#TVFail Entry 12: Friends, “The One With Ross’s Wedding”

The accused: Friends, “The One With Ross’s Wedding” (Season 4, Episodes 23 and 24) The crime: Embodying the somewhat rare “double finale fail” with a problematic cliffhanger that emphasizes an even more problematic will-they-or-won’t-they relationship Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 12: Friends, “The One With Ross’s Wedding”

Kingdom of disconnect: On ambivalence with Game of Thrones

As you may or may not know, I have not read one single word of the book that HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on. As such, I was sufficiently excited for the television adaptation, as I would be for all new HBO drama series. Despite all the annoying hype and the assertions that the…… Continue reading Kingdom of disconnect: On ambivalence with Game of Thrones

Season Finale — Glee, “New York”

Earlier this year, The A.V. Club’s Todd Van Der Werff wrote a great piece with an unfortunate, yet completely valid headline. It reads, “Community and Glee are pretty much the same show.” Obviously, the headline alone was enough to send the AVC community into a tizzy, but Todd’s piece is basically completely on-point. The first…… Continue reading Season Finale — Glee, “New York”

Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

I’ll be perfectly honest with you dear readers: I stopped watching The Chicago Code three or four weeks ago. With the end of the semester and various other things weighing me down, I had to free up some time and ditch Code was one of the things that helped me do that. I let episodes…… Continue reading Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

Season Finale — The Office, “Search Committee”

Like many of the series I’ve written about this week, I haven’t checked in on The Office for a bit. Thursdays are always busy for me and the series isn’t in a position where it MUST be written about each week. I thought about writing something during Michael Scott’s goodbye, but so many other people…… Continue reading Season Finale — The Office, “Search Committee”

#TVFail Entry 3: Heroes, “How To Stop An Exploding Man”

The accused: Heroes, “How to Stop an Exploding Man” (Season 1, Episode 23) The crime: Failing to provide a satisfying conclusion to a much-hyped season of serialized drama Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we…… Continue reading #TVFail Entry 3: Heroes, “How To Stop An Exploding Man”

Season Finale — Raising Hope, “Don’t Vote For This Episode”

I haven’t written about Raising Hope in a very long time, but that’s mostly been a byproduct of my Tuesday schedule and other persona matters. In any event, I wanted to get down a few thoughts about the finale. For the most part, the first season of Hope has been pretty damn great. First seasons of…… Continue reading Season Finale — Raising Hope, “Don’t Vote For This Episode”

Season Finale — Chuck, “Chuck Versus The Cliffhanger”

I haven’t written about Chuck since the murder mystery episode and I’d like to say that’s because I have been really busy. But it’s not. I no longer have the desire to write about Chuck on a weekly basis, just like I basically don’t have the desire to watch Chuck on a weekly basis. The…… Continue reading Season Finale — Chuck, “Chuck Versus The Cliffhanger”

Season Finale — The Vampire Diaries, “As I Lay Dying”

When you’re a series that’s almost entirely defined by your ability to come up with the most insane twists (in a good way), sometimes expectations for that kind of thing get too high. At the time, the end of The Vampire Diaries first season seemed like the most wild thing ever and throughout the series’ second…… Continue reading Season Finale — The Vampire Diaries, “As I Lay Dying”

Season Finale — Fringe, “The Day We Died”

Hey folks, I had a busy weekend full of personal business, so I’ll be posting some reviews of Friday television today. They’re late and probably a bit shorter than usual, but hopefully they’re still worth reading. I said in my review of Fringe’s penultimate episode that this season was one of my favorite of recent…… Continue reading Season Finale — Fringe, “The Day We Died”

Season Finale, Part One — Community, “A Fistful of Paintballs”

Sequels suck. That’s not always true, but it’s at least usually true.* Whether due to poor planning on the producers’ part or a shockingly high level of expectations from the audiences, there’s just something empty about coming back for seconds. So when it was announced that the Community team was doing a follow-up to last season’s epic “Modern…… Continue reading Season Finale, Part One — Community, “A Fistful of Paintballs”

Season Finale — Burn Notice, “Out of the Fire” and “Last Stand”

I haven’t checked in with Burn Notice since the summer break for a few reasons. One, Thursdays are ridiculously busy, both for television and my schedule in general. Secondly, I haven’t had much to say about Burn Notice. The summer episodes were generally dreadful (if you take a look at some of my reviews during…… Continue reading Season Finale — Burn Notice, “Out of the Fire” and “Last Stand”

Season Finale — Dexter, “The Big One”

Sigh. The thing with Dexter, a thing we all know about, is that it is completely bound by its formula. It has been said over and over that the series cannot really move forward until it knows an end is in sight. Dexter has one more card to play — Deb finding out — and…… Continue reading Season Finale — Dexter, “The Big One”

Season Finale — Sons of Anarchy, “NS”

As Sons of Anarchy’s third season comes to close, I found myself wondering if I could even muster up the energy to write about the finale, “NS,” and the season as a whole. I looked back to my thoughts on the freaking awesome premiere, “SO,” and also my Summer Surveillance posts on the series –…… Continue reading Season Finale — Sons of Anarchy, “NS”

How much can a great ending save a mediocre (or worse) season?

Tonight, the finale to Sons of Anarchy’s third season airs on FX. It’s a 90 minute episode that, as you can see, showrunner Kurt Sutter has been hyping on Twitter. The last two Sons finales have been pretty damn great, as have the other extended episodes of the series so I should be filled with…… Continue reading How much can a great ending save a mediocre (or worse) season?