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Flashpoint Season 3

So what the hell happened to Leah?  She came in to replace Lou at the end of last season and then disappeared without a trace by the start of the season.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t miss her presence and the show worked with the team as it is but still I would’ve expected some sort of explanation!

I don’t think anything is going to be able to match the first season in terms of cases but this was an okay season.

3×06 – The Other Lane – great case around Ed’s brother and how the viewer and the team were never sure whether he was a good or bad guy.

3×08 – Jumping at Shadows – Favourite episode of the season without a doubt.  Amazing little actress they found to play the girl.  Liked seeing Greg connect with his son.

3×11 – Terror –  When I read that this episode was a Jules-centric one I had high hopes but it was quite disappointing in the end.  It was good for some !jealousSam but the case was a bit boring.

3×13 – Fault Lines –  Victor Garber and the return of Officer Sabine who I really like.  It was interesting getting into the psyche of the team.  Was interesting seeing flashbacks to the cases that affected each of them the most.  This must be the start of Wordy’s illness that I read about?  Poor Ed, he’s had it rough this season. Yay for Sam/Jules getting back together.

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Combat Hospital: 1×13 – Do No Harm

I thought by its premise it would be Grey’s Anatomy in Afghanistan or rather Off The Map in the desert. Sort of is, sort of isn’t. It doesn’t have the hilarious witty dialogue and one-liners that Grey’s Anatomy is famed for, nor the constant sex but it does have medical stuff and camaderie.

It takes awhile to find its feet but once you get to a few episodes in, there are some really good episodes. It is, as you would expect, heavily focussed on the medicine and the war and the Afghan/western relationship.

Best characters / story arcs:

Will / Rafeeq

He’s a no-nonsense head Nurse who builds up a relationship with this Afghan orphan who doesn’t speak. It’s adorable.

Colonel Marks

Tough but fair boss.

Vans the Interpreter

He’s awesome. Not to spoil it but there is one episode that surrounds him that you will never forget.

Rebecca/Bobby friendship


She’s Canadian, he’s American. They come over on the plane together and have this endearing friendship and let’s face it, how many male/female friendships are there with no UST and no shipping potential?

Grace


She’s an Australian psychiatrist. She is awesome and Rebecca’s friend and roommate.

Simon/Rebecca



(He played the Prince in ‘The Prince & Me’ in case you’re a Julia Stiles fan like me …..  She apparently played Catherine in Hawaii Five-0 but I couldn’t remember seeing her at all.  Epic fail)

I said that this show wasn’t about romantic relationships and it isn’t but then there’s these two. Basically despite the playful flirting at the beginning, you begin to think that they are never going to go there (he’s a bad boy with a reputation and deep, dark secret as they all do … and she’s too smart for all that.  Plus they are trapped on a base in Afghanistan) and then in the last 3 episodes it all kicks off and they end up being OTP.

As to the finale itself – I can’t believe they killed Suzie. And like killed her outright – she didn’t even get a dying speech / will they won’t they save her moment.  I felt really sorry for Bobby as well – although everyone had a nice story arc, I kind of feel they left his story very much unfinished and this whole Suzie thing didn’t help.

Covert Affairs: 2×10 – World Leader Pretend

I really really enjoyed the season finale of Covert Affairs.  In fact I’ve loved pretty much every episode this season which is saying something considering I’d almost given up hope at the end of Season One.  Although some issues have been resolved (they’ve shoved Ben into the background and have finally gotten the case writing up to scratch), they still don’t seem to know what they’re doing with certain characters (Jai, Arthur, Danielle’s husband, Emmanuelle Vaugier’s character, Gregory Itzin’s character ……).

The opening ten minutes of the episode!  I was literally holding my breath waiting for the other shoe to drop and wait for whatever was going to go wrong to happen.  THEY PLAYED ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS OVER THE SEQUENCE – ‘Gimme Shelter’ by The Rolling Stones <3 <3 <3.  Full points!

I am so glad that Danielle finally knows that Annie works for the CIA.  I think the way she reacted was perfectly justified and in-character.  The heartbreaking moment was the last scene where they make up but Danielle says she still wants Annie to move out (something I can understand).

