I admit it, Watchers, it’s hard to keep up with the shows we love in order to write about them at the same time for one column, especially as they are spread out all week. This time we will discuss some welcome returns, and check in with a favorite.
The Vampire Diaries, Thursday 8:00 EST, The CW
Lots has happened in the two episodes since the show returned. In the first one, Rebekah takes Elena, Stefan, and Caroline hostage, and compels them in game of telling truths. Elena admits that she loves Damon, and feels that since she has become a vampire that Stefan sees her as a project.
We also learn that there is a being named Silas buried with the cure for vampirism, and Shane is part of group that wants to resurrect him. In the following episode, Kol returns, and wants to ensure this doesn’t happen, so he compels Damon to kill Jeremy. Of course that doesn’t happen, and Elena has a plan to outwit Kol — Jeremy needs to kill him.
Some interesting alliances have been formed. Do you believe that the one of Stefan and Rebekah is for real?
It was not an amusing line, but my favorite from this past week: “You don’t know what I look like when I’m not in love with you” (Stefan to Elena).
How are you enjoying the show this season?
Supernatural, Wednesday 9:00 EST, The CW
Given what they do, I know it’s sometimes necessary for the Winchester brothers to be at odds, but I don’t like it when this happens. The two are definitely better together, and I believe the writers think so, too, wisely keeping them from staying away from each other for too long. Even Dean said he was tired of all of the fighting.
Since the show returned from its break, Sam made the choice to stay, and Dean cut ties with Benny. We learned that the angels are somehow being controlled by Naomi and her group, though we don’t know who they are or what their agenda may be. What do you think is going on?
This past week’s episode had the welcome return of Felicia Day, and a somewhat lighter tone. As we’ve discussed before, the show wisely does these a few time a season.
My favorite lines:
“I’ve given you every torture device known to man, short of a Neil Diamond album” (Crowley).
“I need both of you to stow your crap” (Cas to Sam and Dean).
“Who’d have thought we need to get out more?” (Dean to Sam at Moondoor, the LARP).
What do you think of the show this season?
Merlin, Friday 10:00 EST, SyFy
In the last two weeks we have seen Merlin be tested — to be able to send his father back to the spirit world, and to not execute the man who trapped and tried to kill him. All along we have seen Arthur evolving into the man of legend, but this since things have become more pronounced and deadly serious.
Did anyone else think that in the last episode Arthur was surely going to find out about Merlin’s magic when he went to rescue Arthur? At this point I wouldn’t actually be surprised if they made us wait until the very last episode.
Do you have a favorite knight of the round table?
Being Human, Monday 9:00 EST, SyFy
So, Aidan was buried alive but dug up by a guy who wants to sell his blood to vampires so they don’t have to risk being infected by the flu the human population has. Sally was brought back — not just from limbo, but into her physical body, and her two friends came back with her. Josh is human since he killed Ray, but Nora remains a werewolf. Now, I’m pretty sure that those last two circumstances will change, but both are interesting directions for the show to have toyed with, even if briefly.
What about the witch who brought Sally back — what was she doing at Ray’s grave? Where did Brin’s father take Nora?
Lost Girl, Monday 10:00 EST, SyFy
I loved that in the first episode we discovered fairly early on that Bo faked being a criminal to get inside the prison, but then find out that she really is “off” without even knowing it. Hopefully this state will not continue all season, though.
How do you like Bo and Lauren together? What do you think of Hale as the Ash? Are you happy that Vex seems to be a regular now?
Once Upon a Time, Sunday 8:00 EST, ABC
Archie is back, Belle lost her memory, a visitor arrived in town and saw Gold use magic. Many of the townspeople want to go back to their world, while others want to stay. I’m guessing this will cause more problems throughout the season
How did you like the Whale/Frankenstein episode?
The show returns February 10th.
Soon we will have a special column discussing the Haven season finale and the last season of Fringe (which I am still working my way through).
**Watchers, if you had to pick only four shows to talk about here in the column, which would they be?