So who was the Ghost: Goon Reviews Community “Bondage and Male Sexuality”

Community - Season 1

 

Among the many other shows, we see Community make its return to television.   And it was, okay.

This week we once again see Prof. Duncan try and score a date with Britta, to do so, he enlists Jeff’s help, and the two concoct a plan.  Ian suggest going to a charity benefit, just the type of thing that Britta would be interested in.  Naturally, the rest of the group,  minus Abed and Hickey, come along as well.  This is kinda where things took a turn for the bad.  The story splits off into the various subplots that are the norm for a sitcom, and while far from bad, none were really great either.

Starting with the main one, we see Ian trying to nab Britta, how will he do this?  Wait for her to have an emotional breakdown and move in for the kill.  Despicable, yes, but keeping in line with what we have seen of Duncan so far.  A wrench is thrown  in the works when Britta runs into some of her old anarchist friends, gives a speech, and woos the crowd.  Honestly, it was a pretty good speech, one of the better parts of the episode.  After this we get a fall out between Jeff and Duncan, as Jeff spontaneously finds himself attracted to Britta again.  What follows are some fun jabs at Dane Cook, because well, he’s Dane Cook.  Britta falls out with her old friends, realizing that they have traveled down separate paths in life and she finds herself unable to connect.  Its wrapped up with fairly awkward flirting by Duncan and Britta commenting on his and Jeff’s friendship, leading them to reconnect over a bro’s night.

This plot just wasn’t anything special, the whole Jeff randomly having a thing for Britta again was just out of nowhere, and frankly uninteresting.  If it had been played up as Jeff doing it to give Duncan the metaphorical kick in the pants he needed to talk to Britta, it might have been more interesting to see, but this just fell flat.  The only thing that really saved it from just being flat out horrible, was the bit of Jeff and Duncan’s friendship.  Their friendship was a fun part of their characters’ in seasons one and two, and with Duncan being MIA throughout seasons three and four, it was really nice to see that come back.  But apart from that, this just felt like a filler.  We could have some great character moments with Britta, build up what we saw of her in “Geothermal Escapism” but we got nothing.  It seemed the whole plot with Britta was only there to set up for the last three minutes with Jeff and Duncan.

While this happening, Abed was back a Greendale building his classic  Kick Puncher costume to wear to the premier of the reboot (it’s a crime they changed the costume, it really is) he stumbles upon Prof. Hickey, and sprays foam over his duck drawings.  Hickey cuff’s him to a drawer, attempting to teach him a lesson about actions and consequences.  Abed pretends to like the comics, in an effort to connect with Hickey so that he will let him go.  This fails, and we see the two explode at each other, Abed stating that Hickey’s comics are lacking because he doesn’t draw on any of his own experiences in writing them, which is a valid point to make about anyone’s work, and storms off, only to return with a script for a cop drama he had written.  Hickey agree’s to help Abed, using his own experience as an officer to help Abed with the nitty gritty details he is lacking, and the two bond.

Like with the Britta and Ian, this was a fairly uninteresting story.  Hickey does raise a point about everyone walking around eggshells on Abed, due his various issues and such, but its not the greatest.  These various quirks of Abed have been done before, and in better ways.  Hickey’s entire argument falls short of the mark because nothing new is brought up.  He tries to teach Abed a lesson, but ultimately fails to do so.  Abed doesn’t learn a lesson so much as he recognizes some similar personality traits in Hickey, their shared desired to be recognized for their creativity.  While not bad, it wasn’t anything special, it once again feels like its just the writers trying to fill the gap left by Troy, even shown by Abed’s mournful gaze at Troy’s empty chair in the study room.  If they play this up in later episodes, expand on these two working together on this project,  it could make for a fun subplot for the season, so finger’s crossed that happens.

Our final bit, Chang and the ghosts.  Amusing, but not really much to talk about.  He talks to “ghosts” and questions his own existence.  It was good for a couple of laughs, but nothing more than that.  Shirley and Annie pretty much nowhere to be found this episode, they had a few lines and then just disappeared, not really contributing to the episode save for a single joke about corporations and mindless drones, but lets be honest, those jokes have been done to death  that this point.

Overall, not really the greatest episode we have seen.  It was far from the worse, but also far from great.  It seems that the show is still trying to figure out where it stands after the loss of Troy.  I can only hope it finds it soon, because I don’t think we can survive to many more episodes like this one.

Goon out.

Yay for Scars: Goon Reviews Arrow “Time of Death”

Time of Death

 

After a brief hiatus we rejoin our favorite crime fighting team in Starling City, its good to be back.

