My Favorite Shows of 2009

Best Drama Shows of 2009

5. The United States of Tara

This United States of Tara is well written and very funny. Coilette does a phenomenal job portraying Tara and all of here personalities. As Buck, a dirty and brutish biker,  she/he beats up a boy who is harassing her daughter. As T, a rebelliant teenaged girl, she buys her daughter day-after pills. And as Alice, a proper stepford wife, she washes her daughter’s mouth out with soap. It was cool to find out why Tara suffers from dissociative identities in the finale and to see her making great breakthroughs in recovery. I am curious to see what path this takes the show on next season.

4. V

I know there were only four episodes of V this year, but I feel that V is the best new serial drama. The acting is great and the fast-paced storyline is refreshing. And unlike Flashforward, the story actually progresses in each episode. I can’t wait to see Ana swallow a guinea pig live.

3. Fringe

Fringe has not been getting too many viewers recently. If you don’t watch Fringe, you should. Fringe is one of the best shows on primetime tv right now. At first I was upset with the somewhat formulaic quality of the show. Now, however I think of it as a modern day Twilight Zone. The things that the characters have to deal with are very interesting and even though they can be somewhat unbelievable, Walter Bishop’s explanations have enough real science to convince you to feel that crazy things like mind control and alternate realities can exist. The show is meant to be friendly to the casual viewer and I feel that each episode has just enough of the backstory to satisfy the hardcore fans of the show. I do usually find the episodes that focus more on the mythology better, though.

2. Lost

I can easily say that Lost will probably end up being may favorite show of all time. It has amazing writing and acting and the feelings of awe, such as I felt when it was revealed that the Losties (or some of them anyway) got off the island in the third season finale, cannot be replicated by any other show. Every episode is crawling with subtle clues and easter eggs that beg for the viewer to interact and dig deeper. These are only a few reasons that I am proud to be obsessed with this show.

I loved that Lost jumped into time travel this year, it was very cool to see the mythology of the show as it happened first hand. I wasn’t sure what to think about the episode Namaste because it asked the viewer to accept that three years had passed in Dharmaville and Juliet and Sawyer were now an item. I have come over this now and I feel it was necessary and entertaining to see the losties be a part of what was a big part of their future on the island. The finale was fantastic and I cannot wait until the final season! (Although its a little sad that its ending).
1. Battlestar Galactica

If you know me, I know what you are thinking right now, why is Lost not first on my list? Well I felt that it was quite difficult to pick between these two fantastic seasons of television. It is kind of a tie for me, but Seeing as Battlestar had such an amazing series finale this year I thought it should be number one. Battlestar did a great job at looking at what religion, government, and the essence of humanity are. The charaters are amazing. Katee Sackoff is great as Kara Thrace, the hot tough girl who has a dark destiny. Mary McDonnell is amazing asLaura Rosalin, the vulnerable and strong dying leader.  I could go on and on about all of the great characters, but I won’t.

It felt good to see the show come to an end and see some of the characters fulfill their destinies, as cheesy as that may sound. The finale made me cry, I don’t have a problem with admitting that.

Best Comedy Shows of 2009

5. Parks and Recreation

I watched the first couple episodes of this show last season and I felt it was just an Office rip-off. I decided to give it another try this year and I was happy I did. I felt that Leslie Knope was a lot like Micheal Scott but now she seems more well-meaning, sharp-tongued, and well-rounded. I also like the supporting character better now, Aziz’s character is hilarious and I really like Rashida Jones’ character.

4. Modern Family

This was may favorite new comedy show of the year. All of the characters are hilarious and the show does a good job at juggling all of the characters and at keeping them seem real.
3. The Office

I have heard a lot of people say that The Office is getting old and that the show is going down hill, but I don’t feel that way. I still find the relationships between the characters to be interesting. I thought the long-awaited Jim-Pam episode was well done.

2. Flight of the Conchords

The second season of Flight of the Conchords was just as fresh as the first. I love the level of absurdity of this show.  Like in the episode where Brett spends $2.79 on a new teacup, which sends the band into bankruptcy, so Jermaine turns to prostitution.

1. 30 Rock

What I like about 30 Rock is that it is very fast-paced and it has a strange and self-aware humor that reminds me of Arrested Development. I tend to love any episode in which Tracy and Jenna work together to wreak havoc on the set. And quirky Kenneth always makes me laugh.

Check out my cousin’s Top Ten TV Show List of 2009.

