The winter hiatus is upon us. With several posts sitting in my Draft box, perhaps it’s time to try a new tactic. The authors at Previously.TV use several different formats for their reviews, one of the being “Rankled,” in which characters (and maybe events?) are ranked according to their actions in various episodes.
Now is the perfect time to reflect on the shows I’ve been watching. What are these shows and how do they fare on my current “fandometer”? More importantly, which shows are interesting enough to cover? (The photos below should give you a hint.A)
(How funny that these three shows are on the CW, because I am far from the demographic they’re aiming for.)
1. The Flash is living up to its pre-season hype. It’s been rather light-hearted (for a series that deals with crime, death, and evil). Will that continue now that we’ve had two (re-)defining episodes? More thoughts will be forth-coming.
2. Arrow. Yep, The Flash/Arrow crossover did exactly what it was supposed to do—pique my interest in a show I hadn’t watched recently. I don’t know if Arrow will remain in the #2 spot, but since I’ve been watching seasons 1 and 2 nearly non-stop, this is where it stands as of today. Again, more thoughts will be posted during the hiatus.
3. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (That’s the last time you’ll see me type out the “official” title for a while.) This show has been so good this season, it’s currently out-ranking Supernatural on the fandometer. But a great first part of the season does not guarantee a great second part, especially given a watershed episode such as “What They Become.”
4. Supernatural. It’s hard to maintain momentum when a show’s been running as long as Supernatural. The second half of season 8 proved the show still has some juice in it, and the Dean’s Mark of Cain could prove to be as engrossing as the Trials of season 8 if the show doesn’t veer too far into its “brother lying to brother” mode.
5. Gotham. Unlike The Flash, it hasn’t quite lived up to its pre-season hype. The show has become so bogged down with the “Making of the Penguin” story, I’m not sure I’ll continue watching.
6. Constantine. It might have been ranked higher than Gotham, but I’ve yet to watch the latest episode, so how high can my interest be? Actually, “A Feast of Friends,” in which John Constantine convinced an old friend to host an unbeatable demon nearly turned me off the show. But the subsequent “Danse Voudou,” along with the introduction of recurring character Joe Corrigan, changed my mind.
7. Grimm is another show I watch, but am seldom moved to discuss. Nor do I see that changing in the near future.
8. Sleepy Hollow. I’ve officially given up on the show. “The Akeda” was yet another “end of the world is nigh” episode, and was a solid zero on the fandometer. Not only did I stop watching after the first three minutes, I immediately deleted it from the DVR.