FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (May 19)

Phew! Upfronts are over, guys! We did it! We suffered through the good and the bad together, stayed up late writing stories about Smash getting canceled together, and ate cold leftover spaghetti from a can because we didn't have time to cook anything together. Now we can relax for two minutes until the summer season starts. How are you going to spend your two minutes of down time? I'm going to spend it reading this story about the good and bad things that happened on TV in the last seven days!


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New Girl's strong end to a strong season

Winston took pranking too far in an attempt to derail Cece's wedding at Schmidt's urging... but it was okay because Cece didn't want to marry Shevrang, and Shevrang didn't want to marry her. Also, the S.S. Nessy goes into hiatus sailing strong.



Warehouse 13's ode to film noir

Pete and Myka got sucked into a 1940s noir mystery, complete with black and white film, fedoras, tragic starlets, and old-timey slang. OLD-TIMEY SLANG!



The Mother was finally met! (By us, at least)

Kids, after eight seasons we finally know what Ted Mosby's other half looks like... and even though HE still hasn't met her, we've got all of Season 9—which will take place entirely over the course of Barney and Robin's wedding weekend, with the rest of the gang all meeting her before Ted does—for that. 



The Office ends on a high note

The Office's series finale wasn't perfect, but it was close, with happy endings galore and closure for both the characters and the long-term fans. And we got our wish when Michael Scott returned for a brief but satisfying cameo that totally left us wanting more. Altogether now: That's what she said!



Rectify's Goatman takes Daniel for a trip

Sundance's gorgeous character study outdid itself this week with religious metaphors tied to actual religious practices, one of 2013's best performances to date (Aden Young, your TV.com Acty Award is waiting), and an incredibly shocking ending that literally took someone's breath away. But it was the stranger with the stolen goats and the psychedelic journey he took Daniel on—and the implied meaning of it all once the episode was finished—that really made this hour such a challenging and rewarding ride. One of the year's best episodes of television. Heck, one of the year's best pieces of art.



Jimmy Kimmel does the Upfronts again

At ABC's presentation during the desperate-plea-to-advertisers known as the Upfronts, Kimmel spoke truth after truth: Networks put out a bunch of crap, and the advertising agencies are idiots for spending money on it. He called CBS smug (which CBS didn't mind), made fun of his own network, and kicked NBC in the balls with this one: "NBC lost to Univision this year, and their strategy next year is to oppose immigration reform." Ouch.



Aww heck, more Kimmel, this time with The Baby Bachelor

We'd watch this. And would expect Baby Bachelor Pad.



Arrow bounces all around the emotional spectrum

The CW's superhero show cranked the feelings dial to 11 during its Season 1 finale. There were epic kisses, John Barrowman SHOUTING AT EVERYONE ABOUT EVERYTHING, and the unexpected and sad death of Tommy. With his mom presumably in jail, his best friend dead, and a small section of the city turned to rubble, how will Oliver cope in Season 2?



The Vampire Diaires crams roughly seven-dozen plot points into its finale

As the saying goes, ain't no party like a Mystic Falls party 'cuz a Mystic Falls party includes surprise stabbings, decapitations, and explosions. "Graduation" was a crowded, messy, rollicking end to an uneven season, resetting the deck for next year with some potentially fruitful twists—and hopefully, a rejuvenated sense of fun.



The Mindy Project earned our interest in a second season

Mindy Kaling's freshman comedy finale'd this week with lots of relationship drama, a few excellent Morgan Tookers moments, and plenty of awkward humor, plus some Season 2 setup and even an URST-y Mindy-Danny tease, all of it coming together to put a solid cap on an enjoyable first season. Yeah, the show was uneven in the beginning and still has some work to do, but it deserves its status as one of the only new comedies to survive the great sitcom massacre of 2013.



OUAT's finale throws the 'shippers a bone

The Season 2 capper was as crazy as the series deserved, but gave long-suffering Swan Queen supporters all the proof they need to feel less crazy.


Thanks to TV.com user @jamesbond for the F-T-W-T-F .GIF!



Elementary's Moriarty is... Irene Adler?

Elementary revealed its Moriarty and it was, in fact, Irene Adler, Sherlock's supposedly dead lover, played by Natalie Dormer. While it was clever for the show to blend two of Holmes' most iconic characters into a single entity, we couldn't help but feel like we saw something similar play out with Oliva d'Abo's Nicole Wallace on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. That aside, Johnny Lee Miller knocked the rattling of Sherlock's world out of the park, and we took a great deal of pleasure from Watson being the one to figure out how to catch Moriarty/Irene.



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The networks' new comedy pickups for 2013-2014


Yeah yeah we've only seen trailers so far, but by and large the fall's new sitcoms seem more laughable than laugh-inducing. Hey-o! With lines like that, maybe we could write for one of them. 



Downton Abbey won't air in the U.S. until January, as usual

Downton comes to the States on January 5, 2014, but PBS said they were going to try to make the U.S broadcast align with the U.K. broadcast because otherwise everyone just downloads it anyway! Clearly they didn't try hard enough



Fifty Shades of Don Draper on Mad Men

What a douche.



Republican using Arrested Development to attack Obama

Hey, keep the cult comedy out of your bipartisan bickering, jerks! (But okay, the Joe Biden bit was funny.)



