Thursday, November 30, 2006
I've been watching lots of Scrubs lately. It's on twice a day on Comedy Central so my TiVo gets filled with lots of old episodes. I love watching a show in a compressed time frame. The recurring jokes are much more obvious, like Dr. Mickhead and the Colonel Doctor.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Good, The Bad, and the Veronica
Overall I've been disappointed with this season of Veronica Mars. Last night's Fall Finale started off with the worst of modern TV conventions: starting the show near the end of the story and then going back, in this case, "Two Days Earlier". I hate when shows do that and yet I completely understand. Mostly it's just lazy story telling but in this case I think they wanted a strong start for viewers who were hanging on from Gilmore Girls, which gets 75% higher ratings. So I can excuse this on shows which are not already very strong, but if I see that again on Battlestar, I'm going to hurl.
Back to VM. I've been confused and frustrated by this season, although last night cleared up lots of the questions. It was a very strong episode, better for its cliffhanger-ness than either of the season finales. We were gifted with the resolution of the rape story line and Dean Sitwell was murdered. Murder, most foul. Here's my good and bad list for the first nine episodes of the season (which is only having 20 episodes, BTW).
Ed Bagley Jr.: He's plays the recently deceased Dean of Hearst College. He started out at odds with VM, but she quickly became her go-to girl. This was of course his undoing since Veronica cannot be friends with "The Man". Rest assured the new dean will not be her best friend.
Professor Landry: He's Veronica's ciminology professor and he's hot! Unfortunately he's one of the suspects in the Dean's murder since he was screwing the Dean's wife. He had just giving the assignment "Plan a Perfect Murder." He's too obvious.
Stunt Casting: Patty Hearst played Selma Hearst Rose, heir to the Hearst retail empire (not media empire, different Hearst). Laura San Giacomo plays Keith's love interest for a few episodes. They worked together on Just Shoot Me.
Dark storylines:The rape story has been really heavy and hard to watch. I'm glad it's over and we can get on to a cheery murder investigation.
Not enough Mac: She was in last night's episode but I saw more of her in Napoleon Dynomite which I watched on Thanksgiving than I've seen her recently in VM.
Hearst College? Why not Hearst University? It's big. It's prestigious. It's got history, powerful alumni, Greeks, and ROTC. It should be a university.
Judgmental Veronica: Why is she so morally superior this season? She judges her dad for sleeping with a married women. She judges Logan for being himself. She freaks out at her bodyguard. Let's try to be more tolerant.
Parker: Didn't she leave? Why was she so mad at Veronica all season? I just don't understand this character.
Logan's Penthouse: There's no reason he should be still living in the Penthouse at the Neptune Grand. Buy a condo near campus. It's just stupid.
Wallace: He's been useless this season. What was with the cheating storyline? That went nowhere. If you can't get through your freshmen classes, it's time to change your major.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Syler? Where have I seen him before
On Heroes last night we were finally introduced to Syler, the serial killer who some of the heroes have been looking for since the second episode. We also know a bit about why he is killing people: to steal their powers. But from when I first saw him, he looked familar. About half way through the episode I remembered he played Tori's gay friend from VH1's So NoTORIous. Although this made me sad since it's more evidence there won't be a second season. I love that they made him look not unlike Clark Kent at the beginning, before all the murder and brain stealing, that is.
Lego Star Wars II
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
...you never believe me
Irregardless of the formula, I still find the show enjoyable. I'm not big into procedural shows but this one is different enough to catch my attention. Plus Allison has a new hairdo this season.
Also tonight is the season finale of South Park and Drawn Together.
Groundhog Day Break
If you haven't figured out from my title, Day Break is a Groundhog Day type show. Everyday Taye Diggs wakes up to repeat the same horrible day. Presumably he's the only on who remembers the events of the previous repeated days. During the bad day he gets framed for murder and his girlfriend gets killed. I don't know how this will make it as a series, but I'm intrigued enough to give it a try.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Extra Long Leg
I used to hold the Barbi team (pictured) as my least favorite. They do lots of jerky stuff to other teams. But last night the 'Bama team cut in front of the cab line without permission. Doing jerky stuff to innocent bystanders is not acceptable. They need to go! The Cho's are now my team of choice.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
LOST 3.06: Run Kate
- Kate is still technically married to that guy from Firefly
- Alex still doesn't know where that other guy went and she thinks he's dead
- Ben cares a lot about Alex
And here are the new questions:
- Does Jack expect Sawyer and Kate to escape together?
