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SEASON FINALE RECAP & REVIEW: Grey’s Anatomy “Flight” S8 E24

Another finale, another catastrophic event.  I think Cristina’s line about wanting to get the hell out of Seattle because how many bad things can continue to happen to them was possible a wink and nod to the fans because we are all thinking the same thing.   There was the bomb inside the patient, the ferry crash, the hospital shooting, and now a plane crash.  I’m sure there were more but I can’t remember them all.

So how eerie was it how much the opening was like Lost?  Meredith laying on the ground and the first thing we see are her eyes open and what she hears (screaming, chaos) and she moves not really sure of what just happened.  For a minute I thought it was cool but then I thought, really Shonda Rhimes?   You had to steal from Lost to get an impactful opening?  Whatever.

Ellen Pompeo was simply phenomenal in this episode.  She really brought it.  She had to deal with so much going on around her and the emotional roller coaster she went on was incredible to watch.  The first thing she had to deal with was the fact that her husband was missing.  Everyone has been accounted for except for him. So she is on a massive, panicked hunt to find him.   Eventually she does (actually he finds her) and her excitement is tempered because she sees that his hand is in really bad shape.  Basically he’ll lose it if she doesn’t perform surgery on it in the jungle with no anesthetic.  Can you say painful?   The whole time she is begging for him to pass out so he won’t feel the pain.

But what was the most excruciating part to watch was when she went back to help Lexie.  Lexie was found with the tail of the plane on top of her.  Her legs and pelvis were crushed and according to her, she couldn’t feel her left arm and thought it wasn’t even there anymore.  Lexie was in bad shape.  Mark and Cristina are there and they try to move the tail off her but can’t.  Mark screams at Cristina to get help and water.  She bends down to Lexie and they both look at each other and they both know.  The water and aid won’t help.   Lexie is dying.  But Cristina leaves and that opens the door for a Lexie/Mark reunion the fans have been clamouring for since they broke up 2 seasons ago.  They both declare their love for each other a Lexie slowly slips away.  When Meredith returns, she sees that her sister has died and just completely loses it.  It was a bit surprising because even thought Meredith had come to accept Lexie as her sister and grow to have a bond with her, I still never got the impression they were that close.  Because Meredith isn’t that type of person.  She’s not touchie/feelie except with Cristina.  But I couldn’t stop crying.  I was also surprised that Lexie died so early in the show.  It made feel like someone else was going to drop.  And towards the end, I thought it was going to be Mark.   There are a lot of people who think Mark or Arizona are going to be dead or die when we return.  While I don’t think it’s likely, I wouldn’t put it past Rhimes to make us think all these characters are safe and then to kill someone off in the Season 9 premiere.

In the end, our gang (minus Lexie) is in the woods still waiting for rescue and Owen is just now learning that his team didn’t make it to Boise for the surgery.   Oh, and Owen fired Teddy so she can take this amazing job opportunity that she was refusing to take so she could stay around and help him.

Ok, let’s start with Lexie.  Why kill her?   She turned into one of the most popular characters on the show and she still had some great stories to tell.  I understand cutting Teddy.  She was done.  I have a problem with how she went out but I’ll get to that in a minute.  I just don’t understand Lexie.  Maybe because Rhimes wanted to really rip everyone’s guts out (in addition to Lexie’s guts) since she was a relatively main character and extremely likable.   But that’s why I have issues with Rhimes’ storytelling at times.  She tends to do things for shock value instead of story value and I hate that.  April should have been the one to go because I think her storyline really is finished and no one likes her anyway.  I don’t dislike her character the way some people do but she’s certainly one of my least favorite.  And where do you go with a resident who failed her boards and has no job?

As I mentioned above, Teddy is gone.  She’s another one I didn’t hate the way some people did but I have no problem with her leaving either.   What I had an issue with was the inconsistency with character leading up to her departure.  She basically wrote off Owen as a friend after the whole Henry situation.  And he reminded her of that when she came to him 2 episodes before yelling at him to make sure he does anything to make her stay.  He very pointedly reminds her that they are no longer friends (per her insistence) and that he is her Chief of Surgery.  If she wants Cristina to stay, she needs to figure it out.  It was the first time I think I ever liked Owen.  But now all of a sudden 2 episodes later after seeing him struggle with Cristina and the Chief job, she wants to throw away an amazing career opportunity to stay and help her friend?  What?  When did you become friends again?   I always had a problem with her severing her friendship with Owen but I chalked it up to grief and that when it subsided, she and he would come around.  But that takes time.  They were still on opposite sides not too long ago.  But it’s the season finale so wham, friends again.  I hate that.

