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Television this past week was rather disappointing–there wasn’t a whole lot on (again). As a result, we ended up re-watching the first season of the “Sarah Connor Chronicles.” This is, without a doubt, much better around the second time and I enjoyed it a lot the first time. Is there anything better than robots vs. warrior Jesus? (Astute viewers will note that Richard T. Jones reprised his role as Agent Ellison in “SCC” in last week’s episode of “Bones.” With a different name, of course. He remains the poor man’s Denzel.)

“Supernatural” was watchable, but not exceptional. It was, as they say, “a good Dean episode.”

While the premise of the show remains absolutely dumb and it definitely qualifies as low-quality television, “Human Target,” like, say, “NCIS,” has been very enjoyable: it is a bad show and it is fun to watch. Speaking of “NCIS,” having Tony and Ziva finally “hook-up” in Paris was just dumb. Like Jim and Pam, Tony and Ziva were only tolerable insofar as they weren’t a couple. Speaking of “The Office”–a clips show, really?

I did not watch the pilot episode of “Caprica” as I had watched the DVD version back in December. Those with comments on the theme of robots vs. humans are invited to comment. We did, however, watch the first episode of “Spartacus: Blood & Sand.” I’ll be honest: I’m not looking forward to seeing John Hanna’s wang or Lucy Lawless’s beaver. I think I can happily get through life without both. While the pornographic element of the show makes “True Blood” seem tame by comparison (c.f., Sookie’s breasts every episode while saying “Oh, Bee-eel”), the violence is truly spectacular. However, awesome violence will get tiresome very soon. And the dickens is with Spartacus having an Aragorn complex? They should have just put out the money for Viggo.


January 28, 2010 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. Watching House this week, I was alarmed to learn that a problem with processing copper can cause psychopathy.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 28, 2010

  2. IDK, The John and Lucy Wang and Beaver Show sounds like a winner to me.

    This week’s House is the first I can remember for ages in which the case the team was working on was actually interesting; unfortunately the attempt to draw parallels with House’s own psychology was enormously clunky (and the show used to be so good at doing that! I’m really not sure how the skills of the House writers have managed to decline so much).

    Comment by voyou | January 28, 2010

  3. I’ve been alarmed at their precipitous decline. At this point, I’m morbidly fascinated to see how long Hugh Laurie can single-handedly carry the show through sheer force of personality — since they’ve evidently given up on the idea of having good plotlines, or at least feel compelled to botch every good idea they have.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 29, 2010

  4. I don’t think it has anything to do with a precipitous decline of skills. I think it has a lot more to do with the fact that they’re a hundred and twenty-odd episodes into a series based around a rather tight episodic formula, and there’s only so many things they can do to shake up that formula, and they’ve done pretty much all of them at this point. No TV show can run indefinitely without getting old and worn out.

    Comment by stras | January 29, 2010

  5. As mentioned last week, “House” is on my list of “They’ll still make that?!” Having just seen a commercial for “Lost” the other night, I had the exact same reaction.

    Great news: a sixth season of “Supernatural” has been confirmed. I hope the current season’s arc is not drawn out (Dean as Michael’s vessel; Sam as Lucifer’s vessel) and rather turns to the much more interesting question–what becomes of evil and good after the apocalypse?

    Comment by Craig | January 29, 2010

  6. As mentioned last week, “House” is on my list of “They’ll still make that?!” …Great news: a sixth season of “Supernatural” has been confirmed.

    Craig is Craig.

    Comment by stras | January 30, 2010

  7. Missing your point, Stras: one was an okay show in its first and and second seasons, but has since fallen into decadence (stay tuned for a “House” clips show!) and the other show is good bad tv.

    Comment by Craig | January 30, 2010

  8. Merely observing that the gap between our universes remains difficult to bridge.

    Comment by stras | January 31, 2010

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