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TV Catch Up Post

I kind of made a conscious effort to stay offline this weekend so thank you all for not posting a lot. :)

I've finally managed to catch up on TV viewing. Woo! And I think my fall schedule is starting to take shape. It's still a little too full for my liking, but I'm sure they'll be cancellations soon enough.

Monday: Live: Chuck and Heroes / DVR: Dancing with the Stars
Tuesday: Live: Bones and House
Wednesday: Live: Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, and Dirty Sexy Money / DVR: Bionic Woman and Life
Thursday: Live: Ugly Betty and maybe check out Without A Trace / DVR: 30 Rock
Friday: Live: Friday Night Lights and Stargate Atlantis (for now) / DVR: Flash Gordon (more on that)
Saturday: Nothing! Phew!
Sunday: Live: Viva Laughlin (at least if Hugh Jackman is on :)

As for the Flash Gordon recording, Razor flashbacks begin airing during the show next week. I love how SciFi is marketing the segments as the “Best two minutes on television.” Wow. Nothing like acknowledging your one hour shows are inferior to two minutes of BSG.

Now for thoughts on what I caught up on this weekend...


Not a spectacular show, but I enjoyed it. I had read that they turned Addison into Ally McBeal with her being quirky and neurotic and irrational, but other than stupidly dancing in the nude with the drapes open, I didn’t get the Ally vibe. I like all the actors and none of the characters annoyed me. Violet’s treating the patient at the Target-like store could have gone over the top, but I bought that a caring doctor would want to do what they could for a patient before allowing her to be dragged off by police to a mental hospital.

My one problem with the episode is that the clinic has no backup plan if there are complications during a delivery? And it takes an ambulance ten to fifteen minutes to get there??? No way in hell would I give birth there knowing that. And what does their insurance carrier think about all this? I hope in coming weeks, after dealing with this crisis, Addison forces them to have the delivery room equipped with the proper surgical equipment.


I enjoyed it, but it’s up against House, I have so many other shows already and not enough time, and it just didn’t impress me all that much. Sock made me laugh and Ray Wise as the Devil was fabulous. I also liked that this Devil isn’t depicted as evil, but, rather, a guy doing his job and trying to do it in a jovial manner. It was the parent’s choice to sell Sam’s soul and he's seeing that the contract is fulfilled. The souls he’s trying to recapture are of very bad people, not unknowing innocents. And he tells Sam from the outset, he’s seen the future, God wins, and he seems just fine with that. At the end when he says to Sam, after helping him win the ham, “I can be a nice guy”, I believe him. Sure, if Sam tries to break the deal his parents made things will get ugly, but the Devil is just like any other corporate officer in that respect. ;)

It’s refreshing that Sam’s story isn’t immediately disregarded as crazy by his friends and he’s not looked at as some sort of freak, but I thought their acceptance was too quick. And that they are immediately willing to put their lives on the line to help him seems oddly selfless. They must be the best friends ever!

I guess the premise, guy sending souls back to hell and wacky misadventures in getting them there, just doesn’t interest me that much. As far as the combination of humor, action, slackertude and geekery, I think Chuck does it better.


I think I’ll stick with Big Shots as the worst show I’ve seen thus far, but Moonlight places second. At least it didn’t offend me. I might have been able to deal with it being a rip-off of Angel/Forever Night if there was an effort to do it well or at least put some sort of new spin on the material, but, no. I really felt as if I was watching people settle for mediocrity and it didn’t even hit that mark.

I’m surprised in recasting every other part they left the lead in place. Much like the lead on Bionic Woman, he’s not bad, just lacking in charisma. He’s also about as good with the narration as Harrison Ford was in Blade Runner. Good job with the accent though, I didn’t pick up he was an Aussie.

I’ll trust all you Veronica Mars fans when you say Jason Dohring is a good actor and just assume he was horribly miscast. I laughed at his first scene. The bad dialogue didn’t help, but he seemed as if he was in another show. I think his age might be a problem too. Nick makes a comment that Josef is “400 going on 30” yet Jason is 25 and looks younger than that.

Sophia Myles I’m iffy on. I do feel she’s a better actress then the material is allowing her to be. Beth is suppose to be intelligent, independent, and ambitious, yet the moment there is trouble she’s the damsel in distress. And her accent is shaky, but that will hopefully improve if, IF, the show continues. (Not that I'll be tuning in.)

The most troublesome aspect for me was the relationship between Nick and Beth. It’s quite obvious she’s being set up as the love interest for Nick and he doesn’t seem to have anything to hold him back from having sex (unless I missed that twist, I wasn’t paying close attention). The show established that his ‘bride’ abducted Beth as a child to be their daughter and that he’s been watching her since she then. No, that’s not sick or creepy at all. ::shudders::


It was like watching a comedy of errors accept without laughing at any of it. Just as one problem is seemingly solved, another one arises. I can deal with this happening a few times, but an entire episode of things going wrong gets old fast, at least for me.

