I know it seems kinda late for a Fall Season Report Card, but I wanted to wait until several episodes had aired. I learned my lesson last year when “Agents of SHIELD ” sucked for the first 7-9 episodes before it truly hit its stride.
Anywho, I’m only watching a handful of new shows and the following mini reviews may contain spoilers, so beware! One more thing before I start: You’ll notice most of these shows are dramas. Why no sitcoms? Simply put, I haven’t watched a sitcom since “Sports Night” aired over a decade ago.
I’ve tried, but I find the sitcoms of today are mostly one note. But that’s just my opinion, if you’re enjoying a modern-day sitcom, good for you. And now, here is my 2014 Fall Season Report Card (so far):
I like the concept and especially the cast. Téa Leoni is surprisingly good as Elizabeth McCord, the new Secretary of State, She’s tough when needed and is not afraid to stand up for what she believes. Even if it means making enemies at the White House.
The show has a nice balance of political drama and family drama. Plus “Madam Secretary” also stars Tim Daly, and I’ve been fan of his since his days on “Wings” way back when.
My only complaint is that the political drama is always solved in one episode. For instance in this last episode, India is struck by a massive earthquake which causes a chemical fire. Sounds intriguing, but the whole thing is solved by the end of the episode and off camera no less.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think international or domestic incidents are always solved so quickly and nicely. Nevertheless, “Madam Secretary” has great potential and I’m glad the series got a full season order. Grade: B
For the first few episodes of “Gotham,” all I kept thinking was: If this dumb cop had done his job, Gotham City wouldn’t need Batman. But to be fair, the show seems to be getting better over the last couple of weeks.
I hope so, because there’s only so much of Jada Pinkett Smith’s character I can take.
“Gotham is slowly regaining my trust. Grade: C+
I’m fairly certain “Forever” will get the axed before too long, but I think its one hell of a show. The series centers on New York City medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), who has been immortal for 200 years. When he dies he surfaces in a body of water, naked.
Henry’s only friend is Abe (Judd Hirsch), the owner of an antique shop in Lower Manhattan. Abe is also the only person to know Henry’s secret. Or is he?
While the concept isn’t anything I haven’t seen in many a comic book, Ioan Gruffudd sells it like extremely well, especially in the flashbacks. This guy is a better actor than what he showed in the Fantastic Four movies. But the scene stealer of the show is Judd Hirsch. Abe is one of the best new characters this season. The episode with the Frenchman was particularly funny.
I do have one complaint about the show though: Too often, Henry’s partnership with detective Det. Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) reminds me of Castle. De La Garza even looks a bit like Kate Beckett. The producers need to do something to make Henry and Jo stand out.
“Forever” could be a great show if ABC gives it time, which sadly it probably won’t. Grade: B
The Flash (CW)
“The Flash” is by far the biggest surprise fo the fall season. I had very low expectations for this show, and only watched the pilot episode out of pure curiosity. But within 15 minutes this new Flash had me hooked. The main reason for that is Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / Flash. His perfectly cast as the fastest man alive, even if his Barry is a little more Wally West at times.
While I love the shoe so far, I still think the costume is darker than it needs to be. And please stop calling him “The streak” already. It brings back bad memories of “Smallville” where they called Superman “The Blur” for years.
Also, I’m still having a bit of a hard time buying Tom Cavanagh as a potential bad guy. Mainly because I’ll always think of him as Ed from the NBC show. And for the record, I think he’s really Vandal Savage.
These issues aside, “The Flash” is the best new show I’ve seen this season, and I can’t wait to see which other DC characters show up and where the series goes from here. Grade: A