For some reason teen angst always gets me going. My hubby detests the fact that I enjoy movies like Twilight, Harry Potter and shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries. He says that as a 30 something year old I need to watch stuff that is age appropriate….I say…screw that!! I love me some teenage drama. Takes me back to the days when I had a huge crush on the same guy as one of my friends and he told us he liked both of us as well and was going to get to know us and then decide who he would ask to be his girlfriend. Of course my friend had the advantage because she was in the same classroom as him so it was no surprise when at the school bonfire party he picked her (I cried). I have been watching The Vampire Diaries since it first aired on the CW. The love between Elena and Stefan Salvatore was palpable. The show has all the ingredients for a hit: the annoying blonde best friend, the witchy best friend, the super-hot devious brother Damon Salvatore, and the all-American best guy-pal Matt Donovan. The fact that the series was based on the novels made sure the script was kick-ass.
We are now on season 7 and things are beginning to change for TVD. So far the show has offered us a love triangle between two brothers, a best friend that discovers she is a witch, a brother who becomes a vampire hunter, a dead aunt/guardian, a teacher/vampire hunter, a best friend forced to become a vampire, a friend who is cursed as a werewolf and a long list of scrumptious villain’s (Klaus, Katherine, Enzo).
Let me start off by saying that the loss of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) is by far the worst thing that could have happened to this show. I have no idea why she decided to leave but what I do know is that she was the glue that held everything together. TVD are going to pull out all the stops if they are going to keep us hooked on this show. To add insult to injury they have moved the show from its successful Thursday night spot to the less coveted nosebleed Friday night. So far only one episode has aired at its new time but from an article I read early this week looks like TVD is in trouble.
Season 7 has centered mainly on the hatred that Damon feels towards his mother, who has taken Elena his love away from him. We also have the Heretics who have taken over Mystic Falls and pose a threat to everyone the come across. Alaric is busy trying to get his dead pregnant wife to come back to life. Caroline finally gets what she has secretly always wanted, Stefan, but things aren’t as easy as she would hope when his long lost love/baby mamma comes back. So far season 7 has left me disappointed and wanting more. Perhaps after seven years the critics are right and this show has run its course. I honestly hope that’s not the case and that by some miracle Julie Plec can turn it around.
For now, my Friday night is clear (the hubby is at a soccer match this evening so I don’t have to endure his criticism) as I await episode 11 which happens to be directed by Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore). Last week we watched Damon’s soul trapped inside the Phoenix Stone, where he was stuck reliving his own personal hell while Bonnie and the others tried to bring him back. He awakens to find that he has “killed” all of them in a moment of desperation. Let’s see if this next episode is worth my time and my popcorn.
TV is my obsession. I love everything about it. I love the distraction it provides, the ability a show has to make me cry, to make me bite my nails with nerves, to laugh, even to feel butterflies in my tummy. The first shows that ever got me hooked on TV were Friends and Dawson’s Creek. When Joey finally kissed Pacey….I was short of breath. The time when Ross kisses Rachel for the first time….amazing! Even when I moved to boarding school in France when I was 16 I had my best friend record the new episodes of Dawson’s Creek and Friends and when I would return to Mexico on vacation we would sit in her house and watch episode after episode. I loved those times. Not just because I was spending quality time with my best friend but because of the laughs and tears that resulted from all the episodes. TV shows don’t just have the ability to mess with my emotions they have also on more than one occasion taught me valuable lessons or helped me empathize with someones circumstances.
The longest running show that I have been watching since the pilot episode is ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. I am a hard core fan. I have actually watched the complete series over five times. Every time I watch the episodes, characters and story lines have the same mesmerizing effect on me – I’m hooked. Now, when you are watching season 1 of Grey’s Anatomy for the fifth time and your husband comes home and asks what you are watching….. well, lets just say he doesn’t share the same passion for McDreamy as I do and he tries his best to get me to stop. BUT I CANT!! It’s not just the very good looking cast that keeps me coming back for more, its the amazing story line they develop and the medical cases that come up in each episode. So you can imagine my excitement when CBS starting advertising its new medical drama Code Black. I set the series to record on our TV and waited for the pilot.
Code Black is “a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all—creating a condition known as Code Black“. As I sat down to watch the pilot I was intrigued. I have to admit that it wasn’t as gripping as the pilot of Grey’s Anatomy but it took off to an interesting start. IT was around episode 5 that I started noticing all the similarities in the major story lines of the show with Grey’s Anatomy. We have the attending (Neal/Derek) that starts to develop feelings for the intern (Christa/Meredith) even when they know it is against hospital policy. Then we have the Dr (Carla/Izzy) that has cancer and is admitted to the hospital where she once used to work. Then we have the patient who is in need of surgery but cant have it because it would be contrary to her religious beliefs (CD S.01. Ep 13/ GA S01.Ep.08). How about the episode where a patient who was on a first date gets admitted to the ER and the date sticks around through the medical procedures. Lastly, the episode where the doctors have to try and save the patient while they have a gun pointed at their head. So far Code Black is on its 14th episode and I have to say I am disappointed with the lack of originality. I think I will give it a few more episodes before I decide to pull the plug.
As far as I am concerned there is still only one medical drama on the air worth watching and that’s Shonda Rhimes Grey’s Anatomy on ABC’s #TGIT .