Thursday, October 25, 2007

The New Trek

Now that all the pieces are together, TV Guide has done a nice job putting a side-by-side comparison of the actors in the JJ Abrams Star Trek with the original actors. My first thought for Chris Pine was "no", but next to a young Shatner, he doesn't look half bad. Same thing with Karl Urban as Bones. I've been a big fan of Zachary Quinto as Spock since it was first announced. The other guys are passable, but as everyone knows, Trek was about the trio of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.

Though, even if the casting was crap, I'd still be there opening weekend because that's the kind of nerd I am. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The new TV season: returning shows

Now on to the returning shows:

Prison Break - year three is bringing things back full circle. Michael is now in prison and his brother Lincoln is on the outside. The show just keeps getting more and more ridiculous, but the characters are still interesting.
Heroes - after a slow first couple weeks, this week really started to heat things up. Syler is back in the mix and we have more of an idea of the overarching story for this season. The only thing missing from Monday's episode was my favorite Hiro.

NCIS - a strong start for one of my favorites. After wrapping up the Le Grenouille storyline (for now), the stories have gotten back to the familiar format. The stories are well crafted as ever and the chemistry still crackles. Just witness last week's episode with Gibbs, his former lover, an ex-wife, and his current girlfriend.
The Unit - what were they thinking with that whole disband the unit storyline? I was kind of worried about how this season started off, but things have gotten back to the crisis of the week format. It's going to be a headscratcher for a while about what the writers were doing.

With Lost off until mid-season, there's really no Wednesday show I watch that isn't new.

My Name is Earl - Earl in prison. Not doing as much karma fixing as he did on the outside, but we're getting to know more of the characters' pasts. I love Henry Monroe....I mean Crabman.
30 Rock - it looks like it's off to a slow start. I like the whole Jenna is fat storyline, but this season hasn't made me laugh as much as last season.

Numb3rs - Colby is back (turns out he was a double or triple agent). Like NCIS this show benefits from strong scripts and a great cast. No slipping here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The new TV season

It's been three or four weeks since the start of the fall TV season, so I think it's time to start assessing the new shows. It is surprising, though, that there hasn't been a cancellation yet. Just by saying that, I probably jinxed some poor show. So, here's a rundown of what I've sampled:

Chuck - by far the best new series. Good cast. Good scripts. Funny. It just gets better and better each week.
K-Ville - OK cop show. The New Orleans setting is one of the big things this one has going for it. Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as the leads are interesting characters, but they are the only ones with any kind of character development.

Reaper - Tried this on the advice of Gerald and the fact that the pilot was directed by Kevin Smith. Funny as hell. The characters are interesting and the actors portray them well. The only problem is, by about episode 3 the formula really started to show. Hopefully they find a way to grow beyond the cookie cutter stories.

Back to You - classic sitcom with two classic sitcom actors in Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. Nothing groundbreaking, but each week tends to get funnier. Good show to turn your mind off and watch.
Bionic Woman - still not sure what to say about this one. The whole first bionic woman subplot is interesting as is the possibility that Jamie was slated to become bionic even before the car accident. I think this one might get another week or two to wow me.
Life - decent cop show. Another one I'm not sure what to say about. The Zen detective bit is unique and the over-arching plot of who set Crews up is more intriguing than the cases they've had to solve up to this point.

Are there even any new shows on?

Women's Murder Club - I wanted to watch this last week, but didn't get a chance. I'll try again this week.

Tomorrow I might post about how the returning shows are faring this season.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Dutch!

Today is Elmore Leonard's 82nd birthday. Trying to figure out if I should celebrate with something from The Complete Western Stories or When the Women Come Out to Dance.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Come Back Brimstone!

Because of this conversation with Gerald, I decided to check out Reaper (more on that another time). I also combed the imdb message boards for the late lamented Brimstone. For anyone who doesn't know, Brimstone was a late-90's TV show about a cop who made a deal with the devil to return 113 escaped souls to Hell in exchange for a second chance at life. Since it's been nearly 10 years since its cancellation and the fact that I found all the episodes online, I've pretty much gotten over my anger/sadness about its cancellation. Then I find a post about the possible episodes that would've been filmed if the show hadn't been canceled. ARRRRRGH!!

ep 14) RIVALS
Shut down a mere three hours into production, episode 14 pitted Stone with two dilemmas: an escaped damned Soul who is killing illegal immigrants and a beautiful kick-ass damned woman, late of the Irish Republican Army, who the Devil has brought back in order to test Stone. The Deal? Whoever sends this week's Damned Soul to Hell FIRST gets to stay on Earth and hunt the down the rest of the 113 - whoever fails gets a one-way ticket back to Eternal Damnation! Zeke wins, but not before getting somewhat PHYSICALLY involved with the IRA woman, who proves to be almost his match in every way, shape & form.
An episode with a BACKWARDS structure. A Reporter shows up on the scene just in time to witness Zeke sending a Damned Soul back to Hell, then tracks the story BACKWARDS in his attempt to find Stone and find out what's up...
ep 16) ANGEL
Stone tracks down what he THINKS is a Damned Soul, but turns out instead to be a Rogue Angel bored with heaven, desperate to taste everything life has to offer -- including Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and murder! Stone has to figure out how to trick the bad Angel into going back to Heaven -- with a little help from someone who ain't the Devil and prompts the Devil into yelling at the Heaven's: "He's working for me, not you!" Also in this episode, a mysterious woman shows up and starts asking questions about Zeke Stone -- it's ROSALYN!
Stone tracks another Damned Soul, but this time the Devil shows up and wants to tag along on Stone's investigation! This one's personal for ole' Lucifer, 'cause this is the one guy who never broke, the one guy who never begged for mercy, who did his time in Hell defiantly, always telling the Devil to F-off. Who is this tough-as-nails Damned Soul? None other than a meek, mild-mannered CLERK who looks like he wouldn't hurt a fly! Lots of darkly comic antics with Stone showing the Devil how to be a detective, etc. Also more on Roz tracking down the husband she was sure was dead... until now.
Stone tracks down a Damned Soul who turns out to be none other than one of his relatives, a beloved Uncle from Stone's childhood who claims that he was innocent, that Somebody Up There made a mistake! Stone embarks on a bizarre quest -- not to hunt down this week's Damned Soul -- but to try to clear him and find the real bad guy...
The Season Finale. Maxine finds out that Stone's birthday is coming up and tries to throw a party for her loneliest hotel guest. Problem is she can't find any friends or relatives, except those that claim Zeke Stone has been dead for 15 years! Plus the return of ASH, the return of Zeke's CAT and a stunning cliff-hanger: Max brings a a special, surprise guest to Zeke's Birthday Party -- a guest whose arrival was to serve as our season-ending finale -- his wife, ROZ!

Original post here.

Great Moments in Golddiggery

I came across this post on The Corner by Jonah Goldberg. If the Craigslist posting was for real, it's probably one of the funniest damn things I've ever read (including the guy's response).