Anticipation was immediately ignited when Awake was announced. To the dismay of many, it wasn’t on NBC’s fall lineup. After a long wait, the premiere of Awake’s pilot is set for March 1, at 10 pm, but NBC has released the first episode online.

The show follows Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs).  The opening sequence shows Britton, his wife and son getting in a horrible car accident. 

Cut to Michael and his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) at their son Rex’s (Dylan Minnette) funeral.  Sometime later, Hannah’s completely redecorating the house, Michael’s back at work and on a murder case, and also visiting a shrink.  Unsurprisingly, they’re discussing the accident.  More specifically, Michael’s explaining how that while he’s awake, he’s with his wife.  At night, he goes to bed, closes his eyes, and when he opens them, he’s awake and with Rex. 

That’s when we see Michael and Rex at Hannah’s funeral.  Rex returns to work: different partner, different case, different shrink; different life. There is no discernible way of knowing which of Michael’s realities are real.

Take a second.  Wrap your mind around that. 

For the rest of the hour, we follow Michael between his two worlds, seeing the contrast between each: two different kinds of sadnesses, two broken families, and two different shrinks fighting to convince Michael that this reality is the real one.

 What remained constant, however, was Michael’s desire—his steadfast belief—that both realities were true.  For Britten, this fact was essential to his survival. 

There was a scene in the pilot where Michael wakes up alone when he should have woken up with Hannah.  The elastic band he uses to determine which reality he’s in isn’t on his wrist, and he loses it.  He calls for Hannah and Rex multiple times, and in those moments, we were able to see how scared he is of being alone, of losing both of them.  Hannah returns to reassure him, but it’s not a realization Michael—or the audience—can move on from. 

What I found to be especially intriguing was Britten’s insistence that he had not consumed a drop of alcohol the night of the accident, despite two medical reports indicating otherwise.  Why was this a crucial item to point out?  Does it mean there’s something more going on that we’re missing?

Awake is television at its best.  Those bemoaning the fact that yet another procedural with an added “twist” need not fret, as the cases in the pilot weren’t very predictable, nor did they dominate the entire hour.  The storytelling is absolutely incredible, and every performance is solid, with Isaacs giving the role everything he’s got.  My favourite aspect was noting not only how each reality differed, but where they were similar too.  It provides an amazing dimension to the show.

Often, you personally judge a television show’s quality by taking into consideration how it makes you feel.  Do you care what happens?  Are you engaged in the story?  Do you want what’s best for the characters?  Do erratic pulses of emotion knock you over—or at least, freeze you in your place? 

These are all things shows wish to achieve, but very few are able to do it in one episode.  In this aspect, Awake succeeds.  Within fifteen short minutes, I cared, I was engaged, I was frantically trying to figure out a way where Michael would end up with a happy ending.  By the end of the pilot, I wanted more. 

For this reason, I have such extreme confidence in Awake.  If things continue as they did in the pilot, there is no doubt that this show will be incredible.  I went into this first episode with very high expectations.  I came out, and all of them had been exceeded. 

 

GLEE
Glee was a show that was an underdog that was actually about underdogs. It soon became the little show that could. Even quicker, it became overwhelmed by its success, and we’re left with the tattered remains of something that used to be amazing. I usually spend each Glee episode getting illogically angry at my tv. This week was no different. There was just SO MUCH that was SO STUPID, and I can’t bring myself to go on about it any longer tonight. 

NEW GIRL
I loved Julia upon meeting her a couple of weeks ago, so I was disappointed with how annoyed she made me tonight. Logically, I knew both of her issues were quite realistic (if overdone). However, the game she and Nick were playing was ridiculous, and it was SO obvious they both hated it. Julia being rude to Jess was completely uncalled for, and I really don’t see where it came from. But in the end, everything was reconciled, so I still get to like her. Also, was it just me, or did Jess’ friend not-named-Cece show up out of nowhere? The closing segment was hysterical though, right? 

