Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 --Television I Loved

The truth is there's not a lot of television I actually watched in 2009 that's worth talking about with the exception of LOST, my discovery of Supernatural, and Vampire Diaries.

Let's start with LOST. Admittedly, season 5 was not my favorite. I thought it was excellent, but there were times I thought the writing almost rushed plot lines along too much -- to the point of more telling than showing. There is one episode I thought was beautifully written, though, and I probably watched it..well never mind how many times I watched it.

It's no secret that I was a Sawyer and Juliet fan and so the episode I loved is LeFleur. I just thought it was beautifully and thematically written and developed. After 4+ seasons of watching an angsty Sawyer pine after an unstable Kate, it was lovely to see the flower of true love bloom. (please sigh with me in bliss) I love everything about how their relationship unfolded on screen in this episode, I love that the deep trust that existed between them (until later on when the devil Kate comes back) began with the first steps of simply being there for each other. I love the scene when they're at the dock and Sawyer asks Juliet to stay. "Who's going to get my back?" and Juliet looks at him and realizes what he's asking. The acting is phenomenal. (I <3 Elizabeth Mitchell!!) I love that they believe in each other in the "present" scene we're shown. This relationship was a very rare thing on television...a happy mature, stable couple that brought out the best in each other. Even up to the last minutes of the show where we're shown Sawyer and Juliet spooning in bed, a sweet glimpse into the intimacy they shared. Gorgeously written, beautifully acted, one of the finest character pieces of the season. Lefleur how sweet the flower of love is and how easily crushed...Team Darlton I hate you just a little bit for the season finale.

Anyway, I guess I'm just a big softy romantic at heart. I enjoyed the season, I'm looking forward to the last season (while also sort of dreading it being over) and I'm sure the blog will be covered in LOST soon.

I also watched Supernatural for the first time this year. I LOVED the first three seasons of this show but it started to fall apart a little bit for me with the introduction of angels in the fourth season. And the fifth season needs to change directions fast. I'm NOT happy with all the meta's like the writers are having fun with all their little inside jokes but it's doing serious damage to the integrity of their story. Additionally, I'm not thrilled that everything is falling into line with the angels vs. demons storyline. I didn't need the Trickster to be some high powered angel...and I sincerely hope that little trick doesn't get pulled again. I just want to watch my favorite brothers battle that too much to ask? Having said that I do highly recommend the first three seasons...they are mad crazy addictive.

Lastly, I'm loving Vampire Diaries! While very different from the books it's still lots of good fun and the rich mythology developing is keeping me interested.

Honorable Mentions are of course, The Closer and V. I'm behind on Mad Men so it's not on here and while I love Chuck and Blair, Gossip Girl is also losing steam.



L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm not a big TV watcher - don't have the time. But I do sit with my husband now and then when he watches his favorite shows. We both love sci-fi, so I became attached to Warehouse 13 and Eureka.

bermudaonion said...

I don't watch much TV so I'm not familiar with any of those shows.

Jenny Girl said...

I watch way too much t.v. to comment on but I agree whole heartedly with you on LOST and Sawyer and Julia. Kate is a home wrecking ho bag. She better not live, that's all I'm saying.

Amy said...

L. Diane...I hope to watch Warehouse 13 on DVD at some point!

Kathy...I think your fave show of 2009 was Dancing with the Stars :)

Jenny...YES I am RIGHT there with you!

Lenore said...

I will definitely want to get the first season of The Vampire Diaries when it comes out on DVD.

I am behind on practically all my shows (except LOST) because I have to watch them on DVD. But this year I loved Dexter Season 3, True Blood Season 1, Mad Men Season 2 and Pushing Daises Season 1. 24 Season 7 was a bit of a disapointment although I loved the bit in Africa at the beginning.

Literary Feline said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the final season of Lost. I'll miss the show when it's gone.

I found myself getting really tired of TV as the months wore on this fall. I mentioned to my husband that maybe we should give up watching the regular seasons and just stick to DVDs. That's how we watch so many of my favorites like Closer and Mad Men. We just finished watching the second season of Big Bang Theory, which my husband loves.

I really like the new V and am looking forward to its return. I have mixed feelings about Flash Forward and Vampire Diaries. My husband loves the show Glee, which I like when I'm watching it, but am not thrilled about it when it's not on. I like Glee but am not quite as rabid about it as some fans. LOL

I do like Supernatural and hope my husband and I can continue on with that series at some point. I think we're up to season three now.

caite said...

"..the devil Kate.."
I must agree though. I too am a huge Juliet/Sawyer fan. What in the world does he see in crazy ass Kate?

Michelle said...

You and I are pretty sympatico on our television viewing, expectations and opinions. While I probably liked season 4 of Supernatural more than you I 100% agree that this season has gone to pot. I don't need all the fan mockery and jabs. Like you said it's derailing significantly and quickly, I'd like to see that turn around at the back end of the season. I can't help but get the vibe that they are pretty much trying to wrap up the series so maybe this is the last.

I'm not a Sawyer/Juliet fan I've always been a Sawyer/Kate and Juliet/Jack fan but supersceding that I'm interested to see how the upcoming season resolves the finale of last and the series as a whole. Again, like you I'm filled with both excitement and dread. This is a show that will be greatly missed once it is gone.

Vampire Diaries was slow to start for me but man once it kicked in I was hooked. I hope we get to see more of the brotherly dynamics on the back end of the season. I liked some of what came out of the last several episodes that showed a bit of a softening between the two.

Chuck and Blair are the *only* good part of Gossip Girl at this point. I could care less about Serena skanking it up with the boy of the moment, Little J as the Queen is yawn-worthy and even though I do think Rufus/Lily is as realistic a portrayal of parents in this situation as could be they run a bit dry for me.

Here's to hoping the remaining episodes of all our shows are both promising and entertaining!

Debbie's World of Books said...

I am so glad you and Michelle got me hooked on Supernatural. It was sooo addictive. I kind of enjoy the Angel thing. I love Castiel. For some reason though after I found out the deal with Ruby I lost my momentum and have yet to catch up on season 5.

Elizabeth said...

Supernatural is breaking my heart. That's all I have to say.

Oh wait - one more thing - I totally got my husband hooked on The Vampire Diaries. That might be the proudest moment of my year. =)

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