My TV and Me

July 14, 2010

Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 1:15 pm

Discovery continued their remarkably restrained and respectful coverage of the passing of Captain Phil Harris with last night’s episode. It is a rare thing to see something so heartbreakingly real on so-called “reality TV” as the scene where Phil apologizes to Josh for not being a better father and kisses his hand and places it on Josh’s face. Discovery Channel deserves an Emmy next year just for this episode, and especially for the final montage of the stormy Bering Sea cut with Captain Phil’s last hours. Amazing television.

July 9, 2010

In honor of Captain Phil.

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: — gina64 @ 12:40 pm

I got myself a new sweatshirt.
Straight from the Cornelia Marie.

Now it just needs to cool off enough so I can wear it!

July 7, 2010

Deadliest Catch: Cain and Abel

Filed under: reviews, Uncategorized — Tags: — gina64 @ 12:00 pm

Oy, this show is going to kill me.

Before I get into the Phil stuff, I just wanted to say that Edgar can quit his whining any time now. I used to really like him, and now I realize that was because he wasn’t sober. Now that he’s sober, he’s just a miserable bastard. He needs to grow up, be mature about the situation, and make some kind of move.

Any reservations I had about Discovery continuing to film while Phil was in the hospital were erased when the cameraman walked into his hospital room and he gave the camera that silly wave and smile. It’s obvious that he wanted this story to be told.

Even though he looked terrible I just had to smile, especially when he grabbed the ice chip cup from Jake while he was distracted. Good ol’ Phil. Watching those scenes, you could see why they had hope that he would survive.

Once again, Jonathan Hillstrand surprises me. In fact, he was killing me last night, especially when he broke down. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was a good thing he was there for the boys.

Next week’s 2-hour episode is going to be really, really tough. I loved how in the preview, instead of saying something like, “Next week, we say goodbye to Phil Harris”, Mike Rowe called it “Captain Phil’s last episode of Deadliest Catch”. Just typing that makes me tear up!

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 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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