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Season Finales 2012

26 May

Now that  TV season 2012-2013 has been put to bed, let’s reflect on the season finales of some of our favorites.

Did they meet or exceed expectations, or fall flat.

The Vampire Diaries – I knew it was coming, I knew they would turn Elena. It was the road to the last 5 minutes that was so satisfying, the flashbacks with Elena’s parents and Aunt Jenna tieing her past and present together created lovely symmetry and storytelling. If that wasn’t big enough, Klaus has taken over Tyler’s body, which should make all the interactions between Caroline and Tyler creepy but really good next season. Before Elena became a vampire she picked Stefan, but I don’t think that is going to stick, and they killed Ric.  I am sure he will be back, nobody ever really dies on TVD.

The Good Wife – Kalinda’s ex is coming, and it looks like a lot of trouble is coming with him. Best scene Eli, Peter, Cary, Alicia and Will at the elevator. Not since the Impala on Supernatural has an inanimate object played such an important part in a TV show. Lockhart/Gardner might be bankrupt thanks to Patti Nyholm and Louis Canning, the always pitch perfect Martha Plimpton and Michael J. Fox. – Met Expectations

Revenge – Far exceeded expectations. Death, Pregnancy and Amanda’s mom back from the dead.

Smash – I really really wanted to like this show, I stuck with it all season and hoped it would pull it out for the finale. Boy was I wrong. Kat McPhee was horrible as Marilyn, they ruined the character of Ivy Lynn, and just when you thought it wasn’t possible, Derek became more of a slime ball. Julia’s pregnant, but somehow she and Tom manage to finish the big closing number minutes before curtain and Karen still learns the whole number by the end of the show. Not to mention she learned pretty much the whole show in a day, because that is totally believable. All I can hope is the new executive producer can fix this show, he already fired Ellis (TG) and Dev. I have doubts because the new EP is from Gossip Girl, but maybe, just maybe he can pull it off. – Fail

Scandal – Wow, they really knocked it out of the park with this episode. I can’t wait for this show to come back in the fall. Let me see if I have this straight, Quinn is some kind of fugitive, Cyrus had Amanda killed, the first lady is faking a pregnancy to save her husband’s career. Really can’t wait until for this one to come back. – Exceeded expectations

House – The guest appearances of Kutner (Kal Penn), Cut Throat Bitch/Amber, (Anne Dudek) and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) were icing on the cake. House faking his death and riding off in the sunset with Wilson was double fudge cake so yummy and satisfying to this long time viewer. The House/Wilson bromance was always the heart of the show, David Shore acknowledged that and showed the fans respect by sending them off together.

Glee – It’s the graduation episode, it should be a big deal, these are characters we have watched for three years, characters we love. Obviously we love them more than Ryan Murphy and the writers, because this send off was lame and made the characters look stupid, it was insulting. The only bright spot, Rachel went to New York, please let her stay there and dont let the show follow her.  Kurt and Finn didn’t get into the colleges they applied to, and didn’t have a safety school?!!!  Finn enlists in the Army to pay tribute to his Dad, who was a Marine, makes sense right.  The graduation ceremony was completely unbelievable, most public schools have a huge graduating class and wouldn’t allow their glee to hi-jack it for a performance.  Basically a crap finale for a crap season.

Modern Family – The novella spoof was inspired, Jay (Ed O’Neill) dancing with Lily was hilarious and the perfect set up for the the big ending. Gloria is pregnant. – Exceeded Expectations

Once Upon A Time – The Price of Gold

14 Nov

Last night night’s episode of  Once Upon a Time , “The Price of Gold” introduced us to one of the most recognizable fairytale characters in all the land. Nothing against Snow White, but I think there are more references in popular culture to the elements in the story of Cinderella than any other fairytale.

The story opens in fairytale world, as Cinderella’s (Jessy Schram) steps (sisters and mother) head off to the ball.  As expected her fairy godmother appears and tells her she has the power (her wand) to send her off to the ball, to find her prince.  Then boom, Rumpelstiltskin blows her up and takes the wand.  Nice Twist.

Robert Carlyle is really hitting it out of the park with his performance, he has created a definitive vocal and physical line for the character, but is never so over the top that he becomes tiresome to watch.  He repeats the theme of the show, “all magic comes with a price”, but Ella doesn’t seem to care she is desperate to leave her old life behind.

She insists she can handle whatever he has to offer and makes the deal, he prettys her up and she is off to the ball. Of course she meets her prince and they marry, it is on her wedding day that she finds out Rumpelstiltskin’s price, it is her first-born.

