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SEASON PREMIERE RECAP & REVIEW: Parenthood “Family Portrait” S4 E1

This is absolutely one of my favorite shows on TV.  And every season, I can’t wait for its return.  The fourth season of Parenthood did not disappoint with a very touching episode that surprised me because I’ve never liked Haddie.  So let’s start there because there was a lot going on in this episode.

Haddie/Adam/Kristina/Max

I had a feeling Sarah Ramos wasn’t going to be back much this season once we learned she was off to Cornell.  I wasn’t all that upset either because I’ve never liked the character of Haddie.  I never liked how whiny she was and how selfish she could be.  Plus, everything is the world seemed to annoy the crap out of her.  She was written perfectly as a typical teenager and Ramos did a great job executing it to a tee.  Still doesn’t mean I have to like her!   Most of this episode revolved around Haddie leaving for college.  Here’s what I don’t understand.  This is the week before she leaves correct?  So why was Kristina and Adam trying to cram ten pounds of shit into a five-pound bag (as my husband loves to say?)  Obviously Haddie wants to spend time with her friends before she leaves and she should have the right to do that.  Why would you put shopping, parties, family visits, and immediate family time all within the course of this one week?   Couldn’t you have spread it out over the summer?  It was already going to be stressful enough for all of you that week leading to Haddie heading East.   Why make it that much more stressful on all of you?

One of my biggest pet peeves about Parenthood (really the only one) is how the show always has people talking over each other.  I hate it.  It’s one of my biggest pet peeves in reality because I don’t think there is anything ruder than talking and having someone completely disregard the fact that you are speaking and begin to speak over you.  It’s as if that person is saying “what you’re saying is so insignificant and has so little value, that I am going to begin speaking because I couldn’t care less what you have to say.”   Sorry for the mini soap box, but it had to be said.  So when it happens in Parenthood, it drives me bonkers.  Adam/Kristina/Haddie/Max have always been the worst about this on the show.  Every scene they are in it’s as if 2-3 different conversations are going on.  It’s hard to follow and not the least bit entertaining.  The scene at the burger place was awful.  First, if you want to take Haddie out to celebrate her, why not ask her where she wants to go?  Second, knowing you have a son with Aspberger’s, wouldn’t you call the restaurant ahead of time to make sure they serve the same burger that your son always gets?  You know what will happen if they don’t and if you’re trying to make a nice family outing, keeping Max in check would be a good idea.  Third, how dare Kristina yell at the people behind them.  You all know I love her character but this bothered me.  Your son is pitching a fit, your oldest daughter and yelling back at him, and your youngest baby has just burst into screaming tears.  When the man turned to look at them, Kristina yelled to have him mind his own business because that wasn’t his family.  Well guess what?  When your family disrupts other people’s families from enjoying their meals, they have the right to give you the stink eye.  If you don’t like it, then make sure all hell doesn’t break loose when you go out to dinner.  I’m not saying it’s easy and I can appreciate how challenging it can be.  But you also can’t be upset with other people who may be annoyed that your family is keeping them from having a quiet, enjoyable meal.

Even with those few annoyances, overall, it was a really sweet episode for these guys.  One of the things I think the show highlighted beautifully is just how difficult it is on the sibling of a child with Aspberger’s.  We always see and hear about the parents view-point, but it’s nice to see how hard this has been on Haddie.  Haddie tries to have a nice moment with Max telling him how much she will miss him and loves him and that she appreciates his special qualities of honesty and directness.  She even gives him a present to let him know how much she cares.  But you see her get nothing back from Max.  That has to be hard and I thought Haddie handled herself very well.   Haddie always has to be the bigger person and when her parents don’t always discipline Max the way they should (like the way the blew off him destroying her room to look for his lizard) it’s hard to not want to take it out on him and it’s understandable when she does lose it.

We also got to see Kristina’s side of her baby girl going off to college.  You see how she really wanted some girl time with her daughter before she leaves.  She really puts it in perspective when she says “she’s never going to live here again.”  Actually, that’s a good thing.  You should want your child to be self-sufficient and independent.  It’s a sign they’ll be ok.  But from a mother’s view-point, her baby is grown up and moving on.  And while she’s thrilled for her, it crushes her at the same time because everything is moving to a new stage in their lives.

