Last year I made my own best of that ran through the best TV moments of the year. I had a lot more time back then, so maybe this year I'll keep it simple.
The Vampire Diaries
I think back on that clique ridden tripe that we were subjected to when this show started out and it’s difficult to say how it could have grown into something as complex and crazy as it is now. Season 4 is similar enough to last year, albeit slightly less exciting and a lot more personal, but it’s still the boldest network show around, especially considering its teen heavy fan base. I’m not sure if next year is going to be as great as this past one has been, but the show still throws caution to the wind, and that’s something to be commended.
Best Episode: The Departed
Best Character: Caroline
Best Moment: Alaric dies in Damon’s arms (sob sob sob) (The Departed)
The Walking Dead
Season 3 was the best possible example of a lesson learned. Every episode was tightly constructed; the filler stuff never anything more that it needed it to be; those character driven moments always resulting in something concrete; and the less important characters never straying too far into the spotlight. The time on the farm seems like a cake walk compared to the hell that these guys are going through now, but it all seems like the right direction to take this show in. It’s always been about what humans are all about deep down, when you take away the comfort and power. It’s raw, brutal and unbelievably engaging.
Best Episode: The Killer Within
Best Character: Maggie
Best Moment: Rick realizing that Lori is dead, and his son was the one that had to kill her. Ouch. (The Killer Within)
my own reviews, it’s obvious that I had a lot of hope for it. There was something buried underneath all those fake-outs, lifeless twists and Sarah’s confused facial expressions, but that something never really came full circle.
There were a few glimmers of hope strewn here and there, It’s Called Improvising, Bitch! being the show’s sole example of how great it could be if it adopted the Vampire Diaries’ signature confidence. Then the finale happened and it went back to its, by then, standard inaccuracies and general lameness. I’ll leave you with the same line I wrote last April; Sarah deserved better than this.
Best Episode: It’s called improvising, Bitch!
Best Character: Catherine, if only for the sheer amount of battiness she brought to the series
Best Moment: Bridget finally realizing Siobhan was alive, even if her reaction was a little flat.
Though part of me loves the mystery, the back-stabbing and the excitement of the show’s central plot, I almost wish we could just drop it all in favour of some softer character based stuff. After all, it’s those rare times when we see Emily break down and show that devastated young girl she once was that we remember what we’re here for.
I’m enjoying this season as a whole, but I just wish we could skip to the good stuff already.
Best Episode: Reckoning
Best Character: Emily/Amanda
Best Moment: Emily hearing first hand her mother’s feelings for her, Kara not knowing she’s talking to the real Amanda Clarke (Penance).
Unfortunately, 2012 saw True Blood fall back into the same trap that it fell into pre 2011. Gone was the precise plotting and those understandable character moments. I felt like the show was treading water with the authority’s quest for absolution, not to mention Terry and Arlene dull side-stories. Although, a few plot threads were fun to watch, Tara’s transformation into a vampire made her a genuinely absorbing character, and I even enjoyed seeing Sookie accept her fairy heritage. Sadly, I’m sort of at odds with True Blood right now and with everything still up in the air when the season finished, I’m not sure we can leave all this behind just yet.
Best Episode: Gone, Gone, Gone
Best Character: Pam
Best Moment: Pretty much every Tara and Pam scene. I’m seriously shipping for those two.
Once Upon a Time
No need to talk this show to death here, but as you can tall from my reviews, I really enjoyed most of what we were offered in 2012. Here’s hoping 2013 keeps things going.
The Secret Circle
Again, my feelings are already clear where this show’s concerned. Seriously though, what happened?!
Season 2 was a work of art, or at least a work of art where batshit, supernatural teen dramas are concerned. See my reviews for more ranting and raving! Season one reviews coming soon...
The one new show I’m really excited about. It’s not there yet, but I’m enjoying it enough that its reservations don’t bother me all that much...at least not right now.
So, yeah, maybe not that simple after all...What about you guys? Was 2012 a good TV year, or was it just so awful that you wanted to cry into your boxsets and smash the hell out of your cable provider? Let me know in the comments and Happy New Year!