When she becomes pregnant she decides to leave town. Upon hearing this, her husband Prince Thomas (Tim Phillipps) who is also brothers with James (Prince Charming) devise a plan to outsmart Rumpelstiltskin. If he uses an enchanted quill to sign the deal he will be frozen forever and they will lock him up.  All magic comes with a price, they are successful but she looses Thomas in the process.

Back in Storybrooke, we learn that Ella is a pregnant and unwed maid named Ashley.  When she and Emma meet it strikes a chord in Emma, she sees similarities between this girl and her situation when she had Henry. She tells her she can change her life, and prove everyone wrong. 

This prompts Ashley to break into Mr. Gold’s store and steal the adoption contract she signed with him. In Storybrooke, Thomas is a rich kid named Sean and his dad has brokered the deal with Gold to protect his son from “that girl”.

Emma gets two job offers tonight, one from Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) to become his deputy, the other from Gold to track down Ashley. Gold doesn’t tell Emma why he wants her back, just that she has stolen something “precious” from him.  Feeling responsible for Ashley’s actions because of the advice she gave her, she accepts the job.

Finally!! Emma’s belongings arrive, so we can see in her something besides a white t-shirt and red leather jacket. Now we get to see her in a sheer burgundy blouse and blue leather jacket. However, she is still wearing the same skin-tight jeans and riding boots. Not sure what look the costume designer is going for here, but, the it works and Jennifer Morrison can certainly carry it off.

Regina (Lana Parilla)  is off to an all day “town council” meeting, she tells Henry to stay home or their will be consequences.  He doesn’t listen and heads off to Emma’s.  He shows up just as Gold is offering Emma the Ashley job, he convinces Emma to take him along.

They go to Ruby (aka Red Riding Hood) and ask her what she knows about Ashley. Ruby tells them about Sean. Emma confronts him,  the father basically tells Emma that Ashley is not going to ruin his son’s life.

Emma and Henry head back to the diner to see Ruby. Emma quickly figures out Ruby (Meghan Ory)  gave her car to Ashley to get away and sending them to Sean’s was a stall tactic. Ruby tells them she is headed for Boston. While on the road Henry tells Emma that no one can leave Storybrooke (except her) without consequences, and they have to get to Ashley as soon as they can.  They find Ruby’s car wrecked on the side of the road and Ashley in labor.

On the drive to the hospital Emma asks Ashley if she is really ready to keep the baby and if she understands what it means, that it will change her life and she can never leave. This conversation is made more poignant because it is happening right in front of Henry.

They get her to the hospital, where she gives to birth to a baby girl that she names Alexandra, the same name Thomas had picked out in fairytale land.  Thomas/Sean shows up to see his daughter, they have a nice family reunion moment. But will they live happily every after? Is this Emma’s first step toward breaking the curse, will each little happiness she achieves for the inhabitants of Storybrooke, weaken the curse, chipping away bit by bit.

Gold shows up to collect the child, Emma agrees to make a deal with him to keep the baby and Ashley together.  I know why she did it, but certainly Emma must realize what making a deal with Gold will mean. She will owe him a favor in the future, you know that will come back to bite her at some point.

Before the episode ends, we learn that “all day town council meeting” is really code for Regina and the Sheriff  having sex. Are we setting up a love triangle with Emma, I hope not. So far this show managed to avoid this and kept these two female characters away from the cliché of fighting over a man.

The show is off for two weeks, here is a preview for “That Still Small Voice”. Looks like we are going to dig deeper into Dr Hopper’s (Jiminey Cricket) back story.

Once Upon a Time – Snow Falls

7 Nov

I call this blog TV Happy Place because, TV, is my happy place, and Once Upon A Time makes it even happier.  This show is a giant cup of steaming hot chocolate with whip and cinnamon.

Last nights episode, Snow Falls, made me all warm and gooey inside.  I loved watching Snow (Ginnfer Goodwin) and Charming, (real name James) (Josh Dallas) meet, fight, go on a journey together and fall in love.  The shifts between both realities flowed seamlessly, special recognition to Ginner Goodwin, whose mastery of both roles is testament to her skill as an actress.  The subtleties of both characters showing thru the other was great to watch.

Snow is on the lam from the Queen, and has resorted to stealing to make ends meet.  She robs a carriage carrying Charming and his soon to be fiance, didn’t catch her name but Snow’s assessment, “the hag with the bad attitude” will work. BTW the hag is played by the lovely Anastasia Griffiths. Since she is an impediment to Snow and Charming’s happy ending she is a hag in my book.

