That’s a whole different reality show.   

First, for all of you on my friends’ list who are going through a tough time right now, you have my deepest sympathies. I wish there was something I could say to make it better but I am thinking of you guys and sending you good mental vibes and hugs.

After no TV talk for days, I come back with a huge post. Sorry! I swear none of the actual commentaries are very long themselves. They just look it when all added together. Life continues to be hectic with very limited online time due to reasons that are too boring to share.

Jericho
This was a good episode. Without spoiling anything I can say that freakin’ black truck was scary. It was kind of appropriate that the truck had such a presence on the screen because I felt it was more of a character than who was in it. I do wonder if we’ll see it (and them) again at some point? And, hey, we learned more about Jake! Next week we finally get to hear a little bit about what’s going on with the government and I’m not sure whether to be happy about that or to be worried for the good folks of Jericho.

Lost
Hey! I actually liked this episode. A lot even. I don’t know if that’s because of who wrote the episode or because it moved us forward a bit or what. I even liked the stuff that other people were bitching about. I do like seeing what’s going on at the beach while getting other stuff so maybe that’s why it didn’t bother me at all. I was a little confused about the cat but I’ve given up thinking about that stuff on this show because I fear they’re never going to bother explaining it. In the end, I was reminded of how stupid Locke is… why wouldn’t he at least talk to Kate and Sayeed about the messages he was seeing? STUPID. Haven’t they learned ANYTHING about communication? (Kind of funny that there would be a lack of communication in the communication station… or is that just me?)

In Case of Emergency
Dammit! This week I actually watched this one and I remembered why I liked it in the first place. Still, it’s one of those sitcoms that you can go a few weeks without watching and not feel like you’ve missed anything. That’s a good thing because it means I won’t feel obligated to catch it every week, especially since I don’t know that it’s going to get picked up again. And the weird thing was that they were using old jokes but I still laughed. Maybe because Sherman never picked up on the fact that Jason was just using him and actually thought Jason wanted to take him out to dinner? Or maybe because Jason never bothered to correct him? I dunno, but the whole thing made me laugh.

Top Design
You know what my problem with this show is? There’s no one who really seems great in this bunch. I don’t know if it’s because they all think they are too good for the projects they keep getting but I am constantly disappointed in the designs they come up with. I don’t envy the judges. I was glad to see Ryan gone this week. He really should have been gone after the last challenge and that horrendous bedroom design. That he continued to think it was great despite both the judges AND his client hating it told me a lot about the guy. I’m not interesting in watching people who can’t take criticism seriously. That said, I won’t be upset if Carisa is the next to go. I kind of hate it when all the women are knocked out of things early but Carisa gets on my nerves. She’s clearly NOT a team player. I wasn’t sure the first time because she was dealing with Ryan and it was possible it was all him. This time, however, she really showed that she wasn’t willing to do anything to help the group. Since the project was about the garage and that ended up not being quite finished the way they wanted, I felt like it really made a difference. And, uh… I have no comments about the rest of them. Like I said, no one is standing out. All of the garage designs sucked. I just hope they come up with something more exciting on their next task.

Survivor
For the first time ever, the Survivor producers lost me. This season has been bad enough and then they decide to have a strength challenge between two tribes they KNOW are not evenly matched. How can you expect a tribe full of people who have not had a real meal or a good night’s sleep in 12 days to have the strength to push members of a tribe who do nothing but sit around and eat and nap off a platform? It was ridiculous and a new low. It soured the rest of the episode for me and, of course, the damn Have Nots lost yet again. I think it’s almost as bad that the immunity challenge was basically a huge game of Memory. Again, people who have not slept or eaten ARE NOT going to do great in a memory challenge. Those type of games are hard enough when you’re lucid much less hungry and desperate! Anyway. Yeah. And the sad part? I don’t even remember who went home. I think it may be time for CBS to call it quits on this show.

