Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 100 - 1.05 - Twilight's Last Gleaming - Best Scene Poll



What an amazing episode this was! For the first time the Ark was more interesting than the ground and it contained genuinely touching moments throughout. Well done, The 100! Best episode I have seen so far this week.






About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Warehouse 13, Sleepy Hollow "Headless," and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Star-Crossed / Justified / Crisis / Suburgatory / Warehouse 13 Interviews - Questions Needed

Hey TV fans, I have the opportunity to interview several people this week and I need your questions. Please tell me in the comments below what you want to learn and which person/show the question should be asked for. Warehouse 13 interview is tomorrow. The other two are later in the week. Thanks in advance for all your great questions.


Star-Crossed / Justified - Jesse Luken

Jesse plays Eric on Star-Crossed and Jimmy Tolan on Justified. Earlier, he played Bobby 'Boom Boom' Surette on Glee and Wallace in Last Resort, guested on The Mentalist in the "Red, White, and Blue" episode, and portrayed Eddie Stanky, the second baseman, in the movie 42. His PR bio also mentions that he speaks Spanish, French, and Italian, has two degrees (environmental science and international relations), and loves traveling, camping, mountain biking, and gardening.






Crisis / Suburgatory - Josh Erenberg

Josh plays Anton on Crisis, the supersmart genius and only student rescued by Agent Finley. Previously he was in Suburgatory playing AJ, a know-it-all rich kid. Josh made his debut in the movie The Green Hornet and also appeared as Judah Munny in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He's also guested in Dads, Deadtime Stories, Franklin and Bash, and Children's Hospital.









Warehouse 13 - Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, and Aaron Ashmore

Saul, Allison, and Aaron are eager to talk about the final season of Warehouse 13, which will touch on Artie and Claudia looking for her sister and Steve's past coming back. SyFy is calling the last 6 episodes an "emotionally charged roller coaster ride." Questions about the show, the characters, or the actors are encouraged. Saul plays Artie. An actor since the late 60's, he's worked in scores of series and movies. He was the reason the team formed in Leverage and has recurred in Person of Interest as Arthur Claypool. Allison portrays Claudia and previously had a recurring role in One Tree Hill, Drake & Josh, and Gemini Division. More recently she has guested on Bones, Person of Interest, and Switched at Birth. Best known as Jimmy Olsen on Smallville, Aaron joined Warehouse 13 in 2011 as Steve. He's had recurring roles in 1-800-Missing, Veronica Mars, Lost Girl and In Plain Sight. His twin brother Shawn is currently on The Following.


So what are your burning questions? Sound off in the comments below!


About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Warehouse 13, Sleepy Hollow "Headless," and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



Monday, April 14, 2014

Last Week in TV - Week of April 6 - Episode Awards and Reviews



TV took a giant upswing for me this week. For the most part, the comedies were funnier and the dramas either more twisty or deeper. I even loved the new show, Turn, but more on that later. This week the nominated show was NCIS: LA. If you would like to nominate a show for me to watch, please fill out the form below. As many shows go into hiatus soon, I'll need to find some great summer shows to watch as well. New and older shows are all welcomed. Until next week, happy TV viewing to you.




Overall Awards:

Best Episode - SHIELD - 1.17 - Turn, Turn, Turn

To be honest the Best Episode award had a lot of competition this week but in the end, it went to the most twisty, action-filled, supercharged episode, which was hands-down SHIELD. In fact, this was the best SHIELD episode yet. With only the small love triangle hiccup getting in the way, the rest was well-paced and very twisty. I liked how there were several key character moments for each of the main cast. Even the beginning when everyone was accusing each other of keeping secrets was thrilling because it got everything out in the open and ratcheted up the tension. If you can’t trust your hero partners, things get dicey really fast. I particularly like the Coulson and May scenes, although it could become tiresome very quickly if Coulson uses Skye as his new confidante. However, the very best thing was Ward shooting Hand. Not because I want her out. I don't. Because it meant that this episode actually had consequences. After Garrett was captured, I was unhappy that nothing would really change on the team. A few minutes and 3 dead agents later, that all changed. I'm still not convinced that Ward isn’t working deep undercover and that Hand is not really dead, but I will be good no matter which way this goes. Plus it ends the dreaded love triangle at least for a little while. That's a win-win. I can't wait to see where they are going with this new SHIELD-less world.



Funniest Character - Jack on Surviving Jack

There are a lot of funny characters on TV right now, but the most consistently funny character this month has been Jack Dunlevy on Surviving Jack. Humor is subjective and my favorite is snark. It also helps that at this point in the school year I am sick of mollycoddling parents. It makes Jack's cynicism and "tell it like it is" hard truths such a joy. After all the man continues to put forth such gems as: "Why do you need friends? I don’t ever want to be around anyone but you." Joanne: "And our children." Jack: "I stand by my original statement." He's also the one in the pilot who quipped, ""I love those damn kids. I may not always like them but name one parent who would hang out with their kids if they weren't their kids." It's true. Mostly though he can get away with lines like this because he clearly cares. Other Great Jack Lines:

"You are not a doctor if your job used to be done by a shotgun."
"Who in the hell stuck a quarter in you? Will you please stop talking?"
"I think everything everyone says is stupid. Tell me anyway."
"Look my daughter's smart. She probably wouldn't date a complete idiot. I could be wrong."
"Look, you're a kid. You're supposed to do stupid stuff. I'm supposed to tell you why it's stupid and make sure you don't do it again."
Jack: "Listen kiddo, you can't stop life from screwing you when it wants to and I know you feel like hell right now, but you will always remember your first kiss." Frankie: "Dad, it was so embarrassing." Jack: "I know but it will pass I promise. And if things ever get too cr**, you always come home and have bacon with your mom and me."
Jack: "God help me. I love that woman. If an asteroid were to hit this earth and she and I were the only 2 people left alive, I'd be okay." Frankie: "What about me?" Jack: "Well it would obviously be a grieving period. I'm not an a**."
"It's called negative reinforcement. It's the quickest way to alter the behavior of simple-minded animals like dogs, chickens, teenage boys."



TV Trend of the Week - 
Shows having their best episodes in a long time (Let's keep this tradition going)

TV has been mostly on a downward spiral for the last couple of weeks so it's been nice to see the big rebound this week. Grimm and Community had their best episodes in awhile at a time when both needed to make strides. Agents of SHIELD and The 100 had their best episodes by far. This is the kind of action and zing I was hoping for earlier in AoS, and it encourages me as to how awesome the show can really be. Meanwhile The 100 went for intensity and kicked everyone squarely in the gut. This show is not afraid to go to dark places and explore, especially in the character interactions. Surprisingly, Elementary allowed Sherlock Holmes to be vulnerable and Jonny Lee Miller knocked it out of the park. It is the most sympathetic Sherlock has ever been to me in any medium. Star-Crossed also ramped up the plot, complete with a cliffhanger. All in all, it was a pretty good week for TV viewers.



Nominated/New Shows:

Nominated Show - NCIS: LA - 5.20 - Windfall

I knew I was behind on NCIS: LA. I just didn't know how far behind. Apparently Kenzie left for some time and it was tragic and Nell has been working with Deeks. Huh? There's also a bald guy I don't recognize who has history with Hetty. Okay. Generally I catch NCIS: LA on USA Network and I'm usually pretty good at figuring out what happened in between. Not so the case tonight. Note to myself - get caught up this summer. As for this episode, it wasn't a NCIS finest. Typically I like NCIS: LA better than NCIS simply because it has more action. In that, this episode did not disappoint. Between the shoot outs and the tackling, action was more than covered. The twists were there too and it was refreshing to have a criminal I could root for besides on White Collar. He really did seem like a decent guy caught up in a lapse of judgment. Throw in the requisite NCIS: LA terrorists and gangs, mix in a few decent twists, and viola, a typical episode. Since I don't watch anything for shipping, the Kenzie and Deeks subtext annoyed more than made me excited but the real problem was that about halfway through the episode I started watching the clock and counting down minutes. I was about to pull a bored Kenzie, who was particularly difficult to watch in this. I think I was rooting for her to be back on the job more than she was. Nell, on the other hand, shone for the first time for me. In general I was unimpressed with this episode, but I have seen enough NCIS: LA to know this isn't a typical episode. Or maybe I just prefer Callen's gypsy mafia storyline to Post-Traumatic Stress Kenzie. Sometimes you just can't see an episode without the character build up that came before.

Grade: C+ for the episode, B for the series
Ranking: 3

Best Scene - Deeks and Nell talk to the gang banger

Best Quote - Sam: "Sommelier, Deeks. Somnambulist is a sleepwalker, kind of like what you do on the job." Deeks: "I know you say these things out of love. Ha! Yeah."

Best Character - Sam, who snarks with the best of them

Most Awkward Welcome - No one seems to know what to say to Kenzie, who is now back. I have no idea why Kenzie went away or for how long.

Funniest - While Sam runs a close second this episode, the warehouse manager who knows nothing and is suspicious about even less is the winner here. He cracks me up.

Biggest Surprise - Shady Wine Dealer was using stolen money to pay the bills of an injured vet

Best Tackle - Deeks

Best Hiding Spot - in the great big wine bottle sign

Biggest Annoyance - Even I a non-regular viewer can pick up the shipping subtext. Blech!



New Show - Turn - 1.01 - Pilot

I am a sucker for a good historical story, especially one from America's past. It's an interest my dad instilled in me early on. Consequently TURN is right up my alley. It especially works because I know very little about Washington's spies and therefore won't be distracted by what I am sure are hundreds of little inaccuracies. Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. The story centers around a most unfortunate man, caught between the pressures of both the Continental Army and his father, a staunch Loyalist. When his lettuce crop is blighted, he turns to smuggling to get some extra cash only to be forced into the spy business. Conflicted, he mostly just wants to be left alone to tend his farm and protect his family, a true unwilling hero. While the plot was a little slow in order to set up the characters, I found myself intrigued by the premise and engaged with the characters. True, they are mostly stock right now. There's the protagonist torn between 2 sides, a gung ho enthusiast for each side, and of course the stock villain. So far we have only seen the British version in Captain Simcoe but I am sure the colonial version will make an appearance quickly. Sadly another more modern convention raises its ugly head as well - the love triangle. I have no idea why every single show must pursue this route, but it is showcased in spades and may end up TURN's undoing. On the plus side, characters are interesting with strong motives and well-acted. By having Abe start as neutral, they can delve deeper in how things affect him and show the positives and negatives of both sides of the war. The violence, while indeed graphic in a few parts, is actually less than most crime procedural re-enactments these days so it never feels like torture porn even in the torture scenes. Overall, my interest is piqued and I can't wait to see what happens next to Abe.

