When you watch as many TV shows as I currently do, reviewing each and one of them is hard. Having said this, I wouldn’t be me without having a lot of opinions. That is the reason why I’ve created TWO new sections for the blog: Midweek Review, posted on Thursday for shows airing Sunday to Wednesday and Weekend Review, for shows airing from Thursday to Saturday and posted on Sunday. This way I will be able to cover more shows, with shorter reviews that go straight to the point.
If at any point an episode is so good – or so bad – that a whole review is necessary, it will simply get its own post.
And without further ado, here is your first “Midweek Review”, featuring: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘Galavant’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Cougar Town’.
‘Agent Carter’ will be the lucky gal to get her own post this week.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: ‘Beach House’
Ah, the two separate parties sitcom trope might be one of my favorites.
I would have probably loved a good fifteen minutes of Holt “joshing around” like we saw him at the end and then all of them awkwardly watching him trying to regain all his authority at work, only for them to be thoroughly amused. This doesn’t mean Andre Braugher didn’t sell every scene he was in (“I know they say it’s not good to have a television in your room. Which is… why I don’t.”) and I did like Boyle trying to help Rosa in her relationship– bless this show for never going there with these two— although at all points I was scared of him going too far with it and getting Rosa into saying something awful, since we know how Boyle can get creepy. But man, has Boyle changed, he actually helped her open up. I very much enjoy their friendship.
To me, however, the biggest highlight were Amy’s drinking personas. MVP of the episode goes indeed to Melissa Fumero, who makes it so easy to be a happy founding member of the ‘Amy Santiago Appreciation Society’.
Galavant: ‘Pilot’, ‘Joust Friends’
It would be fair to say Galavant is probably the midseason show that I was most looking forward to. Did it disappoint? Not really. While the Pilot episode felt slightly awkward, I discovered upon rewatch it was simply a matter of adapting to the crazy world where these stories take place. The second episode manages to establish really great dynamics between the characters and turns Richard into the most endearing kidnapper on television. The jokes sometimes fall a little flat but it does deliver the giggles.
But the show’s peaking moments were Galavant and Jean Hamm’s (played by John Stamos!) joust as well as the most romantic duet to ever graze our televisions “Maybe You’re Not The Worst Thing Ever” between Richard and Madalena and Isabella and Galavant himself:
I hear this show gets nothing but better from now on and I’m going certainly here for the full 4 weeks. I already know it’s going to feel short.
Sleepy Hollow: ‘Paradise Lost’
The show returns after an hiatus marked by a million ‘What happened to Sleepy Hollow?’ articles on the internet. It is fair to say the show is not in its best form, but the writers have taken the criticism on board, so I am hoping to see some change in the coming weeks.
Abbie and Ichabod have to adapt to a life where– seemingly– their deed as witnesses is done. And I say seemingly, because some creatures escaped from purgatory when Moloch was defeated (by Henry, and excuse me if the fact that none of the two is responsible for Moloch’s defeat is still making me ridiculously angry) and now they have to deal with those. Look, I am not the biggest fan of the “monster of the week” aspect, but I could deal with those really well if we went back to the good ol’ “Ichabod and Abbie fight the supernatural and build their trust and friendship with each other” dynamic that we loved in season 1. They’re trying. In fact, Abbie immediately knows Ichabod’s obsession with ‘something supernatural’ happening all the time is a way for him to distract himself from his personal problems and trying to adapt to a world where he thinks he has no purpose in.
I expected, when the episode first started and Ichabod decided not to dwell on these personal problems, that the Ichabod and Katrina family drama would be put to rest at least for one episode. However it kept coming back, this time by having Katrina deciding to take on Abraham as her next humanizing project. I honestly have trouble understanding what are the writers trying to do with her. If what they’re trying to highlight is that there is goodness in her heart and she believes in redemption…they are not very good at it. All I continue seeing is someone making terrible decisions that benefit no one but herself. Her insistence that Abraham can be humanized is suspicious, especially since both of them got closer, in a weird, Stockholm syndrome-ish way earlier in the season. Sure, Abbie failed in this episode as well by trusting Orion, a black-winged angel (shouldn’t that have been a dead giveaway, Abbie?) that turned out wanted to wipe off the town, but you cannot blame her for wanting to put an end to Abraham and everything that comes with him (including a cult of ugly demons). When Ichabod and Katrina decided to give their relationship a second (twentieth, really) chance at the end of the episode, I rolled my eyes and sighed. Here we go again.
