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Synopsis:  Westeros deals with the fall out of a war as the real battle rages on.

What Season: 4

Review: So a lot of people have talked about how bad Game of Thrones has gotten in the always hating image of the internet. But I think that depends on what you like about Game of Thrones.  Me personally I thought this was one of the better seasons.  I mean last season they had the Red Wedding and that’s pretty much the biggest thing that happens in all the books so we’re never going to have a huge event like that for awhile. But that’s good because that’s what makes them so effective. 

No this season is all about the aftermath of the war and how everyone is dealing with things. That’s not to say there’s isn’t a lot of things going on. We have some big deaths, a lot of character turn arounds and the trial of Tyrion Lannister.  The show continues to be smart and have a world that is mainly shades of grey.  

Worst Episode: The Children To me the season finale was probably the weakest but to be fair it always is.  I think because after all that, the season finales always feel like a lead up to the next season. That’s not to say it’s bad and this one had more going on than before but it still didn’t compare to the episodes that took before it.  It didn’t help that it didn’t wrap up Tyrion until after taking us to Bran and Jon, and after spending a whole episode on the wall it felt like too much of a cock tease.  So I kept trying to rush the episode until we got to the real stuff.        

Favorite Episode: The Laws of Gods and Men So this is where Tyrion gives his big speech and Peter Dinklage reminds us that he deserves all the awards.  He manages to pack so much into so little and remind us what’s important in this show.  If there was a main theme in Game of Thrones, it’s that we can’t control destiny. It doesn’t matter how good of a Stark we are or how bad of a Joffery we are, a million other things will always factor into our lives or lack thereof.  That’s what makes Tyrion’s speech about trial by combat so important. Because once again, the back dealings and others’ action were about to set his life down a path on the wall.  But once he was given the final insult of Shae, he decided that he was going to take destiny into his own hands. He was going to spit in the fact of other’s actions even if it meant his death, because it would be his own.  I can’t think of a better thing than that.     

Trivia: Next Season will be a mix of the next two books. 

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Free Agents

Plot: Every member is one their own as the Challenge takes it’s players to Uruguay. 

Review: So this is something I don’t talk about much: I love the challenge. Sure I stopped watching the Real World years ago and never watched the Road Rules but that hasn’t stopped me from loving this. I watch the Challenge the way other people watch the World Cup.  I pick favorites, get inspired and follow the best ones.  

So what is this show?  It’s basically a game show featuring old members of both shows where they have to do a lot of physical and sometimes mental activities. Also every show someone gets eliminated until there are three left. It’s like crack. 

I think the reason I like it more than any other reality show is that the same people come back again and again. So we see someone like CT go from the crazy guy to the grounded one or Cara Maria go from a whiny useless stone to a very competitive great player, who still is kind of whiny.  You grow with these guys and it makes it that much more important when they are in the draw. Also the activities are super hard!  The host, TJ Lavin, actually loves when the challenges are hard and judges the contestants. If they quit or do a good job, he makes sure to comment on it.  It makes the whole thing seem more raw and real, which the parent shows seem to have lost.  

I don’t know why I’m talking about this show. If you didn’t know about these people, I don’t know why you would watch this. So maybe I just wanted to talk about something I love?  Yeah I think so but that’s a good enough reason to do anything! 

See you in the draw! 

Fargo: Season 1
Plot: An insurance salesman finds himself in a world of crime around Fargo. 
Review: Fargo the tv show biggest problem is Fargo the movie. It never quite lives up to the greatness of the movie which would have been hard because that film is one of the best movies ever.  In fact, the series is at it’s worst when it’s trying to emulate the style of the Coen Brothers.   
But that’s not to say it’s bad. When it decides to be it’s own thing, it works great.  The acting and the show direction is all top notch and it has some great episodes.  I just don’t have much to say about it.  
Overall Fargo was a good show that was worth a watch even if it’ll never live up to it’s namesake’s movie. 

Fargo: Season 1

Plot: An insurance salesman finds himself in a world of crime around Fargo. 

