We got rid of cable over the summer, and we didn’t replace it with satellite. My husband hates watching television as it broadcasts, and thinks TV on DVD and Netflix streaming over the Wii are the best things in the world. There are a few shows, however, that I’m keeping up with – Dad records Bones and Fringe for me (yes on VHS tape – we’re old school), and I watch House and Grey’s Anatomy online. (I’m two weeks behind on Bones, Fringe and House, and I haven’t watched last night’s Grey’s Anatomy yet.)
Bones is a show that I’ve loved from the very beginning. Yes, they’ve had some fishy plotlines (Zack as the apprentice of a cannibal serial killer), but for the most part, they’ve kept me with them. I’m a week behind, but this season has been good so far. I know several people online who are ready to boycott the show until Hannah, Booth’s new flame, is gone, but I’m not at that point. I don’t think she’s right for him, and I think she’s going to end up bored as a Washington reporter after being a war correspondent, so I don’t think she’s going to last. I love that Angela and Hodgins are happy and having a baby together. I love Sweets, and though Daisy annoys me, they are funny together. I would be very happy to see a Stephen Fry episode or two – Gordon Gordon is a great character.
Fringe is another show that had me hooked from the beginning, but it’s just about lost me this season. Dad says that I’ll like last week’s episode, so maybe it will change my mind. My biggest beef is the whole “other Olivia” storyline. Peter is simply too smart to not notice that the woman he’s with is not the real Olivia. Yes, in our world, no one’s mind would even go there – we would never suspect that our loved ones had been replaced by their double from an alternate universe. But Peter knows it’s possible and the other Olivia walks differently, smiles more, talks about music – she dances, for Pete’s sake! – while the real Olivia is very serious and stoic. The other thing I’m hating is that there isn’t enough of Peter! To be honest, Joshua Jackson is a huge reason I have been a fan of the show from the beginning. So, if you put in an unbelievable storyline and then take away my Peter, I’m not going to stick it out. Hopefully, they’ll fix it before I lose patience completely.
I am adoring House this season – I’m so glad they went there with House and Cuddy. The common theory is that if you let the leads get together and take away the will they/won’t they tension, you lose something – and I know some series do that. But I’ve also seen series who drag that whole issue out way, way too long (JAG, anyone?) and that can ruin it, too. There is a whole host of dramatic material that the writers and actors of House can delve into with House and Cuddy in a relationship. The season premiere was brilliant and I also appreciate the fact that Cuddy said she’s not setting out to change him – she doesn’t think that by loving him she can “fix” him – which we all know is a recipe for disaster. I’m really excited to see where the season is headed. Oh, and I don’t miss Thirteen at all.
I know I’m not the only one who gasped and sobbed their way through last season’s finale, and I’m glad that the writers are taking their time in dealing with the aftermath of what happened. It would be very unrealistic – and unfair to the characters – to have one or two episodes wrapping all that up and then everything is back to normal. I also am glad they didn’t drag out the whole “will Meredith tell Derek about the miscarriage” thing. I love that Owen and Christina got married, and that he didn’t let her run when she tried to. I really want Sloane and Lexie to get back together, and I want Alex to get some resolution of the Izzie issue (without bringing her back, please!) and find some happiness. Oh, and woo hoo to having the chief back – I HATED McDreamy when he was the chief. And how heartbreaking was it that Bailey’s new-found relationship crumbled under the weight of her grief and trauma from the shooting? I hope he comes back for her eventually.
There are some other shows that I love that I will wait for on DVD: Castle, NCIS, Private Practice, The Mentalist, and Chuck. In the meantime I’ll catch up on some other favorites on DVD: Lie to Me, The Closer, etc.
Do you watch any of these shows? Love/hate them? Tell me, please!