Absolutely delighted to see this show back. The cast are marvelous and it always makes me laugh. This premiere is one of their funniest episodes: with good gags and some nicely set-up comedic situations (I particularly loved Harry becoming a stalker, and everything that happened in or near the car). The show’s romantic undercurrent is more obvious, too. A definite plus. 9/10
- The show has confidently established it’s unique brand of crazy.
- Padraic gets as much screentime as the main character, so it’s essentially a show about two boys now. Which works for me.
- This episode, much like the season premiere, gives nearly everyone in the (large) cast something to do.
- This episode barely played the nostalgia card at all (unless you count Padraig’s dodgy music references!).
- Disappointed that we didn’t see as much of the victim as usual, which is one of the show’s trademarks.
- Glad to see Warren Christie join the show, but the supposed friction with his character and Flynn seemed forced and took up too much screentime.
- Predictable or not, the end of the story packed an emotional punch.
- Possibly the first time Rashida Jones has been really funny on this show!
- The Leslie and Ben storyline was funny and intelligent.
- The Ann and Chris storyline went to a very obvious place, but provided some quality laughs. Particularly from Ron who stole the episode.
- The April and Andy storyline was also predictable, but it was funny and and sweet.
- Craig was back! Yay!
Level X. Another strong episode, where all storylines move forward and revelations are made, but the mysteries get deeper and deeper.
A lot has changed since the first episode. The show has confidently created a world and populated it with a large cast of fascinating characters. On every level this show succeeds. 10/10
Impressive action, which is virtually non-stop. And present day scenes that are knee-deep in unbearable tension. Remarkable.
It’s an episode of firsts. We get to see Oliver as The Arrow for the first time, and we get to see Team Arrow in the same room (and working as a team) for the first time. Very cool indeed. 10/10
Three stories that are firmly rooted in character. Some good gags, and some good moments.
Wonder where the Penny story arc is going? Is she going to land a major acting gig this season? Maybe end up a star? Just like Joey did on Friends? Certainly a wealth of story ideas if they go down that route. 9/10
Mitchell Hurwitz. Oh my God! That was WONDERFUL! So clever (on many levels) and so damn funny. Plus - oddly - it was very exciting like a genuine sci-fi thriller. I swear: I was rooting for Jeff to win and overthrow the regime. Utter madness. 10/10
Plus: the excitement of having a crush on a beautiful teacher.
As ever, it is impeccably executed by all and very funny.
The show successfully walks a very thin line. The lead character is easy to identify with, while at the same time he is an extreme character who is nothing like any of us. It shouldn’t work, really. But it does. David Rawle has charisma. And the gags are funny. 9/10
There’s no real story in this episode, just a lot of very satisfying scenes devoted to advancing the various story arcs.
Every scene with Boyd Crowder was particularly enjoyable. He’s cool. And clever. And it was a genuine pleasure to see Mr. Quarles so completely outwitted (in the election for sheriff). 8/10
What a great balance of tension and mystery. Plus a large number of characters to like despite their highly questionable moral choices: Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, Major Sergio Balleseros, Daniel Aerov, Constance Sutton. Even the show’s clean cut hero - Dr. Alan Farragut - is on a slippery slope, at this stage. 10/10
Review of: Helix
Grim, visceral revenge-driven story-of-the-week, possibly affecting show’s ongoing status quo (Is Emmett off the force now?). All the best scenes are the Hood vs. Proctor ones. And the final Hood/Siobhan scene was terrific. Much more interesting to have him open up to her, rather than for their relationship to come to an end. 9/10
Review of: Banshee