Tonight will address other TV, rather briefly and, in most cases, belatedly.
I came late to The Office and haven't seen all the episodes. I don;t love the show as others do, but I came to enjoy it enough to make it part of my Thursday night viewing. So I'm probably not the best person to judge if this season is off. I feel as if storylines, such as Michael and Jim being co managers, went nowhere. Michael, who I can usually tolerate, I can barely look at in some episodes. And Pam, who I'm usually quite fond of, I wanted to shake in this episode. Her fears and stress at impending motherhood I understood. But when her contractions were two minutes apart and her water broke and she refused to go to the hospital I was left going, "Seriously???" The absurdity of the series I can deal with, but dumbing down characters for what the writers think is a laugh I do not like.
The season premiere of Southland was awesome. The show gets better and better and it shall have my full attention at 10:00pm est a week from tomorrow. ;) The ratings have not been spectacular (though a tough time slot likely accounts for some of that), but they don't seem that far below other TNT shows which have been renewed in the past. Cost may be a hurdle. While I like all the characters, I could see some of them being let go if it meant getting a third season.
I'm only eight years late, but I finally started watching The Wire. :) I'm through episode seven and really enjoying the series. I can definitely see why it earned such accolades. At the moment, I'm not feeling compelled to do posts for each episode or get particularly meta-y, however, I do have some general (spoiler lite) thoughts.
This is the rare show (for me) where I'm enjoying all the characters. I even like the drug dealers! I'm intrigued by the complexity of their characters. These are people destroying lives on a daily basis, either slowly through drugs or quickly and brutally with guns. Many don't give a damn about anyone or anything as long as they have their power and money. Yet, some are clearly affected by the choices they've made and lives they are living.
At the same time, the cops can be almost as corrupt, ruthless and brutal. The backstabbing and violence are not actions to be condoned, but you see the toll the job takes on them, and the frustrations they must endure, as they try to do their job within a broken system with limited resources and support.
What I enjoy most about the series so far is watching a group of cast off, seemingly misfit detectives slowly come together as a unit as each reveals their own unique talents. Freeman quickly became my favorite detective. He spent several episodes not saying a word, sitting on the periphery, and seemingly content to just work on his dollhouse furniture. I suspected, at some point, we would discover he was very good at his job, but something had happened that made him decide to sit back and count the days until retirement. What I didn't expect was for him to be quite so awesome - single-handedly coming up with key pieces of evidence through good old deductive reasoning and relishing tackling murderers. We learn he wants to be doing real police work, not just shuffling papers, but was sidelined for fourteen years (and three months!) because he refused to look the other way and ticked off the wrong people.
Much like his fellow detectives, I had written off Pryzbylewski. Seriously, how does a police dective shoot up his own police car and forget about the bullet in the barrel of his gun? But he enjoys puzzles, which leads to the revelation he's also good at cracking codes. And given tasks to do that don't require him to be near a gun, he actually begins to be good at his job.
I've also become quite fond of Bubbles. I feared the drugs would soon get the better of him, but IMDB tells me he'll be around for awhile. ;)
And there's Omar, who may be a drug dealer, thief and killer, but he has code! And he's openly gay! Given his line of work and the environment he lives in, THAT more than anything else proves his toughness.
Tonight's Chuck presents another game changer. Morgan now knows the truth. I'm fine with Morgan knowing Chuck's secret, but I have an issue with how he came to find out. The initial eavesdropping is very much Morgan and the Buy More staff, but going down into the Castle solo? No. Morgan should have run to Chuck to tell him what he overheard, and then ask him what they should do next. While Morgan has grown more self-confidant, I just can't believe he was willing to take on spies (even just in theory) to protect a CIA stronghold and the Buy More.
Still, I loved his power walk out of the freezer and addressing Sarah as "Agent Walker".
My other issue was the Buy More revolution. This is one of the times the Buy More hijinks went too far over the top. They really thought barricading themselves in would stop the sale? And what was with firing toy guns at the glass? It all seemed way, way too silly.
Bryce Larkin gets another mention! Matt Bomer stated again recently that it would be fun to come back, the opportunity is there, but it hasn't really worked out because of scheduling issues. I keep thinking he's been in LA and could sneak on set for a day. ;)
I don't know what's up with Casey, but if he's one of the bad guys Glenn Beck is a closet liberal. And he had the best line of the night, "Because Awesome is Awesome and Grimes isa moron."
Zach, I know this was your first time directing and you didn't do a horrible job (see next topic of discussion), but the 'creative' camera work you tried did not work. And the episode lacked some of the subtler emotional queues.
Finally, the Oscars, which sucked. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were not funny - contrary to what I've seen several critics state. But far disconcerting than their lame monologue was the WORST DIRECTION EVER. I've seen jokes made about the guys in the production booth partaking in illegal substances, but the directing was SO BAD I have to wonder. Also, there would have been rage inducing musical selections had I been paying closer attention. Why not play part of The Hurt Locker score as Kathryn Bigelow left the stage rather than 'I Am Woman'? And apparently only African American actors were pleased by Precious's wins. ::head desk::
My solution to cleaning up this mess is have Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr write, direct and host next years awards. They aren't too busy, right?