Grammys 2017

I, for one, enjoyed the Grammys for the first time in a while. I really enjoyed the performances for the most part, outside of Katy Perry’s, who I am 100% done with after she made fun of Britney Spears’ mental breakdown back in 2007. Making fun of something already stigmatized isn’t cool and Katy Perry is a terrible person for doing it, not once, but twice.

 

My highlights of the evening were:

  1. Bruno Mars in everything he did. That man is the best thing to happen to music since Michael Jackson/Prince. I adore him.
  2. Adele in everything she did. I don’t care that she started over, I don’t hate her for winning over Beyonce. I love for her breaking her AOTY award in half to give her a portion of it. I love her for being real as fuck.
  3. Beyonce being gracious in defeat, when everyone knows she deserved to win it.
  4. The Alicia Keys and Maren Morriss duet.
  5. Tori Kelly outsinging Demi Lovato in like 3 seconds. Sorry, but Demi you’ll never outsing her.
  6. Rihanna dancing in the audience
  7. ATCQ’s rap. HOT DAMN. That rap was fire.
  8. Chance the Rapper winning all the awards. I love him. He took me to church and I aint even a little made.

Honorable Mention:

CeeLo Green flipping off everyone and driving off when he didn’t win a grammy. hilarious.

 

My lowlights:

The ugly ass outfits worn by a lot of people

The BeeGee tribute as a whole. Demi trying to outsing Tori and failing and Andra Day being overshadowed by Demi’s screeching.

James Corden. I had high hopes, but he was just grating and annoying as fuck for most of it.

Katy Perry being a straight up bitch and hypocrite.

 

 

 

One Tree Hill 1×02 Recap

The opening scene is the boys at the River Court messing around. I can already tell you as someone who has gone to a shit ton of high school basketball games, Luke would have been forced to be at the school already watching the junior varsity game if he was actually on a high school team, but this isn’t reality. And it slightly pisses me off.

Haley has a hilarious diatribe about Karen not wanting to go to the game because of Dan and speak of the devil he is in the next scene giving Nathan pointers.

Whitey in an awkward moment yells for “Scott” and both Lucas and Nathan turn to look at him. And Nathan is pissed when it’s not him.

Tim refers to Lucas as the bastard spawn.

Mouth and Jimmy get kicked out for being “media”, it’s hilariously adorable at the basketball game while trying to get a quote from Lucas. I really love Mouth and Jimmy.

Nothing like a bunch of white guys chanting off key and clapping out of rhythm.

Dan is shocked to see Keith at the game and assumes he’s there to watch Nathan, but really he’s there to see Lucas.

We finally get a glimpse of Brooke who is intrigued by Lucas.

And then we get one of the iconic Leyton quotes with

“Nice Hands”

“Nice Legs” bit between Lucas and Peyton, as Lucas plays the worst game of his life and looks like an idiot on the court.

Dan is excited to see his other son, the one he doesn’t love or actually acknowledge, get benched.

Peyton and Nathan make out in a super awkward scene in the car. Nathan starts making fun of Lucas sucking and Peyton gets mad. She tells him he should be focused on her instead of celebrating a public humiliation and that it was “played out”, and he implied that being with her was also “played out.”

She gets angry and she gets out. He leaves her at the River Court after throwing her c.d. out into the dark.

Keith and Karen argue about what he did to get Lucas on the team. Karen feels guilty for not going to the basketball game, but she just can’t go back to the gym after everything that had happened.

Peyton finds Lucas forlornly shooting the basketball and says that misery loves company.  She gives him a really depressing pep talk. He offers her a ride home in the tow truck.

Nathan, meanwhile arrives home and his dad is angry at him for giving up a scoring opportunity when he passed the ball to an open teammate.  Nathan is clearly upset and tells Dan there’s a reason why his mom extends business trips and doesn’t come home.

Peyton asks Lucas why he joined the team, since he doesn’t fit in. He tells her he wants to know if he’s good. Peyton says that basketball is a waste of time. He asks her why she does cheer leading then if she feels it’s a waste of time. She says if she says she likes it, she’s a liar, but if she says she’s doesn’t then she’s a fraud and it’s a lose lose situation either way.

She asks Lucas if he’d like to come in to her house. He asks about Nathan and she says, “What about him?”

