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Twilight: Eclipse Trailer Reaction

I thought I’d join in the fun and post my reaction video to the trailer for Twilight: Eclipse.

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March 12, 2010 Posted by | Internet, Movies, Technology | , , | Comments Off on Twilight: Eclipse Trailer Reaction

2009 Fall Preview – Thursday

courtesy FX Network

courtesy FX Network

Thursday

Much like Wednesdays, my Thursday schedule is packed full, with 12.5 hours of programming. Unlike Wednesday, I don’t expect many of Thursday’s shows to wither on the vine.

ABCGrey’s Anatomy and Private Practice stay in the same slots as last year, with Grey’s premiering tonight and Practice joining on October 1st. The new entry from the alphabet network is an apparent attempt to give us Lost fans something to care about until the final season premieres in January. Based on Robert J. Sawyer’s novel, FlashForward’s premise is certainly interesting–a shared vision of the future causes people to question the concept of destiny and whether or not they can change their paths. I’m mostly intrigued by the talented cast, which includes Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), Sonya Walger (Lost), and John Cho (Harold & Kumar), to name a few. I’ve heard the show doesn’t delve quite deep enough for some early critics, but I think that means the show has a much better chance at winning a large audience than Lost ever did, with its complex mythology. Look for an in-depth review of the premiere episode that aired tonight once I get a chance to watch it this weekend.

CBS – A seriously awesome trio of returning series cover the CBS Thursday lineup including the 19th edition of Survivor, this time in Samoa. CSI keeps its standard spot on the schedule, and now The Mentalist joins in for its sophomore season. At first, I was pissed that they moved Jane and the gang to such a crowded night, but now I see the genius. Private Practice is no match for The Mentalist, FOX doesn’t play in the 10/9 time slot, and Leno doesn’t stand a chance. I can see the CBS press releases now, celebrating their huge ratings victory.

Comedy Central – My love of Tosh.0 is no secret. I’m thrilled Comedy Central ordered more episodes, and I’m confident that Daniel Tosh will continue to bring the funny. There certainly is no shortage of moronic web video to fill his show. New episodes begin on October 8th.

CWI hated Twilight. The only reason I watched the entire movie is so no one could accuse me of giving up before “the best part”. As far as I’m concerned, the best part would have been if vampire guy had let the girl get crushed in the school parking lot 20 minutes in. When I first read the synopsis for The Vampire Diaries, I thought it would probably just be Twilight: The Series, but I’m thrilled to see these vamps don’t sparkle or play baseball in the rain. The series premiered on September 10th, but it’s not too complicated to join midstream.

FX – What’s the funniest current show on television? That’s a tough question to answer, but for me I think the answer is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has now entered its fifth season. Based on the premiere last week, it’s lost none of its edge.  FX attempts to round out the rest of the hour starting October 29th, when The League premieres. I’m not sure what the title implies for you, but I was surprised to find out this show focuses not on superheroes or villains, but a group of guys and their fantasy football league. It certainly sounds more believable than last year’s Testees, and I have faith that FX wouldn’t buy into just any old sitcom.

FOXFringe baby! The first season left us wanting so much more, so I was thrilled when FOX had the brains to renew this kickass trip through the multiverse. If you’re interested in all kinds of details on the show, I recommend a trip to fringetelevision.com, While you’re there, be sure to keep an eye out for Adam Morgan’s weekly episode recaps, which are great for catching up if your DVR screwed you and you missed one.

LifetimeProject Runway premiered back in August, and continues airing its nearly-lost season on its new network. There are some seriously talented designers this year, and I would definitely recommend tuning in, especially now that some of the really shitty folks are gone. Personally, I’m looking forward to the next season, which will be able to air on time now that Lifetime is through with all the legal battles it took to win the show.

NBC – Joel McHale stars in Community, the only new show being added to NBC’s Thursday lineup–filling the hole left by last year’s dreadful Kath & Kim. The show premiered last week and my full review can be found here. Returning series include SNL Weekend Update Thursday, Parks & Recreation, The Office, and 30 Rock. Everything premiered last week, with the exception of 30 Rock, which joins the schedule on October 15th after SNL transitions off the schedule.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Banished, Comedy, Drama, Internet, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Scifi, Technology, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2009 Fall Preview – Thursday

True Blood Season 2 Episode 1: Nothing But The Blood

I’m a recent convert to True Blood, not because I didn’t want to watch, but rather because I was too cheap to order HBO last year when the show premiered. I’ve seen the error of my ways, and watched the first season a couple weeks ago in preparation for tonight’s premiere.

I realize the show is based on the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, but I’ve decided to focus solely on the television series and avoid any kind of spoiler information that is included in the books. I’m mentioning this to explain why my speculation about the direction of the show may sometimes be obviously wrong to anyone who has read the books. I’m okay with sounding like an idiot–I figure that’s at least 25% of what writing a blog is all about.

Spoilers follow, although the last paragraph is safe.

The action in the premiere picks up exactly where last year’s finale left off, so it worked very well for me since I just had the marathon viewing. I was hoping that the corpse in Andy’s car wouldn’t be Lafayette, so I was thrilled when it turned out to be fake exorcist Miss Jeanette. I’m very impressed at how good they’ve gotten with making fake bodies that look like real people. The gaping hole in her chest was pretty great, and the look on her face was priceless. Staring at the chest cavity made me wonder who might be interested in a whole heart.  Sure it could be a vampire thing no one has told us about yet, but I was wondering if it has something to do with Maryann (Michelle Forbes). She seems very interested in Tara’s well-being, and after all, Miss Jeanette did con Tara and countless others. I’m still not sure what Maryann’s ability is (vibrating?) but perhaps she has a use for a human heart.

