Doctor Who ‘The Lie of the Land’ Review

As the Doctor sits in a cell it’s down to Bill and Narbole to save the day and lead a resistance against the new regime.

On its eighth episode, a reality altering baddie feels like an end of season jaunt for a show like Doctor Who. With the threat of Missy still over head it begs to wonder if the Monks might be her salvation out of the

The Monks have shown themselves to be a formidable opponent to the Doctor as they alter reality in order to bend it too their will. But the question is why? Why do the Monks need to take over?

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Six months has gone by and Bill is still reeling from her decision to give the Monks her consent, now feels like a disenchanted verison of the girl we saw at the beginning. All in all, Bill has felt like a breath of fresh air throughout this season, in this episode she really comes into her own as she morphs into her own persona and hearing her through the voiceover amps up that great personality.

Narbole also feels refreshingly proactive this episode and as we see the two of them sneak onto a ship to rescue the Doctor he’s an intergal, albeit goofy part of the team.

The Doctor seemingly imprisoned by the Monks with the occasional video message to the wide world he looks to be a shade of his former self. ‘Killing millions to save billions,’ is a concept the Doctor deals with from time to time and now it seems like he’s truly defeated.

Bill feels the betrayal more than anyone else as she sees the Doctor taking away their free will, so she shoots him….Only for it to be revealed as a big visade. I am sort of disappointed that there wasn’t a ‘Dark Doctor’ style episode, the Doctor is actually building up his own resistance army.

Needing help from the smartest person he knows, he ropes Missy into help. She’s now in rehab from being bad their uneasy alliance is the only way as Missy has had dealings with them before.

Surprisingly, the main drama of the episode takes place in Missy’s cell highlighting each of the three actors incredible ability as it’s revealed that Bill’s the linchpin of the Monk’s rule. She has to die in order to stop the Monk’s rule.

The Doctor saving the day by transmitting thoughts to the whole world is vaguely reminiscent of The Silence.

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Strange headed aliens taking over the world by stealth…it’s so 2015

Making their way into one of the Monks command centres there’s a nice nod to ‘Fake News’ as he attempts to fix whathe Monks have manipulated everyone into believing.

But things don’t go according to plan as he’s unable to change people’s memories and ends up being roasted.

Waking up Bill’s decided she’s going to be the one to end it, resigned to the fact she’s got to die. As the Monks begin to infect her memories, it’s only the created memory of her mother that really stays as it’s impossible for them to touch something she created.

The Monk’s leave, erasings themselves, their memories and their pyramids. The Doctor’s kind of pissed off that the human’s never learn but it overcome with the possibilities he’d meet someone like Bill.

 

Pretty Little Liars ‘These Boots Are Made for Stalking’ Review

Swimming, shoes and secrets oh my! Pretty Little Liars shows us no matter how much things change they just stay the same.

Nicole’s return from kidnapping sets Aria’s relationship with Ezra into another realm. As a reporter comes looking for him Aria begins to realise that maybe Ezria isn’t the centre of the world. The whole kidnapping disappearance storyline of Ezra’s finacè feels like it’s taking place in a completely different universe. Unless it turns out that Nicole is actually A.D the whole situation feels like an unnecessarily convoluted hurdle for the eventual wedding in the less than ten episodes.

Addison, the current Rosewood High bitch starts causing waves with Emily. The suspiciously familiar teenager actually feels like a nice addition this late in the game, especially mirrored against Allison. Addison (I wish they’d named her something else or maybe they have to rhyme in order to get full bitch powers) starts fucking with Emily and Emily is faced with trying to be a disciplinary to someone not much older than her.

Meanwhile, Hanna spends most of the day sweating over a dress for Katherine, the senator’s daughter. Setting up a styling business (maybe?) with Mona Hanna starts to question whether or not her designs are good enough.

Spencer’s currently dealing with the repercussions of finding out that she’s Mary Drake’s daughter. Her story feels like the only one linked to the body of the plot. As she’s the first to discover Jenna Marshall’s return.

