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The season really picked up after what I thought was a weak start.
Also how the heck do prisoners run 6-7 hours with the police/dogs just conveniently behind them for the sake of an "exciting" scene?
I love the fact i can still give a show an 8.5 after 7 years, but this year was Michael's year and it was excellent.
Started off fine, blossomed, and ended weak.
really fizzled out at the end, here's hoping for a great 7th season
Nice action, terrible characters, good run (10 eps is enough)
Raises itself over the rest of the CBS stuff.
this is seriously a super fun show
interesting premise ruined by stupid characters and subplots but at least ended with a bang
good bye kangaroo
What started off as a dumb soapy procedural morphed into something so far above other ABC shows, and it definitely ended with a shock.
not as good as the first season, lila was annoying, but the season was still great
Silly plots, bad writing. i had high expectations but the 24 movie shouldn't be delayed for this.
Started off slow, picked up but never really as much as the first season. However, the last two eps were excellent.
Started off slow, but blossomed into a great show
Really inconsistent, some really terrible but some great episodes.
Started off ehh, got amazing, fizzled out.
Good thing this was only 13 eps
no story, but really good fun. hopefully we see more russell
The new Alias/24-this is much better than I expected from a CW show. Plus, man... Lyndsy Fonseca's EYES
Consistently great, but never mindblowing like before. however, i like prado a lot better than lila that's for sure
Well, it was pretty consistent (but it was just average). The last episode had some of the best material of the series, and I would be satisfied if it ended right here.
great acting, chemistry, characters, and is just plain fun.
Wow, what a long way this went. What started off pretty bad turned into something so great that it's a must watch. I enjoyed this more than GOT. RIP Andy Whitfield, you will be missed.
I liked this season better than the last-it was consistently great and the characters were excellent (Margo Martindale deserves her Emmy), and it ended very nicely.
really grew on me as it went on, and while there were dull episodes the characters and the story is great
Zombies never get old, but the writers really sucked this year with stupid subplots and annoying characters. There were some great intense episodes, but this wasn't that great of a season compared to the first. Too much time was spent on the farm, but at least they ended with me excited for next season..
Hopefully T-Dog gets some lines...
Oh, how this show has improved. They introduced wonderful new antagonists and the execution of the show itself was flawless. The acting got better and Na Trioboildi was one of the best TV episodes of the year. I'm excited for next season.
Some really awesome characters here, nice violence, and a surprisingly good story. It's a slick well done period drama that while I wouldn't miss if it was gone, I still watch it every Sunday.
I actually prefer this season over any other in Dexter, and that's because of Trinity. Lithgow did excellent work here, and there was much more tension and excitement IMO. Hall did great work again, and Carpenter's acting was great. There were some stupid subplots (Angel,LaGuerta) but a great season that ended in a brilliant shocking way. It's nice to see writers take these risks.
And, the reporter, while annoying, was super hot js.
This season had a very interesting premise, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching every week. Lumen was pretty good, and I loved the idea of the group headed by the brilliant Jonny Lee Miller. There were some really tense episodes like Take It and some really nice quiet ones (My Bad), but in the end I feel like they wasted the story lines they built (Lumen, Chase, Liddy). I would've liked a better conclusion, but it was still entertaining.
Shame this couldn't go on...great acting, premise, and although it got bogged down in the middle with procedural heavy episodes, man, those last few were brilliant. best broadcast show in a while. i'll miss it and the penguin.
This season did definitely drag on a bit with the whole Ireland/Abel storyline. I was excited for that at first, but then it was just meh. The acting was great as always, and the season did pick up a bit at the right time. And, the last 15 mins of NS was among some of the best TV I've seen this year. Hopefully next year we have something better.
Wow, we have come a long way. Breaking Bad has cemented itself as the best show on television, and this was the best season yet. The acting, directing, and tension was brilliant as we saw Walt truly become Heisenberg. We saw the fracturing of relationships, a truly evil villain that we all rooted for in Gus, and some truly excellent/perfect episodes. This is the first time I've given three "10's" in a season. The "Crawl Space" and "Salud" endings were outstanding, and Gus' death was the best I have seen on television. Season 5, I'm so excited.
action added, and now this show=the best on tv
Everyone deserves Emmys
Great new series, promising performances, and excellent directing.
Once again slow out of the gate, but got much much better. The acting was superb again and I loved many of the storylines (Chalky, Nucky vs Jimmy). There were a ton of awesome moments throughout, and as for Jimmy's death, it was certainly daring and shocking. I respect Winter's decision, but I don't know where the show will go next. I guess that's a good thing.
I didn't like it that much coming out of the gate, but the season really got fantastic. The cast is so colorful and the writing so brilliant that I found myself still enjoying even the ok episodes. Some highlights: "Pier Pressure", "Best Man for the Gob", "Let Em Eat Cake"
I don't live in Canada, but I came across this show online and it sounded really great. The premise was creative, and while the season was sometimes bogged down with procedural-heavy episodes, the writers were able to integrate the overall story very nicely. I loved the last two episodes, and Rachel Nichols did fantastic work throughout the season. Hopefully this will get a second season.
