FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 22-28)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Westeros goes to the dogs (HA HA HA HA)
This is a video of pugs dressed up as Game of Thrones characters.
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.
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.
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.
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog takes in the splendor of the World Cup
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 One? Murder 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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