TV Thoughts of the Week: Grey’s Anatomy, Smash, The Voice, and more!

[This post refers to episodes that aired from March 11, 2012 to March 16, 2012]

Hey everybody! A week of tv gone by, albeit not necessarily the best week, but it had its good moments. Especially in the beginning; the middle and the end sort of dipped a little. So without further ado, here are my thoughts:

Once Upon A Time, Ep 15 “Red-Handed”

OMG so much better than last week’s episode! Red/Ruby is awesome. And looks way prettier in the fairy tale world than in Storybrooke. We learned how Red met Snow and the importance of the red hood, which was really cool. As in, a hood that makes you NOT turn into a crazy human-killing wolf. Yes, that is definitely badass and super useful. All throughout the episode, I kept on thinking about the Red Riding Hood movie, the one with Amanda Seyfried in it. That movie is uber creepy and pretty messed up, but I was happy to see OUAT go a different (and more awesome) route as to who the wolf really is. The wolf looked pretty good as well. But that became sad really quickly when she unknowingly mauled Peter, the love of her life, to death…that was a really emotionally charged scene which wrapped the whole episode together. One of the most interesting storylines in the fairy tale world so far.

The Voice, Ep 7 “The Battles, Week 2”

When I think of a battle, my brain enters super mega destruction mode. Like a real kickass battle where people fight to the death. And so when I think of the battle rounds on The Voice, I seem to always want to watch this really loud song where the contestants are at each other’s throats and you can really feel the power and the excitement because that is just my perception of a ‘battle’. This week though, one battle managed to completely satisfy me without fists and fury that come alone with the word ‘battle’. And that battle is this one: Charlotte Sometimes vs Lex Land. Pumped Up Kicks is something I love to hear, so that already got me in the right mood for it. Then you got these two brilliant UNIQUE voices which together sort of changed my feel of the song. I LOVED THIS BATTLE. Going in, I wanted Charlotte Sometimes to win, but coming out, i was on team Lex Land by then. And I understand why Blake didn’t appoint her the winner, she gets nervous easily, and Charlotte Sometimes is more fun and that’ll help you in the live performances. If you haven’t seen it, please check out this battle. Okay, on the other battles…..uhm, I like how Cristina picked Sara instead of Jeff to win. Oh, and they did the whole Miranda Lambert calling Lex before the battle rounds thing again. It’s annoying. It’s major product placement and it’s like their trying to make Miranda Lambert ‘the coolest advisor on The Voice’ ever. Don’t get me wrong, it is actually very nice of her. But like, why you wasting precious minutes on this? An episode is already long enough. Kim Yarbrough vs Whitney Myer? Oh, we all knew Kim had to win, it’s just sad Whitney was collateral damage. I’m actually very happy with Cristina his week, she picked Lindsey Pavao as winner in her battle, and that’s great because Lindsey was one of my favorite blind auditions.

Smash, Ep 6 “Chemistry”

History is made at night, so close the books, turn off the lights, and LISTEN. Let my heart be the teacher, no one here to disapprove, as we review the lesson you’ve been MISSING. Let the moon be our only light. Cause history is made at night.

Stuck in my head all week! It’s a really beautiful song, and Michael’s voice is nice and deep. Turns out this show really is ADULT GLEE. Because this week, they really managed to put the adult in it with ADULTERY. It was crazy, and something I did not get at all. As in obviously, it’s not something I can relate to. And with that, I decided that Smash got way too adult for me this week. It’s not like I haven’t seen adultery before, Grey’s Anatomy HELLO. But Smash did it in such a different way. 2 weeks ago, I was logical about the whole Michael & Julia relationship, stating that they both have families. Then last week, I was all swept up in that kiss of theirs. Then this week we’re supposed to get on board with the fact that one kiss leads to adultery? And even after they did the deed, they were smiling about it. Like i said, I don’t get it. ALSO, yes, magnificent job doing it on the couch which all of us (including you) will most probably be seeing every episode. I think they (the show) rushed into it too fast, like give us more stolen looks and forbidden passion scenes to really make us like Michael & Julia before you let them commit adultery. I don’t know though, they could be going somewhere really good with this and I guess all we can do is just wait and see what happens next. Other notes: What, is Ellis Eileen’s assistant now? What on earth is happening!? TOM, keep your assistant in order!! (or better yet, FIRE HIM). Oh, and it took Ivy major mood swings and drugs to tell Derek off. Which was a pretty sweet and amusing scene. They ended the episode pretty abruptly for me, I still thought there was more and then my screen went blank and I was just stunned for a minute because it was over.

Cougar Town, Ep 5 “A One Story Town

JD/Zach Braff on CT!!! They kept him under wraaapppsss, I read all the spoiler news and saw all the spoiler pics that Scrubs was invading CT this week, but they didn’t tell us about JD! Oh, it was such a great surprise!