So how are we going to get all our Seattle Gracers to stay in Seattle?   If Derek has hand problems and needs rehab and recovery and loses his offer in Boston, I can see the McDreamy’s staying.  I can sort of see Cristina staying after having another life and death experience and not wanting to leave Owen and trying to make it work with him.   Plus with Teddy gone, she can run the cardio show.  I still think it would be slightly out of character for her, but I could deal with it.   But what’s Alex’s excuse.  What POSSIBLE fraud of a reason would he have for giving up Johns Hopkins for Seattle Grace?  I know Rhimes had to do it this way because of the contract situation and not knowing people’s status before writing and shooting the finale, but come on.  Honestly, I would have let Justin Chambers go.  Not because he isn’t a good actor.  He’s awesome actually and I love him!   But his character sucks.  Alex is the same pain in the ass curmudgeon he was when he started.  He hasn’t grown much as a character over the years and quite honestly, I’m tired of him.   He should go to Hopkins and have a great career off-screen.

As for all the talk out there about either Mark or Arizona dying in the season premiere, I don’t know.  My guess would be neither is going anywhere.  If I had to pick one, it would be Mark only because I think his story has run its course, he hasn’t had a real storyline or much to do recently, and it would be fitting to have him join Lexie.  The only reason I think Arizona has a chance is because in the finale, all Callie kept talking about was how great life is right now and all the happiness and joy she has in her life….I’m waiting for the bomb to drop.  But Calzona is pretty popular and if another popular character gets axed, I don’t know how the show lasts after next season.

Speaking of which, I think Grey’s is done.  It’s going into its ninth year, it’s tired, there isn’t a whole lot more I need to see from any of these characters.  I think the 9th season should be the last for GA.  It’s a shell of its former glory.  It was great, then it wasn’t so great, then it was horrible, now it’s tolerable.  Unfortunately, the big four signed for another two years so I think we have to suffer through Grey’s for at least two more years.  And since I’ve watched it this long, I’ll hang in there

 

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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in ABC, Season Finales

 

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The Mentalist Season 4 Promo

Talk about a show that ended on a “WTF just happened” moment and “did I see what I thought I just saw” feeling!!!! Many shows talk about a game changing moment that happens in their show that writers and show runners think change the entire complexity of their shows. Sometimes they are right but a lot of times, it isn’t as game changing as they think.

The Mentalist was the perfect, non exaggerated example of a game changing season finale. For the first three seasons, it was all about Patrick Jane vs. Red John and the hunt for this serial killer who killed Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane always made it clear that once Red John received his true justice (in Jane’s eyes that was killing him and in Lisbon’s eyes, that was putting him in prison) Jane would be done with the CBI. Which always made me think, we wouldn’t see the end of Red John until the final season of The Mentalist. On a surface level, Red John is dead at the hands of Jane and Jane is in jail. Are they planning on having the rest of the seasons with The Mentalist with Patrick Jane from jail? I hope not. But where do they go from here? It’s probably the show I most intrigued by because I honestly have no idea how they get Jane out of this and keep him working at the CBI without it being incredibly cheesy and unrealistic.

My husband and I have debated the season finale for a while. He believes Josh Lyman was Red John while I don’t believe he was. I think Red John is still playing games with Jane and he is very much alive. The clip below I think backs up the idea of Red John still being alive. In the clip, Jane makes a comment about the gun Red John had at the scene being gone and that someone is trying to set him up. Wouldn’t the ultimate set up be Red John sending someone to pose as him, antagonize Jane, and cause Jane to kill him in a very public manner? It sounds exactly like something Red John would do. And what worse way to mess with Jane then to have him kill an “innocent” person therefore making him no better than Red John himself. Now, if Josh Lyman was in on it with Red John, there are certainly questions as to his level of innocence but regardless, Jane has no right to take his life.

