Criminal Minds: 7×23 – Hit & 7×24 – Run

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!

I am nowhere near at the end of my season finale slog but I am pretty sure no other finale can top the Criminal Minds finale for sheer cuteness and shippiness.  Will/JJ, Morgan/Prentiss, Kevin/Garcia, Hotch/Beth, Rossi/Strauss – I THINK MY HEAD EXPLODED.


 

OMG THE CUTENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will, JJ and Henry family time! Nothing will ever get cuter than seeing AJ and Mekhai interact on screen!

Followed by Hotch, Beth and Jack and the fort!

And Garcia and Reid hanging out at a sci-fi convention and meeting Rossi!!!!!  And Strauss.  Wait, ROSSI/STRAUSS!!!!! I don’t know how I feel about this!!!!

MORGAN AND PRENTISS HOUSE-HUNTING!!!!!!!!

SERIOUSLY, WHAT SHOW AM I WATCHING?!?! Is this like Criminal Minds: the Romantic Comedy edition?!?!?!?!?!

Bank robbery!

Will and JJ hand hold!

The look JJ gives Prentiss when she is offered a job at Interpol!

OMG Will!!!!!

And just the silence by the team after he was shot!

The explosion!

Morgan’s “Where’s Emily?”

Mention of Hotch’s ear!!!!!!! Continuity!

AJ was BADASS!!!!!!!!!

Prentiss, Will and the bomb! Seriously, SERIOUSLY! Prentiss disarms one timer and another one starts?!?!?!  This made me chuckle, LOL.

WILL AND JJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  “Ask me again!”

PRENTISS AND MORGAN!

MORGAN/JACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG JJ LOOKS GORGEOUS, both in the purple dress and the white!

REID SHOWING HENRY THE MAGIC TRICK!

EVERYONE DANCING AND PRENTISS WATCHING!!!!

PRENTISS DANCING WITH EVERYONE!!!!!!!

AWWH BUT LOOK HOW SHE DANCE WITH MORGAN WITH THEIR HANDS TOGETHER AND HER EYES CLOSED. AND THIS WAS PRENTISS’ FINAL SCENE.

AND THE QUOTE OVER THAT SCENE OF THEM DANCING!!!!!!!!!

Just in case anyone was wondering, I did enjoy the episode case-wise as well.  It wasn’t amazing but obviously nothing could beat all the TEAM INTERACTION AND THE SHIPPING and just the Will/JJ <3 <3 <3 <3.  THE ABUNDANCE OF CUTENESS!!!

Guys, Prentiss is leaving the BAU but her last ever scene on the show was DANCING WITH MORGAN AND THE SCRIPT WRITERS SAID THIS ABOUT IT:

AND THE QUOTE THAT PRENTISS SAYS OVER THAT LAST SCENE WHEN SHE’S IN MORGAN ARMS ………….

Dude, my little non-ship shippiness <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3.  And the fact that Morgan went house-hunting with her.  And THIS SCENE:

Oh Prentiss …. best character farewell ever!

Grey’s Anatomy: 8×24 – Flight

DEAR GOD THIS FINALE IS ACTUALLY REAL NO MATTER HOW MUCH I HOPED THE EPISODE WOULD END WITH IT ALL BEING REVEALED AS MEREDITH’S DREAM SEQUENCE.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!

Can I just say seriously, NO!!!!!!!!!!

I mean okay if it had to be one of the ones in the plane then I would rather it was Mark or Lexie than anyone else but now that Lexie is dead????  And the fact that she died relatively early in the episode?!  WTF was that about??!

NO. MY HEART IS BROKEN. I’ve always liked Lexie but never LOVED her but I always took it for granted that she would be around after Ellen Pompeo left to carry on the Grey name and SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?!  I never thought it would be her.

AND MARK’S SPEECH. HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I think I just fell in love with Mark Sloan.

And the tragedy that Meredith never got to say goodbye to her sister and the fact that I love Meredith/Lexie scenes and we didn’t even get one final one (although I get that having that Mark/Lexie scene was the most powerful option but I was still hoping that Meredith would get there right at the end and hold her hand whilst Lexie let out a final “Meredith ….” or something).

I love the interplay of Meredith etc. saving Mark’s life and Teddy saving the patient’s life with the same heart problem.  Nice touch show.

Who would have thought that Cristina would have provided the dark humour in this situation?!

