This Week in Television – April 28 – May 4

Let the whirlwind that is May begin. Season finales are imminent, and chaos is closing in. Whether we are faced with unexpected deaths, bizarre love affairs, or the seemingly simple everyday, our shows are going to be doing their best to win our regard forever…or at least long enough to ensure a renewal and viewers for the Fall premieres. Other than the Pacific, of course; that miniseries will conclude in two weeks, and likely win some Emmys and Golden Globes.

Happy Town: In This Home on Ice, Pilot – Although Happy Town’s ratings aren’t great, the show is certainly worth checking out. The bizarre sense of mystery which leaves you wondering what the Hell is going on in this small town is delightfully creepy. There are so many questions, and while you get the impression that you have a lot of those answers, the situation is too treacherous to be certain. What I am certain of? I’ll be watching this every week!

Supernatural: The Devil You Know – I’ll start with 5 words: Lovers  in League Against Satan. Dean (Jensen Ackles), Sam (Jared Padalecki), and Bobby (Jim Beaver) are making deals with the Demon, Crowley (Mark Sheppard), in an attempt to get the last two rings for their collection. Although we all know better than to trust a Demon, this partnership is entertaining and it works. Also, finally allowing Sam to avenge the death of his girlfriend was a perfect knot to tie to give us some sense of closure. How the rest of it will go down, who can say. After all, none of us actually expected Dean to go to Hell.

Bones: The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle – This was the worst episode of Bones ever written and filmed. The murder was buried under a pile of other storylines so that when the murderer was arrested, he barely had 3 seconds to confess as he was dragged to jail because that was all the time left for him. And, other than Cam (Tamara Taylor) dating her daughter’s gynecologist which was somewhat sweet, the rest of the plots were tiresome, repetitive, and basically irrelevant. After 3 solid weeks, Bones has plummeted to worse quality than before its 100th episode.

The Mentalist: Red All Over – What I liked about this episode was that, for once, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) actually told his plan to the CBI team, and they were able to help him get the confession he so often seeks. What I didn’t like was that he used a little girl to get that confession. I’m just glad she wasn’t actually traumatized…though she may yet be when she’s old enough to understand that her grandfather killed her father. Also, the introduction of a Cult Leader, whom I hope will reappear often, indicates The Mentalist’s understanding that ongoing cases are necessary, and Cult Leaders make excellent villains.

Stargate Universe: Lost – Stargate Universe continues to improve and become more and more exciting. In Lost, we got to learn about Greer (Jamil Walker Smith) – his anger issues come from living with an abusive father, but, in reverence to the man his mother remembered before he changed, his father was also the reason he joined the army. The flashbacks to Earth are a much better use of time spent on Earth than anything else. Plus, the balance of luck, where Greer was rescued because he was left for dead, while Chloe (Elyse Levesque), Scott (Brian J. Smith), and Eli (David Blue) were left behind entirely because they had sought to save themselves.

The Pacific: Part 8 – The hardest thing about The Pacific is that it is based on real people who actually lived and died fighting those battles. Last week, we saw the death of Capt. Haldane (Scott Gibson), a excellent leader and a good man. That was not easy to witness. This week, John Basilone (Jon Seda), whom we’ve known and respected since the beginning of the series, finally got his wish to return to the front. He met a beautiful woman whom he loved and married, and decided to remain in the army despite finishing his term of service. Then he went to Iwa Jima, lead his men brilliantly, and was shot dead the first day. We witnessed an actor portray that ark perfectly, but the tears are a remembrance to John Basilone who was a hero, a husband, a leader, and who died.

Chuck: Chuck vs the Role Models – The first episode out of the gate after Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) made their relationship official, they were saddled with two spy veterans who had been married (at least 3 times) for the last 30 years. While those spies were a pain in the butt, constantly switching sides depending on which suited them best in that moment, I loved watching Sarah and Chuck debate whether that was how they wanted to end up in 30 years. Together and still in love, with some issues to work through? It could be a lot worse than that.

Castle: Food to Die For – The murder of a reality-TV-series-winning chef created an absolutely delightful mystery, but what I really loved about this episode was the tension between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic). The decision to try to push their relationship to another level is not easy considering their working relationships, Beckett’s walls that she put up against Castle, and Castle’s past track record for long lasting relationships. Then, introduce an attractive man with who Beckett could have an easily functional relationship, and the only questions is “What should she do?” She is attracted to them both, she could pick either, but which one would leave her with the fewest regrets. Don’t think that if she picked Castle, she wouldn’t wonder what would have happened if she’d gone the other way.

Glee: Bad Reputation – OMG I love Sue (Jane Lynch). It was hilarious to see her rocking out to Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical, and even more so when she and ONJ (who guest starred) redid that music video. Glee, could you be even more fantastic? The rehabilitation of old songs that we really love, we just can’t admit it because they are SO not cool, was also a terrific idea. Now let’s just hope that we get to see a little more of Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) soon.

V: Hearts and Minds – Whose side is Chad (Scott Wolf) on? He’s not being entirely forthcoming with Anna (Morena Baccarin), claiming that his sources need to remain secret so that he can get more information, but he also (eventually) told Father Jack (Joel Gretsch) that he had passed on the information Jack had given him to Anna. At the moment, he’s obviously playing both sides, but which side is he really on? Keep watching to find out (and to try to get ratings high enough for a renewal).

Another eventful week. Upcoming are the penultimate episodes of Supernatural, The Pacific, and V. You don’t want to miss any of these fantastic shows.