This season started out absolutely terrible. I really wasn't looking forward to the episodes at all. I don't know why, but they just didn't interest me. Then, about halfway through the season it picked up in both pace and quality. "Peter", "White Tulip", "Man From the Other Side" and the 2-part finale were all excellent. The acting this season was much better than the first (John Noble, especially) and I loved the intro into the alternate universe. The ending was interesting and sets up nicely for Season 3.
I liked the Marwan storyline (although it did become ridiculous at times) and the plotting was very nicely paced. I also liked newcomers Bill Buchanan and Charles Logan, and Palmer's return was a nice surprise. This season had its moments, but I downgraded it from a 9 to an 8.5 because of the stupid filler. Yes, the filler is necessary in a 24 episode season, but seriously-I don't wanna see Edgar and Chloe have a conversation about the same thing every episode (Chloe was almost as annoying as Kim this season). However, I liked the twist ending and hopefully the writers make Season 5 great.
I didn't know whether this was going to be good or not, and this is definitely a love it or hate it show. I like it. It is definitely creepy and there were some fantastic episodes. However, it just is layered with stupidity. Yet, that's the reason it's entertaining. It's not a thought provoking, deep, dark drama like, say "Breaking Bad", but it's unlike anything on TV and I found myself looking forward to it every week. Taissa Farmiga did great work as Violet, and the rest of the acting was passable (Denis O'Hare was awesome, yet his storyline wasted). The finale, though, was weird and unsatisfying. I don't know where this will go from here, but it's a show I'll keep watching.
There was so much build up, tension, emotion, and action throughout this season. The acting was once again superb (especially Ryan Hurst) and the new characters were great (Danny Trejo, Ray McKinnon, Rockmond Dunbar). There were many awesome moments and I liked Clay's evolving into a villain. However, the finale was a HUGE disappointment. I didn't need guns blazing and stuff, but I expected the build up of the season to come to something. It was definitely a cop out ending, and it doesn't have me that excited for Season 5.
This season was a step down from the previous seasons, and that's because of lazy writing and uninteresting characters. I hated the Quinn subplot and Colin Hanks was terrible in his role. Olmos did fine, but I guessed he was dead from the start of the season. The finale leaves an interesting cliffhanger, and hopefully since the writers are moving into their endgame, they can increase the quality of the show. Yet, this season was still entertaining. (And Mos Def did fantastic work as Brother Sam).
Creativity just as good, some really amazing episodes.
If Harmon leaves I'll be mad.
Well what surprise this was. If you look at my ratings, you'll constantly see 8, 8, 8.5, 8, 9, etc. It started off rough, but this show delivers every week. I'm a guy and this show is one I definitely do look forward to. Yes, the cast is ridiculously good looking (seriously, give someone else a chance), but everything about TVD is entertaining. Ian Somerhalder is having the time of his life here and he is definitely an awesome character. It started off rough, and yes the storylines are ripoffs and are ridiculous, but the plot is constantly moving and the acting is surprisingly good. It's no "Breaking Bad", but it's pretty good.
This season dramatically improved on the average first season. The whole show still is supremely cheesy and the acting isn't that great, but the writers have made the show much more entertaining. If you can accept the Spielberg-ness of the show, the experience will be much better. Wyle does great with what he's given, and Moon Bloodgood is beautiful as ever. There were some rough spots in the season, but there were also some highs (best episode of the series, IMO is "Molon Labe"). The finale was a bit of a letdown, but I'm interested to see where the show goes next.
While this wasn't nearly as good as Blood and Sand, I loved seeing the background stories and John Hannah again. Hannah is brilliant as Batiatus (easily my favorite character of Blood and Sand) and I also think Clare (Gannicus) was surprisingly great as well. I enjoyed the evolution of Doctore and how Crixus grew. The action sequences were as good as ever, and it was able to deliver something every episode. I wish it wasn't a mini series, but the writers were able to make it excellent.
Raising Hope is definitely a colorful show-colorful characters, plots, and environments. The characters are all weird (which I like), as are many of the storylines. I think Season 2 utilized all this much better than Season 1 overall. This season definitely had its ups and downs, but it seemed like the writers had a better direction for the show. The grades I gave were very consistent-however, there were no episodes where I thought "This is great" except for "Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend". That was definitely one of the best episodes of the year on TV. Garrett Dillahunt, Martha Plimpton, and Lucas Neff were all great to watch throughout, and while it did fizzle out at the end of the season, I liked i better than the first.
Well, this was certainly the most ridiculous season of True Blood yet (and I mean that in both good and bad ways). The writers once again decided that EVERY SINGLE EPISODE needed EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER in it, and that is the cause of some of the worst subplots ever in TV history (Terry Bellefleur and the ghost, I'm talking to you). The faerie subplot was also ridiculous, and Sookie was reduced to essentially nothing this season. Now, here's what I liked though. True Blood is always entertaining, and while they insist on not killing off any of their characters (even the useless ones), I liked the premise of the season. I loved Christopher Meloni's Roman and I loved the idea of Newlin and Russell both returning. In the end, though, it was sad that Russell was reduced to comic relief and the way he died was such a waste of an excellent character. I did like the Authority, although it did get to be a drag sometimes, and the finale's last 10 minutes was very fun. It's an interesting premise for next season as well, but at least we get to see Andy raise 4 babies (that's sarcasm).
