Agents of Shield Extant The Last Ship True Detective Wrap-Up

2014 TV Wrap-Up – Part Two

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I didn’t expect to like True Detective, but this gripping and disturbing series proved to be enormously compelling right from the start. A big part of that rests on Matthew McConaughey who was just beyond incredible in the title role (if he doesn’t win the Emmy this September, then there is no justice in the world). The show definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s a memorable journey that’s surprisingly insightful, particularly since it reaches a satisfying conclusion. Here’s hoping season two (which will tackle a whole new premise and cast) is equally mesmerizing.
Nad Rating
A

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Season 1
When Shield made its highly-anticipated debut last September, it did so with a fantastic pilot. I stuck with the show for a few weeks, but soon lost interest in the lack of character development and standalone plots. However, following the monumental changes brought upon by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Shield gained a great deal of hype by flipping the show on its head with the Ward twist. I was recently intrigued to give the show a second chance, and I’m pleased to report that it indeed managed to craft an exciting mythology following the above-mentioned bombshell. Not only that, but the show’s core group of characters developed a lovable family dynamic that perfectly contrasted the thrilling action and increasingly urgent stakes. While it took a while to develop that trademark Whedon wit (16 episodes to be exact), I’m curious to see if Marvel’s adventure-drama will continue to soar in its sophomore season and unlock its full potential.
Nad Rating
B+

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Season 1

Headlined by Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra, The Last Ship is certainly one of my favorite new shows of the year. It’s the rare kind of blockbuster series that manages to contain some genuinely clever storytelling and a whole lot of heart. When I first heard of Michael Bay’s involvement, I was sure it would be nothing more than brainless television. I’m thankful to report that Ship ended up being a unique and wickedly exhilarating drama that culminated with a spectacular finale. This apocalyptic drama truly is one of TV’s finest undiscovered gems, and you’d be wise to give it a shot. Bring on season two.
Nad Rating
A

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Extant is a terrible, terrible show. That’s a damn shame because the premise had potential, and I was sure the pairing of Steven Spielberg and Halle Berry would produce a riveting sci-fi adventure. But apart from some bright spots in the beginning, CBS’s summer series proved to be a grave misfire on every level. The show was clunky and insipid, with a horrible lead performance, dull supporting characters, and haphazard plotting. But above all else, it was boring. I’m honestly praying CBS teaches the show a lesson and cancels the hell out of it, because bad television doesn’t deserve a spot on the air with so many great shows dying an unfair death long before their time. Goodbye Extant, you will NOT be missed.
Nad Rating
D

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