Psych, Episode "A very Juliet episode" (season 4, ep. 12)

Comedy/Criminal-Drama. The show (running since 2006) stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department whose "heightened observational skills" and impressive detective instincts allow him to convince people that he solves cases with psychic abilities. In this episode, Shawn gets the information that Scott, the old boyfriend of Juliet - whom she was supposed to meet again - had been killed under mysterious circumstances. In digging deeper, Shawn and his partner accidentally discover that Scott is well and alive and in a witness-protection program, because he helped to bring finally mobster J. T. Waring into jail for murdering an US-Marshal. When Shawn speaks with Waring, the man denies the responsibility for the murder and asks Shawn for a deal. And investigating again the crime scene, Shawn discovers that something is wrong with the whole case...

 

 

 

 

Episode rating:

The series actually kept up its combination of fun and suspense and drama! Shawn, Gus and Carlton superb as usual.

Rating for Arnold:

Sadly, only a mini-appearance. But a very good one. He is simply able to convey enough depth to a character even in such a little part.

Behind the scenes:

(Arnold with the creators of "Psych" -source: psych-facebook-page)

My little fanfiction "The Prisoner" and the continuation "Freedom"

 

Navy CIS, Episode "Enemies Foreign" (season 8, ep. 8)

Crime. In this episode of the NCIS-series, Mossad-director Eli David comes to Washington in order to take part in a conference. Members of a Palestinian Liberation group are out to finally kill him, and the Mossad agents have to join forces with the NCIS to protect the asset. However David's recklessness and arrogance make it even more dangerous to succeed.

 

 

 

 

Episode rating:

Routine story so far, but exciting. The problems between the different characters, especially between Ziva and the other Mossad agents, make it more interesting. Interesting weapon technology. Mossad-characters are a bit 'flat'.

Rating for Arnold:

He plays the bodyguard and 'right hand' of director David and is the only Mossad-character, who is allowed to display at least some other emotions than arrogance. Sadly, this episode was all he got. Don't hope for the next one!

My little fanfiction "The truth beneath the rose"

 

Bones, Episode "The bullet in the brain" (season 6, ep. 11)

Crime. The series, running since 2005, features a forensic team under the leadershop of Temperance "Bones" Brennan and a FBI agent (Seeley Booth). In this episode, Heather Taffet aka "The Gravedigger" faces her final appeal before being sentenced to death. But before this can happen, she is killed by a professional sniper, and the team has to investigate the identity of the shooter.

 

 

 

 

 

Episode rating:

I don't know the series, so it's hard to rate. The investigation was interesting, a bit too gory for my taste. The reaction of the characters face to face the death of this serial killer was portrayed well, too.

Rating for Arnold:

This was only a little appearance so far, but it looked as if there is a complex and interesting story behind this character. Hope for more so he can show his talent!

 

Bones, Episode "The killer in the crosshairs" (season 6, ep. 15)

The sniper hits again, this time a counterfeitor, and Booth sets on his tracks, determined to catch him, before he can take the next bad guy out. But Jacob Broadsky is clever and skilled.

 

 

 

 

My little tribute:

 

 

Episode rating:

This was getting interesting and emotional, posing the big question about good and evil and who gives whom the right to judge over life and death.

Rating for Arnold:

Thank God the character was developed deeper, not on a simple 'villain' type level. One can understand and feel with him. Good acting!

 

Bones, Episode "The Hole in the Heart" (season 6, ep.22)

FBI agent Booth and the team from the Jeffersonian are still on the hunt for Jacob Broadsky, who this time produces more collateral damage 'in the pursue of a greater good', amongst it, a member of the Jeffersonian. But Broadsky makes a mistake, what gives the FBI an advantage to succeed in bringing him down this time.

 

 

 

 

Episode rating:

This was suspenseful and well made, however I admit after the last episode with the sniper, I was a bit disappointed. The episode's makers obviously felt the antagonist was not evil enough, and so they let him do some deeds showing off he's the bad guy. This let it sink to the normal 'bringing down the criminal' stuff. Booth+Bones fans however found, what they've been waiting for a long time.

Rating for Arnold:

He had many action scenes and imposing scenes with his rifle, and some good dialogue lines. Convincing and somewhat scary, leaving room for so much background - which sadly was not developed.

