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Fangirl Unleashed: From HOMELAND to THE WALKING DEAD – 5 shows that should be left to die


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Recent weeks saw the final episodes of both Breaking Bad and Dexter: one generally seen as a fitting conclusion to the most addictive TV show in years, the other an opinion dividing finale to a once mighty drama that has been allowed to drag on long past its sell-by date. So which other shows could do with being strapped to Dexter Morgan’s table and put out of their misery?

 HOMELAND

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What the hell has happened to Homeland? It’s morphed from taut political thriller to wildly nonsensical car crash, seemingly more concerned with the romantic problems of Brody’s irritating teenage daughter than any of its original dramatic themes. Add to that characters being given personality transplants (Saul’s headscarf comment, anyone?) and the fact that Carrie mainly seems to just cry and rant, now, ALL OF THE TIME, and the show seems to well and truly have lost its way.

 

WALKING DEAD

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Was there ever a show as infuriatingly inconsistent as The Walking Dead? At its best, it’s dazzling: bold, brutal, original TV that you have to watch through your fingers but you can’t look away from. But it constantly throws away fan goodwill with inconsistent characterization, unconvincing story lines and extended longueurs that stop the action dead in its tracks. At the moment it’s surviving through the optimism of the fans, who are hanging in there like junkies trying to recapture that first amazing high because they know just how good it can be, but if the new season follows the same pattern of the previous ones, I wonder how many will, like me, decide they’re better off going cold turkey?

 

THE MENTALIST

 

 

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Remember when Patrick Jane was a likeable maverick whose pain-fuelled quest for revenge against a sinister killer powered a smarter than average cop show? Or has that been obscured in your mind by recent episodes, where Jane is an egotistical prick who casually disregards any rules he can’t be bothered to comply with, no matter what the consequences to those around him, while hunting a figure who now seems so omniscient that unless, when he’s unmasked, he’s actually Satan, his reveal can’t help but be a massive anticlimax. How I wish the show had had the courage to have had Bradley Whitford’s mundane everyman really be Red John, and explore how Jane coped with having achieved the one thing that kept him going. True, the last season showed signs of rediscovering its mojo towards the end (OK, at the VERY end) but I’d love the next season to be the last (then give Cho his own spin off, obviously).

 

SONS OF ANARCHY

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Having reached a perfect end to its character arc – a conflicted Jax assuming the mantle of his dead father that he fought so hard to escape – this show has started to feel rather aimless to me, using excessive violence and main character deaths to cover up the fact that it’s not the powerhouse it once was. Still, at least Charlie Hunnam has come to his senses about the 50 Shades movie, eh?

 

BURN NOTICE

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OK, I’m cheating here slightly because we’re a season behind in the UK (the final season just aired in the US) but my point still stands about this going on way too long. What was once an enormously fun caper show tied loosely into burned spy Michael Westen’s quest to rejoin the CIA was, seasons ago, derailed by its own longevity, as the writers struggled to find increasingly convoluted reasons to thwart him; at this stage he’s been and out of the CIA so much it’s like an espionage hokey-cokey. Killing off his brother took things down a darker road, and while I was impressed by how the show handled the ugliness of bereavement – there were devastating, long-term consequences, with no reset button at the end of each week – it did make what used to be entertaining escapism start to feel, well, sort of depressing. Lord knows I’ll miss Bruce Campbell wisecracking over a mojito, but I’ll be glad to see Michael and his girlfriend Fiona (ex-IRA terrorist but, you know, one of the nice ones) ride off into the sunset.

 

What do you think? Am I being too mean? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back in a fortnight, but meanwhile feel free to pop over to my book blog, Dark Dates.

S#!T Talking Central

  • Stan

    I get “Walking Dead” on Netflicks ,so we are one season behind but it has already begun to sour. The best thing they could do for “Walking Dead” is to kill off Rick(and quickly).Either that or have his character demoted to a second class role ,he’s becoming an complete idiot.And get back to the basic premise of trying to survive in a world full of zombies instead of being a bunch of whiny drama queens all the time.

    • Theron

      The season you’re on is the worst imo, BUT this new season that has just started airing this October in the US has a lot of action going for it as well as brutal deceit among the survivors. So far so good with season 4.

