TV Recap: January 23 – January 28, 2011
by Nicholas Robinson
Hey guys, I my one on time post this week (I actually wrote it on time but my internet decided not to work) I actually finished watching my shows on time ( I DVR them because I watch a lot and they occur sometimes at the same time). This week had some great television and a slight decrease in the number of shows (including the conclusion of one whose episodes were 90 minutes long) which also helped. Well, enough about my television week and now onto the shows themselves.
Season 1 – Episode 3 – Aunt Ginger
The whole family is needed when elderly Aunt Ginger who is the owner of their house disappears. In the meantime, Ian gets into trouble with the brother of a girl he rejected.
This episode upgraded the comedy and the story to what I saw in the first episode and just wowed me from start to finish. I give it a 9/10
Season 16 – Episode 1 – Yeti Road Test
The Ariel Atom, with a V8 engine, 900 BHP per tonne and a 0 – 60mph time under 2.3 seconds, is driven on the track by… James. Will it reach 60mph? Richard plays with a Porsche – again. This time, the new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, which he races against a VW Beetle. A race with a Top Gear twist… Jeremy drives a practical car that you can afford – the Skoda Yeti. And puts it through some rather unusual tests. John Bishop is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
I have watched every single episode of Top Gear and love them all. Not all of them are very good but this one is. The point of this show is entertainment with some car knowledge thrown in and this gives it to you. I give this episode a 9/10
Season 1 – Episode 4 – Scales On A Train
The Cape tips off Scales that Fleming has betrayed him in business dealings, leading to a confrontation at a costume party aboard a train, the same train that The Cape and Orwell discover Max and the Carnival plan to rob. Meanwhile, Dana tries to get home in time for Trip’s 10th birthday.
This episode remains procedural but also adds some very good comedy involving a really cool actor from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch (i.e. Vinnie Jones) and some emotional background to Trip and Vince. I give this episode a 7.5/10
Season 3 – Episode 13 – Knockout
When the detective who investigated Beckett’s mother’s murder is shot before Beckett’s eyes before he can give her new evidence in the case, Beckett’s old wounds are reopened. The investigation of the detective’s death leads the team to an old scheme which may provide the answer to why Beckett’s mother was murdered and who ordered it. Beckett and Castle’s relationship takes a new turn.
A lot of shows took the approach that this show did this week and that is to abandon the usual procedural and just work on the backstory of one or more characters while still keeping all of the other aspects of the show intact. For this I give the episode a 8.5/10
Season 4 – Episode 12 – Chuck versus the Gobbler
Sarah takes dangerous measures to help Mary Bartowski bring down Alexei Volkoff, as Chuck worries that she may be getting in too deep. Sarah, though, must enlist the help of Chuck, Morgan and Casey to complete her undercover mission. Meanwhile, Ellie and Awesome are at odds over what to name the baby.
I love this show because it is able to combine the aspects of procedural shows while still keeping a seasonal and show arc that just ceases to stop and it continued that in this episode. I give this episode an 8/10.
Season 1 – Episode 2- Heat of Passion
Harry defends an impoverished 87-year-old woman who commits armed robbery to buy food. Meanwhile, in an attempt to impress a beautiful woman, Adam takes on an unlikely case in which he must argue in favour of a laundromat owner’s strict “one-child only” policy for his employees, but is shaken when opposing counsel is none other than flamboyant media hog Tommy Jefferson.
I honestly like Kathy Bates in this show but it looks like another excuse for a procedural show to be on television and unless it gets better next episode I’m going to stop watching it. I give this episode a 6/10.
Season 1 – Episode 15 – Kai e’e
Five-0 struggles to stay a step ahead of a major tsunami that has the island evacuating its shores as they investigate the disappearance of the head of the Tsunami Warning Center.
You might see me bash procedural shows in this post but when they are action procedural shows I actually don’t mind because I have awesome action to look at so I can ignore procedure. Also, Scott Caan from Entourage and Daniel Dae Kim from Lost is in it. I give this episode a 7.5/10
Season 7 – Episode 10 – Carrot or Stick
House and the team try to link symptoms of a teenage military recruit and his drill sergeant; House secretly helps Cuddy’s daughter get into a prestigious preschool; someone posted a disparaging photo of Chase on a social-networking site.
This episode managed to keep to procedure while giving be non-standard House laughs along with the standard ones. I give this episode a 7.5/10
Season 3 – Episode 12 – Gone
A baby goes missing, and her mother accuses an unknown person of the kidnapping. When Lightman sees she’s hiding something, he digs deeper and discovers a family in need of repair.
Here is a procedural show that just keeps me entertained week to week just by paying attention to Tim Roth as Dr. Lightman. But procedure is procedure. This episode gets 7/10
Season 1 – Episode 3 – The Shot
Lights helps Omar train for the middleweight championship while his family makes him a memory book for his 40th birthday. Promoter wants one thing from Lights’ brother to get the fight for Omar.
This episode was really good. It showed how far Johnny was willing to go, how much a talk can change a boxer’s attitude and that Lights still had it. It also gave some character development for the daughters of the family which I liked. I give this episode an 8/10
Season 2 – Episode 11 – Forging Bonds
Peter goes back to the time he arrested Neal for the first time. In the meantime, Neal remembers meeting Kate and Mozzie.
Once again, the show ditched the procedural for some character development while still keeping good aspects of the show integrated with it. I give this episode an 8/10
Season 1 – Episode 12 – Family Ties
Danny must delve into the family politics of the Russian mob while investigating the death of a gangster’s son; Erin becomes involved in a high-profile corruption case.
This show sticks to the procedural and does it well. There was nothing else really to say about this episode other than it gets a 7/10
Season 1 – Episode 15 – Ed Goes to Court
Ed wants to put the brakes on his pursuit of Rosemary after she says she would like to be romanced. Also, Vince and Henry have a “‘Stache-Off” to see who can grow a moustache faster.
This show makes me laugh hard from week to week and thi episode was no different, especially the Stache-Off! between Vince and Henry with Vince’s stache growing faster than humanly possible. I give this episode an 8/10.
Season 2 – Episode 13 – Celebrity Pharmacology 212
When Annie decides to stage a production at a local middle school to spread an important message about staying away from drugs, Pierce becomes overwhelmed with the excitement of performing and decides he needs a bigger role. When his over-the-top behavior threatens to ruin the production, Senor Chang comes to the rescue, earning admiration from the group.
Senor Chang was hilarious this week in his ending monologue. In fact even though Pierce ruined the show not only did the childrean get the message due to Senor Chang but people in the audience too. This episode comes close to the paintball war one last season. This episode gets a 9/10
Season 1 – Episode 3 – Perfect Proposal
Amy and Vance return from their trip to Paris; Rex tries to talk Dave into buying a new car; Leigh becomes Amy’s wedding planner.
This episode shows why NBC can take any idea and make a good comedy of it. Now when I heard of the idea for the show I didn’t think it’d be funny. But then I watched it and it was hilarious. This episode was really good with the comedy especially when you get all the information on Rex’s proposal. This episode gets an 8/10
Season 3 – Episode 11 – Reciprocity
When the Fringe Team visits Massive Dynamic’s assembly of the doomsday device, Walter becomes greatly concerned for Peter’s well-being, so he turns to Nina for added brain power to understand the relationship between Peter and the superweapon. Meanwhile, the discovery of a dead body triggers an intense investigation.
Once again, this show abandoned the procedural and just went for character development and did it wonderfully. If I say anything about the episode it’ll give it away so I’ll just give this episode a 9.5/10.