Is it just me or is this year's Super Bowl just blah?
This year the Lunar New Year, Super Bowl, and Mardi Gras were practically on top of each other. How cool was that? And not only that, Valentine's Day is right around the corner, plus this year Easter falls in late March. Lots of holidays to celebrate and enjoy, but it's all good because my kids love them all. I don't think there's a holiday they don't love, haha.
After all that hoopla, my husband and I look forward to a tv show or two after we've put the kids to bed. This is just some of our favorites:
This is a really good show, although, anything with James Spader in it is pretty good in my book. (remember him in Sixteen Candles?) Blacklist is about an FBI task force formed to capture villains/fugitives on the so-called "blacklist". Raymond Reddington, played by Spader, also a wanted fugitive himself, has been providing the FBI with the names on the list, one at a time. It's partly self-serving and more recently partly to exonerate Elizabeth Keen, an FBI agent whom he's taken an interest in from the very beginning (which is part of the mystery).
Initially the show was focused on capturing a blacklister per episode, but lately, it's taken a turn involving exonerating Keen who's been framed by a secret organization of blacklisters in high places. It looks like this story arc is slowly coming to an end (thank goodness it ended just recently), hopefully so that they can get back to the capturing one blacklister per episode like in the very beginning. The craziness and James Bond type villains is what really intrigued me in the beginning, and I hope that they keep it up, otherwise it'll start to look like any other crime and mystery drama, with the exception of having James Spader as their lead.
I really like mysteries (in case you haven't noticed already), and Elementary is the modern version of Sherlock Holmes, except in this case, Watson is played by Lucy Liu. I enjoy the witty dialogue between others and Sherlock, played by Jonny Lee Miller (trivia: did you know that Miller used to be married to Angelina Jolie). I also like my mysteries full of surprise twists that's solved in the allotted time slot, and so far Elementary fits the bill for that.
There's a new twist to this season's Elementary in that they've added John Noble as Sherlock's father. I'm a fan of the character Walter, whom Noble played on the sci-fi show Fringe, so I was really excited about this new addition to the cast. So far Mr Holmes senior doesn't disappoint. The show left the audience wondering if he is as bad as Sherlock described or if there's more to the story. Whatever it is, I can't wait to watch more episodes with Noble's character in it.
To castle or not castle, that is the question. They were back for a little bit, and then they're on a break again. This is another show that fits into my preference of mystery shows that's intriguing with surprising twists and all solved within the allotted time frame with commercials, all that complete with a bow, that bow being Nathan Fillion.
Fillion plays the lead character, Richard Castle, crime solving helper by day and mystery writer by night. I've been a fan of Fillion since his sci-fi days. There's just something about him and the characters whom he portrays, they're likable, funny, seemingly nice, not exactly ruggedly handsome, but not bad to look at either. Although after eight seasons, it's getting a little bit tiresome at times. Still, I'll watch it whenever I can because it's light-hearted most of the time, and of course, there's Nathan. Like I've mentioned earlier, there's just something really likable about him.
Oh say it ain't so, boo hoo. This is the last season of Downton Abbey. I've come to adore all the characters of Downton Abbey, although I still miss Matthew. Yet I can understand, all good things must come to an end, and it's best to end on a high note.
This season so far,
-we're seeing Edith coming into her own, taking on the magazine business
- Mary, I don't know what's going on with Mary. I want to see all that business with the potential suitors, so happy the race car driver is back.
- the hospital business causing conflicts between Violet, Isobel, and Cora. Conflicts between Violet and Isobel is rather the norm but with Cora and Cora pushing back, that was different.
- and what's up with Daisy, is it just me or is she extra whiny and annoying this season
Anyways, this is a such a wonderful show; I will definitely miss it when it's over.
What have you been watching lately?