      • Stan

        Then I will cross my fingers and hope for the best.I did hear they had made some changes.Thanks for update

      • A.More

        I agree Season 4 starts off well. Hopefully they can keep it going. It still feels like they are trying to find a consitency, with all the show runners leaving and changing. Darabont was great, his successors not so much, but now it seems they finally have somebody again who understands the characters and also that we do not want a carbon copy of the comics, while still maintaining the feeling of the books.

    • The Red GOD

      killing off rick kills the whole series, he TWD sry, i read the comics not just watch the show

    • SPIDER

      ARE U STUPID IF U KILL OFF RICK THE SHOW IS OVER READ THE COMIP BOOKS STUPIED

      • Stan

        I take it from your spelling and use of capitals you have problems with the written word both in comprehension and in expressing yourself.I was the same when I was 12 years old and was a big fan of picture books and badly written tv shows,however I grew up.

      • Stan

        I take it from your spelling and use of capitals you have problems with the written word both in comprehension and in expressing yourself.I was the same when I was 12 years old and was a big fan of picture books and badly written tv shows,however I grew up.

  • Border

    Um, completely wrong on TWD.

  • Erick Dimaggio

    walking dead should go on forever..and ever..cause it’s friggin’ magical…baaad addition to the list sir.

  • Chris

    I have to agree about TWD…. It was fantastic the first season….But when AMC got rid of Frank Darabont, IMHO that was their downfall. I still haven’t finished Season 2 because its hard to stay interested.

    • A.More

      Soldier through, it gets better again. Season 2 was the worst.

    • dude

      how can you talk smack when you havent even seen all of season 2?

  • Paul

    The walking dead is on this list….seriously?? Have you seen the viewing figures?? Bad call.

    • Tsavo

      But that’s exactly what he said, the only reason it’s still going is because of those figures, but I have to agree, the characters have become inconsistent, along with the writing (which went seriously downhill after the first few episodes of the second season for me, and let’s not discuss what they did with T-Dog). I don’t at all disagree wit this addition. The Walking Dead once had a lot of potential, but that potential was squandered in the second season, and completely derailed in the third.

  • El Capitan del Blade

    I agree with this list, Walking Dead is way past it’s prime (WTF was up with Season 2) It’s quickly gone from Walking Dead to Walking Whore (Lori, anyone. And Why is she still LITERALLY haunting the show) AMC needs to cancel Walking Dead, and present us with new IP.

  • SayBruh

    Whoever says walking dead should be canceled your an idiot. You don’t like it don’t watch

  • Ged

    the walking dead is great. and the show is about the internal problems the group face and the zombies being an external problem. I’m watched every episode and is is a great show.

  • Earych

    Granted, the second season of TWD was pretty disappointing. But they have more than made it up with the third with the introduction of Michonne and The Governor. Now I cant wait until the fourth to see what happens next ;)

    • A.More

      4th season has been great so far, almost as magical as the first. Worth going through the bad season 2 and not so fun episodes of 3.

  • austin idol

    This blog should be called KILL THE FANBOY.

  • John Taylor

    Don’t care if they do get cancelled or not. Have to be interested in watching to care. What really should be cancelled is every reality show that airs.

  • Brady1138

    Something tells me this person hasn’t even seen these.

  • http://www.coolreviewsrule.com/ Sasha Shapiro

    The Walking Dead ? Why ?
    You can cancel all the rest i never watched them and dont care much about but The Walking Dead. Seriously dude whats wrong with you?

  • A.More

    Considering almost all comments here are about the Walking Dead, i assume it was included as discussion bait only.

    I agree about Sons of Anarchy, it felt finished after last season, and this season it all seems a little incoherent. I have not seen the last seasons of Burn Notice yet, but it was only a matter of time until the premise ran thin. Still a fun show.

  • Jeremy

    This guy is an idiot all of these shows are incredibly successful and have some of the best writing acting overall show quality on television right now need proof? We’ll if walking dead needs to be cancelled why did it just rake in a 16.1 in the ratings?

