On the Telly : 09/5 to 09/11

September has rolled in and most of the television shows I watch premieres this week or the upcoming weeks. In addition to the new shows I started watching a couple of months back, Law and Order UK and Merlin start up again this week. Here’s how the week in television went :

Rizzoli and Isles

1.09 – The Beast in Me The death of a young man, leads to Dr. Isles finding out more about her biological father, who is not what she expected him to be.

Rating: 4.5/5. I am loving and loving this series every time they air a new episode. The cast dynamic is great and the character interaction is just so good. I love the banter between Jane and Maura as well as that of Jane’s family. And speaking of bonds, this week’s episode showcases Maura’s family. Discovering that the victim of their current case turns out to be Maura’s half-brother and the revelation that her real father was one of the most wanted leader of an Irish mob was really interesting. To end the episode with Jane and her team allowing Maura’s father to kill the person who murdered his son for revenge and to protect Maura was a really good twist to the plot.



 

Covert Affairs

1.09- Fool in the Rain An Iranian trade delegate who escaped his handlers approaches the CIA to cut a deal. In exchange for entry to the United States, he is willing to hand over stolen intelligence.

Rating : 2.5/5. Quite honestly, I still don’t know what to make of this tv show. It’s like-able, it has it’s moments but overall, I have yet to see where this is all leading to. I sometimes have an issue with Piper’s acting … she can over-act scenes sometimes and it bugs me whereas I perk up every time I see Christopher Gorham in a scene. What does that tell you? Annie gets a surprise assignment while vacationing with her sister and it’s in the form of a run-away Iranian delegate. Although the interaction between Annie and her assignment (Yaya) and again with him and Annie’s sister was fun to watch, the flashbacks and the fake cgi used in those scenes was definitely a drawback for this episode.

 

White Collar

2.09 – Point Blank When Peter and Neal find a vital clue in the mystery of who killed Kate, Neal orchestrates an elaborate con to bring himself face to face with her murderer.

Rating: 4/5. This week’s episode is the show’s summer finale and returns in January 2011. I literally screamed “Noooo!” at my screen at the way this episode ended. The episode was really put together well with the plot, the ongoing mystery of the music box and Kate’s death and then there’s Fowler’s revelation about his involvement with the entire thing. I thought the season was going on hiatus quietly, maybe with more details about the mystery but to see Mozzie shot and not knowing whether he was going to live or die is definitely a shocker of a mid-season finale! Gimme my Mozzie back please. I don’t want him to die!

 

Top Chef

4.13 – Finale Pt. 1 The chefs must create traditional Singapore street food using a wok. For the first time in the history of Top Chef, the winner of the final Quickfire Challenge wins a guaranteed spot in the finals.

Rating: 3/5. To Singapore we go! The final four chefs fly to Singapore where the season finale of the series is taking place. They come into the hawker place one by one supposedly just after landing from their various origins; they get introduced to the different Asian cuisine and for kicks (and as the Quick Fire challenge + immunity) they’re asked to cook their version of what they’ve seen so far. I did not expect Ed to win immunity considering Angelo had more supposed knowledge of Asian food. The episode was intense (as per usual) but I found Ed kind of being a meanie with those sarcastic remarks. I was sorry to see Kelly go though. Now it’s the boys that’s up for the final episode. I’m for either Ed or Angelo.

 

Law and Order UK

3.01 – Broken The terrifying CCTV image of a toddler being led to his death haunts this episode of Law & Order UK which deals with the difficult and morally complex issue of children who kill. As a society, we are very unforgiving of child killers but if the killers themselves are only children, it begs the question – who really is responsible for the crime? With two children in the frame, each blaming the other, can forensic evidence prove who is guilty of strangling little Conor to death? In an emotionally gut wrenching episode, George defies his superiors and instead takes instruction from the victim’s mother who has a surprising point of view on the crime. Can the justice system, and ultimately the government, afford to be lenient?

Rating: 4.5/5. If there was a proper way to start a season for a courtroom drama then this would be it. The episode was brilliantly made; gripping and very emotional. There were a few scenes that really stood out for me in the episode; (1) When they brought the mother in to identify her son’s body; (2) When the mother asks the Crown to get her son’s murderer help by saying “I hate what she did to my son, but I cannot hate a child”; and (3) When the Prosecutor was questioning the mother of the little girl who committed the crime. I was equally as torn as the prosecutors whether to try and get the girl in jail or help. I’m so happy this show is back!

 

Nikita

1.01 – Pilot Nikita, an assassin and former recruit seeks revenge on the Division, the secret U.S. agency that once doublecrossed her. Meanwhile, a troubled teenage girl named Alex is newly recruited to the Division and begins her training.

Rating: 2/5. So Vix and I decided to give this show a try. It never hurts to give a new series a chance, does it? I was a bit confused about the timeline in the beginning. Seeing as the episode opens with Nikita herself rambling on about who she was and all that and all of a sudden it flashes on to this girl being caught during a robbery. The episode was a bit too dragging for me especially that scene with Nikita and her “father” — why’d she have to tell him everything? I’m inclined to give this show another episode or two to see if it gets better.

 

Haven

1.09 – As You Were Audrey’s new Haven friends surprise her at an isolated local hotel and give her a birthday party. However, they soon discover that their host is a chameleon, a shapeshifter influenced by the Troubles to start killing and taking on new forms. Soon no one knows who is who, or who can be trusted.

Rating: 3/5. The episode in itself was good; the story, the setting and the events were all nicely done but I just can’t help but feel like there’s something missing. Sometimes I wish they would explain where these creatures came from or how they got to be how they were. And can we please get more information on the whole “Colorado Kid” already? The mystery’s been dragged on for quite a number of episodes already.

 

Merlin

3.01 – The Tears of Uther Pendragon It’s been a year since Morgana went missing. After a long search, she is finally found wandering in the woods, and nobody but the King can rejoice more. Morgana tries to put the past behind her, and she tries to make Merlin her friend again. But Merlin does not fall for her, as he knows she is not the Morgana he used to know.

Rating: 3/5. The episode takes place a year after the events of the last season and Uther has gone and sacrificed most of his men on some war that involves looking for Morgana. I’m not exactly sure why they’re on a war looking for her, but she suddenly appears out of nowhere. Everybody welcomes her back to Camelot with open arms and it seems like everything is back to the way it was. Only, it isn’t — Morgana has turned evil. I liked Katie McGrath; she’s beautiful especially when she smiles — but I always had a problem when she tried the sad/crying route. It just didn’t work. Her evil face is amazing though. She plays devious and vengeful Morgana really well. The fight for Camelot is back!

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