Okay! I spent two full days trying to watch all the programs I’d accumulated on my PVR over the last bit, and almost got all caught up! I’ve picked up some new shows since last I wrote, and have been behind a lot lately as I don’t have much time to watch anything until the weekends. So this week, I’m going to try and say a little about a lot, as there are several programs I’m loving this season, and it’s hard to find time to do them all proper justice. For now, at least, this will have to do!
Intelligence – Josh Holloway’s new vehicle shows us some cool inner workings of his mind courtesy of a chip implanted in his brain that has, essentially, become a part of who he is. The unexpected ability to render a scene in 3D so that he can effectively walk through it makes for some really interesting tension, and the fact that Meghan Ory plays his partner is a huge bonus – especially for fans of Once Upon A Time. So happy to have both of them back on my screen again! The addition of Marg Helgenberger as their boss, Lillian Strand, doesn’t hurt, either. I’m interested to see where this one goes!
The Originals – I love Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Everyone does – I think even the characters who appear to hate him on the show have a kind of weakness for him. I root for him, I want him to be happy, yet at the same time, I kind of love his bad boy ways. I’m surprised at how much I love all the new characters on this series who didn’t cross over from Vampire Diaries, too. Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin were already faves of mine, as well, but Charles Michael Davis as Marcel and Danielle Campbell as Davina are now entrenched in my list, too. Their characters are just as broken and flawed as our anti-hero Originals, and surrounded by an impressive (and attractive) cast of other vampires and witches, together they fill out the rest of the world, and make this spin-off just as watchable as its originator.
Speaking of which…The Vampire Diaries – The sons of beeotches had me in tears over freaking Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev), of all people, and having the Original vampires make guest appearances as Catherine lay dying made the whole episode all the more bittersweet. And then, of course, there was the ending. Oh TVD, I wish I could quit you! 🙂
Face Off is back for another season, and this one promises to be bigger and better than ever! It’s too early for me to have a favourite, but so far I am really enjoying getting the chance to see all the incredible ideas these new contestants come up with, and the crazy talent they all have to pull it off! Like Ve said to one departing contestant, the work they did that week would have been enough in any other season to carry them through to the next challenge. It’s just that this season’s crop has madder skills than usual, and everyone will need to bring their A game to the table each and every week this time. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Supernatural – I actually liked seeing Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) working separately this week. It’s kind of refreshing to see them figuring things out on their own, and learning to rely on other people (or angels, or demons) to get the job done. They actually accomplished quite a lot, while also starting to realize that there is nothing wrong with needing your brother when you want to be your best. I have a feeling this separation won’t last long, and I don’t want it to, but it was definitely fun to see Cas (Misha Collins) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) stepping up to the plate to help out the boys in new ways this time!
Chicago Fire and Chicago PD did a great crossover episode with a blackout and the abduction of Severide (Taylor Kinney)’s sister, but those were almost background stories, as several characters are dealing with their own issues and happenings in the forefront of the action. Chicago PD is another spin-off that feels seamless in its introduction – I feel like I know these characters already, and I am eager to see what happens to all of Chicago’s finest over the weeks to come.
Revolution continues to keep me coming back for more, even though I sometimes wish it was more about surviving in a world without electricity than all the politics and supernatural goings-on. But at the same time, I really like the characters, and I think they are what bring me in week after week. If I didn’t care about them, I may have stopped watching long ago, but as it is, the story they are telling feels almost too epic for its own good sometimes, yet it’s the individual people who make it all matter. It could have been a hot mess, but the actors make it feel real and immediate, and that’s what I like about it. I step into their world and take their journeys with them, rather than merely watch all this unrealistic stuff happen to them. That sense of inclusion makes all the difference.
Saving Hope – This show…this show has been kicking ass and taking names from the beginning, but they really have stepped it up this season! The 2-part season opener was gut-wrenching, and they haven’t looked back since. If I didn’t have so much on my gorram PVR each week, I’d be saving the episodes and watching them at least a second time, if not a third or fourth, ’cause DAMN if that show ain’t even more amazing than it was before! In season 1, I wondered how long it could possibly go on with Charlie (Michael Shanks) in a coma and wandering the hospital in semi-spirit form. Then he came out of his coma but could still see dead people, which made things pretty interesting, especially in the operating room. Now he’s starting to tell people, and I am beyond eager about this turning point – what it means for Charlie, for Alex (Erica Durance), and the rest of the staff at Hope Zion Hospital. The fact that Charlie’s situation isn’t the only thing the show focuses on is also great – the storylines continue to be top notch, and I get stressed out at least once an episode wondering how they are going to help certain patients, or if they even can. Saving Hope has truly become one of my favourite shows and, to put that in perspective, I watched 20 different programs this weekend alone, not including the ones I managed to get to through the week. I think this one is definitely in my Top 5 these days. I just hope I can survive so much tension if it keeps up like this for the rest of the season!