The Amazing Race
Man. I’m bummed. I didn’t like Rob and Amber on Survivor (any of their seasons) nor did I love them the first time they were on TAR (it was too soon after Survivor for me) but I was loving them this time around. The thing is, they were good. They elevated the competition and forced the others to keep up with them. So, I’m sad that they’re gone. It’s left me with very few teams to cheer for and I worry about those teams not making it to the final three. There’s nothing more I hate than not having one team to root for at the end. Of course, I do find it funny that almost everything they did wrong this time was a direct result of Rob’s cockiness. He was so sure he didn’t spell anything wrong that he didn’t bother to check that part. Then he was so sure he knew where they were going that they didn’t even consider that maybe Joe and Bill were the ones going the right way. Again, later, he was so sure he knew where the clue was and he was so eager to finally do a roadblock that he didn’t let Amber do the one that she definitely would have been better at. Oh well. At least they were good sports at the end. As usual the editors tried to make it seem like it was a race to the mat but it was obvious that Rob and Amber weren’t getting there even close to Charla/Mirna (who were clearly right behind Uchenna/Joyce).

As usual, I can not stand Charla/Mirna. I think it makes it worse that they were the team Rob/Amber were up against at the end. There was probably some karma involved but I really wanted those two gone. The whole lying thing was killing me this episode. I do think Amber probably should have just admitted that she mislead them. Who the hell cares? It’s a fucking race. I mean, if anything, I felt like Rob taking the directions Uchenna asked the stewardess for was much worse than what Amber did (and also why I think Uchenna actually wanted Charla/Mirna to win and was so happy for them at the mat). Amber was just trying to put more space between them, she knew they were going to realize the clue wasn’t down there almost immediately so it wasn’t like she sent them 50 miles out of the way with her lie. Ugh. The whole thing was stupid and perfectly illustrated why I can not stand Charla/Mirna. Let’s hope their luck runs out next week (even though it’s probably going to be a non-elmination round).

The L Word
FINALLY. Finally someone actually calls Bette on her control issues!! Do you know how long I’ve waited for that?! Now, I actually think Bette totally had a right to confront Kit about her drinking. Wasn’t I the one who was wondering about why none of her friends were paying attention last week? Yeah. I grant you that I may be biased. My father is an alcoholic so I have no sympathy towards Kit on this one. What Angus did SUCKS but her drinking has been a problem for a LONG TIME. One she has actively been trying to recover from for years now so of course Bette shouldn’t allow her to fall back into something that will do much more damage than Angus could. I’m a little surprised no one else stood up for Bette there and also called Kit out but I guess none of them actually had to deal with Kit during those times. It’s always hard to understand just how seriously alcoholism is if you haven’t dealt with it.

BUT, Jodi doesn’t really know the history there so I didn’t hold that part against her. She was definitely right about Bette and her need to control everything. She wasn’t doing it maliciously but that doesn’t make it anymore acceptable. Jodi did appear uncomfortable and like she didn’t know what was going on around the table but it wasn’t Bette’s place to try and fix that for her by doing something Jodi specifically asked her NOT to do. If nothing else, she should have asked Jodi if she wanted her to translate.

Of course, Jodi didn’t know what she was facing with these women. They have never been all that welcoming when it comes to new partners. Though I didn’t feel like they were not welcoming Jodi so much as doing exactly what she wanted and NOT giving her special treatment because she’s deaf. It’ll be interesting to see where we go from here and if Jodi sticks around. I think she’s actually good for Bette. Two peas in a pod, those two.

Uh, what else? What happened to the director from last week and the musical aspect to Lez Girls? It felt weird that we never dealt with that issue. Instead we jumped to this new director who I liked at first but seems a bit too much like Jenny for me. Her presence at the dinner party was just awkward. I didn’t feel like Tina was trying to upstage Bette and Jodi but that’s exactly what happened. Of course, I kind of like that this director (can’t remember her name!) is so much like Jenny that it means there’s definitely going to be issues between her and Jenny. THAT I can’t wait for! (Man, my Jenny hate is getting bad.)

Hmmm, what else? I don’t actually remember anything else I wanted to talk about. OH. The damn horse races. That whole thing felt out of place. I can’t believe Alice hasn’t lost it on Helena yet. And then the fucking in the sky box? What the hell? Gratuitous sex scene much? Then there was Alice being completely oblivious to Tasha’s concerns and that bugs me. It’s totally Alice, though. How is it Alice always ends up with women who aren’t comfortable with everyone knowing their sexual business? First Dana and now Tasha? And how is it she NEVER gets it? I’m sure it’s going to lead to bad things but I wish it wouldn’t because I like Alice and Tasha together.

