TV 411: Young and Hungry, Season 3 Recap

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#SpoilerAlert! You have been warned.

Created by: David Holden
Network: Free Form (formally known as ABC Family)
Debut: June 25, 2014
On Air: 2014 – present
Season 3 Hook: Jake or Josh?! Jake or Josh?!

So, Season 2 ended with Gabi and Josh’s brother. His brother! And Josh ended up “letting her go.” And off to Coachella Gabi and Jake goes with their food truck that Josh gifted them.

Sighs. Jake or Josh? I feel for Gabi, but that’s what makes this series fun. And of course I love that Elliot and Alan are making their way together and that Yolanda and Sophia are still the best.

Into Season 3 we go.

Story Arcs

Story Arc 1: Jake and Gabi

So, you can’t have Season 3 without Jake and Gabi. The season starts with them driving off, starting a new chapter of their lives together. And “defining the relationship.”

Thoughts: In some ways I was kind of leaning towards these two as end game, but I just couldn’t shake Josh and Gabi. I mean, they’ve been through so much together, you know? And well, they’re still kind of processing their feelings because you know someone always comes between them or something always comes between. It’s a roller coaster with these two and even though it can be frustrating, you don’t want to jump off.

Story Arc 2: Josh and Gabi

Because you can’t have Young & Hungry without Josh and Gabi. Season 3 ended with Josh coming to terms that he still loves Gabi, yet he wants her to be happy so he buys the food truck for Jake and Gabi and sends them off with his blessing.

Thoughts: See above because that sums it up.

Since the seasons are short, with ten episodes, there is usually one or two major story arcs. Of course, there is Elliot and Alan beginning their life together and adjusting to married life so that’s always a good break from the Gabi and Josh drama. And then you have Sophia and Yolanda trying to figure their way out through their single lives. I love the mix of it.

New Characters

There isn’t really any new characters that will seem to stick around permanently.

There is a guest appearance by Rachel Ray for S3x6: Young & Rachel Ray. There was also Rob (Andy Faverau) who appears in S3x7: Young & Rob’d. I don’t think he’ll reappear, at least not any time soon. Oh, there was appearances by Kathy Walker (Cheryl Hines) and Nick Diamond (Jerry O’Connell) as Josh’s mom and Gabi’s dad, respectively in S3x4: Young & Parents.

Season 3 Overall: It was short and sweet and yet so many things happened. We got to see Josh and Gabi reunite. We got to meet Josh’s mom and, I believe, meet Gabi’s dad for the first time. That was interesting. We see the same chemistry continuing and everything seems to be just as it is. Still engaging. Still funny. Still enjoyable.

I am a little nervous at the constant back and forth between Josh and Gabi. The will they or won’t they conundrum, but it’s hasn’t reached that point where it’s getting boring, which is a huge plus. Some shows drag certain story lines out so much I tend to lose interest, but that isn’t the case with this one. I am looking forward to Season 4.

Favorite Episode: There is more than one who contended for this coveted spot. S3x8: Young & Getting Real is a runner-up. It was nice to see behind-the-scenes and see the core cast just engage their fans. Oh, and S3x4: Young & Parents was hilarious! Their parents? Yeah, that was fun to see. But I think my favorite one this season goes to S3x9: Young & Lottery. I love it because you got to see all of the core cast interact with each other with the end goal that they’ll all be rich. It was fun to watch and I smiled through the whole darned episode, which is a common occurrence with this show, but still. I noticed that I smiled and laughed through the whole episode.

And I am happy to see that Season 4 is underway! So . . . hats off to you, Young & Hungry, for keeping us entertained.

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TV 411: Scorpion, Season 2 Recap

A thought on these recaps: I haven’t really settled on a way to do these season recaps for TV, which is part of the reason I was unsure about reviewing TV stuff, but I just can’t leave it, you know? So, bare with me while I figure out my voice for TV ;).

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Created by: Nick Santora
Pilot Premiere: September 22, 2014
Network: CBS
Introduction: TV 411: Scorpion, An Introduction
Season 2 Hook: A bunch of geniuses freelancing their skills doing part time work for Homeland and Paige and her kiss? Yeah, I have to find out what happens because that’s just . . . yeah. And I’m curious to see more into this bunch of geeks.