She gets out of the car. Lucas stares in stunned silence for a few seconds and then gets of the truck. He follows her up the steps and as she’s unlocking the door she turns around and asks him what he’s doing.

He stumbles over his words about her inviting him, and she says,

“I didn’t invite you to come in. I just asked if you wanted to. Thanks for the ride.”

She then shuts the door and Lucas is left on the doorstep looking pissed and like an idiot. (And every time I see this scene, I can’t help but think that Michael Kelso is waiting in one of the bushes and will pop out and do this:

Kelso-Says-Burn-That-70s-Show)

Lucas arrives home and Karen tells him she’s sorry that she missed his game. Lucas goes to his room to pout.

Nathan calls Peyton and apologizes for taking his frustration and anger with his dad out on her. He tells her he knows that he hasn’t been very good to her and she’s sorry. He asks her to just say okay so that they can go back to being them. She reluctantly says okay.

The next morning Lucas is at the River Court practicing, but continues to miss all his shots. It cuts to English class and the teacher is discussing Hemingway and the idea that “less is more.”

The teacher asks Peyton describe Lucas in one word and she says “choke”. Lucas describes her as “lonely.”

Nathan clearly pissed raises his hand describes Lucas in one word as “bastard.”

Lucas attacks Nathan and the rest of the class cheers them on.

Whitey is furious at them for fighting and is especially mad at Lucas for doing it when he took a chance on him. Lucas tells him he doesn’t think he can be on the team. Whitey is frustrated.

Meanwhile in the locker room, Tim was asking Nathan what he did after he tackled Lucas. He tells Tim that he would’ve kicked his ass if Mr. Kelly hadn’t broken them up.

Jake Jagielski laughs and says, “Or he would’ve beaten your ass first.”

Nathan asks him what he would know about it.

Jake says he’s pretty sure that Lucas tackled Nathan first and when it was broken up he was on the bottom being hit by Lucas.

Whitey breaks them up and tells them to get to practice.

Nathan stops and tells Lucas that “This is just the beginning for him.”

After practice, Haley asks Lucas why he wouldn’t tell her about getting into a fight. He tells her he’s fine, but he just wants everything to back to normal before all of this started.

Brooke and Peyton are in Peyton’s room listening to music and Brooke tells her she’s glad that Nathan and Peyton are fighting again, because Peyton always buys new music when it happens. Brooke tells Peyton that she knows she’s all “Plaid skirt, Gwen Stefani, I’m a badass, but we love you and you know why? Because when it’s Friday night and it’s game time and there you are. One of us.” Peyton doesn’t seem to excited to hear that and tells Brooke that “Gwen Stefani is not a badass.”

Peyton asks Brooke if she’s past it, high school,  the cheer leading, the basketball, the popularity drama. Brooke says that yeah, but the future scares her, but she’ll go to college and join a sorority and marry a rich guy, “unless I get fat.” (I want to like high school Brooke. I really, really do. But when she’s written like this, it just makes me want to slap her.)

Lucas is at Keith’s body shop. Keith is telling Lucas that even Michael Jordan had off games. His first game as a rookie wasn’t very good. Lucas tells him that Michael Jordan scored 16 points and Keith laughs and says he didn’t think Lucas knew that. Lucas tells him that it’s not just basketball, but it’s everything, the pressure, the popularity. He tells him he’ll never fit into their world. Keith tells him to talk to his mom about it. Keith takes the cover off Peyton’s car and it’s really messy inside. Keith says it’s a rule of life, “The prettier the girl, the messier the car.”  (Some shows have continuity! This is reference to the first episode when Peyton’s car overheated by the lake and Lucas had to tow it).  He finds her sketchbook in the backseat and looks through her artwork. And of course Peyton would walk up at that exact minute and start yelling at him for invading her privacy and then makes a really mean comment about how she doesn’t read his diary about how much his dad doesn’t love him and to stay out of her stuff. (I don’t like this early version of Peyton either. She’s such a bitch to Lucas and other than looking at her sketches, he had never done anything to her).

As he watches her walk away I’m always trying to imagine what he’s thinking, because his face goes from

“Holy shit that girl is crazy” to smirking and being like, “but that’s cool, because I like crazy.”

Meanwhile, Nathan is at home lifting weights and Dan comes home and yells at Nathan for getting into a fight with “that kid”.

Dan tells him to not get into fights over stupid things like girls. He asks if Nathan got hurt and he says “No. Did you?”