And, yeah, that’s all I’ve got. Just shout at me if I missed commented on something obvious!

Fair warning… I’m not cutting the following commentaries because I don’t say much that is spoilery in them.

The Old Adventures of New Christine
Why haven’t they shortened the name of this one yet? Or have they? For a lack of other things to watch, I tuned in this week and it continues to be pretty funny. It’s solid sitcom material. It’ll never be a show I *have* to see each week but I like tuning in every once in a while for a good laugh.

Rules of Engagement
It continues to be amusing but I’m not sure why it’s been such a hit. I admit to having loved the first episode but none of the episodes that have followed have measured up to the premiere. I’m on the fence about David Spade’s character. Possibly because it feels like he’s just playing every other character he’s ever played… which sometimes makes me think he’s just playing himself in all of these shows. He’s a bit too swarmy for my tastes. Let’s just say, he’s no Barney. This one’ll probably stay on the schedule until my other shows come back.

What About Brian
I continue to watch even though I rarely comment anymore. It’s good and I like it. Barry Watson is cute. Heh. See why I don’t comment?! Dave and Deena remain my two favorite characters and the kids playing their kids are adorable. I’m guessing this show won’t be back next season but it’s not a bad show. It’s just not a great one.

The Riches
Not cutting this commentary because I’m not saying anything really spoilery. I liked it. I’m not sold on it yet but it was better than I expected given the mixed reviews it was getting. I was a little frustrated with the beginning but only because I was expecting them to take on the identity of the Riches’ sooner than they did. Had I not known what was going to happen in the episode, I don’t think the lead-in would have bothered me in the slightest. I wasn’t sure how accurate a depiction of the Travelers we got but I was more interested in the last half anyway. I’ll definitely be tuning in again next week to see where the show goes.

Officially Dropped this Week: The Black Donnellys. I forgot it was on and that’s the only sign I need that I’m just not that into it. For those of you who are in love with it, I hope its ratings pick up and NBC decides to keep it around (though I’d prefer it in a different time slot) but I’m departing ways with it.

On my schedule for tonight: Bones, Jericho, In Case of Emergency, Lost, Top Design, and Halfway Home

15 Responses to “That’s a whole different reality show.”

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    harper47 says:

    How funny. I just posted to eolivet that I too was dropping the Black Donnellys. After taping the 2nd episode and not watching it for 2 weeks and then thinking I should tape this on Monday night, looking at the tape I hadn’t watched yet and didn’t feel like watching – I decided I wasn’t invested enough either.

    Sorry everyone who loves it! I did like Joey Ice Cream though.

    Aww – I love the Race and have a lot of teams I’m still really, really invested in. And Charla/Mirna have obviously assumed the villain roles right now. I too want them gone so I can just hate Eric without my attention being divided. I still love a lot of the teams.

    I just think all the good luck Rob seems to always have just finally caught up to him and all the bad luck/karma kicked in at once. If he had only listened to Amber when she suggested switching tasks, I know they would have made it.

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    sometimescrazy says:

    Glad i’m not the only one that likes Dave/Deena. I was feeling all alone there.

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    eolivet says:

    This season has been bad enough and then they decide to have a strength challenge between two tribes they KNOW are not evenly matched.

    In meager defense of the “Survivor” producers…I think they have to submit the challenge order beforehand, so they can’t be accused of “fixing” the competition. I think they thought the tribes would be going back and forth at this point, and the whole challenge design and order was done without knowing what would actually happen. Again, this whole season seems like “great in theory, lousy in practice.” I think they thought the “poor” tribe would rally at some point, and use their underdog status to be motivated, but it’s like…you can’t be motivated if you aren’t eating, y’know?

    Either way, it’s a poorly planned season. The immunity idol at camp is the only halfway interesting development.

    I’m glad you liked Rob and Amber more on this TAR, though. Their graciousness on the mat certainly made other teams’ self-righteousness (cough, Uchenna, cough, Mirna) look particularly petty. ;p

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    harper47 says:

    Uechenna’s little speech sure hasn’t made him any friends. I liked Uechenna in season 7 but he’s not scoring any points with me this time around. He’s in the “can be bumped off at any time” group for me.