It's easy to see why critics hate this show. It's overflowing with Sorkin-smugness, attacks Republicans and their ideals, and is dragged down with relationships. Here's where I think they're wrong. The Sorkin aspect of the show is exactly what this type of show needs. It needs the fast-moving dialogue Sorkin brought to "Social Network", "West Wing", "Moneyball", etc. and the political commentary. We don't watch shows because we agree with the topic (do we really believe in drug dealing on "Breaking Bad"?); we watch shows because they are enjoyable. Granted, I don't think any Republicans watch this, but it's a show that can satisfy on Sunday nights. The characters are pretty colorful (I found myself surprised at how much I started to like Olivia Munn on this show, and I liked Jeff Daniels throughout) and the plots were generally interesting. The relationship stuff could get boring, but it was still entertaining anyway. The news scenes never disappointed, and I praise Sorkin for having the guts to deliver the political commentary he did. The season definitely did fizzle out at the end with a few weak episodes, but it was an enjoyable ride and I look forward to next season.
This is definitely a show I look forward to every week. The reason this season was better than the first was the new guys: Elijah and Klaus. They were both scene stealers, much like Damon, and they both had formidable presences throughout the season (and Klaus wasn't even revealed until the 19th episode or so). Tyler and Caroline, two useless characters in season 1, were finally utilized here in the second season. I was pleasantly surprised at the chemistry the two had, and I enjoyed their scenes. However, if I have a criticism, it's that Alaric was criminally underused the first part of the season. I liked that he got to be Klaus, but I really like Matt Davis and his character. I also really liked Sara Canning as Jenna (I liken her to someone like Ellie on "Chuck"), and I was sad to see her go. It would've definitely been fun seeing "Vampire Jenna" in the third season. As for the addition of Catherine, Nina Dobrev did great work balancing the two within the show and the two characters weren't cheesy at all. The finale set up a lot of stuff for the 3rd season (hopefully Elijah doesn't remain dead-he deserves a better death), and I look forward to seeing Paul Wesley bring out his darker side.
P.S. How many events/parties does Mystic Falls have? Seriously.
This was perhaps the best season of Justified yet, and that's no small feat as Margo Martindale was brilliant as Mags last year. Neal McDonough, I believe, was just as brilliant. He was calm, smooth, and crazy at the same time and was no doubt a scene stealer. I loved his descent into madness, and the way he went out was brilliant. Speaking of that, Limehouse was also another great character. He brought a certain intensity to the criminal proceedings and hopefully we see more of him next season. As for Boyd, his storyline was certainly fun to watch. Raylan was as well (Timothy Olyphant really deserves more recognition-the other characters are fantastic, but he carries the show), and the dialogue, acting, and on screen chemistry was as good as ever. It was heartbreaking to see Arlo protect Boyd and take the fall for everything in the finale, but it was a fantastic end to a fantastic episode to a fantastic season of one of TV's most underrated shows.
P.S. Jere Burns also did great work as Wynn Duffy this season-I can't wait to see how everything works out with him, Limehouse, and Tonin (the always awesome Adam Arkin).
This is an amazing show. It's not an intelligent, deep show, but it's easily one of the most fun shows on TV. It's random, over the top, and stupid, but I love love love it. It doesn't matter if you haven't watched any of the medical shows they spoof, there will always be laughs. Since it's only 11 minutes, there's a joke every couple seconds (literally). "Children's Hospital" is always funny, no matter if it's a special episode like "Chet Episode" or if it's just a regular one. The cast is brilliant (plus the trio of Lake Bell, Malin Ackerman, and Erinn Hayes is great eye candy), and the guest stars are always great (i.e. Nick Offerman). This is just awesome. All I have to say.
This is not just "great for a USA show", it's just plain great. The series is beautifully shot, and the whole vibe of it reminds me of "Mad Men". Macht and Adams did great work, and I immediately fell in love with both characters. Everything is portrayed more realistically here than in other law shows, and while the cases sometimes do get too redundant in both premise and resolution, the acting and the crisp writing is able to make up for its faults. The relationship stuff felt real and natural, and the way of life of the lawyers was always interesting to watch. The finale set up a lot of things for next season, and hopefully they go more into darker territory. I would like to see how they handle a more major ongoing story and how they can make their characters deeper and more complex. Once they do that, this show will be even better.
What makes this show great is that it is just extremely entertaining. This season was a little more inconsistent than season 2, but it was once again a fast moving thrill ride. The plot was more focused this year (the Original storyline was kind of boring, but Klaus went out in a quietly great scene), and I liked seeing Matt Davis as Evil Alaric as well as Daniel Gillies as Elijah. The love triangle stuff took an interesting turn this year, and it was definitely fun seeing Wesley bring out his "bad Stefan". However, Bonnie's storyline fell flat and I didn't quite like Esther that much. Dr. Fell didn't do much, but I did like her character. Of course, a show like this will have many flaws, but it's what good that matters. Everything to like about the show was incorporated into the brilliant finale, which had some beautiful and emotional scenes and set things up nicely and interestingly for next season.
"Wilfred" is a dark show. It's not a lighthearted, 30 jokes per minute slapstick. It's simple on the top-talking dog, dog's owner, cute girl next door. However, the show started going into darker and less funny stories. Yet, I still enjoyed it. The pilot was laugh out loud funny, and the season hit its high point with the hilarious "Respect". The show could get boring at times, and some episodes were just flat out not funny. However, the characters kept it together. Elijah Wood did a great job, and Jason Gann was brilliant as Wilfred. While the show has its ups and downs, it is definitely one worth watching.
