Basically the only thing I am really excited about is HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. They had me at Tracy Middendorf spraying a crowd with a bottle of bubbly just as the Volstead Act took effect:
See, Prohibition was supposed to keep blue collar men from drinking up their entire paychecks and forcing their sons to go kill wharf rats in the snow to keep the family from starving. Instead, those men kept right on drinking, only now their mint juleps, sidecars, Harvey Wallbangers, and other old-timey cocktails cost about 10 times more. IT’S AN ALLEGORY FOR THE WAR ON DRUGS OKAY
Also, I have always been weirdly attracted to Steve Buscemi and am happy to see him play kind of a badass… even if his sex scenes are mostly played for laughs.
Hawaii 5-0: Yeah, this was as dumb as I thought it would be. I mean, I’m glad Daniel Dae Kim is getting work, and I may have emitted a tiny “woot” when Alex O’Loughlin said “Book ‘im, Danno”, but it’s… really not my cup of tea.
The Event: This is trying really hard to be the next Lost, except for where they got a little 24 on their shirt. I don’t know, it’s impossible to judge a show by its pilot, but I wasn’t terribly impressed. I’m kind of “meh” on the cast, except for Zeljko Ivanek and Tony Todd, and they look to be more supporting than main cast.
The season premiere of Fringe was amazing, the season premiere of Criminal Minds* was lousy, and in January we’ll have 10 new eps of Southland. Thank you, TNT! Oh, and I’m off of CSI: for good, because that last story arc was seriously retardo. “I kill people in ludicrously baroque ways because daddy wouldn’t let me be a doctor; luckily this other serial killer was able to deduce my identity because of a plate of weird pasta I served to him 20 years ago.” Umm, what??
*I am more obsessed than ever with Matthew Gray Gubler though, especially his website Gublerland. His photography is positively Lynchian:
WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN