Bring on the bad guys! Ever since the first episode, when Jim Powell faced off against a teleporter, he's had to handle some pretty ordinary villains. There were those bank robbers in the second episode (he flipped their getaway van), those wedding robbers in the third (he threw them off a roof), and that lone gunman in the park last week (uh, the cops get him while he was at a ball game). And while we understand the need to not peak too early (see Heroes) and to avoid "freak of the week" territory (Smallville), we've been dying for some good, old-fashioned supervillains. This week, we get one.
The least-anticipated season finale of Desperate Housewives ever is here at last. This season has taught us that bringing back old beloved characters from earlier seasons doesn't always bring the best out of a show. It was a great surprise to see the return of Paul Young, an old enemy to Wysteria Lane, but did they do anything clever with it? They repeatedly recycled plot lines we've seen before: Paul Young's wife shoots herself, Felicia is stirring up trouble in Paul's life, Susan Mayer is a victim (this time with a kidney problems), Gaby ticks off Carlos, and Lynette can't keep her man happy. Can this show's season finale save what might be its weakest season?
Who would have thought that a crime show about a mystery writer who has a will-they-or-won't-they relationship with his police detective partner would last this long? Oh, yeah -- everybody. Because that's, like, the scientific formula for creating a TV show that a lot of people will like. (On an unrelated note, 12% of Americans are over 65.) Still, we're happy that Nathan Fillion has found a role that keeps him in front of audiences for longer than eleven episodes.
Finally, The Bachelor embraces self-parody with an uncharacteristically awesome joke tagline. I think this season is going to be incredible for many reasons, not the least of which being that Bachelor Jake Pavelka is one of the cheesiest, most blatant famewhores in the annals of reality television. And that's what I love about this year -- the transparency of it all. Everybody knows this show isn't about lonely people finding love (and please, spare me the Trista and Ryan exception); it's about watching dumb people pretend to cry so they can be on television, and everything from the new tagline, to the promos -- in which Jake mugs for the camera in between shots of girls openly weeping over a guy they just met -- to the press photos featuring Jake staring wistfully into the distance in his pilot's uniform suggests that yes, ABC gets it, and they have for years. It's just nice that we're finally being honest with each other, isn't it?
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love premieres on ABC tonight at 8 PM, and there's not much else on, unless you count an ungodly two-hour installment of Heroes, or the series premiere of Conveyor Belt of Love (ABC, 10 PM), which are also happening.