Alfre Woodard. Superb finale which resolves much, establishes a new storyline and has a lot of sad scenes amid the twists and action. 10/10
Hospital. There are some lovely Lou/Ted scenes in this one. Very funny. But it takes too long to get going. The b-story (Mary/Murray) isn’t particularly strong and it gets too much screentime. Once Ted and Lou start to bond the episode is really enjoyable, but it’s also nearly over! And, after that, whenever we move away from the burgeoning friendship it is annoying. Because that’s what we want to see. 7/10
Review of: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
John Fujioka. Nice story, with a lot of care and attention given to the development of the Kuroda character since we last saw him, and his friendship with Steve. The bad guys don’t impact too much on the story, and it’s the only element of the episode that doesn’t really work. 7/10
Review of: The Six Million Dollar Man
Review of: Alpha House
- Trapping Jack in a bank hostage situation seems like such a lazy way to start a story, but it rapidly becomes a type of episode unique to this show. An episode with something to say.
- The guest performances from Matt Clark and Will Bledsoe are excellent.
- The juxtaposition between the actual event and the TV news portrayal is a bit too heavy handed to be fully successful, but the intent is so meaningful and sincere that it does a lot to make up for the shortcomings in the execution.
- Jack is perfectly in character here: butting in and generally being a nuisance.
- The closing monologue is particularly strong here. And Gary Cole is flawless in his delivery. You really feel that you are watching a special type of television storytelling here.
Aaron Douglas, Benjamin Ayres. Story is too convoluted, but (from the halfway point of the episode #) it gets so powerful and dark that it really doesn’t matter anymore. By the end, I wasn’t worried about how credible/likely the set-up was, I was just gripped/enthralled by the quality character work on Parker, and the heartbreaking ending. 10/10
Review of: Flashpoint
Julianne Nicholson. The case-of-the-week is fine, but it pales beside all the dramatic things happening to the regular characters. In that regard it is an episode of non-stop high points. And what about Matthew Perry? Gosh, but he makes for a truly despicable villain. I shouted ‘bastard!’ at the screen at one stage. Wow. 10/10
Review of: The Good Wife
Taylor Lacher . Fairly typical crime story, with some great characters and some great comedy and drama for them. This is one of the best episodes for Rocky, as we see him in bad shape at the start of the story and very much in need in Jim’s help. But, even the new character of the singer manages to get under our skin very quickly and - by episode’s end - we really do care about his fate and whether his marriage will survive. Good stuff. 8/10
Review of: The Rockford Files
Review of: The Days And Nights Of Molly Dodd
Abigail Spencer's hair in Rectify is PERFECT. That is all. #crush
Review of: Chicago PD
Jane Doe #38. A standard case-of-the-week is raised to being something special by the boundless humanity of the regular characters. They shine. And the show shines when it shows us that they care.
In other news: the show delivers another quality Sharon/Rusty story.
Review of: Major Crimes