Let me just say, Louis CK is a genius. He's a masterful writer and an amazing actor, and it's just exceptional what he can do. He made this show what it is. I love how it was able to go from realistic and grounded to absolutely absurd just like that, and also tell an honest story. The guest stars were awesome (Ricky Gervais!) and there was not one episode I didn't enjoy. The format was refreshing and I loved the stand up scenes as well. They worked very well with the stories within the episodes. The last couple episodes were brilliant, and I also have to mention "Bully", which was an amazing piece of television. The finale ended on a very poignant note, and I just can't wait for next season.
This show really blows me away. The ability of the writers to completely reinvent it each season and maintain the quality of the previous seasons is mindblowing. The big question coming into this season, obviously, was whether Liam McIntyre would be able to match Andy Whitfield's amazing portrayal of Spartacus. Well, I'm pleased to say that McIntyre has grown into a great Spartacus. He seemed to get more comfortable as the season went on, and is now awesome. Another question was whether Glaber would be able to match Batiatus' brilliance. Glaber didn't make much of an impression at first, but he definitely got better and better up till his death. I'm excited to see how the character of Julius Caesar will be developed, and hopefully he's the best villain out of the three. The characters this year were perfection-I thoroughly enjoyed what was going on with Illythia, Lucretia, and Seppia, and that storyline came together in shocking fashion. Mira also had a bigger role this year, and I loved Katrina Law's performance. I was also happy with Gannicus' return, and although he didn't have much to do, I enjoyed his scenes with Oenomaus.
As for the episodes, I was blown away with "Libertus", an exciting and impressive feat to pull off on a TV screen. I was even more impressed with the finale, one that I believe may even match the brilliance of "Kill Them All." The writers definitely have guts-I was shocked that they would kill off 6 major characters in one episode, but I gotta hand it to them, they sure know how to do a finale. It was exhilarating and shocking, and I enjoyed every minute-just like this season.
-Ashur was a fantastic character to watch this season. I would've liked to see more of him, but what we got was awesome.
-Naevia, played by a new actress, wasn't that great. She didn't have a big role until the finale, and I just didn't like her as much.
-Some truly awesome gory scenes this season, including a cut off face
-I'm confident that the writers can send this series out on top next year. I can't wait.
This is one of the most underrated shows on TV. It's action packed, funny, and it's a shame more people don't watch it. The storylines move very fast, and the writers do very well in terms of blending together both serialized and procedural stories. The biggest story this season, of course, was Percy vs Nikita. Xander Berkeley was one of the best TV villains I have ever seen, and he will be missed. He created a terrifying opposition to Nikita's cause, and I loved every second he was on screen. Besides the main cast (I love all of them), there were new/more main characters like Roan, Sean, Pierce, Birkhoff, Amanda, and Sonia. I liked Sean and Alex's chemistry, and I look forward to seeing them again. As for Birkhoff, I'm not a fan of him at all. I can see why people like him, but he's just plain annoying. Roan, on the other hand, was terrific. He was almost as great as Percy, and his "Terminator"-esque performance will also be missed. Amanda was also a great villain-while she wasn't the main Big Bad, I'm still excited to see what Silverstein does with her character next season. I believe the season hit its high point with "Clean Sweep", which finally broke Percy's boring time in his cage, and the last few episodes really were amazing. If I have bad things to say about the finale, it would be that everything was tied up too nicely. I would've liked to see more Roan (like Mike on Breaking Bad), and Percy, but at least they went out on top. Also, I can see why the writers did it because of the threat of cancellation. Why this series would even be thought of being canceled amazes me. It's awesome.
This is my favorite season so far. Everything was bigger, more exciting, and just incredibly well done. I didn't even miss Jimmy, and he was one of my favorite characters. The season started off good, then ended spectacularly. Gyp Rosetti was a fantastic villain. He was both funny yet menacing, and I loved him. I also really liked Richard's storyline, especially what he did in the finale. Nucky's storyline was definitely much more exciting-there was a sense of real danger, and while I would've liked more Chalky, I thought this story came together nicely. Gillian's storyline was much more weird and disturbing, but it fit her character and was pretty compelling. However, Van Alden was way underused. Michael Shannon is a brilliant actor, but he was wasted this season.
The season hit its high point with "Two Imposters", the best episode I've seen of this show. It was moving, violent, intense, and was a masterpiece. I also thought the finale was very well done, and I'm looking forward to next season.
This was a very different approach Kurt Sutter took to craft this season. Unlike before, there was no real main "good guy vs bad guy" type scenario, as we had different stories running all over the place. We had Pope, Clay, and even the new guy introduced near the end of the season. Of course, that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. The writers were able to intertwine the stories very well.
I really liked Jimmy Smits' Nero, who is a pretty interesting character. I enjoyed his scenes with Gemma. Pope was also introduced. He wasn't that big of a character as initially made out to be, but he had his moments, specifically burning Tig's daughter. That was a shocking moment. Another shocking moment was Opie's death, which did open the door for some fantastic revenge storylines.
