My TV and Me

October 25, 2011

Chatter: Fall TV So Far

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 1:39 pm

I’m back from a weekend in New Hampshire, and ready to blog.

So did you see that fX has renewed Sons of Anarchy for a fifth season? It seems the ratings for this season (4) are better than they’ve ever been. And for good reason, I think. This season’s writing is much tighter and the drama onscreen has been riveting. I read somewhere that Kurt Sutter has the story planned out for 7 seasons and I see no reason why, at this point, we shouldn’t expect to see it last that long. The club is already falling apart, and I see Shakespearean levels of tragedy coming in the end. I can’t wait.

Person of Interest has turned out to be one of my favorite new shows. The procedural, stand-alone nature of the episodes satisfies my lazy brain, while the slowly unraveling of the back stories of both of the main characters leaves me coming back for more. I watch Michael Emerson for the acting and Jim Caveziel brings the pretty.

Are any of you still watching Terra Nova? I’m not. I lasted through the 2-hour pilot – barely – and 10 minutes of the second episode before I deleted the season pass on my DVR. What a huge disappointment for me. I was BORED with the family drama/ungrateful and obnoxious teenage son baloney, and found the entire premise to be completely bereft of any sense of wonder. Blech.

Let’s end this post on a positive note, shall we? If you have not seen Showtime’s new thriller Homeland yet, well, please find a way, even if you don’t have Showtime. Homeland stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin and, accordingly, the acting is stellar. Danes plays an emotionally unstable/unhinged CIA operative who suspects that an Iraq War POW (Lewis), returning home after 8 years of captivity, has been turned and is now a sleeper agent/terrorist. It is the best-reviewed new show out there right now, and trust me, it really is that good.

Also, look for some Fringe recaps within the next day or so…

September 27, 2011

Chatter: Random Babbling

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: , , , — gina64 @ 2:49 pm

Has anyone watched last night’s premiere of Terra Nova? What did you think? I haven’t seen it yet and I’m feeling some trepidation after my Twitter feed of TV critics basically tore it apart while it was on. It can’t be THAT bad, can it?

What I did watch last night was the 90 minute season 4 premiere of Sons of Anarchy. It dragged a bit here and there, but overall I was happy. It feels good to have them back on my TV, and so far I like the direction the story is taking. SAMCRO wasted no time getting their hands dirty – I think they were out of prison for a day and half before they took out the Russian gun-runners!

A few thoughts:
Jax has good intentions, but I don’t think he will ever be free of SAMCRO;
Tara is SO much prettier when she smiles;
I’ve always loved the Genna/Unser relationship, and he was breaking my heart last night;
Opie, Donna is spinning in her grave – and please, PLEASE wash your hair;
Love the new US Attorney, Lincoln Potter. He is sort of Lincoln-esque, isn’t he? Ray McKinnon is the actor, and his Reverend Smith storyline was one of my favorite parts of Deadwood’s first season. I look forward to seeing what he does here;
Loved this (Gemma, about Chuckie’s new Hamburger Helper hands): “I bought him fingers. Those shitty little nubs were freakin’ me out.”

And my favorite exchange of the evening, between Gemma and Clay after some post-prison-release nookie:

CLAY: “That was fast.”
GEMMA:”Yeah, that’s ’cause you’re used to speed-banging Juice in dark hallways.”
CLAY: “Don’t turn what Juice and I had into something cheap and tawdry!”
GEMMA (laughing): “I’m sure it was sweet Puerto Rican magic.”

It’s not the guns or the violence or the sex that keeps me coming back to SOA. It’s great character scenes like that.

One final note…As you may have noticed, I don’t watch many comedies. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps I am just weird. Anyway, I’ve decided to break out of my drama-prison and check out a new ABC comedy called Suburgatory. It premieres tomorrow night at 8:30, right before Modern Family, the only comedy that I watch regularly. Weird, huh? What’s piqued my interest is this very positive review by Alan Sepinwall. He says:

…the highest compliment I can pay “Suburgatory” is to say this: it is one of the few comedy pilots I can remember where I laughed more the second time I watched it than the first. The comedy of surprise is (relatively) easy; comedy where you already know what the joke is but find it funny anyway because of the confidence and shape of the delivery is much harder, and much more likely to yield good results in the long term.

It sounds too good to pass up, don’t ya think?

April 14, 2011

Chatter: An Idiot Abroad

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 1:38 pm

I’m heading to the land of pints and crisps, of football hooligans and Royal Weddings, the home of the original Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington – yes, I’m going to England tomorrow! I’ll be in London for about 5 minutes – 3.5 days, actually – and will be back on Wednesday. Yay!

Before I go, a few things…

Speaking of Karl Pilkington, Science Channel has announced that they have ordered season 2 of An Idiot Abroad. Most excellent! In the first season, poor Karl was sent out in search of the 7 wonders of the world; season 2 will find him travelling the world to fulfill a “bucket list” of adventures. If you haven’t seen An Idiot Abroad, I strongly suggest you remedy that by catching up on the episodes here. It sometimes feels a bit cruel, what they put Karl through, but it’s all worth it for the little gems of “wisdom” he spouts.