Annie/Auggie!!!!  The one thing that they’ve done really well this season is progress the Auggie/Annie friendship.  They are so adorable!  I need an Auggie in my life.


Covert Affairs: 2×07 – Half a World Away

I am really liking Covert Affairs this season (apart from the season premiere).  It gets even better when we don’t try to give Annie a new love interest every single episode and what has it been – 6 episodes in a row that we haven’t had a mention of Ben?  (Though, apparently this week’s episode is ALL about him to make up for it?  *sigh*).
I am loving all the cute Auggie/Annie moments, the fact that Anna Dudek is getting something to do, Joan being awesome, Jamie Alexander’s (2 episode?) arc.  However, last week’s Auggie-centric episode?  WOW.  It was possibly the most interesting hour of this show ever.  The story behind how he became blind <3 <3 <3 <3.
Anyway, yes, next week back to the Ben issue.  Every time he appears I really hope that the episode ends in his death.  It’s not even that I particularly dislike his character – I just hate that his character even exists.  Way to make an otherwise smart, intelligent, independent kickass woman a blithering, irrational wreck.  And I still do not buy the whole premise that Annie joined the CIA to track him down.  Seriously, who joins the CIA to find a one-off holiday romance – a childhood sweetheart maybe but someone you met on a beach on holiday?!?!  Ugh, this show has great characters, great potential, great individual episodes but is seriously flawed when it comes to long-term story arcs (like apparently Annie has this new boyfriend/love interest – the doctor guy and yet we haven’t heard/seen him since that one episode).  I sort of get the impression that the individual episode writers don’t communicate with each other, like the fact in the first 4 episodes of this season Annie had 4 different possible love interests in a row.  Give it a rest.  All anyone cares about is the Auggie/Annie scenes anyway.



White Collar: 3×05 – Veiled Threat

I really, really, really liked this episode. In fact I may go as far as to say it is my favourite episode of the series so far. I love it when my characters play happy families with each other and obviously this German U-boat treasure thing has been coming between Neal and Peter so it’s nice to have an episode which doesn’t mention it at all.

Then there’s Peter undercover. SO FREAKING FUNNY. Peter doing the tango. And whilst Neal Caffrey is probably (undoubtedly) the hottest guy on television at the moment, there is something to be said about Peter Burke in this episode.

Loved all the three guys undercover actually. I always like it when they give Jones something to do. Ditto Diana – I love Marsha Thomason and even though I think she does a dodgy American accent and I keep hearing the British, she is awesome. I loved that she bid on Neal to help him save face and Neal’s picnic that he arranged for her in thanks <3.

And Elizabeth, how AWESOME is Elizabeth?? They are my Coach/Mrs Coach of crime dramas – so adorable and perfect for each other and the fact that I can be positive that the writers are never going to make them cheat on each another. I loved how she was a mixture of worried, jealous and then the competitiveness came out. Loved that she went undercover too – wait, every main character went undercover in this episode! Has this ever happened in a crime show before?! Loved the improvisation that had to happen when Peter had to bring the black widow back to “his apartment”. Mozzie the butler! Neal/Sara hiding in the closet! Peter the “artist”.

In short, I don’t think any other White Collar episode has made me laugh as much as this one.

Chuck: 4×24 – Chuck Versus The Cliffhanger

Okay, call me confused but I thought the device was meant to kill someone almost instantaneously?  Wouldn’t Sarah be dead before they got her into a bath of ice cubes (I gather that slows down the effect of the device?)?  Oh wait, we’re not really meant to be too concerned with the semantics are we?

General has legs again!

So many cute moments …..  I know Chuck/Sarah have a lot of cute moments generally but man they were CUTE in this episode!  The opening scene in bed!  The dry run of the wedding!  Morgan talking to Sarah whilst she’s unconscious.

The way that Ellie tells Devon to take out the CIA guard all business like!  I LOVE that moment!  Awesome is so Awesome!

CASEY!!!  The CAT Squad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Casey’s “Russians …. so many Russians!”  Throughout this whole episode Casey was totally my favourite character.

