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Entertainment Inquiry #2: Answers to What TV's Worth Watching on Netflix

Since there is only so much time in the day to read 750+ word reviews and there are many things that have been seen and not yet written about, it seemed right to boil down all of the sentiments expressed on Eclectic Pop into a simple question and answer format; getting to the point in a concise and clear manner that transforms those broader analyses into various bite-size reads.

This special Netflix edition of the Entertainment Inquiry addresses the TV content that is currently available on the streaming giant…

TV Report Card: The Complete List: 2013/2014 Season

Another season of television has flown by and with that, the reflection process can begin. Eclectic Pop has deconstructed and graded a multitude of television series that aired in the 2013-2014 season. The grading process was broken into five categories.
Those five categories are measured with equa…

TV Report Card | 'The Tomorrow People' Season 1 Review

Overview: In the second half of the series’ first and only season, The Tomorrow People’s leader returned. There was a revolt and eventually peacemaking.

Storyline Pros: Action and story resolutions plowed through the remaining episodes of the series. The character development found most on a full circle journey. There was real purpose that drove the second act of the season. Stephen’s father being thawed from his deep freeze and his reconciliation with his family was dealt with interestingly. Addressing the difference between what being a Tomorrow Person and a “normal” human meant was explored with depth. At the beginning of the series it had always been irksome that there was an implied variance between the two and it was cleared up nicely.

TV Rundown: May 4 - 9: 'Vampire Diaries' Plays Dead or Alive

Dead or Not Dead: The Vampire Diaries: It was the deadly twist that sent social media and fans into a flurry. Will it actually stick? Given the series' history, instinct says "no". Though if it does last, it would be the boldest game-changing move, in TVD’s history. 
Great Escape: Fargo: Lorne Malvo managed to escape police custody without even breaking a sweat. He simply employed the tactic of assuming another person’s identity and it worked. In a glorious scene of cat-and-mouse psychology, Billy Bob Thornton reminded viewers of his gift for the transformative and wowed in the process.

TV Rundown: April 27 - May 2: 'Game of Thrones' Keeps Winter Coming

Hard to Watch: Game of Thrones: “Oathkeeper” was a particularly dark and brutal hour. What escalated the grimness was the cruelty shown to children, a crying newborn being abandoned in the cold and a little girl getting slapped, as bruises already covered her face. It was heartbreaking and mightily disturbing. The shadow of sadness it cast, lingered long after the credits rolled and when they did, I have to say I was relieved.

TV Rundown: April 20 - 25: No One is Safe on 'Vikings'

Most Provocative Close Call: Vikings: Rollo’s life was left hanging in the balance after another fearsome battle. In the world of “Vikings”, no one is ever safe and the atmosphere is always tinged with an ominous tension, as a result. The second season is winding down and not without its share of c…

TV Rundown: April 13 - 18: 'Dallas' Shocks

Biggest Shockers: Dallas: It was one explosive moment after another during the series’ mid-season finale. The shockers definitely left viewers with something to mull over, until the second half of the season kicks off in August. After this installment had started out strong, it experienced some mellowing with the adultery storyline involving John Ross and Emma. If the finale is any indication, there is hope the show is getting back on track after it slightly deviated off-course.

TV Rundown: March 30 - April 4: 'DWTS' Inspires

Most Awe-Inspiring Moment: Amy Purdy’s Dance on Dancing with the Star: After watching the emotional package that led into Purdy’s contemporary dance, there was no doubt it would follow suit with matching poignancy. Viewers were given a snap shot of all she and her family have overcome and it was heart-wrenching.

Then with majestic elegance, she once again defied all of the obstacles life has thrown in her way as she gave a magnificent tribute to the human spirit and more pointedly, her own. It’s moments like these that prove DWTS is more than a reality/competition series and why after 18 seasons it’s still a must-see.

TV Rundown: March 23 - 28: 'Bates Motel' Hits a Sad Note

Saddest Character: Dylan (Max Thieriot), Bates Motel: After the reveal of his true parentage, Dylan's downward spiral was to be expected. What “Bates Motel” brilliantly delivered this week was the tragic notion of what that means for him as a person. It also brought about numerous implications in his already troubled relationship with Norma (Vera Farmiga) and after their explosive encounter at the end of the episode it seemed to have torn them apart for good. 

Thieriot's portrayal hit all of the right notes in a searing turn that was understated, personifying the imploding heartbreak. How “Bates” handles its ruminations on mother-son relationships continues to be fascinating. In the end, the show seems to be about just that, a mother and her two very different relationships with her sons and it is highly compelling.

Best New Character: Stevie (Gail O’Grady), Revenge: Lifetime Movie heroine Gail O'Grady is tearing it up as the conflicted antithesis to the icy Victoria (Madeleine Stowe). The show has typically struggled with the introduction of new characters and they finally have one that works.

TV Rundown: March 16 - 21: 'Tomorrow People' Hits Its Stride

Best Show that Combined Being Humorous & Sexy: The Tomorrow People: This week’s episode “Superhero” centered on Russell (Aaron Yoo) as he tried to find his vigilante ex (Melissa Roxburgh). Russell offered up his characteristic zingers and Yoo got a chance to display his marvelous comedic abilities along with some great chemistry with his love interest for the episode, Roxburgh.

Meanwhile Cara (Peyton List) and John (Luke Mitchell) got a chance to play with the lighter side of their relationship where double entendres abounded and witty chemistry followed suit.

Most Entertaining Soap Opera Character: Ally on The Bold and The Beautiful: One of B&B’s most entertaining characters continued her reign as Ashlyn Pearce’s enthralling performance remained as engaging as ever.

TV Report Card | 'The Tomorrow People' Season 1A Review

Overview: The series introduced high school student Stephen (Robbie Amell) as he came to terms with his telekinetic abilities, the results of human evolution. As Stephen dealt with the common travails of teenage life, he developed a crush on his older mentor Cara (Peyton List) and befriended other members of the tomorrow people, an underground refuge for the gifted.