My TV Rankings, 4/2013
My rankings for the twenty new episodes of television I watched from Sunday, January 20th to Saturday, January 26th:
1. Last Resort “Controlled Flight Into Terrain” A
Some shows have good endings, others have disappointing endings, Last Resort had the perfect ending. The tension and drama worked brilliantly here as every step Marcus, Sam, Anders and Co took against each other reverberated around the story. Michael Mosley is great at playing assholes and Anders is was brilliantly malevolent in this episode, as he and his fellow mutineers attempted to bring the sub to the Chinese. The battle between the two (or three?) sides on the sub was one of the better things Last Resort has done and the scene where Sam and Marcus taunt Anders over the intercom was just an extraordinarily brilliant scene – great work throughout the episode by Andre Braugher. The scenes outside the sub complemented those inside very well. While some aspects of Last Resort have been lacking, everything worked great this week, especially the radar station plot and the ending to the D.C. story, where Kylie takes matters into her own hands. Although I’d have liked to see more of Last Resort, this episode was doubtlessly a great way to end the thirteen episodes it got and cement its place as the best new network drama of the season.
2. 30 Rock “A Goon’s Deed In A Weary World” A-
I didn’t cry at the airport ending, but I came very close. Liz and Criss picking up their new kids from the airport was a fantastic end to this great episode and the reveal that they were a mini-Tracy and a mini-Jenna was superb (and I didn’t even realize it at the time). As well as having that great emotional moment, this episode was wickedly funny. Every retort, observation, flashback and gag was brilliantly executed and provoked lots of laughter. The best part of Liz’ attempt to save TGS was her meeting with the “Bro Body Douche” executive, which used more hilarious frat boy vocabulary than anything I’ve ever seen before. Kenneth’s ascendency to the head of NBC didn’t play out as well as I wanted it to, but it was still pretty good to watch, especially with that charming end tag (very well sung by Jack McBrayer). While this episode fell a little short of perfection, it would have served very well as a finale, which makes me even more excited for what Tina Fey has planned for the final ever episode next week.
3. Legit “Dreams” A-
While this wasn’t as great as the pilot, I still loved this episode of Legit a lot. Second episodes can be tricky, but Legit aced it, just like it aced the ‘comedy pilots are usually weak’ test a week ago. The process of breaking Billy out of the home was very fun to watch and the aftermath, although a little cliched was also quite enjoyable. The most intriguing thing about this episode was the addition of Rodney, Billy’s dwarf roommate, who Billy resents for his cheerfulness. Rodney’s Donald Trump impersonation and the general way he carries himself made a big impression on me and Legit looking at other disabled people (and the relations between disabled people) has me very interested. The episode lost a little as it went along, but the resolution, where Billy can now live with Jim was great and Jim Jefferies was ultra-funny throughout. I may be repeating what I said last week, but that guy’s sense of humor appeals to me on so many levels. The ratings for this are a little worrying (also, male viewers outnumber female viewers ten-to-one), but I’m really enjoying the heartwarming/hilarious blend that is Legit.
For my take on Girls, Archer, Bunheads and more, read below: