Weekly Review (Midweek Review II)

Welcome to our second instance of Midweekend Review, or, shall we say, Weekly Review? Quite honestly, dear readers, maybe this hasn’t been the best idea. As I was reviewing my TV show schedule, apparently 90% of the shows I watch air from Sunday to Wednesday, as made clear by the fact that there was not a “Weekend Review” post last week. The list will become even bigger when most shows return from hiatus next week. So I am thinking about switching days for these posts or naming them differently, otherwise I will suffer from another massive writer’s block, like this one. I am only getting started, and I’m learning as I go.

But for now, a look at what Galavant, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broadchurch, the return of Parks and Recreation and Cougar Town had to offer this week!

Galavant

Galavant continues making of Richard one of the most endearing villains of all time in these two episodes, first by trying to cheer up the remaining people of Valencia (which he conquered and killed and then forgot)  and then by trying to win over Madalena, once he finds out she has been cheating on him with the jester by using said jester to help him become funnier. Of course, he fails at all of these things, and while you are constantly being reminded of all the terrible things he’s done, you kind of feel bad.  How do they do that?

Meanwhile, the golden trio’s friendship is put to a test, first by the discovery that Sid is kind of a big deal in his own town, Sidneyland (real name) where he is loved by many for being a knight (which he isn’t). Trouble is, his adoptive, white and Jewish parents hold him to high standards so to impress them, he tells them Galavant is his squire and Isabella jumps to say she is engaged to him. His family immediately welcomes Isabella but not Galavant, who has to spend his time with the rest of the squires. There he discovers that some of them hate musical numbers (WHY?) and ALL of them hate their knights. And it is through a musical number where he realizes how awful he is to Syd sometimes, promising him to be better, and encouraging him to tell his parents who he really is (he was also a little in fear of Syd spitting on his ale).

As normal when you spend too much time with someone, these three gorgeous and diverse (very diverse) people have come to find out everything they find annoying about each other.  It’s only when they are threatened by a group of land pirates (led by no other than Hugh Bonneville) who trap them and steal their jewel that they need to put their differences aside and come together to find their strengths (although Syd is tired of Galavant and Isabella making puppy eyes at each other, understandably). They do so, by helping the pirates get their stuck ship out of land with the condition that they help them get to Valencia (who knew it was so far away?)

Both episodes keep hitting the right notes (see what I did there?). The problem here is some jokes still fall flat (like all the ball jokes in the first episode) but the music and the hilarious character dynamics make up for it. Galavant is very meta (characters can even sense musical numbers coming!) and it seems hyper-aware of its highs and lows (as the second episode proves, when the jester tries to teach Richard comedy) and it’s the fact that it does that makes it such a fun show.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Is street meat really such a hazard in the US? Please tell me, so I never eat it. This episode had Amy and Holt teaming up, as Amy tried very hard to become a cool partner to him as she’s always dreamed of being and the Jake finding out Terry’s wife is pregnant and then trying to keep the secret from everyone and obviously failing at it, after e-mailing everyone about it.

The episode felt very light, to the point that I almost didn’t notice 20 minutes had passed, so I have very little to say about it. It was fun. MVP of the episode goes to Andre Braugher. Give this man an Emmy, stat.

Parks and Recreation

credit: NBC
credit: NBC

I was so terrified of ‘Parks and Recreation’ doing a time-jump for its last season that I was seriously considering not watching until I heard other people’s thoughts about it. However, I love all these characters too much to be away from them for this long, and I ended up giving up and watching.

Was it  satisfying? Honestly, yes. Things have changed enough that characters are at different points in their lives than they were three years ago, but they are still themselves and that is what matters, which is why seeing Ron and Leslie fight is probably one of the most heartbreaking things we have seen on TV lately.

But other relationships remain. April and Andy are happy and have lots of money they can now spend on trying to make their adult lives less boring and predictable than they were turning into. Ben and Leslie are still in love and destroyed by three kids. Friendships are still there, like  Tom and Andy’s, who end up in Chicago together to help get back Lucy, Tom and Ben’s, sobbing together over Tom’s speech for Ben’s Man Of The Year Award, and Ben and April’s, with Ben trying to help April get through her quarter-life crisis. These people all love each other and you can tell.

The funniest moment of these two episodes, however, had Ron and Leslie putting their current differences aside to help Jamm out of his relationship with Tammy 2, who has turned him into a Ron-copy. Leslie pretending to be Tammy and then slapping the crap out of him had me in stitches for hours.

This show says goodbye on my birthday, and it’s going to be a sad, sad day.

Broadchurch

ITV, credit: david-tennant.org
ITV, credit: david-tennant.org

I was very happy with the first episode of the season. However, this one, I am not entirely convinced by. We never saw Ellie had injured Joe enough to require a doctor, so to bring this back and to bring it in order to make his confession invalid seems rather cruel, but that’s drama, I guess.

First of all, big sigh of relief, Mark is only trying to help out Tom because he feels that had Tom died, he would’ve liked someone to spend time with Danny to cheer him up. We hope this is true.

It seems Alec lets his frustrations get the best out of him and continues making bad decisions because of it, involving Ellie, who has enough having to deal with Beth blaming her for everything all the time.

Look, I understand Beth, I do. Her pain is very real, but she needs to come to terms with the fact that Ellie’s pain was also very real. Joe’s confession being disregarded by the jury not only hurts her, but Ellie as well, it hurts her family, it hurts her integrity and her career.

But back to Alec, he arranges for Lee and Claire to meet, and of course, it goes wrong, what’s surprising is that at any point he thought that it would go well, since he is– let’s admit it to ourselves–such a big failure in everything. But Lee and Claire fleeing together by the end of the episode is not the biggest cliffhanger we are left with, since Beth’s waters just broke.

How convenient.

Cougar Town

image credit: TBS
image credit: TBS

Sure Jules is overprotective of Chick, and you cannot blame her for it, given his health, but it’s always fun to see the roles reversed when parents get older and their children become their ‘parents’ in a way. Bobby leaving in order to finally make a life for himself in Georgia, made us all sad to see this lovable goof go. Who will Andy hold hands with, now? I had gotten used to not understanding him, to the point that I did understand him! And to top things off, baby Bobby is born, so I ended up crying a little by the end of the episode.

The comic relief was provided by Ellie and Travis trying to stop Laurie from naming the baby all sort of terrible names (Fancy? Laurie, really) and Tom dressing up as a lady in Chick’s civil war re-enactment, who REALLY wanted to get out of that dress.

‘Cougar Town’ always hits those emotional notes well and this episode was a roller-coaster that makes us even sadder that the show is saying goodbye.

So, readers, since most shows air Sunday to Wednesdays, I have to do something to spread these around the whole week. Midweek Review might just become “Weekly Review” with some shows posted one day, some shows posted other. However it works out, you will know soon. See you next week! Some day.

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