Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD — Season 3, Episode 7 — “Chaos Theory” Recap


As Daisy and the team try to protect Inhumans, a shocking truth is revealed about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s biggest enemy; with Fitz’s help, Simmons recovers information that could get them back through the portal.

Last night’s episode was called “Chaos Theory,” and it was a pretty jam-packed episode. We learn how Andrew became Lash (he was examining Jiaying’s
research and got exposed to some terrine mist, entombing him into a stone-like cocoon). He kept this secret from May and perhaps, this is what drove them apart, by his own doing. In the meantime, the entire episode was built on the debate if Inhumans are good or bad. On one end, there’s Lash and ACTU’s pursuit/hunt for Inhumans and on the other end, there’s Daisy and SHIELD, and their mission to teach and rehabilitate Inhumans to become active members of society or even on their team. It’s the age-old discrimination issue explored in comic books lore and even the X-MEN movies and you can replace any of these mutant or Inhuman allegories for people of color, or gay people, etc, etc.

THE WALKING DEAD — Season 6, Episode 5 — “Now” Recap


Since Offender David is on a Hawaiian vacation, I am going solo this week. Remember, spoilers ahead…

While Alexandria recovers from the Wolves’ attack, Maggie and Aaron set out on the search for Glenn. Meanwhile, the intimacy between Rick and Jessie grows, as the herd approaches. That’s the basic synopsis for episode 5 called “Now.” And well, it was a good run. After exploding out of the gate with the start of the season, the producers delivered 4 amazing episodes that really brought the action, pain, angst, and solemnity to our Bande à part.

It also set up a lot of cliffhangers with the major big one being the fate of Glenn Rhee. I want to note that this was the second episode in a roll that did not have Steven Yeun’s name in the opening credits. Also, last time (or two episodes ago), it looked like Rick was a goner, trapped in an RV with a horde trying to get in. But, since it’s fucking Rick Grimes, it’s revealed he just pulled a “Chariots of Fire” and ran his way back to Alexandria…. with a horde right behind him.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD — Season 3, Episode 6 — “Among Us, Hide” Recap


In tonight’s episode entitled “Among Us… Hide,” we find out that Andrew (Blair Underwood) survived his attack. Apparently, Coulson had him tailed with a SHIELD agent who was able to shoot first (before getting himself killed) and the explosion caused by Von Strucker’s cigarette lighter left him with enough cover to barely escape. May, incensed, and almost about to rip Hunter’s throat out, is seething with anger and tells Coulson she’s back in and get the lead on the mission to hunt down Ward.

THE WALKING DEAD — Season 6, Episode 4 — “Here’s Not Here” Recap

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Warning! This blog entry contains major spoilers from last night’s THE WALKING DEAD.

Anderson: For viewers looking for some kind of closure to Glenn’s fate, well, too bad! The producers pulled a fast one (or perhaps slowed things down) and gave us a super-sized episode about what happened to Morgan from screaming lunatic to zen master martial artist with the stick.

David: Did I just watch a kick ass indie film of a white man zen master who trains a harden hearted black man to be Kane from “Kung Fu”? Yes I did! And this only makes Morgan even more of a greater character as piece together the fragmented pieces from the past episodes till now. And my theory still holds even though the credits didn’t show Steven Yuen… GLENN LIVES!

Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD — Season 3, Episode 5 — “4,722 Hours” Recap


See, I told you so. As I wrote last week, I posed the theory that Simmons was dying to get back to the alien planet because she left someone special back there. It was for love. Well, I was half right. She did meet someone there during her “4,722 Hours” on the planet, which is also the title for tonight’s episode.

THE WALKING DEAD — Season 6, Episode 3 — “Thank You” Recap


Warning! This blog entry contains major spoilers from last night’s THE WALKING DEAD.

Anderson: Ok… Before we remark about the elephant in the room, let’s go over what we thought about Episode 3 of this season.

David: Pinch me from this dream… I do believe this show is back on track!

I was a bit worried that we’d be on the road with the zombie horde trudging along for a slow ride with Rick and the gang as they make their way back to Alexandria and as Daryl, Sasha and Abe divert the horde to better pastures. Instead we get great character moments when the heat is on.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD — Season 3, Episode 4 — “Devils You Know” Recap


Having reluctantly agreed to share information with Rosalind and the ATCU, Coulson and the team search for the Inhuman who is killing other Inhumans; May feels that Hunter’s mission to take down Ward is getting too personal, while Simmons finally confronts Fitz on why she want to re-open the portal and return to the alien planet.

Around the Horn: The Dem Debate


After watching the first Democratic Presidential candidate debate, I was put at ease that the Dems finally had a spotlight after all the 24/7 news dreck that are the Republican presidential nominees, headed by the the physical manifestation of the id, Donald Trump. With the whole politicized and falsehoods of the Planned Parenthood debacle, continued attacks on immigration, gun control (after yet another mass shooting), and those damn emails, it’s been a myopic and hateful few weeks of political rhetoric from the GOP to spread fear and xenophobia to take back the White House next year.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Trailer Reactions

When it comes to new movie trailers or K-Pop videos, I love to watch fan reactions to them! The latest trailer dropped tonight for STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS and I cannot be excited enough. There are reports of already sold out shows on opening day (the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, where my friends were trying to purchase tickets, crashed several times), and now the epic trailer is online. And the reaction, so far, has been spectacular. Check out some of our friends reactions like Wong-Fu crew, who even elicited some wonder in Christine’s (the lone female) eyes:

THE WALKING DEAD — Season 6, Episode 2 — “JSS” Recap

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David: Did I just watch a show that was well paced, exciting and RICK FREE?! Man that was refreshing! Just the intro alone with Enid and the “JSS” thing already sucked me in!

Anderson: It was directed by Jennifer Lynch who directed BOXING HELENA and is David Lynch’s daughter. She did a phenomenal job, especially with the teaser of Enid’s pre-Alexandria life. The hard cuts to each progression of Enid’s survivalist life was so good but bypassing the violent act and going to the next. The eating of the tortoise was especially brilliant. Fuck, that was a genius episode.

Film Festival Dispatch: 20th annual Busan Film Festival

Cast and crew from BIFF Opening night film ZUBAAN.

Cast and crew from BIFF Opening night film ZUBAAN.

The 20th edition of the Busan International Film Festival (aka the Asian Cannes) ended this past weekend and I was fortunate to attend once again. Surprisingly, it was a somewhat muted affair versus years past. Some blame the current conservative climate, especially between the government and the festival, where 45% of its annual budget was slashed in retaliation for when the Festival screened a controversial documentary about the Sewol Ferry disaster that was highly critical of the government’s response. This made for icy relations between the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and the Festival, where KOFIC and other government heads were not invited to the glitzy opening night gala ceremony and film with 5,000 in attendance (Opening night sold out in 1 minute this year). Even during the annual KOFIC party, BIFF heads deliberately boycotted and had their own private reception.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD — Season 3, Episode 3 — “A Wanted (Inhu)man” Recap


This week’s episode, we have Lincoln on the run ala Fugitive style, Hunter and May enter into a Fight Club and Fitz attempts to nurse Simmons back into their everyday world, in a role reversal from last season. The episode, titled “A Wanted (Inhu)man,” was pretty straightforward in its plot but the results were actually surprising.