FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 22-28)

By TV.com Staff

Jun 29, 2014

How's your World Cup team doing? Oh really, because OURS is in the knockout round. That's right, AMERICA home of football, baseball, hot dogs, monster trucks, American flags, Wyoming, sports where the use of hands is totally legal, and Mario Lopez is on to the next round of a tournament that we have no business being in! And because we're Americans, we're going to assume that we're better at everyone else at everything now! [BLOWS INTO WRONG END OF VUVUZELA AS OBNOXIOUSLY AS POSSIBLE] Anyway, here's what we, America, thought knew was good and bad in the week in television. 


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes Teen Wolf, 24: Live Another Day and everything else, we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 



FTW:

Dominion's second episode dials back the crazy

There's still too much going on in Syfy's angels vs. humans drama, but Episode 2 did the smart thing by focusing a little more on the characters—particularly The Chosen One Alex—and setting aside some of the more tertiary plot churn. If the show would take itself a little less seriously, it could turn into one of the more fun summer experiences. 


FTW:

The Legend Of Korra seems to have pulled itself together


After the mess that was Book 2, the fact that Legend of Korra started Book 3 without imploding is something of an achievement, and thus deserves a FTW. The show seems poised to embrace Avatar: The Last Airbender's more adventure-centric vibe. This approach would certainly be an improvement over the scattershot and half-baked narrative that dragged down Book 2.



FTW:

Wilfred returns full of conspiracies and cults

The final season of FX's (now FXX's) mysterious comedy kicked off with an episode that explored the possibility that Wilfred might be a supreme being worshipped by a cult as a deity. Works for us! Yes, the premiere Houdini'd out of another big development from the previous season finale (it was Ryan who took the fall, not his dad), but there's a feeling that Season 4 is hurtling towards the end, and more importantly, answers. 


FTW:

Westeros goes to the dogs (HA HA HA HA)


This is a video of pugs dressed up as Game of Thrones characters. 


FTW:

Nathan Fielder sneaks gross porn into his Instagram account

The man behind Comedy Central's hilarious Nathan For You skirted the photo site's policies ingeniously when he took selfies of himself with a reflection of an old man masturbating. 


FTW:

Someone call Cher, because Teen Wolf turned back time 

Teen Wolf gets away with a lot. I mean, it's a series about a teenaged werewolf, a banshee, a kitsune, a werecoyote, and a Stiles. And as silly as that sounds, it's GOOD. We acknowledge that a lot of weird and wacky shit is going to take place in any given episode of Teen Wolf (remember the Darach? The Oni? Kate Argent's return?), but we did NOT see the show taking years off Derek's life in "The Dark Moon." Yo, Derek, why don't you hook us up with your magical potion or whatever, because we'd like to look younger, too.


FTW:

These Game of Thrones-inspired soccer jerseys

A designer from Spain wants to work for Nike, so obviously it was time to mock up some footie wear for HBO's fantasy epic. Check out all the designs at the Web site


FTW:

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog takes in the splendor of the World Cup


Conan's pooch toured New York City to talk to fans watching the big event but mostly just ended up making fun of them and the sport. Perfect. (Watch Part 2 and Part 3.)




FTWTF:

24: Live Another Day slips into full troll mode 


This week's episode of 24 was so nutty that the reveal that President Heller did not get blown up by a direct drone strike as previously thought was not the craziest/best thing to happen. That honor goes to the sequence where Jack single-handedly dispatched of the season's big bads, Ian and Margot Al-Harazi by casually tossing them out the window of a multi-story building. JACK IS BACK. 


FTWTF:

The Last Ship sets course for summertime mediocrity


TNT's new apocalyptic drama about a boat and some viruses is exactly what you'd expect from a Michael Bay production: loud, dumb, and explosion-y. But even though it includes clunkers like Adam Baldwin saying, "I should have taken that desk job in Miami," there's no denying that watching a Navy Destroyer shoot chunks of lead out of a gun barrel as thick as an elephant's thigh is not only entertaining, it's downright patriotic. 




WTF:

Tyrant goes too far too soon


FX's new drama Tyrant has a few things to like and the idea of a Dynasty-style soap set in the Middle East could be very cool, but the pilot's attempts to establish how awful Jamal, the next-in-line brother of the lead character, is were simply unnecessary. In the span of one episode, Jamal sexually assaults two different women, including his son's bride-to-be, breaks a guy's face in a sauna (while naked), and listens to bad classic rock. We get it, show; the character is complex, or something. Gross.


WTF:

Rising Star flops

ABC's big shot at getting into the singing competition game was a chore and a bore, especially on the West Coast where "live" voting results didn't matter all that much to a tape-delayed performance. A bunch of people sang some songs, some were good and some were bad, and another two hours of primetime television were handed over to a glitzy reality show with no soul. 


WTF:

Steve Aoki breaks bad badly


Electronic musician Steve Aoki decided that his new music video would have a Breaking Bad theme and we wish he hadn't. 



WTF:

David Letterman's awkward and unfunny Top 10 List about Under the Dome


This CBS promo for the Top 10 features entries 9, 8, and 7 only, and if these were the highlights, then YIKES. Under the Dome is funnier than this. 


WTF:

Murder in the First travels back in time to become a cop show in the 1990s


While Steven Bochco made his name in the late 1980s and kept on working in the 1990s, his new series Murder in the First shows that he may not have picked up any new tricks since then. A sex scene with blue lighting and slo-mo blurring to denote drug use? Check. High-powered lawyer called a 'doberman' and said lawyer has ironclad rules for his client, including not lying to him? Check. Soft-hearted cop helps a cute kid in a domestic abuse situation? Check. Soft-hearted cop is then put on administrative leave for shooting the abuser? Check. The exchange "You should call the cops." "I am the cops." was uttered? Check. Oh, and did we mention that the use of the descriptor 'doberman' and Erich Blunt's choking fetish are bits straight from Bochco's old show Murder OneMurder in the First is still just fine, but it may need to skip ahead a few years in style, character traits, and narrative beats.


