Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Providence

"This means something! This has to mean something!"

What sort of show is this going to be now? Old Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a procedural show set in a superhero universe. It had its moments, but it was a disappointingly routine series, not the sort of thing we’d come to expect from a Mutant Enemy production. I’m not sure yet exactly what type of show new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be, I only know that I like it a lot more than old Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Supernatural: Meta Fiction

"First rule of writer's club? Steal from the best. Second rule? Every hero needs a villain."

Curtis Armstrong got a big chance to shine in this episode, and did he ever.

Once Upon a Time: The Jolly Roger

“Don’t you just love a good twist?”

I liked this episode a lot. It was a relatively low key episode that didn’t start out as something radically important to this season’s arc, but finished as one of the more pivotal moments in the season so far.

The Originals: The Big Uneasy

Klaus: "One never knows when a powerful witch might come in handy."

So Klaus and Elijah remained allies for all of two episodes. Rebekah has been gone for a hiccup in time for them, and Elijah has already given up on his brother after a millennia of hoping for his redemption. I really only have one thing to say about that: What took him so long?

The X-Files: Paper Clip

“I’ve heard the truth, Mulder. Now what I want are the answers.”

Case: Once Mulder returns to the world of the living, he and Scully are forced on the run while seeking answers about a secret post-WWII government project his dad was involved in. Meanwhile, Melissa Scully is in a coma after being shot in Scully’s apartment.

Destination: Northwest US, Washington D.C., New York City, West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut

Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose

“There’s only one hell, Princess. The one we live in now.”*

A few weeks ago, I was putting together the schedule for this, our first multi-reviewer season of Game of Thrones. I was very proud of letting someone else take the ninth episode (have fun, Mark!), and I’d originally assigned myself to the season premiere, but Juliette asked to swap for scheduling reasons. “Sure,” I said then. And now I say: “Hee hee hee” and blow a raspberry in her general direction. Look what I got!

The MTV Movie Awards 2014

Just when you thought the award season was over for the year, MTV aired their movie awards. I usually enjoy these awards because the categories are fun and there are usually some shenanigans on stage. This year, however, the show was painful to watch and I struggled to get through it.

Once Upon a Time: It's Not Easy Being Green

“Didn’t anyone tell you? Black is my color.”

This episode straddled the line between fun and silly, but was rounded out well by some great character work elsewhere.

Continuum: Minute Man

"Nostalgia's a waste of space and energy."

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Renewals and Cancellations 2014

Here we go again. It's that time of year when the networks are deciding which of their shows will continue for another year and which will live only in our memories or our streaming services. Below is the list of shows from the five major networks. Red means cancelled; green means renewed; black means they are still in limbo. We will be updating this list as the decisions come in, so stay tuned.