Back at the beginning of the Fall TV season I wrote a round-up of all of the shows, both new and returning, that I would be tuning in to (click for Part Uno and Part Deux of same). Well, Winter has finally come, and that list looks a little different in this cold, harsh and waning light of the chilly silly season. I thought I’d write up a quick reprise instead of starting my Christmas shopping.
Below is my review and breakdown of some of the returning and new shows. If you haven’t yet seen a specific entry and intend to, skip it and read on by, because there will be SPOILERS.
- Dropped like a tepid potato:
Revenge – If you’ve read my rather scathing review of Revenge then this will come as no surprise. I didn’t give the new season a chance because I didn’t want to. At all. Tuning in for more episodes of this ridiculous dross would be akin to masturbating with sandpaper. No thanks.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland – Again, qu’elle suprise. I wasn’t sold on the opening episode at all, and not even the lure of Lost’s Sayid as Jafar could pull me back in for repeat viewing. I’ve heard nothing positive about it since, in fact, I don’t think I’ve heard anything about it at all. Is anyone actually still watching this? Or is it so bad that viewing must be kept a deep, dark secret, like people who hide away in their rooms and fiddle with themselves while listening to One Direction?
The Tomorrow People – I wanted this one to be good, I really did. I missed Heroes and Alphas, and as I’ve said before I had a mutant-shaped hole in my heart that I needed to fill. I got two episodes in and I gave up. Win some, lose some.
- Get back in your box:
The Vampire Diaries & The Originals – I haven’t given up on either, per se, but I’m just not really interested in spending what little free time I have for my weekly watchables on them. I stuck on the second episode of this latest season of The Vampire Diaries the other night, got about fifteen minutes in and turned it off in frustration. I made myself a nutella sandwich and watched Despicable Me 2 instead. It’s not that I don’t like The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, they’re just so samey and there isn’t enough to keep me coming back every week without fail. Instead I think they’ll lend themselves better to binge viewing, which I have a tentative plan to do over the break.
- When Will I See You Again?
Arrow – My favourite show at the moment; Arrow‘s Season 2 has gone from strength to strength and comes out on top of my list. What with more island back-story, the addition of a squillion new characters and more shirtless Amell, it really has been so entertaining. If you haven’t yet seen Arrow, you simply must. I insist.
The Walking Dead – In a return to former Walking Dead form, this season too has been a pleasant improvement on the last. I am eager to see where the newly split groups end up, what happens to them and who’ll be left holding Baby Judith. I also hope more people die. Hershell’s death has made me numb to any possible character pain. I genuinely do think everyone should die in the end, except for Daryl of course. The last few episodes will see him all alone, shooting things in the woods and making more walker necklaces while fanboys and girls the world over drool on themselves and dedicate more fanfiction to him.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – I started out quietly hopeful about this one, knowing that potentially it could grow into something really good. I’ve been disappointed thus far, but I’m still sticking with it, waiting for it to find its groove. The fact that I dislike the majority of the characters does not help matters and might skew my objectivity, so I’ll probably wait until the first season’s completion before I review it fully.
Once Upon A Time – Not really sure why I’m still watching this but I tune in on a semi-regular basis. Just as I was getting to the point when I didn’t think I could look at the same Neverland scenery anymore (seriously, that had to have been the most limited set I’ve ever seen) Henry finally pulls out his own heart (OUAT fans rejoice) and nearly dies. Cue more “we have to go over here now” and exiting stage left like a school play. Then they get Henry’s heart back (OUAT fans despair) and they use a shadow to fly a pirate’s ship home. Wait though! Peter Pan is back and he bodysnatches Henry, meaning there will be more of that awful child actor as he’s given the opportunity to play an evil manchild. (OUAT fans feel like hanging themselves and contemplate tuning out). Ah well, on the positive side, there’s still Hook.
- Welcome to the inner circle:
Dracula – I’m only four episodes in, but I like it. I’m a fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ and this take on everyone’s favourite original vampire works, and the overall sexy, lusty atmosphere created is enchanting. I’m just at the part where Renfield gets kidnapped, so don’t say anything, but they’d better not hurt that big chocolate bear. I’ll have more on this one another time, but suffice it to say that it works more than it doesn’t.
Almost Human – It’s a sci-fi buddy-cop show! But it’s not your typical buddy-cop set-up, because one of them is a ROBOT. That’s right, a cheeky robot with Data’s emotion chip who sings my favourite Elton John song, B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets. I wasn’t a big advocate of the fourth episode but this has potential and it has Karl Urban, so for now, I’m totally sold.
- Soon, we’ll be together:
Also on the menu for my binge watch this Christmas is: Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, Hell on Wheels, Revolution and The Blacklist. Five will get you ten that I’ll have at least one bedsore by New Year’s Eve.
What have you been watching? Do you agree or disagree with any of the above? As always, I want to know!