Modern Family, Ep 18 “Send Out The Clowns”

DUNPHY FAMILY FTW!!!

One Tree Hill, Ep 10 “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

I was tweeting while watching this week’s episode, so you can check out my timeline for extra insight and in the moment emotions. Anyway, Dan might be dead, and I’m going to say it you guys; he’s definitely redeemed himself for his previous sins. If you really think about it, who else would do that for Nathan? And when Nathan shot the Bad Guy, Bad Guy said what everrryoonneee was thinking: ‘Like Father, Like Son’. We have officially come full circle.

This scene was beautiful:

Was so nice to see Clay being healthy and finally moving on from Sara and that part of his life. Even you didn’t hear what he said, the scene already looks so beautiful which is why I included the screenshot in the first place. I…don’t like Quinn, BUT she is good for Clay, so maybe she’s not so bad after all yeh.

And then there was the whole Xavier attack scene, in which everyone was actually glad to see Tara. Thank god Brooke is safe. It crossed my mind that they could potentially kill her off, WHICH WAS A TERRIBLE THOUGHT so yay for Brooke not dying!

What I’ve learnt from this episode and I guess the season so far IS: the law is stupid. and if you want to get rid of bad people, I guess we’ve got to do it ourselves.

I’ve been keeping count of the reveal of the mysteries they showed in the first episode of the season, and as off this episode, all 6 have been revealed. Wow, episode 10 is super pivotal. We have 3 more episodes till THE END. And after this episode, I assumed that all the thrill and mystery would be sort of over. BUT THEN, I saw a sneak peek on TVLine from next week’s episode and I’m so happy to see that their keeping the thrill going!!

Grey’s Anatomy, Ep 17 “One Step Too Far

It took a patient losing her speech to get Derek to realize that MerDer are just not destined to work together?! UNFAIR. AND SAD. BUT THAT IS THE POINT. I LOVE GREY’S ANATOMY! You all watched the scene with Morgan & Alex in the meeting with Arizona, Callie and Teddy right? I was grinning at the thought of a new romance between Alex and Morgan (that is her name right? sorry if isn’t). But towards the end of the episode, grey skies entered the picture and that is NOT a good idea apparently. And now the sad and DISAPPOINTING part….Owen admitted that he did in fact cheat. What happened? I always believed Owen to be the good helpful army guy he is. Sure, he’s made some very controversial and questionable decisions in the past. But he was always a good guy trying to do his best…and his defense for cheating is “it hurts to love you (Christina)”. Who do you think he cheated with? I’m opening the possibility of it just being a random chick but hoping it’s someone we know because that would be excellent drama.

Private Practice, Ep 17 “The Letting Go

Erica’s going to die. After facing death, then getting awesome surgery and beating death. Death comes back. Talk about a cruel destiny. The best scene was when Mason ran out of the room towards Charlotte as he kept saying ‘I didn’t cry’. And then they show Cooper in the background and his face like that. Owh, just gut wrenching that was. Moving on, Amelia kept on mentioning that the baby was conceived while she was doing drugs and all sorts of things. Logically, her baby has chances of being born abnormally…but the question is, are they going to go there?

The Vampire Diaries, Ep 16 “1912

We’ve seen how awesome TVD episodes can be…this one fell short, no? The only reaaalllllyyyy important part is when we find out that the ring Alaric wears is turning him into an absent-minded killer. And Meredith Fell is a really confusing person. Hoping to see Caroline and Klaus next week, i miss them!

Nikita, Ep 16 “Doublecross

Nikita’s back! Yayyy!! Okay, let’s get to it….so Carla is dead? I’m very doubtful of deaths lately, and thus finding it a bit hard to believe that Carla is dead. She’s such an important part of division, and Nikita. And we only got to see her a few episodes…and now she’s dead? I don’t see how she can be NOT DEAD because Nikita closed her eyes and everything. But…yes, for some supernatural reason, I am just not convinced. How immensely complex (and smart) was Nikita this week? I like that she can be the badass killer we all know and love AND the loving, do-the-right-thing, caring, apologetic person that has brought all these people together to fight against Division. It started out with her, and now we have Alex, Birkhoff, Sean(?), Ryan (he lives! yay!), Michael, and Owen fighting the same cause. So yea, we have definitely come a long way and Nikita has grown. And then there’s Percy, who is super elusive.

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. More shows return next week and there’s the season finale of Pretty Little Liars, so whatever you do, don’t stop watching TV.

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TV Thoughts of the Week: Gossip Girl, White Collar, One Tree Hill & More!