Season one left with our crew of geniuses saving their fearless leader from plunging to his doom, in a Ferrari, off a cliff. The tension, the climax, and then a declaration of love to an out-of-it Walter O’Brien!

On that note, we lead into Season 2 with Walter on the mend, not quite 100% yet, with doctor’s orders to take it easy. But who has ever taken things easy? Especially when you’re not used to taking it easy.

Story Arc 1: Walter and Paige
As with any good television show, you’ve got to have your minor story arcs and Walter and Paige is center stage in this series. Walter is brainy, obviously, and has a very low emotional IQ, again obviously, and yet with Paige understanding these idiosyncrasies has started to develop feelings for Walter. Of course, Walter is in the same boat, but being the logical and rational person he is, he lets those dictate most of his thought process when it comes to Paige. And it continues into this season.

Thoughts: This plot line is pretty interesting. I mean, we all can appreciate a blossoming romance right? Especially when it’s one of those yin and yang type, the opposites attract type. And Walter and Paige fits that m.o. to a T, but then it fades into the background, once again, and Season 2 leaves us with Walter chasing after Paige this round. I’m still processing on how I feel about this. I mean, I get whole wanting the relationship to develop across seasons so they both can get to know each other thing. Plus, Walter had a lot of things to process on his own. So, I get it. I’m just trying not let myself think it’s getting overplayed.

Story Arc 2: Toby and Happy
We see the push and pull with this pair throughout season one and well, they take off in season two.

Thoughts: I love this development. Toby and Happy. Who would’ve thunk it? I like how Happy is kind of dropping her walls around Toby and they’re actually testing out a relationship. They’re fun to watch.

Story Arc 3: Meg’s illness
We know that Meg, Walter’s sister is fighting multiple sclerosis. It’s rough and she’s not doing to good. She’s getting worse. And sadly, the disease wins.

Thoughts: Tears! That’s all I have to say. Tears, tears, tears! I mean, sniffs, I really wanted to see her pull through, make a miraculous recovery due to the genius of her brother, and live happily ever after with Sly, but the logical and rational part of myself knew that this was a pivotal point for our team of geniuses. It opens up the crew to emotional processing, especially for Walter O’Brien. It hits and it hits hard.

Those are the major story arcs dotting the exciting parts of solving major catastrophe’s or stopping an international conflict.

New Characters!

So, in addition to our favorite core team, there are a couple of newbies.

Ray Spiewack (Kevin Weisman) – Someone Walter meets while doing community service as his sentence for reckless endangerment (the Ferrari over the cliff? Yep). He ends up staying at the warehouse while he figures out what to do with his life. And I love him! He lightens the mood around the cast of characters and balances out the dynamic of the team.

Tim Armstrong (Scott Porter) – Cabe brings him in on one of their later cases and joins the team as a second Cabe, so to speak. Or, more like if Cabe’s the Captain, Tim is his lieutenant. And I love this addition too, though I’m still cautious on whether I like him joining the series semi-permanently. Firstly, Cabe needs help when it comes to the security of Team Scorpion. He can’t do all the heavy lifting by himself and it’s about time they bring in an extra hand to help him with that. Scorpion can do a lot of things, but sorely lack in hand-to-hand combat or shooting a gun type of skills and some of the cases they take on for Homeland or other big jobs, Cabe could use that extra hand.

Season 2 – Overall: It was a pretty good season. There was lots of stuff happening. Sylvester’s marriage to Megan, Happy and Toby’s growing relationship, and the addition of Ray and Tim. I’m loving the way things are going, even though I’m super sad about Meg. I mean, Cabe and Walter speed dating? Love it. And we see Walter really trying. Befriending Ray, trying to date, actually dating (even though it wasn’t Paige). He’s trying. The whole team is trying new things and I love seeing their development.

I am nervous with the way season two ended. I am so anxious to see how Toby and Happy moves forward with that shocker and I want to see how Sly moves on. He was able to experience love and companionship. He found someone who spoke his language. And while he’s taken Meg’s death much better than his companions, and his brother-in-law, I want to see how his future turns out.

