Ninja News – What To Watch Out For This Summer

Most of the current shows are finished, and those that aren’t are almost done, too. It’s time to look forward, and by that I mean, let’s talk about summer shows. A couple years ago, the words summer TV would have received a groan, or, probably, a couple laughs, but all that’s changed. Once you’ve waded through the hours of crappy reality TV that always takes over the summer months, there’s actually some decent shows on the horizon. So, here’s the ones we’re the most excited about.

1. Aquarius

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David Duchovny stars in Aquarius, a show where he’s a detective that is searching for a missing girl. The twist? That the girl he’s looking for is now working with a band of criminals led by a gent called Charles Manson! Looking forward to this one a lot.

2. Sense 8

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A group of people all over the world that are instantly linked together (well, mentally, at least) are hunted by people fearing their impact on the world. Has all the potential to do well, and a season dump by Netflix has us salivating. Let’s just hope it’s not the classic hunted superhero type cliché and they have put some original material together.

3. Fear The Walking Dead

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AMC are keeping things pretty close to their chest about this one. We don’t even know when it’s going to air! It’ll be this summer sometime, but looking like towards the end of it right now. We know it’ll be in LA, we know it’ll be set at the beginning of the outbreak, and we know it’ll have zombies. There’s also a family in the middle of it, who are working on normal family stuff as well as running from hungry walkers. Needless to say we’ll be watching this no matter what. Here’s hoping it can pick up from The Walking Dead and be another success for AMC.

4. Humans

Robots! There doing the housework and driving the cars in this show, but I’ve got a feeling that it’s not all going to be that easy. Robots never are. Remember Almost Human? The robot show with loads of potential that kind of bombed? Don’t do the same with Humans, guys!

5. Dark Matter

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A syfy classic plot here. A group of people wake up from cryo-sleep (cause that’s a thing) to find that they’re stranded on an abandoned space cruiser. They don’t know who they are, what happened before, or what to do. Can anyone spell mystery? Syfy’s strong in the summer, and we expect this show to be strong too.

6. Blunt Talk

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Patrick Stewart stars here as the British host of an American talk show. Only difference between him and James Corden is that he can pretty much ramble on about whatever he wants. This comedy looks great. Walter Blunt is far from perfect, though. He’s dealing with failed marriages, a whole bunch of other issues and a cocaine problem. Yes, you read that right. Patrick Stewart’s doing blow in this show. Why wouldn’t you want to watch it?

Helix – Season 1 Episode 11 – Black Rain Review

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Turns out Sarah isn’t dead, and Peter’s visits around the facility are not at random. The Peter Army is assembling and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them! With Ilaria coming from the outside, and the inside full of infected people, it’s time to make a decision about how to proceed. Continue reading

Suits – Season 3 Episode 11 – Buried Secrets Review

ImageSo, we ended the last season on the notes that Rachel was going to stay with Mike, Harvey and Scotty were hooking up and Lewis, in a cruel twist on him getting busy in the Harvard records room, has a peek and finds out that Mike Ross has no official records at Harvard. Knowing how OCD Sheila is, there’s no way this little clerical error is her fault! Continue reading

Modern Family – Season 5 Episode 16 – Spring-A-Ding-Fling Review

ImageThere’s a few different things going on within the Pritchett/Dunphy faction this week. Mitch has a new job, Cam is putting on the dance at his high school, Phil enlists Hayley to go with him as he hosts an award show (the SCARB) and Jay and Gloria have to do some parenting/grand-parenting on Lily. Continue reading

Brooklyn Nine – Nine – Season 1 Episode 16 – The Party Review

ImageIt’s Holt’s birthday this week, and the Nine-Nine all get an invite to the party from Holt’s husband, Kevin. They’re all pumped, but Holt tells them there will be no presents or singing of happy birthday in his usual deadpan manner. I’ve been wondering when we’d get to meet Holt’s husband (16 episodes later…), and at The Party, we find out that he’s an intellectual journalist. I wasn’t surprised, only because Holt is pretty well refined and is classy, too. Continue reading

The Originals – Season 1 Episode 12 – Dance Back To The Grave Review

ImageSo, after learning that Celeste has been there all along (hiding out as Sabine) we spend some time with one of her resurrected buddies, Papa Tunde.

ImageNot only was he a great villain-of-the-week, but he gave us a little break from the plot arc we’ve had for the first eleven episodes. I’ll admit, I was sad to see poor little Davina die (at least for a little while), but I have a feeling she’ll be back pretty soon. I can only think that this episode set in motion not only what The Originals will have to face in the last episode of the season, but also what’s coming next season.

ImagePapa Tunde was roaming around dropping vamps for fun, and all to steal their power. He takes Rebekah down was too easily. Not like she was born yesterday, is it?

