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“Who Cares?” – A LOST Review

Posted in ABC, Humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by tvismyiv

THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

The quote in the title refers to probably Ben’s most deadpan lines ever.  When asked by Jack what will happen to the rest of the passengers on the plane ride to doomsville a.k.a. The Island, Ben utters, “Who cares?”

Last night’s episode, “316,” was the best of the season so far, and here’s a few reasons why:

  • The Oceanic 6 are now the Ajira 5 (maybe more, maybe less)… and they’re back on Oahu The Island.
  • Ms. Hawking (Dan Faraday’s Ma, ‘natch) explained a little miniscule bit about how the Dharma Initiative finds said other place.
  • Frank Lapidus is back!  I saw Jeff Fahey’s name in the credits, but I wouldn’t have expected him to be piloting Flight 316.  Been a big fan of the Lawnmower Man since his days as The Marshal.  Always happy to see him.
  • Loved the opening shot on Jack’s opening eye!  Of course, it’s an homage to the pilot episode/movie (and early seasons).
  • John Locke gave Jack an “I told you so” of sorts from beyond, via a letter he wrote before committing s-u-i-c-i-d-e?!
  • And the closing shot of Jin, driving Hurley’s pre-beat-up, pre-repair-job minibus (actually, it was Ben’s Dad’s van, a.k.a. Workman)… in the past?

Overall, it’s great when shows like this get back to basics – especially when this show gets back to basics (like halfway through Season 3 after the mess that was Season 2).

Now for the SILLY THEORIES portion of our show.

  • Who beat up Ben?  Answer: the missing 6th member of the Oceanic 6 – lil’ Aaron.
  • What did Sayid do to get arrested and brought aboard in the same fashion as KateHe shoplifted the pooty.
  • How did Hurley know about the flight?  Well, this is kind of serious, but I’d guess Charlie the Friendly Ghost.  I said “kinda.”
  • And finally, will Jeff Fahey and Matthew Fox unite to star in We Are the Marshal?  One can only dream.
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I Had To Be LOST Before I Was Found

Posted in ABC, Humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2009 by tvismyiv

It’s been awhile since any new posts have been placed on this site, but I’ve sworn off American Idol and I missed the beginning of 24 so there’s no hope other than catching up on DVD (or Hulu… I may still do Hulu.)

Okay, let me be perfectly realistic here.  I may still watch Idol.  Who am I kidding?  It’s a juggernaut, bitch!  But we’ll see… (How’s that for conviction.)

About the only things I’ve managed to keep up on are The Office and 30 Rock, and they’re not highly bloggable.  (So did you hear, Holly may be coming back to Dunder-Mifflin and do you think Jack and Liz Lemon will ever hook up?  Because Mary Richards and Lou Grant never did…)

But there is one other huge glaring blinding hot spot that I must get on about…

LOST.

This show may not have gotten its bearings straight until Season 3, hence a lot of loose ends and changed courses (Tailies, anyone?), but this season’s Unstuck-In-Time theme is going to be interesting.  Interesting in the fact that it will allow to uncover much of the Island’s history without it being expository.

Not since Billy Pilgrim bounced around Slaughterhouse-Five have I ever been so excited and intrigued.  So far, we’ve uncovered some nice little details like these:

  • Desmond and Penny’s son is named Charlie… after Charlieaww
  • Charles Widmore was in fact on the Island in his past.  AND he funded Faraday’s time travel studies, PLUS the victim of said studies.

(SIDENOTE: I love the insight provided by EW’s Lost blog by Doc Jensen, which this week was written by Adam B. Vary…

The door to the Dept. of Physics that Desmond first entered is labeled “Claredon 142-08,” which appears to be a typo, since according to the Oxford University website, the Physics department is housed in the “Clarendon” building. But that number seems to point to the Lost episode from last season that aired on Feb. 14, 2008, “The Economist,” i.e. Ben Linus’s still un-named target for his assassin Sayid. And a “don” is the common term for both a senior instructor at Oxford and a high ranking member of the Mafia. Perhaps Claire and The Economist are connected?

Crazy stuff.  END SIDENOTE.)

  • The Jughead H-bomb?!  Could that be what gets buried in concrete at the core of the Swan Station?
  • What’s with all the Redshirts that keep dying?  The Frogurt’s of Flight 815 are getting picked off in droves.  And as my brother, Scott, noted – “Where’s Rose and Bernard?”
  • And Charlotte, poor Charlotte… why does she bear resemblance to Ellie, the Other that held Faraday at gunpoint, and Theresa Spencer – the time travelling coma girl?  Some answers please!

Leno To Jay Up Primetime

Posted in ABC, Film, Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by sgottahurt

What has NBC become?  Besides a shadow of its former self in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s become home for another late night talk show.  Maybe late is an overstatement (from NY Times):

…(Jay) Leno’s new show will appear at 10 o’clock each weeknight in a format similar to “The Tonight Show,” which he has hosted since 1993…

This is a move made to keep a promise made to Conan O’Brien five years ago (that he would take hold of Johnny Carson’s reigns, ‘natch), and to keep Leno from becoming possible competition a la David Letterman, which happened when he moved to CBS back in the day.

