Dexter Season 5 Review

Dexter is a fantastic TV show and one that I believe everyone should watch and season 5 is one that can’t be missed.

However, saying this it was a little frustrating and there were some negative points and just did not have the best of conclusions, although I may be being a bit harsh because of how brilliant the season 4 ending was. It was on the whole a very watchable season that will make you want to watch the next episode but this is how the last scene of the season was disappointing because it did not lead anywhere, in fact it just seems like a lot of what happened will be swept under the rug and we will just start back where Dexter was at the start of the show, just killing those that deserve to die and no deeper reasons.
Michale C Hall
Onto the season the new characters that were introduced worked well, especially Julia Stiles character Lumen. Her whole story really got me invested in her character and I was wanting her to succeed all through the season and she was a much more effective partner for Dexter. She was a batter fit for Dexter as a girlfriend than Rita and she was certainly a better partner than Miguel Prado. I did not connect with Prado at all but Lumen integrated into Dexter’s life so easily and it did not feel rushed even though it happened in just a few episodes. It made sense that Lumen was only written for one season but there possibly could be a return for her some point down the line. Dexter and Lumen both needed to find redemption and they both shared their ‘Dark Passenger’ with each other and it was just a fantastic relationship once they learned to trust each other.
Another new character that was really well written and intrigued me a lot was Jonny Lee Miller’s Jordan Chase. He certainly did play the character brilliantly and seemed like he genuinely wanted to help people or at least transform them in one way or another. He knew how to play a shady character, someone that you weren’t sure of from the very beginning and his catchphrase ‘Take It’ is one that works very well in terms of his job and also how he got people to do exactly what he wanted.
Jonny Lee Miller
A character that didn’t work for me at all was Liddy and his relationship with Quinn was really frustrating. The ending has clearly just been swept under the rug and I really doubt that this story will get any continuation even though there are a lot of questions that Quinn needs to answer for. Another change that I wasn’t sure of was Astor but I do understand why they used her as it kept Rita’s death in the back of the audiences mind so it is not just forgotten.

The season seemed like a video game to me because there were a lot of smaller ‘levels’, for example taking out the smaller targets to get to the final level and defeating the main boss. I did love this season but it may not have been the best and for me it gets an 8 out of 10.

The Simpsons Season 7 Review

After re-watching The Simpsons Season 7 it made me realise how good the show was and how much it has gone downhill.

In this season there are some absolutely classic moments that most Simpsons fans will remember, my personal favourite from the whole season is when Moe is hooked up to the lie detector and after he is told he is free to go, he says he has a hot date, and I am sure you know where it goes from here.
This scene is from the second part of ‘Who Shot Mr Burns’ which I did enjoy as an episode and think it kicked off the season pretty well.

Season 7 is a very interesting one because it does touch on a lot of sensitive issues and it does it such a way where you get the sense that the writers and creators wanted to make people aware of these sorts of things but also put a comedy spin on them. Each of the main characters gets a different sort of issue. Bart has to deal with losing his soul after selling it to Milhouse and this touches on a lot religious issues. Homer also gets involved in many things such as anti immigrant laws and he doesn’t really understand much of it and maybe this is something that can be seen a lot in America these days and he also had an episode in which he gained weight so he could be called disabled and work from home. Another major issue they touch on is the problem of class and high society, Marge wants to be accepted into higher social circle but this means she has to change her priorities and the rest of the family have to act like something they are not. At the end of the episode they decide to go to Krusty Burger and the message behind the episode is do not try and be something you are not just to fit into a group of people.

This is also replicated in the final episode of the season with Lisa trying to change her personality to make friends while the Simpson family are away from home. At the end of the episode it turns out that they liked her because of the things she taught them and this was when she was mostly being herself. However, I am not a massive fan of this episode and thought it was quite a poor episode to end the season on. Another episode that I did not really enjoy was the Treehouse of Horror one and even though it showed Homer in the real world and had one of the better stories with a ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ parody, it is still one that I would skip.
The reason this season is so memorable is because of how many episodes have such great quotes in and it is impossible not to laugh over and over again. I would recommend getting this season to anyone that likes The Simpsons or for someone that doesn’t understand why the show was held in such high regard because they have only seen the newer episodes.

Scrubs Season 1 Review

Scrubs is one of my all time favourite TV shows and I have recently re-watched the first season.