Dan looks stunned at that and Nathan tells him that Lucas wasn’t swinging at him, but at Dan.

Karen yells at Lucas about getting into a fight with Nathan and the he never fought before that. She tells him she doesn’t care what happened or what Nathan did, nothing was worth fighting and Lucas asks her how she could possibly know considering she never even to the game.

He felt bad and the next morning he apologized for being a jackass and she explains why she couldn’t go to the gym. She tells him she never regrets anything about Lucas, but it still hurts to know that Dan chose basketball over Karen and Lucas. He tells her he’s sorry that she had to live it.

Dan tells Nathan that Whitey won’t kick Lucas off the team because of one game and it’s because Whitey hated Dan and he’s only keeping him on the team to punish him. Apparently, Dan was on the championship team in high school and Whitey benched him. Dan says that he refused to go back in the game, because he though Whitey’s way of coaching was stupid and he’d rather watch his team lose, than give Whitey the chance to think he was the reason they won the game.

Lucas is in the school library looking for a book and Jake comes up to him. He asks him if he reads a lot and Lucas tells him he does. Jake tells him he has something for him. Jake tells him that Nathan is a great player, but Lucas scares him and everything changes when fear is involved. He tells Lucas he’ll be fine as long as he doesn’t let Nathan take it. Lucas asks him what that means, and Jake tells him he’ll find out when he reads the book.

Back in English class, Mr. Kelly tells them he’s going to do the project again, but instead of doing it out loud, he gives them a piece of paper. He tells them each to write down what they want out of life most at  that very minute in one word.

Lucas is back at the river court practicing and Nathan shows up. Lucas is still missing all of his shots and Nathan tells him “You do it like this” and shows him how to shoot various shots. He tells him it’s fascinating to watch someone lose their talent and he’s enjoying watching Lucas lose his. He tells Lucas to prove him wrong. Nathan says he was looking forward to taking him down slowly, but now Lucas has made it easy for him and won’t show up to practice just to humiliate himself.

Whitey goes down his roster and realizes Lucas didn’t show up for practice. Peyton shows up to get her car and asks Lucas about missing practice. He hands her the keys and her sketchbook. She tells him that he knows nothing about her and her drawings don’t mean anyone to anything. She wants her art to be meaningful and if it’s not, she doesn’t want to ruin it. Lucas tells her that’s how it is for basketball and him too.

Dan shows up at Whitey’s office and tells him to get over the high school championship and to stop taking it out on Nathan and that he’s only humiliating “Karen’s son.” Whitey tells him how it feels to father and abandon a child. Dan laughs at that and tells him to move Nathan back to shooting guard and maybe they’ll win more games. Whitey tells him he’s making it a career to ruin kid’s lives. Dan tells him that Whitey already made that his career.

Mr. Kelly is in his classroom reading the answers from the earlier class activity. We find out that Peyton wants truth in art, Nathan wants revenge, and Lucas wants answers.

Lucas sits on the picnic table at the River court when Whitey shows up. Lucas tells Whitey he can’t do it. Whitey tells him that he has had 35 winning seasons and the only thing that keeps him up at night is the college jobs that he never took. He says that it’s the missed opportunities that haunt us. He tells him that once he figures out what he’s afraid of he can beat it and better yet he can use it to conquer his fears. He tells him he’s on the team until the next night’s game.

Nathan is painting Peyton’s toes. He tells her she has ugly toes and they fight about it. Nathan tells Peyton he wants to quit the team because Whitey is never happy and he can’t do anything right according to his dad. She gets excited and says we can both quit, but Nathan laughs at her and says he’s not actually quitting.

Haley and Lucas  talk about their porn names. (This scene is just totally out of nowhere and doesn’t really fit in, but it was cute). Haley tells him that no jersey and nothing will ever change Lucas from who he is inside. She says that they’ll go get pizza later to get his mind off the game.

He looks through Peyton’s sketches again and he finds the “They Are Not You” sketch and his mother walks in his bedroom with laundry. She says this reminds her of when he was in junior leagues and loved playing basketball but he suddenly quit the team. Lucas tells her he quit because of Dan. He didn’t want to have to see him and because he was afraid if he played he’d become just like Dan. He said that when he played in the gym he felt like Dan had a piece of him and it never felt like that at the playground. Karen tells him that Dan has taken enough from them and she’s going to watch her son play the game he loves. Lucas thanks Karen for the words of wisdom. He runs to Thud and gives them Peyton’s sketches.

