I’ve found myself being pretty hard on TV lately. For instance, I’ve completely let go for Brothers & Sisters. Deleted my series recording and everything! Ditto for Desperate Housewives. I did tape last night’s DH because the promos looked intriguing. Then people were complimentary on Twitter and I thought, what the heck, I’m going to check it out. Only I couldn’t get through ten minutes of it which just proves I was right to let go of it now that I’ve ceased to care about any of the characters on the show.
But that’s not all! People kept saying this past week’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice were great and both had me bored before their respective hours were up. Although, the casting of Tyne Daly as McDreamy’s mom? Inspired! When they were sitting next to each other on the bench and she kissed his head? Man, she really looked like his mother. Anyway, I’m just not into pretty much anyone’s story on GA anymore. I’m not hating it like everyone else, I’m just not engaged like I have been in the past.
Meanwhile, Ugly Betty wasn’t on and I didn’t care! What’s my TV viewing come to?!
On the flip side, ER has been rather lackluster for me the past few episodes but I really liked this latest one. Possibly because Neela’s one of the few characters left that I actually invested in and I got a little hint of Neela/Ray mixed in as well. But mostly because I love it when shows play with their narrative and I loved the day repeating over and over again as Neela played out how things would have turned out differently had she made different choices. I especially loved that we never found exactly what did happen. At this point I’m just seeing the show through to the end but I do love it when they surprise me with something new.
Now onto the other shows I’ve watched in the last few days…
Supernatural, 4×11: “Family Remains” Psych, 3×11: “Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing” The L Word, 6×01: “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” United States of Tara, 1×01: “Pilot” The Big Bang Theory, 2×13: “The Friendship Algorithm” How I Met Your Mother, 4×13: “Three Days of Snow” Whew! That’s more TV talk than I’ve done in awhile! Thanks to Just Jody for that. Discussing Heroes with her via email last week reminded me just how much I love to talk about what I’m watching, even when I’m not loving it. Time to get back in the habit. So… what’ve you been watching lately? PS: I know I should probably be into the Inauguration and all but really? Fringe is new tomorrow night! Woo to the freaking hoo!
Reaction to this one seems to be mixed but I loved it. Look, my favorite aspect of the show has always been the week-to-week stories. I’m a fan of horror movies so I love having a mini-horror movie to watch each week. Especially since they do it so well. That said, i can’t argue that focusing on the overall arc has made the show stronger than ever before and that’s why I liked that they worked that into the story as well. But mostly, I just loved how it continued to freak me out as I watched. That scene where the girl was getting her hand licked? MAJOR HEEBEE JEEBEES, you guys!!! I literally had to pause the DVR while I had a mini-freakout about it. Then the crawling through the walls? Oy to the vey. They were hitting so many of my phobias. So, in conclusion, I love me some Jeremy Carver penned episodes. All hail The Carver.
This is just one of my favorite shows at the moment. Of all the shows on my DVR, it’s one of the few I refuse to delete week after week. Totally loved Lassie having to come to the boys for help this week. Lassie and the police dog exchanging looks from their respective backseats? Hilarious. The Kenny Loggins jokes cracked me up… yeah, yeah, shows my age… whatever! It’s stupid but I loved Shawn’s whole spiel when Juliet asked how he’d feel if something happened to Gus, mostly because I’m the smart ass who replies the same way to vague statements like that. Also, Lassie’s horror at Juliet driving? Classic. One favorite jokes of the night had to be: “I have curds and wheys.” Or maybe, “Why do I ever bother to get mani/pedis?!” Although, the cupcake thing also cracked me up. (Do you see why I love this show, it all makes me laugh!) Shawn’s anger at Lassie thinking the text came from him? Funny stuff. However, I’m almost ashamed to admit I laughed at this the most, “Chief, I think you can. I think you can. I think you can.” Heh. Oh, show, I adore you.
