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June ([personal profile] desecrets) wrote2015-06-25 03:01 am

Episode recaps because I can: Pilot - 1.02

Okay so this is gonna be bullet points because it's 3AM but here goes
The pilot episode!
  • Can't remember seeing it before, the only thing that looked vaguely familiar was the acid leak itself.
  • The buildup reminds me more of a Columbo episode than anything else, what with it sort of being a whodunit where you first get to see the murder (and the pretty slow pace of that chess match, and the blend of british and old school american actors, all very Columbo.)
  • What's with the 8 minute long opening sequence that has nothing to do with the episode plot???
  • COLD WAR EVERYWHERE
  • ("somewhere in Central Asia" - really? warheads, stupid Asian thugs, captured American pilots - give me a break, 1985, please)
  • What the hell is up with the romance?? This isn't James Bond!
  • They literally met THREE HOURS AGO
  • I'm sorry I apparently can't let this go, this is not the impression I ever got of later seasons. May have to revise my memory of this series and of Mac re: women???
  • DOOMSDAY WEAPONS okay I take it back, apparently this is James Bond
  • He's so cheerful and snarky and kind of a douche?? Like in a charming way but. Characterisation changed a LOT.
1.01 - The Golden Triangle
  • Heyyyy barechested Mac
  • More cold war plots!
  • (This is gonna get old really fast)
  • He's taking a lot of weird jobs for a lot of dodgy-looking people. I miss Pete.
  • (Also lmao what the heck was Dana Elcar doing in the pilot, did that air on tv in the US? Because that'd be confusing)
  • "OPIUM BANDITS AND THE LOCAL PEOPLE THEY KEEP AS SLAVES" god this is so dated
  • "SLAVERY. IT'S JUST A WORD, SOMETHING OUT OF ANCIENT HISTORY" - I'm sorry Mac I know you're more of a sciences guy but slavery was LESS THAN A HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, check your history and your privilege
  • Why is everyone speaking bad English?? What the hell am I watching
  • Huh. Mac hadn't bleached his hair yet in this season
  • omfg WHY DO YOU ASK HIM IF HE'S FRENCH WHEN YOU'RE BOTH SPEAKING ENGLISH I CAN'T HANDLE THE STUPID
  • I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE!   A  VAMPIRE   NARCOTICS AGENT  jesus christ
  • not sure i can watch this full ep tbh
  • god this acting is so bad
  • omg they made like an 'asian-sounding' version of the theme song to play as incidental music this is too much
  • ....but no music on the macgyverism and the action scenes???
  • OH FOR GOD'S SAKE and here come the 'white saviour galvanizes cowed asians to revolt' trope
  • that little kid with his cap as a symbol of his idolization of America And All Things Good is starting to get on my nerves
  • mac endorses guns in this ep???
  • i think mac showing some skin is about the only good thing in this mess
The Thief of Budapest
  • I still don't understand what's up with the opening gambits
  • I mean I'm a sucker for a Lawrence of Arabia vibe but it still feels pretty bizarre set in the eighties
  • The actual episode opens pretty nicely tho
  • Aw I was just thinking Mac and Niki seemed to have ~history and then he got killed
  • Evil Russian Kyle McLachlan-lookalike is pretty handsome
  • everything not set in the US feels so dated
  • quirky Eastern Europe~ gypsies~ fiddles~ Soviet villains saying 'comrade'~
  • I did love Mac's pickpocketing advice tho
  • holy atrocious accents Batman
  • the action music is nice in this one
  • "Trendy little joint she's got here. I see the beautiful people just stopped in to have a quick cocktail before the ballet." omg Mac is so sarcastic, I love this side of him
  • Okay Rina is cool. I like Rina.
  • ... whoa that escalated quickly
  • MORE foreigners idolising America??? bozhe moy...
  • On a sidenote, I used to have the same necklace as Jana
  • ... oh my god
  • is that how traffic lights used to work?? are you shitting me??
  • archive footage. so much archive footage. apparently a traffic jam was the limit of their budget.
  • ... does the original italian job movie also have a morris mini going through arcades and things? because if so i smell ripoff
  • OR just lifted footage tbh because i think they just drove past some italian signs. wtf.
  • YEP THOSE SIGNS ARE DEFINITELY IN ITALIAN
  • ... there is no way you can do that with a radio
  • I'm pretty sure Mac just flipped Russian guy the bird disguised as a salute
  • okay OKAY mac calling jana 'honey' and hugging her is ridiculously adorable and makes me all gooey inside. i admit it.