For those of you who know me, you may know this fact. But if you don’t, I AM A SERIES ADDICT (yes, I said it). I prefer watching tv shows to movies and I hate suspense though. I have decided to list my top new shows of 2014. I’ll also do a review of the shows.
1. THE STRAIN
A plane lands at John F. Kennedy International Airport with the lights off and doors sealed. Epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from CDC are sent to investigate the cause. On board they find 206 corpses and four survivors. The situation deteriorates when all the bodies disappear from the morgue. Goodweather and a small group of helpers find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the entire city, from an ancient threat to humanity.
If you have not started this show, you are missing. This show is absolutely amazing. I love the build of the suspense and also the fact that the suspense is not dragged for so long (I am looking at you The Blacklist). This show is about vampires (its called Strigoi in this show, another cool thing I like). The way the vampires are depicted in this show is AMAZING. The Strigois in this show do not have fangs like common vampires, instead they have this retractable stinger in their mouth. Their blood also contains tiny little worms. If someone who has been infected cuts you or their blood splatter touches you, if you are not quick enough you get infected with these tiny little worms. This show doesn’t delay in showing the disgusting and scary stuff but keeps you hooked from episode 1. I must warn you though, this show is not for the faint-hearted.
P.S If you love reading books, the show is based on the novel trilogy of the same name The Strain
Season 2 Renewal: YES!!!
2. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
How to Get Away with Murder is about the life (both personal and professional) of Professor Annalise Keating, a criminal law professor at Middleton University, a prestigious law school. As a defense attorney, Professor Annalise picks the top students from her class to work at her firm. She is married to Sam Keating, also a professor at Middleton University.
#TGIT – You must have seen this tag a lot on thursdays. Thats because Thursday nights are Shonda Rhimes (Creator of Scandal, Greys Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Private Practice) nights. All her shows apart from Private Practice which has aired its final episode air on thursdays following each other on ABC. The twists and drama in this show makes it captivating. The fact with Shonda Rhimes’s shows is that nothing is what they seem to be and to expect anything. The show first starts in present time with a murder but we are then taken back 3 months. So each episode moves towards to the present time and the scene of the first murder is recapped in each episode. Its a show filled with lies, sex, deception, secrets, relationships and murder. My problem with the show is that, for about 3/4 episodes, the recaps don’t give us any new clue.
My Rating: 7/10
Genre: Legal Drama. Mystery
Season 2 Renewal: Probability is 90%, it’s Shonda Rhimes DUH!
3. MADAM SECRETARY
When the former Secretary of State is killed in a plane crash, Elizabeth tops The President’s short list to replace Vincent Marsh. The show follows her early days in office as she familiarizes herself with Washington politics and advising The President on foreign affairs. Just as Elizabeth is starting to find her footing, she discovers that her predecessor’s death may not have been accidental from a former CIA colleague. Before he can investigate further, he is killed in a suspicious, single car accident. Elizabeth soon discovers that Vincent Marsh may have put a target on his back when his plans to run against President Dalton became known to certain DC power players, including The President.
I love the show because it is captivating. I never know what to expect in each episode. Téa Leoni also contributes to the show with her compelling performance. It doesn’t have the same drama that Scandal has or House of Cards. There is plenty room for improvements though.
My Rating: 6/10
Genre: Political Drama
Season 2 Renewal: Probability is 70%
Dr. Henry Morgan is a New York City medical examiner who studies the dead for criminal cases and to solve the mystery of his own immortality. Since his first death 200 years ago as a doctor in the African slave trade, when he dies Morgan disappears almost immediately, and returns to life in a nearby body of water without clothes. Having also stopped aging, his long life has given Morgan broad knowledge and remarkable observation skills which impress most people he encounters, including Detective Jo Martinez. Flashbacks depict events from Morgan’s life, during which he has fought in wars and been married, dissected, and hanged for heresy; when he has been exposed, Morgan has fled to somewhere else in the world. Only antiquarian Abe, whom Morgan and former wife Abigail found as a newborn in a German concentration camp during World War II, knows that he is immortal. Morgan is stalked by a murderer, “Adam”, who has learned his secret, and claims to have had the same “curse” for 2,000 years.
I am still skeptical about this show. It has an interesting premise but I really do not see this show lasting long. It is procedural and the only interesting thing is the fact that he can’t die. Also anytime he “dies” he awakens in the river for reasons unknown yet. Because he has remained alive for so long, he has developed very good observation skills. This show also tries to mimic “Sherlock” which isn’t too good for the show. The show also relies greatly on the performance of the lead actor Ioan Gruffudd, which helps it a bit.
My Rating: 5/10
Genre: Crime Drama, Fantasy
Season 2 Renewal: Probability is 50%
I haven’t watched Gotham or The Flash, so I can’t do a review on it. As soon as I do, I would on them as well.
Source: Wikipedia, TVFanatic
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