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Postmortem: Glee 2×01

28 Sep

My word, I have been busy,  I haven’t even had time to watch The Mentalist yet!  I shall do my best to not let this blog fall by the wayside, but I’m pretty much just watching top-priority TV right now.  And most of those shows aren’t easy to predict.  Fortunately, Glee is!.

Glee is back, you guys!  You have no idea how much I’ve missed Glee.  Heck, I had no idea how much I’d missed Glee until it came back.  But I am so happy that it’s back in my life.  This week’s episode was great, from the meta-self-referencing opening (one million points if you get the reference), to Will and Sue’s short-lived alliance, to the surprisingly touching story of Coach Bieste, to Finn’s hilarious Cheerios audition.  I will say I wish the music had been better—I have no real desire to listen to any of those songs again, and I say this as a huge fan of Glee doing rap badly, the original Lady Gaga version of “Telephone”, and Lea Michelle getting to belt out showtunes.  I am forever optimistic about future songs, however.

I do have some predictions, although I have no idea how accurate they’re going to be.  Glee is a tough show to predict, because a lot of times stuff just happens to suit the immediate plot and/or joke, not because it’s been set up or makes sense.  (For example:  since when is Santana insecure enough to get a boob job?  Since they needed Sue to be mad at her for plot reasons, apparently.)  But that’s totally fine—I actually love the wacky plotting.  Just don’t hold me to any of my predictions.  Which are:

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Postmortem: Covert Affairs 1×10 and 1×11

21 Sep

Again, sorry for the delay.  Classes have started for me now, and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to keep up with TV-watching, studying, and blogging (listed in order of importance, obviously).  I’ll try, as a general rule, to get postmortems up within a week of their airing.  If it’s not up by then, I’m not writing about that episode.  This just barely qualifies.

I have to say, I’m a bit disappointed in myself.  I didn’t strike out completely, but the finale wasn’t quite what I expected.  Partly because I expected it to be a more epic actual two-parter, rather than two unrelated episodes stuck together, and partly because I keep expecting more from this show.  Looking back over my old predictions, one theme that keeps coming up is an expectation of a shadowy organization for the CIA to work against in an overarching theme.  Clearly this hasn’t happened yet.  And frankly, I’m shocked—a shadowy organization to provide a constant antagonist is the bread and butter of spy shows.  Surely we’ll get one eventually.  Maybe the Albion Group?  That name was placed too carefully to mean nothing.  I’m really surprised it didn’t come up in the finale.  Maybe that storyline had to be dropped with the lost episode because of Piper Perabo’s knee injury?  Or maybe it’s just shitty plotting.  Anyway.  Let’s see how I did:

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Predictions: Covert Affairs finale

12 Sep

Last week’s episode didn’t offer much in the way of twists to guess (although it did have shirtless Auggie, so well done, show), but I do want to get some predictions out there before this week’s finale.  And can I just say, I’m kind of gutted that this is going to be the last episode for a year.  It’s not the best show, but it’s fun, and I will miss predicting every moment.  But before I get to that, let it be known that I totally called Auggie’s op on Liza being revealed last week.  Go me.  But without further ado:

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Postmortem: Covert Affairs 2×08

5 Sep

I’m sorry for the delay in writing about last week’s Covert Affairs, but honestly, it was so disappointing I just couldn’t muster up the energy to write about it until now.  Not disappointing in the psychic sense, mind you—I guessed pretty much everything correctly.  But after last week’s epic Auggie episode, I was decidedly underwhelmed with the angst of Annie and her crazy-eyed former fling.  They knew each other for THREE WEEKS.  It was TWO YEARS AGO.  In SRI LANKA.  He has CRAZY EYES.  Why does she still care about him?  Why are we supposed to care about him?  This whole plot is mystifying to me with its stupidness.

In other love interest that I don’t care about news, wtf is up with the sudden appearance of Jai as a romantic interest?  They moved from awkward, painful flirting to meeting the family awfully quickly.  I know why they did it—they needed a successful date to juxtapose with Ben’s arrival, plus Jai needed to know where Annie lives—but there needs to be more reason to put two characters together than just it being necessary for plot purposes.  At least set it up in earlier episodes.  Especially since last week’s set up the beginnings of an Annie/Auggie relationship.  There has to be SOME rhyme or reason to character pairings. For fuck’s sake.  I am getting way too angry at a USA program.  I think it’s because neither of the Tuesday shows had a shirtless dude, and that is frankly unacceptable. Continue reading

Postmortem: Covert Affairs 1×06

22 Aug

Covert Affairs continues to be both fun to watch and completely predictable, which is to say, a USA show.  It’s quickly rising near to the top of the pack for me (except for Psych, which I will love forever for the nicknames alone, and White Collar when Bomer’s shirtless).  This week’s episode was pretty fun, with a nice fight scene, a solid b-plot, and Annie getting to do some honest-to-goodness spying (although I would hope that it’s significantly harder to spy on the US Senate than just hanging around a bit).  And, again, we got a super easy to guess baddie.

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Predictions: Covert Affairs

14 Aug

Covert Affairs has totally not given me any twists to predict in the past few weeks, but I do have a few stray predictions I would like to put down for posterity.  But first, it looks like I called another one before the show started!  I know I said that it looked like I had been proven wrong about Jai’s father being either a baddie or a bloviating politician.  Looks like I was actually right, on both counts.  I was also right about the rehabilitation of Jai, us seeing the ex-fling, and it looks like I’m right about the love triangle too.  Go me!  Now for the predictions:

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Postmortem: Covert Affairs 1×03

29 Jul

I feel like it usually takes about three episodes for any TV series to make itself clear, so by that token, Covert Affairs last night established itself as a USA summer show par excellence:  not necessarily good, but watchable and fun.  Since I eat that shit up, I’ll be sticking with it all summer.  Unfortunately, last night’s episode didn’t have much in the way of plot twists to guess (they pretty much showed us the baddie in the first scene—not hard to guess), but it did furnish me with a few further predictions.

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