My TV and Me

June 30, 2010

Deadliest Catch: Empty Throne

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 11:31 am

I’ve caught up on my Deadliest Catch episodes, including last night’s, which continued to cover the aftermath of Captain Phil’s massive stroke as word spread to the other boats.

Phil’s passing in February made me very sad, but I hadn’t cried about it until last night. First, Freddy’s talk with Josh got me teary-eyed, and then Sig’s reaction put me over the edge. The way he angrily threw the radio and then turned off the wheelhouse lights so they couldn’t film him while he had a cry was tough to watch. The most poignant for me, though, was Jake Anderson talking about how Phil treated him like a son, and said things to him that he wished the NW guys would say…all while his own father has gone missing. Aye aye aye. That poor guy (I think he’s 28?) has aged so much in the past year or so, he looks 50, easily.

I’m not a fan of the Hillstrands (the Time Bandit), but I was touched to see Jonathan in Anchorage, with the boys. Speaking of the boys, you could tell Jake was high as a kite at the end there, when he sat on the bench with Josh.

Things are going to just get tougher next week when they show more of Phil in the hospital. I have to say, Discovery has so far shown remarkable restraint in their coverage of Phil’s stroke/death. I hope they continue that way.

June 29, 2010

Today’s Tweets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 5:00 pm

Via @tomandlorenzoThis week’s Persons Unknown Review

Via @sepinwallAlan re-watches and re-reviews the LOST finale (something I plan on doing in the weeks ahead)

Firefly Rewatch: Episode 1

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:13 pm

Serenity

Gah! You guys, I totally spaced and forgot about this! I’m so sorry! Jeez, what is wrong with me?

“Serenity” is the original 2-hour pilot, which FOX in its infinite wisdom did not air first; in fact; they never aired it at all. Instead they aired what is now the second episode on the DVDs (“The Train Job”), and the audience had to jump into the story without the benefit of all of the awesome character- and world-building you find in “Serenity”. As you can see, Firefly was doomed from the start. (You can read about it in more detail in Alan’s review).

I don’t recall ever seeing Firefly when it originally aired. I saw it first on DVD, in the proper order, the way it was supposed to be seen, and fell in love with it. Even at only 14 episodes (and one theatrical release, also called “Serenity”), it’s one of my all time favorite shows.

As I noted above, the pilot really does a fabulous job of world-building, making you totally accept a future where people dressed like cowboys fly spaceships and swear in Chinese. The cast is perfect (although it took me a while to warm up to Simon) and the characters are fully formed by the end of the two hours. Seriously, I fell in love with them almost immediately.

As Joss Whedon’s Buffy did, “Serenity” showed a nice balance of humor and pathos, of silliness in the face of some serious shit, which would become a hallmark of this show. It makes me sad to think of how much really GOOD television we have been robbed of by its cancellation. I bet it would have eventually achieved the same cultural status as Buffy, if given half a chance.

Anyway, enough with the praise, I’m getting boring. What did you think?

Don’t forget to follow along with Alan. Next up (and soon!): “The Train Job”

June 28, 2010

True Blood: Episode 3.02, 3.03

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 2:35 pm

Last week’s episode, Beautifully Broken, was far superior to this week’s, but unfortunately a combination of factors prevented me from writing up a review for it.  For a great read, please check out TWoP for Jacob’s recap.

As for last night’s episode…

It Hurts Me Too

Or, the one where Bill forgot his brown paper bag. Sweet JESUS, angry vampire sex is disturbing! That was seriously messed up. So messed up that I actually erased it from my DVR when it was done so I wouldn’t be tempted to watch it again!

Despite a few, uh, memorable moments, I thought this was only a so-so episode. I found myself taken out of a scene a few times by what I thought was poor acting – particularly scenes with Sookie. I don’t usually mind Anna Paquin’s acting, but every once in a while she is really BAD. She had one of those nights last night.

The mediocrity of the episode can also be attributed to the large number of unconnected plot threads they have going on:

  1. Sookie and Eric/Alcide
  2. Franklin and Tara/Jessica/Pam
  3. Jason’s PTSD/Andy/Police
  4. Arlene and Terry
  5. Sam and the Mickenses
  6. Bill/Lorena/King of Mississippi/Queen Sophie Ann

Whew.  That’s a lot going on.  And I didn’t even mention Lafayette’s mother or the Hoyt/Jessica plot, but only because they weren’t featured last night. But I guess that’s normal for the beginning of a season, particularly of True Blood. I’m thinking the storylines will begin to intersect very soon.

I’m really not all that jazzed about Tara’s ongoing victimhood. Come on, show, she’s only had a few days of independent thinking and now you’ve got her under someone else’s spell? Not fair. And I found nothing sexy about their sex scene.

However, with all of that said, there are things that I enjoyed.

