The Good Wife
I can’t believe the season is over! Is everybody going for 22 episodes now, instead of 24? It’s a less satisfying season in many ways, mainly due to the lack of a coherent season-long plotline like Peter’s campaign for State’s Attorney last season. But I guess Peter can’t run for office every season, heh. Where would it end? Scandal-ridden, former prostitute-frequenter Peter Florrick running for President?
Having Peter run for governor next season is pretty ridiculous, though. I know why the show feels like it has to do this, Eli plotting and scheming at Lockhart-Gardner is only entertaining for a few episodes, after that, it gets old and tedious really fast. They haven’t found a way to use Eli very well as part of the LG family; most of the time this season, he’s used just as comic relief.
I really, really dislike the “Alicia wants to buy her old house, and then Jackie bought it, and now Peter is living in it” storyline. This smacks like a set-up for Alicia and Peter getting back together (for real, not for show to help his campaign). I don’t necessarily have a problem with Alicia and Peter together again, I just don’t like the feeling of the deck being stacked, all the pieces being arranged so they will fall into the right places.
To be honest, I thought this show should have ended around Season 6. On the other hand, this season has restored my faith a little bit (the Chase-Taub-Park-Adams team is the second best House’s minions team on the show, IMO), so it’s bittersweet to see it ends now. But I suppose it’s better to end on a slightly high-note, rather than when the show was at its lowest point. Where did they go wrong? In some ways, probably not the show’s fault, the nature of the main character means that they won’t be able to sustain the show for a long time. There’s only so far you can go, so many times House can do THE MOST SHOCKING THING EVA!!! Where I would blame the show is the treatment of the secondary characters. When House fired/lost his team at the end of Season 3, the show should have been brave enough to ditch those actors and focus on the new doctors, instead of keeping them around for a few scenes each episode, and just pissing people off more. Maybe they couldn’t because of contractual reasons, but if that’s the case, why the heck did they go for that storyline anyway? Just to get a shocking season finale? Oh well, water under the bridge now.
Game of Thrones
I feel kinda silly being so bothered by the more obvious use of magic and supernatural power in the show lately, since the show is based on a fantasy series and all, but there it is … it does make me look at the show in a different way.
If Stannis and Melisandre’s smoke baby can kill anyone, what’s to prevent Stannis from sending it to kill Joffrey? And the rest of the Lannisters? Robb Stark, too, while he’s at it. What are the rules here? Is the smoke baby a one-time proposition who can only kill once and then disappears? Will Melisandre and Stannis have to have sex again every time they need another smoke baby to kill someone else? They’re interesting questions, and the nerdy part of me finds the idea delightful actually. But the rule-and-order part of me is SERIOUSLY rebelling, because if you can just use magic to do stuff, what’s the point of people scheming and plotting, all the intrigues, planning, backstabbing, politicking, which is the part of the show I love the most? I think I would feel very different if the show had set up the universe of the show in a way that makes magic feel like a natural occurrence in these people’s lives. You’re not going to watch a show like Merlin for example and complain about the use of magic.