ARIZONA AND MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  If the season premiere opens with Arizona coughing blood and then “dying” (no matter how temporarily) I am going to SCREAM.

Can I just mention how it’s amazing that all of them survived the initial impact of the plane crash? I’m just saying y’all.  Also, loved the flashback at the start to the pilot episode.

Teddy’s speech about Henry!!!!!! TEDDY’S SPEECH ABOUT TO OWEN ABOUT FRIENDSHIP!!!!!!  After like 2 seasons, finally a meaningful scene between them.

April’s speech to Jackson!!!!!!

Alex’s speech to Arizona’s voicemail.

WTF OWEN FIRED TEDDY? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!?!

AND THE EPISODE ENDED WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING WHERE THEY WERE OR THAT THEY HAD CRASHED???????? WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!

Okay I ended this episode knowing that Chyler Leigh was definitely not returning next season but WTF KIM RAVER’S IS LEAVING AS WELL??????? TEDDY IS ACTUALLY FIRED.  WHAT THE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Way to rub salt into the wound.  I cannot process.

Damn you Shonda effing Rhimes for making me feel things.  For getting every single piece of dialogue in this episode spot on.  I am super pissed at you especially for [insert character name] storyline though because I didn’t even know that was [insert semi-spoiler text here] until I read this (sidenote: I am so glad I avoided Twitter because I went into this episode completely unspoiled …. on the other hand maybe I could have done with the warning).

No other episode will top the Grey’s Anatomy Season 6 finale for sheer suspense but this tops that for the tragedy and for tying me in absolute knots.  I can’t even you guys ……  I mean I could just about make it over one thing if I knew that next season we would still have [insert character name] but now even the awesome news that the old crew is hanging around seems to be a very dim light at the end of the tunnel because I just didn’t see that one coming …..

And to think I’ve got to make it through several more finales this weekend ….. at least I know that nothing can possibly equal this for sheer HEARTBREAK.

It just doesn’t seem real.  And I know it could be worse but ……

I feel sick.

The Mentalist: 4×24 – The Crimson Hat

I have had huge issues with The Mentalist this season ranging from I can’t believe Jane got released from prison that easily to the fact that he is incredibly irritating, Libson and Jane still haven’t had a huge argument and she seems to just let him get away with anything, not to mention WTF was up with Rigsby and his whole baby storyline etc. etc.

Anyway, I decided awhile ago that I was going to finish off the season and not watch Season 5. I mean last season we had an AWESOME finale but Season 4 failed to live up to expectations so beyond watching the Season 5 premiere and maybe a couple of the “big” episodes, I thought I was done with this show.

Then I watched the finale and I hate hate hate hate hate how this show makes me watch 23 episodes which range from awful to mediocre and then tops it off with an episode like this. LIKE THIS.

Okay so my feelings for Lorelai started off as hating her on principle and the begrudgingly getting intrigued by her and then, yeah, the whole Red John thing. Kudos to the writing and the casting because the way it all went down, you could almost believe that that would be the type of woman Jane would be with if he really was having a mental breakdown.

No surprises that the breakdown was all a ruse to draw Red John out. When will Jane learn that Red John is cleverer than him though?!?! THE SCENE BETWEEN JANE AND LISBON IN THE CHURCH. The fact that she was so worried about him and couldn’t sleep after six months (heck, I know what that feels like). And everything she did for him. And just the whole worrying and the scene where she is walking along in the dark all sad.

Red John wants Jane to kill Lisbon to prove his loyalty to him. Yeah, JANE IS NEVER GOING TO KILL LISBON.

THE SCENE IN HER OFFICE. HE HUGGED HER AND SAID HE LOVED HER.

Okay, blatantly that wasn’t Rigsby lying with his head blown off on the floor.

LISBON ASKING JANE WHAT HE SAID BEFORE HE SHOT HER and him faking ignorance.

I love that the team still haven’t forgiven Jane and said that they are risking everything for Lisbon, not for him.

The whole Lorelai, limo, Jane thing – I did think that maybe it was Red John in there. I mean I knew we or Jane wouldn’t get to actually see him but I thought he was there so the fact it was Wainwright with a phone strapped to him did come as a bit of a surprise. I thought they were going to do that thing where they open the back of the limo and no one is there because Red John actually snuck off before the car chase.

