Monday Night Dramas: The Following, Bones, and Castle

Two season finales and a clip show.  In one night.  Bam, said the lady!

All three of my go-to Monday night dramas had new episodes last night.  I was a little disappointed (read: left on the edge of my seat because of a cliffhanger I wasn’t expecting) in two of my dramas because of their finales, and a little disappointed in one because it was a clip show.  And I hate clip shows.

But let’s start at the beginning.

(Warning:  I DO plan to include spoilers, so if you haven’t seen these episodes yet, please come back.  Unless you like spoilers like me, then by all means, continue reading)

The Following

I can’t tell you how much I have a love/hate relationship with this show.  Sometimes it’s just so gory and dramatic it makes me not want to watch.  But then I MUST see what happens next just to resolve everything that has already happened.

Last night’s episode was the culmination of the entire season, where we finally get to see the “good guys” get saved.  Only, do they really get saved?

When we last saw our characters (last week), Agent Parker was being buried alive, Joe was stealing away on boat taking Claire to an undisclosed location that he would only tell his “followers” and Ryan, and Ryan was trying to redeem himself by saving everyone.  Kevin Bacon – I love you, I really do.  But you cannot save the world.  Even on TV.

So, while being attacked in the woods by a sniper after finally finding an almost legitimate location for Agent Parker, Ryan and Weston grab the sniper, beat him to a bloody pulp to make him talk, and drive to Parker’s location.  Only it’s a little too late, and by the time they get there, Agent Parker is dead.  In her coffin was a copy of Joe’s manuscript with the “final” chapter conveniently left out, which leads Ryan to abandon Weston in the woods and go off to find Joe before he kills Claire.

Cut to the lighthouse where Joe is keeping Claire and some random guy his cult paid to take a boat there.  Claire is crying because she feels responsible for the deaths of all those girls Joe killed.  He can’t bare to lose his spotlight, and kills the extra guy to demonstrate the difference between actually killing someone and what Claire had done, which was nothing.

Ryan gets to the “island” only to be drugged and taken to the lighthouse where Joe is keeping Claire captive.  Ryan makes jabs at Joe being a hack writer which sets Joe off and throws him off guard (allegedly) and they get into a tussle where Ryan is able to escape and chase Joe out to the garage.  Joe lights it on fire, and it explodes leaving everyone to believe Joe is dead, including his cult followers.  HOWEVER, whether or not he is really dead has yet to be determined because he could have switched bodies with the guy he killed.

Meanwhile, everyone has a false sense of security, including Ryan and Claire – but they are quickly attacked by one of Joe’s cult members who stabbed Joe and Claire, possibly killing Claire…

To be continued…

I hate cliffhangers.  I like the idea of setting up suspense and I like speculating on what’s going to happen next.  BUT, I don’t know if this show is being renewed yet.  Mostly likely it will, but as a midseason replacement like it was this year.  So that means I have to wait even longer to find out what is really happening.

Bones

Ugh.  I really do love this show.  And like many of the fans, I’ve been waiting FOREVER for Booth and Bones to be together.  And now that might not happen again.  Sure, they have a kid, but they’ve got some pretty serious stuff by the end of this episode to deal with.

So… this episode marks another return of the famed serial killer, Pelant, who is once again terrorizing Booth, Bones, Sweets and the gang.  Not surprisingly, he’s causing chaos by hacking into computer systems and wreaking some serious havoc on the Squints’ ability to solve their current case, which just so happens to be mimicking unpublished papers Sweets wrote.

This time Pelant seems to be targeting Booth using Sweets’ research.  He uses a surrogate to murder two FBI agents who were with Booth a number of years ago during an incident called Crystal Creek.  This leads the gang to believe that Booth is the target this time, and by the end, he somewhat is.  But Pelant has set up such an intricate plan that it ends up being Sweets that is the target.

In true rational fashion, Bones finally proposes to Booth using jerky, and of course Booth says yes.  Cue fangirl squealing.  Pelant doesn’t like the idea of not being the center of attention, and Sweets points out that Bones’ proposal is doing just that: taking the spotlight off him.

After wreaking havoc and Sweets being saved from the almost murder, Pelant contacts Booth and tells him that if he marries Bones, he’ll be killing five innocent people at the park.  Booth can’t ignore that, and that night at home he tells Bones they can’t get married.  But he can’t tell her the real reason.  He only says that she didn’t really want it in the first place and the fact that they love each other is enough.  Bones is heartbroken, and with good reason.  After making a carefully thought out, rational, Bones-like decision, her proposal was denied.

