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Spoiler Alert Thursday

With JMS and against Adam, I unequivocally hold the position that watching TV shows on DVD is more akin to watching TV (much of which, we must all admit, is done “On Demand” anyway) than it is to watching movies. Therefore, I can only take APS’s comment about “Deadwood” last week and Adam’s comment about “MacGyver” this week as an unmitigated assault on the sanctity of this august institution, the “Spoiler Alert Thursday.” Genuine spoilers this week, so you’ve been warned.

  • “Caprica.” First: what is with the pant-suit that Zoe was wearing? Not even Belinda Stonach could pull that one off! I didn’t like Philo and his e-Harmony virtual relationship with Zoe (given, obviously, that she’s like fifteen and he’s done at least graduate school), so I’m glad he’s dead. Obviously, Zoe isn’t dead. Like a Cylon–even a prototype–would be significantly damaged in a crash like that. Here’s hoping that Amanda is dead, but that is, no doubt, beyond the realm of possibility.
  • “Spartacus” was one of the best episodes yet–and saddest. After practically starting a “bromance” with one another, Spartacus and Varro are chosen to fight at the magistrate’s son’s coming of age party in a demonstration. Due to interference by Illythia (who, it would seem, screwed the fifteen year old boy to get a favour out of him–recall: she’s a married adult), Numerious, in his role as junior editor for the night, decides that Varro fought poorly and should be put to death. Spartacus refuses and, so, Varro kills himself to save Spartacus. If it weren’t obvious about two episodes ago, Spartacus has completely forgotten about his wife (which animated the first two-thirds of the season) and seems to have moved on to the next exchangeable dark-haired lady (with a really, really scary torso–I hope she keeps her toga on), Mira, who comforts him after Varro’s death. It has firmly been my view through the years that a sign of a “good TV show” is one where the writer’s are willing to kill off primary and secondary characters. I just wish it had been someone other than Varro (or Barcus or Barcus’s boyfriend)–maybe Ashur. How long before Spartacus really gets in trouble for attacking the guard who assaulted Mira? And poor Crixus–“his time is passed” said Numerious.
  • “Supernatural.” I didn’t really get the point of this episode. Why so much (non) time on the “Four Horsemen”? Their role, beyond being jackasses, isn’t entirely clear. And why would they bother to raise the dead to attack Bobby when they could have just burnt his house down given that Bobby is in a wheelchair or send a powerful demon along to do it? Given how slow the past few episodes have been, what are the chances that they are going to kill Lucifer and/or Michael before the end of the season? Pretty low!
  • “Law & Order” didn’t pay attention at all and washed dishes instead. It would seem to me that the current ADAs are, most likely, the least talented of them all through all permutations of the show–except for that short lived (thankfully!) series about first-year ADAs.
  • “Law & Order: SVU” was basically what Mischa Barton will be like in thirty-six years. Incidentally, there was a close portrayal of her (played by her!) a few weeks ago as well.
  • “Human Target.” Excellent, as always. I look forward to further elaboration upon Guerrero’s code.
  • “The Office.” Seriously. Another season of this shit? Although, admittedly, we are fans of Dwight’s new girlfriend. The rapid introduction of “new characters” is proof positive that a show has firmly entered into a decadent phase.
  • “Funny or Die.” First episode “On Demand.” My question is as follows: given that it wasn’t funny, who exactly is going to die? Supplemental: can I vote for Rob Riggle?

Shows returning this week: “Bones,” “Fringe.”


April 1, 2010 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. When did 90210 become awesome? This week’s episode was hilarious, with Naomi attempting to unionize the school’s TV station, and Ade reading biology textbooks in order to discover whether or not she’s gay.

    Gossip Girl was also excellent (Willa Holland being surly! A Bristol Palin joke!), but then it’s always excellent.

    Comment by voyou | April 1, 2010

  2. I’ve never like any of the iterations of “Law & Order”, but somehow I’ve been trapped into watching several episodes of the original series this season. Really awful. Scraping the scaremongering barrel.

    Comment by Richard | April 1, 2010

  3. I’m with you on the DVD-watching thing. My TV hasn’t been able to pick up a signal since the digital changeover, so any shows we’ve watched have either been watched via DVD or internet. Am I to believe that watching an .avi of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on my PC is supposed to be more like watching a movie than a TV show? Come on, people.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Parks & Recreation is the best show on NBC right now, although that’s surely damning with faint praise.

    Comment by stras | April 1, 2010

  4. I’m a couple of episodes into Dexter and so far, it’s pretty good. I hope they don’t turn Dexter into a Watchmen-style secret superhero though.

    The casting is amazing, particularly how they found kid
    actors who look just like the older actors to play Dexter and his sister in the flashbacks. I’m always impressed by stuff like that.

    Comment by jms | April 1, 2010

  5. Rob Riggle is truly awful. I’ve never liked him. Ever. I had a party when he left The Daily Show.

    What was the lawyer-centric Law and Order called again? Was it something like “Jury”? Anyway, the UK version of Law and Order, with Apollo from Battlestar, is really pretty shit. I don’t know why I watch these police procedurals, but they are by far my favorite shows on television.

    Comment by Anthony Paul Smith | April 1, 2010

  6. Rob Riggle was wince-inducing on the Daily Show, completely at odds with the “this person could plausibly be a CNN correspondent” aesthetic the show carried in its prime and way too eager to haul off on tangents about his time in the military, which would always leave the queasily-touchy-about-the-troops Daily Show feeling strained and earnest.

    I’ve found that when I’m in a house with access to cable, I end up watching a ton of shitty police procedurals; there’s almost a rhythmic soothingness to their formula which sort of lulls me into total passivity.

    Comment by stras | April 1, 2010

  7. Speaking of shitty formulas and passivity, Modern Family just won a Peabody Award.

    Comment by stras | April 1, 2010

  8. jms, according to my cob-logger, Dexter should be thought of as a superhero.

    Comment by K-sky | April 1, 2010

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