Uh, yeah, so that happened. I’m not really feeling the set up to this season so far. Not that I care that Jenny’s been killed. Y’all know I feel about her. And it’s not like her death means I won’t have to deal with her all season. Just the opposite! Because I’m pretty sure every episode is going to be about setting up how each and every person present at the party during which she dies had a reason to want to kill her. Although, really, they’ve been present for all the other seasons so they’ve had reasons for wanting her dead for years already. (Yes, my Jenny hate is that strong.) I did think what Shane did was wrong but how long is it going to take Shane to figure out that Jenny’s freak out was because she had just realized she loved Shane? You know what, thank God I don’t have to suffer through that pairing! Anyway, I just dread the focus of the season being all about Jenny’s death. ESPECIALLY if the spin-off gets picked up and we’ll all know how it’s going to turn out anyway. I don’t care that they tried to vague things up by saying the person who ends up in jail in the spin-off may not actually be guilty. Whatever. It still means we know who gets arrested. Hmmmm, I suspect we’ve found the real root of my issues with the show at the moment. Well that and I’m kinda over the season always starting with Shane fucking up in a huge way and her spending the rest of the season looking for someone to “love” to help drag her back from the edge. I love Shane but enough! Let her have some real character development already. Especially since is the last season it can happen.
As awesome as I think Toni Collette is in the show, I wasn’t nearly as wowed by this as everyone else in the TV blogosphere. Doesn’t mean it won’t grow on me but, so far, I’m not loving it. I think it’s going to be of those shows that is so well done that it’s actually painful for me to watch. If I were a fictionally character, I’d totally be an empath. So, yeah, I’ll keep watching but I’m not sure I’m in it for the long haul. Sorry, TV buds.
I actually watched this one with my Dad and I don’t think I’ve ever realized just how many jokes in the show depend on you having some knowledge of the characters and the show’s basic conceit. The jokes are still mildly amusing but definitely don’t pack as much of a punch. About half of the show had me laughing at things that were very specific to the characters and my Dad quirking a puzzled eyebrow. That said, I laughed at this episode but, alas, I wouldn’t say it was a BBT classic. Which is a shame because it seems like a Sheldon quest to figure out how to make friends would be a guaranteed home run.
Hee, I loved the telepathic conversation so much!! SO SO MUCH!! I don’t even know why… probably NPH’s eyebrow dance to the song in his head. I also loved the guys screwing up the drink stuff and their, “Next time.” But, like The Big Bang Theory, this was a hit or miss episode for me. The Lily and Marshall story didn’t really do much for me at all until the band showed up. Loved how it all came together and Marshall recreating New Year’s Eve was incredibly sweet. I do love the couple-y moments with those two. I know I laughed at a few more things but nothing’s standing out in my mind. OH! I do have to mention that, like ER, I do praise the show for playing with the timeline and surprising us with how it all played out by revealing that it was happening over several different days. They were right, I had forgotten that Ted said up front it was a three day storm. I think it was when Lily’s flight arrived early rather than being delayed like I assumed it would that I stopped thinking about how things would play out or maybe I would have caught on that something was funky. Either way, I love that this show constantly plays with their narrative and still manage to surprise me every single time. Good on them.
Supernatural, 4×11: “Family Remains”
Psych, 3×11: “Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing”
The L Word, 6×01: “Long Night’s Journey Into Day”
United States of Tara, 1×01: “Pilot”
The Big Bang Theory, 2×13: “The Friendship Algorithm”
How I Met Your Mother, 4×13: “Three Days of Snow”
Whew! That’s more TV talk than I’ve done in awhile! Thanks to Just Jody for that. Discussing Heroes with her via email last week reminded me just how much I love to talk about what I’m watching, even when I’m not loving it. Time to get back in the habit. So… what’ve you been watching lately?
PS: I know I should probably be into the Inauguration and all but really? Fringe is new tomorrow night! Woo to the freaking hoo!