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This week's best episode pick goes to Fringe and the first part of their 2-part season finale, "Brave New World".
Walter is forced to revisit his painful past when a fringe event causes people to spontaneously combust; the team faces off with David Robert Jones.
What made this episode really great was mostly because of what makes Fringe work, it took chances, it follows the stories that it develops, it give us characters that we like, and it's just a very entertaining episode. I'll be very curious to see what happens in tonight's finale and hopefully, it will be just as good as this week's episode was.
And on a personal note, Leonardy Nimoy, don't say you're going to retire if you're going to keep showing up in stuff. First, Transformers 3, then Big Bang Theory, then Fringe, and now, Star Trek 2.
Don't say if you're going to retire if you're going to keep showing up in different things. SUNDAY: The Simpsons (Season 23, Episode 20) "The Spy Who Learned Me" Episode Plot:
After a disastrous date night at the movies, Homer suffers a head injury the next day at work and, during his eight weeks off to recover (about which he does not tell Marge), sees visions of a super-suave superspy named Stradivarius Cain (voiced by Bryan Cranson), who gives Homer lessons on being the husband of Marge's dreams. Meanwhile, Nelson uses a Smart Phone to shake down kids for their lunch money, and Bart gets revenge on Nelson by feeding him Krusty Burger food. Review:
The episode was very mediocre with the exception of Bryan Cranston, who I thought did a very good job as Stradivarius Cain. A lot of people now see Cranston as the dark and dreary Walter on Breaking Bad but forget that he started off as a comic actor playing the dad on Malcolm In The Middle and playing Tim the dentist on Seinfeld. And I'm glad to see that Cranston was able to show that he still has good comic timing in this episode.
The rest of the episode was pretty mediocre mostly because of the main story. The whole Homer seeing visions of this spy storyline felt like something we've seen done way too many times especially with The Simpsons itself. They did an episode just like this in 2005 where Homer's new best friend (voiced by Ray Romano) is thought to be fake. However, it does come out that he's a real person.
It's like they did that exact storyline except they forgot to say that he's a real person.
The episode is saved particularly because of Bryan Cranston but everything else about is really mediocre. 3/5 Bob's Burgers (Season 2, Episode 7) "Moody Foodie" Episode Plot:
The restaurant receives a negative review from a vicious food critic Review:
This was the funniest episode I've seen so far this season. I liked a lot about this episode. The story, which has been done before numerous times on other shows, worked better than I thought it would, the jokes were very funny, and Patton Oswalt was pretty good as the voice of the food critic. 5/5 Family Guy (Season 10, Episode 20) "Leggo My Meg-O" Episode Plot:
In a parody of Taken, Meg travels abroad to Europe, her exciting adventure comes to a halt when she gets kidnapped. Brian and Stewie embark on an action-packed mission to find her before it is too late. Review:
Brian and Stewie episodes are always the best episodes of Family Guy, in my opinion. In fact, the best episode of the season was a Brian/Stewie episode, "Back To The Pilot". So, that's one thing going for this episode.
And thankfully, the scenes with the two of them are all great but everything was not that good. On and off, you'll get some really good moments but nothing compared to the scenes with Brian & Stewie.
It's a decent episode but not a great one. 3.5/5 American Dad (Season 7, Episode 17) "Ricky Spanish" Episode Plot:
Roger rediscovers his alter-ego "Ricky Spanish," an infamous character who remains the most despised man in town. Meanwhile, Stan and Francine are in for a surprise when their sponsored child from Africa shows up on their doorstep. Review:
Well, the streak had to come to an end at some point. After a season filled with nothing but great episodes, this week's episode broke the streak. I really did not like this episode at all.
Nothing really got me laughing, I thought the story was something that was already done not just on other shows but on American Dad itself and the jokes weren't all that good and both subplots really weren't that good.
