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Wednesday Night TV (2 Oct 2013) | TV Reviews


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Genre: Action/Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Drama

Starring: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Daniella Alonso, Anna Lise Phillips, Graham Rogers, J.D. Pardo, Tim Guinee, Maria Howell, With Stephen Collins & Elizabeth Mitchell

“There Will Be Blood”: In last night’s episode, Charlie is hunting down Monroe while her uncle Miles has been captured and Aaron, well, he died and right now he is trying to figure out how not to go crazy with that knowledge.

If you remember last season, the world has been without power for 15 years and it begins with Charlie on a mission to save her captured brother, to trying to turn the power back on. As we saw this season, all that did was send bombs out in the world. Now the world is in worse shape than it was before. So now, right now they are all over the place trying to survive the crazy world and trying to piece together whatever remains of their family and their society. Right now that doesn’t seem to be working.

The tension and the action in the show is amazing because we get to see the characters grow a lot. The actors are phenomenal, Miles and Aaron are, in my opinion, the characters that are portrayed the best, but Tracy Spiridakos knows how to hold her own. Amazingly gripping show…I just wish it wasn’t on at 8. Wednesdays @ 8PM (EST) on NBC.

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Genre: Police Procedural, Legal drama

Starring: Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belser, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Tamara Tunie, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish & Raúl Esparza

“American Tragedy”: Personally, I am a bit offended with last nights episode and I think it was very obvious and very unfair of how they portrayed two different incidents and made it one. If you missed it, they turned Paula Dean into George Zimmerman, and that personally offends me.

Last night, the episode was literally ripped from the Headlines about a white person shooting a young black kid. It was the George Zimmerman case basically. I’m not going to say anymore about the episode because it offended me so this is going to be brief.

As always, the acting was amazing. The guest star to last nights episode was Cybill Shepherd and she’s just a phenomenal actress. But Mariska Hargitay, as always, is what keeps the show going. You can’t picture the show without her because she’s such a powerful actress who gives the show an extremely powerful character. She’s just an amazing woman and this show, after fifteen years, still has the spunk and strength it had in the beginning. Wednesdays & 9PM (EST) on NBC.

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Genre: Drama, Police Procedural

Starring: Blair Underwood, Kenneth Choi, Brent Sexton, Pablo Schreiber, Spencer Grammer & Neal Bledsoe

“Pilot”: Ironside is a remake of the 1960s television series Ironside. It’s about a detective who is shot on the job, an event that shakes his whole world as he is turned into a paraplegic, but remains on the force, and not behind a desk.

Before I begin, I think it’s unfair that the show cast Blair Underwood instead of a paraplegic actor, someone even compared it to blackface. Um, first, no one made a big deal about with Glee, that actor is not in a wheel chair in real life only on the show, yet there was no big fuss and that’s unfair. Also considering that this show features flashbacks to show us how he ended up in his chair, scenes that influence the character greatly, it makes perfect sense to have an actor not be paraplegic. Those are my two cents, now onto the show.

I agree with Angela Rockwood from Push Girls who said that this show challenged the perceptions of how those in a wheelchair should look and act. Blair Underwood is a lot like the original Ironside, the actor Raymond Burr who I love. He brings strength and attitude and charisma to this part and if you ask me, it takes of strength for him to stay in the chair and to see how someone with this condition lives. It’s amazing! He has a team to do the things he can’t, but he pushes them to see everything, not just the big picture. It was breathtaking pilot episode and I only hope it stays as strong as this. Wednesdays @ 10PM (EST) on NBC.

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