TV Thoughts of the Week: Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, and more!

[This post refers to episodes that aired from March 18, 2012 to March 23, 2012]

Hola everybody! This week was the big ‘A’ reveal on Pretty Little Liars, and it received mixed reviews. On One Tree Hill, Dan Scott the man that couldn’t die for the past 8 seasons finally went out with a tearful goodbye. After all of that, I say the highlight of my week was probably How I Met Your Mother because it’s awesome and I missed it. All drama shows make me enjoy the comedies more than usual. Read on to hop into my brain and see what I thought of  TV this week:

Once Upon A Time, Ep 16 “Heart of Darkness”

Started out AWESOME! I love the whole ‘red riding hood is a wolf storyline’, and it was such a treat that the ep started out with her turning and going all badass on those knights. The episode also features what having love and not having love can do to a person in the fairytale world, and the importance of teaching the audience that ‘Evil isn’t born, it’s made’. How funny was it when Charming kissed Snow and then she proceeded to knock the living daylights out of him? Fast forward to the part where she does remember him, I take note that true love really is strong because that was not in any way a grand kiss but it managed to do the trick alright. In the grand scheme of things, David remembered some of his fairy tale memories but he’s got them completely confused with Storybrooke memories. To that I say: ‘Dude! In your memories she had long hair, Mary Margaret has short hair!!’. But then again, it’s a completely valid reaction to be uber confused so I guess I can cut him some slack. I will NOT cut him some slack for not believing in Mary Margaret though. She’s right, she stuck by him and then he didn’t do the same. Men, i tell ya. It’s the reason we need a fairy tale world, to believe somewhere out there, there is a Prince Charming. At the end, Rumple got his sweet lookin’ potion of love and Mary Margaret escapes her cell. Now on to the whole ‘Katherine is missing’ storyline. If that is her heart, we know she’s alive because Regina hasn’t squeezed it to dust right. All she needs to do is come back to Storybrooke to prove it, then this whole storyline can wrap up and we can all move on because it’s getting a bit too draggy for my liking.

How I Met Your Mother, Ep 19 “The Broath”

Amazing episode. Just the best. It had EVERYTHING. Let me repeat, EVERYTHING!!!! How could it not? The episode was written by Carter Bays & Craigh Thomas themselves! They are going to be revealing Barney’s wife at the season finale, and as much as I want it to be Quinn, I’m going to be uber cautious and not jump into things. So cautious that I’m still leaving Robin on the table. You never know with How I Met Your Mother (which is why they are awesome).

Pretty Little Liars, Ep 25 “unmAsked”

Season finale and MONA IS ‘A’. Or at least part of Team ‘A’? It’s really crazy that there’s actually a TEAM out there who seek to ruin the lives of these “Pretty Little Liars”. The girls also got their love lives back on track….except Emily who has to supposedly deal with the death of Maya now. How horrible is that? I can’t believe they would do that to Emily, to any one of them actually. It’s all about raising the stakes now i guess. You uncover one of the members of Team A, and we kill one of your loved ones. Yup, that’s totally scary. Speaking of scary, HOW CREEPY IS IT THAT JENNA IS PRETENDING TO BE BLIND WHEN SHE CAN ACTUALLY SEE IN ONE EYE?!! I hope there’s some psychological problem with Jenna, because I took comfort in the fact that Mona has multiple personality disorder and an IQ to turn her into an evil genius instead of her just being sane and doing all those things. What’s going to happen next season though? The girls will get another text from A and the first 2 seasons repeat itself? It’s going to be interesting when season 3 starts, the slate has been cleaned and things are fresh…except for the whole ‘dead body’ part of course.

Smash, Ep 7 “The Workshop”

First thing first, if you haven’t heard, Smash has been renewed for a second season. Congratulations to them, I am just glad that a show I’m watching hasn’t been canceled. Anyway….so this week on Smash was family day for me. Everybody came to the workshop to support their loved ones. Although, Ivy didn’t really see it that way. Julia was not all smiles this week as opposed to last week. This whole Michael and Julia thing is like a roller coaster. One minute their happy, next minute their not. Make up your minds! Meanwhile, Ellis shows off his trademark move by snooping his nose where it doesn’t belong. When he told Eileen, and she told him to never repeat those words again, OMG I WANTED HIM TO REPEAT IT SO BAD. He needs to go away. During the workshop, Karen still managed to be the second center of attention next to Ivy, which is ridiculous. I’m on Ivy’s side on this. Towards the end, Team Houston-Levitt made a “creative decision” to fire Michael. I don’t really have any strong opinions about this, just hoping that he’s not completely out of the picture. I doubt he is, they kept Karen when she wasn’t cast as Marilyn and they refuse to kill of Ellis even though a lot of people hate him. Focusing on Marylin: The Musical, the workshop didn’t go as great as everyone would have liked. This would have to be one the reasons why I’m so interested in the show. It’s a look into Broadway, and all the hardships that come with it. I always knew that Broadway is super tough, but seeing the process is knowledge. Of course this is a TV show not a documentary, so everything isn’t fact, but they are pretty close to it.

