Evolution of Law & Order

Law & Order is showcasing it’s 20th season this year.  That’s quite an accomplishment.  It doesn’t make it the longest running series (still behind Gunsmoke and The Simpsons) but it’s still worthy of being celebrated.  Besides the original series, it has spawned approximately 3 spin offs (SVU, Criminal Intent, Trial by Jury) and 2 other series within the universe (Homicide, Conviction).  Whether you are a Dick Wolf fan or not, he certainly has created a phenomenon in TV history.  Something that NBC right now, due to it’s issues with Leno leaving primetime, must rely on even more.

Last week L&O returned with an episode double header, “Steely Eyed Death” and “Boy on Fire.”  Both episodes were well done.  Between the 2 episodes, there was character development (Lupo), relationship bonding (Lupo and Bernard) and a guest star (Debra Winger) who, for once, wasn’t actually the killer or mastermind of the crime.  After watching the show for 20 years, I feel an episode is a success if I can at least be surprised by the plot 50% of the time.  The first episode actually was the stronger of the two, simply because it’s later focus shifted to Detective Lupo, his past dealing with horrific crimes and sharing the details to his partner Bernard.

Lately I’ve been catching the early episodes of TNT.  It’s still fun to watch.  There was a time I knew these pretty much by heart, I’d seen them so much.  The series was grittier then, having a documentary edge to it.  New York seemed like a colder, more dangerous place.  And the entire cast was made up of men who reacted to the cases in different ways.  Each episode was it’s own mini movie, and rarely did anything to carry over to the next episode.  You could pick the show up after having been gone for a long time and know exactly who was who, and what role they played on the show, even if a new actor had joined.

Obviously relationships weren’t happening between the characters.  We did have partnerships, specifically with the opening duo of Logan and Greevey (who then became Logan and Cerreta and finally settling on Logan and Briscoe for a while).  Logan and Greevey actually were very much like oil and water.  Logan was liberal, Greevey was conservative.  They argued over every case.  They butted heads and sometimes even went into screaming matches. However, they still respected each other, and when Greevey was shot in his own driveway, Logan went into a downward spiral.  After that, while Cerreta and Briscoe argued with the younger man, it was never to such extremes.  Not until Detective Curtis took Logan’s part and that head butting resumed.  Of course, that usually was because Curtis was “by the book” man, and never appreciated when Briscoe taking shortcuts around the law, even in mild ways.

Over 20 years we’ve had a lot of cops on this show.  Most of the time they stayed while others were gone rather quickly.  Now we have Detectives Lupo and Bernard.  Much was said about Anthony Anderson coming in after Jessie L. Martin, his most famous role was as the scared hacker in the first Transformers movie.  But I think he’s done excellent in the part, and while I did love Ed Green very much, I am really enjoying the partnership between Bernard and Lupo.  It’s reminding me way back of the first season.  They are extremes and always butt heads on the controversial cases.  They can say some rotten things to each other.  But when the chips are down, they are there for each other.

On the other side of the show is the DA’s office.  Michael Moriarty played Ben Stone for several years and I loved his character.  His first assistant was Robinette who was with him for 3 seasons.  In the fourth season the show realized there were females working out in the world so they replaced two characters with women.  Captain Cragen was replaced by Lt. Van Buren.  She of course will always be someone I adore (she actually shows up as the mother of a murdered baby in the first season).  But Robinette was replaced by Claire Kincaid.  She was green and actually messed up in her first case.  Stone could have fired her, she was expecting it, but he remembered that he too had made his own share of screw ups and knew she could be a real asset.

What I loved about Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) is she had a dry wit.   With the serious material we got day in and out on everything, it was nice to have moments of humor even if it was just for a line or two.  Sometimes it was at a suspect’s expense and other times we had her making fun of Jack McCoy and Adam Schiff.  I remember one moment where a case befell them about a fugitive from the 60s being found and tried for murdering a cop (even back then they were getting their episodes from headlines).  Kincaid could not understand why McCoy and Schiff were reluctant to follow through with the prosecution, that if this woman had done the act in the 50s, they wouldn’t blink twice.  McCoy’s argument was simply “It was the 60s” as if that explained it all.  Fairly soon, one of the men asked what their next step should be, and Claire answered that perhaps they should hold hands and sing a chorus of “We Shall Overcome.”  McCoy’s reaction was priceless.