In our flashbacks this week, we don’t get much.  Oliver and gang are trying to figure out how to get onto Ivo’s boat when they hear a plane overhead.  An untimely missile brings the plane down and the pilot is left barely alive.  Oliver and Slade go back to the base to get their first aid supplies while Sara stays with the mortally wounded pilot.  This doesn’t really do much in terms of the overall plot of the season so far, basically it serves two purposes:
1) It provides a bit of setup for the future, will Oliver finding the parachute that they will use to get onto Ivo’s boat.
2) We get the reason behind Sara taking an interest in, and looking out for, Sin.
This I did like.  While I don’t feel it  was overly important to show just why Sara and Sin were friends/working together, it was nice to be given a reason, that of Sara fulfilling a dying father’s last wish to watch out for his daughter.  It was sweet, and they didn’t waste to much time on it so it didn’t detract from the rest of the episode.

In the present, Sara is now a member of team Arrow, not the happiness of everyone involved.  Felicity is questioning her usefulness to the team now that Sara has joined and that the bad guy of the week, the Clock King, has been trumping her in the computer department.   More on him later.  While Oliver and team race against the clock to stop the king, (sorry, couldn’t resist) Sara attempts to reconnect with her sister, and Thea is picking up on the tension between Oliver and Moira.  As we progress along, Felicity more and more begins to question her role, and usefulness, to the team.   Several times during the episode we see her getting shaken and distraught over how easily the Clock King blasts through her security systems, frying her entire system and leading Oliver and Sara on a wild goose chase.  They set a trap to capture him, in the process Felicity puts herself in harms way, needing to use the computer at the bank to nab him.  The King takes the bate, a fight ensues, and Felicity takes a bullet while saving Sara while at the same time sending a virus into his phone, causing it blow and render him unconscious.   In the end, Felicity gets her own scar to show off, we get a pretty big step forward in Laurel and Sara’s relationship, and a bombshell is dropped; Slade, who Oliver thought was dead, is going into business with Moira. (cue dramatic music here)

So let’s take a look at things here, starting with Felicity.  I really liked her in this episode.  I was afraid that Oliver and Sara’s new relationship would lead to an ever so despised love triangle, but it hasn’t.  At least not yet.  Instead we see Felicity honestly worried that she is no longer needed on the team, and is honestly a little bit jealous of Sara, which makes sense.  As she stated in season one when she first joined up, Felicity was not used to people being nice to her, that is why she joined up to help save Walter.  In her time working with Oliver and Diggle she has become much more confident in herself and her abilities.  She found a cause to devote herself to and found people that she cares about, who also care for her, and as they haven’t been at subtle about it, found someone she was beginning to develop feelings for.  Then along comes Sara, who can connect with Oliver and Diggle over war stories in a way she can’t, is smart, strong, beautiful, and able to look after herself.  Add this to the blow the Clock King dealt her by blazing through her security like it was wet tissue paper, and it is perfectly understandable that her confidence would be shaken.  This could have gone badly for the show, but they made it work.  Felicity didn’t get catty or act like an idiot over the whole thing, instead just showing her insecurities and worries over the new addition to the team.  Sara was nothing but kind and supportive to Felicity, Diggle sees that she is upset and does his best to put her fears to rest, and in the end Oliver reassures of her place on the team, telling her that she will always be needed.  For a show on a station whose target market is primarily teens, it is refreshing to see these characters actually acting like the mature adults they are supposed to be.

In their civilian lives, Sara is welcomed back with a party, a Queen family tradition apparently.  For the most part  this was a fairly unimpressive sub plot.  Laurel is still being as annoying and unneeded as all hell.  Staying in her apartment and drinking instead of going to her sister’s party and about to pop pills before a family dinner she organized herself.   This comes to a head when she realizes that Sara and Oliver are together, she blows up, screams at everyone, and storms out.  This scene here with her and Oliver was fantastic, his screaming at her, trying to get through to her, was amazing to watch.  Even more so was his obvious frustration that she just would not accept help from anyone.  As it turns out, Oliver did in fact get through to her, she apologizes to Sara and attends an AA meeting with her dad.  While this isn’t enough to fully change my mind about her character, I still see her as mostly useless, at least it looks like they are trying to do something with her.  Finger’s crossed they make her more interesting.

As for the villain this week, we actually get one from Green Arrow’s rogue gallery.  Two villains had the title of Clock King, the second was a GA villain, nice to finally see them not having to resort to grabbing baddie from another heroes list of villains.  Clock King was actually an enjoyable villain.  We see him hesitant to cause any death at first, his first plot timed perfectly to avoid any deaths, only screwed up by his hired muscle.  What really set him apart was the fact that everything he was doing wasn’t for himself.  It was for sister.  Clock King has a terminal disease, and before he dies is trying to get money to help his sister, to has her own medical issues.  His rant at the end, that everything he did was for her, not for himself, was amazing.  It showed a man desperate to help the only person in his life he cared for, and that he would do anything to help her.  I liked this, it was amazing, and I hope that we can get some more of him in the future.  It would be nice to see some more recurring villains in this show.

