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13 April 2010 @ 01:24 pm
Monday Night Shows (and a little bit of Daniel/Betty squee!)  
So I managed to finish all of Monday's shows and wanted to share some thoughts on each.

HIMYM - I truly think the bloom has worn off the rose with this show; actually I think that began last season. To continue the metaphor, this season, we're beyond that point, now the petals are now simply falling away. Still, with that said, there were a few genuine chuckles last night, more than I've experienced in most episodes this season. But, eh overall.

Life Unexpected - I don't think this show will be renewed, and that is a bit bummy, but not as much as it would have been beyond the first couple of episodes. I like it, but not as much as I originally did, or thought I would. It *was* a good episode last night, and Cate clearly making her choice was good for the Cate/Ryan fans, but I felt bad for Baze. I don't necessarily ship Cate/Baze, but I don't ship Cate/Ryan either. I think that from a writer-point of a view, Cate/Ryan work much better as a couple. However, from a chemistry point of view, Cate has better chemistry with Baze. The result is that I'm not passionate about either couple, and Lux lost her way as an interesting, original character for me part-way through, so yeah ... I like the show, but a cancellation won't really bother me.

DwtS - Wow, they really are sucking in the dancing department this year, aren't they? Honestly, only Nicole can dance well, with Evan, Erin and Pamela offering varying degrees of okay-ness and true potential. I still like Erin/Maks the best, but I'm not passionate about the show so far this year.

24 - YAY!!! WOOHOO!! HURRAH!!! And any other exclamation of joy. Renee is dead! I could NOT stand the actress -- as an actress, I'm sure she's a lovely person -- and so she made me unable to stand Renee. I was so expecting some happy ending crap type of thing for her and Jack at the end of the season, but that won't happen now. YES!!! Still, there was the happy crap type of thing prior to her shooting in tonight's episode that was just blech for me. But, awesome Chloe stuff, Jack angsting is always, erm, fun, Dalia Hassan continues to show that her cojones are big and manly, Logan is back ... and we've got six more hours to go. Woohoo!!!

TBBT - HI-larious episode. This is one of the best episodes so far this season. I really loved it, and laughed sooooooooo hard. And telling at how good it was is that it's still good if the writers/producers intended us to buy that Penny does secretly, but unknown to her, love Leonard. It was that funny, well-written and acted. On the other hand, if we were supposed to take what was on screen at face-value based on the performances and writing of Leonard/Penny this episode and throughout the seasons, the episode was fan-freaking-tastic!

In other news, Sheldon was adorable (garsh, I love Jim Parsons!), Howard was absolutely, disgustingly HYSTERICAL, and Raj was almost as adorable as Sheldon (Kunal does sweet, in his-own-world with absolute perfection). The few Sheldon/Penny scenes were a joy and a hoot to watch. Whatever you think of their romantic potential, I really don't think there's any denying that these two actors work exceptionally well opposite each other. Also, I liked the use of Wil Wheaton MUCH better this time. Last time it felt like the writers were like "OMGZ! WE GOT WIL WHEATON!!" and didn't bother to write a good and/or very funny episode around him, merely relying on "OMGZ! WE GOT WIL WHEATON!!" to make the episode work. This time around, he was woven well into the story and did a fabulous job as "evil" Wheaton. Great job, show. Great job. I. LOVED. IT.

Castle - It was okay, not bad, but it was not one of their stronger episodes. What saved it from pure meh-ness, as always, is the fabulous cast and their interactions. Oh, and Tom Bergeron is awesome -- I wish he hadn't died so early on. Kelly Carlson? Not so much, and I don't know if it's natural, but she looks *much* better as a blonde.

Non-Monday night news ... TWO MORE DAYS UNTIL THE UGLY BETTY finale!!! I am SOOOO obsessed with Daniel and Betty right now (see new header: squee!). Eek! I've been a fan since the Pilot, but actually seeing it begin to come to fruition as the last episode showed is sending me shipper-high!!! I'm having so much fun rewatching all of the early stuff. :D
 
 
 
harper47harper47 on April 13th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
I agree re DWTS. It's just boring this year. And Louis is doing a horrible job with Nicey who started out all full of sass and has had to do all these slow emo dances since then.

Haven't seen Castle yet. I am not watching 24 right now but I read your post anyway. So they killed what's her name? Awesome.
Arabian: Jack & Chloearabian on April 13th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm just disappointed with DwtS this year; bad crop of celebs. Oh well.

YES, SHE DIED!!! WOOHOO!! (Of course, it was after she and Jack did the nasty and post-cuddling, ugh!, but I'll take what I can get ... like her death!)
irlandesakirlandesak on April 13th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I truly think the bloom has worn off the rose with this show

Yeah. I think for me is when it stopped being such gold mine for continuity and cool extras is when the bloom started to wear off. Season 2 was exceptional, which is when I got hooked on it, and the subsequent seasons haven't lived up to it. I did like the plot of a monkey stealing a wallet if only because at another board I posted at, a poster had a similar experience of being robbed by a monkey. It's funnier it real life.

