Thursday, May 24, 2012

2011 Season TV Series Roundup

Only a couple of years ago, if asked what series I was watching I would have answered none. And it would have been true since I hadn’t watched any since the X Files. But then, a friend introduced me to Supernatural and everything changed. So now that all shows went into summer hiatus (except for Games of Thrones, but that one doesn’t count), let’s see what was there to watch.

Old shows

The Vampire Diaries – Three seasons and counting and it’s still going strong. The Originals kind of took over the plot this season, but hopefully there’ll be less of them next season as they will have to focus on Elena more. I don’t care about the love triangle, I actually think Elena should and will end up with Stefan, but the Delena fans are too many not to lead them on. Anyway, Caroline continues to rock and Damon is, of course, awesome. I love the way the writers turn the episode before last in a kick ass finale and then they use the finale to set up the context for the following season, without leaving us with a major cliffhanger. Kudos for that!

Supernatural - I kept watching it for nostalgic reasons. The show used to be good (mind you this is coming from someone who doesn’t normally care for horror), but the last two seasons have been a mess as far as writing was concerned. I was seriously hoping they’d took pity on it and cancelled it to put it out of its misery and instead the network decided to only change the show runner and renew it. Damn. Oh, well, at least we have the consolation that it can’t get any worse than it already is. Maybe it will pull a House and return with a decent 8th season and then end. If only we were that lucky.

Fringe – It’s strange, because I love sci fi, but I never quite warmed up to this show and its characters. I can’t really explain why. I’ll keep watch it though since it will be its last season and a short one.

Castle – I’m kind of getting bored with it, same old same old, even Castle making out with Becket couldn’t raise my interest. I don’t know if I’ll keep watching it…

Game of Thrones – I started watching it because I was curious to see how they brought the books to the screen, but season 2 did nothing to me. The violence and gratuitous nudity became even more grating. And there wasn’t enough Jaime.

New shows

Once Upon a Time – Cool premise, but the stories were so twisted they felt like AU fan fiction crossovers. And the bad CGI and video game feel of some scenes were terribly annoying. The only characters I really liked were the kid and Mr. Gold and that’s not worth watching just for them.

Revenge – I got interested in it because of Madeleine Stowe who is a great actress. It took about half of the season for the characters of both Victoria and Emily to become predictive and therefore for the show to become repetitive. Even if the acting is good, I think I’ve had enough.

Ringer – Awfully constructed plot, not even Buffy could save that one. No wonder it was cancelled.

Hart of Dixie – I really don’t know why I watched it. Both heroine and antagonist were utterly annoying. Supporting cast was okay. I’m surprised it wasn’t cancelled.

Grimm – I only watched a few episodes and figured out it was not my thing. *pats self on the back*

I’m watching all the wrong shows, am I not?

Whole shows – A+ in my book

Downton Abbey – I wasn’t expecting to like it since I don’t care for World War stories but I got sucked into it. I’ll wait for the next season to end, though, and then have a marathon. Yeah, that should do.

House - Ah, House, my love! Seasons 1-4 were great, the rest not so great, but still good as a whole. “House’s Head” from season 4 was one of the best hours of television ever made. And the ending was just perfect. I’ll miss it. Well, I will as soon as all re-runs stop airing. LOL

This looks like a lot of shows and plenty of hours I could have put to better use, like reading or writing. I’ll do better next season, I promise. Until then, summer blockbusters are around the corner and there’s a lot of work to do. And let’s not forget the writing projects I’m working on. It will be a busy summer, that’s for sure.

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