Another Fine Mess, Thelma Todd. Delightful scenario, with some hilarious interplay between the boys, even before the story gets up and running. Todd is gorgeous and almost steals the movie. Her chemistry with Laurel is fantastic. The ending is weak. 9/10
The final third of this was about as intense as anything I’ve ever seen on TV. The Ted/Tawney scene was so painful in places, it was difficult to watch. Everything else in the episode was typically superb, but that final fifteen minutes overshadowed all that had come before it. At times I felt scared for what might happen. And that’s a remarkable achievement for any television show. 10/10
Margaret Colin, David Garrison. An intelligent script, bringing some story arcs and character arcs to fruition and giving the fantastic Julianna Margulies a chance to showcase a tougher side to Alicia, speaking her mind a bit more, taking no bull, etc. Love it! I hope we see more of that moving forward. The conclusion, with Alicia submissively thanking the equity partners is surely the launching pad for something more? 10/10
An episode of pivotal conversations and moments:
- Daniel confronts Tawney about what happened between them during the first season.
- Ted Sr. has a late night meeting with Senator Foulkes (but we don’t hear the dialogue).
- In flashback, Wendall confronts Daniel with some unpleasant truths about his character.
- Sheriff Daggett appears to be coming around to the idea that Daniel may not have done it. How is that going to impact on the big story arc, moving forward?
- Janet and Ted Sr. talk about their marriage/their love. The scene is both beautiful and sad, and cleverly fills in more detail on the back-story.
As is always the case, the pace is slow and the result is powerful, engrossing storytelling. 10/10
The plan to get Mendez is a bit OTT, but the radio interview (and it’s impact) was powerful stuff. Piper’s flashback breakup scene with Alex and her present day telephone breakup scene with Larry are easily some of the best moments the show has ever had. 9/10
- Brilliant mixture of scenes that have emotional power and scenes that are very funny.
- I’m delighted to see John Billingsley join the show, but the scenes with Virginia lying to Dr. Lloyd Madden are a bit too silly to really work. Much better when, with this episode, they started to talk about her own true story.
- Kevin Christy had some great scenes in this episode. Not just the storyline with Kitty, but also when Lester was watching Barbara Sanderson.
- Speaking of Barbara Sanderson, the performance of Betsy Brandt has been terrific. I’m enjoying this storyline enormously. Although part of me is wondering if the show is merely trying to reclaim the glory days of the Allison Janney as Margaret Scully (probably the high point of the show so far.
- The growth of Libby Masters is definitely a high point of Season Two.
Matt Nable. As intense as the show has ever been. Spectacular battles and dramatic developments/revelations in every ongoing storyline. The show is a confident storytelling machine and as we fade to black (on a stunning cliffhanger) I honestly can’t decide which story excites me more. There is a lot happening, and all of it is exceptionally good. 10/10
Review of: Arrow
- Deft mixture of comedy and drama. Often quite effecting.
- Libby’s character growth makes engrossing viewing.
- The twist at the end is quite predictable.
- The show has a delightful way of returning to, and developing, old supporting characters. Characters we may have assumed we’d never see much of again.
Review of: Masters Of Sex