Who knows if this will be good or not. I originally thought that J.J. Abrams was directing but apparently he is producing. Big difference there. This was “produced” by Steven Spielberg.
Still, it looks intriguing. I like that you don’t see the monster (or whatever is killing Manhattan) and that the viewer seems to share in the characters’ ignorance. That is one of my favorite aspects of Lost. Cloverfield is written by a Lost guy, Drew Goddard, so it could be cool. Though let’s hope all of the build-up doesn’t culminate in a monster as lame as this:
Uf! That was a buzzkill.
(PS it’s the little green man from Signs)
Pushing Daisies seems promising. I caught the first episode, although I was actually kind of half-watching it. It’s a cute little fantasy, with a good amount of dark humor – it reminds me of some of Roald Dahl’s children’s stories. The premise is pretty creative and quirky, could be tough to sustain a few seasons though: a man has the power to bring people back to life by touching them, if he touches them again they die forever, and if he doesn’t touch them in 2 minutes then someone nearby dies to keep the balance or something but the second-touch thing still applies. So of course a highly desirable, hot, cool chick dies and he brings her back to life, but of course he can’t touch her or else she dies. Quite a pickle.
Reaper is getting really good reviews but I honestly wasn’t too into it. The trend this season seems to be quirky dramas, which I suppose is a nice alternative to the continual onslaught of cop, hospital, and court dramas. For example, Reaper is about a young guy who is contracted by Satan (played by Twin Peaks’ Ray Wise to hunt down denizens of hell who have escaped. It’s essentially a comedy and there were a few funny moments in it, but right now it seems a little, um… CW-ey if you know what I mean (although, 2 Family Guys every weekday? Nice, CW!).
Chuck is also getting a lot of accolades but to be honest, it just seems corny as hell, I don’t think I’ll find time to watch it.
I half-watched an episode of Dirty Sexy Money and it was good kind of in the same way that Desperate Housewives is good. The writing, acting, and cinematography is good, but I just don’t want to spend an hour watching rich assholes, no matter how clever it is.
To be honest, it’s getting really hard having to wait until February until Lost and BSG come out. This season is promising, but I want my shows!
Oh yeah! 30 Rock‘s season premier was hilarious!!
I don’t really know what to make of the new season of The Family Guy. The season premier (the Star Wars parody was really good, but I noticed several scenes where the momentum seemed to die, and the insane, ever-present punchlines just didn’t come. In the last episode from Sunday, titled Movin out (Brian’s Song) (a characteristic FG triple-entendre), this was much more striking. I’m a huge fan, I consider it one of my top shows along with Lost, BSG, and It’s Always Sunny. I have defended its humor whenever I get a chance – they don’t need to rely on plot like South Park and The Simpsons. It is slapstick. Plot didn’t really matter in the comedy classic Airplane and it needn’t in FG.
But something very different is going on and I think it is intentional. This episode had several scenes that ended without punchlines, not with failed punchlines (every episode has a couple, I accept it), but literally the scenes just ended. Some were meant to be sad, some meant to be awkward (I think…), but some just… ended. Very strange.
Notably, there were the extended scenes with Carl, played by H. Jon Benjamin from Home Movies and Dr. Katz (as well as numerous cameos on almost every Adult Swim cartoon). Those scenes in particular seemed to draw inspiration from the bone-dry humor in those shows. I like that humor, in Home Movies particularly, but that has never really been FG’s selling point. I relish those mundane, realist conversations that flavor and temper the off-the-wall humor in FG, but trying to build a show on that sort of banter is fundamentally changing the show. I dug those awkward movie conversations between Chris and Carl, but you need the fast-paced slapstick humor and offensive one-liners to give those mundane scenes any sort of weight. In a well-balanced episode, those scenes prove to be more tense than the ones that end up causing controversy.
I’m not ready to admit that FG has gone astray yet, I mean I tolerated the Nikki and Paolo episodes in the third season of Lost, but they need to get their balance back. In almost every episode, season 3 and after, I have had at least a couple moments where I could not control my laughter. I don’t think I had one audible after viewing this episode.
And I sure as hell cherish my laughing time.