In all these years it certainly hasn’t lost its magic as in my opinion you can’t help but fall in love with the characters as they all have such amazing energy and chemistry on screen together. The show follows doctors John Dorian (J.D, or one of his other nicknames Newbie or Bambi or even a random girls name), Turk and Elliot as they begin working at Sacred Heart Hospital. The thing that makes Scrubs so good is the fact that even though it is light hearted and has lots of jokes involved in every episode, there are also a lot of serious moments and questions that each of the three main characters face.

Other main characters in the show are Carla, Dr Cox and Dr Kelso and each of these add something extra in helping the main characters develop. Relationships are key and it only takes one or two episodes to buy into them and believe they are real. JD obviously is best friends with Turk, and almost straight away the audience realise that Dr Cox is his mentor and someone who he looks up to, while Carla takes him under his wing for the first few episodes while he is finding his feet. Finally, his relationship with Elliot is a little more complicated and in the episode ‘My Best Friend’s Mistake’ he realises he has a chance to kiss her but has to do it in a certain time before she over thinks the situation and he is stuck in the friend zone. They don’t end up kissing and afterwards they get into relationships with other characters.

Turk and Dr Cox’s relationship is very comical as Turk is Carla’s boyfriend and he finds out that Cox likes her and instead of calling him out, he keeps it hidden for almost the whole series. This leads to funny situations like when Cox is interested in a girl Turk is mentoring, he says to Cox ‘No you like Carla’ to which Cox replies with something like ‘Do you even listen to yourself’. The final relationship that is quite interesting is Elliot and Dr Kelso’s because Kelso tries to catch her out and put her down at every opportunity and she doesn’t really help herself at all.

Some of my favourite episodes that I think will help you decide whether you like the show are, ‘My Old Lady’ the fourth episode and it was very serious and proved that the show was going to be something special in my opinion and is certainly worth checking out.

‘My Blind Date’ – Is an episode where Dr Cox is trying to accomplish a ‘perfect game’ keeping all of his patients alive for 24 hours and has some very good moments between him and Elliot where she continually sticks her foot in her mouth. This episode shows that Dr Cox is one of the heroes of the show.

‘My Occurrence’ – guest stars Brendan Fraser, Dr Cox’s best friend and is followed up by ‘My Hero’. It shows how desperate JD is for good news and he will try anything to find it. The end of the episode can bring a tear to some people’s eyes and the follow up episode shows a much different side to Dr Cox.

‘My Last Day’ – The final episode ends brilliantly and makes you want to tune into the first episode of the next season with Jordan (Dr Cox’s ex wife) taking Cox’s advice and stirring things up by delivering a few home truths to the regular cast members.

I would give this season a 10/10 because it may not have the most laughs and if that is what you are looking for it may not be completely for you but it is certainly one of the most heart warming shows to ever be on TV. I haven’t even mentioned my two favourite things about it yet and that is Dr Cox’s rants, some of them are just brilliant and get across his points perfectly as well as being sarcastic and hilarious. Then there is the Janitor who just pops up at the right times to change the tone of the show as the audience know he is going to torment JD in some way. But in his defence at times JD does things to upset him like tipping over bins and knocking over the Christmas tree, although these things weren’t spiteful they just added fuel to the fire and his hatred grew more and more each episode.

House season 5 review

(Warning Spoilers)

House season 5 is probably one of the stranger series because it has a good start and then a brilliant ending to it but unlike most seasons it suffers a little in the middle.

This is not to say I didn’t enjoy the whole thing but it seemed like a few of the episodes were just wasting time and instead of being a continued drama were just one off episodes, for example House takes methodone to fix the pain in his leg but by the end of the episode he decides against it so this seems to have just been an episode filler because after it everything goes back to normal and nobody even mentions it really.

Obviously at the end of season 4, Wilson’s girlfriend Amber dies and this has a massive effect on him which makes him realise his hatred for House and eventually leaves the hospital. This is a very good opening to the new series but it would have been terrible if Wilson had left for good as he is one of the better characters in the show and adds a lot to the plot. He is cleverly brought back into it because House’s father dies and he has to take him to the funeral, this is a good episode as it also tells us how they met for the first time and why they became friends. However, I was not a massive fan of this storyline because we only ever saw his father once and maybe if we had more contact with him then this episode could have been more emotional or at least let us understand a little more why House behaves the way he does.

