FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (August 24–30)

Another year, another snub from the Emmys for FTW vs. WTF in the category of Outstanding Weekly Television Round-up on the Internet! Not only that, the whole category was left out of this year's ceremony. When is the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences going to open its eyes and give the people what they want? What are you trying to hide, ATAS? Oh well, I guess we'll just have to hang tight and wait for our People's Choice Award. In the meantime, here's what we liked and didn't like about the last seven days in TV.


SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of The LeftoversTeen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. 



FTW:

The Colbert Report's post-Emmys title sequence


Leave it to Stephen Colbert to immortalize Gwen Stefani's "Adele Dazeem" moment—which occurred during Monday's Emmys telecast when she presented the award for Best Variety Series to "The Colbore Report"—by adding "Colbore" to his show's opening credits.


FTW:

Teen Wolf's Peter Hale strikes again!

So Meredith really was the Benefactor, but "Monstrous" added a whole new later of "What?!" by revealing that it was actually comatose Peter Hale's idea to purge Beacon Hills of its supernatural population. Meredith, who shared a hospital room with Peter immediately following the fire at the Hale residence, put the plan into motion following Allison's death, believing that all monsters were, you know, pieces of sh*t who should be treated as such. And, of course, Peter remembered NONE OF IT. Oh, Teen Wolf. God bless the way you always manage to make Peter an exciting villain even when he's not aware he's the villain. 


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Doctor Who's new Doctor is here and he seems pretty cool, tbh


Peter Capaldi's Doctor has officially arrived, and while it took quite a long time for him to gather himself together—probably as a result of having an entirely new set of regenerations gifted to him this time—he eventually put on his big-boy pants (quite literally, as he spent a lot of time in a nightshirt) and saved the day like we knew he would. He's funny, he's a little angry, and he's got really cool eyebrows. We'll keep him.


FTW:

Lexie plays Jedi Mind Tricks on Falling Skies


Aww, our little science experiment is growing up so fast. Having wised up to the fact that her Espheni sperm donor (eww) was commanded to kill her, Lexie blew him up with her brain and joined Team Humanity. Welcome aboard, girlfriend!


FTW:

Pretty Little Liars killed someone people actually care(d) about


ABC Family and showrunner Marlene King wanted everyone to know that Pretty Little Liars' summer finale would involve someone shuffling off this mortal coil. But since the show's track record with death has usually been limited to people we want to see bite it (Ian) or people who we feel really ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about (Shana). But instead of killing well-intentioned chump Travis or another one of Emily's girlfriends, "Taking This One to the Grave" took out troubled-but-beloved Mona. Mona! Poor girl felt the wrath of A (or Alison, maybe both) and ended up in the trunk of a hoodie's car, with PLL making a point of showing us the body. Already there's speculation that she isn't really dead, just drugged. With her eyes open. Covered in blood. And we suppose anything's possible. But for as much as we love Mona, it'd be really disappointing if the writers backed out of this one. Thankfully, the character will make appearances in flashbacks during Season 5B, and as the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in the upcoming holiday special. Better keep her away from Caleb; he's into that sort of thing.


FTW:

The Leftovers flashes back to "happier" times

"Happier" being a very relative term, obviously, since lots of folks was still totally f'in miserable even before millions of people poofed out of existence. The series' pre-Departure episode provided a lot of insight into why things are the way they are in the current timeline, most noticeably with the Garveys. It was particularly tragic to see a younger Jill all (metal-mouthed) smiles, knowing full well that tragedy was about to wipe that smirk off her face for good and transform her into TV's most sullen teen queen. 


FTW:

Jon Stewart takes the Ferguson Protest Challenge


Best take on the Ice Bucket Challenge we've seen yet!


FTW:

The Strain calls in surprising reinforcements

FX's uneven (but still totally fun) vampire series introduced its most interesting characters yet at the end of Sunday's episode: a team of Special Forces vampires! Or at least that's what they appeared to be as they swooped in and saved the lives of some humans under attack. These BlackulOps are poised to take the show to an entirely new level now that the good guys might have some seriously badass new teammates. 


FTW:

Masters of Sex leaps forward in time, but not everything changes

The downside of telling a story that's based on real-life events and spans several decades story is that eventually, Masters of Sex has to skip around a bit. Sunday's "Asterion" brought forth a multi-year jump in just one hour, but managed to tie everything together through, what else, lovely work from the show's deep roster of actors. The episode covered a whole lot of ground—the Masters had another kid, Betty worked through a degree, and Virginia courted a few different beaus—but it reinforced the idea that no matter how much things change, they generally stay the same. Bill and Virginia are always going to find their way back to one another. Libby is always going to be frustrated and alone. And Austin is always going to want the things he can't have. Sometimes we wish Masters of Sex would slow down, but the storytelling is so compelling in episodes like this one that we're willing to forgive the fast pace.





FTWTF:

Defiance's Season 2 finale was the show at its best and its worst


The first hour of the finale was full of terrific, character-driven goodness that really highlighted the show's strengths. Character tensions between Tommy and Nolan, Stahma and Datak, Pottinger and Amanda, and even Pilar and Rafe were all handled very well, even if Defiance hasn't always done right by them (particularly Tommy and Nolan). Sadly, the second hour mostly ignored the good character stuff in order to stop the Kaziri Arkbrain from destroying the Earth with terraforming spheres, and it was predictably boring and lacking in personal stakes. Hopefully, with smaller stories on the horizon, a potential third season may find Defiance finally hitting its stride.


FTWTF:

Back to the drawing board, HBO (and congrats, Breaking Bad!)


The big story going into this year's Emmy awards was that HBO had opted to enter True Detective in the Drama categories, presumably to A) avoid competition with The Normal Heart in the Miniseries/TV Movie races and B) to have the opportunity to smack down Breaking BadHouse of Cards, and whomever else. And how'd that go? Right. While the risk made sense, HBO should have known better than to compete with the Emmys' first love: complacency (though it's not like Breaking Bad didn't deserve all those trophies). Now we're especially interested to see whether the network retreats in 2015 by submitting True Detective's second season in the Miniseries categories, where it'll belong.





WTF:

Intruders tries to be clever, but it's mostly just confusing


If you have to watch a pilot three times to understand even the most basic elements of the show's premise, that pilot probably isn't doing its job correctly. The producers of BBC America's new drama Intruders probably thought they were being clever by withholding information and being purposefully vague about the souls who live forever by jumping from host body to host body, but the result was infuriating. Plus, John Simm's character is so dull, he makes cardboard look expressive. And Episode 2 wasn't any better. 


WTF:

Netflix buys the streaming rights to The Blacklist for a cool $2 million per episode


Hey, sometimes you just have to buy stuff to remind people that you can, ya know? Though at least now it'll be easier to catch up on the show before it returns for Season 2


WTF:

Tyrant goes out with a whimper


The first (and only?) season of FX's tumultuous political soap ended with a silly cliffhanger, which is only exacerbated by the fact that it's not even close to a guarantee that the network will order more episodes. However, for a series that was one big mess from start to finish, that actually sounds like the right way to go out.


WTF:

We're going to be talking about this Sopranos thing until the end of time, huh?


Allegedly definitive new information about how The Sopranos ended and whether Tony is alive or dead spread around the internet like gossip in a high school hallway, to the point where David Chase had to release a statement about his supposed "confirmation" of what happened when the series finale cut to black. Collectively, let's all agree to let it go.


WTF:

True Blood's series finale was awful


Half an hour on Hoyt and Jessica tying the knot? Sookie pregnant by some unseen beardo after turning Bill into vampire soup? Barely any time with Eric and Pam, AND NOT EVEN A SINGLE LINE OF DIALOGUE FOR LAFAYETTE? To not give one of the series' best characters any screen time while wrapping things up with a boring impromptu wedding and an assisted suicide is something we may never forgive


WTF:

Amazon's new pilots range from "Eh, decent" to "This was horrible, why did I watch this?"


Amazon unveiled its third set of pilots on Friday, and the overall effect is underwhelming. Red Oaks is perfect if you've been wanting a TV version of an '80s teen sex comedy film (it's not bad, but it's possible we're already starting to tire of '80s nostalgia). Really feels somewhat similar to FX's Married, but with all rich people (it's so-so, could be decent). The Cosmopolitans is probably the strongest of the comedies, but your enjoyment of it will hinge entirely on how much you like Whit Stillman's particular brand of writing. Meanwhile, the dramas are a mess. Hand of God is a laughably and then painfully bad attempt at a dark, gritty antihero cable drama, while Hysteria essentially amounts to "Our ability to see anything and everything on screens is going to kill us. Also: Mobs and teenage girls are dangerous."


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Chelsea Handler's star-studded singalong during the series finale of Chelsea Lately? Modern Family's five-peat at the Emmys? Jimmy Kimmel's fanfic-fueled Friends reunion? The VMAs? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!


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FTW: Masters of Sex was a brilliant episode this week!
WTF: True Bloods lacklustre finale. Pam & Eric were the best parts of it.
FTW: PLL actually managed to make me not pissed off at it this week! Normally I groan at whatever big reveal they have, but this genuinely made me gasp. RIP Mona.
WTF: Breaking Bad and Modern Family are still winning Emmys. YAWN.
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FTW: The restaurant scene on Doctor Who between the new Doctor and the narcisistic control freak. LMAO at the dialogue in that scene; The audience in the Doctor Who pre-show reacting badly to Chris Hardwick's Whobilee line, because what's the point of a live audience if they react to really bad lines the same as a canned audience?

WTF: The unbridled fan-wank of the last couple of minutes of the Doctor Who season premiere, especially the phone call from the 11th Doctor. "I know he's older, and grey, but he needs you, Clara/fans." And here I was, ready to move on, not even noticing "I Am the Doctor" wasn't played in this episode before that point; Beating the audience over the head with the ambiguity of the maintenance robot's death, from the "enigmatic" and superfluous shot of the Doctor after the robot was spiked to the woman in "the promised land" mentioning that whether it was suicide or murder was ambiguous. What's the point of being ambiguous about whether the Doctor killed the maintenance robot or it committed suicide if you're going to keep telling the audience it was ambiguous?; The press' furor over the President wearing a tan suit. The President is a civilian; he doesn't have to wear a uniform. If I wanted my news from teenage girls doing theatre criticism, I'd hang out on Twitter like (unfortunately) the press corps apparently does now. It's not like tan suits aren't sold in the men's dress section alongside the dark suits.
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FTW: Sherlock gainning the recognition it deserves at the Emmys
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I spent a lot of time with the Simpsons.
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WTF: No more Longmire. I guess the upside is now TV.com will no longer have to make excuses for not covering it. But really, Longmire was great. It was slow, it was beautiful, it was never too obvious. It was like the Rectify of the still slightly wild-west, and it got wronged. Plus... that cliffhanger!@?!?@!@ AHHHHHHHHHH!

FTW: Manhattan. This show is seriously good, especially for 'network'.

WtF: X Factor UK. So formulaic, even by reality standards. Every reality competition should take a look a look at how Australia does their shows (x factor, masterchef) and take lessons.

FTW: Matador. It knows what it wants to do/be, and does it. A fine addition to television, considering al lthe suck that looks to becoming down the road.

WTF: Emmys. To even be called a television award show without giving even a goody-bag to Tatiana, is a disgrace. She should have won both best actress and best supporting actress and accepted each in different characters.

FTW: Married with Children. I know its a bit late for that, but after going back and watching 9 seasons of the show, it truly stands the test of time and makes me laugh more per episode than any 'comedy' thats come along in the last 10 years, with the exception of 'Plebs', (which everyone should find and watch, and then you can come back and reply with a thank you later)

And obligatory weekly FTW's for the foreseeable future : Outlander and Hell On Wheels
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Ooops, forgot my largest WTF: the faux love and adoration for Joan Rivers.

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Now we're especially interested to see whether the network retreats in 2015 by submitting True Detective's second season in the Miniseries categories, where it'll belong.

It won't matter. It won't be anywhere near the greatness that MacCon- oh fuck, I give up on trying to spell his name - and Woody created. NO where. Tough rocks, HBO, you blew it. And just catch the look Matt gave Cranston if you want to know how he REALLY feels about you.

  • insert a picture of Matt at the Emmys giving Cranston a look that could kill, if it could, but definitely says Fuck You, HBO - but I don't know how to insert said picture, but you remember it, don't you?
Collectively, let's all agree to let it go.

Sure, no problem, but Tony Soprano IS alive, you know. I called it from the minute the show ended. Too bad James isn't still with us. What a loss.

I love Amazon, I hope it takes over the commercial world. But Amazon, boobalah, Really REALLLLLY sucks (and blows, a lot, and that is not a pun) and Cosmopolitan is too clever for its own good. And who in the hell can understand that little French guy? Is it his accent or does he not know how to enunciate? Red Oaks is good, but how long will people care about Caddyshack 20 years later?
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FTW - teen wolf was very very very good it never disappoints and always manages to pull something out of something that happened in season one and have it make perfect sence. I do love this show
FTW - I'm loving Outlander at the moment it's popping out great episodes every week and this was no exception
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I disagree with you about the Amazon dramas. Hand of God was a mixed bag, I liked the concept and most of the story made it passable. Garrent Dillahunt has the most potential on the story arc. I would like to see this for at least one season. Hysteria, I thought had good visuals and a pretty decent story behind it. Sure I could see how a person (TV.com staffer) would not like it. It is about how social media and our connection to it could cause a deeper sense of panic, I like where this story is going. I have always liked the story where the word and concept of viral is being played in a dual role. I think you might be missing some of the special offerings that these two shows have to offer the viewer.

Red Oaks, had some good solid moments in it. Sure it ia "Pink Flamingo", "Dirty Dancing" (I mean Jennifer Grey is in it!), or "(not so funny) "Caddyshack"

The other two shows I have forgotten and agree they are pretty horrible.

FTW the win Outlander not being so akward about the time travel element!
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WTF: True Blood, that's it !!!!
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FTW Defiance, The Leftovers, The Strain, and Falling Skies me and tv.com are almost on par this week.
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Defiance is pure FTW for me. I loved every second.
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WTF: Extant has gotten incredibly bad. It's painful to watch now. I only finished this last double episode because I thought it was the last one, but there's at least one more. Sigh.

WTF/FTW: Matador. I watched all 7 episodes and found them OK. (That's better than expected). The fact that there are no standalone episodes really helps.

FTW: The Bridge. The second season has been much better than the first. I think it has taken the #1 spot among the summer shows now.
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I can't explain why I enjoy The Bridge as much as I do. I don't think it's amazingly good overall, either now or in S1, yet it continues to be one of my favorite summer shows to watch. Despite having moderately higher hopes for S1 of Tyrant versus S2 of The Bridge, the reality has been the exact opposite.
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As much as I like Sean Bean, it does not look like I will continue to watch Legends.
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Same here, I love Sean Bean (and was super excited to actually see him live for once) but Legends is just okay. And considering the current (awesome) state of television, I'm finding it hard to keep up with the shows that I love, much less the ones that I just like.
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I have to agree. I had high hopes for Legends. It has several of the aspects of shows that I like but for some reason it just doesn't work.
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FTW for not beheading him though!

...or kill him by gunfire, shoting arrows at him, sworfight, explosion, beating him and all those different, clever ways to kill off Sean Bean's character.

Seriously, DON'T kill him off.
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It is definite that they would not kill him off. He is probably the only lead here unlike in other shows. This show is all about his character. I guess this show is a repeat of everything we have seen in so many TV shows and movies. The way they did it is also not very exciting. Its a pity as I liked Ali Carter too. I doubt it will get another season. If it does, I might consider going back. For now, I shall skipped.
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Master of sex is even better than last season. I loved the fast forward. It was done very well.

Tyrant is a better series than TV.com is giving them credit for.

Intruders is a show I really wanted to like. I just hope it will eventually get better.

I was going to watch Hand of God but now perhaps I should not waste my time.

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FTW: The Chinook Mini-Motorhome for appearing in two shows this past week!