Ron Perlman was fantastic this season; he really showed Clay's fragileness, and it was hard not to feel bad for him (even after what he had done) when Gemma turned on him and sent him to jail. Tara's arrest was also an effective event, and I'm interested to see where they take this story. It was also interesting to see Jax's evolution; he wanted to get out of Charming, but as the season progressed, he became more ruthless and unforgiving.
All in all, the season was pretty great. We had great action, acting, and nice character moments, and it's going to be fun heading into the final 2 seasons.
-Walton Goggins as Venus Van Dam=perfect
-Roosevelt was also good this season, with his reactions to his wife's death
-Interesting last shot: mirrors Season 4's closing shot, but Tara is replaced with Gemma
-See you next season
I really loved this show. I wasn't expecting much going in, but the pilot absolutely blew me away. I loved the whole style of it, and while it does move slow, the storylines are compelling. The action is also impeccably done, and the acting as well. Melissa George is a great actress, and it was fun seeing her interact with the people in the house as suspicions were raised. The finale was also superbly done, as it was tense and brilliant. The last few minutes were quite confusing, but I liked it.
The supporting cast in Byzantium I wasn't a big fan of, as they didn't really do much to advance the story, I feel. The story could also get quite confusing.
However, it was a fun ride. Hopefully Cinemax continues with it.
When season 6 ended, I couldn't help but feel that Dexter had jumped the shark. The plotting was lazy last year, and it wasn't helped by the fact that Travis Marshall was a terrible villain. So, imagine my surprise when the premiere of this season turned out to be one of the best episodes this show has created. It was tense and quietly fantastic. As the season went on, I was impressed by Ray Stevenson's Isaak, a formidable villain for Dexter. Stevenson played the role fantastic, and I loved his interactions with Dexter. However, the way he was disposed of was just terrible. They wasted a great character, and while I understand why, he definitely deserved a better end.
Another new character was Yvonne Strahovski's Hannah McKay. She was an incredibly interesting character, and while she could get annoying at times, I liked her.
I wasn't a fan of Quinn and Nadia's storyline, as that ultimately went nowhere, and Batista had nothing to do this season. However, LaGuerta's (whom I find annoying) storyline was interesting at the end. And man, did the finale deliver. After 2 weak episodes, I felt the finale was tense, emotionally resonant, and just awesome. And how about some recognition for Jennifer Carpenter? She did fantastic work this season, especially in that final scene. Just brilliant.
So while there were fun "case-of-the-weeks", (Run), the overall storyline was also integrated nicely. I look forward to the (presumably) final season.
Many of the criticisms this season stemmed from plausibility issues. I don't have as much of a problem with those things than some, but I do recognize that this show became a more 24-like thriller this season. That being said, it's definitely one of the most tense and well written shows on TV.still. It's also well acted. The acting is superb, and the dark horse this season was Mandy Patinkin as Saul. He doesn't get much recognition, and I'd like to acknowledge the work he did this season, especially in the finale.
The first couple episodes were great, as we took a trip to Beirut that saw Carrie chased across its streets. However, the first part of the season was leading up to Q&A, one of the best Tv episodes this year. It was just two people sitting in a room, yet it was a masterpiece.
After that episode, it got a little 24-esque, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just, the first season proved that this show could be more of a quiet, psychological thriller. However, that's not to say Homeland can't do tense. Especially, for example, the scene where Carrie is chasing Abu Nazir. It's so ridiculous, yet is one of the most exciting scenes I've seen. Same with the killing of Walden; it was exciting, but ridiculous. That's how I felt about a lot of this season.
I generally liked the Quinn story line, as he is a very interesting character. His story could sometimes get weird, but I still liked it. On the other hand, Dana's story line was just stupid. I love her as a character, but it was totally unnecessary to go through that whole "hitting someone with a car" stuff.
This season, the show also bought more into the Carrie-Brody relationship than I thought was necessary. I never bought that Brody truly loved Carrie that much, and some scenes, while compelling, were a little much.
That being said, I loved the last batch of episodes because of the excitement. The finale was brilliant. It was gripping, and I'm excited for where this show heads next. It'll be interesting to see what the writers do with Brody.
But all in all, another fantastic season.
Wow. What a season. This was without a doubt, the best season of 24. It was gripping, tense, and just downright awesome. Let's dissect it, shall we?
The premiere started off with a bang, with the assassination of David Palmer. As if that wasn't enough, Michelle Dessler also was killed off. These were shocking deaths, and that quickly catapulted us into this season.
President Charles Logan, introduced last season, was just a fantastic character to watch. Even before the revelation that he's one of the bad guys, he was amazing to watch. Gregory Itzin portrayed him perfectly, the not confident, sneaky president. I loved the whole story with the attack on the Russian motorcade; that was exciting. After that, we had the nerve gas. I was a little nervous about this, as it had been done before (and would actually be done again in Season 7). However, I really liked how this all worked out, especially since it was revealed Logan was behind it all. Bierko was also a formidable villain, as was Henderson. I loved Weller this season; he brought a cold, calculating presence to the show (I'd say the villains this season are the best out of all the other seasons).