I couldn’t really figure out why Sam was in this episode until the end when she finally had the idea to go in search of Atlantis. I think we can all assume she shows up next week to save the day, after she and Rodney argue about what to do and why her plan will work for a couple minutes.

With Elizabeth incapacitated, Rodney decided to start giving orders until John reminded him that he’s the one in charge. I liked that John did that because, you know, it's true. And it seemed to shut Rodney down for a few minutes until Dr. Keller had the idea of using Replicator nanites to heal Elizabeth. I understand a doctor wanting to save their patient, but by potentially endangering the entire crew? Hell, the human race? That Rodney’s ego would allow him to feel he could control the situation is no shock, but every other time he's sworn he can control a situation it's ended in disaster. And John was right, Elizabeth would never allow such a plan of action to proceed even at the cost of her own life and anyone who thinks otherwise doesn’t know her.

What should happen after the current crisis is averted is that Rodney (and perhaps Dr. Keller) has his ass thrown in the brig. He disobeyed a direct order, there is no getting away from that. But, it’s Atlantis, so all will be forgiven and probably forgotten in two episodes.

There was one good moment during this episode. I admit to getting a bit choked up when Ronan went to Elizabeth’s bedside to thank her for allowing him to stay on Atlantis. She’s given him this life, which he likes, and he’s really powerless to help her in any way at the moment. The only thing he had to offer was his feelings and thanks and letting her know, hopefully, that someone was by her side. And when her vitals began to crash I loved his moment of panic that he had somehow caused it to happen.
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Hmmmm I've not seen Moonlight, but I'm doubting it'll be a patch on Blood Ties which I heart so greatly already (which probably guarantees it won't see a second season!) so I don't think I'll try and see this latest attempt at a vamp program as I'm bound to be disappointed in it going by what people are saying, plus I too have never see what all the fuss is over Dohring - as I said BT has spoiled me *grins*
Blood Ties which I heart so greatly already (which probably guarantees it won't see a second season!

For some reason I thought there was a Season 2, but looking at imdb it looks like the show might be doing the split season thing.

Moonlight can be skipped if only because it brings nothing new to the vampire mythology and we've seen it all done, better, before.
I remember reading somewhere recently that Blood Ties was getting a 2nd season.
I laughed at his first scene.

You are not alone. JD's first scene WAS really bad. My reaction was "Did Dohring forget how to act, or what?"

However, I thought his second scene in Mick's apt was better, and as I said on my lj, the "diet, soy, vegan blood" line made me laugh. He doesn't do at all well conveying Ancient Vampire Meance, and it's not a matter of the light tone. Either the Mayor or Lilah could sound both cheerful and convincing when talking about what would happen if you failed them.
The "diet, soy, vegan blood" line was amusing. And I thought the writers were taking a stab at being witty when they had Nick say to Beth that vampires are in again.

JD still comes off more as bratty, spoiled teen rather than a guy who has seen four hundred years of history. I still think they should have cast a slightly older actor, someone in their thirties.
I don't think it's even that Dohring was miscast so much as this is all he can do. Seriously, that guy? Was Logan wearing a suit. People who want to know what he was like on VM? Exactly like he is on Moonlight. And yeah, I thought he sucked, and so did not have any kind of ancient gravitas in his performance.
My VM experience is limited, but there were moments I was seeing Logan. I just hate to say he can't act when I've seen so little of him doing it, but I'll trust you. ;)
so, in a nutshell I missed the entire quasi-interesting part of SGA's plot when I dozed off? That makes the entire episode even more ironic. I really wanted to like this season. David Hewlett is on my flist on twitter, and he's a really nice guy, and he's been really excited about what they've been doing with the show. But if the season premiere couldn't keep me awake, that doesn't bode well for the rest of the season. Or me, like, ever tuning in again.

And I am hoping I'll find the 2 minute clips online because we are dvr-less and there's no way in hell I am going to watch Flash Gordon to see what's new with BSG because SGA looks so attractive in comparison!
Twitter has Flist too? I did not know that.

From what I've heard of David Hewlett and for the interviews I've read involving him he does seem like a nice guy and I want to like Rodney and admire his brilliance, but the show makes it so difficult to do! He's been a part of the Atlantis crew for three years and has learned NOTHING from his experiences and mistakes. I'm not saying SG1 was fabulous in the character development department, but if you look at Season 1 and Season 10, yes, you could see that the characters had changed somewhat.

