TSCC: The Mousetrap
I enjoyed this episode much more than the previous weeks, but don’t have many deep thoughts about it. I have a feeling that will change this week with what appears to be a Cameron-centric episode.
The one stand out element of the episode for me was watching various relationships begin to fall apart.
Charlie has lost his wife; another innocent victim of a war that has not yet happened. Who will Charlie blame for that loss? Himself? God? Sarah? All of them? And what will he do with his anger?
My initial response to the silence at dinner was that they were coming to terms with the death of Charlie’s wife. But, the more I thought about it, I think Sarah and John were dealing with the knowledge that they had lied to each other and the implications of that. John lied to Sarah to enjoy some freedom. Sarah lied to John in order to try and keep him safe. Yet, at the same time, she left the job of being his protector to someone else. There is no question that in a fight Cameron is physically more able to protect John, but now Sarah is making choices to help others. In some respects I feel that this is a good thing, it helps her hold on to her humanity. However, she is a mother who must be feeling she left her son vulnerable because, just for a moment, she put someone else first.
So neither Cameron nor John is attending school now? Yes, he’s sixteen and can legally drop out, but doesn’t that put them on the radar? And since Cromardie has a good sense of their general location shouldn’t they be pulling up stakes again? And how can Cromardie stay under the radar himself when the unknown actor he killed is now famous???
Fringe - I officially quit watching at 9:36pm on September 15th. Yes, I looked at the clock to note the time. Up until that point I had spent most of the episode either covering my eyes, shaking my head, or laughing. I never thought of Chris Carter having a lot of subtlety as a writer until I watched 1.5 episodes of Fringe. One of my favorite Fox Mulder lines came back to me, “If coincidences are just coincidences, then why do they feel so contrived?”
Another show I feel I’m done with. Well, I might go the Hulu route and listen to the episodes at work, but this show is not getting my undivided attention. I was completely bored by the first hour and scratching my head during the second. Bored and confused is not a good combination.
Nathan finds God after dying. Not only a tired old cliche, but I must ask why he didn’t have the epiphany all those times he almost died.
Dark!Future!Peter is kind of interesting, but I don’t like that the other Peter is trapped in the body of a villain.
Does anyone actually die on this show??? In addition to Nathan, Meredith is back. And Nikki survived *and* assumed a new personality and power. (So does each personality have it’s own power? And how is that possible?) Then there is Ghost!Lindeman. Sigh.
Mohinder is still an idiot.
But perhaps my favorite reveal was Angela Petrelli as Skylar’s mother. My theory is the roads of all the heroes lead back to the Petrelli family tree. If you don’t have a drop of their blood in you, then you are just a mere mortal.
I don’t know how I feel about the show this season. I didn’t dislike the first two episodes, but they just struck me as exceedingly average. My main gripe would be the cast is too damn big. I’d immediately vote Chase off the island. He seems the most isolated of the former ducklings. At least there is still unfinished business between House and Cameron and Cameron actually served a purpose in the season premiere, sharing the experience of losing her husband with Wilson and informing him that merely changing locations won't make the pain go away.
Sorry to any Cuddy fans, but I’d love to see her go. I’m bordering on hate with her. House walks out of the hospital and she doesn't even volunteer to help diagnosis his patient? And she tries to play psychiatrist and fails miserably. Ms Know It All wasn't able to see that Amber was not the issue.
At least one of the newbies needs to go as well. I’m indifferent to all of them so they can pull a name out of a hat.
While I know he’ll fail to extricate himself from House, I do like that Wilson is acknowledging to himself he needs to make changes in his life. My hope would be that he realizes House is his friend and needs him, but that he also needs to distance himself from the toxic elements of the relationship.
I always gird my loins when I hear the words “guest arc” associated with House, but I liked Lucas. Maybe it’s because he was working with, or for, House rather than being out to get him. And he seemed like a decent guy who was able to give House a fresh perspective on a few things.
Ultimately, I still love Hugh as House so I’ll stick with the series, likely to the bitter end, but it may be heading to a show I just enjoy watching instead of eagerly looking forward to.
The Mentalist - I spent most of the episode wondering if xwacky was enjoying it? ;) Personally, I liked it. I wasn’t blown away, but it’s promising. It’s like Psych only less screwball. Simon Baker carries the show, but they’ve assembled a supporting cast that shows signs of developing a good chemistry. The backstory feels a little heavy-handed. TV series now seem to believe that in order for a character to have a dark streak they need to have a tragedy in their life.
Zach is going to have to go. Much like what Joss Whedon did with Cordelia on Angel, the producers of Bones backed themselves into a corner with Zach and don’t know how to get out of it. They tried to retcon events in the season finale that no one was happy with by revealing that Zach is, in fact, not a murderer, just an accessory. But that creates another set of problems. Zach is now manipulating the system and people. He knows if the truth comes out he’ll be shipped off to prison where, let’s be brutally honest, he’s be beaten and raped by the end of his first day there and he knows it. And he’s put Sweets, a character I grow to like more with each episode, in a horrible position. Yes, he took an oath to protect his patient’s privacy (And why is Zach his patient? Did Zach request he be his personal psychiatrist?), but he works for the government and with Zach’s closest friends. In the course of one episode I went from feeling sorry for Zach to not liking him. I always found him naive and clueless, now he’s showing himself to be manipulative and selfish and with no remorse for his actions or the lies he’s now telling.
There were also many WTFs? I have a card I have to swipe to access various floors of the building I work in and there is no way I can swap out the magnetic strip. And even if Zach could get out of the mental facility that easily were the security at the Jeffersonian so happy to see him they just let him walk in? Then there was the get together at the diner. OK, fine, he’s there friend and they still care about him, but they are hanging out with and laughing with a guy they believe went nuts and killed someone. That sort of thing would make me view my friends differently.
I also watched the season premiere of Chuck on Hulu this morning, but I'll wait until tomorrow to post thoughts on that. I will say that I liked it, A LOT. :-)
And now I think I’m caught up! Phew! What to do next? Perhaps more fall cleaning (I skipped it in spring ;) or laundry. Or ordering more clothes since I’m trying to replace all the stuff I gave to Goodwill this summer.