SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers

TRENDING NOW!

Mark's Remarks #003 - Monthly Review - February 2017



Welcome to my first Monthly Review where I briefly go over some of the shows I watched in the past month. I had to put this together rather quickly because I only recently decided to replace my Season Review with monthly articles and I didn’t want to wait another month to post the first one and I thought this could be a good opportunity to ask you guys if you had any suggestions what else I could include.
Future posts would be published on the last day of the month, the format will most likely remain as it is with me writing about shows that just started/ended their latest season and the odd show here and there I caught up with but I welcome any ideas on how to improve this article. Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here are some of my hot takes and half-assed thoughts on television from the past month.

BIG LITTLE LIES, Season 1 — The latest TV show to feature silver-screen actors in its cast has only aired two episodes but it is already one of my favorite shows this season. There’s just so much to love about this show. The cast, the writing, the georgeous backdrop, Chloe’s taste in music. I’ll be sure to enjoy the remaining five episodes.

LEGION, Season 1 — I have only seen two episodes of this show and can with absolute certainty say that this is the most bonkers, batshitcrazy, insane, mindblowing show on TV right now which may or may not be hyperbole but I’m leaning towards the latter. That’s pretty much all I have to say for now or possibly ever because another thing I’m absolutely certain of is that I don’t understand the show as much as I would like to.

THE 100, Season 4 — We are almost halfway through the season and it hasn’t been good so far which is not to say it has been bad. It’s not nearly as messy as Season 3 but all the more absurd in its storytelling. Maybe I need to look at the statement "The 100 peaked in Season 2." as a hard fact rather than a probable possibility and lower my expectations to enjoy the show again but I don’t want do that.
I don’t want it become one of those shows that I put on in the backgorund while I do something else. I want it to be great again, I want it to be engaging and compelling to watch, and so far that hasn’t been the case. I wasn’t too excited when Alie mentioned the melting nuclear power plants and now that Season 4 is finally here, I can’t help but feel they may have written themselves into a corner. The majority of the season is still ahead of us; Here’s hoping it’ll improve from here.

CATASTROPHE, Season 3 — It’s been too long and I’m so happy to have this little gem back again. The show returned in top form and set up the third season quite nicely with Rob and Sharon going through their toughest rough patch yet. It’s too bad there are only going to be six episodes this season again.


SANTA CLARITA DIET, Season 1 — I’m only four episodes in and I’m loving it so far. Drew Barrymore is great as Sheila but the real standout for me is Timothy Olyphant. His line delivery is just outstanding and every time he says something, it sounds like he is internally screaming into an endless abyss of despair and hopelessness. It’s fascinating how he can make something as ordinary as "Okay, honey" sound like he is coming apart as the seams. I also like the little tidbits of mythology and can’t wait to find out more about it.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, Season 2 — The second season was somewhat of a mixed bag but I find it hard to be critical of this show because of how much I unrelentingly love it. Even at its worst, which would be a good chunk of the latter half of this season, the show still remains highly enjoyable. Greg’s exit was handled as good as it could be, Rebecca’s girl squad was fun while it lasted and will hopefully make a glorious return considering where this season ended. Nathan’s introduction was a little clumsy but he has grown on me since then. Josh becoming a priest.. Yeah right, as if. That was pretty ludicrous but then again, the whole show just kind of escalated and went off the rails in those final moments. Overall, I think I liked Season 1 a little more but I love what they have set up for Season 3.

AGENTS OF SHIELD
4.15 "Self Control"

I’m not really one who concerns himself with whether strangers watch a show or not but it almost makes me feel sad that there are so many people out there who have only seen the first dozen of episodes of this show. Comparing that batch of episodes to what Agents of SHIELD is now and what it’s capable of churning out.. It has truly come a long way.

It’s no coincidence that the two best episodes of the entire series feature a whole lot of Elizabeth Henstridge. I mean, holy shit, she was chewing scenery left and right in this episode. Between her confrontation with Fitz and her reunion with Daisy, she really got to stretch her acting chops. I really liked how driven the episode was by the show’s female characters. Daisy’s seismic ball was pretty cool and the subsequent disintegration of LMD-Mack was one of the best visuals the show has ever done. Even LMD-May had a moment when she sacrificed herself and Mallory Jansen continues to do impeccable work as Aida.

But my favorite aspect about the episode was how well it executed the psychological horror and paranioa that comes with fighting against your own team. LMD-Fitz begging Simmons to stop stabbing him and then abruptly changing his demeanor was the most terrifying thing I’ve seen in a while. And then there’s of course our first glimpse into the new world order in The Framework where everything has been turned inside out and upside down and I couldn’t be more pumped for the third arc of this season.

THIS IS US 1.16
"Memphis"

You haven’t lived until you have ugly cried over the death of a fictional character and boy, did I bawl during the final ten minutes of this episode. In a television landscape so oversaturated with death, This Is Us is one of the handful of shows that still manages to get a visceral reaction out of me. Like many others, I didn’t expect William’s death to happen until the season finale but this episode seemed as fitting a time as any.