  • a b

    couldn’t agree more with Burn Notice. should have ended at least a season earlier. it just got really tired and seemed like the writers just didn’t know where to take it anymore.

    agree with Walking Dead as far as this season goes. each season has had a long term goal that the group was trying to accomplish. there is no aim for this season.

  • joel henry

    well since breaking bad ended people have been making stupid lists like this to get everyone going. this person is probably still upset that breaking is over, and cant let anyone else have their “show”

  • SoCritical

    How dare this author speak against The Walking Dead.. She is obviously a walking dead writer.. OOOps, did I say that? lol.. Oh yea, they had the highest season premier showing of all time. Go figure.. Great show, poor critic response on this authors part.. SMH

  • Brett

    The Walking Dead is terrible. Get over it. Rick’s partner…the one who screwed his wife. His character has to be bi-polar. Hes a loving/caring guy and then at the drop of a hat he is a rapist again.

    Zombie = good show apparently. The same people commenting probably thought that teen zombie love movie was probably the best movie of the year.

  • JSlo

    On Mentalist and Burn Notice… genius comments. You could not have properly describe better what has happened… Gave up two seasons ago on BN (wife and would begin in the opening moments by saying, “wait, let me guess… only to figure out the whole show before it started), Acting has kept me in on Mentalist… and your Cho thought is marvelous. They should have had an exit strategy with Red John when they began instead of pulling a, well, every other series. Watched two episodes of The Brooding Dead and quickly gave up… could have been a novella on Univision.

  • Paul Erdmann

    The Walking Dead is the best your wrong go sit in the corner

  • Wolf

    I liked how Breaking Bad self-terminated on a relatively high note. I wish more television productions had the courage to do that.

  • Ghoul

    Lol at “WELL IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE WALKING DEAD DON’T WATCH IT”. If you don’t like this author’s opinion, don’t read it. It’s a two-way street folks. And before another bandwagon fan comments that this author’s opinion is somehow less valid than yours, I’ll bet your drinking money that you spend a hundred hours a week on Reddit and only until someone posts an article that you disagree with are their opinions “pathetic”. It’s one thing to disagree with someone’s article, but it’s quite another to ridicule someone for posting opinion articles just because you can’t handle the fact that someone else may not mindlessly worship The Walking Dead.

  • Shelby

    Why is the walking dead on here?I am a fan of Dexter and Breaking Bad, and the walking dead is just as good. Obviously you didnt give it a chance. And none of the seasons are the same.

  • tom evans

    yes, you missed American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the Unknowns, I mean Stars, Survivor and all the rest of that mindless, soulless, moronic unscripted crap out there. I’d take 20 more seasons of Walking Dead or Breaking Bad over any of that fecal matter any day!

  • Seriouslykillyourself

    i hate you, you have terrible taste in shows. please just die.

  • Seriouslykillyourself

    i hate you, you have terrible taste in shows. please just die.

  • Josh Martin

    Completely agree with The Walking Dead. I thought the same thing myself after I tried to get through the second season. It could have been so great, but the extended longueurs (vocab word!) got really tedious, hard to sit through, and unnecessary when there’s so much else they should be focusing on.

    If anything, the show is really good at over-promising a whole helluva lot and under-performing just enough to keep you thinking if they just tweak this thing this week then it’ll tv bliss next week. Then next week comes and you think the same thing but it’s this good, it’s got to turn the corner and kick it into high gear. Then next week comes.

  • Josh Martin

    Completely agree with The Walking Dead. I thought the same thing myself after I tried to get through the second season. It could have been so great, but the extended longueurs (vocab word!) got really tedious, hard to sit through, and unnecessary when there’s so much else they should be focusing on.

    If anything, the show is really good at over-promising a whole helluva lot and under-performing just enough to keep you thinking if they just tweak this thing this week then it’ll tv bliss next week. Then next week comes and you think the same thing but it’s this good, it’s got to turn the corner and kick it into high gear. Then next week comes.

  • T Brown

    Love the Walking Dead and can’t wait for the return in February ’14 – it’s better than some movies that are being released – It’s an awesome show!!

  • T Brown

    Love the Walking Dead and can’t wait for the return in February ’14 – it’s better than some movies that are being released – It’s an awesome show!!

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