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Yet another very slow week for TV! To the best of my recollection, we only saw new episodes of “The Killing,” “Breakout Kings,” and “NCIS.” With respect to the first two, we only passively watched them. If you were to ask me to provide an episode summary, I could not. According to Wikipedia, “The Killing” has received “universal acclaim from critics.” I guess I’m not a critic! The show is slow, boring, overwrought and populated by characters I couldn’t care less about. “Breakout Kings” continues its decline into mediocrity. Perhaps a giveaway that the show is getting increasingly worse, Herc no longer live-tweets. Guess he has better things to do on a Sunday night than watch his own show and interact with the fans! “NCIS” continues with a variety of suggestions that someone is leaving the show–or spinning off come next fall. This week, Ducky let his assistant conduct the field investigation. He’s never done this in the past. Is the Duck going somewhere? Perhaps him, Fornell and Gibbs could move in together and have a sit-com.

New episodes of “Fringe” and “Supernatural” this week. Hopefully now that “Fringe” has been renewed, they’ll actually have episodes worth watching. This week’s episode is called “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.” Walter and drug episodes are always good for a few laughs.

Perhaps of greater interest, “Game of Thrones” starts this weekend. Honestly: swords, armor, killing, Sarah Connor and the angry elf from “Elf”? What could go wrong with this?

Because everyone wants to know, we have completed the second season of “Prison Break.” Based upon the thirty second scene at Sona, the next season can only be absolutely insane: what the hell is the Company doing with a South American prison that looks a lot like a mid-eighteenth century English prison, plus what sounds like gladiatorial extreme fighting in some super-lit room? Given that SkyNet goes live on the 19th, we have deemed it prudent to study “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” one last time before we are all killed or otherwise enslaved on the 21st. Unless, of course, John Connor proves successful in his attempt to become Warrior-Jesus.


April 14, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. I clearly need to get cable. That a television drama about the Borgias — with Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo!! — is airing, and I am not watching it, is totally intolerable. If anyone is watching this, please feel free to spoil.

    Comment by jms | April 14, 2011

  2. i hate to get a 170 dollars bill from comcast that want to disconnect the cable i never watch
    i just made a discovery, when one has the vague heartache like feeling, pretty uncomfortable, if to shed some tears, seems the chemical making one feel sad gets eliminated that way, i was yawning trying to fall asleep again and some tears due to the yawns unrelated to the feeling just rolled out of the eyes and suddenly felt no more weight on the heart, if temporarily
    so like everything that, neurohumoral
    though sure it is perhaps a very well known and studied fact, just seems should advise the *heartbroken* people (unable to cry, men, for example,) to yawn more

    Comment by read | April 14, 2011

  3. the bill is for two months and i watched 4 episodes of archer last sunday, about his breast cancer, was hilarious

    Comment by read | April 14, 2011

  4. Archer has been hilarious this season. After moving away from Kalamazoo and thus going without cable, I’ve found that it and Justified are the only shows that I care to keep up with — and this was even before I got the Roku box and therefore had instant access to seemingly every show in history.

    One nice discovery recently has been Trailer Park Boys, which sheds a whole new light on the Canadian way of life. We’ve also been watching some old shows — Doogie Howser, Mad About You, My So-Called Life. A couple plots that may have made the latter less than a total mainstream hit:

    1. A gun goes off in their suburban school, causing mass panic that the principle seems to exacerbate in order to then be a greater hero when he reimposes order. In the end, it turns out that the gun was in the school because someone had the hare-brained idea to sell it and it went off by accident — i.e., it was an isolated incident and not really a big deal. Nevertheless, they installed metal detectors in the school entrances.
    2. A substitute teacher with Robin-Williams-esque teaching abilities awakens an indifferent class to their true poetic potential, changing lives — and then it turns out that he’s a bad person who changed his name to avoid child support on the family he abandoned. But hey, that doesn’t compromise what was cool about his teaching!

    It seems to me that both those episodes take the requisite “honesty” further than, say, Freaks and Geeks — instead of just de-glamorizing high school drama, it actually makes honest political statements about the scare tactics and moralism that dominate high school life. Needless to say, it lasted only one season.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 14, 2011

  5. My favorite moment in Prison Break (now that you’ve made it through season 2): when Kellerman shot Mahone. Least favorite moment: when they chickened out and kept Mahone alive.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 14, 2011

  6. Without being able to cite any particular scenes, the gist I got was that Bellick, Mahone, T-Bag, Sucre and the brothers would end up in prison together. Despite Bellick and Mahone having basically tortured them, Michael would feel compelled to get them out of prison because they weren’t in prison for any crime they actually committed. Perhaps the most amazing thing about “Prison Break”–beyond the sheer number of innocent people, both legally and morally, who end up in prison–is the complete lack of any critique of prison as an institution. That prison operates the way it does and that prison is used in the way it is (Sucre and Michael committed absolutely harmless crimes, for instance, and C-Note’s crime is questionable; T-Bag and Linc are equal to one another in prison; and so on).

    While I guess there was likely some need for a “good good guy” like C-Note (in contrast to the “good bad guy” of Linc), I found him to be the least compelling of the Fox River 8. And possibly the stupidest. I had hoped that Haywire would have managed to make it to Holland. His homemade raft making it across the ocean is no less believable than anything else that has happened in the series so far and, if comments are to be believed, certainly no less probable than what is to come.

    I gather season 3 was the writer’s strike year.

    Comment by Craig | April 14, 2011

  7. Can I hate today? It’s TV related. I hate that I haven’t been recording Archer. It’s the perfect show for me to record since my wife doesn’t really care for it. I say that because when she goes to bed early or would rather read, I like having shows on the DVR I can watch alone. So why the hell haven’t I been recording Archer?

    Bob’s Burgers wasn’t that funny this week, but last week’s was good. I rolled my eyes at them checking off the “Child Services is going to take our kids” cliche that every primetime cartoon seems to think they have to do, but overall it was enjoyable.

    p.s. Anybody else notice the tiny smiley face at the bottom of the screen that I assume means there is a stray #8/right parentheses somewhere on the page.

    Comment by mattintoledo | April 14, 2011

  8. All WordPress blogs have that. No idea why.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | April 14, 2011

  9. My improv teacher showed me Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit to make a point, which has gotten me started watching That Mitchell and Webb Look. So far, pretty fantastic.

    Otherwise I’m continuing to dodge my responsibility to “stay current” with television in preparation for next month’s staffing season. I have read a couple of promising pilots, this one especially.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | April 14, 2011

  10. What was the point?

    Comment by ben | April 14, 2011

  11. Oh my god, they’re canceling All My Children!

    Comment by jms | April 15, 2011

  12. And “One Life to Live.” “General Hospital” is the only soap I watch, but I got the impression that no one cared, so I stopped reporting on it.

    Comment by Craig | April 15, 2011

  13. 10: it was on “second beats.” How you extend a joke over three scenes by asking, “if that, then what else?”

    It’s not that complicated — the second scene isn’t much different from the first one, except they talk about the conflict implicit in the first one. The third one involves the logical next step — in this case, dealing with the problem.

    Comment by Josh K-sky | April 15, 2011

  14. All My Children is the only soap I’ve ever followed, and it’s been twenty years (I watched Santa Barbara for a summer when I was stranded in Korea and it was the only English language program available but it was so boring I couldn’t focus enough to figure out what was happening). Sad! Not least because it represents the replacement of organized, represented writers with basically temp reality employees.

    Comment by jms | April 15, 2011

  15. Game of Thrones? Fucking wow. HBO shows how it is done.

    Comment by bob mcmanus | April 17, 2011

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