He makes his way to the gym. Dan tells Nathan to think about no one but himself and let everyone else worry about him.

Peyton shows up to cheer in the game and Brooke says she was worried she wouldn’t show.

Lucas is in the gym and Dan calls him “son.” He turns around and Dan asks Lucas to give Nathan his bag.

Jake sees this and tells Lucas not to let Dan take his talent, because it’s all his, not Dan’s.

Luke in a voiceover shares this quote,

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”

Karen shows up and catches Dan’s eye. She keeps her head up and finds a seat. Lucas runs out with the team and stops at Peyton and says,

“Your art matters; it’s what got me here.”

Whitey smiles at Lucas and says that he will be okay and Lucas grins and says I know.

Whitey moves and Lucas is left staring at Dan. Dan smirks, but Lucas smirks back and turns around.

His shirt is missing a last name. He had ripped off the Scott name and left it in the locker room and for the first time in two episodes, Dan is clearly upset by something Lucas has done.

And it fades to black….

Songs used in this episode:

1. Overdue- The Get Up Kids

2. Switchback- Celldweller

3. Hard to Find- American Analog Set

4. Beside Me- Forty Foot Echo

5. To Hell With Good Intentions- McLusky

6. She’s Got it so Phat- Bosshouse

7. Echo- Vertical Horizon

8. Further- Longview

9. Belief- Gavin DeGraw

 

Overall Impression: This is actually one of the best episodes in season 1 to me. We are introduced to Brooke, Jake and Lucas meet, Karen overcomes her fears, Lucas and Peyton have some iconic Leyton moments, and we see Dan actually being treated like the jerk that he is.

Favorite Quotes-

“Your art matters; it’s what got me here- Lucas to Peyton

“I’d stand up, but every time I do somebody kicks me in the ass for putting you on the team.”- Whitey to Lucas

“You ever wake up from a really good dream and try really hard to get back to sleep or you’ve got the flu and promise yourself you’ll appreciate normal so much more if you could just get back to it?”- Lucas to Haley

Favorite Scene-

Jimmy and Mouth getting kicked out for being media or Lucas and Peyton discussing her art in the auto shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well I went again and didn’t post for two months.

I wish I could say this is not a regular occurrence for me, but it in fact is. I think I went into this year thinking, I’m going to be able to maintain a full time teaching job and watch all my television shows and blog about it. Turns out I really, really can’t. Especially not when my illness, which is severe iron deficiency anemia, has begun to show itself again. So, I’ve been sick. I’ve been coming home every day after school and sleeping anywhere from 5-6 hours a night, getting up and doing grading or finishing lesson plans, only to turn around and sleep another 6-7 hours. Not normal. I finally went to the doctor and discovered my blood levels are super low again and I would need blood transfusions. And that’s not fun. It also has left me no time to watch my shows or blog or do anything but try to recover and still do my job.

But… things are looking up. I caught the ending of the Voice. I was not surprised or upset that Tessanne won. I was however surprised to see how many people hated her online. Twitter users and Youtube commenter were particularly vicious. Tessanne is spectacular and she deserved it.

New Girl is still fabulous. I finally caught up on that show today. I was able to watch Tuesday’s episode live. I still love Coach and Schmidt. They are my favorites.

I haven’t watched Agents of SHIELD since November. I will eventually catch up to it, but I pretty much lost interest after Ward and May slept together.

HIMYM is starting to drag again for me. They need to pick up the pacing. This is one show that I think I’m going to finish watching after the finale has aired. Although, I try to make it a point to watch my favorite show’s finales live, but this one has frustrated me.

Grey’s Anatomy. HOLY FLIPPING CRAP. That cliffhanger. I just want to know what April and Derek are going to do. And the whole story with Calzona is just up and down and all over the place. Grey’s is really good again. I am excited for it to come back in February.

Sherlock is back! I have yet to see the first few episodes, mainly because I have way too many other shows going on, but all the reviews I’ve heard are really good. So that is on my list of shows to catch up on.

I still haven’t caught up on the Dr. Who special. I feel awful about it too, because I LOVE Dr. Who. I REALLY LOVE it. I know that instead of doing this I could be doing that and I don’t know why I feel so guilty about it, I just do. Needless to say, I am excited to see the 12th Doctor and can’t wait for Capaldi.