The Bridge


Garfunkel and Oates

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Ha, good eye!
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WTF: A&E cancels Longmire. I have thoughts and feelings on the matter, but I think I've wasted enough of everyone's time with my multiple rantings on the Longmire community post.
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FTW I like Intruders. From the numbers they're posting, seems I'm not the only one, either.
FTW The Strain is *finally* getting interesting after all.

Wtf Deleted Married and Legends from the DVR.
And of course, the entire Emmy picks/wins/show was a sh!t sammich
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That picture of Bryan Cranston looks like you censored him flipping someone off.
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WTF: The Emmys. The same winners every year.

Look, I loved Breaking Bad, but Aaron Paul winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? All I remember from Season 5 Part 2 is him throwing money around a neighborhood and then being locked up against his will to cook meth for the Aryan Brotherhood and then driving off at the end which I assume leads into the Need for Speed movie.

There has to be some new rule with the Emmys where a show and its cast and crew cannot be nominated more than once per season. This means like in the case with Breaking Bad (and past and future popular shows on AMC and HBO) if you split a season into two (or more?!) parts, you can only get one nomination in a category for that season. Of course, some shows have hiatuses that still fall within the same year, but like Breaking Bad where part one and part two are separated by a year so they can participate in two Emmys, the Emmys need to have them decide if they want to have nominations in a category for part one of their season or part two, but not both.
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"Look, I loved Breaking Bad, but Aaron Paul winning Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? All I remember from Season 5 Part 2 is him throwing money around a neighborhood and then being locked up against his will to cook meth for the Aryan Brotherhood and then driving off at the end which I assume leads into the Need for Speed movie."

I totally agree with this choice. Aaron Paul's performance when they [SPOILER] shot Brock's mom was the most powerful I've seen last year (possibly ever).
That's not to say that Peter Dinklage's performance—most notably in the trial scene but there were a lot a great ones—was not fantastic, because it was, just that I think Paul's was slightly better (of course I would not have been disappointed If Peter had won, nor called it a snub).
As hard as it is that such deserving performances not be acknowledged, it's still better than having only mediocre performances to choose from.
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Aaron Paul was great and totally deserved it. Of course, the same can be said about Peter Dinklage, who I'm sure will win again next year.

Your idea about split seasons won't work, because the network can just label the seasons 5 and 6 instead of 5a and 5b. The current system with a June-to-May eligibility period works well enough. The thing they need to change is how shows and actors are grouped into categories. That should be done according to strict rules that define exactly what a "miniseries" and a "guest actor" are.
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As far as the Emmys go, I was overall happy with the wins but one thing I still can't manage to understand is Modern Family winning yet again for best comedy! I would have been happy with ANY of the other nominees winning except them. They don't deserve it! They stopped deserving to win ANY awards after their first two wins!

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Overall, I really enjoyed True Blood's final season but I have to agree, the series finale was very disappointing! Biggest mistake was their focus on small insignificant characters! WHY bring Hoyt back for 2 episodes and focus so much on his storyline? They played it really safe and it wasn't even close to the finale they SHOULD have had!
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FTW!!!- Best episode so far. Was regret the reason, behind the disappearances?

FTW- Lexie is one badass hybrid.

FTW- Vampire commandos!

FTW- I've only seen part 1, of the 2 part season finale. Nolan and Tommy flashbacks, Tommy's death, and the Ark starts to terraform! Great ending to a great episode.

FTW- An amazing episode, from an amazing series.

FTW- Part 2 of a 3 part story. Odum saves the family, but where is the VX gas? The mystery behind Odum's true identity only deepens.

FTWTF- Much better episode, than the season premiere. No good Daleks? Clara was a Dalek once. The Doctor doesn't like soldiers, who fight against the Daleks? Be he himself, has been a soldier against the Daleks, for a long long time.

FTWTF- Great ending for Eric and Pam. Sarah got her just reward. Sookie kept her power. But the rest was very boring- WTF!

WTF- After such a good freshman season, this was a disappointing end.
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Teen Wolf reveal made it into the FTW list?!? Really?

Are you sure that's not a typo and you meant the other way around?
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I'd say FTW True Blod's Pam & Eric doing their best impersonation mockery of the Newlins on TV, and stealing signature product fron the very Corporation that slaved them to Shreveport's most pathetic video rental store.

