the end of the season, so by at least the end of season two it’s clear that Will will be redeemed but he may not survive.
As a fan of Klaus, this episode included something that I daresay we haven’t seen from an episode of The Originals OR The Vampire Diaries for his character— genuine affection and interest from a female character. Yes even back in 1919 Genevieve said if she had to pick a Mikaelson brother then it would be Klaus she was most into and it was very evident in their time together in the present. Klaus may have been strapped down to a chair throughout, but Genevieve’s seduction of him while outing Rebekah was very enjoyable. Who am I kidding, seeing Klaus shirtless and strapped down was the most enjoyable part of it all. The fact that Klaus didn’t just immediately kill the messenger once she unstrapped him also has me curious about what role Genevieve has yet to play in the episodes to come.
The ‘Heroes Reborn’ clip above played during the Olympics on NBC. This is quite the advance from the random Xbox digital series rumors that flew about last year. Check out our ideas post from then that are just as relevant now for this new chapter of a favorite show of ours.
Themes of death, change, and rebirth are constants in the Whedonverse. There is an epic list of characters who came back from the clutches of the void different people going all the way back to the very beginning of the verse with the simple act of a person turned vampire—itself the ultimate personality shift. So when Skye got shot and placed into the hyperbaric chamber it was clear that this is going to mean an evolution for her character. Perhaps her 0-8-4 status will finally show itself after this harrowing ordeal.