Wayward Pines – Episode 2 – Do Not Discuss Your Life Before

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Last week we tuned in for round two of the purest WTF moments of the week. The pilot wrapped up leaving us viewers with a million questions. What’s the deal with Sheriff Pope? What’s going in with TIME in WP? I’m still reeling from Bev’s confession that she arrived in 1999, and has been there around a year. Wake up Bev! It’s 2014! Well, at least in Burke’s mind.

Burke finished the first episode staring up at the huge fences that separate the town he now calls home from the outer world. Maybe you really can’t leave Wayward, much like how you couldn’t die in Fortitude (for those that have seen it). Do Not Discuss Your Life Before kicks off with Burke heading back to the house where he found the Secret Service agent’s body. Sheriff Pope rolls into the house, and Burke’s told that, rule numero uno, you don’t leave WP. (Think we got that by now, Popey). Pope sends him back to the hotel, which he does, for all of five minutes. Still with me? Okay, good. Let’s push on.

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Wayward Pines – Episode 1 – Where Paradise is Home Review

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SPOILER ALERT!

After all the waiting, M. Night Shyamalan’s next project, the highly anticipated Wayward Pines is finally here! It hit screens last night, and after a clever and direct approach from the marketing team, the team here at The TV Ninja was shaking with excitement. Thankfully, we weren’t disappointed.

There’s a lot of people online comparing this show to Twin Peaks, and it’s not surprising. Any show that drops a detective in an unknown town shrouded in mystery is going to draw those comparisons, but tonally, it’s totally different. Let’s not label it and give it a chance to just be Wayward Pines, guys!

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Brooklyn Nine Nine – Season 2 Episode 4 – Halloween II Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 12.46.57It’s obvious that Halloween is a very hectic day for everyone at the precinct. It came as no surprise that their Halloween episode involved a lot of Peralta messing around and screwing things up. Why have ten milliion characters when they’re only going to use the same people and the same plot lines over and over?

Anyway, this time Peralta is determined to steal the Captain’s watch. Since he won last year after stealing the Captain’s medal, he wants to add yet another success to his long list of ‘jokes’. He eventually finds a guy that calls himself ‘Fingers’. Fingers is a master pick pocket, who, of course ends up taking the watch, and stealing it ‘for realsies’ in the process. This part of the episode was as predictable as anything. I mean, what made Peralta think that he could get away with this two years in a row?

Turns out the Captain had spent the whole year planning his revenge. He planned every detail – the pick pocket, Peralta noticing the watch, etc..

Meanwhile, Gina is upset because she got kicked out of her dance group. That girl loves to DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! so it was hard to watch a depressed Gina rather than her usual chipper, funny self. Terry discovers that she’s been taking classes to finish her degree, and missing rehearsals in the process. In the end, of course her and Terry end up dancing at the show, and it was everything we ever hoped for. Strictly/Dancing with the Stars 2015?

That’s why it’s a bit upsetting that they don’t give more attention to the back stories of other characters. Clearly the ‘precinct’ plot and the cases are all a joke, so it would be nice to see more of what people actually do, rather than seeing Peralta’s pick-a-mix of pissing off his fellow characters every episode.

Brooklyn Nine Nine – Season 2 Episode 3 – The Jimmy Jab Games Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 13.50.39When Captain Holt and the Sarge leave the precinct for the day on official business it’s time for The Jimmy Jab Games. Gina kicks it all off and oversees the Games (because she can’t be bothered to take part, basically). Obviously, Peralta’s got his heart set on winning, and is, as always, a bit too enthusiastic, and he manages to turn it into the Jake show. He wants Rosa to give him Katie’s number (Rosa’s friend) and she agrees (after some classic Peralta-esque persuasion) to give it to him if he wins. Go figure!

After the honorary bagel ceremony, the Games are off. First up was month-old Chinese food from the fridge. Whoever eats the most wins. This will probably win the title for grossest moment of the season, so thanks for that! They had the bulky-bulky run-run, where they all ran a course wearing bomb suits, and there was the obstacle course, too.

The guys all then played dress-up and had to keep their cover at all costs. It was the highlight of a pretty dull episode. Sometimes I wonder why the show has so many main characters. It’s a weird feeling, because towards the end of the first season I grew closer to the characters, and wouldn’t take any of them out of it now, but the show suffers because of it sometimes. It’s hard to keep track of what everyone is doing when they only turn up for four minutes of the episode.

