I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that the final run of episodes on “24” feel no more or less urgent than…well, any other episode of “24.” At its best, the show has built upon its long history to give both context and weight to the overall proceedings. Even in its shaky seventh season, the Big Bads has a history with the show going back several years. But this year, even with the insertion of figures like Charles Logan, feels self-contained. Even if the show wasn’t aware this would be the last season at the outset, there’s just no sense that the show’s total run has led up to this current state of affairs. It’s just another (admittedly awful) day in the life of Jack Bauer. No more, no less. It’s not bad, but it could have been so much more.
But less about what might have been and more about what actually is. Let’s see what went down tonight.
[Full recap of Monday's (May 3) "24" after the break...]
There was a time when you just didn't kill a regular cast member on a television series. Major TV deaths were so few and far between that the ones that did exist - Henry Blake's plane being shot down over the Sea of Japan or Rosalind plunging down the elevator shaft - became weirdly legendary. Then, about ten years ago or so (I'd place it to roughly the death of Big Pussy on "The Sopranos"), killing off characters because just a Thing You Did if you wanted to be taken seriously as an Important Drama Series.
[Full recap of Sunday's (May 2) "Breaking Bad" after the break...]
Flashbacks, revelations, and the truth about how Stefan and Damon became vampires abound this week in Mystic Falls, where we also see the beginnings of puppy (or is it vampy?) love between Anna and Jeremy. We also get answers to some juicy questions: Why has Damon hated Stefan for over a century? Why does Stefan want to die an angsty death? And are you ready to see beloved characters kick the bucket in this shocking episode of "The Vampire Diaries??"
[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
"Knights had no meaning in this game. It wasn't a game for knights." A line from Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep,” and potentially apt for “Fringe” as a whole. We’ve got soldiers, but these soldiers don’t come from any round table. They come through cracks in dimensions, shape shifters and scientists and other than violate the known laws of the universe in order to ensure their side wins in a war neither really understands. All the know is they have to win, even if the first shot fired was friendly in nature.
[Full recap of Thursday (April 29) night's "Fringe" after the break...]
Anslee is gone, and six girls remain for Cycle 14 of "America's Next Top Model" -- you know, the rustic sheep cycle! This episode sees the girls traveling to New Zealand to do their go-sees and check out the, um, fashion scene. Well, to its credit, New Zealand probably has a seriously ferocious wool sweater industry. Anyway, it’s down to Jessica, Alasia, Krista, Alexandra, Raina and Octomom -- I mean, sorry, Angelea. At this point, Raina, Krista and Angelea have the strongest portfolios, but Alasia just may have the most raw talent in the bunch, and Alexandra, last time I checked, still has those killer looks. Jessica, well, it takes all kinds.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (April 28) "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]
9:00 p.m. ET Wednesday (April 28) night's "American Idol" begins with another of those hilariously bombastic high-drama openings that suggests that tonight, dreams will be shattered, rebellions fomented and the very laws of gravity will be defied.
Full recap, including Wednesday's results after the break..
Greetings, Gleeks! We kick off the third post-hiatus episode of "Glee" with a return to some of the best, underappreciated things about this show: namely, Kurt, Mercedes, and storylines about family, home, and self-confidence. Kurtcedes fans (that's Kurt + Mercedes, natch) are treated to an episode headlined by the fab twosome while Schuester is reunited with an old friend: Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes! Just how meaty is this episode? Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, AND the lady who plays Finn's mom get to cry! Dig in and tell us what you think below.
[Full recap of Tuesday (April 27) night's "Glee" after the break...]