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Spoiler Thoughts on “The Maze Runner”

Spoiler thoughts:

  • Sitting in the second row makes following all the quick camera movement a little disorienting.
  • If they all know everyone who arrives has amnesia, maybe their welcoming ceremony shouldn’t include pummeling.
  • It’s like “Lord of the Flies,” except if everyone had their own stylist.
  • Thank goodness Thomas doesn’t bruise easily, or he would be one big hematoma by now.
  • I’m going to guess that Thomas remembers stuff subconsciously about their situation, because if I couldn’t remember anything, I think I’d be ok with just getting the lay of the land for awhile.
  • Hey, the kid from “Nanny McFee!”
  • Hey, Asian guy!
  • Ok, this seems like it would have been more effective if a bunch of them had run in immediately and tried to drag them out.
  • Poor Minho–he gets stuck with every undesirable task.
  • Well it’s a good thing we already established all these guys are swell people, otherwise an unconscious girl in a camp with nothing but teenage guys would be pre-tty creepy.
  • Their penal system leaves a little to be desired.
  • So does their medical care.
  • I wonder which kid showed up and said “I’ll take care of the haircuts.”
  • Watching Thomas and Minho run through the maze makes me think this is one film it would have actually killed me to be in. #ShouldGoTreadmilling
  • If you can climb to the top of the maze walls, and you have an actual map of the maze, it seems like you should be able to see outside the maze.
  • Given that the whole story hinges on no one remembering, I’m a little worried for anyone who gets their memory back and isn’t O’Brien
  • Unimpressed with the contributions made by the Lone Girl.
  • Yeah, maybe we should save the antidote for if someone actually needs it…oh…never mind.
  • Interesting how all the smaller/ethnic kids decide to take a powder, and mostly the big white dudebros are the ones who like the status quo.
  • Ok, somebody better save Minho, because ain’t no one gonna get out without him.
  • If Thomas got his memory back, it seems as though this part shouldn’t be that much of a surprise to him.
  • I am really not clear on Gally’s motivation right here.
  • Minho:  Maze Runner MVP.
  • Oh, what the what?
  • Man, if they don’t make a sequel, I’m going to be pretty irked.  Like “The Golden Compass” irked.

Good:

  • Dylan O’Brien (obv.)
  • Asian guy (Ki Hong Lee) gets a big part in a movie!  Where he’s not a nerd or a ninja!
  • All the sequences shot in the maze.

Bad:

  • What was the girl even there for?
  • Patrick McGoohan wants his ending back.

Meh:

  • Predictable sequences shot outside the maze.
  • Dystopian teen survivalist stories beginning to feel a little old hat.

Teen Wolf, Season Four, Episode Twelve: “Smoke and Mirrors.”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • If Kira can shoot electricity out her hands, I don’t know that she needs to be wandering around in the dark all the time.
  • Kate’s whole story doesn’t really jell that great.  She came to the temple where the Berserkers were all happy to see her because she was the Bone Woman?  What kind of qualifications did she fill for that?
  • Braeden’s not ok with Derek dying?  Honey, you are not alone.
  • The true horror is that apparently no one in Beacon Hills has seen Star Wars.
  • Peter is proof that if you act confidently enough, and look good enough in a v-neck, people will flock to you as a leader no matter how evil/crazy you are.
  • Oh hey, Derek gave the faux triskelion to Liam!  Because it worked so well for Kate, before.
  • Man, I wouldn’t be Mason for anything.
  • Yeah, Tamlyn Tomita’s back!
  • Ok, granted I’ve never been in that situation, but I’d think the gaping stab wound in her stomach would be painful enough to start the healing process without adding more pain on top.
  • Stiles is clearly the better Watcher here.  It’s a wonder Scott made it through, if this is all Derek had up his sleeves.
  • Also, why is Liam only killing Derek?  Did Stiles get enough abuse last season that he had an extra “not be killed” card for this one?
  • Here’s a thought:  If you roll up on an ancient evil temple that you already know is filled with evil-y things, maybe look out the window before you open the car door.
  • Well if that wasn’t the weirdest in-show commercial ever.
  • Sheriff Stalinski is the awesomest, as the only person to figure out that just repeating ineffectual measures isn’t that good a defense against the Berserkers.
  • Hey, another fight where everybody tries to slap fight a Berserker while somehow forgetting that they can turn into supernatural creatures.
  • I think this might have been more effective a scene if Scott had had his curse broken by his relationship to Stiles, rather than Liam.
  • Ok, what the what?
  • No seriously, what?!
  • What did wolf!Derek! do to Kate?  Lick her roughly?  She seemed all mauled, but there was no blood on Derek, so…
  • Also, hi nude!Derek! How did he get out into the bushes from where he was sitting around dying earlier?  Was getting stabbed to death with a bone knife part of the evolutionary process?  Was actual death part of the evolutionary process?
  • Kate is shocked, shocked that her bro shot her.  I am not so sure this should have been that much of a surprise.
  • I love Liam’s expression when Peter throws the table at him:  “HDY!”
  • Kate’s dialogue here is reminiscent of Mother Gothel in “Tangled:”  “Great.  Now I’m the bad guy!”
  • Well these Mexican hunters certainly turned out to be less totally crazy than they seemed in the first episode.
  • It is convenient that Tamlyn married a guy who is not only a history teacher, but who can also carve obsidian as a hobby.
  • Eichen House:  A franchise from the fine people who brought you Arkham Asylum.
  • Anyone else but me think it might be a mistake to double bunk two of your worst evils together?
  • Also LOL on how everyone thinks the creepiest thing in the world is looking at an eye.

Teen Wolf, Season Four, Episode 11: “A Promise to the Dead”

Spoiler thoughts:

  • Fun fact:  Drilling a hole into your own forehead won’t make an eye grow there, either.
  • Still don’t get how broke the McCalls are all of a sudden.  RN’s do pretty well, and Mrs. McCall can apparently work ER or OR.
  • Mason is either the nicest guy ever, or getting set up to be the Biggest Bad.
  • Doesn’t Malia’s dad wonder where she goes every night?  And morning?  And when she comes back all covered in monster blood?
  • Derek, apparently the first werewolf to ever consider that real estate and banks might be more reliable than a subterranean vault under the high school.
  • Eichen House is the worst place ever.  If you take your family member there, it better be because they ate at least 5 people, or they are not gonna make it.
  • Hey, way to not kill somebody, Peter.
  • The real tragedy of Teen Wolf:  Scott McCall has never seen Star Wars.
  • Secondmost real tragedy of Teen Wolf:  Derek doesn’t have a TV.
  • This is not the best fighting we’ve seen from Scott and Kira.  If she couldn’t dent the thing with an actual sword last time, why would she think slapping a berserker with a chain would do anything? Why not try electrocuting it?
  • Kate wants to know why Scott is so special.  If he fought like this all the time, we’d want to know too.
  • I feel like Parrish had a number of options here, and enlisting the help of someone who’s been bleeding out for who knows how long to help him unbend a rebar was maybe not the most intuitive of them.
  • So, is the benefactor thing all done then?  There effectively was no benefactor?  Nobody benefited except the assassins who killed a couple low-levels and then went back to their lives with a few mil?
  • I would think if all his friends started missing Scott, and Kate shows up with an extra berserker who clearly has their skull belted on, they might get a little suspicious.