Favorite Episode of the Season: I don’t know if I have a particular favorite in mind, more like a compilation of favorite moments, but if I have to choose one episode I would have to say Season 2, Episode 7, “Crazy Train.” Directed by Jeff T. Thomas, written by Kevin J. Hynes & Nick Santora, this episode was my favorite because of the fact that Ralph was on the train and he was able to show off his mad skills in front of everyone who teases him or treats him differently. I mean, there was a lot of Ralph moments that I love, but something about moving trains at top speeds and Ralph helping stop the train. Yeah, I liked this one.

So, I’ll be patiently waiting for Season 3 and hoping this series can make it past Season 4. I think they could and I hope they can.

 

TV 411: Scorpion, An Introduction

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All right. I was all ready to go ahead and give Season 2 a review when I realized that I never did any posts about Scorpion. Not an intro. Not a single episode review. Not even a preview.

So, here I am. Writing an intro and I’ll have to see if my mind can slow down enough to give a review of Season 1 and Season 2 or I just might have to skip it until I decide to binge watch it again. Sighs.

Creator: Nick Santora
Network: CBS
On air: September 22, 2014 – present

The Hook: A team of geniuses who work for Homeland? Yeah, that’s worth a peek at.

So, the show has successfully made it to the end of Season 3. The over all story arc follows Walter O’Brian, a genius who is the leader to a small team of other geniuses. They start off as freelancers doing the odd job like hooking up security systems and such when they catch the eye of Homeland Security. And that’s when all the magic happens.

This basic plot line has so much potential, as with any crime-solving, problem-solving, mystery-solving story line. Add to that different relationship combinations among a crew of seven characters and you got yourself a self-sustaining show for a few good years.

I also like the broad approach. Instead of only being a murder-solving type of show or an action type of show, you can have things like black market art dealing to operations with MI-6. There is so much to work with you just have to make sure it all makes sense.

Cast of Characters:

Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) – The genius of all genius. He’s good at computer coding and design and math and … well, mostly everything. Or a little bit of everything with computer coding being his forte. He’s the one who kind of took everyone else under his wing and gave them purpose by forming Scorpion.

Paige Dineen (Katherine McPhee) – As with all genius, there is a down side. While they are really smart, they kinda don’t know how to mix with people, which is what Paige is for them. She kind of keeps them in check emotionally, making sure they understand the sensitive side to the clients they’re helping and making sure their clients understand why Scorpion is the way they are.

Ralph Dineen (Riley B. Smith) – He is Paige’s son and he’s a genius himself. Paige had a hard time understanding some of his oddities until she met Walter, who explained those oddities. I sometimes think of Ralph as Scorpion’s mascot. He’s still going to school and such, but he can also keep up with the team. He helps Paige keep her cool when dealing with Scorpion since a lot of Ralph’s behaviors can be seen among the members, except in overdrive.

Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) – Math genius. He’s good with numbers and can whip out some calculations in less than a minute. And he loves comics! Or, well, Super Fun Guy.

Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong) – Mechanical genius. She’s wicked good with all kinds of machinery. She can whip up just about anything the team needs, machine wise.

Tobby Curits (Eddie Kaye Thomas) – Behavioral genius. He can profile anyone within a minutes. I knew understanding human behavior and such is kind of important, but sometimes that can get over looked when put up against someone like Sylvester, but wow. Watching this show and seeing just how much of an asset someone like Tobby has given me a deeper appreciation for this skill set.

Gabe Callo (Robert Patrick) – Homeland Security liaison. He and Walter have a history and so he kind of pushes Homeland to consider Scorpion for some of the jobs where … well, you need a genius. He’s their muscle. Being a military man, he does the heavy lifting for the crew, in terms of keeping everyone safe that is, and helps Paige in terms of being a translator for genius speak to average human speak.

And I love this cast. They have great on-screen chemistry. The characters feed off each other and create a very real, and very plausible, if not very strange, relationship among crew. They all have something their good at and through their combined efforts they survive life.

And there you have it. The foundation for Scorpion. So, sit back. Relax. And enjoy!