Look at my grades from episode 9 on. It's amazing that, in a 24 episode season, that they could sustain the same quality throughout the season. Yes, the plot was ridiculous, but it kept moving and moving. I honestly was never bored the last half of the season. The last half was kicked off with Edgar's death, which was incredibly moving; silent clock well deserved. Then, Logan was revealed as the guy behind it all. There it kicked into high gear. It was compelling TV, watching Logan try to cover his tracks. Jean Smart did fantastic work as Martha Logan, and I also loved that Aaron Pierce took a bigger role this season.
The finale was the best, as well, that the show produced. The submarine raid was incredibly tense and well done, and the last episode was absolutely brilliant. It gave Itzin and Sutherland a chance to shine, and was a great ending. The cliffhanger was also good (although I really hate cliffhangers to end seasons).
To sum it all up, fantastic work, 24. That was awesome.
Well, that was a great season. We entered it with the characters dealing with Amber's death, which I thought was well done. The first high point of the season, though, came at Birthmarks, a fun, moving episode that focused on the relationship between House and Wilson. Then, the next high point came at Last Resort, which was an episode bashed by critics and viewers alike. However, I don't care about ridiculousness. I enjoyed it a lot, and that's what matters. After that, the show entered a stretch of good, but not great, episodes in which we had stupid storylines, especially the relationship between 13/Foreman. That was a tired, meandering story line that ultimately was just boring. I didn't really enjoy Cuddy's baby story line earlier, but still, that wasn't as terrible as this.
Of course, then we get to Locked In, the start of the final stretch of episodes that bumped this season grade up from an 8/8.5 range to a 9. It was an interesting, refreshing episode with a fantastic performance by Mos Def. Then, Simple Explanation, an episode which, I think, dealt with Kutner's suicide in a beautiful way.
The suicide led House to start losing it, in a final 3 episodes that were some of the best House episodes ever. Amber came back in hallucinations, and Hugh Laurie did fantastic work with portraying a sad, desperate man. The finale was kind of disappointing until the end, when House found out about his hallucinations and the fact that he's still on Vicodin. The last 10 minutes were beautifully directed, and it's definitely a great ending to a great season.
I know I'm reviewing this very late, but it's helpful to see someone's opinion after watching this season on DVD. During its broadcast, fans complained, especially during the first 6 episodes of the season. They were tired of the retreading of story lines, and the frustration reached a boiling point, especially with a 3 month hiatus coming up. Now, after watching this on DVD, I must say I actually enjoyed the first 6 episodes a lot. I'd liken that to my watching it on DVD.
After the "prologue", 2 fantastic episodes got the show back in its groove. Not in Portland and Flashes Before Your Eyes were two magnificent episodes, especially the latter. This season helped make Desmond grow on me a lot more. Of course, though, being a 23 episode season, there were bound to be duds. Stranger in a Strange Land and Tricia Tanka Is Dead were terrible, and thank god I could immediately move on to the next episodes.
Man From Tallahassee kicked off a brilliant second half, especially "The Brig" to the end, the best stretch of episodes Lost has produced. Let me just say, Ben Linus is one of my favorite villains ever. Emerson did fantastic work with him, and he was the "villain you rooted for". I also loved O'Quinn's work this season, as well as Fox. The acting prowess on this show was incredible.
I felt that Season 2 was a bit lacking in story, and I felt the writers didn't really know what to do. Now, with The Others, they had a lot more to work with. Juliet was a great character as well, and it was interesting watching her conflicting feelings over the whole situation with the pregnant women. I really loved her scene in DOC with Sun.
Charlie, one of my least favorite characters before this season, was also someone who grew on me. I started to feel bad for him, especially with his impending death. His actual death scene (and farewell episode, Greatest Hits), also struck a chord with me. It was emotional and really beautiful, actually.
Now, the finale. One of the best finales I've ever seen. Tense, exciting, brilliant. Especially, the whole flash forward was unexpected. It was a perfect capper to an almost perfect season of television. Of course, there's now a lot more questions that Lost will never answer.
Pretty inconsistent, but still good.
It better not win again this year.
Goodbye, Fringe. Thank you to everyone who made this series possible, and kept it up and running for 5 years. Thank you. It was a show near and dear to my heart, and I couldn't have asked for a better end.
-Analysis to come
(Analysis to come)
Suits is still one of my favorite shows on TV. The first part of this season was wonderful, but fizzled out at the end. However, it was still excellent. Costabile made a great villain, and the high point was definitely Sucker Punch, which was an absolutely wonderful episode.
However, the back 6 episodes were a bit weak. I hated Mike's characterization, and the storylines were just weak. There were still some good moments, but the relationship stuff and merger drama got a little grating at times. The finale, once again, was underwhelming. I didn't like the final scene, but it does open interesting avenues for the show to explore.
Still a great season, though. Very underrated show.
Analysis later tonight
This was such a fun show. It had fantastic staged action, especially in Episode 3, and I loved the weirdness of the whole show. I loved the atmosphere, as well as the characters.
The main plot could get a bit tedious at times, but the self-contained stories/characters were interesting enough to keep me interested
Fantastic bounce-back season. I was absolutely hooked straight from the premiere, and it was quite a ride. The tension was more palpable, the excitement was off the charts, and there were even some nice character moments thrown in. Hopefully the new showrunner can continue this (he actually penned one of the best eps of the season, Clear).
The prison was a much more foreboding and threatening place than the farm, and the town was a nice facade to cover up the evilness of the Governor, played so brilliantly by David Morrissey. New additions included Michonne, who I thought was good but not great, and Tyreese, who I refer to as Ty-Dog (RIP T-Dog).
