How I Met Your Mother: How They Let Us Down

C: What with good shows getting abruptly canceled and once-good shows outliving their watchability, it’s not often I see the preplanned finale of a series I’m invested in. And in fact, I almost gave up on How I Met Your Mother at the end of last year (we can agree, I think, that Season 8 was pretty dismal), but I hung on because I was curious about The Mother. Yes, that ploy got me. And while the premise of Season 9  — the whole season taking place over Barney & Robin’s wedding weekend — should have been terrible, there have actually been some great episodes, especially those featuring the funny and delightful Cristin Milioti. Oh, and let’s not forget Billy Zabka. The gang lacked fizz with Marshall on a too-long road trip, but once Jason Segel was back in the mix, we got some scenes as good as anything in the earlier, classic seasons. I had no fears about the finale.

As it turns out, that confidence was a mistake.

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Memo to the Academy: Nominate John Noble Already!

E:  Let’s be frank.  Fringe is one of the best shows on television, but the audience isn’t there.  Sure, the show has buzz and the respect of critics, but that’s not what the network bosses most crave; it’s ratings, and Fringe hasn’t got ’em.

M: I’d argue that it had them before Fox started yanking it around the schedule, eventually dumping it in the graveyard know as Friday nights, but that’s irrelevant at this point.  Continue.

E: Thankfully we’re getting at least a half season to say goodbye to one of the best, brightest shows on television, but beyond those precious thirteen episodes, our love affair with the Fringe Division seems doomed.

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Chuck Review: “Chuck Vs. the Subway” and “Vs. the Ring: Part 2”

M: Well ladies and gentlemen, Chuck has ended another season, and after another year of teetering on the edge, we know that it will be back for a fourth season as well.  Woo-hoo!  Of course, the geniuses at NBC have only committed to it for 13 episodes as of yet, but there is always hope that they’ll do what they did this year and pony up for an additional set of episodes after those 13.  Maybe next year they might even give it a decent time slot or lead in!  Okay, I already know that’s too much to ask for; I’ve heard it’ll be back at 8:00 on Mondays.  Anyway, we’re a bit late with this, so on to the finale…  or, rather, the two back-to-back episodes that were not one two-hour episode, or even a two-part episode.  So let’s explain…

E: No, there is too much…  Let me sum up.  Ellie learns the truth!  It’s about bloody time.  A significant character bites the big one.  An even more significant location does, too.  There is romance in the air.  A villain is defeated. And a controversial Jeffster video attempts to end the season with a blaze of glory.

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LOST Review: The End

M: We have come to the end of Lost.  Before we get into the details and the breakdown, I want to take a moment to take a step back and take in the true impact of the show.  Lost has been the first true TV phenomenon of the internet era.  The first show that captivated audiences in a way that went beyond what they watched on TV, and what they talked about the day after the show.  Lost became the thing that people, myself included as Mrs M can attest, obsessed over.  The thing that we yearned for more information on, but the thing that more information was available for.  We scoured the internet for other people’s theories, or to share our own.  We looked for images of things we may have missed, for the Lost Experience, and for any little scrap we could find.  We looked for a better screen cap of the blast door map, or a translation of the latin written on it.  We looked for someone who knew how to translate hieroglyphics to find out what was in the smoke monster chamber underneath the temple’s outer wall.  We yearned for answers to questions, both large and small, and we yearned to find out what happened to the characters that we came to care about.  In doing so, we helped Lost to change the face of TV.  The bar has been set to a new height.  The level has been raised.  The smoke monster is out of the bottle, and there’s no putting it back.  Every network will be looking for the show that connects with audiences, makes them as rabid as the Lost fan base, and gives them the kind of mysteries to keep them interested throughout the week, the characters to keep them wanting to learn more and more, and the writing to enjoy even the bad episodes.  And every network will flush perfectly good (but not great) shows like FlashForward down the drain before they can take off because they don’t live up to Lost.  It’s a new world. Continue reading

LOST Review: What They Died For

M: I hope you weren’t one of the scores of people who felt that Lost would never actually answer any questions.  If you were, you’ve got to be feeling pretty sheepish right about now.  Not only is Lost answering questions, not only are they answering big HUGE questions, but they are ramping up for the ending, providing a path to an end that people might actually be happy with, and doing it in a package that is pretty frakkin’ entertaining, well written and acted.  In other words, Lost brought their A game tonight! Continue reading