Most dramas are pulling out all the stops as the season
winds down – which is exactly why I like this time of year.
This week was no exception.
I don’t watch The Good Wife
, but I hear they had a big death
– and we know this Sunday’s season finale of The Walking Dead
is going to get
bloody (and then the following week we’ll get a whole bloody season of Game of
So, what were this week’s highlights?
5. The Walking Dead:
While not as grim – or effortlessly
breathtaking – as last week’s episode, this
week’s episode held a lot more
hope. Not only was a determined Glen (finally!) reunited with a desperate
Maggie, but the new rag-tag group also made it to Terminus. I’m a little
curious about the timeline on The Walking Dead. For some reason, I have a
feeling we’re going to get the explanation for the burning bodies that Mika and
Lizzie saw two weeks ago in the season finale on Sunday – and I’m guessing it’s
something Daryl and Rick do to Daryl’s new traveling companions. That’s a
guess, though. I think everyone (sans Beth – I don’t think we’re going to find out
what happened to her until next season) is going to reunite in Terminus in the
season finale before a whole new set of horror besets them next season. Bring
Boyd Crowder is nothing if not inventive. When
you’re dealing with him, you can’t help but root for him – and this is a guy
that killed his own cousin earlier this season. This week, Boyd’s partnership
with Wynn Duffy is put to the test when Boyd smells a set up. The oily Duffy
decides to go another route – his name is Picker, yes, like nose picker – and when
he informs him of this Boyd takes drastic action. He takes the cigarette
package he’s been playing with – one that’s apparently rigged to be an
explosive device – and dumps it in Picker’s lap and watches as Picker is blown
to smithereens – while Duffy watches. Something tells me that Duffy isn’t going to try and cut Boyd out of
the action anytime soon again. Now, if we could just get Ava out of jail and reunited with Boyd.
3. Bates Motel:
It’s hard to watch a show and root for a
teenage kid when you know that kid is going to
grow up to be a serial killer.
That’s the dilemma viewers are faced with every week when they try to root for
Norman Bates, a kid that has a boatload of problems and his narccisstic mother
and (possibly) incest bred brother are only minor parts of Norman’s psychosis.
This week, Norman took a step towards his destiny when he confronted the uncle
that may (or may not) have raped Norma Bates and impregnated her with Dylan,
Norman’s older brother. When Norman approaches his uncle to confront him, he
does so not as a teenager trying to protect his mother but as a woman that is
fighting off her own attacker. In other words, Norman starts channeling Norma.
It’s a bitter and cold pill to swallow for fans that know exactly how Norman is
going to end up.
Who doesn’t love a bone-chilling moment that’s
left up for debate? All season long, Hannibal
fans have been treated to a cat
and mouse game between Hannibal and Will as Will struggles to win a fight that
he can’t possibly claim victory in. That’s half the fun. We know, at a certain
point, Jack Crawford is going to figure out exactly what Hannibal is – and it
should be coming relatively soon. Still, when Will convinces Beverly to break
into Hannibal’s house to try and find some proof that he’s right – viewers know
this won’t end well. We get to watch with muted trepidation as Beverly finds
her way to Hannibal’s dungeon, drops her mouth open in horror and surprise, and
then turns to find Hannibal not only watching her but cutting off her avenue of
escape. We know Hannibal rushes her – and we know a bullet is fired into the
ceiling – but we don’t know Beverly’s fate. I’m guessing she’s dead – because it’s
not going to be that easy to take down Hannibal – and we all know he doesn’t
keep prisoners alive.
This final season of Psych hasn’t been great, but
that was one heck of a series finale. The writers
managed to weave the show’s
trademark humor into the early moments of the episode and also remain true to
the roots of the characters as Shawn left DVD messages for everyone in Santa Barbara before
leaving town to reunite with Juliet. While’s Shawn’s goodbyes were heartfelt –
and the Dobson gag with Val Kilmer was delightful – it was Shawn’s poignant
goodbye message to Gus that broke my heart. Sure, I loved when Lassiter stopped
the DVD – crushing it in his hand – just as Shawn was about to admit that he’s
not psychic. The most important moment to me was when Shawn admitted his
failings and said he felt guilty for keeping Gus from a life. Then, of course,
Gus quit his job (went back and then quit again) before joining Shawn a “couple
hundred miles further south” to live his adventurous life. Oh, and Shawn proposed to Juliet
–but told her that he and Gus were a package deal. Psych
fans always knew that was the case.
Honorable mentions go to:
Switched at Birth:
This is a guilty pleasure of mine. I can’t
explain why I watch it. I can say that Bay and Emmet (finally!) getting a
chance to reunite at the very end of the episode was so long in coming I was
starting to give up hope. I’m sure Tank will be crushed when the show returns
in the summer but, for now, I’m totally happy.
Just when it looks like Louis was about to win – he ultimately
loses. When Louis and his lady love can’t come to an agreement about kids the
union is essentially dead in the water. Something tells me this is going to
make Louis even crankier than usual.
Once Upon a Time:
Call me a cynic, but I think Hook is in
league with the evil green witch. I think it’s
convenient that just when Emma
is about to uncover something he convinces her to get help and, when the duo
return with David and Regina, the basement where Rumplestiltskin was being held
is conveniently empty. It seems a little too easy to me.
I’m still a little wary of this show – mostly because
most of the kids are pretty but talentless – but I am enjoying parts of it. I
like the mystery, and I can’t wait to see what happens when Desmond starts time
travelling. Wait, wrong show. Still, I think there’s more going on than a Lord
of the Flies
What do you think? What were your favorite entertainment
moments of the week?