[S2E1] We Need A Resolution
The series depicts the adventures of Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) as she deals with life as a high school student while moonlighting as a private detective. In this episode, Veronica reveals the events that transpired over the summer after the resolution of the murder of Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried). Meanwhile, Veronica investigates a scam involving students' forged drug tests, and a school bus mysteriously goes off a cliff.
[S2E1] We Need a Resolution
"Normal Is the Watchword" introduces several new characters and series regulars to the show. On casting the new season, Thomas explained that he "conceive[d] the show as a one-year mystery" and decided that he needed to introduce and eliminate several characters to be able to create an "equally fascinating mystery" for the series' second season. Thomas felt that he could not bring back the Kanes and the Echolls and "have them all involved in a new mystery"; he needed "new blood". In the opening credits, three new actors are given star billing. Two of these actors, Ryan Hansen as Dick Casablancas and Kyle Gallner as Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas, served as recurring characters in the show's first season. In addition, this episode marks the first credit of Jackie Cook, played by Tessa Thompson, despite the fact that she does not appear in the episode.
JJ: That scene induced a lot of wincing. There's so much forced intellectual space between the words "folk" and "art." At the end of the day, you don't always need a complicated analysis for something that makes you feel good.
It felt like the first chapter of a 150k words extremely slow-burn haters to lovers fic. Like, I can see it could go that way but imma need the remaining 140000 words of characterization in-show to really believe it could work.
Henry has something to say. Henry is asking for the submission of the church to the crown because he too made a holy oath to God, at his coronation for the protection of England. And he needs this submission in order to fulfill that oath. Clever.
Back in the present Thomas approaches Anne. I just need to stop and note the visual here. Impassive expression, crowns on the gowns of the ladies that flank what is surely quite a grand chair. Rich fabrics if not over her head to make a cloth of estate then certainly draped around her. Everything about what a person sees coming up to this chair invites them to imply royalty (if not quite with a capital r yet).
Enter CBS to the rescue! Loyal fans convinced the Eye to revive the show. For season two, JAG started fresh on CBS, where it steadily climbed from No. 68 to No. 15 over the course of a few seasons. Due to the network switch, there was no plan to air "Skeleton Crew" or film the resolution to the story. "Skeleton Crew" sat around for years until JAG made it to DVD and syndication. When it surfaced, there was no "Skeleton Crew" Part 2. "Skeleton Crew" Part 2 is not only "lost," it never existed.
British television has something of a soft spot for vaguely Gothic detective shows, with shows like Wire In The Blood, Messiah, and Cracker creating an almost sub-genre that focuses on brutal, ritualised, murderers and the shell-shocked anti-heroes trying to thwart their baroque plans. Luther took these elements and wrapped them up in style almost unique to it, the agitated figure of John Luther its focal point. Luther also took no punches, with a sometimes staggering body-count and a moral code bent to almost breaking. John Luther approached problems with his own methodology and own style, and Idris Elba painted what should have been a cliché maverick cop with a brutish sort of intensity. Elba played Luther as part scholar and part warrior, his physicality backed by a keen, studied, intellect. Luther, and his relationship with the charmingly psychopathic Alice Morgan, were often the element which helped an episode together. The fantastic performances from Elba and Ruth Wilson (as Miss Morgan) helping to detract from episodes that sometimes revolved a little too much around happenstance and resolutions based on vague coincidence.
In this episode, Veronica reveals the events that transpired over the summer after the resolution of the murder of Lilly Kane. Meanwhile, Veronica investigates a scam involving students' forged drug tests, and a school bus mysteriously goes off a cliff.
