TV Recap: January 30 – February 5
by Nicholas Robinson
So guys, as I said in my earlier post, Superbowl Sunday had me awfully busy and therefore I had no time to write or even do any schoolwork this weekend. I also said to expect three posts today. here is my second. This week was a good week for TV with a lot of shows living up to the reason why I watch them in the first place. Also, GREAT NEWS! I stopped watching Harry’s Law. It just wasn’t getting good (even though it looked like Christopher McDonald was going to be a recurring role) so it got scrapped. So here is my recap.
Season 1 – Episode 4 – Casey Casden
Debbie, sad and lonely after Aunt Ginger leaves, steals a little boy from a birthday party. In classic Gallagher style, the family hatches a plan to return the toddler safe and sound without attracting attention from the Chicago Police Department, who has made the kidnapping a top priority. Karen, in complete defiance of Eddie, starts to tease Frank sexually. Frank not knowing what to make of it keeps himself busy with booze, picking up Sheila’s meds from the pharmacy and concentrating on finding the missing boy. What began as an innocent lie for Kevin to protect himself from a hot girl ultimately becomes a proposal of marriage for Veronica.
This episode was so hilarious. After seeing a glimpse of how funny Deb can be last week with the fake Aunt Ginger, we get a full blown crazy when she steals a little boy in a Superman costume and complains that she wanted a girl but there weren’t any. I give this episode a 9/10.
Season 16 – Episode 2 – United Kingdom vs. Austrailia
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May go head-to-head against their opposite numbers from Australian Top Gear in a car-based version of The Ashes. With disciplines including rallying, drifting and an Aussie version of double-decker car racing it’s an all-out grudge match that will almost certainly end in tears. Also in the show, Jeremy is on the test track in Ferrari’s new 599 GTO and Boris Becker is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
I love Top Gear and having the UK Top Gear crew face the Aussie Top Gear crew was a wonderful idea and everything Jeremy did to cheat and how they did it was just so hilarious. I give this episode an 8.5/10.
Season 1 – Episode 5 – Dice
Tracey Jarrod, a young savant gifted in quantum mechanics, comes to Palm City seeking revenge on Chess for her father’s death. Meanwhile, Peter Fleming and the ARK Corporation plan to reveal a special device, inspired by Jarrod and stolen from her father, which could change Palm City’s future. The Cape is forced to help his archenemy upon realizing that to take Chess down he has to keep him alive. Rollo, Ruvi, Raia, and Max help Vince master new skills as he fights to accept how his choices affect his wife and son.
This was still a procedural episode but I liked it because of the really cool villain in this episode. My problem with this show is that they introduced a really good concept in the second episode (i.e. the Tarot organization) and have just not touched it at all. I give this episode a 7.5/10
Season 4 – Episode 13 – Chuck versus the Push Mix
The mission to take down Volkoff reaches a dangerous new level, while big changes loom at home. As Sarah works to free Chuck’s mom, Chuck and Morgan embark on their own mission to take down Alexei Volkoff. Meanwhile, Casey bonds with his daughter, Alex, while Ellie tries to ease Awesome’s anxieties over fatherhood.
If I say anything about this episode it will be spoilt. I loved it so much. The plot, the comedy, everything. It is one of the best episodes of Chuck ever. I give it a 9/10.
Season 2 – Episode 11 – Kill Bob
A husband hires the agency to protect him from a mysterious killer… who turns out to be his own wife, who is an undercover Russian spy.
A general spy story which normally takes 90 minutes is condensed into 40 which I liked. A lot of generic spy movies out there waste too much time on story and don’t focus on the action. This is where Human Target fixes it. They keep the essential plot points while focusing on the awesome action. This episode gets a 8/10.
Season 3 – Episode 13 – Killer App
Foster’s former patient, one of the founders of a social-networking app, comes to the Lightman Group when she thinks she’s being squeezed out by her partner. When she turns up dead a short time later, Lightman fights against the prevailing evidence to expose the truth behind the murder.
This was an average Lie to Me episode and there really was nothing special about it. This episode gets a 7/10
Season 1 – Episode 4 – Bolo Punch
Johnny gets himself into a life-threatening bind, and Lights may have to put himself on the line to bail his brother out.
Just like Terriers this show is proving that FX is one of the stations to watch for good Dramas. I really like how this show is progressing and cannot wait to see how the season ends. This episode gets a 8/10.
