Thursday, January 12, 2017

What I'm Watching

You're not going to believe this, but I'm updating this blog again because of my mother. She reached out to me the other day stating that I haven't updated it in almost a year. I told her that I was having trouble coming up with the motivation to keep going, and since she was the only one who reads it, there was no real big sense of urgency. Well, that was all I needed to get the thoughts flowing again.

It turns out that I need some kind of an outlet, and Facebook just isn't going to cut it. So, I'm going to post here and I am not going to limit myself to posting about just one particular thing. It is going to be posts on a range of various different topics.

Let's go ahead and get started.

I have quite a bit of free time on my hands, although it seems like this is starting to dwindle on a daily basis. There are so many good shows to watch now that it is hard to stay on top of them all, which is probably why I'm so tired all the time. I'll frequently sacrifice a good night's sleep in order to watch another episode or two, depending on how good the story line is. To kick things off, let's take a look at what I'm watching this week.

With work and the necessary household chores, it isn't easy to watch everything on time, meaning when it airs. So, we (the wife and I) rely heavily on our DVR (digital video recorder) to record shows as they air. This way we can watch them at our leisure.

This week we've caught up with The Blacklist, Code Black, Madam Secretary, and an episode of Quantico.

Blacklist continues to entice us. It is all about James Spader, he is just magnificent in this role. Code Black is evolving week to week. To be honest, it doesn't even feel like the same show it was when it premiered last season. There have been so many changes, and not all of them for the worse. Rob Lowe has been a welcomed addition to the cast, but I wonder at what cost.

At the beginning of this second season, we did not see the return of Raza Jaffrey or Bonnie Somerville. Their characters were last seen leaving the hospital together and *poof* they never came back. Their disappearance was never addressed on the show, and I remember an article that cited the producers of the show clearly stating that it was a conscious decision to just let it be.

Now, just past the halfway point of the season, we've lost Tommy Dewey too. He was a great addition to the cast during the first season, and I was expecting much more from him this season. Not so much. And now, I'm left to wonder how much longer we will have William Allen Young (Dr. Guthrie) or Melanie Chandra (Dr. Pineda) around. Like I said, the show is evolving week to week, so it is all in flux.

Madam Secretary is still as good as ever. Loving the dynamics on the show, as well as the various story lines they are coming up with.

Quantico is losing my interest. The first season was good, and had me guessing from week to week. But, this season, I find myself less invested in the characters and the overall story. The format of going back and forth like they do is no longer doing it for me. I may see this through to the end of the season, but unless there is a fundamental shift with the show, I will not be back next season.