Such a story does bring up the new DA to replace Stone after Moriarity left.  Sam Waterson didn’t just step into the role, he jumped with both feet.  At the time, I didn’t appreciate the characteristics of Jack McCoy or how his relationship with Claire did add new substance to the DA side of things.  Realizing as I watched that McCoy and Kincaid were obviously involved outside the office, I was annoyed because I couldn’t get past McCoy being known for getting involved with his assistants.  (I think Claire would make four).  I wanted more for her character then just to get involved in an office romance.  Of course, we saw very little of the relationship so it wasn’t that big of a concern.  They killed Claire off in a car crash and from there we got beautiful model after model after model after model.

Now Alana de la Garza as Connie.  It’s amazing how far the actress has come from four years ago.  Starting first as McCoy’s assistant, the actress seemed timid and was upstaged easily.  Now that time has past, and Connie’s working along side Michael Cutter who took over for McCoy when he got promoted to DA has been loads of fun.  They butt heads as much if not more then Bernard/Lupo and even Greevey/Logan.  But they also have a good partnership when working together and can make Jack proud most of the time.  I do want to ship them and my latest FF is about them, but I’m not enjoying L&O specifically for them.  I think everyone has gelled together in a way that makes it the strongest the show’s been in years.  Now the writers are feeling freer to implement personal stories lightly such as Van Buren’s cancer and the possible Connie/Mike relationship.  I look forward to watching this show every week now, when before I would watch if I remembered.  Hopefully the extra four episodes ordered for this season will continue to impress.


Losting in a New World

So I totally absolutely completely and sincerely apologize for NOT blogging about Lost yet.  There is no excuse.  I have none.  I sat down now to actually compose a blog about Survivor which I can come up with half a dozen subjects to discuss for the 2 episodes we’ve seen.  Then I realized how long it’s been since I spoke about Lost and I felt bad.

There are so many things I could say, but I want to see where this is going...

Please understand, this does not mean that I am not enjoying Lost, quite the contrary.  It’s amazing how the writers can actually take the story into directions I had never imagined in ways that keep my attention.  The problem is…it’s easier to talk about Survivor because it’s an all star season, and the show is chock full of moments to discuss, pick on, laugh at, rejoice in, and worry about.  It’s all straight forward.  I know what to think of Survivor. I don’t know what to think of Lost.

I know we have two universes being the result of the nuclear bomb.  I know that the explosion triggered what would become the death of the island (something I’m not sure happened immediately since we know Ben is alive and well off the island).  The island’s presence gone was something we had suspected and that Flight 815 would land safely in LA.  What I didn’t expect was how much the island interfered with people’s lives before they came to the island.  I had never thought of that.  I knew Richard had visited young Locke and Jacob had made sure to say hello to everyone to specific people as well.  The island of course was the heart of the Dharma Initiative which transported many souls there, employing hundreds of people on whatever the heck they were working on (which still isn’t clear).  It became the magnate to draw Desmond there and Penny’s father, Charles, is probably not the same man he eventually became.

I just don’t know what to say yet.  I refuse to speculate.  I’m always wrong.  Far from wrong.  Wrong wrong wrong wrong.  I am tired of being wrong.  We are dealing in time travel, universe paradox, balance between good and evil as well as minor supernatural elements such as Miles’ ghost talking and Hurley may have it too.  How can I possibly know where this is all going? How can I even venture a guess?  No, I learned my lesson from Harry Potter where I attempted to imagine how Rowling would write the final book and I couldn’t have been more wrong.  The good news in that is I was completely satisfied with her ending.  It’s rare when that happens, most of the time I’m always disappointed.  So far the writers have been keeping me entertained and still guessing.

I’m going to just take the attitude to sit back and relax.  So far we’ve learned that the bomb going off didn’t reset the story but simply created a possible tangent to the story.  We’ve learned the meaning of the numbers which have assignments to certain characters.  We’ve learned a bit more of the NotLocke character as well as meeting a whole new group of others.  Some things I’ve been happy about (the numbers), pleasantly entertained by (the NotLocke) or irritated to their presence (the others in the temple).  But even the latter certainly is entertaining to watch if it’s only in my desire to hope they are wrong (about Sayid).

The season is still young, we’ve got more new episodes ahead of us than behind us so I’m hoping Lost winds up not living up to it’s name, but it’s reputation.


