Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2021 November 21

A joyous (American) Thanksgiving to all our Bureaucrats this week.  We are thankful for you, dear readers.  I am also personally thankful for you patience and forgiving nature when I miss shows we should be letting you know about.  For example, last week Marvel’s Hit-Monkey first season dropped, and the live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop (which I have already mainlined and finished.)  Newly appearing this week is the second half of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, and the first two episodes of Marvel’s new Hawkeye series, set with a winter holiday theme.  Our episodic entries this week, The Doctor (Who) visits 1967 and The Village of the Angels.  The Doctor (Good) visits wedding venues.  The Flash visits Black Lightning.  The Legends visit 1940s Seattle (and WWII.)  Batwoman is thematically relevant to the holiday as she has to mediate a Bat-family dispute.  Over on Riverdale (in Rivervale) we are visited by a vengeful spirit from their folklore.  Star Trek: Discovery doesn’t offer us a description, but be sure to read last week’s review to get an idea of where this week’s will (boldly) go.

[ETA: The Wheel of Time, thanks Visionary_Coward!]

[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 Continue reading →)]

Marvel’s Hit-Monkey – S01 – A Japanese snow macaque’s clan meets a stranded hitman, Bryce, and nurses him back to health. But when Bryce bites the dust, it’s up to the titular simian (guided by Bryce’s ghost) to follow in his assassin footsteps and seek vengeance.

Cowboy Bebop – S01 – Long on style and perpetually short on cash, bounty hunters Spike, Jet and Faye trawl the solar system looking for jobs. But can they outrun Spike’s past?

Doctor Who: Flux – S13E04 – Village of the Angels – Devon, November 1967. A little girl has gone missing, Professor Eustacius Jericho is conducting psychic experiments, and in the village graveyard, there is one gravestone too many. Why is Medderton known as the Cursed Village, and what do the Weeping Angels want?

The Good Doctor – S05E07 – Expired – After visiting a possible wedding venue, Shaun and Lea happen upon a terrible car accident and discover Alma, a young pregnant mother who has been badly injured and needs immediate medical attention. Back at St. Bonaventure, Alma’s condition worsens, and Shaun and Drs. Lim and Jordan are forced to deliver the baby prematurely. Meanwhile, Dr. Glassman is apprehensive when a figure from his past reaches out for help

Masters of the Universe: Revelation – S01E06-E10 – [Second half of the first season.]

The Flash – S08E02 – Armageddon (2) – Despero warns The Flash that great tragedies will befall the speedster and cause him to lose his mind. Once that happens, Armageddon will begin. Determined to prove Despero wrong, Barry doubles down on proving his innocence but a devastating revelation from Iris pushes him to the edge and sends him to seek counsel from Black Lightning.

Riverdale – S06E02 – Chapter Ninety-Seven: Ghost Stories – A vengeful spirit from folklore, la Llorona arrives in Rivervale to terrorize the rainy town. Betty and Toni find themselves in the specter’s path and must seek Cheryl’s help to protect the children in Rivervale, including Baby Anthony. Meanwhile, Jughead and Tabitha, along with Veronica and Reggie, experience their own hauntings that begin to put a strain on their respective relationships.

Hawkeye – S01E01-02 – Episode 1 and Episode 2 – Former Avenger Clint Barton has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. Possible? Maybe with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer with dreams of becoming a Super Hero. The two are forced to work together when a presence from Barton’s past threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – S07E07 – A Woman’s Place is in the War Effort! – When the Legends crash land in 1940s Seattle, they find themselves right in the middle of WWII with a surprise guest. Needing replacement parts to fix the time machine, Sara, Ava, Astra, Spooner and Gideon find themselves working in different sections of an airplane factory alongside “Rosies.” With Astra frustrated with inequality in the workforce, she takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Behrad offers to play host and help teach Nate about Persian culture and etiquette.

Batwoman – S03E07 – Pick Your Poison – As Ryan’s family dynamic grows more complicated, she also finds herself in the middle of a Bat Team stand-off between Luke and Mary. Meanwhile, Alice finds a new sidekick to do her bidding.

The Wheel of Time – S01E04 – The Dragon Reborn – Moiraine struggles with uncertainty while Lan struggles with their new companion. Rand wonders about Mat and Mat starts to wonder at himself. Egwene and Perrin take their first steps down a different path. An incredible new power is unleashed on the world.

Young Justice: Phantoms – S04E08 – I Know Why the Caged Cat Sings – [No Description Given]

Star Trek: Discovery – S04E02 – Anomaly – [No Description Given]

 

5 replies on “Bureau’s Breakroom’s Television Table – Week beginning 2021 November 21”

  1. I love Cowboy Bebop when I finally (and recently) watched the Anime. I loved this series, which is why when I realized it dropped I finished work for the day and the watched all ten episodes within 24 hours. I also want to watch all of last week’s shows and all of Hit Monkey, but there’s a part of me that just wants to re-watch Cowboy Bebop again.

    I am genuinely baffled as to why it doesn’t have a following to rival at least Firefly, Farscape, or Stargate, it’s easily that good. If you were a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy or Firefly, this would be your jam.

    • JD DeLuzio says:

      I haven’t seen Cowboy Bebop yet, either, but I’ve heard good things. I wonder if we’re not experiencing SF/Fantasy TV fatigue.

    • visionary_coward says:

      I think that the fact that Cowboy Bebop was an anime was why people didn’t see it. Not as many places to be able to watch it. Viewers thinking it is aimed more for kids or teens. Also I think the recommendation algorithms would group it with other anime & cartoons as opposed to just regular science fiction. I’m really hoping that the Netflix series helps bring it more attention.

      Maybe even someone will review the anime or live action series here. I found the live-action meh but I have fond memories of the anime. Some of the changes in the live-action made no sense to me. Vicious seems much less competent and just less … dangerous. I had to let out a big groan at the Kirk-like line. I don’t think the creators handled the music well in the live-action as compared to the original. Oh well. Time to go view the original series again.

  2. visionary_coward says:

    Wheel of Time has also started its season on Amazon. I’m liking it and so far.

    Has anyone been watching Invasion or See Season 2 on Apple TV+? I haven’t watched them myself and am curious what other people think of them.

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