The scene that really got me, was the final scene.  Even though I knew it was coming, it still got me.  Haddie is at the airport about to board her flight and her parents are keeping it together (Adam’s just fine but Kristina is really trying hard to be strong and not cry) and Haddie is also very stoic.  But as soon as Haddie gets in line, she runs back to her parents, crying her eyes out, and gives them a huge hug.  It was awesome.  And I was so happy for Adam and Kristina because they got their reassurance that Haddie is going to miss them just as much as they will miss her.  Oh man, did I cry!!!

Crosby/Jasmine/Jabbar

I’m still not happy Crosby and Jasmine are married but I guess I’ll get over it at some point.  But I thought their story of the week was very interesting.  Crosby noticed Jabbar praying and wasn’t quite sure how he felt about that.  When Jasmine and Crosby confronted her mom about it, I loved seeing them as a united front and on the same page.  It was the first sign to me that I could start to like Jasmine again because that shows she’s grown.  Before she would have taken her mother’s side but not this time.  She and Crosby were a team and told her mom that something that significant should really be up to them to teach Jabbar.  And I agree with them 100%!  But her mom had a great response…then what do you plan on telling him and teaching him because he deserves to know something.  And she’s right.

Crosby goes to see his mom and dad and asks them about their spiritual background and how they handled this with them.  I was conflicted about this because in one sense, shouldn’t Crosby know his parents view points on religion and spirituality?  Wouldn’t that have already been discussed and wouldn’t he know the results of those conversations?  In another sense, I really respected how Crosby took this seriously.  Seriously enough to go to his parents and ask their advise since they didn’t grow up in a house where religion was prevalent.  He and Jasmine talked about it and he asked her what about her religious upbringing did she like.  Now of course Crosby said something that made me want to smack him upside the head (he’s usually good for at least one of those per episode) which was “well I don’t want my son belonging to some club I’m not apart of.”    Oh really?  So if Jabbar wants to be on the football team or a mathlete or part of the German club or drama club, you won’t let him because you won’t be part of it too?   That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!    Ultimately, I think Crosby made the right decision and followed his mom’s advise in letting Jabbar figure out for himself what religion and spirituality will mean to him.   It’s a fascinating debate because can children really figure that out for themselves?  Probably not.  But there is nothing wrong with opening him up lots of different faith-based religions, learning about them, understanding them, and letting them choose which speaks the most to them…especially if religion isn’t a huge presence in your life.

Sarah/Mark/Amber/Drew

I’ll run through this part quickly.  I’m not sure why Mark was brought back.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Jason Ritter.  But it’s pretty well-known that he’s going to be in another show mid-season that Jason Katims is creating specially for him.   So he’s not going to be around.  At this point, I don’t know why Sarah just couldn’t have denied the proposal off-screen and she comes back this season single.   I though his speech to Camille was sweet about being in the picture but at the same time I was just screaming at my TV: “come on!!”  It’s a picture!!!!  I can see if other fiances were included in the picture and now he isn’t but Kristina wasn’t allowed in until she and Adam were married.  Jasmine wasn’t allowed in.  So why should it be any different?  I don’t agree with Camille’s stance, but if that’s her decision, so be it.  She should have held her ground.  Seriously though, I can see not wanting random girlfriends and boyfriends in the picture but fiances?  That doesn’t make any sense to me.  And what if one of her children didn’t believe in marriage and lived like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell?  Does that make the significant other any less family?  I think not.  Also, why not take two pictures?  One with mom, dad, and the kids and one with mom, dad, kids, significant others, and grandkids?

Sarah is searching for a new job outside of bartending and when scheduling the photographer for the family picture, noticed a Help Wanted picture in the window.  She asks Hank Rizzoli (guest star Ray Romano) if she can put her hat in the ring for the job.  I have to say, I wasn’t thrilled with the addition with Ray Romano because I was not a fan of his.  I never found him particularly funny and I hated his sitcom.  So I was nervous. I am shocked to say that I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed his character.  I liked his banter with Sarah.  I thought they had a nice connection…he’s the grumpy curmudgeon while she’s the bubbly, aloof, optimist.  She has no experience and she lies to get the job.  It fails horribly (from a logistical standpoint) but the family loved her and Hank couldn’t help but notice how great she was with the clients.  So he decides to hire her full-time to be the client liaison while she learns more about the photography business.  And I like where this is going!