The second half of the episode we’re finally back at the big-ass board game that’s shaping the season, A.D seemingly behind Jenna receiving a copy of Hanna’s dress, Emily receiving Addison blackmail material and Emily finally embracing her dark side.

Aria is still upset that Ezra is off making nice with Nicole so she decides to go visit her at the clinic she’s staying in (Which might be in Rosewood? I don’t know…)But Holden follows her and manages to talk her out of bunny boiling. The two have a nice moment that makes wish Aria got the chance at normal relationships but we all know that’s not going to happen.

Emily finally rips Addison- and thus teenage Allison- a new one as the young teen threatens to go forth and expose her as inappropriate with students. (I mean Rosewood High employed Ezra so I doubt they’d have much of a problem with that) but it seems Little Alli’s plan blows up in her face as an email bragging about her plan is forwarded to the school principal.

With A.D seemingly behind the highschooler’s take down Emily receives another piece of the puzzle.

The game seems to be leading to a map of outside Rosewood but with very little clue to what it all means yet the girls are going to have to keep playing to find out.

Riverdale ‘Lost Weekend’ Review

Riverdale’s topsy-turvy take on high school stereotypes tackles the high school rager this week in its usually macabre fashion.

It’s Jughead’s birthday and as we’re informed several times throughout the episode that he’s a ‘weirdo who hates his birthday.’ It just so happens that this is also the weekend that Fred Andrews is going out of town to finalize his divorce.

Which all seems gosh darn convenient if you ask me.

But before we get to that Veronica Lodge is starring in baby-Good Wife for a solid part of the episode as the Lodge’s get ready to testify in Hiram’s case. Secrets come up surrounding a large amount of money the Blossoms have been paying the Lodges for the better part of a century and this episode looks to point the finger of blame squarely on Hiram for Jason’s death.

So that probably means that Hiram has nothing to do with it, personally I’m swaying more towards the Josie and the Pussycats using him as part of a blood ritual at the moment.

Betty is told about Jughead’s upcoming birthday from Archie because -spoiler alert- Jughead don’t like birthdays. But Betty’s cute and wants the best for him so puts together a low-key birthday party for Jughead.

Also, Betty and Veronica are given a nasty surprise when Chuck makes a reappearance in school, and it’s not because the actor that plays him can rent a car without paying the premiums, no it’s because Chuck’s All-American psycho demeanor and his knowledge of Betty’s slight attempted murder.

And then in the Vixen’s practice, there is of course, there’s a dance-off because that’s the most logical way for Veronica to work out her aggression towards Cheryl. Hairography ensues and Ronnie dances circles around Cheryl, leaving the redhead with a vendetta and a plan.

All of this is just the preamble to the party scenes, we knew it was happening but the writers do manage to fit everything together succinctly before we have Cheryl and Chuck barging through the door and ready to cause mayhem.

Weirdly I like Archie this episode, as he attempts to deal with his parent’s divorce he decides to raid his dad’s liquor cabinet meaning he’s pretty much wasted for like 90% of the episode and it’s not really addressed at all.

The party rages on as all the makers of Project X envisioned with everyone going crazy…except Jughead. As Betty goes to see him we enter the bit of the episode I didn’t like where Jughead just basically says he’s complicated for five minutes and Betty can’t understand why he can’t just suck it up for one night.

Things come to a head in a game of Secrets and Sins which Cheryl somehow manages to quieten an entire group of drunk teenagers enough for them to play. Cheryl attempts to humiliate Veronica with her dad’s misdeeds and then in my fave moment of the episode Veronica basically shits on Cheryl’s whole life and accuses her of twincest.

Then Chuck and Jug come to blows about that one time Betty tried to kill him and the party is over. I mean to be fair, that’s how most of my parties went in high school.

