December 10, 2012

Marry, Bang, Kill: The TV edition


I've finally gotten around to watching and/or forming opinions on the new TV shows that peaked my interest during the start of the 2012 fall season. And in order to make reading about my views on the subject a little more entertaining, I've decided to play a game of Marry, Bang, Kill with the nine new shows I thought might be worthy of my time. I even asked The Mister to play along!

The shows we had to rank were: Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Call the Midwife, Elementary, Go On, The Mindy Project, The New Normal, Partners and Revolution.


*Colt never actually watched Beauty and the Beast, but he made me put it in his "Kill" category out of spite.

You can read my initial thoughts on these new shows in the Premiere Week 2012 posts from September, but let me expand a little on why I currently rank them as I do. (I've tried to avoid spoilers.)

Marry:

Arrow
I'm really liking the gritty feel and fast pace of the story lines in this show, and I love the variety of awesome actors in both featured roles and guest spots (i.e., John Barrowman). Oliver confuses me a bit—is Stephen Amell a good actor, a bad one, or a good one pretending to be a bad one? I also fear that the show is running through villains too fast, but I'm not familiar with the comics, so perhaps I'm worried for no reason.

Beauty and the Beast
I'm totally going to get crap for ranking this show so high, but I can't help but love it. (I'm such a sucker for bad CW dramas!) I heart Cat and Vincent so much, even if their relationship is filled with seriously unnecessary tension. The constant "We can be together! We can't be together! It's not you, it's me; actually it's you" is ridiculous, and yet ... I got sucked in from the very first episode. I can see this show burning out quickly, but I will enjoy it immensely while it lasts.

Go On
I love the humor and characters in this show. They're all totally crazy—Matthew Perry's Ryan King included—but they work so well together as a group. I love how human their stories are. And I appreciate how funny the show can be without making me feel like I'm laughing at the characters in a mean-spirited way.

Bang:

Elementary
In order to enjoy this show, I had to (ignore the Internet and) tell myself that it's not Sherlock, and it's not supposed to be. This is a modernized and Americanized version of a very famous and oft-adapted relationship—and I think this new take works. Johnny Lee Miller does an excellent job of playing a more manic and haunted Holmes, and Lucy Liu is quite entertaining as Watson, although I would like to see her to stand up to him more. We see hints of where this dynamic could lead, and I like their relationship and hope I get to see it grow. Their actual cases are pretty lackluster, however.

The New Normal
I think this show is adorable, if a little preachy. I think the relationship between David and Bryan is super sweet, and Shania is a hoot. I can't stand Nana, but she's a good foil at times. And I appreciate that the show isn't afraid to bring up some real issues that—I have to assume, since I am not a gay man—gay men have to deal with when they're starting a family.

Kill:

Call the Midwife
I watched one episode of this BBC series with the hopes that it would catch my attention like Downton Abbey. It did not—but it did make me extremely thankful that I am a woman now, not back in the 50s. I ended up canceling the recording after a couple of episodes, part due to me hogging the DVR and part because I just wasn't interested.

The Mindy Project
Before getting through even one episode, we'd already cancelled this series from our DVR schedule. Mindy Kaling is a funny woman, but the character she plays on her show (at least in the pilot episode) is far from it. Her crude portrayal of a pitiful (in all senses of the word) young doctor made me cringe, not laugh.

Partners
Due to a DVR mishap, we missed taping the first episode of this series, and due to it not being available on demand, we never caught up. I read the other day that it's already been canceled, so I guess we didn't miss much?

Revolution
I really, really wanted to like this new J.J. Abrams-produced show. The pilot, directed by Jon Favreau, was entertaining, if a little slow. By the time we were three episodes in, Colt was calling this show "We're faaa-mily" due to main character Charlie's incessant whining. This show falls into the same category as Flash Forward and The Event —so much potential, and yet, not enough action to keep me watching. (I still would love to know what the reason for the flash forward was, as well as what the ultimate goal of the aliens in The Event was.)

