TV Talk

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 Yes, in our world, no one’s mind would even go there – we would never suspect that our loved ones had been replaced by their double from an alternate universe.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!

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10 Responses to TV Talk

  1. heidenkind says:

    Chuck has been absolutely great so far this season. Season three was meh for me, but they’re definitely back on track now.

    I’m not sure that I could handle not having satellite or cable. I couldn’t even handle not having a DVR. :P

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Chuck – I liked parts of last season of Chuck (we just finished it on DVD) and other parts got a little old. Glad to hear the new season has been great!

  2. The Closer was amazing last season!!!! It is seriously one of the best shows on. Why are you watching Vampire Diaries????

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Amy – I assume you meant why am I NOT watching Vampire Diaries? LOL Well, when we did have cable, we didn’t get the channel it was one, and now we don’t have cable, so…. I’ll have to add it to my TV on DVD to-watch list. :)

  3. Michelle says:

    Fringe is an excellent show, one of my favorites, I’ll be interested to hear what you think as the season goes on.

  4. Oh! I love love love Fringe! It’s by far my favorite show, but I am so with you on this season. I HATE what they’ve done to Olivia’s character and then Peter’s because of it. It just seems so strained, and there aren’t enough funny Walter scenes like there were last season. I’m holding out hope that in the next few episodes it gets better since the real Olivia is supposed to start to realize things are mixed up. *fingers crossed*

    And yes, Vampire Diaries is one of my absolute favorites, but we have the same problem you did. Our cable company doesn’t have it, so we have to watch it online which isn’t always wonderful since it’s a week behind. :(

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Danielle – yes, I miss the funny Walter scenes, too – the episodes set in the other reality are so dark! Here’s hoping they get it fixed soon.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Everyone has been telling me that I have to watch Fringe. Of course I will have to start with Season 1!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathleen – yes, Fringe is definitely one that you need to watch from the beginning, or it won’t make sense. :)