Trying to fit all these shows in is so hard. [/whines] But I’ve really enjoyed it!
A handful of my shows premiered last week. Every night, I came home from work, plopped down on the couch, watched my shows and immersed myself in tweeting and texting. It was great! It’s fun to go back and forth with friends while you’re all watching the same show. I love live tweeting, however, sometimes I can get so caught up on posting, reading and following various cast and crew members of the show, I actually miss out on the show. So, it’s a fine line with the live tweeting.
Of the new shows I’ve watched so far (Constantine has yet to air), Forever is the winner by a country mile. Love it! It is a fun show, even though it can get a little dark at times. Ioan Gruffudd, always easy on the eyes, plays immortal Dr. Henry Morgan with relish. Henry is trying to find out the secret to his immortality as he works as a medical examiner in New York City. He helps Detective Jo Martinez solve her cases with an almost Sherlock Holmes-ish level of perception, borne no doubt from his two centuries of living. I’m not sure how it’s doing in the ratings, but I hope it gets picked up for a full season by ABC.
Forever often puts me in the mind of Castle. Both shows have a charming male lead, partnered with an attractive female detective who has some sadness/darkness in her past. He is often places he has no business being simply by virtue of his relationship with the detective. Both shows have self-contained episodes with a larger story arc that pops in and out. Both shows also have great casts!
The pilot for Black-ish was expectedly “meh.” The next few episodes definitely picked up and it is genuinely funny. It’s a good cast and the writing is good. The only thing that I’m not crazy about is Laurence Fishburne. As much as it pains me to say it! I think I just have trouble seeing him as someone’s grandfather. *smh* But I’ll definitely keep watching.
Gotham has so far been underwhelming. It has gotten rave reviews from critics as well as people I know. I’m not feeling it. It has potential but I guess it needs more time. The pilot dragged and Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon had one expression: taciturn. I was glad to see him smiling in the second ep! The characters are written so broadly at this point, it’s hard to catch any nuance. I haven’t made by my mind about Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney. Over the top? Or over the top on purpose? But I do loooove the way they dress and style the character. I like Oswald AKA The Penguin very much. I would have liked to have seen more of him while he was still working for Mooney. John Doman, as mob boss Carmine Falcone, is a “Hey, It’s That Guy!” and brings a calculating, menacing presence to the show.
As I suspected, both Sleepy Hollow and The Originals were very good in their respective openings. The Originals is just a ridiculously good supernatural show! Even if you never watched The Vampire Diaries, you can jump right into The Originals and be up to speed pretty quickly. And if this week’s ep of The Originals didn’t tear up my emotions, then the S3 premiere of Arrow sure as hell did. WOW. One of my favorite characters got killed and days later I am still stunned. It was a good ep and a great start to the season. SO glad I picked this show up!
Speaking of Arrow, its spin-off show The Flash had a solid pilot. Usually pilots are too much exposition and not enough story. But The Flash did a good job of weaving the history of the character (shown on Arrow last season), Barry Allen’s (The Flash’s alter ego) back story, and setting up interesting story lines all in its first hour. And an appearance by the Arrow himself! I’m sold.
And if you can believe it, I did restart Supernatural. I read recaps from mid-S7 to the end of S9. Then I watched the last 5 or so eps of S9 and was ready to go! There was a Supernatural respective that came on this week that was pretty good. I was surprised at how much of the show I remembered over the last 10 years! There were show clips, interviews with cast and crew (including show creator Eric Kripke AKA The Kripkeeper) and lots of obvious love for fans of the show. The only things I missed was an interview with Jim Beaver, who played fan-favorite Bobby Singer for more than 7 seasons. And there was NO mention of fan-favorites Ellen and Jo Harvelle which is really just an egregious error on the part of the show’s producers.
But, boy, am I glad I picked this show back up. I really used to love the show! And that love was rekindled in our reacquaintance. Of course, the angst-to-end-all-angst is still there between the Winchester brothers, but it felt so good to return “home” to the familiar characters. And The Impala! Oh, how I have missed The Impala (loving nicknamed “Metallicar” by TWoP).
Another show I’m glad I restarted is (Marvel’s Agents of) Shield. So far the season has been really good. I’m glad they are keeping Ward around. It wasn’t until the latter part of S1 (and even now) that I really appreciated the job that Brett Dalton has done with that character. He took a(n intentionally) bland, cookie-cutter character and turned it into one of the most compelling characters on the show. On purpose. Wow! My only concern, from the beginning, has been Fitz and Simmons. It took me forever to figure out which one was which. For S2, they’ve given Simmons an interesting story line, but Fitz’s is still….stalling. Ah, well. Still sticking with the show!
Scandal and The Vampire Diaries have both started off well, thank goodness! Especially Scandal. But both shows are still on probation for the foreseeable future and will probably be joined by Downton Abbey in January.
And what are YOU watching?