the telethon runner

I watch TV and write about it. Sometimes I watch movies too.


October 2015

HTGAWM: Two birds, a Millstone

Another week, another murder case for Annalise Keating. If only things were that simple! Maybe I’m just missing my weekly Grey’s Anatomy fix, but I think I’ve reached the point where Annalise doesn’t just annoy me, she disgusts me.

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It’s a Bones Halloween episode!  [Man I wish we celebrated Halloween here!]

Complete with brain-jello pranks, demon eyes and a headless corpse in an 18th century costume uniform. Okay, so the dead body wasn’t exactly going to a costume party. And there’s witchcraft! The second body is a medical student was dabbling in witchcraft, as evidenced by the old book of spells found in her locker.

Lucky for our team at the Jeffersonian, they’ll have some extra hands on deck to solve this murder: an FBI Agent, and a weirdo from a historical society named Ichabod Crane.

I knew the name sounded familiar, and apparently it was intentional. This episode was the setup for a Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover episode, and suddenly I lost all interest.

Not cool, Bones. The show keeps turning more and more cartoonish, and resembles the tone of the book series less and less. This episode bored me to tears.


Anyone else still reeling from Sunday’s #TWD?01231e25b6f9ff7df536d964286e2b341bcfb17f83

Okay, so I really shouldn’t have bothered with Eye Candy.

The premise sounded interesting in theory: a girl suspects her online date is a serial killer. Except said serial killer is actually narrating as he goes, discovers his date’s flaws and stabs her to death with a corkscrew. Really? Also, the protagonist apparently has the gift of connecting clues, which, combined with her hacking abilities, lead her to find missing persons. Sigh.

I shouldn’t have expected more from an MTV show, but only making it to the 8 minute mark before shutting it down must be some kind of record.

Verdict: Pass.


I have two reactions after watching last night’s TWD episode. You’ll have to excuse my french (and the all caps).


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The Leftovers: Orange Sticker

We’re back in Texas, this time experiencing the earthquake at the Garvey’s. Gotta love the leaky faucet and the practical touch of Nora’s placing baby Lily into the makeshift crib (a cardboard box) as she looks for Kevin. As she notices the disruption next door, she goes outside to ask if everything is alright, and hears the dreaded words: Yvie is gone.

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Tonight! #TWD

When The Blacklist premiered, I thought it had a pretty original premise. Had I known about White Collar before then, I’d be fairly certain it’s a bad copycat.

The idea behind both shows is the same: a criminal helps the FBI catch other criminals. It was done masterfully in movies before, but as a show dealing with a different case each week, it’s quite original.

There are plenty of parallels between the two: one protagonist is a shady criminal, the other strictly a white collar one. Both are helping FBI agents. Both agents are married, and their spouses aren’t just decorative on the shows. Both criminals’ personal lives become plot points.

I wish I’d discovered White Collar sooner, because so far I’m finding it quite enjoyable. Just a few days into my binge-watching of Season 1, it’s gripped my interest, I like the leads, and the cases they tackle are easy enough to follow without being too simplistic.

All in all, a pretty decent show. I’ll definitely keep watching =)


The Affair: is it all that?

The Affair is an award winning, critically acclaimed show. The premise is probably the most frequently used plot in a drama series: a man and a woman, Noah and Alison, have an affair. What makes this show stand out is that it offers the viewer insight into the couple’s psyche by providing an original narrative twist: instead of seeing the events as they really happened, we get different accounts of what went on, from both the man and the woman’s perspective.

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