Archive | February, 2011

Oscars

28 Feb

The main thing I took away from the Oscars: When did George Clooney and Jared Leto have a baby?

Iain Canning, producer of The King's Speech, and GC and JL's love child

Seriously. It’s eerie.

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Thefting from Alias

22 Feb

I was watching a Canadian promo for Fringe, and this jumped out at me:

“ALIAS!” I thought. Check out these pictures from a season 2 episode, The Indicator:

It’s the exact same puzzle! Jeff Pinkner, one of Fringe’s show runners, did write that episode of Alias, so I guess this is his homage to himself. But really it’s just making me wish for an Alias/Fringe crossover where Sydney and Olivia can bond over their messed up childhoods.

Friday Night Lights (sigh)

19 Feb

So, Friday Night Lights is over. Forever. And it was a great finale and my heart is sad that there will never be another new episode but I wasn’t going to mention it because the whole season is airing over again on NBC starting in April, so I’m choosing to think of it as not REALLY being over. But my TV won’t let me forget that it really, really is. Parenthood is by far the worst offender. It’s like the Unemployed Friday Night Lights Actor Refuge. First, Minka Kelly (Lyla) turned up as Max’s therapist. Then came Michael B Jordan (Vince) as Alex. Then Angela Rawna (Vince’s mom) came along as a marriage counselor (sadly, she and Vince shared no scenes together). And in this last episode, not only did Minka come back, but Jeff Rosick (Buddy, Jr.) popped up as a bully. And those are just the people I can remember off the top of my head; there could be more. It isn’t quite as random as it sounds—I got suspicious after Vince’s mom turned up and looked up the shows (journalism!). Turns out they share Jason Katims, a writer/exec producer. I guess he is a very loyal guy. Now I’m just waiting for the day when every single actor from FNL appears on that show. They’ve already got a big cast, what’s a couple dozen-ish more people?

Other actors have turned up in other parts of TV land, rubbing it in that the show is over. Scott Porter (Jason) is on The Good Wife. I just saw a promo for The Chicago Code featuring Matt Lauria (Luke). Zach Gilford (Matt) is, sadly, on Off the Map (seriously, can someone please start a fund to rescue him and Caroline Dhavernas from that show? They deserve so much better!).

Now, I am very happy for the ones that have jobs, and I hope all the rest of them get employed quickly too (seriously, if there is any justice in this world, Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, and Taylor Kitsch will be fighting off offers). But couldn’t they just lay low for awhile? Stick to movies and give me some time to grieve before they make their triumphant return to TV? Or better yet, can’t they just all find parts that are exactly like their Friday Night Lights characters, preferably all in one show? Make it happen, TV Gods!

Glee: Silly Love Songs

9 Feb

Miracle of miracles, I actually (mostly) enjoyed Glee tonight! It was especially nice after the bad Superbowl episode of which we will not speak. Or at least limit the speaking of to this: why did Quinn, Santana, and Brittany have to quit glee club for missing a half time show? Seriously, it makes no sense at all! Argh!

Anyway. Last night’s episode! Valentine’s day episode, of course. Kurt’s in love with Blaine but Blaine’s in love with a random Gap employee who he decides to serenade with the warblers. It backfires, getting the Gap employee fired (really? It’s his fault a group of boys in identical suits did a flash singing in the store?) and Blaine shut down. Blaine and Kurt later have a heart to heart and decide to stay just friends for now. At McKinley, the week’s assignment is for everyone to sing love songs. Mike and Artie do a duet (or whatever it’s called when one sings and one dances) to Pretty Young Thing, complete with a hilariously awkward introduction in which they talk about the fact that they are dorks dating two hot girls. They fail to mention the fact that one of said hot girls has dated both of them. Tina (aforementioned said hot girl) sings “My Funny Valentine” to Mike, but breaks down crying in the middle of it, apparently because she is overcome by love. Oooo-k. Puck sings Fat Bottomed Girls to Lauren, who he is suddenly in love with, but she just gets offended. After an episode of wooing though, he finally gets her to agree to spend Valentine’s Day with him. But just as friends. She also beats up Santana, who is mad that Puck is ignoring her, so I guess we’re done with that whole anti-bullying storyline. As for Quinn and Finn, Finn has inexplicably decided that he wants her back, and decides to do a kissing booth so she’ll be forced to kiss him again. She eventually does and they start having a little affair. But then Santana, who’s mad at Finn for calling her out as being a bad person that no one likes, basically, figures it out and manages to give Finn mono, which gives Quinn mono, which gives Sam no idea of anything. Poor, dumb Sam. After the mono-getting Quinn calls it off until she figures out stuff with Sam and Finn figures out stuff with Rachel, who he is very confusing with in this episode as first he gives her a gold star necklace he got her for Christmas (aw), then tells her he can’t be with her, then tells her he saw fireworks when he kissed Quinn (gag), then tells her he might still have feelings for her, actually. But he does give Rachel her inspiration for her song of the week: Fireworks, that classic by Katy Perry, which she’s singing to herself I guess? The episode ends with the Warblers performing at a “Lonely Hearts Club” dinner as the rest of the cast and other randoms watch happily.

