Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Event Season 1 Episode 2, To Keep Us Safe

The people being held by the government are aliens and that’s not surprising. What was surprising was this episode was much more enjoyable than the first. In the pilot episode they exaggerated the story to the point where it was frustrating. Moving back and forth through time was annoying, but they have changed the style this time. There are considerably less flashbacks and they are actually quite revealing. Instead of making the episode puzzling they made the overarching story a puzzle, which is much more immersive for the viewer. Maybe the first episode seemed so terrible because it was stepping stone for the series. They presented the questions but no answers in the pilot. In the second they answered the question from the pilot and presented new questions, and they very interesting, especial the answer to what happened to Jason Ritter’s girlfriend and the fact that he is wanted for murder. This might be what to expect for the whole series. If the show continues like this, The Event may turn out to be a decent series.

Monday, September 27, 2010

"Supernatural" Starts Season 6 with a Whimper

After the season 5 finally, where Sam is sucked into hell with his half-brother while both of them were possessed, Dean ends the show by settled down in suburbia. In the season 6 premiere Dean is not hunting monsters anymore and he lives in one of those boxes on the hillside, you know the ones made out of ticky tacky. The guy who saved the world (with a little help from his 67’ Impala) is now a construction worker living a normal life doing normal things, and has been for a whole year. That is until his life is disrupted and he begins to think that something otherworldly is stalking him in his new life, this all turns out to be the doing of a Jin (a mystical creature similar to a genie).  The Jin’s touch acts as poison that that makes the things you long for the most appear to be real. Meanwhile the Jin drains you of your life force.  Sam pops in mid way through the show in order to save dean from the Jin poison and tells Dean that he has been back from Hell for a year and he also found their maternal grandfather (played by Mitch Pileggi) who hasn’t aged a day since Yelloweyes possessed/killed him back in the 70s. Other tagalongs were distant cousins of the Winchester brothers who are also hunters. You might be thinking who cares? Well after that episode so was I.

The odd thing about this episode was that it didn’t feel like an episode of Supernatural. The pace of the show was off and didn’t seem like something we would have seen in any of the pervious seasons. It could have been the whole grandpa and cousin thing. These new characters took away from the brother dynamic that the show has become known for. Perhaps this is the post-Kripke Supernatural. Kripke was the show runner for the past five years has taken a backseat for season 6 allowing someone else to take the reins. This is the issue, will the post-Kripke Supernatural be as good as it once was. If we go by the first episode of the season as any indication then the answer is sadly no.

Predictions for Season 6 of Supernatural

  • Grandpa and the cousins are evil and use supernatural beings to extend their own lives and gain powers.
  • Sam is the new Devil and is raising an army on Earth to become the master of both worlds.
  • Dean will kill his surrogate family… with boredom.
  • The Impala will begin to speak to Dean in a sexy voice demanding that he “take a ride on the wild side”, Lou Reed style.   

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Walking Dead Opening Credits Made By A Fan!


THE WALKING DEAD "Opening Titles" from Daniel Kanemoto on Vimeo.

New Series Watch: Nikita, Terriers Season 1 Episode 3

Most TV Shows have a period during the first season where they’re working out the kinks, and they don’t always pull it off, but when they do it’s great. So, we’re going to watch some freshman shows, watch their progress, and spot that moment when they finally get awesome, or become unwatchable.

Nikita (CW) – Episode 3, Kill Jill

First of all, this is the best episode so far in the series (still sucks though), but only because they finally gave Nikita somebody to talk to aside from a disembodied computer voice. She had a reporter to protect for the duration. Why doesn’t she interact more? She spent the last two episodes talking to herself and stroking her guns before she finished the episodes with a gun fight. You cannot be invested in a character unless they interact with other characters. There is yet another confrontation between Nikita and Michael at the end of the episode. The fighting between two people that won’t hurt each other is getting tiresome. Get someone else to hunt Nikita so Michael can train recruits like he did in the movie and get the story moving.

Terriers (FX) – Episode 3, Change Partners

Episode Plot
Hank and Britt must find evidence of a wife’s infidelity so her husband will approve Hank’s house loan. Meanwhile, Britt runs into a friend from his old robbery days who is harassing him and his girlfriend into getting back in the game.