Overall, this was a pretty okay episode.  It wasn’t anything fantastic, and definitely not the best of the season, but it was a good episode to welcome the show back with, and had some great character moments.

Goon out.

Welcome Home Alexis: Goon Reviews Castle “Room 147”

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So, I think it’s safe to say this was definitely one of the most interesting cases we have yet to have on Castle, and boy did I love it!

Diving right in, we open with a fairly unimportant opening scene of two maids finding the dead body in the hotel room, this was pretty blah all things considered, they tried an amusing opening with the senior maid making a comment about the same boring rooms only to find a body.  I applaud their effort, but it fell flat.  We then jumped to Castle and Beckett waking up to the smell of coffee in the apartment, and everyone’s favorite red head, Alexis, who had crashed there the previous night.  We have learned that since her last appearance she has broken up with Pi and is working her butt off to make rent.  Castle, ever the amazing father, tells her she is more than welcome to move back home, but she refuses, citing she has a lease and doesn’t want to back out.  Before to much more can happen, she departs for class and Castle and Beckett go to solve their murder.

The CoW was an interesting one this time around.  What started off as a simple and straightforward case, complete with a woman confessing to the murder.  All this is derailed when an alibi is discovered for her, and two more people confess to the murder.   As I said above, this was one of the more interesting cases we have had on the show, because it was less of the usual chasing down leads and question witnesses, and more trying to figure out why these three innocent people were confessing to the crime, and how they all factored in to it.  Seeing Beckett and Castle being completely confused by this and not really knowing how to proceed at some points was a refreshing change of pace.  We still saw them as the competent professionals they have been established as over the series, but we got to see that despite that, they aren’t prepared for every case that comes their way.   As the case progresses and they begin to unravel the threads of the mystery, Castle and Beckett are able to find the common element between the three confessors, an organization that helps people overcome problems in their lives, which I found to be quite creepy in all honesty.  It had a very Scientology feel to it.

The creepy help group is, of course, the center of the crime.  The victim is traced back to a video he did for the organization, one designed to help people put a face on their various problems and get past them, also used is mind altering drugs, as stated before, creepy as all heck.  It is Castle that figures this out, through the use of a mini-fridge and the collective remembering of the three confessors, once again showing just how smart he is.  In the end, it is discovered that the killer is a member of the victim’s theater group, seeking revenge against the organization because she blames them for her brother’s death.  Gotta be honest, this was kind of a let down.  Earlier in the episode they made an offhand comment about three people dying in a sweat tent at one of the organizations functions, and we really only had a couple of minutes of screen time for the murderer.  While it was a nice surprise that I honestly did not see coming, it felt like it was something that was tacked on the at the end, lacking in any real pay off.  I feel it would have been better if it all tied into the self help group, maybe they were up to something nefarious and the victim caught on to it and was killed because of it.  But hey, I’m not a writer for the show, and the ending wasn’t bad, just not great.

We were light on subplots this week, the only one being Alexis’ living situation.  This was light, only having a few scenes that didn’t even add up to more than a few minutes of screen time, but in this case, less was more.  We got to see Beckett having some honest and legitimate concerns about her relationship with Castle, and by extension Alexis.  I am glad that we finally got to see what Alexis has been up to since her last appearance and realization about her relationship with Pi.  Realizing that she made a mistake in her relationship with Pi, she was trying to own up to it and fix her own mistake. Essentially she was trying to be an adult, not realizing that being adult doesn’t mean she can’t accept help from the people who love her.  The best part, which is also in the running for my favorite moment of the season, was the scene between Beckett and Alexis.  We got to see Beckett and Alexis actually connect, with Beckett passing on some advice and wisdom to her soon to be step daughter, in a true motherly fashion.  I have said before that I really wanted some more moments between these two characters, see their relationship develop alongside her relationship with Castle, and I was thrilled that we got that here. In the end we got a great payout as Alexis shows up at the door, asking if she can come home.  This was beautiful, a perfect end to the episode.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad episode, the CoW was an interesting one, even if I felt it had a lackluster wrap up.  The true greatness of this episode came from Alexis and Beckett.  If it hadn’t been for their subplot, I probably wouldn’t have found this episode all that great, but it was there, and it was amazing.

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: Pompeii

What lava could compete with Kit's hotness?

What lava could compete with Kit’s hotness?

In which the merits of disaster porn are debated briefly…because there aren’t many.

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Also: it was Bing Crosby.

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Goonish Musings: Hooked on a Feeling…of awesomeness!

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So to those have been following along with this movie as closely as I have, because lord knows the Goon so can not wait for this movie to grace the world with its presence, you know that yesterday we got the first trailer for it, and boy did it do a great job of wetting my appetite for the final product.