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? The Salem finale? Big Brother's debut? Tori Spelling and/or Jennie Garth? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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  • ktfahel Jul 02, 2014

    FTW: Jane Rizzoli's poignant eulogy for her partner Barry Frost on "Rizzoli & Isles". This should have been in here, not that lame Insult Dog!!!

  • KiowaWoolley Jun 30, 2014

    I just came to say that Halt and Catch Fire was excellent, and should have been a FTW. Now feel free to go on ignoring it to jump on the bandwagon once its 'talked about'. Wouldnt be the first time around here, thats for sure.

  • vicbjones Jun 30, 2014

    FTW: Laurence O'Donnell's emotional first segment explaining where he'd been for the past two and a half months on Monday's The Last Word; O'Donnell's Rachel Maddow-like tribute to former Late Night with David Letterman writer Sandy Frank; The lively discussion on the Middle East on Real Time.

    WTF: Max Brooks on Real Time drawing a parallel between Teabaggers and Nazis and not having the nerve to mention the Nazis by name even in describing their history; A Republican strategist and former Rick Santorum press secretary on Hardball discussing the IRS "scandal" ostensibly representing the conservative POV (although Robert Costa is supposedly a conservative) and continually lying through the whole segment about conservative groups being targeted by the IRS.

  • Martijnvanhoek Jun 30, 2014

    Dog Daenerys contemplating crossing the sea, but then doubting about it is a nice touch

  • Tanis_Ketra Jun 30, 2014

    FTW: Jack throwing Margot out the window. Oh how I've missed you 24. Can you just stay forever? Cause I'm pretty sure I'm never going to get tired of the shenanigans Jack gets into :)

    FTW: Tyrant is looking like another great series from FX. Though I do get your point about them overemphasizing Jamal's villainy. They probably could have cut one of those moments and still gotten the point across just fine.

    FTW: Teen Wolf is back and spectacular (as per usual)!

    FTW: The Last Ship, it's not groundbreaking television, but it's a fun watch and will hopefully continue to be :)

  • kevekev302 Jun 30, 2014

    Those soccer jerseys are amazing, one of each in XL please! He forgot the Greyjoys though

  • PElf Jun 30, 2014

    Dominion just surprised me, in a good way. I didn't expect to see such a good show on summer an this one have the possibility to be a great cult show.

    The last ship can be a nice summer series, depends how it evolve.

    Steve Aoki using Breaking Bad for another bad commercial house song it's a No No.
    Please, if you feel the need to use a cult series like Breaking bad at least do a f good song. I like electronic music, but this song it's nothing more that the same shit that is been copied and pasted from the nineties till now. It was bad then, it's awful and dated now.

  • LOST-TWD-PP-GOT Jun 29, 2014

    Ok, something i don't understand. You criticize Dominion for taking itself too seriously. Fair enough. But then you complain about The Last Ship, which doesn't take itself seriously? WTF!

    My opinions on those two series:

    Dominion: Actually i like that it has a lot going on. Complicated series like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Game of Thrones; is why i watch tv. I never saw the movie Legion, but didn't have any problem following along. (Thanks for the community page tv.com!)

    The Last Ship: Action series, with a fairly simplistic plot so far. I love post-apocalyptic stories. Even though it's simplistic so far, and made some blunders; it could be a fun summer series, if i don't over think it.

  • Vicky8675309 Jun 29, 2014

    FTW: Tyrant
    WTF: at least you are consistently inconsistent!! Dominion gets horrible "reviews" here but is listed as FTW. Tyrant gets an ok "review" and a thumbs up on "should I watch Tyrant" but then is listed as WTF. Seriously?
    WTF: still no communities for Dominion and Tyrant

  • klotensen Jun 29, 2014

    What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? The Salem finale?
    The Salem finale?
    The Salem finale. THE SALEM FINALE!!! You got to be kidding me?! Wake up, please, wake up people, because of your STILL faulty info I had to eat my own words in this week's review/recap, thanks a lot for that! I didn't blame the site because I thought it was my fault NOT to cross-check the facts but now I see you still believe Salem's first season has 10 episodes.
    Here, just for you: SALEM HAS 12, 12! - not 10 - 12 episodes.

  • LOST-TWD-PP-GOT Jun 29, 2014

    According to Spoiler tv, Salem has 13 episodes this season, as well as next season. ; ) Salem s1e13 "All Fall Down":
    http://www.spoilertv.com/2014/06/salem-episode-113-title-synopsis.html

  • klotensen Jun 29, 2014

    How embarrassing, in the end it's because of me in the first place, lol
    Maybe it's an open season, never ending, always adding 1 more, 1 season 179 episodes...
    But thanks for clearing it up, now it's 13 on imdb too. Witchcraft.

  • Vicky8675309 Jun 30, 2014

    you can still be outraged at the site (lol) because they still have it wrong on this article and just recently updated the show page (but not the article).
    Their confusion is contagious!

  • Vicky8675309 Jun 30, 2014

    12 is closer to 13 and apparently this site still thinks the finale already aired or else why does this article say the following at the bottom:
    "What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? The Salem finale?"

  • LOST-TWD-PP-GOT Jun 29, 2014

    lol- I only know that there's 13, because i screwed up to. When spoilertv posted a title and summary on episode 11; i piped in saying that i though there was only 10 episodes. :)

  • klotensen Jun 29, 2014

    See? Witchcraft! lol
    But my "outrage" at the site is gone, can't blame tv.com for bedevilment...


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