Mike’s Prattle


TV Part 2

Posted by Mike on September 11, 2008

Bones / Fox / Wednesday 8 PM (incomplete) – Bones is one of those shows I find entertaining but don’t get stressed at all if I miss, in fact I skipped the first 20 minutes last night watching the O’Reilly/Obama interview. While I actually do tend to like the character drama more than the procedural elements, part of what kept the show more interesting for me in the early days was the constant comparison between scientist and FBI agent and how they do things differently, which in some ways is something of a microcosm of the left and right, at least on scientific issues. However, some of this seems to be taking more of a back seat to the evolving personal chemistry between the two leads, a chemistry they seem to be pushing on a little harder based on last night’s episode. A good show for multi-tasking.

True Blood / HBO /Sunday 9 PM (incomplete) – This is the sort of show for those who like easy targets, “HAY IT JUST BUFFY AGEN.” It’s the sort of subject you weigh, the comments that the creator has never seen Buffy before and then the blonde lead and her brooding vampire soon-to-be lover. I’ve got a prediliction for shows and books based on southern milieus and based on the preview after the pilot episode, this looks like it may be a fantastic series. Anna Paquin as Sookie is really good and while a lot of the characters are understandably thin this early, there are some interpersonal dynamics that should make the relationships complex. I have to admit that the vampire thing is fairly old hat. And of course like a lot of HBO shows, there’s quite a bit of sex, sex that most will likely find gratuitous, but it actually did set up Sookie’s brother as one of the show’s antagonists. Very possible I might grow to really liking this one.

Entourage / HBO / Sunday 10 PM (incomplete Season 5 so far) – I’ve found Entourage had gotten pretty weak in the last season. Perhaps it was the inevitable dive for the team with Medellin, but I also thought that the dialogue had gotten quite a bit weaker. Based on Season 5’s opening salvo, at least the dialogue seems to be improving again, with some great laugh out loud moments and a feel a lot more similar to the first couple seasons. Even at its worst, the show’s still fairly entertaining, but it seems to do its best when the entourage is whole. Piven, as usual, is in fine form. Quite the fast moving season opener overall, at least once Vince is back.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles / Fox / Monday 8 PM (D for delete) – I tried pretty hard to hang on with this show for no reason I can understand, but think the lead playing Sarah Connor to be an atrociously poor actress, the character development to be virtually non existent (knowing the younger Connor is growing to be a hero takes some of the fun out of it), and the plotting to be a little too much on the drier science fiction side. While Shirley Manson was fairly intriguing in the opening episode of Season 2, this is one I’m jettisoning, I can’t take it anymore. If machines this powerful haven’t already won the war, it doesn’t make a hell of a lot sense to me.

Fringe / FOX / Tuesday 9 PM (incomplete) – This is a pilot with a considerable amount of hype, and these sorts of pilots rarely if ever come up to that and this one’s no exception. While Anna Torv looks to be an extremely strong leading lady (I’m perhaps so subconsciously used to how many young actors rarely use facial expressions in their acting that I was really surprised at her animation), Lance Reddick from The Wire and Lost is always good, and the older scientist a truly excellent actor, there’s also Joshua Jackson still playing Pacey from Dawson’s Creek who I think I’m going to have some trouble buying for a while. But despite the fringe science theme of the show, the whole sequence where Torv’s character gets some sort of psychic cocktail with LSD so she could somehow communicate via dreams in an immersion tank and try to learn the face of someone critical to the mystery, straight after what was a fairly slow opening sequence had me starting to nod off through it. I don’t ever think it’s a good job to judge a pilot harshly unless the genre or style isn’t at all for you, so with this one there are still enough intriguing elements to stick with it for a while. And strangely, I didn’t really find it to be too much like X-Files which was a show I never quite got into during its heyday. Promising.


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