📺 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) | Universal

Watched The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) from Universal
Directed by Paul Greengrass. With Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles. Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

Watched on Netflix

📺 "The Big Bang Theory" The Bow Tie Asymmetry | CBS

Watched "The Big Bang Theory" The Bow Tie Asymmetry from CBS
Directed by Mark Cendrowski. With Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg. When Amy's parents and Sheldon's family arrive, everybody is focused to make sure all wedding arrangements go according to plan - everyone except the bride and groom.

Somehow I expected a little bit more, but entertaining none-the-less. Wil Wheaton got the shaft in the episode and somehow Barry managed to steal it right at the end.

📺 "Blue Bloods" My Aim Is True | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" My Aim Is True from CBS
Directed by David Barrett. With Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou, Sami Gayle. Danny and Baez investigate a series of drive-by shootings they think may be connected to six wrongly convicted men who were just released from prison.

Spoilers coming for season finale:

This show seems to be slipping more and more. The A plot was alright, but they sweated out the “solution” for far too long and second guessed themselves beyond what was believable. Then proposal reveal at the end was a bit of a letdown after such a long build up. Why not propose on screen and make it more interesting? The “set another seat at the table piece” and the dry run at the “vows” made up for things a bit better, but I wonder if this couldn’t have been done with even more emotional impact somehow?

📺 Sneaky Pete (Season 2) | Amazon Prime

Watched Sneaky Pete (Season 2) from Amazon Prime

Over the past week and change, I’ve watched all of the 10 episodes of the second season. It wasn’t as solid as the first season and I saw several of the “surprises” coming from a mile away. Some of the plot pieces just seemed too convenient. There could have been some more drama here as well as some more interesting con-life material.

If the next season doesn’t step things up quick, I’m going to have to call it quits.

📺 “Modern Family” Ten Years Later | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" Ten Years Later from ABC
Directed by Fred Savage. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. Claire and Mitchell try to make up for less than enthusiastic support of Jay marrying Gloria 10 years ago by organizing an anniversary party for them. Phil discovers that he failed to become a magician decades earlier due to a betrayal.

📺 “Modern Family” Sex, Lies & Kickball | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" Sex, Lies & Kickball from ABC
Directed by John Riggi. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. Jay's best friend visits from Costa Rica but spends more time with Gloria. Alex wants to prove to Claire that her relationship with Ben is sexual.

📺 “Madam Secretary” The Things We Get to Say | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" The Things We Get to Say from CBS
Directed by Sunu Gonera. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth must be careful of what she says and does while dealing with a refugee situation and being shadowed by a reporter.

📺 “Black-ish” Collateral Damage | ABC

Watched "Black-ish" Collateral Damage from ABC
Directed by Gail Lerner. With Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown.

Another dark episode?! There was the potential for redemption at the end, but then it got even darker. If it doesn’t rebound soon, I’m giving up on the series.

📺 “Black-ish” Blue Valentime | ABC

Watched "Black-ish" Blue Valentime from ABC
Directed by Jonathan Groff. With Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown. Tensions are high between Dre and Bow as their contractor arrives to remodel the kitchen, realizing they have grown apart. Dre reflects on the good times in his relationship with Bow.

Wow this went really dark and stayed there. Some interesting filmmaking technique here, but I come for the laughs with characters I know, so I’m not a big fan of where this is going.

📺 “Black-ish” Fifty-Three Percent | ABC

Watched "Black-ish" Fifty-Three Percent from ABC
Directed by Tracee Ellis Ross. With Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown. Dre and Bow have been fighting more than usual, and they decide to go back to their therapist who suggests they make time for a date night.

An odd dark ending on this episode.

📺 “Blue Bloods” The Devil You Know | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" The Devil You Know from CBS
Directed by John Behring. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. Frank locks horns with a data-tracking company when it refuses to unlock terrorist's phone that may hold information regarding upcoming targets; Erin obtains information about an impending murder from a shady source; a woman kidnaps a baby.

A ripped-from-the-headlines story about terrorism and cracking the security of a fictional Apple iPhone.

📺 “Hinterland” Devil’s Bridge – Part 2 | BBC

Watched "Hinterland" Devil's Bridge - Part 2 from BBC (Netflix)
Directed by Gareth Bryn. With Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries, Aneirin Hughes. The body of Idris Williams is discovered at a lonely farm. The investigation in to the death of the sixty-nine year old victim uncovers a brutal past.

Interesting, but not great. The characters aren’t as strong as in Shetland still. Not sure how long I can keep up with it unless the level comes up a bit.

📺 “Hinterland” Devil’s Bridge – Part 1 | BBC

Watched "Hinterland" Devil's Bridge - Part 1 from BBC (Netflix)
Directed by Marc Evans. With Richard Harrington, Mali Harries, Alex Harries, Hannah Daniel. On his first day on a new job DCI Tom Mathias investigates a blood soaked bathroom and the disappearance of 64 year old Helen Jenkins. The inquiry focuses on an old Children's home above the ravine spanned by the Devil's Bridge.

Watching this in hopes of it being in the vein of Shetland. The first episode isn’t bad. I liked the way the audience is led astray about the victim at first. The characters aren’t as strongly written or as solidly acted as in Shetland, but I’ll give it a go.

📺 Michelle Wolf complete remarks at 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner | C-SPAN (YouTube)

Watched Michelle Wolf complete remarks at 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner from C-SPAN (YouTube)
From C-SPAN coverage, Michelle Wolf remarks at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Watch the complete video here: https://cs.pn/2JxzkC2

After having finally seen this, I don’t see anything wrong or problematic about Michelle Wolf’s act. In fact, she gave a generally solid roast that dished it around to almost everyone. If we want to take someone to task, why not Trump for being a “poor” coward? Was he worried he wouldn’t be the richest person in the room? Was Jeff Bezos RSVP’d?

Some have said that Wolf took Sarah Huckabee Sander’s appearance to task; the sad fact is that they’re just apparently not up enough on popular culture to have gotten some of the jokes. If anything Wolf was complimenting Sanders’ makeup technique.

On the other hand, if we want to beat someone up over taking people’s appearances to task, perhaps we should go back and do some better reporting on the President who says these things on a regular basis and not as part of an obvious comedy and satire routine? A real ad hominem appearance attack would sound something more like “With crazy hair, orange complexion, and bizarre makeup, I often wonder if Trump isn’t attempting to prove that he got just enough talent and votes to hold the office of “First Clown.” Apparently he wasn’t rich enough to buy the popular vote, but just like the sham of Trump University, he was able to afford the Electoral College. Can the voters get a settlement too?

At the end of the day it’s really Wolf who should be the most upset. The worst part of the whole performance was a painfully bad and poorly placed microphone that continually gave me nightmare flashbacks of Howard Dean’s Yahhh!! moment. Her material would have definitely done better with a more solid audio set up.

Now if the WHCA really wants to get righteously upset, maybe they should invite Jeffrey Ross to come? Perhaps he could toss off something tame along the lines of “I wouldn’t f@*k Trump with Sarah Huckabee Sander’s dick!” Maybe it would at least buy his redemption in Bea Arthur’s eyes?

📺 “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” West Virginia | CNN

Watched "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" West Virginia from IMDb
Bourdain digs deep into the proud, often misunderstood culture of West Virginia, as he traverses a 5,000 foot mine, observes the demolition derby-like sport of rock-bouncing and dines on signature Appalachian dishes.

There’s some interesting simple honesty to this show. Reminds me a bit of a more serious and food centric version of what W. Kamau Bell is doing with his show on CNN.