Well, TGIF, and that we have a long weekend to recover from life happening all week, right?
As promised, I’m here today with my annual Season Finale Roundup. This is the entry where I give you my thoughts on the TV shows I watched this season. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the 2013-2014 season.
The “Show that Knocked My Socks Off” award goes to:
Arrow. The second season did a great job building off the first. There was great character development, great plot development, plenty of action, and reminders every week that you don’t have to have a gun to be a bada** and archery can be awesome. I love it. A must see every week. I’m looking forward to Season 3.
Game of Thrones. I know their season isn’t over yet, but I finished reading A Storm of Swords, so I pretty much know where it’s going, and it’s going to be good. Both the books and the TV series are fascinating. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. You just never know what’s going to happen next, which is what makes it so addictive.
The “Well Done” award goes to:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Like many people, I was lukewarm about this show – until Captain America The Winter Soldier gave us some (ahem) new things to consider. That was the plot twist it needed, and once the Hydra threat was unveiled, a lot made more sense. I understand they had to hold back because of the movie release, and they really are in new territory with linking a TV series to movies. So far, so good with that, and I’m interested to see where this one goes in Season 2.
Breaking Bad. I know it was actually a summer 2013 show that wrapped before this television season opened, and I did blog about the opener and finale for the season. I just wanted to give it a mention here because it was great at maintaining the momentum right through to the very end. I miss this show.
The Things that Make You Go Hmm award goes to:
Supernatural. This season was a letdown for me. It had great potential, but it seems they fiddled and farted it away – until the closing scene of the finale, which held a shock and irony factor that will bring me back next season. Let’s hope they’ll do something better with it for Season 10.
The Americans. I’m still trying to figure out what the point of this season was. Was it all setup for Stan to make his huge moral decision over whether to betray his country or his lover? Or was to set up the “second generation illegals” program? That was a heck of a reveal in the finale and, perhaps, the only thing of substance to happen this season. I’ll have to consider whether to give this one a try again when they start Season 3.
The You Deserved to be Canned award goes to:
Revolution. This show never really captured me, but Rick liked Season 1, so I gave it a try. Over the past couple of months, we both lost interest. There are too many changes in alliances on the show, which makes it virtually impossible to determine who is and isn’t likeable, much less what the heck is going on. That, plus it aired at the same time as Arrow, which is an undeniably strong show. And seriously, if I have to choose, I go with the superhero over the fickle paper dolls every time. Here’s hoping J.J. Abrams will funnel his brilliant energy into Star Wars Episode 7.
The Tomorrow People. I didn’t make it past episode 2. It just didn’t work for me, because it was too cliché and predictable. Then again, it might be that it was made for a younger audience. I guess I wasn’t the only one that thought this, because it’s not coming back for another season.
The I Didn’t Make It award goes to:
The 100. I didn’t make it past the season premiere of this one. I think it was for a younger target audience, much like The Tomorrow People. Plus, all of the characters are criminals, so you aren’t dealing with the salt of the Earth. It’s hard to relate to them when they all piss you off in their own unique way. I don’t know if this show got renewed, but as a writer I’d highly suggest that they give at least half of the characters some redeeming qualities.
Reign. I intended to try an episode of this show, but never did because a friend told me it was basically a PG version of “Game of Thrones.” Well, forget that. Once you’ve been to Westeros, the rip offs are weak and lame. So I saved myself an hour there.
All Things Considered:
I’ll definitely tune in for Arrow, Game of Thrones, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. next season. Supernatural is on probation, and The Americans is a maybe. As for the new offerings for the 2014-2015 season, nothing is really catching my eye. I’ll no doubt give The Flash a try. I also heard that Marvel has an Agent Carter show coming out, but that one got more of a groan out of me than anything. I guess we’ll see.
Now that the shows are in reruns (except Game of Thrones, but it only has a few episodes left), what will I do with my time? Writing. Nonstop to Nowhere, my piece for the Nightlife Anthology coming out later this year, is on a June 30 deadline, and the proofreads just came back, so I’m starting back on that. Obsidian, the sequel to Move, is also in progress, and I plan to work on that once Nonstop is ready to go. I’d really like to have Obsidian ready for proofreads by October, so that will probably be my big summer project. I also want to finish reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I just started A Feast for Crows, so I’m well along, with only 2 books left. It looks like I’ll be writing and reading this summer, which is pretty much what I do every summer.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup, and this season of television. Here’s hoping you find great things to do this summer while the reruns free up a lot of our time. I’m sure our television friends will be fine without us for a few months. And we’ll be fine as they rest, too.
That’s all today. Have a Happy Friday and a safe and fabulous Memorial Day weekend.