V: Its Only The Beginning

This episode started with a lame cop-out. In the first scene we are led to believe that Ryan is shooting at Erica, but it turns out he was shooting the V that the anti-V team wanted to expose. They find out that this man, named Peter Combs was attached to Lyndhurst shipping, so they go investigate. They find that Lyndhurst is shipping out the flu vaccine the next day and that it contains something called R6. R6 doesn’t look like something that agrees well with the human body based on the two bodies we see that were experimented on. Those Vs are tricky. they are trying to cause people to lose faith in human medicine and to turn to their own.

Tyler is sad that his mommy won’t pay attention to him so he goes to the psychiatrist, who turns out to be John’s wife. Maybe in the future Erica will learn about her son’s involvement in the V ambassadors program through John’s wife or through John through John’s wife. Anyway, Tyler pulls some strings for John’s wife so that the Vs cure her and tell her that she’s got a baby in the tummy oven. The Vs also tell Chad that he is going to have a brain aneurysm that they can fix for him. This seems to be very convenient for the Vs. The only media source covering the Vs in America is going to be saved by the Vs.

On the V-ship, Ana finds out that Dale was murdered and she is determined to make an example of his killer. She puts Joshua in charge of finding out whodunit which is ironic since hedunit. His partner V-traitor takes the blame and Joshua must “skin him”. Which he does.

Tyler takes a trip to the V-ship where he meets Laura’s (Laura is hot V girl’s name) mom (Laura’s mom is Ana). Ana shows Tyler the engine room because he likes motorcycles and motorcycles have engines. After their little talk, Ana confirms that Tyler is “the one”. Ana finds out that the vaccinations were blown up by members of the fifth column and that people know about it. She then initiates “the bliss”. Which turns out to be some kind of feelings that are transmitted from Ana to the other Vs on a spiritual level to give them comfort. That was kind of trippy. I am almost one hundred percent sure that the song playing in this scene was a Sigur Ros song*  but I don’t know which one.

After the bliss, Ana tells Laura and Tyler that what they have seen “is only the beginning”. We then travel through space and see that there is a large fleet of V-ships waiting and slowly heading to Earth because they probably want to kill all of the human beings on Earth or something like that. But we won’t know for a very very long time because V is taking a long break and it won’t be back on until March, which is unfortunate because it has already proven to me in only four episodes that it is way better then Flashforward and that it could be a pretty high quality show.

*Update: It is a Sigur Ros song called “Svefn-g-englar”

V: A Bright New Day

I found this episode to be pretty good. If you think about it quite a few things happened in this episode. It was better then the last episode. Early on in the episode Ryan and Georgie meet up and have a little chat. They start talking about getting people for a rebellion and they talk about this guy named John May. He was the guy that started the first rebellion against the V’s and he was mentioned a couple more times in this episode, so he’ll probably be an important character. Later on, Ryan goes to recruit his buddy Cyrus who left him a note in his house and Cyrus tries to kill him. Cyrus says the V’s were going to “reconnect” him. What does that mean exactly? Reconnect him to what? Does that just mean they would accept him and reintegrate him back into life with them? Well, then Cyrus asks Ryan if he misses “the bliss”. What is “the bliss” is it a feeling or is it a drug. Ryan’s response was that “the bliss” was how Anna controlled them and they were “Just like junkies, man.” So maybe when the V’s are “connected” they get doses of “the bliss” and this is how Anna controls them.

While Ryan is doing that, Erica saves Anna’s second-hand lizard-man after someone else gets shot first. That was actually kind of an intense scene. We later find out that the killer was actually a V sent by Anna to gain more trust from the humans. Tricky. Tricky. Then the V’s take the killer and we know why know. Erica goes into a secret room with all of these live video feeds and then she sees herself in one of them and moves her hand to cover up what was filming her and its a V-suit. The V-suits have cameras built into them. Then Juliet, I mean, Erica leaves the room and just misses seeing her son looking in a mirror with a hot V-girl. Oh man, so close! She goes home and sees her son and he has company. Company is hot V girl who got to try the yummy pizza that Tyler told her about, because of her Visitor passport. When Erica opens the door she sees hot V girl in her underwear so she doesn’t know she is a V. I though that Elizabeth Mitchell was really funny in this scene. When Erica left, hot V girl said “I thought this would be better than your mom seeing me in my uniform.” And all the guys are like “Yeah. It would be better.”

