A bunch of fresh-out-of-med-school docs are starting their residency to learn emergency medical care from the best. (Sound familiar?)
Of course each character has their own personal story that will make us sympathize with them. Like our main Doctor, Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), who had something ominous bad happen to her that makes her who she is today.
While I adore Grey's, and the idea of a new version of it is appealing, it's almost too similar. I'll give it a few episodes, but it definitely needs to separate itself and make itself unique to keep our attention.
(Okay, but seriously, when Code Black is used in real life - because it's not always - it's used mostly for Bomb Threats. As Grey's Anatomy accurately taught us. Code Black intones a serious emergency, why not choose another fake code to name this show after? This makes zero sense. I thought the show was going to have a lot of bombs. Such a disappointment.)
Code Black airs Wednesdays at 10pm on CBS.
As always, I'll give the show a few episodes before handing down my final judgement, but this one has quite a bit of work today. Number one being stopping with the terrible jokes. Like, maybe, be funny? Just a thought.
But there's promise there. So don't give up yet, Stamos & co.!
Grandfathered airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Fox.
Fred Savage plays Lowe's brother in the show, and they have good brotherly chemistry. The show still has a lot to build on and needs some improvement, but it was a strong first showing.
We even got a 'literally' out of Rob Lowe, Parks and Rec fans!
Overall, while not a deep or particularly fulfilling show, it is 20 minutes of fun. Especially if they cut some of the cornier jokes.
The Grinder airs Tuesdays at 8.30pm on Fox.
It’s then that she’s told the FBI thinks it’s one of her classmates that has been a terrorist this whole time and they need to figure out, too. And we find out so much more about our main characters.
They’ve set the show up for an interesting season and hopefully future. The commercials and advertising didn’t have me very excited for this one, but the pilot has seriously got me hooked.
While the show has some flaws, overall the writing is pretty solid, and the story good. It has some nice feminist elements, and covers a lot on race and religion.
Quantico airs Sundays at 10pm on ABC.
And of course to open said laundromat, they bought all their laundry machines in their home town, then crash their car and break all their machines. Naturally. They also borrowed all their family’s money to start this dream life of theirs.
So instead Billy needs to do some literal dirty work, for the Briggs company, owned by a family with a son who makes trouble and a rich dad (Don Johnson) who is always disappointed in him.
But don’t worry, Billy doesn’t work there long because he gets fired for trying to diffuse a dangerous situation.
Meanwhile Cody magically gets a job at a pharmacy despite the fact that she never finished school, but it’s convenient since she needs a pregnancy test. And of course she is pregnant, because their situation needed to be more dire.
But within the first 40 minutes they solve all their initial problems.
The show is very overdramatic (and not in the fun way), and they already had 2 car crashes in the first episode, meaning their creative well is already pretty dry.
The story itself was uninteresting and the characters are all self absorbed, so it doesn’t make you actually want to root for any of them. I’m sure it’ll pick up a generous audience, because it panders oh so well to the American dream, but it won’t be winning any awards.
Blood & Oil airs Sundays at 9pm on ABC.
The explosion was one year ago, and they briefly show different EVOs across the world, until they all meet in the basement of a church AA style in Chicago.
It’s in this church that Zachary Levi, who plays Luke, kills the EVOs (except for a boy who runs away) because his son were killed in the explosion. Now him and his wife are out to get revenge.
The show continues to jump around to different locations where we meet various EVOs, so you better keep your eyes on the screen because the new location just briefly appears, you may also just completely miss a new character being introduced.
One guy wanted to use his powers for good and began using a mask to hide his face while he fought crimes, but he got stabbed and passed the mask on.
The worst part of the show was when a Japanese girl gets turned into a video game character to avenge her father’s death. Just, why? The EVO part of the show is unrealistic but somewhat plausible. Also, she’s a badass, but can apparently only be a badass if she’s not actually real? Ugh. This part was just too out there.
There is way too much happening in this show. Of course it needed a two hour premiere, it took practically that whole time just to INTRODUCE all the characters. That’s not ok. They need to trim the fat and run the ship a bit tighter if they want this to continue. Other than that, I could see how it would be an entertaining show, with a decent plot line. They’re just trying to do a bit much right now.