So where does the show go from here? I can’t wait to find out!!!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in CBS, Clips, Season Premieres

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Mentalist “Red Queen” S3 E16

“When thy little heart doth wake
The the dreadful night shall break”
– William Blake

I know this episode was about 2 months ago but The Mentalist was one of those shows burning up my DVR until this weekend when we had a marathon and this was the first of the 5 episodes we watched.

Quick show of hands.   How many of you knew that as soon as Agent Bertram quoted that line from a poem, you knew it was going to William Blake before LaRoche pointed it out to Lisbon?   Yep…I thought so…lots of you.   Now this is not from the same poem that we are all familiar with “The Tiger” which was made famous during last year’s season finale.  This line is from a poem called “The Cradle Song.”   Now, do the title of these poems have any specific meaning or is it the lines of the poems?  Or is it simply that Red John and Agent Bertram both really like William Blake and nothing more?   I don’t know.   But let’s get into what really matters….is Agent Bertram Red John?    No.

I think the people behind The Mentalist want to keep us guessing and throughout the course of the series, are going to throw up constant red flags to make us think Red John is either this person or that person.   In my opinion, Agent Bertram is not Red John.   He is simply a man who likes William Blake and stated the quote out of pure coincidence.   He’s not significant enough to have any impact as being revealed as RJ and he is too significant to be a basic reveal.

I’m eventually going to do an all out Red John post.   Probably during the summer when the TV scene is much quieter.   But I have always thought and still do that the Red John reveal will not come until the end of the series.  Mostly because RJ will not be someone significant.   It will either be some guy we know nothing about and will be, arguably, a boring reveal or it will be Brett Partridge, the forensic tech that Jane doesn’t get along with.  Why Partridge will be disappointing is that at this point, it is a little too obvious that it might be him and everyone on the internet thinks it’s him.  But the main reason why I think the reveal will not happen until the end of the series is because I think RJ’s accomplice is going to be the bigger reveal.  The person who was his right hand man or woman the whole time and possibly even a worse killer or person than RJ.   And that person, I think, will be one of the CBI team members we have come to love and adore.   Someone who was under Jane’s nose the whole time.   I don’t think it will be Cho.  I think it’s going to be Rigsby, Van Pelt, or Lisbon.  My guess, right now, is Van Pelt.

 

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in CBS, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Mentalist “Red Moon” S3 E9

When Jane took Todd into see Mars so that he could kill him for murdering his fiance and he couldn’t do it, I knew Todd was the killer.   But that wasn’t the biggest revelation to me.   As soon as Todd said that this was part of a bigger picture Jane couldn’t possibly imagine, I knew this had something to do with Red John and that some how, Todd was connected with him.   This was confirmed with the final scene when right before Todd dies he whispers 2 words to Jane: “Tiger, Tiger.”   For those of you who aren’t sure why this is significant, please review the clips below:

Last scenes from the Season 2 Finale “Red Sky in the Morning

The “Date” Patrick and Kristina go on in “Red Sky in the Morning”

Voice Comparison of Brett (the CBI Forensics Agent) and Red John

“Tiger, tiger, burning bright; In the forest of the night; What immortal hand or eye; Could frame thy fearful symmetry.”   William Blake.   What significance does this poem have and why did RJ recite it to Jane?   This is also not the first disciple of RJ’s to send a message to Jane from him (remember Rebecca, Bosco’s secretary, who killed a bunch of people from the inside.)  But why are these people chosen and how?   And were these people already murderers before RJ got to them or did he create them?   For example in the case of Todd, he apparently had been killing cops for years.  Was he already killing the cops when RJ brought him under his wing or did RJ recruit Todd and corrupt him and turn him into a killer?   It is alleged that RJ killed Angela and Charlotte (Jane’s wife and daughter) 5 years before he joined the CBI.  So I’m not sure how the timing works out but I think it works.

