Comic-Con is currently in full swing, but don't worry, you've still got time to drop by San Diego and show off your cosplay. If you don't have an outfit yet, don't worry! We have plenty of last-minute ideas for you:
– A Comic-Con employee
– Halle Berry's trash can from Extant
– Future Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman (couples costume)
– That guy from Star Wars with that thing
– Chris Hardwick's mom
– Zombie Chris Hardwick's mom
– Famous television critic Ken Tucker
– Not-famous television critic Tim Surette (requires fat suit and permanent look of shame)
Now head on over to the craft store and start costuming! And while you ride the bus, check out what we liked and didn't like from the week in television:
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of True Blood, The Bridge, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do.
FX renews Fargo
Married gets better when the couple splits up, You're the Worst gets better when the couple comes together
After showing up at a party together in "Shower," Nat Faxon's Russ and Judy Greer's Lina embarked on separate adventures with their friends A.J. (Brett Gelman) and Jess (Jenny Slate)—and as the follow-up to a rather silly pilot full of "touch my penis?" jokes, the episode was much more successful in exploring marriage as a union of individuals and friends. You're the Worst also improved, ending Episode 2 with its two central misanthropes sharing Chinese food in a movie theater because no one else wanted to hang out with them. These strong sophomore showings have us feeling good about the future of both shows.
The Bridge brings back two of our favorites
Linder is back! Ol' mushmouth, who's currently one of TV's best weirdos, FINALLY returned to The Bridge this week (sporting a sweet beard), and all of a sudden FX's aimless bordertown drama feels whole again. But Linder's got competition in bro-dude Ray, who also made his Season 2 debut and gave the show a much-needed jolt of energy. After difficulties finding its footing, The Bridge might be experiencing a resurgence.
Comic-Con blooper reels!
Hannibal Lecter and Jaime Lannister are bigger jokers than you might expect.
The apocalyptic promo for FXX's upcoming 552-episode Simpsonsmarathon
This is actually a totally plausible scenario.
Eric singlehandedly ripped a guy's face off on True Blood
There was nothing not to like about Pam and Eric at a Republican fundraiser, from their outfits to Eric intercepting Sarah Newlin and then destroying that Yakuza dude's jaw.
The Leftovers still feels lost... but we still want to watch?
It's kinda good, but kinda bad, but probably just okay? After a strong third episode, the HBO drama returned to not making much sense in Episode 4. But there's something going on here beyond replacing Baby Jesus dolls, and we're dying to figure it out.
Lifetime misses the jackpot with The Lottery
The dystopian sci-fi series, about a future where mankind can no longer reproduce but 100 human eggs have just been fertilized in a lab, is a step in the right direction for Lifetime's original programming. But it isn't going to change the network's reputation for being stocked with salacious soaps. Watchable but not great (at least for now), The Lottery is more of a "win another ticket" prize than a cash reward.
Gang mentality rules on Big Brother
For the third time in four weeks, the Big Brother houseguests played it safe—really, really safe—by banding together and casting someone out with a unanimous vote. This week's victim was the supposedly "outspoken" and "conniving" Brittany, who basically received those monikers because she's a woman who occasionally speaks her mind. Icky gender politics aside, there's nothing more boring than a reality competition show where all the players are too scared to make big moves. While this season of Big Brother features the most likable cast in YEARS, the live eviction episodes are suddenly the dullest part of the week.
Rebecca the Science Teacher chickened out of poisoning the citizens of Chester's Mill
C'mon, girl, you have ONE job on Under the Dome: indiscriminate homocide! Yet when it came time to drop some pig flu into the holy water at Chester's Mill's church (the ultimate enemy of science), you retreated, spewing some excuse about a mutation in the virus. We've defended Rebecca all season long, but this cowardly move was a real drag.
The Strain becomes a pain
The second episode of FX's new vampire drama sucked some life out of the series by spending a lot of time on custody chatter instead of spilling blood and crushing skulls. While the hour's weak character development could pay off down the road, is anyone really watching The Strain to find out whether Eph becomes a better father? Or are we watching to see monsters eat the living?
Nickelodeon yanks Legend of Korra from its lineup, punts it online
After rushing to get Book 3 on the air—with zero promotion—after episodes were leaked online, the network decided to air two episodes per week on Friday nights, as if it was trying to bury the show. And now, with the ratings in the basement (gee, how could that possibly have happened?), Nick has suddenly decided air Book 3's last five episodes only on the web. The real kicker? Nick hasn't posted any episodes online all season, and has even promoted the fact that they can only be seen on TV.
The Bachelorette hits a new low with a televised ultrasound for Ashley and JP
Sadly, we won't even be surprised when the network eventually broadcasts the birth, too.
The theme song for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will leave you in (shell-)shock
Literally, because the terrible chorus is "Knock knock, you about to get shell-shocked." Sigh.
Suits needs to do something about Rachel
Her story showed such promise last season when she got into law school and did something other than restrict herself to being one vertex of Mike Ross's latest love triangle. And then she kissed Logan. Twice. Somebody make it stop.
What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? Daphne doing cocaine on Switched at Birth? The latest episode of Extant? Can any of you make sense of what's currently happening on Wilfred? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!