I apologize, I’ve yet to do a recap of Lost this week.  I’m rather intimidated by it. Three solid hours (well two) is a lot to cut through and so much to absorb.  I’m still thinking on it.

What I want to blog on is another show long waited to premiere and that’s Survivor.  Another all star season that has split the returning cast members into two categories, villains and heroes.

I thought I was done with the last season.  But I was rather dismayed at how many people I’ve come across insisting that Natalie stole Russell’s rightful claim of being the winner. What?  Am I the only one who saw through the CBS propaganda of lunacy?  Were people really fooled into thinking he was this brilliant strategist? Maybe I was missing something and I just over thinking the situation.  While I don’t mean to suppose that Natalie was a superb manipulator herself, I do think she deserved to win as much, if not more, than Russell. So I’ve decided to go ahead and go over the Russell history from Samoa and recap.  I hope to not miss anything, and now that we have the ability of hindsight, really analyze his moves in game play.

The beginning

This group shot is only needed to prove we had other players besides the same six they kept featuring over and over.

It’s really funny to think back to the beginning of the season, that first episode where we “met” twenty people.  What’s funny about it is, I never learned half their names. It really did revolve around Russell, the other Russell, Natalie, Jaison, Shambo, Erik and a few girls from Galu who together resulted in a “Mean Girls” clique.  Even before the show aired, CBS was calling that this season of Survivor had the greatest villain we would ever see!  Wow, really?  Greater than Rich?  Greater than Jon who lied about having a dead grandma?  Really?

Well, the first few episodes started.  Let’s run down Russell’s game play from the start.  First, he lies about being a Katrina victim.  Now granted, that’s certainly a manipulation of one’s heartstrings and to try to conjure up sympathy.  But it’s not exactly original nor do I consider it a good strategic move.  Johnny Fairplay already did that several seasons ago, and way more successfully, orchestrating with his best friend way before he even started. It angered many people, and rightfully so.  Russell elected to use the great tragedy of New Orleans’s hurricane, which is still fresh in many REAL survivors minds, as his “dead grandmother”.  First, he did it straight off the bat, the very first night it looked like.  It’s as if he didn’t know how to keep something to himself (a weakness we will discuss later).  Second, again, using the Katrina situation would be seen the same as someone pretending to be a 9/11 survivor.  The public doesn’t take well to such claims and it minimizes that real people have experienced and attempted to overcome on their own.  Seeing a con man on TV attempting to use that so he can win a reality TV show sets a bad taste in my mouth.

But wait, there’s more.  Also from this first episode, Russell goes about sabotaging his tribe.  Yes, during a time when winning competitions is the best way to stay on this show, he is over there emptying water buckets and burning socks.  (Yes, I said burning socks). Now, CBS seems to think this goes under villain category.  I think the term villain is so misused here.  One can be a jerk without getting the respect of being called a villain.  Russell’s actions caused a bit of turmoil in the short run, but in the long run, it hurt his tribe and started them off badly.  One could argue they never recovered from this and that’s why they went into the merge so outnumbered.  After that, Russell’s game play seemed to just target the women on his tribe who were seeing through him.

Immunity Idol

The question of the immunity idol gets it’s own category.  I will give props when it’s due, and Russell definitely deserved it.  The idea of searching for the idol right away without a clue is so simplistically brilliant, it makes you wonder why no one thought of it before.  Russell was taped running around camp, searching diligently for anything that looked like a hiding place.  One hilarious moment has him waist deep in the bottom of a tree, his legs wagging while a fellow tribemate ignores him by sleeping in a hammock.  It’s quite comical, but makes you wonder the mindset of the people he’s up against, who don’t show the slightest concern at what he could be doing.  I also don’t begrudge Russell using that idol the first time.  Laura seemed to take some great victory in that move, but I didn’t think so.  Russell had the idol, he couldn’t be sure he was safe from the vote so he used it.  That’s what it’s for, and better to use it then be stuck walking out with it, like Erik.