Grade: B
Ranking: 1 (for at least 3 episodes)

Best Scene - Ben tries to recruit Abe to George Washington's side

Best Quote - Hewlett: "Abraham, what I could not say earlier from my pulpit, as it were, is that I view your crime as a mere symptom of a more serious disease that is afflicting these colonies - anarchy." Abe: "You mean self-rule." Hewlett: "I mean chaos masquerading as freedom. An excuse for criminal activity and every man for himself."

Best Reason to Watch - the Revolutionary War provides endless fodder for interesting storylines and characters

Best Character Interaction - Abe and his father, who are now at loggerheads

The Most Screwed - Abe, who finds that no one will allow him to be neutral in this war. He gets pressure from both sides.

The "Who Knew?" Award - I didn't realize that water boarding was so popular in the Revolutionary War.

Best Negotiator - Abe gets his 12 pounds and silk back from Ben after being arrested by the Continentals

Most Disgusting - Abe cuts his own forehead as part of his disguise

The Stock Douche Award - John Graves Simcoe. Every war show has to have one complete douche for everyone to despise. Simcoe appears to be Turn's.

The "Oops" Award - Abe makes the noisiest spy on the planet, knocking over the army men and stumbling through the desk.



Weekly Shows:

Crisis - 1.04 - We were Supposed to Help Each Other

This episode was moving along pretty well. It had great guest stars. The kids were back into the plot. It looked like the FBI was going to get a partial win. And then it all went to hell in a hand basket by suddenly channeling its inner clichéd drama queen. Student-teacher romance? Check. Adultery? Check. Cutting? Me tuning out after rolling my eyes so hard they hurt and tossing socks at the screen? Check, check, check. And the FBI ended up losing AGAIN. My patience is tissue-thin with you, Crisis, and you need all the positive word of mouth you can get. Fix it! Now!

Grade: C-

Best Scene - Sharlene and Sloan are returned, mostly because it should mean we don't have to listen to Sharlene's whining anymore

Best Quote - Finley: "I'm going to pick that up. You want to shoot a federal officer, go ahead. Do me a favor. Aim for this side. I'm still tender over here."

Best Character Interaction - Meg and Dunn

Best Reason to Watch - the premise is still interesting and the mystery is deep enough to sustain over several more episodes

Bets Reason to Fast Forward - no answers and all the freaking, unnecessary melodrama

The "Are You Kidding Me?" Award - Did they really need to add a teacher and student romance? Stupid, pointless distraction. I've dumped better shows for going here. Then we add adultery plus cutting. What the heck? Just stamp After School Special on this show and mark it done.

The Flashback Award - Congressman Wirth's wife is played by Martha Byrne, who used to play Lily on As the World Turns. I watched her in middle school.

Best Use of Child Labor - the kidnapped kids aren't doing anything anyway so why not use them to smuggle all that money away

The Best Possible Plot Twist - It would be awesome if Meg was working with Francis in this whole thing. I doubt that will happen but a fantastic twist that would be.


Resurrection - 1.05 - Insomnia

Resurrection is still very stingy on the answers, but it has done a nice job of upping the ante by having Caleb disappear from jail. I have no idea what it means but it makes for fascinating discussion. Is Caleb so powerful he could get himself out or is there something or someone else at play here? If something else is pulling the strings, why? It doesn't seem like a sound strategy to put people through all this misery. How does this help an invasion or even an assimilation? Is everyone in this show really dead and this is Purgatory? I doubt we get any answers anytime soon, but so far it still has my attention. While the plot is intriguing, the strength of this episode once again depends on the acting. Samaire Armstrong, who plays Elaine, gets the biggest kudos for several stunning scenes. Kurtwood Smith's break down as Henry was similarly mesmerizing. The acting remains the best reason to watch.

Grade: B+

Best Scene - Henry breaks down over Jacob's photo album

Best Quote - Sheriff: "So dead people can just show up and disappear at will. That's what you're saying now."

The "Say What?" Award - Forget the FBI. No way word hasn't leaked out about the resurrected. There would be news cameras there already and a huge media circus would have already began.

Best Moment - Sheriff pulls Caleb into the bars

Best Reason to Fast Forward - Tom and Rachel

Biggest Surprise - Caleb vanishes from the jail scene

The Least Exciting Surprise - Rachel's pregnant

MVP - Elaine, who has almost all the best scenes

Creepiest Bond - Marty overangsts about Jacob and makes everything about him. I understand something bad happened to a kid in the past, but he is so tunnel visioned on Jacob that he's missing the bigger picture and it comes across as very unhealthy. It's also frustrating as a character motivation.

The "Shut Up" Award - Bellamy anytime he's with Elaine



Star-Crossed - 1.08 - An Old Accustom'd Feast

This episode should have been called And the Plot Thickens. Skipping over Emery and Roman's burgeoning romance and Grayson's fall into darkness because of it, this was an excellent episode full of political intrigue and far-reaching story lines. It added Shady Science Teacher's bigger agenda of working for a pharmaceutical company that has been experimenting on Atrians, Castor shooting the pilot of the Atrian spaceship which caused the crash, and the return of Drake's mother. It also strengthened Roman's ties to Gloria and led to an uneasy alliance between Roman and Vega. All in all, this little sleeper show has become one of my favorites. I'm just sorry it took this long for it to find its footing because I would have loved a second season. If you haven't tried Star-Crossed, skip the first two episodes and enjoy the ride while it lasts.

Grade: A-

Best Scene - Drake tells Roman he is going to be sent out as a Trag spy

Best Quote - Roman: "No. no. no, don't give me that cr** about you not having a family, man, 'cause you have us and we're not going anywhere. Come on." Drake: "Alright."

Best Character Interaction - Vega and Roman

Best Awww Moment - Drake says goodbye to the picture of his mother of the wall / Drake sees his mom at the feast

Best Played - Vega for having a prisoner released who could bring down the ekson and turn loyalties closer to her. She's right. Saroya isn't violent but that doesn't mean she isn't dangerous to integration.

Biggest Diss - Mama Atrian refuses to put her hands in the same water as Emery and Jules

Best Reason to Fast Forward - Emery breaks up with Grayson and all things love triangle

Weirdest Plot Device - Emery goes poking through someone else's handbag for reasons that can only be described as plot device, and a very clumsy one at that. Thgen she sees herself as an Atrian piloting the spaceship prior to crashing on Arrival Day

Best Make-Over Ever - Saroya goes into the tub a wrinkly 85 year old and comes out a healthy 40-something

Biggest Shock - Shady Science Teacher flat out told Jules she has her Cyper-filled DNA. I expected this to be dragged on for months. Way to go, Star-Crossed writers for not making us wait.

The "Oh Poor Buddy" Award - Grayson is getting screwed from all sides, but especially from being stuck in a love triangle story line



SHIELD - 1.17 - Turn, Turn, Turn

Grade: A

Best Scene - Garrett villain monologues, which usually I hate but worked for me here surprisingly

Best Scene without Words - Trip sees Garrett and Coulson fills Ward in on Garrett's betrayal

Best Quote - Garrett: "Can I ask the obvious question? What the hell?" - It's the theme for the entire episode.

Best Reason to Fast Forward - Skye and Ward's budding romance/sham

Best Character Interaction - May and Coulson

First Shock - May assembled the team, not Coulson.

Second Shock - Hand thinks Coulson is Hydra

Third Shock (Kind of) - Garrett reveals himself to be Hydra

Biggest Shock - Ward shoots Hand and appears to be working for Hydra

Best Shock - the Hydra emblem takes over the SHIELD one

Future Shock - What if Ward is just a deep, deep cover agent?"

Biggest Question - Is Director Fury dead? I don't watch the movies and have no intention of ever watching them so I made Google my friend. SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE - Fury is in hiding, not dead. That makes me oddly happy.

The "Say What?" Award - Shouldn't SHIELD's bus have bulletproof glass in its windows? It shouldn't be this easy to take out the flying bat Cave.

Worst Plan - backing up everything to a single hard drive. I've seen enough spy movies to know that's how people get assassinated or they trust the wrong person with it. Either way, you end up screwed.

Smartest Plan - Fitz hides under the table while the fighting occurs, but still manages to shoot a soldier attacking May and getting a flash device to Coulson to take out Garrett. Very impressive!

Most Intense - Hand questions Simmons and Trip's dedication by pretending to be Hydra.

Best Music - Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult



Goldbergs - 1.20 - You're Not Invited

The Goldbergs always adds something that makes me nostalgic. This time it was Al Capone's vault. While I never watched the opening, I sure remember all the hype. Later on it would only be matched by the Y2K scare that also ended up being nothing. As for the boy-girl party, this episode got the awkwardness down pitch perfect. All the excitement in the buildup followed by the sweaty palms and nerves in execution, with or without velour. I'm still not sure why we thought it would be a great idea to do it the following week too. In this episode, all the raw nerves of a junior high kid were on display. All the brattiness too. Still growing up with Beverly, you almost have to use emotional blackmail as a shield. Big kudos to Erica, who turned into Beverly , Jr. when Adam manipulated her. It was a side of herself she probably never wanted to see, but it was a lot of fun for the rest of us. I also continue to love Murray and Pops' relationship. They are so good for each other.

Grade: B

Best Quote - Erica: "What the hell is happening here? It looks a love dungeon in a serial killer's house."

Funniest Moment - Adam can't set his Pac-Man watch because the directions are in Japanese

The "Aww, You Look like Tron" Award - Adam finally gets his kiss with Dana, complete with both of them wearing laser tag helmets.

Best Aww Moment - Murray ditches Al Capone's vault to watch Adam play laser tag

The "We Do Turn into Our Mothers" Award - Erica goes full-on Beverly in trying to stop Adam from having a make-out party

Most Embarrassing - Murray interrupts Adam's party by coming down the stairs without pants.

Best Emotional Blackmail - Adam calls Beverly, "Momma" and gives her the sad puppy eyes to get her to promise not to go to the party. Turnabout is fair play I guess.

Best Dating Advice - Listen to everything Barry says and then do the exact opposite. Onion dip is sexy? Since when?

The "Uh, How Old Are You?" Award - Adam watches Bob Ross painting. My grandma loved that guy.

The "Thanks but No Thanks" Award - Barry is sweet by volunteering to drink the whole gallon of milk so Adam can play spin the bottle. I'd have poured the milk out. Barry's way leads to a significant ick factor.

The "Flo has Exited the Building" Award - According to the Goonies episode, Adam was never going to have David Kim over again. I guess Flo the continuity fairy was busy. She did come back for the Student Council meeting though.

Best Move - Adam outmaneuvers Erica with some good blackmail

Biggest Brat - Adam

Best TV Musical Resurgence - The Cure, which has been played on several shows lately. This episode featured Just like Heaven.



Trophy Wife - 1.19 - The Minutes

This episode's focus on another TV show, Scandal, makes little sense to me. Scandal doesn't need any help. Not only is it doing fantastic in ratings, but it already gets a ton of advertising on ABC. As for Trophy Wife, it's ratings are so abysmal that nothing is going to save it now. Spending an entire episode basically promoting another show is one less episode we have to concentrate on the characters we've come to care about. It was a strange way to do cross-promotion. It was also not very entertaining. Kate is not stupid and she should have known not to make such a huge spectacle of herself before getting the room climate. She's obnoxious in this episode. Diane comes off as more harsh and rigid than usual, an ungrateful witch. Warren has become increasingly stupid since the pilot, which makes zero sense given that Diane is his mother. Trophy Wife works best when it allows its characters to develop, not gimmicks. Maybe instead of quashing the squash they should quash the wacky hijinks.


Grade: C

Best Scene - Diane, her housekeeper, and her housekeeper's husband all eat cheese puffs while watching Scandal when Kate walks in.

Best Aww Moment - Bert straightens Warren's tie. How close the family is despite being through 3 marriages is their strength. They should go with that more often.

Best Quote - Pete to Jackie: "Were you high our entire marriage?"

Best Character Interaction - Warren and Bert

Worst Neighbors - Pete and Jackie. When all your neighbors are feuding with you, it's probably not them.

Only Sane People - Evan's parents

Best Manipulation - That is one feisty PTA. I've been to meetings where everyone had an agenda but I've never seard of a PTA member blackmail another. That's one mighty manipulation Iris, aka Squash Mom.

Sweetest Lie - Pete forbids Hillary to go to the dance with the boy she likes to protect her from finding out that the boy doesn't want to go with her



The 100 - 1.04 - Murphy's Law

This was another intense episode of The 100, an increasingly dark and enjoyable show. I particularly like how the show is not afraid to tackle tough issues like the 100 having to police themselves. Quite frankly, I was fine with them stringing up Murphy, since he's one of the least developed characters on the show and generally a huge pain. I also like how Clarke admitted she was wrong to act before thinking through the consequences. Perhaps it will make her less judgmental because she went over the line into full-on annoying this episode. Mostly though, it was how they handled the Charlotte issue that made it such a great show this week. They couldn't have the 100 kill a kid. That would have been too dark and it's hard to root for anyone who wants to. I loved that scene where Murphy asks who wants Charlotte to die and only a couple of people raise their hands. It was a clear double standard that pushed Murphy over the edge and yet it felt like the right double standard in the context of the story. Yet they could not just let Charlotte get away with murder or gloss over the fact that she killed someone, as that would lessen the stakes of the 100. This dark, intense show with great character interactions is really growing on me.

Grade: A-

Best Scene - Standoff between Murphy and Bellamy

Best Quote - Raven: "Go float yourself, Nigel."

Best Aww Moment - Monty gives Jasper the thumbs up after Octavia kisses him for being brave

Best Character Interaction - Abby and Raven

Most Annoying - Clarke, who earned my first, "Shut up, Clarke" of the show

Best Plan - Banishment

Least Shocking - Charlotte runs away while Finn and Clarke sleep

Most Disgusting / Most in Need of Dying - Murphy, who is a cardstock thug of a character

The "Well Duh" Award - What exactly did Clarke think was going to happen when she called out the camp bully as a murderer?

Biggest Shock - Kane's mother is a preacher for Mother Earth



Surviving Jack - 1.03 - How Do You Talk to an Angel?

Another good episode of Surviving Jack, especially because Jack is so relatable to me and so much snarky fun.  There's some great heart moments in this episode as well.


Grade: B+

Best Scene - Joanne brings home NOVA tapes for Jack and he gets dressed to go to her dinner party

Best Reason to Watch - all the great heart moments with the characters along with the snarky laughs

Best Awww Moment - Frankie goes to hug his dad after a hard day of work

Best Character Interaction - Jack and Joanne

Most in Need of a New Job - the Jumpstreet cop who still wears his wedding ring while posing as a teen

Best Use of Garden Shears - to disable the guitar of a kid who really can't play it

Best Redemption - Rachel, who helps George's reputation out in the end

Most Original Punishment - making your daughter drive the kid crushing on her to school

The "Poor Baby" Award - after all that inner conflict, Frankie's crush already has a date to Homecoming

Worst Music - sorry but More Than Words by Extreme was a lame song the first 50,000 times it was played. It doesn't get any better with beginning guitar students.



TBBT - 7.20 - The Relationship Diremption

This was a fairly typical episode of TBBT. The "A" story with Sheldon was compelling. It's rare to see Sheldon discombobulated but in his confusion to pick a new field of study, he was actually easier to relate to than usual. Drunk Sheldon was plain funny. Overall this story line was an A- and a lot of fun to watch. Sadly the "B" storyline about clogged pipes was crass and juvenile at best. A waste of time at worst. It's rare when I want to fast forward through the others to get to Sheldon, but that's exactly what happened in this episode.

Grade: C+

Best Scene - Sheldon tries to pick a new subject to study while Amy, Leonard, and Penny try to help

Best Quote - Sheldon: "Let me put this in a way you'll understand, Penny. You remember how you explained to me that the Kardashians aren't real celebrities. Well, geology is the Kardashians of science."

Best Character Interaction - Sheldon and Penny, who realizes string theory is Sheldon's significant other

Best Running Gag - Sheldon and Cosmo magazine / Sheldon and Stephen Hawking

Best Reason to Fast Forward - the entire double date story line

Most Bizarre - Sheldon's styling haircut, which just looked weird to me

Best Bait and Switch - It looks like Sheldon may have finally slept with Amy, but really he's got a geology book in bed with him and he does the science walk of shame.

Best Spin-Off Plan - Drunk Sheldon and Hawking opening a detective agency



Crazy Ones - 1.20 - Love Sucks

In an apparent attempt to not be canceled, The Crazy Ones has been bringing in all kinds of guest stars. Some work; some don't. In this episode, David Blaine was a complete miss. He felt tacked into scenes just to say he was there, interrupting the natural flow of the story line. Pam Dawber, William's former co-star in Mork and Mindy, did work though, simply because the part could have been played by anyone without missing much. Yes, there was some meta in there, but anyone who didn't know who Dawber was wouldn't even know it was there. That's my kind of guest star.


Grade: B-

Best Scene - Barry-oke complete with 3 guy hug

Best Quote - Andrew: "Real or drama queen?" Zach: "Second."

Best Reason to Fast Forward - Simon's date with Lily, which is incredibly depressing in a zany comedy

Best Return to TV - Pam Dawber. I was little when Mork and Mindy was on but I'm always glad to see former TV stars return.

Best Reason to Hit Mute - Gordon sings Wrecking Ball…badly, very badly

Best Meta - Lily ended with this line: "But I have never met anybody as screwy as you. You're like an alien."

Best Character Interaction - Gordon and Simon

Best New Addition - Jean Haskel from payroll

Best Physical Comedy - anytime Sydney and Gordon are on screen

Smartest Plan - Zach and Lauren plan to pawn Jean off on Sydney to rescue Andrew from her

Best Music - the music of dread that plays when Lauren mentions Jean's name



Elementary - 2.20 - No Lack of Void

My biggest problem with Sherlock Holmes books, episodes, and movies is usually Sherlock. He is often too brusque and obnoxious for my tastes, which is why I prefer Elementary and I love this episode. By giving Sherlock an addiction and making him more humble about it, Jonny Lee Miller plays him more human than most of the Sherlocks. Still he is often a big condescending douche. In this episode though, he apologizes more than he has in all other episodes put together. It is by far the most human he has been and the pain he goes through, the betrayal he feels, had me sympathizing with him, which happens very little. I like this Sherlock, unsure of himself and facing his own possible future. This episode allowed for JLM to stretch the character and it worked very nicely. It also gave Watson some powerful moments. They have been separating the two a lot lately but this time felt more organic than usual and focused on the emotional heart of the story. The case was definitely a side affair in this one and probably could have been taken out completely if this weren't a police procedural. Still it was interesting and even had me doing research on anthrax. More on that below. Overall, this was one of the most powerful episodes of Elementary and I truly hope that they capitalize on it in the next episode instead of dropping it for more of the usual.

Grade: A-

Best Scene - Sherlock and Watson discuss Alastair after breaking plates

Biggest Aww Scene - Sherlock says goodbye to Alastair at his gravesite

Best Quote - Sherlock: "Upon tasting it…" Watson: "Wait. You tasted the anthrax?"

Best Reason to Watch - Sherlock dealing with the death of his friend and mentor through an overdose

Best Character Interaction - Sherlock and Dead Alastair

Most Rash - Sherlock goes into a truck he believes contains anthrax without backup or any hazmat protection

Best Deductive Work - While Sherlock calculates Charlie's stride length, Joan finds a storage unit from his mail. Ha!

The "Please Don't Put Me on a Terrorist Watch List" Award - Thanks Elementary. Due to this episode, I was curious about the difference between weaponized and non-weaponized anthrax and found a website on how to weaponize anthrax. If Homeland Security watch lists me, I'm blaming you.

Biggest Twist - Alastair overdosed after decades of sobriety

Bonus Points - for working antidisestablishmentarianism into the conversation

Best Music - Wrapped in My Memory by Shawn Smith



Community - 5.12 - Basic Story

For me this was the best Community episode since Troy left. It had ample heart and it even made me laugh several times, essential for a comedy. What I like about Community is that you can always take it on different levels and this week's meta hit right in my TV ratings sweet spot. To say that Community is a bubble show is to be a master of understatement. Throughout its career it has been one of the most bubblicious shows of them all. Now as it nears the end of its 5th season, it's right where it always is - somewhere in between cancellation and renewal with its fate hinging on complicated finances its fans will never be privy to and the final ratings of other bubble shows. Will it get the fabled 6 seasons and a movie? Who knows? Which makes the premise of Greendale closing its doors forever to something as commonplace as Subway so poignant. The running theme this year has been Save Greendale, itself a metaphor for returning Community back to its former cult glory after the Dan Harmon-less season 4. Sadly, our main characters did their job too well and made Greendale a sought after property. Subway plans to open a sandwich university in its place. Just another grassroots group taken over by corporate greed. Bonus meta points for using Subway, the target of all cult shows thanks to Chuck and Community's longtime sponsor. Double bonus points for giving it a Goonies ending, with a hunt for buried treasure to save the Goondocks Greendale. While not everything worked for me, especially Abed and the weirdly forced Jeff and Britta marriage proposal, the episode as a whole was more fun than usual. By taking out the wacky story until the end, it allowed the characters to breathe and for us to take a minute to mourn Greendale with them. Let's hope it is not for real. 6 seasons and a movie!

Grade: B+

Best Scene - the joy at passing the apprasier's test turns into sorrow as they realize that they did too good of a job

Best Quote - Hickey: "If I come over there, there are going to be two sounds. Me hitting you…twice."

The "Say What?" Award - Jeff proposes to Britta out of the blue and she says yes. I'm not sure "Say what?" really covers it.

Best Reason to Watch - the surprisingly touching reaction of all the characters dealing with the closing of Greendale

Best Continuity - mentioning Troy again and Dave Mathews Band

Biggest Twist - by fixing Greendale, they actually jeopardized it

Best Hidden Ha - The items on the to-do stars, although I'm not sure why "have a productive meeting" is on there twice. I didn't know Greendale had a lighthouse…or gym demons.

Best Overreaction - Abed's plan to save Greendale involving Swedish, criminals, and making a particle accelerator out of Kleenex boxes

Most Confusing - why we spent that much time listening to the appraiser's lawyer speak

The Weirdest Moment - the slow pan in on a guy slurping his chicken noodle soup for no reason at all

Best Cameo - Jared from Subway replaces the human being mascot



Grimm - 3.18 - The Law of Sacrifice

The last two episodes have restored my faith in Grimm. Don't get me wrong. I am still highly ticked that Wu is still left out. However, without any kind of case of the week, it has been easier to forget what pricks the Grimm Gang has been. I love the ramped up action in these episodes that naturally come when Mama Grimm is on screen. I also love that we got rid of Demon Baby relatively painlessly. Sadly, that also means getting rid of Mama Grimm for awhile. I will miss you until you are back, Mama. What I won't miss is the constant recapitation we get when you are here. Last week's was almost solid recap so I thought we would get a break in this one. Nope. Although Monroe and Rosalee playing catch up was the funniest recap ever, we got too many of them in the task of getting everyone else on board too.

Grade: B+ (A without yet another round of recapitation roulette)

Best Scene - The Grimm Gang pretend to be Resistance to take Demon Baby from Viktor

Best Quote - Adalind: "So we're back together?" Renard: "I guess so." Adalind: "You don't seem too happy about it." Renard: "Well you did sleep with my brother." Adalind: "And you slept with my mother." Renard: "I suppose we belong together."

Biggest Foreshadowing - Freaky Demon Baby calms down in the presence of Mama Grimm. From that point the writing was on the wall. Mama Grimm was leaving us too soon.

Most Emotional - Adalind freaks out when she learns Renard gave her baby to Viktor. I almost felt sorry for her and for me, that is huge.

Best Character Interaction - Monroe and Rosalee try to be hospitable to Mama Grimm, who rebuffs them at every turn

MVP - Mama Grimm, of course

Best New Addition - C. Thomas Howell playing a shady Fed. Come on. Admit it. You thought Ponyboy too.

Best Reason for Mama Grimm to Stay - To teach Nick how to fight just like her awesome self

Best Reason to Fast Forward - all things Viktor, who is now laughable as a villain

Funniest Recap Ever - Nick catches Monroe and Rosalee up on what is happening. I hate recapitations but that was funny.

The "Freaky Purple-Eyed Baby Did What?" Award - For some reason, Demon Baby is particularly attracted to Nerd High School Nick's locket picture and she hates clocks. Nothing like setting all Monroe's decorations atwitter.



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About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Warehouse 13, Sleepy Hollow "Headless," and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quote of the Week - Week of April 6



A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team this past week. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off below the article.



The Big Bang Theory -

Sheldon: "Let me put this in a way you'll understand, Penny. You remember how you explained to me that the Kardashians aren't real celebrities. Well, geology is the Kardashians of science." (Dahne)

Sheldon: "Couldn't sleep." Penny: "I told you those Walking Dead pillowcases were a bad idea." (Dahne)



The Crazy Ones -

Simon: "You're cheating. You're on Wikipedia and this page is not even verified." (Dahne)

Andrew: "That was our fourth lunch. I returned the keys 3 days ago. Guess what that means. Lesson is learned. Don't be nice. Help no one." Zach: "I do not accept that. You're not that guy. I need you to be Andrew the Good. We've got to find a way out of this Jean situation." (Dahne)



Elementary -

Dead Alastair: "I'm sorry I let you down." Sherlock: "You didn't let me down. What you did has got nothing to do with me. I understand that. I came here today because…um, because I loved you very much and I wanted you to know that you'll be missed." (Dahne)

Sherlock: "Upon tasting it…" Watson: "Wait. You tasted the anthrax?" (Dahne)



Game of Thrones -

Oberyn Martell: "Tell your father I’m here. And tell him the Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts." (Samy Bgs and Sandi)

Arya: "Something wrong with your leg boy." Polliver: "What, what, what do you mean?" Arya: "Can you walk, I got to carry you." Polliver: "Carry you?" Arya: "Fine little blade. Maybe I'll pick my teeth with it." (Sandi)



NCIS -

Delilah: "Are you alone, Tony?" Tony: "In my own way." McGee: "Tony, what are you doing in the closet?" Tony: "Finding myself." (Tonya Papanikolas)






NCIS: LA -

Deeks: “Sam went undercover for an entire year as a somnambulist – you know, one of those wine guys.” Sam: “Sommelier, Deeks. Somnambulist is a sleepwalker – kind of like what you do on the job.” (Tonya Papanikolas and Dahne)

Deeks: "We haven't had a lot of time to chat since you've been back." Kensi: "I know. That's gonna change." Deeks: "You mean... it's gonna change?... Does that mean that... Wait a minute, are you back?" Kensi: "It sure looks like it." Deeks: "That's good news.... I was getting a little worried because I'm pretty sure Nell was falling in love with me." (Kensi punches Deeks in the chest.) Deeks: "God! ... And there she is." Kensi: "Here I am. It's good to be back." Deeks: "It's good to have you back." (Tonya Papanikolas)



Once Upon a Time -

Hook: "Perhaps I can talk to him." Emma: "About what? Leather conditioner and eyeliner?" (Samy Bgs)





Reign -

Mary: "I’m the Queen of Scotland, not the Queen of Marie de Guise." (Samy Bgs and Sandi)

Bash: "Father, I think Queen Penelope is getting jealous, you know how women are around you." Henry: "It's a burden sometimes." (Sandi)



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About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Warehouse 13, Sleepy Hollow "Headless," and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."


Grimm - 3.18 - The Law of Sacrifice - Best Scene Poll




Warehouse 13 - 5.01 - Endless Terror - Preview


It's been 4 seasons now since Myka and Pete were protecting the president and meeting Artie and later Claudia for the first time. Since then we've experienced a few near apocalypses, a time traveling woman of substance, a human lie detector, hundreds of guest stars, legions of villains, and even more artifacts. We’ve even sadly experienced death together - I still miss you Leena. Now our journey is about to end. Six more episodes and we leave the warehouse forever. (Or until we can convince SyFy to do some movies.) So it's lucky the premiere starts with a bang! Picking up directly where the season 4 finale ends, Claudia confronts Paracelsus in an artifact war. However, being the evil genius he is, Paracelsus realizes that Claudia's connection to the warehouse makes her vulnerable to his control. He forces her to show him what she knows and even to fight Pete and Steve. Worse, he combines their knowledge to modify a favorite artifact, causing the Endless Terror of the title. It's up to our fearless quartet to save the Claudia and the world again.

Overall this is a great premiere. It is very funny and full of action, including a sword fight, and the story is trimmed to the basics so there's very little filler. It's overloaded with at least 14 named artifacts and even more unnamed. Best yet, three favorite former guest stars return and at least 2 more are referenced. It's a glorious trip down memory lane that rewards long-time viewers and ends on a cliffhanger that is sure to intrigue. The only downsides are that one story line I wish they had pursued further ended and Claudia and Artie are in a very rocky place with little time to reconcile. Plus of course, there's only 5 episodes after this one. Other than that, it is Warehouse 13 at its snarky, quirky best. It looks like season 5, though short, will end with a bang.


