This week on The Alienist, we learned some interesting habits or traits of the killer but even more importantly, we learn some interesting back story on our eponymous character and see deeper aspects of every one our core three Team Alienist Members.
The mystery deepens and we hope you are sticking along for the ride.
Our deep dive recap (beware of spoilers) of “Silver Smile” … after the jump!
The Winter Olympics begins in earnest tonight with the three hour Opening Ceremonies!! There are other things on but they are all crap, mostly. The rest of TV has all rolled over and shown its belly tonight, conceding NBC total domination as we immerse ourselves in becoming arm chair experts on all things winter sport-related for the next 2 weeks!!
Its Go Time for the Fucking Olympics! Yeah!!
Also, if you’re a gamer, ELeague starts up again tonight … its a fairly entertaining thing to watch. But otherwise, THE OLYMPICS!!
Black Lightning hits a stride this week. After 3 episodes of heavy exposition and setting the table with clear labels of the good, the bad and the ugly, this week, we get down to the work of saving the community. Tonight, we deal with a bad juju drug on the street and how such a thing can hit home, almost overnight. Anissa and Jennifer continue to find their ways forward while Lynn deals with simmering anger and conflicted feelings, AND we get a new member of Team Albino.
Be Prepared, Spoilers Ahead! You’ve been warned but if you’re ready, check out our Deep Dive Recap of “Black Jesus” … after the jump!
Black Lightning “LaWanda: The Book of Burial”
January 30, 2018
Lots of forward momentum in tonight’s episode of Black Lightning, which is great. We finally have some back bone resolution from Jefferson while the sides of good and evil begin to square up against each other with some players, maybe, mired in the middle.
Separate from Jefferson, we get some good movement on Anissa’s character and some much needed realistic acceptance from Lynn. And on the bad guy front, we also get another layer of the evil onion pulled back.
Black Lightning is moving in the right direction and as long as it doesn’t get bogged down too much in the morality play, I think we’re all going to like the journey and the destination.
Read on for our deep dive recap of “LaWanda: The Book of Burial” … after the jump!
The Winter Olympics start tonight!! Which we cannot be more happy about. We still have CW shows, Supernatural and Arrow, on top because, loyalty! And the first night events are kind of lame. But we will be definitely flipping back and forth!
Also, new Impractical Jokers and The Four has a finale … not that I know anyone who is watching this mess?
The Magicians “A Life in the Day”
February 7, 2018
For three seasons, The Magicians has been this little show that could; turning out great stories with interesting characters and whimsical plots but tonight, “A Life in the Day” pushes The Magicians into the pantheon of great television.
There is an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “Inner Light.” Its widely considered one of the best episodes TNG ever made and in it, the Enterprise’s captain, Jean Luc Picard, is knocked unconscious on the bridge and awakes on a planet. And, over the course of the episode, he lives a full life on that planet with a wife, children, grandchildren. He experiences highs and lows and all the pain and joy of living. And when he wakes back on the Enterprise, he retains all of those memories and it changes him ever after. Changes him in ways that are tangible and intangible.
“A Life in the Day” is The Magicians‘ “Inner Light” and we have all been changed … changed for the better.
Wow, get ready cause tonight is an epic night of TV. First we have a couple of season finales including The Librarians (it looks absolutely bananas) and Knightfall (expect big action and at least a couple of deaths).
But also, the single best episode The Magicians has ever made is on tonight and you don’t want to miss it. If you’re even a remote fan of this show, this is the episode you don’t want to miss. Magic Wednesday are Alive!!
Its The CW Tuesdays so we are loving us some The Flash and Black Lightning (hoping I get my deep dive recap up in time for tonight’s episode …). But elsewhere, we are excited to see Tobias Fornell return to NCIS and we are adding two new recommendations, This Is Us (on a probationary status) and Bellevue (look up where WGN America is located in your cable subscription). And, as always, Drunk History is a Top Pick for the night!
Monday nights aren’t the same with new The Brave on but we must, we will, soldier on. We still have a new episode of our current fave psychological thriller, The Alienist (make sure you have read our latest deep dive recap of last week’s episode before you watch tonight), as well as new episodes of Supergirl, Scorpion and The Good Doctor. Out of the norm, we are looking at a documentary on Silk Road (of Dark Web fame). All in all, a fun filled night of TV.
I’d be remiss not to mention the fact that the Winter Olympics begin on Thursday and so expect lots of coverage on that from us (we love the Olympics) and in fact, NBC is doing a preview hour of the Americans to watch at the games, but, as we have other things we’d rather watch tonight at 10, it didn’t make our recommend list.
“A Fruitful Partnership”
January 29, 2018
Change. That’s what The Alienist is about. It crystallized for me tonight. Seeing this team of outsiders and misfits assemble made me realize that change is the common thread they represent. I go into this below in my thoughts section and don’t want to discuss here before you have read about the episode but as you watch and as you read below, think about how change, in the ways it can happen, is the thing uniting what I am going to call for now, Team Alienist. Until I think of something more clever.
Early in this episode, I was ready to write of Moore as being too one note and annoying to like, to the point where it was almost taking me away from enjoying the show, but by the end, my thoughts have changed and I think John Moore may have the most important journey out of any character here. We’ll see. Anyway …
Make sure you have read our deep dive recap of last week before jumping into this week’s installment in the story. Our deep dive recap of The Alienist‘s episode, “A Fruitful Partnership” (lots of spoilers ahead — you have been warned) … after the jump!