TV 411: Renewal-Canceled Recap 2015

I have yet to watch the last few episodes of my currently on-air TV queue since I’m keeping up with homework, but I’m loving the spoilers I’m running into so I decided now is a great time to do this kind of post.

Another season of TV has come to an end (and truthfully, I’m still trying figure out the different seasons of television). And like any TV Junkie out there, you just have to do a Renewal-Cancel recap, if only to brag that your faves made the cut or cry because they didn’t.

There are some shows, that while I didn’t watch regularly, I’m sad to see go. Cristella (ABC) is one. I watched this one irregular-regularly and liked what I saw. Cristella and her family? A bit harsh but hilarious. Cristella and her co-workers? Hilarious. I liked where the show was going and I’m sad it didn’t survive. 

Constantine (NBC) is another, although I’m not completely surprised about this one. I say they should move it to a different network, like SyFy or something. I just didn’t think it would do good on a major network (or whatever they’re called).

I have mixed feelings about CSI’s (CBS) cancellation, if I’m being honest, even though I stopped watching around 2004.

And I’m almost glad, yes almost, to see American Idol in its final season. I feel it had a good run, but lost its luster a couple of seasons ago (and truthfully, I stopped watching after the Jasmine Trias one. I mean, Hawaii could never participate in voting live and … well, … I’ve got nothing else).

ABC
Ah, ABC.

  • So glad that Once Upon A Time will be heading for Season 5. Woohoo! I wasn’t worried about them, but it’s still a relief to have confirmation. They’re doing a really good job making these fairy tales into reality-ish storylines.
  • Kudos for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Marvel’s Agent Carter. In my humble opinion, DC does a better job at TV Shows with their comics than Marvel has, so I’m glad to see these two make it, even if I’ve never watched an episode.
  • And I’ve watched maybe half an episode of Fresh Off the Boat and found it hilarious so I’m glad to see they made it to next season as well.

CBS
I’m not going to lie, I’m a CBS fan so … jumping in (even if I haven’t had regular cable for a while).

  • I’m a few season’s behind on The Good Wife but so glad the survived the ending of Will and got renewed, again.
  • And a big WOOHOOO! to another season of The Big Bang Theory. I’m not an Elementary fan (preferring to watch BBC’s Sherlock), but I am a Sherlock fan so … yay!
  • I haven’t watched Scorpion yet, but I’m glad they’re giving me a chance to catch up.
  • And same with Two Broke Girls. I’ve watched glimpses of this show, but of the glimpses I watched all were hilarious so go you!
  • Hurray for Hawaii 5-0! Just because, you know, Hawaii. I’ve watched a majority of the episodes since my family binged watched them a few months ago (but I never got into it partially because … well, I’m not too sure why, but also school).

FOX
I am glad that Sleepy Hollow made the cut. They have an interesting storyline and so many ways to work this, even if this season kinda flopped in comparison to last. Here’s to an epic season three! 

NBC
Not an NBC fan, but I’m glad to see Debra Messing’s The Mysteries of Laura making its way into Season 2.

As for other networks and other shows …

CW

  • Reign will be coming back for Season 3 … squee!
  • Double squee for Supernatural! Season 11. Wow. I’m just glad Dean and Sam are still game to do it. They rock and that’s why they have a super fandom.
  • And Vampire Diaries will be back for its 7th season! I’m not sure how I feel about this, though. I feel the story line is going down hill, just a tad. And not because of the Damon being a vampire and Elena being human thing so much. Just that I think the whole story is fading out just a bit. I hope the Vampire-Witches can pack a punch in the season finale to renew my hope for Season 7. And I say bring back The Originals. I call for a crossover!

Netflix

The one and only show I follow on Netflix will be back for Season 2. Go Marco Polo!

TNT
Woohoo! for The Librarians, making its way to a Season 2!

USA
Woohoo for Royal Pains, Season 7 & 8!

And while anything can happen between now and the fall season, I’m glad to see most of my favorites are still on there.

Enjoy your breaks and come back with an epic “next season!”

(Thank you to SpoilerTV.com for posting an excellent Renewed or Cancelled List! See it at http://www.spoilertv.com/2013/09/the-complete-spoilertv-20142015-tv.html)