2. It's multi-fandom review time!
Criminal Minds - 2.16 - "Fear and Loathing"
The BAU team is called when a supposed serial killer is murdering young girls in a suburban New York neighborhood. Although the unsub isn't just randomly picking girls off the street, he is targeting young black girls, all from good backgrounds who aren't troublemakers with even a black mark on their records, and is believed that these killings are part of a hate crime due to swastikas painted on their faces. But as the team further investigates, it seems more girls end up disappearing under their nose, and the suburban neighborhood mayor is calling it racism and causing up controversy amongst the town, creating a panic of sorts (which leads to a vast misunderstanding by a civillian who thought he was protecting his home when he shot a black policeman, who was patrolling the streets for the unsub with Morgan). It turns out that the unsub is a black male himself, creating the swastika to mislead the authorities, and it is revealed he is luring these young ladies --- who are all aspiring singers either in church choir or school talent shows --- making them believe he was part of a recording studio, so he could save their voices before killing them. Luckily the last girl he picked up was smart enough to fight back and escape, although because she was drugged with GHB it was difficult for her to run and call for help. But thankfully, Morgan and the other authorities arrived just in time to arrest the son-of-a-bitch.
This episode was particuarly good with the defining between racial profiling and profiling an unsub with race being the background information. Also the topic of anybody could be a serial killer, regardless of race. The mistakes by the public after recieving mixed messages about a threat in their neighborhood, even without knowing all the details, is just as dangerous because it does create fear and whenever there's fear, people often aren't rational even when they believe the actions they are doing are logical in their minds.
There was the continuity with Reid and what happened to him when he was kidnapped by Tobias, tortured and drugged. It focused on him in certain shots, especially reactions shots towards the crime scene photos. The scene in the bathroom also took another step in the possible drug addiction storyline that may be explored with his character. Reid dug out the bottles from his bag and looked at them, showing the flashback of Tobias shooting him up, however we didn't actually see him take the drug in the bathroom. He contemplated it, but didn't actually do it. Reid is probably still rethinking that decision, arguing with himself whether he should give into the drug use or not. He knows it's bad, and yet while being drugged during his kidnapping it was almost like a way of getting out. I seriously hope he doesn't give into the habit of using those drugs. That last scene with him confessing to Morgan about how unstable he is while looking at the crime scene photos really opened himself up, and while he didn't mention the stolen drugs in his possession that conversation certainly was a touching moment. Perhaps with that he could rethink more about what he's going to do. Again, I don't want him to thought I know the writers and creators were wanting something like this to happen to Reid, for him to go with personal conflict with himself.
Battlestar Galactica - 3.14 - "The Woman King"
On Galactica, an infectious sickness has broken out amongst the Sagittaron civilians in one part of an unused sector of the ship where they were forced to relocate and reside to. Because of the Sagittaron beliefs they refuse to get medical treatment (it's considered blasphemous to consider getting modern medicines according to the Sagittarons). A Caprican doctor, Doctor Michael Robert, is assigned to treat the Sagittaron patients. Helo was originally assigned to guide and keep guard of that sector, which he finds exhausting and stressful. However a woman, Mrs. King, approaches him in a distrot manner that her son is dead, not due to the sickness but because of the medicine the Dr. Robert had given him. Leaving Helo to question the motives of Dr. Robert and his ongoing suspicion that he is, indeed, killing Sagittarons because of discrimination.
Nobody seems to believe him, and even Sharon seems to think his assignment has overworked him into believing certain things. There's an argument between them, and it does seem like Helo may be going overboard on the accusations, but he is determined, and with great intentions, to prove that Dr. Robert is intentionally murdering innocent civilians over their religious and superstitious beliefs. It isn't until Dualla, who is also a Sagittaron herself, comes down the the illness that brings Helo to fight back against Dr. Robert, even if it meant risking his job aboard the Galactica. In the end, Dr. Cottle reveals the truth that Dr. Robert wasn't treating the patients properly, and Tigh backs this up and they arrest Dr. Robert. Justice being served, Helo goes back to his life with the weight lifted off his shoulders, returning to his wife and daughter with a nice happy ending. For now anyway, being what Battlestar is there won't necessarily be a happy ending.
For the minor storylines, Caprica-Six is being visited by Sharon, although unbeknownst to her Roslin his listening into their conversation hoping to get some further information about her involvement with Gaius or anything else valid. There is also the return of head!Gaius, last seen in season two, the episode "Downloaded". I literally squeed when I saw him, he is so much fun! Anyway, the imaginary Gaius and Caprica-Six converse after Sharon leaves, and they kiss --- while Roslin is watching, she is seeing Six making out with the air, which puzzles her.