As the season previews indicated, Jason began his spiritual awakening thanks to the very cult-like Fellowship of the Sun. I have a strong feeling that Jason’s storyline is going to be my least favorite of season two. While I love the idea of Jason straightening up his life, I think it’s a cheap plot device to turn him into an anti-vampire crusader just to pit him against Sookie.

Speaking of contrived, I don’t think I can tolerate the off/on/off/on relationship between Sookie and Bill. One minute he’s sucking her carotid, and the next minute she’s written him off for good. Ultimately I think the only way they can be together is if Sookie becomes a vampire, and I don’t see that happening. I do think that we will at least get some laughs out of the added complication of having Jessica live with Bill. It already cracked me up when Bill was laying down the rules of the house and made sure to mention the recycling bins.

At the end of the episode, we found out exactly where Lafayette has been chained up–it appears to be the basement of Fangtasia since Eric comes downstairs to visit, apparently in the middle of getting some highlights (below). Redneck AIDS-burger guy makes the mistake of sticking some silver in Eric’s face, which just pisses him off and encourages him to take a big bite out of the guy. I don’t think Lafayette will meet such a nasty fate, although being chained to a donkey wheel and shitting in a bucket isn’t exactly a great existence.


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I’m definitely hoping that season two will be able to deliver the weekly excitement that the first season gave us. I also hope we’ll get a big mystery like murderous René in the first season. The spin they gave us on a classic serial killer mystery was one of the main things I like so much about season one. More than that though, I was thrilled that after a year filled with teenage girls being way too excited about Twilight, we have a real vampire story to watch, even if it’s only on the small screen. Let’s be clear, Twilight is a vampire story for pussies who don’t like vampires. True Blood is the real deal.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nurse Jackie Episode 1: Pilot

Thanks to an early preview on DirecTV’s 101 Network, I was able to watch the series premiere of Showtime’s latest half hour dramedy this weekend. Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco as the title character, an emergency room nurse in a Catholic hospital in New York City.

 

If you don’t want the spoilers, but would like to know what I think of the show, skip to the last paragraph and you’ll be okay.

 

The episode opens with a bright white light and the sounds of a crazy ER, then fades into mellow elevator music as Falco begins a voiceover. The brightness fades as we see Jackie laying flat on the floor, just as the disembodied voice explains our heroine has a bad back. This leads us straight into the first reveal of her painkiller addiction, as she counts out 16 (always 16 she says) grains of Vicodin and snorts them cocaine-style through a straw. Why not pop pills like Dr. House? My younger brother tells me snorting the drug gets it into the bloodstream faster, thus a more immediate benefit.

 

Freshly medicated, Jackie heads to work to find a bruised and broken bike messenger waiting for attention. She examines him along with Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli) who ignores her advice to get a CT to rule out a brain bleed. Despite his recent fame as a Twilight cast member, Facinelli excels at playing cocky douchebags, and Cooper seems to be right up his alley. I won’t spoil the great exchange between the doctor and Jackie when she confronts him in the locker room, but the scene definitely shows us what the interaction between these two will be like.

 

Continuing with our introduction to the cast, Jackie’s peer Mo Mo (Haaz Sleiman), a gay male nurse, enters a scene just long enough to show us that Jackie isn’t the only sassy nurse on staff. He also takes the opportunity to dump Zoey (Merritt Wever), a student nurse, in Jackie’s lap, saying he got stuck with the previous three students. Zoey is an obvious contrast to Jackie, both in experience and attitude. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for Jackie to break her down. Zoey’s intro is cut short by the appearance of Mrs. Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) who is apparently some kind of administrator, a la Lisa Cuddy. Jackie quickly blows her off and exits. This allows us to meet Eddie (Paul Schulze), the hospital pharmacist that Jackie is having sex with, which isn’t making her back any better. Although that’s nothing a second bump of Vicodin won’t fix.

 

Jackie and Zoey then find themselves attending to a badly cut-up hooker while the paramedics inform them that she was able to get her attacker’s knife and cut his ear off before he got away. Zoey promptly gets sick at the sight of the ear, and Jackie is ready for a break. Jackie goes to dinner with her friend Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best) and a very funny exchange takes place in the upscale restaurant where they are dining. After dinner, Jackie returns to treat a young stoner with third degree burns from shooting a Roman Candle out of his ass. After the exam, Jackie does bump number three before getting back to work.

 

The hooker’s assailant arrives for treatment and Jackie find out he won’t be charged because he is a diplomat and has immunity. Once she confirms what a giant asshole the guy is, Jackie takes the law into her own hands a dispenses a little frontier justice. I found myself wondering if this was something Jackie would have done if she hadn’t been flying on all that Vicodin.

 

At the end of a long day, Jackie heads home, but not before Eddie hooks her up with some more Vicodin and she turns down his offer of spending the evening together. I’m not going to spoil the big reveal at the end of the episode, but it certainly confirms that Jackie is not the saint that Zoey think she is.

 

I realize I made more than one comparison to House in my analysis of the Nurse Jackie’s premiere, and that wasn’t an accident. There are some vary obvious parallels between the two shows–both feature a deeply flawed protagonist who make up for their lack of social skills and nasty demeanor by being damn good at their job. Then there is the painkiller addiction. Jackie’s method of consumption is certainly edgier than House’s, but the result is the same, they both go through life in a medicated state that no one really understands the full effects of. I think the key difference between the two is that Jackie does understand she is not a role model, where House often holds himself up as the best example of someone in his profession. That difference is captured best in the prayer Jackie offers during the closing moments of the premiere, “Make me good God, but not yet.” That is the difference that will bring me back next week for episode two.

 

Nurse Jackie airs at 10:30/9:30c starting Monday, June 8th.

 

And yes, people actually stick Roman Candles in their asses.

June 7, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment