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The Blacklist Review: Scam or Second Chance?

Well, it's never going to be easy recording everything I want to watch until I finally a the new TIVO that records four shows at one; then and only then will I be satisfied. Last night, I had to eliminate "Sleepy Hollow" to watch The Blacklist. I'm certainly not going to pass up an opportunity to watch James Spader in anything...and though I found his "new look" a little disturbing (and perhaps that's the point),nothing was disappointing about James Spader in the first hour of the Blacklist.The new show lived up to all the hype and Liz was a pleasant surprise as a rookie agent suddenly thrown into a dangerous, complicated situation on her first day...and she was late! I think she got the hint when the helicopter landed in her backyard and she knew her first day was not going to be a walk in the park. This episode should have been called, Surprise Party, for the number of surprises pushed upon first-time viewers, one after the other. The biggest one may have been "the husband's involvement in more than even Liz was aware, and the scene at home where Zemani surprised Liz with her husband bound, gagged and bleeding profusely. Talk about a bad first day at work...and for all she knew at that point, her husband was an innocent victim of this ruthless terrorist who thought nothing of jamming his Bowie knife into his leg, just to get a little information that she didn't know. Earlier that morning they were talking babies and adoption and then the picture changed dramatically to one of life or death. Spader is an interesting actor, but I, too, hope that he finds more of those quirky nuances that aren't so reminiscent of his work on Boston Legal. But we shall see and I'm hooked so far and eagerly waiting for the next episode. There's a lot about The Blacklist that struck me as unique from all the other crime shows and I hope that the writers can stick with that and maintain the energy and roguish style of the pilot. Things will either get even better from here or slow down into the same ole same ole...but as a lover of television, I certainly hope not! No, this was far from terrible and if you missed it, you'll need to find it and watch this exciting and important intro to the season. I think it's going to be a good one!

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True Blood Review: Go Into the Light

The funeral was moving and a soft moment for what turned out to be a quite violent and angry show, though it still had its comedic moments...though not enough for me. I miss the small town, "red-neck" endearing qualitites the show once had when it first began. Now it seems more like a Marvel Comic than anything else. Just not so sure anymore. Is it the absence of the show's creator, Alan Ball?

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Grey's Anatomy Review: Ready or Not

Shame on Arizona, especially after ALL Callie has done for her during her recovery and self-consciousness about her leg. YET, she was more than ready to strip down and get naked in front of Dr. Snake in the Grass! I was shocked and only the lightening strike and subsequent darkness saved it from being a totally "icky" moment. OK, so let's say they break up...Callie and Owen fall in love and have the baby he so desperately wants, Alex finally gets with JO! Maybe Christina and Arizona hook up? NO, that's not gonna happen but I sure am looking forward to next week and in the midst of all that chaos, a baby will be born who will also have her name on the hospital. Greys Anatomy continues its run of excellence even though Scandal is keeping Shonda busy! She certainly has a gift for writing compelling characters. Rollercoaster ride, indeed and just let me say, Thanks!

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I've always been rooting for Kensi and Deeks, but to be honest, I think she is a little leery of him even though she is clearly in a sort of "fascination phase!" But is he mature enough, serious enough and is he really smart and just playing the fool or the other way around. I say they both have what the other needs and it's taking a VERY long time to get the fuse, much less get it lit...but one of these days, it's gonna happen and it's going to be one HOT sexy scene when they finally let go. But wait, there are 5 other main characters and I love 'em all. Plenty o' fodder in "NCIS Los Angeles" for two or three more seasons at least!

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Nashville Review: Rip It Up

The orgasm of the evening was definitely Rayna's awakening to her true feelings for Deacon and of course their ultimate "embrace." It was a long time coming but worth every minute of the wait. It's obvious they are meant for one another and don't deserve having any other obstacles in their way; unfortunately, that isn't how things usually go in these nighttime soap operas. And what's happened to all the great music and wonderful moments we were treated to at the beginning of the season. Let's see Scarlett blossom under Rayna's tutelage and "geesh, I hope Will wasn't simply introduced to get Gunnar drunk and make a pass at him? It's far more interesting to have him help Gunnar find his way on stage and own the talent he possesses. As for Juliette...she's young, troubled and NOT a very good person, nor is she as smart as she thinks. Hopefully she will do a little growing up and not find herself inhabiting the "bitter road." It's a terrible place to be and success will not continue to fall in her lap without a change in her. I just hope everyone meets their challenges with great music whether they win or not. Nashville is the music capital...so let's hear it from the inside please!

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The Following was creepy enough to pique my interest, and "scary-horror" is not that easy to do on television. But in the end, it totally lost its focus and I found the finale rather unsatisfying in many ways. OK, so Joe's dead..or at least we think he is dead but I could come up with a hundred ways he could have escaped and left the tell-tale signs of his demise, so we shall see. But now Ryan's dead or injured, along with Clair and agent Parker did not live to see another day (or show)...though her death scene was well-lit, airless and creepy to be sure. What's to come? For the life of me, I cannot imagine but there's still that deep yearning to be scared and watch something that truly creeps me out. Like our reviewer, I'm in for season two but only so long as they get a firm grip on what they're doing and stop with the implausible and "out of tune." Here's to better writing for what was a GREAT cast of characters.

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Once Upon a Time Review: Killing Magic

Snow missed her opportunity to rid the world of evil, even if it would have been a heavy burden to bear...the good would certainly have outweighed the bad, but alas, now the moment has passed and there's just no telling what's in store. It's like on "The Following," and there's seldom a second opportunity to make things right, especially when the devil is centered in your cross hairs and you fail to pull the trigger. There is NO hope for Regina. Her mother ruined her and it's too late for someone who cannot face the truth, or simply refuses to do so. The problem is she "thinks" she's doing the right thing for all the right reasons...but she is wrong, wrong wrong!

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Mad Men Review: We Are Made By History

How is it possible that Don Draper cannot see what a hypocrite he is? Even back then it's just so hard to sit by and have him not support his wife in her career and a silly "on-screen" love scene when he's cheating on her with her good "friend" down the hall. Makes me see RED and usually it is Cristina that does that. Last night's episode did show us (gratefully), just how far we have come with race relations...at least in most part of the country. It was practically eerie to see how uncomfortable everyone was (on both sides)and how difficult it was knowing how to help comfort those in pain. And hindsight has made the loss of Dr. King much worse than we ever imagined. We need him in the world today. At least his words are still resonating in our hate-filled world. We need more...

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Glee Review: Don't Stop Believin'

What's up with Finn? Who is he and who has he become? Shouldn't he have a little more "direction" in his life or is he only destined to be Rachel's puppy dog? Plus, a "mad" Finn is just not his style and I don't see him holding a grudge. This character is way out of focus...don't you think?

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Mad Men Review: Depth and Death

I have to agree that last night's debut was disappointing and in the end, a little boring, too. Geesh...did I really say that about Mad Men? As happy as I was "to see" everyone again, it just seemed more of the same ole same ole if you know what I mean? And I was shaking my head a lot, too. Was Don even capable of having a good time in Hawaii..and yeah, it must have been hard for Megan to get away (just imagine the thought of having him all to yourself and having him pay attention to you). Well, that's not really happening as we know now. Hmmm...shouldn't an ad man know what a vacation in Hawaii at a top hotel should feel like, especially after being given the 5 Star treatment by hotel execs? I will say that his tan looked good, and perhaps Mr. Ham has never looked better, but alas, he's still a mess. And what DOES Roger do at that agency? The "ad campaign" was fun to look at and imagine the many psychotic possibilities behind it,as were the photographs revealing of each character's pluses and minuses. Betty was also high on crack..or something wandering around NYC's lower east side waaaay before it became trendy. Surprised she wasn't murdered at best and does she not have anything better to do...like take care of her own daughter? Or maybe she had more of a connection with that girl than her own flesh and blood. Who and why was that violin playing girl there? Huh? Perplexed at the cross country skis as well. Do you really think some doctor was cross skiing to surgery back in the 60's? Maybe they were but I had a hard time with that....and then Don just leaves Megan upstairs alone (on New Year's Eve) and goes to his mistresses bedroom while the doc skis away? Really? I'm hoping next week won't be so..I don't know...odd? No..I know-let's hope it gets better, to coin a phrase!