 

HART OF DIXIE 
Hart of Dixie has a knack for making me very, very happy (it’s just so charming), but tonight, it broke my heart. Tonight’s episode made me both love and hate Wade even more. On one hand, his handling of this Zoe situation is completely ridiculous. It had been nice to see him step slightly away from the sleeping around, but at the first sign of trouble he gives up. On the other hand, watching him try (the shirt!!!) was endearing and adorable, and his reaction to Judson really got to me. At least it gave us some great Lavon/Wade scenes. On the topic of Judson, I question Zoe’s choice. He seems like a sweet guy, but I’m still not over what he did with Gigi. Zoe’s hesitant towards Wade because of his nature, but at least he doesn’t hide who he is. Judson acts like a nice guy, but his actions said otherwise. As for Annabeth, I loved seeing her friendship blossom with Zoe. We haven’t really seen this side of Zoe, so it was great to see. Annabeth deciding to end their friendship, however disappointed me. After all, it was sort of rendered what Zoe helped her accomplish useless. 

SHAMELESS
This show continuously shocks me and I love it. Also, I never actually saw Jane Levy’s portrayal of Mandy, but I’m 100% certain I would’ve preferred her to her replacement. 

HOUSE OF LIES
While I find the group dynamic between the main four intriguing, this show is not working for me. I can’t bring myself to care. I also find the whole talking-to-the-camera-like-no-one-else-is-there (asides?) annoying and inorganic. Their demise would please me a great deal. 

CALIFORNICATION
These characters me want to scream at my tv because they all kind of suck. You don’t like the woman, Hank? TELL HER. DON’T HAVE SEX WITH HER. (Additionally: Carrie? Completely terrifying.) I found the group dinner to be more awkward than funny. Actually, I found most of the episode to be awkward—which was maybe intentional? I really like (always have) Hank’s relationship with though—despite how messed up it can be. 

 

Unsurprisingly, tonight’s series finale of Chuck made an emotional wreck out of me. Forty-five minutes after the fact, I’m still crying, to be honest. To put it simply, Chuck ended its five year run perfectly. 

A few hours prior to the finale, I watched the pilot again for the first time in a long time. I was instantly reminded why, and how I fell in love with this show. The action, the romance, the endearing cast, exciting stunts, and the humorous tone all worked together to create an amazing first episode—which is no easy feat. 

Somewhere along the line (okay, let’s be real: it was season four), Chuck kind of lost me. I still loved some of the core concepts contained in it, but week too week, I found myself wondering what happened to the show that  had entrapped me. 

While I will spend the rest of my days deeming Chuck and Sarah as one of TV’s most realistic couples, the show had become to focused on their romance. Supporting characters were taking a back seat (as addressed many times throughout the season), and so was most of the secret agent related plot. What remained wasn’t as well done as it used to be. 

So when NBC announced that Chuck had been picked up for a final thirteen episodes, I was ecstatic. Despite it not being as good as it used to, Chuck deserved a resolution, and that’s what we were getting. 

Then something amazing and unexpected happened: bit by bit, the Chuck I fell in love with slowly started to return. It still wasn’t what it used to be, but each week, Chuck won back my heart a little bit more. In fact, it got to the point where my parents started watching—and enjoying—the show with me. 

I was anxiously looking forward to tonight. How would it all end? Would I be happy? Would it reflect what I knew Chuck could be? What would happen to Team Bartowski? Chuck and Sarah? 

All season, Fedak and Schwartz have been saying they’re going back to season one roots. This has never been more evident than it was tonight. 

The first hour produced a lot of anxiety and heartbreak. Sarah had no recollection of her life with Chuck and co. Everything had fallen apart. She was ruthless, and her skills were being used against the characters we adore. 

Thankfully, in the second hour she was no longer working against her team, but she still didn’t remember them. She didn’t want much to do with them either. Until the end, Chuck and Sarah’s ending remained in question. 

These precious, final hours had everything I’ve ever loved about Chuck. Everything I listed earlier? All there. Only, unlike in the pilot, there was a deep bond, a feeling of connection not only between the characters, but with the fans as well.  It has never been more clear to me why I stuck with this show—why I love this show. 

For me, what made tonight’s episodes even more special were all of the throwbacks, to past seasons, and especially the pilot. There were nerdy references, Jeffster rocked out one final time, and more. Bryce Larkin’s initial action scene from the pilot was recreated by Sarah. There were heartbreaking flashbacks. Wienerlicious made a comeback. IRENE DEMOVA RETURNED. Chuck has the Intersect once again. And just like the end of the very first episode, the very last episode ended with Chuck and Sarah on that beach. 

