So many shows, only one night. My poor DVR can’t keep up. Which means I sometimes must resort to OnDemand. It’s nice that it’s available, but the broadcast networks won’t let you fast-forward through the commercials. It’s like watching television c. 1980!
It was covered in Round-up #2. but is included here for continuity. It’s not the first show of the evening, nor is it currently first in my watching priority. Heck, I haven’t even watched “Paper Moon” (1004) yet. Depending on how the season pans out, it may deserve its own post.
Do you ever watch a show and suddenly realize you’ve got a silly grin on your face? Turns out I’m not the only one. I’m not in the CW’s target demographic, yet I’m totally enjoying this show. It’s engaging on many levels.
There’s something about Grant Gustin that immediately pulls you in. I don’t know if it’s his “boy next door” persona, or the “dorky nerd” vibe, but he is Barry Allen, chronically late forensics scientist by day, fastest man alive by night.
I don’t know if my unfamiliarity with the DC Comics world is a benefit or a detriment. On the one hand, not knowing the any of the characters or story allows me to enjoy what’s on my television without questioning anything. Then again, I miss those small (and not-so-small) nods to the original story. Example: the name of Iris West’s boyfriend, Eddie Thawne, could be significant. And I learned from those in the know that Robbie Raymond, who died
in last week’s episode the night of the accelerator explosion, will return. (Which makes sense given the actor who played him.)
The show is loaded with interesting characters and a big overarching mystery. I took an immediate shine to Cisco Ramon, His shine has worn a little recently, but every now and then he has a great scene. Such as preventing this week’s villain from (literally) icing Barry by wielding a gigantic cold-ray gun, er vacuum cleaner.
Plus, it has Tom Cavanaugh playing the intriguing Dr. Hamilton Wells. Is he a Good Guy or a Bad Guy? I’m hoping for the former. And lets not forget Jesse L. Martin, who replaced Benjamin Bratt on Law & Order, and sang one of my favorite songs from Rent, “I’ll Cover You.”
Agents of SHIELD
What a turn-around! The show’s become populated with interesting characters, exciting situations, and new relationships, some nuanced, some blatant, all interesting.
In addition to late-first-season-comers Tripp and Koenig, we now have Hunter and Mack. Hunter wasn’t particularly likeable in the first couple episodes, but he’s provided some great light-hearted moments. Mack has helped a distraught Fitz. Now the awesom Adrianne Palicki, er, Bobbi Morse, has joined the team! I love all these characters; my fear is it’s too many. Who will be a Hydra mole?
Even the bad guys are great. Skye’s mysterious father is not only a “monster” but a bit of a quack as well. Daniel Whitehall, the new Big Bad, appears to be not only Eeevil, but ageless too. Hmm. Plus they’re played by Kyle MacLachlan and a nearly unrecognizable Reed Diamond.
I haven’t watched it beyond the pilot. After all, three shows in one night is quite enough. But Natalie and Suzanne both seem to like it, so perhaps I’ll play catch-up with OnDemand. Which means ala 1980, with the one advantage of replaying a line I might have missed.