It’s hard to give a totally impartial review for this rather ho-hum episode when next week sees Medium seven year run come to an end and it has consistently been one of my favourite procedural shows. When Medium started, it seemed like a one idea show – Allison Dubois will just be able to say ‘he did it’ each week and that will be it! That they have managed to keep up the creative standards on the show for so long is a real testament to the writers and producers. In Allison, Joe and the girls, there is also just a wonderful down to earth everyday family that we rarely see on tv. No divorces, affairs or melodrama – after all psychic ability is melodramatic enough! Watching Ariel, Bridgette and little Marie grow up has been sweet and I am definitely going to miss this show.
Another two episodes of the increasingly fun Human Target began with a sort of Die Hard in an opera house story. Ilsa’s sister in law arrives to see for herself (and the board) if Ilsa is crazy mixing with the team (I say yes!)
They head out to the opera, closely followed by Chance and Guerrero who are suspiciuous after hearing about a security breach. They are, of course, correct as a team of criminals arrive to take all the rich folk hostage, although their real target is a prisoner in the CIA jail next door. While Chance, Guerrero and Ilsa battle away, Winston outside in the van cons the FBI into believing he is in law enforcement too.
So Caprica is no more. The final episodes have aired, and while I was underwhelmed by episode 15 (I think I managed to miss 14 which might be one reason I didn’t care for it), the last three where the action and tension was racked up were a lot better.
After spending far too long having not much happen, pretty much all the characters’ storylines were pretty exciting. My favourites, the Greystones, were at the centre of the best stuff. Amanda’s spying on Clarice and the STO had her stealing Clarice’s holoband, which included the simulations for a pretty horrific terrorist attack on a packed sports event.
The Good Wife returns, with the drama over the possible breakup of Lockhart Gardner coming to the surface. The case of the week was not an especially gripping one, focussing on a pair of college student Bonnie and Clydes who are arrested for filling a pharmacist, however, only one of them pulled the trigger. Is is the son of an important Lockhart Gardner client or his less well connected girlfriend? Cary pops up to stir things up trying to get one of the suspects to turn on the other.
Just a short post about two shows I watched yesterday. My relationship with Caprica has always been an uneasy one. I was a huge Battlestar Galactica fan, but for me Caprica has never worked as well as it could, largely because I dislike pretty much all of the characters. I am especially bored by the Adama brothers and the Tauron mafia stuff. However, the always dull Eric Stoltz as Daniel Greystone isn’t much better. I used to quite like the Greystone family dynamic, but Amanda has been off finding out about the polygamous Polly Walker and her equally tedious Church of the One God bunch.
To me, Caprica is trying to be portentous and important and it just comes over as pretentious and dull. I have the final 4 episodes to watch and I really struggled to get through the first, episode 15. Far too much of the Adama family and their history that I just find boring. I will watch the others but I have little hope I will be converted. A wasted opportunity to explore what was an intriguing world of the 12 colonies and a fascinating time, the birth of the Cylons.
On a lighter note, the new comedy from Showtime and the BBC featured two of my very favourite British comedy actors, Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan. Ah, Green Wing!! Episodes tells the story of the pair of them as married award winning comedy writers whose show is bought up for an American remake. With US versions of Shameless, Being Human and Skins coming up, quite a good time.
The first episode was rather full of clichés, but I’ll definitely be watching the rest to see how Matt LeBlanc fits in. I’m willing to watch Tamsin Greig in anything, although I’m undecided about her new hairdo!
This season finale is one of the best episodes for a while and a bit of a change of pace for The Closer. A seemingly mundane drug arrest turns serious when it appears a murder has been committed. Great script and (as usual) excellent acting make this a really good episode. I’m going to be sorry when the show winds up after its 7th season.
I was a bit ambivalent about Human Target during the first season. High octane action, but a little empty at times, largely due to the lack of charisma shown by star Mark Valley compared to the more interesting Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Hayley. This season saw the addition of some female blood to the boys club, and while I have loved Brit Indira Varma in everything from Torchwood to Luther, I remain to be convinced why Janet Montgomery as Ames is there – although her being a distraction by stripping down to her undies in this week’s episode might provide a clue!
The double episode was a game of two halves for me. The first part featuring an old flame of Chance’s was fairly predicable and unoriginal, Winston’s attempts to use a bazooka with instructions in Hebrew was the best moment! The second half was a stronger episode, well, half of a stronger episode!
Two of my favourite new shows of last year are both about halfway through their second year and continue to be my top choices for very different reasons.
The Good Wife sounds like it could be incredibly predictable and clichéd – disgraced politician’s wife goes back to work as a lawyer – however it is the best drama on tv because it just does everything right!
The legal cases are interesting and involving, but what really makes it work are the characters and the relationships. Pretty much everyone on the show has secrets of some sort, but they are well developed three dimensional characters that intrigue you. From the wonderfully scheming Eli Gold to super-secretive Kalinda, added to which are a roster of wonderful guest stars.
Castle is a fun, lightweight show whose main appeal for me is the always charming Nathan Fillion. This week’s episode saw the appearance of an actress cast to play Nikki Heat (Castle’s character based on Detective Beckett) who was following Beckett in preparation for playing the role. As Castle commented, it was very meta!
The ensemble cast are always entertaining, while the crimes are often fairly predictable – as was the case here. Personally if I was being interviewed by a cop, an author and and actress about a crime I’d wonder what was going on! However, suspension of disbelief is crucial for this show. I was quite amused to hear the actress mention to Becket about those ridiculous high heels she’s been wearing and how impractical they are. Didn’t she used to be a bit more butch is season 1? I am not a huge fan of her fashion model look. I wonder how many female cops dress like that?
This season of Fringe has been probably its strongest so far – certainly for fans like me who have loved seeing the alternate universe and the growth of Olivia. This episode sees the return to a sort of normalcy – Olivia back in our reality and no sight of BOlivia, Walternate, Charlie and the alternate gang. It is also back to a weird case of the week procedural, but with some heart wrenching emotional stuff too.
The case itself is one of the creepiest in a while – an obsessive man reassembling his dead love by removing her transplanted organs from various innocent recipients. The guest star (Mark Ivanir) is very chilling and creepy as he makes the Marionette of the title out of the dead girl, stringing her up and making her dance. Very effective and eerie.