The 2011 autumn season is now in full swing – indeed we are already experiencing the most irritating aspect of US tv – the breaks for sports as Glee is off the air for baseball until November 1st, Fringe also skipping a week..grr!
So how are my favourite shows shaping up?
Well Glee is like a whole different show this year and I am not totally sure I like it as much yet. The critical reception has been good as the one aspect Glee is doing well is more consistent storytelling. However, I’ve never watched Glee for its dramatic strengths. What has me a tad worried is the lack of any really standout must-be-played songs in the first three episodes. Yes the music was ok, but I’ve been listening to the music from the first two seasons rather than any of the 10 or so songs we’ve had so far.
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The Mentalist is a show I always watch, but don’t necessarily love. One of my favourite little undiscovered gems is a show from a few years ago called The Guardian, my introduction to Simon Baker (who I since realised I saw in LA Confidential as the Hollywood rent boy and as a charming aquaintance of Andi’s in The Devil Wears Prada.) I could spend a while talking about The Guardian and how much I loved the Nick/Lulu relationship on that show. Simon Baker proved to be a huge hit on The Mentalist as a totally charming ex-tv type psychic who helps Robin Tunney and the California Bureau of Investigation solve crimes. His Patrick Jane is a world away from the emotionally stunted Nick Fallin on The Guardian, a show that featured him and Wendy Moniz as two of the most beautiful smiles on tv!! While Baker went on to huge success on The Mentalist, Moniz got a small role on Damages and that’s about it. The TV industry only likes its women very young while men can be sexy no matter their age…
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Castle followed up last week’s cliffhanger with a pretty action packed episode as Becket and the team – assisted by the always great Adrian Pasdar – tried to find a dirty bomb before it could explode causing mayhem in New York. Last week’s episode left Becket and Castle locked in a freezer, and things looked dicey for a while as they almost froze to death. However, if the episode had one big problem, it was that you KNEW they weren’t going to die, just as we KNEW there was no way the huge bomb would indeed explode, destroying half of New York. They were never going to go so far on the show, however both events got pretty close, with Becket passing out with hypothermia and Castle only defusing the bomb as the timer ticked onto zero. Continue reading Castle, House, Pretty Little Liars
These two strong episodes on House and Castle had an annoyance in common – that rather overused device – a dramatic teaser followed by ’36 hours earlier’ or some other flashback.
House broke from the usual collapsing patient of the week to show us the grumpy doctor sitting outside the principal’s office at an elementary school and gradually revealed how he got there. Two Stories was a definite echo of the standout season one episode ‘Three Stories’ where we found out how House sustained his leg injury, and like that one, it began with House telling the story of a patient to a bunch of students, or in this case a fifth grade class.
Continue reading House ‘Two Stories’, Castle ‘Setup’ (plus Fringe, Smallville, Episodes, Spartacus)
This week’s TV viewing rundown. Firstly House saw the grumpy doc trying to coach Cuddy’s daughter to get her into an elite pre-school, compete with animal training clicker (which was a hoot!) The case was pretty mundane, although good to see the gay hoodlum from Caprica getting work. Chase’s skirt chasing ways caught up with him as someone hacked his facebook (or the alternate copyright free name) page. Perfectly fun, nothing ground breaking.
Continue reading House, Pretty Little Liars, Lie to Me, Castle, Harry’s Law, Episodes
Castle is a fun, lightweight show whose main appeal for me is the always charming Nathan Fillion. This week’s episode saw the appearance of an actress cast to play Nikki Heat (Castle’s character based on Detective Beckett) who was following Beckett in preparation for playing the role. As Castle commented, it was very meta!
The ensemble cast are always entertaining, while the crimes are often fairly predictable – as was the case here. Personally if I was being interviewed by a cop, an author and and actress about a crime I’d wonder what was going on! However, suspension of disbelief is crucial for this show. I was quite amused to hear the actress mention to Becket about those ridiculous high heels she’s been wearing and how impractical they are. Didn’t she used to be a bit more butch is season 1? I am not a huge fan of her fashion model look. I wonder how many female cops dress like that?