Teasers -

1. At least 3 favorite former guest stars return, one of which looks to have a recurring role in the final season.

2. From this episode, it looks like at least one character will be gone before the end of the season.

3. Some of the artifacts used include: Bleckwenn's stethoscope, a bomb form Hitler's bunker, an elephant tusk, Joan of Arc's helmet, Louis the XIV's silverware, Sargon the Great's mirrors, and Theodosius of Bithynia's sundial.

4. References include: 2 of Hitler, Colombo, da Vinci, Harry Potter, The Olive Garden, Star Trek, Star Wars, and more.

5. Isabella is awesome. Lisa is pretty cool too.


Episode Awards -

Grade:  B+

Best Quote - Artie: "I'm still the same man that's loved you like a father since the day you put me in electrified handcuffs and kidnapped me. I'm just trying to protect me." Claudia: "You can't, Artie. You can't protect me anymore. You have to let me make my own mistakes and you have to let me get hurt if that's what's supposed to happen."

Funniest Character Interaction - Steve and Artie

Best Character Interaction - Myka and Pete

MVP - the regents' manual addendums

Worst Plan - Artie and the shield

Best Prank - Ralph Brunsky, Egyptian terrorist

Best Save - Isabella

Best Diversion - Yelling, "We're here," and knocking over some artifacts

The "Poor Baby" Award - Steve, who keeps getting beat up

Worst Motto - Scientia Sit Omne - Media ad Pinem Justificat


Other Quotes -

"And since when do you decide who does what?"
"Aw, dad." "Now or you're going to be grounded for a week."
"Hell of a time for a retreat." "I don't think a warehouse coup was on anyone's calendar."
"I am your partner; I'm not your girlfriend."
"I'm sorry. I left my Claudia-Artie codebook in my other pants, so spill."
"Jumper cables again. What could possibly go wrong?"
"Looks like your warehouse still has a little bit of a crush on me."
"Wait. Wait. Wait. Oh come on."
"Well it's this feeling that something is changing. I can't explain it, but something has begun. It's good and bad."
"You can say emergency all you want but it's still illegal." "Oh please, of all the illegal things I've done, this is probably the least illegal."
"You know I too was thought to be mad. We have that in common." "Except I'm a normal human being and you're a sociopathic murderer. Other than that, we're twins."


About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Warehouse 13, Sleepy Hollow "Headless," and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Last Week in TV - Week of March 30 - Episode Awards and Reviews


Either my hectic work week left me grumpier than usual or TV as a whole had an off-week, resulting in several lower grades than usual. There were definitely high points with Grimm starting to get back on track, Trophy Wife toning down the wacky, and Surviving Jack delivering a genuinely funny 20 minutes of TV, something few comedies do these days. Still, a lot of TV kind of sucked, especially things I watched later in the week. Here's hoping for a much better experience this week. As always I will start with the nominated show, so if you have something you think I should try, please nominate it in the form at the end. It only takes a minute to put in the show and episode, which you can leave blank if there isn't a specific episode you think I should watch. So until next week, happy TV viewing!


Overall Awards:

Best Episode - Surviving Jack - 1.02 - Gonna Make You Sweat

Surviving Jack was by far the best comedy of the week for me. Straying away from sex jokes, which filled the pilot, was a great idea. This episode focused on the time honored father-son topic of baseball but added heart by exploring how much effort a relationship is worth whether marital, friend, or boyfriend. No lie, Jack may be the most over the top character on TV right now and he does stuff that no sane person would ever do. However the amount he cares shines through as each episode progresses. In a way he is like Murray from The Goldbergs, but in a complete opposite way. While Murray is more hands-off and lazy, Jack is a control freak with serious boundary issues. They are both stumbling at being dads in the only way they know how and they both exude heart right at the right moment. It's another example of laugh out loud humor with aww moments, a bulls-eye in my comedy zone. It also helped that I laughed more in this episode than in anything else on TV this week. I'm still not sure of where exactly Surviving Jack is going since I didn't care for the pilot and they still need to flesh out Rachel, but if this episode is any indication of what this cast and crew can do, then count me on board. Kudos all around.


Best Return / Best Quote - Grimm - 3.17 - Synchronicity - Mama Grimm

Sometimes a character has such a dynamic presence on a show that even if they are only in a handful of episodes, they are instantly memorable. The mere mention of them can make an episode better. In Grimm, that character is Kelly Burkhardt, aka Mama Grimm. I have been waiting for her return from the second she left last time and all those e-mail/Google mentions of her throughout this season only whetted my appetite to see her actually on screen. A complex character, she can best be summed up in last week's best TV quote - Mama Grimm: "I don't trust anybody I'm not close enough to kill." Ha! Then there's the moment when she forgot she killed Adalind's mother after bringing Adalind and her baby to Nick's place. She has a shoot first, don't bother with questions attitude that admittedly would grate if she were a regular, but in small doses adds humor and always complicates Nick's life. As soon as I learned she was returning I knew things would get messy and she did not disappoint. Taking Adalind, who poisoned Juliette and put her in a coma, to Nick and Juliette's house made for one heck of an intense scene and one of my favorite TV moments of the week. Here's hoping Mama Grimm sticks around for awhile to keep the chaos coming.



Nominated/New Shows:

Nominated Show -

The Mentalist - 6.11 - White Lines

A few summers back, I watched all of season one of The Mentalist because people were raving about it and my OCD was stronger back then. It wouldn't let me quit mid-season. However, I did not continue on to season 2 because I utterly loathed Patrick Jane. He was the Doctor House of crime procedurals. Sadly he is just as big of a douche in this season 6 episode as he was in season 1, maybe more so. For me, The Mentalist is a great concept ruined by a complete prick of a character. I cannot watch a show if I constantly want the main character to die. Painfully. From what I gather in this episode, he also committed cold-blooded murder and through a HUGE plot device, he is now accepted back into the flock and still ordering everybody around because he's the most important person in the universe. Argh! There's enough douches in real life to put up with one on TV. Other than the Jane issue, this episode was interesting. I like that Blonde was el jefe and that she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. I do wish she hadn't been so overly confident though. All TV criminals need to learn to shoot first, monologue after. They would have a much higher success rate that way. I also liked seeing Gordon from Supernatural and Joey Potter's dad guest starring and thought the supporting cast was great. If they ever did a Jane-less spin-off, I would definitely check it out.

Grade: D- (but considerably better if you take out Jane)
Ranking: 1

Best Scene - Blonde takes out her rival's bodyguard and keeps on snarking

Best Quote - Fischer: "Maybe you'll learn your lesson." Jane: "What lesson is that?" Fischer: "If you'd actually told us about your plan in advance, we'd have had time to get here." Lisbon: "I've been trying to tell him that for years." Jane: "Oh Cho, you're with me, aren't you?" Cho: "No, I'm with them. You're a terrible communicator. You're just lucky we found the right boat."

Worst Criminals - The cold open gang take off their masks in a building known to have secret cameras. You deserve to be caught. / Old Male Criminal doesn't use gloves when he's shutting the door, etc.

Best Twist (that I totally called during her first scene) - Blonde was the ringleader

Best Plan - Tracking the car's audio footprint

Worst Plan - calling in the police tip yourself, Blonde El Jefe. You are way too overconfident. It'll be your downfall.

Most Inappropriate - Jane makes date plans while standing over 5 dead bodies

Greatest Turn-Off - Lisbon and Fischer tell the guys they are cops and it gets them to leave them alone

Biggest Question - Since when did Cho become everyone's boss? Last I saw he was reporting to Lisbon.

The "Oh Screw You" Award - Jane throws a little baby fit about a couch and gets his way. That's what's wrong with the world today.



New Show -

Friends with Better Lives - 1.01 - Pilot

Friends with Better Lives is way too raunchy for me, since the entire thing revolves around the characters' sex lives, but the characters are interesting if a bit too stock. I do love that Majandra Delfino is back on TV, since she was one of my favorite characters on Roswell and in my opinion the most talented. However, even the return of Maria won't make me watch this show. I wish it all the best but I prefer my comedies with a little more heart and a little less…well, head.

Grade: D
Ranking: 2

Best Scene - Will tells Andi and Bobby that he is jealous of their marriage even if they think they are in a rut

Best Quote - Will: "And Kate, ever the cynic, said that marriage is a b**." Kate: "No, I said you married a b**."

Best Character Interaction - Will and Kate and height puns

Best Reason to Watch - Majandra Delfino, who played Maria on Roswell, and James Van Der Beek, of Dawson's Creek and that other show that got cancelled last year, are in it. It's a WB reunion. Watch so they don't disappear from our TV screens again?

Funniest - It sounds like they are talking about sex, but really Andi and Bobby are talking about a Homeland marathon

Smartest Move - Everyone else leaves when Will brings up Kate's age

Most Relatable - Bobby and Andi, who are stumped when asked about themselves

Way Too Good to be True - Lowell. I'd actually be having a cop friend check him out to see if he was a con artist. I've learned from Neal Caffrey.

The "Oops" Award - Both Bobby and Andi forgot their anniversary

Best Reaction - everyone side eyes Lowell after his Plant a Tree song



Weekly Shows:

Crisis - 1.03 - What was Done to You

Crisis was just as intense this week with the White House Chief of Staff and a car dealership owner as the Ransomees of the Week. However, it lost a bit of its bite for two reasons. One, there was very little about the kids this week, which usually would make me happy. However, in this case how the kids are dealing with the situation is part of what makes the stakes feel more real. The second is more frustrating. Crisis is in danger of falling into The Following/Deception levels of stupidity. If the Feds can never make real strides against an overly genius, infallible villain, a show gets tiresome fast. Crisis has been walking that tightrope fairly well, yet still the FBI know nothing. They arrive a smidgeon too late, the guy miraculously gets away, or the only source of info dies. That will only work for so long and I got hit badly by this tactic last year, so consider me gun shy. The saving grace so far for Crisis is that the villain has had to backtrack and work off the cuff as well, so at least the FBI are making life harder for him instead of those idiots of The Following.