Ending tidbits

  • Betty’s mom knows FP, both from the Southside I’m excited to see where that goes
  • Veronica and Archie make out!!
  • Molly Ringwald makes an appearance as Momma Archie and what can I say I’m here for this  show

Riverdale ‘La Grande Illusion’ Review

Maple Syrup. When you’re entire towns drama hinges on the second best thing to put on waffles (#nutella&strawberries4lyf) you really get the opportunity to build drama from the ground up.

This episode is all drama as the repercussions of Jason Blossom’s death still continue over town, this time in the form of a ‘tree tapping’ ceremony that Cheryl invites Archie to attend with her.

Whether or not the coloring of both Archie and the Blossoms is intentional or not, any romance between Cheryl and Archie just feel positively creepy. But Archie being the sweet puppy he is, attends and discovers everything isn’t so sweet in the maple syrup business.

Meaning intrepid journalist Mrs. Cooper can use the testimony of one shaky eyewitness to conduct a full expose on the Blossoms and how they are being ousted from the board. Again Mächen Amick still feels like a standout performer as she carefully balances Mrs. Cooper’s anger and grief in the same scenes.

Veronica Lodge also gets a chance to shine this episode as befriends Ethel Mugg after she suspects a suicide, Veronica’s guilt over her once bitchy past motivates her to overcompensate with making her feel better. The sins of the parent seem to be a running theme throughout the episode and Veronica is especially tortured when she learns her father’s role in putting Ethel and her family in the position their in.

Mr. Andrews continues his streak of being the best parent out of a bad bunch learning that the Lodges are behind the project he’s working on he wisely breaks things off with Hermoine and gets himself a stake in the business. And he warns his son over the strange world of Blossom’s he’s getting himself into.

Val makes an appearance as the most underserved character in the show so far, seemingly Val feels like a real-life girl who has accidentally got herself caught up in the crazy world of Riverdale so when Cheryl implies she’s coming after her boyfriend she knows she’s better than this mess and walks away. #teamVal

At the banquet, Archie looks more like his comic book counterpart than ever before.Polly confesses the reason she remains at the Blossom mansion is to find out if or what the Blossom’s know about Jason’s death. In the race to find out Jason’s killer, Polly is now suddenly feeling like the dark horse, less unhinged and more focused she could be taking some lessons from her mother.

Veronica gains redemption at the end of the episode as Ethel doesn’t blame her for what either of their fathers did, choosing to look beyond that to the here and now. But the mysterious Hiram Lodge’s presence is still firmly felt in Riverdale as Archie discovers it’s the Blossoms who had him put in jail and concludes he could have taken some Shakespearean level of revenge and murdered their only son…

Next week Molly Ringwald is making an appearance as Archie’s mom, do you think I’ll finally have my answer on any Blossom/Andrews link?

Also maple syrup, yes or no?

Riverdale ‘Heart of Darkness’ Review

The funeral of Jason Blossom takes hold of Riverdale High and we learn more about our murder victim and the weeks prior to his death. Only now we’re left with more questions, what did Cheryl’s dream mean? Why was he messed up in the weeks prior to his death?

Riverdale’s baby Lynchian credibility is solidified in its fifth episode. Even the scenes on the football field feel a little twisty but it’s only when they get to the Blossom family dinner do things start to get very weird.

Archie Andrews, our ginger Elena Gilbert continues his quest to balance football and music. With a proposed mentor on the horizon, he struggles in both of his passions although everything works out in his favour by the end because he’s Elena Gilbert. He’s only really brought into the fold again during the funeral. They also finally address the fact they both look very similar.

Betty and Jughead, on the other hand, step up their detective game.  Piecing together a new murder board, Betty looks further into her sister’s relationship with Jason only to discover a whole catacomb of secrets, including her suicide attempt and engagement to Jason. Mr Cooper is also given a chance to shine this episode as he moves from side parent to fully fledged character.