How long can the show go without actually having Jane and the real Red John meet face to face though? I mean the whole bait and switch ruse is going to get old very soon. Just because they meet and his identity is revealed doesn’t mean he’s immediately going to be captured/killed.

So is Susan Red John’s mole in the FBI? I wouldn’t like to think so but hell with this show you can’t trust anyone.

Except maybe Lisbon. You can trust Lisbon.

THE SCENE WHERE LISBON SITS DOWN NEXT TO JANE AND HE JUST REACHES FOR HER AND HOLDS HER HAND!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh! They should have ended the season on that beautifully filmed shot.

Any bets as to how Red John is going to dispose of Lorelai now? OH ROBIN TUNNEY. YOU MAKE ME FEEL THINGS.

Grey’s Anatomy: 8×23 – Migration

Holy mother of freaking God – the promo for the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. WTF?!?!  I can’t even. If I am calculating this correctly, the only people on that plane who are the “options” are Mark, Lexie and Arizona, right? WTF?!?!  I am actually glad that Teddy isn’t an option otherwise I will be having breathing trouble right now.

Since when they filmed Shonda didn’t know who was staying or going does that mean the finale is going to end on a major cliffhanger?!?!

(Incidentally, ridiculously happy that I know Ellen and Patrick (and the others but I guess I could have lived if the others had decided to leave …..) have signed on for another 2 years before I watched this episode otherwise I would literally be having convulsions right now.)

Anyway, back to this episode ……. I loved the way everything played out.

First, I LOVED having an Arizona-centric storyline. I’ve waited for about a season and a half for her absolute awesomeness to shine through again and here it is. I loved her relationship with her brother’s best friend. It was heartbreaking. And that scene with Callie outside when she tells her never to leave her? I can’t even ….. <3 <3 <3.

Derek and Meredith <3. Yay for actually seeing inside the house that he has been building for her.

I have truly loved, even more than normal, the Cristina/Meredith friendship these last few episodes. The way Cristina was there for her when Meredith was sick whilst taking the boards <3 <3 <3. And that scene between them when Cristina told her that she wasn’t her person, Owen was ….. although it made me whimper, I was actually okay with it in the end because I think Cristina saying that was best for both of them.

I loved that Teddy/Owen scene when he tells her what he did and why Cristina is leaving.

The Alex/Chief thing was an interesting angle. I thought that Alex was going to be the one to fail his Boards until I remember they had him fail in Season 2 (or was it 1) so that would be too repetitive. Nice to see him come out on top for once. I loved that Cristina hugged him. It just said so much. On the other hand I also loved the scene where Arizona totally lost it and started shouting at him.

I don’t really have any thoughts on April being the one to fail her Boards except that if it had to happen to someone, I am so glad that it’s her and not anyone else (wouldn’t have really cared if it had been Jackson either – as you can see I am all about the old crowd).

Ben’s crossword proposal to Bailey was so sweet. Really liked Bailey in this whole episode actually. I felt so sorry for her at the end.

I really don’t care about Owen/Cristina. That’s pretty much the only relationship that I’m not even a tiny bit interested in. I’ve never been that invested in Mark/Lexie but I am kind of curious as to how that will go, ditto Jackson/April.

And now the wait is on ….. surely next week’s finale cannot top the Season 6 one?

(Also, if they kill Mark or Lexie, I may be able to get over it in good time but NOT ARIZONA OKAY.  NOT ARIZONA.)

Castle: 4×23 – Always

Okay so that episode definitely lived up to expectations.

Wow.

I say it every time but I watch Castle for the big episodes. Castle does the big episodes awesomely.

Where to start? RYAN! RYAN! WTF Esposito? Ryan was the only one who had his head on straight. If it wasn’t for Ryan then Beckett would have died, DIED. Am I the only one who thinks he’s the real hero in all this?!?! But I loved Esposito too. I loved the fact that Esposito and Ryan were both trying to do the right thing by Beckett in their own way. Loved the dynamic between the two guys in this episode.

Gah! I loved the Castle/Beckett moment when he invited her over to watch films and his surprise that she said yes. THE ‘I LOVE YOU’ SCENE IN HER APARTMENT. Perfection. Heartbreaking. GAH. Can’t really put my feelings into words.

