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Week One

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?

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Anticipation

I’ve been waiting all summer long for this week, and it’s finally here.  New TV shows to check out, new episodes of returning favorites, a new weekly schedule to memorize—and the question, will it all live up to my high expectations?

I’m most nervous about two of my favorite shows, NCIS and Criminal Minds. NCIS lost some of its sparkle last season, and I never learned to like the annoying lady lawyer.  I’m hoping for a return to good form in the coming weeks, if they can quickly wrap up the Mexico revenge storyline.  Criminal Minds rearranged its cast this year, dumping A.J. Cook and reducing the appearances of Paget Brewster.  The end-of-season cliffhanger/first episode features a ridiculously disturbing Tim Curry, and I hope it doesn’t signify a trend.  If the episodes get too graphic, I simply can’t watch. 

 It can be tough squeezing in all the shows you want to watch without a DVR.  At least I don’t have cable, so those shows are off the table until they come out on DVD.  CBS moved The Big Bang Theory to Thursday night, and that’s going to be tough on me.  It’s difficult enough that Glee is on at the same time as NCIS.  Moving CSI: Miami to Sunday night now means that I will have to sacrifice it for Masterpiece Whatever (Mystery, Classic, Contemporary).  Why can’t they move something I enjoy to the wasteland that is Saturday night? 

 The new shows that I’m most excited about are Hawaii Five-O (since I adore Alex O’Loughlin) and Lone Star.  I’m going to take the time to check out The Defenders, Blue Bloods, The Whole Truth, The Event, and No Ordinary Family.  I have no real sense yet if I’ll take to any of them.  I know I already hate Rob Morrow’s scruffy beard.  I’m hoping the judge in his courtroom will order him to shave before he gets charged with contempt. 

 What are you excited about?

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Tweets and Doctor Who

I hate Twitter.  The feeds take too long to load, too few tweets load on the page after you hit the refresh button, and most people have nothing interesting to say.   There’s one great big exception, though.  I love Matthew Gray Gubler’s Twitter page.  Gubler is an artist, filmmaker, and actor.  (He plays the skinny genius on Criminal Minds.)  His Twitter page is decorated with his weird drawings, and his tweets always make me smile.  He’s never crude or mean-spirited but always unique and eccentric.  This is a guy who sleeps in his LA apartment at Christmas in a special pup tent.  Whose favorite holiday is Halloween but he’s allergic to pumpkins.  Who always wears mismatched socks.  Who never takes himself too seriously.  These days I don’t even log into my twitter account.  I just go straight to twitter.com/GUBLERNATION.

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So, did you watch the new Doctor Who?  I was really worried that the new doctor wouldn’t be as good as the last two, but I think Matt Smith has some nice qualities.  He looks like a cartoon with his square jaw, but he’s a sweeter, gentler doctor.  I’m not sure I like the latest costume, as it’s kind of ordinary.  It’s not a major distraction, though.

My favorite Doctor Who episode of all time (not that I’ve seen them all, mind you) is The Empty Child, from the season with Christopher Eccleston as the doctor.  I’m fascinated by stories about The Blitz (even science fiction), and besides, this episode introduced Captain Jack Harkness.

Update:  This is me, dropping in from the future, just like the Doctor would, to say that I’ve now seen the entire season of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who.  It’s January 22, 2010, so that took some time!  He really grew on me, and Amy Pond, too.  I love how the entire season looped around on itself, and the way the future Doctor was dropping clues throughout the episodes.  I’m still puzzled by the waving Amy and Rory in the distance, in The Hungry Earth, because I kept expecting that to come up again.   Maybe it will be in the next series?  Can’t wait!

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