Then there’s the whole thing with the angry widow of a pilot killed in the arrival of the V’s. Her name was Mary Faulkner. There was a good scene where Anna was preparing to meet Mary and practicing showing empathy. Then, Anna and Mary met secretly. We didn’t see what happened in that meeting, but whatever was discussed made Mary change her mind. Maybe Anna didn’t change Mary’s mind maybe the real Mary was tied up and a fake V Mary gave the speech or maybe she was threatened or bribed. Something seems suspicious though about what happened there.

While this was going on, a new V named Joshua was helping Dale get his memory back and Dale kept giving extremely serious looks that I thought were silly looking. Once Dale got his memory back Dale is like “I have to go find Erica and kill her!” and then Joshua is like “Nope, I’m gonna inject you with something and then I am going to go find Erica and make her be me ally.”

While Ryan and Erica were doing all that stuff and all that other stuff was happening, Father Jack was trying to find a suspect named George Sutton, who we know better as Georgie. He goes to his old house where he learns from the current resident that Georgie’s family was killed by the V’s and that he is crazy. Then Jack brings Erica and meets Georgie who brings Ryan and then everyone’s together for the first time.

Other Things that happened: Ana’s V friend goes to find Cyrus and finds only dust and “John May Lives” written on the door. And he says “There will be no peace.” which sounds a little different than “We come in peace….Always.” In the last scene we find out that Ana is hot V girl’s mama. We also find out that Tyler is “the one” whatever that means.

This was the best episode yet, except for maybe the pilot, which doesn’t mean much because there was only one other episode. However, what I’m trying to say is that it was good. Only one more episode before a long V break 😦 .

V: No Mo Normal

Ever since I got hooked on ABC’s Lost I’ve kind of had a thing for sci-fi dramas with large ensemble casts. Seeing as the final season of Lost is almost here I have to find a good replacement and to me these are huge shoes to fill. I hope that V may be able to fill this void for me and judging by the first two episodes it could be the one, maybe.

The second episode may seem slow after the fast-paced pilot, but I felt that was necessary. I feel that one thing that V has, and one thing that Flash Forward needs more of, is good acting. My cousin and I used to joke that Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet in Lost used the same serious look a bit too often. However, now I feel that she is a decent actress. I don’t have any complaints about any of the actors except that the reporter’s face kinda bugs me for some reason. I feel that Erica and Father Jack seem kinda close for meeting only once, but for the sake of moving on with the story, I’ll make myself believe that they are close because they dealt with a trauma at the secret anti-V meeting.

I liked the scene between Anna and her lizard-alien friend, Marcus. When shes looking through her holographic closet trying to figure out what to wear and she stops at the kimono and says ”I’m told in Japan this both conveys the respect of tradition and the allure of submission.” And then Marcus says: ”I’m not sure that’s the message you want to send.” And then Anna says: ”You still don’t understand humanity,” while wearing her creepy face.

I feel that the writing has been pretty good in the first two episodes, however there was a very lame, corny line in the newest one. At the end of the scene where Tyler and his friend are talking to the hot V girl about getting Tyler into the V ambassadors program and hot V girl says that she’ll try to get Tyler’s chubby friend to the front of the line, Tyler’s chubby friend says “Two words! Awe-some!” and that just really made me mad. Speaking of Tyler’s friend, and Tyler, I don’t really care about them yet. I find it hard to relate to Tyler. Yes, I agree that hot V girl is hot but, Tyler just seems to be a flat, stereotypical, angsty, and defiant teenager as of the first two episodes. I hope they flesh out his character.

One thing I didn’t understand about this episode is, why Ryan is staying with his woman. He should leave her to keep her safe, if he cares about her. I guess Ryan wants to make the show more interesting by letting his wife get kidnapped, though. So, I guess thats ok then, go ahead Ryan.

I have kind of come to expect shocking cliffhangers at the end of shows like Lost, Flashforward, and V. The reveal of Erica’s evil alien partner being alive and on the V torture table wasn’t that shocking to me. By the way, did anyone else find V’s method of torture a little silly. I would expect this to happen in a campy show from the 60’s, well, I know V is based on a campy show from the 60’s but, still I think they should have gotten rid of the snake torture. I don’t even know if that happened in the original show, but if it didn’t, that would be worse.

I feel that V has promise, I am interested to see if the change in producers will change the quality of the show to a large degree. I would not say this will be the next Lost that Lost fans are looking for, but it could be a pretty good show.

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