It’s a double-post for American Gods! Episode 2’s Coming to America story introduced Anansi in a manner that doesn’t just strike a chord for black America, it’s the start of a symphony. It was raw, powerful, and true. The rest of the episode moved rather slowly, while Episode 3 had a bit more plot advancement and brought us deeper into the backstage world of the Gods.
I’m sure many of you are wondering what the heck the title of this article is alluding to – but trust me, this is gonna be a fun installment in this series. Why? BECAUSE IT IS HELLO KITTY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT! Yes, the iconic symbol of cute from Japan even took a few unique takes on the “Tale as Old as Time”. We’re going to focus on one in particular (aka the cooler version, by my standards) and see how Miss Kitty herself spins this classic story. And as promised, there are squirrels involved. Let’s jump right into this week’s Tale as Old as Time Rewind!
So the next few weeks of recaps from me will be a little weird because I’m covering The Librarians AND Sleepy Hollow in one post. My ratings systems for each of the shows will not change from previous recaps, although you will inevitably notice I rate each of them differently. Librarians gives us an excellent romp in a town overrun by fairytales, but Sleepy Hollow’s a (not entirely worthless) letdown involving angels and demons. Funnily enough, the title of this week’s Sleepy Hollow was actually referenced in The Librarians: Jacob Stone looks at a very old tome and geeks out. “The Annotated Paradise Lost?!” According to Jenkins, we don’t wanna know who it’s annotated by.
Is it Satan? I bet it’s Satan.
So, after a quick-and-dirty intro to the first four episodes, it’s time for a proper recap of The Librarians. This week is “And the Apple of Discord.” Remember that each episode title is modeled after the movie titles, which in turn were likely influenced by Indiana Jones flicks. This episode features the return of Flynn, more hints about Jenkins and Dulaque’s history, and glimpses of everyone’s “Dark Side.”
If you’re not a fan of subtitles, the cold open involving two lost Japanese twenty-somethings might leave you disoriented
and later wondering if they made it out alive. Don’t fear, fellow viewer, because the Librarians are similarly disoriented – earthquakes are cropping up all over the globe as a result of magic. It’s only when Flynn bursts through the door dramatically that we learn what magic: dragons.
The Doctor put it best when he said “Books! Best weapons in the world! Arm yourself!” Certainly that applies to TNT’s latest series, The Librarians, based off of the made-for-TV movie franchise The Librarian. In the movies, Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle of E.R.) is a brilliant but insecure fellow recruited to work at the Metropolitan Public Library. Instead of a safe job cataloging books, however, he’s thrown into a world of secret magical artifacts and protecting the world from those who would abuse the power.
The franchise bore three films: Quest for the Spear, Return to King Solomon’s Mines, and Quest for the Judas Chalice. The world set up by the films has always hinted at a bigger plan than just collecting and archiving magic artifacts. The Quest for the Judas Chalice specifically referred to an ages-long war between good and evil, with the Library representing the side of good. The Librarians TV series is finally exploring that war. The first episode features Flynn, now ten years into his run as The Librarian, and he’s somewhat hardened by his work. When The Library recruits Colonel Eve Baird to be his Guardian, he turns her away, claiming he’s always done fine on his own. But the two team up when they realize someone is assassinating potential Librarians as part of a larger plot.
We’ve only got ONE episode left until what’s sure to be a thrilling mid-season finale to the second season of Agents of SHIELD! This week’s episode was a “part one,” of sorts, with an epic build-up to the much-foreshadowed alien city, increased stakes, and “End of the Beginning”-level cliffhangers. So, yeah, you could say there’s some intense stuff to talk about!
And after two loooong weeks off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned and wasted no time in getting stuff done! We pick up right where we left off, with Coulson becoming ever-more obsessed with his carvings and Ward’s escape from federal custody. Apologies for the late review, but I’m still excited to talk about the MAJOR developments we’ve got going on! Keep reading for my thoughts on the episode but beware of spoilers!
Now THAT was the show everyone was expecting last September. As stellar as the second half of season one and all of season two have been, tonight’s episode was a slam-dunk, ace-in-the-hole blend of humor, drama, mystery, and ass-kicking that the show should have been from the very beginning. Let’s just hope that enough people tuned in to keep the show going for the dream five-season run. Spoilers below as we talk specifics!
Another Wednesday, another review of a FABULOUS episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! This week, Skye’s dad is an alien, Simmons still can’t tell a lie to save her life, and Adrienne Palicki kicks major as as a fan-favorite from the comics! Keep reading for more on this grade-A episode!
The theme of loyalty and choosing sides pervades the whole episode. The town is plagued by incidents of loyal people turning “traitor” in Henry’s latest plot with a mysterious coin. While Abbie and Ichabod track down the cursed object with a potential new ally, Jenny butts heads with her sister about Sheriff Reyes and her connection to their mother. Abbie also bears doubts about Katrina’s allegiances, while Ichabod remains steadfast in his faith for his wife.