While we are still not over the exhilarating events of this year’s season finale, we think it’s about time to take a step back and assess the season as a whole. There were a lot of ups and downs, no doubt about that, but this post will focus on the ups. Here are our five favourite episodes from season 4 of Castle, in order of appearance. Enjoy!
As usual, I’m pretty much on the same page as J when it comes to our favourite shows on TV. That being said, this review is going to be strongly tied to J’s initial review of Wednesday’s “Bringing Up Bombshell”, if you haven’t already, read it here.
J, love your analysis of “Bringing Up Bombshell”! As we’ve discussed, I know we were both pretty much sold from the first episode despite there being a certain degree of clunkiness in the set it. It’s Canadianness without being Canadian in a “Good for a Canadian Show” way was a cherry on top of the excitement about a new period piece about kick-ass ladies in a historical setting. (Note: Dear Readers, if you haven’t already noticed, we’re huge nerds, Canadian + History earns big points over here).
I feel like this was the episode that the first three were really building towards, as a middle episode of a 6-part series that seems appropriate. From the first moments of the series (if not the title), it was obvious that the show was going to be about women finding a certain level of independence in a time of war. How the show was going to deliver the goods was still up in the air. The first three episodes set the stage, and certainly contained some serious action, but “Bringing Up Bombshell” provided the biggest payoff characterwise so far. Continue reading
Demons Run When A Good Man Goes to War
“A Good Man Goes to War” was one of those episodes of Doctor Who that I was really looking forward to more than usual. I was excited to see him call on his friends, to see Rory be a hero, to find out what was happening with Amy, and to learn more about the mysterious River Song. I was also counting on this episode to make the last few rather weak episodes really count for something, justifying them in a way so long as they satisfied the greater whole with this one.
“A Good Man” was a peculiar episode of Who where nothing really happened, but the premise and the hype called for massive movement. The set up in the episode seemed quite grand but when it came down to the action not much really went on. At first glance the episode is exciting but great deal less impressive upon a second look and further discussion. It’s like Moffet got caught up in the timey-whimy fun and the misdirection and let the point runaway from him.
I’m more of a Band-Aid Kind of Gal…Unless You look like Jason Stackhouse
No previouslies this week. I’m rather disappointed, a lot went down. To be fair if you didn’t watch last week’s episode go do that now. Also make sure to read my full recap of “She’s Not There” for all the gritty goodness.
Previously on True Blood:
Sookie returned from Fairyland to discover 12 months had passed. Jason had sold her house to a mysterious buyer, Eric. With impeccable timing he shows up as soon as Sookie is naked to announce “you are mine” and bares his fangs. Jason is still playing caretaker to the meth-orphans in Hot Shot until the meth-babies hit him over the head and lock him in a freezer. Lafayette is a powerful witch and Bill is now the Vampire King of Louisiana.
“You Smell Like Dinner”
Because this show is super freaky, we return this week with Jason waking up tied to a cot somewhere wonders aloud “Is someone licking my head?” Yes Jason, someone is, because these meth-people are shifter types and one of the kids, aptly called Jimbo is trying to heal the gash on his head by licking it, which we watch for an uncomfortable amount of time before Jason asks him to stop
“It’s not that I don’t appreciate all the licking, because I do, but I’m more of a band-aid kind of guy” Continue reading
Previously on True Blood:
Werewolves, biker bars and bad wigs…Nursing Home, Gay Kisses, Crazy Moms, & bat shit crazy Franklin…
White Trash, Crystal (Meth) and Arlene’s Demon Spawn …Dog Fights, Old underpants, Vampire Bride Tara, Murder & Fairy Blood that gets Vamps jacked….Witches, Viking Kings, Homicidal, Crazy, Dandy Vampire Russell Edgington, and fratricide (or so we thought) …Concrete graves, meaningful haircuts and we’re not done yet…Crouching Tiger Hidden Vampires Fighting and a journey into the Fairy light
True Blood had more happen in their 2 minutes of previouslies than most shows have going on in a season. I don’t know about you, but the sheer amount of crazy shit that goes down in Bon Temps in a span of a couple weeks is why I love this show so dearly.