Shows That I’ve Been Watching in Secret But Now Profess My Undying Love For:
Community
Hart of Dixie
Supernatural
Parks and Rec
The Mindy Project
Psych

I’ve been a Community, Psych, and Supernatural fan from the beginning, but recently got into Hart of Dixie , Parks and Rec, and The Mindy Project. I am behind on all of these series though. I should catch up.

So to wrap up or TL;DR:
I am really behind on my television shows, because I am suffering from a flareup of a disease that I have and I feel guilty, but I’m going to try to do better in the future.

Not that I have any readers.

The Voice Week #4

Sorry, I missed a week. I was super sick, but I am back now!

The first battle round is from Team Adam which is Grey and Nic Hawk.  Adam chooses Dominoe by Jessie J. The battle round is pretty good and both sound great. In the end, Adam goes with Grey because he feels like she has potential and wants to work with her. Blake steals Nic, even though he complains about not getting hit on by Nic. Nic is grateful.

Timyra- Joi and Amber Nicole sing “Listen”.  I have to admit, neither is nearly as good as Trevin Hunte when he sang it. Like woah, they sound like karaoke singers compared to him. Either way, I listened to the song without watching the screen. I feel like Timyra- Joi has the stronger voice of the two. She’s really good for her age. Cee Lo looks unimpressed and Adam is stunned.   In the end, Christina chooses Amber and Christina says she had to go with the more established singer. She is really upset that no one stole her.  Blake wishes he would have stolen her.

Up next is Blake with Cher as adviser. He pairs up Shelby Z and Justin Chain. They are given “Don’t You Wanna” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson.  Cher and Blake give them so good advice about how to sing a duet together.  Justin talks about his accident defining him and how he wants to overcome. Shelbie Z doesn’t want to go back to cutting hair. They are told to give it their all by Blake. Personally, I feel like Shelbie Z sounded better tonight. She just sounded awesome. Nothing against Justin at all. They both sounded great. Blake goes with Shelbie Z in the end.  No one steals Justin.

Next is Cee Lo: Anthony Paul and Caroline. Miguel is his mentor. They tell Anthony to not over sing the song because he’s from show choir. They really like Caroline’s take on the song. In the final rehearsal Anthony outshines Caroline and Cee Lo is concerned with Caroline’s performance. Up next is “As Long as You Love Me” by Justin Bieber.  Caroline’s voice and rendition of the song is beautiful. Anthony sounds pretty generic to be honest. I’d choose Caroline, honestly, and Cee Lo agrees with me. He chooses her. Christina steals Anthony. She thinks he’s fantastic and has wonderful vocal control.

Next up is Adam’s team again with Tessanne vs Donna Allan. I don’t get why he continually puts his two best singers against each other, but whatever. They sing “Next to Me”.  They sound AMAZING. I’m still mad that they are up against each other. Totally unfair. I mean honestly not one thing wrong with eithers performance. Personally, I connected more with Tessanne, but Adam can’t lose. He ultimately chooses, Tessanne! No surprise here, really. Donna is good, but I feel like Tessanne has more potential.  No one stole Donna, which is a surprise. WOW.

Christina chooses “House of the Rising Sun” for Briana and Jacquie. Jacquie fangirls over Ed Sheerhan.  Christina thinks that they will push each other to be better based on this battle pairing. They sound AMAZING together. Jacquie for her age sounds phenomenal. Either way, she goes she can’t lose. They all love them, but Christina goes with Jacquie! Cee Lo and Blake both choose to steal Briana. She goes with Blake ultimately.

Here are the teams as of the end of tonight’s show:

Adam Levine
Ashley DuBose Barry Black Donna Allen Grey
James Irwin James Wolpert Justin Blake Matt Cermanski
Preston Pohl Tessanne Chin Will Champlin
Cee Lo Green
Caroline Pennell Cole Vosbury George Horga Jr.
Jonny Gray Juhi Kat Robichaud Keaira LaShae
Lupe Carroll R. Anthony Shawn Smith Tamara Chauniece
 
Christina Aguilera
Amber Nicole Destinee Quinn Jacob Poole
Jacquie Lee Josh Logan Lina Gaudenzi Matthew Schuler
Michael Lynch Olivia Henken Stephanie Anne Johnson Anthony Paul
       
