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Week in Review: 11/28/2010

Since this is my last chance to do a review for November I figured I should actually, you know, write a weekly review. I would like to start with a preemptive apology for any lack of coherency as I am falling asleep at my keyboard. Decorating for the holidays takes a lot out of a person.

Two things of consequence happened on “Hawaii Five-0” Monday night. First, we finally met the oft-discussed Rachel. Given that I’m a spoiler whore I was not surprised by her British accent. I was, however, amazed that I actually didn’t hate her that much. Well, at least once she started helping Danny out instead of pushing his buttons. It was a great insight into his character to see that the woman he loved had left him, essentially for a guy with more money. It was something that was hinted at but never outright stated and was all but said in last week’s episode. Scott Caan gave a great performance and I hope we get to see Claire van der Boom again.

The second thing? It was a passing comment, really. Steve was pulling a MacGyver and dusting for prints using vaccum dirt and a pillow feather. As he’s pulling the cleaning apparatus out, Danno says “There’s a cleaning crew to do that, babe” followed by a strange sound. That sound was the collective squeal of the slash fans before they promptly passed out from the overwhelming canon to support their favorite pairing. Seriously, the show is giving “Merlin” a run for its money in the not-so-sub text between their lead male characters.

Just when I thought “Glee” couldn’t top its past two episodes and I was losing faith in Ryan Murphy’s ability to write anything other than a tribute episode, out comes “Furt.” Everything from Finn getting over his lingering homophobia to Burt learning to dance and the looming dread of a Finn/Santana/Rachel blowout was perfect. The entire cast brought their A-game and I actually cried when Finn and Kurt danced together at their parents’ wedding as their friends sang and danced around them. Here, see for yourself and try not to cry:

This was everything an episode of “Glee” is supposed to be and I really hope they continue on this path (given what I’ve seen of next week’s episode, it looks highly likely).

Both “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” were repeats last week, so this gives me ample time to discuss the latest episode of “Merlin.” To be completely honest, I haven’t been impressed so far with the show’s third season. The best parts were mainly the introduction of new characters (namely, Gawaine) and a few epic moments of magic here and there. But “The Coming of Arthur” was the most intense, exciting and best episode of the season so far, for so many reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly, there wa actually a scene hwere Katie McGrath acted evil without smirking. I know, I was just as shocked as you! The scene where Morgana basically gives Gwen the choice of dying by going against her or living by staying by her side was chilling and pefectly played by both actresses. Perhaps even more chilling was the scene when Gawaine, Merlin and Arthur returned to Camelot after Morgause succeed in creating an immortal army and setting it on the city. Seeing these three men walk through the streets that two of them once called home, now strewn with bodies, was heartbreaking and none of them had to say a word. Basically I spent the entire episode on the edge of my seat and for the first time in a while I simply cannot wait for next week.

Week in Review 10/17/2010

Okay, so here is my late (but not quite so late as last week’s!) week in review.

After a weekend of being forced to watch “The Jersey Shore”, believe me when I say I am so frickin’ happy that The Situation was booted of Dancing with the Stars. If I see one more spray-tanned drunk idiot, I might just have to hurt someone.

 

Scott Cann as Danno

 

“Hawaii Five-0” was brilliant as always and as much I dislike Balthazar Getty, his guest-starring role was actually very well done. I couldn’t help but wonder the entire episode, however, if dying your hair with lemon juice and mayo actually worked. Anyone wanna be my guniea pig? Also, I was very surprised to discover that Scott Caan actually had an old injury flare up during shooting so they had to rewrite the script to accomadate his new accessory: a walking stick. Apparently he was supposed to play basketball with Steve against two inmates. At least Scott didn’t bust it dancing (I’m looking at you, Matthew Gray Gubler.)

Chris Colfer once again proved how Emmy-worthy he actually is. The only problem is his forte seems to be more in dramatic acting than in comedy (though he really excels at both) and he will always be in the comedy category with “Glee.” I did like the way his new relationship with Sam was handled, I hope this is the point where he starts to grow up a little concerning liking guys because, seriously? His stalker-like behavior with Finn was really, really creepy. Speaking of Sam, I am so not convinced he isn’t gay and that he actually likes Quinn. Chord had said recently in an interview that while it was originally set that he was going to be Kurt’s boyfriend, the creators saw his “chemistry with Dianna” and decided to go that route. While Chord may have chemsitry with Dianna, that doesn’t neccissarly mean Sam is going to have chemistry with Quinn. Also, Ryan Murphy had said several times last year that Idina Menzel wasn’t going to play Rachel’s mother. So until Kurt actually has a boyfriend, I’m not going to believe it won’t be Sam.

Sorry for my rant. Moving on.

I didn’t actually watch “The Defenders” Wednesday, instead I caught up on the “CSI: New York” I’ve missed so far. And apparently “The Vampire Diaries” was a repeat so I watched “Bones” instead. David Alan Grier was really hilarious and I had the theme tune to “Bill Nye the Science Guy” stuck in my head the rest of the night. Also, how cute was Emily Deschanel in that skeleton costume and tutu? Adorable! I was babysitting Thursday night and apparently “CSI” isn’t baby-appropriate so I wasn’t able to watch it. Thank God for Comcast’s On Demand!

