Sneak Peek at…

Forever

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You know that moment when you watch a show and you just know you’ve going to love this one.   Sadly, for me at least, that moment is usually followed by immediate cancellation.  If I love a show–really love it–it’s doomed.  My track record is scary…really.

Having said that, I’m cautiously optimistic about Forever.  It’s that good.  Think NYPD/Once Upon a Time/Sherlock Holmes.

The main character is Dr. Henry Morgan played by the uber yummy Ioan Gruffudd.  I don’t recognize him, but he’s talented, gorgeous, and he’s got a fantastic accent.

It turns out Dr. Morgan has a bit of secret.  He’s been alive for a really long time (200 years to be exact) mainly because he can’t die despite the fact that he manages to get killed a lot.

His predicament lands him in some interesting situations, so it’s understandable that he needs a confidante…someone he can talk to and lean on in times of trouble.  Enter Abe, Henry’s “Fairy Godfather” if you will.  We find out some interesting info about Abe towards the end of the show, but I won’t spoil it for those of you that haven’t seen the episode yet.

Dr. Morgan isn’t as happy about his immortality as you’d expect him to be and he spends a rather large chunk of his time working to determine how to break his curse.  When he’s not working his day job as the medical examiner for New York City, he holes up under Abe’s Antique Shop keeping records of his brushes with death.

Remember when I said this show was part NYPD…well, you need a cop for that and that cop comes in the form of Detective Jo Martinez.  We find out a bit about Jo throughout this episode, but most importantly we find out she’s become a bit suspicious of, and possibly taken with, Dr. Morgan.

The good doctor has managed to get himself involved in a train crash.  Everyone on board died (except him of course) which makes him the main suspect.  Luckily for the immortal Dr. Morgan, he’s not just a pretty face.  He’s also very, very observant.

Pretty woman on train- “You see a lot.”

Dr. Morgan- “I’ve seen a lot.”

Uh huh.

The show moves quickly.  Dr. Morgan works to  clear his name and quickly forges a friendship with Jo.  They team up to find the real killer and all is going along swimmingly until the cryptic phone calls start coming.

Someone knows Dr Morgan’s secret and they share his curse.

Dum..Dum..Dum…

Before show’s end, Dr. Morgan dies a few more times, Jo comes close to death, and we learn a little more about Dr. Henry Morgan’s beginnings courtesy of some well-placed flashbacks.

The show ends with some, all too appropriate dialogue.

“Henry, Are you ok?”

“I’ll survive.

Let’s hope so.  This show has the makings of a real winner.

Mysteries of Laura makes its debut

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The new NBC show Mysteries of Laura opens with a high-speed chase. Laura (the titular character, played by the always stellar Will and Grace alum, Debra Messing) climbs out of her filthy (and I do mean filthy!) car and hurries down the street to catch a nameless criminal. Guns are drawn, chaos ensues, and an earlobe is tragically and gruesomely lost in the debacle. Almost immediately, we get a clear picture of who Laura is – a cynical, lovable mess. She’s an absolute train wreck and that’s what makes the show hard to turn away from. Messing’s character (and her talented co-stars) will no doubt be the draw that brings people back every week to watch a rather predictable (I mean, I knew who the killer was 5 minutes in!), schlocky show.

We soon learn that Laura has twin boys who can only justifiably be called demons (I kid you not, these children are of the devil!); an affable, if misguided ex-husband (played by the super-sexy and delicious Josh Lucas), and a whole host of problems. She is great undercover, has a brilliant mind for crime-solving, and is a devout mother but she’s got issues. Issues that should be fun to explore over the course of the season. Will Laura completely unravel under the pressure of her chaotic life? I admit it; I do look forward to finding out.

To be honest, Mysteries of Laura is far from rocket-science. We’ve seen this cop-show/harried-woman-police-officer formula a hundred times over, but it’s the characters and actors on the show that make it shine. Hopefully, it will be a true success because NBC needs a hit show like this couch potato needs to lose fifty pounds. I kind of doubt that the show will set the world on fire, but at the same time, I am certainly willing to give the show and OCD-Laura another chance. I actually look forward to next week’s episode and seeing what new tragedies will face our crazy, oddly dressed, junk-food loving heroine.

Did you watch the debut of Mysteries of Laura? Please be sure to share your own thoughts about it in the comments below. Thank you!

Give it up for The Goldbergs!

The cast of The Goldbergs

The cast of The Goldbergs

 

Give it Up for The Goldbergs!

 

I will make an admission right now. I decided to watch the first episode of The Goldbergs, mostly out of boredom. Going into it, I didn’t have high expectations or hopes for it, and maybe that is part of the reason I enjoyed it so much! Or, maybe it’s because it’s actually a really good show! Surprise, surprise! The Goldbergs is actually a highly watchable show.

