First Look: The Brave – Close To Home, Part 2 (Ep 113)

This is it The Brave fans, the final still shots for Season 1 have been published by NBC.  Leather Bustiers aside (Sweet Lord, Jaz), it looks like there is some major plotting and planning going on with our favorite Special Operations Group.  Please feel free to speculate wildly in the comments …

The season finale of The Brave will air on January 29, 2018 and this is the official episode description released by NBC: “SEASON FINALE With just four short weeks before Dalton (Mike Vogel) and his team finish their deployment, they continue to race the clock on a high-stakes mission. As they learn more about Hoffman (Guest Star James Tupper), Patricia (Anne Heche) and the group attempt to use his intel to save innocent lives, but the information comes at a cost. Also starring (Tate Ellington (Noah Morgenthau), Demetrius Grosse (Ezekiel “Preach” Carter), Natacha Karam (Jasmine “Jaz” Khan), Noah Mills (Joseph “McG” McGuire), Sofia Pernas (Hannah Rivera) and Hadi Tabbal (Amir Al-Raisani).” Also guest starring Chiara Aurelia (Verina Curtis) and Marc Crumpton (Victor).”

Pictures from “Close to Home, Part 2” (Episode 113) of The Brave … after the jump!

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What To Watch – Monday, January 22, 2018

Tonight, The Brave begins its two part season finale (renew this show NBC!!). Elsewhere, plenty of new TV with the series premieres of The Alienist and The Resident. Also, new Supergirl, Scorpion and The Good Doctor.  So much to watch!!!

 (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

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First Look: The Brave – Close to Home, Part 1 (Episode 112)

This afternoon, NBC released the first handful of photos for Part 1 of the 2 part season finale of The Brave. If and when they release more, we will update this post but in the meantime, here is your First Look at “Close to Home, Part 1,” airing on January 22, 2018.

The pictures don’t reveal much but here is the episode description: “When an unlikely suspect is involved in hacking a U.S. submarine, Dalton (Mike Vogel) and his team stumble upon a piece of Patricia’s past. With national security and lives at stake, Patricia (Anne Heche) heads to Turkey to confront one of her most epic demons. Also starring Tate Ellington (Noah Morgenthau), Demetrius Grosse (Ezekiel “Preach” Carter), Noah Mills (Joseph “McG” McGuire), Sofia Pernas (Hannah Rivera) and Hadi Tabbal (Amir Al-Raisani). Guest Starring James Tupper (Alex Hoffman), Chiara Aurelia (Verina Curtis), Salena Qureshi (Esma Reis) and Marc Crumpton (Victor) .”

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TV Recaps: The Brave – What Are You Afraid Of?

The Brave
“Grounded”
January 15, 2018

After the heart pounding rescue operation of Jaz in “Desperate Measures,” The Brave throws us right back into the thick of it tonight with “Grounded.”    Jaz is forced into some introspection while Hannah gets to stretch her operational legs.  And Noah? He gets to play big boss while Campbell remains out on suspension.

Another great episode featuring the crisp dialogue, unexpected humor, stellar action sequences, realistic military presence, and unbeatable character beats and interactions that rival the best things on TV.

If you’re prepared for spoilers, then grab your pork rinds and come with us as we revisit “Grounded,” episode 111 of The Brave.  After the jump …

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What To Watch – Monday, January 15, 2018

The Brave returns with another new episode tonight; prepare for some fallout from last week’s daring rescue of Jaz.  Elsewhere, the epic Season 1 finale of The Gifted (2 hours worth!)’ the return of Supergirl from hiatus and new episodes of The Good Doctor and Scorpion.

(Photo by: John Britt/NBC)

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TV Recaps: The Brave – Desperate Measures

The Brave
“Desperate Measures”
January 8, 2018

(Photo by: NBCUniversal)

The Brave returned tonight with an adrenaline filled episode that encapsulates all that is wonderful about this show. The acting, the action, the heart stopping moments, and the respect shown to our real world operators by depicting realistic missions with realistic complications.

