Sunday October 21st
Once Upon a Time - "The Crocodile"
Comic Book Men - "My Big Fat Geek Wedding"
Tuesday October 23rd
Go On - "Any Given Birthday"
This week's episode was about how the group tries to throw together a scavenger hunt for Ryan (the sports broadcaster played by Matthew Perry) to celebrate his birthday. Ryan protests noting that his wife used to make elaborate birthday plans for him every year, and he always dreaded it. Eventually after urging from the group leader, Ryan decides to join in for the sake of the group. The evening sort of backfires when they accidentally stumble into one of his wife's actual birthday plans that she was planning before her death, and the group makes an effort to hide this news from Ryan.
This episode was actually really good. I know Go On is a comedy first and a drama second, but I feel myself drawn in a lot more by the dramatic bits. This week, there was a moment when the group leader, Lauren, told Ryan that he can use the group not only to recover from his loss but to become a better person than he was before the loss. Later in the episode, after making some breakthroughs in learning to be a better person for the group, Ryan imagines talking to his wife and mentions how he wishes he had been a better person when she was alive. It hit me then why he probably didn't like the elaborate birthdays she planned for him. In his heart of hearts, he may have felt undeserving of such expressions of love, and now he holds on to the guilt for not being a better man for her when it mattered. Ryan is a layered character that really does need this group to heal not only over the loss of his wife, but to work towards fixing a piece of him before the loss.
And yes, there were also funny bits in this episode, but those points of drama were especially strong this week. Hence...
Wednesday October 24th
Arrow - "Lone Gunmen"
It's the third week in for Arrow, and so far it seems to be sustaining the level of quality promised by the pilot episode. What I'm looking for from a really good superhero story is a blend of character attention along with the incredible action. Arrow seems to do just that.
This week, while Oliver Queen was trying to track down an assassin known as Deadshot, we had a not insignificant amount of time paid to developing the relationship between Thea and her mother (as well as her relationship with Oliver). I do like what the show runners are doing with Thea because she seems to be traveling down the same path that we know Oliver once went down. It's hard for Oliver to lecture Thea about her actions because he seems hypocritical, and it's difficult for her mother to lecture her because she's spent her whole life letting her daughter get away with murder. As much as I'm looking forward to seeing how Oliver Queen tackles the problems of the corruption in his city, I'm equally curious about how the relationship between him and Thea develops. That is the sign of a successful superhero show for me.
Aside from that, I was pleasantly surprised to see Dinah show off her 'self-defense' abilities. I know enough about the DC universe to know that traditionally Dinah is supposed to be The Black Canary, and this has been the first indication by the show that they may actually come through with that transformation. I imagine she'll be inspired by the Green Arrow's actions whilst being frustrated by the failures of the city's own legal system. In any case, I look forward to it.
If there was one thing that I was disappointed with in this episode, it was Dead Shot. For a character as big as Dead Shot, I was expecting a little more development. I'm hoping that his supposed 'death' at the end of the episode is a fake-out (I'm pretty sure it is) because I just don't think they milked that character for all that he was worth really.
Thursday October 25th
The Office - "Here Comes Treble"