The show stumbled a bit in the middle of the season, as we got bogged down with stupid Lori subplots and stuff like that, but it picked up at the end. I don't know how to feel about the finale. It was very structurally good, but it built up to nothing. Wasn't the finale I was looking for, although it was a good episode. I'm excited for next season, though.
My, what a season. It rivals season 2, even without the presence of the brilliant Margo Martindale. At first, I was skeptical about the new direction the show was taking (no big bad, season-long mystery), but I warmed up to it. The acting was sublime as always (and we saw a lot more Tim/Rachel, thank God), and besides the regular praise, I'd also like to say just how great Joelle Carter (Ava) was this season. I was thoroughly invested in her arc, and I grew to care about her more than even Boyd. It was inevitable something bad was going to happen to her, though, but I'm just glad she didn't die.
The Drew Thompson mystery was entertaining enough, although it fizzled out at the end. This season was more about the characters, though (though it obviously did have its badass moments, as always), and their relationships: Arlo/Raylan, Boyd/Ava, etc. And special shoutout to Arlo Givens, who was an *beep* but whose death was brilliantly executed.
The season ended on a pretty tragic note, but I am really looking forward to season 5, after yet another fantastic season from the best show no one's watching.
This is a masterpiece of a show. What. A. Ride. Never before has a show elicited in me the reactions this has. I have cheered, I have cried, and I have laughed all throughout this amazing journey. Thank you, Steven DeKnight and co.
When I first started the show, I was apprehensive. I liked the pilot enough, but I didn't imagine it would become one of my most loved shows of all time. It has created breathtaking visuals, amazing choreography, and fantastic characters (shout-out to Batiatus, who was one of those people you love to hate, yet you root for).
As we came into the third season, I was excited to see the show's take on historical figures like Crassus and Caesar. I was not disappointed. Both actors did a fantastic job, and while the Roman side of things weren't as compelling as before, they served as a nice final group of antagonists to Spartacus.
One thing I did not like was Tiberius. I felt nothing for him, not even hate, and he came across as more boring than anything else. His death was inconsequential and quiet, which was nice, although after killing Crixus, I wanted his face to be sliced off or something. Speaking of, Manu Bennett was so fantastic this season. I absolutely loved him, and his death scene was one of the most heartbreaking, yet beautiful things I've seen on television. Although I didn't much like this new Naevia, I still felt for her (and man, that last shot of "Separate Paths" was beautiful).
And of course, Liam McIntyre. Kudos to him for keeping Whitfield's legacy living through this character. He once again did fantastic work, none more so than in the finale.
What a finale that was. Seriously. I give it an 11/10. It was beyond a masterpiece. Once again, the battle scenes were cinema-quality, and I was cheering and holding my breath the whole time. Everything about it was beautiful. Merrells did fantastic work as Crassus, and McIntyre did fantastic work as Spartacus. The last few minutes hit me hard, and the last shot of the series was beautiful. Spartacus dies under a red serpent. One of my favorite things about the finale is that DeKnight created this sense of hope; you just hoped history would be changed. Yet, they stuck to the story, and I thought it was the right choice. They told the story of Spartacus, and they did it perfectly.
-Loved Gannicus as well. Hated what happened to him, though
-Loved Ashur throughout the series. He was the perfect sneaky weasel
-Loved the pit trap in the finale, as well as F--- YOUR MOTHERS!!
-The credits of the finale was a perfect tribute to all the characters. It was so fantastic to see Varro, Batiatus, Lucretia, etc. again. And of course, Andy Whitfield closing it out. That brought tears to my eyes.
I. AM. SPARTACUS.
Thoughts to come soon
This was an excellent debut season. It hooked me straight from the pilot, and the writing throughout was impeccable. Anchored by brilliant performances by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Margo Martindale, the show quickly became a favorite.
What I loved so much was that we know what will happen; what's important is not plot. It's characterization. The show has done a fantastic job showing the changing dynamics of family, spy life, and character motivations. I can't remember specific episodes, but I really loved the Gregory plotline; it was a nice complement to Elizabeth's development. One thing I had a problem with was that the Phil/Liz relationship changed a little too much. Other than that, it was extremely well done.
I can't wait for next season.
-The music choices were fantastic throughout
-The finale was a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the season.
So, Parks and Rec. I loved the first half of the season, but was disappointed with the episodes after Leslie and Ben's wedding. The main criticism I have is the static nature of the show; nothing happens. Sure, it's enjoyable and it's just a comedy, but some stakes would be nice.
I'll keep this short, so what I did like was, of course, the fantastic characters. The Leslie-Ben relationship was fleshed out this year, and while not quite as awesome as Andy-April, it still was the subject of many fantastic storylines. Ron was great as always, as well as the supporting cast.
I look forward to what very likely is the last season.
Let's face it: The Office was one of the most influential shows of all time. It also has a special place in my heart, and will continue to do so for as long as I live. It created wonderful characters, relationships, and really hilarious moments. It reflected the boredom of office life. It made us cheer, and cry, and laugh. I will miss it.
Now, the eighth season was terrible. It wasn't funny, and it was pretty painful to watch. I felt the 9th season really redeemed the show; it was once again fun to watch, especially due in part to the better usage of the new characters. In addition to that, characters like Erin and Dwight were still fantastic.