If you missed it, or just haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, here’s your chance:

So, how awesome was that?

Very is the answer you’re looking for, btw.

But the awesomeness of this movie is not why I am taking a few minutes out of my day to talk about this.  It’s the song, that glorious, glorious song they play in the background.  For those who don’t know it, the song is called “Hooked on a Feeling” and is a 1968 pop song written by Mark James and performed by B.J. Thomas.  However, this version was the 1974 cover, done by Swedish pop group Blue Swede, or as I like to call it, that awesome Ooga Chacka version.  I loved this because the song was just so very random and unexpected, and absolutely glorious.  I grew up listening that song, and other songs of that time, Mama Goon loves the oldies, so hearing that make an appearance in the trailer for a movie I am already so very very much looking forward to, was just flat out amazing.  I applaud whoever decided to include this song in the trailer.

Okay, fan boy praise time is over, but just had to get that out.  People need to appreciate just how epic that song, and by extension, movie trailer is.

Goon out.

Eat your heart out, Stephen King: Goon Reviews Castle “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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Yay, Castle is back!  Granted, I feel the timing of this episode was not the best it could be.  With the strong Carrie overtones to it, you would think they would have scheduled this episode for earlier this season, what with the movie and everything, but no point in dwelling on this, lets dive right in.

We open with a nice Castle and Beckett scene as they debate the merits of hiring a band or a DJ for their upcoming nuptials, and they discover that they don’t have a song! GASP!  This a was a fun opener for the episode, and I am liking that the show is beginning to develop a trend with this, opening the episodes with a nice and/or romantic Castle/Beckett scene.  This gives viewers a fun opening, and helps to set up the subplot for the episode.

Jumping into the CoW, we got a fun one this week.  High school girl killed in what looks to be a telekinetic attack, bullied girl shows signs of having powers, bonds and thievery and War and Peace!  Fun stuff.  Throughout the investigation we follow our usual batch of twists and turns as Team Castle tries to unravel the mystery, they chase the leads, interview the suspects, hit some dead ends, and in the end solver the case. I must admit, this CoW really set itself apart from other ones, mainly because of the whole telekinetic angle, but also the setting really helped.  It wasn’t hardened criminals or the usual scum of the earth that was on the list of suspects, it was a bunch of kids.  This was honestly fun to see, the motives for murder would be different as would the approach to solving the case.  Add in the vague idea of something supernatural and this episode perfectly showed what Castle does best, brings a bit of the weird to what would ordinarily be a run of the mill, police procedural show.  What was best?  The end, when Beckett explains that there was nothing found in Lucas’ house at the end to logically explain away that little show of telekinesis, it leaves us with that small bit of belief that maybe, just maybe, it’s real.  Reminds me of the time travel episode from earlier this season, had much the same effect.

As far as our subplots go, we had some fun looks into Castle and Beckett’s histories.   The high school the victim attended was one of the many that Castle attended, and expelled from.  This led to some fun sequences between him and his formal principal, who is still angry over a cow that Castle got onto the roof, though we don’t know how, and the reveal that both Castle and Beckett missed their senior proms.  Castle from being expelled, Beckett because in her wild child days she would rather got to a poetry slam.  While fun to watch, it wasn’t overly great, until the pay off at the end.  Castle and Beckett crashing the winter dance, and finally getting their song, was a great way to wrap up the episode.  The development of Castle and Beckett’s relationship has been fantastic so far, and it continues to be so.  It is relatively free of drama, and what little there is of it, it usually done in a light hearted way, and is played for laughs.  This is great because it does a lot to break up the darker and more dramatic moments, infusing an upbeat tone into the series that helps to balance things out.

Some complaints, the lack of Martha and Alexis was a sore spot for me.  When last we saw Alexis, she had come to a pretty big realization about her relationship with Pi, and I am really looking forward to seeing how that will play out.  As for Martha, well, she is always just fun to watch.  Like the relationship between Castle and Beckett, she brings fun to the show, and its always great to see when Castle’s interactions with his family leads him to some new insight for the case.  Sadly, none of that was present this week.  Also, Ryan and Esposito.  They were around, but didn’t do much.  Ryan’s bits were he was buying into the whole Carrie were fun to watch, but didn’t add much to the episode.

Overall this episode was a lot of fun, while it hurt from the lack the supporting characters, the main plot and and bits of Castle and Beckett’s relationship made up for any short comings.

Goon out.

Snooty and Goon: Robocop (2014)

 

Now, in addition to the old "aim for the chin" strategy, criminals can also aim for his squishy human hand.

Now, in addition to the old “aim for the chin” strategy, criminals can also aim for his squishy human hand.

Is Robocopy more than a sum of its parts? Eh.

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