Linking this to relationships, they frustrated me in the middle of this series with Foreman and Thirteen getting into one which seemed pointless as we see Thirteen does not want anything long term as she has Parkinson’s disease. Although, yet again it does add a few episodes with Foreman running the drug trials and eventually breaking the rules to let Thirteen have the real drug instead of the placebo which has terrible effects. The Cameron and Chase relationship ran on and they were talking about getting married and there were loads of little problems with that. However, the party house throws for Chase is pretty funny as Wilson tells him he is not coming to it but House has a plan to make him. When Wilson enters the party, House says I knew you would come and Wilson replies that’s because it’s my apartment which made me laugh.

Another character that made me laugh was Lucas a private investigator hired by House is in a number of episodes even his character seemed a little like they were trying to fill an empty space. To me this was ok though as I really enjoyed his character and it does look like he is going to begin a relationship with Cuddy towards the end of the series

The Cuddy storyline in this series is also ok as she really wants a baby and almost has one but she was eventually not given it however it allowed us to see a different side to her and her desperation to show her love. The interesting thing about this is House obviously wants some of that love because he hallucinates spending a whole night with her which shows his true feelings for her.

This was in the brilliant finally when House is beginning to go crazy as he is seeing the dead Amber and this is all believed to have been set off by the death of Kutner. Kutner had to be written out of the show because the actor Kal Penn had other commitments. House wouldn’t not let his death drop and was convinced it was not suicide. House thinks he can read everybody and this threw him off completely as he didn’t see it coming.

The finale is very sad as House sees Kutner one last time (a hallucination) and this makes him realise he has to go to rehab to sort out his problems. The last few episodes were fantastically done and with House going to rehab it changes things slightly and makes us ask a lot of questions. Will he change? Will he be as good a doctor? It is the darkest of any House season and that adds something to it as it was not really expected that much.

The Simpsons season 3 review

The Simpsons Season 3 provides many moments of laughter and is one of the best in the complete history of the Simpsons. Homer and Bart provide most of the laughs but also in this series other characters such as Otto, Sideshow Bob and Mr Burns have very funny roles to play.

Season 3 contains probably my favourite episode which is ‘Homer at the Bat’ which shows Homer playing for the Nuclear Power Plant softball team only to be replaced by professional players. My favourite line in the whole series is in this episode and I’m not even 100% sure why but it is when Smithers says to Burns that he will get the team together and make the pros play and as he is leaving Burns says to him, ‘And Smithers you have 24 hours.’ It makes me laugh every time just because it makes no sense and it’s not even clear why he says it as the team doesn’t need to be together within the next 24 hours.

The season has many guests on the show including Michael Jackson and Danny DeVito who play interesting characters. Michael Jackson plays Leon Kompowsky who is in the mental hospital that Homer gets sent to for wearing a pink shirt to work in the episode ‘Stark Raving Dad.’ The episode ends with Kompowsky helping Bart to write a song for Lisa’s birthday. When he comes home with Homer he is not greeted by the town as would be expected but this is because he is a big, fat, bald white man. It is a very good episode to start the series off. DeVito joins the cast for a second time to play Herb Powell, Homer’s half brother. He comes back into the Simpsons lives when he gets an idea that will make him rich again (Homer crippled him the first time they met by making a car that flopped and forced him to sell his business and home)

The series has some emotional scenes in too as in the episode containing Herb it shows him and Homer reuniting and it finishes with Herb saying that they can call each other brothers once again after previously stating that he had no brother. Another time of reconciliation is when Krusty and his father forgive each other and learn to accept each other, therefore this seems like a common theme running through the series. Elsewhere in the series it tackles issues such as corruption in politics in the episode ‘Mr Lisa Goes To Washington’ where Lisa catches a senator making a shady deal to cut down the forest in Springfield and changes her speech at a competition which alerts the authorities and they stop the senator.

The return of Sideshow Bob was also a good inclusion in his attempt to kill Selma but in that episode the funniest moment is when Bart has to try to explain what is going on to Homer four times and he still doesn’t understand even though Bart is using every prop available to show him. The Treehouse of Horror episode was ok in this series but I’m not a huge fan of these anyway but it provides adequate laughs. Other than that I think this is one of the greatest Simpsons seasons there is to date because you can take any episode from it and find a favourite moment. This season also gives us a look into Homer and Marge’s past which is interesting in itself as it shows some of the problems young couples have when they are about to have a baby.

I would give this season a 10 out of 10 due to the fact that it doesn’t matter how many times you watch these episodes they never get old and its worth remembering that they were brought in 1992 and are still funny to this day.