This episode made my love for Helo go up several more notches. And yay for the imaginary, slick and sarcastic Gaius returning from Six's head. I was wondering where he went, and if he'd been there the entire time though we just never saw him because the not!Chip!Six in Gaius' head was being focused on more. What I really want is both imaginary Six and Gaius to meet in the La-La Land of Unconsciousness and converse there. Or, if there's a piece of fanfiction out there please guide me to it! I desperately want to see their interaction, with the snarky fun.
Overall, this was a good episode. Not necessarily going forward in terms of Gaius' trial, which was the misleading part of the SciFi preview, or even with their destination on finding Earth, but nevertheless interesting.
Medium - 3.12 - "The One Behind The Wheel"
Admittingly, I'm a little behind on my Medium viewing, although I have to say that this episode was superbly done, with amazing acting and a twisted storyline. A great episode for Valentine's Day, and that is the exact date of which it aired on.
The episode begins with Allison and Joe in bed, naturally, however Allison isn't behaving like herself. On the contrary, she is acting as though she's in unfamiliar territory and that she doesn't even recognize her own husband. It is revealed that Allison isn't Allison, but claiming to be a woman named Sandra O'Bannon and has quite an attitude. Joe is preplexed the entire time, and while he's trying to sort things out the woman wearing his wife's body (Lord does that sound bizarre, even for a man married to a medium) escapes to return to her normal and "real" life, but only to find herself in custody because she was reported breaking and entering into the O'Bannon mansion. It appears that the woman who has possessed Allison doesn't see Allison when looking in the mirror (like others see her) but as herself, who she really looks like. Joe misses his wife but has to deal with the woman possessing his wife first, and it's evident that he's struggling to keep this from his daughters, although Ariel knows something isn't quite right. Meanwhile, "Sandra" is awakened from a dream, a dream of her own death, and gets released after contacting Joe. But this is a ploy, because she wants to visit her "real" husband in another hospital, but instead she sees herself with her husband, and she feels helpless and lost. "Sandra" returns to Joe, depressed and distrot, and wants help to whatever is happening to her. She tries to make do with pretending to be Allison while she and Joe figure things out. It is revealed that Sandra's husband has been cheating on her for several years, and even though she doesn't know Joe that well (despite ranting and raging at him in a childish, spoiled manner), she makes a comment about his love for Allison, and how she wishes she could've loved somebody like that.
That night, back at the DuBois residence, "Sandra" has another dream. This time, it's the full length dream about her actual death which happens to have been murder by her own husband and the woman he'd been having an affair with. "Sandra" wakes up, finally realizes what she has to do, and leads Joe into the secluded area where her body is supposedly buried. They eventually find her lifeless body there, and while the realization washes over her, her body goes limp and it's Allison DuBois again. Allison has no recollection over what happened during the last three days. In the end, it's revealed that the husband of Sandra O'Bannon was a plastic surgeon and had been using his mistress as his patient to reconstruct her face completely identical to his wife's, and planning the murder all along so nobody would suspect a thing.
This was particularly a wonderful episode, simply because of the message about love. Sandra O'Bannon was seen as a spoiled wealthy woman who didn't really have the kind of faithful and passionate love that Allison and Joe have. Sandra, while possessing Allison's body, was subjected to the lifestyle she never had, and something she desperately could've wanted if she had lived long enough to get. It also showed the selflessness of Allison and Joe's relationship and marriage that, despite their differences, they still loved each other. This was a perfect Valentine's Day episode, mixed with a twisted crime. The ending with Joe crying because he finally had his wife back was touching, especially after all he went through. I liked it, a whole lot.
3. Speaking of Valentine's, nothing incredible happened on Wednesday for me. Although I did get some chocolate goodies, including some chocolate-covered strawberries. Believe me, I was in heaven. I know not everybody enjoys that particular holiday and sees it as overrated, but I see it as not just a day for significant others but the acknowledge of people loving and caring about one another, you know? To make others feel good, despite what's going on in their lives. It's a great feeling. Though awww, LJ turned back to its normal plain layout; I really liked the V-Day themed one, it was adorable. Ah well. Oh, and if anybody missed my ambiguous music post of happiness, I do believe the links still work!
4. Now? I've got tons of chores to do. Which is slightly contradictory of what I mentioned above, though before I actually start relaxing and weighing out my studying I have to finish the necessary chores or else there will be no relaxation time.