Since I have fallen so far behind on my PVR-watching, I’ve decided to just write about the shows I’ve been most enjoying the past few weeks, even though I may still have catching-up to do on a few of them. Sometimes there’s just a lot of good stuff on, and not enough time to write about it all!
So here we go, in no particular order:
Mom – I am still a few episodes behind on this one, as I tend to hold the half hour shows for when I don’t have the time or energy to watch another full hour, but every time I watch an ep of Mom, I laugh out loud – usually more than once! Allison Janney is particularly awesome, and can crack me up no matter what’s going on in the real world! The episode where she falls of the wagon was hilarious from start to finish!
Chicago Fire – As if the stakes of life and death aren’t high enough, the guys and gals at our favourite firehouse have managed to raise them all even higher, and for pretty much every character, it seems! I swear, if Boden (Eamonn Walker) ends up having to leave, I’ll be a very unhappy fan – but for now, at least, it looks like he’s not going anywhere without a fight!
Revolution – Every time I sit down to watch an episode of Revolution, part of me isn’t sure I want to continue. And then something inevitably happens on the show that makes me come back the following week. It’s not my favourite show, or anything, but I’m still engaged, and still care about the characters, so I’m still on board. Plus, I need to see what Aaron (Zak Orth) does next! Plus, I keep wanting to like Monroe (David Lyons) and Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito). I can’t help it!
Person of Interest – Despite the fact that you killed my FAVOURITE CHARACTER (Taraji P. Henson) – aside from Bear, of course – I still continue to love you, Person of Interest. You are smart, sexy, stressful, and…a word for funny that starts with an ‘s’…sense of humour! You provide a rich, detailed, intelligent show each and every week, and the fact that you aren’t afraid to kill off a FAVOURITE CHARACTER actually just proves that you have the balls to continue on as one of my favourite shows. Sometimes the good guy doesn’t win. But good shows should, and I hope you carry this level of intensity through for many more seasons to come. You’re awesome, Person of Interest…even without my FAVOURITE CHARACTER!!!
Vampire Diaries – These damn pretty people! They make me cry even when things are kind of okay! I cried when Bonnie (Kat Graham) died, I cried when Bonnie came back…good grief! I missed the first few episodes because the channel carrying it changed and my PVR didn’t know what happened. I kind of enjoyed saucy sarcastic Silas (Paul Wesley), but was glad to see him go, too. Do you think that everyone supernatural who dies in The Originals also has to pass through Bonnie now? Yikes!
The Originals – I’m actually not usually a fan of spin-offs, but this one I love love love! Joseph Morgan (Klaus) is someone I could probably watch for an eternity of my own, along with his lovely siblings, but the fact that all of the other characters have so seamlessly forged their existence into this already-established universe is something unexpected, and a true testament to the power of the writers and performers. It’s easily one of my favourite new shows of the year, and feels the least ‘new’ to me. It’s like The Originals have always been here…
Haven – I could talk about Haven for ages, and probably will at some point, because it has been and continues to be one of my most favourite shows that is on TV each year. I’ve liked it right from the start – kind of filled a hole left by The X-Files, and gives me a bit of a Stephen King kick once in awhile, too. I love the characters, the setting, the Troubles…well, I don’t love the Troubles, per se, but I do love the mystery and trying to figure things out alongside my intrepid gang of quasi-investigators! Did that even make sense? Things in Haven often don’t – at least at first – but it sure does feel like home. I can’t wait to get back into that world each week, and the end credits ALWAYS come too soon! So frustrated that it airs in Canada so much later than the US, but at least I’ll have more Haven joy going into next year, whereas they will soon be done for the season, so there’s that. It’s definitely one of my favourite shows, if not my most fave right now. I can’t get enough!
Played – This show just keeps getting better and better, so now it’s my fave new show of the season! I was drawn in by the names attached, and have stayed for the incredible writing and performances. Each episode seems to somehow up the ante for our characters more and more, and I find that the hour always flies by far too quickly, but only because I love it so. Great chemistry between the main group of characters, coupled with amazing guest stars and incredible, intense scenarios make for a sure winner! Plus, look at all the pretty!
The Walking Dead – I’ve had many problems with this show pretty much right out of the gate, and I intend to sit down at some point and read the comics, in the hopes that they’ll actually tell a better story with fewer gaping plot holes. Yet, I continue to watch and enjoy this one, in part because of the characters, in part because I enjoy making fun of it, and in part because I keep hoping it’ll grow into the kind of show I wanted it to be in the first place. I actually caught a glimpse of what I’ve been looking for in the Governor-centric episodes this season, but it wasn’t long before survival fell once again by the wayside in favour of war against the living, and I returned to my eye-rolling in frustration. How lucky for the Governor (David Morrissey), for example, that he chose the only day zombies weren’t pushing at the fences to invade the prison. There weren’t even any bodies laying about – Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and crew cleaned it all up nicely so that the Governor could roll right on in. Anyway. It is what it is, and if I hated it, I would stop watching it, but it’s kind of like a car wreck, so I carry on.
Elementary – I was never a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t read the books, I only sort of enjoyed the Robert Downey Jr films (the one or two I saw, at least – how many are there?), and I haven’t watched a single moment of any of the BBC series episodes. I do, however, like Jonny Lee Miller, so I decided to give this series a try, and discovered that I quite like it. To be clear, I’m not a Sherlock fan, so I don’t care about whether or not this series stays true to the character or not. What matters to me is story, which this has, and interesting characters, which this also has. That Watson is a woman was of only mild interest to me, but that Lucy Liu pulls off an amazing female character who holds her own with her brilliant detective male counterpart makes for highly enjoyable television, as far as I’m concerned. Each season has given me more and more to love about this series, and I can’t wait to see whatever happens next!
Grimm – I was excited about Grimm from the very beginning, and now that we are into Season Three, I like it all the more! I find that it stays fresh even as new creatures are introduced, and old characters return to hound our heroes. I love love love the relationship between Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) almost as much as I freaking adore the one between Nick (David Giuntoli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). Having Juliette and Hank (Russell Hornsby) as team members who are actually in on what’s really going on is a wonderful addition, and I think it makes Nick stronger to have his friends and loved ones working with him as true partners. I’d say all we need now is for Wu (Reggie Lee) to be brought up to speed, as well, but I actually kind of love his ability to help without even knowing what the hell he’s actually dealing with – it’s endearing and hilarious at the same time, so it’s okay with me if he stays in the dark. At least for now.
Once Upon A Time – This show continues to be strong and refreshing without going the way of mushy and predictable, which makes me love it all the more. There is always something new over the horizon, and danger comes in more forms than one evil queen (Lana Parrilla), which is good for our heroes to learn. Plus, the kid who plays Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) is freaking brilliant! I am mesmerized by his performance every single moment he’s on screen, and even though he’s evil as heck, I still don’t want him to go anywhere. The dude rocks!
The Michael J Fox Show – here’s another one that keeps getting better – and funnier – with every single episode! I about died of laughter during the Thanksgiving ep, and can’t wait to see how things progress! So happy to have Michael J Fox back on my screen each week!!!
I of course also watch things like Murdoch Mysteries, Lost Girl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc, but since Tim covers those in detail each week, I thought I’d throw in a bit about some of the other shows I have on my plate currently!