by Billie Doux
So here's my best of 2012 offering.
They never sit on my DVR
Several members of this site aren't all that happy with The Vampire Diaries this fall, but I'm still loving the twisty turny vampire melodrama to death. Is it what's happened to Elena that's bumming people out (she said carefully, trying not to spoil anyone who hasn't tried the show yet)? I am finding Elena's new tribulations intriguing, if only because her current situation is pushing her toward my favorite vampire, and it's probably easy to guess who that is. And Klaus's obsession with Caroline makes me smile, which is odd considering that he's powerful, unkillable and utterly vicious, while Caroline is... well, so wonderfully Caroline.
The Walking Dead is simply awesome. There's something about this show that gets to me, big time. I'm currently rewatching season one, and it's upsetting how many characters have already died. And yet, it's the hope that these people will live on and make a life for themselves somehow that keeps me watching. I've even redecorated that cell block in my head for them, sort of like an imaginary dollhouse.
(The Talking Dead is also awesome. It helps me decompress from the heaviness of The Walking Dead, and some of its features, like "In Memoriam", inevitably make me laugh out loud.)
Breaking Bad has been, and still is, freaking brilliant. I finally broke down and reviewed the whole thing this year, and when you look at the show as a critic and not just as a viewer, it's even more brilliant. It deserves every accolade it has gotten, and the only negative thing I have to say about it is that the suits at AMC deserve the stockade for making us wait nearly a year for the final run of episodes.
I try sitcoms now and then, but I'm not a sitcom person and most of them don't stick. The Big Bang Theory did, though. Big Bang just makes me laugh; I relate to it. Gee, I don't know why a comedy about science fiction nerds should work for me. It's a mystery.
Of course, shows that I'm actively reviewing don't sit on the DVR either, although one of them might if I weren't reviewing it. (I'm talking about you, Revolution.) It's funny how my old faves are getting, shall we say, seriously long in the tooth. I never expected any of them to last this long, but I'm not looking gift horses in the mouth. (And hey, those two metaphors go together -- teeth, mouth, I'm on a roll.)
Supernatural, now in its eighth season, doesn't blow me away any more, although I still love the show and will not stop watching and reviewing until it's over no matter how long it lasts. (At this rate, it might be around until 2016, or until Jensen and Jared collapse from exhaustion.)
Dexter, which didn't do so well in 2011, had a fabulous seventh season this fall that shook up the story and took it in a new direction. I've heard that next season is their last, even though it hasn't been officially announced; I hope that it is so that the writers can give us a real, actual, planned way in advance ending.
Justified had an excellent third season, too. I'm looking forward to what Timothy Olyphant and company have in store for us in just a couple of weeks.
I rewatched the original La Femme Nikita this summer, after several years of staying away from it, and I still love it. Sorry to say that I also tried the new Nikita, not once but twice, and couldn't get past the first season. That might not be the new Nikita's fault. I'm probably still a bit stuck on Roy Dupuis; he's a tough act to follow.
True Blood, I'm sorry to say, is losing me. I thought it was a good thing that they were leaving the books behind this past summer. But the thing is, while True Blood is still entertaining, it feels like it lacks foundation; it's like eating dessert without having dinner first. I'm still planning to watch and review next season, its sixth, but the show is just not wowing me any more.
New to me, or the Downton Abbey/Teen Wolf double feature
When ChrisB decided to review Downton Abbey, I thought it was time to give it a try. I'd been putting it off, and quite honestly, it didn't look that appealing from the outside; I couldn't understand why everyone was so bonkers about it. Well, now I know, and I'm bonkers about it, too. Exceptional characters, incredible acting, intelligent and compelling storytelling, and Maggie Smith makes me howl with laughter. Can't wait for season three to reach our shores.
Panda reviewed the second season of Teen Wolf recently, and I had it on my list to try, too. So when Dan and I started watching Downton Abbey, we decided to try Teen Wolf -- and we loved it. Teen Wolf is somewhat Buffyesque -- romantic, outrageous, humorous, twisty and entertaining, and Colton Haynes's confused character Jackson had me howling with laughter, too. Although he's not exactly in the same league as Maggie Smith.
So basically, Dan and I had a Downton Abbey/Teen Wolf double feature nearly every evening for a few weeks. Not two shows that are usually experienced together, I dare say. Thanks, Chris. Thanks, Panda.
As Sunbunny already said so well, it's been such a delight this year finally seeing Joss Whedon achieve the fame and notoriety he so richly deserves. I've reviewed all four of his television series (two of which were way too short), and I'm looking forward to number five, S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I hate putting periods in between the letters because it's a pain to type, but I'd better get used to it).
However, my recent experiences with a new "new Lost" every fall have convinced me that no matter how something looks from the outside, you just can't tell how it will grab you. (I'm talking about you, Revolution; you're no Downton Abbey. You're not even Teen Wolf.) I'm hoping that another show that I'll love like Buffy or Supernatural will come down the pike soon. And that's the great thing about television, isn't it? A new love affair is probably just around the corner.
Happy new year!