This Week on Television – March 31-April 6

March sweeps may be over, but for most shows, that doesn’t mean the quality has dropped now that it is April. It seems like they are planning to delights us all the way until the May sweeps begin, and then impress us even more. I, for one, will never complain about good episodes being delivered again and again.

Supernatural: Dark Side of the Moon – Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) started the episode by getting themselves killed, again. This time, however, we followed them up to Heaven, where they have apparently been many times before, although they do not remember it. In a race against the Angels, trying to send them back to Earth, Sam and Dean tried to find Joshua, who talks to God, and if his message to them – Stop trying to find God; He’s not going to help – wasn’t painful enough, witnessing all the moments in Sam’s life that made him happy (none of them were with his family) hurt Dean even more. So now the boys realize they are alone, with no God to help them out, and Dean has lost so much faith in his brother that he throughout the pendant Sam gave him when they were children, calling it worthless.

Bones: The Bones on the Blue Line – Back after months of hiatus, Bones gave us a whole lot of character development, as well as an interview between Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and a Japanese reporter that gives the hint as to why the characters are given far more attention than the forensics. The particulars of the case, as has occurred frequently of late, were nothing special, but Sweets (John Francis Daley) suffered an emotional crisis, which resulted in him deciding to live his life to the fullest – he proposed to Daisy (Carla Gallo)! Brennan also realized that the characterization in her books was far more important than she realized, and thanked Angela (Michaela Conlin) for her contributions with a check for 25% of her earnings. The writers were quite correct, so I hope from now on they contribute 25% of the script to characterization, and 75% to the case.

FlashForward: Better Angels – There was a lot of bloodshed in this episode, more than I deem necessary. When the FBI team arrived in Somalia, things did not go according to plan, and Janis (Christine Woods) only managed to save the key players by revealing the meaning of his FlashForward to the Warlord of the group holding them prisoner. Things were better after this, until that Warlord tried to kill Simon (Dominic Monaghan) and ended up dead for it. Whatever else we learned by this, it is clear that the FlashForwards are no longer true promises of the future, only possibilities. Also, Mark (Joseph Fiennes) and Olivia (Sonya Wagler) have new tensions in their relationship which are entirely their own fault. Oh, and Demetri (John Cho) helped Janis conceive a baby…The ratings of this show are reflecting its quality of late.

The Mentalist: The Red Box – Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and her team have a new boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), and she is not so indulgent as their previous superior. Not only has she threatened Lisbon’s job if Jane (Simon Baker) misbehaves – which, indeed, is far more likely to secure his cooperation than any threats against himself – but she has also noticed the relationship between Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti). How is the team going to continue solving cases every week without Jane’s machinations – this week, he lied about the value of a ring the victim was killed to acquire? And what will the consequences of Rigsby and Van Pelt’s involvement be?

Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Old Wounds – Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) had a harder time recovering from Varro (Jai Courtney)’s death than expected, but this was because the injury Varro had given him in their last bout was badly infected. As he lay in fevered dreams, Crixus (Manu Bennett) reclaimed the title of Champion of Capua, while Batiatus (John Hannah) exacted revenge against the magistrate who had slighted him, blaming the crime on his rival, Solonius (Craig Walsh Wrightson). With the latest success of Crixus and Spartacus’ recovery, Batiatus’s dreams are all coming true…unfortunately for him Spartacus’s dreams were true too. He finally discovered that the death of his wife had been orchestrated by his master. With only two episodes of Season 1 left, who knows how much things will change before next season!

Stargate: Universe: Space: While I was highly displeased with the first 10 episodes of SGU, it has come back from its hiatus and very much impressed me! Not only did the writers get rid of any connection between our lost explorers and Earth, but we also got to meet some aliens, and witness some human interaction that wasn’t straight out of Melrose Place. If the development of the power struggles between Colonel Young (Justin Louis) and rivals Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Camile Wray (Ming-Na) continues so subtly and believably, the Stargate Franchise might actually achieve the right mix of Stargate and BSG. Let’s just hope next week continues in this vein.

The Pacific : Part 4 – In Part 1, we saw our heroes heading off to war and the first battles they fought. In Part 2, one distinguished himself by becoming a war hero, while losing his best friend in the same fight. In Part 3, the soldiers got some R&R which proved to be just as stressful when relationships failed. It is no surprise that in Part 4, we got to see what happened to soldiers who suffered through such emotional trauma.  Amid the desertion and suicide, Bob Leckie (James Badge Dale) fell pray to disease and depression. Removed to a hospital, he saw other soldiers who had completely lost hope, or their minds, and realized that he just wanted to be better and back with his comrades at arms. This show continues to clearly shout just how horrid what the soldiers suffered in WWII was.

Chuck: Chuck vs The Other Guy – This week, Chuck was a highlight of awesomeness and pure delight. Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) finally admitted she loved Chuck (Zachary Levi). Chuck saved Sarah from Shaw (Brandon Routh), who went rogue and tried to kill her; Chuck was forced to kill Shaw to save Sarah, making him a real spy and earning him Sarah’s gratitude. Casey (Adam Baldwin) captured a Ring leader and used him as leverage to be reinstated, to get another Crown Vic, and to have Morgan (Joshua Gomez) turned into an NSA operative. And Chuck finally got to see the Eiffel Tower. Pure perfection.

Castle: Wrapped Up in Death – When an archeologist is found dead, crushed by a gargoyle pried off his roof, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) need to catch his murderer…or stop the ancient curse of a Mummy that archeologist had found. Although it turned out that a man killed the victim, in order to cover up a previous murder committed at the dig site, Castle (who believed himself to have been equally cursed by the mummy) still asked a Mayan to remove the curse.  Even if Beckett could shoot any boyfriends Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) brought home, Castle still wanted to stick around and take his daughter to the Zoo.

V: Pound of Flesh – The 5th Column may be in trouble. Anna (Morena Baccarin) has devised a way to detect if a V is feeling emotions, causing Joshua (Mark Hildreth) to betray his possible allies rather than be exposed himself. The process, however, also helped him find Ryan (Morris Chestnut) and deliver a message to the 5th Column to rally. It looks like we may in fact be en route to a real fight between the Vs and the 5th Column, which would make this struggling scifi series really exciting.

There are quite a few shows you aren’t going to want to miss this week. Keep watching V and FlashForward if you want them to get renewed, and don’t miss the 100th episode of Bones. Let me know what you are thinking, and if you are looking for a more in depth look, check out my blog.