This plan will also take pressure off the creative vacuum at the Peacock Network to script worthy prime time shows.  Since ER is flat-lining at the end of this season, all they’ll have to do is move any remaining Law & Orders to 9pm.  Bonus: they’ll be saving $13,000,000 a week.

For those of you worried about the new show’s content, put your mind at ease:

…The new show, which will begin next fall, is expected to be set in Mr. Leno’s longtime studio in Burbank, Calif. Mr. Leno is expected to retain many of the most popular elements of his “Tonight Show,” including his monologue and bits like “Headlines” and “Jay Walking.” One “Tonight Show” staff member said the new program would not be a variety show.

Here’s a few suggested uses for the surplus $13 million/week:

  1. Get the rights to Pushing Daisies from ABC and produce it.  It’s better than anything else NBC puts out (My Own Worst Enemy, Knight Rider, Heroes).
  2. Produce a show like Pushing Daisies.  A TV show based on Fables (a comic book series where fairy tale characters interact in the real world) is looking for a home.  Sign ’em up!
  3. Give it to the Big Three auto makers in Detroit.  They could become the Big G.E. Three
  4. Pay to keep good people on Saturday Night Live.  Not everyone that walks away is a guaranteed success.  Make Studio 8H their home.
  5. Promote the hell out of 30 Rock.  Make Alec happy.
  6. Get some talent involved in the writing of Heroes.
  7. Give it to Conan.  He deserves it.

Wednesday’s TV Picks

Posted in ABC, CBS, Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by sgottahurt

8pmABC’s Pushing Daisies, blah blah blah.  Mere episodes are left of the creative show, so you could ride it out until the cliffhanger (yippie!), or go with The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried on CBSJulia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the few pretty ladies with the comedic chops to match, and Jay Mohr stars with Paula Marshall and Jaime King… both of whom have been naked on cable and film, so kudos to him.

9pmLife on NBC stars Sarah Shahi.  In most episodes, she happens to be in various states of undress.  Think – the second coming of Eva Longoria, minus the hype and annoying.

Sarah Shahi is not shy

Sarah Shahi is not shy

10pm – Can’t wait ’til Jay Leno’s new show starts!  Not really… but there isn’t any crap on except for Law & Snoreder on NBC and Dirty Sexy Money Pit on ABC.  Do anything else instead.

Lost Season 5 Preview – Run Kate Run!

Posted in ABC, Humor, TV, Video with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by sgottahurt

Do not get me wrong – I absolutely thirst for this show.  The wait has caused my lungs to collapse and my other addictions to relapse.

Pretty much like how it is for Kate.  In this snippet of a preview for the Season 5 Premiere of ABC’s Lost, we quickly come to realize Kate hasn’t broken her old habits… namely, running from Johnny Law.  I’ll bet a nice return visit to the Island should solve everything…

January 21st can’t get here quick enough.

Wednesday’s TV Picks

Posted in ABC, CBS, FOX, Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by sgottahurt

8pm – There’s nothing to be done for ABC’s Pushing Daisies except to say: buy the Season 2 DVD next year.  That having been said, you have your pick of Christmas retread-itions (NBC lights up their 30 Rock tree and CBS lights up Rudolph’s nose).  Or you can check out Fox’s Secret Millionaire.

According to Fox’s site:

Each week, one of the wealthiest Americans, worth millions of dollars, will go undercover into one of the most impoverished and dangerous towns in America. Their job is to spend one week canvassing the town – meeting as many people as possible – some of whom will touch the millionaire with their dedication to helping others while others will have incredible stories of trying to overcome tremendous odds. On the final day, the Secret Millionaire meets with the chosen recipients and reveals his/her true identity and intentions – to give them a sum of money that is going to change their lives forever.

Unless the Secret Millionaires are Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, or Donald Trump – not interested.  But if there’s a possibility for a mugging…

9pm – If you’re interested in the Grammy’s, then CBS is for you.  They’ll announce the nominees and Celine Dion will perform.  If you’re interested in Grammy’s… you have a problem.

10pm – To the opposite end of the spectrum: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  On CBSVictoria’s Secret.  Fashion Show.  What part of this are you not getting?

Secret Santas

Secret Santas

 Much better than Secret Millionaires, indeed.

Monday’s TV Picks

Posted in ABC, Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by sgottahurt

8pm – While the pull of nostalgia is strong over at ABC (they’re playing, um, Shrek the Halls and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!), upChuck is brand new on NBC, so you might want to look there.  Is it just me, or doesn’t Chuck seem to be a bit too old to be playing store clerk/spy?  And doesn’t it seem convenient how often he gets “flashes” right before they need them?

9pm – It must be NBC’s lucky day.  Heroes is a must-see.  It’s not often enough you get to see a train wreck in action.  Hiro is going to get his memory back via comic books.  Brilliant!

10pm – The final bone is being thrown to ABC’s Boston Legal as it nears the end of its five-season run.  Betty White guest stars, plus Captain Kirk comes to terms with his impending Alzheimer’s.  Oh, the laughs to be had…

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Yvonne Strahovski... and that guy who plays Chuck.