As I’ve mentioned a few times, I love serialised story-telling whether in book form or television or movies. I like to see characters develop, and to visit them in different scenarios. Which is a rationalization perhaps of why I like to watch TV, other than the fact I just enjoy it.… Read the rest
Kevin Bacon plays a retired/disgraced FBI agent in the new series “The Following” about a vicious serial Killer that Bacon’s character caught years before and who escapes from prison one month before he’s set to be executed.
You find out early on that, like most protagonists on TV, they have to have flaws that tell you how much they have paid for their devotion to justice.… Read the rest
The new trend in series is to have whack-a-doodles helping others think outside the box. Damaged somehow, if not full on mental disorders. Perception has a delusional psych professor helping the FBI; the Mentalist uses someone whose family was murdered by a serial killer to track the serial killer; House and Monk were, to some at least, just plain nuts.… Read the rest
Let’s see how we’re doing on the TV season so far…I’ve already reviewed a bunch, so this past week was more about season premieres than new series. The Mentalist was a good solid start, with Patrick Jane acting very different than we’ve seen him before. Insistent, but low key. Some really good scenes between him and Lisbon, particularly for those ‘shipers who want to see them express their true feelings for each other.… Read the rest
I confess that my attraction to situation comedies is pretty low. I watched Cheers, Seinfeld, Cosby Show, Friends, etc. but never religiously. In short, comedies are rarely must-see TV for me. Part of that is the type of comedy that is out there, which in my mind comes in one of two forms:
- Stars who are “X” — Fat like Mike and Molly, gay like Will, male and single like Men with Kids, neurotic like Whitney, etc.
I watched all of these three shows on speciality networks, which are really starting to turn out to be my go-to channels when I want something different. However, “new” and “different” doesn’t mean “good”, and swinging for the fences doesn’t always mean a home run.
Common Law was like a 2012 version of Miami Vice, except the partners don’t get along and wind up in couples counselling.… Read the rest
I know what most people think when they think “weekly procedural”…it’s the same thing the suits think at the studios. “Why would I watch this one? What’s different about it?”.
Columbo had his mannerisms. Jessica Fletcher was a crime writer and did her Miss Marple routine. Castle moved Jessica out of mild murders and brings a fiction writer’s perspective to the NYPD, Patrick Jane was a mentalist / psychic / con artist, Cal Lightman could detect facial micro-expressions to tell when someone was lying, Shawn Spencer pretends to be a PSYCH-ic detective but is much like Jane or Lightman.… Read the rest
I had high hopes for this show, and after watching the premiere, I think I’m down to just hoping it sticks around long enough to find a following and doesn’t suck after episode three. The basic premise of the show is that some sort of “event” happened where, as one character put it, the laws of physics went crazy and everything just stopped working, with nobody knowing why.… Read the rest
I started watching some of the new shows as they trickled into the summer slots. I confess I was more taken with some of the summer series — Continuum, Suits, White Collar, etc. on networks like Bravo, Showcase and Space. The downside is that most of them are only 10 or 12 episodes per season, which makes some of the arcs a little short.… Read the rest