This is one of the best episodes so far this season.

Hmm...I didn't love it as much but maybe I was in a weird mood or something or I was distracted. I did like Sheldon/Raj/Howard/Evil Will. And I loved the Sheldon/Penny scenes, especially when she said "Ack!" Despite her hostility earlier in the episode, she was so sweet to him here and was willing to say the thing that would make him happy...which she couldn't or wouldn't do for Leonard. I've had a soft spot for Kevin Sussman ever since the first season of Ugly Betty. even though it was clear he was only supposed to be a transitional character. And I loved Stuart when he showed up and was confident in asking Penny out so this Penny obsessed/moony Stuart I don't enjoy as much. We already have 1 Leonard. We don't need two.

I did enjoy Will and Bill Prady's tweets about it.

Kelly Carlson? Not so much, and I don't know if it's natural, but she looks *much* better as a blonde.

I was thinking the opposite. I thought she looked great as a brunette.

Non-Monday night news ... TWO MORE DAYS UNTIL THE UGLY BETTY finale!!! I am SOOOO obsessed with Daniel and Betty right now (see new header: squee!). Eek! I've been a fan since the Pilot, but actually seeing it begin to come to fruition as the last episode showed is sending me shipper-high!!! I'm having so much fun rewatching all of the early stuff. :D

I know! And you know I know. I think I have my hopes up way too high after last week. I've been taken aback by how euphoric I've been and then I realized that there's no way I can be satisfied because I'll always regret the missed opportunities to have this be more than a two episode arc. But if we get closure and a kiss, it'll help me get over it.

I'm especially looking forward to Eric/Daniel. The preview clips have been killing me already. I need him to get his heart's desire.



Arabian: Betty & Daniel02arabian on April 13th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I agree that I liked Stuart much more in s2, but Sussman plays this type of Stuart well too, and he got some genuine laughs for me. Overall, though, I just laughed my ass off over the episode and that's the key for a successful sitcom. Heck, I even laughed during the L/P scenes here and there and that's generally the only time I don't laugh.

I think I have my hopes up way too high after last week. I've been taken aback by how euphoric I've been and then I realized that there's no way I can be satisfied because I'll always regret the missed opportunities to have this be more than a two episode arc. But if we get closure and a kiss, it'll help me get over it.

That's pretty much me to a TEE right now.
Brandy: TBBT: howard sheldon rajbrandyleigh on April 13th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, HIMYM was weak. Really, nothing has happened on the show this season, but I'm still watching, and it's probably one of those shows I'll watch til the end.

24 - I know you don't like Renee, but still, I'm sad for Jack. So many people he loves have died. But, at least this reels him back in, since it seemed like he was out after Hassan died.

TBBT - I really enjoyed last night's episode, and I do think it was partly because they wrote a great story around Wil Wheaton and didn't just use him as the whole story. Very enjoyable.
Arabian: Bernadette & Howardarabian on April 13th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't respond to your post because I know you don't feel about Renee as I did and I didn't want to be all YAY! there. I do agree that it sucked for Jack, but I think Renee sucked so more, so I'm fine with it. Gah, I'm awful, LOL!

I'm still watching, and it's probably one of those shows I'll watch til the end.

Yeah, me too.
hiddeneloise: NFillion/Fireflyhiddeneloise on April 13th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
I like Castle for what it is. It's predictable, and yes, not the best writing, but the chemistry is good, and the whole thing is charming and we need a bit of that on TV. Also, they do entertain. That's important. And I love Nathan. :)

But, oh, I am so sad. They are bringing Michael Trucco in as Beckett's -- I assume -- love interest, for a (short, I hope!) arc. And .... I'm not watching. I can't abide the guy. Just cannot. It's not even his acting, although, goodness knows, he is no awards material. He smirks! Like, a lot. But it's not that. The guy ruined BSG for me! And that I cannot forgive. Not entirely his fault, it had a lot to do with the writing, but still. I get that bad taste in my mouth, and ... I just can't.

Okay, thus endeth the pointless rant. :) I missed the BBT last night! Boo! I had a project and a tricky client on the phone, and I missed it. *Pouts.*
Arabian: Sheldon & Penny - Two Heartsarabian on April 14th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Yup, that's Castle in a nutshell. Aww, I'm sorry for you, I don't care about him either way, but I know how much it sucks when someone you think sucks (for whatever reasons) effects one of your shows.

Re: BBT - You should check hulu or something; REALLY funny episode last night.

Edited at 2010-04-14 02:59 am (UTC)
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on April 14th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
I am watching BBT on Hulu tomorrow for sure (another busy evening tonight). And yeah, it blows when someone comes on a show you like and you can't stand them. Fingers crossed, he won't stay for long.
Arabian: Little Boy Bluearabian on April 14th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I doubt he will; I'll be really surprised if he does. They have their dynamic and it works, you know?
Blancheblanche_ on April 14th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I feel like I need to start watching Ugly Betty again. I sort of drifted away after the first season and have been meaning to go back, but never really did.