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Tonight: NBC’s Deception Series Premiere

Posted: January 7, 2013 by Aaron M Zaffuto in NBC
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Tonight at 10/9c NBC premieres their revengey drama Deception. The show is full of twists, conspiracy & soapy drama with a cast that plays their roles so well you can’t help but get hooked right from the start. The premise is a classic story of a rich girl who gets into trouble but the show goes far deeper.

Deception Promo:

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ABC has tried and failed once before to enter the horror genre (The River) trying to follow the success of the dominate monster hit from AMC, The Walking Dead. 666 Park Avenue is hoping to succeed in the space and airing at 10/9c will allow fans of The Walking Dead (9/8c) to channel flip to ABC.

The series follow Henry (Dave Annable) and Jane (Rachael Taylor) who are dating become co-managers of the esteemed residential hotel “The Drake”. It doesn’t take long for Jane to start seeing odd things around the place especially as she starts to find out the buildings history and does some looking on her own around the buildings basement. There is a demonic presence in the building and with owner Gavin (Terry O’Quinn).

The show which followed the season two premiere of the always suspenseful “Revenge” had no trouble at all keeping you on the edge of your seat for the whole hour. The concept felt very familiar seemingly grabbing elements from various horror films to create a very interesting series. Nearly the whole pilot felt like a well done feature film.

The mix of horror and drama was perfect and the cast, acting & writing alone will be enough to bring most back for the next episode.

What did you think? Will you watch again? Share your thoughts in the comments.

– Aaron @zaffuto234

Air Date: 9-24-12

Red marks the important details from the episode.

Best quotes in orange.

  • Flashback one week after blackout:
  • Matheson’s are packing and waking out of the city.
  • “Your job Charlie is to not let go of your brother, to never let go of Danny’s hand.”– Rachel Matheson
  • (The scene walking through town is very similar to the first scene of FlashForward)
  • Looters are everywhere.
  • 15 years after blackout (Show present day)
  • Miles in a sword fight with militia man.
  • “Careful now Monroe wants me alive doesn’t he.”- Miles Matheson
  • Charlie begs Miles not to murder the now unconscious man. They lock him in a train car.
  • “It’s like one day into this trip and you’re already a pain in the ass.”– Miles
  • Unknowing to the group Nate one of Monroe’s men is following them.
  • Pontiac, Illinois at a market.
  • “Great they’re having a sell on heroin.”– Aaron Pittman
  • Miles is looking for his friend Nora Clayton to help them go up against Monroe.
  • The man that Miles didn’t kill has Miles and the group.
  • Miles is arrested and the group is free.
  • Miles finds out his friend Nora was arrested for stealing and put in a militia camp. He pulls a crazy action packed escape.
  • Captain Neville traveling with his men and Danny was forced to shoot a man who had guns.
  • “Are you familiar with the Baltimore act? It shall be unlawful for any citizen of the Monroe republic to buy, sell, own or transport any firearms except my loyal militia.”– Captain Neville
  • They find an American flag and burn it.
  • Rebels who fly the American flag have been trying to take down Monroe.
  • “Charlie next time I tell you I wanna kill somebody let me kill him.”– Miles
  • Miles is leaving the group to get Nora.
  • “She’s really good at blowing stuff up and we can’t get Danny back without her, trust me.”– Miles
  • Aaron and Maggie wake up to find a note from Charlie saying she want after Miles.
  • Charles knows someone is following here and fakes a fall on an abandoned highway. Its Nate, she handcuffs him to a pole.
  • “I’m following your uncle same as you those are the orders.”– Nate
  • “You used me to flush him out. You’re a son of a bitch.”– Charlie
  • Maggie and Aaron race to catch up with Charlie. She pulls out her iPhone.
  • “Do you want to know the reason I keep this? Because somewhere inside are the only pictures of my kids. I don’t have a single photo to hold in my hand. I spend hours starring at this stupid thing because its getting harder and harder to remember their faces. So i’m sorry but there’s know way of knowing who will see and who we won’t see again..not anymore.”– Maggie
  • Charlie walks by a decrepit playground.
  • Flashback:
  • Rachel/Danny/Charlie bouncing a ball while waiting Ben to get supplies. A man comes over and grabs her and threatens her life for food.
  • Present:
  • Miles runs into Charlie.
  • “I took care of Danny after my mom died, it was me. I didn’t let him out of my sight until the day that they took him.”- Charlie
  • Charlies blames herself for Danny’s capture and her dads death.
  • Aaron shows Maggie the device Ben gave to him.
  • “He said to keep it safe and to bring it to a woman named Grace Bowman in Grandparks Illinois.”– Aaron
  • “Who is she?”- Maggie
  • “I don’t know.”- Aaron
  • “Maggie what if we could get the power back on? What if you could go home again? What if you could see your kids again?”– Aaron
  • “The blackout doesn’t make any sense, totally corn holed the laws of nature and it shouldn’t be permanent. We should be able to fix this but for some reason we just can’t but if it were man made”– Aaron
  • “Listen if im right this is good news, this is the best news because if its man made then maybe we can fix it.”- Aaron
  • Monroe is having a helicopter moved into his camp.
  • “Crazy son of a bitch must actually think he can get the power going.”– Miles
  • Miles spots Nora and gets her free.
  • “I got arrested on purpose. I’m stealing the sniper rifle.”- Nora
  • Nora is getting the gun first before agreeing to come along with Miles and Charlie.
  • She makes a gun but they need to get close to the warden. Charlie agrees to go in.
  • Flashback:
  • Ben won’t show the man stealing their food but Rachel does.
  • Present:
  • Charlie shoots the warden, get the rifle. Nora/Miles sword fight the rest of the men. They set the prisoners free.
  • “I killed two men today. Maybe that’s not a big deal for you, maybe it another Monday or whatever but it is to me. We shouldn’t have to do this, things should be..”– Charlie
  • Miles sees a rebel flag tattooed on Nora.
  • “Patriots trying to bring back the United States.”– Nora
  • (Cue the Jericho like moment)
  • At Grace’s house she is forced to lock the door and run to her computer to send a message. “Randall is here”
  • He breaks through the door. He has the same power providing pendant that Grace has.
  • Rachel Matheson is alive being held my Monroe.
  • “You were a womanizing drunk and I liked you a lot better then.”- Rachel to Monroe
  • He tells her Ben is dead.
  • “I take it you’re the one who killed him?”- Rachel
  • “I have your son. You want to see your boy again you’re gonna talk about Ben, about the power, about everything, you understand.”– Monroe