LMAO!  The church sign!  TPTB are SO CRUEL!

OMG Casey’s crying!!!

OMG FLASHBACK MONTAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know they had to make the wedding as different to Awesome/Ellie’s as possible and they made this one ~serious~ rather than humorous but I still missed having a Jeffster performance!

I don’t like what Decker said about them all being pawns.  If what he says is true then it’s all other-worldly and confusing and brain can’t handle it and I don’t want to get into a situation where “Chuck/Sarah happened because it was planned”.  I mean WTF?!?!  Can we just ignore that whole conversation actually.

I also do not like that Morgan got the Intersect.  I have issues.  I think it would be an interesting/humorous way to end the series if this was the series finale and we didn’t actually have to explore Morgan+Intersect but having it play out on screen next season?  Meh.  Can he have it for like 2 episodes and then have it suppressed and given back to Chuck?

I do quite like the idea of Chuck/Sarah/Casey being freelance spies and the fact that Chuck has a hell of a lot of money.  Also liked the way the Volkoff storyline played out and it ended with him definitely being good and not becoming evil again which I feared throughout the whole episode.  I mean overall the Volkoff storyline turned out the have a pretty good ending – the fact that he was actually a good guy and it was all a persona due to the intersect?  Nice twist.  I think the whole Vivian Volkoff thing was a bit meh but even that turned out to be okay in the end.

However, I’m going to be honest and say that I am so glad that this was not the series finale because it was a little anti-climatic; I have enjoyed pretty much every other season finale more than this one (not to say I didn’t enjoy this one but you know, if I had to rate them) which was weird because this one was THE wedding, what the show has been building up to for 4 seasons and I just didn’t feel it.

It was heavily focussed on the spy stuff (I like the spy stuff but not the OTT stuff like the motorbike and the Russians parachuting in) and Decker – too sudden introduction, not enough funny Jeffster moments and not enough use of the minor characters: Buy More, Alex, CAT Squad.  I am disappointed, not majorly so, but I do think that the episode where Chuck/Sarah get married shouldn’t be the same episode where they spend time and energy setting up the “gamechanger” – not enough screentime to do either one justice.

Grey’s Anatomy: 7×22 – Unaccompanied Minor

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re just not going to enjoy an episode?  Well, that’s how I felt going into this.  I was wrong though.  I did enjoy it.  A lot more because I had so low expectations!  In fact I will go as far as to say that this was my favourite episode of the show for a VERY long time.  Shocker right considering that I think most of you guys disliked it?  Also, as someone who has watched the show for Meredith and Derek/Meredith from the Pilot, how could I be so happy given how that relationship ended?

I have faith.  They will end up together.  And they have been through a LOT worse.  And considering how much Derek apparently loves Zola, he WILL get over it, even if it takes some time.  That’s all that needs to be said.  I’m a believer.

Okay so the Meredith/trial thing?  It wasn’t as painful as I thought the reveal would be.  I liked that Meredith wanted to keep everyone else out of trouble and that she was willing to take the consequences.  I was quite surprised that Alex so quickly became the one who did something wrong.  I get Cristina hating on him but I was quite surprised that Owen said what he did to him.  Obviously major Derek/Meredith fallout but I was prepared for that.  I understand why Derek feels the way he does but I am with Meredith on this – life is more complicated than black/white and the fact it was Adele DID make a difference and that doesn’t make her a bad mother.  Guys, she has matured so much!  The fact that Owen called her the only universally liked individual kind of says it all (though really doesn’t that award go to Arizona because she’s never had anyone hating her apart from Callie).

What I want to know is whether this is the end of the whole matter?  Meredith is suspended, end of story or is she going to have to suffer additional punishment.  I want this to be the end with some small mention about the trial being stopped or whatever at the start of the season.

OR does this mean that the whole hospital is going to lose its FDA approval and Chief’s clinical trial is going to be shut down and therefore this will affect Henry’s survival chances …………!

