HIMYM: I'm all about creative writing with the misdirections, backwards-building plots and clever flashbacks. But the "Lucky Penny" episode was a bit much. Nonetheless, still a decent episode (B). Enjoyed the training montage shout-out to every 80's movie ever. The ending left us with the big question: will we get to finally see "the mother" in the next episode?
The answer: no. The next episode, "Stuff," didn't even address it. I thought this one was a bit weak (B-), but again, it's hard not to at least moderately enjoy this show because of the cast. The best part of the episode was the callback to the "Slap Bet." And very clever using the song, "I Wanna Be Your Dog." Don't want to spoil anything for those who still have it on the DVR, but I really wish the episode would've ended the way it seemed to have been heading prior to the little twist.
The Class: Another two funny episodes with "The Class Has A Snow Day" and "The Class Springs A Leak" (B). I think that's four in a row now? I may have to go out on a limb and support this show. Again, catch up on Innertube. This latest episode was actually pretty emotionally-satisfying as well.
Heroes and Lost: I have not watched either since their return from hiatus. Tell me how much I'm missing out in the comments and urge me to catch up. Also note, next week after Heroes, The Black Donnellys will be replacing Studio 60's spot. I'm intrigued by this show. I am generally wary of all things Paul Haggis, but he didn't write this, only directed, so I'll keep an open mind. Looks kind of like the TV version of The Departed (A+).
*UPDATE: You can watch The Black Donnellys pilot here.
Veronica Mars: I just watched "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves." And though it was an episode that took its hooker plot way too seriously, I still kinda liked it (B). I dunno though, something's still missing from this season. Is it just me? Am I just longing for the past? I have a tendency to do that in life. Oh, how I miss velcro shoes...
Friday Night Lights: I've noticed in the comments that the FNL Fandom is growing. Nice, very nice. Welcome, new viewers, make yourselves comfortable. Would you like something to drink? Soda, some OJ, Yoohoo? Anything to keep you guys here. Because this show deserves dedicated viewership from all of you.
Another amazing episode with "Black Eyes and Broken Hearts" (A). This show does such an incredible job delving into family dynamics. The Taylor family drama this past week was really well written and acted. Especially the scene when Coach Taylor walks into his wife's office for advice. "The three of you scare me," great line. And of course, the ending with Matt and Julie had me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Alright, so we're all gonna watch this week right? Cool. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!!! Wow, I am going to be single for a long time.
Grey's: Just caught up on the past two episodes, (A-) and (B+) respectively. And yeah, I did not see that coming. As many articles have noted, Shonda's going down the Magnum P.I./St. Elsewhere/Sopranos road here, but the ending just seems too far of a departure from the general tone of the show. I mean, Grey's is fairly grounded in "reality," and watching Meredith in "limbo land" does not sit well with me.
And we all know that Meredith's not going to die. Her name's in the show title for crying out loud.
That being said, I REALLY enjoyed most of the two-parter. That scene when Alex has to tell the husband about his dead pregnant wife? Tears. Lots of them. Good thing I watch these episodes in my room alone. And Patrick Dempsey's performance? Damn convincing.
But all my enjoyment came to a screeching halt with the "I Believe" speech.
a) I cannot take a person seriously when they start ten consecutive sentences with "I believe..."
b) "I believe Denny is always with me..."?? That's what Izzie's thinking about when one of her best friends is dying a mere four feet down the hall???
c) Was that really the best time and place to tell your other best friend that he married the wrong woman?
d) ...I got nothing. I just like the letter 'd.'
It was pretty cool to see Kyle Chandler/Coach Taylor fly up all the way from Texas during the Dylan Panthers' playoff season for a quick cameo in the "afterlife." Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!! Seriously, watch Friday Night Lights.
The Office: The eagerly-awaited-by-nerds-everywhere episode directed by Joss Whedon. And it was the most touching Office episode to date (A-). I was surprisingly moved by the ending.
The set-up was so simple and well-executed. They had us shaking our heads at Michael all episode (loved the Dead Poet's Society (A) allusion, as Michael ripped out pages from an Econ textbook). Then, when we all expected Jim to come waltzing in as Pam's knight in shining armor at the end, they bring in Michael, who, by simply being himself and completely unaware, ends up doing the sweetest thing possible for Pam. Loved it.
Some favorite scenes...
Michael: What's the most inspiring thing I ever said to you?
Dwight: "Don't be an idiot." Changed my life.
Cut to Dwight's interview.