Before the Opening Credits we’re treated to part of the first 8 minutes that have been kicking around the internet for weeks now. In case you have iron will and haven’t watched it yet, Sookie has been transported to fairyland that like, exists under the cemetery. A magical Grecian inspired place where beautiful people mingle and wear a lot of white.
I didn’t realize that Terry was going to revert so quickly. Only three episodes in and Terry had all but given up his cool, charming Harvard guy persona and was drowning in the old strip mall atmosphere becoming his old nerdy self complete with terrible glasses.
I love that Peter has a standing booty call with a lady from out of town. Each week we learn that he’s a little less hopeless than he lets on. To tell the truth I wish we got more of the Yoda talking lady before moving on to the hot “chick” from Unexpected Cocknections. We could have had some really funny moments a la Michael and Holly on The Office. But I guess it makes sense that Peter isn’t quite yet to suave with the ladies to make a save after letting Terry ruin it for him.
Week two of Almost Heroes and they have not failed to deliver in the follow up to the very funny premiere. It’s still super funny and full of heart as Pete who has just lost his father struggles to keep his brother close. Oh, and all the hilarious hi-jinx, axe-battles, and killer bees along the way.
Last week Peter & Terry managed to save themselves from eviction by a fluke sale of a priceless autograph. This week the shop finds itself in danger once again. Terry has been promising that he’s out of there as soon as the shop is back on track and in a desperate act to keep his brother at home, Pete has been stealing from the register to keep up the appearance that the shop is still in trouble.
Pete’s secret doesn’t stay secret for long and instead of simply returning the money he decides to do one better, impress Terry by making a smart investment with the shop’s profits. He buys a rare first edition of a comic book; Dark Badger Issue #1 and plans on selling it at a profit to a Dark Beaver collector, Wendell.
I’m going to take a quick moment to interrupt our usual schedule of TV reviews and general nerdery to announce that I will also be writing for a Canadian nerd culture website www.g33kpron.com as their resident TV g33k. I’m very excited for this new adventure but that doesn’t mean that The Viewing Party will be slowing down anytime soon. The Viewing Party team and I have some really fun plans to keep our TV appetites satiated over the long summer haitus, so stay tuned.
Don’t forget to jump over to G33KPRON to check out what I’ve been up to over there.
Below the jump find my intro (originally posted by J3SS on G33kPron)
I want so much to love everything about Doctor Who, I was as optimistic as possible after last week’s let down in “The Rebel Flesh” that this week “The Almost People” would pick up the pieces and spin the story into something great. I was once again let down. At least this story actually picked up on some of the seasonal clues we’ve been following albeit at the last minute. I was glad to finally be offered a direction and a link back to the AMAZING two part season opener “The Impossible Astronaut” and “The Day of the Moon”.
Telling a story of the creation of sentient life is no easy task. The story of the resistance of the enslaved creatures and the humans that created them is a complex tale and felt rushed and confused over the two episodes given over the past couple weeks.
Not all was lost in “The Almost People”, there were some really fantastic comedic notes hit perfectly by Matt Smith playing opposite himself, as the cocky cool Doctor these moments were hilarious and spot on for eleven’s personality. Matt Smith gave us a treat interpreting several Doctors’ past in his wacky transformation scene. I can’t help but think that this episode could have risen to a much higher level of wacky hilarity instead of a strange confused morality take had the two Doctors been allowed to play off each other for a greater portion of the story.
Inspired by a recent spiral back into my BSG and Caprica obsession brought on by the Flesh in Doctor Who’s recent outings I’ve decided to drum up a list of my favourite Battlestar Galactica moments on TV… that didn’t happen on the Battlestar Galactica series itself. – S
Sarah appears in a FRAK OFF T-shirt on Chuck vs. The Nacho Sampler