Casey went off to find Gertrude. Awesome and Ellie got super great promotions (although the fact that they’re moving away bummed me out). Alex and Morgan moved in together. Jeffster got the recognition they’d been trying so darn hard to get. Everyone was happy. 

Except Chuck and Sarah. Sarah didn’t know anything about her life. Chuck had lost what made up his. 

But when they ended up on that beach, and Sarah asked Chuck to “Tell me our story,” the fans got something we didn’t really expect. We got to see Sarah fall in love with Chuck all over again, and in the process, we fell in love with them again. The series ended with Chuck and Sarah on their beach, kissing. Open ended. We don’t know what happens to them after that. 

Well, we know what we believe. And what I believe is that, maybe Sarah didn’t get her memories back, but she got her feelings—and the love she felt for Chuck—back. For this couple to be happy, like I know they are, that’s all they needed. 

 

So, now that I’ve finished first semester, I would like to attempt to resurrect this blog.  I don’t want to promise to start up recaps or reviews again, because I’m not entirely too sure regular posts of that length will be possible.

That is why I want your opinion on something.  A copule of TV critics I follow make daily posts on the TV they watched that night. They include what they liked, didn’t like, overall thoughts, stuff like that.

I’m thinking of doing something similar.  This way, I’ll be updating more often, and it won’t take as long for me to get something up.

Thoughts?

 

5. Once Upon a Time
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Once Upon a Time was my favourite freshman show this year. I love that these familiar fairy tales are back in my life with the added twist. The mix of the two worlds, along with the fact that many of the actors have two characters they’re responsible for, definitely adds something special to the show. I care about this show a lot—too much, in fact, for the number of episodes that have aired—which tells me they’re doing something right. 

4. Community 
Dungeon and Dragons tournaments! School-wide, epic paintball wars! Multiple timelines! Inspector Spacetime! Combine all of that (and more) together and you end up with a whole lot of awesome. And the only place where all of this amazingly coexists is on Community. Always funny, Community excels in many areas, including stellar performances from each of the amazing cast members (including Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, and Danny Pudi). To top it all off, this show delivers some of the most creative writing on tv. 

3. Doctor Who
My love for Doctor Who is no secret. I can go on, and on, but that’s not the point. What you need to (and probably already do) know is: beautifully acted and brilliantly written, this is a show that can scare the crap out of you, make you laugh, cry, break your heart, and fill with you hope all in 45 minutes. Maybe there were a few rough patches this year, but Series 6 was no different. 

2. Downton Abbey
A beautiful period drama, Downton Abbey is as close to flawless as anything can get. The writing, the acting, the directing, the sets, the costumes, the characters, the story, everything; all perfect! Whether you’re caught up in the drama between the two classes, being floored by Dame Maggie Smith’s amazing talents, or weeping because of Matthew and Mary’s star-crossed love, something (okay, but really everything) will have you sucked in. Always go into an episode prepared for heartbreak, because that is what you’ll get. 

1. Parks and Recreation 
My relationship with Parks and Rec has been short. Out of the many comedies I watch, it is, without a doubt, the funniest. The additions of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott perfected an already phenomenal cast. 2011 was a great year for the show (which just keeps getting better), with some of the funniest episodes to-date. There is so much happiness and positivity contained in Parks and Rec (communicated exquisitely through the performances), even the most negative of people can’t help but to be filled with optimism after spending 23 minutes in Pawnee. 

Honourable mentions: White Collar, Suits, Castle, Nikita, Revenge, Homeland, Fringe, Happy Endings, The Good Wife

The worst: Whitney, Man Up, How to be a Gentleman, True Blood, American Horror Story, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Grimm

 

Breaking Dawn is not all bad. Sure, the two part split is a blatant money making scheme on Summit’s part, and there were serious problems with the entire film.  However, one must remember something important when it comes to the Twilight Saga. And that is that these films are catered to fans of the book and previous films.

Those people will happy. Those looking for a quality film face (unsurprisingly) disappointment.

Part 1 has Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) getting married. It’s an extravagant event that also serves as a goodbye for Bella to her human friends and family, also her werewolf best friend, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), as she intends to be turned into a vampire after their honeymoon. A honeymoon where the couple has incredibly dangerous sex that results in the lethal impregnation of the protagonist.