The never-ending torture of Game of Thrones' Theon Greyjoy

Okay, we get it. He's being tortured. Can we move on with this already?


What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?

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FTW: The Supernatural finale. Seriously, the fact that it didn't make this list is a shame. The visual of the angels falling was at the very least a worthy addition to the list.
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Season finale of Castle. A definite WTF all around.
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Kimmel!! Also, Doctor Who's ridiculously amazing season finale. :)
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The Baby Bachelor was so ridiculously cute, if it was real it would be the only reality show I would watch
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FTW: The never-ending torture of Game of Thrones' Theon Greyjoy
How could you go WTF on this?
I was pissed off at the start of the season when i found out he was still alive but his constant mental, emotional and physical torture make it all worthwhile.
Keep him alive as a legless, armless, cockless head on a stump in a box then deliver him to Robb Starks tent and i might just die laughing.
Hilarious.
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FTW: Orphan Black is getting better and better every week, and all things The Office finale related
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FTW: Emily on REVENGE reveals her biggest secret to you know who? UMM HELLO! How did you guys miss that one!?
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In all honesty, the whole finale was a big FTW. That being said, I can't believe the included the awful OUAT finale over Revenge.
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FTW - Supernatural: that gut-wrenchingly emotional scene between the brothers Winchester, Crowley showing the first flickering signs of humanity and lastly that awesome image of the angels falling from heaven - that one really stayed with me!
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Oh, conservatives and Christians can be bashed all you want on TV, but tread on the toes of our Celebrity-in-Chief and you get upset?
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Honestly, I wish we'd split into two countries divided into red states and blue states, but into then, he's your president too, whether you voted for him or not and YOU should get upset.
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What??? No FTW for Scandal??/ Really? THE BEST FINALE of the year! Jaw dropping.
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FTW: For 'Orphan Black' continuing its laying out of the most artfully put together first season of any show this season. From the police slowly gathering up pieces of evidence and starting to put together the fact that Beth's face is everywhere and having no idea what it means, to Max Headroom bringing Cosima over using her monitor - who, like Paul, seems to be falling for his charge (and really, who wouldn't?), to Stepford wife Alison continuing to become completely unraveled (how much fun is drunk Alison? She shagged Chad and finally beat down Aynesly (why didn't they show what happened when Alison got out of the car?).), to Sarah coming out to Mrs. S. (please don't let her be evil), to Max Headroom, er Leekie, bringing Paul closer in and getting rid of Olivier (and really once Helena took the tail, what good was he?), to Helena's fixation with Kira, to Kira being hit by a car. NOOOOOO! This show can be a bastard. So many moving pieces and the only requirement to following it all is to have been watching the whole time. To see serialized storytelling work this well is a pleasure.

Tatiana Maslany continues to impress, Jordan Gavaris continues to steal every scene he is in, and this show just keeps moving along. Should be mandatory FTW.

FTW: How can Laura Linney not make a single FTW this year??? Her performance as well as John Benjamin Hickey's have made this season of 'The Big C' as painful to watch as you may have expected but damn they are both knocking it clear out of the park in each of these hour long episodes. Sadly anticipaing this week's finale.

FTW: To 'Veep' - for anyone who asks who is the Best Actress from a comedy this year, there is NO competition this year - all the ladies just need to bow down to the goddess because the award, once again, is going to Julie Louis-Dreyfus. There is no one else on television that good and 'Veep' has gotten even better this season.
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I love Orphan Black so much, but not Max Headroom. Dr Leekie is super cheesy. I'm glad he had Olivier killed off, though, because after the tail thing he was super cheesy too. It's like watching two different shows when they're on.
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Ill always cut Mat Frewer some slack cause of his 'Trashcan Man'.. The performance is over the top, but those are the characters he gets cast as. I'm trying to roll with it cause his end game is still up in the air. I'll take some cheese with this Frewer performance cause of the story and I don't want to disparage a character actor whose survived a lot longer than anyone thought he would and can still get a project this good. I'm bias.
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WTF to Elementary being WTF. I found that to be the best finale of anything since...well, it's been a long time. Absolutely riveting, and the metaphorical ending made me want to run around the living room yelling "This is how you establish characters!" People who dismissed this as CSI:Sherlock in the early going should kick themselves in the shin.
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It's been classified as both WTF and FTW (look closely at the gif image for a few seconds), which seems to be quite appropriate.

