This is a site where we write articles when we have meaningful things to say, or share. When we want to bring shows to people’s attention, have podcasts we are releasing, but this is not a site dedicated to making sure an article is posted hourly or daily.
With that in mind, I found it hard to not flood the site with articles today, which felt ironic given we do not guarantee to write even 1 article every day.
While Sundays are not famous for being the best night on Television, it looks like tonight is going to be a very good night for a lot of viewers.
The second season of The Librarians, on TNT, is starting. While John and I have not yet recorded a podcast about the first season, we do have one about the movies that led up to the show, and this is another example of a show doing a nice job of taking a character from the movies, and world where viewers had come to understand the logic and how that world operated, and from those things a fun and entertaining show was created.
If you have not already listened to the podcast we did about the movies, now may be a great time to do so. Noah Wyle’s character is in all three movies, and recurs in season 1, and he and the Library itself serve as the binding threads if you will between the movies and the series. The podcast discusses The Librarian: Quest for the Spear television movie including a little about the other two television movies The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice.
Also on Sunday night’s is Madam Secretary, a show I do not write about often, but do watch by appointment every Sunday Night. There are several reasons for this, one of which is they way they blend stories that are “ripped from the headlines” with things that have not happened, and yet once they toss out the possibility, you realize how they could, and there is something enjoyable about seeing a working government (and yes, this show strives to show a WORKING government) strive to tackle the problem. This CBS show avoids talk of specific political parties, instead it has scenes where two people who really ought to be working together but come from different divisions of government make statements along the lines of, “this isn’t your time to shine,” or you aren’t on “my time” and later discover why our government functions so much better whenever everyone in those positions is working towards the single minded goal of the best America possible. (An idealistic view, no doubt, and yet one that perhaps we need to see if we are not to become to cynical to both survive, and find a way through, gridlock.)
Finally a show I have not yet taken an opportunity to write about, in part because I am still forming an opinion on it. Quantico on ABC. If you watched the ABC show The Nine several years ago, Quantico has a similar format to the episodes — flashing back to FBI training 9 months ago in Quantico, while currently trying to solve the question of who is responsible for a present day terrorist attack, using 1 clue — a tip that the person responsible for the attack was a member of that class of trainees at Quantico. Their trainer Liam O’Connor, played by Josh Hopkins, is working the case in New York, and is convinced it is Alex Parrish (played compellingly by Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra), in part because she was found, unconscious, within the blast radius (ie where someone who had just set of the device might have been.)
Why am I wavering in how I feel about the show? It is pretty solid entertainment, but most weeks it feels like we get the back story, or a reason to mistrust, yet another member of the trainee class. A bit expected to be honest. We are getting a lot of 9 months ago drama, which I am enjoying, but little in the way of compelling information today, few people being introduced as truly believable or viable terrorists, for me. I keep watching thinking I missing something, that they are giving me a set of characters I like, especially Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin) the one FBI agent that Alex Parrish is sure from the moment she knows she has been framed that she can trust. Part of me does not want one of Alex’s fellow trainees to have been the terrorist, and another part of me is begging the writers to have been playing fair with us as viewers.
In addition, I am particularly enjoying Yasmine Al Massri‘s portrayal of twins who are taking turns as 1 recruit, trying to prove that 2 people could go undercover as 1 person and share the responsibilities and role of an FBI agent. She has had some particularly good scenes with Aunjanue Ellis as the head of FBI training, Miranda Shaw.
Sunday has suddenly become an evening where my DVR and I are very busy… and very happy.