Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Star Wars: The Bad Batch - The Clone Conspiracy

Not featuring a single regular character of the series, and set on Coruscant rather than in deep space, "The Clone Conspiracy" is an anomaly for the series in more ways than one. It also seems to answer the longest running question of the series by reintroducing the character of Senator Riyo Chuchi (Jennifer Hale) who is far to similar to Omega to not make note of, although why someone may have wanted a more human clone of the Senator is still unclear. In a storyline that demands better treatment of veterans, Riyo fights for the rights of decommissioned Clones as the Empire attempts to push through legislation of a new conscripted military force.

NCIS: Hawai'i - Misplaced Targets

An explosion during the raid of a meth lab leads NCIS to uncover Kai (Alex Tarrant) was the target of his old frenemy A.J. Hale (Jonah Ho'okano) who later baits the agent into an assault in his father's restaurant. Unable to pin anything on A.J., NCIS squeezes his wife (Diana Lu), although in the frenzy afterwards Kai makes a discovery that will change his views of the criminal he's spent the past several months attempting to take down. The conclusion of the A.J. story is notable, however, it's the return of another cast member that provides several of the episode's best moments.

Moon Knight #20

Moon Knight #20 kicks off a new mystery for Moon Knight to solve as he and his friends race to save the hero's former associates who are all targeted on night by a pair of D-list Marvel villains turned brainwashed assassins for hire working for a mysterious voice from beyond the grave.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Night Court - Dan v. Dating

The joke of "Dan v. Dating" is that Dan Fielding (John Larroquette) doesn't know how to deal with women. By far the weakest of the reboot's episodes, the episode takes the show largely out of its workplace comedy setting for Dan's attempts at dating with a woman (guest-star Wendie Malick) who turns out to not have his best intentions at heart. The former womanizer's inability to carry on even a shallow conversation with a member of the opposite sex falls as flat as you would expect as does the episode's equally banal B-story involving some forced bonding between office buddies Olivia (India de Beaufort) and Gurgs (Lacretta).

Young Hellboy: Assault on Castle Death #4

Young Hellboy: Assault on Castle Death comes to a close with the wanderings of a feverish young Hellboy and his idol getting wrapped-up in the fourth and final issue of the mini-series. While there's fun here, as there has been across all four issues, I'm not sure why we needed four issues of Hellboy stumbling around a warehouse in a fevered dream when one or two issues would likely have done the job in telling this rather simple story.