BUT! Before we recap tonight’s episode of The Brave, lets review where we left off after episode 9 back in November.  Tasked to Tehran, Iran, Special Operation Group 7, led by Captain Adam Dalton (Mike Vogel) , was tasked with the sanctioned termination of Fahim Jarif, the man responsible for the beach-side truck attack in Turkey which we saw at the end of the Pilot episode.

After Jarif was spooked inside a tea shop where the hit was scheduled to take place, intrepid team sniper Sgt Jasmine “Jaz” Khan (Natacha Karam) missed an improvised shot at the target outside the  storefront.  The person Jarif was scheduled to meet, Aida Hareb (whose brother is Nasser Hareb, known big shot terrorist mastermind), ends up killing herself via poison pill just as Dalton corners her in a garage.  Always willing to call an audible to achieve his goal, Dalton decides to greenlight Jaz’s impersonation of the now dead Aida at a rescheduled meet with Jarif (who, though well acquainted with her brother, has never actually met Aida in person).  At the rescheduled meet with Jarif inside his suite at the Palace Hotel, Jaz improvises her plan and successfully kills her target.  Unfortunately, she was supposed to be well away from Jarif when he died under the original “let’s poison him” plan and so now, with the team’s help, she has to scramble to exfil without being apprehended by any of the numerous Quds forces keeping guard in the hotel.

In a “best of horrible options” type of deal, Jaz calmly walks towards a second story plate glass window which she plans to fling herself out of; the plan being that Dalton and Preach (Demetrius Grosse) would pick her up outside on the ground. Just as she begins to pick up speed, seconds from the window, she is flying tackled by one of Jarif’s guards. Cut to Jaz being hauled away, the team looking distraught, Dalton looking like he might vomit and Assistant Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) angrily sweeping everything off of the nearest desk to her. Cut to black.

And now, episode 110 – “Desperate Measures,” or “How We Try To Save Jaz From an Iranian Execution.”  Read on for our detailed recap of Monday night’s episode, Desperate Measures, but beware of spoilers. Proceed at your unspoiled peril.

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What To Watch – Monday, January 8, 2018

Some of our favorite Monday shows are still on hiatus but not our most favorite new show, The Brave. The Brave returns tonight to pick up right after the fall finale and Jaz’s abduction.    Also new, The Good Doctor.

Last advice for the day, Roll Tide!!

(Photo by: John Britt/NBC)

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The Daily Download – January 3, 2018

I don’t like combining news into the daily “What To Watch” but it happens over the course of a day, something gets published or released that I want you to experience with me. I am going to try to gather those items into a separate daily post which I am calling, for right now, “The Daily Download.”

Today’s offerings include 3 minutes worth of The Brave, which returns next Monday, and a trippy trailer for The Magicians (ahead of Season 3’s premiere next Wednesday).

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Best New Shows of the 2017-18 Season

The end of the year is a great time to take stock of where we are.  Today, I’m letting you know my top new shows of the Fall television season. These shows are weekly installment shows (distinguished from “binge” shows where an entire season is made available at once a la Netflix or Hulu). Why differentiate?  Because, at least for me anyway, I watch “binge” shows very differently from weeklies and the characteristics and criteria for what makes them great isn’t necessarily the same in the two categories.

Anyhoo, read on and let me know what you think.  There are a couple of “obvious” choices here that you’ll see on other critics lists.  There are several that I am sure you will not.  But, hey, I’m me and this is my world so step inside my thinking a bit.  Leave your thoughts and choices in the comments.  I love discussing TV and why you think something is great … or not.

Without further ado, the Best New Show of the Fall Season is …

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“Best Of” List – Best Kick Ass Female Warrior on TV

As the Holidays draw near and new episodes of TV shows become scarce, I’d like to take a moment to step back and see where we stand so far in this 2017-18 television season.

Last week, I took to Twitter to conduct a series of super scientific tests, to gauge the opinions of the masses on what they are enjoying most so far this season.

The question posed for this post: In a crowded field of strong women on TV right now, who do you pick for your team, who has got your six?  Read on for the results …

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