Friday, April 25, 2008
30 Rock Goes Plate Glass
There are certain types of humor that's easy to do. Nannyisms is one that comes to mind. That's when you immediately contradict some you just said. If you watch any episode of the show The Nanny you will see this kind of dialog.
- The Nanny: "I'm going on a diet starting now. No more dessert."
- The Nanny's mom enters. Mom: "I brought chocolate cake!"
- The Nanny: "Oh, give me a piece!"
That's a classic Nannyism. Another cheap sitcom trick is Plate Glass Window Humor. That's when a character points out the fabulous new plate glass window that was just installed. Moments later Urkel crashes through it on his new Segway. Wa-wa. Here's a good example of Plate Glass Humor used ironically in The Simpsons:
But last night 30 Rock used a variation of Plate Glass Humor I call "The Dead Executive." It starts like this.
- Executive: "I'm going to give you that big promotion/job/account/raise. But don't tell anyone. It's our secret until I meet with the board of directors."
- Schmuck: "Yes sir, I won't tell anyone.
Then the executive dies. Or in 30 Rock's case, he slipped into a coma. It was a funny episode otherwise.
Labels: 30 Rock
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sandcastles in the Sand
More surprising was the hook-up between Barney and Robin at the end. I was not expecting that.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I'm Always Right and You Never Believe Me
I've been catching up on Medium and that show is really predictable. Why is she dreaming about a dentist killing a hooker when she working on a case of a man accused of killing his wife and burning her corpse? Duh, the dentist altered the hookers dental work to fake the women's death. That was a two parter and I figured it out half way through part 1. Another two parter had Allison dreaming of a girl kidnapped 10 years ago and held in the basement with a second woman. The only problem is, the other girl was never missing according to her mother. Duh, the other young women was in on the kidnapping. I shouldn't had fast forwarded through part 2 of that one. Then there was the cougar narrating her murders in Allison's dreams but the detective says the killer was really strong and not likely a women. I guessed it was a gay man using the cougar's book to seduce and kill straight guys and I was right. I was a little amazed that I guess that one right. Anyway, Allison is always right and no one ever believes her, just like in this great episode of MADtv:
Friday, April 11, 2008
I had some fun this morning with the TV Guide website.
Labels: TV Guide
Thursday, April 10, 2008
No TV and No Beer Makes Daniel Something Something
Saturday, April 05, 2008
The Ships of Lights
When you look at the original series, there's one big story that has yet to have any parallels in the new series. That was a two part episode called "The War of the Gods". The Ship of Lights was the home of the angel like beings who were called the guardians of the universe. They would abduct our favorite characters and turn their uniforms white. When they returned to the fleet, they had no memory of them but they knew a little more information on how to find Earth. Also they brought Apollo back to life after being killed by the mysterious Count Iblis. This sounds surprisingly like Kara's recent experience. I think it would be very cool to never see the Ship of Lights directly, just the mysteries they leave behind.
Friday, April 04, 2008
In Space, Everyone is Really Hot
The hottest man in Sci Fi is Sam Anders, Starbuck's estranged husband. I'm completely in love with him. He's tall and ripped and gorgeous. The best thing is the fact that he's a Cylon. That means if he dies, he will be back. The second hottest man in Sci Fi is Lee "Apollo" Adama. He is one of those people who is so good looking it's not fair to the rest of the us.
I don't know what to expect from season 4 but I know it will be great. I've been looking forward to this for over a year now. I die a little inside each week there's no new episode. The return is a little fountain of youth in my life. At least for ten weeks.
Labels: Battlestar Galactica