This is when the film completely transforms. For the most part, the first portion had been relatively light and fun. Bella’s pregnancy creates a cloud of darkness over the characters. Most of the Cullens are in favour of aborting the pregnancy, as this hybrid is clearly killing Bella. However, Bella and Rosalie (Nikki Reed) are adamant that the baby lives.
Jacob isn’t at all happy when he discovers the news. When he let’s the wolf pack know of the situation, they’re even less happy, and plan to kill Bella and the mystery baby. This, of course, upsets Jake, who breaks away from the pack. Two other wolves follow, forming a mini-pack that protects the Cullens.

Bella’s situation worsens, to the point where she must drink blood to survive. All of this leads to the gruesome birth of Renesme, in which Edward must rip through his wife’s uterus (yeah, you read that right). He works frantically to convert Bella into a vampire before she dies for good, but is interrupted by an angry pack of wolves. A fight breaks out, only to be stopped by Jacob imprinting on the baby. The mobile ends a few days later with Bella opening her blood-red, vampire eyes.

For fans of the franchise, Part 1 is enjoyable. While it’s definitely not the best of the four, Rosenberg managed to include all of the important aspects fans looked forward too, and took few liberties. In a perfect world, that would be enough.

But we all know the world is flawed. And so was this movie.

While the overall acting has improved over the course of the films, it’s still a far cry from good. Which is curious, considering that most of these actors are quite capable of more.

This connects to the story. The plot of Breaking Dawn is, in a word, bland. It’s also pretty ridiculous. It seems that some of the actors (especially Pattinson) are beginning to realize the absurdity of this franchise. They aren’t, nor have they ever, connected to the story. They don’t care enough to create something genuine.

Which, really, they can’t be blamed for. Because when we have the main protagonist, a role model for young girls around the world, telling her husband that it is completely okay that she woke up covered in bruises after making love, or crying because said husband does not wish to have sex with her again, there is a serious problem. This is not a message that should be being sent out.

Part 1 also showed us how the wolf pack communicates for the first time. While in wolf form, each wolf can hear the others’ thoughts. The way this was executed was messy, and quite frankly, headache inducing. It took away from the overall experience of the wolves (and they were pretty cool in Eclipse).

The day this two part split was announced, it was automatically questioned. Honestly, Breaking Dawn is a book that could’ve been done in one film. Many of the scenes really dragged on, making for many boring lulls. There just was not enough substance in the first half of the novel to make for a good film. 

A tiny nitpick that I’m compelled to include is directed towards the makeup department. Why the have failed to understand, since day one, that the vampires cannot change aesthetically at all is beyond me.

Breaking Dawn, thankfully, was not just a two hour journey through a gloomy tunnel, though. As always, Billy Burke’s portrayal of Charlie Swan was spot on. He’s been the one consistent thing throughout all of the movies, and he really got to shine during his wedding toast. 

Really, the bottom line is this: if you are not a fan of the novels, you will not enjoy this movie in the slightest. Stay clear from it. But, you don’t need me to tell you what you probably figured out three movies ago. 

2/5

 

There’s a brilliance on television that goes completely unnoticed. Whether they’re not being recognized by award committees, or doing absolutely miserably in the ratings, or even being blatantly mistreated by their network, each of these shows offer something great. A chunk of them are critically loved, and have a strong (albeit tiny) fan base. And frankly, they all deserve a lot more than what they’re currently getting.
 
1. White Collar
I’m kind of cheating with this one. It’s one of the most successful US cable shows, but in Canada, it’s ratings are terrible. Why, I don’t know. The show’s very well written, and it’s quite clever. What’s more, is that’s it’s fun, well acted, and the main stars, Tim DeKay and Matt Bomer, have great chemistry. It also adds a unique twist on the conventional procedural.
 
2. Happy Endings
Happy Endings was a stand out comedy in a crowd of mediocre mid-season shows last year. It’s short, first season was strong, but struggled in the ratings. To the relief of critics and viewers, it was picked up for a second season that’s currently airing. And despite the fact that ABC has barely advertised the show (to the point where the cast has taken it into their own hands), it has become increasingly popular. With good reason too. It’s charming, witty, and most of all, the characters are real, relatable, and have a fantastic group dynamic. Extra props to Adam Pally’s portrayal of the least stereotypical gay men on television. Ever.
 
