Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 August 9

Was last week’s premier of Star Trek: Lower Decks just too much for you?  Do you need some endings to balance out the new series?  Well, there is some good news for you!  Stargirl finishes her season battle the Injustice Society of America, Perry Mason closes the case on his season, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wrap up seven seasons of Marvel Cinematic action on television.  What does that leave?  Well, you can watch some more animated Trek comedy as Lower Decks fight some Klingons and the Muppets contend with one of the most powerful forces on earth: Disney Legal.

[All synopses (and titles) from Trakt.tv below the cut, except when there really aren’t any.  (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]

Perry Mason – S01E08 – Chapter 8 – [Season Finale] – After the team receives some unvarnished critique from Hamilton Burger, Della presents an increasingly stubborn Mason with her case for putting Emily on the stand. As the sensational trial winds to a close, Mason, Strickland, Della, and Drake attempt to tie up loose ends – and set the stage for their futures.

Stargirl – S01E13 – Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. (2) – [Season Finale] – As the Injustice Society of America come closer to accomplishing their mission, Courtney and the JSA face off against Icicle and the villains of the ISA in the season one finale.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – S07E12 – The End is at Hand – With their backs against the wall and Nathaniel and Sibyl edging ever closer to eliminating S.H.I.E.L.D. from the history books, the agents must rely on their strengths to outsmart and outlast the Chronicoms.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – S07E13 – What We’re Fighting For – [Series Finale] – This is their most important fight, and it will take the help of friends and teammates, past and present, to survive.

Star Trek: Lower Decks – S01E02 – Envoys – Ensigns Boimler and Mariner embark on a shuttle mission to a Klingon compound while Ensigns Tendi and Rutherford spend time together back on the USS Cerritos.

Muppets Now – S01E03 – Getting Testy – Joe, the new legal counsel for The Muppets, interrupts the scheduled delivery of Muppets Now to announce that all streaming content must be vetted by a focus group. Things go from bad to worse when Scooter meets up with the assigned test audience – curmudgeonly critics Statler and Waldorf.  The Swedish Chef collaborates with Chef Roy Choi as the two try to make a one-of-kind kalbi bowl. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, enlist a Pizza Delivery Person (Al Madrigal) to explore velocity. Miss Piggy and her guests, Linda Cardellini and Taye Diggs, dig deep into the workings of a healthy relationship. Pepe the King Prawn’s unbelievable game show features new contestants, new challenges, new rules, and no planning at all.

4 replies on “Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2020 August 9”

  1. Perry Mason ended pretty well, but I was afraid that ending meant that season two was going to be trying the same case.

    Stargirl was… well, what I expected to end from the show.

    Lower Decks sounds like someone took a list of Trek References and tried to turn it into a script, except confused a Ferengi for Gollum.

  2. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had one of the greatest series finales since TNG. I am seriously impressed, the emotional impact was spot on, even when I figured out what the “surprise” emotional impact was supposed to be, and it still got me.

    The only thing it lacked was seeing my favorite BFG.

    • Indeed. The dénouement sequence was really well done and the actual resolution basically works right down to the Chekhov’s power-up. I think they were even consistent in their treatment of time travel though I’d have to look more carefully to be sure.

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