Episode Summary: When a Chicago PD officer outside of the Intelligence unit goes missing during an undercover case with a drug cartel, the team sends Antonio in to get to the bottom of everything. Roman and Burgess deal with what seems to be an ordinary case on disagreements, but it’s really a wannabe episode of The Following aka someone’s been reading Poe. And after months, the team finally hires a new IT guy who just happens to be Jay’s C.I. buddy Mouse.
Review | Analysis: If I’m being honest, I don’t know how I actually feel with this episode. It’s been one heck of a week on television and Chicago P.D.’s had a solid season so far, but this episode just didn’t move me as much as every other show did. That’s not to say that it wasn’t entertaining because every episode of this show’s a great one, but it simply lacked a lot of the heart it’s often filled with. And I only say this because it was a little too case heavy – other than that we got some incredible moments with the main cast and by now it’s no surprise that those are my favorite parts.
I am ready to conquer many things, but I am not ready to say goodbye to Pawnee.
Episode Summary: In order for their last day to be the greatest, Leslie convinces the team that they should help fix a broken swing. Thisgives the group time to reflect on their experiences together and fortify their friendships even further. In 2025, the group reunites in Pawnee once more and this time, they’re staying.
Review | Analysis: I loved this episode so much more than I can say. And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t know where to begin or end. The last time I’ve reviewed aseries finale was The Office and all I can remember is there were lots of tears. The thing with Parks and Recreation is that it did the most superlative job of inspiring its viewers to follow their dreams. It was cheesy, it dealt with clichés, it was hysterical, and it was brilliant. Here’s the thing, life is tough for all of us. It takes a while for our dreams to come true, it takes a while to find good friends, love, and it takes a while for us to learn how to love ourselves. And in the midst of all the difficulties we all face, we need the clichés to remind us that at some point life can be unbelievably, unexplainably, and immaculately perfect. Parks and Recreation is a series that focused heavily on the little things – it reminded its viewers that there’s beauty in hard work, there’s wonder in uncertainties, there’s power in uniqueness, and there’s strength in numbers. And that’s why I loved it so much. It’s why I have such a difficult time letting go. That said let’s begin discussing the glorious series finale.
As always and unsurprisingly at this point, I’m left speechless over the beauty and grace of this series.
Episode Summary: After hearing about all the chaos that has erupted because of his doings, Howard Stark returns to come clean about everything. SSR agents accompanied by Howard and Jarvis attempt to put an end to Ivchenko’s and Dottie’s schemes.
Review | Analysis: I could not have been more pleased with the end of the first season.It did a great job of wrapping everything up in an elegantly scrambled bow andthat’s exactly what was necessary. When (hopefully) the series resumes for its second season, I’m looking forward to exploring both new and old elements because if there’s one thing we know about the Marvel universe, it’s that things aren’t always what they seem. Topped with wonderful performances by each cast member and exceptional cinematography – the episode receives a solid A+ from us.
February 24, 2015
Author: Cynthia Holden Davis
We got to chat with Cynthia Holden-Davis about her latest short story that’s titled “The 4:15 Train” – the story will be available through eFiction Magazine on March 1st, 2015. Be on the lookout.
“Snafu” | Agent Carter
A fan favorite saves Olivia!
Episode Summary: Last week’s episode ended with the billion dollar bidding war where Olivia was sold to Iran. We didn’t see who the person was, but in tonight’s episode we learn that the good guys have another shot at saving her!
Review | Analysis: At the White House, the mood lightened a little when everyone heard that the deal had fallen through. Fitz clearly did not care about anything or anyone for that matter, except getting Olivia back home. Cyrus had this pretty epic daydream about calling Fitz a moron and resigning. But in reality, Cy went behind the president’s back and told the CIA director that he agreed that the only option was to “neutralize the asset.”
February 20, 2015
Film: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Written By: Steve Conrad
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino
“If you want something, go get it. Period.”
Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith star in the iconic film about a man doing everything in his power to provide shelter, safety, and love for his son. Without summarizing the entire film and ruining it for those who haven’t seen it, the quote above has always been a favorite part of the film. It authenticates the fact that as long as you are persistent, anything is possible. At the end of the day, man is capable of doing anything and there’s nothing stopping you from achieving your dreams – not even the fact that there may not be a roof over your head. As one of the most beautiful films of 2006, the story does an impeccable job of reminding viewers that where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if you’ve seen it, revisit it. In our personal opinions, it’s one the greatest things Will Smith has done in his career.
“What Do You Do” was yet another solid episode of Chicago PD giving one of its main characters an opportunity to shine impeccably.
Episode Summary: While at breakfast, a man makes a comment about how Burgess has had a routine at the restaurant since he’s seen her, and it puts her in a strange funk where she begins to believe she isn’t aspiring for higher. When she and Roman are on a patrol, Burgess spots a gunmen going into what looks like an abandoned warehouse and they proceed to follow without calling for back up. Back at Intelligence the group’s getting Taser certifications but when Burgess doesn’t answer after the third phone call, Ruzek is forced to let the team in on his concerns. Burgess successfully manages to save herself and Roman, and the episode concludes with her changing up her routines.
Review | Analysis: We’ve seen a lot from Burgess this season, but we’ve yet to see this much character from her and I’m really thrilled with the fact that the series gave her such an episode. Additionally, it’s great that the episode continued to show how much Roman and Burgess’ partnership has evolved – they’re now wonderfully in sync as partners and their scenes are certainly more enjoyable to watch. Chicago PD does a great job with subtly, everything we see on the show is done in a graceful manner and that’s especially evident for the relationships. As always, there’s a great balance between heavy action, emotions, and humor.
“Two Funerals” was the kind of Parks and Recreation episode that does a fantastic job of reminding its viewers that if you have good friends, you have everything.
Episode Summary: When Pawnee’s Mayor, Walter Gunderson (Bill Murray) dies, it’s up to Ben to find his replacement. Leslie helps Tom come up with a beautiful way to propose to Lucy. Ron’s barber Salvatore passes as well and Donne tries to help him find a new one.
Review: While moments within the episode were as glorious as anything done on Parks and Recreation, the episode unfortunately fell a bit flat after the greatness we watched in “Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show”. I may be in the minority when I say this, but Jean-Ralphio and his sister aren’t characters I missed and certainly felt the episode could’ve done without. At the end of the day however, I’m so incredibly happy for Tom and I’m glad Aziz Ansari got an episode to shine again. Love is everything, and on a show like Parks and Recreation, we’re constantly reminded that it’s something everyone deserves to have and should seize the opportunity to get it whenever they can.
“Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show” was indeed an awesome conclusion to Andy Dwyer’s life in Pawnee.
Episode Summary: It’sAndy’s final day on his TV series and he goes out with a bang, bringing backSpecial Agent Burt Macklin and featuring everyone from the Parks Department onhis episode. The episode focused mainly on Andy, which is a huge blessing on its own because it gave Chris Pratt the opportunity to really showcase how much Andy’s changed all while remaining the same.
Review: Note, I’m still slightly emotional over the fact that Andy is the sweetest husband ever and April’s the most perfect wife for him. And I’m extremely emotional over the fact that the series is ending next week. That said, let’s discuss how wonderful the idea of a series finale within a series finale is because in some bizarre (but good) way, the episode reminded me of All That, and if you’re a 90s kid, you know how awesome that series was. A series within the series really delved further into the mockumentary style making it the most hilarious form they’ve done.