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While it seems like the return to regular programming after the winter sporting event break was just yesterday, it as though we are back to having nothing on TV again–unless you are fan of that golfer who has a lot of sex with ladies who aren’t his wife or like those shows “about” dancing, singing or living on an island. I don’t go for any of that programming.

  • Due to the complexities of Canadian broadcasting, I was able to watch this week’s and last week’s episodes of “Bones” during the past six days. The new episode does not play until tonight in the US. Not that it really matters: the show sticks to the script and really isn’t all that good. Unfortunately, it has likely been renewed until Jesus comes back to claim the faithful. I’m not sure why people–myself included–watch this show. Best part: Angel’s hair in the “flashback” episode airing tonight. Worst part: does Bones have emotions or does she not? does she have Asperger’s or does she not? This seems to change from scene to scene. I preferred the rich bug guy’s personality in the “flashback” to any personality he has had since.
  • “Fringe.” Not especially good and I’m not sure how Walter feels as though he is responsible for the entirety of the show’s arc given that the bald, pale observers seem to know what is happening. I suppose this is some sort of fate vs. free will thing. Who knows! But what I do know is that the “retro” opening was completely awesome, as was Walter’s hair.
  • “Supernatural.” Seemed a bit slow–all this effort to find God only to discover that he doesn’t give a rat’s ass and wants to be left alone. This week’s episode with a demon-hunting Christian militia should be awesome.
  • “Human Target.” Sometimes I wish he would just fail at his mission and his “client’s” die. This episode was a case in point: rich British people, especially the females, really annoy me (c.f., that commercial where that lady claims to have invented Windows 7–not that the one with the nasty guy in the shower is any better, of course).
  • “Spartacus.” I remain impressed with Batiatus and Lucretia’s talents for being ruthless. Setting up Solonius for the murder of Calavius was Roman politics at its best. While I am happy for Crixus, his fight seemed to resemble the WWF.

April 8, 2010 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. I’m enjoying the new season of Breaking Bad, though I don’t have a great deal to say about it at the moment. I also thought that the most recent episode of House (the one with the high school girl) was one of the more interesting ones of this season — still not sure what I think of “nice” House, though.

    On another note, Life and Times of Tim is perhaps the most depressing show ever made, and I really miss Archer, even though only about half the episodes of its incredibly short season really grabbed me.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 8, 2010

  2. Bones makes me totally furious when I watch it (which is why I’m a regular viewer). The greatest offense in tonight’s episode was a sketch based on a skull that got the girl’s hair and (I’m pretty sure) earrings down perfectly. Agh!

    Comment by micah | April 8, 2010

  3. That was one of the best scenes in the history of Fox television.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | April 8, 2010

  4. I was toying with the idea that tonight’s episode of Bones was self-parodic, what with the sketch of the hair, and Bones demonstrating her ivory tower ignorance of idiom by discussing Booth “broiling” a suspect.

    Comment by voyou | April 8, 2010

  5. Does Bones fit a stereotype for anthropologists? Despite having no involvement with academia and knowing a single anthropology undergrad, I always thought of anthropologists as being really relativistic and never as naively rationalist as Bones is.

    Comment by micah | April 8, 2010

  6. The “Beginner’s Pottery” episode of Community (with the sailing B-story) was fantastic. Jeff’s problem of having been overpraised as a child was so believable that it let them go wild places with the bits but still feel real. Donald Glover is a joy to watch.

    Comment by K-sky | April 9, 2010

  7. I watched the pilot for Justified, which looks like it could either be really cool, or get really annoying and self-indulgent within three episodes.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 9, 2010

  8. Has there been another episode of Justified since the pilot? I recorded the first episode and completely forgot about it since.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | April 9, 2010

  9. There have been 2-3 episodes since the pilot.

    Comment by Richard McElroy | April 9, 2010

  10. Gah. Weekly episodes? Is this some sort of new concept, shows occuring at a regular time slot each week?

    Oh well, I’m sure they’ll do some sort of marathon I can catch with the DVR.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | April 9, 2010

  11. “Bones” lacks the sufficient self-awareness to be parody. If that is what you are looking for, “NCIS” is the show for you.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | April 9, 2010

  12. Also: re Bones as anthropologist. Anthropology is divided between physical and cultural anthropology. The cultural anthropologists are the more common wishy-washy relativists (but who also either want to spread Western values or bring subjugated knowledges to the scientistic West as a way out of modernity) and the physical anthropologists are the ones who look at bones and stuff. Having said that, Bones (the character) often uses the phrase “coming from an anthropological perspective”–this is something I’ve only ever heard the wishy-washy ones say.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | April 10, 2010

  13. Thanks for that explanation, Craig!

    Comment by micah | April 11, 2010

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