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Lots and Lots of TV

Thanks to a coworker who came into work sick last Tuesday, stayed for three hours, long enough to contaminate people, then went home because she was too sick to work, I’ve been battling a cold all weekend. Thanks to large doses of Vitamin C and Zinc it’s hasn’t turned into a full blown, ‘Kill me now’, cold. I did have a dry cough last night, which I actually suspect was allergy related since I had my windows open. I ended up getting two hours of sleep, yet I'm not exhausted now. WTFrak?

I did manage to hang with friends for a several hours on Saturday. We continued our streak of interesting restaurant experiences. It was good that our waitress was cute and sweet because she was painfully lacking in the brains department. I mean, if you hand someone two credit cards and one has a female name and the other a male name, why would you ask which one is mine? O_o

I also have caught up on TV.

Life on Mars

The reshot pilot.....wasn’t bad! The U.S. pilot followed the U.K. pilot closely and it seems like the next episode will copy the original series as well. With American TV production schedules so much longer, the U.S. version will have to deviate soon. At that point we shall see if the U.S. version can sustain the concept. I’m still torn on watching. I consider it one of the better pilots I’ve seen this season, yet it still pales in comparison to the U.K. version. And while I’ve read criticism of Jason O’Mara’s Sam, and agree he's not as good as John Simm, I found him quite likable in the role. I felt the real problem was Harvey Keitel’s Gene Hunt. I’m not sure if it’s Harvey, the writers, or a combination of both, but, inexplicably, they’ve softened the character. Gene is still an ass, but he seems more a product of his generation rather than just being an ass.

The shot of the Twin Towers was as surprising and moving to me as it was to Sam. It wasn't used for cheap effect, it was the clearest way to tell Sam that, yes, he was definitely in a different era. Which left me a bit bewildered that he continued to question the 'reality' of his situation.


Eleventh Hour

My interest waned halfway through the premiere. BBC America ran a marathon of the original series starring Patrick Stewart yesterday afternoon so I decided to watch the first episode to compare. The U.S. pilot closely follows the U.K. pilot, but one key difference is that the U.K. version runs ninety minutes with commercials versus sixty thus some significant edits had to be made. Plot points I found confusing in the U.S. version were clear in the U.K. version. Also, the U.K. version didn't portray the bad guys as cliches nor was every plot thread tied up neatly at the end. And while I am a fan of Rufus Sewell, I felt he was miscast here. I felt an older actor was needed to convey the experiences Hood was to have had.

Ultimately, the premise of both series just does not interest me. And, if I recall correctly, it didn’t interest the Brits much either since it was canceled after one series.

Oh, and Marc Blucas guest starred as a detective. KIt took me a minute to recognize him. And his acting has not improved.


Sanctuary

Bu-Bye! Twenty-five minutes into the episode it hit me that I had NO idea what the story was, where it was headed, or what point they were trying to make. It didn’t help that they only bothered to write an A plot. I don’t know if an overlong and pointless phone call between Will and his ex was suppose to be a subplot, but since it seemed to just be thrown in there for no apparent reason I’ll guess someone just wanted to give Kandyce McClure work for the day. And if you ever thought Leah Cairns had a thankless roll as Racetrack, think again! The poor woman was in a substantial portion of the episode, yet had two or three lines.


Life

Well, that was an improvement. This felt much more like a Season 1 episode. Both Charlie and Ted had to deal, once again, with their time in prison. Reese got to be tough, smart and funny. Lieutenant Davis was back! We still don’t have a clear explanation as to why she was demoted, but I’m hopeful with her partner off for a long rest we’ll see more of her around the department. And I loved the closing shot of, in his closet, pinning the newspaper clipping to the wall. He’s starting his investigation anew, trying to determine who the five are, what they were involved in, and how it ties to him.

Tidwell was slightly less annoying. It helped that he wasn’t actually dumb enough to keep a loaded gun in an unlocked desk. But I'm still loathing the subplot with Charlie's ex-wife. Charlie is only setting himself up for more pain and he deserves better. Plus, the actress isn’t very good. I hear she’s quite the humanitarian though.

Easy Money

Is anyone else watching this show? It airs Sunday on the CW. If you're not watching, you should check it out and let me share few reasons why.

- The premise involves a family run 'need money NOW' loan business. It's not a procedural! Nor is it high concept! It relies on the characters to drive the story!

- It has a fairly strong cast (though the brother-in-law could go) headed by Laurie Metcalf as the matriarch of the family. Her Bobette is an interesting character. At times she seems like a caricature, with the big hair and boisterous personality, but you realize it's part of a facade to distract people from the smart woman standing before them. And she has a propensity for not telling the truth, yet it's not born of maliciousness. It's a habit formed by someone who, I think, views reality as a bit boring and she embellishes to entertain.