I read an interview online with the creator of the show who said that the relationship between Booth and Bones was never going to be easy.  And they have a lot to deal with going into next season.  The fact that they are lying to each other about the reason for not getting married and being okay with not getting married is something that will test their relationship.  But don’t forget about Hodgins feeling responsible for the FBI agents dying – he could have killed Pelant when he had a chance in a previous episode.

Yup.  I’m sad Booth and Bones won’t be getting married anytime soon.  Like I said, I’ve been rooting for them since the beginning.  They have an unconventional relationship which makes it exciting and unique, but it is also complicated.  And I guess if it was easy, it wouldn’t be as satisfying.  I’m just hoping for a resolution that comes quickly next season.  But we’ll find out in September.

Castle

And then there was one…

Beckett stepped on a bomb.  Actually, she stepped on the triggering device for a bomb while investigating a possible crime scene.  And therein lies a clip show.

While the gang and the bomb squad tries to diffuse the bomb, Castle stays with Beckett trying to keep her spirits up and focused on other things rather than a bomb exploding under her feet.  The reminisce about their entire relationship, from the time he joined the precinct as a nuisance tagalong writer all the way up to them finally getting together.

Castle was incredibly brave by staying with Beckett.  But I expect that from Castle.  After going through a few hairbrained ideas that turn out to be completely off track, Castle comes in at the last minute with a revelation about the man who set the bomb, with less than two minutes to spare.  As it turned out, the bomb was not meant for the cops, but instead someone who had information about the criminal’s son – and that was the code to disengage the bomb.

Not at all predictable, but Castle and Beckett are often in danger.  And I love the fact that Beckett didn’t die, and they didn’t break up as a means of termination to avoid a messy goodbye because of the bomb.  And it was nice to see clips I hadn’t seen before, as well as clips put together in clever montages showing the cute, funny, and serious sides to Castle and Beckett’s relationship.

Can’t wait for the season finale.  And I’m happy this wasn’t it.  Why waste a finale by doing a clip show… ugh.

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Celebrity Apprentice: “I’m Being Punked by a Jackson”

Another week, and another bad firing decision.  Although, again, I think Trump was right in saying he really didn’t have a choice.  La Toya was fired.  However, Trump said himself that had she brought Omarosa back to the boardroom, Omarosa would have been fired – and that would have been the easy choice.  But since she didn’t, and no one agreed with bringing back anyone else to the boardroom, La Toya had to go.

This week’s challenge was to created a live soap opera ad for some new Crystal product.  Stephen Baldwin and La Toya Jackson were the project managers, and both teams got to work with a real soap opera star: Susan Lucci and Jack Wagner.  The entire time, I really wanted Stephen Baldwin’s team to lose because I wanted to see him get fired.  In fact, him being the PM was hilarious because he was really being a dick the whole time and letting all the “power” go to his head.  Marilu Henner said it best when she said, “Stephen is an actor playing the role of a director.”  AWESOME.  And couldn’t be more on.  Even Penn had something to say about his managing style.  But in the end, the Crystal Light executives liked their soap opera better.

Trace Adkins had a major crush on Susan Lucci ❤

La Toya’s team was actually pretty good and had great ideas for their presentation.  The thorn in their team was, of course, Omarosa.  She complained and did the bare minimum while she was there, AND she tried to take off La Toya’s head a time or two.  But then… she left.  An alleged emergency with the estate of her late fiance.  And what it meant was that she didn’t contribute very much to her team.  Which would have been grounds for her to be fired – IF she was brought back to the boardroom.

The judges on Trump’s side of the table were Ivanka and last year’s winner, Aresenio Hall.  He was so cool.  He was fair and did his job without fighting with anyone – until Omarosa tried to pick a fight with him in the boardroom.  It was great to see him back because he really was that awesome.

Again, I think the wrong decision was made on who to bring back to the boardroom, and that cost La Toya her spot on the show.  What was funny was watching her try to flaunt her “Jackson” power.  Both her and Trump brought up the fact that she was fired, and she was brought back – a first in Celebrity Apprentice history.  She wanted to make more history tonite, and requested that she be granted the power to fire someone on her team.  She was ready to fire Omarosa.  Trump denied her, of course, and she ended up NOT bringing Omarosa back to the boardroom.  Considering a minute ago she was ready to fire her, I can’t see why she wouldn’t bring her in and put her on the chopping block.