- Will Kate run away if they don't let Sawyer go?
- Where will the Jesus stick lead Locke?
- Did Kate cash in the Costa Rica tickets for her ticket to Australia?
- If Locke is all into this new openness, why didn't he tell everyone about the smoke monster?
- If Picket is such a big supporter of Ben, why did he take the first opportunity to disobey orders and try to kill Sawyer?
- Will Nikki and Paolo ever do anything?
- Can I wait three months for the next episode or should I freeze myself like Cartman?
Last season fell flat with Spike/Brainiac and several very-special-episodes like Jonathan's death, Lexmas, and the un-proposal. This season is much better with the new enemies. Clark was in the spinning rhombus phatom zone at the start of the season. When he escaped, a bunch of baddies got out too. Now he's on a never ending quest to track them all down and then he'll start his Superman training.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
For more escapist television, LOST 3.06 is on right after. Savor this episode because we won't get another episode until 02/07/07. Kate is supposed to choose between Jack and Sawyer. It's obviously going to be Sawyer since she hasn't seen Jack since the Palla Ferry. Or at least Jack hasn't seen her since then. I've learned that they hadn't originally planned to kill of Mr. Eko, but he was hard to work with and wanted out of his contract so it worked out well for everyone. We've got five new characters this season anyway. He lasted longer than Boone.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
For tonight's election night results I suggest the live broadcast of The Daily Show and Colbert Report. It's live on the East Coast and once again we here on the West Coast get screwed. But at least we get the Oscar's early. If you missed last night's Daily Show, they reran the School House Rock parody explaining the mid-term elections they first ran four years ago. Here it is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FcZJqqA2AI
Monday, November 06, 2006
- I thought the lady was pretending to be a monster, but she was just out of vodka.
- Look at us, we are crying like two girls on the last day of camp.
- Someone might be listening to what we are saying right now?
- Now grab the hand of someone you love as we enter the Tunnel of Love Indubitably...of HELL!
- I like making love to mother.
- ...the poorly narated documentary, Scandlemakers
- Let Lily lick Lionel's lusty leathers
- If mother sees this, she will blow a cow
The show is doing very well. NBC has picked it up for a full season and is negociating additional episodes. A standard season is 22 episodes. Shows that do well are given extended season of 24 episodes. LOST and Desperate Housewives have each had 24 episodes in both of their seasons. This costs the network more money, but they get better ad revenue then with repeats or other shows. Back when The Simpsons was Fox's only hit show, they tried to pull as many new episodes of the creators as possible, and so we got the clip-shows. It was sad.
Unfortunately, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip isn't doing as well as everyone expected. The show keeps only about half the viewers from Heroes. It's like I predicted, no one cares about the behind the scenes of Hollywood.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Comedy Central Animation
South Park was on last night. This season is as funny as ever. Last night was part one of another two parter. This time Cartman froze himself because he couldn't wait for the Nitendo Wii to come out. Unfortunately he was unfrozen in the far future, after a Buck Rogers montage, where they don't play video games and the different secs of atheism are fighting over him.
The other Comedy Central animation show is Drawn Together. This is still the best joke-per-minute show of the three. However this season has been surprisingly darker and violent. Captain Hero has killed hundreds this season, and his son destroyed the city with the hug-activated nuclear bomb. It's getting hard to watch.
Irregardless, there's only two more episodes after this weeks installments.
LOST 3.05: You're Next
- Ben has the tumor
- Ben is a liar and is a dangerous man
- Jack wasn't supposed to know about the Tumor until he was broken down
- Eko is dead
- The plumbing at the Pearl Station still works
- Some creepy guy is still in another Dharma station and he knows when he's being watched
And here are the new questions:
- Would things be better with Juliet in charge?
- Did anyone help Juliet make the video?
- Who was the guy in the other station?
- Who or what was Mr. Eko following since the vision said it wasn't Yemi?
- Why did the smoke monster single out Mr. Eko and avoid all the others?
- What did Mr. Eko mean by "You're Next."
- Would Jack intentionally kill a patient during surgery?