We should add the complete retcon of Hawley’s interest in Jenny to the things that felt wobbly in this episode. People didn’t quite like Hawley (I don’t quite hate him, but I prefer him on small doses) nor did like the idea of him salivating over Abbie while not being clear to Jenny, and I guess the idea the writers had for him to realize where his heart was was to make him jealous of Jenny flirting with a hot bartender. It was really not great, but I did enjoy Jenny calling him out on not having a right to his jealousy. They’re going to have to do much more to get me on board with this ship, because for now I see Hawley as a downgrade.
But Irving is alive, as I predicted! And bless this reveal, because we sure need incentives to keep watching.
Broadchurch: Ep 1 (S2)
I admit it. I believed Broadchurch would not be able to do it again. The first season of this show was gripping, thrilling, tense, and it is kind of hard to drag a murder mystery for a long time without getting the audience tired. However, every single twist and turn in this episode of the show was perfectly designed to make you throw things in tension.
We see these characters only a few months after Joe has been arrested, trying to regain some normality. Alec is still on Broadchurch, and his health problems are only getting worse. Ellie is now in Devon as a traffic officer and Tom has decided he doesn’t want to live with her. The Latimers are getting ready for the upcoming birth of Beth and Mark’s child. However, it is the hearing for Joe’s plea what brings the entire town together again. It’s finally going to be over, justice will be made, and everyone will go on with their lives.
Then Joe pleads “not guilty” and and everyone’s world falls apart again: there is going to have to be a trial.
I wholeheartedly believe Joe is 100% guilty. Sure, we saw the events of that night revealed by him and he is an unreliable narrator, but there was no reason for him to lie. His “no one is innocent” shtick can only last so long, no matter how many secrets everyone else has revealed. I also judge, quite seriously, Paul Coates for his choice of giving him anything more than the hour.
We also have the Sandbrook case, coming back to bite Alec. Turns out Alec has been hiding Claire, the wife of the main suspect of the disappearance of the two Sandbrook girls– Lee Ashworth is his name– in Broadchurch all along (he is played by James D’Arcy, who is currently playing Jarvis in ‘Agent Carter’ and watching these two shows in consecutive days is unsettling to say the least). She confessed to her husband not being with her the day both girls disappeared and then the trial dropped and she was left with no protection. He gets Ellie, who he has finally reconnected with after the hearing– to our fortune because the dynamic between these two is amazing and hilarious– to reluctantly help protect her when they suspect he has come back. Now it’s the time for the audience to suspect if Claire had anything to do with the girls’ disappearance— or is this only me?
I am also seriously intrigued (and a bit creeped out) by whatever Mark is trying to do by playing videogames with Tom in what was Susan’s van. Is he trying to replace his son? Is he going for revenge? I don’t know, but both of those things are seriously terrifying, and I was honestly shocked by the reveal.
Even though the Latimers got the prosecutor they wanted in Jocelyn, who seems to have a history of winning these sort of cases– though of course she has a secret as to why she no longer does, as everyone– Sharon, Joe’s defense, is ruthless and she has requested a second autopsy of Danny’s body. As tensions arise between Beth and Ellie when they find out the body is being exhumed– I’m starting to get real tired of Beth blaming Ellie for this, by the way– and we see Lee has returned, the episode leaves us all waiting for another week with a big giant “and what now?!”
What a great return for this show. I can’t wait for next week.
Cougar Town: ‘American Dream Plan B’
This is the show’s last season and there is a weird feeling of inevitability in it already, which kind of makes me sad. I am glad we jumped through most of Laurie’s pregnancy right away, as it would’ve been unfair to poor Busy Philipps, who has filmed pregnant twice through the course of the series, to be fictionally pregnant for another entire season.
Laurie’s struggles with the last month of her pregnancy, Jules trying to support her by promising and failing that she and the group would stop drinking (they end up drinking in secret in a speakeasy bar Tom has set up in his garage, only for Laurie to find out and attack them with nickle socks) and Travis’ fear that he might not be the greatest dad because of his chronic clumsiness were the driving points of this episode. An episode that was also filled with jokes about things the show drops because they don’t work, like Grayson’s daughter Tampa and Barb, a memory of the time when Cougar Town had cougars in it. We also had a Matrix homage that felt fairly random but not incredibly out of place, since this is ‘Cougar Town’ after all. It might not be as known for its pop-culture references as ‘Community’, but it has a fair share of them.
I am also already missing Bobby, although hopefully he will remain present through Skypes with Andy where we won’t see him and amazing text messages of his thoughts. And I don’t know if I want to live in a world where Tom is cool, although admittedly I think he has transitioned into coolness because he has a pet piglet and I love little baby pigs. I’m struggling.
And here ends my first “midweek review”! What did you think of these episodes? Leave a comment below or link to your own reviews and I’ll make sure to read them!
See you with more reviews on Sunday!