Oh, here it comes. We’re just far enough into Cycle 14 that the crying begins in earnest. Right off the bat, we get to hear from a model mommy who had to leave her baby for this, like, amazing opportunity. Now taking bets on how long it takes for Anslee to cry.
9:00 p.m. ET Excellent. Tonight's "American Idol" results show has been brought to us by "Clash of the Titans." On Wednesday night's "American Idol"... Titans... Will... Clash!
[Full recap of Wednesday's (March 31) "American Idol" after the break...]
"A wise man once said war is coming to this Island. I think it just got here."
This week's episode of the final season of "Lost" was deceptively simple, and at this point, watching fans of the show micro-manage their expectations from week to week is fascinating. I think part of the problem is a sort of separation anxiety that's setting in, and so instead of enjoying the ride from here to the end, fans are starting to go a wee bit crazy. As a result, anything that strikes them as less than perfect gets magnified and they seem to be lose focus.
Relax, kids. Even a week like this week, where things seem very direct and surprisingly linear, is packed with information and answers and suggestions for where we're going in the next two months. Also, let's be fair... almost anything would have seemed like a comedown after last week's Richard Alpert episode, but I think Paul Zbyszewski and Graham Roland did solid work in building this Jin/Sun-centric installment, and in a few moments, I think they may have given us some major peeks behind the curtain.
It had to happen eventually that we'd get an episode that focused on the drive to get Jin and Sun together again, and they've been hinting at it in moments, but tonight, this long-separated couple took center stage, and there were some powerful emotional punches thrown and landed as a result. In TIMELINE A, we backed up a few steps from the point we've already seen, picking up with Jin and Sun at LAX, just after Jin has been questioned by customs about the $25,000 in cash he was trying to carry into the country. He's released, but customs keeps the money. When Sun asks why he was carrying it, he admits that he's not sure. Her father gave it to him just before they left and, as he puts it, "I do what your father tells me."
First things first: "Welcome to the War" is, all told, a pretty good episode of "V." It doesn't fix all of the show's problems, but it gives a clearer indication that the show knows where it's headed than the first four episodes of the season did. New showrunner Scott Rosenbaum wrote it, and it meets his stated goal of including three or four moments that make the viewer go "Holy crap!" as they watch. And while the show is improved on that score and on the score of feeling like it's going somewhere, I don't know that it's improved on the show's fairly consistent problem of making each episode a distinct unit. Increasingly, the show feels like a collection of scenes, not a TV show. But let's back out to some TV theory for a second.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (March 30) "V" after the break...]
Tuesday (March 30) night is Soul and R&B Night for the "American Idol" Top 10.
After the unavoidable mockery that accompanied last week's guest mentor, a certain Ms. Miley Cyrus, I can't say anything bad about Tuesday's mentor. Usher's status in the recording industry and the world of popular music is hard to contest. Let's hope he can help the Top 10 on Tuesday.
Recap of the performances after the break...
It’s a bittersweet time to be a “24” fan, given that we now know this will be the final season of the show. We’ve had ups, downs, and unfortunate appearances by cougars over the years. At its best, the show has provided enough adrenaline and fast-paced action to satisfy even the most jaded of fans. At its worst, it turns into a parody of itself, with fans able to spot the plot twists and narrative machinations hours before anyone in CTU can.
But I come neither to praise nor bury “24”: I come merely to recap the latest hour. So here we go!
One of the best things "Breaking Bad" has in its corner is its complete willingness to play with our expectations. It's a show about a man who loses whatever moral center he had when he turns to cooking meth, so while it's obvious the show is going to be getting back to Walt's side occupation (and, increasingly, his real one) sooner rather than later, the series' willingness to let this play out with some sense of how it might really play out when a man had to choose between making a lot of money and getting his family back is commendable. I like a show that takes its time. But I also like a show that just jumps to what you know the end will be. Since the twins crossed the border last week, we've known they'd figure out who Walter was and have a run-in with him. But I don't think anyone would have predicted it would happen this quickly.
[Full recap after the break...]
In what’s becoming a pandemic of programming, tonight marks the start of a long hiatus for “Caprica.” Following in the less-than-ideal footsteps of shows such as “FlashFoward,” “V,” and to a lesser extent its own parent show “Battlestar: Galactica,” fans of the show will now have to wait a few months until getting the second-half of what’s nominally the first season of the show.
At some point, talk of a show’s “season” will be meaningful only in terms of semantics and DVD packaging. As such, I’m treating tonight’s episode “End of Line” less as a season finale and more as a planned cliffhanger in anticipation of an extended absence. So, how do things stack up as we reached the end of the line for “Caprica” for now? Let’s find out!
[Full recap of Friday's (March 26) "Caprica" after the break...]