June 6, 2011
18 to Life, 30 Rock, Bones, Breaking In, Castle, Chuck, Community, Cougar Town, Fringe, Happy Endings, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, InSecurity, Mr. Sunshine, No Ordinary Family, Parks and Recreation, Perfect Couples, Running Wilde, Terriers, The Chicago Code, The Event, The Killing, The Office, The Paul Reiser Show, The Simpsons, Traffic Light, White Collar
With the 2010-2011 television season more or less over and summer TV about to begin or recently having begun, it’s time to take a look back at the best that the past year brought us.
Before we dive in, I have to make one thing clear: I don’t watch most television shows, and I barely watch any cable television. I do watch a lot of television on the whole, but not nearly enough to make a fair assessment of what was truly the “best.” For that reason, the awards will be skewed towards the shows that I watch. So don’t go crying about my failure to include The Good Wife, Mad Men, or Friday Night Lights. I don’t watch those shows. With that mind, let’s get started! More
May 24, 2011
Last night, the giant, glorious, 22-hour mindfuck that was The Event came to a close in spectacular fashion. The aliens (a.k.a. “1%ers” or “EBEs”) used a portal to bring their planet adjacent to Earth. Thus, The Event came full circle. It started with a plane disappearing through a portal and ending up in a desert in Arizona, and it ended with an entire planet being brought through a portal. Unfortunately, the show has been cancelled, so we won’t get to see what effect this would have had on Earth’s orbit in a hypothetical second season, but I can speculate that it would have involved a lot of plot holes, bad acting, and general stupidity.
But you know what? I loved it all the same. I loved snarking at this train wreck, week after week. I’m really going to miss it. Here’s why: More
November 25, 2010
Nine episodes in and for some weird reason, I’m still watching The Event. Maybe it’s because I’m bored, or maybe it’s because it happens to be on after Chuck (which has been pretty dull recently, but that’s a different story). I actually did abandon The Event after the third episode, but I got caught up one day and picked it up again. It’s pretty brainless entertainment, and most of it makes absolutely no sense, but hey, it’s TV, right? Does it even have to make sense? More
October 4, 2010
Zombies? Fuck that shit. I’m out.
October 1, 2010
Chuck, Community, Cougar Town, No Ordinary Family, Running Wilde, The Event, The Simpsons, Undercovers
I’ve been really busy lately, so I haven’t had time to write full-blown episode reviews for the shows that I watched this week. (And yes, for the purposes of this entry, the week started on Sunday.) So here are some brief thoughts on what I watched, after the jump. More
September 21, 2010
I’m going to keep this one relatively short. The good news: it’s better than the critics say it is. The bad news: it’s not much better.
The plot was kind of disjointed. In fact, there wasn’t much of a plot at all, but it worked to build suspense, which is really all that this kind of show can do. I’m not a fan of the storytelling method that was employed, where the narrative was broken up by constant flashbacks, as it gave me unwelcome memories of a horrible movie called Vantage Point. (If you’ve seen it, then you know what I’m talking about.)
The characters were a mixed bag. Sean (played by Jason Ritter) and Leila (played by Sarah Roemer) were great, and their easy, playful chemistry was a pleasure to watch. Blair Underwood brought suitable gravitas to the role of President Eli Martinez. I have no clue who Simon Lee is supposed to be, but Ian Anthony Dale did a good job of portraying him – whatever that’s supposed to entail. I have a less favourable opinion of Zeljko Ivanek as Blake Sterling; he just seemed wooden. Also, Laura Innes was just plain awful as Sophia, and I fear that if I elaborate about how awful she was, I’ll descend into an invective-fuelled tirade about her lack of acting skill, so I’ll just leave it at that.
Bottom line: The characters seem to be a bit more than cardboard cutouts, and I’m interested enough to watch another episode, just to see if some questions get answered or if some of the unrelated mysteries get tied together. But if the show doesn’t start to do either of those things by the next episode, then I’m out. I suspect that a lot of other viewers feel the same.