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    raelee says:

    You know, I think it may be TV overload. And you, especially, have so many other things going on that it’s hard to get into a new show right now.

    I think you’re right about Rob and his luck. I think there were a couple of things they could have done and would have easily still been in the race but I guess that’s how it goes, eh?

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    raelee says:

    Oh, you’re definitely not alone! I was ok with them going their seperate ways but then they started dating again and I remembered why I liked them so much. I was feeling bad for Dave this week. For the stuff with Brian and work and then everyone seeming to say he wasn’t right for Deena. :(

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    raelee says:

    Hmmm, ok maybe I should cut the producers some slack but you’d think they’d have something they could. It was pretty disgusting to watch. I guess it doesn’t help that the other team was way too smug about their win. And, yeah, the idea would have been great if they had come back right away but they should have found a way to switch gears the minute they realized that wasn’t happening.

    Their graciousness on the mat certainly made other teams’ self-righteousness (cough, Uchenna, cough, Mirna) look particularly petty.

    Heh, my turn… in meager defense of Uchenna, I will say that he was probably so self-righteous at the mat this time because Rob had stolen his directions from the stewardess. I’m pretty sure that’s why he was annoyed at Amber’s bragging about lying to Charla/Mirna. Not that it makes it an easier to take when he’s saying that stuff to Charla/Mirna, who I CAN NOT STAND.

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    raelee says:

    Correcting myself… you’d think they’d have something they could do to the order of competitions in events like these.

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    sometimescrazy says:

    I know. He sure is having a rough time. I think i’ll be kinda bummed if the show doesn’t come back next season. I know it’s not a ratings show, but it’s just fun to watch. :)

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    eolivet says:

    they should have found a way to switch gears the minute they realized that wasn’t happening.

    I totally agree, but I’m saying…I don’t think they could have. I think it’s illegal, and against game show rules. What they should’ve done (and seems like they’re doing next week) is anticipated this might happen, and scheduled a forced turnover of the tribes a lot sooner (either by another Mutiny or an early merge).

    (Hee, and if they do another Mutiny, what’s awesome about that is this season was filmed while Cook Islands was airing. Meaning they don’t know the perils of Mutiny yet, so…maybe Cassandra and Dreamz will defect! :p )

    I’m pretty sure that’s why he was annoyed at Amber’s bragging about lying to Charla/Mirna.

    I thought he was laughing right along with everyone else when Amber explained her lie. I guess he could’ve just been going along with everyone else. So, I guess he’s not so much self-righteous as…hypocritical. :/

    But ITA: I’d take him over Charla and Mirna any day! :p

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    raelee says:

    Oh, he was laughing along with everyone else so it is hypocritcal of him but, when they talked to him right after that, he told us (the camera) that he was even more motivated to want to beat them after hearing them brag that way. I was just saying that I think his actions at the mat were a direct result of what HE was feeling after having been duped by Rob in this leg of the race. Not necessarily excuseable because it is just a game but slightly understandable since he was all caught up in the emotions of the stuff that was happening.

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    eolivet says:

    Oh, right — heh, I have to admit I was kind of watching the ep after the Detour with my hand over my eyes, because I love Rob and Amber and I couldn’t stand to see them fall apart. So, I must’ve tuned that out. ;p

    Sorry for the confusion. :)

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    raelee says:

    lol, no worries! I transcribe/spoil the episode for people on the West Coast so I’m hyper aware of what happens which explains why I tend to clarify. :)

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    raelee says:

    Over clarify even.

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    breathinmethane says:

    I want jenny to get punched in the face. is that too mean? she annoys the crap out of me. even in the dinner party scene there she was with her giant hat. I don’t like the director but i do hope it makes tina go back to woman. I would love to see a tina/bette reunited thing because i loved them together but bette was so mean to tina during their relationship taking her for granted, controlling her, and cheating on her that i doubt it will happen. I miss dana! You had to go and mention her ;) although unfortunately for alice in that love match eventually dana was okay with being out…with somebody else.