Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.
December is a time to look back at the year that was in television, and now it's time for drama. Breaking Bad
had an amazing season, three Emmy-winning shows had their series finales (24
and Law and Order
) and vampires were everywhere.
Here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of drama in 2010.The Good: Titus Welliver
Titus Welliver may not be a name you're familiar with, but it should be. He had a banner year in 2010, taking on three villainous roles and playing them all to perfection. He's the ruthless district attorney Glenn Childs on The Good Wife
, the original evil Man in Black on Lost
and IRA member Jimmy O'Phelan on FX's Sons of Anarchy
. Each performance, on its own, would be worthy of praise, but to do all three in a single year makes Welliver the best TV star to watch.The Bad: The Rapid Downfall of The Event
I loved the pilot of The Event
with its constant time shifts and mysterious vanishing airplane. I was hooked and hoped that it would be my new Lost
. Sadly, by episode four, I realized that it wasn't to be and that I was already sucked into a silly, pointless show with random plot twists, useless storylines and frustrating characters. It was a bit like Heroes
, only it skipped past the good first season and went right to the bad rest of the show.
If it was bad from the start I wouldn't mind, but I enjoyed the show so much at the beginning that I felt betrayed when I realized it wasn't any good. The Ugly: The 24 and Lost Series Finales
Over the past decade I dedicated myself heart and soul to these two dramas, watching every single episode from day one. Both came to an end one day apart, and my expectations were huge. Sadly, neither show lived up to what I wanted.24
's ending was simply a rehash of the season 4 finale, with Jack Bauer's friends teaming up to help him flee prosecution after he saved the day, again. It was fine, I suppose, but I wanted Jack's final hour to be something far more than just the same thing we've seen him go through time after time.Lost
, on the other hand, was a pure disappointment. Some people liked the afterlife twist at the end, but by the time the series came to a close, I was far more interested in the mysteries of the Island rather than the characters. I felt robbed, like Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decided to end the show they thought they were making and not the show they actually made. There are so many open questions about the Island, the Smoke Monster, the light, time travel and everything else that I simply felt empty after it was all over.(Images courtesy of ABC, CBS, FOX, FX and NBC)