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TeeVee report

I have been bamblasted lately with work and finishing the first draft of my novel. I can squeeze a few hours of TV into my week, but my posting has gotten a bit sketchy (looking at my LJ, it's all birthday greetings lately). I do have a post-of-actual-content in the works, but in the meantime, here are some TV impressions of the season so far (space dividers under each cut tag for spoilers).

In the tradition of Lost, the writers of OUAT believe that each new season should be a game-changer that breaths new life into the basic premise of the show, and that's good.

I'm a little skeptical of the split storyline between Storybrooke and the Magic Kingdom, however.

The journey to seek ones origins, the land of ones roots (for Emma, in this case), and/or the journey to a mystical land, is iconic, but I think throwing Emma and Snow into the Magic Kingdom would have been better as a mid-season storyline. Plunked at the beginning of the season like it is, it's jarring. We've barely had time to settle into the Storybrooke where everyone remembers their past--to see how the town is different, how the characters are different—and now we have two separate stories going on at the same time. Which is fine when it's the same characters, as in the Storybrooke present/enchanted kingdom flashbacks, but this is separate characters in separate places.

I think they should have concentrated at the beginning on establishing the new wrinkle in their setting.

I seem to be the only one left on my flist watching Revolution. I'm mostly watching it for the family character motivations and interactions, but it's veering onto the endangered series list. It started out intriguing, but lately, it's begun to feel like another cheesy attempt to use the flexibility of science fiction simply to create a Western, and characters with the sensibility of Western characters.

I like Grimm. I still find the concept of all these half-human half-animal creatures a little bizarre, but I see it as a plot device that allows the writers to tell a supernatural superhero story. I like the regular characters, for the most part, and I also like the character of Nick's mother: her toughness, her moral ambiguity, and the fact that she's a kick-ass middle-aged woman. I also like Rosalee and her herbalist/homeopathic/medical expertise.

What I don't like is what they're doing with Juliette. It's as if, okay, now Hank-the-partner knows about grimms, so to stretch out the reveal with Juliette, they're doing a lame-ass amnesia storyline that basically strips her of the ability to make informed choices.

Merlin Season 5 has been good so far, although it's not exactly treading new ground. Yet. I'm giving it time. Season 4 only took off after the game-changing third episode of the season. Putting Mordred dead-center in Camelot as a knight last week was an unexpected move (although consistent with legend-canon, I suppose) that promises to make his role as a villain more complex.

I have a pet theory that it's Kilgharrah who is responsible for what happened to Aithusa and Morgana. I still don't trust him for a second. He slayed half of Camelot, and now Merlin trusts him implicitly. But I think he's been playing the young sorcerer since the beginning (and psychological manipulation was all he had once Merlin became a dragonlord), and casting Morgana and Merlin against each other for his own purposes.