Review: Fargo the tv show biggest problem is Fargo the movie. It never quite lives up to the greatness of the movie which would have been hard because that film is one of the best movies ever.  In fact, the series is at it’s worst when it’s trying to emulate the style of the Coen Brothers.   

But that’s not to say it’s bad. When it decides to be it’s own thing, it works great.  The acting and the show direction is all top notch and it has some great episodes.  I just don’t have much to say about it.  

Overall Fargo was a good show that was worth a watch even if it’ll never live up to it’s namesake’s movie. 

Orange is the new Black: Season 2
Plot: Piper continues her prison sentence as a new villain comes in by the name of Vee. 
Review: Okay I’m just going to say it.  You’re gonna hate me for saying it but I have to say it:  Orange is the New Black season two sucks.  It really sucks.  Sure the performances are still great as every actor does what they can with what they are given but that doesn’t save the series.  It almost feels like a parody of the first season.  Where the first season wanted to be subversive of stereotypes, season 2 decides to revel in them.  Even characters that were great in season one becomes a bit of a joke in season 2.  Oh wait the black character was a sassy black TSA agent?  Is this an episode of American Dad! without the irony?  Or the fact that Mexican candles seem to be some type of voodoo ritual that isn’t even the right stereotype!
Worst of all is the big bad of the season in Dee. Listen if you’re going to introduce someone and have the whole “is she good or bad” thing maybe don’t have her look and act like Sideshow Bob.  I mean the fact that I keep comparing this show to cartoons should tell you how the story telling is.
Then there’s Piper.  I mean in the first season she was annoying but now she is downright evil.  I mean I guess we’re supposed to be invested in the whole “Alex/Piper” love story but why?  They constantly screw each other over and then act like it didn’t matter. I know love is strong but is it stupidly strong?  Because these two should hate each other?  I can understand if they explained it or explored it but no they love or hate each other depending on that specific scene. 
Worst of all the show just didn’t matter.  If you just saw the first two episode and the last episode, you would get basically everything that happened. I mean by the end of the season, Alex is coming back and Red seems to be ready to be in charge again as opposed to the last season were Alex was there? and Red was in charge?  Wait.. so nothing mattered!?
Sure there are good points, the acting like I said and Big Boo manages to stand out, mostly by fighting her stereotype. 

Orange is the new Black: Season 2

Plot: Piper continues her prison sentence as a new villain comes in by the name of Vee. 

Review: Okay I’m just going to say it.  You’re gonna hate me for saying it but I have to say it:  Orange is the New Black season two sucks.  It really sucks.  Sure the performances are still great as every actor does what they can with what they are given but that doesn’t save the series.  It almost feels like a parody of the first season.  Where the first season wanted to be subversive of stereotypes, season 2 decides to revel in them.  Even characters that were great in season one becomes a bit of a joke in season 2.  Oh wait the black character was a sassy black TSA agent?  Is this an episode of American Dad! without the irony?  Or the fact that Mexican candles seem to be some type of voodoo ritual that isn’t even the right stereotype!

Worst of all is the big bad of the season in Dee. Listen if you’re going to introduce someone and have the whole “is she good or bad” thing maybe don’t have her look and act like Sideshow Bob.  I mean the fact that I keep comparing this show to cartoons should tell you how the story telling is.

Then there’s Piper.  I mean in the first season she was annoying but now she is downright evil.  I mean I guess we’re supposed to be invested in the whole “Alex/Piper” love story but why?  They constantly screw each other over and then act like it didn’t matter. I know love is strong but is it stupidly strong?  Because these two should hate each other?  I can understand if they explained it or explored it but no they love or hate each other depending on that specific scene. 

Worst of all the show just didn’t matter.  If you just saw the first two episode and the last episode, you would get basically everything that happened. I mean by the end of the season, Alex is coming back and Red seems to be ready to be in charge again as opposed to the last season were Alex was there? and Red was in charge?  Wait.. so nothing mattered!?

Sure there are good points, the acting like I said and Big Boo manages to stand out, mostly by fighting her stereotype. 

Veep: Season 3

Plot: The inner workings of the first female vice president. 

