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“Fringe” is back and this is what I can tell you: re-introducing that dead guy came out of nowhere and gives the appearance of being silly and desperate. Walter can perform three versions of himself, Pacey can only perform one version on himself because he is so singular, Olivia can’t perform any version of herself, and Lincoln needs to be written out of the show. I think it would be a great idea for a video mash-up to have Broyles’ lines inserted into “The Wire” and Daniels’s lines inserted into “Fringe.” It would likely make no difference to the plot of either show, except “hoppers” might be a bit foreign to the world of “Fringe” while “shape shifters” might be a bit foreign to Baltimore. But then, maybe not: hoppers could refer to people able to hop between universes and shape shifters could refer to fiends. I encourage someone with more knowledge of inserting text into YouTube videos than myself to pursue this project. I hope “Fringe” has a convincing season finale because unless NetFlix (or something) buys it, this show is dead.

“Supernatural” had another solid episode. Through hunting Chronos, the god of time, Dean ends up in 1944… hunting Chronos with Elliott Ness. Many references to “Back to the Future” and “The Untouchables.” I was afraid that Sheriff Mills was going to try to get her MILF on with Sam by roofying him. Fortunately she did not.

Without Michael Scott, “The Office” is in the midst of a renaissance because rather than having every episode centred on Michael, with Dwight and Jim as competing sidekicks, it is now an ensemble cast as it was in the better episodes from the first two seasons. “Parks and Recreation” was middling at best, which is appropriate because, as a show, it is middling at best. The best scenes continue to be the ones without Amy Pohler.

The most recent episode of “Arctic Air” was just as bad, if not worse, than the first episode. Fortunately, I elected to be in the kitchen for most of the episode and was spared too much harm. After three episodes of “Rizzoli & Isles,” Angie Harmon has completely managed to avoid food at every opportunity–her mom brings her a sandwich at work and she gives it to someone else, she goes to a restaurant but doesn’t order anything, is offered some cheese but passes on it, even has dinner with Donnie Don Wahlberg (cooked by her mom) but manages to eat nothing. All I’ve seen her eat so far is a few flakes of tuna. On the other hand, she’s almost always got a drink in her hand. So, an anorexic and a drunk. I twatted @angie_harmon, but I’ve yet to receive a reply on what is going on. And, really, that’s the best I can say about this show!

Great news–no joke–“Game of Thrones” is back on April 1 (as is “The Killing,” which is very unfortunate). We’re finally getting the second season of “Luther” in Canada in February.

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January 19, 2012 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays

5 Comments

  1. We’ve started trimming some shows off our DVR in order to make room for some of the newer stuff. Some of the shows we picked off were the NCISs and Big Bang Theory. In NCIS:LA, they decided it was pretty much okay to have LL Cool J make a prisoner think he was going to be waterboarded. Both of these shows also routinely have the stars arrogantly turn down their captives’ requests for attorneys. I wonder what impact these being the most popular shows on television has on the general public’s view of how our prisoners should be treated.

    Big Bang Theory is something of a guilty pleasure. How do I know it’s a guilty pleasure? It has a laugh track. Also, it’s written by the guy who did Two and Half Men (which we hate). It’s also one of those sitcoms where all the dialog just seems to set up jokes. Maybe all sitcoms do this but if so, the better ones do a better job of making them a little more organic and not holding a big “this is a joke” sign. Still, I’d be less than honest if I said we don’t keep watching it because it makes us laugh.

    Oh, we also continue to enjoy Person of Interest. The surveillance and the facility with which they hack everything seems a little absurd, but it’s a good show. And hey, it had Angel from Dexter in it this week. This made my wife question whether he had been killed on Dexter.

    The shows that continue to pile up on the DVR are Grimm and Once Upon a Time. My wife likes the latter, and that’s fine. But I’m hoping a couple more weeks of backlog on Grimm will let her realize we should shitcan it.

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | January 19, 2012

  2. Yes, I noticed that Rizzoli wasn’t too keen on allowing a suspect access to representation upon request. In the most recent episode, during interrogation, the suspect demanded a lawyer. She ignored him and told some uniform to send him to central processing. I also like how, in shows like Law & Order: SVU, an arrest is tantamount to a proof of guilt. In last night’s episode, John Doman–Col. Rawls–is arrested at the end and Olivia says to the victim, “He won’t be able to hurt you or anyone else ever again.” (a) this claim is clearly false: he remains a rich man who owns a private Blackwater-esque military and (b) he still has to go through the courts and have his guilt proven. Yet, in the world of L&O–which used to pride itself on being the most realistic of the cop and lawyers shows–that was sufficient to lock the guy away forever, if not have him executed.

    With respect to the two NCISes, I find it absolutely preposterous how often the military police–you know, the guys who investigate drunken brawls in the barracks–are the front lines of national security. But then, that has the interesting implication of suggesting that the Marines and Navy are the greatest threat to national security.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | January 19, 2012

  3. Speaking of the real world NCIS, I was reading an article the other day that mentioned the real NCIS investigating something. It may have been about the capsized cruise ship, but I don’t remember. Anyway, when I was reading it I wondered if they would have called out the agency before it gained popularity from the TV show(s).

    Comment by Matt in Toledo | January 19, 2012

  4. That would be something, an NCIS with a script tuned to the week’s events. This way the captain of the Costa can be in jail for life in the very week he mishandled his ship.

    Comment by Guido Nius | January 20, 2012

  5. Quinn from Dexter was on the season premier of Justified. Fortunately, he was killed off by the end of that one episode.

    I’m very happy that Archer is back, and having Burt Reynolds guest-star — as himself — was a stroke of genius.

    In other news, we finished watching the Sopranos this afternoon, and I’m starting to think that it’s a bad idea to go into organized crime.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 21, 2012


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