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Spoiler Alert Thursday: Shit Was On

Apologies for missing last week’s post.

  • The “Spartacus” season finale lived up to its title, “Kill Them All.” A number of great scenes, including the German brothers looking frustrated when Crixus was not joining Spartacus in the revolt, which then shifted to wonderfully awesome looks of “shit is on” when the revolt began. Unfortunately, in a tender moment, the less skilled of the two brothers died to save the more skilled–“Now it is my turn to save you.” Doctore’s hunt of Asher was great, ‘ASHER!” and so was Crixus’s running his sword through Lucretia’s stomach and, thus, their child. Illythia redeemed herself by having her guards lock the villa down, thus leading to the killing of all the Romans. While not aspiring to the heights of “The Wire,” “Spartacus” has clearly entered the league of quality programming like “Dexter” or “True Blood.”
  • “Supernatural”–two weeks ago had a moderately lame plot: Michael had Sam and Dean’s dead half brother raised to be his vessel and then the dead half brother was held hostage in an effort to convince Dean to agree to be Michael’s vessel. Despite this plot, it was more of a “Zachariah episode” given that he had repeatedly failed to secure Dean as the vessel, he was no longer on good terms with Michael. This plot was to bring him back into the fold. Dean ultimately agreed to be the vessel on the condition that Michael kill Zachariah. In the ensuing confusing, Dean stabbed Zachariah up with Castiel’s sword. Nice one. The most recent episode was also on the “angel attempting to redeem himself theme,” this time with Gabriel, who has spent that past few thousand years pretending to be “the Trickster” rather than an angel. The pagan gods–the origin of their powers being unclear (possibly as a set-up for next season?) and their relation to Judaeo-Christianity being likewise unclear–decided that they would try to end all this angel vs. demon business by trapping and killing Lucifer themselves. Turns out that despite how powerful a pagan god might be, they are nowhere nearly as powerful as Lucifer, who quickly dispatches them all. Gabriel, who was at the meeting of the pagan gods, finally stood up to Lucifer, attempting to kill him, but was himself killed. However, he revealed to Sam and Dean that if they collected the rings worn by the Four Horsemen (of which they already have two), then they’d have the power to lock Lucifer back in hell.
  • “NCIS” was awesome, if only because it was “a Fornell episode.” As with most episodes, it was highly improbable as well as largely incoherent, but this week’s saving grace was the presence of Special Agent Tobias Fornell–the FBI equivalent to Gibbs. During an “unofficial interrogation” in the break room, watched by Gibbs and Fornell via a hidden camera, Fornell became concerned that there were other hidden cameras in the building. Apparently the only elevator in the world without a hidden camera is the elevator in the NCIS building. Fornell was very concerned, it would seem, that his and Gibbs’s “Fornellication” (my clever term) would be caught on camera because that is where they have their secret “strategy sessions.”
  • “Fringe” both episodes were “Walter episodes,” centred around whether or not and when to tell Peter that he is from the alternate universe. Many tender moments proving beyond a reasonable doubt that insofar as really old men go on TV, he is presently the best. Of greater significance was the opening scene which featured the coolest kid in high school ever to appear on TV in the present decade: listening to Rush with his girlfriend in an awesome car and smoking pot. The girlfriend did not seem to appreciate how awesome her boyfriend was. I wish I was as cool as him when I was seventeen.
  • “The Office.” Didn’t watch it; won’t watch it tonight.
  • “Bones.” Why do I bother? Why does anyone bother? Honestly: is she or is she not autistic? Make up your mind! And, wow, has Rexwando ever fallen to the dregs of the world of acting.

April 29, 2010 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. Related: Bones showrunner Hart Hanson speaks about Bones, The Wire, art and entertainment.

    Unmoored from the constraints of story, the Madonna episode of Glee was wildly entertaining. A great one-off, though a direction I hope the show won’t continue down. The virginity subplot was the meatiest thing going on and perhaps should have been saved for an episode more focused on storytelling. (Which I suppose it technically can still be.)

    The Cheerios dance on stilts was outstanding. I realize I’m a week behind here.

    Comment by k-sky | April 29, 2010

  2. I hate Glee! I don’t understand the appeal at all!

    Comment by stras | April 29, 2010

  3. I’ve been watching the most recent few episodes of Caprica, and I’ve finally figured out who Clarice reminds me of: Dawn French. She’s like a creepy fundamentalist Vicar of Dibley.

    Comment by voyou | April 29, 2010

  4. My wife reads the Kathy Reichs books from which the Bones character has been taken, so we went to see her a couple years ago when she came to an “Authors! Authors!” event here it Toledo.

    Somebody in the audience asked her whether Bones and one of the guys in the lab had Asperger’s and Reichs’ explanation was that she was just focused or something. I can’t remember the exact wording, but I took it to mean she’s supposed to be so into her work that she fails to pick up colloquialisms and social niceties.

    The show used to be entertaining, at least, but they seem to be really reaching. The episode where Booth and Bones explain to the doctor that they had met before he thought was ridiculous since their knowing each other makes their interaction through almost the whole first season nonsensical.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | April 30, 2010

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