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Month: September 2005

quick fall reviews

I’ve been watching quite a bit of fall television, even though I didn’t want to. There just seem to be a lot of shows I am interested in. Either that, or I am just hooked on silly drama.

That said, here’s my quick reviews of some shows I have seen…

Survivor: Guatemala
I like this season a lot. It might be that I can easily identify the tribes due to the recognixable faces of Bobby John and Steph, who were in last season and were brought back for this season. I like already knowing someone on each tribe, when usually I wouldn’t know anyone’s names until much later in the show. The setting is awesome and full of lots of dangerous critters.
Now, I have been hearing rumors that Jeff might be giving up the hosting gig to take over for Regis on the daytime show. It occured to me that the only way I would continue to watch the show is if Steph was the new host. Otherwise, I would watch the first episode with a new host and if I didn’t like it, I would officially give up on Survivor.

House
I got into this show last season and it captured my attention immediately. I love medical mysteries and I also really like when Brits speak with an American accent. The cast in this show is fantastic, I mean Omar Epps is in the show! You can’t go wrong with Omar Epps. Not much else to say about this show, other than to say it’s the shit.

Bones
Angel’s new show. Even though he’s a co-star. I like this show a lot, too. I feel bad for giving in to the FOX machine, but this show is just really well done. One of the best parts is seeing David in a role other than Angel. I mean, he even smiles sometimes! And he gets to work in the daylight! As far as I am concerned, this show is the beginning of his career. Towards the end of Angel, he was starting to lose his acting ability and I think that was just because the character was played-out. Now, he’s in a whole new role and he’s flourishing.

LOST
I only saw a few episodes of the first season, but I liked what I saw. What kept me from the show was just that I hadn’t seen it from the beginning. However, when I started to hear the ads for the new season, I got very interested. Then, I saw the hour-long recap show that was on before the premiere and knew I had to watch this season. I would still like to see season 1 in its entirety, but just from seeing the first 2 episodes, I am hooked. Great show, great cast, wonderful acting.

Surface
One of the many alien-invasion type shows. This one, however, seems more like a mini-series. Or, like a good movie idea that didn’t happen… oh, wait… it did happen, it was called The Abyss. In fact, it’s just like The Abyss, but it’s not set miles under the sea. Hyper-evolved sea mammals come to the surface and start fucking shit up. I likes. Not sure if I will stick with it, as it doesn’t have too much to offer, but I like it for now.

Invasion
Another alien show. This one centers around a hurricane and people seem to be getting infected with some kind of alien life that appeared in the eye of the storm. I like this one a little better than Surface because it’s really aliens in this one. The cast is really good and there are even some recognizable faces. I see a lot more potential with this one than with Surface. Only time will tell, though. I might just get completely sick of the whole alien invasion thing.

Criminal Minds
With the obvious lack of Dead Like Me in this new fall season, one might ask, “where can I get a Mandy Patinkin fix?” Well, my friends, your fix is waiting on CBS with his new show about serial killers. This show deals with the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, which employs Mandy’s character. He’s essentially a profiler, but he seems to be a profiling genius who can accurately profile a killer with very little evidence. They draw on past serial killers and serial killer habits to solve the mystery of the week. Maybe it’s just that I love watching Mandy act that keeps my interest in this show, but I have a feeling it’ll do well. I’m just glad he got another gig after being fucked in the ass by MGM.

Too Late with Adam Carolla
Great idea… now he just needs a studio audience. What the hell, Comedy Central? You give a funny man a show and you don’t give him anyone to laugh at his jokes except for the crew? Or, maybe you just refuse to put microphones on the audience and that’s why it sounds like 3 people are behind the cameras, occasionally listening to what Adam says and maybe laughing out lod once and a while. Adam is one funny Italian (who looks like a Jew), but I’m not sure the live late-night call in show is the best place for him. I am anxiously awaiting the Adam Carolla Project on TLC (where he does home renovation) and also very excited at the possibility of him returning to morning radio as the west coast Stern replacement. Let’s all just hope he takes Dr. Drew with him and Ricky Rachtman doesn’t get the LoveLine gig back.

The Showbiz Show with David Spade
Hmmm… vaguely familiar. Oh! That’s right, this is just his celebrity bit from Weekend Update. Oh, you Comedy Central… you just get all your good ideas from SNL, don’t you? Okay show. He’s still rather annoying, but his writers are funny as hell. I’ll stick with it for a while.

There’s my reviews. If not for TiVo, I don’t know what I would do. :)