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‘Luther’ Review 3.3: The Perils Of Being An Enemy

15 Jun

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A stunningly powerful Luther 3.3 that connected on all sorts of levels, like a kick in the solar plexus.

The new villain is Tom, a classic vigilante killer who gets the drop on Luther, but lets him go, because he doesn’t want to kill him. After all, as Tom tells Luther, they’re on the same side, both hunting bad guys. But Luther can’t accept that, because he’s just a cop, he says, not judge and jury.

Now actually, as we know from the past two seasons, and even this one, that’s not completely true. When sufficiently enraged, Luther’s always ready to mete out severe corporal punishment. In that sense, Luther is a British Jack Bauer, though his quarry are less apocalyptic, and Luther hasn’t (yet) killed his boss for the greater good.

But Luther is an idealist, which leads to his sometimes going overboard in trying to bring the wrongdoers to justice, and also causes him to sometimes have too much faith in good people responding to their better angels. His attempt, tonight, to get a woman who was raped as a girl by Tom’s hostage – to get Tom to free the rapist rather than kill him – was bound to fail. Put on television to plead with Tom from afar for the rapist’s life, she instead implores Tom to kill her rapist. Who can blame her?

And, so, when Luther and Ripley – who have now thoroughly reconciled – come to the scene to stop Tom from hanging the rapist, you just know it’s not going to turn out well. But it turns out far worse than that.

Luther literally saves the rapist from hanging by holding him so the rope that Tom has left the rapist hanging from doesn’t take its toll. He does this in an act of extraordinary courage, battling off the crowd with are punching him and kicking him in an attempt to dislodge him from the rapist.

Ripley, on Luther’s instruction, is off in pursuit of Tom. British police aren’t usually armed, so Tom gets the drop on Ripley, as he previously had on Luther. Tom pleads with Ripley to walk away. Ripley says he can’t. And Tom responds by shooting Ripley dead. He’s not as lucky as Luther, though luck is the last thing you could say Luther had in this story tonight.

And there this dynamite of a television episode might have ended, with Tom running away, and Luther left grieving by Ripley’s body. But there’s one more kick in the stomach left. Mary the blonde, waiting for Luther in his flat, sees a man standing out in the street outside Luther’s window. It’s Tom, come to exact some further retribution from Luther, for not accepting Tom’s request not to make Tom his enemy.

We’ll learn how this plays out tomorrow night in the concluding episode of this short wallop of third season.

Photo Credits: BBC

Sudden Death Begins On ‘American Idol’

13 Jun

AMERICAN IDOL

This week “American Idol” moves to Las Vegas for the first ever Sudden Death round. For the next few weeks 10 singers will perform each night with half of them going home at the end of the night. First up were 10 of the girls. Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine was on hand to serve as a tiebreaker if needed.

For the sudden death round the singers may choose any song from any genre. Many of the first performances were of less familiar songs; unlike in the past when the singers took on diva songs.

Jenny Beth got the night started off that Keith said was a great way to start the show but his fellow judges were somewhat less enthusiastic about the performance saying that it felt jerky and needed to be more dynamic.

Randy called Teena’s performance the start of the night with his fellow judges calling the performance controlled and connected emotionally.

Idol’s first Alaskan performer Adriana earned a standing ovation for her performance. Keith proclaimed it the start of the night with Nicki gushing over Adriana’s stage presence and Mariah loving Adrian’s version of the song.

The judges questioned Brandy’s emotional connection to her song calling it a pageant performance. Mariah said that she would like to see Brandy make an album of classics.

Shubha took on the Lady Gaga hit “Born This Way” starting her performance at the piano, but the judges were less than impressed calling her performance confusing with too much going on. Nicki called Shubha a mash up between Christina Aguilera and PSY.

Randy said Kamaria’s performance was her worst performance and the pitch was all over the place. His fellow judges agreed questioning the emotional connection to the song; but loved her style.

Keith called Kree a natural born singer who was beautiful to watch. His fellow judges agreed and Mariah added that Kree got lost in the song and it was a beautiful thing to watch.

Noting that nothing could compare to Angele’s original song performance during Hollywood week, the judges said that she could do a lot with a little, had limitless potential, and was a budding superstar.

The judges called Isabell’s performance of “God Bless the Child” old fashioned and pageant like.

Amber topped off the night with her performance of “My Funny Valentine” that the judge’s praised as timeless and effortless with amazing vocal control. Mariah couldn’t wait to see Amber in the studio and Keith said Amber knocked it out of the park.

Coming out from behind the judge’s table to sit in stools on the stage, the judges rendered the decisions as to whom would stay and whom would go home.

Jenny Beth, Brandy, Isabelle, Kamaria, and Shubha all received nos from the judges but Teena, Kree, Angela, Amber, and Adriana will be moving on to the next round and sing for fan votes.

On Thursday it’s the guys turn to sing.

‘American Idol’ Recap: Loving And Hating The Top 40

4 May

Brandy Hotard

This year, American Idol has given us a lot to love and a lot to hate.

Sometimes, that has been embodied by one person all at once. That person is, of course, Nicki Minaj. The simultaneously irritating and indispensible, she’s the only judge of any consequence this season and fits perfectly with a show filled with so much to love and hate.

Be it hating the guys’ Hollywood week or loving the girls’. Hating some changes while loving others. Wondering why Keith Urban and Mariah Carey are there. It’s been a season of disparate feelings that just need to come out on this special day.

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s go over whose chances I love and whose chances I hate. All in two sentences or less.

