The last five or ten minutes set up some good old-fashioned soapy drama for season three, if the show gets renewed. Everyone cross your fingers, because with Revenge being so terrible and Pretty Little Liars being almost indecipherable at times (although I am still hooked), TV needs some good old-fashioned soapy drama that isn’t also a) bleak, b) so confusing that it’s possible NOBODY remembers what’s going on, or c) a cartoon of itself. And which also empowers its older characters to be both flawed and fabulous. Seriously, nobody spits nails like freaking Ann Ewing, y’all.
Fug File: Fug The Show
In which the show continues to drag out the question: Listen, Does Tim Matheson Have a Deadly Brain Fog Or What? If the CW doesn’t renew Hart of Dixie and the entire show ends on a cliffhanger in which Tim Matheson’s brain is on the verge of exploding, my rage will be powerful.
Look what’s back! And it brought really cute pants.
They double-pumped this last week, to my surprise when I sat down last night to watch them, and we have a two-hour finale tonight. I’m not sure what burning things off like that means for the fate of this show, but I know there is a cliffhanger planned. So please, TNT, don’t just cancel it without giving us some closure. I need some more soapy shenanigans from these people before I say goodbye again.
By now I’m a broken record about this show: Cast chemistry good, AnnaSophia Robb delightful, overall teeming with potential, but plots inconsistent and strangely paced. The season finale had great moments, but I don’t understand a) taking your best character, Walt, and rushing through a MASSIVE, meaty reveal about him as if suddenly it’s no big thing; and b) deciding mid-stream who Maggie is, forgetting to keep that thread going, and then having that bite you in the ass because you NEED that thread to be emotionally involved in her part of a massive friend betrayal.
But, I bang my head because I care. The CW is rerunning Carrie Diaries on Fridays now so it may stand a chance at coming back (and if you’ve been considering picking it up, that would be a good time to give it a try). Obviously my first priority is SAVE HART OF DIXIE EVERYBODY PLEASE WATCH YAY, but I hope BlueBell living another day does not exclude Carrie Diaries from returning, because I’d love to see what it could do with twenty-two episodes. Thirteen felt like they had to speed through the year, and therefore did a lot of telling and not showing (Maggie), took too much time figuring out who the best characters were (Walt), struggled to balance high school and Manhattan, and ultimately had so far to go in a short time — and without being able to get everyone in every episode — that it blew straight past a lot of plots that needed more nuanced treatment (hi again, Walt). Also, it’s like they totally gave up figuring out what to do with Donna LaDonna, which is a shame, because Chloe Bridges had the best facial expressions and comic timing of the bunch, and her with Walt should’ve been an awesome friendship. Maybe next season?
There was LOTS of Maddie standing next to Deacon, and Deacon slinging an arm around her, and basically, if this guy’s not heading toward having a surprise teenage daughter soon then the writers are just enjoying yanking our chains.