  • The scene where Sheriff Bud quit made me laugh out loud.  I don’t blame you one bit, Bud.
  • I’m glad that Sookie and Tara (and Jason, for now) have reconciled and it was nice of Sookie to pay for Eggs’ funeral.  I just wish Sookie didn’t bother me so much in that scene.  Also, um, Sookie? Do you remember what happened the last time you let Tara stay at your house when you left town for a few days?
  • I think King Russell is awesome, and so much better at being vampire royalty than whatsherface who plays Sophie Ann.
  • Normally I find some of Bill’s flashbacks to be tedious but the ones in this episode were touching.  It’s interesting that Lorena wasn’t nearly as batshit back then, and she was certainly a better Maker than Bill has been for poor Jessica.
  • Not a favorite moment, exactly, but BOY was I happy to see that Sam’s father put some pants on before showing up at Merlotte’s!  I mean seriously, what was with him walking around in those nasty old underpants all that time??
  • Lafayette can always be counted on to raise the quality of an episode.  His scenes with Jason and Eric were great.  He has the cutest eyes, too.
  • Alcide is also cute. (but the werewolf bar was kind of lame. It was lit like a bar in a soap opera. And “Lou Pine”? Really?)

What did you think?

Because of the 4th of July holiday, we have to wait 2 weeks for a new episode.  Boo. But boy does it look like it’s going to be a good one.

June 25, 2010

Season 1 of Treme

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 10:52 am

I’ll be honest and say that HBO’s Treme was more a show that I felt I should watch than one I wanted to watch. As some of you know, I made a volunteer Habitat for Humanity trip to NOLA in the spring of 2008, so the subject matter – post-Katrina life for musicians in New Orleans – had significance for me, and I felt a real desire (and yeah, I guess a little kinship) to watch and learn what actually happened after the media went away. Also, David Simon is responsible for what has been called the best television drama ever made – The Wire – so, yeah, I had to check it out.

Now that the first season is over, I have to say that I still feel like Treme is something I should watch more than something I really want to watch. There were moments of brilliance here and there, but overall, it was a bit of a disappointment to me. As much as I love it, I think the show spends way too much time showcasing musical performances, at the expense of drama. And to be honest, there just didn’t seem to be all that much going on. Treme felt more like a snapshot of a place and time than an actual narrative.

In the end, there is enough to Treme – characters, locale and music – to bring me back for a second season (and to buy the first season soundtrack if there is one!). I just hope there’s a story in there worth coming back for.

Here are some reviews of the season and Sepinwall’s interview with David Simon:

GQ’s Why Treme Failed

Salon: Treme’s Long Strange Trip

Sepinwall: David Simon, the man behind Treme, responds to critics.

June 23, 2010

Chatter: Formerly ‘TV Talk’

Filed under: tv news — Tags: , , , — gina64 @ 1:36 pm

Since this is a blog about TV, I thought it would be redundant to title these posts “TV Talk”, so I had to come up with something else and “Chatter” was all I could think of. Does anyone have any suggestions, something better? I know there are a couple of vocabulary powerhouses out there…

OK, so, is anyone else still watching Persons Unknown? If so, does anyone else agree with me that it’s really not very good? Does anyone else want to kill half of the characters like I do? Perhaps that’s the point, but you would think that, considering the premise, the writers would want us to sympathize with them. I like Moira and McNair (the psych patient and the soldier), but everyone else? Not so much. However, it’s a 13-episode summer series, so I’m in it for the long haul, if only to find out what the heck is going on.

Last night was the episode of Deadliest Catch in which Captain Phil has the stroke that will eventually kill him. I haven’t watched it yet. In fact, I’m a week behind on the DVR. It’s going to be so hard to watch.

Finally, a heads up: Futurama returns tomorrow night on Comedy Central at 10:00! Woohoo! And SyFy’s Warehouse 13 begins its second season on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 PM.

Today’s Tweets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 11:58 am

Via @sepinwallReview: Futurama returns!

Via @bearmcrearyBeautiful time lapse photography set to BSG’s “Shape of Things to Come”

Via @TheDailyOtterJust because.

Via @DamianTVGuideMgHawthoRNe Hot Doc – Michael Vartan. I have absolutely NO desire to watch this show, despite the inclusion of Vaughn and Bill Buchanan in the cast. But this mini interview does make me miss Alias something fierce.

Yay, me!

Filed under: site announcement — gina64 @ 10:11 am

I fixed it! I fixed it!

Man, I feel so much better, like I just pulled an irritating lash out of my eye. Or something like that.

Anyway, we’ll be back in business soon…

June 21, 2010

Houston, we have a problem

Filed under: site announcement — gina64 @ 9:34 pm

This past week or so has been a tech nightmare: A stubborn virus on my work computer (which took almost a week to clean); malware on my home laptop (which I dropped, for Chrissake); and somehow this blog template got fried and the formatting is all wonky now. I’m hoping that when I publish this, the formatting will be restored. I’m hoping.

If so, I will be posting items about True Blood and Firefly, among other things, soon. If not, please hang in there while I try my best to fix it. Thanks!

June 17, 2010

Oh, Sookie.

Filed under: video — Tags: — gina64 @ 10:34 pm

I just found out that I can only embed video from approved sites in WordPress. Grr. HBO is not on their approved list, so I can only provide a link to Snoop Dogg’s ode to Sookie:

Snoop Dogg – “Oh Sookie”

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