 

First of all, the cast is really good. They all play their parts convincingly, especially Wendi McLendon-Covey! Which surprises me because I am used to her playing these (forgive me for typing this!) “dumb blonde”-type roles with little substance. But she hits it out of the park as Beverly Goldberg, a mother who is struggling with the fact that her children are growing up so fast, right before her eyes, and she doesn’t know what to do with herself… Truthfully, I wouldn’t be surprised that if this show lasts, Wendi snags herself an Emmy nod next year.

 

Another cast member I have to single out is George Segal, who plays Albert Solomon. I have always liked this actor since I first saw him on the awesome, much-missed sitcom Just Shoot Me but he’s a whole ‘nother level of amazing here. He plays his part really well and imbues it with a lot of heart and wit. I would love to have a grandpa like him! (Especially if he gave me a sports car!)

 

The rest of the cast is good too. I just need to see their characters developed a bit more, especially Erica’s role. She remains a blank slate for this viewer, thus far.

 

I liked the show because of the writing too. It was genuinely funny and very relatable. (I do appreciate that there is no laugh track. I have always hated those so much!) Lines like “Flava Flav is the only one who understands me!” seriously made me laugh almost until I cried. Then there were scenes like Murray giving his son an REO Speedwagon cassette instead of a car that were just as classic. And they felt authentic. How many sixteen year olds have hoped for a car and instead gotten something entirely less exciting like a tape (or CD) or hmm, a package of underwear?! I know I have! This show is relatable, even with it being set decades ago. That’s what I like most about it. (The 80’s were but a decade long, but family dysfunction is forever.)

 

The show reminds me of a John Hughes movie and I miss John Hughes movies very much. I think I will be sticking with it for the long haul. It’s comfortable and homey – like shoulder pads, leg warmers and parachute pants! (Yes, that was a sad 80’s fashion reference lol)

 

Check out the first episode of The Goldbergs (“Circle of Driving”). You might be surprised and actually like it!

Sleepy Hollow 1×01

Sleepy Hollow – A little sleepy at times and a bit hollow too, but worth the watch, just the same!

So it’s officially Wednesday now, but I am happy to report that I finally got to watch the pilot episode of Sleepy Hollow! (Better late than never, right?) Prior to actually tuning in, I hadn’t heard much about the show. I just knew that there were headless horsemen involved and that Ichabod Crane was very easy on the eyes! I ultimately tuned in out of curiosity and ended up being pretty happy with my decision to do so. Sure there were some sleepy parts, a hollow bit or two, but I am still glad that I gave up an hour to try out a new show.

Sleepy Hollow pulls you in from the get go. The opening scenes were well choreographed and they immediately grabbed my attention. When the headless horseman came riding onto the battleground, I became especially intrigued. My attention held throughout the show as people were decapitated and sliced and diced left and right, and mysteries started to build and unravel. Truthfully, the only weak spots I saw were the Abbie and Ichabod “talky” scenes (such as the squad car scene where they chat about seeing a Starbucks on every corner).

**As a side note, I imagine Abbie and Ichabod (“Abbod”/”Ibbie”??) will be paired up romantically on screen, at some point. I imagine they will even collect a sizable fan base but I thought their scenes were a little forced and contrived from the get-go. In fact, the Abbie character is a little too bland for my liking. Katrina, Ich’s “dead” wife, on the other hand, made me sit up and take notice. I don’t know what to make of her character though. Is she good or is she bad? I can’t wait to find out.**

The three main highlights of the ep, for me, were:

  • The unintentional humor of Abbie phoning into the police station in a panic saying “we’ve got an officer down” when by that point, Corbin had no head! “Yes, he’s down,” I wanted to say, “but he’s not getting up again, at least not in this episode!”
  • Any and all Orlando Jones appearances. He usually plays “funny man”-type roles so it was surprisingly cool to see him don a serious attitude and costume. I like the character of Frank Irving already. I think he’s got a secret or two (or five!) and I bet they are juicy!
  • The Horseman discovering modern weaponry! He just picked that shotgun right up and started using it like he’d been practicing at it for so many millennia!

The one BIG question I am left with though? If the Horseman and Ich’s blood was intermingled as Katrina said, does this mean Ich will go over to the dark side at some point? Hopefully we’ll find out in coming episodes!

So to wrap it all up, I will say that while the show had some sleepy moments (see all conversations about Starbucks) and some hollow moments (see all attempts at Abbie and Ichabod “banter”), it’s still worth watching. I am going to stick with it for the foreseeable future.

P.S. According to this website, over 10 million households watched the premiere of Sleepy Hollow! This could end up being a long-running hit show with a very loyal fan base. I know that I’ll keep blogging about SH as long as it holds my interest.

P.P.S. Next week looks really good! I’ve read spoilers and one mentions that Ichabod takes his first bath in two-hundred plus years. Um, heck yeah! Tom Mison is hot. Hot and wet and nekkid, I hope!

That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for blogging with this TV Tart!

–Daphne