Jenn’s 2015 TV Recap #2

I need to change the TV recaps up a bit. So I think I’ll give you my favorite characters and a favorite moment from each of the shows on the recap this time. Oh, possible spoilers, so read at your own risk! 🙂

Let’s start with…

Empire (Fox) 
I binge watched 7 episodes of this show over one weekend because the ratings kept going up and up and up and being the pop culture freak I am, I  had to know what the fuss was all about. The fuss is Cookie. I loved Taraji on Persons of Interest and stopped watching the show when she “left”. Her and Jamal are my favorites on this show so far, but the cast is amazing overall. I love the soap opera-ness of it but I like the fact that it’s not too over the top like Revenge but more grounded and gritty.

The music? Fantastic!

My favorite moment was when Jamal went off on his father “…your played out homophobia” and just about every scene they had together with Jamal calling him out. I always love when the underdogs stand up for themselves and Jamal has no problem doing that.

Glee (Fox) 
Yes, it was the end for Gleeks all over the world. While this last season wasn’t the best, it was more a fan letter to us. I didn’t like what they did with Sue, thought it was silly, but I did like what they did with Will and how they folded him back into the core group of Glee Kids. The first couple of seasons of Glee were amazing and it’s something I wish all young kids will watch at some point in their life because the can learn a lot from a show like this.

My favorite moment was when Sue and Roz try to interrogate Becky’s boyfriend and he…well, calls them out. I see a trend here. LOL

Scorpion (CBS)
I couldn’t figure out why I liked this show until I realized it’s like a cop mystery show without the cops and procedure. From the very first episode, I loved the chemistry between all the characters and how real they came across even with all their awkward anti-social issues. I like how the team figures things out together, and I love their chemistry with the youngest and most fun character, Ralph. He’s such a cutie and great actor for his age. He and Happy are my favorite characters at the moment. 🙂

My favorite moment was probably in last week’s episode when Ralph went to save Walter and used his action figure to seal up the whole in the vent shaft. That was awesome. And Katherine McPhee’s reaction when they pulled him out of the shaft was amazingly done. I thought she was really pissed at him! lol

The Walking Dead (AMC) 
Thinking back, this was a very emotional season of TWD. I’m glad the group split up for a while and then came back together, it gave us some awesome scenes and set ups. Carol and Daryl are still my favorite characters. I think, out of all of the characters, they’ve had the most growth and change throughout the series with Glenn being a close third.

My favorite moment this season was a sad one, but powerful. When Daryl carried Beth out of the hospital, I actually felt bad that she died, even though I’d been wishing for her to die for most of the season. Bad Jenn!

The 100 (CW)
Many of you know how much of a CW Fangirl I am, well this show is so good I think it would have made it on any network to be honest. While the “teens” are the main focus of the show, the writers do a great job of bringing the adults and their drama into the fold. The twists and reveals are brilliant, and half the time I don’t see them coming, which is a very good thing. I found myself rooting for Bellamy this season, he’s become a great character, but my heart will always be with Lincoln. He and Octavia are so badass, I love it.

My favorite moment is hard, there were so many good ones. Jaha seeing the flying drone. Finding out the acid fog was man made, Reaper-Lincoln, the look on the Grounders faces when Abby saved Lincoln, Clarke and Lexa kissing! So many. I wish the books were as good. 🙁

Helix (SyFy) 
This is one of the wackiest and weirdest shows on TV right now. I started watching because I love Billy Campbell and he does not disappoint on this show. Most of the cast from last season came back with a few new additions including the ever wonderful Steven Weber. He plays such a great creepy dude, I can’t even begin to describe it. Also, the way they use music on this show is amazing and creepier….

Which leads to my favorite moment when a bunch of kids beat the snot out of Dr. Summers while “Sunshine Day” from the Brady Bunch is playing for the audience. Perfectly creeptastic!

Hindsight (VH1)
VH1’s first scripted series is a winner. I think. Becca, getting ready for her second wedding, starts having second thoughts about the path her life has taken. Somehow, she’s transported back to the 90s days before her FIRST wedding. Now, it’s up to her to do the same thing or change it, so she changes it. But by changing the past, we all know what happens…the butterfly effect! And it hits just about everyone around her. Lolly is a great character and she cracks me up, she’s my first and second favorite character. LOL

Best moment was the cliffhanger ending, which I normally don’t like, but this one was a good one.

Have you watched any shows that ended already? Which were your favorites?

Jenn’s TV Recap Part Deux #ClarkGregg #JamesSpader

All righty, a few more shows have ended this week…are you sad? I am. But I also have some awesome summer shows I’m looking forward to as well!

So, let’s get to it.

Oh, wait…POSSIBLE SPOILERS! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

Once Upon a Time (ABC)

Why I started watching: Live action Disney/FairyTale characters? There was no way I wasn’t watching this show.