Right before she was fired, and again during her after interview in the limo, La Toya said she didn’t bring Omarosa to the boardroom because she thought Trump was falling for her fake tears and dramatic attitude.  But Trump said himself that he would have fired Omarosa if she was there.  So initially, La Toya wasn’t taking any crap from Omarosa, but ultimately “backed down” from the fight by not bringing her back to the boardroom.  Clearly, the decision for Trump was easy, but it was the “weak players” to choose from that were the wrong choice.

What do you think of last night’s episode of Celebrity Apprentice?

Two and a Half Men, Ep 10.4: You Know What the Lollipop is For

I’d been seeing previews for this episode.  Mostly that included Miley Cyrus and her new hair.  And a tattoo.

Here is the CBS episode description:

 When Walden’s old family friend Missi (Miley Cyrus) comes to visit, he now finds her attractive at 19 but is horrified when she suggests he date her mom and starts feeling paranoid about getting old. Jake and Missi meet and fall for one another, but she ends their short-lived fling when she leaves to get back together with her boyfriend back home. Walden and Alan console Jake and the three of them bond over their relationship woes. …

 

The only problem I have with the description they give about this episode is that Walden and Alan never console Jake over Missi.  Jake and Missi hook up, and when he leaves, she says she has a boyfriend, and the episode ends.  We never see Jake being consoled. The only bonding that really happens is between Alan and Walden because Alan jokes about Walden’s memory loss.  Walden has a few good sight gags involving those jokes where he can’t remember what he was doing, why he was going upstairs.  He can’t remember what he forgot to remember.

But there are so many things wrong with this episode.  Aside from Alan wanting to creep all over a 19 year old Missi, he also wanted Walden to creep all over Missi.  And Walden was in a familiar situation in this episode.  In a 2004 episode, Camel Filters and Pheromones, Berta brings her 16 year old granddaughter (Meghan Fox) to work, causing all kinds of problems for the guys.  The twist is last night’s episode was that Missi wanted Walden to hook up with her mother.

I can’t say that I’m enjoying it this season, although so far it’s been better than last season.  Sadly, I think the show died with Charlie.  And the ratings boost was because of Ashton Kutcher, which is fine.  I’m not a fan, but he can be funny.  The show just isn’t what it used to be.  And Alan is getting creepier all around.  He used to be sad, but it was funny and not at all depressing.  Now it’s just beyond all that.

Will this be the last season?

Marathoning Felicity

Oh, Felicity.  You SUCKED me in.  I couldn’t pull myself away.

Or perhaps I should be blaming Hulu Plus… Either way, I got sucked in to watching four seasons of Felicity in about a week.  Yes, I can marathon shows like that.  It’s not that I have all this time to be doing it.  If I had to sit in front of the TV and do it, I don’t think I could – it requires an awful lot of time.  I blame the Hulu Plus app I have on my iPhone.  I can watch anything any time, anywhere.  So, yeah, I got sucked in.

Anyway… I got sucked into watching Felicity.  It originally aired from 1998 to 2002, and was supposed to follow one girl through college so you could see how college and New York changed her life.  Yup.  it certainly did.  I WAS  little curious about why it only ran for four seasons, so I did a little searching and came up with a bunch of crap about the stars wanting more money, or screen time, or something.  Then I found a comment on some site that said that creator JJ Abrams had only intended for the series to run four seasons and no more BECAUSE it was about a girl who’s life changed in college.  I’ll believe that before I believe some of the other things.

Well, back to my thoughts…

Basically, the timeline of important events goes like this:

  • Felicity followed Ben to New York, and college (UNY)
  • Felicity met Noel, her RA, who seemingly immediately fell in love with her
  • Felicity started “stalking” Ben, who wanted to date her sort of BFF, Julie (who was the… PINK POWER RANGER!  go, go, Power Rangers…)
  • Felicity met Elena who would become another BFF, along with Meghan, who was goth at the time, and everyone hated Meghan
  • Felicity dated Noel, but was still in love with Ben.  She tried having sex with Noel, but a fire in his dorm room put the kibosh on that
  • To change her life, Felicity cut her hair.  Short.  So short that it’s a pop culture reference
  • Ben and Felicity continued to work together at Dean & Deluca, while Noel and Felicity stayed friends
  • Felicity and Ben finally started dating, and she wanted them to move in together.  It didn’t work
  • Meghan and Sean, Ben’s roommate, started dating.  She became much more likable
  • Elena started dating Tracy, an uber-religious guy who wanted to be a virgin for his wife… until he went to Africa and hussied up with some chick
  • Julie left
  • Ben got protective-cuddly with the new roommate whose boyfriend had a drug problem.  Felicity was jealous
  • Elena and Tracy got engaged, but called off the wedding at the altar
  • Sean and Meghan got married instead
  • Noel married Javier’s cousin, and stayed married for a year to collect $50K, which he gave to Sean because it was “blood money”
  • Ben went to EMT training, and Felicity spent the summer with Elena and Noel
  • Felicity and Noel slept together
  • Ben found out and broke up with Felicity
  • During the groveling, Ben met Lauren, his father’s AA sponsoree.  His father had liver problems and was sick.  Ben and Lauren bonded, which made Felicity jealous
  • Ben knocked up Lauren, and she wanted to move to Arizona
  • Felicity got caught in a fire in the art room, and Noel saved her life
  • Ben got into a car accident with Lauren who was driving drunk and 8 months pregnant
  • Ben and Felicity got back together
  • Sean and Noel started a graphics business together
  • The gang graduated, and Felicity left NY to go home to Palo Alto
  • 6 months later, Ben is in Palo Alto with Felicity, Elena is “dead,” and Noel is getting married
  • Ben cheats on Felicity before the wedding
  • There is a series of flashback “fantasy” episodes which negates most of the timeline above
  • Felicity finds someone to help her get “back to the future,” where Noel is getting married, Elena is alive, Sean and Meghan are together, and Felicity and Ben get back together

