Friday, September 9, 2011

What I'm Watching Now #10 (September 9, 2011 Edition)

This week was a light offering.  I was hoping it would be filled with extravagant season finales, but alas that was not the case.  Due to the Labor Day weekend, Alphas and The Big C did not air, so there isn't too much to write about here.  Regardless of the lack of offerings this week, here is what I'm watching now.

Ratings Legend:

*Don't waste your time
**Some people may like it, but overall, it's not going to change your life if you watch it or miss it.  Shows between 2 stars and 3 stars are on the line of watchable.
***Solid, watchable show.  If I give something 3 stars, I think you can safely watch it, and usually enjoy it.
****You should definitely watch this show, at least once.
*****Why are you not watching this show?

Mondays:

The Closer (TNT, 9pm EDT)****
Most recent episode rating-****

It was really hard to come up with this week's connection between The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles, so I'll do the best I can.  I'm going to call this block "It's Not What It Seems Monday".  The writers of this series evidently think it is fanfrikkintastic to make every episode's case have a parallel with Brenda's big case.  This week's episode would best be described as beware of what you sign.  People are always out to screw you, and we all know how The Closer will end (this is the last season, after all).  The regular case was kind of lol, and speaks to the culture of anyone trying to get famous, by many different types of means.  Brenda's case had the opportunity to be settled at a bargain basement price, and she even signed the settlement, without consulting with her attorney.  You'll have to watch the episode to find out what was really up, but when paired with my title for this week's block, it should be pretty easy to figure out.

I'll make a little aside, here, about reality TV.  Prior to reality TV (I won't name names), parents used to often try to live through their children.  They would try to make their child the sports star, or actor they wish they could have been.  With reality TV, those people now have their chance to shine.  This is why I hate reality TV.  That really didn't have much to do with anything, but it was fun writing it.

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 10pm EDT)****
Most recent episode rating-****

A female dock worker has been murdered, and everyone "knows" who's behind it.  We also find out that Isles's dad is like the head of the Irish Union mob or something.  If you're wondering how Isles's stick up her butt mom would have ended up with that guy, I'll let you take a guess.  Otherwise, you'll just have to watch the episode.  Remember what the name of the Monday block is, and you'll be a step ahead of our heroes.

Wednesdays:

Necessary Roughness (USA, 10pm EDT)**
Most recent episode rating-**

Callie Thorne must have some kind of hold over the audience for this series, because Necessary Roughness is super lame, and really shouldn't be renewed.  However, its ratings are very solid, which means it will certainly be back for another season.

Here's the episode breakdown:

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Thursdays:

Burn Notice (USA, 9pm EDT)*****
Most recent episode rating-**** 

It was summer finale night on USA, and I have to say it was pretty disappointing.  When we get to the point that all people are trying to do is make an exciting cliffhanger for a series that resumes at some point in the future, we have all failed.

This was, however, a very interesting episode in the Burn Notice progression.  The episode was directed by Matt Nix (the creator of the series), and it should give us a very good idea of where this series is headed.  For about three seasons, it's been clear that the spy thing has really taken a back seat to the other cases our heroes do on the side.  In the case of this episode, I got the distinct feeling that Matt Nix is not at all happy with that direction.  My guess is that next season is going to be filled with spy stuff (I'm not talking about the extension of this season that starts in November), and that the series will likely end after that season (sorry Alexis K., but it really feels like this summer season finale had a purpose).  I, personally, would prefer they just do the cases that are in between the spy stuff.  That stuff is so fun, and so humorous, that the series couldn't go wrong going that way.  However, Matt Nix appears to have drawn a line in the sand, and the spy stuff is where it appears to be going.

In this episode, one problem ends, and another big problem begins.  I won't spoil it for the fans, but there is some really unbelievable stuff in it.  The thing that Fiona says, that basically sets up the Fall season of the series, was recorded on a device 50 feet away that the villain is holding.  Yes, we are required to suspend our disbelief that Michael and Fiona don't just take the device away and break it.  If they did that, though, there wouldn't be a reason for all the stuff they'll have to go through in the Fall season.  So, I guess we have to give them a pass.  These faux season finales sure can be a letdown, and the summer finale of Burn Notice didn't feel like much of a finale, even though it had a cliffhanger.

Suits (USA, 10pm EDT)****
Most recent episode rating-***

Yeah, this season finale really went down as a dud.  It kind of ended the way it started, with a weak episode.  Does anyone else find the relationship between Mike and Jenny to be rather revolting, and unnecessary?  Well, I guess if we didn't have it, we wouldn't have the opportunity to have Trevor return from Montana to eff up Mike's life.  I've seen series where people are just written out with no explanation.  Why don't they do that with Suits, and get rid of Trevor and Jenny...mmkay?  It makes no sense that Trevor is back, since Harvey made it very clear that he needed to stay in Montana.  Trevor has no idea that Mike is with his ex-girlfriend (Mike sabotaged this relationship, originally), and when he finds out, things get ugly.

I've already made it clear that I believe Jessica already knows Mike is not a real lawyer, so it will come as no surprise that the cliffhanger doesn't scare me in the least little bit.  If Suits had been canceled after the first season, that would have been an awesome series ender.  Unfortunately for them, it was picked up, and I know that their cliffhanger is stupid.  I have said time and time again that this series is being wrecked by the fake lawyer story line, and I thought we were done with it several weeks ago.  I don't understand why this series keeps going there, but it does.  Please bury this story line once and for all when the series comes back.

That's it for what I'm watching now.  I hope it wasn't too bad of a read.  Thanks for reading.

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