I must admit it’s been a while since I’ve posted – but those are the dangers of trying to balance real life with incessant TV watching. This time, fieldwork was to blame, and in a few weeks more exams will be back to ruin things all over again. Thus, I have finally come to the only logical conclusion: university is getting in the way of my true love: television.
Babbling nonsense aside, last week was actually a pretty notable seven days in the television world. Most importantly, it marked the return of the Greendale… four? I have to admit I’ve had more than a few reservations about Yahoo’s sixth season of Community, and while I was initially overjoyed they picked it up, this past week or so has been filled with a small tingling sense of dread. It can’t be as bad as the gas leak… can it?
Elsewhere, The Blacklist hit a huge turning point in its own season, while there were also returns for both Arrow and The Flash…
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FOX – Sabotage
Unlike the last few that have preceded it, Sabotage is not an ‘excellent’ episode from the 99th precinct – but it has its moments. Peralta and Gina’s antics may have gotten a little tiresome here, but the Boyle/Scully/Hitchock alliance managed to make up for it – 8/10
The Last Man On Earth, FOX – Sweet Melissa
The best episode of the series so far, The Last Man On Earth has finally found a way to be funny and sweet at the same time. January Jones’ introduction helps to shift things along, while Will Forte and Kristen Schaal’s onscreen chemistry continues to improve – 8/10
Gotham will return 13/04.
Agents Of SHIELD, ABC – One Of Us
Stylish and effective, Agents Of SHIELD continues to impress. The guest stars steal the show this week, as Kyle MacLachlan hams it up spectacularly, while Blake Underwood triggers some welcome character development for May and Skye. Not bad – 8/10
The Flash, The CW – Out Of Time
Wow. Despite relying on a few convenient plot points early on, this Flash episode is still undoubtedly one of the most thrilling so far. Weather Wizard Mark II was devastatingly effective, while the last six or seven minutes made this a complete game-changer – 9/10
Community, YHO – Ladders
“Weird, passionate and gross”. That pretty much sums it up. Community returns with something between a bang and a fizzle with an overly self-indulgent episode blessed with a few golden moments: The Baker And The Butcher is the spin-off we all need. – 8/10
Community, YHO – Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care
It may not be conformable with popular opinion, but I actually enjoyed this second episode a little more than the first. It’s nothing special, but it at least works to recapture some of the old-school Community tone. The Dean’s VR adventure is the standout – 8/10
Arrow, The CW – The Offer
The lack of plot and overall direction this season is hurting this show. That’s not to say this was a ‘bad’ episode – it just wasn’t that memorable… at all. The contrived plotting appears to be everlasting, while the main characters have begun to feel stale and repetitive – 7/10
The Big Bang Theory will return 02/04.
The Blacklist, NBC – Tom Keen
Easily the best episode of The Blacklist for some time now, Tom Keen helps to make up for last episode’s anticlimactic mistakes, while concluding an ongoing sub-plot in an efficient manner. My only criticism would be that there wasn’t enough Tom Keen in it – 8/10
Elementary will return 02/04.
|2||Agents Of SHIELD||ABC||13||8.6|
|11||The Big Bang Theory||CBS||18||7.5|
|13||The Last Man On Earth||FOX||4||7.5|
Key – N = Network; E = # of Episodes; R = Average Rating
Episode Of The Week: The Flash – Out Of Time