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Thursday Night TV (12 Dec 2013) | TV Reviews


By: Cynthia A.

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Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery

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

“Home”: A wonderful episode.  This show is better than its predecessor now, is because the story is taking us in a new direction, introducing a new set of characters with a smaller cast that allows the viewer to better understand the story and the new mythology around these old fairy tales. However, there is also the fact that even when this show slows down, it still retains its speed and fast paced.  That’s what makes this show so captivating and entertaining to watch.  The CGI effects, for a TV show and their budget constraints are done well, plot development and character development are well written.  The only problem here is when was Cora the Red Queen? Where does this show take place in comparison to that?  However, one of the great parts of last nights’ episode was the show of Tweedledee and Tweedledumb.  That was hilarious and coupled with the plot twist at the end; oh I’m just excited for when the show picks up again.  Thursdays @ 8PM (EST) on ABC.

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Period drama, Serial drama

Starring: Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Toby Regbo, Jenessa Grant, Celina Sinden, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell & Alan Van Sprang

“Fated”: All right, so this show has been said that it is dumbing down history, which is incorrect.  Last night is a prime example of how incorrect it was as news arrives that the queen of England is dying and hasn’t named her heir. Which is true, Mary did not name either her bastard sister, Elizabeth, or her cousin who was legitimately next in line for succession in England and Catholic like Queen Mary of England as well.  That is a historical fact.  This show does not tarnish who Mary Queen of Scots was and does not change history.  All this show does is add drama to the years of Mary’s life that history knows very little about, but it is done tastefully.  This show captures her wild and beautiful spirit, captures who she was and highlights all of her strengths and what coming of age as a Queen since birth has in store for her.  She had little time to be a child, but if anything can be said about this show it’s that she was a Queen, and a beautiful and thoughtful one who is even now revered.  This show may add all this dramatic flair, which may not have happened, but it does not do so by sacrificing history and character, and neither does it destroy either.  Which is why I will say this: Los Angeles Times, you are incredibly stupid to call this show a “The Princess Diaries” knock-off. This show, while not completely historically accurate, is gripping and beautiful and presents the story of Mary Queen of Scots in a wonderful light, highlighting everything that made her wonderful while also making her very human and very young and a great way to capture audiences old and young. Thursdays @ 9PM (EST) on CW.

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama

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

“Internal Audit”: All right so last nights’ case a hedge fund manager who was also running a Ponzi scheme is murdered sending Holmes and Watson on a trail to figure out which one of his clients is guilty. Easier said than done considering his Ponzi scheme cost a lot of people money.  But there was a good twist in this story line, it was a charity who worked with a money laundering front for drugs and the hedge fund manager was gonna spill the beans.  Like Shelock said: no one is completely good or evil. As always this was an interesting twist on the show, brilliantly written and also continues from the guilt that Sherlock feels from last week’s episode, where his friend, Det. Bell, got shot because of him.  This show brings to light the a very human side of the Holmes persona where he has to deal with the fact that his methods almost cost a man he admires shot. It’s a powerful side, a very human sides that the writers have brought to life. All of that has led to Sherlock taking on the responsibility of him becoming someone’s sponsor.  A good point for this show to leave off on until January.  Thursdays @ 10PM (EST) on CBS.

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