The best show on television is back with a new episode tomorrow night at 9:00 – “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” will find Walter and Peter taking an LSD trip into the mind of Olivia, in an attempt to free her of William Bell’s mental control. It looks like a doozy!

I still owe you 2 Fringe recaps, for “Stowaway” and “Bloodline”, and those will probably be done over Easter – at which point I will still be trailing by 2 episodes. Sorry about that.

I’ve been catching up on a couple of new series on my DVR: A&E’s Breakout Kings and FOX’s Chicago Code. I’ve seen all 6 episodes of Breakout Kings so far, and while it’s entertaining and easy to watch in a quick-paced sort of way, I don’t see much depth there. It’s basically another crime procedural. Chicago Code, on the other hand, I’ve only seen two episodes so far and its ongoing story of Chicago cops fighting city corruption in one of the most corrupt cities in the United States is far more engrossing. The acting and writing are exemplary, and Jennifer Beals nails her character’s Chicago accent. How good is it? It isn’t often that I tear up at the death of a tertiary character in the second episode ever – well done, show. I’m really looking forward to catching up on the story. (Made by the guys behind The Shield, Terriers, Lie to Me and The Unit)

I am completely enthralled by The Killing. I love everything about this show, and I mean everything. The lead character – homicide Detective Linden – is very Scully-ish and the actress who plays her (Meirelle Enos) has a powerfully quiet way about her; Michelle Forbes’s grieving mother Mitch is like an open wound (if she isn’t nominated for an Emmy, well, you know…); even the secondary characters, like Linden’s friend Reggie, is well cast. The pervasive, ominous sense of doom laying over the entire production is right up my alley. (I had a Twin Peak’s Sheriff’s Department mug back in the day) I love a good murder mystery, and after some online reading and some re-watching, I’ve come up with this theory:

Rosie was involved with a wealthy, older man (the expensive shoes). The wealthy, older man had some connection to the Waterfront Project (Mayor’s pet project). Perhaps there was an environmental issue (dead seal in the Pilot) that Rosie found out about. Powerful, wealthy, older man – or someone connected to him – kills Rosie to stop her from talking.

Rosie’s “friends” – Sterling, Jasper and Kriss – are mad at her, maybe because she’s dumping them for the older boyfriend, maybe she’s sleeping with Jasper’s dad. So they decide to make a video to embarrass her. Rosie goes to the dance, but ditches the witch costume and heads out to meet the older boyfriend. Sterling, Jasper and Kriss go down to the cage and make a fake video of Rosie having sex with two boys. We never actually see Rosie’s face, or the boys actually doing anything to her. We just hear them saying things like, “You like that, Rosie?” Sterling is wearing Rosie’s pink wig. Perhaps she has a massive nose bleed that accounts for all the blood. The three friends send the video out onto the internet before they realize that Rosie is missing.

What do you think?

I may post a few items before I leave. If I don’t, this is goodbye until next week. Have a great weekend!

March 1, 2011

Chatter

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: , , , — gina64 @ 12:20 pm

Despite appearances, I do watch other television shows besides Fringe. Such as…

Castle. The obvious draw for me at the beginning was Nathan Fillion, and if I’m going to be honest, he probably still is; unfortunately, the chemistry between Fillion and Stana Katic is still not that great. I’m enjoying watching their relationship develop, but I get the feeling that they don’t really like each other all that much in real life. Perhaps it’s just me. The show doesn’t give me much to think about or blog about here, but I almost always enjoy watching it, especially now that we’re in the third season and the secondary characters are much better developed. (btw, Castle got an early 4th season renewal from ABC)

Face Off is one of my favorite new shows. I love it! It’s on SyFy on Wednesdays at 10:00 PM, and here’s the website description:

Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Not only will the show incorporate effects make-up, it will include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. Each episode involves incredible reveals of the competitors’ finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize that will launch a career.

To determine who emerges victorious, Syfy has signed three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands) and Hollywood veterans Glenn Hetrick (Heroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld, Independence Day, Resident Evil: Extinction) as Face Off’s judges.

The creativity and talent on display is remarkable to watch. I don’t usually like reality competition shows, but I find this one highly watchable. There is only one episode available to watch online (here), and you can view a video of the results of their challenges so far here. Amazing stuff!

V. V, V, V, V. V. Yes, I am still watching, and yes, it is still pretty terrible. I think I watch to see what stupid thing will happen next. Also, they ramped up the action in the last couple of episodes, so much so that I actually found myself thinking at the end of last week’s that I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. So, that’s something I guess. I really don’t understand why I’m still watching.

January 17, 2011

Chatter

Filed under: tv news — Tags: — gina64 @ 1:39 pm

Alright, the holidays are over and I’m finally beginning to shake this cold virus that’s had me out of commission for almost 2 weeks.

