Friday, May 13, 2016

Season in Review: the DOA -- Castle, Agent Carter, and Supergirl

There have been so many shows this season, I van't even keep track, really.

So let's start with the dead, or the dying.

To start with, Yes, Castle has finally bit the bullet. But let's face it, we knew that it was dead the moment that Stana Katic wasn't going to come back. It has been eight seasons of utter insanity, and I enjoyed every minute of it. You could say that it taught me how to do romance ... though not quite as drawn out. Hell, you could even say that this was the tv show that taught network television that, yes, you CAN have a man and a woman get married and grow together as a couple, and not kill the show.

But, alas, it couldn't go on forever. You knew it was on its last legs when Season 7 ended neatly. I knew it was on it's last season with the incredibly shaky opening this season.

Oh well. All in all, it was a fun ride. And it will be missed.

Agent Carter, on the other hand, won't be. While I like the character of Peggy Carter, the show ... oh my God, the show. It had two modes: fun or brain dead. While the second season cut back on the out and out man-hating from season 1, there was a lot of talking and not a lot of actually doing anything. Seriously, people, the secret to a tv show is that STUFF ACTUALLY HAPPENS. As strange as that might be. In Europe, it is "the cinema" so we could see all the things on screen. In America, they're movies, because THEY MOVE. Remember that.

Of course, the past of Peggy Carter was completely irrelevant to the story. While it was amusing to see them at least acknowledge that Carter was a Bletchley girl, I didn't need to know that she was going to be a normal woman at one point. Who cared? Get on with the story. And then, in one of the last episodes, we had a 10-15 minute musical number while she was knocked out.

I will not miss this show. Good night, Miss Carter. You missed every opportunity to surpass Agents of SHIELD, and I look forward to when I can write the obituary on that show, too.

On the other hand, then there's Supergirl -- a preachy, whiny, wussy little show that somehow manages to spend over $3 million an episode. How does it do that? They don't really have an awful lot of stunts. Not even a ton of special effects. The sets might cost that much, but I'm a little curious where all that money went, because it wasn't on the screen.

Season 1 was a massive disappointment to me, and it can be summed up in the last two episodes. Yes, the last two episodes boiled down to "STOP TALKING AND DEBATING AND JUST DO SOMETHING. ANYTHING."  I didn't quite throw things at the tv, but it was close.

Also, there is something truly wrong with the show when it has a crossover with The Flash, and wastes it. I'm reasonably certain that they made Barry Allen dumber for his appearance on ths show -- it's the only reason I can imagine they had him throw lightning at someone made from pure electricity. And similarly stupid things. The only reason to watch that episode boiled down to watching the dynamic of Flash and Supergirl interacting.

The sad thing is that the entire point of the last two episodes, "Hope conquers all," is being covered to better effect on Arrow at the same time.

It's especially disappointing when the final fight scene for Supergirl was Kara and her uncle Non blasting at each other with eye beams. The result was for Non's eyes to explode, and him apparently dying. Please consider that the actor for that was Chris Vance, the same man who did some great Jason Statham fight scenes on a weekly basis in a Transporter TV show. And no one figured out that maybe having an epic knock-down drag-out for a season finale might, just might, have been a good thing.

Can you tell I'm annoyed?

While this show is not dead, it is moving to The CW, which is a good thing. I suspect that 90% of the problems with the show come from direct studio interference. They had one demographic, and guided the show for that demographic and that alone, completely ignoring every other type of possible viewer. Maybe whoever was jerking it around at CBS will be hands off when it comes to CW, and maybe the 8 million viewers will follow along with it.

And, with that show, Greg Berlanti will own Monday-Thursday at 8 pm on the CW, with Friday as a day off. Just imagine that crossover between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. You'd think that crossover might be a bit of a mess.

You might even call it .... a Crisis.


1 comment:

  1. Here you go. My analysis of the supergirl finale.

    Yeah I'm posting this here to restrain my rant. And yeah I wasn't thrilled either.


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