Archive | May, 2011

Parks and Recreation

29 May

One good thing about almost all my shows being gone during the summer is it gives me lots of catch up and rewatch time. Last week I marathoned the first two seasons of Gossip Girl (and discovered that Rufus is DEFINITELY the most annoying character on that show BY FAR). Then, a couple days ago, I finally started watching Parks and Recreation, at my brother’s urging. And now, I can’t stop. We started in the middle of the second season and got to episode three of season three yesterday. Since he’s gone until Tuesday, I decided to go back to the beginning and catch up to where we started. I’ve now watched ten episodes in a row. I have seven more to go. I may very well watch them all tonight, despite the fact that I’m pretty sure Hulu is trying to brainwash me by showing the same ads over and over (I am now seriously feeling like I should eat oatmeal, play LA Noire, get some Dairy Queen, and then drive to Carowinds while listening to audiobooks). You should definitely check it out–it’s funny, has a good cast (including someone from my home state, which obviously means it’s amazing), and features fun appearances by people like Andy Samberg! Yay! Just make sure to start it when you’ve got a large block of time available, cause it’s highly addictive. Clearly. Also, a warning: The first season was not so beloved by critics, and pretty much everyone seems to agree that there was a huge quality jump in between seasons one and two, but my opinion of it was pretty skewed since I already was obsessed with the show when I watched season one. So if you start watching and aren’t a huge fan, hang in there. The first season’s only six episodes long.

Incidentally, my brother compared its quality over time to The Office: a short, ok first season followed by an excellent second season. Based on that, it should only have about one or two good seasons left in it. All the more reason to start watching now!

Glee: New York

25 May

First things first, to save you from the suspense: the New Directions kids did not win Nationals. This is good for three reasons: 1) Coming in twelfth was a bit more realistic than a choir that’s existed for two years winning their first time at Nationals, 2) They should not have been rewarded for writing their songs the DAY before the competition, and 3) It’ll make the inevitable winning as seniors moment next season more important. Because you know they’re not going to let all the originals leave without winning Nationals first.

Some other stuff happened too: Finn and Rachel got back together (on stage, no less), Kurt and Rachel got to sing on the Wicked stage at the Gershwin Theater, Quinn gave up on her revenge plot and cut her hair instead, Kurt and Blaine said I love you to each other, and it turns out Mercedes and Sam are in a secret relationship (though why they want to keep it secret I have no idea). Delightfully, Cheyenne Jackson made a reappearance as the coach of Vocal Adrenaline, but not so delightfully, he didn’t get to sing. Someone needs to explain to me why Gwenyth Paltrow gets about a gazillion songs while Cheyenne gets none. And Jonathan Groff, aka Jesse St. James (who it seems, in the wake of the Finn/Rachel reunion, will not be around again anytime soon…sigh), only got one the whole time he was back on the show! Not ok. And another puzzling plot point: Will decided not to be in April’s show on Broadway after all, instead sticking around at McKinley. Over the summer. While no classes are in session. When he definitely could have stayed in New York and not hurt anyone. Whatever, Will.

But the most puzzling part of the entire episode was those original songs. You really expect me to believe that a team competing in a national championship would leave all preparation for their performance to the night before? And I’m so sure they could have written and choreographed that whole performance in less than a day. Including somehow writing a score that whatever orchestra was accompanying all the teams then had to perform with no rehearsal time. I know they can’t be like a real show choir, because watching week after week of the team performing all the same songs would get real dull real fast, but come on. At least pretend like they’ve been working on everything off screen this whole time! I am also hoping against hope that they’ll stop this whole original song concept next season—I get that it saves the network money, but I don’t watch Glee for the original songs, I watch for the covers. Except, of course, for the epically awesome joke songs, which I would gladly have them continue. I will freely admit to loving My Headband, Trouty Mouth, and now, My Cup. But the actual serious ones…no. Just no.

Apparently Glee is bringing in a new writer, so here’s hoping that the new guy will knock some sense into everyone. I can’t give up on this show because it can be so good, but so few episodes this season have reached those heights that it’s incredibly frustrating. Watching the pilot just makes me depressed now because it was so amazing and now the show is so not. The writers just need to have some respect for continuity, come up with actual complete story arcs for characters so that we stop having things like bipolar Quinn and characters learning the same lessons week after week, and start having real plot lines instead of just a series of Very Special Episodes, and we’ll be back in business. Is that so much to ask?

Hello again

23 May

Aaaand I’m back, after a finals/initial summer laziness crash-induced break. Just in time for almost all of my shows to be off the air, sadly, leaving me with a four + month wait to find out how the whole Morgan being the new intersect thing is going to work out; how the heck Fringe is going to deal with the Peter-not-existing business; who is pregnant on Gossip Girl and whether Blair will ever man up and stop running back to Chuck; and so on and so forth (thank goodness for cliffhanger-less shows like Modern Family). But at least the mostly-barren summer TV landscape promises one thing: So You Think You Can Dance! It finally comes back on Thursday and I can’t wait. Here’s hoping they got rid of the whole all stars thing this season. And that the audition episodes will go by quickly so we can get to the good stuff.

Of course, summer also means upfronts, which means previews of all the shows for next season. Some look good, some look bad, and some look really bad, but I’m going to give a few of them a chance. The one I really want to talk about, though, is Smash. Here’s the preview:

Now, I guess this is NBC’s grown up answer to Glee, and it looks like it could be good. And, hopefully, it’ll actually contain things like a plot that makes sense, continuity, and character development–things that Glee has been lacking for a long time. It even has the mom from Freaks and Geeks! But I have one serious complaint: Katherine McPhee (the brunette) is a good singer. But in what universe could she ever beat Megan Hilty (the blonde) for anything, ever? Maybe I’m biased, because Megan Hilty played Glinda when I saw Wicked and she was amazing, but seriously. No. Way. But the way it’s being set up makes it seem like she’s going to. I’ll reserve judgment until I see the actual show (maybe they’ll make Megan tone down her awesomeness, or something), but this is going to take a serious suspension of disbelief.

Fringe finale trailer

2 May

EPIC:

Is it Friday yet?

(Also, even more Alias stuff! Peter [Sydney] visiting a now heavily-bearded Walter [heavily-bearded Jack] in jail after waking up in the future [though for very different reasons..I’m assuming, anyway]? Come on now.)