Read Before Watching: February 22nd

Another week, another clutch of shows (herd of shows? Murder of shows?). I’m going to eschew structure and free-form it again this week. First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room that looks like Dollhouse. Last week’s episode was much more like what I would expect from a Joss Whedon show. The humor that was sorely missing from the pilot was present and accounted for and the pacing was much better balanced. Plus, hey, the episode touched about all kinds of mythology elements. I just hope they have an idea of where they are going so things pay off in a respectable manner. I’m in for the long-haul now, however the ratings plummeted which means it probably won’t last until my birthday (May 23rd, for those of you playing at home), but I would love to be proven wrong. Bottom line, I can, in all good conscience, recommend you tune to Fox Friday at 9:00PM to check out this show.

However, that day and time will conflict with the other show I’m buzzing about this week, that being Battlestar Galactica. With only four episodes remaining you would expect this show to be in a wind-up pattern, but that is simply not the case. True, they are maneuvering the pieces in a end of series way, but there are many more things that are being set in motion that makes me wonder how there will be any sort of satisfying resolution in the time alloted. I still have the feeling it isn’t going to end all that well for the majority of the characters, but there are several that I previously thought hopeless that are on a more positive path. I think Baltar may have finally found his inner unselfishness and Tigh has given up the bottle in favor of true love at last. Looks like this week we may get some insight as to what the frak is up with Starbuck and I’m interested to see where they’re going with Anders sudden return of brain activity. I know at some point I will have to re-watch the entire series from start to finish. tune in for the penultimate penultimate penultimate episode Friday at 9:00PM on SCI FI.

Leverage wraps up a stellar first season this week. This show has been consistently good fun with excellent stories, look and acting right out of the gate. I am very happy that a second season is on the way. This week sees the second part of the season finale that was set up last week. Executive producer Dean Devlin hinted to me last year that the season would not end on a huge cliffhanger, so we’ll see if that was misdirection or not. Now that the team has blown up their headquarters and seemingly split up, there is the proverbial “Where do we go from here” plot thread to tie up this week. I trust that it will lead to somewhere unexpected through the usual twisty route. Tune in Tuesday at 10:00PM on TNT to see how it all shakes out.

Sweet mother of unexpected plot twists, Lost is just rocking my world this year! I just can’t even begin to offer up any theories on where things are going. Instead, I’m just enjoying the ride. I thought we would have to wait until the end of the season for the Oceanic Six to make it back to Time-Jump Island. Instead, they are now back and half of them have run into Jin, who’s in a Dharma Initiative jumpsuit driving one of their vans. And, just as soon as the show answers a packet of questions, it blindsides you with a whole bunch of new ones. None of it seems forced, however, and, as strange and mysterious as things have gotten, I really feel like it’s all heading somewhere. I can’t wait until Wednesday at 9:00PM (ABC is the network) to find out what happens next. And does anyone else have a feeling concerning the well being of Penny?

To wrap things up, I will also be watching Chuck (NBC Monday 8:00PM), Heroes (NBC Monday 9:00PM), The Mentalist (CBS Tuesday 9:00PM) and Lie To Me (Fox Wednesday 8:00PM). This week we’re still Fringe-less, unfortunately. More on that last show in a future installment. Also, next week I’ll be previewing Ashes to Ashes, making it’s American debut on March 7th (BBC America). Until then, stay tuned!