It's time for another TV Fanatic Report Card.
Before our writers take a break for the holidays, we've forced them to stop and evaluate many of the shows they cover. From handing out a B+ for Revenge to a B- for Supernatural, they're here to look back at what worked and ahead to what they hope will happen.
With that in mind, take it away, Christina Tran. Tell us how Desperate Housewives is faring halfway into its final season...
Best Character: Chuck Vance has been an incredible addition to Fairview. It’s been easy to love to hate the creepy and sometimes scary detective. Ignited by a broken heart, Chuck’s definitely been the most interesting character and has kept me on the edge of my seat week in and week out. I’ve loved watching him try to solve Alejandro’s murder and making the ladies squirm. Heck, I’ll admit he makes me squirm!
Worst Character: Although Susan has been her typical self this season, she’s also certainly been considerably less tolerable lately. Blame it on the writers, but I’ve felt annoyed of her more than once. When she was clearly having trouble with dealing with her guilt, she acted ridiculously to do just about anything to get arrested. Then, there were her tell-all paintings clearly depicting the night of the murder. Honestly, I can’t help but to wonder what she’s thinking constantly.
One more thing: Remember the insinuating short-lived affair storyline between Carlos and Susan? That was just terrible.
Best Episode: After hearing over the summer that Desperate Housewives was coming to a close, I was undeniably upset and looked even more forward to the season premiere of “Secrets That I Never Want to Know." Moreover, this special installment reminded me that the more things changes, the more they stay the same. And it wasn’t until after this episode when I realized I was indefinitely ready for the Fairview farewell tour. Since then, I’ve had my tissue box nearby every Sunday night for any possible tears of sadness or happiness as we move to the second half of the season bidding adieu to our favorite housewives.
Best Unsolved Mystery: I must go with Bree’s strikingly familiar and still unexplained note, which noticeably resembled the same letter that Mary Alice received. Just in case you forgot what it said, here’s a reminder: I know what you did. It makes me sick. I’m going to tell. I seriously can’t wait to find out who the mysterious author is. Even more importantly, I’m dying to know how he/she is connected to Wisteria Lane and maybe even all of its dark secrets.
Most Mis/Underused Character: Renee. I’ve asked this on more than one occasion, and I’m asking it again: Why hasn’t Vanessa Williams been given an amazing continuing storyline? It’s sad to say that there are times when I forget that she is even on the show. I get that she is not one of the core four, but Renee could be so much more than just another neighbor.
Hopes for 2012: Like many of you, I want nothing short of a less than stellar concluding season for Desperate Housewives. Up ‘til now, this season been good, but not great. More often than not, the storylines have been predictable and the first half was moving a bit too slowly for my taste. I’m still craving for truly vintage Wisteria Lane moments, OMG-worthy moments and reasons to sincerely LOL.
We already know that Katherine, Orson and Julie will soon make an appearance while Danielle returned recently. I would like to also see Kayla, Zach, Grace and Andrew make it to the Fairview Farewell tour. Also, how great would it be to see flashbacks with the girls and Mary Alice?! I’ve missed those moments tremendously.
In 2012, I, of course, want the best of friends to be back together and would appreciate seeing them at their best – chatting it up on the sidewalk and also playing poker. I typically like my gifts wrapped neatly without a loose ribbon. My fingers are crossed for a similar ending for Desperate Housewives with much resolution and little mystery left to be resolved. I hope that Lynette and Tom make amends, Carlos pays for what he did and all of the dots are clearly connected amongst all the mystery and drama. From the mysterious note to even finding out who the heck Ben really is and what he knows, I want an ending where all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted.
Overall Grade: B
Agree? Disagree? Weigh in now with your own grade, TV Fanatics!