But what does bug me is Russell finding it not one more time, but two more times.  That is not a testament to Russell’s genius game play.  It is simply evidence that Probst’s survivor team as well as Russell’s enemies were lazy and refused to bother to truly hide it.  The second time he found it “one afternoon” while his competing tribe was away on a reward.  It was under a man made bridge.  When I saw that, I was convinced Russell was not a real player.  The show putting it there was ridiculous as it’s an easy place to look.  I also wouldn’t have been surprised if the show was helping him at that point, since the tides had turned and Fao Fao was the underdog tribe (and who’s fault was it that Fao Fao seemed to never gain the upper hand from the first challenge?)  The third time he found it was outrageous.  He freaking had a PICTURE of it.  No, he actually a video of it in a 360 degree angle.  The moss on the rock made it clear that there could be only one place to find it.  The hardest part was he had to ditch THE ONE GUY from Galu who was trying to follow him to find it.

The Merge

Ahh, yes, the merge.  It looked like Fao Fao’s days were numbered and no matter how “evil” Russell truly was, nothing could take down the high numbers of Galu.  Well, this is where I think Russell didn’t seem to do much of anything.  He worried and fretted and tried to make alliances. He targeted Shambo, who had already been to his tribe several times and felt like an outcast by Galu.  Of course, Shambo didn’t need much to betray her tribe.  They ostracized her over and over, something Fao Fao was fully aware of, and it’s hardly masterful game play to select the most likely person to flip to your tribe.

The problem was even with Shambo they were still way down.  They needed a target from Galu and they found one in Erik.  He had made his own enemies on his tribe and decided he was going to be the new leader of the merged tribe.  Seeing their chance, Fao Fao approached Galu about taking advantage of their high numbers and voting off Erik, that thorn in their side.   They would still have plenty of time to destroy Fao Fao later, why not use this lull and remove their biggest headache when they had a chance?  This manipulation worked, and Laura from Galu seemed to buy it hook, line, and sinker along with the rest of her tribe mates.  I think this was probably the best move of the game, because after this, we had Fao Fao start to chip away at Galu’s numbers and work their way up. Of course, the person who stepped up and talked to Galu was not Russell. He was nowhere near anyone to do anything like this. Jaison and Natalie discussed it, and it was the latter who orchestrated it by using her girl power talks with Laura and the Mean Girls gang. For this alone, I am fine with Natalie winning at the end because it proved when the chips were down she was willing to step up and take the heat, but she did it in such a way that nobody really remembered to blame her later.

Now from there, I will admit Russell’s idol collecting came in especially handy for the tribe.  They were able to fool Galu into thinking they didn’t have it the first time which picked off another of their team, then used Shambo’s betrayal to pick off another.   But as stated earlier, Russell was practically given the 2nd and 3rd idols and the true amazing feat was he was able to keep his mouth shut about them (Well, the first two anyway.  Well, to most people on his tribe.  More like to most people on his tribe and Shambo.  Oh, and that other guy he told).  Russell was never one to keep his mouth shut period.  He liked to talk, and he liked to share secrets.  He liked to tell people about his idol and how awesome he was in finding it.  He also liked to create alliances. He alliances with everyone on his own tribe after the merge.  This goes to the myth he “screwed” so many players. Nope, he actually only screwed Jaison and I don’t blame him for choosing to cut him off since Jaison would have made mincemeat of him at the final tribal council.   His only alliance to Galu was Shambo at first but he didn’t seem to make it clear to her he would keep her over his own original tribe, thus no hard feelings when she was voted off. I did laugh myself silly when the last Galu member remained, Brett, and in speaking to him, Russell was prompting him to do an alliance. Yes, an alliance, with the one guy who was everybody’s best friend.  In the end he changed his mind, but it made no sense to even suggest it, and it clouded any chance of a Brett vote Russell could have expected.
Finally, I can’t begin to even touch on how often Russell told everyone he was already a millionaire.  (Something that’s tough to believe given his bad oral hygiene).  First it was just to us.  Then, it was to his alliance mates.  Which was three people.  Then he told Shambo.  Then he found out someone told Galu and went berserk even though it was clearly a trick from a Galu member.  I just think if anyone has paid attention to Survivor, the last thing you want to do is let them know you already have money. That puts you with the biggest target on your back but I think Russell is someone who can’t NOT talk about himself or share perceived accomplishments.  He’s got the biggest head of the game, even before he thought he won it, when he didn’t and cried nearly like a girl on live TV over it.