The flashbacks did a good job at filling in some of the important gaps in Wiliam’s life while in the present day, William gets to "meet" Jack and finds some closure in Memphis. It was great seeing both Randall and William enjoying themselves since these two usually carry the emotional weight of the show which they once again did at the end of the episode.

Randall calling William Dad and him putting his hands around his face like Jack used to do, the song, the montage, William meeting his mother in the afterlife, the goddamn ducks, the poems. I was a blubbering mess by episode’s end. I’m really gonna miss William, he had such a warm presence about him but I take solace in the fact that we haven’t seen the last of him.





Premiering:
Feud — 5th March
Making History — 5th March
Trial & Error — 14th March
Marvel’s Iron Fist — 17th March
Imaginary Mary — 29th March
13 Reasons Why — 31st March
The Son — 8th April
Girlboss — 21st April
The Handmaid’s Tale — 26th April
Dear White People — 28th April
American Gods — 30 April

Returning:
The Catch — 9th March
American Crime — 12th March
The Originals — 17th March
iZombie — 4th April
Better Call Saul — 10th April
The Leftovers — 16th April
Veep — 16th April
Fargo — 19th April

Feel free to tell me how your February was regarding television and I’d appreciate any suggestions and ideas on how to improve these monthly articles.





Get Email Alerts

Comment Policy

We pride ourselves here at SpoilerTV with the quality, friendliness and respectfulness of our community.

Name-calling, personal attacks, spamming, excessive self-promotion, condescending pomposity, general assiness, racism, sexism, any-other-ism, homophobia, off-topicness, acrophobia, ailurophobia and destructive (versus constructive) criticism will get you BANNED from the party as will creating multiple accounts, actor abuse along with any other trollish behaviour. All comments in ENGLISH please.

Where appropriate please use the new Spoiler Tags if posting spoilers outside the scope of the article that you are currently on. See here for details.

If you have a problem with a comment, DO NOT REPLY TO IT. Instead Click the Dropdown Icon/Arrow to the right of the offending comment and click the Flag link from the dropdown. Our Moderation Team will then deal with any inappropriate comments.

Problems, Issues and Suggestions
If you have a technical issue please email support@spoilertv.com
If you have any suggestions or feedback on the site please use our Feedback Form.
If your Disqus account has been blocked from commenting you can try Requesting an Unblock



 
About The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel

Every day 100's of items are submitted to us and we don't always have the time to make separate posts for the news and/or there is so much that it would quickly push all other items off the homepage.

So a result we've come up with the idea of the Newsreel, which will feature smaller shows and news items as they happen.

There will be a new Newsreel each day, and as news is added we will update the post and and push it back to the top of the site so that you can see that new items have been added. A tweet of the item will also be sent to our @SpoilerTV account.

New Items will be listed at the top of the article.

This will allow us to provide more news on more shows in a much more timely fashion
About Movie News Roundup

Rather that creating lots of new posts as new info is released and fragmenting the commentary, we thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming major movies to create a single post for each major movies that will collate all the info as it's posted.

New items will be added to the top of the list as well as the post being re-posted back to the top of the homepage when a new item is added. We will additionally send out a fresh tweet alerting you of the new information.

This will allow you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you like. It will also help consolidate all the discussion on this movie in a central place and make it less likely that you'll miss some key information.
SpoilerTV Comment Policy

We pride ourselves here at SpoilerTV with the quality, friendlyness and respectfullness of our community. All comments in English please.

Name-calling, personal attacks, spamming, excessive self-promotion, condescending pomposity, general assiness, racism, sexism, any-other-ism, homophobia, off-topicness, acrophobia, and destructive (versus constructive) criticism will get you BANNED from the party as will creating multiple accounts, actor abuse as well as other trollish behaviour.

If you have a problem with a comment, DO NOT REPLY TO IT.

Instead Click the Dropdown Icon/Arrow to the right of the offending comment and click the Flag link from the dropdown. Our Moderation Team will then deal with any inappropriate comments.

We hope you enjoy your time here at SpoilerTV
SITE CONFIGURATION

Here at SpoilerTV we allow you to personalize your experience by allowing you to customize various items on the site. Close the popup to save your changes

Background Colour Picker
Enter the HEX Code of the colour you would like to use as a background. To get a HEX code goto the colour picker and pick your color then paste in the # number including the # at the front. eg #000000 is black #ffffff is white

Thumbnail Type
Rounded Sharp Circle
Square None Grid3 Grid2 Card
Theme Color
Light (Default)
Dark (Beta)
Unread Indicator
Unread Off (Default)
Unread On

Full or Minimal
Full (Default)
Minimal (Beta)
Banner Selector
All you need to do is to put a link to your banner in the box below and press the Click Button. (For best results your image should be 1090px wide and 200px high.). We have more banners in our Banner Gallery here.

Enter the URL of your Image or pick from one below