Good character stories for Pierce and Shirley, but the jokes were iffy
Tim Olyphant comes to steal Dunder-Mifflin's clients in a bizarre but funny episode
Bobby and Laurie's stories get emotional, but only just enough to work
A silly but funny Jay/Gloria/Manny subplot, but not much else to recommend
An amnesia case hits home for Hank in another great Donal Logue showcase
SAMCRO (finally!) heads for Belfast
Unforeseen circumstances are getting in the way of a lot of my work this week, and I unfortunately don't have the time to do a full-on review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy." But to be honest, this is an episode I wasn't all that happy with and therefore don't mind giving it short shrift. Too many dumb and/or contrived developments, whether it was the not-so-whispered conversation in the public restroom or the circumstances of Gemma's cold bath. And, frankly, it's well past time to see the Sons in Belfast, because the reasons for delaying them haven't been dramatically interesting enough to justify all this time.
But they'll be there next week, and hopefully the episode will both be stronger and I'll have more time to cover it.
And I will say one very nice thing about "Widening Gyre," which is that I loved Margaret's improvisation with Tara. Just the perfect response to that moment, you know?
What did everybody else think?
The Chuck/Sarah angst gets put on hold for some good old-fashioned Casey/Morgan fun
Tonight's "Chuck" was a lot of fun, as it put the spotlight on the man, the myth, the badass that is Colonel John Casey, and mixed that in with our first bit of extended Morgan spy action in a while, and there was nary a piece of Chuck/Sarah relationship angst to be found, for those of you who were tiring of it. Plus, an "A-Team" shout-out (which had to be in the script well before Stephen J. Cannell died), Joel David Moore quoting one of my favorite lines from "Die Hard," Jeffster goodness and a whole lot more.
As I said earlier today, I don't have time to give "Chuck vs. the Couch Lock" the full review treatment, but feel free to talk about it in the comments. What did everybody else think?
This blog is taking a few days off
Due to some unforeseen circumstances away from the job (don't worry; I'm fine), I need to spend the next few days focusing on non-TV-related things. There's a new, incredibly long podcast up, and I'll put up brief posts on the three shows from the next few days - "Chuck" tonight, "Sons of Anarchy" tomorrow, "Terriers" Wednesday - and hopefully get back into the swing of things on Thursday or Friday. That means a bunch of shows are going to be skipped this week (and the three I write about will get very short shrift), but it can't be helped.
Sorry, folks. What's that John Lennon said about life happening when you're making other plans?
A mega edition with a very special guest
We had the longest-ever Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, as we welcomed our second Very Special Guest in Shawn Ryan to talk "Terriers" (which y'all really need to start watching if you haven't already), "Ride-along," "The Shield" and more, followed by long discussions of the "Rubicon" and "Mad Men." The run-down:
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