I think SciFi's plan is to put the BSG clips online after airing them during Flash. I'm not sure how long after though. I'll post a link as soon as I see them up. And you can always check YouTube. ;)
Reaper: Much like you, I did enjoy some parts of the show including the Devil who was an amazingly sympathetic character. I thought that was an interesting take - making Satan a nice guy. And there were a few moments when I giggled but I'm not sure I really laughed out loud at any point. Overall, I think I'll probably continue to record for a few more eps to see if I feel like there's some payoff to sticking with the show. However, like you said, I do like Chuck better.

Moonlight: I wanted to like this show but it was just all so very much done before. And better. There wasn't a single original element - not one. I will admit to liking the lead but none of the other characters did anything for me. Not even Jason Dohring whose first scene was painful. Though his second scene was a vast improvement.

The most troublesome aspect for me was the relationship between Nick and Beth. It’s quite obvious she’s being set up as the love interest for Nick and he doesn’t seem to have anything to hold him back from having sex (unless I missed that twist, I wasn’t paying close attention). The show established that his ‘bride’ abducted Beth as a child to be their daughter and that he’s been watching her since she then. No, that’s not sick or creepy at all. ::shudders::

Thank You!!!! I was icked out by that too. It was very Celine Dion.

Big Shots: Horrible.

SGA: Boy was that a boring premiere. I certainly hope things pick up soon but I have my doubts that this incarnation of the Gate will last 10 seasons.


I did enjoy some parts of the show including the Devil who was an amazingly sympathetic character. I thought that was an interesting take - making Satan a nice guy.

That really did surprise me, Satan, The Nice Guy. And did you notice that Satan told Sam that the job ends when he dies, but he said nothing about him going to Hell? I also liked that the setup for the parents selling Sam's soul didn't make them look incredibly selfish or evil. And the mom was willing to sacrifice herself for him.

Big Shots: Horrible.

Did you last longer than twenty minutes? If so, you deserve an award.

SGA: Boy was that a boring premiere. I certainly hope things pick up soon but I have my doubts that this incarnation of the Gate will last 10 seasons.

I never expected it to last as long as SG1, but I'm doubting it will survive past this season. Apparently, the producers have already approached SciFi about a fifth season and the network refused to commit. Not a good sign.
I finally saw Moonlight, and for some reason, the fact that it was such a shameless Forever Knight ripoff kind of endeared it to me. I may continue to watch, although unless they start serving up some equivalent of all the fun flashbacks, it's unlikely to really entertain. (Stylistically, it also reminded me a bit of the new Night Stalker series that lasted for about five minutes, and I'd kind of liked that as well. Go figure.)

Atlantis, I enjoyed the *hell* out of. Of course it helps that our household views that show as a constant comedy of errors, so all the screwups and oh-noes-how-could-it-get-worse just strikes us as par for the course. : ) But I did love the solution for Elizabeth! You're expecting the whole episode for her to just die, and now there's this whole juicy realm of plot possibilities with the Replicator thing. Sometimes, the Stargate reluctance to ever just abandon a character or plot thread really pays off.

The Ronon scene was really touching, wasn't it?
The Ronon scene was really touching, wasn't it?

I was shocked by how touched I was. I've always looked at Ronan as the muscle on the show and being injured and with no enemy to fight he's usefulness was taken away. Poor guy was so isolated and alone in the medical bay. At least John stopped by to see how he was doing. I think he was feeling empathy for Elizabeth, who was also very much alone while everyone else was busy trying to save Atlantis, and the one thing he was able to do was just be with her.

I'm becoming very amused. If I take issue with a show you are sure to like it. ;)
I'm becoming very amused. If I take issue with a show you are sure to like it. ;)

Hee! Although, granted, none of this is stuff I'm terribly invested in. I'm not fannish about Atlantis and Moonlight I'll probably watch only if I rememeber it's on, and it doesn't end up boring me (like the Blade TV series did). I have a high schlock tolerance; the only two things that have really dinged my fannish outrage buttons lately have been the SG-1 finale and the new Doctor Who, and those I've kind of avoided commenting about too much. Oh, the crankiness!
I share your thoughts on Atlantis. It got old pretty fast.

Reaper was okay. People say its very Kevin Smith and I agree it is. VERY Kevin Smith indeed. Perhaps they will flesh out the villains a bit more instead of having scary monster villain of the week.

Chuck was great and funny. Im looking forward to following it
With Elizabeth incapacitated, Rodney decided to start giving orders until John reminded him that he’s the one in charge.

My understanding is that Atlantis is a civilian expedition. That means Rodney would be in charge, not John. I disliked the ep too. I thought it was boring. I'm pretty much over this show. I'll tune in to see how they get out of this, and for a few particular eps, but I don't see myself watching it much otherwise.

He disobeyed a direct order, there is no getting away from that.

So did John in Hot Zone. I thought John was a huge hypocrite in this ep because of that. I hated Rodney apologizing to him, especially since Rodney is actually the next in command.