The parents overall get a chance to shine this episode predominately as adversaries. With the Blossom Family’s gothic horror experience truly being a standout. Hermoine’s story continues with a snake being delivered (there’s a Taylor Swift joke in here somewhere) the parent story in any teen show always feel very tacked on. But in this case, I’m willing to bet it means a parent probably shot Jason. At the moment Mr Cooper looks good for it but I wouldn’t discount unseen forces just yet.

But this truly is an episode for Cheryl Blossom, an insight into Riverdale’s resident bitches life in the creepy house on the hill. Breaking down the layers of conflict that she’s been experiencing in her twisted home life. It’s nice

Identifying the complexities of each of the characters is a nice step up for the CW. As we inevitably find out the identity of the killer Riverdale will continue after the mystery is solved.

 

Westworld ‘Memory’ Review

The story of Westworld takes place within two very specific worlds, the backstage and the front stage. With hosts and humans enacting the big stories on the front stage and memories and body parts being clean up on the backstage. For the past nine or so episodes there has been a big difference between what is the story and what isn’t the story and now things are seemingly blurred.

The concept of memory plays heavily into this episode, firstly our action heroine Maeve is starting to remember everything. She slowly begins to build her robot army with some of the most poetic language on the show. Including the behind the scenes of her own life, she awakens a blissfully ignorant Bernard to his own part in the play and Bernard wants to know more and with a gun to his head, Ford finally delves into Bernard’s memories.

Bernard is a host version of Arnold, Ford’s partner in the first few years of the park. Arnold, whom we discover was killed by Dolores (although we don’t know the full circumstances) also brings up the question of whom Dolores has been having these one on one chats with. Did Arnold notice something different in her and Ford had him kill her? The mythology surrounding Arnold proves all the more fantasticating.

Fans of the show had been theorising that an episode of Westworld takes place across multi-timelines, meaning we’re seeing incidents from different times in the park and we can’t always be sure problems are linear.

Including the link between William and the Man in Black. Two very different characters that have yet to crossover, but with the intoxicating nature of the park and the William’s slow descent into moral ambiguity many have thought we could be witnessing the Man in Black’s origin story.

However this theory was possibly disproven when the Man in Black and Dolores were reunited in the church at the end of today’s episode. Of course with the hosts memories we don’t know if they work linear and we might just be seeing this as the perspective of Dolores memory.

There are still a lot of unknown factors with Westworld, the board of directors and their link to the Man in Black are still a mystery and things are building up for a reveal. The most intriguing of which might be an explanation as to how Ford hasn’t just been straight up murdered by anyone yet.

Search Party: Ghosting

Not with a bang but with a whimper Search Party ends it’s first season. As Dory finally discovers what happened to Chantal… Did a bitter boyfriend threaten her life? Is she on the run from a Brooklyn pregnancy cult?

For the most part Dory has been using the disappearance of passing college acquaintances as an escape from the mundanity of her own life. Although increasingly reckless behaviour suggest it might be a sign of something deeper. But the absurdity of it all is what makes Search Party hilarious, the four brooklynites that can leave at a moments notice rolling with the ridiculousness of it all.

The group set off to Montreal after blackmailing nanny-dad for thousands of dollars not before realising that Keith the Private Investigator isn’t exactly who he portrayed himself to be. Could he actually be after Chantal?

Ron Livingston’s version of the Private Investigator is incredibly unsettlingly, although for moments throughout the series I did wonder whether or not he was a real person or an extension of her psychosis.

Dory, Drew,Elliot and Portia drive to Montreal in Gail’s car, which they may have technically stolen from the pills/wine housewife. Elliot let’s slip about the sleeping bag and Drew finally put two and two together. As the get Montreal he’s done.

The devolution of Dory and Drew’s relationship has been a long time coming, the clueless boyfriend was bordering on infuriating as he danced around the crumbling romance.

He’s getting on the bus back and Keith finds them. But he’s not sent by the cult, he’s just a guy who takes pictures of cheating husbands looking for a big payout. Search Party takes pleasure in the letdown, there’s some sick humour with all of it not interconnecting, Chantal isn’t  Amy Dunn and Dory isn’t a millennial Sherlock.

