Archive for the ‘television’ Category

Vic Mackey’s Last Gleaming

November 25, 2008

fx_shield_800x600_wall011So The Shield is ending tonight, and I’m pretty excited to see how it is going to happen. I’ll admit, this season has not been anything like I thought it would play out. After last season’s finale, I expected Vic’s character to go in a completely opposite direction than this season; I suppose it was the optimist in me that wanted to see him go straight and take down large scale criminals, rather than become one – well, more than he already was. All in all, it has been pretty good. I still think last season was the best, and in fact was some of the finest television I have seen in a long time. The buildup in last season was different – it was structured on a layered and emotional tension; this season, however, is more like watching a train that has put its brakes on, but you know there is no way it is going to stop in time before it wrecks. But, it is precisely that kind of expectation that made me love The Shield in the first place. Still, I do wonder what the season would have been like had not the writer’s strike interfered; I’m not saying I’m disappointed with this season, by any means, but simply it isn’t quite as good as last season, maybe even the last 2-3 seasons; but it is still pretty damn good.



Good thing, bad thing: episode 1

January 25, 2008

Good thing:  Twin Peaks DVD Box Set – The Definitive Gold Box Edition

Twin Peaks DVDAbout once every other year, during the middle of winter, I would find (or make) a nice 3 day weekend during which I would stock up on doughnuts and coffee, perhaps invite over a close friend or two, and begin my Twin Peaks marathon.  Of course, this involved dusting off VHS tapes, hoping the tapes still worked, and trying not to be too disappointed at the quality.  By and large, this ritual was the main reason I even still own a VCR.  A few years back the first season was finally released on DVD, and while it was a beautiful box set, it became evident that the rest of the series would still be a long while off, so I sold them.  But now the days of “tracking” and shotty, warbled VHS audio are long gone (at least for watching Twin Peaks). 

NBC: We Put the Cock in Peacock

January 16, 2008

After my internet connection going buggy on me earlier, I decided to visit DSLReports and check things out (a great site, by the way, for all kinds of troubleshooting and related things to your Internet connectivity, often loads better than your ISP support).  Browsing through their news headlines, which always pays a close eye on communications, I found a funny news item.  It has to do with NBC Universal recently issuing a letter to the FCC, not asking but demanding ISPs be forced to use filter-technology, in order to (supposedly) ease bandwidth and prevent copyright infringements through – you guessed it – the magic word, file-sharing. 

Watch me

January 9, 2008

Ok, I know I’ve written a lot about television lately, so after this post I’m going to try and scale back, but I’ve been wanting to post about a few somewhat related things, and I might as well do it now.  First is a plug for a Web site which I hope will continue to develop and end up being excellent (it is still in its infancy stages, of sorts, but I have hopes for lots more to come):  It is the newly launched website of TV critic David Bianculli, who you might have heard on NPR’s Fresh Air.  He’s interesting to listen to, and for the most part is spot-on about what is good and what isn’t. 

Who wants to abolish democracy forever? Show of hands!

January 9, 2008

The Simpsons this week was great.  Quote of the week has to go to Moe, for “Who wants to abolish democracy forever? Show of hands!”  That’s rich; definitely has to go among my favorites – and just for kicks, here is one of those favorites, from Marge Simpson: “When Virginia Woolf wrote ‘every woman needs a room of ones own,’ she must have been talking about the kitchen!”  Hopefully, literary geeks everywhere laugh at that one. 

The Wire, the bad, and the ugly

January 3, 2008

After watching the return of late-night television last night, I can’t help but think that it is only a matter of time before the executives cave in to the demands of the Writers Guild of America and end the ongoing strike.  As usual, the funniest of the big three (Leno, Letterman, O’Brian) was Conan O’Brian.  Even then, it was like pulling teeth at times.  That isn’t to say he wasn’t funny – he was, and there was more “just Conan” than in your typical episode – but what made it funny was how obvious it became that he had a lot of time to kill, and few ways to do so (i.e. – trying to beat his 43 second record for spinning his wedding band).  I can’t imagine that being successful for very long.  

Razzle-dazzle Globetrotter Calculus

December 13, 2007

Bubblegum and the Harlem Globetrotters helping Farnsworth with some razzle dazzle Quantum Calculus.

Well, Radiohead has a new album, Futurama has returned … now if someone will just revive Firefly (just one more season!) and get Swervedriver back together, it would be a perfect world.  Yes, I’m referring to two of the biggest events in geekdom this past year, perhaps longer.  My reactions to In Rainbows (Radiohead’s newest album) will come later this week, as the album’s B-sides are finally starting to come with the box sets they started shipping.  I will say this: despite what you think of the music on the album, what the band did with it was a very, very good thing.