Grimm – Oh man, here is another show that I love more and more the longer it’s on! The creators seem to have found the perfect balance between seasonal story arcs and individual episode tales that rewards all viewers, whether they are new to the table or have been following along from the beginning. How freaking cute is Monrosealee (Silas Weir Mitchell and Bree Turner)?! I’m very happy to see Nick (David Giuntoli)’s support team come together fully as Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are able to help him so much more now that they know what’s going on. And then there’s good old reliable Sgt Wu (Reggie Lee), who is a surprisingly competent member of the team, even though he has no idea what’s actually happening. The fact that he is so awesome when he only has a portion of the overall picture to work with makes him one of my favourite characters on ANY show! I remember being worried that he was going to get killed off back in the first season, and I really didn’t want that to happen. Now he mostly just makes me laugh and cheer, so if this is the writers’ way of getting me to drop my guard, allow me to beg of you now to LEAVE OUR WU ALONE!!!
Haven – I think Haven is my number 1 show right now. There are several in my top-loved spot, but I think Haven just has that extra special something that nudges it over the top. I was angry to discover that I’d missed at least one episode due to my PVR not recording it, for some reason. I’ve set it to record at some ridiculous hour of the morning the day after it airs so I can still watch it when I get up, but last weekend it didn’t record at all. So I missed a lot (ie Colin Ferguson’s return as William), and grudgingly tried to jump back in this week with what was another awesome episode, even though I had a gap in the overall goings-on. The town of Haven and its residents pulled me right back in to their weird – wonderful embrace…and made me more determined than usual to buy this season on DVD when it gets released. The characters – especially the leads, Audrey (Emily Rose), Nathan (Lucas Bryant), and Duke (Eric Balfour) – are all so enigmatic and easy to love, but those who round out the locals, whether they be regulars or just there for an episode or two, are all equally fleshed out and fully realized. Love ’em or hate ’em, they are true to who they are, which doesn’t always happen in television. They continue to surprise me, delight me, frustrate me, anger me…as though they really were all my neighbours and family. Not to mention the fact that this season has brought us more of Dwight (Adam Copeland aka WWE Superstar Edge) than ever before, and that will never make me mad! I love Dwight!!!
Helix – I’d been looking forward to this one for a long time, and I have to say, it is DARK! The first episode or two, I wasn’t sure how I felt after. I knew I liked it, but I was surprised, scared, disturbed, grossed out and intrigued all at the same time, so I decided it was maybe best not to watch it right before bed. I mean…with the monkey dreams, and all. Billy Campbell is amazing, and I can’t even really decide yet who the “bad guys” are, as everyone is so complex and secretive. I think my favourite character is Dr. Doreen Boyle (Catherine Lemieux), but I think I might have to live without her after that most recent episode. Still, the stakes are high, the virus is mysterious, the place is huge and remote, and things can only get worse from here!
Bitten – I loved the first book in this series, and after we were able to speak with star Laura Vandervoort a couple of times, my excitement level for the television incarnation of that book was at an all time high. It has not disappointed, either, I must say! I know some fans are mad because Clay (Greyston Holt) doesn’t have a southern accent, or the wolves don’t move quite right, or…whatever. I don’t even really know what anyone might be complaining about, because to me, the series is doing a fine job of capturing the feeling of Kelley Armstrong’s books overall. There is tension, comedy, sex, suspense, gore, and they are NOT afraid to go that little extra dark and kill a kid, which I love. Not…I don’t love killing kids, I just love that they weren’t afraid to do it for television. Usually the little one gets saved at the last second by our heroes. Not so this time. Which, to me, means anything goes. I love how paternal Jeremy (Greg Bryk) is as the alpha (when he pointed at Clay and said, “Stay!” I laughed out loud in my living room), and Laura is utterly perfect as Elena. She spent the whole first episode eating, which makes perfect sense for her character, and made me smile, to boot. And she’s a beautiful woman who’s not afraid to get dirty or be completely un-glamourous, which I also love. Plus, nicest girl in the world. I am enjoying getting to see her stretch her acting chops in this role. The Pack lads are ridiculously handsome, too, and I love how fleshed out their characters are becoming. The books take place inside Elena’s head, but with the TV series, we are able to see the men in her life more fully, as well, which can only be a good thing. Even when I know something is going to happen (from reading the book), it’s still a kick to the gut when it plays out on screen, and that tells me this series has legs. I can’t wait for more.
Finally, I want to say a few words about the new series, Killer Women. I somehow missed the premiere, but have been able to get caught up on the rest of the episodes that have aired, and so far I am quite intrigued. Granted, all it took for me to check it out was knowing that the lovely Tricia Helfer was starring in it, but even that would really only go so far. Probably. The series follows Molly Parker (Helfer), the only female Texas Ranger, and right out of the gate, she proves she’s also a gorgeous woman who isn’t afraid to get a little dirty. I mean, I could sit contentedly for awhile and watch her saunter around in that hat and those jeans, but the fact is, the girl can act. And so far there’s actually more to the storylines of the series than just “hot chick with a gun and a badge”. She has a complicated relationship with her brother, Billy (BSG alum Michael Trucco), an ex-husband who is unwilling to accept the “ex” part of their marriage and give Molly the divorce she’s been asking for, and a current boyfriend, Dan (Marc Blucas), who would kind of like Molly to make up her mind as to what she wants from a relationship sometime soon-ish. And then there’s the day job of being the only female Ranger in them there parts. It’s too early to tell how the series will go over the rest of the season, but for whatever it’s worth, I am in wholeheartedly thus far. Come for the pretty people, stay for the story. That’s kind of how I roll. 😉