Thursday, February 21, 2008

Capsule Review Day: TV Shows (Part II of II)

there are no major spoilers in these reviews

Here is part two of my TV Shows Reviews update. The first part was posted last Thursday .

Heroes (Sci-Fi):
Everyday people realize they have extraordinary abilities and try to save the world.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Neat comic stylings with fun characters and mysteries. Nikki's stories get old. Sometimes they refilm scenes in recaps and change the dialogue for no good reason. Finale shows that they obviously ran out of special effects money. B

LOST (Sci-Fi / Character Drama):
A plane crashes on a mysterious island in the South Pacific.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Figuring out what the heck is going on. You realize after the fact that in a couple episodes, absolutely nothing happened. A-
2 The introduction of Desmond and Mr. Eko The introduction of Ana-Lucia. The whole hatch story starts getting ridiculous. A-
3 Very strong individual episodes. Drags in the middle, love triangles are dumb. B+

Malcolm in the Middle (Sitcom):
A boy genius (and the middle child) tells about his dysfunctional family life.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Lots of laughs. Boys haven't hit puberty yet. Only one season released because of song rights conflicts with They Might Be Giants. B+

MI-5 (Spy / Character Drama):
A British version of Alias without the mysticism. I stopped watching after two seasons.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Good lead actors and interesting episodes. Some people don't like British shows -- a different style. Pilot is horrible. B-
2 The emergency drill episode is one of the best episodes of any show I've seen. Entertaining enough to watch over dinner, but not enough to keep devoting time to. B+

Prison Break (Thriller):
A man attempts to break his brother out of jail for a crime he didn't commit -- from the inside.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 High intensity all the way through, keeps you watching. T-Bag is a great character. Occasionally too intense. Veronica is more annoying than Kim Bauer A
2 Entertaining. T-Bag is still an excellent character. Loses some focus from a change in setting. Finale cliffhanger is stupid. B+

Scrubs (Sitcom):
An alternately funny and touching show about residents in a hospital.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 (The Intern Year) Tone of show hasn't quite been settled. Not as funny as later seasons. B+
2 (The Resident Year)   A-
3 (Carla and Turk are engaged) Michael J. Fox guest stars Tara Reid is annoying. A
4 (Carla and Turk are married) Heather Graham guest stars in a perfect role.   A
5 (JD has interns) Humour and setups starting to get stale B
6 (JD is an expectant father, Carla has a baby) The musical episode is great The rest of the season is occasionally funny B-

Six Feet Under (Character Drama):
The story of a dysfunctional family who owns a funeral home.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Interesting, fresh show. I was already tired of Brenda by the end of this season. A-
2 A slow burn builds your interest in the characters. Drags a bit. A-
3   Lisa stories are a little annoying. Like all HBO shows, this one starts to abuse dream sequences. B
4 David's stories really shine this season.   A-
5 Series finale makes the entire series worthwhile. Most of the season leading up to the mid-season crisis is forgettable. B+

Sopranos (Crime / Family Drama):
The story of Tony Soprano, a family man and a Family man.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Strong writing, great characters   A
2   Not as tight as the original season. Everyone looks the same. A-
3   Plots start to wander, and threads just stop. B
4 Edie Falco and Joe Pantoliano are great this season. Still not a lot of continuity. B+
5 Steve Buscemi is fun, as always. I'd stopped caring about many of the characters by this point. B
6 Nice wrap-up. Didn't need to be split into two parts. B+

Undeclared (Sitcom):
The life of a freshman trying to reinvent himself after high school. Cancelled during the first season.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Funny, light, and doesn't take much brain power to enjoy. Over before you know it. B+

Veronica Mars (Crime / Teen Drama):
Sassy, unpopular high school girl solves crimes and does Dawson's Creeky things.

SeasonPro'sCon'sGrade
1 Great dialogue, decent mystery story, good characters. Melodrama is girly. A
2 More of the same. New characters are forgettable. Story is so convoluted that lots of threads are never resolved. A-
3 College makes a great backdrop for the show. Plots are finished but never really wrapped up. New characters are forgettable. Cliffhanger in finale makes you wish they hadn't cancelled the show. A-

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