Season 2 – Episode 4 – Unholy Alliance
After the radical faction of the Fifth Column murders three Peace Ambassadors, Erica goes on a mission to hunt down their leader, Eli Cohn, a former Mossad agent. Meanwhile, as Jack and other priests around the globe begin to speak out against the Visitors, Anna heads to the Vatican in an effort to convince the leaders of organized religion that the Visitors truly are “of peace”.
This show continues to remind me how much I love ABC shows and how good they actually are by continuing a very good story with good character development. I give this episode an 8/10.
Season 2 – Episode 12 – What Happens in Burma
Peter and Neal work to free a diplomat’s son, who has been taken into custody in Burma for a crime he didn’t commit. The case requires the duo to use diplomatic laws to their advantage in order to overcome the obstacles facing them.
What I have really liked about the past few episodes is that they delve further into Caffrey’s backstory and also have more extensive and controversial cons than the previous episodes. This gets this episode a 7.5/10
Season 1 – Episode 13 – Hall of Mirrors
Danny investigates the shooting of an undercover counter-terrorism agent who was involved with infiltrating a sleeper cell.
I like cop shows but this one has kind of slowed down in quality. The underlying story that they started with in the very 1st episode has all but disappeared recently. I might just stop watching after this season of it doesn’t come back. This episode gets a 6/10.
Season 2 – Episode 12 – The Trouble With Harry
Chance is reunited with Harry when he is hired to protect the girlfriend of a rival security agency owner. Meanwhile, Ilsa must go into the field on a mission for the first time, and two team members get closer than ever.
This is the better episode of the week. We see Chance in a position that is actually not in control along with a guest star of “24” proportions. I give this episode an 8.5/10.
Season 1 – Episode 16 – Well Suitored
Ed turns green with envy when a millionaire vies for Rosemary’s affections. Also, Bonnie and Vince’s former boss tries to make amends with an “egg”-centric gift.
This episode wasn’t as funny as previous ones but it still had me laughing quite a bit. William Shatner tends to do that to me. This episode gets a 7/10.
Season 4 – Episode 14 – The Thespian Catalyst
Hoping it will make him a better teacher, Sheldon has Penny give him acting lessons. Raj has fantasies about a friend’s girlfriend.
Penny broke Sheldon. I don’t need to say anymore. This episode gets a 9/10.
Season 2 – Episode 14 – Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Abed invites “Fat Neil” to play a game of Dungeons & Dragons with the rest of the study group, hoping to boost his confidence, after Jeff becomes concerned about him being a loner. When Pierce finds out he was not invited, he joins anyway, disrupting their plans.
This episode of Community was hilarious. Chang got so into character for the game I could not stop laughing. Also Pierce reminded me of his guest cameo from Chuck which I found pretty cool. This episode gets an 8.5/10.
Season 11 – Episode 13 – The Two Mrs. Grissoms
Sara clashes with her mother-in-law and a woman from Gil’s past.
Sara was almost blown up twice, got into a huge argument with Gil’s mother and accused his ex of murder. Once again, need I say more? This episode gets an 8/10.
Season 1 – Episode 13 – Coup de Grace
Alex’s first assignment is a group mission to kill the Prince of Georgia at a museum gala. After Alex tells Nikita about the order, the two devise a plan to foil the assassination. However, Nikita trusts the wrong person and their plans are foiled, resulting in a stand-off and alerting Division that Nikita is in the building. Percy sends Michael in to kill Nikita.
Ass gets kicked in this week’s episode of Nikita but what else is new? The answer to that question is movement in the underlying storyline and relationships between Nikita, Alex and Michael. This episode gets an 8/10
Season 1 – Episode 4 – Perfect Health
Julia puts Dave on a strict diet after learning he has high cholesterol; Vance tries to curb Amy’s spending; Leigh suggests Rex builds a man cave.
This show is turning out to be another new NBC comedy hit. Everything that happens in this show is so realistic that it is hilarious. You find yourself relating to what is going on and it just makes you laugh. I give this episode an 8/10.
Season 1 – Episode 13 – Nevada vs Donnie the Numbers Guy
Nick revisits an old murder case from seventeen years ago, in which the defendant disappeared on the day before his wife’s murder trial.
The Defenders is back in full swing with this episode which gives insight into Nick’s past and a few laughs along the way. I give this episode a 7.5/10
Season 3 – Episode 12 – Concentrate and Ask Again
When a scientist falls dead after ingesting a lethal cloud of blue powder and his bones disintegrate in his body, the CDC suspects a biological attack. As the Fringe Team investigates further, a subject from Walter’s past with ties to Olivia reluctantly agrees to assist with the intense case.
The show re-enters into procedural mode but also adds the necessary story to get it going. It is a decent episode but not as good as the ones over the past couple