Old friends:White Collar
That's how it's done! The season opener was exactly what it says on the tin.The boys missing each other, yearnful phone conversations late at night on a beach, a big reunion hug and Elizabeth & the team playing small but vital parts in the investigations. And now I want to visit the Cape Verde Islands.Covert Affairs
Can I just say: I'm not a big fan of shaking up everything in a season premiere. Last thing I remember is Annie and Auggie sharing a bittersweet moment on a car bonnet, Auggie going off to Africa and Annie driving off into the sunset in a classic car. Now all of a sudden Jai's dead, Auggie's back, the team is pulled apart and Annie is driving her little boring red number again. Not enough Auggie, not enough Auggie/Annie interaction, and too much shower sex with terrorist suspect. I'm hoping that this is just a set-up, and things will be back to normal in a few episodes. Yes, I'm watching Covert Affairs for it's predictable charm, not for surprise twists.Falling Skies
Aliens, human hybrids, resistance fighters, Noah Wyle as a BAMF history teacher and widowed Dad of 3 boys. There is some uneven writing, particularly the romance can be a bit clunky and heavy-handed, but the SciFi works well for me.Teen Wolf
How do you know it's summer TV? Eye candy and rediculous story lines. I love Stiles and his ad-libs, I love that our hero is inept and kinda lost without his BFF Stiles and I love how Mum McCall handwaves parenting....Necessary Roughness( This got kinda long... )
Downloaded for later consumtion: True Blood & DamagesNew kids on the block:The Newsroom
Poor Sorkin. Everybody is waiting for something that is just as brilliant, informative, funny, dramatic and did I say brilliant as West Wing. And again this is not it. BUT, even mediocre Sorkin is a cut and a half above a lot of other shows. This show has a lot of possibility, Jeff Daniels has the gravitas and charisma to cary a show like this, Mackenzie will be a great charaters once they've toned down the hysterics a bit, Allison Pill is very believable, some of the dialogue is already great, and the narrative device of telling last years news is pretty ingenious and works very well for me. I'm guessing if you're a tea party memeber you might struggle with some of the politics, though...
Oh, in related unrelated news, there was this:Perception
Somewhere in here hides a great little show, but I fear it'll never see the light of day. Eric McCormack's depiction of somebody who walks the tightrope between genius and madness is spot on, and I'd loved to see the show that really delves into that life and explores it. Alas, it's just a plot device and we're lumbered with a procedural by numbers where mental illness only serves as a ploy to move the plot forward, and is used in a way that borders on the offensive (an aphasiac as a lie detector - really?)Common Law:
What can I say? The boys are pretty, the sky is blue. It's summer. This started nearly 2 month before White Collar and Covert Affairs. The Therapy is clearly just a plot device and only bookends the episodes. The plot is - actually, I'm not sure there's a plot. I'm pretty sure at some point I'll be fed-up waiting for any real exploration of the characters and move on. But it's fun while it lasts.Already dumped:Longmire
I checked this out for Starbuck, mainly. It's beautifully shot, the lead is likeable and the story telling is decent enough. This ain't bad, just nothing special. I think my main problem is that I was hoping Katee Sackhoff's character would be subborn and strong and keep locking horns with the sheriff. Instead she's some ratherbland, boring and tepid city girl.Bunheads
This annoyed me from the get go. What an intesly unlikable lead and unsavoury premise. An exotic dancer strings along a devoted fan for the gifts and free meals but makes no secret of her disdain for his admiration. Cut to an unsucessful job audition and a drunken night out, and she finds herself married to the guy. He conviniently pops his clogs on the first day of marriage, and thus we are delivered onto the silly premise of the show. It involves a dance studio, a mother-in-law and quaint little town. This is supposed to be the Gilmore Girls for the next generation, I guess. I'm running screaming the other way.