Instead Keith aggressively comes onto her, clearly wrapped up the story that he’s made in his head about the two of them. She grabs the nearest thing to her and bashes him in the head, Drew does the same…nothing fixes a relationship like mutual homicide.

Then they find Chantal…

A different haircut and hiding out in a Montreal, Dory finally gets everything she’s been looking for and it’s shit. The let down of Chantal’s story, a completely untragic girl , a pissy millennial who isn’t missing but rather she’s just ghosting.

It’s a cruel end for characters and a storyline that we’d invested so heavily in, but the sheer comedy of the situation is satisfying in its own way. The dead body in the cupboard, the dullness of Chantal and the fact that Dory tried for so long too find purpose and excitement in someone else’s story she finally made some of her own.

 

 

 

Supergirl ‘Darkest Place’ Review

Cadmus has been burning in the background of Supergirl for the past few weeks. A viable threat to our caped crusader but when you’ve got aliens, cage-fights and serial killers Cadmus was regulated to a secondary threat.

Until the end of last week’s episode when Mon-El took up the mantle of damsel-in-distress being kidnapped by Cadmus and thrown in the metal cell.

Except no one notices for a little while. Kara is being her best self, Alex Danvers is still working out her feelings for Maggie with awkward feelings in alien bars and Winn and James have a new vigilante to content with. Kara also happens to mention that she’s not a fan of vigilantes due to the one her cousin had dealings with- correct me if I’m wrong but if this a potential Batman reference because I am here for that.

Mon-El’s capture is quickly followed by Kara in a matching cage next to him and we finally get the Cyborg Superman reveal…Hank Henshaw. The real Hank Henshaw, the one who’s life J’on J’onzz took over all those years ago, he’s pissed and he’s out for revenge.

To be honest the main theme of this episode seems to be lack of communication. As no one notices Supergirl is missing as well. Although J’on J’onzz is a bit busy having visions and flashes because Megan’s blood is infecting his system, the two come to blows as he finally discovers her secret and she confessed that her blood is turning him into a white martian. Which is a bit of a dick move, if you knew this was going to happen you should have fought a bit harder.

While this is happening James is continuing her work as the Guardian while another man uses his name and kills criminals that have got away with their crimes. James plot line at the moment feels uncomfortably tagged on, maybe they are setting him up for his own spinoff but right now it just feels unnecessary.

Supergirl and Mon-El are stuck in the Cadmus headquarters with a Cyborg Superman and the reveal that the head of Cadmus is Lillian Luthor, the mother of both Lena and Lex and apparently the Kris Jenner of National City with the amount of alliterating children names. She wants to get id of the monsters that apparently ruined her son’s life and manipulates Supergirl into depleting all of her powers in order to save Mon-El’s life.

Shockingly things don’t go according to plan and the things look like they’re going south for Supergirl until… Jeremiah appears. Yup, Alex Danvers dad and the 90s Superman Dean Kaine has been imprisoned in Cadmus’ headquarters for fifteen years.

So far all the pieces of Supergirl are shuffling into place although I wish we got a bit more focus on Kara’s emotional struggles when it didn’t relate to a romantic relationship. A week away from the crossover and I don’t think we’re going to get that.

As Mon-El begins to look at Kara as a romantic interest, the relationship between the two looks to be inevitable. Not that I mind, it’s just romantic relationships on this show haven’t exactly been easy.

You’re the Worst: Pros and Cons of Pros and Cons

You’re the Worst delved into tropes this week as Jimmy decided to create pro + cons lists of everything in his life. He’s slowly been working through his emotions centred around the death of his dad and whether intentionally or not (I doubt he’d ever admit it) he’s been inspired by that cleaning everyone was obsessed during the summer to get rid of everything in his life that may have been influenced by his dad.

