Well, it’s been a hard month, but I’m back-ish. My dad is still in a coma due to the brain damage he experienced while without oxygen during his heart attack. His doctors have no idea if/when he’ll ever fully wake up, or how much normal brain function he’ll get back if he does. At this point, all we can do is hope for the best and wait. I miss him terribly (especially now that hockey season has started up again).
In any case, I’m trying to get back to whatever normal life looks like on the other side of a tragedy, so I’m attempting to get back to blogging. I can’t promise any sort of consistency – my energy level and ability to focus on this are pretty non-existent these days – but at the very least I plan on getting back to my weekly round-up posts, and maybe the occasional episode review.
In the meantime, to get back in the swing of things, I thought I’d write up a few quick thoughts on some of the stuff I’ve watched over the past month that would have merited a post had my life not been so screwed up. So, no more babbling, and on with the real post!
It’s Top 10 list season, so I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring and write a quick list of my favorite shows for the year. They’re in “order”, although if you asked me again tomorrow that order would probably change. I included some other notable shows from the year after the list as well. There’s also a few “dishonorable” mentions – shows I watched regularly that I thought had a particularly bad year (and in a few cases, gave up on them).
On to the list!
Last round-up post of 2012! I’ll have a top shows of the year post up sometime next week, but that will be it for me until 2013. I hope everyone enjoys the holidays!
How I Met Your Mother – “The Final Page, Parts 1 & 2″
- When this show has an episode like the second half of the two-parter this week, I remember why I fell in love with it in the first place, and why I feel the need to stick it out to the bitter end. It’s been a ghost of its former hilarious self most of this season, but this was a really strong episode (and actually, even the first-half was better than most of what has aired this year).
- I know most people are talking about the proposal scene – and I’ll get there in a minute – but my favorite part of this episode was the conversation Ted and Robin had in the limo. It’s been a long time since Ted was likable, but he really went out of his way to make sure Robin took the risk and went after Barney, and I loved every second of it. Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders knocked the exchange out of the park.
- As for that proposal – sort of creepy, but it made me smile like an idiot anyway. Which is kind of perfect for a Barney Stinson proposal, don’t you think? I was glad Robin was initially put off – she’s been so not-Robin-like lately that I half expected her to turn around, see Barney, and just fall into his arms or something. But of course she was going to say yes. I’m definitely curious to see what engaged life looks like for the two of them, though.
- Obviously the second half was the much more exciting part of the two-parter, but I thought the first part was pretty enjoyable as well. It was fun to see Seth Green and Alyson Hannigan on-screen together again, and silent!Barney made me laugh.
- Also, I don’t think I can properly express how annoyed I am CBS is about to renew this show for a season 9. I JUST WANT IT TO END, YOU GUYS.
Pretty light lineup of shows this week, as most things have gone on their winter hiatus.
New Girl – “Santa”
- I laughed SO hard at Jess running into all the glass windows at the second party. This may have been partially because I could totally see myself doing exactly that, but it was hilarious regardless. What an amazing bit of physical comedy from Zooey Deschanel.
- I thought for sure half-deaf Winston yelling at everyone was going to get old, but instead it just kept getting funnier (and they pulled the plug on it at just the right time). The best use of his inability to hear was definitely Jess lying about the two of them dating – and Winston inadvertently commenting with the perfect double entendres.
- Can we all agree that Jake Johnson is amazing? Good. I know everyone falls all over Max Greenfield – rightfully so, because Schmidt is hilarious – but I think Johnson has been spectacular as Nick this season. His apology/confessions to Angie at the radio party, coupled with his hilariously bad lap dance, were perfect. And he continues to have great chemistry with Deschanel as well, as the two of them shared a great moment in the lead up to that scene.
- I’m still sad Cece decided not to get together with Schmidt again, but watching the two of them fight and then make up was still pretty fun this week. Scorned!Schmidt was entertaining, and it was still blatantly obvious the two of them have a strong connection.
Episodes like last night’s new Fringe remind me why I love this show so much, and why I’m going to miss it when it ends in a few weeks. We’re starting to run out of new episodes, guys. The show wrapped production yesterday (here’s a great picture of Joshua Jackson and John Noble after they wrapped, courtesy of Joel Wyman’s twitter), and after last night’s episode we’re down to the final four hours of the show. I’m not ready!