Dwight: "Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, "Would an idiot do that?" And if they would, I do NOT do that thing.
Kelly: Don't hurt that bat, Creed! It's a living thing with feelings and a family!
The bat escapes and flies at her.
Kelly: Kill it! Kill it! Kill it!!
I believe next week is the J.J. Abrams episode? Wonder if they'll start the episode mid-story and jump-cut a few days prior like Abrams always does.
30 Rock: If I had to rank my favorite on-air sitcoms by the number of LOL's alone, 30 Rock would be at the very top. Another hee-larious episode here with "The C Word" (B+). And we got a Rip Torn cameo! His DUI mug shot still haunts me at night...
Sure, the whole "C-word" story has been done before (HIMYM earlier this season, Curb Your Enthusiasm), but this episode still offered some great lines:
Tracy: "Yeah, I don't have a daughter."
Jack: "Let's have a casting session on Monday."
Liz: "Hey look everybody, Sherlock Homo is here to solve the case of the gay sweater."
Jack: "God, it's like dating Katie Couric all over again."
Liz: "You do NOT cross a Sugarbaker woman!"
The OC: I was two episodes behind, so I'll try to keep this short. Enjoyed "The Shake Up" (B), the ending with Ryan and Taylor was really endearing.
Next, "The Night Moves." This episode boasted some of the best music ever. I never would've imagined when I first listened to Amnesiac that a teen dramedy would someday use one of its tracks. But lo and behold, we have "Like Spinning Plates" on The OC. Also tack on some Silversun Pickups, Bloc Party, Sufjan, an awesome cover of an already awesome song, and what do you get? You get an eargasm. A delightful, 45-minute eargasm.
The episode title alone brought me back to the good old days when Julie was getting drunk at home while listening to Bob Seger and banging an underage boy who dated her daughter. Here I go longing for the past again. Anyway, it was nice to see Seth be somewhat active again. It was nice to hear all the old episode allusions (Luke, Johnny, Trey, Jimmy, etc). Overall, that's what this episode was... it was nice. Not the best episode ever, but "The Night Moves" was a great way to reflect on seasons past (B+).
I'm gonna miss this show a lot, a proper goodbye will be in order later this week.
Alright, you guys know what to do now. Click below for the tunes, if you like what you hear, buy the album through the links, and most importantly, leave a comment!
How I Met Your Mother - "Lucky Penny"
"Nine Words" - Oppenheimer [buy album]
How I Met Your Mother - "Stuff"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" - Iggy Pop & The Stooges [buy album]
Veronica Mars - "Postgame Mortem"
"Too Much To Ask For" - Radio 4 [buy album]
"White Balloons" - Stephen Ashbrook
"What's Left Of Me" - Nick Lachey
*Hopefully this if the first and last time you see the name, Nick Lachey, on this blog. Well, until next week, when Nick will be guest-blogging Musical Monday.
Friday Night Lights - "Black Eyes & Broken Hearts"
"The Right Thing" - Prophet Omega [buy album]
"The Only Moment We Wore Alone" - Explosions In The Sky [buy album]
Grey's Anatomy - "Walk On Water"
"The Hop" - Radio Citizen (feat. Bajka) [buy album]
"Liar" - 8MM [buy album]
"Make This Go On Forever" - Snow Patrol [buy album]
"Opposite Direction" - Union of Knives
Grey's Anatomy - "Drowning On Dry Land"
"The Great Escape" - Patrick Watson [buy album]
"A Bitter Song" - Butterfly Boucher
"Timeless" - Kate Havnevik
Scrubs - "My Road To Nowhere"
"Hands Of Time" - Ron Sexsmith [buy album]
Scrubs - "My Perspective"
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)" - Billy Ocean [buy album]
"I Summon You" - Spoon [buy album]
The OC - "The Shake Up"
"I Still Remember" - Bloc Party [buy album]
"Broken In All The Right Places" - I Am Jen [buy album]
"Debaser" - Rogue Wave (covering Pixies) [buy album]
"What Were The Chances" - Damien Jurado [buy album]
"The Sad Song" - Fredo Viola
The OC - "The Night Moves"
"I Turn My Camera On" - Rock Kills Kid (covering Spoon) [buy album]
"The Incarnation" - Sufjan Stevens [buy album]
"Rusted Wheel" - Silversun Pickups [buy album]
"Kreuzberg" - Bloc Party [buy album]
"Like Spinning Plates" - Radiohead