Television Blur (3/17/12)

Smash, “Chemistry” – Let me just get this off my chest, if the melodrama between Julia and Michael goes on for much longer I am going to ran a fork through my eye sockets. Okay, I’m better now. Aside from another episode of Michael swooning for Julia and both of them engaging in terrible decisions while leaving their families behind, “Chemistry” was sort of an unimportant episode. The fire between Ivy and Karen is still intense when Ivy comes down with laryngitis. She then takes a steroid to ensure that she can practice and sing for the workshop presentation, but that creates plenty of mood swings and hallucinations that troubles the leading lady of the Marilyn. Karen falsely gets her hopes up of taking over as Marilyn, but gets a break when a big-shot listened to her sing at the bar mitzvah. Once again, nothing major happened in the episode, but I’m still enjoying it regardless.

Luck, Season 1 Episode 7 – All season long, we’ve been introduced with a handful of engaging characters and we have watched them go throughout their everyday business. We see Jerry gambling his money away, Ace plotting his revenge, Escalante getting pissed off, and a lot more. Even though nothing has seemed to happen yet, a lot of things are constantly in motion and that’s why I love this show. In the latest episode, Walter makes a decision to take Rosie off the horse and potentially having Ronnie ride Gettin’ Up Mornings soon. Also, Jo tells Escalante that she’s pregnant and he takes up the task by being a great parent to a young boy with an abusive uncle. Meanwhile, Ace and Joan Allen become closer and Jerry and Naomi heat things up. The big action scene of the episode is when Michael bashes Nathan’s skull in with a glass ashtray. Just when Ace was beginning to like him. We’ll see exactly what this will force Ace to do in the final two episodes of the season.

Alcatraz, “Clarence Montgomery” – This was mainly a throw-away episode aside from one bit of information that they revealed: that there were experiments being done in Alcatraz that involved extracting blood, infusing it with radio-active material, and then injecting it back into the inmate. So is that what they’re doing to Tommy Madsen? But why? The episode revolved around Clarence, an innocent African American who lived through a tough time of discrimination where “white people always got their way.” It so happens that Clarence was involved with some more experiments in Alcatraz involving a psychological change that turned Clarence into a killer. At the end, Clarence found himself at the wrong end of a shotgun blast. Oh, and looks like Doc Soto has a date.

The River, “The Experiment” – We last left off at some outpost that Emmet Cole’s body was dumped off at in the video tapes, but when the crew reaches the same outpost it is abandoned. This episode dealt with the reason why Kurt took on this mission. His girlfriend was here when a deadly virus was released, turning everyone exposed to it into a flesh-eating zombie. Kurt mourned his loss but at least had the quick turn-around to shoot her zombie state in the head. If only Rick from The Walking Dead had that kind of quick thinking. Anyway, Tess and Lincoln finally are reunited with Emmet, as he was cocooned like a dragonly, preserving his resources until a better time presents itself. The team manages to get Emmet back on the ship, but they have to deal with two zombies, one that kills a recently rescued Rabbit. After Kurt takes out one, Emmet surprises everyone and takes out the other one. I’m not exactly sure what to expect in the season finale, but it seems like there are still a lot of things to resolve, and I doubt The River will get to everything. What impact with the Xulos tribe have as the crew tries to leave. And what’s the deal with Emmet Cole? I’ll be surprised if he makes it out alive come next week.

New Girl, “Control” – While I have enjoyed the majority of the first season of New Girl, this week’s episode did not impress me one bit. It actually might be the worst episode of the season. All the characters don’t move forward: Schmidt and Cece are still barely something, Nick finds another way to be a jerk, Winston still doesn’t matter, and Jess tries to change a good thing once again. In the episode, Jess changes Schmidt from being the control-freak of cleaning and providing for the rest of the apartment to a free-spirited hippie. Meanwhile, Nick and Winston argue about who owes each other money. Both story-lines were bad and therefore, this episode simply shouldn’t have been aired at all. Hopefully the last two episodes (a two-parter) makes up for this terrible blunder.

Awake, “Guilty” – I’m glad that the show isn’t snowballing faster than before it even had time to set its feet into the ground. With the bombshell that Awake dropped on us last episode, it’s beneficial that they ignored the whole mystery about this guy in a suit to allegedly took out Britten’s family. Anyway, we’re back to the family drama of Britten’s family still grieving for the loss of a family member. Hannah attends a charity function when they honor her son, and Rex feels terrible for wishing that his mom was still alive instead of his dad. Meanwhile, a convict escapes from his shackles and kidnaps Rex, seeking justice for the crime he never committed. After he’s shot to death, Britten must confront this convict in his other reality to locate Rex before it’s too late. There were plenty of good moments throughout the episode, and even though the plot was predictable it was still worthwhile. The shrinks didn’t have a major role in this episode and I hope they return to more of his therapy sessions soon.

Community, “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts” – There was nothing that I enjoyed more than the return of Community. After a hiatus, the Greendale gang returned to NBC. Pierce and Shirley team up to start a sandwich shop in the cafeteria when Andrew re-proposes to Shirley. Even though Britta and Jeff deeply oppose marriage, it so happens that Britta is a brilliant wedding planner. Meanwhile, Troy and Abed OD on being weird so they can be normal for Shirley’s wedding rehearsal. This specific story-line was my favorite because Community is always self-aware of its situation that this was basically poking fun at the fact that Community is too different for the general public to grasp. But at the end, Troy and Abed decide to embrace their weirdness and hopefully so will Community.

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