Amber continues to make bad decisions but I don’t care because I love her character.  But I do have to ask, what happened to her job with Kristina?  I thought she was seeing that through and now she’s working at the Luncheonette?  I hope that gets explained (and I hope Kristina still has her job!)  But she sleeps with the lead singer of this band only to find out he has a girlfriend.  She tells Crosby, who tells Adam, who decides to fire the band.   (Loooooooooooooooong deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep breath and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.)  I was with Amber, I can’t believe Adam fired a paying customer because he upset Amber.  If anything, he should have been upset with Amber for AGAIN mixing work and pleasure to disasterous circumstances.  But at the same time, I LOVED how protective he was of her.  Ultimately, she’s still his niece.  And as he explained to Crosby who was giving Adam a hard time “you don’t have a daughter.”  I get that.  I still think it was absurd that a 20-year-old with no business experience had to explain to a 40+ year old with 20+ years of business experience that he can’t make business decisions on his personal feelings.  But I still loved the scene with Peter Krause and Mae Whitman.

Drew, kind of bores me.  I don’t know if it’s the character or the actor, but Drew is a drip.  I’m sorry.  And it looks like Amy will be breaking his heart next week.

Joel/Julia/Victor/Sydney

Wow, this is tough.  Joel and Julia are really struggling incorporating Victor into the family.  I like this storyline because I think it’s fascinating to see how you bring a child into your family who is much older.  I would guess Victor is around 7-8 years old?  So Victor has thoughts, feelings, and opinions already developed.  This isn’t something J&J can develop from scratch like they did with Sydney.  I can’t even imagine how difficult that is.  And I can appreciate the predicament of letting Victor do things they wouldn’t normally do to make him feel loved and wanted yet needing to discipline him to the point that you are truly treating him like family (to Joel’s point.)  How do you know that line?  When is the right time to stand up and say you’re in my house you need to live by my rules?   Each kid is different so how do you know?    And it just broke my heart when Julia said “I’m trying to fall in love with my son.”   You can see this is killing her.  You can see how badly she wants this but it’s hard.

I have no doubt this will work out because I think J&J are great people who want this child to have a great life.  But the process to get there will be amazing to watch.  And I’m sure it will get worse before it gets better.

Whew!!!  What a premiere!  I know it sounds like I’m being really hard on the show.  Maybe I am, but I just love it so much that when there is something I don’t like, it usually hits me harder than it should!  The ratings have me nervous, they always do so I hope Parenthood continues to have enough of a following to last a few more seasons.  Because I LOVE the Bravermans!!!

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SEASON PREMIERE: Game of Thrones “The North Remembers” S2 E1

Game of Thrones’ second season premiere was last night on HBO and it didn’t disappoint.  I’m not going to lie, it took me a little bit to remember all the players (thank goodness for all those Season 1 GoT recaps on the networks to help!)   I think we are in for a crazy ride this season with many power struggles ahead.

After watching the premiere last night, it’s very clear that last season set up all that is to come.  I realize that the last two episodes of season 1 also did that.  But my jaw was on the floor between the killing of Ned Stark and the birth of the dragons that I didn’t think about it that deeply until now.  But last night showed us a very simple premise….NO ONE likes the Lannisters.  They are everyone’s enemy.   Therefore, everyone across the land is coming after their claim to the throne.

It’s fascinating to watch how it’s all coming together.  While everyone is united in their hatred of the Lannisters and want to see them pushed out of power in King’s Landing, many of these other kingdoms can’t take them out on their own.   They need help.  They need to ban together with another kingdom or faction to achieve their goals.  But as we witness the individual brainstorming sessions, we learn that each of these other factions have their own rifts with the families planning to align with them.  In other words, everyone hates everyone else for one reason or another.  The key will be one of two things….who can put their egos and differences aside to team up to take out the Lannisters or who is smart enough to align with the right contingent to achieve the goal yet not be betrayed.  Because if you aren’t family, you can’t be trusted and it makes you an enemy.

I was worried going into season 2 that I wasn’t sure who I would root for.  After all, there is no more Ned Stark. But I do have my top three…Robb Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen.  Robb is awesome.  He is his father’s son and he will avenge this death.  The best part about the Stark family is that they want no part of the throne in King’s Landing.  All they want are the Lannisters out of power and destroyed and to return as King of the North never to be bothered again.  Seems fair to me.  Robb’s problem is, to take out the Lannisters he needs a stronger army.  His army is solid and they will die for him (plus he has Jamie Lannister prisoner which helps) but he needs to be even stronger.  He needs ships.  He best friend/pseudo brother Theon Greyjoy offers to ask his father (who fought against the Starks) to use his fleet of ships to assist them.  Robb then asks his mother to meet with Renly Barathian to see if his troops will align with them for one super power army.  If Robb can get both, it would make him near unstoppable.   That is of course, if others don’t usurp him in the process!

