With a new season comes some new dramas, and some seasons of the old dramas.
Luckily I have the SideReel app (if you watch a lot of TV shows then I highly recommend it) which makes it easier for me to keep track of what episodes I’ve seen and what I need to catch up on. Although I mainly use it for the American shows.
So lets first start off with new seasons! I admit although some started a couple of weeks ago, I’m glad to see a few of my favourite shows back.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 started September 28th, and I’m so glad to see Detective Jake Peralta and gang back on our screens.
I wouldn’t say this new season started off strong, but it quickly picked up from where it left off, although I would’ve liked to see more of Jake being undercover, I mean he was gone for 6 months. To fit it all into 12 seconds when telling his colleagues, wasn’t as funny as probably seeing him trying to blend in with the Mafia. I’m still waiting for some more laugh out loud moments.
The highlight of the first episode was the exchange between Jake (Andy Samberg) and Charles (Jo Lo Truglio) in the car. I’m still holding onto more one liners and sharp sarcasm from Gina (Chelsea Peretti) she was my favourite character last season.
The Mindy Project: Season 3 started September 16th, and I can’t explain the countdown I was doing to see my favourite Asian female comedian. Admittedly she’s the only female Asian comedian I know but she’s funny!
The love life of Dr Mindy Lahiri is not only funny but entertaining to watch. Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) are FINALLY a couple! From the get go the sexual tension between had the audience gripped, with it being some peoples OTP, from fantasy to reality (in the storyline sense) they are together.
Although the show is named after Mindy and she should have majority of the air time, I still want to see more of the side characters. I like how Morgan (Ike Barinhholtz) is still being the commentary between both doctors. But what happened to Jeremy? (Ed Weeks) he needs a storyline, I mean I thought he was going to get with Betsy (Zoe Jarman), has she left? She hasn’t been in this season at all but we didn’t really see much of a departure considering she was in it for 2 seasons.
I want to see more of Tamra’s (Xosha Roquemore) and Morgan’s relationship.
Revenge: Season 4 started yesterday September 28th, and Emily Thorne AKA Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp) is back with a different style of vengeance. It’s sort of like this show never left our screens but I’m liking this new storyline.
Just to recap… Emily put Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) in a mental hospital after hitting her with a shovel, for killing her love Aiden Mathis (Barry Sloane), this is the same hospital Victoria put Emily’s mother in when she was small, saying she was mentally unstable.
Emily bought Grayson Manor and has redecorated it but still keeps a watch on her old house.
Daniel Grayson (Joshua Bowman) and Emily are separated and he’s lost the plot. He doesn’t have a job but is trying to sell his assets to still be seen as the rich Grayson, that is his surname.
Charlotte Grayson/Clarke (Christa B. Allen) is mixing with the newest addition to the Revenge family, Gideon (Daniel Zovatto) who is trouble for her addiction to substance use.
Margaux LeMarchal (Karine Vanasse) now own’s her father’s company after Conrad killed him, but she’s also managing her own magazine company.
Jask Porter (Nick Wechsler) is now a police officer and has a new partner/cop friend to work with.
Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) is still Nolan being the tech wizard and socialite he is, ready at Emily’s call to do whatever he needs to.
Lastly the biggest cliff hanger of the season finale, Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) was killed by the one man we all thought the whole show was based on revenging the killing of, but nope he’s alive and on a mission of revenge himself, David Clarke (James Tupper).
Last season had its highs and lows with most of the fans disappointed with the mid season episodes, but it slowly picked up nearer to the end. With two deaths and a huge revelation this season is already better in my eyes, although I’m not liking the whole David Clarke and Victoria getting back together again. I mean if you come back from the dead the first thing you would want to know is where is his child? Not where is the woman who helped put me in jail? It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Now to some new shows to watch!
Black-ish: A new comedy based around a wealthy black family and the father’s determination to not only fit in with the elite but also establish a sense of cultural identity that honours their roots. The head of the family and the first voice commentary of each episode is by Dre (Anthony Anderson) who has a beautiful wife who is also a doctor Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), their four kids and Dre’s father Pops (Lawrence Fishbourne).