I don't really regret not following Elementary. Even assuming that they got some things right in the end, it doesn't make the earlier missteps look any better. And the concept of mixing Adler and Moriarty characters just doesn't grip me. Let's be original for the sake of being original? Female Watson was clearly not enough. As far as Sherlock Holmes topic goes I do miss Cumberbatch and Freeman, however.
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tommy dies :( :(....NOOOOOOOO :(
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I love that you included The Mindy Project here! It's a great show and I bet season 2 will be even better!
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Seriously no FTW for the excellent finale of Supernatural but you have the baby bachelor? Seriously? And Nikita's "killing" the president. Also in the WTF should of been the Castle proposal I love the show but the last minutes of the finale were silly
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WTF: CBS' facebook page posting the effing picture of the Mother about 10 seconds after it aired on the east coast, and posting a huge spoiler from TBBT finale before alot of people had seen it. Pricks. I dont live in the US and I watch my shows online and it annoyed me alot. If I didnt watch my shows online and waited for them to be broadcast over here I'd be even more pissed off had I seen those things online, without so much as a cursory "Spoiler alert".
WTF: The end of TVD, Silas has a doppelganger, and its Stefan? WTF???? I hope thats not some stupid allusion to the fact that the universe thinks Stelena is predestined.
WTF: Jeremy's hair in TVD. Its horrendous
FTW: Revenge's finale wasnt all that bad. They got rid of Declan. They got rid of Aiden. Still waiting for them to get rid of Jack. But, like the song says, 2/3 aint bad.
FTW: Bonnie is dead. Woohoo!!
FTW: Human Katherine, meaning she'll be around for ahwile next season. Always good.
FTW: Tongue in cheek piss-take of a T Swift song as T Swift guest starred on New Girl.
FTW: Schmidt didnt outright chose CeCe and break Elizabeth's heart. He knows deep down he needs to be with Elizabeth for a while. I do not condone is doing the dip though.
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i was so nice to post it on my fb page myself over in europe
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the mother from himym
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OMG yes, Silas/Stefan doppelganger WTF?! That entire scene was just way way out there!
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WTF: Grey's Anatomy Webber, I really hope he's not dead. I wanted someone to die, but not him! I was hoping Grey or Arizona would die, not loving them.
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the name of the show is Grey's Anatomy,... what? ,... but so on board with Arizona dying,...
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What? Arizona & Callie are probably the only reason why I'm still watching this mess.
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really?,... I am a huge fan of Callie,... it is just I never sensed any chemistry between these two,...
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I am also a fan of Callie, never liked Arizona (well I liked her when she was telling the story about her dad) Callie wasn't on the plane, but she has to live the effects of it and I feel bad for her.
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In Grey's anatomy... Meredith Grey dying? You will wait for a long time :D
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Eh, I'm a fan of killing of main characters!
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Arrow: I'm not totally buying that Tommy is dead, or that they won't stage a resurrection in season 2 if he is. This is the show that had a guy got an arrow shaft 2 inches into his eye socket and then into his brain, and he came out of it a more bad-ass assassin than ever. Even if that 10-pound eyepiece must drag his head offside.
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I think the actor/writers have talked about Tommy's death as pretty final altho they say any character can be seen again given the shows use of flashbacks. They never mention Malcolm tho.. he's the Merlyn I personally am not buying is dead.
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Yeah, they have spent so the entire 1st season developing Tommy's and Ollie's relationship, I do not think they only did it to kill him. I am sure he'll be back
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Plus if we haven't seen him dying on the screen then most likely he will be coming back, explosions are tricky business like that
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If only it had been an explosion and not a metal bar sticking out of Tommy's chest that was the problem. That and the studio told Colin Donnell that they were killing his character off.
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Downton Abbey? Who gives a Rats....
Arrow rocks in many ways! Maggie Q Nuff said!!!
HIMYM-jees, the kids are in college by the time he finishes the story!!!! End it for Pete's sake!
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The fact that you're asking who cares about Downton shows that you don't read much news.
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HIMYM is one of the weakest comedies out there,... I'ii never understand the fanbase,...
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TBBT is the weakest of the long running ones
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TBBT has also run its course but it was good at the beginning,...
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They are, next season is the last.
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I love Seth Green, but seriously! Saying yes to every single project does not make a successful career. Just ask Christopher Walken.
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Christopher Walken has an Oscar, people generally know who he is after 40+ years in movies, and, as far as I know, people generally don't avoid movies just because Walken is in them, so I would say he's had a successful career.
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That's kind of my point. Both are well liked actors who have done great projects. They’ve also done some of Hollywood’s worst. Walken did Gigli, The Country Bears, and Balls of Fury. Seth Green did Without a Paddle, Rat Race and Idle Hands.

Why hurt your personal brand by associating with really bad projects if you can wait a couple months for the next good project? Both of these guys can afford to wait.

