So, the first week of the new fall TV season has come and gone. Here are my thoughts on what I’ve seen so far.
Hawaii Five-O: It certainly started off with a bang. The budget for the pilot was big, with helicopters and hummers and lots of explosions. I would prefer less violence, but that’s pretty much always the case, and maybe I’m watching shows like this for the wrong reasons! Alex O’Loughlin looks great, although for a guy living in Hawaii he needs to get more sun on that awesome chest of his. Oh, that’s right, his character just came back to Hawaii, so maybe they’ll let us watch him get that suntan. Scott Caan is funny, but I want him to shave. I like Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, too. Now that the show has gotten our attention, let’s hope they settle down into some character development and good ensemble teamwork.
Lone Star: I really want to like this show. The cast is excellent, and it has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, it caused me acute anxiety to watch this fellow trying to juggle two separate lives. I don’t find anxiety a fun emotion. Besides, as sincere as the fellow is about being in love with two different women, he’s still cheating on both of them. The show got really bad ratings, and there is already a campaign on zap2it to save it. I wish the show luck, but I don’t think I can continue watching.
NCIS: This favorite came through in a big way. I was dismayed at the cliffhanger last spring, when Gibbs’ father was confronted by the woman seeking revenge, but I underestimated the man. He held his own in true Gibbs family fashion. The rest of the hour was tightly paced, and they wrapped up the revenge storyline swiftly and to my satisfaction. Everybody was in top form, and I’m looking forward to more.
NCIS: Los Angeles: I keep watching this show, hoping it will settle and find its footing. It’s still marinating, though. This NCIS spin-off just doesn’t have the same balance of humor, ensemble rapport, and character appeal as the original. I suppose I shouldn’t expect it to be the same, but it hasn’t yet carved out its own niche, either. The new cast member is kind of cool, but again, I want him to shave. I know it seems like I want to shave all the guys (yeah, you too, Chris O’Donnell) but I just don’t think facial scruff is attractive.
Criminal Minds: I was worried that Tim Curry would be too creepy. And he was. Oh, my. As the show bids goodbye to A.J. Cook, the writers are giving her some great material, and the fact that she’s performing it so well is a direct indictment of their decision to dump her. I’ve said it before—I watch this show for the ensemble of good actors, especially Matthew Gray Gubler. Recently the focus has shifted away from the group to center on Morgan, Shemar Moore’s character, and I hope that doesn’t continue. The premiere did not inspire my confidence.
The Big Bang Theory: It was a great season premiere, but the writers and producers are going to have to pay closer attention to the fact that the show is on now at 8:00pm instead of 9:30pm. When Howard got a robotic hand stuck around his…privates, it was hysterically funny, but the watchdog groups may have a fit.
The Event: There’s no doubt the last few minutes of the pilot were amazing, and unexpected, but getting there was kind of confusing. The story was going back and forth between several different timelines, or multiple flashbacks, and I suppose it will continue to do so. Whether I will care enough to keep watching is less certain.
Chase: This is a show about a female US marshal named Annie Frost, who runs really fast, much faster than her male partners, so she catches up with the fugitives first, and they fight, and she overwhelms them and cuffs them just as the guys are arriving on the scene. It would be more convincing if Ms Frost wasn’t as scrawny as a fashion model. It would also be more satisfying to see her using her brains more than her arguable brawn. And wasn’t it cooperative of the first fugitive to wear a bright red sweat jacket, so you could always spot him running through the crowds? I don’t know, I suspect that this nod to female empowerment is quite possibly just male fantasy fulfillment.
I attempted to watch Blue Bloods, The Good Guys, The Mentalist, The Defenders, and CSI, but I’ve fallen out of the habit of watching three straight hours of television every night, and my attention wandered. I’m not giving up on these shows, and I’m not criticizing them either. I just have to try watching them again.
So, what are your thoughts?