90210, Ep 19 “The Heart Will Go On”

Alright, a 90210 episode worth talking about! This episode was definitely a step up from last week’s mostly because Raj came back. And then he left. Then things got incredibly sad. On top of that, the show also managed to leave us curious about billionaire PJ and Naomi NOT finding true love. Solid episode. You know when Ivy left to get Raj water, IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT RAJ WAS GONNA DIE WHEN SHE CAME BACK BUT STILL SO SO SAD. I feel calm with the fact that Raj did not die divorced, and that Ivy lost her husband that day not her ex-husband. It’s nice. In other news, next episode we find out if Silver has the cancer gene or not and possibly more scenes with Annie and her new man. Also, if Liam was so bad in acting, how on earth is he in a movie? It does not make sense.

One Tree Hill, Ep 11 “Danny Boy”

While the thrill, suspense, and danger of the first 10 episodes are over. This episode leaves me in awe in a different way. Like Haley said, closure makes a difference. Dan finally opened up about Keith, and he died a redeemed man. Keith had the best line of all: ‘Don’t worry little brother, you’re my plus one’. I loved it. Intertwined with flashbacks from earlier seasons and visits to see Dan one last time, this episode was a fitting goodbye to the man we have all known to hate at some point. And at the end, it was a tribute to Paul Johansson’s mother who had passed away when they were shooting the episode.

P.S: I feel so sad for Brooke, and I was totally screaming with her when she asked why her father didn’t love her.

The Vampire Diaries, Ep 17 “Break On Through”

Lots of Damon for one episode, no one’s complaining of course. Damon trusted Sage, which didn’t really go his way, but he’s Damon. He has the ability to turn things around and the ending was awesome because he and Stefan were all armed to kill some originals! Woot-woot! Don’t want Klaus to die but yayyyy more badass episodes! Stefan also had an awesome scene where his vampire face peeked in but then he kept control and chose to save someone’s life instead of having lunch. Meredith totally owes him. But before that, Elena and Stefan found some of Alaric’s documents. This whole Alaric murder spree thing makes me feel so betrayed. It’s like we didn’t know Alaric at all and the first 2 seasons mean nothing. Alaric used to be one of my favorite characters, but now he’s all secret murderer and he has the worst haircut in town. Yes, it’s the rings fault, but can’t Bonnie find a way to make another ring that has the same function but does not turn people psycho? We got to see Jeremy again and I missed him! And I do really hope that he’s ‘gone out with his friends’ instead of going out to slay somebody.

The Voice, Ep 8 “The Battles, Week 3”

Wow, CeeLo did what he does best, gave us a performance to remember. Erin Martin vs The Shields Brothers. To quote Adam, it was SO WEIRD! It was more scary than entertaining for me. The Shields Brothers were right to twist Scott Pilgrim vs the world to make it Erin Martin vs rock and roll; because it really was like that. I preferred The Shields Brothers, i wished CeeLo picked them. But were we really surprised when he didn’t? She’s “interesting” and he likes that, but it’s unfair to just say that because Erin really does have a unique voice. For me, I really didn’t enjoy Erin at all, I liked her blind auditions but I did not like this. Next performance was No Air from Team Christina which was the least entertaining performance of the night. It was boring even though Christina wanted a performance so bad. You know what was a good battle? Angel Taylor vs Katrina Parker. I went in not choosing any sides. It was hard for me to determine the winner and these are the sort of fair battles I enjoy watching. Adam made a good call on this one (from picking the competition to picking the winner). Same goes for Team Blake’s Gwen vs Erin “We Belong” battle. Erin’s voice was amazing yeah (I wasn’t expecting to like her so much). Pip won his battle, which I expected, but still happy because Pip…well, he’s Pip.

Extra notes: Doesn’t Robin Thicke’s hair just look like the perfect gelato? Kelly Clarkson has got to be the most enthusiastic adviser ever. It’s so amusing that she loves The Voice so much when she came from Idol.

That’s it for the week folks! Thank you for reading and do leave comments below on your opinions and thoughts of the weeks’ episodes.

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