Some elements, like the team moving to San Francisco, feel like the kind of thing that you'd get for a premiere rather than a season cliffhanger. The introduction of Deathstroke is another thing that could go finale or premiere. It makes sense to have him premiere at the beginning of the season where he'll presumably be the Big Bad. But his introduction also works as a finale cliffhanger. But how do these elements all mesh together? We start where last season ended, with Dick under Trigon's mental corruption/possession. Trigon needs to break Rachel's heart so he can fully enter the Earth dimension. So, I guess his human form (Seamus Dever) is just a projection. Trigon makes the mistake of not corrupting Gar. So Gar shows up, grabs Rachel, and runs off with her. Trigon sends Dick after them, and we get some pointless runaround through the house. Ryan Potter as Gar is still amusing, like when he's yelling about horror movies as they run through the house. Hank and Dawn end up at Wayne Manor, where Jason is riding around on a motorcycle since Bruce and Alfred are gone. Does Alfred have somewhere to go? I thought 95% of the time he dusted the dinosaur down in the Batcave and such.
We then get a fairly extended wrap-up. Jason yells the opening quote of this review once the newscasters arrive. This causes an old man in the woods (Esai Morales) to stare in recognition. The old man, Slade Wilson, then links up with his old buddy Wintergreen (Demore Barnes), who takes Slade to a basement filled with Slade's old Deathstroke costume. Dick takes Gar and Rachel with him in Donna's borrowed SUV. He visits Bruce Wayne (Iain Glen), and Dick says that he's come to terms with the darkness in him, and that he's realized Bruce was hard on him to keep his mind off the death of his parents. And Mr. Glen is about the most non-Bruce Wayne-looking Bruce Wayne I could imagine this side of Billy Barty. He's very old and very non-muscular. I don't expect Bruce Wayne to be a weight-lifter, but he doesn't need to be a skinny 59-year-old, either, 58 being Glen's real age. The elderly Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond looks in better shape than Glen's Bruce Wayne. After Dick asks Bruce for a favor, he takes Jason, Rachel, and Gar to San Francisco. Batman has paid for an expensive new penthouse, which I guess is the new Titans Tower. There's a training dojo, and one of those costume-storage rooms like the one on Arrow. And Gar imagines Jason, Donna, Dawn, and Hank there in their new costumes. But not Starfire or himself. So I guess Donna, Dawn, and Hank are also members of the nu-Titans, even though they stayed behind in Indiana near Trigon's House of Horrors. And have lives on the East Coast.Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Minka Kelly, and Alan Ritchson are now credited as show stars, so I guess their characters will be regulars. It seems an odd way to end the episode, having them not go with Dick and his team of superhero newbies.
That also means the show needs a Big Bad that can hold their own against the Titans, and hopefully some lesser menaces to fight the Titans. I wouldn't object to seeing a group like the Terror Titans or Fearsome Five appear, but I'm not sure DC Universe's F/X budget could handle them. Or any supervillain group. Not to mention, if you introduce a villainous group, you expand the cast even further. We've got ten Titans, with the rough equivalents of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman among them. The newer Deathstroke in the comic books could probably handle them but it's going to take a lot to convince me Esai Morales is that good. Season 1 was all about "introducing" the heroes. Hopefully, Season 2 won't be a repeat of that. But introducing superheroes on TV is easy. That's why so many movies and shows do origin stories. Bringing in new heroes guarantees you at least one episode per hero for introducing the new heroes, so there's two episodes. Presumably, Rose's backstory is tied to Slade's since he's her father. So there's another episode or two, minimum. And add a Starfire episode, since we know nothing about her alien background. Will the creative team be able to pull it all off? We'll see. I just hope they don't spend another season twiddling their thumbs like in season 1, with Trigon waiting to make an entrance and one-off stories about characters like the Doom Patrol, Jason, Donna, and Hank & Dawn. The show is called Titans, not Single-Episode Hero Spotlight. So we'll see what the future holds. But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong. What do you think?
In the comics Beast Boy (Gar) can turn into any kind of animal, even insects and dinosaurs, but I thought it was mentioned in some episode in season 1 that he could turn into other animals as well. In the comics he also has enhanced regenerative healing so he would/should heal even faster than in the show, but I guess it's like this because the story needed it. 041b061a72