Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Happy National Punctuation Day. Are you punctuating properly?
TV round-up: Spoilers for HIMYM, Criminal Minds, Bones, Glee, & Dollhouse
How I Met Your Mother: I’m so relieved the writers aren’t screwing up the Robin/Barney thing, because what a shame that would be. I like that their relationship is more about the moment they’re in than what the future might hold or whether they’re compatible long term. And you know what? Some relationships are like that and that’s okay. Not everything has to be about forever ’til death do us part. Not all relationships need borders and rules and labels and futures. At the end of the episode Lily’s smugly convinced she knows what’s what, and that moment bothered me even if it reads true to life; people uncomfortable with relationships that blur the line between friend and lover force labels on them so they fit neatly into a world view those people don’t necessarily share, and it’s extremely frustrating. I hope the writers resist the temptation to force Robin and Barney to be something they aren’t. Not every couple’s happy ending has wedding bells and babies.
Criminal Minds: OMG poor Hotch. The scene with Jack in the hospital room broke my heart. And also, how much are the writers teasing the Prentiss/Hotch shippers, eh? Other than that, my critique is mostly of the NEEDS MOAR GARCIA variety.
I really love all the women on Criminal Minds. AJ, who did not buckle to society’s expectations and quit her job to be a stay-at-home mom (and what a wonderful show it is that gives us a man who gets it and decides on his own to relocate and become a stay-at-home dad, eh?). Emily Prentiss, who is professional, competent, efficient, and can compartmentalize without becoming the cold, ice-queen cliche. And my dear, wonderful Penelope Garcia, who is who she is and makes no apologies for it, who is unabashedly awesome without having to be a gun-toting, ultra-skinny super-agent because there are so many other ways to be a hero and this show just gets that.
Bones: AHHHHH JUST KISS ALREADY. Sweets, I usually love you but SHUT. UP. Though I suppose the romantic tension between Booth and Brennan is a pretty integral part of why this show works, so I get the writers being hedgy about getting them together. Still. WHATEVER, SHOW. Also, the payoff for Booth’s coma was kind of lame. They couldn’t have given us one or two episodes of Brennan angst before his memories started to come back? I understand the show can’t go for very long with Booth not solving crime because it is, at it’s core, a Crime Of The Week show, but there could have been one episode dealing with Booth’s amnesia. Ball, you has dropped it.
Glee: Ugh, this whole pregnancy storyline is brutal. I’m sick of it already and it’s only episode four. I wants more dancing football players, more music, and more Emma. I do like that Will’s not catering to Rachel’s need to be the star of everything. But that part where she was like WAH WHY DON’T I HAVE THE SOLO AND THE BOYFRIEND AND THE RESPECT IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT made me want to throw something at my TV. It is sort of interesting that we have a protagonist who is at times genuinely unlikeable, and depending on what they do with her arc it could be brilliant or just awful.
My biggest problem with Glee at the moment is how little I care about the characters over all. I’m basically watching it for the musical numbers at this point, but if I continue to be uninspired to give a damn about the people then I might start catching the musical numbers via youtube. Show, I want to like you for more than the razzle-dazzle, but you’re making it very difficult. A few more flat episodes and I’m probably gonna tune you out.
Dollhouse: On tomorrow, so we’ll see. Some spoilers in this interview at Television Without Pity here. I’m especially keen to see Summer Glau play Topher’s mirror in another house. Also, because I love Alexis Denisof, hurray for Alexis Denisof! I’m stoked about the promise of more stories set in the Epitaph One future, too.