2010-2011 teevee season

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

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life without movies is not worth living

Related to this post, here are the DVDs I elected to keep with me in Louisiana, putting the others I own in storage:

  • The 4th and 5th seasons of Northern Exposure. I have the first 3, but these 2 are the peak of the show, IMO. Although I know people who claimed the character of Mike Monroe was the shark-jump moment, I don’t agree with that. He was only a single-season character; Joel going native was clearly the shark jump.
  • Both seasons of Pushing Daisies. Sigh.
  • All 3 seasons of Dexter; the 4th season will no doubt eventually join it.
  • Lawrence of Arabia, tied with
  • The Fall, for Favorite Movie Ever.
  • Firefly & Serenity. Gorram it.
  • Aeon Flux. The complete animated series (including the Liquid Television shorts), not the terrible movie that was sort of based on it.
  • The 1st season of Fringe; ditto for the 2nd when it comes out.
  • The 1st season of True Blood, ditto as above.
  • Twin Peaks, the Definitive Gold Box Edition. It came with extras and postcards and an ad for David Lynch’s coffee, which I am scared to drink.
  • All the Harry Potter movies to date, except the first 2, when Dan Rad was too young for even a pervert like me to leer at.
  • All the Hayao Miyazake films I own: My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. I haven’t even seen Ponyo, Y/N?
  • The most recent Star Trek movie. GEEK.

good, because i simply did not have it in me to go through another futile petition campaign with fox

Fringe got its back 9 picked up.

Shit, that reminds me: I totally forgot about the season premiere of Pushing Daisies and watched Bones instead. Oh well, ABC has full eps on their website, right? I can’t even remember what happened last season. Something about Pee-Wee Herman’s ability to smell death, and did Swoosie Kurtz turn out to be Chuck’s mom?

j.j. abrams’ new show: “fringe”

Or as I like to think of it: Denethor & Pacey Go All X-Files On Your Ass. Along with some random chick I hope will eventually grow on me, and that scary guy from The Wire.

Hilariously, I didn’t even realize what I knew John Noble from (the Grizzly Adams beard he sports in his opening scene didn’t help) until he croaked the phrase “my son” in that trademark stentorian voice. You may remember him repeating those words approximately 957 times in Return of the King.

So yeah, the comparisons with The X-Files are probably inevitable (there was a little bit of The Cell in there, too), but the pilot didn’t suck. Plus, you know, J.J. Abrams. I’d watch it again. Although since it’s Fox, we can probably count on them pulling the plug just as we’re really getting into it.