March 22-28, 2015
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Photo Credit: ABC
Once Upon a Time (ABC) - Episode 4.16 "Poor Unfortunate Soul"
This week's episode was great as we got some backstory on Ursula which again makes me want to say how much I absolutely love, love, freaking LOVE the world building and character development and complete immersion of these fairy tales available for the writers to use which is A LOT since... Disney. But The origin stories are just absolutely fabulous and this is yet another prime example of such. I loved this episode for Ursula's story alone.
Regina still playing both sides was interesting but God, I just love character specific episodes. The Red Riding Hood one way back when is what really made me fall in love with this show. Anyway, Ursula plus the return of JoAnna Garcia Swisher?! And then that ending!!! Finding out that the author is trapped inside the book?! Long story short, if this is still on your DVR or in your Hulu queue, get to it!
The Walking Dead (AMC) - Episode 5.15 "Try"
Check out my recap and review of this week's episode over on OMFGTV.com.
THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (Fox)
Episodes 1.05 "Dunk the Skunk" & 1.06 "Some Friggin' Fat Guy"
Check out my review of this week's episodes here.
SCORPION (CBS) - Episode 1.19 "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
This week's episode reminded me of the two part Grey's Anatomy plane crash finale a few years back. Simply because that was the last compelling episode on TV that I've seen with a plane crash if my memory serves correct. Anyway, it was so great seeing the team under pressure in a wildfire where a number of strangers depended on them to get out. I loved how challenging this was for everyone on the team. I loved getting more of Sylvester's backstory. I loved the tension between Happy and Toby. I've said it before but I really do absolutely love the comedic timing on this show. This week's episode was great!
Castle (ABC) - Episode 7.18 "At Close Range"
Well, this episode was another dud for me. It was solid but it didn't wow me or stand out as memorable this season. The procedural episodes that aren't all that captivating to begin with even if they are written well but the specific story just doesn't connect with me (talk about subjectivity)... if there's not even a hint of a serialized storyline, an overarching something to keep me at least hooked on and anticipating that... then we're left with a pretty boring hour of TV.
The season started off strong and then from there it was a bit of a roller coaster with highs and lows and right now a steep low since I don't even remember the last time the serialized story line for this season was brought up. I get the language of the show, I like the language of the show but the routine of how this show works is old news to me. I'm kind of over it. But I don't want to stop watching the show. So I'm kind of stuck in a hard place right now.
I love so many things that the show has done this season but there's more decent episodes than absolutely amazing episodes and I'm not asking Castle to be any other show but I am asking them to remind me each week why I enjoy this show so much and not just with the witty dialogue. Story matters too. The world of Castle, I love but bring it up a notch. Take a look at past seasons, see what you did right and level up. If the show gets picked up for an 8th season, I don't think I'll be talking about it each week but I'll still be watching. What about you?
Photo Credit: Syfy
Face Off (Syfy) - Episode 8.11 "Imaginary Friends"
Team Rayce: Adam,
Team Laura: Darla, Julian, Emily,
Check out last week's review here.
This week, the artists met host, McKenzie Westmore at Brookside Park in Pasadena for their spotlight challenge which involved kids! I loved when Face Off first brought on kids seasons back for a challenge and I am always excited to see when they bring back my favorite challenges and/or elements of my favorite challenges from the past.
So, the challenge? Work with kids to bring their imaginary friends to life as a whimsical character. The kids would be coming to the reveal stage as well to see their imaginary friends come to life. If you thought the judges were nerve wracking, Ha ha ha wait until a kid judges you.
Julian's kid had possibly the most exciting imaginary friend... a half zombie. Though going into the lab, his mentor, Laura was understandably concerned since the imaginary friend needed to be kid friendly. Darla's kid had an imaginary friend with a sparkly diamond face which was a great challenge for Darla. Ben's kid had an imaginary friend with 3 heads and a bunch of other wild stuff going on. Logan's kid had a mermaid as an imaginary friend. Adam's kid had a dragon like imaginary friend and the kid was really entertaining if I do say so myself. I loved how well these two connected. Emily's kid had a bunny as an imaginary friend. Emily was super excited about this challenge and the non-existent boundaries of kid imaginations. Talk about a fun challenge!
