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Spoiler Alert Thursday

Again, only three shows on this week, really.

“Combat Hospital.” The best news about this is that ABC has decided to cut the series. One episode will be unaired. I assume this means cancellation is forthcoming. Unfortunately, because it is a Canadian co-production, I assume the show will have a second season in Canada. This is  travesty. (c.f., “The Listener.”) Yet another contrived plot: main character does something good intentioned, but it clashes with military culture and she gets chastised even though everyone knows she did the right thing; the annoying British guy continue to be “mysterious” (and by that we mean completely boring and uninteresting). And so on.

“Murdoch Mysteries.” Invention of the week: “scrutiny camera.” I prefer that to “security camera” for obvious reasons. It was pretty apparent from the first scene that the Kissing Bandit was the really annoying journalist. I guess we are now working towards the season finale when, presumably, it will end with a cliffhanger when Julia can’t decide if she’ll marry that boring doctor or the staid Murdoch. Hopefully George will finish his novel soon.

“True Blood.” I thought Bill had been captured last week. I guess I misunderstood the scene. Anyway, the “monster box” scene was pretty good. The sheriffs vs. Eric chase was a bit lame. And the “Festival of Toleration” was really, really lame–like a shitty high school assembly. A “1-800-dentist” add was featured prominently in the assembly, which I found odd. Obviously, on the one hand, vampires have very prominent teeth but, on the other hand, given that they heal perfectly, I would expect that this would apply to tooth decay, breakage, and the like as well. As much seemed to be implied when that vampire was defanged in the first season by the Magistrate. Anyway, it looks like we’re gearing up for the most violent finale yet. That can only be a good thing. I don’t quite get why Tommy shifted into Sam and went to the meeting with Marcus. And I’d rather that Alcide die or go away than Alcide replacing Marcus as the Packmaster of Shreveport. The scene with Jessica and Nan was a bit odd: it is always Pam who has to put up with Jessica’s crises–and Pam wasn’t even in the episode! So long as Nan doesn’t die before the end of the season leading to Bill joining the AVL leadership. Nan can die if Bill doesn’t join the AVL leadership.

We’ve been re-watching “Firefly” in the absence of anything else on TV. It’s a toss-up whether the theme song for “Entourage” or “Firefly” is more annoying. To be clear, the “Entourage” theme song is annoying in the sense that it makes your ears bleed while the “Firefly” theme song is annoying in the sense that it makes you feel embarrassed for Joss Whedon. But then, he should feel perpetually embarrassed for that turd of a show, “Angel.”


August 25, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. I thought Bill had been captured as well. I hope the violent ending will mean the death of a character or two, because I think they’re getting overstretched. Alcide would be a great option, but they’re obviously setting him up as Sookie’s love interest once Eric turns back to normal. The best option of all, of course, would be Sookie.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | August 26, 2011

  2. We had any hope of ever catching up with the episodes of Fringe from last season squished. My wife recorded a couple of HD movies and our DVR is set up to make room by deleting the oldest recordings. So instead of six episodes of Fringe in the queue, there are now only three. We both reacted to this news with a shrug of the shoulders because I think we had pretty much lost interest in catching up anyway. This was probably obvious since we hadn’t made any efforts to watch any of the episodes in the four or five months they were available.

    I believe this puts the shows we will actually watch when they’re on down to four: the two NCISs, Justified and Archer.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | August 26, 2011

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who was confused by the graveyard battle’s ending. Killing off Sookie would be great. Speaking of Sookie, if she is nominated for Emmy/Golden Globe again and Lafayette is not, well, I’ll kill her myself and whoever gets to decide on nominations and the like. However, I’m pretty sure that the only way Sookie, Eric, Bill, Jason, Alcide or Sam will die is in the series finale.

    We also cancelled NetFlix this past week on account of a severe lack of selection in Canada. We might re-subscribe in December to finish off “Prison Break.”

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | August 26, 2011

  4. The last two seasons of Prison Break — particularly season 4 — are transcendentally horrible. They are the regulative ideal of bad TV.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | August 27, 2011

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