3. Hart of Dixie 
By today’s standard, Hart of Dixie is not your regular drama. It is, in fact, the exact opposite. It is not scandalous, or risqué. Instead, it’s, in a word, adorable. Which is why this show makes the list. It’s something that this generation of viewers may get bored with because it brings a different kind of drama to he table.
 
4. Cougar Town
Critically loved, Cougar Town is laugh out loud funny, for much of the same reasons Happy Endings is. Too bad ABC keeps benching it, making fans turn to their very own Big Earls.
 
5. Chuck
There’s really no nice way to say this: Chuck is the lowest rated show on television. Now in its fifth and last season (much because of the diehard fans), the ratings keep on dipping.  And sure, it’s not as great as it used to be, but it, in know way, is the worst show on tv. I guess an awesome, fun show about spies, with, what I think, is one of the most realistic romantic relationships currently on tv, isn’t enough for people anymore.
 
6. Parks and Recreation
Parks and Rec is a precious, precious gem of a show. It’s clever, and funny, and a really unique concept in terms of other comedies. Best known as “that Amy Poehler show,” it’s a little known fact that every single member of the cast pulls their own comedic weight brilliantly.
 
7. Nikita
The situation is this: badass, rogue, female spy working to takedown a corrupt, secret government with her other badass spy friends. Throw in a romantic relationship for the female demo, and you have Nikita. Sounds awesome, right. Nikita is the perfect action show, with a little bit of something for everyone. And, it’s actually good. Yeah, some of the stunts are questionable, but this isn’t another mindless action flick. So why are people not watching? 
 
8. Community 
Community is not only one of the funniest shows on air, it’s also one of the most creative. Oh, and it’s one of the lowest rated, too, while being completely neglected by NBC. I have never seen anything more unique and original that is also as hilarious as this show is. This just isn’t getting across to everyone. 
 
9. Fringe 
I will not lie: often, Fringe is incredibly complex, and can get quite confusing. Be that as it may, it’s absolutely brilliant. It’s also a sci-fi show on a major network, which is a major accomplishment alone.  Fringe is the show that will always keep you guessing. There’s also the fact that the acting is some of the best on tv.  In fact, many of the actors portray multiple characters. If all of this doesn’t sound impressive, I don’t know what does. 
 
10. Supernatural     
People tend not to see past the paranormal plots and freaky tv spot that Supernatural comes with. They do not see how well written and acted it is, nor do they realize how brilliant some of the plot arcs have been. And they certainly don’t know that Supernatural is more than just a ‘freak show.’ In reality, this is a dark show driven by heart wrenching relationships. It doesn’t need to be anything more. 

 

Since the 2011 fall tv season is well underway, I thought I’d do a quick roundup on my impressions of what I’m watching. 

NEW SHOWS

Once Upon a Time—Definitely my favourite new show this season, and there’s only been two episodes! The concept is so interesting, the characters and story are fantastic, and it keeps you guessing. Everything is so well done, even if a little cheesy at times. 

Pan Am—While not as good as I hoped it would be, I’m still really enjoying this show. I love the Pan Am image combined with Cold War espionage. I think that this show has the potential to be so much more. (Although I was not a fan of that last episode.)

2 Broke Girls—More hilarious than crass (thank god), I am loving this comedy. I probably relate a little too well to Kat Dennings’ Max (but rest assured, I’m prudier). There are times where I feel like the jokes cross the line (less Oleg, PLEASE), but Bhers and Dennings make a great pair. 

Hart of Dixie—I watched the pilot of this show only because Rachel Bilson is the main character. I did not expect to love it so much. It may not be award winning television, but it’s adorable and charming, which makes it worth the watch alone (especially compared to it’s Monday night CW partner Gossip Girl). 

The Playboy Club—Oh, show, our relationship was so short. I didn’t love you, but I did like you. I feel like you had the potential to go somewhere. 

Last Man Standing/Man Up—Pairing these two together, because, really, ABC? Gave up on these two after their pilots. 

New Girl—Expected to adore it, and I do. I love the humour, and it’s also nice to have Max Greenfield back on my tv. (Can they bring back the Douche Bag jar?)

Ringer—I wanted to like this show. Really, I did. I just can’t, because it is not good. I’m only still watching it because they’ve brought Jason Dohring on (by the way, Dohring, you are BETTER than this). Although, I must admit, the last five minutes of each episode are usually pretty good. If only the other 38 were as well. 

