Maybe this is not so much a column, but more of a service announcement to all you great people who keep checking out my blog, specifically my TV reviews. You were probably hoping to see a Mad Men review, or to read my thoughts regarding the first episode of Californication‘s last season. Well, sorry, please put a pin in that for now. The thing is this: I’m just one guy writing about as many movies and shows as I can, and with all these great series airing right now I had to decide which ones to cover. Since I’ve already started discussing new show Turn, Game Of Thrones‘ latest season and obviously Hannibal, I’m hesitant to take on even more series. I’ll check out Fargo though and will probably end up reviewing it week in, week out. But as far as Mad Men and Californication are concerned I’ll just do a season review, because, basically, that’s all I have time for at the moment.
But, since I’m writing this, I would like to share my thoughts on Mad Men‘s ‘Time Zones’ and Californication‘s ‘Levon’ with you. I thought the new Mad Men episode was absolutely stellar, a brilliant continuation of one of my favorite shows of all time. It’s the beginning of the first half of the last season, and knowing that makes me extremely tense: not because the show’s ending per se, but because I have a feeling that big things will start happening. Mad Men has always been a show that cultivated violence, drama and death brewing underneath the surface, and I strongly suspect that it’s not going to end well for Don, or most characters on the show. There’s a definite “adapt or die” scenario going on, so I’m excited where Mad Men takes us and what its final destination is going to be. On to Californication: Hank’s back in LA now, vying for Karen’s affections once more and, other than that, the show threw the new and quite trite twist at us that Hank’s had another son he was unaware of until the latest episode. Not only that, but his kid happens to be an awkward, weird and dumb character, just a tool for the show to create laughs, which makes Leon and the whole idea surrounding him extremely forced at the moment. Californication is a show that has ran out of ideas seasons ago, but occasionally stumbles upon something great, but this idea is not one of those wonderful revelations. What was great was the casting of Michael Imperioli as a Hollywood TV exec, but right now he seems like the one well-oiled cog in an old and rusty machine. Grades: Mad Men‘s ‘Time Zones’ gets a solid 9, ‘Levon’ a 4. Step it up, Cali, end on a high note.
That’s all for now, folks. Thank you for your continued support and look out for my Fargo review tomorrow. Also, don’t hesitate to let me know what shows you would like me to check out further down the line (May, June, thereabouts), because I will definitely take your feedback into consideration. Thanks!