Have y'all watched any of these shows? Do you feel similarly, or am I way off base? Are there any new shows that we didn't start at the beginning of the new season that would be worth catching up on during the (stupid) mid-season hiatus?

14 comments:

  1. I hate the Mindy Project too :( It tries... way too hard and it's really lacking. I wanted to like it since I love Mindy Kaling but it is Bad with a capital B.

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    1. I'm glad you agree. It just makes me cringe. :/

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  2. I can't believe you don't like The Mindy Project! I think she's hilarious!

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    1. I guess it's just not my type of humor. I wanted to like it!

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  3. I fully agree with Colt on Beauty and the Beast. Haven't watched it. It should die. And that is based only on the existence of Kristin Kreuk. After Smallville I just couldn't go back to that abusive relationship.

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  4. Man. You know I don't watch a lot of TV, but I SO wanted to LOVE Revolution and every episode, I found myself complaining about something - and most of the time, it was Charlie, who is arguably the most annoying character on tv right now.

    Sorry, BBurke. I love you to bits, but this just isn't working for me.

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    1. Yeah, exactly. Billy was a draw for me, but even he can't redeem it.

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  5. Out of these i've been watching Arrow, Beauty & the Beast, Elementary, Revolution, The New Normal & Partners. I stopped watching partners after 3 episodes, I just could not get into it. I don't mind Revolution, it's not the best, I find i've been watching it whilst i'm on the computer, so I don't have to pay 100% attention to it. Loving Elementary, but I did similar to you, had to give myself a bit of a talk before watching it, the only reason I decided to watch it was for Jonny Lee Miller, but I'm glad I did. I LOVE The New Normal, LOVE LOVE LOVE. Arrow & B&tB i'm enjoying, but I find I have to be in a certain type of mood to watch them.

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    1. I'd really like to catch up on Revolution at one point, if only to see what happens with the characters that are not Charlie. Doing something else while watching it is a really smart idea.

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  6. i couldn't agree more with your take on elementary. i'm trying to remember that it's not sherlock, but sometimes it's hard not to think of what benedict/martin would do. i want them to develop "joan" a little more. i feel like something could be there but they just aren't tapping into it yet. i watch this with my father in law and before the last commercial break we tell each other who we think did it. i have only been wrong once. i feel the cases should be more difficult than that. step up the brains!!!

    i only caught the first few episodes of go on but i loved them. when they're all running after the google car... right in the feels.

    i'm still sticking with revolution, if just to see where things go with billy burke and david lyons. i find both of their characters interesting and far and away the thing that carries the show. thank the gods they finally rescued charlie's brother because while colt has been calling it "we're faaa-mily" i have been calling it "we have to get danny back". hopefully things will pick up when it comes back next year... in fraking march! (that's a hell of a break for an audience) and hopefully it will come back without elizabeth 'show killer' mitchell.

    i want to love arrow more then i do. i watch it every week with my husband and father in law (who said we had to watch it because he's a giant torchwood fan). i think we all loved the flashback parts and found them super interesting, but are so over the "love story/stories". parts of the last episode just didn't synch up for me with the huntress so i'm hoping the actual story writing will find a good place soon. if they could just get john barrowman and a shirtless stephen amell in every episode i think i would be fine with that. but knowing the comics it's been a little hard to get into with all the changes they have made to the characters (like speedy not being his sidekick... yet?). my father in law and husband don't have that problem. lucky bastards.

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    1. There are actually a whole lot of "right in the feels" moments on Go On, which can be a bit surprising. It's a really lovely (and hilarious) show. Plus, it's not trying too hard to make viewers laugh or "get it," which I really like. It's smart funny.

      And I agree with you on Arrow ... I can imagine that knowing the comic would make for a difficult transition. I don't, but I've heard a little about it and that little bit I've heard makes me question some of the show choices.

      And yes, back to the island! WTF was with the dude with the creepy ass mask?!

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  7. I fulky support all three of your marry shows. Never thought I would like Beauty and the Beast, but I got sucked in by their chemistry!

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    1. You and me Elisse, we can stick together in our love of Beauty and the Beast. <3

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