Stormtrooper Terry

Stormtrooper Terry

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Week's Best, for the week of 5-3-10 to 5-9-10

Before I get into the winners this week, I just want to mention that this was a tough week on the TV side. So many shows put out great episodes this week, including V, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural, but none of them won the top spot. Maybe next week. Anyway, here are this week's winners.

The Week's Best TV Show Runner-Up - FlashForward Ep 1x18, "Course Correction"This show is without a doubt the most botched show of the television season. The original show schedule called for the episode of the date the whole world briefly flash-forwarded to, April 29th, to air on Thursday, April 29th, giving the show a nice synergy with the real world. However, ABC decided to put the show on hiatus from Dec. 3rd to March 18th, so now that April 29th date won't occur until May 27th. That hiatus also blew the head of steam the show had built up. This episode, however, dealt with what the show is really about; questions of fate and free will, and can you really escape your destiny? It was a very thought-provoking hour that showed what this show could have been if it ever lived up to its potential on a consistent basis.

The Week's Best TV Show Winner - Glee Ep 1x17, "Bad Reputation"I don't even care about the plot or the dialogue this week, although I'm sure they were as good as usually are on this show. No, this show wins just for having "U Can't Touch This," "Ice, Ice, Baby," and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" all in the same episode. That is just pure win.

The Week's Best Comic Book Runner-Up - Stephen King's N. #3This adaption of one of King's short story, fantastically written by Marc Guggenheim and beautifully illustrated by Alex Maleev, is a fascinating psychological thriller that is totally gripping and more than a bit terrifying. I can't wait for the conclusion next month.

The Week's Best Comic Book Winner - Amazing Spider-Man #630"Shed," the last chapter of the nearly year-long "Gauntlet" storyline, begins here. This opening part is light on action, which is fine, because writer Zeb Wells shines on characterization here. Between Spider-Man's unique relationship with the Black Cat, Peter Parker's growing relationship with Carlie Cooper, and his relationships with best friend Harry Osborn and the changing Aunt May, the dialogue really sings. The most interesting part is the inner thoughts of Dr. Curt Connors as the Lizard inside him tries to influence his thoughts and take control. On the art side, Chris Bachalo's style, which is usually a great fit for Spider-Man, works even better than usual here. Just a great issue all the way around.


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