Paige’s Weekly TV Wrap-Up Reactions 10/4/15-10/10/15

Laura is out of town this week and I moved, so we’re off our usual schedule a bit here, but fear not! I still watched a ton of TV and I’m ready to talk about it.

Comedies

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S3:E2 “The Funeral”

I’m realizing I should have written this closer to the day I watched the show, because all the jokes have fallen out of my head since Sunday. What can I do now, though?

The third season’s second episode was a strong follow up to the excellent premiere. “The Funeral” saw the whole gang reunited at the funeral of Bill Hader’s wonderfully weird replacement Captain. The main story follows Jake and Amy as they scramble to find a way to stay together despite the “no office relationship” rule put in place by the new-new Captain, the Vulture. I’m not super invested in this, but I like the two of them together much more than I thought I would.

The rest of the Nine-Nine spent the funeral either dealing with NYPD funeral hook-ups (Charles, Gina, and Diaz) or drinking away their sorrows (Holt and Terry). There wasn’t a ton of forward momentum here, although we did see Captain Holt take his first steps towards getting the Nine-Nine back. I’m all for that!

Awkward

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S5:E6 “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

Please be over. I know I could just stop watching, but when you’ve invested five years in something it’s hard to let go. I know it’s over. I know the magic has been gone since its original creative team left. And yet, here I am, realizing I cut the cord with people in my life sooner than I do with TV shows. Well…anyways, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” was a weird mash-up of Matthew McConaughey’s Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Sex and the City.  The big reveal? Jenna has always been in love with Matty. No shit, sherlock! Ugh.

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S2:E16 “Again”

I love the equal weight this show puts on friendship as it does on romance. The respective best friendships of Karma & Amy and Liam & Shane are undeniably strong. These are hormonal teenagers in a heightened, MTV reality, yet their best friendships feel real.

I don’t know how to feel about the handling of Amy’s quieted love of Karma, so I’m going to hold my comments until next week. Everything else about the episode was phenomenal, from the exploration of Lauren’s relationship with her well-meaning but ignorant dad to Shane finding an adorable and understanding new love interest. And, of course, I can’t forget to mention the fact that we’re about to have a teen show lesbian crossover. Paige McCullers is Shane’s older sister. It’s looks like she’s going to be a hook-up for Liam, but, man, I want her to run into Amy.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project

S4:E4 “The Bitch is Back”

I don’t usually write about this show because I don’t usually have a lot to say. Think of its inclusion here as a retroactive inclusion for the first half of its fourth season. Something magical has happened since The Mindy Project jumped to Hulu. It has found a maturity and a niche that I’ve rarely seen explored on TV. The show is never going to be realistic, but Kaling has found a way to use baby Leo to ground the crazy antics of the characters she created. TV shows love pregnancy stories, but they rarely know what to do with new parent stories. As “The Bitch is Back” proves, The Mindy Project is defying the odds and making good, comedic television about early parenthood.

Dramas

Quantico

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S1:E2 America

Quantico is officially my new Grey’s Anatomy. It hits most of the same buttons without having to defy the predictability that sets in after 11 years with the same characters. “America” brought us a few hours forward in the future and in the past. We saw Alex the FBI agent using the skills she learned at Quantico to investigate being framed and Alex the FBI recruit start to lead the pack. It wasn’t as good an episode as the pilot, but it was still enjoyable. Plus, Rick Cosnett is in this now! He’s so charismatic, and, as my mother put it, sooo good looking.

Arrow

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S4:E1 “Green Arrow”

Oh my gosh, Arrow is back and I couldn’t be happier. This isn’t my favorite show or the best show I watch, but I look forward to it more than anything on TV. I’ve never been a hardcore shipper. I’ve always had strong opinions, but never had a feel-it-in-your-soul commitment to a TV couple. That all ended when I binge watched Arrow last fall and first saw the onscreen chemistry of Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards. I could watch Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak together as a cute couple for an entire season.

The premiere was bursting with a new villain introduction and set-up for the coming season, but I was too excited about the Olicity coupledom to have a critical take on any of it. Maybe next episode, when my head comes down from the clouds, I can write something more informative here.

That’s all for the weekly wrap-up. Starting next week, I’ll be reviewing The Vampire Diaries in its own column, Laura will be back in town, and all will be right in the world.

Look out for my review of tonight’s episode of The Good Wife later today.

Until the next commercial break,
Paige

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