The whole Brian the boom guy storyline was pretty terrible, however. That whole situation seemed like an excuse to throw in some drama into Jim-Pam, all because it was the final season. However, the way the storyline wrapped up in AARM was incredible sweet.
The finale brought great closure to all the characters, and the Michael Scott cameo was excellent. The final 10 minutes of talking heads brought tears to my eyes, and the final line of the show struck me deep inside. I will truly miss the show. Goodbye, The Office.
My, these seasons go by so fast, don't they? It's going to be incredibly hard to wait for Season 4, but hey, this was a great season. I absolutely loved everything that went on with the Lannisters, for one. Dinklage killed it as usual, but what was especially great was Tywin. Last season, we had incredible Tywin-Arya scenes, and this season, we had incredible Tywin-Tyrion scenes. The dialogue in these scenes are as good as any other shows on the air right now.
I also loved Dany's arc, especially because she really didn't have much to do in season 2. The final scene in episode 4 was brilliant; it's always nice to see those dragons in action. Jon Snow's arc also got a little more interesting, although the fun banter could get old.
Jaime Lannister was also fantastic; kudos to the writers for being able to make me feel sympathy for someone like him. One person I did not feel sympathy for, though, was Theon. I really had no interest in his storyline throughout the season; hopefully, he has more to do next season.
And of course, all the season events lead up to "The Rains of Castamere", one of the most shocking, brilliant episodes I've seen on television. Everything about it was perfect, yet at the same time devastating. The way the tension built up and exploded was a work of art. Fairley, Madden, and Williams were all especially great in that episode.
The finale was quieter, but that was to be expected. It still opened up exciting routes for S4, though.
What a wonderful start. Coming in, I was apprehensive, but I quickly realized this show was special. The cast was absolutely brilliant, and the way the show delved into the psychological terror of the situation was wonderful. I loved how the procedural cases never really took precedent, but they had effect down the line. This was evident in the finale, which I think was one of the best episodes of television ever.
This includes not just the main villains, but the people who I deemed were important enough to be counted as villains. You could also say "antagonists" (Doakes/Quinn I would count in this category). The ones that appear in only one episode are not counted unless they were absolutely amazing, but anything from 2 up is fair game. If I miss any, just let me know.
-All pilots I choose to watch (Not premieres of existing shows, NEW SHOWS)
-Both fall and mid season
-Anything from September 2012-August 2013 is fair game.
These are my impressions of the pilots only-they are not an indication of what I may think later.
Overall: 9-amazing (Thoughts to come later)
And sorry, but I haven't watched the Sopranos yet, so that's why it isn't on here..I'm getting there, though.
P.s. if anyone feels like something was left out, please comment. i love finding new shows/eps.
Breaking Bad-8 (Yes, it deserves this many)
Christopher Nolan movies-3
Game of Thrones-2
Six Feet Under-2
Curb Your Enthusiasm-2
Sons of Anarchy-2
Everything else (The Office, Friday Night Lights, The Shield, The Walking Dead, Chuck, Fringe, Scrubs, The Office UK, 24, The Departed, Awake, Homeland, Justified, The Newsroom, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, The Departed, Sherlock) -1
OVERALL: 6.5-okay (C)
Overall: 8-great (B)
-All TV PILOTS I choose to watch (existing shows aren't included-for example, the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy wouldn't count as a pilot)
-July 2013-August 2014 pilots are all fair game
Part 1 (2012) Overall: 9.5-amazing
When "Breaking Bad"s brilliant 4th season ended, I didn't think this show could top itself AGAIN. They had done something almost unprecedented before, improving in quality each of the past seasons. Gus Fring was perhaps my favorite TV villain of all time (matched by only the Trinity Killer), and his driving force made me love Season 4.
But lets talk about these first 8 episodes of the final season of "Breaking Bad". The premiere didn't impress me much because the transition of Walt happened too fast and the episode didn't meet my massive expectations. However, as the season went on, I was more and more impressed with the writing and the quiet symbolism integrated throughout the show as a whole. I was also impressed with how the show could be just as intense and gripping both on the home front (see "Fifty One") and in the field (see "Dead Freight", which had 10 of the most gripping minutes I have ever seen on television). The season had its own share of shocking moments (shooting of the kid, Mike's death, Hank's revelation-only Breaking Bad would make the series' biggest revelation revealed while sitting on a toilet), and they were played out brilliantly. The actors were all top notch once again (I say that every season because it's true), and I found myself rooting against Walt (something I never thought would happen-it just shows how scary good Bryan Cranston has been in this role). The finale set up things wonderfully (the two montages were beautiful-in their own way), and I seriously cannot wait.
P.S. I think Walt's cancer may have come back, which was the reason he decided to get out of the meth business. What do you guys think?
Part 2 (2013) Overall: A
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OVERALL GRADE: A-
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RECENTLY REMOVED SHOWS, DUE TO CANCELLATION:
1. Fringe (13)
2. 30 Rock (25)
3. Enlightened (14)
4. Last Resort (20)
5. The Office (45)
6. Southland (8)
7. Happy Endings (26)
8. Spartacus (5)
9. Bunheads (43)
11. Dexter (22)