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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New York/Puppy Catch Up Post part 1. Supernatural and Mindy

One of us went to New York City. Also, one of us got puppies. If you've never had puppies, you don't know what time-consuming maniacs they are. Trust us. They take a lot of work. But TV waits for no man (or dog), so a lot has happened on the Tube since we last talked to you guys.

Game of Thrones premiered, finally. Thank the good Lord. We love that show so much we named the puppies after a couple of incestuous Lannisters. The puppies are also male and female babies from the same litter. They are already trying to mount each other. They will be fixed ASAP. No one wants a Joffrey.

Supernatural season 8, episodes 10-19
We were shocked at how little we've mentioned Supernatural this year. We've been updating and commenting on the "Supernatural Episodes You Can Skip" post a lot, so it feels like we've been discussing it. But it deserves a post. Bravo to the new showrunner from taking it from abysmal to "just okay." That's more than we could have asked for.

The show has been pandering to fans with the Castiel angst and the return of Felicia Day. Ugh, we just don't get her. We saw her in Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and thought she ruined her part by being totally unable to sing. She's kind of blah. Don't hate us, nerds. Worship your goddess. We'll just be over here, quietly wondering what the big deal is.

This episode was total comic relief, especially considering how well Dean fit in with these nerds. He acts like he's the "grunt" instead of the brains, but he's one of us, dammit. He knows where armies should move and everything. It's fun to see him play dress up. We laughed a lot. Even the name of the fake kingdom struck us as amusing. Moondor. As for the Braveheart speech at the end? We laughed so hard. Oh God, we couldn't breathe. Dean is such an embarrassment to himself. Larp and the Real Girl wasn't boring, and with a show like Supernatural, that makes it a success.

Sam finally broke up with his boring girlfriend in the dumb episode where that rando angel got tortured. The saddest breakup of that episode was Benny/Dean. Those who are caught up know that Benny turned out to be just about the nicest side character on this show: forgiving AND useful. We got to see Bobby again, but we don't think the show made good use of the opportunity. We just saw him. That's it. It wasn't interesting or particularly funny or touching.

By the time Sam walks out on Amelia, they are knowing adulterers (hurray), and we hoped Sam would leave the hunting life and just leave us alone already. By this point, we were so soured on his character that we would have given that episode an A+ if it had ousted or killed him. We don't like cheaters, especially since the pilot of this show made a huge deal about how Sam was a good guy and has never been unfaithful.

The show then dipped further into the Winchester family tree with the introduction of their paternal grandfather, who was also into the supernatural scene. Another wasted opportunity. The most we got out of this was a cool lair for the brothers. The Hitler episode was another one that should have been better. This show must have the most uncreative writers in the world. We SUCK at coming up with stories, and we could write better episodes than that one.

The show picked things up with the three trials. Finally, we have a goal and more reasons for Dean to try to off himself so that Sam lives. His low self-esteem gets us feeling bad for him enough to care about this show. Then the show immediately dropped in quality to the lowest of the lows: a Man Witch episode. Those are never good, and this was one of the worst ones. Bestiality. Blech.

The show writers had another good idea after that when they brought Zeus and Prometheus to play. We love that kind of mythology. But it only netted us an average episode. Castiel is able to resist all the powers of heaven to stop himself from killing Dean, which was romantic, but Meg's death soured us on the episode. We like her. Not the actress so much, but the character.

Krissy (is that her name?) comes back as the kid who thinks Dean is a dork. You shut your face, brat. Dean is the coolest of all time. That was another okay episode. There was a decent twist (for this show). The most recent episode, where Sam completes the second trial, was more boring than entertaining, but at least it moves the season along plotwise. We aren't loving this season, but we aren't hating it either.
Torn and Frayed: C+, Larp and the Real Girl: B+, As Time Goes By: B, Everybody Hates Hitler: C+, Trial and Error: B+, Man's Best Friend With Benefits: F, Remember the Titans: B-, Goodbye Stranger: B, Freaks and Geeks: C, Taxi Driver: C-

The Mindy Project season 1, episodes 11-20
It's been ten episodes since we last mentioned The Mindy Project. Since then, we feel like it's blossomed into a watchable, funny show with a mostly solid cast and a relatable tone. In short, it's improved. Not much, but some. Leeard loves it a ton. Ern thinks it's "fine." We both still watch it, so there's that going for it. Other than a few missteps, this show has been consistently watchable in the second half of its season.

We are glad Anna Camp went from a regular to "recurring," because she is too talented to be stuck as the underused Gwen. Mindy should have put that character in her doctor's office in some way, just to keep her around more. She's definitely the best of Mindy's supporting female characters. We liked Allison Williams from Girls on this show. It was also a great idea to have Mindy hook up with Brendan the midwife. We feel like that's not over.

Most of the relationships on this show are extremely short, which is fine, because it's working. We're interested in seeing who the characters are going to meet next and how freakish they are going to turn out to be. The Danny/Mindy connection is as familiar as anything on TV, but it's still working for us. They don't have the chemistry of Nick and Jess on New Girl, but they are the strongest characters on this show, and whenever they are paired, we usually get good scenes.

We also enjoyed BJ Novak's stint as a guy who is in love with his female best friend. Mindy has poked fun at several classic rom-coms, and that was one of her best efforts. Pretty Man was great too. That was this week's episode, which had Mindy trying to change the life of a hot gigolo. It all led to embarrassment, of course.

We weren't digging the episode with the news spot and the sarcastic patient, but the Seth Rogan episode was good. Mindy's Birthday rested on good ideas, but turned out to be all-over-the-place. There was no reason to bring Beverly back either. We laughed at the Christian boyfriend, but we are not happy to see him returning tonight. Isn't that joke played out after that one episode? Overall, we're happy with the way things have been going.

Bunk Bed: B+, Hooking Up Is Hard: B-, Harry & Sally: B+, Harry & Mindy: A-, Mindy's Minute: C+, The One That Got Away: A-, Mindy's Birthday: B-, Danny's Friend: C+, My Cool Christian Boyfriend: B, Pretty Man: B

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