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Six Returning US TV Shows To Look Forward To This Fall

>> Comedy

The Big Bang Theory Season 11

Arguably one of the most enjoyable yet controversial American sitcom for the past ten years, The Big Bang Theory is set to premiere its eleventh season on September 25th 2017. The series ended its tenth season on major cliffhangers with Sheldon’s proposal to Amy and the confiscation of the gang’s gyroscope by the Air Force. In addition to the resolution of these situations, I’m hoping to witness further character development, especially in the cases of Howard and Bernadette with Baby Halley as well as Raj with the lack of his family’s money. Excitingly, a spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory called Young Sheldon will also be premiering this fall on November 2nd 2017, following a special preview on the day of season 11’s premiere.

The Middle Season 9

After eight years, the loveable family comedy The Middle will be releasing its ninth and final season this coming October 3rd. The eighth season concluded heartwarmingly with The Hecks coming together to send off Axl on his three-month trip to Europe with Kenny. Picking up from this point, I’m looking forward to seeing how the writers will tie up loose ends in an effort to build up to a realistic yet touching farewell. Am I ready to let go of one of TV’s most relatable families? Certainly not! But the season ahead will hopefully provide some closure to fond viewers. Check out the season nine trailer here.

The Mindy Project Season 6

Yet another amazing comedy show coming to an end; The Mindy Project is scheduled to air its sixth and final season starting on September 12th 2017. From falling in love with the enemy (again) to contemplating marriage (again), season five had me questioning whether there will ever be a season as meaningful and bold as season four. Don’t get me wrong, the fifth season is still filled with episodes featuring an entertaining take on prevalent social issues, but it feels like the writers are stuck in a rut plot-wise. Additionally, although Mindy is the title character, I think it’d be more entertaining and useful for character/plot progression to have some episodes focusing on the other main characters.

>> Sci-Fi

The Flash Season 4

Following a mind-boggling third season, this DC-based series is set to air the first episode of its fourth season on October 10th 2017. A lot of questions are left lingering by the season three finale, including how Caitlin will control her Killer Frost urges, whether another Harrison Wells will be pulled from yet another Earth, and of course, what happens now that Barry/The Flash is occupying the speed force prison. The persisting challenge for The Flash writers is to satisfyingly resolve these questions without ignoring or overcomplicating the physics bound to be involved. Furthermore, fans at The Flash‘s panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International have also made it clear that they’re keen on seeing more crossovers within the Arrowverse, and with a show as logic-testing as The Flash, who’s to say that anything is impossible. Check out the season four trailer here.

>> Drama

How To Get Away With Murder (HTGAWMSeason 4

As the characters fall deeper into their web of lies in season three, there’s no telling just to what extent they will continue to claim innocence in season four. Scheduled to premiere on September 28th 2017, the fourth season of HTGAWM has more options than ever for plot progression. With Denver’s burner phone, Annalise’s confrontation of Sylvia Mahoney, and Dominic’s phone call to Laurel’s father, it will be interesting to see how the mystery of Wes’ murder pans out, and subsequently, how each character comes to term with his death. The well-integrated prolepses and analepsis, along with the humanely flawed dynamics of the characters, are what attracted me to the show in the first place, and I hope the creators continue to find a way to put a fresh twist to these elements as they go into the new season.

Riverdale Season 2

Through its first season, Riverdale is already giving the long-standing teen drama/mystery series Pretty Little Liars a run for its money. Equal parts intense, sexy, and mysterious, high expectations are in place for the second season of this Archie-based show, which is set to debut this coming October 11th. Questions marks hang over the fate of most characters in the series: how will Archie deal with his father’s death? What’s left for Penelope and Cheryl? Will Jughead’s enrolment at Southside High take a toll on Bughead? Those are just a few questions out of many more. Moreover, the show’s creators have said that they plan on making a few minor characters in season one such as Reggie and Alice more involved in season two, and that they will be introducing new characters such as Hiram Lodge (Veronica’s dad) into the story. How will these changes affect the relationships between existing main characters? There’s only one way to find out. Check out the season two trailers here and here.

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TV Show Episode Review: Shadowhunters S02E14

I binged-watched this series a week ago after finishing my final year exams and easily plowed through all the then available episodes (oops). I’ve been attracted to Judith Rumelt/Cassandra Clare‘s Shadow World ever since it was described in City of Bones, the first book of the author’s New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. I’ve read through all six books in the series and raced to the cinema when the movie adaptation of the first book was released in 2013, so God only knows why it took me so long to discover the existence of this TV series!

That being said, at least I’ve found it now and I’m so excited to be following this ongoing series on Netflix. On that note, here are my highlights from yesterday’s newest episode The Fair Folk (yes, that means spoilers ahead):

“We’ve lost some of our own, but we can’t allow a single radical Seelie to define the entire Underworld anymore than we allow Valentine to define all Shadowhunters.” – Alec Lightwood (Mathew Daddario)

  • Definitely one of my favourite quotes from the series and it made me respect Alec as a leader even more. The essence of this quote is well applicable to our society today, especially in the context of discriminating all Muslims due to the actions of extremists/terrorists who claim to be Muslims. Shadowhunters may be a show about a fictional world, but props to the scriptwriters for making sure that it still makes powerful statements about our very own world!

Malec (Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.) x Alec Lightwood) making the distinction between being boyfriends and elite leaders of the Shadow World.

  • Talk about relationship goals, right?! Prior to breaking off his tactical engagement with Lydia Branwell (Stephanie Bennett), Alec as a character had always struggled with choosing between becoming an Institute leader and finding true love; he thought that the two were mutually exclusive. This is why I couldn’t be happier that he’s now both a leader and a boyfriend, and that he’s managing himself in both roles like a boss.

“All Shadowhunters look the same to me.” – Meliorn (Jade Hassouné)

  • Another important nod to a common real-life phenomenon called the other-race effect, which is when it’s considerably easier to recognise faces within a race that we’re most familiar with (often our own). Better face recognition has been linked to better appreciation of individuality and diversity amongst members of a race, causing the other-race effect to be consistently implicated in racial discrimination cases particularly in social and legal settings. The acknowledgement of this effect in yesterday’s episode is again a testament of the show’s commitment to drawing parallels between the Shadow World and mundane reality.

From Izzy (Emeraude Toubia) confessing to her mum Maryse (Nicola Correia Damude) about her infen addiction and Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) attempting to kill Valentine (Alan Van Sprang), to Clary (Katherine McNamara) kissing Jace (Dominic Sherwood) and Sebastian (Will Tudor) keeping someone hostage in his closet, there are definitely many more significant moments in The Fair Folk worthy of discussion (including the fact that Sia and Björk are revealed to be Seelies!), but they’re not necessarily surprising for those who have read the books. I mean, even the twist in Clary and Simon‘s (Alberto Rosende) relationship and subsequent development of the Jace-Clary-Simon love triangle is hardly surprising for anyone who’s been following the TV series. 

This is undoubtedly an episode that’s instrumental for plot progression, but above are the top three moments that made me pause and think! How about you, what are your highlights from this Shadowhunters episode? What are you most eager to find out on the next episode (to be released on July 10th)?

 

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