Tuesday, November 29, 2005

TV Tues - Know What Time It Is? It's Do O'Clock!

Generally, my TV Tuesday posts are written slowly over the course of the week, with me jotting down my thoughts on each show in a draft post as I watch it. Since I was at my folks house for the bulk of this last week's viewage, that didn't really happen, since their computer in upstairs and away from any of the TVs. So now, I'm having to write down my thoughts on shows strictly on memory alone, and since most of my brain has been hi-jacked by my New Obsession, well, caveat lector.

How I Met Your Mother: As Barney began to chant "Drink drink drink" to Ted, I had a sudden flash of Memorial Day, 1996, and G'ovich chanting "Todd's getting drunk on his birth-day, Todd's getting drunk on his birth-day." And, once again, the divergence between Ted and Todd manifests: nobody ever said "Drunk Todd is fun!" Oh, and, to his credit, Dr. G'ovich has never set me on fire . . . yet.

Grey's Anatomy: Dang, I love this show. You know, I've watched my fair share of medical shows, and I never really get invested in the medical drama of the week; it's hard for me to care too much about a character I know won't be around the next week regardless of whether they survive their medical emergency or not. So, it's a sign of the show's quality that the episode from a week ago actually sucked me in and made me tear up a bit over the plight of the recently awakened coma victim. It's also worth noting that I probably laugh harder and longer at the funny parts of this show than I do for 90% of the sitcoms out there.

Lost: Well, now we know why Ana-Lucia is such a bad-ass and such a bad-temper. And it's interesting that this ep showcased both why I used to like Jack (the scenes with him playing golf) and why I really don't anymore (his self-righteous anger).

Invasion: I haven't talked about this show for a while, mainly because, to be honest, it frustrates the heck out of me; none of the characters are all that likeable, everyone talks in double-speak 24-7, and the "heroes" spend most of their time yelling at everyone and throwing temper tantrums. Why am I still watching it? I honestly don't know; I guess I just want to find out some answers. After watching the ep before last, I started to see a glimmer of hope; the storyline revolving around the girl who didn't want her baby was engaging, and actually gave just enough of a hint about what's going on to tantalize without frustrating. And then we get to the next ep, and we're right back where we started from with the yelling and the arguing and the annoying.

Veronica Mars: I like the new Veronica/Logan dynamic, the fact that they're still sparring with each other, but not at the full-on hate mode. I also liked the interplay between Veronica and her computer geek friend, hope she keeps popping up as a regular; Veronica needs all the friends she can get now that Wallace has skipped town. Really looking forward to tomorrow night's ep which promises a showdown between Buffy vets Allyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter. Should be fun.

Supernatural: An entertaining ep as usual, with a "don't don that to me before the winter break!" style cliff-hanger.

Gilmore Girls: Was nice seeing Rory and Lorelei back together again, but I hate that Luke still hasn't said anything about his new-found daughter. I'm going to have faith that things will not get too off-track because of it, but I can't help but worry.

The Amazing Race: As my parents can attest from the screams they heard emanating from the TV room where I was watching this, I was not happy with the end of this episode. Now, I knew from the beginning that this was going to be a non-elimination round; the first episode when they've been whittled down to four teams is always a non-elimination round; that doesn't mean that I kept a small hope burning that this time they would surprise me and do me the favor of booting the constant annoyance that is the Florida team. And as the dejected team mumbled about wanting to quit, I wanted to reach through the screen and slap Phil for giving them a pep talk. Bad, Phil, bad! Stop encouraging the self-deluded hypocrites!

The Office: I think my favorite part of the last ep was when the cameraman alerted Pam to Dwight's candy bar moment; I just find it extremely fitting that in the world of The Office that the documentary filmmakers are just as unprofessional as the subjects they're filming. As for the Dwight/Angela relationship; unexpected, but intriguing.

Survivor: Highlight of the ep was Gary's quip about people getting Stephanie's autograph actually cracking the jury up.

Threshold: Don't have much to say about the last ep, excpet for the fact that it is apparently going to be the actual last ep; the show has been cancelled, and the ep that was supposed to air tonight has been yanked from the schedule. *sigh* Threshold gone and Invasion still going strong . . . is there no justice?

And while we're on the subject of cancelled shows, I'd like to give my condolences to Pooh, who was a regular viewer of the just-cancelled Reunion. No word on whether they'll finish airing the eps that were filmed, or if the fans will ever get any resolution to the mystery. While I didn't get into this show, I feel your pain, Pooh, I feel your pain.


Zinger said...

Yes, we all feel your pain.

Why, Digger? WHY?!!!

Cap'n Neurotic said...

What's that I hear? Why, I think it's the plaintive cry of an unfortunate John Doe fan.