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!
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!
Not much on this week because of Thanksgiving. Hope everyone had a great holiday!
Bones – “The Bod in the Pod”
- I speculated back at the beginning of the season about Cam’s new love interest being a squintern, but it looks like I picked the wrong one! I thought she and Arastoo were really cute together. It’s possible we learned more about Arastoo (he’s a poet! he’s a political exile!) in this episode than we have in every other appearance he’s made combined, but no complaints here. I’m all for character development for the squinterns, however the show goes about it.
- In addition to Cam and Arastoo’s budding romance, this episode featured some really sweet Angela and Hodgins scenes for the first time in AGES. Granted, one of the scenes was spent primarily spying on Cam and Arastoo from the roof of the Jeffersonian, but it was so nice to see Angela and Hodgins spending time together being adorable. I’ve always loved them together.
- For the first half of the episode I was not particularly entertained by the case-of-the-week. Once Bones got all worked up by what she felt was a challenge from the guy who wound up being the murderer, though, I got a lot more interested. I think part of the problem I had was all of the “there’s no blood evidence!” and “how do we solve a case when these guys wiped everything clean!” nonsense was a little too reminiscent of what the gang had just dealt with when Pelant was around. I’ve had my fill of Bones and the gang getting foiled by smart-ass criminals, thanks, I didn’t need to watch it again. It was deeply satisfying to watch Brennan solve the murder with a hairdryer (that was the coolest trick ever) and then tell the murderer “GOTCHA!”, though. Hehe.
I’ve mentioned many times over the past several weeks how much I’ve enjoyed season 3 of The Walking Dead. Last night’s episode, while not as strong as the last two, was still an entertaining hour of television. It definitely set some things in motion that will be fun to watch as we march towards the mid-season finale.
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.
After a week off last week for my exploits at New York Comic Con, it’s the return of the weekly recap post o’doom!
Once Upon A Time – “Lady of the Lake”
- My instincts this week were shockingly good – the very first thing I jotted down as I was watching the episode was “Snow trusts Lancelot almost TOO much”. I have no idea what made me suspicious of him – we saw in the flashbacks he had been a friend to her and Charming in the past. Needless to say, I wasn’t terribly surprised when it turned out present-day Lancelot was actually Cora. I was sort of disappointed, though, as I think it could have been fun to have him around for Snow and Emma’s quest to get back to Storybrooke.
- Can Sebastian Stan please be on this show ALL THE TIME? He’s so good. I loved Jefferson’s exchange with Henry, and it sent Henry off on his sneaky mission of the week (I got a perverse sort of pleasure thinking about Regina waiting around for him for lunch at Granny’s).
- I’ll be honest, I hadn’t even THOUGHT of the wardrobe as an option to get Emma and Snow back to Storybrooke, but that’s out of the picture now anyway. The quest and subsequent destruction allowed for some great character development between Snow and Emma, particularly when we finally got to see Emma show some real emotion about everything going on (long overdue, in my opinion).
- There were, as usual for this show, a couple of fun cliffhangers – Cora took the ashes from the burned wardrobe, so I’m sure that’s going to end up being an issue, and then King George showed up in Storybrooke. Given his history with Charming, that can only end badly.
The highly anticipated season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead FINALLY aired last night, after what seemed like years of waiting. The season two finale teased two things I had been anxious to see as a fan of the comics – the prison, and the introduction of Michonne. I was really happy with last night’s episode, and I’m hopeful that the rest of season 3 can maintain the intense pace the show has found over its last several episodes.