I’ve heard some define A-list actors as stars who can draw viewers solely by being in a movie. You’re right that nobody avoids movies because of these guys, but their names don’t draw viewers either. If they were more selective, I think they could have more box-office draw.
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Or Nicolas Cage...
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Not sure this argument applies to Nicolas Cage since he actually COULD"NT afford to wait for good projects. He was in financial ruin and took any and every job he could get to try and dig himself out.
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Is THAT why?! Huh. Makes total sense now.
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It's likely because it aired Saturday and there wasn't time to get it in.
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That and they took us back to original DW by showing us all those clips of original Doctor Who (The Aztecs, The Five Doctors, Arc of Infinity, Invasion of Time, Dragonfire).
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I can't help but feel like if the democrats used arrested development to slam the republicans then it would be in the FTW category. I'm neither republican nor democrat (I'm not even american, I have little to no respect for either party or anything related to politics in general) but I see things like this alot where the republicans do things democrats don't like and they just get butthurt about it, maybe there aren't as many republicans on the internet so I don't see the backlash from their attack adds but come on, can we all just agree that politics sucks and move on?
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I love politics, best comedy show that is out there at the moment
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Elementary was completely amazeballs. I don't know when that show got so awesome, but it's all I've thought about since Thursday.
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I think it got awesome from S01E01 ,... who would have though that a series about detective Holmes and Watson could feel so original,...
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True. I watched and enjoyed it from the Pilot. I really started saying "Wow, this could be special" at M/1x12. Then something about that Joan background ep several weeks back really just really racheted up my interest. I think I always recognized that Jonny Lee Miller was brilliant, but that ep connected me with Watson and after that I was all in.
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so true,... that was amazing,... I do think that no matter the budget or writing or whatever,... the most important thing in a tv series is letting the audience in and making us see the world through the characters eyes,... and Elementary did that about midseason,...
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totally with you on this,... yes it is true that the stories themselves can get better with time,... but the foundation is there to make an astonishing series,... season 1 was amazing and I am a fan,...
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So agree. That scene in the jail that was a mirror of the Pilot's jail scene was so nuanced and vaguely heartbreaking to me. When she said what she did about how if Sherlock had been the one to open the trunk, the victim would have been there. It was just a really nice, well-acted, vulnerable moment and the whole season has been full of little scenes like that. It pains me that people call it just a procedural sometimes.
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I love how all the comments are about "Orphan Black", even though it had nothing to do with the article. It is an awesome show, though. Nice to have a new Fringe.
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reading all the cmnts has made me feel guilty about not watching the show,... I am gonna start downloading tonight
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It had everything to do with the article, I swear. The comment space for this article is all about answering one question "What's on YOUR list of TV loves and hates this week?" We just happen to mostly agree about what we've loved these last 8 weeks.
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lol And rightfully so. It and "The Office" were the best things this week.
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This comment is going to be unpopular. Sorry, not sorry.

Orphan Black is not that great.

I gave in to some rather incessant recommendations from the weekly FTW/WTF comments and decided to watch; marathoning last Monday and then catching the current episode early this morning. I don't HATE it, but I certainly haven't drunk the Freaky-Leekie kool-aid like some of you. I guess it's ok? Sure, Tatiana is a great actress, but I already knew that. It's sci-fi, and it's interesting, and it's fine; but I've been more captivated by plot arcs on Lost Girl or Continuum (web series > tv show, btw). Maybe I went into it *wanting* to dislike it? Or maybe I was just sick of listening to you guys? IDK.
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Of course it's okay not to like a show. What makes Orphan Black exceptional , for me at least,is that it deals with a very topical scientific subject of the ethics of human cloning, and it is done in a very "realistic way"; that is, that if some organization like the Raellians, for instance, where to fabricate and study human clones, a scenario like the series is scientifically plausible.The second reason is that it deal with the phildickian tpopic bar none of what it is that makes us human.The third reason is the technical special effects of making the multiple appearances of Tatiana so seamless and believable.Finally, there are layers upon layers of possibilities and each is thought provoking.
Continuum has a facile premise and really does not add to my political convictions or provoke any interrogation beyond the limits of the plot.Lost Girl is a show I actually love, but also no real suspense or provoking scenari.
Maybe if you read on piercings and human body additives, cloning you would change your mind.The Orphan Black page on BBC America online has a great section called the Library or The Hive which has pictures and references.
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I dunno, I find Continuum ok for sci-fi, and Lost Girl ok for fantasy, but I don't actually give a crap about their longer arcs. The serial nature of Orphan Black seems to draw me in more. Continuum has a central mystery, but it feels more procedural somehow. I've never heard of Tatiana Maslany before this, so I guess for me it's like this amazing actress came out of nowhere. Also, it definitely gets a boost for being the most grounded sci-fi on television. Warehouse 13 has always been fantasy, and Continuum is such future-tech as to be based on no science at all either. There's been very little sci-fi on television at all, much less of any quality in recent years.
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FTW: As always Orphan Black continues to be the best show on TV and it's not close. No one is better at self destructive as the Alison clone.

FTW: The Office Finale: Quite possibly the best series finale I've seen.

FTW: The Black List trailer. James Spader was perfectly cast as the main character.

WTF: Wonder Woman TV show may still have life.
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Per usual:
FTW: ORPHAN BLACK *Tatiana Maslany*
Sarah - "Cosima drank the purple kool-aid"
Fe - "Divorces do really strange things to normals Sarah. They lose their fake happiness, they forget their way to the mall, and then they come downtown to save themselves."
Allison [wasted] - "Terrible things have happened to me" and her "eff it" rant
Suburbia cat fight between Allison and Ainsley after belting some Alanis "I'm a bitch"
Cosima hooking up with her watcher
Kira is some sort of Clone Whisperer and....
HOLY SHITE! My jaw literally dropped open when Kira was hit by that car.

FTW: Defiance (Can i interest you in a bible? Frankly reverend i prefer scotch,) Elementary finale (I wanted Watson to be Moriarty though,) The Office finale (That was a great 'That's what she said' and yes I've made the transition to 'Phrasing!!' some time ago,)
WTFTW: I watched Dr. Who for the first time in a few seasons last night and I feel pretty caught up over everything that has happened in the Who universe
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Alison's "eff it" rant was the stuff of legends!
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FTW: Tatiana Maslany > Anna Torv

That's right! I said it! Me, FringeFanatic, the crazy man who writes Fringe fan fiction in his spare time (my current series focuses on the comedic goings on of the flight crew of the blimp in the Red Universe. Oh, the shenanigans they get up to), is saying that Tatiana is greater than Anna.

I can just hear all you Fringies screaming BLASPHEMER, HERETIC and USURPER!