 

 

My fanfiction "God's Hand and Destiny's Chains"

 

Elementary (season 1, ep. 23/24)

Crime/Drama. The series (running since2012) presents a contemporary update of Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes - not in Britain, but set in the United States.

 

 

 

 

Episode rating:

This was good average crime stuff - however personally I don't like those reboot movies, where the setting has changed and traditional male characters are suddenly female and nothing but the names are kept. The revealing of Moriarty's identity was quite a twist (but that pseudo-Russian/Nazi uniform...came about a little too James-Bond-ish).

Rating for Arnold:

Convincing and stirring performance of that character who is in fact used by Moriarty and forced to do somethinig horrible to safe his kidnapped daughter.

 

 

 

Crisis (season 1, Pilot)

Crime/Drama. The series started in March 2014. During a school trip, students of the Ballard High School, attended by the children of Washington, D.C. 's elite, including the President 's son, are the victim of an ambush. A national crisis begins and Secret Service agent Finley along with FBI agent Susie Dunn try the best to solve it plus calm the concerned parents of the children. With every day, the whole thing gets more mysterious in this big conspiracy and the motives of the enemy are nebulous at best.

 

 

 

Episode rating:

Seems to become an interesting series. Suspenseful plot, intelligent, not too much on-screen violence, a few believable characters easy to connect with and looming danger of too much hightech surveillance... However I wonder how they will keep up the suspense with this plot for an entire season.

Rating for Arnold:

At least he got to say a few words in this mini appearance... I hope he'll come back in later episodes with more substance to his - yet unnamed - character.

 

 

 

Crisis (season 1, ep. 8)

Jakob Vries is the next parent assigned with a task from Gibson: this time: bringing pharmaceutical specialist Clarenbach to Gibson. However, Clarenbach is with Secret Service agent Finley, and he's not willing to give up the only chance to find out the whereabouts of the kidnapped children.

 

 

Episode rating:

During the latest three episodes, the series developed for the better, with twists and suspense and finally some action from the kidnapped children themselves. The characters are intensely played and just the moment when you think, Finley is out of options and severely outgunned, he makes an ingenious move. (Still, I would've loved seeing Finley and Vries' mercenaries team up...)

Rating for Arnold:

A similar plot as in "Elementary"... besides that, I felt reminded at "Hard Target" watching the scenery and the character of this tough mercenary leader who is resolved to remove every obstacle standing in his way, as he sets out to save his daughter. Definitely a guy you wouldn't want to mess with, but - in contrast to all the other plots where he played such kind of men - a man with a deep unconditional love for his family. This contrast is conveyed nicely.

On the set with the boy who plays his son.

 

Grimm (season 4, ep. 12)

Crime/Fantasy. The series evolves around a modern day police detective, who also happens to be the descendant of a family of monster-hunters. It's exactly that business he and other initiates continue in Portland against the shapeshifters of the Wesen-Council.

 

 

 

Episode rating:

The Wesen-Council sends out a bounty hunter to elimininate some low-lifes. The next target however is detective Grimm himself. I don't know the series at all, so I can't give any rating, if this episode stands out or not.

Rating for Arnold:

This bounty hunter was a perfectly fleshed out character that made it possible to play more than a shape shifting monster and make the actions understandable. (And really, most of his victims had it coming).

Cape Town (miniseries, 6 episodes)

Crime. After Deon Meyer's novel "Dead before Dying"

from the Trailer

on the set

 

Criminal Minds. Beyond Borders, (season 1, ep. 10 "Iquiniso")

Crime. The series features the International Response Team of the FBI that investigates crimes involving American citizens outside the U.S.. In this episode, they fly to Johannesburg in order to find the truth behind the death of an American college student with South African roots, who is found killed in a bizarre ritual murder. As it turns out, the boy's father was a member of a special unit of the old Apartheid system, that staged a similar killing of a police woman in order to have justification to hunt down Anti-Apartheid activists.

 

 

Bosch (season 3, ep. "The smog cutter")

Crime. The series, running since 2014, tells the story of the LA detective Harry Bosch, who is charged for the murder of a serial killer, while he still tries to find the responsibles for the murder of a young boy. Arnold plays an ex-colleague (and enemy) of Bosch, who now works as private security advisor. According to the news, Rudy Tafero shall be an recurring character.