Beckett sitting on the swings soaking wet! And of course the scene in Castle’s apartment. Yes she is ridiculously hot when her hair is all wet. Yeah, I noticed. I love that she was the one who initiated it all. I love everything that was said or wasn’t said. I love the way they filmed it. The hand-hold. ‘IN MY VEINS’ PLAYING.

I loved everything in this episode down to the scene between Beckett and the gang thug and the way they filmed Beckett chasing Evil Guy on the rooftop and the panoramic views.

It was one of those episodes where I would be quite content if the series ended right now because nothing that comes after can possibly live up to the “getting together” moment (and you all know my interest tends to quickly wane after a couple has actually got together). But still, excellent writing of the episode as a whole – usually episodes about Beckett’s mother tends to lose me with its complexity but even I managed to get my head around everything that happened in this episode and what it means for the future.

Train @ Eventim Apollo, London (03 May 2012)

The Train concert was so unbelievably awesome. Seriously, I can’t even describe. There’s something just so cathartic about screaming out song lyrics and jumping up and down and the pain in your legs and feet after standing for 5 hours.

Elle King opened the show. She’s an American folk singer. I’ve never heard of her but it was just her and a guitar plus her killer voice and it was a great way to start the evening.

And then Matt Nathanson came on!  The previous day he had tweeted that he had basically lost his voice and couldn’t perform in Paris but he came on and although he said his voice was pretty fucked, he still sounded absolutely amazing. I love how it was just him and a guitar and another guy and a guitar rather than a full back-up band. He told some rather lewd stories which were quite funny and he played lots of my favourite songs (‘Room @ The End Of The World’, ‘Little Red Corvette’, ‘Faster’, ‘Car Crash’, ‘Suspended’, ‘Run’, ‘Modern Love’, ‘Come On Get Higher’ and really got the crowd going.  I never fully realised how many of his songs are about sex until he started telling the stories about that. Also he swears a lot and talks about bodily functions.

His performance of ‘Suspended’ was magical when he got the crowd to sing the ‘sunshine’ bit.  ‘Faster’ – Loved his banter at the beginning about synchronised clapping

Oh God Train. TRAIN. I said last time that they were the best band/artist that I’ve ever seen live and that still stands. They are just so incredible.

They sang all my favourite songs from their new album (‘Drive By’, ‘You Can Finally Meet My Mom’, ’50 Ways To Say Goodbye’, ‘This’ll Be My Year’, ‘Mermaid’, ‘California 37’, ‘Bruises’ etc.’) and my favourites from Save Me San Francisco (‘If It’s Love’, ‘Hey Soul Sister’, ‘Marry Me’, ‘Save Me San Francisco’) and a few songs from their older albums (‘Get To Me’, ‘Calling All Angels’, ‘Meet Virginia’) and a really awesome Led Zeppelin cover.

There are two really complimentary reviews of the gig: Evening Standard and The Mirror. Both mention the antics of the drunken guy. Train always get a couple members of the audience on stage with them to sing and shake a tambourine during a song (this time it was ‘Get To Me’) and this time Pat picked this nice teenage girl and this drunken guy …. Who then proceeded to shake the tambourine against his crotch, even though Pat kept telling him to stop, and made some really lewd gestures to Scott the drummer. It was equal parts disturbing and funny. When the song ended Pat said that that was one of the worst things that had ever happened to him. LOL.

They opened with ’50 Ways to Say Goodbye’ and then went straight into ‘This’ll Be My Year’ which was so incredible I really wish there was a video out there of it. ‘If It’s Love’ was as awesome as it usually is live. I was so excited when they played ‘Mermaid’ and Pat played the saxophone <3. Pat got Elle King back on stage and they dueted on ‘Bruises’ which was wonderful.  ‘You Can Finally Meet My Mom’ was so heartfelt especially when he talked about his Mum didn’t get to hear ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ or meet his wife/kids.  Loved the way they started ‘Save Me San Francisco‘ (it’s really funny but whoever recorded this video must have been standing right near us because you can hear my friend singing at the beginning.  LOL!) and ‘Drive By‘. They played ‘Hey Soul Sister’, ‘Drops of Jupiter’ at the end and ended with ‘Sing Together’.

Such an amazing concert! It was literally perfect and just what I needed. I wish I could go to a concert like this once a fortnight or something.  Nothing can come close to hearing your favourite songs played live and that goosebump moment when the whole crowd sings along in perfect harmony.