Charming chases Snow, she gives him the slip. But not for long, he finds her they verbally spar do business with a couple of Trolls and part ways, as he is meant for another.

Back in Storybrooke,  Mary is on a date, it ends badly.  She runs into Emma, who is living in her car.  Mary offers Emma her spare room, Emma passes.

Henry shows Emma the book and explains they have to get Mary to read to John Doe (Charming in a coma), she has to wake him up. Nice change up on the Snow White story with Charming waking her up with a kiss.  Mary reads to John, he responds and then disappears from the hospital.

He takes off for the woods heading off to the toll bridge, get it toll, like troll. When Mary and the gang catch up to him, he has collapsed, and near death. Mary gives him mouth to mouth and brings him back to life.  They bring him back to the hospital, Regina shows up with John Doe’s wife, it is the hag from the fairytale world.

Mary is crushed, Henry tells her not to give up, they belong together.  Emma confronts Regina, she tells her she  knows what she is up to, Regina has an innocent explanation for all her actions but Emma isn’t buying it.  Emma moves in with Mary.

I am a sucker for a love story, watching how James and Mary flirt and try to stay away from each other in this world is going to break my heart. 

I love Emma (Jennifer Morrison), she continues to call Regina (Lana Parrilla) on her meddling, she is on to her and isn’t going to let her forget it. Two strong female leads, good job show.

High point of the evening seeing David Anders back on my screen.  David played Sark on Alias and his character was one of the best the show ever produced. 

Here is a sneak peak at next week’s episode, The Price of Gold, ( as in Mr. gold) looks like Cinderella is entering the fray.

Once Upon a Time – The Thing You Love Most

31 Oct

That is one cold-hearted Queen, damn!!!!                   

I am still sold on this show, from the optimistic opening of Cat Steven’s “Don’t be Shy”, to the Queen‘s last act to secure her curse. This show is made of win.

The chemistry between Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) and Lana Parrilla (Queen/Regina) is fantastic it is great to see a show with two female leads that are not fighting over a man or acting like whores.   Regina had Emma arrested, so Emma took a chainsaw to her apple tree. Loved it!!

Fun fact, Regina is latin for queen.

Tonight’s episode introduced the famed “mirror, mirror on the wall” played by Giancarlo Esposito, nice addition to the cast. Very clever making his non-fairy tale persona a newspaper editor, telling it like it is.

 I wasn’t totally sold on Ginnfer Goodwin (Snow White) and Jennifer Morrison as mother and daughter, but after tonight’s scene over cookies and hot chocolate, I see subtly similarities on their faces and can see why the casting director thought these two actresses fit well together.

In its second week OUAT held strong in the ratings against Sunday night football, scoring a 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demo.  If it continues ABC will surely order a full season and renew before long.

Here is a preview for next week’s episode

Happily Ever After

24 Oct

ABC’s Once Upon A Time drew a 3.9 adults 18-49 share, this is a solid number people, next week will tell the tale, (no pun intended),

courtesy ABC

will it hold, build or drop. I am sure there will be some slide, but not much.

This is a good solid show, well written, acted and slickly produced. It seamlessly moves between the fairy tale universe and ours, I immediately became invested in these characters and really want to see more.

Jennifer Morrison, (Emma Swan) carriers the show, she is a joy to watch, I am glad she is back to grace my TV screen. Lana Parilla (Evil Queen/Mayor) will definitely be the break out of the new season, her work in these dual roles is fantastic. 

There were definitely some moments that the more cynical viewer will call cheesy, I actually found them quite charming and right in line with the tone of the show. The Mayor offering Emma apple cider, the apples on the table, Jiminy Cricket ( the voice of Pinocchio’s conscience) as the town shrink. Not to mention the name of the town, Storybrooke.   

The curse is, all the fairy tales characters are locked in a prison of time, time will stop and they will all be trapped in a world where everything they hold dear will be ripped from them and all their happy endings will be taken away.

Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, played by Robert Carlyle is the antagonist of our piece, interesting he is locked up in  the fairy tale universe, but owns Storybrooke.  I wonder how he made out better than everyone else? A deal with Queen no doubt.  While preparing for this entry I re-read the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, and he is a deal maker.

Loved the last scene with the Evil Queen/Mayor in the mirror mirror on the wall. Obviously she knows the truth, and I get the feeling Mr. Gold does too.

If you are looking for a charming show, that will give you a warm and fuzzy, then Once Upon a Time is for you. In one word it is Hope.

Preview for next week

If you watched tell me what you liked, or didn’t like?

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