Following on from last week’s post regarding the season premieres of all my favourite programs, I thought I would do a quick review of all that has happened. There are, of course, spoilers within.
Grey’s Anatomy: A good solid episode to begin the eighth season. We picked up some weeks after the events of the season finale in May, which I think was a good decision. It allowed us to get distance from the actual shooting, but using flashbacks and some sessions with Dr Perkins, we were able to see how everyone has been coping. And the answer to that, is not very well, for the most part. Derek is speeding and getting arrested, Lexie had a breakdown whilst treating a patient, Meredith still hasn’t told Derek about the baby, and Cristina seems to have married Owen mainly as a reaction to being threatened at gunpoint. It all makes for some good drama though, and I’m glad that we are getting to see the fallout of the shooting. My favourite quote from the episode came from Meredith (to Cristina): “Derek is the love of my life, but you’re my soul mate.”
Glee: I have no major complaints about this season opener of Glee, though it was not a stand out episode. I enjoyed New Directions’ Empire State of Mind, though I don’t think there is really any need to let either Artie or Finn rap. I feel like the list of people in Glee that can’t rap grows by the episode – Matthew Morrison, Kevin McHale and Cory Monteith definitely need to take a back seat when it comes to rapping. The duet/sing-off of Telephone by Sunshine and Rachel was enjoyable, mainly due to Sue’s “Shut up!” that ended it, but I wasn’t overly struck with any of the other songs. I enjoyed Coach Beiste’s debut though, she’s a great match for Sue, and should hopefully elicit some gems from Sue over the coming weeks. My favourite quote of the episode is, inevitably from Sue: “Boobs McGee, you’re demoted to the bottom of the pyramid, so when it collapses, your exploding sandbags will keep everyone safe from injury.”
Cougar Town: I love that we had a nod to the will-they-won’t-they wrangle over the name change with “Still Cougar Town” in the credits! Jennifer Aniston made her guest appearance in this episode as Glenn, Jules’ therapist who turned out to be a bits nutso. Another great cameo though, playing against type as Lisa Kudrow did. I wasn’t at all disappointed with this episode, it did really well to slot right back into the groove it found for itself last year. I love Grayson and Jules together, and love how Jules refers to their relationship as their “grayson-ship.” My favourite quote came from Travis this week: “Emilio Estevez movie marathon. The Estevez Festivez…I’m thinking of reinventing myself in college…” ‘Estevez Festivez’ made me laugh out loud.
NCIS: NCIS is one of my favourite shows. I love the team, I love how they work together, and generally I love the storylines and the crimes they have to solve. I was, however, left a little underwhelmed by this whole Reynosa storyline, both now and in the lead up to last year’s season finale. I don’t know why, I just think that they introduced it to ensure a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of last season, which was fine. But surely to goodness, Gibbs wouldn’t be able to get away with having murdered someone, when the director of NCIS knows all about it? Having said that, I like Vance a lot, and I am glad that he is coming down on Gibbs’ side a little more these days. I particularly enjoyed the scene where the car screeched to a halt in front of Alejandro and the two of them got out and got right up in his face. Teamwork can make the dream work! I’m looking forward to next week when we can hopefully get back to normal.
Criminal Minds: I appreciated the fact that Criminal Minds didn’t try and create another huge cliffhanger at the end of last season, involving one of the team. As previously mentioned, we had Derek in a small amount of danger, but it was quite clear, even at the end of last season, that he was going to be fine, and that the real cliffhanger was going to be whether or not the Prince of Darkness killed the girl he had kidnapped. Of course, this being Criminal Minds, there was no guarantee that he wouldn’t, but luckily, JJ had the skills required to talk him into releasing her. A fitting send off for JJ I suppose, she’s off next week, so it was nice to give her a chance to shine in her penultimate episode. I do feel, however, that all the writers have done is given fans another stick to beat them with. “Look, see how great she is? Why get rid of her?!” seems to be the general reaction to the episode. A good episode then, but I am so over Derek and his anger. He bores me silly, and his repartee with Garcia really doesn’t do much for me, except it usually gives her a chance for some great one-liners.
Private Practice: Most of the way through this episode, I was a little disappointed, for one main reason, Having spent the majority of last season building up to something happening between Sam and Addison, this episode jumped back in, some weeks after the season finale, and we learnt that something had happened between the two of them, but hadn’t worked out. By the end, though, it seemed as though they were trying again, as they were in the bath together! So that’s good, I hope we see lots of them together. Taye Diggs is a very good looking man. Also in this episode, Pete and Violet got married, having spent most of last season either ignoring each other or at each other’s throats. We also got some talk of Amelia visiting Derek in Seattle, and we know that there is going to be another crossover episode soon, so I am looking forward to that.
Blue Bloods: One of the new shows that started last week, and I actually enjoyed this one more than I thought I was going to. As previously expected, Tom Selleck still looks good, and that’s always a bonus. The show itself is actually really quite good. It manages to blend the crime procedural with a family drama, and I think it does it well. Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan looks like being the tortured Afghanistan vet with anger management problems,and his little brother James is the innocent new recruit to the family ‘business’ of the NYPD. I’m looking forward to the next episode.
That’s all for this week, this will be a regular post, but probably won’t be as long, as I won’t review every show each week. I’ll be watching some of the other new shows later this week and letting you know what I think of them.