Though it was as someone said in the lab, a huge undertaking. This was a great challenge for sure. In the lab, Rayce was not impressed with what Logan had so far. Then there's Emily who had a severe case of being homesick. Girl better cry it out, suck it up, and get back into the lab. She could win this entire competition. Chin up, girl. Ain't nobody got time for that! Back to work so you can win this thing! At last looks, Ben wasn't finished when the time ran out. He was nervous, understandably so.
Then came the reveal stage. Julian's kid friendly beat boxing zombie was awesome even though it felt more like a beat boxing skeleton. And the kids loved it! Darla's kid was mesmerized by the imaginary friend and said it was amazing. I thought it was pretty great. Not my absolute favorite but still great. Emily's bunny was absolutely adorable. I loved it and the kid liked it too! Ben's kid said, "Looks good" and laughed when his imaginary friend came out. I didn't love it but the kid was happy. Julian's makeup was probably my least favorite. Then there's Adam who's imaginary character I think belongs in the movie, Monsters, Inc.
My favorites were Julian, Adam, and Emily with Darla being safe. I wasn't really feeling Logan or Ben. Emily and Logan were safe. The judges loved Darla and Adam with the winner being Adam (Yes!!!!) and the bottom looks were Ben and Julian. I didn't want either to go home but based on this challenge, I was fine with Ben being eliminated, which he was. With Ben eliminated, Team Anthony was officially out of the game. Bummer! But I was always rooting for Team Laura anyway so... not that much of a bummer.
Face Off airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Syfy.
Photo Credit: Adam Taylor/FOX
The Mindy Project (Fox) - Episode 3.21 "Best Man" (Season Finale)
I loved everything about this episode. Especially the surprise baby shower and Morgan bringing Mindy's sexual partners to the shower! Oh my God! It seems Morgan is always in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing with the right intentions. Oh, my. I am dying laughing at BJ Novak making a cameo here. Oh my God. I loved Morgan's Mamma Mia and The Bachelorette references! Ha! And Laura Dern! What a pleasant surprise!
Best of all though? Danny going to India to introduce himself to Mindy's parents and declare his love for her?! Wow. Fantastic ending! Best season finale of the series so far. Truly fantastic. I loved this episode so much! Here are my favorite quotes from this episode:
1. "You're not that busy, you're taking a gift wrapping class." - Morgan
2. "Okay, whatever you do, do not talk to any white people. In Boston, they're the dangerous ones." - Mindy
3. "I want you to love me in a way that I can show on Instagram." - Mindy
Cougar Town (TBS) - Episode 6.12 "A Two Story Town"
This week was a complete miss for me. I didn't find anything memorable about this episode. It was sweet that it was more Tom centered again but this one was just a complete pass for me. It bored me and I didn't laugh out loud once Bummer. What did you think?
Photo Credit: Photo: Katie Yu/The CW
Arrow (The CW) - Episode 3.17 "Suicidal Tendencies"
Great episode! I loved that Ray found out that Oliver is the Arrow. I love the direction the season is going now, especially with the town thinking that Arrow is a stone cold killer right now. Yikes! I also found Diggle and Lyla's Suicide Squad themed honeymoon hahaha to be quite an adventure. Again, great episode. Really looking forward to next week.
The Middle (ABC) - Episode 6.17 "The Waiting Game"
Knowing that Sue was going to be okay no matter what college she got accepted to, I found great pleasure in watching Mike get caught singing in his car. What a different side of Mike! That was awesome. Easily one of my favorite moments of the season. Axl coming home for spring break and Brick not having any of it, that was super relatable and funny to see.
Modern Family (ABC) - Episode 6.18 "Spring Break"
Okay, so, I didn't laugh out loud until 11 minutes in ("Break a paw" got the loudest laugh) but I did find the episode as a whole to be funny and memorable. I mean, what's funnier than Phil trying to succeed at something, failing, and seeing not just someone but his own son do it better?