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He knows that it’s not going to be easy to take on Klaus, having lost to him once, and tries to get a head start. I hope the shows keep on with this Papa theme, because American Horror Story has rolled out some scary time with Papa Legba, and, even a little while back, Grimm had Papa Ghede. There’s something about sticking Papa in front of some ancient witch/monster/demon’s name and making it all the more freaky.

 

I know I’ve bitched about the flashbacks in the past, but I kind of enjoyed them this week. Not only did they show us what happened the last time Klaus took on Pops. It helped to see (again) how bad ass Klaus can be, because he was made to look like a little girl later on in the episode. When he opened the box talking about two sons, it was just classic Klaus. Their suits weren’t too shabby either.

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Rebekah’s not looking great either, but thanks to Elijah and a bit of Hayley’s baby’s blood (don’t even go there) they saved the day in less than a minute.

 

I have to admit, I’m excited to see what’s coming now. For once, it looks like the original vamps have actually got some competition, and even though the four witches are already down to three, they’re pretty damn strong. My only issue with the episode was that when it was so easy for Papa Tunde to take down Rebekah and channel her power, how the hell can Marcel fight him off, even if just for a second. First of all, Marcel’s her bitch, let’s face it. She’s got years on him, and I just didn’t buy how it all went down.

ImageThe last scene leaves us with more questions than answers, and next week’s finale should be something pretty special at this rate. I’ll say it again, thank God they hightailed it out of Mystic Falls and went down to New Orleans.

 

Tune in next week to see what happens,

 

The Ninja

Castle – Season 6 Episode 11 – Under Fire Review

Before we take a look at Castle’s first outing of 2014, let’s look back at where the show left us before its Christmas hiatus. Castle and the team investigated the murder of a man found dead in a church, and the case of a missing baby. While seeing Castle and Beckett’s opposing views to having kids, it turns out the unlucky guy had a jackpot-winning Lotto ticket on him. Talk about bad ways to go. The guys put it together quickly, realise that the ticket must be the motive (a move Sherlock himself would be proud of) and put the case to bed, not before celebrating Thanksgiving in good fashion. Well, apart from Beckett.

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 So, in Under Fire, the team’s first case of the year, we’re thrown straight into the action. Ryan’s fiancée is on the phone to Beckett who tells her to, “relax, something’s happened,” before rewinding 12 hours. So, not only is the burning building behind them fitting of the title, but the main punch point of the episode is given away in the first two minutes. Thanks, guys!

Now, Beckett, Castle and Ryan are walking through a fire scene discussing baby names and weddings, (as you do when standing over a BBQ’d body!) Lainey then tells them there’s a bullet hole in the victim, before the usual song and dance and, “I’ll let you know more when I get back to the morgue.” These we’re the kind of scenes we were praying for towards the end of last season, but now we’ve got them back they feel the same as before.

They put their heads together, and figure that the victim must have interrupted the arsonist and got himself killed, before going after the building’s owner. He doesn’t know anything, and it wasn’t a huge surprise when an entire four minutes later, the fire investigator finds the accelerant and knows exactly who the victim is. I don’t know if it’s just lazy writing, or a need to move the story on quickly, but she just came right out with all the information. Not only was her partner dead, but he was killed by the same arsonist he’d been investigating for years.

Conveniently for the team, the victim had written down the name Adam Ferguson. Ferguson was put in jail by the victim and had recently been released. (By now I’m really losing faith in the writers) When they catch up to Ferguson he tells them he was helping the victim find the arsonist, so that theory goes out the window.

By now we’ve come a full 360 and are back at the start of the episode. Ryan and Esposito find the victims car, his files on the arsonist, and decide to investigate. What they don’t realise is they’re about to stumble into the suspects lair, until….

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Ok, so by now Esposito and Ryan and trapped in the burning building, Castle and Beckett are outside with the firefighters and Ryan’s pregnant wife shows up in labour. (Because the guys need all that extra shiz to deal with right now) Luckily, an ambulance is already there and Lainey takes her to give birth. Not like they needed it for the two guys trapped in the fire or anything!

The fire crew won’t go in, the building is too far gone and it’s too dangerous. For a good five minutes things are looking pretty bad for our beloved cops; until the arsonist is captured. A pretty tough job seeing as he was just standing around Instagramming the whole thing.

But in true ABC style, the ‘sub-basement’ where they are trapped is actually an escape route out of the arsonist’s lab, (take note all you voyeur Walter White’s!) so the day is easy saved. Ryan and Esposito make it out alive just in time for everyone to have one more feel good moment before the end of the episode.

I’m the first person to admit that I’m a fan of castle, but something needs to change. I’m as happy as the next one of you that they brought Beckett back from DC and forgot all about that FBI bs, but it needed to come back as a different type of procedural. Instead, we’re stuck with the same old formula, and if they don’t do something to turn it around soon, we could really be in the last season of Castle.