Anna Torv is an unbelievably wonderful actress. She played so many iterations of the Olivia character it's hard to keep track... for the less fanatical. There was:

- Plain ol' Olivia
- Fauxlivia/Bolivia
- Bellivia
- Oldlivia
- Altlivia

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- Memories-of-the-alternate-timeline-and-the-original-timeline... -livia

THAT'S ALOTTA-LIVIA!

This comment is in no way, shape or form intended to denigrate or downgrade Anna Torv, or my favourite show of all time. I will be FF until I die, people! But that should let you know how much I admire, NAY, worship the incredible work Tatiana is doing on Orphan Black. I've never said this of another actress, and it's actually kinda creepy, but I find her acting ability to be extremely sexually arousing. (Don't judge me! ... Okay, you can judge me a little.)

Let's list all the different clones/characters that Tatiana seemingly effortlessly embodies:

- Sarah Manning (Con-artist/clone-chameleon extraordinaire. She has a cynical sense of humour that goes well with her punk rock attitude. And she could be The Original! What?! ... Just a theory. Or she could be the next step in human evolution. Or her daughter, Kira, could be that evolutionary marvel. Too many theories! But Sarah is definitely a badass.)

- Alison Hendrix (An uptight suburbanite, but also a devoted mother and wife who's not afraid to throw a punch... or two. She's not opposed to a little happy sauce at the end or beginning of a hard day, and she can throw one hell of a potluck. She's awesome, basically.)

- Cosima Niehaus (She's an eccentric, tattooed geek girl with a scientific mind verging on genius. She’s driven to find answers and, like Sarah, adaptable to extreme circumstances. Fun fact: Cosima is a Darwinist and, as seen in Variations Under Domestication, is not easily swayed from her beliefs. Oh, and she's a lesbian. She's also awesome, basically.)

- Helena/Killer Clone/Angry Angel (Raised by Ukrainian Nuns, she was led to believe that SHE is The Original by some weird/evil dude with an ostentatious ring. She possesses a childlike innocence and a scary malevolence simultaneously. So far, she has killed Katja Obinger, three clones that Katja has papers and blood samples of, and possibly even others. Helena practices self mutilation and has multiple scars on her back that resemble wings. Tragically, she's not quite so awesome.)

- Beth Childs (She was a cop, but apparently couldn't handle the pressures of Clone Club, because she killed herself by stepping in front of a train. No one said bein' a clone was easy.)

- Katja Obinger (The German clone. She was unceremoniously assassinated by Helena by way of sniper. Poor Katja.)

- Danielle Fournier (The French clone. We have been led to believe she, too, was killed by Helena. Poor Danielle.)

- Janika Zingler (The Austrian clone. Death by Angry Angel. Blah.)

- Aryanna Giordano (The Italian clone. Also presumed to be killed by Helena, blah, blah, blah.)

CLONES BE DYIN'!

Music: You know it's hard out there for a clone (you ain't knowin'!)

When they're searchin' for some answers to the bone (you ain't knowin'!)

For the $70,000 reserve money is somewhat spent (you ain't knowin'!)

Because a whole lot of Monitors talkin' shit (you ain't knowin'!)

Will have a whole lot of Monitors talkin' shit (you ain't knowin'!)

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That's FOUR, count em', FOUR different clones Tatiana has had to portray on a regular basis. And who knows how many more will pop up as the show progresses. Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena are so different from one another, it boggles my mind to think they're played by the same person. Not only that, Tatiana as Sarah has impersonated Beth and Alison, and Alison has impersonated Sarah. Her acting knows no bounds! I can't think of any other actress that has displayed this level impeccable versatility (yes, not even Anna Torv or John Noble). We are witnessing a star in the making, and if the Emmy academy weren't such stupid assholes, she would be a lock for a nomination.

I love you, Tatiana! And you, too, Orphan Black! What a phenomenal show.
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Another Canadian who had we've seen some of this versatility from is Tricia Helfer. She and her numerous Number Sixes. How can we forget about the Cylons when watching this show? Just watched the 'reverse Eliza' episode again where Ms. Maslany just nails every scene in all four characterizations and realized during it, they really need to clone Felix. The sky should be the limit for both Maslany and Jordan Gavaris.
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Literally cannot choose which character of Tatiana's is my favorite, they each have their shining moments in the show. Brilliance!
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could you message me where I can find your prose, I'd be intersted in reading you.
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Sadly, this site is my only outlet. I need to get to work on my blog! Thanks!
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You really should! I always enjoy you- I would totally frequent your site! (Uh, that sounded less dirty in my head)
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I'll give you Anna Torv, amazing as she was, but not John Noble...I just can't...won't! John Noble FTW!
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Indeed! I think it would take at least a few seasons before such comparisons could be made - certainly not when one is so thoroughly enchanted with someone/something fresh and new. So far John Noble seems to be out of reach.
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Fair enough! I understand completely.
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Technically Tatiana has played around 10 characters so far

Sarah
Beth (albeit briefly)
Alison
Cosima
Helena
Katja
Sarah pretending to be Beth
Sarah pretending to be Katja
Sarah pretending to be Alison
Alison pretending to be Sarah
Helena pretending to be Beth

She's done each one of these perfectly from Helena's craziness to Alison's self destruction to Cosima's braininess.

