I miss it when a good show ends. It's like the moment you get when you finish opening all your Christmas presents and you realize "it's over and the only thing left is to watch bad basketball and eat." Then back to work the next day or two, I've agreed with a few previous posts that I really wanted to see Ray open up instead of playing the stiff tough wearing the same-old white shirt and gray suit or whatever, without any emotion. He finally did in the finale. Schreiber's a good actor; he's also one of the show's producers, too. Sure you all knew that. I don't know what we really wanted. Let's keep in mind too that it's just a TV show and we cannot expect perfection on every single episode. ("The Sopranos" back in the day had its faults as well). Yes, the writing/storylines could be better, but it did what it wanted: create tension, create warped and dangerous lives for 60 minutes of action/drama. Finney/Paige... for me it was just a way to introduce new characters (perhaps Katie Holmes to the series) and it was a plot resolution to the end of Season 2 to help Terry get out of prison (Damn, that poor guy has been through the ringer, huh? Sheesh! And we thought we had bad days?). Mickey... for a moment there I was thinking he might be killed off. Give Jon Voight props. He's gotta be pushing late 70s, and to do all that was impressive. I'm sure he will float back into Season 4 mid-way. But I thought there might be something to it when he decided to take on The Minassians himself. I really do think Mickey loves Ray, and deep down, Ray wants to love his father. This is a family that is on the edge, but at the same time, they throw parties and want to live normal. Sounds strange, but there were those scenes... Abby/Terry... The writers had to do something with Terry, and to place him in the house with Abby, who still wants to be with her husband, was possibly the only solution to make the story fit right. Again, creates tension. Bridgett/Math teacher... I think this was just a ploy to set up the whole "father/daughter" angle and drama. They really didn't do much with her last season, so probably the producers/writers felt they needed to have her own storyline. Teenage girls often do go through spells like that--cliche as it may be it happens. Conor was mostly incognito this season. In addition, the show's producers may see something in the actress and want to push her more. Bunchy/Teresa... I really don't think it will last between them. Something will happen next season with them. Dash Mihok did a brilliant job portraying such a damaged person, but at the same time, still able to show normalcy. Lastly, I thought it was a good season. As writers and producers may tell you--gotta put your characters in tough places and work to get them out of the holes.
Excellent ep. Everyone goes to Ray to solve their problems, but it's Lina & Avi doing the dirty work. What it in the world would Ray do without those two, which he faced at the beginning. They've had his back big time. I'm wondering if they might kill off Mickey?
The only one who seems to have a little restraint now is Lip. You would think some of these other characters would see how bad their friends & siblings routinely screw up and wouldn't do the same.
Season 5 coming to an end... though good, I don't think it topped last season's. I know they intentionally make this show over-the-top and borderline it a black comedy, but I wish they would settle on the darker side and make it a little more serious. They tackled some heavy issues/themes this season, and sometimes when it drifted off into the thin layers of comedy, the show struggled and seemed annoyingly silly (Frank getting his fortune and blowing it all in one night; a young medical doctor who has a later stage of cancer and now wants to live life to the fullest. It's interesting but very unrealistic). The acting is always good on here; I think the girl who plays Debs has blossomed into fine-young actor and it showed this season. The kid who plays Carl was also good, though a bit one-dimensional. Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy are all well-derserving of awards. Jeremy Allen White and Steve Howey all bring it. I look forward to Season 6. I think the British version lasted 8 seasons, and am wondering if the American version will make it that long. Hope so.
"How Do You Want Your Omelet?" Ep. 9 "Carl's First Sentencing," had a strange vibe to it. Most "Shameless" fans already knew that Carl Gallagher was headed down the wrong path, but I've never got the impression that he was a total idiot or was on the edge of losing his mind, either. Last season, Carl had feelings for his Dad and, even bought (stole) and necklace for his first crush, who vanished in the van they were living in. Did I miss "why" Carl decided to start selling drugs? That storyline seemed to came out of nowhere. With all the crap going on in our world today, violence among teens and whatnot--watching Carl change into a menacing/drug dealer and a kid who doesn't give a care, sort of mirrors society. It's really sad. Sometimes "Shameless" seems straight up realistic and mirrors poverty/desperate people of real life, but other times, well--just seems like a TV show trying really hard (Sammi attacking Carl and giving her low IQ son a shank before going off to Juvi!). I got hooked on the show from the pilot back in 2011, and enjoy its raw sense of reality, good acting and portrayal of the characters. I can't believe there's only three more episodes left! I thought the scenes between Frank and his now cancer-striken doctor was fun and unique. The scene where she yells out, "Freez! I'm a f--- cop!" was great, but the street-corner drug dude wasn't amused. But we all know that Frank doesn't give a crap, eyeing her money, acting like he cares (or maybe he does this time). Strange how Frank was a few days away from meeting his maker a year before, and has beaten GOD and is enjoying streaking naked on the shores of Lake Michigan with his newfound doctor friend who's hurrying to try new things before succumbing to the inevitable of pancreatic cancer. "F-- You cell. F-- you med school!" Lip's character has been low-keyed, compared to previous seasons. Kev and V... I think they'll be back soon, and it's hard to tell what Mickey and Ian will do. Anyone else think that Angela will be back in the picture? The girl who likes Fiona?
