TV, that is!
Firstly, we have to officially wrap our heads around the fact that Enlightened is no more. We have seen all there is to be seen of Amy Jellicoe but at least we have the consolation of it being perfect. No wacky this-is-past-its-prime plotlines. Just two seasons of perfection. And yet, I will miss those crazy people. It has been wonderful to see a TV show so willing to dwelve in the difficulties of life, even if TV is usually so comforting because those difficulties are forgotten. What I mean is that, in your typical TV show it is extremely easy to tell apart the good guys from the bad guys and you always love the main character (unless we are talking about Smash...). But in Enlightened, these decisions are as tough as they are in real life. Is Amy a good person? Are her intentions always good and/or clear? Is it normal to hate her and, a second later, understand her perfectly and love her again? In conclusion: if these questions arise you probably are watching excellent television. The only thing I regret is watching the final episode without knowing it was the last one (I thought there were ten!!). Or maybe I don't regret it because the impact was stronger. I don't know. I just love it.*
Just as much (I'm not capable of playing favorites with this season TV shows) as I love Girls. And again, it is a show that lives in that grey liminal space where cool TV is born. Why? Well, I would say because, when watching it, you are always torn between hugging Hannah or slapping her. Her OCD development has been brilliant. Lena Dunham deserves acting awards this season... (those that stupidly forget Laura Dern). And Marnie. God, I love Marnie. Her singing at that party was so embarrassing... For us as an audience, too, that is what's wonderful! And Adam, so scary and so lovable... I loved, loved and loved this season. I loved how many episodes worked as independent stories. I loved Hannah going crazy. I loved Carey Mulligan's cameo and the horrifying consequences it brought. Have I said I love it?
Well, I also love House of Cards! We started watching because we are Fincher fanboys and it was so addictive that I understand Netflix's decision to release all 13 episodes at once. If I had had to wait a week to watch what was going on I would have killed myself... I have so much love for this show that I'm even starting to like Kevin Spacey. As an actor, I mean, it would be impossible not to love Frank Underwood. And Claire, oh my God, what is going on with that lady? I can't wait to read a thesis paper on the relationship between Claire Underwood and Betty Draper. Her story with the origami has been one of the very best things I have ever seen on TV. And Peter Russo, I could not, in a million years, have seen what they were going to do with that character. Corey Stoll is not only sexy as they come, he also deserves every Supporting Actor Award there is...
So, these three wonderful ambiguous shows are over for now (Enlightened is over for good! AaAAaaHhhH!!). But, there is still plenty to see. Other shows we follow are:
- Grey's Anatomy: Religiously. Seriously. In every aspect of life you can ask yourself: What would Meredith do? And be sure, it will be the right decision.
- Scandal: Even though we are still watching the first season. What can be said? I'd love to live in Shondaland!
- Modern Family: Now with a 30% less laughs! It is literally less funny every day. And I hate all of the adult characters whose last names are not Pritchett (Claire is included as a Pritchett, thank you very much). That is to say, I hate Phil, Cameron and Gloria (who used to be my favorite character!).
- Glee: Despite my constant complaints I enjoy this show very much. I even like the new characters who are basically blueprint copies of past characters. Nevertheless, I will never stand Kurt. Santana forever, obviously. Naya Rivera is the best part, period.
- Community: Many people are having trouble with this season (and it being DanHarmon-less) but I am liking it so far. I have already used Changnesia in order not to show up in class. It is true, though, that there is something weird about the Britta/Troy relationship (apart from the fact that Troy is mine forever, I mean...)
- Parks and Recreation: I Shondaland ever closed I would go to live to Pawnee. And I would be so happy remembering Lil' Sebastian, renting-a-swag, blaming Jerry, eating pancakes and singing Time After Time (best moment ever, or what??)
- New Girl: I find this more and more irritating and just when we were about to stop watching, Jess and Nick kissed! So, we HAVE to keep watching even though Schmidt is as hateful as a puppy-eating robot. He was the best part of season one but thanks to an overkill from the writers and from Max Greenfield, he is insufferable. I love Cece.
- The New Normal: More Matt Bomer, please. I really like the characters but it is tiring that they have to learn twelve life lessons in twenty minutes of episode.
- Smash: Or how it should be called, What Does Katherine McPhee Know About Steven Spielberg? Seriously, how can she be the leading actress not only in a musical about Marilyn but also in the TV show about said musical?!? An expired can of peaches in a wig would do a more convincing job. And Megan Hilty is so good! Why is she not Marilyn?! What is happening?!?
Anyways, I love me some TV. If it is groundbreaking, earth-shattering and sinfully good, all the better. If not... I'll probably watch it anyway.
*Another TV show that ended this season was Gossip Girl. And even though it could not hold a candle to, basically, anything else on TV, I still enjoyed the sillyness of it all. And Lily Van der Woodsen. Always Lily Van der Woodsen...