Jessica Jones AKA Ladies Night is the opening episode of the latest production by Marvel and Netflix, and it has intrigue, drama and confusion. Jessica Jones is one of the characters in the Marvel Universe that hasn’t seen a lot of screen time so that give them a clean slate.
Jessica Jones is a P.I. that seemed to be living in the rough end of town and feels like she is having issues in life and although she helps people with their insecurities she seems to have them herself. Jessica is given two cases in this episode one that she has gone looking for with a lawyer firm that she has freelanced for in the past and someone comes knocking on her door because of their missing daughter.
Jessica and Jeri seem to have an interesting dynamic when she is visiting the lawyer firm and continues to show how edgy that Jessica is. She is sure of herself yet not prepared to be on the books and wants to stay freelance and while watching the build up knowing Marvel left the viewer sat there asking where are her powers what makes her different. Jessica seems to be a character that could go either way and conflicted, it is slowly revealed and dripped fed to the viewer and still doesn’t feel you know enough about Jessica yet.
The second case and the main focus of the episode is about a missing girl Hope Shlottman and as Jessica investigates the case she realises that this case could be something different. They work it really well with some interesting flashbacks and as Jessica has a friend that seems to be a drug addict the question becomes is she having issues with drugs? She seems to be relent to a certain extent on alcohol is it a possibility that she has a drug problem too because of the flashback and hallucinations? The case itself holds this sinister and confusing vibe going on because the cards are laid so close to their chest and just as it looks like it was another successful case solved there is a huge twist.
AKA Ladies Night is a great start to what looks like it could be a very promising series. The way that the character and plot development has been worked in this episode has confusion and intrigue all over it. The episode has viewers asking questions and not really knowing where it could go next. Unlike Daredevil which was also made by Netflix and Marvel Jessica Jones, real demons and powers seem to be being held back. Whether this because Daredevil has had more screen time so they assumed people already knew his back story could be a distinct possibility.
The Past is Parent starts right from where the previous season had left off and that is with Sherlock facing a charge for aggravated assault. Sherlock as destructive as ever doesn’t really care about his fate but this time he has Watson to think of. This is quite an interesting switch because Sherlock in generally doesn’t care about anyone other than himself and solving the crime in the modern spins of the character whereas this episode sees Sherlock taking on things to try and save Watson’s Job.
Ironically Watson is running around trying to sort out things for Sherlock. She is trying to see what strings she can pull and what characters she can bring into help Sherlock with his latest slip up with his heroin problem. Watson’s master plan is to go to Captain Gregson and see what strings he can pull, along with finally tracking down Mr Holmes (Sherlock’s Dad) and actually getting him to come and see his son.
Sherlock is paying his prostitutes at the beginning of the episode to reenact a crime scene with the realisation that he could be going to prison for his crimes and wanting to make the most of his time as a free man. This crime that they are reenacting has no real bearing on his life but something that he knows he’ll miss when he faces the consequences for his actions. When Sherlock finally takes the courage to speak with Gregson which he had been avoiding he realises that Joans future with the department is now over. When a husband comes to him on the way to one of his meetings with the fact his wife is missing Sherlock wants to solve the case and give Joan the credit so that she might get back in with the department.
The Past is Parent is a solid start to the season and almost changes the dynamic of the series because here you see Sherlock carrying about others. The case is more of a subplot in this episode for or the turmoil in it and really shows just how much Joan and Sherlock have come to care about each other. There is one shock surprise at the end of the episode which could change the game completely.
Identity continues from where the Wilderness of Mirrors where Martin is still hot on the trail of someone called John Cameron. This is something that shows Martin exploring just how he was connected with Verax and that they might be plotting to an assassination.
All the trauma of the last few episodes the entire main character base is in turmoil the DCO is under fire because of the way they failed to defend the US from a politically sticky situation along with the board questioning how effective the department is after Martin’s family get taken. The way the team has pulled together to protect each other is really good because part of the major storyline is Martin not knowing who to trust and the viewer all the way through this season has taken twist and turns. Martin will get help from some of the most unexpected places as the truth comes out and he pieces together his identity.
