THE POWER 5 ON TV FOR THIS WEEK:
Another fine week of television as another show has been added to the list. The competition is becoming fierce and two more shows (Grimm and Dracula) will be added to the watch list starting next week.
1) Arrow—Identity (–)
Taking the top spot for the second week in a row, Arrow introduces two new adversaries for the titular character. Queen has to deal with Sebastian Blood, a politician representing those without a voice in the Glades, while his vigilante persona meets China White and her newest partner, Bronze Tiger. The Blood storyline will be a major part of the show throughout the season as is Laurel’s blind rage and determination to put Arrow behind bars. Add to that a strong cliffhanger and some great flashbacks and you have another powerful Arrow.
2) Supernatural—Devil May Care (+1)
The season premiere was all about angels. It’s apropos the second episode reflected on the other side of the coin. Abbadon, a knight of Hell, is back and she’s after both the Winchesters and Crowley. Speaking of the current King of Hell, we get to see the effects of last season’s purification are still with Crowley. Dean’s speech to Kevin is a summation of everything Supernatural stands for; living, fighting and, if necessary, dying for those you love.
It doesn’t hurt to have Ezekial hiding inside of Sam as a secret weapon.
3) Revolution—Patriot Games (new)
It’s been a few days since the US Government saved Willoughby from the deranged Titus but, despite them preaching on the need to unite, there’s no doubt their true agenda may not be quite as beneficial as they are making it out to be. Neville is using his wiles to get in deep against this new regime while Rachel discovers her old friend Ken is a part of the Patriot effort. Charlie and Monroe are now traveling together, the latter looking for some type of absolution for his sins. The biggest eye-opener, though, has to be Aaron and his mysterious connection with the nano-machines. He saves Miles’s bacon, flambéing 2 Patriot soldiers who had his friend dead to rights.
There are so many moving parts to help build a fantastic second season and if things progress as the way they have through the first four episodes, it will blow season one out of the water.
4) Vampire Diaries—Original Sin (+1)
Talk about a major introduction. All last year we heard about Ketzia, the witch that cursed Silas for his betrayal. We now see this crazy witch (who renames herself Tessa) in action as she destroys Silas’s telepathic abilities. Of course, that comes at the expense of Stefan’s memory as he no longer recognizes Elena and his brother. We get a bit more on Nadia, the Travelers, and how Matt figures into everything she’s doing as well as the fact that Katherine’s blood is the new cure. The one less than impressive bit of info—though it does make sense across the series narrative—is the fact that Silas’s true love was the very first doppleganger, Elena and Katherine’s ancestor. The whole “destined to be together” thing is tired and a bit clichéd but I will trust the writers on this and hope to see Damon continue to thumb his nose at “destiny”.
5) Tomorrow People—In Too Deep (-1)
Now that the introductions are out of the way, Stephen’s starting his duties as a part-time member of ULTRA. It doesn’t take long for him to realize he’s in over his head and that his Uncle Jed may be a bit further out there than he thought. We get a bit more about Stephen’s father leaving as well as John’s previous duties as an ULTRA agent as well. Though still a bit rough in areas, the foundation is there for Tomorrow People to be one of the surprise shows of the 2013-14 year.
Sleepy Hollow—This was the least exciting episode in this fantasy drama’s young lifetime. There were snippets of Moloch, the series Big Bad, and Ichabod gets to see his wife Katrina. Another positive was the inclusion of Pestilence (or Conquest) into the narrative (I do like their take on the disappearance of the Roanoke colony) there’s not enough ‘umph’ in this episode to make it anything other than a filler.
Last Week’s Power 5
2) Sleepy Hollow
4) The Tomorrow People
5) Vampire Diaries