And eventually this includes Gretchen, a plot line which happened on Friends twenty years earlier You’re the Worst updates it so both sides are aware. And in true You’re the Worst style throughout most of the episode the pro + con lists are played for laughs until they’re not.

Its a wedding episode and it’s Shitstains- well it’s not a wedding more of an elopement party- after he unexpectedly gets married without telling his two best friends. Although the main drama of the wedding plays out as a side plot, two best friends coming to terms with a member of their team moving to a different stage in their life could easily have been played out as a movie all by itself.

Lindsay is surveying the world post-marriage and follows a bitchy stylist around the wedding too interview her about her job. Lindsay’s relationship with Paul continues to be the most dysfunctional of the group and I kind of hope they do pull the plug on it but keep Paul around as an unlikely friend to Jimmy because that guy is hilarious. And you see it etched on his face how much he wanted to be a dad and how much Lindsay doesn’t know or seem to care.

To reference Friends twice in a post (sorry I’m a girl in my twenties this is my major frame of reference for everything) but Friends wouldn’t have worked if had been solely focused on Ross and Rachel. The episodes taking out both the major characters allows side plots too mean a little bit more whether that’s Edgar finally getting into something he’s passionate about as his girlfriend starts to crumble or Lindsay finally telling Paul she’s leaving him.

They get into what might be their first fight as they cut into their both their deep insecurities. Whether this is just a one episode fight or the beginning of the end for our favourite terrible couple I think You’re The Worst is probably the only show on TV that could pull off a romantic comedy about two exes…

 

Westworld Episode six review

In episode 6, Westworld has truly showed us beyond the veil and maybe let one of their robots have a glimpse too.

With no Dolores and William this episode and very little of the Man in Black we’re reminded that there is a whole host of people running the park for the guests to enjoy.

Maeve stunned us at the end of last episode by sitting up right in the repair bay. We follow her story again this episode as she goes to get herself killed so she can proceed to chat with Felix the butcher/wannabe coder.

It’s not a stretch to imagine Maeve convincing Felix to show her around the life beyond the park but her lack of confusion at something which we see her only have a glimpse of makes us wonder who else Maeve might be talking with behind the scenes.

A wordless sequence plays out where Maeve surveys all the work that goes into creating her life. Including footage she remembers as a dream being used to advertise the place.

Eagle eyed viewers will note that the different logo from William’s arrival is seen in the background. If you believe the Man in Black is William theory then it suggests that Maeve’s story is taking place in the present.

A lot of the drama this episode centres around what is going on behind the scenes in the park. Bernard and Elsie are beginning to uncover a conspiracy that someone is remotely hacking into and changing the older hosts.Whether that person is Arnold, we don’t quite know yet.

Women of the board Theresa Cullen is still a little uncomfortable following the conversation she previously had with Ford in the restaurant (aren’t we all) and she breaks things off with Bernard. We also see the arrival of Tessa Thompson’s executive character who first managed to fuck with head narrative writer Lee Sizemore whom then finds himself pissing on the map of Westworld. Whether the money stuff matters or not in the long run of the robot world remains to be seen but as it bubbles away under the surface we have to admit it’s quite funny.

A significant point in the episode is Ford’s robotic house, a part of Westworld he keeps hidden from everyone is discovered by Bernard. Not that Ford particularly seems to care, Hopkin’s is playing Ford with an undeniably careless attitude. Not only that but it looks like he’s already aware that the hosts can lie to him as the younger version of himself kills his dog because Arnold told him too.It seems like Ford has previously been safe in the knowledge he’s the smartest man in the room and might be the only human (check out our Westworld theories for more details) Now he’s not too sure…

But Ford keeps a younger version of himself trapped in a happy memory quietly tucked away in his creation. Due to the fact no one else knew the hosts and Ford were there it also begs the question…what else is hidden in the park?

At the end of the episode Elsie discovers that Theresa may have something to do with espionage going on and something else sinister lurks underneath. I have a feeling we’re not going to see what’s coming….