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'The Player' fan react: Ginny is a villain after all

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “Tell” | Aired Nov 19, 2015

Not to start this react of The Player episode “Tell” with an “I told you so” moment, but it’s been said in my recaps that Ginny wasn’t a damsel in distress. As it turns out, she’s even less of a damsel than was originally intimated.

More than likely, a lot of you eagle-eyed viewers could tell that Ginny was a big villain. What else could she have been? If you are also an OG Sleepy Hollow viewer, you could probably smell something was wrong with Ginny from extended exposure to the Villain who Never Was, Katrina.

Isn’t it weird how both Katrina and Ginny have the same character trajectory? Both were married, both disappear and reappear whenever, both are mysterious, both are thought to be in danger by their husbands, and both turn out to be evil. Basically, The Player proves that whenever a wife or ex-wife goes missing on an action show and the husband swears innocence, the lady is probably not good news.Read More

'The Player' fan react: A modern 'Romeo and Juliet'

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Downtown Odds” | Aired Nov 12, 2015

What a sad episode of The Player. Even though all the episodes of The Player deal with death in some fashion, this was the first time death actually had severe consequences. But even though this was a much more realistic episode in the sense that there was a sad ending, part of me wishes that out of all the episodes, the often-used TV application of “everything gets resolved happily in the end” was applied to this particular one.

The episode had Alex attempting to stop a gang war between the Pharaohs and the Bravos, which he did, after catching the slimy criminal Mislav, who was working on getting both gangs to take each other out so he could flood the market with drugs without competition. But the real tragedy of the episode was the love story between Imani and Listo, two young adults from the gangs who happened to meet while in college. They wanted to make it out of the gangs and live productive lives far away from crime, and Alex was intent on helping them. But that doggone Mislav was the cause of the two star-crossed kids not getting their wish; one of Mislav’s henchmen shot Imani during a shootout.Read More

'The Player' fan react: Mr. Johnson breaks down

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “A House Is Not a Home” | Aired Nov 5, 2015

Something happened on this week’s The Player episode, “A House Is Not a Home,” that I never thought I’d see. We saw Mr. Johnson quake in his shoes.

Mr. Johnson and Samuel, the judge friend who is part of the Council (the group that makes the rules for the House), were supposed to meet and discuss whether there are some folks Mr. Johnson should be wary of (with Cassandra at the top of Samuel’s suspect list). Mr. Johnson takes Saumel’s advice to visit his old neighborhood, in which he’s become a legend. A streetwise kid gives him a message from an unknown person to visit the mausoleum of Teddy Roe, a person who is still a mystery to us, but was apparently very influential in Mr. Johnson’s life.

Samuel is waiting for him … or so it would seem. In actuality, Samuel’s neck has been slit! Someone killed him, and that shook Mr. Johnson to his core. Not only was his friend and mentor killed in cold blood, but Samuel’s death is a message to Mr. Johnson to watch his back. But from what? From whom? Who wants to do Mr. Johnson in?Read More

'The Player' fan react: The convenient niece

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “The Norseman” | Aired Oct 29, 2015

The Player recently had what I feel is its first clunker episode, “The Norseman.” It was the show’s Halloween episode—if you couldn’t tell, it had a Halloween club party subtly woven in. The thing that made the episode a dud for me wasn’t the crime that had to be solved, and it certainly wasn’t Mr. Johnson’s fighting skills (although the Norseman’s end was rather gruesome). What made it lag for me was Alex’s niece, Dani (Courtney Grosbeck).

We met Dani during Ginny’s funeral, and at the time, it seemed like there was going to be a big story for the character later on down the road. At the very least, it seemed like she was going to be another hacker or something useful to Alex’s quest to find his ex-wife. But it seemed like the show didn’t really know what to do with her, because in this episode, all she ended up as was the damsel in distress. I’m making a subtle feminist point, but I’m also saying that character-wise, she added nothing to the show except as an object that our hero needed to recapture in order to—using video-game lingo—win the boss battle and move to the next level.Read More

'The Player' fan react: Mr. Johnson kicks butt

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “House Rules” | Aired Oct 22, 2015

Last week’s episode of The Player, “House Rules,” had two big reveals which, overall, have propelled the storyline forward into interesting directions. But does it feel like we’re getting stuff doled out too slowly? I don’t know—perhaps I’m too hangry at the time of this writing, but looking back on the episode, it seemed like the story both moved quickly and stayed still.

I do appreciate that we aren’t getting a lot of information at one time, because getting all the information at once isn’t how you build suspense or mystery. But I can barely remember the game Alex had to play, which was helping a young college student, Solomon Desai (Nik Dodani), escape the Chinese Triads and the U.S. government after he hacks into the Pentagon. Is that a bad thing? Is it just because it’s been a few days since viewing the episode? Who knows?