Heroes Reborn airs Thursdays at 8pm on NBC.
There’s a mystery woman, Cassandra (Charity Wakefield), who helped him escape the cops and bring him to Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes). Turns out they run an organization that predicts crime, and they want him to join their services.
Everything about it is crazy over the top. The acting isn’t very good and I don’t know if the writing will hold up past one episode. The story was all over the place, and you can’t tell who is on what side or what anybody’s motives are. It’s slightly insane.
It barely kept me interested for 40 minutes so I doubt it will make it long term.
The Player airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC.
Spoilers ahead! Only read ahead if you have watched the season two premiere of How to Get Away With Murder.
Well that was a roller coaster.
We started the episode off 10 days after the murder of Rebecca, and everyone is trying to figure out who did it.
Class and cases continue on as normal (well, normal except for when Wes stands up to Annalise). They take on a trial of 2 adopted kids (ahem, adults), who allegedly killed their adoptive parents, and it looks like this case is far from over.
Annalise reaches out to an old friend (whom we will find out was actually her lover) and death row attorney, to represent Nate, but she denies. This didn’t stop the spark between her and Annalise rekindling.
Annalise eventually figures out that Bonnie is the one who killed Rebecca, and naturally is none too pleased about that.
And so she takes her group of students to a night club to dance it out (classic Shondaland dancing it off).
Then, we jump forward two months, with a voiceover of Annalise discussing the statistics that you’re most likely to be murdered by someone you know - perhaps your lover. While this is happening we see the mansion where those adopted kids murdered their parents. And we hear a gun shot. Then we see Wes running across the lawn. And we flash quickly to Annalise on the ground in the mansion, covered in blood and struggling for air.
So let’s back it up. In two months time, Annalise and Wes are likely, maybe, probably lovers? And then he potentially murders her (or attempts to, she’s an Emmy winner now, they’re not gonna kill her off)? And in the house of their clients?
We clearly have a lot to figure out, and it looks like it will follow the same structure as the first season, of jumping back and forth between time frames. This has worked for them before, so hopefully it does this season as well.
They definitely know how to hook you, and I am in for the ride. Let’s go.
Spoilers ahead! Only read ahead if you have watched the season five premiere of Scandal.
Well, Fitz and Olivia are finally together. They still have to keep it on the dl (wink wink), but they’ve done it. They also need to work through the kinks of how their jobs will put them at odds with each other before they’re put into the spotlight.
He even asks Mellie for a divorce! Oh happy day! (But poor Mellie).
Meanwhile they’re getting visited by royalty. At least until the Princess is murdered. Murdered! It was jarring in how similar it was to Princess Diana’s death. I definitely screamed at my TV a bit.
Olivia and associates work with the Queen to figure out who did it but it turns out it’s the Queen herself, because the Princess was having an affair with her bodyguard and was pregnant. Because happily ever after is a lie (clearly going to be a theme of the season).
The episode ended with Sally Langston revealing pictures of Fitz and Olivia together - meaning the secret is officially out!
But let’s be real, obviously Liv will handle it.
Spoilers ahead! Only read ahead if you have watched the season 12 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.
We are starting fresh - and a tad boring.
While this wasn’t the worst episode of Grey’s, it certainly was far from the best.
Meredith has moved back into her mother’s old house, where her and Amelia are at ends with each other.
Meanwhile, Bailey meets her competition for chief and has to spend the day with her. This lowers her self esteem, but she comes through in the end with a moving speech while doing surgery, and eventually gets appointed chief.
Arizona is looking for a roommate and in the process finds out that all of the interns think she’s legendary. She eventually finds a new roommate in a new doctor we’ve never seen before.
The main medical case of the premiere was two young girls who threw themselves in front of a train because they were in love and thought it was the only way they could be together. It was one of the decent medical plot lines.
April returns from war and her and Jackson are still on the outs.
Owen kisses Amelia before she’s whisked away to make up with her sister-in-law. Who loves her but doesn’t really like her.
Oh, and Meredith is now teaching an anatomy class?
Overall it was mostly an episode to get the plot moving forward, but kind of a let down for the season premiere. Hopefully things pick up by next week.