Blake Shelton
Austin Jenckes Brandon Chase Brian Pounds Cilla Chan
E.G. Daily Emily Randolph Nic Hawk Holly Henry
Monika Leigh Ray Boudreaux Sam Cerniglia Shelbie Z

Briana Cuoco

     

Let’s Talk About Shipping

Men and women watch television in different ways, at least in my experience. There are exceptions to every rule, but most guys I know watch television shows for the action, drama, and the storyline. They want to know who the killer is, or if it’s a comedy for the punchlines and the jokes. They don’t really invest their time or emotions/feelings into the relationships within the show themselves. Most women on the other hand will primarily watch a show because she is invested in a couple or a relationship on the show. She wants to see if they will interact in that episode and then spend the rest of the week dissecting everything her favorite couple said or did to each other. Sometimes, women will ship people together who barely have any interaction, but based on one episode they are forever cemented in her mind as  a couple who is meant to be and then spends the rest of that television show either hating who that person really is with or living in denial. Sometimes even, women will ship two characters that are straight together in what is referred to as “slash shipping”. Slash shipping means that someone believes that two characters who are straight on the show are secretly gay and in love with each other. It’s prevalent for this to happen with two men, but there is also femslash, in which two straight women are in love with each other.

A lot of writers purposely understand their demographics being women aged 18-49 and they purposely put in love triangles, couples, bromances (two male best friends), friendships, and other ways to entice their female viewers to fully invest their emotions and time into their show. These writers will string viewers along with the promise of a couple being together, some go as far as the entire series before giving the fans what they want in the literal last episode (Harmon and Mackenzie- JAG). Sometimes the couple gets together after one season (Sam and Diane- Cheers), sometimes it’s halfway through the series (Booth and Bones- Bones or Beckett and Castle- Castle) and sometimes they are off and on through the whole show until finally getting back together at the end (Ross and Rachel- Friends). Sometimes writers string along fans of a couple and give them hope, only to dash their hopes at the end of a series by not putting them together (Tony/Ziva- NCIS and Sawyer/Kate- Lost), sometimes favorite couples break up and never get back together (Sam/Diane- Cheers).

Regardless, women still root for their favorite couples, they get upset when they don’t see their favorite characters happy with the person they think is perfect for them and they love to guess what someone is thinking and feeling when they are interacting with their favorite couples. It’s totally normal and honestly, totally healthy.

So if you find yourself a secret shipper, thinking someone will make fun of you for engaging with a show because of who you want together, don’t worry. There are millions of us out there and we’ll welcome you with open arms. Just don’t be a jerk about it.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 1×02 Recap/Review

So Sky is ready to join the team, except literally no one, but Coulson wants her there.  The two geeks run around trying to appease her and make her feel less like an outsider while Agent Ward and May are like, “Umm, why is she here, she isn’t even a member of S.H.I.E.L.D (Very “But she doesn’t even go here” from Mean Girls).  Honestly, Ward is acting like a mean girl actually and gives Sky the emergency exit guide of the plane like a little brat.

Coulson tells Sky that he got the plane as a little “good will” from Nick Fury, after he got “hit” during battle. (Referring to the major battle in the Avengers film). He tells her all about getting stabbed by Loki with his scepter. They of course casually talk about “Tahiti”, which we all know he didn’t actually go to.

They are off to Peru to investigate an 084, which means “Object of unknown origin.” Coulson says the last time they investigated it was for Thor’s hammer.  (Anyone else hoping that at least one of the superheroes makes a cameo on the show?) The team arrives and immediately the geeks do geek things. (I know I call them geeks, but I actually love them. I am a geek myself.) They get excited about the hundreds of species of snakes and monkeys in the jungle there. Sky is told by Coulson that she is only there to create a diversion in case word gets out to the public of what they find or are doing and she’s not happy about it.

They meet an archaeologist who found a temple that was dated 500 years before. The geeks tell Coulson that the alien object predates the temple by a millenium and is at least 1500 years old. Ward who is still acting like a pissy baby tells May she’s basically worthless because she doesn’t carry a gun. Then she basically saves his life and takes out two soldiers who attack them. It turns out to be a huge misunderstanding though and Coulson knows the leader of the National Peruvian Police, Camilla Reyes. She tells him that since the 084 was found on Peruvian soil she needs to have say on what happens to it, but he reminds her that 084s supersede all national laws. She tells him she knows there’s no way they’ll get to keep the device. Just as she does rebels attack them and blow up the archaeologists work shed and truck.