I just didn't like this week's episode at all. 2/5 Veep (Season 1, Episode 3) "Catherine" Episode Plot:
The VP and her team discover that her appointee for the Clean Jobs Commission is unacceptable. As the party in celebration of her 20 years in politics approaches, Meyer worries about gossip that she's a diva, tries to figure out what kind of pet dog she should get, and deals with her daughter Catherine, visiting while on break from college. Review:
Once again, Veep continues its' slow building to becoming something really good. There are moving away from heading into Parks & Rec territory and becoming it's own thing, it's not there yet but seeing that the series has improved in the last few weeks, it should becoming something really good by the time we get to episode six or when they return for season two to become something great, like what happened with Parks & Rec. 4.5/5 Girls (Season 1, Episode 4) "Hannah's Diary" Episode Plot:
Hannah finds herself the target of an employer's sexual advances, and her plans to break up with her boyfriend (after receiving a vulgar text meant for someone else) don't succeed. Shoshanna makes out with a man, but he refuses to have sex with her after she confesses she's a virgin. Jessa briefly loses the two children she babysits, but their father is forgiving. Marnie's boyfriend and one of his friends use Hannah's diary in a song. Review:
Much like what happened with Veep, this week was the episode that showed the real good things that makes Girls worth watching.
In a season where 2 Broke Girls is the top rated new comedy and NBC wastes its' schedule with crap sitcoms Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea, Girls really does everything right. The four main characters are likeable characters, the situations they get in are very complicating, and the people are normal people, despite the fact that there seems to be a lack of minority characters in the series although they said that they will fix that in season two.
I really did enjoy this episode and here's hoping that they continue on the up and up. 5/5 MONDAY & TUESDAY: The Voice (Season 2, Episodes 20/21) SEASON FINALE "The Finals" Review:
The Voice almost lost it for me when they started getting rid of the really good singers in April. So, I was watching the finale hoping that I wasn't getting screwed over because The Voice really did surprise me this year and became its' own thing and becoming the opposite of what American Idol has become.
They had three really good singers in the top 4, Jermaine Paul, Tony Lucca, and Chris Mann and then you had Juliet Simms, who I really feel doesn't deserve to be in the top 4. That should have gone to Jamar Rodgers, I thought he was a way better singer than Simms ever was. Had she had won the show, I would've been pissed.
But, thankfully, she didn't and Jermaine Paul won from Team Blake and when that happened, I was very happy because he really did deserve to win. When he sang "I Believe I Can Fly" on Monday, I told myself that if he nailed it, he's going to win the show. And he did indeed win because he really nailed that song, he did it right and I'm glad to see he won. I was also pulling for Lucca and Mann because both of them were really good as well and I liked the duets they did with their coaches, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera.
Overall, I'm glad with the way things turned out and I'll be very curious to see what happens with season three. 5/5 THURSDAY: The Office (Season 8, Episode 24) SEASON FINALE "Free Family Portrait Studio" Episode Plot:
Dwight offers free family portraits, and a stolen diaper leads to a high-speed car chase. With help from David Wallace, Andy goes undercover to try to get his job back. Robert faces a decision when presented with a new business opportunity. Review:
After a strong start and a middling middle bit, The Office concluded its' season with a strong episode.
I like a lot of the elements that they put on there and I was very invested in all the subplots that they put in and the conclusions that they came to some of the characters' stories.
I also liked the little hints they gave about the real-life stories going on with The Office cast. Basically with the word that many of the cast are not scheduled to come back. Although Ed Helms, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fischer are reportedly signing a new deal to come back, that still leaves Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, and Mindy Kaling, who've yet to sign new deals mostly because all three of them have their own shows in the works, Wilson's got the Office spinoff, Kaling's Fox pilot got greenlit and Novak, I believe, is set to work on it. So, either way, there's going to be a lot of big changes in the next season.
The way I see it, let the next season be the last one and give the series a proper farewell and lead it into the Office spinoff, The Farm. And I think NBC will be thinking the same thing and here's hoping they do that.
Bottom line, the season finale is really entertaining, it's a satisfying finale and it answers a lot of questions that needed answering. 4.5/5