Television

My TV viewing has become a lot more erratic due to the combination of not having cable and being able to Netflix so much. So here’s a look at the last season (or in some cases, a couple of seasons back) of various shows …
ONCE UPON A TIME started off slow for me, looking too much like a Fables knockoff: Emma, an investigator drawn to the town of Storybrooke learns she’s the daughter of Snow White and the inhabitants of Storybrooke have all been trapped their by Snow White’s embittered stepmother, denying them their happy ending. Which is of course, ridiculous, as is the claim that Emma is the only one who can break the curse … By the end of the season I was hooked and given the developments in the final episode, looking forward to the sophomore year.
BONES annoyed me with the 2011 season-ender, revealing Bones and Booth had slept together between episodes (with no hint to us viewers) and Bones (AKA Dr. Temperance Brennan) was now pregnant. Watching the ultra-rational Tempe cope with motherhood and domesticity has been fun, but the new villain (who sends her running for her life in the ender) is just ludicrous: To pull off the things he does with computers (using library book-checking systems to upload his evil software to the web, for instance) makes him too superhuman for this show.
And by the way, when did having an arch-enemy become de rigeur for cops? Watching the first episode of Rizzoli and Isles, which involves Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) dealing with an old serial-killer nemesis made me think how many shows pit profilers against running foes: Profiler (Jack of All Trades), The Mentalist (Red John) and NCIS and Women’s Murder Club (I don’t remember the villains’ names in those).
30 ROCK remains as loonie as ever as Tina Fey’s Liz finally finds a permanent relationship (with James Marsters), Alec Baldwin’s Jack rescues his wife from North Korea (while fighting off the impulse to make out with her mom, Mary Steenburgen) and the rest of the cast continue on in their loonie way. Hopefully the final season will be equally deranged.
YOUNG JUSTICE is the new animated series in which Batman assigns the DC Universe’ teen heroes (variously including Robin, Aqualad, Miss Martian, Rocket and Zatanna) as a special covert ops group for the Justice League. This brings them inevitably up against a cartel of supervillains known as the Light, who see the League (and everyone associated with it) standing in the way of their plans for humanity. A very good series, making good use of the rich resources 70 years of super-hero comics provides; I just watched the season-ender this morning and it threw in some excellent twists.
SCOOBY-DOO: MYSTERY INCORPORATED is the most recent series starring Scooby and his friends and the first I’ve bothered to watch in probably 30 years. The premise is that the human characters are teenagers in Crystal Cove, a tourist trap marketing itself as America’s most haunted town, and thereby annoyed that those meddling kids keep exposing potential tourist attractions as fakes. Grounding the characters with everyday lives has worked well—unfortunately Netflix only has the first dozen or so available so far.
TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY has Jack and Gwen reluctantly reunite (after the rest of the team bought it in Children of Earth) after a mysterious force stops everyone on Earth from dying—which would be fine except for the fact people still get sick and injured, the medical system is overloaded, and someone’s trying to target Torchwood before it can do anything to intervene. Oh, and Jack, the centuries old immortal, is now human and vulnerable … A good return for the series.

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