FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (June 15–21)

Are things getting hotter around here or is it just you? Or is it just that it's summer? Yeah, that's probably it. In fact, that's definitely it. Scientifically speaking, summer is the hottest season of the year, warmer than spring, warmer than the leaves-fall-to-the-ground months, warmer than snowy times. So we don't even know why we asked you whether the increase in temperature is a result of you being so attractive, because that's obviously not it. Not because you're not attractive, because you are. In fact, you're VERY attractive. We'd right-swipe you all night. But in the case of the rising mercury, it's probably summer that's the cause. But anyway, wanna go out for coffee sometime? No? Okay. Well, we were busy too. Umm-hmm, big plans. Like washing our hair and discussing what we liked and didn't like about TV this week.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of Game of ThronesFargo, Orphan Black, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do.


24: Live Another Day kills a president in true 24 fashion

It wouldn't be another season (or event series) of 24 without a long-running and major character biting the proverbial bullet. Or, in the case of President Heller (William Devane), taking a direct drone strike to the face in the center of Wembley Stadium. However, for as crazy and silly as Heller's death was, the episode leading up to it was very strong, giving both the character and Devane a solid, measured send-off via final scenes with Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Raver. Only 24 could cap off an emotional goodbye with a drone strike at an international landmark. 


Rectify returns to free our tears from our eyes

SundanceTV's artful and thoughtful drama came back to do what it does best: dehydrate its viewers by extracting fluid from their eyes. The Season 2 premiere taught us a lesson about the will to live despite whatever objections might come from narrow-minded vengeful masses. And in the episode's powerful final scene, the waterworks gushed and our hearts filled with joy. This is a show that understands the finer points of friendship.


Game of Thrones ends with a packed episode that shocks book readers

In Game of Thrones first three seasons, the trend was that Episode 9 would be the big one, and the finale would mop things up. Not so with Season 4, as "The Children" was stuffed to the gills with plot movement and big events (fireballin' tree children, dragon prison, Brienne vs. the Hound, and Tyrion's very happy Father's Day). But perhaps the most exciting part was the response from fans who've read the books when one certain bit was left out and other things happened that weren't part of the Song of Ice and Fire novels. Game of Thrones is simultaneously respecting its source material and doing its own thing, something all great adaptations should do. 


Fargo finishes as one of TV's best modern miniseries 

Molly didn't catch Lester Nygaard or Lorne Malvo, but Fargo still managed a wholly satisfying ending to its 10-episode season, and might go down as the ideal model for the massive influx of "event series" coming our way. Create compelling characters, but don't be afraid to kill them. Condense multiple seasons' worth of plot into a smaller package. And end things by offering closure and wrapping up all the major storylines. Fargo was executed so well that we almost wish it hadn't been a miniseries. (We'll miss you, Lester!) But at least we can get excited for all new characters in a second season, which FX should be greenlighting any day now.


Orphan Black wraps Season 2 with a direct hit

The introduction of male clones was to be expected at some point in the show's run, and Saturday's season-ender felt like the perfect time. With a lot to accomplish in just over 40 minutes—in addition to the Mark reveal—the finale packed in as much as it could, including saving Kira, a Clone Club dance party, Paul's return, Cal's introduction to the world of clones, and of course, this shockingly awesome bit of science:


Playing House ends its first season on a high note

The USA buddy comedy was strong all season, and Tuesday's two-part finale was no different. Maggie gave birth in the first half-hour, and the second saw the new mom and Emma (plus baby Charlotte) taking on some bikers and helping Mark save his marriage to Tina, thus proving that having a baby will do nothing to stop the insane adventures of these two best friends. 


Syfy's new show Dominion sure is something

In fact, it's a dozen different things. The opening episode of the post-apocalyptic angels vs. humans drama wasn't afraid to introduce plenty of stories, characters, and allusions as it presented a series of sequences involving angel-on-angel throwdowns, the transferring of magical tattoos, and chatter about an energy reactor. We're absolutely unsure if Dominion is good or bad, but it certainly has our attention. 


AMC renews Better Call Saul before it airs a single episode

Hey, In Vince Gilligan We Trust and it's cool that the Breaking Bad boss is now a co-showrunner on the spin-off series focused on Bob Odenkirk's scummy, scheming lawyer, but AMC's decision to order a second season prior to the show's debut is yet another sign that the network is desperate to hold onto any semblance of the "prestige" it established with BrBa and Mad Men. At this point, we won't be surprised to see a Mad Men offshoot, too.


Netflix's Chelsea Handler deal

Total FTW for Handler, who gets a huge [YOUR FREE SPACE HERE] scenario on the perfect platform for innovation and experimentation. Unmuzzled, she could try to build a reputation similar to Howard Stern's, with her own brand of raunchy humor. Total WTF for Netflix, which doesn't seem to understand that a talk show needs to be topical, so it's not really a fit for the brand's technology. This is going to be a tough sell.


"Adorkable" makes the dictionary

The marketing term originally coined by Fox to describe New Girl's Jessica Day was officially added to the Collins English Dictionary—and because of a Twitter contest, no less. Talk about a butchery of the English language! Its definition is officially "socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way," but we all know it means "hot girl in glasses." 


These dopes who used the Breaking Bad logo on their dope

Some New York drug dealers had the audacity to stamp their heroin with the Breaking Bad logo, and the smack caught the attention of the police because people were OD'ing on it. Keep our great television shows off of your garbage smack, you dummies! If you want to let your customers know that drugs will make them lose their mind, drool, enter a state of disbelief and confusion, and then regret choices the next day, use the Super Fun Night logo, will ya? Sheesh!

What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week? The season premieres of The FostersDefiance, or Rookie Blue? VH1's I Love the 2000s? Suits' latest Havery vs. Mike showdown? Share your own FTWs and WTFs in the comments!

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