I love Anna Torv too, and she did an amazing job on Fringe, but Tatiana has been better on Orphan Black.
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Yeah, I think I covered most of those, I was just saying that she portrays four clones on a REGULAR basis.

I did forget about Helena impersonating Sarah, impersonating Beth. That's a Three-Fer! And what a tense scene! Good call.
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"THAT'S ALOTTA-LIVIA!"

Haha! That provided me with a hearty laugh. Hearty, I tells ya!


Also, maybe it's because I've shown my perviness on this site before, but I have no reservations in admitting that I'm sexually attracted to Tatiana's acting as well. I find it funny because I noticed myself feeling this way a lot more in this episode than I did in previous ones, and now I see you talk about it, and I wonder if it's a coincidence or just ANOTHER case of us feeling the same way about something. I then thought back on the episode and realized I may have just felt that way because of all the play-sex Tatiana's having while portraying all her characters... well, except for Helena, unless she had a quickie with a bum off-screen. So uh, maybe my sexual attraction to Tatiana is less about her acting and more about her multiple characters all banging it out. :P
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I'm no fetishist, I find feet to be generally gross, but there's just something about Tatiana's acting that turns me on. It's not even her looks, though she's very beautiful, it's her ability to be completely different people that DOES it for me... Dear god, my shrink is going to have a field day with this one.

"...unless she had a quickie with a bum off-screen."

Hearty laughs all around!
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They are different but I agree that Tatiana Maslany is a phenomenal actress and I think she's better than Anna , Reason being is Anna's character was written to be very stiff and rigid while Tatiana is allowed to display a large array of emotions.
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I don't think you can compare Tatiana and Anna. Anna is like a strawberry and Tatiana is like a cherry. The both taste great, but they're just different.
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I prefer strawberries over cherries, but prefer Tatiana over Anna... so uh, let's act like the world revolves around me and switch that around, yeah? Hehe.
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SORRY FOR THE LATENESS OF THIS REPLY!

Somehow this got lost in my red flag messaging shuffle. You hate me now, don't you? Please don't hate me! ...

*Cough*

Anyway, you were correct to assume my ardent seriousness in this matter.

We could basically be pop twins! (Don't you hate it how Americans call it soda?) Coke beats Pepsi hands down, or up, or sideways. It's better is what I'm trying to say. And I love me some sprite (probably my most drank pop) and OC.

I do eat cereal at every time of the day, on average twice per day...

Damn, I thought we were strangely similar clones for a second there.
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I also prefer strawberries over cherries. Tell me, Coke or Pepsi? And do you eat cereal after 12pm? I'm now searching for stuff we DON'T have in common.
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The correct answer to the Coke vs Pepsi debate is of course... Tang.
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Haha. Well, I'm going to assume you were absolutely serious in your questions, so I'd be rude not to answer them.

Coke over Pepsi, easily, but I'd choose Sprite over any other soda. I like Orange Crush quite a bit, too.

And I've eaten cereal after 12 plenty of times and have absolutely no problems with the idea of it, but I don't do it regularly... mostly because I usually have cereal for breakfast, and while I don't necessarily oppose it, I'm not a big fan of eating cereal twice in one day.

I tried to be as specific as possible so that we can legitimately freak out if we have even those things in common.
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WTF was definitely Theon. I don't recall seeing this much torture and pain in the books - he disappeared for a while, then came back a broken shell of himself, which was super effective. I feel like watching all the torture is making it a lot less interesting :(
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FTW
-Scandal. Quinn getting her baby Huck on. Huck realizing he created a monster and heading back to the corner. Jake in the hole, and not that one he was hoping to be in. Cyrus not even being slowed down by a heart attack, and...Dad?!
-Elementary. Knew it. Awesome.
-TVD. I knew it was going to be good when they started off by playing Bon Jovi in the background.
-Orphan Black.
WTF:
-NCIS. Loved the episode but still don't know what the hell actually happened.
-NCIS LA. Why my Deeks? Why does everyone give him such a hard time. That torture thing was brutal to watch and Sam was an ass.
-Revolution. I don't even...
-Aretha Franklin telling people who won AI before they got the chance too.
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The look of Quinn's face just before using the drill - priceless! She really enjoyed it. I think her training is complete.

And I agree Bon Jovi in the background was a sign of incoming awesomness.
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Agree!
NCIS:LA--> Sam has always been a bit of an ass to Deeks but at least in this episode he said why he was an ass. He doesn't like Deeks' appearance/style and it goes against Sam's own "seal" looks/style/"philosophy". It was said better in the show but basically Sam is "judging the book by it's cover". I think that Deeks will hold up under torture (protect Sam's wife) and Sam will then have a newfound respect for Deeks.
I adore Deeks! He is so lovable--he's like a big puppy;-)
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Dads should be okay. Strong casting and all... i still won't be watching it though.
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Yay The Mindy Project was mentioned! Well, yay that it was praised! This show is so well-written and funny I'm glad that's getting recognized.
I don't know how I feel about the entire season of HIMYM taking place during one weekend... I don't doubt the writers can make it entertaining but will it not get stale...? Idk...
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FTW: Orphan Black! I've not been this antsy for next episodes since first season of Lost! and that's saying something for me...

Supernatural! So glad they didn't fall back on having one of the brothers die, that was getting WAY too played out. Loved the images of the Angels falling, it was pretty epic.

