Monday, October 08, 2012

Brief(ish) TV Comments

:: With minimal changes, last Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother could have been an episode of The Flintstones. I don't mean that in a good way. They put on display the kind of cartoonishly outdated gender politics that HIMYM used to be better than, and they did it in the service of comedy so hackneyed that the best thing I can say about it is that at least it didn't devolve into a parody version of the song "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie about chicks and dudes.

Please, please be the last year of this show.

:: Still digging Vegas. The second episode settled into the sort of case-of-the-week procedural I'd expect from CBS. I pretty much figured that would happen, but it doesn't bother me; I still find the show very, very watchable, which is more than I can say for some shows that I'm stupidly watching.

:: I'm still not totally sold on The Mindy Project, but I'm going to give it a few weeks. Now it's a workplace comedy? I'm not sure if hiring the new nurse (who seems more like a comedy bit than a character) is a good idea or a bad one. If this show's going to emulate 30 Rock the way it seems to want to, it's got to add more exaggerated characters than the boring ones they have now. But it also hurts the reality they're trying to create if they go too far over the top with them and forget to establish anchors in reality to attach the madness to. Which is what happened to 30 Rock.

:: Are Penny and Leonard really going to go through this some more on The Big Bang Theory? This will be their third time breaking up if that happens. How many times does a couple have to break up before they stop slinging this bullshit? Look, they're not meant to be together just because Leonard really really really wants it to happen. This is getting so OLD. It's the absolute worst when sitcoms want us to really care about who their enjoyable cartoon stereotypes are as people. It's like a DC Comics retcon.

:: I'm finding Adam Scott a big of a drag on Parks and Recreation. Is he going to be in Washington, DC much longer? I just don't find him funny or interesting, and they already have Rashida Jones to not be funny or interesting. Now with Ben in Washington there has to be three storylines going on in every episode, and Ben's is the one I just don't care about; he's so dull and gee whiz ordinary that they had to put Aubrey Plaza, who is funny, in Washington with him just to bring some life to the damn thing. Is this going to be a whole season thing? Because it's a drag. It's just a drag. Funny Leslie story, funny Ron story, and then... oh, look, a comedy dead spot for Ben.

I'm starting to wonder if last season would have been a better end point.

I do support bringing on Lucy Lawless, though.

:: Okay, X-Factor... First, I just want to say that I don't know why people have been clamoring for a host--how is what happens on this show so complicated that you need someone to explain it to you?--but I blame you for Fox hiring Khloe Kardashian and even bigger waste of space Mario fucking Lopez to come in and host the show, which will probably be the point when I have to stop watching it.

Some thoughts on contestants? Well, I'm glad the judges finally saw through the 13 year-old dork shtick of Trevor Moran. You thought he'd be better, Simon? Really? You didn't get that he's the kid who acts out all the time so he can control how people see him because he's terrified that he's utterly unlikable? Because I knew those guys in school and they should be slapped hard. Sister C is annoying. I don't think Jillian Jensen's voice is that special; it seems like she's being overpraised just because her story of being bullied touched a nerve with Demi. I was bullied, too. Lots of us were. I hate how impressed with herself Tara Simon is. I like Tate Stevens and Vino Alan better than anyone, I think. Carly Rose Sonenclar has an impressive voice. So does Diamond White.

I'm already sick of Cece Frey, whom the producers and editors really, really want to be this year's villain. It's easy to see why: she's easy to dislike, she's an overambitious little shit and borderline sociopath, and with those idiotic leopard spots she paints on her body, she looks like she's already a villain on a particularly annoying episode of Star Trek: Voyager. She has a good voice on a technical level, but there's no passion behind it. There's no human warmth to her; she can't even fake it. But she'll be around for a long time, because she's an easy villain and that's that. I mean, don't look for anyone to get kicked off early that the camera's spending a lot of time with.

What I really want to know is: what happened to Panda? Is she okay or what?

:: I tried to watch Once Upon a Time. Won't be making that mistake ever again in my life.

:: So glad Revenge is back, and already caught back up in it.

:: So glad Bob's Burgers is back, too.

:: And how great is Homeland? Fucking amazing.

:: But seriously, does anyone know what happened to Panda?


Autumn said...

I don't know what it says when I am completely not thrilled with 99.9% of what is currently on TV now. I'd rather be watching reruns of Murder She Wrote on Netflix then bother to try to make an effort with any of the shows I've seen on. I'm sure that says more about me then TV shows.

This is the first year I can remember not even wanting to try any of the new shows I've seen commercials for...

SamuraiFrog said...

Is Murder, She Wrote still on Netflix? I've always kind of wanted to watch that. I've only ever seen one episode of it because Cherie Currie was in it.

Autumn said...

Hecks yes it is! I just finished a crossover Magnum P.I. episode and got a brief reminder of how tiny mens shorts were in the 80's!

And it's still good enough that I can't always figure out the killer...