Outlander 3.03 “All Debts Paid”

This week’s episode of Outlander, “All Debts Paid” got back to the tone I want to see in the show. This episode is full of story and sets up many of the events that will carry through the season. We meet Lord John Grey, a character that will continue to be an important addition for seasons to come. 1. Pacing, Pacing, Pacing The pacing of this week’s episode was excellent. We moved seamlessly through Jamie’s new time at Ardsmuir Prison and Claire’s life in Boston. We cover years of story with…

Outlander 3.02 “Surrender”

Episode 2 of the season is Surrender. It is the perfect title, as many characters do just that. As everyone surrenders to their lives as they are now, the loneliness oozes off the screen. I also found myself longing for some elements of the book that were changed. Overall I have to say this is one of my least favorite episodes. While I feel I am generous in understanding major changes from the books, I feel like several choices in this episode change my long term feelings towards many characters.…

Outlander 3.01 ‘The Battle Joined’

Well, Sassenachs, the day has come and our long droughtlander has concluded. It is time to join the battle. Every now and then I doubt my Outlander obsession. I think that maybe I am just too deep in having gone through the journey of the books countless times. Then I see a new episode and I realize that it really is one of the best crafted shows on television. Every element is consistently breathtaking. From the scripts, to the camera work, to the locations, to the costumes (oh the costumes!),…

Does SENSE8’s Cancellation Signal an Uncertain Chapter for Netflix?

Last week, on the heels of cancelling The Get Down, Netflix surprisingly cancelled its original program Sense8 as well. Twitter and the internet exploded with fan outcry. I honestly haven’t seen The Get Down, but I’ve heard good things from friends and the online community. I am however, a big fan of Sense8. The globe spanning show about 8 random people suddenly sharing one consciousness was a fascinating and unique television show for any network. It was an obvious contender for having one of the most diverse story lines and…

Supergirl 2.22 ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’

Oh my Zod! We did it! This is it for season two of Supergirl and wow was this one chock-full of heroic goodness. As the Daxamite threat intensified, we were all waiting with baited breath as to why Superman attacked his cousin. Those of us who are savvy in this universe could rest assured that Queen Rhea was somehow influencing the Man of Steel, whether it be by magic or a form of kryptonite. While the reasoning was cleared up right in the beginning of the episode (thankfully), that was…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.6 ‘A Woman’s Place’

In A Woman’s Place, the Hulu original series strays further from the book than ever before, but it’s pretty fantastic. They added back story to Serena Joy, explained the far reaches of the reproduction crises, and even explained a little of economics in this new world.       The Cleaning of the Wall “I guess you get used to things being one way”. How is it that crazy, one eyed Janine/Ofwarren says some of the most important things in this show? Maybe it’s because she sees past the charades,…

Supergirl 2.21 ‘Resist’

We’re almost to the end of season two and the volume has officially been turned up for the CW’s Supergirl! National City is under full attack by the Daxamite army under Queen Rhea. The streets are rife with fear as her soldiers rip through the streets, the police department and eventually the DEO itself. So while Team Supergirl establishes a resistance HQ at the alien bar, there are character reveals, unlikely (yet not surprising) alliances, and the return of a familiar face or two. This week gave me a great…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.5 ‘Faithful’

‘Faithful’ opens with Offred, skirt up to her knees, playing games with the Commander and drinking. In this episode, Offred tests her newfound freedom, we revisit the old Ofglen and meet the new, new ties are made, and boundaries are pushed.       The Magazine The Commander gives Offred a gift; an old Vanity Fair type magazine called ‘Beauties’. What seems like a silly, frivolous, and trashy magazine, is an incredible luxury for Offred. Not only is it her opportunity to read, it’s her time travel back to her old…

Supergirl 2.20 ‘City of Lost Children’

This week’s installment shifted gears into a more James-centric episode, which felt good as his presence was missed over the past few weeks. While episode twenty focused on Mr. Olsen, it was limited in how much we saw his Guardian persona. It’s no secret for any who have followed my coverage of Supergirl that I am not the biggest fan of the Guardian subplot. This week’s episode utilized James’ alter ego in an effective and emotional way that I found completely enjoyable. All the while, we are making the march…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.4 ‘Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum’ Top 5

‘Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum’ picks up where ‘Late’ left us. Offred is locked in her room as punishment for not being pregnant, but we are now seeing her weeks after the Wife threw her in the room. With so much time to herself, she explores the room and finds Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum carved into the wall in her closet. She knows it is latin, but she knows not what it means. This episode is a story of rebellion.   The Bathroom “It sounds like forced surrogacy to me” oh…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.3 ‘Late’ Top 5

Late is the most intense episode of The Handmaiden’s Tale to date.  It opens on Ofglen, as we find out why she didn’t meet Offred at the end of ‘Birth Day’. We find out that there is a secret network among Marthas, and that a van of Eyes showed up at her house. We also find out very early why the episode was named such, as Offred is assumed to be pregnant since she is late to her period. The episode that follows is a shocking update to Offred, Ofglen, and leaves…

Supergirl 2.19 ‘Alex’

This week, the appropriately titled ‘Alex’, is all about team Supergirl attempting to rescue the Danvers sister from imminent death. The episode did something that I am not fond of, although I recognize the reason. Every so often, the writers pull back on the reins to Supergirl’s progress as a hero, at times seemingly to regression. Supergirl will make choices or say something that feels against her character, or at least stretching the limit. Ostensibly, this makes sense. Kara is still a young hero and is still learning. You can’t…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.2 ‘Birth Day’ Top 5

We have learned SO much in Birth Day. Not just about the characters backstories, we also learned about the world. We learned that Anchorage is now the capital, and that the flag has only two stars. But what do these stars represent? Some questions were answered, some history was given, but ‘Birth Day’ still left us with many questions.       The Before In ‘Birth Day’, we are told more about Ofglen and Ofwarren’s past than ever before. We see the story of the birth of Ofwarren’s daughter, which teaches us…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.1 ‘Offred’ Top 5

The Handmaiden’s Tale is based on a book written in 1985 by Margaret Atwood. It’s based in a dystopian future where women have been stripped of all rights. The announcement of this show was the kick in the pants I needed to finally read the classic, and it honestly left me more than a little shaken. But to see why, let’s look at the new Hulu original show. I appreciate the fact that The Handmaiden’s Tale opened on Offred’s backstory, rather than her life as a scarlet clad handmaiden. It gave…

Supergirl 2.18 ‘Ace Reporter’ Top 5

And we’re back! An entire month has basically passed since we were last able to visit National City and our hero, Supergirl! The last episode, ‘Distant Sun’, did not leave us all bereft of questions. Would Queen Rhea immediately show up and cause trouble? Would Mon-El continue to annoy me? And, was that promo where Lena Luthor sees that Kara is Supergirl a touch misleading? Maybe! Time for the Top 5! 5. Some Cool Visual Effects This episode was directed by Armen V. Kevorkian, the visual effects supervisor for Supergirl. As…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Review

When the first preview for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks came on mid-Big Little Lies binge, I was excited. This woman’s contributions to science are immeasurable, but not in the typical way. For those of you unfamiliar with Henrietta, let me introduce you. Her DNA, now known as “HeLa”, is responsible for thousands, if not millions, of scientific breakthroughs. You may be familiar with the polio vaccine, or gene mapping?  Her DNA is to thank. However, until recent years, her name was erased from the history books. Here’s the low-down on…