Thursday Night TV (7 Nov 2013) | TV Reviews


By: Cynthia A.

image Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery

Starring: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby, Naveen Andrews & John Lithgow

“The Serpent”: Last night we were presented with the origin of Jafar.  A story that is not really unique at all.  Jafar was a young boy who went to a sorceress to learn Dark Magic because of his hatred of his father.  Turns out he is the bastard son of the King of Agrabah.  While that is a very nice plot twist, the story itself is reminiscent of Cora and Rumplestilskin as well as Regina and Rumplestilksin.  It would seem that the writers are recycling their own stories.  I have to say this though, it is a story full of adventure, a story driven by the story and the characters in it, while not focusing on special effects, it is a fast paced show, unlike it’s predecessor Once Upon a Time which seems to be going at a snail’s pace.  Overall, a good show.  Also, Cyrus is a cutie.  Thursdays @ 8PM (EST) on ABC.

image Genre: Period drama, Serial Drama, Historical Fiction

Starring: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Rossif Sutherland, Anna Popplewell, Caitlin Stasey, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Torrance Coombs, Megan Follows & Yael Grobglas

“Hearts and Minds”:  This show is by far the best show on Thursday nights.  Many of you may disagree or may not have a taste for historical fiction, but this show is just brilliantly written.  While this show may have historical inaccuracies, it is still amazing and for the most part tries to remain loyal to what really happened in history.  For example, Catherine De Medici may not have disliked Mary because of some prophecy; she did indeed have an incredible dislike of her, because everyone in the French Court lovedMary while the French Court disliked her (Catherine), because she was a foreigner, not unlike Mary.  That tension is presented in the show very well, executed beautifully and while the Nostradamus intrigue on it may not have been real, it gives the story a supernatural aspect while also working to ground the show and strip it of the overused cliché of a jealous step-mother.  Much of this show seeks to remove clichés from it, making it powerful, making it strong.  And the way the writers have chosen to represent Mary Queen of Scots is simply wonderful because she was a strong woman, a brave woman and kind of heart making her easy to love and admire, even to this day.  All of that combined makes this show so worth while.  Also the way the subtle dialogue hints at the historical truths is amazing.  All hail the Queen!  Thursdays @ 9PM (EST) on CW.

image Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama

Starring: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn & Jon Michael Hill

“The Marchioness”: Okay, that was hilarious. So Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) comes to visit and Sherlock figures out that his brother and Watson slept together while they were in London.  The whole dynamic between all three of them in last night’s episode.  As always, Jonny Lee Miller’s acting is brilliant.  His representation of Sherlock is quirky and brilliant making him a wonderful choice to be Sherlock.  Everything about him is astounding and it just adds to the overall charm of the show.  Last night it was really highlighted as he was thrown into the mix of solving why a drug cartel wanted his brothers ex-fiancé, a woman with whom he slept with, dead.  And then the sexual tension that was so obvious to Sherlock, oh my god, that was just hilarious.  He was acting like a child, but it was funny.  Last night, it was just great, it was a great episode and there need to more like this, just as funny.  Thursdays @ 10PM (EST) on CBS.

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