Next on Revolution Monday October 1st episode 1×03 promo:

We will miss you Nancy

Weeds Comes to an End After 8 Seasons.

It has been a wild ride with Nancy and the rest of the Botwin clan over the last eight seasons and this Sunday at 10 on Showtime, it all came to an end. While this show is not for everyone it has reached an audience well beyond just the lovers of the herb but people who also enjoy clever writing and plot twists that would make M. Night Shyamalan cry because he would never be able to come up with anything as good as Jenji Kohan and the cast created together.

When we first met the Nancy Botwin, a widow who started selling weed after her first husband died to support her family and even then she was not very good at it. We got to meet her friends and her sons, Silas and Shane, unforgettable characters like Doug Wilson, played by Kevin Nealon. Right from the start it was obvious that Nancy is not your typical parent but she made an effort to understand the kids around her, even when those kids were fully grown adults with kids of their own. Nancy was always a big dreamer who never knew when she was in over her head.

Everyone grew up really fast and the Botwin family took us from slinging dime bags in suburbia, dealing with various gangs, to international trafficking with a Mexican kingpin and then on a cross county escape from the law which ended in Copenhagen and jail, then New York and then back to where it all began with the last few episodes.

Nancy kept trying and never got any better at her game through all the years. Unless you count surviving gangs, jail and getting shot in the head, she was never a good drug dealer, arms dealer or smuggler. No matter what she tried or how hard she tried, nothing worked out for Nancy in the end and she even though she ended up burying at least four husbands, she managed to keep the people who meant the most near and dear to her through all the good times and the really bad times.

There are very few shows that master the cliffhanger endings but Weeds has never failed in that department. Every season was better than the last and you could never tell where it was going to go next. It is safe to say that we were all taken in and we loved all the crazy people we got to meet along the way. This show and this family will live on in all our hearts and minds.

Showtime brought it to a sad and perfect ending tonight. I will behave and try not to give any spoilers here but just about everyone came back for an appearance this season, bringing everything full circle. Much like watching an early Kevin Smith movie, to get half the jokes in the last few episodes, you would have to have been a longtime fan.

The one spoiler I will give about tonight’s episode is that it took us roughly 10 years into the future to show us how everyone turned out, for better or worse. It took us to a better world where weed has become legal. The one question that was left unanswered was where is Celia? Everyone else was either mentioned or made an appearance, everyone but her.

On that note I will shut up and tell you to either catch up or start watching this good time, stoner comedy. Not that it is just any of those things; it is much, much more. A story of survival against all odds, about family and about love in all its strange and wonderful forms, Weeds and Jenji Kohan created something that was groundbreaking and will always be remembered as such.

Since they are only a half hour long, it takes a TV addict like me a day or so to make it through a season. Weeds will always be high on the list of reasons Showtime will always be one of my favorite channels. Now I hope to see what kind of effect this show will have on overall drug reform in this country because everyone knows that TV is the best way to reach and change public opinion.

-Ivy Marie

Revolution Pilot on Hulu.

Watch the series Premiere following “The Voice” on Monday September 17th at 10/9c.

The post apocalyptic series kicks off fifteen years after an unknown phenomenon disables all technology from car engines to computers and batteries. Governments fallen and militias take over as people are forced to adapt without modern technology. The series follows a family who have a device and the knowledge that could in fact reverse what happen. This family is hunted for the secrets they possess.

The series begins in current time and just as the phenomenon is happening and then jumps fifteen to years to a much different world and through as series a flashbacks we begin to learn the details about what has happened and what the main characters who know so much were up to before the blackout.

Final thoughts:

The show has a great set of actors and sets up the characters well enough that you have sense of them early on, but don’t get too attached as the show is not afraid to kill off characters as right from the start one is lost. The intrigue of the story creates enough suspense to get though some of more cliche plot lines.  I found myself just impatiently waiting for the next flashback to get another glimpse of this story and endlessly curious as to what happened and what all these characters know. The ending of the pilot was a shock to me because most of the other action in the show was given away in the promos but not the ending as this seemingly random person was not at all what I first thought.

As a big fan of post apocalyptic dramas I couldn’t help but start comparing the show to Jericho or FlashForward as it does some take some elements and blend them to create Revolution. Overall I found myself less attached to the show then I first thought I would be, but that could change a lot after another watch.  My intrigue in the mystery of the story is more then enough to keep me watching every week.

What did you think of the pilot? Will you be tuning in again?

– Aaron @zaffuto234