Posts tagged television
Posts tagged television
When GLEE first started we enjoyed the show but over time lost interest. While the song choices might have been great the compelling story lines disappeared and any connection between the characters and reality was severed. Off the DVR it came.
But this week for one night only we watched again. When the planets aligned to bring easy on the eyes Matt Bomer (White Collar anyone?) and easy on the ears Gotye together on the show we had to watch.
Here is the result of that collaboration. Happy Friday!
There are two types of people who read my blog.
First, we have the people who already watch Community and are very excited for the show’s return to NBC on March 15. For these people I post this super teaser of the remaining episodes this season. Clearly it will be as bizarre and epic as usual.
(*Please note, there is a commercial before the Community video. My apologies for that, but there’s no work-around unfortunately.)
And then there are the people who don’t currently want this gem of a show. I don’t fault you. It is a hard show to get into if you haven’t been watching. There’s no doubt it is quirky and unusual, but that’s exactly why you should give it a try!
You might ask: “Where should I start?” Well, CLICK HERE for a terrific episode that’s worth a watch and just might get you hooked in time to start watching weekly with other Community fans next Thursday night.
As much as I love zombies (and I do love them), I must express my disappointment in the Season Two premiere episode of The Walking Dead. This show based on a graphic novel was off to a terrific start last season with (what I consider to be) an accurate portrayal of what a post-zombie attack world might be like. Characters learned by trial and deadly error what did and didn’t work as they adapted to living in a world over run by the undead.
The much anticipated sophomore season began Sunday and I was hesitant to watch the 90-minute premiere for fear it would be a letdown. I read about behind-the-scenes issues with Frank Darabont who developed the show, fearing the “authenticity” he brought to the show would be lost. That combined with limitations of graphic violence on television and endless commercial interruptions left behind the shell of a show. The characters are more caricatures, which entirely misses the point of sharing any post-apocalyptic story that ought to explore the psychological challenges of adjusting to an unreal reality.
To make up for this disappointment I may just play 28 Days Later on a loop this weekend. One of my all-time favorite movies, this story captures the complete experience of living in a world dominated by zombies - the horrifying type that run. A film can show more gore, which is by definition necessary in a zombie flick, but it is also uninterrupted so you can grow anxious with the characters and invest in their plight, which just does not happen on television.
I have not given up on The Walking Dead. It is worth watching for the incredible, Emmy-winning prosthetic make-up. The show certainly looks like what I imagine the world after the zombie war will look like, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the least. But gnarled teeth, bared bones and gooey entrails alone do not make a successful television show, despite what the ratings may suggest. I’ll give TWD another four episodes to right itself. Good luck in the battle for DVR survival Deputy Grimes.
When I posted my love letter to Parenthood last week I mentioned that I’m very excited about the return of two shows this fall, and the other is How I Met Your Mother (affectionately referred to as HIMYM).
I’m always impressed by how much the writers can cram into 22 minutes of HIMYM and this double-shot premiere was filled to the brim with side stories and season-long storyline set-ups. Season 6 was heavy for this, or any, sitcom with one character losing his father and another learning who his real father is, but it looks like Season 7 is off to a lighter start with one punchline after another that had us laughing on the couch all night.
Below is a screenshot of a classic HIMYM type of visual gag - a side joke which is part of the story but entirely unnecessary - a fun tangent. This exemplifies the effort this show’s writing staff puts into something, even if it is just a five second joke that will go right over most people’s heads. Wordplay was in full effect during last night’s premiere as below in this photo of Marshall with the gang at their favorite bar.
There is nothing like the return of an old friend - or five, in the case of HIMYM. I’m excited for this season and pleased it is off to such a good start!
*I also love this image because one of the “My Favorite Bars” listed is White Horse Tavern, which I believe is in reference to a bar I used to frequent here in LA, that I would bet the HIMYM writers enjoy as well.