My recent absolute obsession has been USA’s Playing House, a comedy that recently wrapped its second season. It’s flown a little under that radar due to being on USA, which is just now branching out to comedy, but it is hysterical, warm, and at times, giddily romantic. I’m in it not least for the sizzling, ongoing chemistry between Jessica St. Clair’s Emma and her high-school boyfriend/first love-turned-cop Mark (Keegan-Michael Key from Key and Peele). Emma rejected his proposal, took off out of town, and has come back thirteen years later. Let’s just say the sparks aren’t dead, and since I’m a huge sucker for old friends or people with a history falling back in love, this is right up my alley.
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Mostly a dull episode until that final, fantastic twist. Also, this episode really showcased the show’s gorgeous color palette, particularly with the muted brows and reds of the brownstone and the black and blue of Joan and Sherlock’s wardrobes.
NBC’s Constantine had an awful, offputting pilot, but afterward they immediately ditched their lead actress and retooled the show with a fiery artistic psychic on the run in place of the former female lead, and I decided to keep watching. It’s predicted to get cancelled, but the last four episodes have been just stellar genre television, atmospheric, funny, and suspenseful without being campy or gruesome. It also ended with one of those giddy, incredibly romantic scenes that is tailor-made to make me fall in mad love. Regardless, whether it gets cancelled or not, here’s an ode to Constantine in the form of episode screencaps (gallery under the tag).
A few weeks back I wrote my first (and so far only) fanfiction. What is it that inspired intense enough passion in this girl to lead me to finally turn to fanfiction after years of writing other formats?
The CW’s The 100. Which has turned out to be so much better than it has any right to be,a dark, gritty, romantic survivalist tale of four young people who blossom into leaders, fighters, and fierce defenders of the remnants of the human race left on earth. I highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it yet (the first two episodes are okay but not great and then it hooks from there) – even critics who initially ignored it are slowly picking it up and becoming fans, including NPR Pop Culture Hour‘s Joanna Robinson. The show it reminds me of most is Lost, though it’s (obviously) not nearly as brilliant.
Clarke saw him across the clearing and something inside her seemed to come suddenly to rest. He was covered in dirt and blood but the same driving force of will, the same steadiness, that had made her trust him before against all her better judgement, still hung on him, as he stood steady as a rock, taller than anyone else, his dark, broody eyes searching the scattered crowd.
Since there’s no almost no good dramas currently airing, I hit up Tumblr for older drama recommendations and got Discovery of Romance suggested. I’m two episodes in and finding it very charming. Eric and Jung Yoo Mi previously starred in the classic drama Que Sera Sera together, but as I haven’t seen that (it’s apparently very dark and features a slightly abusive relationship) I had nothing to go on. After two episodes I would say that while they don’t have extraordinary chemistry, and the chemistry they do have is more of the “cute and sweet” variety rather than “crackling and simmering”, what they do have is a very natural, convincing dynamic together. Side note: my gold standard forever for physical chemistry onscreen is Yoon Eun Hye and Kang Ji Hwan in Lie to Me. Which is totally unfair to all other drama couples since their scorching chemistry was on another planetary level entirely.
-ABC’s Forever got off to a very strong start with one of the more confident pilots I’ve seen in a while, but its second and third episodes vacillated between ludicrous and mind-numbingly dull. There’s all the structure to create a good procedural ala Castle – strong leads with a lot of chemsitry and interesting histories, decent premise – but no sense of pacing and very poor writing kill it pretty thoroughly. Ioan Gruffud has inexplicably gotten hotter with age, here’s hoping eventually he lands on something worthy of him.
-ABC’s Selfie is annoying for the first half of its pilot and then charming. I reviewed it here, and having seen its second episode now I can say it’s underwhelming but not completely awful. However, its quality is a moot point since it’s pulling in spectacularly low ratings and will get canceled.
-CBS’ Scorpion is a sweet show and is kind of like that painfully socially awkward/unintentionally rude kid that you can’t help but find likable but you still wish someone would take him in hand and teach him how to polite and act in appropriate ways. It’s not that its offensive – its plots are just so inane that I can’t take any element of them seriously. Good ensemble, with some parts stronger than others (Happy, a brusque female mechanical engineer, and Toby, a snarky psychiatrist/con artist, are standouts both separately and together and already fan favorites, but statistical genius Sylvester comes across like a cardboard cutout of a dorky brain) but…hands down the silliest drama I’ve seen in at least several years. The pilot was mediocre, second episode showed a lot of promise, and the third made my brain melt with its total lack of competency and believability. I found myself laughing out loud as the team scrambled to stop a bomb exploding. I want to like this. I just can’t.
-CBS’ Stalker is as bad as I thought it was going to be – see this review for everything I thought said better
-CBS’ Madam Secretary is surprisingly really good, sort of like a cross between 24 and Scandal, only without the bullets. Seriously. Badass performances, solid plot, and really hot Tim Daly husband.
-CW’s The Flash is resounding good and to my surprise has left every single bit of its competition in the dust. It’s strongly constructed, the cast was deftly chosen, and it’s just charming and fresh and light-hearted yet with strong emotional hooks. I love, love it.