The team coming together isn’t enough though as Martin is kidnapped and makes a shocking discovery who John Cameron really is and he gets put into a very difficult situation. The other problem with this situation makes the team take stock of their position and some have to close ranks and look after their own.
Identity is a really good end to a good season, it has left so much open and yet answered so many questions that it has asked. This is a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s true Martin now knows more about his background, however, is forced on the run because of it and because he is on the run he is still looking into his identity. Will he be able to put an end to Verax and the Reign of Fire?
The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 throws the viewer straight back into the action from where Part 1 had finished Katniss is struggling to come to terms and struggle with Peeta’s actions. Conflicted with what has just happened and the way in which she feels about him she stays away from him but doesn’t want anything to happen to him. This is a stance that she is forced to reconsider for the war and for Peeta’s recovery.
Part 1 was the build up to the big battle and suspense was built up and built up, but Part 2 other than a few moments of suspense in the tunnels just seem to plod along with no unexpected turns. Whether or not it’s because of the knowledge of the books but this movie was just missing something it felt a little distant and methodical in the way it reached its conclusion.
The acting was really quite good, Jennifer Lawrence seeming very subdued in this role but that seemed to be was needed. The viewer saw her question everything she was doing and the impact that the Hunger Games had on her and the amount of people that had died because of her actions in empowering the rebellion.
Coin was the standout character, though, throughout the series she had been the leader of the rebellion and was a necessary evil in order to beat Snow and the Capital but the problem becomes that although she was an evil that was needed, as Katniss and others didn’t have he leadership qualities completely needed is she the one that should rule over Panem?
Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 was enjoyable movie and a good end to the series, however, it was questionable whether they needed to split it up because the second part just seemed to lose momentum. It took a while to get back into the story and there wasn’t as much action in this part as was expected. Overall it was an enjoyable series and well worth watching however the decision to split the last installment of the books might have been a bad call because it disturbed the flow the series. Part 2 just seem to brush over main of the subplots and not actually build the connection back, for example, the love triangle that was mentioned once or twice but with no real depth or impression. Still an enjoyable movie with all that said.
Livewire starts with a highly explosive beginning where the viewer sees Supergirl dealing with an escaped prisoner at the DEO. When dealing with the escape she gets a call from Alex asking where she is because their mother is incoming and Alex seems nervous about the impending arrival.
The theme of family rivalry is continued as well with the fact that Alex has always felt like she could never do anything right in her Mother’s eyes and from an outsiders point of view this is true. The episode does a really good job of showing flashbacks where Kara and Alex are kids and when in trouble Kara seems to only get a warning whereas she starts to come down heavy on Alex. Centred around Thanksgiving and the fact the power had gone out in the storm at KatCo. Cat calls in Kara to help her with the computer systems so she can carry on working and they also discuss the dynamic between Mother and Daughter relationships. This does show a softer side of Cat where Kara opens up to her as well in the way that she reveals her parents died when she was young. Is this going to build something bigger for them? The scenes where Cat and Kara are together suggests that Cat might soon put two and two together and work out Kara is Supergirl.
Cat and Leslie (Livewire) have an interesting dynamic it seems as if she is Cat is her mentor in a meeting before the storm where Cat warns her off Supergirl. This prompts Leslie to be put on traffic watch and the helicopter to get into difficult where a lighting strike to Supergirl gives Leslie powers. This is where Livewire is burn and as Leslie learns how to control her power she goes after Cat.
Livewire is a solid episode that seems to have fixed the problem that Fight or Flight had in the fact that yes Superman was in the catch-up, however, he wasn’t referenced at all this episode. Livewire herself was a good villain and kept up the theme of Supergirls accidents causing trouble for her to deal with but wasn’t actually focussed on. While the DEO did say that Livewire would have the power to kill Supergirl the feeling just wasn’t there that she could, even though she held her down. The way in which the girls had been holding things back from their Mother and it turns out their mother knows more than they think and drops a bombshell on them at the end. What could it mean for the girls?