It was happy ending at its best and Pam, of all creatures, deserved it!

And FTW to True Blood's Bon Temps for turning the most impressive standing of bigotry into a community where baby shapeshifters could share the table with humans, vampires, halflings and witche, among others. It may not have been the epic war others reduce the premise to, it wasn't a contest to check which team is superior, no side came out as better but damn they made me proud!
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FTW to Pretty Little Liars for killing the kind of character only The Walking Dead or Lost would've killed off.
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The True Blood finally really was terrible, I really don't know how to criticize it, it was all just... awful. And the PLL death wasn't very surprising. But was it supposed to be though? Throughout the episode they constantly hinted to her being killed off, with her saying things like "I want to move on!" "I'm going to college!" "I'm a good guy now!" I just thought "She is sooo dead."

The Teen Wolf twist was okay, fortunately it seems like they're really making Peter a very very evil bad guy now. So I can forgive him not remembering the dead pool plan.
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The PLL death being surprising wasn't so much about figuring out who would be murdered through the course of the episode as much as the show being willing to go through with it. The twist to a certain extent was surprising but Mona is the closest person to the Liars to have died since Maya, and I would argue Maya wasn't as integrated with the Liars as Mona was. I mean, she was integrated with Emily but never developed the bond (frenemy or no) Mona had with Hanna and company. You're right that the show was telegraphing something terrible happening to Mona throughout the episode. She might as well have gone upstairs saying "I'll be right back."
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FTW:
- Pretty Little Liars' amazing summer finale that left me heartbroken
- Teen Wolf as usual pulls the rug from under me and makes me realise that just because this show is on MTV, it doesn't make it terrible, more people need to be open minded when it comes to Teen Wolf, definitely the best supernatural drama on TV
- The Leftovers had another amazing episode in two straight weeks, things are looking up for a show that has had a bumpy first season, just a shame the finale doesn't air this week, i have no idea why, probably some American holiday

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- The Strain, a show i thought i could get behind because of its awesome pilot, but continues to go downhill since then, taking on Guillermo Del Toro's cheesy dialogue and scare tactics, it's like Blade II on acid, however, the end scene to the new episode was great, even if it was a little OTT
- The Big Sopranos 'reveal' - out of context or truth that Tony is actually alive and well by the end of the series?

WTF:
- True Blood's awful finale, the show has been awful for many years now, so i didn't expect an awful lot from it, but 40 minutes spent on a wedding that nobody cared about was ridiculous.
Still doesn't beat Dexter for worst finale of all time though.
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Question for TV.com staff or anyone who knows.
Why the facct that the streaming right of "The Blacklist" has been bought by Netflix is a bad things? I'm curious.
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I guess for the cost more than for the acquisition it iself.
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I liked True Blood finale. I knew you'd put it here but it didn't deserve WTF, imo.
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So I saw the Hand of God pilot and liked it.. Is there something wrong with me?
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FTW: Billy Eichner, for making my three plus hours of watching the Emmy's totally worth it with this skit.



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True Blood was awful!
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The Leftovers was brilliant. You absolutely knew what was coming, of course, but it was done in such a manner that once the familiar and haunting musical scoring crept in in the last minute it took you by the throat.

Doctor Who was good, and while I wasn't terribly impressed with Falling Skies it was decent, as was the season (and possibly) series end of Defiance. I definitely think The Strain was up there, too, and while The Intruders might be a bit confusing, I kind of like it thusfar. My problem with it is that I feel it's pushing a little too hard. If they keep up the pace (ie. they keep mentioning this missing guy with such intensity, etc.) it's going to be extremely anti-climactic in a few episodes.
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FTW: Teen Wolf - some of the Benefactor plot is a bit far-fetched but this season is a lot of fun and I personally can't wait for Peter to be shown as the 100% badass evil dude he is...

FTW: Fargo's Allison Tolman is going to The Mindy Project!!!