Grade: B

Best Scene - Francis convinces the General to kill himself

Best Quote - President: "Then there's something both of you should know. I took an oath to defend this country. If the kidnappers ask me to betray that oath to save my son's life, I won't do it. I can't. I will have to let my son die. You work for those kidnapped kids. You find them before I have to make that choice."

Best Character Interaction - the kidnapped trio, trying to figure out how active to be in their kidnapping

Most Intense Scene - General Osborne being tortured. It was equally intense with all 3 men and a real contender for best scene. I like how we could see through their facial expressions just how much those to fathers did not want to be there.

Best Distraction - smoke bombs at the vigil to get the White House Chief of Staff clear

Best Power - FBI Director Olsen is able to make all traffic lights red

The "Congrats, You are Finally Not Useless" Award - Luke, the obnoxious, figures out that they are still in America by the outlets used.

Best Instincts - Finley, who figures out that the kidnappers were using the President's hotel room

Best Guest Star - Frederic Lehne as General Osborne. So good to see Azazel from Supernatural on my screen again.

The "Are You Kidding Me?" Award - Why don't they shoot the General in a non-essential body part instead of letting him kill himself? These two have been declared excellent marksmen numerous time already in this episode alone. Shoot him in the shoulder and he'd have to drop the gun.



Resurrection - 1.04 - Us Against the World

While Resurrection is still drip drop slow when it comes to revealing any real answers, the armed car robbery side plot was interesting and the character interactions remain superb. Well except for everything with Rachel. She's the most annoying resurrectee so far. I did feel incredibly bad for Elaine though, who just wanted to trust her dad but he screwed her over again. She deserves some peace. However it was Caleb who was the most interesting tonight. What did he mean by it was just beginning? Does he know more than the others about what is really happening? Do the others know too and are just better at hiding it? Each of the resurrectees are master manipulators, which makes me suspicious. Speaking of, I am surprised they didn't introduce a new resurrrectee at the end of the episode. They broke pattern. I wonder if this means they will stop popping up so frequently or if they are waiting for the new reveal at the beginning of the next episode.

Grade: B

Best Scene - Elaine breaks down with Maggie

Best Aww Moment - Henry takes care of Lucille when she falls asleep reading. That's the kind of romance scene I want to see, not this adultery junk.

Best Quote - Henry: "From the start you accepted that child as our Jacob. What if he's not the same?"

Best Confirmation - the resurrected are connected to each other beyond just coming back from the dead

Best Character Interaction - Sheriff and Bellamy

Best Reason to Fast Forward - Tom and Rachel's soon-to-be adultery saga

The "Oh Poor Baby" Award - Elaine, who trusts her dad all over again right before he screws her over

The "Oh Boo Hoo You Annoying Wench" Award - Rachel dares to say that she feels like she's being punished when she put everyone who loved her through the ringer. I'm looking forward to you going. Hopefully quickly.

Biggest Surprise - Rachel killed herself

The "Hmm, Not Sure That Will Work" Award - Lucille tells Henry to get Jacob's seizure medicine. Either a doctor prescribed him medicine without knowing he had a condition or that medicine is over 30 years old. Both scenarios lead to a big hmmm.

Hardest News to Break - Hey honey, my dead, suicidal ex-girlfriend is back and she wants to get back together. Yeah, that's not going to go over well.

Most Interesting Directing Choice - combine the armored car robbery of the past and current so they segue together. At first I didn't realize we were back in the present.



Star-Crossed - 1.07 - To Seek a Foe

So I'm just going to pretend that Emery doesn't exist on this show. I'm going to mentally fast forward Roman and Emery scenes in my mind. Then Star-Crossed becomes one of my very favorite midseason shows. The characters and interactions (aside from the aforementioned) have gotten better every episode. The mystery keeps getting bigger. Now if they would only stop cramming dumb plot devices, like Grayson overseeing Emery kissing Roman, in every single freaking episode. It's not worthy of otherwise good plot material. Star-Crossed is too smart to cater to the lowest denominator. I know we're not getting a season 2, so how about we dump the whole "star-crossed" plot and get to the amazing side characters. They are what make the show.

Grade: B- (B+ without Emery and plot devices)

Best Quote - Drake: "Hey Zoe, you know what your problem is? You talk too damn much!"

Best Reason to Watch - Drake

The "You Don't Have Time for This" Award - Seriously folks, the Black Cyper is going to pop at any minute. Roman and Emery, we don't have time for your romance schmoopiness. Time to save the human race and jump start this episode again from your momentum killing drippiness.

Funniest - Taylor and her major overreaction to her scratchy lungs

The "Shut Up, Emery" Countdown - Since I inevitably shout, "Shut Up, Emery" at least once per episode I've decided to make it a weekly feature. This time she made it a whole 17 minutes. I'm not sure but that might be a record.

Best Action - Zoe vs. Roman and then Drake

Most Suspicious - Sorry Gloria, your banner has now been taken by Sneaky Science Teacher

The Audrey Award - Are we sure Black Cyper didn’t appear in the 80's to torment Rick Moranis?

Most Heartwarming - Lukas' mom greets Sofia so sweetly. It is refreshing to see on a series that often highlights human-Atrian hatred.

The "Did We Learn Nothing from the Last Time?" Award - There they go discussing Cyper in public places again. That's what got them into this mess in the first place. Loose lips, people.

The "Oops" Award - Drake gets himself impaled on Zoe's wall when he trips an alarm



Blacklist - 1.18 - Milton Bobbit

I am giving you notice The Blacklist. If you keep digressing instead of giving answers about how Red and Elizabeth are connected, I am going to put you on involuntary hiatus again. Other than that, this episode was pretty good. I like this new Elizabeth, determined to get answers, while the criminal of the week was interesting. Mostly though, the music was spectacular - very well done in the song-to-scene category. The Blacklist always excels at music, but this week was even better than usual.

Grade: B, because we got zero answers on how Red and Liz are connected

Best Scene - Ressler confronts Milton at the cemetery

Best Quote - Craig: "You have no idea who you're dealing with." Elizabeth: "I never did like you."

Best Action - Elizabeth takes down Craig

Most Frustrating - Red gives Elizabeth ZERO answers about Tom and how she is connected to Red

Grossest - Milton Bobbit removes his nose

Biggest Shock - Red and Dembe love the 3 Stooges

The "Hope the Maid is Coming Today" Award - Elizabeth makes a huge mess of the house, breaking dishes and everything. I wonder how she is going to explain that to Tom the Spy

Best Double Talk - Elizabeth's wedding renewal vow speech is actually all about taking her husband down

Best Music - Who are You, Really? By Mikky Ekko. This song has been played in a wide variety of shows from Teen Wolf to Ringer to True Blood but it works exceptionally well here.

Best Toss-Off - Dembe asks about paint colors

Least Popular - No one ever seems glad to see Red, including tonight's expert, Svedka, given that Red slept with his wife.



Growing Up Fisher - 1.06 - Drug / Bust

And the moral of this story is never let the blind guy bring the birthday boy to his surprise party. Or maybe it is that you don't have to experience everything yourself to be able to relate to someone. Well, that should have been the moral. As a teacher I have a hard time with parents and especially a principal using relating better to students as an excuse to try pot. However, this episode did have some fabulous scenes in it. I particularly liked Mel comforting Henry's fears and Joyce taking care of Mel while he was high. Katie and Mel's scenes were pretty good as well. In the end, Joyce was much more toned down and Mel was taken down a notch, which helped both characters tremendously. Plus the police and Mel scene is possibly the most unforgettable scene of the series so far.

Grade: B-

Best Scene - Mel tells Henry he is not going to go blind and then comforts him

Best Quote - Katie: "Hi." Mel: "Are you?"

Funniest Scene - the police refuse to arrest Mel for pot since he's blind

Best Aww Scene - Joyce takes care of Mel while he's high

Best Plan - Speak and Sneak

Most Embarrassing - Henry shows up to his birthday party in only his underwear

Most Inappropriate - Surprisingly it is not Joyce this week. Tonight goes all to Principal Sloan, who says he does marijuana because he needs to know where the students at his school are coming from. Say what? I call for a new principal and perhaps an intervention. I can relate to my students without having to do things illegally.

Best Continuity - Principal Sloane, who was so interested in the new apartment building in the pilot, moves in during this episode.



SHIELD - 1.16 - End of the Beginning

I like SHIELD more than I ever expected to, given that I don't generally care for superheroes or comic books. I also like Joss Whedon, but his predilection for the young ingénue heroine is wearing very thin these days. Skye keeps being lauded by everyone for everything so much so that it is increasingly hard to like her. Garett's non-stop praise shower is the final straw. Skye has in fact become the Mary Sue now. Stop pushing Skye down our throats, Joss. You'll have a better chance of accomplishing your continuous ingénue mission. Pushing a freaking shipper storyline between Ward and Skye is even more irksome. There's enough going on in this world to refrain. Basically, Garett and Triplett are the saving graces of this show. I look forward to a time when they are regular characters, or even a spin-off with them. They are far too awesome of characters to be sidelined in the Skye and Coulson Show. In fact, all of these characters are.

Grade: C+

Best Scene - Coulson confronts May, accusing her of working with the Clairvoyant

Worst Scene - Skye and Ward's cell chat

Best Quote - Triplett: "Sounds more psycho than psychic." / Hand: "Bet the Clairvoyant didn't see that coming."

Best Reason to Watch - Garett snark and Clairvoyant answers…maybe. I'm still not convinced that we haven't been red herring duped.

Best Return - Garett and Triplett. I hope they become regulars next season.

