March 26, 2010

TV Report Card: Week of March 21, 2010

This week crammed so many great TV moments on Monday night, and the rest of the week was a bust. The networks really do need to spread the wealth by not airing all of their popular shows on the same night.


Chuck: "Chuck vs. the Final Exam"

Season 3 of Chuck continues to be pretty good, but it's too bad that not enough people watched "Final Exam" because now our beloved show is on the brink of cancellation. I understand that some fans are not happy with the direction of S3, but I'm shocked about how many people have jumped ship. They're going to be kicking themselves when NBC chucks Chuck. 

While "Final Exam" was not as kick-ass as "Tic Tac" or "Beard", it still had some good moments. Seeing Casey transition to civilian life and having to put up with the Buy Morons had some LOL moments. Chuck continues to show his action chops, and I'm a little impressed at how good the fight scenes have gotten over the season. I also liked the idea of Chuck being challenged by his "red test", and how Casey was there to help out in the end.

Of course the episode had some not so awesome moments, mostly revolving around the Chuck/Sarah drama. Really, I'm over their "relationship", which I wasn't too invested in to begin with, and I really don't care if they end up together or not. I did like how Chuck started to man up and be more open with Sarah about his feelings...I just wish she did the same. Next week's "American Hero" episode will be interesting to see.


How I Met Your Mother: "Say Cheese"

I don't know what to say about this week's HIMYM except for I was really disappointed. I really shouldn't be shocked since I haven't loved an episode since season 3, but I keep hoping that season 5 turns around. I should just give up.

Lily continues to be the most annoying character on television from her grating proclamations about her birthday to her giving Ted crap about bringing random "skanks" to special occasions because they end up ruining her pictures. She really is the most self-involved character ever, and I'm including Barney. Marshall couldn't even save this trainwreck of an episode, and for the first time I actually disliked him.

The throw away B-plot involving Robin trying take a bad picture of Barney ran out of steam after the second sight gag, yet they it was dragged on and on. The only thing more annoying than Lily's high horse is watching Robin trying to be funny. I know that she's not supposed to be funny, which is the joke, but all of the bad jokes are getting hard to take.

I miss the old HIMYM...


The Big Bang Theory: "The Pants Alternative"

Another show running on empty is The Big Bang Theory. To be honest, I really don't remember much from this week's episode. I vaguely remember chuckling while watching Sheldon and Penny shop for suits, and drunk Shelly's stand-up act was decent. Other than that; nothing.


Castle: "Tick, tick, tick"

I may have said this before, so forgive me, but watching TV on Monday nights is like eating a bologna sandwich on really fancy bread because usually Chuck and Castle are really good, while HIMYM and TBBT leave little to be desired. The same was true this Monday.

This week was the first episode of a special Castle event because Desperate Housewives Dana Delaney guest starred as an FBI Special Agent Jordan Show who takes over one of Beckett's investigations. Castle was intrigued by Shaw, which of course made Beckett jealous, which is pure gold.

Not only did we get some catty moments from Beckett, but Castle stayed over at her place to protect her from a serial killer that is obsessed with her, and when her apartment becomes a crime scene watching Ryan and Esposito busting on Castle and K-Becks has to be one of the funniest scenes ever filmed. Brilliance.

Since "Tick, tick, tick" was part one of a two-parter, we were left with a cliffhanger after Kate's apartment blows up. Some are actually worried that she's dead. So much for common sense.


Greek: "The First Last"

There was a lot going on during this week's Greek. The KTs were taking on the Omega Chis in golf, the sorority girls were partaking in a beauty pagent, Cappie and Rusty get kidnapped by their own pledges, Calvin and Grant break up, Dale exposes his secret liaison with the blond ZBZ, Casey passes the torch to Rebecca, and some other stuff happened too.

The showrunners in charge of Greek are doing a good job at starting to wrap up some storylines, and I'm happy that the show got picked up for a final 10 episodes, but it's time for the show to bow out gracefully. It looks like next week's season finale will take place during Spring Break, which means season 4 will take place during Casey, Cappie, Evan, and Ashleigh's final semester at CRU, which will be fitting. Once the seniors graduate, the show should wrap up. It's been a fun ride, but it's time to go.

P.S. - Calvin and Katherine have become two of my favorite TV characters of all-time. I'll actually miss them.



Lost: "Ab Aeterno"

There was way too much good stuff during this week's LOST, that I'm not even going to try to explain any of it. All I can say is the Richard Alpert-centric episode did not disappoint.


I'm so glad April starts next week, which means Bones will back and I'll have something to watch on Thursday nights.


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