Then we have Dani.  Since her portrayer, the lovely and fantastic Amelia Clarke, call her Dani, that’s what I’m calling her.  Plus it’s much easier to spell!  Dani is leading the Dothraki’s through what looks like the desert to get to King’s Landing to avenge her family’s removal from the throne and her husband’s death.  The problem is, they are running out of food and water.  She sent three of her best men in different directions to seek help.  Her closest confidant is concerned about her and is worried that if she isn’t careful, no matter where she goes, they will be defeated and her dragons will be seized.  “No one will take my dragons!”  Dani exclaims.  You’re damn right sister!  I would hope at some point, that someone would be willing to team up with her.  If for no other reason than the fear the Dothpak have on the rest of the kingdom.  She is a fantastically strong character considering what she’s been through and I am fully in her corner.

Finally, we have the great Peter Dinklage.  Emmy winner, Peter Dinklage resuming the role of Tyrion Lannister.  Already I see a major shift in his character.  He’s not just the amusing, black-mark-on-the-family, playboy he was last season.  Yes he’s still all those things.  But something has changed in him.  He doesn’t like how his nephew Joffry and his sister Cersei are ruling King’s Landing and how they are destroying their family’s name.  He openly mocks Joffry about his leadership on the battlefield (he has none) and tells his sister that her only redeeming quality is her love for her children and her cheekbones.  He is furious with the way they have handled the Starks.  Since Robb has Jamie, they had huge bargaining chips with having Ned, Sensa, and Aria.  Well Joffry beheaded Ned and Cersei let Aria get away.  Now all they have is Sensa.  She’s still a powerful chip but not nearly as powerful as having all three.

It’s clear to anyone that Joffry is evil and Cersei is corrupted by power.  Joffry is killing people for enjoyment, abusing his soon-to-be wife, Sensa, threatening the life of his mother, and ordering the death of all the Barathian bastards since the secret is out that he is really the bastard of Cersei and Jamie and not Cersei and King Robert.  Cersei denies this of course but since Stannis Barathian released that information to the entire kingdom, everyone knows.  It weakens the Lannisters so Joffry is doing everything in his power to eliminate any possible threat to his throne.  I just hope a direwolf takes him out at some point and gives him the rightful death he deserves!!

Finally, speaking of Stannis, he is leading his own charge to take back the throne with a very interesting team of people.  Including Mesliandre, who apparently worships her own created deity.  She has a group of followers who also worship with “god” and Stannis has become one of the them.  Some of the men closest to Stannis are very concerned about his growing allegiance to Mesliandre.  One even goes so far as to poison a glass of wine he offers to share with Mesliandre hoping to kill her off while killing himself at the same time.  I believe I read somewhere that this character was very close with Stannis and would do anything for him.  I would say so!  But it fails.  He dies, but the poison has no effect on her at all and she chants something while a glowing red beacon of some sort flashes on her neck.  I can’t wait to find out more about her.

Oh and there’s a weird-looking comet that is hovering over the kingdom.    Just a FYI.  It’s supposed to signify the presence of dragons.  No one believes it, but we know better don’t we!

That about sums up the season premiere.  It really went fast and I loved every minute of it!  What did you all think of the premiere?  Let me know!!!

 

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AMC Announces Premiere Dates for Mad Men, The Killing, and The Walking Dead

I’m sure this announcement from TV Line comes with mixed emotions from the fan bases.

The long-awaited return of Mad Men’s Season 5 hits the air Sunday March 25th.  Mad Men has been off the air since October 2010.  The usual spring premiere was pushed back to a fall premiere which was then delayed until after 2012.  It’s quite strange for a show this strong to be on hiatus for as long as Mad Men has, but I’m sure the fans won’t care at this point.  We are just so happy Don Draper and crew is back!!  Now I just need to finish the 4th season before March!   I think I can do it.

The Walking Dead has its Season 2 debut on Thursday, Feb 2nd.  I don’t watch this show, but I’m hoping Netflix has it because I would like to start watching it.  It’s gotten great write ups so I would like to check it out.  For those of you who watch it, should I check it out?

Finally, the show that brought a fan base to its knees last summer, The Killing returns on AMC on Sunday April 1st.  I was one of those people who was livid at the way The Killing handled its last few episodes and the way their head writer Veena Sud was so condescending to the fan base in her explanation as to why Rosie’s murder wasn’t solved at the end of the first season.  I am beyond curious to see the ratings for the show in its second season.  I’m still torn as to whether or not I am going to tune in but I know many fans who said they are done with the show and they’ll see who the killer was at some point on-line.

