This was the week that most shows returned -- including the bulk of CBS' programming.
If we, as viewers, were supposed to be impressed -- I think the networks failed.
Still, I have high hopes for next week -- including the plane crash resolution on 'Grey's Anatomy' and the return of 'Once Upon a Time.'
So, without further ado, here are this week's top television moments:
5. Sons of Anarchy: Who would have thought Opie’s death
would be overshadowed by the real life antics of actor Johnny Lewis? ‘Sons of
Anarchy’ vacillates between “must watch” and “bad soap opera” for me. Still,
this week’s episode and Opie’s sacrifice was some of the best storytelling the
show has done in years. I had my doubts how prison life would play out for Jax
on screen. I have to say, I’m enjoying it so far.
4. Revolution: I just want to point out that I called Rachel
being alive. I knew Elizabeth Mitchell was too good of an actress to only
appear in flashbacks. While her reveal at the end was great – I think my
favorite moment was watching daughter Charlie trick “Nate” and leave him
handcuffed to a pole. He had it coming. I also enjoyed Miles’ showdown (both of
them) with the bounty hunter. His short temper with Charlie is getting a little
old – but you would think someone that grew up in this new world would be a
little less naïve. She needs to learn about survival -- and quick.
3. Private Practice: This show is Addison – and I won’t
watch it after she leaves mid-season. That being said, I don’t like that she chose Jake.
It seems out of character. Addison and Sam were built up for several seasons.
For her to choose Jake when Sam offered her everything she said she wanted was
a step back for the character. Still, despite all that, Addison wasn’t the
surprising part of the episode. No, that would go to the revelation that Tim
Daly’s Pete hadn’t jumped bail and abandoned his wife and son. No, he had a
heart attack while running and fell off the path. There he was found by a dog
more than a day later. While I don’t like how Pete was written off, I have to
say Violet’s reaction was gut-wrenching. Here roundabout thinking – and final
reveal – were some of the best acting Amy Brenneman has done in years.
2. Hawaii Five-0: For a lot of people, I’m sure the best
moment was Wo Fat’s escape. I just found that ridiculous, though. For others, I
bet it was the confrontation between Steve’s mom and Wo-Fat. I don’t really
care either way. For me, the moment that changed the show was a determined Chin
stalking Delano through the parking structure. Not only did he not seem to care
if he was shot, but Chin actually killed Delano in cold blood. Sure, Delano had
it coming for killing his wife, but I actually want to congratulate Delano for
ridding me of that character. Not only was she boring, but her and Chin’s
sudden domestic bliss seemed ridiculously forced. Now we know why.
1. Grey’s Anatomy: This show hasn’t been good in years. It
hasn’t been compelling in years. It had a (very) brief resurgence with the
hospital shooting a couple of years ago. Then it fell right back into
mediocrity. Creator Shonda Rhimes tried to recapture the shooting “magic” in
the season finale last year when she had several doctors in a plane crash. Not
only was the loved Lexie Grey killed off – but Mark and Arizona’s fates were
left in the balance. In the season premiere, we found out early that Mark had
been in a coma for 30 days and they were going to turn off life support. I know
a lot of people think Arizona’s appearance in the final minutes of the episode
was shocking. I, however, knew that she hadn’t died. I found it weird that they
never came out and said it (even though they were trying to allude to it
without alluding to it) all episode. ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is not the show it used
to be – by any stretch of the imagination. It is one gimmick after another now.
Still, when Derek and Callie watched Mark slip away, I felt a little sad. Of
course, then they brought Kepner back and all I feel is disappointment. Again.
Honorable mentions go to:
2 Broke Girls: This show isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
However, Max’s love for Caroline’s father – and her enthusiasm for being rich –
were too much fun to pass up.
Parenthood: While there was a lot of melodrama in the
episode – I absolutely loved Zeek’s arrest. Still, the fact that no one in this
family can catch a break is starting to get old.
Criminal Minds: I actually didn’t like the episode. I just
want to get my guess in for the season-long unsub before anyone else. I think
it was that pervert that was taking pictures of young girls a couple of seasons
ago. The one that was “setup” by the guy who was kidnapping teenage girls and
pretending they were his stepdaughter. That episode had an ominous ending – and
then they never revisited it.
Last Resort: Daniel Lissing’s James King steals the opening
episode when he explains to island thug Julian how things are going to be from
now on. He was badass without ever pulling his gun. Now that’s a character I
want to get to know more.
Big Bang Theory: Howard's exploits in space were funny -- but it's Penny's bleaching of Amy's mustache that got the biggest laugh from me. Still, can someone explain the rooting value with Penny to me? The more she strings Leonard along the more I start to dislike her.
What do you think? What were this week’s top entertainment