Love

Angela Miller

An also-ran until she went all original-song on us at the piano and blew the roof off the place last night. Suddenly looking like a contender.

Brandy Hotard

Southern Belle on her third run. With a last name that could become a new insult.

Breanna Steer

A standout from Kez Ban’s group. She’s got the voice to rock any genre.

Candice Glover

Big classic soul voice with a winning personality. She’s got the chops and the likability to make a run.

Janelle Arthur

The cute country girl making it deep in this competition has become as sure a thing as the cute guy with a guitar winning.

Kree Harrison

Another country girl. She’s not quite of the “cute” variety, but she’s got the chops to beat out Janelle.

Melinda Ademi

I thought she was a lock for the top 12 last year. Not gonna change my vote.

Rachel Hale

Rachel Hale

This year’s Kellie Pickler. And I swear that was a compliment.

Shubdha Vedula

She gets on the “love” list on her name alone.

Zoanette Johnson

Obamaaaaaaaa!

Chris Watson

I’m pretty sure this guy auditioned before during the Cowell/Abdul Era. Even if he didn’t, I’m going to give him props like he did.

Curtish Finch, Jr.

Likeable gospel singer is a poor man’s Joshua Ledet.

David Willis

I think he still exists in the 70s. And I like that.

The Turbinator

If he can replicate that ‘Georgia On My Mind’ performance, he’s going to be tough to keep out of the top 12.

Josh Holiday

Get a guitar in this guy’s hands and he wins. I swear to God.

Kevin Harris

Smooth soul man who looks like he’s 55-years-old. Look out, Taylor Hicks.

Hate

Cristabel Clack

Does not have the voice to justify the Flock of Seagulls haircut.

Isabelle

Get a last name, sweetheart.

Jett Hermano

I’ve only seen bad performances from her so far. Have no idea what she’s still doing here.

Tenna Torres

Hey! It’s the girl who met Mariah once at a summer camp or something! Spare me.

Burnell Taylor

Dime-a-dozen soul voice from a mediocre performer.

Charlie Askew

The weird little kid has a weird little talent: Advancing this far in a singing competition without being able to actually sing.

Cortez Shaw

When he gets over himself, maybe I’ll get over being annoyed by him.

Devin Velez

Devin Velez

I don’t think I’ve ever heard him sing, but he creeps me out for some reason.

Jimmy Smith

It’s dead golden doodle hair guy! Something tells me PETA will take issue.

Johnny Keyser

Too pretty for me. I hate him already.

Lazaro Arbos

It’s nice that he can confront his trouble speaking. Too bad he can’t sing either.

Nick Boddington

Has a chance at taking the title away from Phil Stacey for “American Idol Contestant Who Is Most Likely Actually An Alien”.

Adriana Latonio, Amber Holcomb, Aubrey Cleland, Jenny Beth Willis, Julia Chahayed, Kamaria Ousley, Bryant Tadeo, Paul Jolley, Vincent Powell

If you expect to win, I should probably have some vague idea who you are at this point, right?

‘How I Met Your Mother’: Robin Sparkles ‘Underneath The Music’

18 Feb

Robin Sparkles

HIMYM returned last night, a day after a wild Super Bowl on CBS. This also kicked off sweeps month for America’s #1 network. Two weeks ago I predicted that this would be the most watched episode in the history of the series, and I will be very interested to see the Neilsen ratings get tallied.

The story began with Ted on another Mosbian quest after having a run in with a girl on the subway. Lily and Marshall urge Ted to not go into stalker mode. However, the tables get turned when Jeanette tracks down Ted. It turns out that she was the one who was stalking Ted, and caused a fire at the building he was giving a lecture in order to cause an evacuation. Ted, the hopeless romantic, turns a blind eye to everything when she says, “I just couldn’t live with the idea of not meeting you.”

When Lily and Marshall voice their concern, Robin is surprisingly on the other side. She says that it’s easy for someone to get carried away. She confesses that she had an obsession with a man back in Canada that got out of hand. Of course, this leads Barney to go on a mission to find out everything about it.

Barney interviews all of Robin’s old boyfriends, including Simon (James Van Der Beek). He tells Barney that Robin had a dark spiral when she was the teen sensation Robin Sparkles, and that he could learn about it on the episode of Canada’s “Underneath the Music” that featured Sparkles.

Barney quickly procures a copy of the episode and watches it with the rest of the gang. The VH1 spoof contained a slew of Canadian guest stars doing cameos: Jason Priestley, Geddy Lee, Alex Trebek, Luc Robataille, K.D. Lang, Alan Thicke, Dave Coulier, and Paul Shaffer. It turns out Robin wrote a song called “P.S, I Love You” about her obsession, and there was a lot of debate over who the object of her affections in fact was. Finally, Robin confesses that the P.S. in the title of the song didn’t mean postscript, it meant Paul Shaffer.

As for Ted, he finally decides he must confront Jeanette about the fire. Nevertheless, he lets the romantic get the best of him. Older Ted says that everybody has to make one last big mistake before getting married, and says that Jeanette was that big mistake.

This was another episode written by show co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, and it showed. It was another nicely weaved story between Ted and Jeanette’s obsession with each other, Robin’s old obsession, and the story of Marshall and Lily first falling for one another. It was a lot of fun to see all of the cameos by Canada’s finest entertainers and the return of James Van Der Beek. We also welcome Abby Elliot to the show, playing Jeanette. Abby already had the HIMYM connection with her real life father, Chris Elliot, playing Lily’s father on the show. How big of a mistake will Jeanette end up being for Ted? We’ll have to tune in next week to find out.

The legend continues Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.

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