The TV Obsessed Week In Review: The Walking Dead, Alcatraz, Missing

The Walking Dead ended its second season with a surefire statement that things are going to change. Chased off of the farm and the fodder killed, the gang has to find new arrangements. Rick asserts his leadership and the camera pans to the prison. Hopefully that’s more interesting than the farm.

Shameless: It’s not often that a television character is pure evil, but Monica is as close to one as they come. When she’s alone she’s trying to find an edge, and when she with other people she’s constantly manipulating, all without regard for consequences. What’s more confusing is why any stands to put up with her in the slightest.

If Supernatural wants to do an episode about cursed objects, fine, that’s cool. If Supernatural wants to do an episode about cursed objects which somehow dovetails into the Leviathans, that’s just stupid. The two stories weren’t even tied together, related only because they happened in the same town. And how did this major coincidence happen? Beats me.

Well, looks like The Vampire Diaries is finally getting rid of the ring plot device, as it turns the wearer into a killer. The Stefan and Klaus flashbacks were good, but it feels like the overall plot has no juice. There’s not much urgency with Klaus or Bonnie’s mother. Everything is just hanging out there.

Community is back and the ratings were good!

Missing is truly a bizarre show. It goes from Lifetime-style musical montages to brief spurts of fighting and back to to musical montages. I don’t get it.

I don’t know what The River’s long-term plans were, but as it stands the show won’t be getting a second season. What’s more odd is that the second to last episode of the season introduces an entire new story–scientists performing unethical medical studies and create zombies–gets Emmett back, and then concludes the new story as everyone hops back onto the boat. Why the rush? Humans creating zombies is far more interesting than ad hoc magic in the jungle.

Smash’s ratings have stopped falling for the most part, but, in my opinion, the quality hasn’t. I don’t know what the writers’ conception of love is, but Michael pestering Julia until she sleeps with him was pretty creepy, not to mention they are both married with kids. While he rest of the episode was okay, Michael’s overbearing attitude was too much.

The new wrinkle in Alcatraz is that the doctor actually turns innocent prisoners (well, one at least) into actual killers. The seems more interesting than the usual fare, so hopefully we’ll learn more. But we probably won’t since the ratings keep falling. The problem is that the expectations of the show were high–that it would be an exciting, Lost-like adventure produced by JJ Abrams. Instead, it turned out to be a procedural with mystery elements on top. For people who poured over Lost, looking for tiny hints even if there were none, this surely was not enough. And those who do watch procedurals–people who didn’t like the serialized nature of Lost and having to keep up every week–were already not watching.

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