We had to see Peralta fail at the end, letting Amy win, and proving that Katie’s number is just a smokescreen for him and Amy. So I guess there going to drag that one out for the long haul. Guess we’ll have to wait for season seven for Peralta to make his move.

Brooklyn Nine Nine – Season 2 Episode 2 – Chocolate Milk Review

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What is the difference between work friends and real friends? That was the question this week inside the precinct. Ready to find out who’s really you friend?

With Terry ready to have a vasectomy, Peralta was a bit shocked, if not happy to help. Terry might be built like a freakin’ brick sh*t house but that didn’t stop him from being high as a kite. The doctor was unable to perform the procedure (because they didn’t have enough anesthesia to put Terry down), and Peralta ended up taking him home. Once there, Terry confessed that he doesn’t want the procedure but he’s doing it to please his wife. He also called Peralta ‘tiny head’, which was both true and hilarious. High Terry is my kind of Terry.

Jake takes it upon himself to stop the next procedure from happening, but Terry disapproves of him getting so involved. After all, they’re only work friends right? Poor Peralta, his tiny head just tilted to one side. He was truly disappointed. He was going to prove his point as he always does, and so he did..

In other news, for the first time we saw fear in the Captain’s eyes. Capt. Holt receives a visit from an old colleague for an inspection of the precinct. Capt. Holt doesn’t like this woman due to their ‘blurry past’ (she wanted to hook up but he’s gay). Amy wants to get the best mark, because she’s a psycho cop/teacher’s pet. So for once, she stood up for what she wanted and gave the Captain a speech that left him speechless. Not like that’s hard to achieve with the Cap, but you see what I’m getting at.

Charles had to go to a Jamaican party, so he asked all the girls for help. Gina rejected him, obviously, and in the end it was Rosa who came through. Good to see that they’re real friends after all 🙂 As for Charles and Gina, we’ll have to wait and see!

Brooklyn Nine Nine – Season 2 Episode 1 – Undercover Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 13.29.41Brooklyn Nine Nine grows on you like a pop song from the charts. They play it enough times and suddenly you find yourself singing along. Well, this show is exactly that. It seemed at first as if all the attention was focused on Peralta, but the writers quickly realised the potential of other characters. Now there is more banter, more jokes and it’s not all about having to deal with the aftermath of Peralta’s ideas. Everyone has their own story and it is actually pretty funny.

The start of the new season brought new tensions and awkwardness to the police station. Boyle and Gina had a one night stand, and both parties are ignoring the fact it ever even happened. Gina is a bit disgusted with herself, and in great Gina form, she puts on a sweatshirt with a mole on it. Bless her, she cracks me up.

The captain is forcing the team to act up fabricated situations, you know, to be prepared in case of ANYTHING! This has Rosa and Amy on the edge of a nervous breakdown, but they soon realise it’s not that bad being prepared even if it feels ridiculous.

To conclude our beloved Peralta talks to Amy, saying that yeah he fancies her. Also, he is still undercover and seeing him with his hair pulled back was priceless. To be fair, it was as if I could smell the cheap cologne pouring out off the TV.

Overall a great start to a new very promising season. Keep the jokes rollin’ and the Gina banter ongoing.

Brooklyn Nine – Nine – Season 1 Episode 21 – Unsolvable Review

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Holt’s had a little injury this week, and Peralta won’t give up until he finds out what happened. Holt tells him it was from hula-hooping, shows Jake the pictures and deletes them, telling him that no one will believe him. Cue one angry Jake Peralta! Boyle and Viv are trying to decide whether to move to Canada or not, and Santiago, even though agreeing to help Holt has booked a romantic getaway with her boyfriend.

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Brooklyn Nine – Nine – Season 1 Episode 20 – Fancy Brugdom Review

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Terry, Gina and Amy are doing a diet together this week, and they’re all finding it a little hard to handle. Boyle wants Peralta to be his best man, and Rosa’s got to deal with the aftermath of humiliating a fellow officer. Terry gets to focus (as usual) on team building, no matter how hard the diet might be.

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Ninja News – FOX Renewals

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Fox has announced some more renewals. We’ve already been given the news that Sleepy Hollow will return for a second season, and that Bones will be back for its tenth installment, but they’ve now given us a list of some more. Here goes:

 

-The Mindy Project

-Brooklyn Nine-Nine

-New Girl

-The Following

 

Seems like New Girl did enough to save itself and get back in the network’s good books. Not so sure about The Following, but I guess the fans love their Bacon.

 

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Notes

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