- In the premiere, the youngest son (and Bobette's rock), Cooper, discovers a family secret. By the second episode he's talking to his family about what he's discovered. Yes, the family talks to each other! There is a lot of dodging answering his questions, yet it's refreshing to see a character face a situation head on rather than allowing resentment and anger to build.

- And Cooper's kind of cute. ;)


Friday Night Lights

Things I loved about this episode:

Matt! Poor Matt. There was definitely a moment there when he thought about letting his grandmother go to the nursing home. Then she had the breakdown, thanking him for his sacrifices, and all done without ever complaining. You just knew he was going to end up doing the right thing no matter what it cost him. And going to see his mother, to ask her for help, must have been incredibly painful. I was proud of him when, knowing his mother was about to criticize his father for leaving him and going to Iraq, he cut her off with, "I really don't think you are in any position to judge." Ouch. From some minor spoilers I've read, I know she has her reasons for doing what she did, but she's also had years to try to be a part of his life and hasn't made an attempt and I'd like to hear an explanation for that.

On a happier note for Matt, he seems to be reconnecting with Julie. Julie, who no longer is that awful teen from last season, but the Julie I recognize and like from Season 1.

The team rallying around Smash and helping him regain his confidence. I only wish Jason had been there to cheer them on from the sidelines. It would have been nice to see the team, as we knew them, together one last time.

And I may have gotten a little teary hearing the Williams family celebrate the good news as soon as Eric left. I really hope it works out for Smash and his family.

What I'm torn about in this epsiode:

Tami. I actually side with Tami and her decision. Panther football is very important to Dillion, but life after Panther football is more important. Those kids need teachers, up to date textbooks and dozens of other things, not a Jumbotron. However, if you've only been the high school principle for a week do you make a unilateral decision as she did and alienate everyone? People you will need on your side later. Eric knows you have to walk a fine line with the people of Dillion. It was no coincidence that as Tami asked Eric his opinion about her decision, a gentleman approached him about the new QB. He's had to deal for years with the pressure to do what is best for the team, for Dillion, and make everyone happy, even if it might not be the right thing to do.

And I had another issue with Tami. Did Tyra make some bad calls in her campaign for class president? Absolutely. But Tyra doesn't know any better. When backed into a corner, she resorts to what she knows to get what she wants. She doesn't have anyone to tell her it's wrong. Her mother and sister think the best Tyra can hope for is using her God given assets to land herself a husband. Landry is, well, Landry. And while Tami helped inspire Tyra to do better in school and think about college and a career, she's now the principle and has left Tyra in the hands of a guidance counselor who thinks little of her and feels her aspirations are a joke. Tami could have handled the situation better. Instead of chastising Tyra and making her feel like crap, she could have explained that while her actions may have won her the election, it didn't improve her standing in the eyes of her fellow students.

What I didn't like:

Tim and Lyla. Sorry, I just don't get it. Buddy may have been out of line threatening Tim, but I understand how he's feeling. Lyla can do a lot better. Tim's being approached by schools and he just blows it off. Part of me wonders if Lyla is trying to recreate the life she thought she would have with Jason - being the girlfriend/wife of a football star. If that's the case I feel as sorry for her as I do for Tim.


Chuck

What's with the hair on the show this season? Both Chuck and Bryce need to control those curls.

That was some pretty good negotiating on Chuck's part. Though I love how Casey was able to reclaim the money, chase down the chip guy, and save Chuck's life singlehandedly.

Sara took the shot when Bryce was held hostage; she couldn't take the shot when it was Chuck in the same position. Well, I think we, and Bryce, knows who she loves more. Poor Bryce. Though I hope this won't stop Bryce from visiting. He's very pretty.

I was wondering how the show was going to deal with the information in Chuck's head becoming outdated. I'll buy it.

Morgan needs to marry Anna.

And Casey wants to possibly recruit Anna. Hee!

The Comic Con mug! Hee! Hee!
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Good luck on fighting the cold thing, it can be done as I did early last week!

I agree on three of your observations

1. Life
2. Chuck
3. The waitress.

You sum up things much better than I.
Thanks. I am now feeling better. :) And planning a weeks vacation...which the coworker who infected me doesn't know about yet. ;)
Soooooooooooo Sanctuary. The actor that plays John Druitt is the actor that plays Todd in Stargate. BUT the actor in the Bigfoot costume sounds like Todd from Stargate.

Oh and Sanctuary is a load of Dren.
Huh. I didn't know John and Todd were played by the same actor. Poor bastard is stuck on two crappy shows! ;)
I'm sorry you're having to battle the flu. You have every right to greet your co-worker with a spray of lysol to the face next time you see her.


