And the holidays are now officially over and the television shows are coming back.
The Good Wife has been on for a week now and they’ve been hitting it hard. I’m not the biggest fan of Alicia running for States Attorney, but I love what it is doing for her character. She’s really bursting out of her shell and she’s embracing the full extent of her power and her strength and after so many seasons of her holding back, it is so nice to see her finally coming fully into her own.
It’s a wonderful slow burn of a feminist story of a woman who is pushing against the boundaries and what is expected of them and overcoming all the preconceived notions and all the hurdles and challenges set before her and conquering them without losing sight of who she is as a person. It’s a wonderful display of character building and an amazing job on the part of Julianna Margulies to fully realise this character season after season and making everything so real and palpable.
I just wish there were more scenes of Cary (Matt Czuchry) and Alicia working together and exploring their friendship. They’ve been through a lot and I’ve loved Cary’s dramatic arc as a character and would hate to see it suffer because they didn’t know what to do with him. He’s an amazing actor and there’s so much he could bring to the plate if they let him and his character shine.
This is a show I began, funnily enough, watching it because I thought it was Famke Janssen in the lead. Six seasons later and I’m so happy with this show and where it is going and I just wish it doesn’t spin out of control. But I have faith. They have done such an excellent job so far and they don’t even have to try to top themselves, they just have to maintain.
Shameless has begun and this is a show that is difficult to watch but I cannot stop watching. I only really watched for the characters of Fiona (Emmy Possum) and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) but now on its fifth season, I am extremely happy to see that Mickey (Noel Fisher) is now part of the regular cast and that Dichen Lachman will be guesting this season. I totally love Dichen Lachman in anything she’s in. I still can’t stand the other characters but Lip (Jeremy Allen White) has turned around late last season and I’m watching out for his character now.
It’s just hard for me because I find that Frank’s character, played by William H. Macy is just absolutely deplorable and I was so happy because I thought they were going to kill him off last season and when they didn’t, I was so upset. I was absolutely upset. I do not find him charming or funny or anything of the sort. Every time he gets screen time, I shudder and I just think how bad things are going to get. In my head, he’s the villain and I really, really cannot stand him.
But that’s how much I love Fiona’s character. I’ve seen her grow and struggle and peak and then fall. Now, she’s starting from the bottom up and she’s fighting the demons that has haunted her, especially in the last season, and it looks like the show’s writers are not giving her an easy way out because we’ve seen Steve (Justin Chatwin) in the final second of last season and we know he’s going to make a big return and it is going to send Fiona on a tailspin and I hope she comes out okay.
It’s a show that is difficult to get through but I do it. I can’t help it. I guess I’m a sucker for tragedy.
By next week, my other primetime shows will be back including Arrow, The Flash, and The 100, which I started just over the Christmas break and I’ve now just caught up. I’m still watching The Originals but it’s hanging by a thread. Like Shameless, it’s difficult because Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is such a total dick and I thought at some point in the first season, he would start heading towards redemption but, alas, he’s still an asshole and there’s so much ado for him and I don’t really care. Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) make it bearable but not by much and now that Rebekah (Claire Holt) has been transferred to a different body, I don’t know if I have any anchors into the show to keep watching.
Except for The Good Wife, most of these are really just for fun. The stuff that I can really sink my teeth into come in summer (Spring and Summer in the US) and that’s Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and The Leftovers.
Those are the shows I’m really, really excited about and I can’t wait for them to come.
But until then, my routine has begun now and my television shows are back. It’s nice to have things to look forward to in the day and something to reward myself with when I finish a work project of which I’m accepting more and more now these days.
I’m still on the look out for other shows but, for the meantime, I’ve got these to contend with and it’s just right for me.