Joanna’s Best & Worst of the Week

It is with careful consideration that I bring you my take on this week’s Best & Worst of TV. Agree or disagree? Either way, post your comments and let us know!

Best of the Week #1: DEXTER
Dexter’s back in action, and boy did we wait long! That bowling scene was such a fitting cold open, it instantly reminded me of why I love this show so much. Dexter is a loveable weirdo-slash-murderer. He was last season and I expected nothing less of him this time around. Needless to say, I got what I wanted. It was also nice to see a little bit of continuity on the Rudy situation, both Dexter and his sister are still suffering through the aftermath of last season’s big finale shocker. I don’t know about you, but I say bring on another season! Strrrrrike! Ha!

Best of the Week #2: BROTHERS & SISTERS
The cast of BROTHERS & SISTERS has such great chemistry. With Sally Field as their phenomenal leader, their portrayal of the disagreeing, quirky, big family couldn’t be done any better. This episode about Justin’s return from Iraq was another great example of that. Usually I’m quick to dismiss any storyline involving the war in Iraq, but Kitty’s and Nora’s different political views on the matter made it interesting. Of course that’s just one example, there are many more aspects of this week’s episode that made the war in Iraq bearable. And making the subject of Iraq bearable, that’s not an easy thing to accomplish, at least not with me.

Best of the Week #3: TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
Why do I list this here? Because I think Carolyn must have single-handedly emptied out the local drug store at the end of the episode. Trying pregnancy test after pregnancy test – knowing full well that they were all going to tell her the same – until she finally gave up on the whole thing. I like TELL ME YOU LOVE ME for its complex relationships, and this week’s episode stood out because I was really hoping she would finally be pregnant. That final scene where she gets shattered was simply brilliant.

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Worst of the Week #1: PRISON BREAK
Say it with me: “WHAT WAS THAT?!!?!?”. What an homage to a great character, or lack thereof. Looks like they cut off that storyline. Literally. I couldn’t even bring myself to finish out the episode, that’s how angry I was. It seems that right now half of the fans plan to quit the show based on principles and the other half doesn’t seem to care too much about Sara’s death at all (or the way she was killed off). Based on those first horrible five minutes of television (not to mention the Se7en rip-off), I decided to join the former.

Worst of the Week #2: HEROES
I tried to not turn this list into a repeat of last week’s, but why is HEROES so disappointing this season? It’s missing that atmosphere of season one, that special ingredient that made it this great, unique show. All the characters seem to have their own storyline with little to no interaction with each other. Who even cares about those new Mexican characters? Or the people that Peter is stuck with? The only thing I look forward to right now is Kristin Bell’s (formerly of VERONICA MARS) character.

Worst of the Week #3: CALIFORNICATION
Is anyone else getting tired of this dance between Hank and his ex-girlfriend? The show is pretty much built around this failed relationship and I have to say I could care less at this point. CALIFORNICATION is trying to reach a certain depth that I think they shouldn’t go for. Either stick to the shallow, disgusting, cynical Hank Moody and call it a comedy or go for this new deep and emotional character and call it a drama. Personally I think it would do better as a comedy. I’m just not buying this character they’re shooting for right now.

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  • SuperChris

    I agree and disagree with you finding Heroes as Worst of the Week. There is something missing in season two that was there in season one that made it great. But I don’t think it is that the characters have disassociated storylines. If you read spoilers than you’ll know in the next few episodes we’ll be seeing more characters interacting with each other than we ever saw in season one. If you remember back to Landslide from season one, that was the first time that all the stories came together and that was the second to last episode.

    I think there’s just less of an impact in the mysteries this season. Who cares what’s in Peter’s box, we know who he is. Angela’s the mystery man’s next target, who cares, kill her, I didn’t like her anyway. Who’s the guy badder than the bogeyman? Well, he better be really bad and really really ridiculously good looking cause otherwise I’ll loose interest in his story too.

    Hiro I completely lost interest in. And Sylar, I’m still rooting for ya, but 6 minutes screen time isn’t enough to save all of Heroes.

  • Joanna,

    My favorite episode of the week was most definitely DEXTER. I think if you’ve ever bought a car, odds were good you were cheering Dexter on!

    My least favorite, probably a tie between REAPER and HEROES. REAPER is getting a little too formulaic, and HEROES has been super disappointing this season. Here’s hoping this week turns out better for both heroes!

  • Jake

    Logan

  • doal

    They’re not mexican ugh. You are obviously not paying much attention. Which is understandable… Just cut to the 5th episode and bring Veronica Mars already!

  • Joanna

    They’re not Mexican? Seriously, I missed that?

    *checks with fellow Heroes addict*

    Oh my god you are absolutely right, they are fleeing to the US, THROUGH Mexico, as I’ve just been informed. I stand corrected, doal. And yes, it proves my point. I am that bored with their storyline 😉

  • Joanna

    SuperChris, I didn’t mean to say that because the characters seem scattered it’s missing its spark from last season. It’s missing the spark, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I thought maybe it had something to do with them being all over the place. But maybe it’s the new characters, maybe it’s Hiro’s 1600-whenever storyline, but it seems that we all agree that something is just ‘off’.

    What I should be ashamed of though is that I can’t recall who Angela is…I have got to start watching Heroes with both eyes open again! Either that or you’re talking about a future character and I’m off my spoiler-game. Either way I am deeply ashamed, haha!

  • Joanna

    SuperChris, I didn’t mean to say that because the characters seem scattered it’s missing its spark from last season. It’s missing the spark, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. I thought maybe it had something to do with them being all over the place. But maybe it’s the new characters, maybe it’s Hiro’s 1600-whenever storyline, but it seems that we all agree that something is just ‘off’. Hope it gets fixed soon, because it’s just too good to get bad!

  • Joanna

    Oops, almost-duplicate post because a large lightbulb switched on above my head and I realized Angela is Mommy Petrelli.

    DUH!

    I was trying to spare myself the embarrassment, but the Submit button was just too quick for me!

  • Common Sense

    I’m so glad to hear that HEROES is a disappointment. I have co-workers who are hooked on the show, but I tell them it couldn’t hold a candle to LOST. I’m not getting involved in any more series of that nature (I watch too much already), and honestly, I’m so sick of NBC’s promos trying to convince the world that Heroes is the greatest thing on-the-air. I predict a quick crash and burn.

    Regarding Prison Break, I feel so robbed as a fan who suffered thru those ridiculous storylines for 2+ years, only to have the only thread most fans cared about snuffed out like a cigarette.

  • Angelic

    Count me among those who wasn’t so attached to Sara, and kinda liked the whole head in the box thing. Though I do only watch Prison break for the eye candy and crazy Mahone, so I’m kinda biased.

    Oh, and regarding Heroes….It’s only been three episodes people. Calm down.