Saturday, January 31, 2009
With a show that gives you as much emotional toil as Battlestar Galactica, that is the type of generation spanning epic space-and-morality drama that BSG is, it's occasionally hard to remember why you loved the show in the first place. BSG has had its fair share of boring episodes, and the first two episodes back of Season 4.5 have been no exceptions. Despite some supposedly "big" revelations and a mutiny brewing underneath the surface, the first two outings for Adama and Co had been remarkably... blah.
NOT SO FOR LAST NIGHT'S ACTION PACKED FORTY FIVE MINUTES. Last night's Battlestar was everything I've ever loved about the show and more. Starbuck was badass. Lee was daring and idealistic. Adama and Tigh were old war buddies struggling to do the right thing. Everyone from Helo to Athena to mother-frakking Baltar was at their show's best. On top of which, this week we finally had a plot worthy of the hype awarded to BSG.
But let's be honest, here. President Roslin is, has been, and always will be the best part about this show. Come for the sci-fi goodness and complicated political allegory, but stay for the way that Mary McDonnell has managed to make Laura Roslin the most complicated, brilliant, broken woman in the history of the whole universe (be they cylon or human).
This is the first episode I've watched thus far this season that has left me breathless for the next outing. The idea of waiting a whole week before I find out what happens to Adama and Tigh (and don't think for one second BSG'ers that I believe next week's teaser of "Colonel Tigh is dead" was anything other than a marketing trick), Roslin and Baltar, Lee and Kara, even (dare I say) that traitorous, wormy, one-legged bastard, Gaeta.
Here are a few episode highlights:
*The awesome incongruity of Roslin and Adama making out, and the visual joke of Lee and Kara staring away looking awkward, like any kid would when their dad starts macking it with his all time lady love.
*The return to funny Baltar ("I truly don't want to desert you..." while looking shiftily away towards his salvation) mixed with the legitimate arch that this character has had taking center-staged. Plus, dude, has Baltar ever looked better than he does right now?
*Starbucks gleeful bloodlust taking center stage again, rather than her whiny "am I human or am I not?" antics of previous weeks
*Tyrol proving to still be the solid, stand up guy (cylon?) he's been since season one
And looking at the preview for next week's old-school-cylon-centric episode, the only thing I'm hoping is for more badass sixery, cause Six has truly been one of my favorite characters throughout the series, and I can't wait to see all this amazingness explode.
Friday, January 30, 2009
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Friday, January 23, 2009
After last season's finale, in which (SPOILER ALERT) the show made pretty close to a shark-jumping move in having resident nerd/opera singer Zach turn out to be working for the season-long baddie, I wasn't one of the people who proclaimed Bones dead. But then it came back from hiatus, and severely underwhelmed. The first few episodes vacillated from bad to middling. The mysteries all felt boring and gave me the intense sensation of deja-viewed. The Angela and Hodgins breakup-turned-triangle-with-Angela's-lesbian-ex was the worst kind of contrived TV drama. The rotation of interns to fill Addy's shoes were quirky and annoying. But worst of all, the chemistry between Booth and Brennan (the type of repressed-sexuality fire that is hard to sustain on any show) suddenly felt a lot less sizzling and imminent and a lot more drawn-out and like a writer's crutch. Oh this episode's boring: let's have Booth and Brennan share a long, tension-filled stare. Boring.
But just when I was ready to submit the show's charred remains to Brennan for investigation, something miraculous happened. It got great again. The last four episodes have been classic Bones. The mystery is back. The witty dialogue. Even the interns have been better integrated into the show's plots and dynamics. But, best of all, Booth and Brennan have their snap, crackle and pop back.
The past two episodes, shown in a double feature this past Thursday on Fox, were some classic B&B. In the first one, the two go undercover as circus performers to uncover the secret of the death of the siamese twins. Yeah, okay, pretty silly stuff, but Bones has always straddled the line between slapstick and forensics (it's one of the biggest arguments in favor of the show for those of you, like me, who couldn't give a frak less about CSI). Not only did the two stay in a trailer with only one bed, fake (noisy) sex, and demonstrate their intense trust and respect for one another, but they also solved a surprisingly touching and interesting mystery. The second half found Booth himself a suspect in the death of a hockey player with whom he had previously fought. Bringing in a female investigator to take the helm while Booth was the prime suspect was a perfect way of showing how far this couple has come. Two seasons ago, Booth would have ended the episode in bed with hottie blond agent. Now? He ended it hand in hand with Brennan on the ice rink.
Upcoming in this season we're going to see the return of the grave-digger (one of my favorite all time murderers on this show, and the episode that saw Hodgins and Brennan trapped in a car was a turning point for nearly ever character on the show) as well as a promised bedroom trip featuring Booth and Brennan (hinted criptically at by the show's creator). Much like every sexual-tension driven show before it, and much like Brennan did during her short-but-sweet circus career, Bones has to walk the tight rope of the inevitable relationship. Undoubtedly, the show would lose a lot of its zing once it loses the "will they or wont they" angle. But frankly, as long as the foreshadowing (foreplay?) continues to be this good, I can wait for the final (climatic?) moment.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
To hear Kelly and guest host Lauren discuss this year's winners please check out "The My TV Podcast" by clicking the link on the right hand side of this page.
Without further ado, this year's winners are:
Best Drama: Brothers & Sisters
Best Comedy: 30 Rock
Best Reality/Game Show: Top Chef
Best Variety/Talk Show: Saturday Night Live
Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama: Dexter
Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy: My Boys
Best Actor in a Drama: Michael C Hall (Dexter)
Best Actress in a Drama: Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Best Actor in a Comedy: Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies)
Best Actress in a Comedy: Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl)
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Yun Jin Kim (Lost)
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Michael Urie (Ugly Betty)
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?)
Best Late Night Personality: Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live)
Best Reality Star: Dan Gheesling (Big Brother)
Best Reality Host: Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Best Reality Judge: Lil C (So You Think You Can Dance)
Best Choreography: “Bleeding Love”- Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo (So You Think You Can Dance)
Best Writing for a Drama: Grey’s Anatomy “In The Midnight Hour”- Tony Phelan & Joan Rater
Best Writing for a Comedy: 30 Rock “Reunion”- Matt Hubbard
Best Costumes: Ugly Betty
Best Guest Star: Amy Ryan (the Office)
Best Network Lineup: CBS
Most Ridiculously Good Looking Male: Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy)
Most Ridiculously Good Looking Female: Blake Lively (Gossip Girl)
The Marry- Me Award: Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies)
The Be-My-Best-Friend Award: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
The Moment of the Year Award: Tina Fey’s first Sarah Palin sketch (Saturday Night Live)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
- Heath Ledger rightfully wins Best Supporting Actor for playing The Joker. Everyone stands. Chris Nolan accepts on his behalf.
- Martin Scorsese presents the lifetime achievement award to his best friend, Steven Spielberg.
- and Kate Winslet. Did I say that already? Oh well, she's awesome, I'll say it again: KATE WINSLET FINALLY WINS AWARDS!!!
Tonight was Saturday Night Live's first episode of 2009, as well as their first episode since the departure of Amy Poehler. And they coped remarkably well, at least in my biased opinion.