Arrow! What a thrilling finale! Im lovin the setup for next season with having the Glades be in rubble. Wasn't a fan of Tommys but I definitely cried :(

Revenge! DECLAN IS DEAD! FINALLY! Also super excited for Emily revealing her true identity to Jack! I wished it hadn't ended there tho! Wanted that reaction!!!

Doctor who! JOHN HURT IS THE DOCTOR?!? finally leaving these filler episodes to get to the good stuff :)

Vampire Diaries! yea... so much happened.. and I LOVED it all!

WTF: Elementary... Loved the acting chops and intense scenes between JLM and Natalie Dormer but IRENE ADLER IS MORIARTY?!? *sigh noooooo..... thumbs down...

Warehouse 13... not the episode! it was GREAT! its the CANCELATION with limited wrap up episodes... :(
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You know, I love Supernatural; but I think I would have been okay with Sam dying and seeing Crowley as a human. One of them has to die for real some time.
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While I think it's important to show what Theon goes through, I agree that the show is overkilling it!!!
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Theon agree!
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I totally agree! When I had only read the premise, I thought I might like it despite its stupid plot because I really do like the cast -- Green, Ribisi, Song, and Martin Mull (who you may have confused for Hesseman) -- but it looks sooooo bad.
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I agree the Theon's torture is a bit much, but if they go straight by the book Theon would just disappear for a whole season. I guess they had some kind of contract, but it kind of takes the wow WTF out of the reveal of a new character.
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Theon would just disappear for a whole season.... If only!!
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FTW: Rajesh Koothrappali can talk to women without the need of alcohol.
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Definitely a FTW moment!
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FTW: Dwight referring to Pam as his best friend.
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I was actually a little confused by that at first -- sure, Pam was nice, but I never got that vibe between them -- but then I told myself it was extremely cute and sweet and shouldn't be bogged down by my brain, hehe.
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FTW: Orphan Black! The shot of Helena approaching the glass was genuinely creepy and cool. And the ending was definitely shocking...who knew they'd go there, let alone SHOW it. Once again, it had something for everyone- humor, surprise, creepiness, action, intrique etc.

FTW: Thank you for giving Rectify some love. "Gorgeous character study" is absolutely right. The deliberate pacing, the lingering shots of Daniel immersed in such small things that were so long denied him, peppered with a few shocking turns that take you by surprise because they are in such contrast to the rest...wonderful. And yes the performances are superb, particularly Aden Young. And on a completely superficial side note, I thought at first Aden looked a little odd (which actually works for the character), attractive but odd...then I saw his IMDb profile photo...hubba hubba!

FTW: The falling angels sequence on Supernatural. Awesome. Actually the finale as a whole was ftw.
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whats amazing is that Walter Goggins (The Shield, Justified) was going to be doing this role. Seriously would loved to have seen that! Aden Young is amazing though and I love his trip through Walmart. Award winning performances abound.
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Oh wow that would've been interesting to see him! Yeah the Walmart trip was great. I always think of him playing with the feather pillow fluff. And he was simply stunning when he was telling the brother-in-law about prison.
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FTW of the year: Stefon's Wedding, although I don't think that made the cutoff for this post.
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Thanks for having Warehouse 13 as FTW. The "little" shows on cable with cult status always need to be recognized so thanks again. I think it'd shock the Swan Queen shippers more than me but what if they'd honestly have a lesbian affair? haha. I don't really take in all that stuff and do not believe the writers intend that but nowadays people see anything. :P

And on a FTW note that wasn't able to get in due to time, the Bill Hader send off as Stefon was brilliant!!
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I know, I love it when the smaller shows get recognized. Those are the shows I like to tell people about the most...the bigger shows don't need my help but those do ;)
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Seth Green does so much already. How does he have time to do a new sitcom? I mean seriously, I love the man but he must have some sort of time machine or a twin or maybe a clone that I don't know about because one man can not have that much time on their hands! I'm wondering the same thing about Ryan Murphy actually. I do nothing and I still have no time. I need to know their secret!
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FTW: Arrow,SPN,TVD season finales and Orphan Black
WTF: Katie Cassidy still can't act...
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I was thinking the same thing about Katie Cassidy!!! She was *slightly* better when she was on Supernatural ..... she was convincing enough, but sometimes I just wonder how she got the part of Laurel esp. considering her role in the comics if they go that way on the show.....
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Seriously, where is Doctor Who on the FTW list, this is pretty embarrassing.
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They not had the last 3 minutes on the review copy of the ep, So they may not even know what happened!
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FTW: Once again, Hannibal! I'm a little surprised it didn't get a mention in the column. The serial killer face-off was awesome. Everything about this show is so...artful. It's unlike anything else on tv at the moment. Even the disturbing moments have a kind of beauty to them. And despite the plethora of killers on tv, it has still managed to find uniqueness. I mentioned in another column that I've been rereading Silence of the Lambs recently and find that I'm picturing Mads as Hannibal just as often as Anthony Hopkins, which I never thought would happen! I'm loving his version of Hannibal more with each episode, which surprises me since I wasn't sure about it when the series began. This week's theme of friendship and the need to be understood was very interesting. And again- serial killer face-off!