Let’s get back into the swing of things with some random TV notes, beginning with this rather intense trailer for HBO’s Game of Thrones:

Wow, lots of swords! And Sean Bean!
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So, V is back and, barring any miracles (said miracles being an overnight transformation into either a really good show or a so -bad-it’s-really-good show) I won’t be writing much about it here. In fact, I’m considering letting them pile up on my DVR and burning them all off at once. Such a shame, it could have been so good.
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Who else is watching Downton Abbey (PBS Masterpiece)? So far I’ve only seen the first episode but I love it already. It’s a British costume drama about archaic inheritance law and England’s deeply-rooted class system, yet it doesn’t feel dated at all. I can’t wait to watch this week’s!
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Did you hear that Katey Sagal FINALLY won an award for her searing portrayal of the fierce matriarch on Sons of Anarchy? Granted, it was as Golden Globe, but still! she deserves every single accolade she receives.
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Finally, in the “You know you’re getting old when…” category, I present to you this image of Trent Reznor from last night’s Golden Globes, accepting an award for the score of “The Social Network”:

I thought that was a photo of a LaPaglia. Hold the phone…I just did a Google image search for Reznor and apparently he’s been cleaned up for a while. Huh.

September 7, 2010

Chatter: Summer Roundup and More

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 4:07 pm

My God, where does the time go? This summer has been super tough for me when it comes to finding the time/energy/inspiration to blog, and it shows. I haven’t even been able to manage regular True Blood posts, and that’s just not right. I will remedy at least that situation and get something posted before the season finale this weekend.

In the meantime, the fall premiere season has crept up on me: Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy premieres tonight, at 10:00! (fX) How did that happen?? For those of you who have yet to discover SOA, you cannot jump into the series tonight. Rent the DVD for seasons 1 and 2 first. Trust me. For those of you who have been watching all along: Enjoy!

Now, some thoughts on stuff I’ve been watching during the summer…

(Persons Unknown was so remarkably bad, it merited its own post)

Is anyone else watching AMC’s Rubicon? I’m really enjoying it. There have been complaints about the “glacial pace” of the show, but for me, that’s part of the attraction. I love how the pace – and the setting, gritty New York City – is sort of a throwback to the paranoid conspiracy thrillers of the 70s (Hello, Three Days of the Condor), movies I grew up watching. I find the subject matter intensely interesting; the acting is superb; and the lead is hot in an intellectually dorky kind of way. Also love: the way the cinematography mirrors the “pattern” theme – API is an intelligence agency that looks for patterns in transmissions, etc. – with the way the camera settles for long periods of time on stairwells, bridges, the patterns of windows on outsides walls of city buildings, or the pattern of shadows on a wall created by window blinds. If you’re looking for an adult, challenging drama, I recommend it.

I complained early on this summer that Warehouse 13 was beginning to show signs of, well, being bad. It’s never been a particularly challenging show; it’s just some summer fluff with a lot of action, some funny bits and a nice relationship between all the characters, and that was fine with me. A few episodes into this season I started to get worried – the episodes felt a little *too* fluffy and frantic and the acting seemed off – but then things turned around and the show seems to be back on track. I’ve decided who I think is the weakest link in the show: Eddie McClintock, who (over)plays the smart-alecky warehouse agent Pete. Either he isn’t that great an actor, or he needs to be reeled in a little, I’m not sure. Regardless, I do enjoy the show.

Season 6 of Futurama ended last Thursday with their 100th episode, which was a good one. This, their “comeback” season, was a little uneven, but had some real gems (most notably: “Proposition Infinity”, “The Late Phillip J. Fry”, “That Darn Katz”, “The Prisoner of Benda” and “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences”). Now I’m looking forward to the Christmas special and season 7 in 2011. Woo hoo!

One last, little nugget, because I really do have to get back to work…
a nice little interview with Michael Emerson.

July 4, 2010

Chatter: Summer Wasteland

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — gina64 @ 5:51 pm

Is it just me, or is this summer particularly devoid of interesting television? It’s reality show after reality show, isn’t it? Ugh (although I freely admit to being a fan of Deadliest Catch and Wipeout) Thank God for True Blood! What I should be doing is watching the first few seasons of Mad Men on DVD. Oh, that reminds me, AMC is running a viewer’s choice marathon of Season 1 beginning at 8:00 tomorrow night, in case your interested.

Season 2 of Syfy’s Warehouse 13 premieres on this Tuesday night, July 6. It’s not a really great show, but it is sort of fun and lightweight and good for summertime viewing.

The A.V. Club has been re-watching and reviewing The X-Files and in their latest installment they begin season 3 with “The Blessing Way” and “Paper Clip”. I just loved the opening paragraph:

Season three of The X-Files is, for me, hands down, its best season and maybe one of the great TV seasons of all time… season three is where the mythology really works for me. It’s also the season where the standalones are generally the sharpest, despite a few clunkers here and there (no season is perfect). And, as the perfect capper, Darin Morgan turns in three episodes that rank among the best television episodes of all time. It’s a brutally consistent season of television, swinging from strength to strength, handily taking the show from cult sensation to genuine pop culture phenomenon, a show that would become a major part of the ’90s cultural landscape and an Emmy Award-winning sensation, instead of just a show a handful of devoted, fervent fans watched.

I must agree. Season 3 always has been will always be my favorite.

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.

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