Now Russell did win that last immunity challenge (though the Internet is quite vocal about a moment got on camera where Russell does have his hand below the illegal line and should have been disqualified.  Supports my theory CBS wanted him to win but whatever).  He did get into the F3.  But I strike that up to being cast opposite some of the worst players I’ve ever seen in this game, (not just Shambo).  I’m very interested in seeing how Russell will fair against people who have played this game before hard.  He actually does have an advantage over them, the timing of the filming prevented everyone in seeing how Russell played.   I’m very curious to see when up against people with actual brains and ambition, how far will Russell really go?

New FF: Getting what you want

Yes, I have begun a new FF.  Yes, it’s about L&O, a show that is typically shipless and very formulatic.  Indulge me as I write this, when I get on board with a ship, I usually raise the sails full mast and go forward!  (Enough with the metaphors)

Getting What You Want-After Cutter must remove himself from a case due to conflict of interest, Connie gets the chance she’s waited for, first chair on a big case. It’s what she’s been waiting for, but something is missing. Mike/Connie

A Month In

So we are a month into the new year. I’m already behind on one of my NY’s resolutions as I promised every weekend I would come up with an update.  So sorry, but I did post mid-week with that cute Lost video.  Doesn’t that give me some leeway?

I wasn’t exactly inspired to write about TV shows.  Survivor is coming out soon and I’m really tempted to focus on how Russell is NOT the greatest player the game has ever seen.  But that should be its own topic, not as a footnote in a summary blog.

So where to begin?  Right now Chuck is on and I’m letting Tivo record it.  Now that they have given us Agent Douche, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to have the FF button ready.  It’s not that he’s the newest threat to the Chuck/Sarah ship, but it’s just I realized he doesn’t have any flaws.  He’s got a past and obviously was crushed when his fiancée agent got killed on assignment.  And of course that will go hand in hand in Sarah’s wariness about her feelings for Chuck now that they are still part of the spy business.  My problem is he doesn’t have any flaws.  Chuck is insecure and prone to panic, Casey is fairly callous, and Sarah is overprotective of Chuck (Agent Douche is right about that).  While on that note, I do like this new Hannah chick but the show is dangerously close to making her pretty perfect too. I really do hate Mary Sue type characters, no matter, what gender.

I’m still watching CSI and I go about my life watching and enjoying the few times I see Greg on the show.  But my eyes did not deceive me that they gave us a freaking “Sandle” moment.  OMG, yes they did!  Sara and Greg actually shared a little bit about her *cough*disgusting*cough* marriage and how she seems happier in LV without her husband. I’m trying not to let me get sucked in.  But if Slynn begins writing a new FF, we will know the cold weather is because hell hath frozen over!

Heroes will be coming on soon.  I’m sure my girl Nolebucgrl is waiting patiently for me to log in so we can shake our heads and cringe at the dialogue/plot/character/non-twists we are forced to endure.  It really is quite extraordinary how this show has at least half a dozen chances to make something interesting, and they take the path of most boring every single time.  Tonight should feature Sylar and Peter locked in Sylar’s mind, no thanks to Matt who is supposed to be walking on the dark side this season, but only comes across like a teddy bear trying to convince kids baby aspirin is a narcotic.  If only he would turn against his wife Janice with the bad hair, she looks eerily like Kurt from Glee and it’s driving me insane as I do not want to see break into the numerous songs about Superman.

I’m also trying to wait patiently for Law & Order.  I thought there would be a new episode last week but alas, they broke my heart by giving me a rerun.  It’s Jay Leno’s fault I’m sure.

Lastly I know there is something I should be excited about.  What could that be?  I’m thinking up 8 different choices, but instead I get 15 answers which turns into 16 more questions that in 23 hours might happen.  What could it be?

Will Lost answer all it’s questions?

The last season of Lost and there are so many questions to get through.  The producers have already gone on record to state not ALL QUESTIONS will be answered, but since the show has usually met or exceeded expectations, I’m going to see how things fall into place before I call them out on that.

Meanwhile, a hilarious parody has shown up on youtube and I must say, having to endure Petula Clark on my parent’s record player and 8 track, it’s about time someone took “Downtown” and put it to better use:

Honestly in watching the video, I had forgotten a lot of these questions and I suppose it’s worth nothing some I really don’t care about (like if the bird said Hurley’s name or not).

