Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
I think I’d have to say Person of Interest. It still has wobbly bits every now and again (this last episode? bankers? really? ugh.), but even in the episodes where I really don’t care about the case at all, there are always story-bits that just blow me away. The slow revelation of Reese’s history is being handled very well, the even slower revelation of Finch’s history is forming a big and fascinating backstory for the Machine, and there’s enough doubt (does the machine even exist?, are they really the good guys? etc) to make it addictive, even without a well-handled female lead. Don’t get me wrong, Carter is amazing, and Traji P Henson does phenomenally well with what she’s been given, but lately, she’s riding a desk and handling paperwork for them, and that’s wasting her. Still, with Fusco off somewhere else, there’s a lot of new opportunity for her all of a sudden, if the writers get on it.
And the conspiracies! This is how you handle conspiracies. You give a mob-boss Elias role to Enrico Colantoni, who handles the ice-cold killer part while simultaneously making him sympathetic and charming, not to mention smart enough that we can believe he’d go up against Finch and Reese together. You get your dirty cops and you line them up in a racket that may or may not have to do with Elias, who has his own reasons for what he’s doing and hasn’t shown them all yet. You throw in the CIA, then you make them also in on something shady, and don’t lay out all the pieces just yet, so it’s always more interesting when it comes up.
X-Files and Lost had conspiracies at the heart of their stories, but in X-Files’ case, those became the least fun episodes, and in Lost’s case, the conspiracy became so heavy it didn’t live up to itself. Person of Interest is, so far, keeping it down to earth. The only really crazy thing we have to accept is that there’s this Machine that tells them who to save; everything else is good-cop-bad-cop, bad people trying to redeem themselves against worse people, and really interesting social-personal interactions. Not to mention the sleek and techno-edgy visual stuff.
And Finch and Reese are totally a bromance.
And all of this with a little sardonic wit and the occasional wry comment or classy new player to keep things from getting too heavy. Even with Michael Emerson being strangely stiff and mysterious and with Jim Caviezel mumbling all his lines, it’s great.
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever
Day 05 – A show you hate
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you
Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best TV show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite ship
Day 22 – Favorite series finale
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Best pilot episode
Day 28 – First TV show obsession
Day 29 – Current TV show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death
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