The "Most Dramatic Exit" Award - Mike, who flies out of the roof after getting electrocuted by Garett and Triplett

Best Moment - May and Ward share a look when Coulson mentions the Asgardian mind manipulation from the previous episode

Best Tech - Mike's new shooting arm

Biggest Shock - Ward kills Nash

Least Shocking - Nash is not the Clairvoyant



Goldbergs - 1.19 - The President's Fitness Test

I hated gym in middle school, so the Presidential Fitness Test was the bane of my existence along with most kids I knew. There was always one component that tripped you up. Sadly for Adam, it is the pull up. Even worse, he complains to his mommy, who becomes an obnoxious douche, trying to get Adam out of it. So much so that I detested her throughout the entire episode. It is also killed any enjoyment I might have had in this episode. It didn't help that I thought the French exchange student subplot was juvenile and unfunny as well. The one big saving grace of the episode was Murray. His interactions with Adam were superb and he was the voice of reason throughout. Pops was pretty spectacular as well.

Grade: D

Best Scene - Kyle, the comptroller's assistant sends Beverly to the state assembly office to dump her on the guy who screwed over his sister. Now there's a real politician. He should run for office.

Best Line - Barry: "We'll always have Pop Tarts."

Biggest Aww Moment - Erica relents and make it up to Barry by telling him that Fanny really liked him. Pops corroborates her story.

Worst Parenting Ever - Generally I can take Beverly's usual way over the top behavior, but this just irked me to no end. I have to deal with moddlecollying parents every week who demand that their child get special treatment and consideration for the sheer reason of being them. It's sickening and highly detrimental to the kids they think they are helping. For goodness sakes people, let your kids suffer the consequences of their actions and make them do what is expected. Is your momma really going to give your boss an excuse for why you should be allowed to turn in your project late? Gah! Parents are ruining the kids of today. I didn't see near as much of that in the 80's when you were expected to suck it up and finish up the entire season even if you hated the sport. If you got in trouble at school, you got in trouble at home instead of your parents trying to get the teacher in trouble for not understanding how super special you are and how you cannot possibly be expected to think that the same rules apply to you as everyone else. And yes, in the 80's you were expected to participate in gym, even the Presidential Fitness Test, despite how athletic or non-athletic you were. I guess Beverly was ahead of her time in suckage.

Best Character Interaction - Murray and Adam

Best Nostalgia - Barry is waved in by airport security with a pocket knife. Back in the 80's you could pack a toy bomb in your suitcase and no one cared. I know. My parents did it.

Best Character Addition - Coach Miller, who is so gung ho about preparing his students for a Russian attack

Worst Line Ever - Beverly: "Say no more. Mama will never ever let anything remotely uncomfortable happen to you. I'll just write you a note and get you out of it." Murray: "Absolutely not. Every kid in America has to take that test." Beverly: "Well what does that have to do with my Adam?"

Best Moment - Adam teaches Murray how to swim

The "You've Know You've Seen Too Many Romantic Comedies When…" Award - …you race to an airport to tell the girl of your dreams how you feel and actually expect the power of love to keep you from getting your illegally parked car towed.




Trophy Wife - 1.18 - Couples Therapy

This was Trophy Wife more toned down and back to its former glory. For awhile now, Trophy Wife has been mistaking wackiness for funny, but they aren't necessarily the same thing. In this episode they were more balanced. I adored Diane and Jackie working together and especially the scene at the very end. It's not usual that they are simpatico with each other and I enjoyed the little bonding moment. While I can't recall Pete ever being a huge avoider of conflict before, given that he's espoused a few hard truths in earlier episodes, it does explain his previous marriages a bit more. Mostly though it made for a good character developing episode.

Grade: B+

Best Scene - Hillary consoles Warren's broken heart by mentioning the huge age difference between him and Meg

Best Quote - Diane: "Umhh, delicious. What am I tasting?" Pete: "I don't know. You'll have to ask Kate." Diane: "Definitely cumin, molasses, dark chocolate, and lies."

Best Character Interaction - Diane and Jackie

Best Reaction - Meg thinks Kate's stories about suburban life are sleep-inducing

Worst Fashion Plan - Crocs, anywhere.

Most Enterprising - Meg turns Hillary's experiment around and gets exactly what she wants

Most Likely to be Fired - Snarky tennis guy. Sure I loved him but rich old guys are his bread and butter. Insulting them may not be the best game plan.

Worst Hiding Place - on a tennis court with chain link fencing. You're just screwed, Pete and Kate.

Best Wallowing - Warren rocks his broken heart out to Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Best Moment - when Diane says, "Busted!" in the ending credits



The 100 - 1.03 - Earth Kills


The 100 continues to offer some of the most powerful character interactions in a midseason show. In this one, the one that really resonated was Bellamy with Charlotte, the psycho kid. It was fascinating to see him soften towards her. I felt like he was trying to be her big brother and protector in a way that Octavia no longer will allow him to be, almost a glimpse into how he might have been with her long ago. By reaching out to help Charlotte conquer her fears, they added additional depth to Bellamy which will be needed as he continues to play the antagonist. It was also interesting to see him react to Clarke mercy killing Atom. I doubt his concessions will last long but I love how he ordered his gang to help Clarke cure Jasper as a way to show his gratitude. All in all, Bellamy is one of the few well-rounded "villains" on TV today. Yes, CW scoffers, it's true. The downside of the episode though is that it killed 2 of the people I actually wanted to see more of. Most of the 100 are scenery fillers and the ones we do know, I tend to not like. Atom's story could have been fascinating because I could see him breaking from Bellamy if the orders were too severe. Sadly, that will never happen. Wells is an even bigger loss because he is often the common sense and heart of the show. To kill him off now is particularly cruel because it would have been nice to have at least a few weeks of Clarke and him being friends again. Mostly this is just role reversal of a hideous plot device in which a favorite character dies to bring emotional hardship to the main character. It's irksome no matter the gender. If Monty goes, I'm rioting.

Grade: B- (because they killed off 2 of the best characters)

Best Scene - Bellamy tells Charlotte to stand up to her fears

Best Quote - Wells: "I knew how you would feel. I wanted to…" Clarke: "To protect me. So you let me hate you." Wells: "What are friends for?"

Biggest Shock - the psycho kid kills Wells

Most Intense - Clarke kills Atom when Bellamy can't do it

The "There's Definitely More to the Story" Award - No way they send a kid to prison for freaking out when her parents are executed. Sounds like retribution on her parents to me.

Brattiest - Clarke, whose hatred of Wells and instance that they continue even when it could kill them, went too far on the laser-focused mission side

MVP - Wells

Best Character Interaction - Bellamy and Charlotte, the psycho kid

The "Screw You" Award - the writers for killing off 2 of the few characters I actually like on this show in one episode



The Musketeers - 1.10 - Musketeers Don't Die Easily (season finale)


I am going to be the sole dissenter of The Musketeers fans, but I truly dislike this episode. Perhaps it's that I come into a season finale with high expectations. Perhaps it's the absolute horror that is the Constance and D'Artagnan plot line. I can't stand either of them now. Great plan, writers! Or maybe it's the equally horrific and yet perfectly expected daytime soap opera of the Queen having Aramis' baby. Argh! Did Maury Povitch exist in France back then? Or perhaps my dislike stems from the golden opportunity they had to explore the Musketeer saga without Cardinal Richelieu and truly make it their own, which they shot all to hell. Perhaps it was the fact that all the formerly smart villains turned into morons. This is the only episode of The Musketeers I actively wanted to end. In fact I resent everything about the last 15 minutes! Sadly, I can sum it all up like Aramis and company. So at the end of it all, what do I have? No characters I adore. No plot line that excites me. No cliffhanger to assure I tune in next season. None of the things that make TV bearable. I do have fight scenes and I might be able to live with that. For fight scenes then! Still a whole lot of character and plot reworking would be nice.

Grade: D

Best Quote - Aramis: "So at the end of it all, what do we have? No glory." Porthos: "No money." D'Artagnan: "No love." Aramis: "None of the things that make life bearable." Athos: "We have honor." Aramis: "I can live with that." D'Artagnan: "For honor then." Porthos: "Still a little money would be nice."

Best Reason to Watch / Best Character Interaction - Milday and Sarazin

The "You Suck" Award - D'Artagnan and Constance and the writers for going here. Add Monsieur Bonacieux and his emotional blackmail for good measure. Throw in Aramis and the Queen as well. Urgh! You people suck!

Best Moment - Sarazin makes everyone bow to Milady

The "Say What?" Award - Since when are D'Artagnan and Athos best friends. I would say he's closer to Aramis than Athos, who is more of a mentor.

Best Addition - Sarazin, who delights in Milady's cold-blooded murder of his employee, wins. Still Celine the boozy floozy gets an honorable mention without much dialogue at all. Impressive!

Funniest - Aramis and Porthos keep interrupting Athos' funeral

Most Well-Played/ Most Out of Character - Aramis and Porthos keep passing the blank letter back and forth to get the Cardinal talking….and the Cardinal falls for it. When did he become brainless?

Best Return to Power - The Queen owned the Cardinal for a good 10 seconds before he got even more powerful dirt on her. And so the status quo remains.

The "Even I Can't Suspend Belief This Much" Award - The Musketeers run the gauntlet of the alley without a scratch but Sarazin's entire criminal enterprise is defeated. Whatever.



Surviving Jack - 1.02 - Gonna Make You Sweat


Grade: A-

Best Scene - Jack tells Frankie some people are worth making an effort to keep in your life

Best Quote - Mikey: "I know where you're going with this and yes, I will take steroids." Jack: "I don't think someone who looks like you can afford a case of back-ne. Permission to cross the line." Mikey: "I'm pretty sure you just did but okay."

Best Character Interaction - Jack and Frankie

The "You Have to be Kidding" Moment - Just as Frankie is about to catch a pop-up, Jack shoots a sawed off. I'm not sure who was more startled, Frankie or me. Bwah, once my heart started again.

Most Creative - the teen boys create well-made jousting sticks, American Gladiator style

Best Entrance - Jack stands with a baseball bat at the foot of Frankie's bed, scaring the life from him

Biggest Understatement - Frankie: "Perhaps this was a bad idea."

