Warning: There are some mild spoilers in this, so proceed at your own risk!
Alright, I know this list is a bit delayed considering the fact that most of the television season finales aired at least a month or two ago, but I wasn’t quite ready to accept the fact that I wouldn’t get new episodes until September and was savoring the shows I had saved on our DVR. However, since Comcast is making us switch out our recorder, I’ve been doing my best to work through all of the shows and movies that are still in our queue.
Having finally watched the season finale of iZombie, I thought I would revisit my list of the television shows that the Mysterious Mr. C and I were most looking forward to last fall and see which ones lived up to our expectations and which ones likely will not be returning to our weekly rotation.
iZombie: As a big Veronica Mars fan, I was likely predisposed to enjoying iZombie, which similarly features a spunky blonde solving crimes – this one just happens to do it by eating the brains of murder victims. Rose McIver is great as Olivia “Liv” Moore and convincingly takes on the different character traits of the people she eats. Though the show has several running threads – trying to cure Liv’s zombie-ism, stopping the zombies who are less scrupulous about who they ate, and getting justice for the deceased – the writing is strong and everything ties together quite nicely. The season finale was also CRAZY and makes me so excited to see what comes next!
The Flash: This show was the one that C was most excited about last fall, but it quickly became a household favorite with just about everything stopping at 8:00 pm on Tuesday nights so we could watch the latest episode. While we both thought that the overall casting of the characters was great, C especially loved all of the homages to Flashes past, from John Wesley Shipp – who played the Flash back in the early 1990s – portraying his dad this time around to Mark Hamill reprising his role as The Trickster. As for me, I enjoyed being let in on secrets like the identity of the Reverse Flash and then watching to see when everyone else would figure them out.
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Just as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is discussed later) was born out of Clark Gregg’s popular portrayal of Agent Phil Coulson, we likely would not have seen Marvel’s Agent Carter were it not for Hayley Atwell’s wonderful portrayal of Captain America’s main squeeze. Peggy Carter was a woman well before her time, working in the male-dominated world of World War II intelligence. Atwell brought her to life as a strong, confident woman and many of us wanted to know what happened to her after Cap’s plane went down and the war had ended. Agent Carter showed us that life for Peggy wasn’t always easy, but I was truly inspired by the way she continued to believe in herself, despite what her misogynistic coworkers seemed to think.
Sleepy Hollow: I’ll be honest – Sleepy Hollow’s second run ended so long ago that I’m having trouble remembering exactly how I felt about it, but do I know that C and I generally continued to enjoy its mix of historical fact, fiction, mythology, and the supernatural. Though this season seemed to have more of the supernatural in it, especially with Ichabod Crane’s witch wife Katrina joining the team, the partnership between “leftenant” Abbie Mills and Crane remained the heart of the show. Having developed their friendship throughout the first season, the show-runners decided to test it this time around and ultimately proved that it was the stronger of the two unions.
Gotham: As a life-long Batman fan, I was really looking forward to Gotham, even though it is mostly about Jim Gordon and not the Caped Crusader. While I started off the season enjoying the show and loving the different ways the creators brought in younger versions of the villains we all know and love, toward the end, it got to be a little much. I mean, wouldn’t you want to leave something for Season 2? I was also confused by the season finale, which seemed set up Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, as the new boss of Gotham’s underworld. Smith, however, isn’t returning to the show (maybe?), so I’m not entirely sure how that’s going to play out when Gotham returns in September.
Once Upon a Time: Like Gotham, one of the biggest charms of ABC’s Once Upon a Time is that it takes fairy tale characters that we are all familiar with and turns their stories on their heads. As a fan of revisionist tales, I have enjoyed the show since it first aired four years ago, though I do wish that they had given a little more time to the villains before closing out this most recent season. While OUAT occasionally runs the risk of trying to cram too many Disney properties into one show, I am curious to see what Season 5 is like, now that savior Emma Swan is the Dark One.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: I had high hopes going into the second season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because it felt like the show had been given new life once S.H.I.E.L.D. fell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I was curious to see how everything would play out. Unfortunately, the show felt just as uneven as it did during Season 1. Between now-Director Phil Coulson’s compulsive carving of alien symbols to the emergence of multiple S.H.I.E.L.D. cells to the appearance of the Inhumans, it was hard to know exactly which storyline was the most important one to follow. There were also so many of them that it felt as if the action was moving forward at a snail’s pace. As a result, I never really got invested in any of them and mainly watched the show because I wanted to see how it would connect into Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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Game of Thrones: C and I have been pretty dedicated Game of Thrones watchers since the first season aired on HBO, but we just couldn’t get into Season 5. I’m not entirely sure if that was because we got tired of the good guys always getting screwed over – we’ve had the same problem with the books – or quite what, but we only got about halfway through the season before we gave up. We certainly still saw all of the news about the later, more controversial episodes but that mostly confirmed that we just weren’t into it anymore.
But what about you, did you feel the same way about some of these shows? Or is there something that C and I are missing? We’d love to know!