Are you going to be tuning into The Killing season two?  Are you getting your martini and scotch glasses polished for the return of Mad Men?

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in AMC, Premiere Dates, Returning Shows

 

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2012 Mid Season Premiere Dates – Returning Shows

Again, because I am (at this point) just a blogger and they are the professionals, the awesome people at www.tvovermind.com (Clarissa you rock) listed all the mid season return dates.  Check it out below:

Monday, January 2
8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly (CBS)
10:00 p.m. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

Tuesday, January 3
8:00 p.m. NCIS (CBS)
8:00 p.m. Last Man Standing (ABC)
9:00 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
10:00 p.m. Parenthood (NBC)
10:00 p.m. Body of Proof (ABC)
10:00 p.m. Unforgettable (CBS)

Wednesday, January 4
8:00 p.m. The Middle (ABC)
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory (ABC)
9:00 p.m. Modern Family (ABC)
9:00 p.m. Mobbed (Fox)
9:30 p.m. Happy Endings (ABC)
10:00 p.m. Revenge (ABC)

Thursday, January 5
8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
9:00 p.m.The Secret Circle (The CW)
9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
10:00 p.m. Private Practice (ABC)

Friday, January 6
8:00 p.m. Nikita (The CW)
8:00 p.m. A Gifted Man (CBS)
9:00 p.m. Supernatural (The CW)
9:00 p.m. CSI: NY (CBS)
9:00 p.m. Grimm (NBC)
10:00 p.m. Blue Bloods (CBS)

Saturday, January 7
8:00 p.m. Cops (Fox)
11:30 p.m. Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Sunday, January 8
8:00 p.m. The Simpsons (Fox)
8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time (ABC)
8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (Fox, will move to 7:30 beginning Jan. 15)
9:00 p.m. Family Guy (Fox)
9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
9:00 p.m. The Good Wife (CBS)
9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox)
10:00 p.m. Pan Am (ABC)
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (CBS)

Monday, January 9
10:00 p.m. Castle (ABC)

Wednesday, January 11
8:00 p.m. Whitney (NBC, new timeslot)
10:00 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Thursday, January 12
8:00 p.m. Bones (Fox, show will be on hiatus again after this episode)
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
9:00 p.m. Person of Interest (CBS)
9:00 p.m. The Office (NBC)
9:30 p.m. Up All Night (NBC, new timeslot)
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (CBS)

Friday, January 13
8:00 p.m. Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)
9:00 p.m. Fringe (Fox)

Monday, January 16
8:00 p.m. Gossip Girl (The CW)

Tuesday, January 17
8:00 p.m. 90210 (The CW)
8:00 p.m. Glee (Fox)
9:00 p.m. New Girl (Fox)
9:30 p.m. Raising Hope (Fox)

Wednesday, January 18
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (CBS)
10:00 p.m. CSI (CBS)

Monday, January 23
8:00 p.m. House (Fox)
9:00 p.m. Hart of Dixie (The CW)

Friday, January 27
8:00 p.m. Chuck (NBC, 2 hour series finale)

Tuesday, January 31
9:00 p.m. Ringer (The CW)

Sunday, February 12
9:00 p.m. The Walking Dead (AMC)

Unknown Return Dates
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Mid Season, Premiere Dates, Returning Shows

 

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Random TV News

Franklin and Bash

F&B has been renewed for 10 episodes next summer on TNT.   I’m slightly surprised by this because the ratings have not been good.  They haven’t been awful but they haven’t been lighting the world on fire.    I have a bunch of episodes on my DVR so at some point I may check them out.  And since I have dropped HawthoRNe from my summer viewing schedule, I may pick up F&B.

Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s is doing a time jump for Season 8.   Not really.   It’s five days after the Season 7 finale.  So I was a little taken aback when I saw one website promote it as a “time jump.”   Anyhoo, two major story lines will still be going on with one having a solution at the end of the season premiere….the McDreamys are still having problems from the fallout from Meredith tampering with the Alzheimer’s trial and Cristina is still debating whether or not she should keep her baby.   For you Derek and Meredith fans hoping their issues would be solved at the end of the episode, sorry to disappoint you but that isn’t the storyline having a solution.  That would be Cristina.   At this point, five days later, she still hasn’t made up her mind on what she wants to do.   But by the end of the premiere, she makes a decision.  I know SL like this are always hot, sensitive topics for fans, but I really like SL like this.  It brings so much interest to the show and I am really curious to see where Grey’s goes with this.

