This week was the first full week of the fall TV season, and WHAT A WEEK IT WAS! Lots of great stuff to watch.
Episode of the Week
Agents of SHIELD – “Shadows”
I mentioned in this week’s vlog that I hoped Agents of SHIELD season 2 could pick up and build on their streak of great episodes last season. So far, so good.
First of all, I loved the flashback to Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos in the cold open. Hayley Atwell is just so good in that part, and I cannot wait to see her kicking ass in Agent Carter in a few months.
After the brief visit to 1945 The show jumped right back in to the action. It’s been several months since the finale with Coulson working as director and the team out on missions to attempt to gain intelligence and/or tech about/from Hydra. There are a few new people floating around the core team from last year – notably, Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley. Everything is a lot more intense, in general. The team seems battle-worn, Skye is a full-blown agent now, and Coulson is apparently never around as he flies around the world attempting to recruit loyal SHIELD agents.
Fall TV season is here at last, and along with it my attempts to write more frequently. I’m hoping to have semi-regular reviews of various shows and other random pieces up here during the season in addition to my weekly wrap-ups and my vlogs. We’ll see how much time I have to actually pull it off.
To start things off, I wanted to write a little bit about Monday’s premiere of Gotham. This was, by far, the most hyped new show of the season – and I felt it delivered pretty solidly on its lofty expectations. The story was set up nicely, the acting was good, and the atmosphere was terrific. It was a little heavy-handed with the Batman references and exposition in spots, but otherwise, it was a very well-done pilot, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the show goes from here.
Fall TV has begun! These weekly posts should be more interesting (and more frequent) now.
Episode of the Week
You’re The Worst – “Fists and Feet and Stuff”
If you follow me on Twitter, I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me talk about this show (and aren’t surprised to see it pop up again here). This week’s finale was terrific – I only hope FX has the good sense to give the show a second season so we can spend more time with all these wonderful characters.
The finale dropped us in on everyone’s lives post-Gretchen and Jimmy’s breakup via a montage. Gretchen is attempting to live cleanly – we see her juicing and running (and shitting herself while running, likely not part of the plan). Jimmy is trying and failing to write. Lindsay is banging UPS guys, clearly on the verge of a total breakdown. Edgar is living out of his car (but has a job!). In the midst of all of this, Becca and Vernon throw a barbecue, setting the stage for everyone to be in the same place again for the finale.
Once everyone shows up at the party, we get to see the fallout from everything that has happened the last few weeks and the repair (or destruction) of several relationships.
It’s that time of year again…fall TV is starting back up! My fall viewing begins with the season 4 premiere of New Girl tonight.
As has become a tradition, I thought I would share my anticipated viewing schedule for the fall, for the curious. Always subject to change based on quality of pilots and the like, but this should be a pretty good guideline.
italics = shows I DVR
*= new show I’ll check out for a least a few episodes
** = old show that I might check in on here and there but probably will not watch regularly
8PM: Gotham* 9PM: Sleepy Hollow 10PM: Castle 10PM: The Blacklist**
9PM: Agents of SHIELD 9PM: Marry Me* 9:30PM: New Girl
9PM: Red Band Society* 9:30PM: black-ish*
9:30PM: A to Z* 10PM: Parenthood
11PM: Foo Fighters: Sonic Highway (HBO)
8PM: Once Upon A Time** 8:30PM: Brooklyn 99 9PM: The Walking Dead
This week, I talked about a few of my recent favorite sitcoms – Broad City, Playing House, and Garfunkel and Oates – that all just happen to focus primarily on a pair of close female friends. It makes me so happy I could do this as a topic and that there are this many good shows out there now letting funny women do their thing.
Have you been watching any of these shows? What do you think of them? Let me know!
Short wrap-up this week as there hasn’t been a ton on lately. Just a few more weeks until fall TV starts up and then I’ll have more TV to write about than I know what to do with!
Show of the Week
You’re The Worst
Earlier this summer, FX premiered two new Thursday night comedies – Marriedand You’re the Worst. Based on the promos, I was on board for Married. You’re the Worst, however, looked like something I would hate, and I barely gave it a second thought.
Consider this my mea culpa.
After seeing a lot of positive chatter around the internet recently, when I had a sick day and lots of time to kill this week, I decided to check the show out. It is TERRIFIC.
First of all, the chemistry between Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy (Chris Geere) is excellent. They play “really into each other but don’t want to admit it” so, so well. Aya Cash, in particular, is such fun to watch as Gretchen. The small reactions she has to various things Jimmy does as their undefined relationship slowly progresses towards something more committed are perfect.
Instead of the typical wrap-up post this week, I thought it would be fun to write up some Emmy predictions. The show snuck up on me this year – it’s so much earlier than it usually is, and on a Monday night, too!
I’ll be listing my picks for who/what should win, will win, and what I feel was the biggest snub in every category. Things get a little tricky in the movie/miniseries categories because I haven’t seen as much of that stuff, but I’ll give it a shot anyway. FOR SCIENCE!
I will probably have some sort of live-blog/reaction post up late Monday night or early Tuesday. I won’t be around for at least the early part of the actual show, so I’ll be a bit tape-delayed.
Let’s get to the predictions!
Best Comedy Series
Nominated: The Big Bang Theory, Louie,Modern Family, Orange Is the New Black,Silicon Valley, Veep
Should Win:Orange is the New Black. This is for season one – season two will fall under next year’s eligibility period – and, final season of Breaking Bad notwithstanding, those first 13 episodes were the best thing I watched on TV last year in any genre.
Will Win: Orange is the New Black. I get the sense the series and its cast could walk away with quite a few awards Monday night, including the big prize.
Snubbed: Parks and Recreation. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this show is going to sail off into the TV sunset without ever winning any awards, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it or understand it.