Unforgettable—I’m surprised that I’m actually enjoying this show considering this is the one show I kept forgetting about. It’s a decent procedural made interesting with the memory thing, but my favourite thing will always be Poppy Montgomery’s hair. 

Suburgatory—I did not think I was going to like this show at all, but I was VERY wrong. Every single thing about it is fantastic. The characters are funny, the cast has great chemistry, Alan Tudyk is a flawless king, and the humour is perfectly dry. WHY ARE YOU NOT WATCHING IT?

Revenge—I didn’t expect great things from this show, but THIS is soapy drama at it’s finest. I look forward to it every week. Probably my second favourite new show this year. CW dramas, take note, please. 

American Horror Story—I was terrified to watch this, but thankfully, it’s more creepy than scary. Which is also why it’s pretty great. Although, I don’t even TRY to understand what’s going on. (Side note: Quinto was FLAWLESS with his guest role.)

Whitney—I’m only watching this show because the rest of my family is, so I’ve got no choice. I just wish it would go away. About once an episode, it rises a chuckle out of me, and I begin to fear for my sanity. 

The Secret Circle—I cannot stand the way they do magic, and the characters are SUPER stupid, but the plot is interesting enough to keep me coming back for now. 

Person of Interest—While well written and acted, with a great concept, I’m a bit back and forth with this show. There are times when I enjoy it, but other times when it can’t hold my attention. Taraji P Henson also seems wasted in her role. AND, OH LORD, THE MONOTONES. 

Prime Suspect—Is an excellent procedural that’s very well acted. I especially have a soft spot for Kirk Acevedo. While the character dynamics are always fascinating, this show is much more enjoyable when all the Detectives are getting along (or are at least civil with each other). 

Grimm—Although not horrible, the pilot fell flat for me. I do love the idea, but they’re not doing it as well as I think they could be. 

RETURNING SHOWS 

The Good Wife—This show is just SO good. This new Alicia is fun to watch, and I love that Alan Cumming is getting more screen time. I miss Alicia and Kalinda’s friendship though. 

Castle—As if I’d ever complain about this flawless show. (I’ve made note of my bias, correct?)

Glee—Oh dear. I wish I could quit you, Glee. I’ve literally enjoyed only one episode this season so far. I don’t understand how this show went so wrong. 

Body of Proof—I’m not enjoying it as much as I did last year (it’s very formulaic), but Dana Delaney continues to own her role. 

Modern Family—There’s a reason this show won every Emmy it was nominated for this year. Enough said. 

Happy Endings—One of the most under appreciated comedies on tv right now.  Be sad you’re missing out on this show. Also, kudos for Max being the least stereotypical gay male ever (my mom only realised he was gay last week, in fact). 

Psych—Psych, the wind beneath our wings (who made that a thing?) has had a very strong start to, what I’m sure will be, an incredible season. Definitely one of the funniest shows currently airing. That Hangover parody episode was pure genius. 

Vampire Diaries—This is something I say often: I’m continuously impressed by how good this show actually is considering the network it’s on. 

Big Bang Theory—This show has found it’s groove again. After a not so great fourth season (and that finale, oh god) I’m actually laughing during this half hour again. You can’t possibly deny that Jim Parsons deserved his Emmy.  I’m especially pleased by the increase in Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette. They are GEMS. 

Bones—LONGEST. HIATUS. EVER. You know what, though? It was totally worth it. I loved the premiere. Moonlighting curse my ass, thank you very much.

Grey’s Anatomy—Grey’s has always been a strong drama, but I’m starting to think—especially now that main stars are leaving—that it’s time for this show to wrap up. 

Private Practice—Honestly, I don’t understand who sits down to watch this show and thinks that it’s good. 

Nikita—My favourite new show from last season has returned better than ever. I love the new character dynamics, and every episode has been a strong one. And hooray for more Birkhoff! Now, if only more people would watch it. 

Chuck—I find this show completely endearing. I feel like Zachary Levi (and the others, but especially Zac) brings something so real to his character. I didn’t like the premiere as much as I wanted to, but I’m confident Chuck will receive a well earned send off. 

Supernatural—I said it regarding Castle and I’m going to say it again regarding SPN: as if I could say something bad about this show. (CAS COME BACK) It’s been said they want to return to their roots and I’m (slowly) beginning to feel that. (But was ditching the classic rock aliases AND the Impala in the SAME episode REALLY necessary?)