Episode Thoughts
This episode stepped up its fun level with the silliest episode yet, although does turn quite dark at the end. Hank’s obsession with his ex-wife and their house is playing a major role in the series and it takes a funny turn when he attempts to ruin her new fiancĂ©’s reputation by putting an escort service on his credit card. They’re not exactly defenders of the weak in this episode, more like defenders of themselves, with hank manipulating a fragile man into giving him a loan and Britt framing a guy for robbery to protect himself. Hank’s self-destruction has begun, which seems interesting. There was a deeper focus on character development. His relationship with his ex-wife seems too similar to Rescue Me though. It can’t be said if this episode was better than the last, but it was definitely different from the rest.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Freshman Shows Watch List: Week 3.5

Most TV Shows have a period during the first season where they’re working out the kinks, and they don’t always pull it off, but when they do it’s great. So, we’re going to watch some freshman shows, watch their progress, and spot that moment when they finally get awesome, or become unwatchable. Week 3.5: Outsourced, Running Wilde and Shit My Dad Says.

"Outsourced"
 A network comedy series that forgoes a laugh, track is a victory in my book. I don't need to be told when to laugh "Two and A Half Men"!!! There was very little to laugh about though, the best parts of dialogue came during a conversation between Dempsy’s character and another relocated American about how many days in a row you will shit yourself after eating a portion of local food. The magic number was five by-the-by.

"Running Wilde"
Will Arnett’s new show is silly fun with its ridiculous set of characters and top notch performances by its leads. Except for Keri Russell who is the odd ball out among the cast and can’t seem to pull off her part. Perhaps none of the shows dialogue is funny Will Arnett’s presents just fills the screen with his funny being.

 "Shit My Dad Says"
Total garbage! Not funny or original, this laugh track fill sack of shit is not worth anyone’s time. How far you have fallen Kirk, it’s almost as if you are “buried alive… alive.”

"Outsourced" Is Not That Offensive


Cooking at Home with Pedatha (Best Vegetarian Book in the World - Gourmand Winner)The new TV series "Outsourced" came upon some harsh criticism for being culturally insensitive and painting the Indian characters as one dimensional and based upon stereotypes. Can anyone say; "Thank you, have a nice day?"  Well, after watching this freshmen show I can say that it was hardly the 'blackface' is was painted as. The show is offensive, in the way the main character Todd Dempsy's illustrates to his employees the benefits of being American over being Indian. To assume that America has cornered the market on culture, especially popular culture, the world over is the only real offence. 
As for the show being funny, which should really be what is at issue here, it is... a little bit. A network comedy series that forgoes a laugh track is a victory in my book. I don't need to be told when to laugh "Two and A Half Men"!!! There was very little to laugh about though, the best parts of dialogue came during a conversation between Dempsy and another relocated American about how many days in a row you will shit yourself after eating a portion of local food. The magic number was five by-the-by.   

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Freshman Shows Watch List: Week 3

Most TV Shows have a period during the first season where they’re working out the kinks, and they don’t always pull it off, but when they do it’s great. So, we’re going to watch some freshman shows, watch their progress, and spot that moment when they finally get awesome, or become unwatchable. Week Three: The Event and Chase. 



The Event

The Plot:
The president is going to tell the public about “The Event”, but some people want to stop this and at expense of a couple on vacation.

Episode Thoughts:
If they wanted this show to provoke guesses about what the mysterious “Event” is, they succeed. Some guesses made: aliens, they have superpowers, there’s an underwater city, mermaids, wormholes or holes with worms in them. You cannot help but discuss wild outcomes to pass the time because this show is unnecessarily slow. If the series follows the style of the pilot, expect fractured timelines in the story. It jumps to the future, past and present constantly to create suspense and mystery. It both annoys and drags out a 30 minute story to a full hour. In the end “The Event” turned out to be me being robbed of my time.

Chase 

The Pilot:
U.S. Marshals are hunting bad guys and fighting them with mixed marshal arts like an updated version of Walker Texas Ranger.
 Episode Thoughts: 
This is the first and last article on this show, because we’ve had enough. Chase was shit! The dialogue was shitty and the story was boring. If this show makes it, it will be due to the looks of the female lead character and that dude who played a whory pool boy on Desperate Housewives. In comparison to the other show currently on television about U.S. Marshals – Justified, Chase doesn’t even come close; mainly because none of the characters have a signature cowboy hat and swagger. The only desirable characteristics that the Marshals have, is that they make a point not to tuck in their shirts. Yeah these assholes are “going rouge” all over the place, untucked shirts and clichĂ© riddled dialogue. Chase is in no need of being caught.      