Perhaps the reason why it took me a while to remember Solomon’s plight is because his case was just a device to get us to Alex finally calling his wife. Alex had noticed strange dates on pictures of himself and Ginny, pictures he’d taken many years ago. Alex was able to get Solomon’s help in figuring out the code, which was a phone number. Alex finally gets a chance to speak with Ginnny, but it’s all too brief. She tells him she’s fine for now, but he can’t call her back. When he does try to call back, the number has already been disconnected.Read More

'Minority Report' fan react: Good episode, but is it too late?

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “The Present” | Aired Oct 19, 2015

Sadly, Minority Report has been on a downward slide. Fox’s sci-fi show hasn’t been doing great in the ratings, and it’s recently been downgraded from 13 episodes to 10, which has made many think that the show is already on its way out the door. But Minority Report had its best episode Monday. “The Present” gave us much-needed backstory on Lara and why she is who she is. But is it too late to save the show?

“The Present” begins as we see Lara’s dad’s final moments. (He was also a cop.) As we find out through the episode (with the help of Dash and Arthur), Lara’s father was killed by a woman who was, at that point, a junkie working for her dealer in order to get another hit. But nowadays, the woman does her best to rehabilitate prisoners by giving them work in her company’s call center, taking them on field trips, and keeping mementos in glass cases to remind them of their humanity. One of those mementos, Lara’s father’s old-timey pocket watch, is something she keeps to remember her past and the mistakes she’s made.

With two big, emotional setpieces to provide well-conveyed gravitas, this was easily the strongest episode since the pilot. In the first, Arthur finally agrees to help Lara—who, at this point, believes that she might be the victim in Dash’s premonition because of a vintage Washington Redclouds jersey—and joins Dash in this uber-CAT-scan contraption which will mine their collective brains for memories of Vega’s death. When we see the memory play out in a projection, Meagan Good’s acting abilities are finally given center stage.

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'The Player' fan react: Cassandra's double life

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Big Blind” | Aired Oct 15, 2015

There are so many questions The Player poses, but so few answers. We’re just in the fourth episode, but I hope that by the end of the season, or at least by the midseason, we’ll have answers to at least some of these mysteries. A new mystery we learned this week is that Cassandra (otherwise known as April, to her boyfriend) actually hates her job as Dealer.

Just from the pilot, I would have pegged Cassandra as a person who loved her job. Of course, characters are allowed to change and evolve, but does the change from a Dealer who seemed way too into her Player to a Dealer who was somehow tricked into becoming a Dealer seem like a big shift? I mean, it keeps the through line of the show—that Mr. Johnson is the ringleader of everything and everyone—intact, but I didn’t see this development coming for Cassandra. But that’s also what makes a show good; you can’t tell where it’s going.Read More

'The Player' fan react: What are Mr. Johnson's secrets?

Season 1 | Episode 3 | L.A. Takedown” | Aired Oct 8, 2015

Each week, I’m writing a post on the secrets of The Player, and each week, I’m no closer to figuring them out. You’re probably in the same boat, thinking you’ve got it figured out, only to have the latest episode throw another wrench into the equation. I’m not sure what to think—especially after the most recent episode, “L.A. Takedown.”

The episode featured Alex Kane trying to stop a sniper-for-hire (currently employed by a Mexican cartel) from killing his targets, and thankfully, he does save the last target and the target’s son. He has the help of Cassandra, and as they’re staking out the gun-for-hire, Alex is trying to pick Cassandra’s brain. But like everything else about Cassandra and the Game itself, the task proved to be much more difficult than expected.

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'The Player' fan react: The mystery of Ginny

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Ante Up” | Aired Oct 1, 2015

The Player is turning out to revolve around a much bigger mystery than I originally thought. Last week, I was debating who could have killed Ginny, but it seems like the mystery is much more expansive than just a whodunit. The real mystery is, why would someone want to fake Ginny’s death, and what role does she play in this big, big card game called Alex Kane’s life?

This kind of twist is what I should have been expecting, since Alex saw that Ginny’s ring-finger tattoo was missing. But I had assumed that the Pit Boss, aka Mr. Johnson, had lasered it off for some reason. It did cross my mind that perhaps there was a body switcheroo going on, but how could that work? Is cloning involved in an action thriller like The Player? Now that it appears that Ginny’s not dead after all, it would appear that something of that nature is actually going on.Read More

Dr. Beaumont Rosewood needs to find himself

FOX’s newest show, Rosewood, is already off to a rocky start. From my informal study of social media chatter, the pilot was a mixed bag. The responses seemed to back up criticial consensus, including Entertainment Weekly‘s Justin Kirkland, who stated that Rosewood‘s biggest problem is not that it’s a procedural, but that it “doesn’t give viewers a clear picture of what the show wants to be.”

It would seem that some of that confusion lies with the character of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, played by Morris Chestnut. I’m not certain whether the blame falls solely on the writing team, the direction Chestnut was given, or both, but I’m sure I’ve seen Chestnut give more nuance to a role before. As a character, Rosewood seems torn between being a snarky know-it-all detective (even though he’s a pathologist by trade) and being a guy who’s simply trying to live life to the fullest.Read More

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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