July 2011 Archives
It's been over a year now, but we couldn't (and didn't want to) forget the transformation Walt has made during the last three seasons of Breaking Bad -- he started out as a high school chemistry teacher and is now a full-blown murderer. With the show returning on Sunday, we're taking a look at Walt, as well as some of TV's other morally ambiguous characters, ones we're not sure are good or bad, innocent or guilty -- which is why we watch.
It's TV's biggest day!
When Ryan Murphy revealed to The Hollywood Reporter yesterday that Rachel, Finn and Kurt would not be returning to Glee in Season Four because he wanted to keep the show realistic, we had to do a double-take (err, double-read, I guess) . "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic," he said, "or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year." In any other context, we might applaud this sentiment, but in this case, it's just plain delusional. Glee could claim to be many things that we'd let slide, but realistic? Glee hasn't been realistic since day one -- in fact, part of why it was so unintentionally funny (and now just consistently frustrating) is because of how unrealistic it was. For example, here are ten utterly unbelievable things that have taken place on Glee -- but keep in mind, this is just a small sampling.
It's Emmy nomination morning, which means that instead of enjoying our relaxing mindless summer television, we instead are up in arms about who got nominated and, more importantly, who didn't. As always, the voters gave TV fans like us plenty to be happy about -- and plenty more that was just infuriating. Here's our gut reaction to who was honored and who was overlooked:
Ted Danson is the new Morpheus.
I don't have the strong feelings about the original Dallas series that some people do. I mean, I was aware of the primetime soap and the whole "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline and the Bobby shower dream thing, but I was never obsessed with it. So the trailer that sneaked out last night for TNT's remake (which won't even air until next summer) didn't really do all that much for me either way.
Everybody's "favorite" TV doc is in high demand!
Entourage's Vincent Chase acquires a porn star girlfriend and a drug habit, while the Robot Chicken team spoof Star Wars for the third (and final?) time.
With Battlestar Galactica dormant until that prequel movie Blood & Chrome arrives sometime next year and Stargate in deep freeze for the foreseeable future, Eureka is now the veteran franchise of SyFy's scripted series line-up. Heading into the second half of Season 4 (the first 10 episodes aired last summer), the show has steadily morphed into the channel's version of comfort food, offering light-hearted episodic misadventures in science (fiction), which generally involve some technical doodad malfunctioning, thus forcing the cast to spend the rest of the hour trying to fix it. (It's like a version of House starring Bill Nye, the Science Guy.) And despite the world-ending nature of some of these calamities, the stakes never feel all that high. That's because we've become trained to expect one our intrepid heroes -- usually Jack Carter (the always-charming Colin Ferguson), the sheriff of the titular small Pacific Northwest town where science is the sole industry -- to jerryrig some solution before everything goes kablooey. It's a routine, but engaging formula that's kept the show going for over 50 episodes now, so the writers have little reason to change it.
It's not exactly a secret that I love Torchwood and that I was impatiently waiting for Friday night's season premiere. While there were some moments that were fantastic, a lot of it felt like set-up and left me underwhelmed. It seems like this 10-episode arc is trying too hard to bring in a new audience by debuting in the US on Starz before airing in the UK and moving the setting of the show stateside as well. Because of that, this isn't exactly the same show that I've loved all along. Then again, this episode didn't exactly make it easy for new viewers to jump right in. So its somewhere in the middle of the road and hopefully in the second episode they'll pick up the pace, get their groove back and everyone will have a clue what the hell is going on.
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