Of course the biggest question is….who is Red John.   There are many theories out there about who Red John is.   Most of the theories involve Kristina Frye is Red John or Brett Partridge is Red John.  My first instinct was Brett because of Jane’s and his mutual dislike and the fact that their voices are so similar (check out video #3.)  Now you may think there is no way that it’s Kristina or Brett.  It would be too obvious or too disappointing.  And you would be right.   But see, I think that is the point.  I think the revolution of Red John is going to be boring….to some degree.  I think the big “shocking” reveal, is going to be who his accomplice was the whole time.  And I think it’s going to be one of the CBI folks we have come to know and love.  How’s that for a theory???   Think about it…there have been many times when Red John seems to be one step ahead of the CBI or seems to know exactly where they are going to be at certain times.   Almost like, “how would RJ know these things without help from the inside?”  The big question would be why?   There would have to be some back story we aren’t aware of yet…maybe Jane’s life in the carnival or when he was doing the talk show circuit, he damaged one of the CBI’s somehow.  But that would be the big jaw dropper if that were the case.

What are your theories?  Who is Red John?  Someone we know, someone we don’t?   Does he have an accomplice and is that person on the inside?

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in CBS, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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QUICK REVIEW: The Mentalist S3 E2-3

I know these were on about a month ago but since I just had a chance to watch them and because I have been so hard on Patrick Jane, I needed to quickly comment.

These 2 episodes are why I fell in love with the Mentalist in the first place.  A strong cast, interesting cases, Jane adds some really funny levity to certain scenes, and it is clever to see the way Jane’s mind can work and help out the team.  The Mentalist got back to that premise in these 2 episodes.  It also reminded us how deeply destroyed and devastated Jane still is over the death of his wife and daughter.  He still has not forgiven himself and you have to wonder, unless Red John is caught, if he ever will.  The scene with his brother-in-law at the cemetery clearly illustrates Jane’s pain in a way we haven’t seen in a long time on the show, if ever.  And it reminded me why he can be so messed up and driven when it comes to Red John.

In Season 2, Patrick Jane, quite frankly, became an ass.  He wasn’t funny or charming anymore, he was a jerk.  I don’t know if Simon Baker was directed to play Jane that way or that was his interpretation, but someone, or Baker himself, decided that S2’s Patrick Jane couldn’t come back in S3.   Thank God.   S2 Jane hindered investigations rather than helped.  He constantly put his team in bad situations with their superiors (at one point Lisbon was going to lose her job if she couldn’t rein him in), he insulted victims families, he broke the trust of his team (don’t get me started on the episode regarding the “released toxin”), and he became surly and obnoxious.  S3 Jane seems to have gone back the way of S1 Jane…sad and quirky but intelligent and funny.  He has been helpful with cases and has seemed to let the trust back in with the group.   I applaud this Patrick Jane and I hope it continues moving forward.

I’m also glad we got a Red John case so early on in the season.   But what the hell has happened to Kristina?  What did Red John want with her, what did he do to her,  and why did he not kill her?   This is severely going to mess up Jane even more than before.  I hope we get a little bit of this in each episode because I hate going too long without a Red John eppy!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2010 in CBS, Quick Reviews/Recaps

 

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RECAP: The Mentalist “Red Sky at Night” S3 E1

Patrick Jane, you and I are going to have to have a little discussion.  You started out as one of my favorite TV characters and you are quickly turning into one of my most disliked.   You are going to need to change and soon or we may be having an ugly breakup.  And you know what kind of ugly breakup I mean…the high school kind.  You know where one person thinks they are perfect and the relationship is great but that same person has changed and gotten a little cocky because they have gotten popular and the other person is fed up with it and breaks up with you and you don’t see it coming and you don’t know what the break uper is talking about.  That kind.   More on that later, I bet you’re thrilled.

Season 3 opens with Kristina still missing, Red John still out there, and Jane is messed up about the whole thing.  Understandably so.  The case for the crew is a missing politician and his driver is found dead.   Jane wants no part of the case, he calls it a “miss.”  But Director Bertram and Hightower want Jane on it so they instruct Lisbon to find a way to get him on the case.   Lisbon pulls a Jane and brings him to the house of the driver’s family to try to use their pain as a reason to get in on the case.  Jane is not happy and unprofessionally takes this up with Lisbon in front of the victim’s family.   He agrees to help with the case but he still isn’t happy.  The daughter begs Jane to find out what happened to her father.  When Lisbon asks why he pushing them away he admits that everyone he cares about, Red John gets to and he doesn’t want anything to happen to Lisbon or the team.  She tells him to stop worrying.  They are all cops and they can take care of themselves.

