We need to talk about Homeland. Over the last few years the former critical darling has come under criticism about it inconsistent handling of plots and characters, especially after its stellar first season. There’s an argument it should never have been dragged out for three seasons – let alone four. Yet why, then, do I find it the most thrilling show on TV?
The one thing Homeland‘s benefitted from is upping the stakes – and not waiting around or dragging out plot-lines – a bit like my second favourite show at the moment: Agents Of SHIELD. The latter is finally delivering on the immense potential it originally promised, boasting renewed energy, fast-paced storytelling and a whole host of exciting new supporting characters in its second season. Now if only Gotham could do the same….
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Homeland, SHO – Halfway To A Donut
Homeland continues its impressive recent form with another 50-minute thriller – this time taking the form of a gripping escape attempt featuring Saul at his very best. Elsewhere, General Khan looks to be one of the more interesting new additions – 9/10
Gotham, FOX – Harvey Dent
More unsubtle foreshadowing from Gotham as the writers attempt to force in another of Batman’s rogues. Nicholas D’Agosto’s future ‘Two-Face’ is charming but unconvincing while the plot itself amounted to very little. This show needs a big fall finale – 7/10
Agents Of SHIELD, ABC – The Things We Bury
It’s another cracker of an episode from the Agents Of SHIELD team, this time playing off Season 2’s greatest assets – the ‘unholy trinity’ of Whitehall, Ward and The Doctor. Meanwhile, Hunter and Bobbi continue to be a great source of entertainment – 9/10
The Flash, The CW – The Flash Is Born
Perhaps most significant for adding some much needed characterisation to Eddie, this episode wasn’t the most thrilling – but delivered on the entertainment front. Grant Gustin might be one of the most likeable leading men around, but Iris needs fixing – 8/10
Arrow, The CW – Draw Back Your Bow
Arguably the most conflicted episode in Arrow‘s history. On the one hand it was totally ridiculous – Cupid is definitely a character best used in small doses. But Katana was badass, Diggle was great and Ray Palmer continues to work wonders on this show – 8/10
The Big Bang Theory, CBS – The Champagne Reflection
While further demonising of Bernadette for laughs ruined the B-Story, a more solemn and thoughtful A-Story helped this episode stand-out from the usual drab the writers call ‘plot’ on this show. Plus: Fun With Flags returned for its emotional finale – 8/10
Elementary, CBS – Bella
Elementary continues its impressive run of form with an intriguing AI-centric mystery. Sherlock, Joan and Kitty played off each other well, while the plot was far less formulaic than usual. The cliffhanger topped off a great 40-mins, and Clyde returned too! – 9/10
Constantine, NBC – Danse Vaudou
Exceeding expectations once again, Constantine now makes it three good episodes in a row. Papa Midnite made a welcome return, while we also got a first look at Jim Corrigan – aka the future ‘Spectre’. NBC better not be thinking of cancelling this show – 8/10
No shows aired this week.
|1||Agents Of SHIELD||ABC||8||8.8|
|9||The Big Bang Theory||CBS||10||7.7|
|10||Under The Dome||CBS||3||7.3|
(Key – N = Network; E = # of Episodes; R = Average Rating)
Episode Of The Week: Agents Of SHIELD – The Things We Bury