Saturday, October 26, 2013

TV Loves and Hates: October 26, 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!

**(Revolution, S2E1 "Born in the U.S.A.") There are clearly new writers involved, because this episode showed more identity than the entire first season. The opening sequence really opened up a ton of possibilities and questions. Six months have passed. Charlie is, apparently, seeking out one night stands and the location of Monroe. Rachel has been reunited with her father. Aaron either has a new love interest or I spent the last season so confused that I missed him hooking up with her. Miles is looking a little crazy and still killing people. Neville is searching for his wife, whom he believes was still waiting for him in Atlanta when it was bombed. Even covering all those "updates" in a very short period of time, I never felt like it was disjointed or that I couldn't keep up. Maybe there is hope! -- Two great quotes too: 1. Rachel's father (to Rachel): How 'bout we put the big book of crazy away? 2. Miles (to Charlie, before she set out on her own): Just...try to keep the stupid to a minimum? I couldn't have said it better myself, Miles. Charlie gets into a LOT of stupid. -- Bonus awesome: A Friends reference?! Revolution's stock just skyrocketed with me.

**(Person of Interest, S3E2 "Nothing to Hide") The exchanges between Finch and Reese are my favorite. Reese: You doubt her ability to be discreet? Finch: I doubt her ability to keep from shooting someone.

**(Blue Bloods, S4E2 "The City That Never Sleeps") Frank Reagan is a stand-up Police Commissioner. In fact, I think I respect him and he isn't even real.

**(The Blacklist, S1E3 "Wujing") There isn't anything about Red Reddington's character that I don't love.

**(Low Winter Sun, S1E10 "Surrender") I never ever *ever* saw Sean's "confession" coming. Hat tip to  the writers for dropping one heck of a bombshell in the finale.

**(Mom, S1E3 "A Small Nervous Breakdown and a Misplaced Fork") I wasn't sure I was going to, but I actually really like both Christy and Bonnie. And maybe the boom has yet to be lowered, but the typical Chuck Lorre raunchiness has been kept to a (mostly) subtle minimum thus far.

**(The Michael J Fox Show, S1E4 "Hobbies") ANNE HECHE!!! Oh, I hope this means she is going to be a series regular!

**(Law and Order: SVU, S15E4 "Internal Affairs") Now *that* makes up for the "ripped from the headlines" nonsense. Cassidy nearly gets executed by two dirty cops and Cragen throws IA out of his office? Excellent drama.

**(Blue Bloods, S4E3 "To Protect and Serve") Five star episode! Erin gets shot and Danny saves her? All with an old family warning: "Please don't hurt my family." And Frank puts everyone who comes into his office in their place. Yes. Please.

**(How I Met Your Mother, S9E5 "The Poker Game") J'accuse! Me cuse? YOU cuse!! Oh, have mercy, that scene between Marshall and Ted was gold.

**(The Big Bang Theory, S7E6 "The Romance Resonance") Ok, that song Howard sang Bernadette was unbelievably sweet. And I really can't believe I actually said that. I also totally called Amy's daydream. One day, Amy. One day...

**(The Good Wife, S5E2 "The Bit Bucket") Zach's old girlfriend is a real snot. I have to restrain myself from slapping the television when she's on it. I also cannot get behind Stockard Channing as Alicia Florrick's mother. There is just something about her that doesn't fit.

**(Law and Order: SVU, S15E3 "American Tragedy") I never really enjoy the "ripped from the headlines" episodes of this show. This one was derived from two separate "headlines." I liked it even less.

**(Low Winter Sun, S1E9 "Ann Arbor") How did Frank not go insane on Joe if he knew Katia was dead?! There was no real reaction to her murder at all. After how obsessed he was with her, I find that annoyingly incongruous.

**(CSI, S14E3 "Torch Song") Predictability. Boo. It's *always* the building/business owner behind the arson. It totally ruined John Ratzenberger's guest appearance on the show. Thanks for spoiling my Cliff Clavin-Sam Malone reunion.

**(Top Chef, S11E2 "Rebuilding New Orleans") I thought the food truck concept was a really fun challenge that I haven't seen before, but with so many chefs still in the running, it's so difficult to keep track of them all and what they cooked and how it was received. I can't even remember who I don't like, much less who my favorites are. I'll be glad when we get a few episodes in and down to a more manageable number of cheftestants.

**(Last Man Standing, S3E4 "Ryan vs. John Baker") Not nice, Last Man writers. Not nice giving me hope that we'd get Ryan even partially out of the picture and then turning the tables on me and making Ryan and Kristin stronger than ever. I need to go pout.

**(Blue Bloods, S4E3 "To Protect and Serve") Erin kissing Jack?? No no no no no!!

**(Revolution, S2E1 "Born in the U.S.A.") Ummm, what was with those fireflies?! And I was all set to get annoyed, after all, when Aaron got killed -- more execution of characters before I get a chance to be invested in *anyone*?? -- and then suddenly he is...alive? WHAT??

**(Low Winter Sun, S1E8 "Revelations") What is Frank going to do to Joe when he finds out Joe pushed Katia out the window to her death? It sure won't be pretty. Also, what is the purpose of  Sean's character? I get that he's Maya's ex and Frank's old partner, but I can't figure out how he ties into the story.

**(Person of Interest, S3E2 "Nothing to Hide") So, can we surmise that Reese and Finch now have yet another on-going enemy against which to defend? There's Elias (who I figure can still pull strings from his hiding place), HR, Root, the government, the CIA, Decima Technologies, and now whoever these vigilantes are that claimed shooting this week's number was "the first lesson."

**(Blue Bloods, S4E2 "The City That Never Sleeps") Before it was revealed as a disguise, I was mind-boggled. How did Russell Berke manage to grow a beard in what appeared to be like five hours?? The 2013 Red Sox would be incredible jealous!

**(The Mentalist, S6E2 "Black-Winged Redbird") Just one cotton-pickin' second. Is Red John one person? Or a team? What was with that meeting in Bertram's office with the Sheriff and Reede Smith, specifically the exchange between the three of them after Patrick's departure?

**(The Blacklist, S1E3 "Wujing") What was that number in the red envelope??

**(The Good Wife, S5E2 "The Bit Bucket") Is that really what goes on at the NSA? Just sitting around listening to endless phone conversations and reading texts? I am stuck between finding that mind-numbingly boring and holy-crap creepy.

**(2 Broke Girls, S3E4 "And the Group Head") We needed another new character on this show, why? Although the dancing to his Sex and the City ringtone was pretty flipping humorous.

**(Revolution, S2E2 "There Will Be Blood") First, when did we start calling Miles "Stu"?? And second, what the *heck* is going on with Aaron?! Magically coming back to life and the hallucination with Ben -- what on earth is the explanation there?

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