Premature? That’s the word that’s been running through my head after watching Truth and Consequences. Specifically, it runs through my mind when thinking of what happens to Billy. He has been presented as an interesting foil for Boyd, and just last week we learned that his sister was the puppet master. In the episode’s opening we learn how exactly she pulls the strings and how she gets money from those she has a negative effect on.
The sophomore slump is certainly not a new concept. We’ve seen constant examples of it in sports, even when we were in high school or college and it’s certainly no stranger to television. There are plenty of TV shows that were wonderful their initial season, purely because they were better thought out in terms of building a foundation. When that second season rolls by, you end up realizing that the writers never really thought that far. Yet, with the first half of its second season Homeland looked like it was well on its way to crushing any doubters about a sophomore slump.
Hello everyone. I’m gonna be doing more episodic reviews of TV shows I’ll be watching this year, and Justified will be one of them. I wanted to do one for the season premiere, but I couldn’t do that due to being in a car wreck. Wonderful. So while I will focus specifically on Where’s Waldo, I will probably comment on things they started in the season premiere.
Where’s Waldo will be remembered for a handful of really good scenes, specifically the one dealing with the truths. Art and Tim (who weren’t in the season premiere) would join Raylan as the started searching for one Waldo Truth. The name found in the bag in last week’s episode. It starts off initially as The Marshals are made by a little boy on a bike calling them perverts. We find out this is the Truth family who are basically a bunch of gun touting, government hating, and frankly dirty hicks so to speak.
Spoiler Warning: This review will contain spoilers of the 5th season of Sons of Anarchy.
The 5th season of Sons of Anarchy will be remembered for a myriad of entertaining moments. There was a horrifying scene where Tiggs watched his daughter burned alive, a comical scene with Walter Goggins playing a transsexual prostitute and even a rather friendly fist fight between two stubborn Irishmen. But the defining scene that would cause the largest impact both for the audience, and our protagonist Jax Teller was the death of Opie.
Spoiler Warning: This review will contain some major spoilers for Boardwalk Empire’s 2nd and 3rd season.
Boardwalk Empire came into its third season needing to fill a void after the season 2 finale. With Jimmy gone there was now an opening for another character to take a more prominent role in the shows main story lines. After all this show had plenty of fascinating characters it could fill that gap with. It had the rise of Al Capone, the sympathetic yet equally horrifying Richard Harrow, and the always brilliant Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White. But the show instead went the route of bringing in a new adversary for Nucky, and a host of unsatisfying story lines for Margaret, all the while struggling to bring us anything meaningful for the more interesting characters. Save Richard Harrow’s love interest in the second half of the season.
It ultimately gave us the most uneven season of Boardwalk to date, and exposed a major weakness for the show. At this point it has far too many characters than it actually wants to develop. Boardwalk has always chosen to be a slow burn, and properly build up its violence, but this season it came at the cost of pacing. With a middle stretch of episodes that felt like filler and set up, than anything that was actually driving the drama forward. Luckily the finale stretch of the season gave us a proper payoff for all the slow build up, typing up on all the themes that defined this season.