In other news, Sarah Drew (new Chief Resident Dr. April Kepner) is preggers in real life.   On the debate table right now is whether or not to write the pregnancy into the story.  In most instances, this wouldn’t be that much of an issue.   But in this character’s case, it’s a little different.  You see, April is still a virgin.   And the new chief resident.   Depending on how far along she is by the time filming starts and the season progresses, how will this be incorporated in?   It could fascinating to witness this girl who has held onto her virginity for so long now have to deal with an unplanned pregnancy and the new responsibility of being the chief resident.  Problem is, you are already dealing with one of those on the show…..Cristina Yang’s pregnancy.   Do they really want to have Cristina’s unplanned pregnancy story out there, because no matter what her decision, there will be fallout for weeks/months to come, with April’s unplanned pregnancy just beginning?   It wouldn’t make sense.   So my gut tells me, we will be seeing April hiding behind lots of plants and patients this season.

Hell on Wheels

AMC has announced a premiere date for its Civil War era show starring Anson Mount….November 6th.

Boss

Starz’s new series Boss, starring Kelsey Grammar has set a premiere date for October 21st.  Boss is about a ruthless Chicago Mayor (played by Grammar) who has been recently diagnosed with a debilitating disease.  This is a big change for Grammar who has been in the comedy realm for the last 15 years.  This show will really show the behind the scenes look at the mayor’s office in Chicago…the backdoor deals, the lying and manipulating that happens, and the lives affected by the decisions that are made.   It sounds fantastic and I am definitely checking it out.

 

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The Closer and Rizzoli and Isles Recap and Review Coming Soon

So I have a really crazy day today so I can’t get to these reviews today.    Sorry!   But I will be doing a brief review of each tomorrow followed by a REALLY HUGE For the Love of TV Podcast!!!

All I can say now before I run out the door to pick up people from the airport for meetings is that I loved both episodes and I forgot how much I missed the ladies from Rizzoli and Isles!   They are freaking hilarious!!!   I did a live Tweet last night during both shows and let me tell you, I learned some very interesting things about the fans of R&I.   Things I had no idea about and was so not clued into!   But I love seeing other people’s view points!!  Also on The Closer, I had no idea that Sgt. Gabriel’s first name was David!   Am I that clueless or did none of you ever know his first name either?   I’d NEVER heard Brenda call him anything other than Sgt Gabriel or Gabriel but never David and she used his first name, all the time last night.    Why?   Am I forgetting something significant?   Probably!   Plus I am always the last to know everything!

But great episode of The Closer which will set up the final season in which Brenda has gotten herself in some pretty hot water with the LAPD and may need some help to get out.   Also, how about those last 2 minutes of the episode!!!   Holy Crap I completely didn’t see that coming!!!

As I mentioned it was great to see Jane and Maura back on my screen.  Good case last night and I’m glad they haven’t ignored Jane’s injuries from the season finale.  But I really wish the writers would find something more for her brother to do than just stand up and wave or have 2 lines per episode.  If you’re not going to write for him, don’t have him on the show.  Otherwise, give him a storyline!  And it looks like Mr and Mrs Rizzoli are on the outs.  But I’ll get into that later.    I really have to go!!!!

 

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RECAP & REVIEW: True Blood “She’s Not There” S4 E1

Season Four started tonight with an interesting twist….Sookie’s been gone for over a year in fairy land and things are quite different now that she’s back.   Apparently, time in fairyland doesn’t equate to time on earth.  As we quickly learned when Sookie bumped into her grandfather Earl (played by Gary Cole) and he said he felt like he was there just a few hours.   Turns out it was 20 years!   Needless to say, that was our first clue that Sookie’s “quick trip” wouldn’t be so quick when she got home.  But let’s talk about how she got home.   This woman, who I assume is some head fairy lady, is pretty pissed and she wants to start harvesting humans.   She’s also not happy that a vampire invaded her realm due to drinking Sookie’s blood.  She tries to make Sookie eat the glowing fruit but she refuses.  As a result, she zaps the head fairy lady into a tree and turns into some Grimm fairy tale looking creature and the scenery transfer from being sunny and lovely to dark and dreary.   My question is, if those are how fairies look, then why didn’t Sookie turn into one of those creatures as well if she is a fairy?   Is it because she didn’t eat the glowing fruit?   I’m a little confused.    But one creature decides to help her as the head fairy lady flings glowing fire balls at her.   There is a portal back to the human world and while head fairy lady tries to close it, Sookie jumps in with grand daddy Earl and they zap back to the human world.   Because he ate the glowing fruit, he starts to die.   He gives Sookie a pocket watch to give to Jason and then passes away, leaving Sookie to break down at her grandmother’s grave.