Enter the Zoom shows Barry and the team go a different direction and be more proactive. The season and previous has seen The Flash being very reactive in the fact that he waits for threats and enemies to appear to then deal with them. This time, however, he wants to do it differently and draw Zoom out.
Barry again seems to be dead set on trusting Wells and the idea of using Linda Park to draw Zoom out has Joe all up in arms. Joe doesn’t think that Barry should trust Wells and should wait but Barry being quite headstrong this season goes along with it. The idea is that if Dr Light saw the need to kill her doubleganger then they could use that lure Zoom to their world and deal with the threat once and for all as he wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them. Linda agrees and in order to make it convincing Cisco and Wells work together on some gloves to allow her to display the powers that Dr Light has. As Zoom just wants her to get the centre piece of Barry’s Flash uniform, and they badly reenact the scene.
Zoom does come however and comes up with a huge showdown. The character as well holds a lot of menace and because he has been built up so much it works really well. In other areas Patty plays a little part in the episode, however, isn’t in the forefront warning Joe about the dangers of Dr Light. However, Joe doesn’t show her the same trust still holding back the fact he thinks she is safe in Star Labs. Patty still yet to visit. Cisco as well is still trying to get to grips with his powers and finds himself trying to read Wells and Wells try to stop it from happening however Cisco sees the truth.
Enter Zoom is a good follow on from The Darkness and the Light with the subplots moving back into the background more and the team concentrating on the threats more. A really good performance by the team with seemingly more character development with even the darkest of characters being given hope, along with a huge cliffhanger or bombshell at the end.
Fight or Flight sees’s Supergirls demons come to the forefront even though in Stronger Together she seemed to get passed them. Kara felt like she was living in her cousin’s shadow as everyone looked at Superman as the person that would save them. She didn’t want to be compared to him and at the end of Stronger Together the feeling that she had worked past those issues because she had worked out how she was different.
Reaction turning up in National City really does put a spanner in Kara’s newly found identity because he is one of Superman’s most formidable enemies. The reason for him being there is to kill Kara, when he realises the connection between her and Superman, brought on by the interview that Kara had given Cat. Cat seems to continue to press Kara’s buttons as well, taking the interview that she gave her as Supergirl the spin that she did not intend, however because of this Cat is shaping the development of Supergirl without even knowing she is doing it. James and Kara seem to be getting closer and someone from James’s past comes back in to change the dynamic a little.
Reaction although not an entity that comes under DEO’s jurisdiction the adversity does hold some sort of menace to him. The factor that some villains seem to have in ongoing TV Shows because they don’t have time to build them up, as there is a new one every week. This was different though as the show told the back story of his involvement with Superman.
Fight or Flight is a well put together episode which brought in an adversary with a well told back story, with him bring up some major issues for Supergirl. Although this is good, with the volume of Superman shows that have been done over the years the hope is that this now goes its own direction. The link is good but sometimes it just feels like they are relying on it too much and the show needs to stand on its own two feet at some point. An example of this is the way The Flash, they had Arrow make guest appearances when the story needed it and The Flash lost his way, but he wasn’t a constant comparison. The character development and action, however, is a bigger positive than the negative of the constant reminder of Superman.
Wilderness of Mirrors finds Martin able to escape Saudi interrogation that happened in Iconoclast only to find that his family has no been kidnapped. There has got to be more to this than just the work he has been doing recently.
Martin gets back to the team and is like a man possessed in order to find his family. While in a briefing to find his family the truth starts to come out about his true identity, what he had been up to in Iraq and who he had been working for. Crystal however before this all comes too late actually goes back to see her Dad which although not told why the viewer gets the impression it’s a troubled relationship. Crystal’s Dad was in the military and he had information about Reigning Fire, but the details were a bit lacking.
Martin now knows he isn’t who he thinks he is but the problem is now who does he trust? This was portrayed, but he has to put his trust in some people. Although some people that should be the closest to him have been lying to him, he still finds it in himself to trust in them. This is something that in some scenes doesn’t make complete sense, after finding out someone has been lying to him for 10 years would you trust them with a gun?