Hey there! Sorry it’s been a while, just a lack of inspiration lately and a lot of schoolwork. Thank god this week of TV broke that spell. It’s been a good week, not as many shows as usual, but all really good quality content episodes. Let’s get started shall we:

Gossip Girl

When did Gossip Girl get so entertaining? This has got to be my favorite season of GG so far, ever since the 100th episode, the show has definitely moved up on my list and it’s now a priority to watch. I enjoy all the Blair plotlines, she’s really shined this season and Serena is sort of put on the back burner (and not really happy about it); but it’s fair if you take into account all of Serena’s major plotlines which have a giant range where as in Blair’s life it’s mostly about the men and the power. I FINALLY like Charlie/Ivy now that she has all the money. She talks about how the Rhodes are the nicest for taking her in, and it was mean to blatantly kick them out. I get it though, they have accused her of so many things, and it’s time to play dirty. Serena’s dad is Lola’s dad?! That’s weird…that’s a weird family.

House

Park on LSD. Nuff’ said. Plus, anytime we get to see Dominika is always fun.

The Voice

The blind auditions have officially completed, and next week the battle rounds start. It’s going to be great, but so many tough decisions. The judges have been picky this season, and it’s resulted in a lot of amazing talent. When they showed the recap of all the contestants on each team, I remembered almost all. So yeah…go unique people!

How I Met Your Mother

Aren’t Barney’s storylines always the best? I loved all the quips he made at the last scene in the coffee shop. Overall, the whole episode was good. Any episode that moves towards the main storyline is just nice to watch. Extra information: they are going to be revealing Barney’s future wife at the end of the season (or sooner) if I’m not mistaken.

Smash

Adele. Done. (I really wish I didn’t have anything else to say right now…) Anyway, Ivy is only sleeping with Derek to get some feeling of being “safe” right? And the whole Michael and Julia major eye contact in every scene….you think they’re going to pursue that? Both of them have families and they’ve gone down that road before….i guess at the end of the day, passion is passion. Do you guys like Ellis? I hate Ellis, and bare with me on this mini rant I’m going to go on now. He’s so frustrating, like I see why the show needs him – he’s a catalyst so other things can happen. I totally understand Julia’s point of view. You’re Tom assistant’s, maybe you should assist more instead of eavesdropping and stealing!! Do me a favor and go away, Ellis.

White Collar

ohhh myyy gawdd! WHAT AN AMAZING SEASON FINALE! Can you believe it’s been four seasons? I feel like it was just yesterday that we all saw Neal breaking out of prison. Neal’s family storyline has been opened up, and their probably going to slowly uncover his roots in the next season. Peter signalling Neal at the end was perfection. Kramer can suck it!! Alas, things have ramifications in the FBI so we’ll see what happens next season. Another thing i specifically enjoyed about this episode was this:

He looked so good at his commutation hearings! I love his eyes.

Modern Family

Fun of them to issue the “women on their mensies” problem haha. Phil, as usual, was stellar. He really is the star of the show i tell ya.

Psych

Back with season 6.5! My favorite episode of Despereux so far. Was interesting to see Shawn crumble when death strikes. Lassiter was mean, as usual. I would’ve enjoyed more Jules-Shawn time though.

One Tree Hill

I have an issue. We are seeing Haley going through the worst time of her life, and everybody else is just pitying her. Yes, obviously she’s affected the most but come on! All of y’all are Nathan’s best friends, where’s your remorse? Also, anyone else get teary eyed during Haley’s voiceover before checking the body? Nathan is such a great guy!!!

This Xavier guy needs to get gone folks, what if he attacks Brooke again :[ this week, they also brought back a slew of characters, which just translates into “farewell! we’re leaving your tv screens real soon” for me.

Last week, I tweeted:

Boy did that come back to haunt me this week (And yes I know ‘mental hospital’ is not accurate). When they showed that flashback, and Logan’s name written on the wall in the form of clouds….my heart sank into stomach. Thinking about it now as I’m writing it, my stomach just feels sick. Clay forgot he had a son. I really don’t know what else to say. And I’m not dissing this storyline, I’m in awe in the face of it.

Chuck watching Chase beat his father to death….yea….I see why they couldn’t show us Nathan in this episode, there were just too many other things going on.

Update: 5 out of 6 mysteries solved. We have seen: Haley at the morgue, Chase in the police car, Quinn & Clay fighting, Brooke trashing a place, and Julian getting beat up. Only thing left is the Dan & Chris Keller connection.

5 more episodes till the series finale, start saying your goodbyes/obtaining all previous seasons of One Tree Hill to re watch.

That’s all for this week, quite a bit of shows are on a short hiatus so next week won’t be packed as well. Thanks everybody!

TV Wishlist!

A while back my favorite tv reporting site (TVLine) asked us readers to send them a wishlist of what we wanted when TV returned.

