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July 25th, 2007

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11:32 pm - Look at the Hottie in the Tight Jeans
I watch a lot of television shows. The problem with television shows is that they continue from season to season, but new shows arrive every year to tempt you. I lost two shows this last year, but, er, I think I already filled their slots with other continuing series. I am, however, checking out three new shows this upcoming season: Pushing Daisies, Reaper, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Luckily, in this new age, I am able to preview them before deciding to make the commitment!

I'll put my remarks behind cuts to be gracious, but they're not spoilery! That's not how I roll.

Pushing Daisies, the show I was most looking forward to, is TOTALLY ADORABLE. Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, "Company Man") has a great track record with me, so it was no surprise that this was easily my favorite of the three. If you don't know the concept, it basically goes like this: Ned the Piemaker (Lee Pace from Wonderfalls) can touch dead people/dogs/strawberries and bring them back to life, but if he touches them again, they die. There's more to it than that, but that's all I really knew going in, and I said I wouldn't be spoilery. Well, he brings his childhood crush back to life. And now they're making googly eyes all the time but can't touch. And the ways they get around that are SO ADORABLE OMG. Also, Chi McBride, who I was fond of in his Boston Public days, is even more entertaining here; he and Ned had a good rapport. To top it all off, you have Jim Dale narrating the episode as if it were a fairy tale. It's all delightfully quirky (think Amélie), and I can't wait to see what they do with it. Check out typicrobots's picspam to see how pretty it is! It's so colorful!

I really didn't want to watch any of the CW's new shows, on principle, but Reaper looked too much like I'd like it not to check it out. I liked Bret Harrison in The Loop, after all, and I liked Tyler Labine from Jake 2.0 (LaFortunata). And Kevin Smith described it as Shaun of the Dead-ish. If you don't know the concept, it basically goes like this: Sam's parents sold his soul to Satan, and now, at age 21, this slacker has to capture escaped souls and return them to Hell. It's like Brimstone but funny. And it is pretty funny, though most of it is visual and physical, not in the dialogue. It has sort of a Dead Like Me sensibility to it, with the Guy Who's Done Nothing with His Life Now Given a Purpose, Satan handing him assignments like Rube (but more sinister, being the devil and all), and an appearance by Delores Herbig, as in "her big brown eyes." The love interest will be replaced with Missy Peregrym from Heroes, so that should be fun. Overall, I enjoyed the episode, especially for its taste in music: Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Silversun Pickups? It's going to be one of those shows.

I wasn't going to check The Sarah Connor Chronicles out either, really, but then John Enbom and Josh got jobs there, so I bit the Summer Glau bullet and put it on my roster. If you don't know the concept...have you seen The Terminator and T2? There you go. The show ignores T3, basically creating its own post-T2 continuity. What this means, of course, is that killer robots are trying to kill John Connor. That's...pretty much the show, right there. And, you know, they're still trying to keep Skynet from killing everyone. The one original element is a cop that's after Sarah for having killed Miles Dyson in T2. I like his character because they introduce him by having him, like, repeat the plot of the movies in case someone hasn't seen them. It's amusing. Very little else about this show is amusing, which is one of its big flaws. It is VERY SERIOUS OMG. Like, there are opportunities to joke, and the characters don't take them. Look, you're in a show about killer robots bringing about nuclear apocalypse. Lighten up a little! The biggest flaw to overcome, however, is that Thomas Dekker and Lena Headey suck out loud. Practically. Okay, they're not awful, but they don't really cut the mustard, in my opinion. Part of it is that the character of John Connor is one who becomes awesome, but we only get to see him as a whiny teenager. And Lena Headey just projects this one-note toughness that, granted, is actually pretty unique for female television characters right now, but you never get the sense there's an actual person inside her. John and Sarah have these VERY DRAMATIC scenes, and you just want to cringe, especially with the way invasive music telling you how VERY DRAMATIC the scene is. The show has potential, obviously, since it has the Terminator mythology to pull from, but I have the feeling that a new guest actor doing the Terminator walk and shooting at John and Sarah every week is going to get old. It's going to have to find a new bag of tricks. Luckily, this is a midseason show (which is a bad sign, really, since it was obviously intended for fall, given that the dates in the pilot are in September), so it shouldn't get in the way of anything else. It sounds like I hated it, but I didn't. I liked it, and I will check it out. But I hope it improves.

So, here's what my 2007-2008 viewing schedule appears to be so far:

Whenever the hell they are: Entourage, Dexter, Weeds
9 PM: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (midseason)
10 PM: Battlestar Galactica (January)

8 PM: Prison Break
9 PM: Heroes

9 PM: Reaper

8 PM: Pushing Daisies
10 PM: Lost (February)

8 PM: Smallville, My Name Is Earl
8:30 PM: 30 Rock
9 PM: Supernatural, The Office

8 PM: Avatar: The Last Airbender
9 PM: Friday Night Lights

And on the seventh day, Sunil rested. Unless he starts watching Torchwood again. And there's Doctor Who in the spring.

That's doable, right? I mean, at least I'm not raelee.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Tuesdays are so lonely now with just Reaper, which I'm not even sure I'll be watching. It makes me sad.

But you should check out Chuck also (I have no idea when it's suppose to air), I found it quite humorous.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've actually heard good things about Chuck. But I don't want to add more to my schedule! Plus, it's on against Prison Break, and I don't want Mondays to be as crowded as Thursdays.

