The Best of the Best
Pushing Daisies “Kerplunk” The Darling Mermaid Darlings decide to return to the water in the final episode of this prematurely-killed series.
Kings “Brotherhood” A plague threatens Shiloh, and David and the Prince are trapped behind enemy lines during a mission.
Nurse Jackie “Sweet-N-All” Jackie does her best to try and make it through another grueling day at the hospital.
WARNING: After the jump, THERE BE SPOILERS!
Pushing Daisies: It is incredibly clear that the ending was tacked on at the last minute to provide closure for the fans. But that aside, I still think that this was a very strong finish for the series. The aerial tour of Coeur-de-Coeur at the end just showed how far this series came, how expansive this world truly was. The only complaint I have is that now we will likely never see the one-woman tribute to A Chorus Line or the synchronized swimming interpretation of the National Anthem. But as we mourn the passing of this show, just remember: we’ll always have the pies.
Kings: Another dead man walking, Kings has returned to burn off its last couple episodes. Given how bad the ratings have been, it is unclear whether or not NBC will even commit to airing all the unaired episodes. So this could very well be our last time to hear Ian McShane delivering a soliloquy in near-Shakespearian language. If that’s the case, I will be disappointed. This was a grand ambitious show (the kind that network TV now shies away from), and while it wasn’t always great, when it did connect with a pitch, it was pure magic.
Nurse Jackie: This new Showtime series has an awful lot of promise, most notably in the form of Edie Falco’s titular character. And in its second episode the show starts to make good on a lot of that promise. We begin to see more of Jackie’s home life, which maeks Jackie much more of a three-dimensional character. It becomes clear that she’s just sleeping with the pharmacist for the pill hook-up because it seems life is otherwise good for Jackie at home. Hopefully in the next few episodes we will finally get a firmer handle on Jackie’s character.