Jane thinks Dublin (the politician) is already dead.   Even though they receive a ransom demand, Jane thinks he’s already dead.   When they go to visit Dublin’s wife, Jane realizes she is putting on a good act.  She didn’t love him and she isn’t sorry he’s missing.  She also said there are many people who hate him.  When Lisbon and Jane meet with Dublin’s lawyer, they realize there are many lawsuits pending against Dublin and Director Bertram is a co-defendant in one of them.  Jane finds this particularly interesting.  When back at the cop shop, Jane and Lisbon go to talk with Bertram and they mention 2 possible suspects….a robbery gone wrong that could be anyone who knew Dublin carried a diamond with him since he was fearful of becoming poor or it’s someone in connection with the land lawsuit, which Bertram is part of.   Bertram doesn’t like what Jane is insinuating.   When Bertram leaves to meet the media for an update on the case, Jane whispers to a reporter about the lawsuit and the reporter promptly asks Bertram about it.  Bertram then fumbles like Tiki Barber early in his career and ends the conference.  Lisbon is not too happy with Jane about this stunt (what else is new) and tells him he’s off the case (another shocker.)   Isn’t Jane thrown off the case at once an episode for his antics?

Van Pelt and Rigsby were following up on a lead that led them to a prostitute who saw what happened.  A limo pulled up and then a pickup truck pulled up next to it.    When the pick up driver gets out, he goes up to the limo driver’s window.  “What are you doing here?” the driver asks and he is promptly shot.   Then Dublin is asked to get out of car and into the truck.  He does and then he is shot in the back.  This conversations seems to intimate that the driver knew his shooter.   When the team follows up on the description of the driver and the truck, they start to put 2 and 2 together.   They go back to the victim’s house and follow Keith (the man married to the driver’s ex-wife) to a remote location in the desert.  When Keith starts digging, you see Dublin’s body and Lisbon yells at him to freeze.  When the arrest Keith and bring him back to the cop shop for questioning, he admits this was all about an issue he had with Pete, the driver.  Keith said he was having issues with his step daughter respecting the rules of his house and things got out of control and he slapped her.  She told her father about what happened.  So Pete showed up at the house and beat the snot out of Keith (and good for him) in front of his ex-wife and daughter.   Keith was pissed off about being beaten up so he decided to construct a plan to kill Pete.  If he killed him outright, he said his wife would have guessed it.  So to cover it up, he made it look as if Dublin was the target and Pete was collateral damage in a kidnapping gone wrong.  So the killer is caught and everyone is happy.

I still love the Mentalist because the cast is terrific.  I love Cho by the way.  But Jane is on my last nerve.  You are upset with Lisbon that she tricked you into seeing a victim’s family in a case you don’t want to be a part of, so you give her grief in front of the family?   Then you go as far to say, “it’s an inside joke” when the family questions what is going on.   Really?  How insulting can you be?  I don’t care how pissed you are, this isn’t about you.  It’s about them.  And Jane of all people should understand what they are going through and how hard this is.  It goes back to last season and the episode when they had the case of the woman who contracted that virus and died.  Jane concocted a story that everyone had also contracted the virus so they had to go into quarantine and everyone thought they were going to die.  He did it to trap the killer and it worked but he lied to everyone, including Lisbon (who was part of the quarantined) and the rest of the team.  I think what he did was awful.   There is no need to lie to Lisbon there and force her to be put in a very vulnerable position in front of her team.  He could have clued her in and she would have gone along with him in the rouse to trap the killer.  But he didn’t and he opened a can of worms that didn’t need to be opened.   And I think he’s a scum bucket for that.  And he started doing more and more of that type of stuff last season and it really rubbed me the wrong way.   The episode where he was on the stand and made a complete ass out of himself, was atrocious.  These cases are becoming more about how far he can push the envelope and still be the golden boy instead of using his abilities to get the job done.  You can still be unconventional (which he was in Season 1) but not be a jerk.  In my mind he has become a jerk.   For me, it’s becoming harder to root for him and because of that I sometimes forget what Red John did to him and his family.  I hope they start to tone him down this season and not make him such an ass.  Otherwise, the breakup may happen this season.  Which will bug me because I want to know what happened to Kristina and who Red John is.  Although I have a theory…but that is for another post at another time!

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2010 in CBS, Recaps and Reviews

 

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