Tuesdays are lonely. I was actually all ready to say that for the first time in, like, close to EIGHT YEARS, I would have nothing to watch on Tuesday, but then Reaper came along, and even though I doubt it will be NEAR as good as Buffy or Veronica Mars or even Gilmore Girls, there it sits, on our holy day.
Date:July 26th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
Sigh. I am far grumpier than you it seems. I found Pushing Daisies far too quirky and cute - and I've already been informed that I have no heart for that, so please, spare me - and I hated Reaper. Of course, I still want PD to succeed, because, hey, Bryan Fuller, and Chi McBride is awesome, and all the colours are so pretty, and Lee Pace is very hot, and we need more like those scenes where Kristin Chenoweth is finally in his eyeline because she is standing on a table.
Reaper I feel far less obliged to, as I don't adore Missy Peregrym that much, and besides, she can always return to Heroes. So, no tears for this one.
Chuck, funnily enough, is pretty much like the concept of Jake 2.0 played like Reaper, so the only possible reason why I liked it more has to be Adam Baldwin. I think it's safe to say that if you want to watch Reaper, you don't need to watch Chuck, because it would be like watching a rerun. With Baldwin instead of Ray Wise.

I completely agree with you on SCC; Bionic Woman is pretty similar, only that it has Katee Sackhoff, and lots of HITG!s. I liked it, but so far, I seem to be the only one who doesn't think it violently sucks, so take that as you wish.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
*sticks tongue out you*
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Date:July 26th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Here's a heads up on Weeds. They've also leaked their first 3 eps as well. FYI, I still haven't watched anything and don't know when I'll do it.

This was a good non-spoiling review. For the moment my only solid lock-in among the new shows is PD though.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know about Weeds. I'm not done with the second season yet, though.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
I'm very excited for Pushing Daisies :D I hope it gets picked up by a channel I have so that I don't have to do the weekly download again.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
I hadn't actually heard of Pushing Daisies or Reaper
Seriously? Where you have you been?

When does the new season of Avatar start?
September 21!!

I haven't caught up with season 2 yet--they've been releasing the DVDs one at a time, which is odd.
Box set comes out September 11!
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Date:July 26th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
I rather enjoyed The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Impressed by Summer.. just as belivable as a schoolgirl as she was as a twentysomething hottie in The Unit. Agree on the seeeeriousness of it all, but on the whole decent... and I really liked the whole plotty thing with the bank and the boxes. Will definitely be watching.... huge potential.

My eyes did hurt a bit though... was the first thing I've watched in fullscreen for a very long time! (I know, I know, I am lucky to have seen it at all! *veg*)
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
i loved TSCC, but then again one of my favorite movies is T2. the fact that i don't completely hate the recasts is of the good though. Lena Headey trys a little too hard to sound like Linda Hamilton when she's doing the narration, but she'll find her own voice, i think.

that bit where they time travelled had me squeeing quite a bit. fucking awesome.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Hey, those are three of the ones on my list to check out! I'll post my fall schedule when I've actually seen some pilots, though; I'm a bit of a curmudgeon and default to hating much TV. ;)

So, Pushing Daisies has a Princess-Bride-style narration? Is that as annoying as it sounds?
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess if you hate that style of narration, sure. But I, personally, dig it, though some bits of it were needlessly quirky.
Date:July 26th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
You forgot Swoozie Kurtz! Swoozie Kurtz in an eyepatch!

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Date:July 26th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
What? No Moonlight? I thought this would be one of the shows right up your alley with the bloodsucking creatures and JD.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
My schedule is full enough as it is; if I weren't watching so many other shows, I'd check it out for Greenwalt. This way, I get to avoid JD'oh fangirls.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Oh very doable. Hi! I was wondering where you were. Hope all is well in Sunilworld.

I think Rae and I have the same immense viewing schedule. I tend to watch alot of my shows in the wee hours of the night/morning when the season is in full swing though.

I really need to do one of these myself sometime.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Which show did you lose this last year, other than VM? I'm very loyal, so it's hard to shake me off a show; but Prison Break's finale was way too No Fucking Way for me (which is saying a lot for PB), so I think that show and I are breaking up.

Thanks for the mini-reviews! PD and SCC are pinging as maybes for me, but Reaper sounds pretty awesome.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Which show did you lose this last year, other than VM?
Gilmore Girls.

Prison Break's finale was way too No Fucking Way for me (which is saying a lot for PB), so I think that show and I are breaking up.

PD and SCC are pinging as maybes for me
Really? PD is total win.

Reaper sounds pretty awesome.
It's very fun. It definitely looks like it will be enjoyable, at the very least.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)

That is all.
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Date:July 26th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hey Sunil, where are you previewing this stuff? I'm trying to hunt up some torrents and not having much luck.

(I don't think this is a flocked entry, so if you want to screen/delete this comment, feel free. :) )
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Date:July 26th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
I found them all at my usual haunt, which can be found using the following word rebus:

["very small," homonymal to the girlfriend of Mickey][a popular science show on PBS, sometimes preceded by the prefix "super"].org
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Date:July 26th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I've only seen the pilot for Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicle. I usually don't judge a show by its pilot, since most shows build off of them and get better. So I just look at the pilot and see if it creates a good springboard. I felt that this one did. I also found the humour lacking. It seemed the pilot was really concerned about building up the world in which John and Sarah live and the constant danger, that they forgot to have a little fun with it. T2 had some very campy elements to it, and Edward Furlong (before the drugs) was whiny but clearly had a sense of fun and awe. I see potential for humour with Summer Glau in it. Lena Headey just needs to remember that she's not playing Queen Gorgo although she'd probably like to raise John as a Spartan.

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