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Primetime TV wraps another season
June 5, 2013 - Pam Rodgers
Normally I would have posted this before now but a few of my shows had late season finales. Honestly, my shows were a little underwhelming in the season finales this year. Last year had some epic cliffhangers to make me impatient for the new episodes to return. That was not the case this year. It’s not that they were terrible, but none of them truly met my expectations.
I am generally a positive person. I can usually find good things in almost everything. My television shows didn’t make it easy on me. Disappointed though I may be, I still love watching. In a way, television has always been a family event. It’s great to spark conversation and debate when my immediate and extended family get together (that's why we try to watch the same shows). I have found that the more disappointing a finale is just means there is more fuel for discussions with the fam.
As I have done in the past, I will just highlight a few things about each of them in the paragraphs below. I try not too give to many spoilers. However, there are a few mixed in here and there. You have been warned.
• Once Upon A Time
I didn’t like this season as much as I wanted to. After the successful first season, it felt like they were trying to add too much at once and got away from the stuff I enjoyed most about the show. The second half of the season was definitely better that the first. I had my doubts about the storyline at first but the season ender left plenty of opportunities for the third season. I am interested to see how the introduction of Neverland will play in with established story lines. Hopefully they dial it back on the new characters next season. I am really glad my favorite characters are going on an adventure together instead of being split up half the season. Season three has nowhere to go but up (I hope). Sundays at 7 p.m. on ABC
This is my favorite show. So I have high expectations for it. I liked the cliffhanger but there were a lot of problems leading up to it that I didn’t like. Beckett considering a job in a different city kills the entire premise of the show; therefore, nothing will actually come of it. The storyline is more annoying than anything. Castle finales are better when they focus on Beckett’s mother’s murder case. Even though they’ve done that pretty much every season so far, it’s better than the contrived drama they came up with this year. I’m still waiting for the job offer to link back to the sleazy politician behind her mother’s murder. I am interested to see what Beckett’s answer to Castle’s proposal will be. Plenty of different scenarios are playing out in my head. I’ll be excited when it starts back up in September. Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC
This show is just another show to watch for me. I am not 100 percent invested in the storyline. If Billy Burke wasn’t so awesome as Miles Matheson, I probably would have checked out long ago. The finale seemed to hit the reset button on the show. The whole premise of the show is world loses power and therefore has to go back to a more basic form of living. In the finale (after 15 years of it being turned off) the lights get turned back on. Now it’s set up to see what will happen in this new aftermath. There’s plenty of set up. I guess I’ll see where it goes from here. Mondays at 9 p.m. on NBC (moving to Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the fall)
This was the biggest disappointment of the season. The 10th season had been doing a lot of great things and to end it on such a bad note was a horrible idea. The finale was too convoluted and confusing. The storyline threatening Gibbs’ job has been done ad nauseam. The lawyer’s justification for coming after Gibbs wasn’t well explained. Bring back Mike Frank’s ghost was unnecessary. If the whole team resigned then how are they going to have a show next year? It was nice the see Admiral A.J. Chegwidden from JAG one more time but that was one of the few high points. I honestly could have fallen asleep and caught the last five minutes and been just fine. I hope season 11 references the storyline at the beginning of the premiere then never speaks of it again. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on CBS
• NCIS Los Angeles
I read an article that the finale of the fourth season would go to a darker place than ever before. That didn’t fully prepare me for a team member being tortured as the “to be continued” bar flashed at the bottom of the screen. The episode itself was pretty good. The storyline stemmed from an several plot lines that had recurred throughout the season. They were weaved together very well. My biggest problem was when the one-handed man wrote legibly on his own eyelids to double cross the undercover agent. Really? Like that anyone could really do that. But that’s Hollywood for you. That point aside, it was an intense hour that left you wanting a swift conclusion in the fall. Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS
The finale was a classic season ender for the long running drama. A team member’s life is in question when she goes undercover in order to solve the case. Morgan has quickly become one of my favorite characters since I picked up the show after my four year hiatus. Logically, I know she will make it out alive, but she wouldn’t be the first CSI to die on the job. I know this show has stretched the lines of believability (by a lot), but I enjoy the show every week. The new cast members have revived the show and blended well with the characters that have been in it for the long haul. I will eagerly anticipate seeing these characters return for season 14. Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS
• Big Bang Theory
I love this show. There is usually not much of a cliffhanger on sitcoms. This year we found Leonard going on a four month science expedition to the North Sea. He’s secure enough in his relationship with Penny to leave and not worry she will dump him. It shows tremendous growth for those two characters. The most cliffhanger type story was Lucy breaking up with Raj. I understand that this needs to happen for the show to remain fresh. I liked Lucy. I hope they find a way to bring her back like Bernadette and Amy. The breakup did lead to one big change. I’ll save that spoiler for those who haven’t watched yet. (Honestly where have you been!) Thursdays at 7 p.m. on CBS
• Grey’s Anatomy
Shocker! (I’m borrowing that from TVLine.com by the way.) Grey’s finale had you wondering which cast member would be in turmoil by the end of the hour. There were plenty of options but by the end of the show it became obvious who the likely candidates would be. Thank God it wasn’t Meredith! (That story line has been done far too many times. The show is named after her for heavens sake. She can’t die!) A hurricane-like storm hit Seattle. (I Googled it to be sure that was even possible. Apparently it can happen.) The power goes off, putting hospital patient’s lives in jeopardy. By the end of the episode, the power is fixed and everyone seems to be OK. Until the final 30 seconds. One character appears to have been electrocuted. Not sure if he can be saved but it’s Grey’s. If they want him to live they’ll find a way. Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC
Honestly, I’m glad this show was cancelled. This show was doomed this year. NBC put off the premiere until February, and it had horrible ratings the entire year. And honestly, I could see why. The show’s new characters were better than last year’s awful actors. However, the character flaws of some were too much to take at times. Having a competing show was a good idea, in theory. Juggling between the two was clunky at times. I will miss the music on the show. Even at it’s worst moments, I always enjoyed the songs. The finale tied up all the story lines and left its fans plenty to imagine how that world will go on. Me personally will just delete it off the DVR and discuss the high points of the series with my sister. Series Finale on NBC