As far as “Black Blotter”, it was clearly meant to be the shortened season equivalent of their traditional super-trippy episode 19. It wasn’t my favorite episode of the season, but it definitely made some progress toward figuring out the ultimate plan to defeat the Observers. Plus we got to watch Walter tripping on acid for an hour, which I will never, ever complain about.
I apologize for being MIA this week – I had grand plans for writing up a bunch of episode reviews for some of the winter finale episodes that aired, but alas, life got in the way. On that note, this is going to be a pretty quick weekly wrap-up – I’m going to bypass a few shows entirely. Hopefully things will settle down in my little corner of the world next week and we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled programming!
Once Upon a Time – “Queen of Hearts”
- So, SO glad to have Emma and Snow back in Storybrooke. Having to deal with the split up stories was getting pretty old. Also, I may be in the minority here, but I honestly could not care less about Mulan and Aurora finding Philip or not. I just want to focus on Storybrooke from here on out, thanks.
- The shift in Regina this season has been really interesting, and I found myself genuinely feeling bad for her when everyone skipped off without her at the end of the episode. She really is trying hard to change for Henry – and despite making a terrible initial decision about that portal, she fixed it and SAVED THEIR LIVES – and she’s not getting much credit for it.
- I can’t wait to see Cora and Hook facing off with Gold and Regina in Storybrooke. Should be a lot of fun. I also really want to see more of Emma and Hook interacting, because they have great chemistry – even when they’re sword fighting!
I spent much of this week battling a weird stomach illness (although I’m finally better now!), so I have no idea how coherent some of this will be – I blame the fever for any really out-of-whack observations!
Castle – “Swan Song”
- This was SUCH a fun idea for an episode. The case itself probably wouldn’t have been that interesting had it been done normally, but watching everyone mug for camera time (or scowl at this camera, in Beckett’s case) was hilarious. I also thought is was super sweet that Castle really wanted the cameras to capture Beckett “as he sees her”. AW.
- Jon Huertas was so, so good throughout this entire episode. Watching Esposito get all puffed up and macho-man was just so funny – especially in contrast to Ryan, who mostly just went about his business. And we got to hear Huertas sing at the end, which was awesome too!
- I was really glad the show didn’t out Castle and Beckett to Gates via the documentary. The first thing I thought of when it became obvious they were going to be followed around all episode was how easy it would be for them to slip up and do something stupid to get caught. Sure enough, they did (although it was a pretty tame moment they shared). I know it’s going to come out eventually, but I feel like that’s something that needs to have some weight and seriousness to it, and that was not going to be accomplished in a silly episode like this one.
As I wrote last weekend, my area was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy. I spent just under a week with no power (it came back just in time for me to watch the most recent Walking Dead as it aired last weekend!), so I’ve spent the past week catching up on all the TV I missed while I was in the dark. There was far too much to watch in far too short an amount of time to put up my usual style of weekly recap, but I figured I’d at least put up a few random thoughts about the things I’ve watched this week in my heroic catch-up effort.
- Is The Walking Dead on a roll this season or what? The most recent episode (“Killer Within”) was as intense an hour of television as you’ll ever see. **SPOILER ALERT** I have not been a huge fan of the show’s portrayal of Lori, but my goodness, watching her sacrifice herself so her baby could live – while Carl looked on in horror – was absolutely brutal. I can’t wait to see where the show takes Carl now that he’s put a bullet in his mother’s head, because let’s face it, that’s going to screw a kid up pretty badly. I never really understood the purpose of the T-Dog character, but appreciated that they killed him off in a heroic fashion. That was a hell of a way to go out.
Is it just me, or does even a one week mini-hiatus feel like an eternity when it comes to Fringe? I felt like I’d been waiting for this episode for ages, especially considering the intense trailer released last week and all the hype about the episode I’d seen on Twitter. Thankfully, the episode was worth the wait, and was definitely my favorite of the season so far.
At this point, I should probably insert a MASSIVE SPOILER WARNING before you continue – make sure you’ve watched the episode before you keep reading!