First up, is SG1's 'The Bounty'. I wasn't all that impressed with the ep the first time around and I stand by those impressions. Though how I forgot to mention the space corn is beyond me.
Then there was SGA's 'The Game' which I enjoyed more, but it ultimately let me down.
I just love it (insert sarcasm here) when a show presents you with a key plot point that has been going on unbeknownest to the audience or rest of the cast for two years, in this case, it's the game. There are so many reasons John and Rodney's omission doesn't work - the power drain wasn't noticed by anyone, no one ever asked where they were off too, why they even felt a need to keep it a secret - but let's not get bogged down in all that. I do think an interesting premise was set up. John and Rodney, however unwittingly, did interfere in the course of the development of two societies and then must deal with the consequences of their actions. I also liked that no matter how well-intentioned they were to make things right, these two men, like any two human beings, cannot completely let go of personal biases or petty differences. How do you make peace when the two negotiators can't? And things quickly go from bad to worse.
Unfortunately, as the Gates often do, the writers went for a quick, easy, and unbelievable fix to make things right. All along I felt that the show was setting up parallels to situations in the Middle East, quite an ambitious move. I know I have a hard time grasping the concept of fighting and killing my neighbors over a piece of land and SGA presented two neighboring towns willing to fight and die over a mine. The thing is, even presenting the worst case scenario to get the two sides to make peace, I doubt it would work. That mind was merely a thing to fight over when it's the deeper ideological differences that are at the heart of the conflict. Yeah, I'm sure I'm thinking about this more than they did.
So, who watched The Last Sentinal Saturday? ;) danceswithwords had to fortify ourselves with alcohol to get through it. I'd say it was Painkiller Jane bad, but it was worse. It made Jamie's film of shame, Ghost Rig, look well scripted and produced in comparison. I am at a total loss as to why Katee agreed to do it. She even had a supporting role!
ABC made there fall schedule official today. Oh, God, the Caveman rumors were true. Again, I have NO words.
Ausiello (I almost typed Assiello, heh) is already threatening to spam us with Pushing Daisies reports because OMG IT'S THE BEST SHOW OF THE NEW SEASON. While it sounds intriguing - Lee Pace (formerly of 'Wonderfalls' - Bryan Fuller developed this show as well) can bring back the dead with a single touch, but a second touch will kill them and supposedly loves a woman he can never touch - it might be too whimsical/gimmicky for network TV. But given the pedigree and Kristen Chenoweth is also in it, I'll give it a try.
Anyone want to do statistics as to how many new/existing shows star British actors? Jonny Lee Miller is giving series TV another try with Eli Stone about a lawyer who may also be a modern day prophet. Victor Garber co-stars and I hope this turns out better then his last lawyer centered TV outing.
As to why the influx of Brits, money I think is the number one reason. A successful US series can reap an actor millions. And while US TV is far from perfect, it seems it's more diverse and challenging then what is being produced elsewhere. Could be BBC America run anymore detective series?
Probably the show that sounded like the potential break out to me was Dirty Sexy Money starring Peter Krause, William Baldwin (let's see if he can match his brothers success - doubt it ;), and Donald Sutherland. It also has some pretty impressive talent behind the scenes including Bryan Singer.
Looking at the schedule ABC could own me Wednesday night :
8 p.m. Pushing Daisies
9 p.m. Private Practice
10 p.m. Dirty Sexy Money