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Christmas break is almost upon us and most of the fall shows aired half their Seasons by now (seriously, I think they crammed in more this year than last at this point) so I figured a final 2013 awards list was in order:

Best returning show: Arrow - firing on all cylinders right now, seriously, THIS is the comic book show of my geek dreams at the moment
runner up: Person of Interest - some fantastic arcs

Worst returning show: Vampire Diaries - last Season had problems, this one is a DISASTER, maybe it`s the showrunner being spread too thin but I sure hope they fix the hell out of it in the spring, so far they managed non-sucky writing for only one!!! character
runner up: none actually

Slashiest returning show: Haven - let me bathe in the Duke/Nathan of this year and forget everything else
runner up: none

Best new show: The Originals - after the backdoor Pilot, I was SO sure this would suck and get killed in the ratings but I`m surprised by how good it is,
runner up: Sleepy Hollow - the cast is great and I like the stories, at the beginning of the Season, this one would have easily made number one but I feel it bottomed out whereas Originals is climbing in quality

Worst new show: Atlantis - probably noone is even watching it and only my OCD will get me to finish this Season but why isn`t it at least trashy fun and cutely slashy?
runner up: neither Agents of Shield (it improved somewhat) nor The Tomorrow People (it has pretty, pretty John who would be such an interesting main character) but they are still both on the naughty list

Best slashy new show: Almost Human - penis envy, nough said :)
runner up: Dracula - Dracula and Renfield FTW

Guilty pleasure: Reign - I can`t help it, it`s cracky fun with gorgeous costume, the milquetoast prince if prettier than all the girls and who would have thought that Anne of Green Gables can rock a villain?
runner up: Witches of East End, I guess - it`s silly and soapy but the supernatural elements can be entertaining

Comments

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legoline
Dec. 16th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
I have been mocking ARROW a lot but these past few episodes just knocked it out of the park completely. Particularly the last two-parter was so well executed and intense and character-driven; I was really impressed. (The Tommy moment? I didn't even know where to put all my feelings. I may have had a tear in my eye. Oh, shush.)

I was also very looking forward to meeting Barry and nervous about how he would be written and they seriously nailed it. I was so relieved. I love the Flash. A LOT.

And now? I am actually really looking forward to see what they'll do with Dick. For one, I'm just delighted that they seized the chance and have him appear (given that they went to Blüdhaven last season and I was SO miffed he didn't get a cameo), rather than just ignoring his existance like most other adaptations did, including the Nolan trilogy (which is everything but NOT a Batman trilogy, seriously). I obviously have feelings about this :-)
astri13
Dec. 16th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
I`ve really liked Arrow since mid-Season 1 but these days I find it really fantastic. I was iffy about introducing actual real superpowers but so far it works for me.

Yup, Barry`s introduction was great and the actor is quite likeable.

Particularly the last two-parter was so well executed and intense and character-driven; I was really impressed. (The Tommy moment? I didn't even know where to put all my feelings. I may have had a tear in my eye. Oh, shush.)

I miss Tommy so it was nice seeing him here. And I knew Slade Wilson would end up being a nemesis but I loved their island friendship so much. *wibble* On the other hand I have a serious kink for an enemy who used to be close to the hero. *double-wibble*

And now? I am actually really looking forward to see what they'll do with Dick

Right now Arrow has really earned my trust so I`m looking forward to each and every piece of comic canon they will add. Okay, I only know some rough outlines mostly but still.
scolaro
Dec. 16th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I was totally going to steer you in the direction of Almost Human, but you already found it. And clearly stumbled over my favourite scene so far, too. XD

Also, I was totally soaked up in the big Coulson story arc of AoS... so many Pheeels! Can't help it, I'm a total nerdy fan now... ♥ ♥ ♥

Edited at 2013-12-16 08:24 pm (UTC)
astri13
Dec. 16th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
And clearly stumbled over my favourite scene so far, too. XD

Hee. I`m pretty happy with how fast John and Dorian "bonded". :D Otherwise, I didn`t want to pick up another crime show which this pretty much is. But Dorian as a character and the chemistry between the two of them is worthwhile for me.

Also, I was totally soaked up in the big Coulson story arc of AoS.

The Coulson arc was the one mystery I got intrigued by. And the show has definitely been getting better but I still have a hard time emotionally connecting to the characters, minus Coulson. And that`s more because his death in Avengers totally got me choked up.
scolaro
Dec. 21st, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
I also keep thinking "I don't have time for another show", and then get sucked into a new one in 5 minutes flat... /o\

Same here regarding AoS. Coulson's death on Avengers... ;_;

BUT:


And even though I also like Skye and May, their relationship is written so weird...well, hopefully some things get straightened out in the next ep.

BTW, in case you haven't seen it yet, Page Branson created (and still creates) some fantastic AoS artwork/comics: Page Branson's Tumblr. This is one of my my favourites: Don't touch Lola.
mareen
Dec. 17th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
How is Supernatural doing this season? I stopped watching, but I'm curious if it got at least a bit better.
astri13
Dec. 17th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
Well, I`m only roughly following it because last year`s mid-Season shift back to shit broke me but for me it`s safe to say: worse.

If you enjoy such lofty concepts as
- something is supernaturally wrong with Sam (lets tack the angel storyline on him, too, because there were so few "other Sam" moments in the show,
- Dean pointlessly angsts about it and does nothing else,
- an oldie but a goodie: "one brother is lying to the other",
- in the same vein "codependency rocks. or sucks. or maybe it rocks."
- Cas gets brought in and dropped from the story at random (and if him and Dean actually have a friendly relationship is anyone`s guess but let us make it clear that they are both really, really, really heterosexual manly man who have sex with womenfolk),
- we will kill off side characters for shits and giggles,

you will find much to love this year. Me, not so much.
leelust
Dec. 17th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
Heh, for me the winner in the first category is PoI no doubts. I tried Arrow last year but got bored in the middle of the season cause I couldn't feel for any of the characters there.
Totally agree on Haven and Atlantis.
And now i'll cry in the corner because why? Why didn't they make John of TTP the lead character? The show would improve so much!
astri13
Dec. 17th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
And now i'll cry in the corner because why? Why didn't they make John of TTP the lead character?

I know. And now I guess they`ll focus on Cara as leader? Urgh, at least Stephen is only stupid. I actively dislike Cara.
leelust
Dec. 18th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I don't think he's *just* stupid, eve stupid people know that sleeping with your friend's gf is bad but for stephen it's ok. :/
But she? I don't think I knew any other female character i'd hate so much. She's just awful. And if she'll be a leader I feel sorry for TP.
In general I just want Stephen and cara to be together and stop torturing poor john and for john to find a decent girl and forget about that bitch.
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