So. As I said, this episode was actually mostly good and enjoyable. Tina’s random crying jag mid-song was completely weird (I thought something was actually wrong, or that she’d gotten mono too!), of course, and I’m slightly confused about when Kurt, Mercedes, and Rachel became BFF, but I’d rather that than business as usual of everyone being horrible to Rachel. It also is odd that a junior member of the Warblers gets the lead in every song we see them do, but it’s Darren Criss, so I’m not complaining. The one thing I am going to seriously complain about, though, is Quinn and Finn. Seriously. What are you doing, show? I know by now not to expect realism from you, or continuity, or rationale character development, but still. So Finn thinks maybe the reason things didn’t work out with Rachel is because he’s still in love with Quinn? Does he have amnesia? He tells Rachel he can’t be with her because she cheated on him with Puck (aka she kissed Puck) (which, hello Finn, THAT’S the reason it didn’t work out with Rachel), but he is just fine with getting back together with Quinn after she slept with Puck, got pregnant, and told Finn that he was the Dad?? That is some serious illogical thinking, even from a guy who believed that he got his girlfriend pregnant when they’d never had sex. Gah. I am just going to choose to ignore this whole stupid storyline until it goes away!

Other notes:
• Finn says he kissed every girl in the school, raising $324. There are only 324 in the whole school?
• Best line of the episode goes to Santana: “I just try to be really, really honest with people when I think that they suck, you know?”
• This episode was directed by Tate Donovan! Good job Uncle Jimmy! (Apparently he also directed an episode of Gossip Girl…who knew?)
• I wish Darren Criss would get his Harry Potter hair back. I miss it.
• Brittany’s clothes were actually really cute. Yay for no more wearing the Cheerios uniform to school everyday!

And now for a blast from the past…

4 Feb

This is the promo that aired before Buffy’s series premiere. So weird!

It really does a bad job representing the show…makes it look like all terror all the time. If I saw that with no knowledge about the show I don’t think I’d watch it! Which would be sad. Though it would have saved me from ever having to see seasons 6 and 7…

I also found this…

And this…

Oh, WB. You really did define a generation! Felicity, Buffy, Angel, Smallville, Dawson’s, Everwood, Gilmore Girls…sigh. I miss you! You were so much better than the CW!

Chuck vs the Push Mix

3 Feb

Or, as I will be calling it, Chuck and the Yoga Seal. This episode had its flaws (really, Mama Bartowski? You were inside Volkoff’s organization for 20 years and couldn’t take it down and Chuck did it in one episode? Bad spy!) but it was mostly just awesome. The best part of the episode was that Chuck was finally Chuck again—ever since he got the intersect 2.0, he’s had less and less info flashes and less and less instances of actually using his brain to accomplish things, rather than just relying on getting kung fu flashes. But that finally changed tonight. He only had one flash and it was an info one, and then he proceeded to take down Volkoff using a plan that he and Morgan made up. And it was the fact that he didn’t even have a loaded gun when he finally got Volkoff to the last stage of the plan that really made it work. It was nice after Morgan becoming Chuck 2.0 in terms of being the new spy and Chuck sort of losing his place a little to see him reassert that he is actually a really smart, title-character-worthy guy.
And speaking of Morgan, it’s a little crazy how far he’s come from the often-annoying guy of the first season. He’s actually one of my favorite parts of the show now. His hopping around on the boat deck in his flippers and using yoga to get through the laser field were two of the best parts of the episode. And who would’ve thought in the pilot that he would one day turn into Casey’s protégé?

Two characters that have, sadly, not gotten any less annoying are Jeff and Lester. In small doses they’re ok, and their rendition of push it in the hospital was at least semi-amusing, but the show has long gotten past the point where the Buy More has seemed like a relevant plot point. Chuck rarely even shows up to work anymore, and Morgan seems to be moving in that direction. I kind of wish they’d just go the Alias route and give them cover jobs that we never actually have to see.

As for the other members of Team Bartowski, Sarah took a slight backseat in this episode, which was appropriate after the last few seeming like a pitch for the Sarah show (and what an awesome show it would be—Chuck vs. the Phase Three was definitely my favorite episode of the season). But her concern for Morgan and lending him her coat was very sweet. And it was nice to see Casey back in form, knocking out Volkoff’s guy with the bonsai tree that Alex put in his hospital room.

Other big things in this episode: Ellie and Awesome had their baby and Chuck and Sarah finally got engaged. I understand why they shot it like they did, with the words being drowned out by the floor waxer, which was also the most prominent thing in the shot, and then doing a fade to black as it was happening. After the whole episode of Chuck trying to do the whole perfect proposal thing, we didn’t really need to hear another proposal and it clearly showed that he’d gotten over his need for it to be in the perfect setting. But I personally just wish they’d gotten rid of the floor waxer and just muted their voices with the song that had been playing (kind of like on Alias when Sloane finally told Emily what SD-6 was), just because it was really weird to see these huge legs and a waxer as it was happening. But oh well, it was still a nice moment.

One concern: I hope that we weren’t actually supposed to think that the “Orion” contacting Volkoff was Chuck’s dad. I mean, this show does have a history of resurrecting dead-from-shot-wounds characters, but I still think it’s pretty unlikely they’ll do that in this case. But the way the shot was framed when Volkoff went into the cabin to kill who he thought was Chuck’s dad made it look like it was supposed to be a surprise when it was Chuck. If that’s the case, I feel very smart, because as soon as the message from Orion came up on Volkoff’s wall computer screen thing in the beginning of the episode I thought, “Oh look, Chuck’s copying his dad!”

This week’s episode was clearly written before the writers knew if they would get more episodes this season, or any more episodes at all, just like last season’s episode 13 and the season finale before that. Just like all the other episodes they’ve had to write under those circumstances, this one would have functioned well as a season or even series finale. It would have done a very good job if it had been the final finale, since it gave basically every character a happy ending, with the engagement and the baby and the Volkoff-taking-down and the freeing of Chuck and Ellie’s mother and the Morgan-Alex-Casey family unit acceptance. I’m not sure what the next eleven episodes of the season are really going to focus on now after all that wrapping up, but I’m very glad we get to find out.