This show is still fairly new it started September 24th so there really hasn’t been many episodes but apparently it’s a show to watch a give it a chance, which I am. I have found some parts funny but I think they can utilise the kids more into each story rather than the struggle of a father trying to turn his children, especially his son more black. I know there will be comparisons to previous comedy shows in the 90s like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and My Wife and Kids but this is different. I personally don’t think Anthony Anderson can pull off being the lead of the show, he’s good at it so far but I think I’m so used to seeing him being one of the supporting casts like in Guys with Kids which i found him to be hilarious in but this is, still growing on me, lets see if I’m still bothered to carry on watching it or take it off my planner.
Red Band Society: The picture is a bit pix-elated but it’s the best descriptive poster I could find, which will cut down a huge chunk of trying to describe each character, as you can just see it on the poster! It started September 17th so it’s still fairly new and I’m really liking this show. Red Band is basically the name tag each patient is given when they are admitted to the hospital, which they have made a society of because not many people leave, so it keeps them close together when they think they’re on their own.
So the main doctor is Dr. McAndrew (Dave Annable), main nurse is Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer) who sees all the children as her own, and believes in the tough love approach. Dash (Astro) who has a lungs condition, Emma (Ciara Bravo) who has an eating disorder, Leo (Charlie Rowe) who had cancer and had to have his leg amputated to remove the tumour. Kara (Zoe Levin) who has a weak heart, Charlie (Griffin Gluck) who has been in coma for a couple of months after an accident, but can feel and hear everything around him, just can’t speak so his commentary is in third person. Lastly the newbie Jordi (Nolan Sotillo) who admitted himself into the hospital although being a minor, where he believed himself to have cancer but turns out to be bigger than expected. There’s also Nurse Dobler (Rebecca Rittenhouse) who is more of a friend to everyone compared to Nurse Jackson.
This show is my favourite show this season so far, mainly because I can relate to it on a personal level. Having a medical history myself, although not terminally ill, I can understand the symbolism a name tag has when you’re admitted into hospital. The struggle of being at the adolescent age of these characters, where they are still young (meaning still in school) but old enough to stay on their own, which can make them feel isolated from rest of the world. Rather than seeing this show in the arc sense, or script, I see it as a show I can relate to to in my personal life.
How To Get Away With Murder: This is probably one of the most talked about shows at the moment, and the only one where I have heard people around me mention it, compared to rest of the shows above. It started on September 25th so yet again it’s still fairly new. It revolves around a group of hand selected law students, who follow the cases of their criminal defence professor, and become involved in a twisted murder plot that changes their lives.
Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) leads this show with her stubborn, shrewd and hard personality of maintaining her professional appearance as a lawyer, as well as a teacher, but is really a lost woman within herself, when it comes to her personal life and relationship with her husband Sam (Tom Verica) who is also a professor.
The hand picked students are Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch) who joined unprepared and is seen as the underdog of the show, Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) who can charm his way into getting any evidence he can, Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) who wants to be the teacher’s pet. Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) who tries to compete with the others (may also recognise from Orange Is The New Black), Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza) the laid back one of the group; also including Wes’s neighbour Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findlay) who is seen as being secretive and mysterious, and lastly Keating’s personal helpers Frank Delfino (Charlier Weber) who has a history of sleeping with the students and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil) who has a soft spot for Sam.
Not only is there a lot of faces to remember but this show is pretty unconventional, in the sense it has a lot of parallel stories running in each episode, as well as each characters’ personal drama, and to top it off it’s a non-linear storyline, so it constantly goes back and forth. Each episode has a specific case they’re working on as a group, but it also features the big murder twist in-between which can get confusing if you’re not paying attention.
I’m really liking this show mainly because I enjoy watching law dramas like Suits and Reckless, but mixed with crime and murder mystery it keeps you interested.