Saturday, October 27, 2012

Better TV

Meanwhile, Nikita is still showing great love and respect for Nikita & Alex's relationship. Their friendship is almost like sisterhood, or a mother/daughter bond. Seeing them rescue the kidnapped and brainwashed girl in this week's episode was so good, and was a reminder of how well the writers handle strong women. All we need now is the villain Amanda to make her return. (It seems also that the female President on the show is a villain of sorts, with her threats about wiping out Division if it becomes too troublesome and visible.)

Mockingbird Lane also aired tonight. It was eccentric and fascinating, and definitely quirky. I did like the macabre humor and the special effects, though I'm sure the effects would have to be toned down in a normal series. But it didn't offend me the way that the Addams Family movies offended me for changing Wednesday Addams and going for more gross out humor. Well, we'll see what the ratings are like.

I enjoyed Elementary this week also. It's great that Holmes, like book Holmes, does not like the rich and powerful much. Holmes being fallible and in genuine danger was great too, because he is in fact human, and not a perfect reasoning machine. I loved the scene with Gregson at the end, and also Holmes's remarks to Watson about how deductions make relationships hard. Even though the case eventually turned into serial murder, it at least started out as a private client wanting to find a missing person. So hopefully we'll have more private cases in the future, and I hope some will not become murder. I'd even take a jewel heist or bank robbery. We'll see.

Good Wife Reprieve

I read that supposedly the Nick/Kalinda storyline will be ended early, due to the negative audience response. If that's true, then thank God. Seriously, when I read spoilers saying how freaking long Nick was going to be on the show, I gave up in protest, deleting the season pass, and all my episodes from my Tivo. I mean if I could have (like a recent song on the show said) "burned this mother down" I would have burned the show to the freaking ground, I was so pissed off. I'm still pissed off that they started the storyline at all.

Here's the interview with TV Guide.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall TV

I'm very sad about the awful ratings for the season 3 premiere of Nikita. It was such a good episode. It seems that the promos during Arrow didn't help. Maybe it was the baseball, but I don't follow sports.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Arrow premiere

I watched CW's Arrow, because of all the good buzz about it. I'm not a comic book reader and know nothing about Green Arrow and his history. In fact, I'd probably confuse him with Hawkeye from The Avengers movie, just because they're both skilled archers.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Good Gone Bad

I usually don't comment on The Good Wife here, but I've been watching it since season 1 because I loved many of the strong female characters like Alicia, Kalinda, and Diane; the complexity of the political plots and the struggles at the law firm frequently elevated the show from mere procedural to an insightful look at morality and character. Alicia and Kalinda's friendship was great for a while too, and I was glad for them to reunite, but frustrated when Kalinda still kept secrets and denied she was in trouble even when Alicia tried to help her.

Last season, I thought I wanted to learn about Kalinda's husband and her mysterious past as Leela, but boy was I wrong. This season is a retread of the worst aspects of the Blake storyline from season two. Violence mixed with lust, for no reason other than salacious shock value. What a mess.

It reminds me of that awful Hound of the Baskervilles movie where Laura Lyons was still trapped with her abusive husband and actually defending him when he attacked her. What the fuck is this? Sadomasochism? Women encouraging men to proclaim love while dishing out pain? And men tearfully declaring they'd never really kill her, because they love her so damn much. It's sickening. I'm going to fast-forward Kalinda from now on until her stupid husband is gone. And if Alicia continues to be flat and dumb and stay with Peter, I'm dropping this show too. I've already seen her stand by Peter through a campaign, and I don't need to see another retread in a year that I'm already sick of the real-life campaign.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Elementary episode 2

Elementary appears in my area on three separate channels that mirror CBS's schedule, and yet somehow my Tivo screwed up and didn't record it Thursday! Thankfully, I was able to watch it on the CBS website, and I loved it.