I was wondering how the show was going to deal with the information in Chuck's head becoming outdated. I'll buy it.


I was also glad to see them address that--and not particularly picky about the way they did it.
"Lyla can do a lot better"

Not really, imo. We don't even know anything about Julie right now besides she wants a car over AP English, and she still has more of an internal monologue going on than Lyla. She's a sack of bricks that can get passing grades in a texas high school, tim isn't but so what? Might as well have them be sacks together. Lyla could have fled with mom to greener pastures, but she didn't, which is pretty much all we know about her, since the jesus boy hasn't been adressed yet. And I don't really care if they ever do.

"Twenty-five minutes into the episode it hit me that I had NO idea what the story was, where it was headed, or what point they were trying to make."

I watched the pilot at about 5am when I woke up early (family in the hospital, messed my schedule up), and the whole insipid gothic rainy thing mixed with my fancy coffee took me to my happy place, so I figure I'll stick with it; IIRC, there's only like eight eps anyway, right? I didn't download back when they were first released last year because it would have felt wrong, being that it was about digital sales, so my memory on how many there were is probably fuzzy.
That Lyla has all these opportunities, such as starting over in California, and is choosing to stay put, to settle, is troublesome. If they were to do a flashforward episode, I think we may see Tyra running her own business in Dallas and Lyla still in Dillon playing housewife and working part time at her dad's dealership to support her chronically out of work husband and kids.

I hope your family member is doing better.
Of these shows here, I'm watching FNL (dedicated fanmaniac for this one), Easy Money and Life on Mars. What did you think of the 2nd EM and LoM eps? I'm still with both shows for now. Also: did you catch the nerdy dude from Alias in EM 102? Hah, I haven't seen him do anything else, so that was fun (seemed like a one-off though, so I doubt he'll be back). I hear that EM is taking a production hiatus to work on scripts -- I actually wonder if the bizarre timing of this show with the current financial crisis is the reason? Interesting. I never saw the UK LoM (yet); so I come to this show as a virgin! ;-) But I like both these new shows and will stick with them if they survive past 3 more eps...

As for FNL, Lyla/Tim is similar to Landry/Tyra: two people who are just WRONG for each other, but are inexplicably drawn to each other on a purely emotional level. You just KNOW it's going to end, but boy it is such a great car-crash to watch from the sidelines. INTENSITY.

Matt just breaks my heart every week. So do the Riggins Brothers. Sigh.
I enjoyed the second episode of EM and having the third ep on the DVR. LoM lost me after the second episode. I posted a few thoughts as to why. Maybe I'd be OK with it if I hadn't seen the original, but I have, and LoM just comes off as a watered down, slightly confusing version of that to me.

See, Landry/Tyra does make sense to me. Putting aside Tyra's looks, Landry liked her as a person. He saw more than the tough, hot chick. And Landry forced her to think better of herself and he treated her better than any of her previous boyfriends. Just knowing each other has helped them become stronger individuals. I just can't see what Lyla and Tim can do for each other.

Tami and Eric are definitely my favorite characters on the show, but I've grown to care about Matt much more than I ever anticipated.
Landry/Tyra does make sense to me. Putting aside Tyra's looks, Landry liked her as a person. He saw more than the tough, hot chick. And Landry forced her to think better of herself and he treated her better than any of her previous boyfriends. Just knowing each other has helped them become stronger individuals.

Interesting...for me, I feel like your description of L/T could just as easily be applied to Tim & Lyla. Except, of course, that they are both very, very pretty. ;)

Shoot my DVR didn't tape EM this past weekend...grrrr.
I just watched EM. I didn't feel it was as strong as the first two episodes, but it was also one of those episodes that was setting up future developments. Brandy's husband definitely has to go. I don't know how the writers expect us to accept she'd stay married to such a loser.
I just watched EM 103 today on Hulu as well...I really love Laurie Metcalf and her performance, and the character. She kind of mesmerizes me. Most especially I love how she plays games with folks who are in her debt. Still enjoying the show...need to reset my darned DVR...
I loved how she scammed that woman of her hair!

I didn't realize the show was on Hulu. Good to know!
Plus, the actress isn’t very good. I hear she’s quite the humanitarian though.

So would you be as fascinated and GUTTED as I was to hear that Claudia Black originally had that role, but had to be recast due to her pregnancy??

I can't help wondering how the whole relationship would have changed with her as Charlie's ex...
I know and I try not to think about it. Though, sometimes I can't help but imagine Damien and Claudia together in a scene and knowing how awesome it would have been depresses me.