I was excited to have the X-Files back. Fox had announced that Chris Carter would return as show runner and three of the show’s original writers, (James Wong, Darin Morgan, and Glen Morgan), would be back to write and direct an episode each. Only Carter would write and direct three. It sounded great on paper but I was left with only one word after watching this recent season: disappointment. Even through that disappointment I couldn’t help but be glad to have Mulder and Scully back on tv, because though the story has gotten muddled and confusing over the years, the characters are still brilliant.
Minor spoilers for season 3 follow.
There is a sense of familiarity when you enter season 3 of Orange is the New Black. You know these characters now. For some, you know their pasts – while for others you know how they ended up at Litchfield. As familiar as Litchfield, and it’s inhabitants may seem, you can tell that something is different about twelve minutes into the season premiere. Twelve minutes is how long it takes for Piper to show up. Season 3 is the season where Orange is the New Black truly became an ensemble show. To the point, where I can see Piper leaving Litchfield, and the show continuing with the inmates who are still waiting to be released.
After season five 24 became nothing more than a show with great action and uninspired and redundant stories. The show and Jack Bauer were running on fumes. After season 8 ended, the cast and crew of the show talked for years about a possible movie. But what was finally decided was a 12 episode limited series that would still cover 24 hours but set in London. Maybe it was the long break, maybe it was the shorter episode order, maybe it was the change in location or maybe it was all of those things but 24: Live Another Day was an enjoyable season of 24 that made me want more seasons of 24 in the future.
Nothing will ever be as shocking as the Red Wedding back in season 3. It will undoubtably be a moment in the show’s history that will be impossible to top in terms of viewers reaction. But as anyone who’s seen the fourth season of Game of Thrones, you know that there were plenty of big moments to behold and plenty of main characters to watch die. Season 4 proved that Game of Thrones can still be a treasure trove of trauma.
“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.” – Walter White
Series finale’s are always tricky. People always go into them with big expectations, wanting to achieve some kind of closure. Whether that closure is an emotional one or one that ties up all the loose ends. Whichever way you slice it, people foolishly decide their opinion of an entire series based on the series finale. However, Breaking Bad gave us a perfectly executed finale, that may not have been the best episode Breaking Bad has done but it will surely satisfy many viewers and leave a few slightly disappointed.
*Review contains spoilers*
I enter every new season of True Blood with this longing that the show I once feel in love with, would return. Back in seasons 1 through 3, True Blood was more focused, sure it had the crazy amount of sex and violence but it never created situations just to top itself. You believed in all the crazy antics. Scenes as ludicrous as, Bill being tortured by his maker only for him to end up on the buffet for a couple of vampire blood addicted werewolves, felt real and grounded. Back then, True Blood made an effort to ground its campy nature in reality but after season 4, the show became nothing but camp. Over three seasons True Blood has introduced plot lines that never concluded, had the main characters face life-threatening danger with never dying and told about 5 separate stories per season but you only really cared about two. The show became more concerned about delivering on the crazy that story and characters got neglected.
Arrested Development getting a fourth season, six years after it was cancelled by Fox, is nothing short of a TV miracle. I don’t think that has ever happened to a show before, someone fact check me on that. Nonetheless, it has been revived by Netflix as they go deeper down the hole of original programming. Cancelled much before it’s time, I was just happy to have this superb show back, even if I found this season to be not as good as the show once was. That doesn’t make this season terrible or awful in any way, just that it was lacking when you compare it to the seasons that came before it. Before you guys get upset with me, I still enjoyed season 4, minus the few rough patches.