Cristina’s pregnant?  Meh.  She did get points for telling Owen because for a moment there I thought she wasn’t going to and then the angst would come next season from her guilt.  The way it all played out?  Very true to their characters.  Cristina has not been in my good books a lot lately but I love that she stuck to her guns.  The sheer horror of her having a baby just to please Owen and then obviously realising that she still didn’t want a child when she had a child was something I always feared for Arizona.  Now with Arizona that’s never going to happen because she HAS to love the baby to stop Mark basically replacing her.  With Cristina, there is no way she could have a baby.  I knew that and if she did then I would just be waiting for her to start regretting it which would be even worse.  So, yes, I am totally on Cristina’s side on this. Of course she could have been a bit more understanding to Owen’s wishes but, hey, that’s Cristina.  However, it needs to be said that I do see Owen’s POV as well, I can understand the frustration of loving someone and wanting to be with her no matter what but the pain of her denying you the one thing you’ve always wanted.  I felt sorry for him.  But he knows Cristina, does he really think he can change her mind about this?  He’s a bit naive.  Isn’t he more worried that she agrees and then regrets it later?  What kind of life for them would that be?  It’s an impossible situation really.

I thought that Cristina was going to have a miscarriage when she kept talking about needing to lie down but that would be repeating Season 2 / Meredith’s storyline last season.  Hmm.  There is still time for that to happen or for her to possibly change her mind about having the abortion though I don’t really see that happening in a realistic way.

Sidenote: I thought Cristina was an awesome friend to Meredith in this episode.  That scene at the end where Meredith asks her why she didn’t tell her and she says “well, you were having a bad day” gets major friend points.

Mark/Lexie – I’ve never been invested but I quite liked Mark in this episode and that speech that Lexie made about always loving him and always coming back to him <3.

Avery/Lexie – Ditto above but it was cute when she looked at him through the window.  Again the whole situation doesn’t really make me feel anything one way or the other!

Avery/April – That scene was cute.  Poor April!  The shock of realising her new friends will hate her!

Callie/Arizona – So glad that THE BABY wasn’t mentioned though was a little surprised that we didn’t even get a glimpse of them at the montage of the end.  Surprised but not disappointed.  I adore Arizona but any chance the threesome could take a month long hiatus and not be on our screens for the first part of next season?  I like them more that way.

Eli/Bailey – I’ve had issues getting over seeing that actor as a crazy serial killer but I really really liked him in this episode.  That end scene where they talk about meeting Tuck <3 <3.  I finally approve.

Alex/Lucy – That hurt.  But kind of nice that she didn’t turn out to be 100% a bitch who stole his job?  I mean there were feelings there.  Shonda said that if Rachael wasn’t going off to a new show then there would be hope for them longterm and I would have been okay with that.  I mean she seems like she could have been okay in comparison to some of Alex’s previous love interests …..

Alex – Turns out that I liked him in this episode.  He gets points for trying to rectify his betrayal and let’s face it, at the nub of it, he did the right thing (for the wrong reasons) and he got a lot of crap for doing so!

Meredith/Zola – Wow, unexpected cuteness.  I never really saw it before but that scene where she takes Zola home and talks to her?  I finally see Meredith being an okay mother.  This episode made me love Meredith more.  She stuck to her principles but she didn’t want to get anyone in trouble.  The thought of having to take Zola home and suddenly be a mother by herself freaked her out but she did it anyway.  The only thing was that I thought she was a bit insensitive at the end when Cristina told her about having an abortion and then Meredith was like “come upstairs and help me with the baby”.  WTF?  Heh.

Teddy/Henry …………….. <3 <3 <3 <3.  Gah!  I have been preparing myself for their break-up for WEEKS and then THAT happened????  I don’t think I have EVER been so surprised to get a happy ending (at least for now) as I have just then.  Seriously, I wouldn’t say that surprise was quite as big as the one The Mentalist gave me but guys, I have been preparing myself for this episode to signal the end of my beloved ship for so long that it never occurred to me that it wouldn’t happen.  All I’ve ever heard from Shonda is that there is no place on this cast for someone who isn’t a doctor and I get that, I respect it, but are you telling me that halfway through next season Henry is going to die or that Henry/Teddy are going to break-up?  Because do I have to fear that from now on or do I get to enjoy blissful Henry/Teddy being happy without worrying about that?  STILL, POSITIVE THINKING GUYS.