The body count keeps rising and Wilderness of Mirrors is no exception with some really well-done action scenes. That seemingly takes a reference to the Wild West style shootouts at safe houses.
Wilderness of Mirrors is a drama intensive episode that blows Martin’s life wide open. The truth comes out about what Gates and Sonya knows about Martin’s true identity, leading to some very intense drama along with the fact that Martin’s family is still missing at the beginning of the episode Martin is like a man possessed, but the episode holds a steady pace.
The Darkness and the Light carries on from The Fury of Firestorm in the fact it throws the viewer straight back into the storyline that Barry has seen Harrison Wells. The problem that faces the team is do they trust Harrison Wells from Earth 2?
The major storyline in this episode, however, is the new breach and introduction of Dr Light, while the team are trying to put together the piece and deciding whether they can trust Harrison Wells, the new introduction causes even more issues for the team. Jay The Flash from Earth 2 tells Barry that he can reason with her because she isn’t a danger which Harrison disagrees with because she is under Zooms power, which in his mind changes her. This has ramifications for Barry because in the first in counter with Dr Light he tries to talk to her and actually ends up blind because of it. Which is quite ironic because Barry spends a bigger amount of time injured than he has so far in the show when fighting against someone that is not considered a huge threat.
In their personal lives, the majority of the main cast has some sort of luck. Patty and Barry actually sort themselves out and goes on a date, which also has an interesting twist to it because of Barry’s newly found injury. With romantic encounters appearing for others, that might not be expected. The theme of the episode was fear, no matter what is happening to in their worlds they can’t let fear hold them back and even the person you least expects has a fear or something holding them back.
Dr Light was a more interesting adversary for Barry because up until now they have been people that were on the dark side of the line. Criminals that were happy to step the other side of the line and kill or hurt someone, whereas she is obviously conflicted. Dr Light is still a criminal, but she was looking for a way to get away from Zoom and not hurt anyone it seemed.
The Darkness and the Light is a solid episode and quite refreshing in some respects. The season is starting to make the characters more human they are showing them away from the whole save the world which is refreshing. The major issue coming from this episode is that it’s out of sync a little with the beginning of the season because Barry was the one that didn’t want people close to him and now he seems to be the one that is bringing everyone together and even trusting Harrison. Which seems like he could have been the wrong character to do that, that role may have been better suited to Caitlin or Cisco.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a movie about three guys that are in high school that are Scouts and every year they have a drive for new members and it just doesn’t pay off. The disappointment of the unsuccessful drive to masked by the fact that one of them Augie on their final camp is going to get the highest reward in Scouting, but the night turns into something more important. Can Augie, Carter and Ben save their town from a Zombie Apocalypse?
The plot isn’t all that original because it’s of three teenage boys all having issues and all living up to stereotypes Augie is the complete geek, Carter is the I want popularity and be on of the lads and Ben is in the middle. They meet someone that works in a strip club called Denise and she wants to be known as a Cocktail Waitress, not someone that does lap dancing. She takes a shine for Ben as he helps her with her bag and when Ben and Carter leave Augie to go back into town for a party. She quickly teams up with them in order to survive the Zombies that are now in town. While trying to find out where the party actually is and everything Denise helps them with their issues and the guys although they have betrayed Augie finally realise that what’s most important is their friendship.
The plot being straight forward and not very original don’t write Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse off just yet because although it’s been done before in many movies, there are many good comedy moments albeit it some of them being cringeworthy. The action scenes were also very well put together and suspense to some of the Zombie attacks were very well done.
The one really negative however was the Zombie’s themselves. The problem with them were they weren’t very consistent. In the beginning, they were quite fast moving which is abnormal for Zombies, and at one point one Zombie was even pole dancing but at the end there were slow moving Zombies. Now everyone is different and has different skill sets but that isn’t the norm for Zombies and with a movie that hasn’t really got an original story line it should have stuck to the norms.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse had some huge pitfalls living up to quite a few stereotypes but, all in all, it was a solid movie with some really good laugh out loud moments. Not a must see, but definitely a movie to consider if you want a laugh.