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Shows We Are Watching: Week 2

Most TV Shows have a period during the first season where they’re working out the kinks, and they don’t always pull it off, but when they do it’s great. So, we’re going to watch some freshman shows, watch their progress, and spot that moment when they finally get awesome, or become unwatchable.

Week 2

Nikita (CW) – Episode 2, 2.0
Here is a run-through of the episode from a viewer’s reactions:
Viewer: She’s got a big rifle? Why is it in every camera shot with Nikita?
Viewer: They made Nikita’s partner into a prostitute.
Viewer: What’s with all the flashbacks? Is every episode like this? Get back to the story.
Viewer: Oh, she blew him away with the big rifle. Awesome!
Viewer: Another standoff between Michael and Nikita?! That’s how the last episode ended. How many times are they going to do that? Ridiculous!

This episode showed a miniscule improvement over the pilot episode, but that is, however, overshadowed by the very slow pacing of this series. Episode 2 focused on the protection of a former tyrant and the story of how Nikita found her inside man, told through flashbacks that took up half the episode. The problem is the episode felt redundant, a retelling of the pilot but told in much the same way. It’s a grim look at what’s to come of the series. The story won’t move forward fast enough to keep your interest, which is strange when the show is about taking down an organization. When they don’t progress with their goal, then the show is at a boring standstill.

Terriers (FX) – Episode 2, Dog and Pony

Episode Plot
Since Hank and Britt’s cheque is being held as evidence, they chase down an escaped convict to collect the bounty, but they end up helping him get the man who set him up, his brother.

Episode Thoughts
The second episode establishes what Terriers is and what these characters do in it. They take odd jobs to pay debts, they have a con man style (where they do things such as pose as thugs to lure out a fortune teller’s criminal boyfriend), and they have resources (a dry cleaner that supplies costumes and geek friends who supply wire taps). Everything explains how some poor slackers can be detectives. It’s a step up from the previous episode, but it still doesn’t have that it factor that compels us to watch it again. It had some fun scenes but it lagged in some parts. So, now that the series is set up in this episode, they have to show what they can do with that in the next episode.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New Shows We Are Watching

Most TV Shows have a period during the first season where they’re working out the kinks, and they don’t always pull it off, but when they do it’s great. So, we’re going to watch some freshman shows and spot that moment when they finally get awesome, or become unwatchable.

Nikita (CW) – Pilot

So far, Nikita is a disappointment. The biggest surprise of this episode is how boring it is. It’s strange to feel your mind wander to more interesting things while you’re watching a series about assassins and explosions. Why? Well, that’s no mystery. This show, the third remake of an originally French movie, is contrived. They not only reuse an old story, they don’t do it as well. There have been plenty of series featuring strong leading women and others about spies, but this Nikita does not do anything new with the formula. The cast has no chemistry, and the way they are portrayed seems a little lifeless. We personally feel that cardboard cut outs of the actors being moved about would be much better. Wait, that sounds amazing. Picture their likeness on cardboard and inappropriate groaning noises. Fantastic! The strangest thing, however, is that Nikita is not the star of the show, or at least that’s how it comes off. But despite all of this, we here are such gluttons for punishment that we will continue to watch it and mock it (because it’s fun), and see if it improves and if the pilot turned out to be an anomaly.

Terriers (FX) – Pilot

No complaints here. It’s an old-school private eye show (very Rockford Files). The only complaint would be that the main characters (a pool cleaner/unlicensed private investigator duo) don’t grab your attention, but still its fun to watch, and a welcome change to the overly interesting characters that have taken over television since House first aired. Who they are and what they do is still ambiguous, and they have yet to establish that and distinguish the series.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sad Don Draper With The Boys From Pineapple Express

After a great episode of Mad Men last Sunday we got to see the softer side of Don Draper and since then there has been sad Don Drapers popping up all over the internet. Here are a few of Don Draper crying it out with our favorite stoner softies Dale and Saul from the 2008 film Pineapple Express. Enjoy!

Here is one of Sad Don and Sad Saul on some swings.

Here is Sad Don popping in during an emotional conversation between Dale and his high school aged girlfriend.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Funniest TV Characters of the Past 10 Years

1. Cartman (South Park)




2. Bender (Futurama)



3. GOB (Arrested Development)


4. Sock (Reaper)
Click Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbJSv2XQoVM&p=59078747627678CF&playnext=1&index=76

5. Steven Seagal (Lawman)



6. Charlie Kelly (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia)



7. Ari Gold (Entourage)




8. Hank Moody (Californication)



9. Zap Brannigan (Futurama)




10. Roger Smith (American Dad)