I'm not easily disturbed but (mindful of spoilers) the mushrooms from ep 2 got to me...fascinating and gag-inducing at the same time. This show has such a unique flavor (HA!) and I'm loving it!
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Hannibal is definetely holding its own and it is getting better.I have to say I am a little annoyed that Han the Can prepares meals and eats all the time. I mean we get it, he's a cannibal.And I still can't see how Fishburn figures into it yet; but aside from that I agree great filmaking, the graham special effects are exceptionally well done and even the ideas for corpses is better than in Bones.
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I can understand the cooking part...doesn't bother me because I enjoy watching people cook and prepare meals but I can see how it might bug others. I agree Fishburne has been underused so far. From what I understand of where the producers are taking the show next season (should it get renewed), I think maybe he'll play a more prominent role then.
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I can't believe I forgot Hannibal! Excellent series and fantastic episode. Loved the serial killers squaring off. Beautiful cinematography. The mushrooms from the earlier episode also disturbed me and that is usually hard to do.

FTW: HANNIBAL--everything about it!!
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I can't remember seeing anything quite like the mushroom thing before, or of anybody doing something like that. I kept trying to figure out if that was even possible...Holy gross-out Batman!
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Me and everyone one that watches GoT that I know are all in agreement that Theons torture is actually torturing us in that it is taking time away from other actual interesting plot points. I see no point to his torture. Hell, cut out his eyes, cut off his arms and legs, cut out his tongue and leave his ears to hear the screams of the children and move on.
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Theons Torture, the only GOT WTF, I can agree with, I know it has a purpose, but I'm sick of seeing it every week instead of getting scenes from characters that haven't been heavily focused on this season like Bran, Hodor!!! and the Reeds. Not so much Osha.

FTW: The Mother revealed and being a regular next season
FTWTF: HIMYM season 9 plan, it's ambitious I guess, but I don't have the confidence that the writers and creators can pull this off without tons of pointless filler, but I'll wait and see to see if it works out.
FTW: Arrested Development in 1 week.
WTF: USA most likely passing on Happy Endings and Happy Endings being cancelled :(
FTWTF: OUAT finale, I'm undecided on whether it is so ridiculous it is good or ridiculously bad.
FTW: The Office finale, all of it
WTF: NBC, why cancel good quality comedies, just so you can replace them with bad comedies that won't do any better.
FTW: ABC splitting its drama into two 12 episode periods.
WTF: Dads
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FTW for ORPHAN BLACK
The well-trimmed Episode 8 of Orphan Black opened after a couple of minutes with a fleeting long wide shot of Tatiana's ass as she got up from bed with Paul. Knowing that TPTB and editor would not include that coincidentally,my mind registered the peoposition that they wanted to emphasize the genuine nature of their intimacy that will sustain later on some suspicion when Paul and Dr. Leekie will meet. While last week we were presented with the forces in charge, this was the episode of revelations. From now on, everyone either suspects greatly or knows the truth of the Clone Girls.a lesser series would have let that for mid season or season end, but the reveal at this point gives the pace a turbo boost that is very welcome.Alison's scenes of confrontation with her neighbour is both filled with Drama and humour, and seeing her with a bottle of whisky reminded me of Tintin's Captain Haddock constantly and was especially funny when she met Sarah's mom. Kosima's scenes with Delphine are great, and it is refreshing that such a brilliant mind would have no clue that she was put on by the charms of the latter.It is true, though, that we sometimes make mistakes even when know all the facts that should make us avoid it.But the best scene was of course Sarah's as when she enters to confront Art and his new partner att the police station .It takes all her self-control not to show her recognition of herself, but of course none of Art and his partner are fooled by her.Then there is that final great scene which ends in tragedy: Helena napping Kiera fromhome and their brief encounter. I have to say, both the Kiera girl and "Helena" played that scene masterfully, and I would be lying if I did not cry seeing her Helena persona break down when the little girl was hit by that car.Naturally, now Dr. Leekie will be made aware of Kiera's existence and so will Art.
ORPHAN BLACK is getting better and better and there are no signs that it's brilliance will abide anytime soon.This series is already legendary and I invite you to be among those who recognize it.
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Couldn't agree more ... this show gets increasingly better each week. Each week I"m even more impressed with Tatiana Maslany as an amazing actress. She defines more aspects of each of the clones as the series progresses - if she's not at least nominated come awards season it will truly be a disservice to her amazing talent.

That said, I CANNOT believe there are only 2 episodes left!!!!! I know it was renewed for season 2, but BBC America is so spotty with its seasons and very "sporadic hiatuses" (this is a Jon Hamm quote from his appearance on the Nerdist show, I must give credit where credit is due!).
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I think Helena's persona was already starting to break down when she let Sarah live (first break from her norm) and moreso when she changed her mind and let Kira go. I think she was devastated by guilt and fear/concern when Kira was hit. I look forward to seeing how her character changes with this event. Helena is fascinating--they all are but there is something about Helena that is so different that it draws you in--hard to explain
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Turn to the BBCA page for Orphan black.they have this 30 second trailer for episode 9 that will knock your socks off .
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Awesome! Thank you;-)
I can't wait until the next episode.
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FTW: Revenge and Grey's anatomy's finale, and Nashville!
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What he said...
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How the hell did anyone graduate on The Vampire Diaries! No one attended classes. The only time they were in the school was after hours to cause mischief.
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I thought that too! As soon as I saw the graduation robes..
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