Overall, you can see how this would be Parenthood's version of a filler episode: Characters interacted, but no one actually changed anything and the episode basically reset at the end. Ah, but next week. Next week, things blow up in people's faces.
"The Whale" gave us a dose of the past, with a lot of stories setting the table for more important stories. A better episode. Not perfect, but better.
"The Boat" felt like a step backward, despite setting up some important stories for the rest of the season (Erin and Pete, anyone?).
The Office's final Halloween episode wasn't terrible, thanks to some choice lines from some of our associates, and Pam finally baring some passive-aggressive teeth at Jim over the road he's taking the couple down. But it was dull overall.
"This Is a Dark Ride" was a good mixture of PLL's patented ham-fisted exposition with precious high-level information and opportunities for Hanna to drop some one-liners. Which is all I can ask for in an episode.
This was a good episode, a sweet and sad one to leave us grieving for the next few weeks until we see how the Bravermans are going to handle everything.
The opening of Chicago Fire's pilot was indicative of what's wrong with the whole episode: There were action sequences that somehow lacked tension, piles of storylines that felt like a wreck, and a lack of connection to most of the characters.
Well, it all came out this week, didn't it?
I felt pretty crappy about this week's episode. There were things I liked, but overall, it wasn't nearly as sharp as the last two.
"The talk" between Crosby, Jasmine, and Jabbar was a relatively sober and honest discussion of how to approach the subject of racial slurs without sounding like anyone standing on a soapbox.