Chuck So Far

So I believe we’ve had four episodes now of S3’s Chuck.  The finale last spring had Chuck uploaded with the Intersect 2.0.  An improved upgrade for sure, as he would be able to access skill sets loaded into it’s vast database.  I was worried this would turn Chuck away from the endearing yet nervous geek who’s ordinariness made him stand out as a unique yet reluctant hero.  I needn’t have worried, they have managed to keep Chuck’s low self confidence and typical tendency to panic which affects the Intersect’s ability to flash when he needs it most.  So while he can certainly be awesome, the inability to depend on him to use his newfound skills makes him a dangerous asset to have.  Finally, a small hint to an unknown danger was brought to us in the premier.  The new Intersect  might be unstable itself, especially given that Chuck was never meant to host it.  What could this mean?  I have no idea.  I would like to express my thoughts on the season thus far and the rest of the standard cast.

Casey-He hasn’t had a lot to do.  I adore Adam Baldwin and love it when he is used either as the straight man with Chuck or any of the other OTT Buy More employees.  Playing Carina’s “young” uncle was one of my favorite Casey moments.  Baldwin’s got great facial reactions and it’s been fun to watch his constant surprise when seeing Chuck being taken over by the Intersect.  He hasn’t had an episode about him yet this season, and I hope they don’t forget about him given all the other stuff evolving with the show.

Sarah-I was worried about how they would put distance between she and Chuck.  Since we weren’t sure if Chuck would get renewed, the show made sure to at least try to give some small closure to the couple, and let them admit their feelings for each other. I wasn’t really happy with that, I think Sarah’s feelings for Chuck were rushed in S1.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve wanted the geeky guy with the spy girl and love the concept, but find if Sarah can get her head turned by Chuck so quickly, her heart was never really in the spy business to begin with.  That said, if the show had been canceled, I’d have wanted to see Sarah go ahead and admit those feelings to Chuck because we would never get to see them after all.

Now that established, the show returns and now we’ve got to deal with Sarah and Chuck as a couple.  But it’s too early to deal with them as a couple so the show has to separate them.  Chuck breaking up with her is not something I would have thought they could pull off, but they did it well, and made it believable for us to believe his real intentions (saving the world for Sarah) while hurting her enough so now she’s going to try to keep that distance permanent.  Now that Bryce is out of the way, this is probably the only way they could introduce the new interloper.  I’m not sure what I think of using Superman to be the new Superspy.  He’s hot, but almost too pretty.  Is it just me or does his face not look real?  It’s what bugged me about Superman Returns.

Ellie/Awesome– Well, Ellie hasn’t been featured much at all this season except to be shown worried about her husband, Devon.  I didn’t expect to get so much into Awesome’s story, I remember how one note he was at the beginning.  But I’ve really enjoyed him being put into the one type of job you almost expect he could excel at, but wind up sucking.  He isn’t of spy material, and forgive me for saying how awesome it is for Devon to be in awe of Chuck for a change.  I even have to laugh that Chuck flashing to protect Devon triggered him to break out of his typical adjective usage, and call Chuck, “incredible.”  How awesome is that?

Morgan-He has been always my least favorite character.  Spare me the irritating, moronic and usually pathetic sidekick of the main hero of a show.  I think we were to ship he and Ellie together but, of course, no way would I wish him on any likeable female character so his relationship with Anna Wu was just fine, as she was the next character in line I detested.  All that said, THIS SEASON, I find myself really liking Morgan.  I don’t know what’s happened.  Maybe it’s because they have allowed him actually to grow a backbone.  Sure it’s a comedic one, but he not only stood up to Carina and told her “no”, but standing up to Lester who was being truly awful was pretty courageous for him.  I could get behind this Morgan, one who is out to do the right thing , even it means people really hate him for it.  I also liked (I can’t believe it) the scene between he and Carina after they had sex.  Telling him she had better but not many was kind of tender.  I might actually possibly ship them.

Buy More-I know, I’m supped to love this side story.  The geek part of me does, any technical references to gadgets or computers makes me smile.  But I used to work in retail, and I should be able to get into this sidestory, but it usually just irritates me.  Yes, I can let reality take a seat to the “spy” business or even the fact Sarah would give a damn about Chuck in the first place.  But I can’t enjoy the Buy More because it’s too over the top.  But watching Morgan finally set the law and get Lester in trouble was a step in the right direction.

I am not sure about the new superspy guy, or how long they can make Morgan likable and Awesome notawesome.  But I think this season so far has definitely been worth the long wait.