February, 2020

February 1st, 2020, 2:06 p.m. - "When I found out Carrie Coon never got nominated [for The Leftovers], I almost erased 2% of humanity"

The Magicians – "The Mountain of Ghosts": So I guess Margo will be singing "Bad Guy" in the inevitable annual musical episode? Also, don't feel bad, Eliot. I kind of love the Dark King, too. Rating: 4 child's-play knives

Supernatural – "The Gamblers": BORING! I liked the actress who played Lady Luck (or whoever, though). And "Agent Lizzo" made me laugh. Rating: 3 coins

The Good Place – "Whenever You're Ready": It was...fine. Apparently everyone else in the world loved it, but I just thought it was okay. I mean, they spent four seasons trying to get to the Good Place, and then they got bored. How is that a fulfilling ending? Last week's episode should have been the finale. Rating: 3 rewards cards

February 8th, 2020, 2:09 p.m. -"You just got chaper-OWNED!"

The Magicians – "Magicians Anonymous": There's way too much going on here. They need to narrow down/combine some stuff. Also, please let Kady interact with the other characters. Also also, please bring David Anders back many more times. Rating: 3 socks

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Manhunter"; "Captain Kim": Just okay, not great. Though I guess that means the season has nowhere to go but up. Are they going to have a different captain each week? That might get old. And I'm assuming it's only a matter of time before Amy gets pregnant, since Melissa Fumero already is. Rating: 3 of Rosa's leather jackets that make other people cool

February 9th, 2020, 3:54 p.m. - The premise of this book was so bananas, I couldn't pass it up

6. Thirteen (Steve Cavanagh)
There's a fantastic book hidden in here, but Cavanagh isn't a strong enough writer to make it all click. A better writer would have hit this out of the park. Still, there were some good twists.

Up next: The Heap (Sean Adams) and Wanderers (Chuck Wendig) – halfway through!

February 15th, 2020, 2:13 p.m. - "It is an organic, locally sourced, natural stimulant that got me through every finals week, and it is definitely not meth." "That's exactly what I would say if I was trying to get us to take meth"

Modern Family – "Paris": The worst of all the series' travel episodes. Do you think the other kids were mad that Manny got to go to Paris and they didn't? Rating: 3 trips to the museum of magicians

The Magicians – "Apocalypse? Now?!"; "Oops!...I Did It Again": A nice showcase for Hale Appleman. Also, MARINA! And Kady finally got to play with the others! Rating: 4 muffins Penny is now addicted to

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "Pimemento": Jason Mantzoukas is a national treasure. I don't think I could handle Pimento on the show all the time, but I would welcome more appearances. Rating: 4 tattoos about Panera order customizations

February 16th, 2020, 4:57 p.m. - This got more bizarre than I expected

7. The Heap (Sean Adams)
Fully original and engrossing. Since I'm catching up on Better Call Saul, I kept picturing Orville and Bernard as Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean.

Up next: Under a Dark Sky (Lori Rader-Day) and Wanderers (Chuck Wendig) – I can't remember why I thought this was a good idea!

February 22nd, 2020, 1:21 p.m. - "I'm just not cut out for this high-stakes world of having fun with friends"

Modern Family – "Spuds": Yeah, that was a clip show. It was only saved (slightly) by Gloria's comments about historical figures and the twist where Cam and Mitch might end up adopting another child. Rating: 3 too many pills for Jay

The Magicians – "Acting Dean": I figured it was too easy for Fogg to come back like that, but I didn't expect...Evil Fogg. Will the ability to jump timelines come back in the future? Because no one mentioned that they could use that to pull in Quentin... Rating: 4 jars of cinnamon

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – "The Jimmy Jab Games II": Boyle was great in this episode, and his games were pretty fun. I'm still not sold on Debbie, but it looks like she may not be around much longer. Rating: 4 Greatest Showman jackets

February 23rd, 2020, 5:03 p.m. - Part Agatha Christie mystery, part twist on the common group-of-friends-gets-together-after-years-apart-and-then-someone-dies plot

8. Under a Dark Sky (Lori Rader-Day)
I wasn't incredibly impressed with this when I started, but as it went on, it got more intriguing. Toward the end, as all the pieces came together, I realized that Rader-Day had pulled off some great twists. I already have an eye on the next one of her books I want to read.

Up next: We Wish You Luck (Caroline Zancan) and Wanderers (Chuck Wendig) – the end is in sight! Even though it's still 200 pages away!

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