What did I think of this season? While I don’t miss Neverland, I miss Pan. I really wish “Henry” would have stayed in Pan, though the kid’s voice dropped this season and he grew a few inches between the first and last episodes and it seems like he’s a bit more tolerable this year. The last quarter of the season turned about to be pretty awesome, then they had to go and recycle the same damn plot. Really? REALLY? ugh.

Will I watch next season? Yes. I’m invested now, might as well…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Why I started watching: Clark Gregg’s Coulson.  And when I found out Ming-Na Wen was going to be in it, it just made me squee even more.

What did I think of this season? I have no complaints, at all. Even the filler episodes were fun and exciting.  I love it when shows surprise me. There were many things I didn’t see coming, and the ones I did see coming were still shocking because of some well placed twists and hints.  I didn’t need to have Superheroes in this show. The references and guest stars more than made up for it. Though, I must admit, it’s a helluva lot funnier when Fury and Coulson are in the room together. They need a buddy cop movie STAT! 

Will I watch next season? Heck yeah. No question.

Revenge (ABC)

Why I started watching: I think my mom told me I need to watch it, so I did.

What did I think of this season? Charlotte’s still alive. Meh. I don’t want Conrad to be dead because he was just getting villainy good! That last speech was amazingly evil. Overall the story is back on track, but I’m really not sure about the surprise twist at the end. I don’t buy it. It doesn’t make sense to me, at all. So, they better have a really good explanation as to why David Clarke is alive and WHY he was watching from the shadows for the last four years while his daughter went all Revengey.

Will I watch next season? Yes, provided they don’t jump the shark or go into crazy theory land, I’ll stick with it.

Castle (ABC)

Why I started watching: It was as story about a writer working with the NYPD to solve crimes. Just about every writer I knew was watching, too.

What did I think of this season? Pretty good. Castle is one of the few shows that has been able to put their two leads together and still keep it interesting without breaking them up or throwing stupid complications at them (save the finale). The last several episodes were very awesome and I love how they finally got around to Beckett’s mother’s murder. They showcased Ryan & Espo in a few great episodes this year. I was actually worried one of them was going to die this year.

Will I watch next season? Yeah, even though the finale was ANNOYING and a very silly thing to do. Don’t pretend to kill a main character and then while the credits are rolling have the announcer say said main character will be back in the fall. Didn’t that just negate the whole cliffhanger thing you “tried” to pull off? Miserable fail.

Glee (Fox)

Why I started watching: I love to sing. I love musicals. And I have fond memories of being in a glee club. 

What did I think of this season? This season is kinda meh for me. I miss the school setting and the teachers and all those amazing topical things they used to cover. While I understand TPTB wanted to focus on Rachel, Kurt and their friends, I enjoyed it more when it was ABOUT THE GLEE CLUB! Yes, I understand the death of one of their main lead characters forced them to do something different, but I liked that new group of kids at McKinley High. This show could have gone on for another 5 or 6 years if they kept it the way it was. Whatever. 

Will I watch next season? Meh, yeah…I’ll still watch because the songs/singers are usually fantastic.

The Blacklist (NBC)

Why I started watching: James Spader

What did I think of this season? Amazing. Fantastic. Outstanding! So many little things I loved in this show. Dembe, Red’s speeches, Crazy Tom. I know some people have issue with the actress playing Lizzy, but since I am not an actor, unless someone is reallllly bad, I usually don’t notice the acting, acting part of it all. I allow myself to get invested in the characters. I didn’t mind the actress, but I kinda thought Liz was dumb a lot of the time. But, then again, she is a rookie who was thrust into a crazy situation. I don’t think Tom is dead. Hope not. And I think, Red saved Lizzy from the fire, but he’s not her father.

Will I watch next season? Yes. I missed the last TV show Spader was in, so I made sure to catch this one. He’s hilarious in this show. I know, probably a weird word choice, but he is. 

Vikings (History)

Why I started watching: I became a fan of History Channel documentaries back in the early 2000’s. While they don’t seem to do as many as they have, some of their original programming is worth catching. Vikings, being the first scripted series certainly got my attention, so I watched to see what it was all about.

What did I think of this season? Wow. Just wow! This is season two, and I can honestly say I’ve NEVER seen some of the things they’ve done in this show when it comes to war and battle. I watch a lot of movies and shows about war, old and new, so I’ve seen quite a variety. But the Vikings writers really did their research and showed some of the coolest battle tactics I’ve ever seen. 

It’s loosely based on real people and the cast is amazing. It’s worth a binge watch or two. In face I’m thinking of a rewatch already.

Will I watch next season? Yes, yes, yes.

Shows I stopped watching this season:

Tomorrow People (CW) I got to about 8 or 9 and then I just didn’t care anymore, which made no sense to me considering A. I watched the 90’s version on Nick and loved it. 2. It’s about people with powers! I write that shit. and III. It has a great cast of actors and totally should have worked. Ah well.

Hawaii 5-O (CBS) I didn’t even make it to the FansPick The Plot episode. Not sure why I lost interest here either. Just did.

So, did you watch any of the above? Which did you hate and which did you love?