Glad the Jimmy/Steve (Jack) ordeal is over with, hopefully. Hell, Fiona should hook up with her "admirer!" (is it Angela?). Just kidding, but that would be an interesting angle. I am glad Fiona is finally stepping up for herself and realizing that what was in the past is done, over with. I don't know if she really loves Gus or it will work out, but glad that she is growing up some. (keep in mind, Fiona is only 23 or 24). Lip... even though his storyline is somewhat bland, it is true to the natures of college life and the ups and downs. I think it's good the producers and writers show this side. (you don't need everything at a breakneck speed for the characters!). Back to Jimmy/Steve: not sure if the character had long-term implications on the series. I don't know, maybe the writers keep him around more, but just like in real life, people move on from old flames and grow from it. Powerful scenes from this recent episode. Both from Emily Bergl and Emmy Rossum. I hope Emmy Rossum gets some accolades and nominations for her role; she's done a magnificent job from day 1 of the series. Wonder if we will ever hear from Shelia again? And why doesn't little Liam ever talk? I understand that he suffered through the Fiona/cocaine mishap, but he should be able to talk now. Say something, dude! The writers are going to have to figure out what they are going to do with that character to make the show realistic--can just use him as a fill-in anymore next season. Maybe a new actor comes in, etc? Sammi... good for her. Although, yes, that was extreme and nutty, but it got Frank's attention. So far, this season has been terrific!
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The whole Jimmy/Steve thing is a clever seed planted by the writers. They're going to hold on to that until end, you can bet-- probably the final episode, guessing. Fiona will fall flat with this whole impromptu marriage to Glen, and everything will come to the season climax after Lip gets busted for shooting up the new coffee shop (from what it looks like), his issues that delay any kind of good life with Amanda; Ian's upcoming (prediction) attempted suicide or another AWOL. But I'm wondering if the jazz band/ Glen guy are up to something nefarious with Fiona? Something seems off about that deal. From previous seasons of Shameless, they always started out light and comedic, but turn a little dark and sinister as it nears its climax. Season 2, summertime, everyone was doing their thing, and then when Monica returned, all hell broke loose. And you had the ordeal with Karen going crazy having her baby... the season turned really, really dark at the end. Good show. Just read that SHO extended another season, so we know the gang will be all right and back again. But definitely look for some surprises coming up for the rest of Season 5.
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That was hilarious when Frank started to rattle off the drug-math conversions to Carl. Really, Frank? You can remember that stuff but not a clue what ya did after that epic bender the night night before?
Glad that Shelia stood up for herself. Doubt that we see her for a while now. Good episode, and wonder how Frank will bounce back? I actually like the Sami character; I think she brings some fun to the show and she's so naive and full of vinegar when she's pissed. Debbie crossed the line; she knows or knew better. Too smart for that, but it's television and I guess smart teenage girls make dumb decisions too. I'm intrigued with Fiona's "admirer/customer big-tipper" and where that can be heading... and Lip's excursion to Miami to see (or maybe stay) with Amanda in the next episode. Sounds like V might step out on Kev, too. Has anyone else notice that Ian is heading for a big fall? Just like Monica. Who knows, but wondering if he hits so low and tries to kill himself and ends up in a hospital? That might be what's coming? Lastly, It's interesting on what's going on with the buying up of cheap houses in run-down areas... that's really happening in cities now days, just as Frank predicted in last episode. True to life.
Glad Shameless is back. Good soft opening to loosen up the transition from last season's winter malaise and into the thrills of summer for the Gallagher's. Let's face it, Frank will always be a drinker/drunk. The show's writers have pigeonholed themselves in with that character. but they do surprise us. Looks like a fun season can't wait.
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