ELN: ‘Gifted’ – “eXit strategy” sets up war to come

the-gifted-exit-strategy-comicbook.comFox’s The Gifted saw our mutant rebels risk it all for a rescue mission.  Lorna and Reed form an unlikely alliance while Marcos visits someone from his past.

The episode opens in a flashback: Marcos, Johnny and others attempt to free prisoners from Sentinel Services. They barely escape, with one mutant – Josh – being left behind. He’s shot in the back. Another casualty in the fight for justice. Read More

Trailer Things: Perry’s “Acrimony” sees Henson as thee woman scorned

The phrase “Tyler Perry presents” has become the best way to clear a theater in recent years. Other than a few Madea-less works, his attempts at keeping black actors paid are laughable BET mainstays. See Madea Boo 2, it will be on Debra Lee’s network soon.

Despite this Perry is highly successful. Owning his own studio, he is able to keep the mahcine working. The next product is the Taraji P. Henson-led Acrimony, which looks like the ideal Lifetime Original dipped in chocolate. I’d lie if I said I wasn’t interested in this tale of revenge from a jilted wife. Peep the trailer below.

ELN: Powerful ‘This Is Us’ reveals two secrets 

Last night’s This Is Us spelled something new for Kate, while unveiling a character flaw Kevin inherited from his father. And Randall and Beth took a step forward with Deja, only to face another setback.

 

Kate busies herself in preparation for a big show, paying particular attention to her steady weight loss. Toby senses she is stressing too much, even ignoring him in the process. But she assures him she is fine. What she hasn’t disclosed to her fiancé is she’s six weeks pregnant.

While Kate prepares for this monumental change, Randall and Beth struggle to connect with the change in their home. A simple discussion about Deja not washing her hair becomes a science neither of them can understand. In an intimate moment, Beth finds the root of the problem: Deja suffers from alopecia. It’s a touching segment seeing her open up to Beth. Unfortunately this progress regresses once Deja discovers Beth shared her secret with Randall. It’s evident men in Deja’s life have been the source of mistreatment.

We see a different form of abuse in the flashback  narrative. An outbreak of the chickenpox brings Rebecca’s tenuous relationship with her mother to a head. We had glimpses of her mother’s constant critiquing, but never witnessed it firsthand.

The snide comments about Kate’s weight. Emphasising Kevin’s success with his looks. Judging Jack for his upbringing. And lastly, her racially insesitive disposition toward Randall. Rebecca finally extolls how none of it is acceptable.

This scene brilliantly tackled the timely issue of addressing problematic family members. To all those with Trump supporters at the Thanksgiving table; to those who’s friends make rape jokes; this is how you make it known that their behavoir is unfavorable and unacceptable.

The flashsback segment also gave us insight into Kevin’s backstory with his father. Jack’s seemingly innocent encouragement for Kevin to be tough through the chickenpox ordeal stuck with him. Even after his football-ending leg injury, Kevin learned to cope with pain and suffering by acting like it isn’t there.

Now with his knee surgery, he’s recoiled to the same tough-it-out mentality. Part of it is him not wanting to lose his acting career like he did his athletic one. The other is him fearing how he’ll react to the opioids prescribed.
Just as Jack coveted his father’s alcoholism, Kevin may have inherited a similar addictive trait. And by the looks of next week’s episode, Kevin succumbs to more than just pills to cope.

N.O.T: I’m all in for joining the ‘Voltron’ Coalition in S4

Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender dropped its fourth season Friday. After my enjoyable weekend, I sat down and sped through the six-episode set. I thoroughly love the shorter seasons. Less filler and more action to keep you glued to the screen.

Voltron-season-4-_Image1The season saw our paladins recruiting forces from across the galaxy to join in their fight against the Galra Empire. As Zarkon’s leadership remained a mystery,  the Coalition grew in numbers. Once strong enough they move forward with a massive undertaking which involves Rebel forces and the Blade of Marmora.

This advantage doesn’t come without a price. Keith split his duties between Voltron and the Blade, as he assists them in covert missions of intel gathering. Soon it interferes with his duties as a Paladin. He makes the executive decision to leave team Voltron. Luckily, Shiro reconnects with the Black Lion as the Paladins sole leader.

In addition to the main narrative, we received two subplots that reaped great rewards. Pidge’s search for her family results in an emotional reunion with her brother Mark. Writers granted her a lone episode, tarrying solo, faithful her older sibling was still alive. One of the series’ strongest episodes, period.

Voltron-Season-4As one family finds each other, an other suffers great loss. Just as Haggar suspected, Lotor’s agenda counters Zarkon’s. With the truth out, a quickly recuperated Zarkon declares Lotor an enemy of the Galra state. This shift leaves the conniving prince a lone wolf.

Will the Paladins of Voltron find an ally in the exiled Lotor? Will Pidge and Mark find their father? Questions needing answers now. Season five cannot come soon enough.