The "Oh No, You Didn't" Award - Jack fakes a heart attack to see how Frankie does under pressure. That is so far beyond warped. Frankie should have kicked him in the kneecaps. You're going to regret it when you really are having a heart attack and he heads outside with his friends.

Best Reaction - Joanne tells Jack that she thinks it's over between Rachel and Doug, which causes Jack to go in for a celebratory hug like they just won a battle.

Most Diabolical - Jack for putting rubber snakes all over the house to rattle people




TBBT - 7.09 - The Indecision Amalgamation


It's hard to sell a comedy on the premise that none of the main characters can make a decision. Let's face it, waffling is hardly entertaining. Therefore they had big obstacles to overcome. The best addition was Emily because she brought some sweetness to an otherwise laugh track-distracting episode. I hope she continues. I'm also a Wil Wheaton fan, since Stand by Me by the way, so whenever he guests my regard for the episode tends to go up. I thought Sheldon's wavering between two gaming systems was ridiculous, but in all fairness that's because I don't care about gaming one iota. I understood his blathering about as much as Amy did so those segments tended to drag on for me, killing the plot momentum. It was nice to see Raj winning for once though.

Grade: C+

Best Scene / Best Aww Moment - Raj's date with Emily

Best Quote - Raj: "Fate has given me a rare second chance, and I swear to Vishnu I'm not going to blow it. Or normal words followed by a charming smile."

Best Character Interaction - Raj and Emily

Best Reason to Watch - Wil Wheaton

The "Say Huh?" Award - Do people really put this much thought in the gaming system they buy? Color me surprised. I haven't been fond of a videogame since Pong.

Best Reaction - Amy cares as much about Sheldon's dilemma as I do. Her over enthusiasm makes me laugh. When you have no clue what they are talking about it is best to repeat with enthusiasm or smile and nod.

Biggest Shock - Raj has some game with his astrology for lovers story

Best Moment - Wil Wheaton is in the same terrible movie as Penny

The Nostalgia Award - I had a Zune too, Sheldon. I read all the reviews and then regretted it.



Crazy Ones - 1.19 - Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley


I loved the guest stars and there were a couple of great moments between Simon and Zach, but for the most part this episode felt a little blah. There weren't a lot of big laughs and the assistant felt rushed into the episode. I liked her but the story was pushed into the corners of the episode, which isn't normally how new characters are introduced. Mostly this was all about the guest stars, but maybe to the detriment of the plot.

Grade: C+

Best Scene - Paisley vs. Chase

Funniest - Lauren and Sydney explain to Andrew all the different ways to be unavailable after a date

Best Quote - Zach: "Let me drive you to the hospital." Simon: "No, you care too much about the safety of pedestrians. Andrew?" Andrew: "On it."

Best Character Interaction - Simon and Zach

Best Twist - Brad cut Danny for a reality show and that's why he's so upset

Scariest - Sorry Zach but Simon's angry face has nothing on Josh Groban saying, "hizzouse".

Best Guest Star - Brad Paisley. Sorry Groban, but Paisley has an entire snark lineup

Best Continuity - Sydney has a restraining order out on Danny Chase



Elementary - 2.19 - The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville


The best part of this episode was of course the interaction between Sherlock and Watson, but the emotional baggage Watson sorted through was a drain on the story. In a word, it was boring. I found the case to be far more exciting than the characters which is unusual for Elementary.

Grade: C

Best Scene - Sherlock tells Watson that targeting the doctor will not solve her problem. She needs to forgive herself.

Best Quote - Detective Loughlin: "Anyway I figured if my guy did this, maybe the NYPD only needs one vampire hunter." / Sherlock: "He did it with no official record so that his valued assistant would not have to wait for treatment. I'd do the same for you if you lost all your teeth in a prison fight."

Best Reference - Mrs. Hudson / the year's never-ending winter

The "Say What?" Award - I work with transparencies and there is no way what that guy handed Sherlock is 27,000 transparencies. It would be too thick for one person to carry one-handed.

Most Unique Way to Catch a Criminal - Sherlock holds a sign saying, "Help me catch a murderer by punching me in the arm."

Best Twist - several people have the same dentures so the bite print is less than conclusive

Biggest Question - I think I missed something. Wouldn't it have to be Aaron Colville who committed the original murders if they made the prints of his teeth after he was locked up for that crime? Why would they have ever thought he was innocent?

Best Continuity - Sherlock keeps waking Watson up and picking out her clothes. I wonder why she hasn't killed him yet.

Best Alibi - Couldn't have killed anyone because you 've been following the Grateful Dead tour

The "No Fair" Award - You can't tease us with a cross-dressing Johnny Lee Miller wearing a prom dress and singing Frozen songs and then not show it. I call foul.



Community - 5.11 - G. I. Jeff


When Community goes way out there, it is usually either a big success or a complete failure. There is rarely middle ground, but that's where this episode sits. As someone who watched GI Joe commercials, that was the funniest part. However, having Fourth Wall keep up a running commentary on kid cartoon snark was excellent too. The only problem was that some places dragged and the episode was more whimsical than outright funny.

Grade: B

Best Scene - The Cobra employees want hazard pay, more than minimum wage, and better benefits. Even terrorists need insurance I guess.

Best Awww Moment - everyone brings it in for a hug

Funniest - All the GI Joe commercials

Best Quote - Fourth Wall: "My fourth wall penetrating powers combined with this medium's lack of internal logic should allow me to come up with an oversimplified solution." Ha! There is a lot of TV without any internal logic these days.

Best Twist - Jeff was upset about his birthday and that's why he created this reality. Aww Jeff, 40 is nothing.

MVP - Fourth Wall for all the snark and meta

Best Title Card - Community: A Show Set in a Community College / Endorsed by the Federal Council of Safest Children Ever

Best GI Joe Name - Placeholder



Wonderland - 1.13 - And They Lived…


Wonderland doesn't mess around with its "happily ever after." Except Jafar, everyone gets one and even he gets to off Daddy Dearest so win for him. Ana is resurrected, despite the ban on magical cures, because the water witch decides it wasn't her time to die. In a truly bizarre twist, half of Wonderland comes to London to watch Alice marry Cyrus without anyone from London even batting an eye at the fact that she's married by a talking rabbit. Um, okay. I guess I am used to genre shows with decidedly non-happy endings, but the power of love is strong in this one. So is the ability to tie up almost every hanging plot thread in 42 minutes or less. What didn't work though was the weird pacing. They rushed through resolving the Jafar crisis but threw in weird slo-mo segments like Alice being captured and the wedding at the end. The first 30 minutes felt incredibly rushed while the last 12 dragged on.

Grade: C+

Best Plot Twist - neither Alice nor Cyrus take out Jafar

Best Quote - White Rabbit: "Seriously, who needs a photo album when you've got this. Look kids, here is where Alice almost died. And oooh look, this is where Cyrus' spleen fell out."

Best Reason to Watch - everything gets resolved with little plot left hanging

The "Screw You" Award - No matter how sympathetic they try to make you, Sultan, I'm not buying it. You were the original problem. You and Cyrus. A child does NOT have to earn a parent's love! Screw you, Sultan Douche. I'm good with Jafar murdering you.

Best Addition - Magic carpet

MVP - White Rabbit, who made everything more fun

Biggest Sucker Punch - Jafar brings Ana back and makes her fall in love with him just to hurt Will

Strangest Time for Slo-Mo - Alice comes into Jafar's presence

The "They Totally Needed to Rock The Glory of Love" Award - When Will breaks through Jafar's boundary by the sheer power of love and kisses Ana to break the spell



Grimm - 3.17 - Synchronicity


I have been waiting for the return of Mama Grimm since the moment she left last time. Things are always more interesting when she's around. Of course, I didn't predict how interesting given she expected Nick to protect Adalind. What a mess! I really enjoyed the Meisner scenes in this episode too and I am sad that we may not see him anytime soon. He's been a joy. I also loved the snappy dialogue. What didn't work though was ALL the exposition to remind people what happened in the first two seasons. For someone who has seen all of Grimm, it halted the forward movement in several places. I hope Mama Grimm sticks around for awhile because it is a waste of her awesomeness to stick her in the middle of one exposition scene after another. I did like how they gave us a flashback of the night Aunt Marie took Nick away for safety though. It was a bittersweet mother-son moment and the only flashback that worked for me. Probably because all the rest were recapitations. Overall though, this episode marked what I hope will be Grimm returning to its former goodness.

Grade: B-

Best Action - Meisner vs. the Verrat

Biggest Aww Moment - Young Mama Grimm says goodbye to Nick as he leaves with Marie

Best Reason to Fast Forward - ALL recapitations, anything Viktor, and Nick and Juliette engagement issues

Most Humorous - It sounds like Hank and Nick are talking about a case but really they are discussing whether Nick should go to Monroe and Rosalee's wedding

Best Character Transformation - Motherhood has made Adalind actually tolerable. Awesome!

The Schmuck Award - Renard got Castle Spy killed and he doesn't even have a word to say about his death. Douche!

The Pipedream Award - Mama Grimm says Adalind's baby has to have a normal childhood. How exactly is a Demon Baby with supernatural powers going to be normal?

Most Hideous TV Wedding Dress - I have no idea who thought this dress was flattering, but everything about it on Rosalee is terrible. She looks like she should be acting in a Victorian vaudeville show.

Best Assumption - Monroe and Rosalee assume there's a dead body when Nick shows up. It's a fair assumption.

Best Suddenly Canon Mythology - Wesen know Nick's a Grimm when they woge because of his eyes

The "Well Duh" Award - Juliette worries about what will happen if Nick's glasses fall off. Is closing his eyes suddenly not an option? How about avoiding everyone's gaze until he can put them back on? Commonsense does not run deep here.

Most Eye-Rolling - They replay a conversation we heard not 8 minutes earlier to lead us into a flashback. Do they think their dialogue is that forgettable that we wouldn't remember something we just heard?






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About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and creates polls for Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, White Collar, Grimm, Teen Wolf, and others. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts the Warehouse 13, Sleepy Hollow "Headless," and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."