Meanwhile in the temple, Ward is still being an ass to Sky and basically saying that they all have worthwhile jobs and he can’t figure out why she would be necessary at all.  Once the rebels attack outside they realize they have to leave. Sky tries to help the geeks gather their equipment but they yell at her to back off, so she’s stuck on the side. Ward tells the geeks there is no time left to determine the device safety, so he goes over to the wall and yanks it out.

Ward leads the team out of the temple just as the rebels are shooting again. Ward uses a weapon that emits a huge electromagentic charge that knocks down the rebels. Just then, Agent May shows up with the bulletproof truck and helps the team escape back to the plane. Of course they are all bickering and yelling at each other while they drive back, as the geeks are worried about the device, Ward is yelling at Sky to stop talking and May is just trying to get them back there safe. Meanwhile Coulson and Reyes and her police are in another truck.

The team gets on the plane before Coulson and Ward decides to shut the ramp. Sky tells him that Coulson is still out there but he ignores her. Coulson, Reyes, and the soldiers arrive back just in time and they are able to shut the plane.

The geeks finally tell Coulson that the 084 is Tessera technology from “World War II/Captain America” era. It’s full of lethal amounts of gamma radiation.  Coulson radios to the FAA and they allow them to fly in restricted airspace. Coulson tells May that he’s sorry she had to see combat and she refuses to speak to him. He tells her he needs to check on the “device fueled by evil in the cargohold.”

He goes down to the cargo hold and finds the team fighting and yelling again. Sky tells Coulson that it’s terrifying that this is only their second mission and that Ward doesn’t even know any of their names. She says maybe she should be team captain. Coulson tells Ward, Fitz, and Simmons they all have talents the team needs and ignores Sky. Sky tells him that she’s good at stuff too as he walks away.

Fitz and Simmons realize their device is a weapon, meanwhile Sky tries to make amends with Ward and shares a drink with him. She explains her life philosophy to him and why she said she actually thought the revolution in Peru was a good thing. He tells her they just don’t see life the same way and can’t speak each other’s language. She realizes he got shot protecting them.

Just as Coulson and Camilla Reyes are getting reacquainted both Ward and Coulson realize she is playing them and that her team are trying to get the weapon for themselves. Reyes’s team makes May pass out, and take Fitz, Simmons, and Sky hostage. Coulson gives up the plane and Ward to Reyes for their lives.

She tells them the weapon was put in her country years ago when Nazi’s who moved from Germany after World War II lost it in the jungle. She wants it to end the rebel forces.  Coulson tells her that will destroy her country and the people in it if she does that. Meanwhile, down in the hangar, the tied up team bicker about whose fault it is. Sky tells them if May had been in the plane, rather than as the pilot. Fitz and Simmons tell her she’s crazy because May was only from the office. Ward verifies what Sky says and tells them she was known as “The Calvary” and is in fact a highly skilled and trained combatant. May gets out of her ropes and beats up the first soldier to enter, and Ward, using Sky’s philosophy of each person being part of the solution to solve a puzzle, tells Fitz and Simmons to come up with a group plan of attack.

Camilla Reyes tells Coulson that his crew of young agents, huge “mancave” plane, and a red convertible is just a midlife crisis and that he’s past his prime. She tells him his crew hates each other anyway, so they aren’t going to be that much good to him. He tells her that his crew is actually as good as 100 men and she just gave them something to unite over. Their hatred of her.

May drives the truck through the glass doors to let them out of their hold. Ward opens up the hatch to the air vent in the ceiling so that Fitz can send his “dwarves” cameras to spy.

Meanwhile upstairs, the FAA try to confirm the change in air plans and Coulson stays silent. He recognizes Fitz’s device and knows they are working together. Fitz tells Simmons, “This is the moment we’re going to regret.” He uses the weapon and blasts a hole in the side of the plane. One of the soldiers is sucked out the side. Coulson uses the rope that he was tied up in to hold on.

Ward leads the team up into the plane. He takes on the soldiers and tells the geeks to get the weapon. May rushes the cockpit and beats up the soldier in there. May gets attacked again but manages to stabilize the plane.

