As Seen By Rae: “Top Chef”‘s Final 5 and “Back to You” Premiere   

As Seen By LogoTonight’s my last relaxing Thursday for a while. I’m excited for all the new episodes we get next week but I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to juggle all of my Thursday shows just yet. Plus, I’m babysitting three of my nieces next Thursday. So much for watching one show live! So I plan to enjoy this last night of TV freedom… with a full schedule of back to back shows.

As I already mentioned, Survivor: China premieres 8PM. Then, the two-hour season finale of Burn Notice begins an hour early at 9PM. While I watch that, I’ll be recording the two new episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that will be airing back to back beginning at 10PM. Hmmm, I only got two hours of sleep last night so let’s hope I actually make it through all of that new TV!

Today’s commentary is rather light as I was out at the movies and then watching Moonlight. I haven’t watched last night’s Grey’s Anatomy to Private Practice special about Kate Walsh but I did manage to sneak in the new episodes of Top Chef and Back To You. Check below for my thoughts on both.

Top Chef – 3×12: Manhattan Project
The Final 5 from Season 3 of 'Top Chef'I wasn’t paying attention during the Quickfire Challenge so I was a little confused as to what was going on when I finally tuned back in to the TV. All I know is that Hung’s smugness was satisfied when Sirio Maccioni picked him as the winner and that Sirio was too cute wanting to pick Casey because she is pretty. But, then, Casey the only person left who I actually want to win so that could be why I found it cute.

I liked that this week’s Elimination Challenge forced them all to work with the same ingredients and still come up with something unique. I think these kind of challenges really work to separate the talented from the uninspired. And, when all was said and done, I wasn’t surprised to see that it was Sara who had to pack her knives. Sara has been struggling for the past few weeks. It was only a matter of time before she was eliminated and I’m glad it happened before the final four.

So I got one of my final four picks correct. At the beginning of the season, I predicted that Tre and Hung would make it to the finals. I’m so sad that Hung was the one who made it but, hey, at least I wasn’t completely wrong. I suspect Hung’s inability to take any criticism and his lack of “heart” will be his undoing in the end. That said, I bet he’s one of the final two. And clearly Casey is the other. She’s been highlighted a lot lately whereas Dale and Brian have become almost afterthoughts in this competition. I like Dale but I don’t think he works well under pressure and he’s begun to fall apart the closer we get to the end. As for Brian, well I think he’s proven that there’s one thing he does incredibly well and not much else. It’s great to have a specialty but I think the judges will pick someone who has shown more range over the entire season.

We’re just 13 days away from our finale and next week they are off to Aspen to determine who will be the final two chefs competing for the big prize.

Back To You – 1×01: Pilot
Kelsey Grammer as Chuck and Patricia Heaton as Kelly on FOX's 'Back To You'Eh. That pretty much sums up my reaction to this show. I’ve seen more than one person say that the show was funnier than they expected. I had the opposite reaction. I actually expected it to be much funnier than it was or funny at all. I don’t think I laughed once. The jokes were lame not to mention lacking in originality. I’m not a huge fan of either Kelsey Grammer or Patricia Heaton but I am usually amused by them. Guess I can’t claim that anymore, huh?

But I’m being harsh on the show. It’s rare, indeed, that I find sitcom pilots as funny as the shows often turn out to be. I figure it must have something to do with the cast still finding their comedic rhythm with each other and the same goes for the writing staff. And there was a nice little twist there at the end with the daughter being Chuck’s. It gives us a reason to believe these two would continue to work together and opens the door to a lot of storylines. All in all, I think this show turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be, a very old-school sitcom, and I’ll probably check this show out again at a later date (if Fox keeps it around that long) to see if it’s gotten any better.


3 Responses to “As Seen By Rae: “Top Chef”‘s Final 5 and “Back to You” Premiere”

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    Spadada says:

    I hope Casey wins. Because I agree it will be between Casey and Hung.

    I am hopeful because of the editing they both have been getting as well as this week’s constant speeches about wanting to be the first female winner. (Leading questions that we can’t hear much, producers? Smooth.)

    I MISS CJ!!!! And Tre.

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    Harper47 says:

    I think I’m the only person around who doesn’t like Casey. But I do agree that she seems to be getting a winner’s edit. Don’t throw things but I’m sort of on Hung’s side right now. Yea, he’s an arrogant ass but he does know how to cook!

    Wait – is there another Chuck in Back to You? (I’m basing this on your comment) What is this? The Year of the Chuck? Chuck, the series, Chuck the character in Pushing Daisies, Chuck the “I like to rape” character in Gossip Girls and isn’t there some lame movie out with Chuck in the title.

    Did a memo go around or something? I think I preferred the Year of the Logan (President Logan, Logan Echolls, Logan Huntzberger).

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    Rae says:

    Kell: I miss CJ and Tre as well. Sigh. I hate it when my favorites get kicked off before the finals!!!

    Pixi: I won’t throw things. :) I can understand liking Hung for his cooking ability. I don’t actually dislike him. I just wish he could admit that he doesn’t know everything. I could even deal with his inability to be a team player if he’d do that. (Actually, I think he’s not a team player because of his attitude… because he was perfectly happy to work with Tre when he was on the show.)

    Yes, there are A LOT of Chucks out there this fall. I think there are a few more as well. It’s weird how that happens, huh? Everyone ends up using the same name for things at the same time.