Thursday, August 22, 2013

Show Talk Episode 0

The first episode of Show Talk aired on August 21st, 2013!
See the full episode below:

Here are the episode reviews featured on this episode for your perusal:

Most Recently Aired Episodes
(In Bleach's case, the most recent one watched)

BLEACH S2 EP2 (Harryhausen)
Gin, a high-class Soul Reaper, blocks the group from coming through the wall. They have to find another way in, so they ask a villager for help and he takes them to his house. Before he can help them, a man charges into the house riding a boar followed by multiple henchmen, and after being insulted by Ichigo, challenges Ichigo to a fight. Just as Ichigo is about to win, the man announces that it is 9 O' Clock and he and his henchmen leave. This was not the strongest episode of the second season that I'd watched so far. The most interesting part was when Chad found the boy he had helped in season one. However, it was surprising that the villagers considered them heroes, and it was nice to see Urame do something for once. 
Rating: 6/10

PARENTHOOD S4 EP15 (Tarantino)
Parenthood is one of my favorite shows, and I felt that this was a good end to the season. Victor was finally officially adopted into the family, Sarah (finally) dumps Mark, Crosby and Jasmine are expecting a new baby in their lives soon, Amber and Ryan are back together, and Christina is Cancer free for now. The show left two openings to use if they wanted to: Number one being Christina’s cancer returning. Number two Sarah moving to Minnesota with Hank. In my opinion Sarah shouldn’t move to Minnesota with Hank, and I doubt that it will happen, but perhaps Christina’s cancer will return and this time she won’t make it. I would find it interesting to see Adam raising Max and Nora on his own.
Rating: 10/10

Morairty is finally here for this hour long finale episode. Holmes finds his lost love Irene again, and flashbacks show how they met. Irene in the present is confused and her brain  has been damaged by psychological trauma. She takes residence in Holmes's house. However, after a threatening message is left, she decides to run from the country, and Holmes decides to go with her. There's a revelation at the end of the episode which I won't spoil, but twists the original literature in an interesting way. It was also nice to have a finale end on a low note, instead of a massive cliffhanger. There's really nothing wrong with the episode, which is chock full of references to the old stories such as "The Dying Detective". I'm not upset about the twist, because I understand that this show is trying to be different from the old stories instead of a complete copy. It's also wonderfully progressive.
Rating: 9.5/10

NEW GIRL S2 EP19  (Tarantino)
This episode of New Girl is by far one of my favorite episodes. In this episode Jess begins to have feelings for Nick and is not sure what to make of them while Schmidt tries to get a lion fish that he thinks will help him get over his breakup with CeCe. The plot line for this episode was hilarious (as always) and the way they delivered their lines was great, and just the ending of the episode where Nick and Jess start trying to make out and end up breaking the aquarium that Schmidt had bought earlier in the episode had me dying with laughter.
Rating: 9.5/10

Review: Korra has her bending taken away from her by Amon, but then she reveals that he is a waterbender, and therefore an enormous hypocrite. With his plans in shambles, Amon makes his last stand. This is a wonderful way to end the season and my favorite episode. The story-lines are tied up well and although it is a bit gimmicky, it strikes the right notes and it's flaws can be overlooked.
Rating: 8.5/10

The final episode of Nashville Season 1 was very good in my opinion. In the beginning of the episode Maddie confronts Deacon about him being her biological father and later on in the episode he asks Rayna if this is true. When he finds out that it is the truth this completely drives him over the edge and makes him start his drinking problem again. Of course, we all knew that he would do it sooner or later. Also in the episode Juliette finds out that her mother met with Dante not for drugs, but to help Juliette get rid of the sex tape that he had to blackmail her. I thought that the scene where Juliette was at the funeral home saying her final goodbye was touching and truly it was one of my favorite scenes in the episode. But my favorite part was the ending where we see Gunnar proposing to Scarlett, Peggy revealing to Teddy that she’s pregnant, and Rayna and Deacon get in the car accident. But to tell you the truth, the car accident felt a little too predictable and redundant.
Rating: 7/10

Swapped Episodes

When I found out that I got ‘Looney Toons’ for the show swap I wasn’t really sure if I would enjoy it knowing how most cartoon shows for ‘kids’ are these days. I thought the show was going to be filled with jokes that would only be funny for 5 year olds, but I found myself laughing the whole way through. The plot line of the episode is about Bugs Bunny trying to get his cable back that has been shut off by a turtle who works at the cable company. I could relate to Bugs’ problem knowing that every one of us had to deal with this kind of a situation one time or another. The way they made fun of cable companies and how they seem to torture us was smart, clever, and made me think that this could possibly be what they really do in real life, but all above hilarious.
Rating: 8.5/10

BIG BANG THEORY S2 EP5 (Harryhausen)
Review: Sheldon tries to hitch a ride to work and annoys his friends so much that they continually leave him on the road. They then try to teach him how to drive using a computer simulation, but it doesn't work, so Sheldon decides to just live in the office so he won't have to drive. I rarely watch sitcoms, but I know that they all follow the same format, more or less. What makes these shows fun to watch are the characters. Sheldon was likable while still being irritating, which is tough to pull off, and I give the show props for breaking the mold by using an introvert as the lead. However the show seems almost scared to be TOO nerdy, like it might scare off its mainstream audience, which docks a few points.
Rating: 6.5/10

Shared Episode
(review of the same episode of a show we both watch)

This is episode of Avengers Assemble was a fairly decent episode. In this episode they introduce a character who’s called ‘Hyperion’. I have never before heard of Hyperion but the way they showed him in the episode reminded me of a mix of two characters. The first one being Superman since Hyperion could do everything like him like flying, laser vision, and perhaps if he flies around the world fast enough he could turn back time. The second one being Megatron from Transformers: Prime/War for Cybertron. This is because just like Megatron he thought the only way to have peace was through tyranny. But at the end of the episode when they defeat him and Tony shows the live feed of Hyperion’s cell Hyperion says “Mark my words, there will be a coming threat. There always is, and you will find yourself in need of me!” It would be interesting if at the end of the season the Avengers release him to help him fight Red Skull in the final battle.
Rating: 6/10

A new hero called Hyperion comes to New York, and though at first it seems like he's a good guy, he's soon revealed as a tyrant who'll blow up the world if it doesn't follow his way. This episode makes multiple references to the Avengers movie, which is fun, however it also reminds me of how this show never seems to come up with clever concepts on it's own. It's done well, but it's been done before.
Rating: 5/10

Combined Rating: 5.5/10

The next episode of Show Talk will air on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 in the evening. We'll be reviewing The World God Only Knows, Bleach, Ben 10 Omniverse, Parenthood (episode 1), Suburgatory and The Middle, and we'll be swapping the shows Beware the Batman and Parks and Recreation. We will then both review the season finale of Arrow. Be sure to tune in!