Sky with her quick thinking realizes that if she unflates the safety raft it will plug the hole. She saves Ward’s life when he’s about to be sucked out. She laughs and tells Ward that she read the safety pamplet he gave her to read. He said you’re the first.

Back at “The Slingshot”, they unwind with beers. Coulson checks his car for scratches while Sky makes fun of him. Ward tells May that Sky could actually be a positive asset but would need a lot of training. May smirks and tells Ward that she’d need a supervising officer, someone who is good. Ward smiles and says he’ll do it, then clarifies that May was talking about him. May just smirks again.

Coulson finds the team waiting for the rocket that will take the tessera object to the sun to be destroyed and asked whose brilliant idea it was to blow his plane up. They all take responsibility and say they are a team and Coulson smiles and says excellent work.

Just as the rocket lifts off, Sky recieves a text message saying that the Rising Tide is about to go black and asks what her status is. She looks at the team and then replies, “I’m In.”

And then of course Coulson has to go in front of none other than NICK FURY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Samuel L.  Jackson has a cameo!  He really is “furious” at Coulson for blowing up a plane that he had for six days. He tells Coulson he better fix it exactly the way he found it and Fitz is not allowed to make modifications like adding a fish tank. He then asks if Lola made it and Coulson tells him thanks for asking about her. Coulson calls Fitz and tells him no on the fish tank and the screen goes black.

Thoughts-

Ward and Sky will end up hooking up. It’s basically obvious.

May will have a lot more backstory to unfold with her combat and hesitance to go back to it.

What does the “I’m in?” mean. Is she in as in with the site going dark or is it more sinister, especially considering the conversation she had with Ward about different vernacular in the hacking world.

WHERE WAS AGENT COULSON REALLY DURING TAHITI!???!?!?? That is still driving me crazy.

I love that they basically had a Thor, Loki, and Captain America reference in this episode.

AND SAMUEL L. JACKSON HAD A CAMEO!!!!!!!!

This show is so good.

The Voice Week #2

The Voice Week #2-

The Voice is still on blind auditions and the second week is full of talented and amazing singers. Once again we get two nights of auditions for the coaches as they try to fill out their teams.

Carson tells us that Blake, Christina, and Cee Lo all have 4 artists while Adam was gotten 5.

The night is full of soulful singers and a few R&B and Country singers interspersed throughout.  The coaches banter back and forth through the whole show as they try to fill out their teams. Some highlights were Tamyria Joi a 15 year old singer that ended up on Christina’s team and Preston Pohl a seriously AMAZING singer that ended up on Adam’s team. Kaley Cuoco’s siter (Penny on the Big Bang Theory), Briana also tried out and made it on Christina’s team as well. Overall, the night was a success with
Adam, Blake, and Cee Lo now at 7 artists and Christina at 8.

Night two opens and the competition starts out strong with Will who sings a Gavin DeGraw song (which automatically makes me LOVE him. Seriously, I LOVE Gavin DeGraw). He chooses Adam.  Night two just continues to amaze and impress with the level of talent. Highlights of the night are James Irwin coming back and the last artist of the night. Adam won both of those artists, both 4 chair artists.

At the end the teams look like (Taken straight from the Wikipedia page):

Blake Shelton
Austin Jenckes Cilla Chan E.G. Daily Emily Randolph Justin Chain
Holly Henry Monika Leigh Ray Boudreaux Sam Cerniglia Shelbie Z
Christina Aguilera
Amber Nicole Briana Cuoco Destinee Quinn Jacob Poole Jacquie Lee
Josh Logan Lina Gaudenzi Matthew Schuler Olivia Henken Stephanie Anne Johnson
Timyra-Joi
Adam Levine
Ashley DuBose Barry Black Donna Allen James Irwin James Wolpert
Justin Blake Nic Hawk Preston Pohl Tessanne Chin Will Champlin
Cee Lo Green
Anthony Paul Caroline Pennell Cole Vosbury George Horga Jr. Jonny Gray
Juhi Kat Robichaud Keaira LaShae R. Anthony

The names in bold are my addition and who I think are the best singers so far and have the best shot of making it far.
After the first two weeks, I think Cee Lo and Adam have super strong teams compared to the other two, but really it just takes that ONE special singer to completely change the show.

P.S. I will probably be rooting against Blake this year, just because I would love to see a different coach win it this year.