Black-ish (ABC) - Episode 1.17 "30 Something"
Dre freaking out over being cool at his 40th birthday brought for yet another hilarious episode. I admit, I wasn't exactly laughing out loud on this one. It was funny but it's always ten times funnier when you can relate. And I can't as a twenty something. But funny enough, seeing Jermaine Dupri in this episode made me realized how old I've gotten and how much music has changed over the years. Anyway, it was fun watching the family try to figure out what to get Dre for his birthday. So, solid episode! Looking forward to next week.
Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - Episode 11.17 "With or Without You"
Two things. 1) How disgusting was the leech storyline? Ahhh! That was amazing!! Two. Meredith and Derek are solid! Derek walked away from the path of infidelity. Go, Derek! I am so happy to see that he did that! Great episode! Excited to see what the writers have in store for us as this season begins to come to a close.
Scandal (ABC) - Episode 4.17 "Put a Ring on It"
Solid episode though I wasn't blown away. It seemed like filler? Dare I say. Ahh. But it was still great! What did you think?
Photo Credit: Richard Foreman/The CW
Hart of Dixie (The CW) - Episode 4.10 "Bluebell" (Series Finale)
Well. Here we are at the series finale of Hart of Dixie. I knew it was coming, it just came up so fast! It's here. For some reason, I had it in my head that we had 3 more episodes but no, the finale was this week and I loved it so much. The series finale was everything. It was absolutely perfect.
I love that we started on the morning of Lemon's engagement party (talk about a throw back or bringing things full circle) and she asks Zoe to be a bridesmaid! My oh my how Lemon has grown over the seasons. I love that it was so genuine and it wasn't rushed and Lemon is happy and in love and loving in a way that she never has been before. Being in love will do that to you. For Lemon, it's for the better. And it was lovely to see. Even after she found out that she hijacked Zoe's proposal, she was still easy to talk to and it all worked out since she still got engaged that night anyway to the man she loves and to a man who loves her back, both of them ready to make that leap.
I absolutely loved, loved, loved the cameo appearance by Autumn Reeser! That was an awesome The O.C. reunion. It's great to see how these ladies have grown into such fabulous ladies. Crickett announcing that she's moving in with her girlfriend was great to see.
Breeland officially making a Zoe a partner in the practice, now called Breeland & Hart Associates...don't mind me wiping the tears from my eyes. This was probably my favorite moment of the finale. A close second? Zoe parting with her NY shoes. This was a big deal. So much so that I could probably write an entire essay about it but I'll spare you and skip to saying that I also loved that she gave the shoes to Rose who was accepted into Columbia University.
Photo Credit: Photo: Richard Foreman/The CW
Best comedic moment of the finale? Zoe saying, "This is your moment!" to Lemon right before her water breaks. Ha! Talk about laughing out loud. The writers nailed it. Zoe wanting to get married in the hospital right before giving birth...seems so fitting for Zoe and I say that in the most genuine, sweet way possible and it was so true to something that this character would do, I loved it. I'm not really one for corny things like flash mobs but I did enjoy the random one at the end of the finale since the actors were looking directly into the camera and it was just them dancing and having fun. So, great way to end the season, the series. This finale made me smile so much.
I am really, really, really going to miss this show. I remember when I saw the promos for this show before it ever premiered and thought, "Man, I really love Rachel Bilson but this show just does not seem like something I'd enjoy." I brushed the show off because of its terrible promos which did not translate the heart of this show well but deep down I knew that there had to be something amazing about this show because I was familiar with the names of the writers attached. So I went to Netflix and watched the entire first season. And I loved it so much.
I am SO glad that I dove into this series because it's made me feel every single emotion possible, it's made me laugh out loud so, so many times, made me smile, made me angry, made me so many things. I loved spending time in Bluebell once a week and am so sad that it's over. But I'm so grateful that it was. For four incredible seasons. Fantastic series. Everyone involved should be very proud of the work they did here.