The way it was all done though.  The first scene with the whole rockstar comment and the fact that he makes he laugh a lot.  Then the scene where he was angry at her which broke my heart but was so powerful and then the last scene ……….. <3<3<3<3<3.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW SURPRISING AND HAPPY THAT MOMENT MADE ME.  I kept checking to see how much more of the episode we had left and worrying whether we were going to get another scene which somehow counteracted the flailiness but no, nothing!

Although, for that moment after they kissed I felt for sure it was going to be a “hahah yeah, I love you but clearly we have no chemistry and we’re better as friends” moment.  I think I saw that in a romcom once and it has broken me.  Seriously, that thought actually ran through my head.  But then she spoke!  And said she was falling in love with him!  And I just melted into a pile of goo!  I love these two an insane amount.




















I AM SO OBSESSED!  I haven’t been this ship-obsessed since Michael/Nikita thoughts started to form about October time.  THESE TWO ARE ADORABLE.

 

TVLINE | Speaking of guest cast with pilots in play: Did you have psychic intel that Scott Foley’s CBS show wouldn’t get picked up??
No, and let me tell you, we were holding our breath. I wish all the best for Scott, but we were holding our breath. We fully planned to go forward with [the Teddy/Henry] story in a slightly different way if he had gotten another television show, but we knew we were ending it this way no matter what.

TVLINE | So Foley will definitely be back next season?
I am very hopeful that we will see him again.

DEAR GOD I HAVE NEVER EVER BEEN SO HAPPY THAT A SHOW DIDN’T GET PICKED UP.

The”case”?  I’m not going to lie, that scene in the cafeteria where the woman who had just lost her son wants to stay for the unaccompanied minor and then everyone else does too.  It did move me.  There were almost tears.  It’s her!  The mother!  The one who doesn’t actually look like Robin Tunney but looked like her in that one episode of Criminal Minds.  Holy crap all these strange characters are having an affect on me!  I actually just fell in love with them all.  I had that a TV show has made me have faith in humanity again.

Okay so next season has the potential to be a much better season than this one.  Shonda said that because it may be the last season for the original cast (don’t make me deal with that situation), the focus is going to be on Meredith, Cristina, Alex and Derek.  That’s what the focus of the show should always be on for the most part.  You know how much I love Arizona but my God did the Callie/Arizona/Mark drama ruin this season.  I mean, dude.  And then there’s of course going to be Henry/Teddy WHICH DOESN’T INVOLVE IN HIM DYING.  I AM WARNING YOU SHONDA.  If there has to be a death, you better give me ONE WHOLE SEASON of fluff beforehand.

Man it just occurred to me that there were a lot of weddings in this season.  Four weddings, 3 of which were between main character/main character.  Is that a record for a show?

Criminal Minds: 6.24 – Supply & Demand

KEVIN!  Was wondering when we were going to see him again!  Glad to see he and Garcia are still together and no one felt the need to break them up just because they’ve been together for 3 seasons.

I also like that Gideon gets a mention now and again.  Some shows just like to deny the existence of past characters.

I’ve seen that actress playing that Agent Andi Swan somewhere …. hmmm.  I definitely liked and felt sorry for her character.  Can she please be a recurring character showing up maybe twice or thrice a season?  Possible love interest for Hotch?

Interesting case!  Can’t believe that twist with the girl being part of the abduction ring.  So glad that they saved the FBI agent and killed that awful twisted leader girl.  Also, it was kind of nice not have have a *major, epic, finale* with a member of the team in danger since we’ve always had that and already had that with Prentiss a few episodes ago.

Please give Ashley Seaver something to do.  There is currently absolutely no point to her character at the moment, especially since she will no longer be the “token female”.  So frustrating because the writers should be going out of their way to make her character especially likeable.

Okay, so JJ didn’t really contribute to the fact that this was an interesting case for once but still.  Hahaha!  At the shot of her legs!  Waiting in Rossi’s office!  JJ’s coming back!