Well, here’s mine:

  1. I wish Once Upon a Time would show more scenes in the fairy tale world. They’re more interesting to watch and the back stories of the characters interest me more than what is going on with Emma and Henry.
  2. I wish Pam Fryman, director of himym episodes, would join the twittersphere because she’s like a legend. Directed over 100 episodes of himym. She gets the job done in a really epic manor. And most of all, it’s because in one of the blooper reels for himym, Jason Segel and Josh Radnor were laughing and one of the voices in the crew said that they’re going to call pam fryman (was really funny). She’s super respected and I would like to read what she has to say on twitter.
  3. I wish someone could kill Klaus so Tyler would be free and then he and Caroline can go back to having a vampire-werewolf relationship. Or maybe Klaus can just free Tyler, I don’t really want to see Joseph Morgan gone from the show like Daniel Gillies.
  4. I wish Hayley or Alex would get a boyfriend. Someone Phil doesn’t like. It’d be funny to see how he would handle that situation.
  5. I wish Hilarie Burton would come back to Tree Hill with Chad Michael Murray. PLS PLS PLS!!! It’s the final season, if Lucas is coming back it’s only fit if Peyton does too. I get that she has scheduling conflicts or whatever BUT come on Hilarie Burton! Tree Hill is like your second home, or at least it should be. meet the fans halfway and appear for one episode.
  6. I wish Cristina and Teddy would band together against Owen. I love Major Hunt, but when Grey’s comes back, I see him only focused at being The Chief because things with Teddy and Cristina are both going to be super tough. A hate relationship between Cristina and Teddy is worse to see. And more Arizona-Teddy friendship scenes. (I miss Scott Foley already)
  7. I wish Amelia would see Sheldon as more than just a friend on Private Practice. He’s exactly what she needs + he’s like the nicest guy ever. Don’t hurt the poor guy.
  8. I wish people would stop trying to benefit from Alex’s messed up mind on Nikita. It’s really sad to see, she’s so tortured, and so many people don’t even help. Does anyone truly care? I DO and I would rather see her happy than Michael and Nikita together (they’ve gotten quite boring).
  9. I wish the Chuck cast would make special appearances in other tv shows once the series finishes. Just like how the CT cast are doing now.

TechnoCastle’s Top Duo Showrunners!

“A showrunner is the person responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television series, having both producing and writing responsibilities.”

1. Carter Bays & Craig Thomas (How I Met Your Mother) 

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas met at Wesleyan University and have been friends since. Writing partners for 15 years now, their first job was writing for The Late Show with David Letterman just three months out of college. They have been nominated for six primetime Emmy awards for their work on How I Met Your Mother which started in 2005. Basically, these guys are the best. Great writing philosophy, funny men, inspired minds, and caring hearts. They can’t imagine running the show without one another, and they are intent to stick with HIMYM till the end.

2. Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl)

At 26, Josh Schwartz became the youngest person in network history to create and run a show (The O.C. in 2003), and I don’t know about you but this guy is a BAMF in my book (and I haven’t even started on how good The O.C. is). Stephanie Savage served as a producer and later on a writer on the show and it is from here that they started their partnership. Hart of Dixie, a new show starring Rachel Bilson, is not created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage but they serve as executive producers on the show and have had a close relationship with Rachel Bilson ever since The O.C.. I love this creative collaboration because these guys have worked on so many shows together ranging from one side of the spectrum to the other, it’s really just freaking amazing.

Side note: Josh Schwartz runs Chuck with Chris Fedak.

3. Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries)

Based on the book series by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries has given The CW network seriously fantastic ratings (some of the best in network history). You know if that’s happening, it means that these guys can BRING IT. The show even has their own Wikipedia page for “List of awards and nominations received by The Vampire Diaries”. Apart from the success of the show, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec are great on twitter, they’re great at comic-con, and they have dubbed each other their unofficial “life partners”.

4. Steve Levitan & Christopher Lloyd (Modern Family)

Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd individually have achieved so many things in their career already, I think Modern Family is just the awkward but funny cherry on top of the Emmy cake (they too have their own Wikipedia page for awards and nominations – it’s longer). Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd have very different approaches and personalities, it’s when their different paths meet and sync up where the genius is created. They officially joined up as partners in 2006 and together they too also have their own production compnay.

5. David Shore & Katie Jacobs (House)

David Shore controls the writers room, and Katie Jacobs runs everything else. They never really know what’s coming up next on the show, they have this set formula of how the episode usually goes and then somewhere along the season there’s this complete change and they try something new and extreme. 8 seasons in, and these guys aren’t bored of House, they’re still looking to learn more about him and it really shows commitment. Their proud and happy of their work, and the medical cases in each episode have an extra bonus of bringing awareness to people.

6. Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story)

In 2003, Ryan Murphy created Nip/Tuck (and got his first ever Emmy nomination from it). Brad Falchuk was hired to write for the show, and formed a close bond and partnership with Ryan Murphy. They are the closest of friends and Ryan Murphy is a P O W E R H O U S E!

Follow a few of these talented people and more by following my list of showrunners on twitter.