All anthology shows are not created equal.
The second season of “True Detective” started weak, flirted with being intriguing and then dug itself into a hole filled with too many characters, too many plots and way too much gazing into the distance from Colin Farrell. I made it to the end because I wanted to see which lines Vince Vaughn would be forced to deliver each week, but nothing ever eclipsed “It’s like blue balls in your heart.”
“Fargo,” on the other hand, was fan-freaking-tastic in its second season, with surprisingly great performances from Jesse Plemons (the “Meth Damon” of “Breaking Bad”), Jean Smart of “Designing Women” and Jeffrey Donovan, who’d been mostly known for playing a blowhard spy on USA’s “Burn Notice.”
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Your favorite character is not dead.
I was pleasantly surprised when “The Walking Dead” killed off Glenn (Steven Yeun), until it became obvious that it hadn’t. The fan outcry was disheartening. There are zombies eating people’s faces, but not Glenn’s face? Did you forget what you signed up for here?
The same with Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones.” You could practically hear the collective “Nooooo!!!!” as Kit Harington’s character bled out on the frozen ground. Well, first of all, no. He’s not dead. At least, he’s not staying dead. That’s why the resurrecting red priestess Melisandre showed up at the Wall for no reason. Pay attention, guys.
Even on “Justified,” where the main characters have had itchy trigger fingers for years, no one died when the series wrapped up. I’m holding out hope that the mortally wounded Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham didn’t die when they fell off that seaside cliff together in the series finale of “Hannibal,” so they can come back to life on Netflix or pay cable, where they belonged the whole time.
If you’re going to quit your job, do it with style.
Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” sendoff was triumphant, with the Springsteen appearance and all, but his final week was devoid of the nostalgic montages fans were craving. David Letterman went out with a whimper. Don Draper was as cool as ever as he strolled out of a meeting at his new agency without a word, but his exit was forever overshadowed by Peggy Olson moving down the hallway to kick ass at her new office, Japanese tentacle porn tucked under her arm. When it comes to quitting, Amy (Anna Chlumsky) on “Veep” gets my vote, triumphantly telling bumbling President Selina Meyer exactly what she thinks of her after years of biting holes in her tongue.
“I wouldn’t let you run a bath without having the Coast Guard and the fire department standing by. But yet here you are, running America.”
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