Fall used to be the only time we could look forward to new television series, but things have changed over the past few years. However, the fall TV season still brings in series, old and new, to entice viewers into watching. So what’s made my list for this year so far? And what’s been cut? Read on to find out.
New Series That Made The Cut
Sleepy Hollow is one of those shows I expected to royally suck. And yet, the pilot episode surprised me in its complexity, the charisma of its two leads and its apocalyptic storyline. Who knew? By taking the legend of Sleepy Hollow further, the writers have guaranteed that each episode of this series will not only be scary, but also interesting. Even if that whole thing about colonists who spoke Middle English was about as historically inaccurate as it can get. I’ll forgive this series a few missteps, as long as they’re not abundant.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, on the other hand, did not impress me much with the pilot episode. I wasn’t entirely in love with some of the lead actors, but I kept watching because I know that Joss Whedon series can sometimes take 5-6 episodes to really find their stride. I’m glad I believed that, because the last few episodes have been really good. Although I still feel like Syfy’s Alphas covered this territory already, and better, I’m curious as to see where this one continues to go. And I also want to know what the deal is about Agent Coulson? Any theories? Leave them in the comments.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is definitely no Once Upon A Time, but has proven to be charming, in its own way. Again, I decided to give this one a few episodes before deciding if I would continue to watch. After interviewing Jane Espenson, though, and seeing one of the villains get a back story, I think I might just be hooked. Also, I met Peter Gadiot and now feel as if I want to support him and his endeavors.
Existing Series That Made The Cut
Supernatural is a series I almost gave up on after the leviathan debacle. That storyline was enough to drive fans of the series away. Fortunately, last season set up a new baddie in the form of Abaddon, who is AWESOME, especially since that means she and Crowley are going to go at each other at some point in the near future. I also like the plot with the fallen angels, particularly the one helping Sam. This season feels as if the show is back on track, and dare I say that some of the dialogue is even punchier and funnier, too? Now all we need this season is more Felicia Day.
Arrow is one of those ballsy shows that I can’t NOT watch. It’s not afraid to kill off main characters and there’s even a chance that one character could get the death penalty due to events that happened last season. This season is proving even more interesting, although I have to admit I’m really over the island scenes. We get it, the island changed Oliver. Can we just stay in Starling City now? I’m also looking forward to seeing a lot more of Black Canary. Mostly because we need more female superheroes on TV.
Once Upon A Time – if anyone is surprised by this, you don’t read my site much. I even recently cosplayed Emma Swan at GeekGirlCon. This show will always make the cut. Strong, independent female characters with layers upon layers of depth? I’m in! As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best shows on TV.
Haven started out a little confusing, especially considering that the series spent several episodes sort of explaining things all over again (I suppose to get new fans caught up on the show’s events). The whole Lexie/Audrey thing was also frustrating, because I liked both characters, but of course, we now know how that turned out. Although current episodes have felt like the “trouble of the week” turns, the murder of a character a few episodes ago upped the ante and will keep me watching. It’s little moments like that, plus the stellar cast, that get me coming back for more.
Existing Series That Got Cut
The Vampire Diaries – I just couldn’t stand to watch this stinker anymore. I’m honestly not sure how I lasted this long. There’s no emotional involvement because you know that there isn’t a character who won’t die at least once and come back to life as a ghost, or reborn as a human or as a vampire or whatever else the writers decide to come up with. I realized I was only passively watching the new episodes this season, and being that there are entirely too many good series out there that handle these sort of stories better, I deleted it from my Hulu Q. I haven’t yet watched Dracula, but I bet it’s better. And no, I will not be watching The Originals.
Revolution was one of those shows I consistently tried to like, but I just couldn’t. The science is bad, I want to strangle Charlie and it still bugs me that people are so darn clean in a world where there aren’t a lot of hot baths. I mean, HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? I’ve been assured that this season is better than last (when I stopped watching), but I’m just not sure I want to make the time commitment to it again.
So what about you? Leave me some comments and let me know what you’re watching (and not watching) this fall.