Finally the day we were all waiting for: Friday. Why? Because it was Jensen Ackles‘ directorial debut and it was amazing both with the direction and the characters. Like the Winchester boys, I actually felt bad when I realized how we as an audience take Bobby for granted. He always shows up with the information and if he doesn’t already know it, he dutifully goes to look it up. I never realized what that would actually entail. I liked his cute next-door neighbor and I really hope we get to see her again soon. Plus, the return of Crowley! I absolutely adore Mark A. Sheppard and it was nice to get a little backstory on him as well. The biggest dissapointment of the episode? Bobby didn’t get to eat any of that delicious cobbler! Let the man eat his dessert in peace, you stupid hunters.

Until next week!

Week in Review: 10/2/2010

So it’s a new month, which means Mel and I have switched! Yours truly will now take over the weekly reviews.

Monday: I’m glad that the writers of “House” have kept our favorite sarcastic doctor in character while simultaneously exploring his not-oft-seen softer side and his relationship with Cuddy. It’s also great to see Alyson Stoner in something not related with Disney.

Hawaii Five-0” is still, and looks to always be, a thrill ride. I’m loving the banter between Alex O’Laughlin and Scott Caan, and I love the family relationship between the four main characters. It’s probably the highlight of my Monday night.

Tuesday: My problem with “Glee,” so far is there hasn’t been a lot of direction. Last season you couldn’t go one episode without at least one character (usually Rachel) talking about the importance of an upcoming competition. I think that because the creators have decided to make this season more character-driven (which is overall a great thing) they lose the looming make-it-or-break-it performance to drive the episodes. So far there has been no substance to anything I’ve seen in the episodes aired so far, but it looks like this week might put an end to that.

Raising Hope,” on the other hand is probably the best new comedy of the season so far. This show is hitting all the right notes, be they family relationships or comedic timing. However, I’m not fond of the idea of Sabrina (Shannon Woodward)  having a boyfriend because she clearly likes Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and it’s just going to cause unneeded UST.

Wednesday: I thought I’d miss “Criminal Minds” more, but really I’m not feeling the absence. Maybe it’s because I’ve been gorging myself on the previous seasons’ DVDs during that time slot. “The Defenders” is looking to be a very smart and dramatic show and it’s nice that Jim Belushi hasn’t played his character as just the bumbling but brilliant lawyer, he has a deep side as well.

Thursday: There’s little I can say about “Vampire Diaries” because it’s hard to comment on perfection. Ian Sommerholder is hitting all the right moments with Damon and his struggle with his feelings for the women he can’t have. I am continually impressed by Nina Dobrev’s turn as  Katherine, often forgetting it’s the same actress. This was highlighted when the two characters briefly met onscreen. I’m really looking forward to more.

To be honest, I don’t remember a lot from last week’s “CSI” (I was distracted by outside forces otherwise known as my family) other than the heartbreaking departure of Wendy (Liz Vassey), mainly because her relationship with Hodges wasn’t resolved. We know they wanted to be with each other, they knew it and yet still nothing happened. I love the actress and I really hope she comes back.

Friday: My first ever “live” viewing of “Supernatural” and it was oh so good. Shapeshifting baby! Domestic!Dean! The return of the Impala! It finally felt like the show I quickly fell in love with and I think that episode, coupled with the return of Cas next week, will keep that feeling alive.

Review: Hawaii Five-Oh Hell Yeah!

Oh, furrowed Mick St. James brow, how I have missed you! Alex O’loughlin and Scott Caan put in a great performance in last nights series premiere of the revamped “Hawaii-Five-0”.

The case of the new Hawaii Five-0

Let’s start with the genius that is the cast of this show. First, you have Alex O’Loughlin as Det. Steve McGarrett, the delightfully dickish Navy SEAL who likes to throw his connections and his ego around to get what he wants…but he does it in such a charming way you can’t help but love him anyway. Then you have his new partner, Det. Danny Williams played by Scott Caan, who has found himself stuck in a tropical paradise in a happy hotel with a broken marriage and an adorable little girl. He plays by the rules and sticks to protocol like stripes on a zebra. The two have a crazy odd couple sort of chemistry that will carry this show into ratings gold. Through in the gorgeous surfer girl and the quirky old friend and you have the best Scooby gang EVER.And that’s a pretty timely reference considering James Marsters played the baddie in the pilot – a baddie I’m thinking is going to keep on coming back. Also loving Jean Smart as the governor. You really can’t go wrong casting that woman in anything.

Now allow me to rave about the action sequences because holy crap. If they keep this up, it’s going to be like watching an action movie every week and I’m totally down with that. If you haven’t seen it yet, pay particular attention to the sequence where Danny gets shot and prepare to have your mind blown.

Having never watched the original, I am looking at this as a completely fresh show without the context of legacy. All I know is the world has more than enough procedural cop shows. I just hope this one stays away from that pigeon hole of doom. Until next week, let’s just leave it at this show ROCKS and I can’t wait for more.

Check out next week’s promo:

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