As she heads to her house, she realizes things are completely different and a contractor threatens to call the police if she doesn’t get off the property.  She tells him to go ahead.  He does and Jason shows up in full uniform.   He hugs Sookie asking her where she has been because he thought she was dead.   She tells him but she said she was only gone about 15-2o minutes.  She asks what day it is and she wonders what the big deal is because it was only a couple of weeks.  He tells her it’s been 13 months.    Oops!   Jason tells Sookie not to tell anyone about the fairy business because they will through her in the loony bin (he’s right!)  She then gives him the pocket watch which you can tell means a great deal to him.  We also learn that Jason has sold the house to some people from a company called A.I.K.   Sookie goes outside for some air and next thing you know both Bill and Eric arrive sensing that Sookie is back in town.  Bill is really happy to see her and is glad she’s ok.  Eric also is happy to see her and wants her to know that while everyone in Bon Temps gave up on her, including Bill and Jason, he never did.  He NEVER did.  Point taken Eric.  We get it!  He leaves and Andy Bellefleur shows up yelling at Sookie for being gone and taking up lots of time and money from the police station looking for her.  We learn that everyone accused Bill of killing her.  Bill makes Andy a deal…he’ll reimburse the station for the money they spent looking for Sookie if Andy clears his name.  Wouldn’t that naturally happen if Sookie is alive and well?   Anyhoo, everyone leaves and Bill and Sookie are left alone.  Bill is being very sweet to her but Sookie reminds him that no matter how much time has passed for all of them, for her, only about an hour has gone by since he broke her heart so she is not ready for niceties and such with him yet.   He understands and leaves.

What proceeds in the episode, is seeing where everyone is at this point…13 months later.   So let’s break it down for all the major characters and storylines:

Bill

Bill is now the King of Louisiana and possibly Mississippi.   Say what?   You heard me right.   Bill is the King.  Now I get the impression he is living in Russell’s house so that’s why I’m throwing in the Mississippi part but I’m not 100% sure.   We just know that Bill has a lot more power than he used to 13 months ago.    When last we left Bill, he was about to have a Kimbo Slice type fight with Queen Sophie Anne.   Would it be fair to say he won that fight?   Did he kill her?   Did he beat her so badly that he made a deal and now he is in charge?   Did he marry her like Russell wanted to and they are both in power?   I guess we need to wait see what happened as a result of that evening and where the Queen is, if she’s still alive.

Bill also seems to have become a politician in Bon Temps and the people in the community seem very receptive to having him as a political leader.  Not sure what’s going on there but I’m curious to know how that came about.    He also appears to have started a relationship with Portia Bellefleur (played by Courtney Ford) who is Andy and Terry’s sister.  I immediately don’t trust her.  I don’t know why.  I love Andy and Terry and they are good guys (even though Andy seems to have developed quite an addiction to V) so the Bellefleurs are typically good people.   But there is something about her I don’t trust.

Eric/Pam

Eric is his typical hot self and he is working with Nan to try to help restore the reputation of the vampires after Russell destroyed it last year with his stunt of killing the TV anchor live on the air and then threatening to kill every human he sees.   God I miss Russell.  He was fantastic!!!!   Nan had originally enlisted Pam’s help but in typical Pam fashion, she could have cared less.  So Eric took over.

It surprises me a bit that Eric and Bill seem relatively civil considering Bill did betray his trust and tried to kill him by burying him in cement along with Russell.   So something must have happened there for them to be able to co-exist.  I hope they show it.  I also can’t understand how Bill would become King before Eric.   Isn’t Eric older and therefore more powerful?   Again, we need to see the results of that battle with Sophie Anne to figure out what the hell is going on.

The last scene, Eric goes to see Sookie (while she is undressing of course) and tells her that he is the one that bought her house.  “Why” she asks.  Because he knew she would return and when she did he wanted to own her house so that he could own her.   And then he flashed his fangs.  What is going on with Eric?   I’m not sure why he would want to “own” Sookie but he has to know that a comment like that and a thought process such as that, won’t sit well with Miss Stackhouse!

