My viewing schedule was admittedly a little light this week, but I still found a number of entertainment options pick-worthy. Drama was all the rage, and some of my favorites were more than generous with plot developments and great performances.
Switched at Birth 1.19 Write a Lonely Soldier
This week’s episode brought Ty (Blair Redford, who defected to ABC Family’s The Lying Game last year) back to the mix to continue to rattle the fledgling relationship between Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Emmett (Sean Berdy). As the worry surrounding Ty’s safety dissipated when he called from Afghanistan, Bay and Emmett were still left to work through the revelation that Bay has been maintaining wartime correspondence with Ty without filling him in on her relationship with Emmett. Meanwhile, a love triangle seemed in the works for Daphne (Katie Leclerc) when she connected with deaf classmate Travis (Ryan Lane) dealing with both anger management and family environment issues, and Wilke (Austin Butler) failed to step up when she tried to explain the importance of him at least attempting to learn to sign. Lastly, illusions to an attraction between Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and her lawyer Craig (Sam Page), as well as the breakup of Toby (Lucas Grabeel) and his girlfriend Simone (Maiara Walsh), capped off an hour full of relationship drama.
Revenge 1.16 Scandal
Leave it to Revenge to zig when I thought it was going to zag. Many a nighttime soap has taken a mystery to its greatest possible duration, so I was appreciatively shocked when we learned who really shot Tyler Barrol (Ashton Holmes) in the final minutes of this week’s episode. This development was so great, I can almost forgive Revenge for leaving us with reruns for the rest of the month and then some.
Smash 1.4 The Cost of Art
This week we began to see how the fallout of the auditions could affect the show itself. After rehearsals got off to a rough start, Karen (Katharine McPhee) stood up for herself, earning a mix of admiration and empathy from a new group of friends. It was really interesting to see the veterans teach the newbie what it means to be part of the ensemble. I was also pleasantly surprised by the grown-up guest appearance Nick Jonas, who held his own in scenes with Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston.
Being Human 4.2 Being Human 1955
Sometimes Annie’s (Lenora Crichlow) cheeriness and optimism is a bit too much to take, but this week it made her resolve to protect Eve and bring Tom (Michael Socha) and Hal (Damien Molony) together so impressive. Bravo to Lenora Crichlow who sure knows how to set it up a performance to knock it out of the park! Also, Damien Molony took all of ten minutes to establish Hal as at least as able as Mitchell (Aidan Turner) to carry the vampire storyline. Finally, as filled with anger as he is, I find Socha actually endearing Tom to me (and I don’t think it’s because I miss his sister in Lauren on Misfits!) I’m really enjoying how they’ve been able to retool the show after such major character departures and simply cannot wait for whatever they have planned this season.
The Walking Dead 2.10 18 Miles Out
I’ll confess: about half of this episode held little interest for me. Luckily, the Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) showdown made up for the lackluster bits. In addition to the testosterone fueled confrontation we’ve been building up to for weeks, we got the kind of prolonged zombie action we’ve been waiting for since the premiere. Hopefully this momentum keeps growing as we approach the season finale this month.
Awake 1.1 Pilot
I’m trying really hard not to be too pushy about this one. All I’ll say is if you don’t give it a try, you’re only hurting yourself. If you’re interested in my thoughts and a promo video, check out the March Premieres link below.
- TvHabit: TV To Do: 2012 March Premieres
- TheTwoCents: Switched At Birth – Recap & Review – Write A Lonely Soldier
- Entertainment Weekly: Awake Premiere Review: Did the Show Put You To Sleep, Or Intrigue You?
One minute it felt like there wasn’t much going on, and the next there was too much to write about! Did anything take you by surprise this week?