Saturday, October 19, 2013

TV Loves and Hates: October 19, 2013

Disclaimer: Some shows I watch live and with others, I tend to be fairly behind on my tv watching. Even so, consider the fact that there could be spoilers ahead. All I can do is lead in with the show and episode. You read at your own risk!

**(Blue Bloods, S4E1 "Unwritten Rules") Frank Reagan's three-piece suits. And the fact that he doesn't take any crap from his men. - Arbogast (to Garrett Moore): You never walked a beat. You never had your partner die in your arms. Frank: I have. The Blue Flu stops now.

**(The Good Wife, S5E1 "Everything Is Ending") I love the intensity of a death row deadline on a legal show. Especially when it seems the inmate may have been wrongly accused. Even when the resolution is a little muddled. I also love that Alicia is perpetually conflicted. It's so *real*. Her marriage, her position at Lockhart Gardner, starting her own firm, where she stands with Will. Maybe I just get it, being a Libra and all.

**(The Mentalist, S6E1 "The Desert Rose") Patrick tells Lisbon to tell *no one* about the list. So she tells Grace. Who tells Rigsby. Who tells Cho. Because of course they all did. Nothing like a grown-up game of telephone. Patrick's warning about danger for anyone knowing about the list proved good, because whoa! Red John appears to have Lisbon?? Crazy suspense!

**(Law and Order: SVU, S15E2 "Imprisoned Lives") This was one of the better "ripped from the headlines" episodes. Enough similarities between the Ariel Castro case to identify it, but with some unique twists to keep it original.

**(The Bridge, S1E13 "The Crazy Place") The development of the relationship between Sonya and Marco is pretty awesome.

**(Last Man Standing, S3E3 "Pledging") This show slips in political commentary in a way that amuses me (kind of like they used to do on Boston Legal) and then makes fun of other shows that air the same time as Last Man Standing. ::snicker::

**(How I Met Your Mother, S9E4 "The Broken Code") I'm not liking this lack of The Mother, but Lily's "do as I say!" face kills me. And I really appreciated Ted's heartfelt promise to Barney that he would do his best to push any feelings about Robin out of his head.

**(2 Broke Girls, S3E3 "And the Kitty Kitty Spank Spank") Apparently all this show needed was a cat. I was cracking up at least a half dozen times. New record! (For this show.)

**(The Big Bang Theory, S7E5 "The Workplace Proximity") OMG, Sheldon kicking Amy in the And there was a monkey! What's *not* to love?

**(The Michael J Fox Show, S1E3 "Art") Hate is a strong word, but I am kind of over the "talking to the camera" monologues every single sitcom is doing now. It's not original now. It's trite.

**(Low Winter Sun, S1E6 "The Way Things Are") It's somewhat disorienting how much this episode jumps around. Frank stalking Katia. Damon and Maya trying to figure out how to clean up the evidence of a dead body in their car. Nick going to therapy and trying to kill himself, then shooting some guy in the parking lot of a convenience store. Joe trying to get his daughter into Catholic school. Frank showing up at Dani's for a booty call. The shift between stories was abrupt and there was no flow to any of it.

**(Low Winter Sun, S1E7 "There Was a Girl") I get that this show wants to be dark and shocking, but sometimes they cross the line into exceptionally gross. Like that bathroom scene. Ugh. (I'll leave it at that.)

**(Blue Bloods, S4E1 "Unwritten Rules") Who the heck is this "Chief of Department Dino Arbogast" guy that keeps showing up in Frank's office all the time now? Did he exist before and I just forgot about him?

**(The Mentalist, S6E1 "The Desert Rose") So, Lisbon has Grace bug the phones of the seven Red John candidates. And they proceed to discuss their plan OVER THE PHONE. If they could so easily bug the phones of these seven people, what makes them think *he* doesn't have their phones bugged too??

**(Low Winter Sun, S1E6 "The Way Things Are") Is Detroit really as much of a dump as this show portrays it? Every place they go seems to be covered in graffiti, abandoned or dilapidated, or the source for drugs or prostitution.

**(Law and Order: SVU, S15E1 "Surrender Benson") I wonder how it feels to hear and what characteristics you have to exhibit at your audition for them to say "You know what you would be perfect for? This super twisted attacker, William Louis." He is one of the creepiest, most disturbing characters I can recall.

**(The Bridge, S1E13 "The Crazy Place") The season finale left so many intriguing questions! Will Marco kill David Tate? What happened to Adriana's sister? Will Eva survive? Who was that man who approached Charlotte and what does he want? Who the heck is Millie Quintana and what was with the bathroom full of money?!

**(Modern Family, S5E4 "Farm Strong") Were they serious about Cam's sister being named Pameron??

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