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The Good Wife, Season 2 finale.

I’m sounding like a broken record here, but in my opinion The Good Wife is by far the best drama on tv right now. This show has an amazing cast, wonderfully involving characters with complex but not convoluted back stories, pretty interesting cases of the week and is well written and well directed. This week, creator Robert King himself directed and there were some really great visual touches in amongst the drama.

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Glee “Comeback”, The Good Wife “Road Trip”

My two favourite shows aired strong episodes this week, but certainly very different ones.

Glee frequently requires a suspension of disbelief and a ‘just go with it’ attitude. Of course if any teacher acted the way Sue Sylvester does, they would be fired in an instant. Yes, the slick production numbers would take weeks of rehearsals to be that polished, but the show works for me because of the funny oneliners, quirky characters and of course, the music.

I was a little nervous about the Justin Beiber themed episodes this week. The episodes that have featured one artist so far have been Madonna – a total icon, Lady Gaga – ditto although a newer less proven in the long term icon – and Britney Spears, not someone I am a huge fan of, but certainly a pop princess. Justin Beiber on the other hand?? I don’t know his music at all, just that he looks like a very young child and is a YouTube sensation.

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TV Round Up – Lie To Me, Human Target, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Episodes, Chase, Off the Map, Harry’s Law

Lots of tv episodes to catch up on this week!

Lie To Me ended a brief 13 episode season with one of those annoying flashback episodes that far too many tv shows do these days. Begin with a shocking scene – in this case Gillian covered in blood – and then do a ‘two days earlier’ thing. The episode featured a Social Network-type plot, with internet nerds fighting amongst themselves and ultimately committing murder. The lead genius but socially inept character (and I know I’ve seen that actor in something else recently, also obnoxious I think..) was like Mark Zuckerberg as played by Jesse Eisenberg if a tad more homicidal!

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House, Pretty Little Liars, Lie to Me, Castle, Harry’s Law, Episodes

This week’s TV viewing rundown. Firstly House saw the grumpy doc trying to coach Cuddy’s daughter to get her into an elite pre-school, compete with animal training clicker (which was a hoot!) The case was pretty mundane, although good to see the gay hoodlum from Caprica getting work. Chase’s skirt chasing ways caught up with him as someone hacked his facebook (or the alternate copyright free name) page. Perfectly fun, nothing ground breaking.

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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena ep 1

spartacusAs a huge fan of Lucy Lawless and Xena: Warrior Princess (see website name!) it took me a while to get into Spartacus: Blood and Sand last year. While I might love Lucy, I was not a fan of the movie 300 and found the first couple of episodes of Blood and Sand just grotesquely violent and the nudity and sex rather gratuitous. However, after hanging around on my hard drive for a while I though, as a true Lucy Lawless fan, I should try and get beyond episode 3 and I was glad I did. The epic drama and fascinating treachery that built as the series went on was really gripping! The violence was still bloody, but appeared to have a purpose. Ditto with the sex, that seemed to be about more than pure titillation.

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Fringe, Fairly Legal, Bones, No Ordinary Family

New episodes of Fringe are always a reason to celebrate. The latest signalled Fringe’s move to Friday nights – notoriously bad for many shows (I still miss The Sarah Connor Chronicles! Especially as The Cape with Summer Glau is pretty much unwatchably bad!)

In a knowing nod to this, the episode was called The Firefly (Joss Whedon’s prematurely axed space western which I must admit I was not greatly into although I enjoyed the movie) and featured the return of the observers and guest starring Christopher Lloyd. We had plenty of soul searching for Walter as the observers told him they were there to put right something his incursion into the alternate world had caused. This was later revealed to be the death of Christopher Lloyd’s son, who shortly before his death in 1985 was brought to 2011 by the observers to speak to his now elderly father. Hmm, time travel, 1985…where is my flux capacitor Doc?

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The Good Wife, House, V, Pretty Little Liars, Harry’s Law

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With the return of new episodes to US TV after the Christmas break, I’ve been watching a whole bunch of shows in the last few days, so here’s a bit of a race through.

The Good Wife, top of my pops, featured another Alicia-liteish episode this week, as the Lockhart Gardner intrigue continued. Will finally figured out that the new guy Derek Bond was manipulating him and Diane and I was rather ridiculously delighted to see them friends again. I love Will and Diana together. In the meantime, Diane had approached Cary about joining her new firm. His demand – twice Alicia’s salary! However, it’s not going to be happening just yet. I kind of like him as their DA foe – for now!

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The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes were given out in Hollywood on Sunday and I wanted to get my opinions in on a few of the awards. Firstly, the Globes did their credibility a fair bit of damage with some of the nominations this year. Piper Perabo for Best Dramatic Actress?? Really? I like Cover Affairs and Ms PP but award worthy? Still if the abysmal The Tourist can land nominations for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie as well as best film, well, like I said, credibility check..

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