I can’t wait to find out what the deal is with Strauss and what Hotch is up to.  Is anyone going to leave the team, even for a bit?  Clearly they should kick Ashley Seaver out as she isn’t contributing anything to the team and they could save money there.  Overall though this episode has left me feeling optimistic that this show can get back to its old self.

Hawaii Give-0: 1×24 – Oia’i’o

Danny/Rachel <3 <3.  Okay I don’t like that they’re doing it behind Stan’s back and I thought they wouldn’t reach that stage until the next season but <3.  WTF??  She’s pregnant???  What is it with the two new shows I am watching this season moving at warp speed.  SERIOUSLY?!?!? I mean obviously I find them cute and adorable but pregnant?  Moving back to New Jersey??  Dude, we’re only at season one.  They do get points for not playing the “I don’t know whether it’s yours or Stan’s card though”.  The ending?  “Danny doesn’t love me and left me at the airport” drama already?!  I love these two but can we go back and explore the bit in between Rachel/Danny hating each other and Rachel/Danny sleeping together more??  Remember those days when my ships took at least 2/3 seasons to get together??

The money!  The Governor!  The exploding car!  Kelly Hu!

God I love the theme tune!

When I heard mentions that the Governor was coming back I knew she would be behind it all!  I didn’t expect (but not entirely shocked) her getting killed though.  Was it mentioned that someone got killed in spoilers?  If it was then I would’ve put money on her as it’s far too early in the show to touch Gracie or Rachel.

Poor Kono and the whole money thing!  Just as Chin is in the clear!

And can we just take a minute to appreciate how Danny took everything in his stride.  Wow.  If I were him I’d probably be freaking out at this point.

Wow things are in a bit of a mess aren’t they?  Can’t wait to see how things work themselves out.  It was an amazing episode all around.  I probably need to rewatch the season to fully appreciate it more and follow the threads through about Steve’s father’s case.  I like how they didn’t exactly end it on a major life/death cliffhanger but still obviously left you wanting to see the next episode right away.

Castle: 3×24 – Knockout

I’m not as obsessed with this show as everyone else but wow they do the “big episodes” well.  That’s when they really deliver, that’s why I keep watching.

I don’t think I breathed during the opening ten minutes.  Wow.

Sidenote: Does anyone think that the title credits music is totally inappropriate for episodes like this?  It’s kind of cheeky and cheerful and totally disrupts the mood.  They should do what other shows do and get rid of the title sequence for episodes like this or just have a black screen with the name of the show at the bottom for a couple of seconds, minus the inappropriate music.

I’d actually forgotten a lot of the stuff to do with Beckett’s Mum’s murder so I’m glad we had that mini-summary courtesy of the whiteboard.

Gosh that Castle/Beckett moment in Beckett’s apartment.  I loved Castle there, loved him and it’s very seldom that I feel that way about him.

OMG Captain Montgomery <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  His speech to Beckett!!  I have a sense of FEAR AND FOREBODING.  I’m going to be right about him being killed, right?

Oooh when I heard that someone was going to die, I thought it was going to be him and I also thought there might be more than meets the eye.  But still, WOW.  This isn’t quite as bad as the whole Zach storyline on Bones and way more believable but, you know, bold move writers, bold storytelling.

Ryan/Esposito!!!  That scene outside of the bar is just ….. there are no words.

MONTGOMERY!  Castle/Beckett!

Okay, clearly Beckett is not dead but woah, I was NOT expecting that ending.   I thought that the climax was the Montgomery thing.  See the trouble with having an ending like this is that you know Beckett’s not dead, you know who wanted her dead, you know that (probably) the next season it will open a few weeks into her recovery / her first day back at work after recovery.  If they’d shot, I don’t know, Esposito or Ryan then it would be more of a cliffhanger.  Of course, the real cliffhanger could be “did Beckett hear Castle say ‘I love you’?”.  My money is on she did but she will act like she didn’t for as long as possible.

Can I just repeat how much I love Castle in this episode because I think it needs to be said, especially from me.  Best episode ever?  Yes, in terms of writing, how gripping it was and just, well, everything apart from the fact next season there will be no Captain Montgomery.  *sniff*