Fringe—After catching up on this show RIGHT before it started, I completely love it. Peter being erased from time has COMPLETELY changed the show’s dynamic, and I LOVE it. Too bad baseball prolonged Peter’s full return, because I MISS HIM.

 

After last year’s shaky second season, Glee returned tonight for a third season. And although still lack the charm of its first, the third season is off to a much better start than the last. 

Now, I did not like last year’s premiere. At all. However, this year’s was fun and completely enjoyable. The one thing holding it back was the fact that a few plot lines with a lot of potential were mixed with ones that I’m already tired of. 

I’m not even going to bother to hide the fact that my absolute favourite storyline was Blaine’s transfer to McKinley (goodbye, beautiful Dalton blazer). Kurt, Blaine, and their relationship were my bright light in the darkness that often clouded over season two. Their relationship is so real and completely adorable. It makes my heart happy. While I’ll miss the Warblers dearly, I think this is the plot line with the most potential, and not just because Kurt/Blaine are my show OTP. Yes, we’ll get a chance to explore and strengthen their relationship, and investigate why Blaine decided to transfer, but we’ll get so much more. Blaine will have to interact and form new bonds with a new glee club. There’s also the fact that Blaine used to acceptance. He’s used to his talent being recognized and being well liked at school. That’s not going to happen at McKinley. Blaine has entered an entirely new atmosphere that we know he didn’t do well in before. Watching him react, adjust, and how Kurt and the rest of the New Directions support him is what’s going to make for a fantastic plot. 

Another storyline that’s going to have a significant impact on this season is the impact of the looming graduation of some members. We’re going to watch them struggle with saying goodbye to high school and adolescence while trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Tonight, this aspect was especially focused on Kurt and Rachel, which I loved. Their friendship is my favourite of the show. They’re certainly the most ambitious, and they’re attempting to do something about it. Their breakdown in the car was so sad, but I do believe that it ultimately made them stronger. 

I was totally shocked when Will actually kicked Santana out of the New Directions because of her lack of loyalty. It’s just so…not Will Schuster. And while sad to see Santana go (yeah, she’s a bitch, but I love her sassiness, and damn, can Naya sing), but it’s about time Will did something about this. Since the beginning, our Unholy Trinity has been switching loyalties like it was their job. When they favoured glee club, there was a strong sense of familial bond. When they didn’t, the shit hit the fan, and everything was chaotic. It’s about time for them to choose: help Sue destroy stuff, or choose happiness. If being happy also includes being on the Cheerios, that’s fine, but it’s time to stop being Sue’s lackeys. I can’t wait to see how this all turns out. 

Finally, one last fantastic plot line I adore: Will and Emma. Emma was my favourite character in season one, but I did not like the person she became in season two. Tonight, my Emma was back, and it was wonderful, and she and Will are too cute together. 

Before getting into the “could be better,” I’ve got to say this: the Sugar sub-plot? Really. Weird. 

Unfortunately, though, there were some events I couldn’t believe I had watched. Events I really wish hadn’t happened. 

At the top of this list? Sue Sylvester. Jane Lynch is still flawless in her delivery, but watching Sue is not enjoyable anymore. It’s disgusting. Her whole ‘OH I AM GOING TO RUN FOR CONGRESS AND IF I WIN I WILL BANISH THE ARTS BECAUSE I NEED PEOPLE TO LIKE ME AND I ALSO HATE WILL SCHUSTER’ plot is stupid, ridiculous, and I already want it gone. I know it’s Glee, and it’s not always realistic, but this character has been taken too far. 

Glitter bomb? Really? 

Quinn Fabray has gotten a makeover. She’s now a tough rebel who has “discovered who she really is.” Dianna was actually pretty great in her scenes, but I CANNOT STAND THIS STORYLINE. It is awful, awful, awful, and feels so forced. This is NOT Quinn Fabray. This is a drastic change that, personally, I feel Quinn would not have taken. And if they are trying to make us feel sorry for Quinn, they have failed MISERABLY, because I feel no sympathy at all. 

Maybe it’s not the start I wanted, but we are off to a better start than last year. All I really want from Glee this season is for it to go back to being the show I fell in love with.