Phew… that was quite a timeline for four years.  And it totally sucked me in.

Aside from the fact that I couldn’t get away from it, there were a few things I just couldn’t get over.  First, I always thought Felicity should have been with Noel.  Even thought the stupid flashback “fantasy” episodes pulled a “It’s a Wonderful Life” and killed Noel.  I thought she should have been with him all along.  Mostly because I thought Ben was a giant douche.  And he and Felicity kept hurting each other.  I mean, how many times can you hurt someone before you just throw in the towel…

I also hated that as the series continued, Ben and Felicity did more whispering than actual speaking.  Of course I had captions on, but I don’t think I really saw Ben’s mouth move once during senior year.  He had a funny way of speaking.  And Felicity opened her mouth, but no sound would come out.  Most of their scenes together were of them fighting in a whisper, or apologizing in a whisper, or having pillow talk in a whisper.  Seriously… speak up!

I hated the fantasy episodes.  Even though I thought Felicity should have picked Noel, she didn’t.  She chose Ben, and I accepted that.  I really didn’t need to see the what if about the whole thing.  Besides, I thought the writers really took the most possible dramatic ideas they could and made them happen.  Why couldn’t they have just been happy?

Oh, and the series finale was an actual clip show.  There were scenes with older Felicity trying to get back home, but she was telling the story of how she got to where she was, and unfortunately for me, that involved showing clips.

Overall, I like the show.  I remember liking it when I watched it the first time on TV.  I don’t remember seeing how it ended, but I do remember the bulk of everything else.  I read somewhere that it was on a few top 100 lists and was nominated for a bunch of awards for being the best show.  I have no doubt it was a great show.  I’m just not happy about how it ended.

What did you think of Felicity?

Because I actually Watched Snooki & JWoww

This is my obligatory I watch Snooki & JWoww post.  And this is me not openly admitting that I watch this show.  Because if I admit it to the Internet, then it must be true.  Because the Internet never lies.  Really.

So, we’re four episodes into this damn show.  And I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a train wreck it is.  Like, I can’t believe I waited and waited and was excited to watch this show.  Because I wasn’t.  I swear.  Please, Internet, don’t tell anyone.

Not gonna lie.  I’m really disliking it.  And I don’t know if it’s because the length of the show feels short or if this is a show about two genuinely obnoxious women who became famous for no reason, I’m having a hard time finding anything good about the show.  Other than it fed my obsession with reality TV.  Or the Jersey Shore.  Or both.

In this week’s episode, and actually a running gag throughout all the episodes thus far is Snooki telling everyone she’s engaged, and then pregnant.  Her Jersey Shore roommates came to dinner and they were less than accepting of this news, most of them being total jerks and making jokes about how she’s going to be divorced in a year, and having a baby isn’t a race – when the baby’s here, you’re not done.

Ok.  There’s a lot of crap in the media about Snooki, and she says some really dumb things that make me wonder about her ability to be a human, much less a mother, but I feel bad that her news wasn’t better received.  She was hoping for support, and all she got was crap and bad jokes.

Moving along.  They had a housewarming party, and it looks as though there is trouble in paradise for our lovely JWoww and Roger.  With the way he talks about not getting any, I’m not surprised.  But that would mean I actually care about this how.  Which I don’t, I swear.

So, next time on this show that I am not watching, Jenni is going to have some relationship issues, and who knows what’s going to happen to Snooki.