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LOST The End

My thoughts on last night’s LOST finale?

On-island: A
Off-island: F

Spoiler-filled explanation: We finally got the war for the island that we were promised more than a year ago, and although it wasn’t a war with massive armies, it was a tense war of strong adversaries with huge consequences. And it was resolved. Unfortunately, instead of sharing more of the great island world we fans fell in love with, half the finale (and a third of the final season) were wasted with this Purgatory circle-jerk that doesn’t really mean anything. In fact, I think the series of reunion scenes actually dimished the value of the riveting exits we had seen our favorite characters make over the last six seasons. I haven’t done the math, but I’m pretty sure the extra 30 minutes we got was made up entirely of flashed clips we’ve seen a hundred times before.

I would have loved two full hours of on-island climax and resolution instead of a cheesy class reunion and “ascent” led by Christian Shephard, who we all learned years ago was an alcoholic asshole who we didn’t even care about as viewers.

That said, I adored everything that happened on the island. The return or Lapidus, Hurley taking the protector role, Desmond making one more attempt to save everyone, and the genuine honor Ben had when Hurley asked for his help. Best choice of all–ending with the bookend scene of Jack dying in the same place where he woke up in the pilot episode.

For me, the sideways world will not live in my memory of the show. I already knew Sawyer and Juliet belonged together, I didn’t need the candy machine scene to prove it to me.

I could go on, but it would be as repititive as the series of “awakenings” we saw last night. Overall it was a great series, and I will always remember my favorite moments. We won’t see a show like this on tv for at least the next decade, so let’s take some time to really appreciate it.

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May 24, 2010 Posted by | Drama, Scifi, Season Finale, Television | , , , | 1 Comment

Untitled Richard Castle Book 2 Coming September 2010

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ABC and Hyperion have announced that, due to the success of Heat Wave, they are planning a second collaboration to bring another Richard Castle book to print. Normally, I wouldn’t mention an announcement like this, but I think there is an important thing to point out here. Broadcast networks are facing more serious competition than ever from cable and online offerings, so I think it’s great to see them getting more creative in the kind of cross-channel partnerships they are developing. Just think, a new show that is trying to build an audience gets a surge when a bestselling book brings an injection of new viewers at the key time when the network is deciding whether or not to pick up the show for the season or renew. This is the kind of innovation that needs to be embraced more if new shows want more than two episodes to prove themselves.

Full press release at futoncritic.com

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Drama, Renewed, Television | , , , , | 2 Comments

Dollhouse Cancelled

In a move that should surprise no one, FOX has announced the end of Dollhouse, marking their most recent cancellation of a promising sci-fi show that they banished to the Friday night lineup. I’ll admit that the concept behind Dollhouse was always more exciting than the actual episodes, but I blame a near-complete lack of support from the network for the ultimate quality of the show. After all, they only renewed the show after Joss Whedon proved he could slash the production budget by turning in the never-aired “Epitaph One” episode at the end of season one. Incidentally, that installment is worth the $1.99 at iTunes. I’m disappointed in the cancellation, but at the same time, we all need to admit this was no Firefly.

Oh, that shitty Kelsey Grammer show was cancelled too.

Full details at Variety.com

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Cancelled, Comedy, New Series, Scifi, Television | , , , , , | Comments Off on Dollhouse Cancelled

Scrubs and Better Off Ted Are Back in December

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is going to breathe some much-needed life into the Tuesday night lineup when Scrubs and Better Off Ted return to the schedule this December. Scrubs is set to premiere its new formula with a double-dose on December 1st, and Ted returns for a second season on December 8th.

I’m looking forward to seeing this new version of Scrubs. I think a mixing up the cast and refreshing the premise is exactly the kind of change they need to give the show a chance at gaining an audience.

I’m not really sure how well these two shows pair with V, which airs in the slot before them, but it probably doesn’t matter anyway. The only chance Scrubs and Better Off Ted have to garner any ratings is by reaching an audience as counter-programming for smash hit spinoff NCIS:Los Angeles.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , | Comments Off on Scrubs and Better Off Ted Are Back in December

Banished: Hank

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Successful man experiences a big career change, moves from the city to the suburbs, and spends more time with his family. This is the¬†premise of Hank, and yes it is also eerily similar to the premise of Back to You, Kelsey Grammer’s last crappy attempt at making another hit. I don’t have much to say other than Grammer will fail every time he tries to re-create the magic of Frasier with a much less talented cast.¬†One episode normally isn’t enough for me to pass judgement on a new show, but Hank is abnormally boring. I’m not surprised it’s the only one of ABC’s Wednesday comedies that hasn’t been picked up for the full season. Worse yet, they’re even bumping it off the schedule next week to air the Charlie Brown Halloween special.

October 18, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Comedy, New Series, Premiere, Television | , , , , | 1 Comment