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.
There was much pre-hate towards Hannibal before it was even released. I was amongst those people. The films were so loved, especially Silence of the Lambs, that hearing it was a prequel made me groan. Prequel’s are what Hollywood usually turns to when there is no possible way to make a sequel to the original source material, so I was hesitant. Also, they made a prequel called Hannibal Rising and that wasn’t any good either. To my amazement, Hannibal did not only turn out to be a good show but a great one. Easily becoming one of the best new dramas of the year.
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You can never experience a season of Game of Thrones without being shocked, wowed and captivated. It gave us twists and turns both unforeseeable and heartbreaking. Dealing with themes of leadership, the nature of power, and nobles vs their citizens. Game of Thrones handles these themes and its gigantic cast with such finesse, that it is hard to imagine this show any other way.
For nine years, we watched the crazy antics at Dunder Mifflin. We laughed, cried and connected with its entire cast of characters. Within that nine year run, the show became a huge cultural phenomenon. All of that, though, ended in the following years as the ratings and audience enthusiasm faltered. I was one of those people who felt that the show should have ended back in season 7 when Steve Carell’s, Michael Scott left the show. Despite that, I still stuck around, always feeling like the end was near.
Every fan of Community had a reason to worry heading into show’s fourth season. NBC and Sony had removed the show’s creator Dan Harmon from the show. That certainly diminished any celebration of the existence of a season 4. Community was Dan Harmon’s baby, he lent this unique voice to the show and he understood the characters and the story he wanted to tell, better than anyone else would.
Every season of Doctor Who is always a grand affair. You have stand alone episodes with a story so unique that they require their own movie type poster. This season gave us a fitting and heartfelt end to two of series’ most beloved companions, Rory and Amy Pond and introduced a promising new companion, in Clara. The seventh season was split into two distinct halves with the Christmas special bridging the two. Season seven was far from perfect but show creator Steven Moffat delivered on what counted, strong character moments, brilliant story ideas, and mythology altering twists that ensured we would be eagerly awaiting the 50th anniversary special.
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After ten years, the story of a young Clark Kent was wrapped up with Smallville. Now the CW, needed their next superhero to fill the void Clark Kent left. It may have seemed a strange choice; I know people who dismissed it right away when hearing that it was only about the Green Arrow. Now, it seems to have paid off, becoming a hit for the CW. I being a massive DC fan was excited just to be getting a new live action entity of some kind. It took me a few episodes to completely fall in love with this show, but now I am swooned.
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Season 4 of Parks and Recreation ended with Leslie Knope being elected as a member of the Pawnee City Council. Naturally Season 5 chronicled her first year on City Council. How was it, you ask? It was freaking amazing, duh!
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Does everyone on this show get stabbed in the gut at least once?!?!?!
When this show first started I was in love with it. There was huge excitement when it started, “A show about a serial killer who has a cult of serial killers,” soon became “Really? A cult of serial killers.” It became hard to believe or buy into any of the situations that were depicted on the show. It’s hard to invest in any of the characters, when it feels like the show doesn’t care about them and treats everyone as if they were expendable.
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Spartacus concluded its run with a great season and a superb series finale, that was perfect in every way. Spartacus was a joy to watch over the years. With episodes delivering a solid mix of violence and sex that left viewers fully entertained. The violence and sex is just icing on the cake. At it’s core, Spartacus is a great drama filled with great characters and some of the most memorable lines of dialogue on TV.
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I hated the second season of The Walking Dead. The lousy dialogue, the annoying portrayals of all the female characters, and the drawn out stories (it took them way too long to find Sophia). They really had one way to go and that was up and I found that they did.There was still some inconsistencies but for the most part season three was an action-packed adventure. AMC once again split the season in two halves and I found the first half of the season to be a lot more consistent and focused than the second half.
Review is full of spoilers
Duhhhhn duhhhhn dun-nuh-nuh-nuhhh…wasn’t it great to hear that song again. I miss this show and I am so glad that it’s back. This show is one of favourites and how could you not love it, I mean the first season was perfection and the second season was also near flawless. But Game of Thrones is back and more fantastical than ever and the world is just better for it.
Man, that was an underwhelming finale wasn’t it, but that’s The Walking Dead for you. Always inconsistent. Personally, I was expecting a big climactic clash between the Governor and Rick but that really never happened. A lot of fan favourties like Daryl and Michonne didn’t have much to do in this episode either but let’s get into the all of the details.
The Walking Dead is one of those shows that does not handle dialogue well. There are actually a few writers on this show that can make dialogue feel natural and one of them was the writer of this episode and next season’s show runner Scott Gimple. The whole dialogue between Rick and Merle at the start of the episode was great because not only did it show Merle’s messed up mind but it also showed how unstable and unsure as a person he is. This really was Merle’s episode you found out more about him in one episode than we did in three seasons and just when we were finally getting to know the man they killed him. They Walking Dead has a habit of doing this for way too many characters, they did it to T-Dog this season and they did to Dale last season. What’s the point of getting us to care about them if you’re just going to kill them by the end of the episode. Also did Merle forget that he is a racist because he didn’t say a single racist word to Michonne during the car ride.