FTW: What fun this week debating terrible finales... Thank you True Blood for being so inspiring... and for never again to darken our TV screens
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I actually liked the finale of True Blood. The whole season was leading up to this. I don't get why people are so mad about Bill killing himself. He was a vampire and therefore he was dead already... He was tired of living and I get why he made that choice. For me the whole season was kinda blah so the finale wasn't worse than the whole season. If True Blood had been on in the wintertime when so many great shows are, I wouldn't have bothered watching the whole season. Let's face it, after season 3 the show got worse and worse. Season 5 with the authority was the worst season. This season didn't even have a decent plot. It was just random stories, some were ok and some were just boring.
So what I'm saing is that given the quality of the season as a whole the finale was just fine.
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You are telling it exactly as I feel it.
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I think most people are not so mad about Bill wanting to end his existence per se but about his asking Sookie to kill him with her own hands (who asks a loved one to assist-suicide? when they can do it themselves) and telling her to change her nature by getting rid of her fae heritage. If he had just gone to meet the sun like Godric did back in the day, most people would have been OK with it, relieved even since the whole season has been telegraphing his final demise.
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I get that. But Sookie has said do many times that she wanted to be normal so for Bill to ask her to kill him with the lightningball made sense. She would be normal then.
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I'll give the second episode a look, but unlike the official reviews, I have to say that Capaldi's Doctor completely underwhelms me. Of course, the corrupted cyborg plot was pretty boring, so it may not have been his fault, but all the tongue-in-cheek stuff on his age just emphasized how much a departure Capaldi is from the Tennant and Smith era that I really enjoyed.
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I'm so glad you mentioned the Amazon pilots thing. Whata buncha crap! I really liked The After, but who the Hell knows where that one went? Hand of God--Really? I'm not sure Amazon is ready to compete with even the CW, but I do love their gift certificates.
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I heard the After was still coming out.
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I was waiting for Mozart but it seems to have disappeared also. I'm not ready to get invested in a new bunch so didn't watch them and it looks like I'm not missing much.
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FTW: The Strain - Still flat in some places, but the Abraham/Eichorst dynamic is interesting, as is the twist with the black-ops vampires. Look forward to see where it goes, but I still don't see it lasting long.

WTF: True Blood - Not just for this finale, this season was one big fuck up. There were ten episodes, and I only liked one, the Fangtasia one. The rest had maybe 2 - 5 minutes of fun stuff in an episode, while the rest was bleh. Eric and Pam were the only enjoyable thing despite the horrible yakuza element, and even their ending that was rushed and didn't make much sense for the characters was fun at least, instead of dull as fuck. Dexter still had the worst final season and finale in my opinion, but this one does give it a run for it's money.
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Both Dexter and True Blood were apparently written as though the writers didn't realize this was their final season. Dexter never built to anything dramatically and neither did True Blood, at least in the sense of dramatic tension. You knew nobody on either show was going to die except for one main character in their respective finales.
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I didn't watch True Blood, but with all the complaining and mentioning of Dexter's final episode, I keep imagining Sookie's unseen husband to be none other than lumberjack Dexter.
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the Masters of Sex episode was good and all, but I got mental whiplash trying to keep up with all the time jumps.

I stopped watching The Leftovers after 4 episodes, and Defiance after the horribly soapy first season.. so I have no idea what you're talking about :p Honestly if Falling Skies wasn't ending next season I'd have stopped watching it halfway through this season, it has gotten consecutively worse each year... and the Lexie stuff is the only interesting parts, but also the more annoying parts prior to this week's episode

I wanted to like The Cosmopolitans, but I thought it was pretentious, the script came off contrived, and the acting felt aimless. Really was average, and I'd never watch it. I did like Red Oaks though, reminded me of a little of Adventureland and something else I can't place yet. it's the only one I'd consider watching.
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I actually think Falling Skies got better over Season Three. Sure, we've had some groan worthy moments (writers, please do a reset next season on the Ben and Maggie ick factor), but killing Lourdes was a nice way to show Lexie's bias against humans--at least until she turned her "father" into an unholy hand grenade which flipped that dial all the way to Humanity. This isn't hard sci fi and so it plays mostly through inter relationships. You've gotta admit that Dingaan has played a pretty cool part this season.
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