Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Season 2 ... 8/10
That's right, I'm a grown-ass man who enjoys a superhero cartoon. But honestly, I think you'll be pleased if you're at all into superhero cartoons. Season 1 was also very good. One of my favorite things about the show is that they develop the stories over many episodes, and it seems like almost every episode ends with something of a cliffhanger.
Louie - Season 2 ... 6/10
It was good, and some moments were great. However, I don't think I can keep coming back to a show that gives me so much anxiety. I have little panic attacks on behalf of Louie. It's brilliant that he can accomplish that, but I have to limit my intake of that sort of thing.
Wolverine and the X-Men - Season 1 ... 8.5/10
I enjoyed this very much. Most of the season was one long story arc. I'm pretty disappointed to learn there was no Season 2 made, and all plans have been abandoned. It's available on demand at Netflix if you're interested.
The West Wing, season 1 (1999-2000) - 9/10
One of my favorites series of all time. Sam's relationship with Mallory is at its high-water mark in this season; the writing and acting are crisp from the beginning; the storylines are less convoluted than in some later seasons; and the season ends with a bang (sorry, I couldn't resist ). Among the multitude of guest appearances (I couldn't possibly list them all) were Lisa Edelstein, Edward James Olmos, Jorja Fox, Elisabeth Moss, John Amos, and Marlee Matlin. Episode directors included Clark Johnson and Laura Innes. On the negative side of the ledger, Moira Kelly was eminently fuckable but never found her niche among the cast, and this season featured only a couple of my dear "West Wing Republicans", with most of them simply written as blundering, belligerent, or bigoted.
The West Wing, season 2 (2000-2001) - 10/10
The season opens and closes with some ratings-grabbing melodrama but manages to avoid jumping any sharks, and a couple of major ongoing plotlines reveal themselves. Moira Kelly and Jorja Fox vanish into the aether, but Oliver Platt, Anna Deveare Smith, and Emily Procter make their debuts. Guests included Nina Siemaszko, Felicity Huffman, Alan Arkin, and John Larroquette.
Fringe Season One - 8/10
Fringe Season Two - 9.5/10
Fringe Season Three - 9.5/10
Fringe Season Four - 9/10
Fringe Season Five - 9/10
Fringe was one of my favorite shows and it just ended it's five year run this past Friday. Gonna miss it
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 5 ... 7/10
Fun stuff. This was my second time watching this season. Moving on immediately to Season 6, which I can't remember watching.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 6 ... 6/10
I definitely never saw this season before. Not as good as previous seasons, but still worth watching if you've stuck with it this far. Jumping into Season 7 without a moment's delay.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 7 ... 5.5/10
The Royle Family - Series 2 (1999) ... 8/10
They pack as much comedy as possible into the format, which is an uneventful real-time slice of boring life. Truly a show about nothing.
Edit: I finished the next series on Apr. 16. I don't want to bump, so here's my assessment...
The Royle Family - Series 3 (2000) ... 6.5/10
Still pretty good, but sometimes Jim is just a piece of shit who should get punched. The Christmas special that capped off Series 3 was probably the main thing that dragged my rating down. I also watched the 2006 special "The Queen of Sheeba." It had a few funny moments, but it was mostly sad. I actually cried a little when Nana/Norma died.
X-Men - Season 1 ... 5/10
X-Men - Season 2 ... 6/10
X-Men - Season 3 ... 7/10
X-Men - Season 4 ... 6/10
X-Men - Season 5 ... 3/10
This is the animated series that ran in the U.S. starting around 1992. The voices are mostly done by Canadian actors. The animation is a little uneven, and it was borderline cheap and slapdash in Season 1. For an adaptation targeted to older kids and young teens, it was pretty good overall. The highlights of the series are Days of Future Past and related time travel episodes, the Apocalypse storylines, and the Phoenix arcs. The last season was pretty terrible, except for a couple of decent episodes. One of the the retarded things about the series is that a great deal of the time when Wolverine is about to go berserk, he gets immediately laid out by an energy beam. The voicework for Gambit in the first four seasons was one of the more delightful aspects of the show. The voicework for Rogue was pretty good too. Beast's aphorisms are incredibly tiresome. Professor X's dialogue is almost always slow and boring. Magneto sounds like George Takei, which is kind of awesome. I am not a religious person, but I found it refreshing that Nightcrawler was always telling people about his faith. The romantic relationships, or rather frustrations, were surprisingly integral to the characters and storylines for a kids' show.
Downton Abbey - Season 3 (and 2011 Xmas Special) ... 7/10
Still highly watchable. I somehow got the impression that season 3 was supposed to be the last, so I was expecting something very dramatic in the last couple of episode, like maybe Thomas blowing his brains out or murdering Jimmy (and thus switching places with Bates). I was slightly disappointed that the season ended cheerfully. However, I've since found that a 4th season is planned. I'm looking forward it. And I need to find a download of the 2012 Xmas Special asap.
Charlie Jade 10/10
there was only 1st season but it's perfect.
House of Cards: Season 1 (US/Netflix) ... 6/10
It's decent, but not stellar. Spacey's Iago-esque commentary to the audience is an interesting trope; I like the idea, but it is a little clunky and mock-Shakespearean in execution. It is certainly nice to see Kate Mara in the occasional tight or skimpy outfit. The politics are convoluted nonsense. The cynicism is a little hard to stomach. I intend to watch Season 2, but I'm not very excited because it seems like it will only get more and more unrealistic and sensational.
But I'm not butthurt about it. It would just be nice if they got the details right. The Newsroom, for instance, did a better job of that.
Jack Tripper (05-09-2013)