Hoyt and Jessica

Hoyt and Jessica are living together and are having some growing pains.   Hoyt wishes that sometimes she could have dinner ready for him when he got home and she thinks he needs to understand that as a vampire, human food grosses her out and makes her sick.   They have a very funny scene about domestic bliss and end up laughing at the ridiculousness of what just went down (culminating with Hoyt eating raw eggs.)  It really proves something we all know, whether you watch True Blood or The Vampire Diaries, humans and vampires have a very hard time figuring out how to live their lives together, long-term.   Their lives are so different and there are so many obstacles in the way of these couples trying to move their relationships to the next level.  I can’t see how it would ever work but these shows keep trying none the less!

At Fangtasia one night, Hoyt and Jessica are there, and Jessica is distracted by a very attractive young man.  Pam notices this and decides to have a chat with her to egg things on.  She basically tells her that she and Hoyt will never work out and that she should just be living her life the way a vampire should.  Jessica resents her suggestion saying she doesn’t want to just have sex and feed off random people all the time.  She would rather go home and be with the man she loves.  Pam laughs this off.   It’s in Jessica’s nature to want to feed and fornicate.  And I think Pam sees that at some point, Jessica’s true nature will over take her desire to want to be with Hoyt.  I can see Pam becoming a pseudo mentor to Jessica but that will only work if Jessica wants it to and she starts to trust her more.  If that happens, that could spell trouble for Hoyt and Jessica.

Lafayette and Jesus

Jesus has been bringing Lafayette to a witch support group where they get together and chant and try to bring back dead birds.   They also connect with people from Lafayette’s past to freak him out.  This is the storyline I am most curious about right now.  What is going on here?  Is Lafayette a witch?  Is Jesus up to no good here and using Lafayette to achieve some end game?  Is it just a man bringing his boyfriend into the loop so he can get to know him better?  I have no idea.  But something is wacky here.   And it’s not just the audience that feels this way.

At the last séance, when the crazy lady was trying to bring back her dead bird and everyone thought she was taking things too far, she yelled at Lafayette to join in.   He begrudgingly joined hands and an energy flowed through the circle.  The next thing you know, the bird wakes up and starts to fly.  As soon as Lafayette drops his hands, the bird drops dead again.  Everyone in the circle is dumbfounded as to what just happened.   But the head crazy lady seemed to expect this result.  This results in Lafayette getting even more freaked out.  Me too.

A somewhat interesting twist at the end was that one of the witches (one of the first girls to welcome Lafayette to the group) leaves the dead bird séance and goes right to Bill to have a meeting with him.   Hmmmmmmm.  I wonder what that is all about.  In watching The Vampire Diaries, it seems to be very common for vampires to have a witch on their side or a connection to a witch.  So if Bill teams up with this girl, it doesn’t seem all that strange.  But I would like to know what Bill is up to.

Tara (Toni?)

So Tara is a cage fighter and a lesbian now?   When did that happen?  Oh and her name is no longer Tara….it’s Toni.  Wow when Tara went to start a new life, she wasn’t kidding.  Good for her I guess.  If she’s finally happy, it’s about time.  And if she continues to be on my screen that short a period of time, even better!

Sam and Tommy

Tommy was allegedly shot by Sam in the leg and now he is hanging out with Hoyt’s mom?  Ok.   Sam is still angry and is paying for Tommy’s recovery.  I have no idea where this story is going and frankly, I don’t care.   At least Sam has found some friends he can hang out with…including the DA from The Good Wife and the nurse from HawthoRNe.

Arlene and Terry

Baby Michael is born and apparently likes to pull the heads off of dolls.   Arlene was already panic-stricken in regards to Michael since Renee is his biological father and this certainly can’t calm those fears.  I hope it turns out the kid is just fine and Arlene is just overly worried for no reason.

Miscellaneous

Jason is still helping the misfits that Crystal asked him to but someone isn’t as happy about it as the children are.  I don’t know if Crystal’s boyfriend is back or if it’s someone else, but someone just hit Jason over the head and locked him in a freezer.  So that can’t be good for him!

That wraps Season Four, Episode One of True Blood.   What did you think?  Good season opener?  I thought it was.  I think there are some good story lines coming this season with lots of questions that need to be answered.  I’m still not interested in Sam’s story but I am slightly more curious about how Tara has gotten to where she is.   I know the next episode is ready to be viewed on HBO GO, but I’m going to wait until next week to watch Episode Two.

 

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