Review: I started watching Veep mostly because of Seinfeld and also you find out that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best comedic actors right now, it wasn’t just Larry David’s writing! But at season three, I found out something else… 

There are no good people on Veep.  I think there is running thought that everyone working in politics is only in it for themselves.  Which Veep does perfectly.  Everyone is just jumping from mistake to mistake and trying to do enough to not get fired with the least amount of people hating you.  This allows the show to lampoon everyone and pull no punches.  It’s probably the wittiest show right now and it’s worth a watch. 

Also Sarah Sutherland as the Veep’s daughter is super pretty! 

Halt and Catch Fire

Plot: A man enlists two others to try and jump head first into the computer uprise of the 80s. 

Review: The pilot of Halt and Catch Fire makes a lot of promises that it can’t really keep.  The acting, presentation, and tone of the show makes you believe that it’s going to be the next great show.

My main problem is the characterization.  It’s pretty much what you see is what you get so far with each of the main characters. There are no twists or turns for any of them and it’s hard to really connect when they are already so set in their ways.  I mean why watch if they aren’t going to change and grow?  Even though I watched it today, I can’t think really of anything the characters do that really stand out and make me care even if they are played by some pretty great actors.  

Another problem is just how prevalent the computer stuff is.  In great shows like your breaking bad or your justified or your mad men, the main goal is kind of in the background. It’s not as important how Walter White makes the meth and more how his character changes by the meth he is making. The same thing with say Game of Thrones, I think the person who wins the throne is the least interesting thing about the show right now. We live and die with the characters and the “gimmick” of the show is just what drives those characters. Here the computer stuff is front and center which may be due to weak characters but also make the show kind of a bore.  The computer stuff is driving the characters instead of the other way around. This may just be because they are setting things up and for such an ambitious pilot it does get a lot right. 

Now, it only has to get the stuff that’s right and the stuff that matters to work with each other. 

Silicon Valley: Season 1

Plot:  A group tries to get a start up going in Silicon Valley. 

Review: There is a kind of ruthlessness that comes with these new companies out of silicon valley. If you look back at any big website company, there is usually a story about someone screwing someone over or someone claiming they created it out there. It’s maybe because all the ideas are just out there and “like myspace but for college” it’s a great idea with the execution.  So to say it was ready to be lampooned is an understatement.  

And Silicon Valley is there to pick up the slack.  The best thing about it is how it gets computer programmers so well. I’ve known a lot in my programmers in my life and a lot of them are like this.  The show works because it creates different personalities instead of “big banging” nerds.  So it’s not just a carbon copy of the same nerdy stereotype.  It’s harder to critique comedy so I didn’t give this a good review but.. 

All you really have to know is that it’s funny, it’s smart and it works.  

Mad Men: Final Season Part 1

Review: So Mad Men continues it’s trend of “two steps forward, one step back” trend of seasons that it’s been in for the last couple of years.   Last season was about seeing Don at his lowest with the final shot of him showing his family his real home a step towards him finding himself.  So of course we start this season with Don back at his lowest and spend too many episodes getting him back to that final image from last year.  

After that though the show starts going with Don finally trying to figure out what makes him happy instead of what he thinks should make him happy. But the show still isn’t sure what it wants to do with some of it’s characters. Examples being they want to make Joan and Peggy terrible people but then want us to care what happens to them.  That’s not really how it works and it seems so forced here that it makes it hard to watch. The same thing goes with Betty and Sally Draper as we are still following them around even though they barely have any real interaction with the plot or even the characters.  Mostly they are there to show us that everyone is unhappy or shoe horn in the theme of the episodes.

I mean when we left Breaking Bad during it’s final season break, we knew where they were going.  Here we don’t even know what the end goal is.  The last few episodes worked well into what I assume the show has been trying to say about life and work but even I’m not sure.  Mad Men was always about what really matters in life but it seems to still wander around too much.  

I hope the last part of the last season (this is so dumb to write btw) is better and gives us closure finally. I mean it’s been teasing this for years, it pretty much has to.