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Synopsis:  The stakes are raised for Boyd and Raylan thanks to the cartel and the Crowes coming into Harlan.

What Season: 5

Review: How do you review a bad season of one the best shows.  I put Justified up there with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones as one of the new wave of great tv shows right now.  But that’s doesn’t stop it from having a bad season. I stress again that it is hard to say bad as a bad season of Justified is still better than 90% of what is out there.  So let’s just talk about what’s worked and what didn’t in the season 5 of Justified.

After taking a much needed break from formula last season, Justified went a bit back to basics and it was a welcomed change. We got to change up with favorites like Loretta, Dewey and Dickie and with more focus on Harlan, it was a welcome returned.  Also the show went back to theme of “justification”  with Raylan still being a bad ass but now he has to deal with consequences as that is one of the main arcs of the show.  Justified has always been about this and putting it front and center was a good choice. It meant Raylan has to come to terms with his actions and going forward will weigh on his soul.  On Boyd’s front, this season has been a return to his more villainous ways. Ava is still in prison and this pushes Boyd to the limits. Adding tension from the Crowes and the Mexican Cartel, Boyd is his most evil this season.  It’s nice to see Boyd go back to his ways and again, this goes back to one of the main themes of Justified “never leaving Harlan alive” or not being able to escape your nature.  Boyd has obvious fallen victim to his nature and his dark side so it’s up to Raylan to fight against his and show people can change. Which of course ties into Raylan coming to terms with his actions.  See this is why Justified is still good, even bad season weaves in and out of theme with a talent that other shows can’t even reach.  

Now on to the bad: the big bad.  Okay so the basic formula for Justified is to introduce a big bad for the whole season, and each episode weaves in and out of this big arc while also portraying little individual story.  The problem this season is the big bad, Dewey Crowe’s vicious cousins from Florida, wasn’t good enough to be the big bad.  It would be the equivalent of making a henchman the main villain. The Crowes are just not smart enough to be a big bad and they are always written more as leeches that tag along and mess things up.  Which might have been fine but with so many plots going on, there was no real arc for the Crowes to leech to so the season felt all over the place.  It almost would have been better to have no big bad this season but trying to make the Crowe one just didn’t work.  Another problem was the “Orange is the New Black” storyline with Ava trying to survive in prison that also didn’t work.  It all just felt pointless and nothing she did was interesting enough to warrant the screen time she had. Also Ava took a little back step in the character department as she spent most of the season deciding whether she should go full dark, which is something she decided about three seasons ago. 

But like I said even with everything wrong, Justified is still one of the great shows and even now thinking of it, I’m more drawn to what they got right than what they got wrong.   

Worst Episode: Restitution The season finale may not have been the worst episode but it did represent a big problem with this show.  Since there was no big arc, it was just a chase to find Daryl Crowe Jr. but since he was never more than a henchmen it didn’t have the tension of previous season. So it was a bit of a let down in that department.     

Favorite Episode: Restitution But also the season finale was one of the best seasons in the way it set up the next one.  There are actions done at the end of the episode that sets up who will be the big bad next season and it’s going to be a doozy.  The show has never shied away from being dark but next season will probably be the darkest yet.  And I can’t wait.    

Trivia: The next season will be it’s last. 

Brooklyn Nine Nine:  First Season

Plot: Antics of a police precinct in Brooklyn. 

Review:  Brooklyn Nine Nine is one of the funniest shows of this new season. It takes a bit of awhile to really get going and it still has a few mistakes but overall it’s a funny series that does a better than good first season. 

The thing that really worked was the group dynamic. In the first few episodes, it was the Andy Samberg show but after a while, they started using the talents of their great cast especially Terry Crews and Andre Braugher.  By the end of the season, you want more Samberg, which is something I never thought I would write after the pilot.  Plus the show has that kind of good natured spirit that I find refreshing in the current “let’s make it darker” tv landscape.  This is a good show and it deserves more ratings that it’s getting!  

Synopsis:  The adventures of two twenty something girls in New York.

What Season: 1 

Review: I’ve talked a lot about the weird and somewhat depressing time it is after you get out of college.  But there’s another part, there is a freedom that isn’t there before.  Right after college, you don’t really have anyone to look up to. No more teachers and your job isn’t really your career so there is a sense that you don’t have to answer to anyone really. That’s what Broad City celebrates.

Broad City may be the best new show of this year and it’s instantly charming. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer play a tweaked version of themselves as they just try to get by in New York.  Episodes can range from losing your keys to going to dinner with a very Seinfeld vibe.  It’s the way these characters relate and interact with everything that makes the series work so well.

The duo also play off each other really well by playing a completely different people.  Abbi is the more straight man one but she still has some of the best lines in her quiet rebel she has going on.  Ilana Glazer plays the wackier of the two but she never feels like a cartoon. You never feel like one is better than the other and when they are together it’s great.

Broad City is the kind of smart comedy that doesn’t have to talk down to you to get you to relate.  It’s a gem that every one should be watching.    

Worst Episode: Pilot I don’t have anything bad to say anything but this episode did have the clunkiness of all pilots. I didn’t want to put a worst episode but it’s the format that I chose. I wish I hadn’t done that but oh well.    

Favorite Episode: Fattest Asses This episode really get going and everything comes together. There is a sequence with cocaine that I seriously watched like 3 times because it worked so well.  This episode hits all the high notes: subtle jokes about gender roles, cocaine, hilarious dancing, great one liners and the friendship that drives the show. If you are on the fence, I say start with this one and it’ll win you over.   

Trivia: Has been picked up for season 2.

I have a feeling…

That Norman’s last big kill before his mother’s is going to be Emma’s and I’m gonna be super sad at that point

Cody’s view of Norman

I really like him but we’ve gone on three dates and he’s had three black outs so you know, high school study

How I Met your Mother: Entire Series
Review: I was going to give this a full review but after the finale I just decided to write about it a bit.  The ending was awful but it also was great in showing the problem with the show as a whole. 
The real problem with How I Met your Mother was the last line in the pilot “And that’s how I met your.. Aunt Robin.” That little line ended up defining the show and let the creators believe that we wanted a lot of twists and turns along the way.  The problem of course was that the gimmick of the title, the twists, and the cope outs were never what made the show great.  It was the characters, the jokes, and the story.  
Of course, the show was strained. It ran way to long and the creators scared that introducing the mother would ruin the show, kept the gimmick to the point where Ted felt like a dick talking about all the women he boned. And yes, the characters all became cartoons, and horrible people to the point where I didn’t care. But those are all characteristics of all popular shows so that’s to be expected if not accepted.   
But it was the twists, the twists were the worst.  From the little twists that made Lily from a drunk woman being crazy to a malicious woman being terrible so other would think she was drunk to the big twists like that Barney was the one getting married that set this whole thing in motion.  But the final one was the worst. 
Now before I go on I will say that I never really felt that Barney and Robin made sense.  It felt like fan service and to couple up two characters that were single.  But I went with it, and I accepted it as the series decided to spend the entire last season on the wedding. I also wanted Ted and Robin to get together for all the time I was watching. I quit maybe two seasons ago when it became all little in jokes and winks at the audience. I started again with this finale season because at one point the show was great so I gave it a chance. And I was disappointed. While this final season had some good moments, it felt too much like it had run out of steam. All the characters kind of became jerks and the setting the whole thing around the wedding seemed like a good idea until you realized that every episode was just Robin and Barney deciding they shouldn’t be together and then deciding they should. The only bright spot was the mother who showed up occasionally.  She was charming and you always felt you wanted more.  So by the end, the show that spend nine seasons trying to convince us that Robin and Ted shouldn’t be together and that this girl was great decided against that for ONE LAST TWIST. And I guess I was wrong.  This show wasn’t about characters, story, or even jokes.  It was about twists, about gimmicks, and about being cheap.  
So at the end of the day, How I met your mother will go down not as a touching show about love but as a show that was limited by it’s gimmick, it’s popularity, it’s writers lack of knowing what the fans wanted, and it’s twists.  Which is quite a shame. 

How I Met your Mother: Entire Series

Review: I was going to give this a full review but after the finale I just decided to write about it a bit.  The ending was awful but it also was great in showing the problem with the show as a whole. 

The real problem with How I Met your Mother was the last line in the pilot “And that’s how I met your.. Aunt Robin.” That little line ended up defining the show and let the creators believe that we wanted a lot of twists and turns along the way.  The problem of course was that the gimmick of the title, the twists, and the cope outs were never what made the show great.  It was the characters, the jokes, and the story.  

Of course, the show was strained. It ran way to long and the creators scared that introducing the mother would ruin the show, kept the gimmick to the point where Ted felt like a dick talking about all the women he boned. And yes, the characters all became cartoons, and horrible people to the point where I didn’t care. But those are all characteristics of all popular shows so that’s to be expected if not accepted.   

But it was the twists, the twists were the worst.  From the little twists that made Lily from a drunk woman being crazy to a malicious woman being terrible so other would think she was drunk to the big twists like that Barney was the one getting married that set this whole thing in motion.  But the final one was the worst. 

Now before I go on I will say that I never really felt that Barney and Robin made sense.  It felt like fan service and to couple up two characters that were single.  But I went with it, and I accepted it as the series decided to spend the entire last season on the wedding. I also wanted Ted and Robin to get together for all the time I was watching. I quit maybe two seasons ago when it became all little in jokes and winks at the audience. I started again with this finale season because at one point the show was great so I gave it a chance. And I was disappointed. While this final season had some good moments, it felt too much like it had run out of steam. All the characters kind of became jerks and the setting the whole thing around the wedding seemed like a good idea until you realized that every episode was just Robin and Barney deciding they shouldn’t be together and then deciding they should. The only bright spot was the mother who showed up occasionally.  She was charming and you always felt you wanted more.  So by the end, the show that spend nine seasons trying to convince us that Robin and Ted shouldn’t be together and that this girl was great decided against that for ONE LAST TWIST. And I guess I was wrong.  This show wasn’t about characters, story, or even jokes.  It was about twists, about gimmicks, and about being cheap.  

So at the end of the day, How I met your mother will go down not as a touching show about love but as a show that was limited by it’s gimmick, it’s popularity, it’s writers lack of knowing what the fans wanted, and it’s twists.  Which is quite a shame.