Friday Filter-TV Premiere Week 3

Here is round three of my initial reactions to season openers!

The Crazy Ones

This is a new comedy staring Sarah Michelle Geller and Robin Williams who run an advertising firm. I was intrigued because of Robin Williams being on a prime time show. I figured I would give it a whirl. It’s not horrible, but it is not a hit yet. There were some pretty funny moments which is to be expected with Robin Williams. But also to be expected the story was kind of all over the place. The concept is fresh, so I liked that it was something new on TV. It’s not about the law or doctors, so it is something different from my usual shows. I am hoping the banter picks up and gets an even flow. I have a three time rule of thumb when it comes to to new experiences, so I will watch again for the next couple weeks to see if I get sucked in or not.

Parenthood

Parenthood

I love everything about this show. The cast, the story, the emotion.  I feel like it is the most real show that I watch. There are real problems and the reactions are as real as they can be in Hollywood. There are some dramatic moments, but for the most part they don’t go overboard with the theatrics.  I also love the family dynamic going on. You really see how one life can affect a whole bundle of people. It shows the web of family and the quirkiness when they overlap and intersect. I envision my family like the Bravermans-someday. You miss out on this when you are in the military or are far away from family all the time. I am interested to see how this relationship with Amber and Ryan plays out. I wonder how true to the military lifestyle they will be. Naturally though, I was crying at the end of the episode with the homecoming ceremony. There really is nothing like that moment, and it brought me back to seeing Tom for the first time off the plane. If you don’t watch this, you should definitely add this to your list! Just trust me.

Glee

Much like Grey’s Anatomy, I am not really into this show anymore. I have watched it since the beginning, so I feel the obligation to stay until the end. I really only come back to see what covers they do. I love the music, but the story isn’t so hot. It is so unrealistic. I mean really they make it seem like Ohio and New York are a 5 minute drive from each other. They all just need to get over themselves and stop being primadonnas. The music though is phenomenal. I love some of their renditions better than the originals. I am interested to see what happens to Finn’s character, which I guess is revealed in the third episode of the season. So we’ll see how this goes.

Once Upon A Time

I constantly have to pick my jaw off the floor when I watch this show. I am in awe of what is happening on the screen, and have to ask myself what just happened all the time. This is such a magical show. They make the fairy tales I grew up with come alive again, but with a very different spin. I love how they are all intertwined. How they make up these storyboards is beyond me. So creative and original. Every week it is like they are peeling off a new layer of an onion, and you aren’t really sure how thick it actually is. It is weirding me out that Pan is bad though. Peter Pan was never my favorite story, but he was always portrayed as a happy boy, not a sadistic lying kidnapper. They have sucked me into Storybrooke, and I want to see them have a happy ending. I don’t even know what to say about the awesomeness that is this show. I still haven’t been able to wrap my head around what is happening, but I know in  my heart it is marvelous and addicting.

Scandal

The Gladiators are back! The show is full of sharp turns showing the deception and corruption in politics. I heard it described once that West Wing is how we want the White House to look like and Scandal is how we fear the White house actually is. Pretty much. First of all, I love Olivia Pope. Her clothes, her smarts, her can-do attitude. I could live in her closet and be a happy camper. We were left off last season thinking that her dad wanted to kill her, at least that’s what I thought. After the premiere, I am still not really sure what his role is in everything. All I know is that he has a funny way of showing his affection for his daughter. It seems as though she has been a burden to him ever since her mom died. This first episode was full of people trying to cover things up and how to make the media believe something new to make the American people look the other way. It is full of word play and how powerful the display is, which I find facsinating This is a show that you can’t blink otherwise you will miss something. It’s like I am in a trance for an hour while watching all the scandals and Olivia’s team trying to be fixers. What do you think Cyrus saw in that folder in the last 5 seconds? President Grant might not be the dreamboat I had always thought. Bummer.

I am still trying to find a balance with not controlling the TV every night. The bonus with Tom committed to the hunting season is that I can watch all the shows he doesn’t like while he is out sitting in his new tree stand. The downside, I have to avoid social media so things don’t get ruined before I watch them. Problems of a T.V. junkie.

Friday Filters offer a review that are my own opinions. I was not contacted by anyone associated with these works or compensated for my review. My review has not been influenced by anything other than my love for entertainment and art.

Come back on Sunday for “Autumn on My Mind.” Sunday’s episode is about fall date activities that you can do in your community. You can see the full schedule here.

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