XIPHOS and TV

Here’s a look at some shows I have watched lately. Some are brand new, some are just starting their new seasons and some were summer shows that have now ended. There will be spoilers. You’ve been warned. Continue at your own risk. I tender no apologies if you whine about learning something you didn’t want to know after you chose to read this after you’ve been given fair warning. Also most of these will be pretty short except for a couple.



Shows that started a new season:


30 Rock: Had its final season season premier on 04 October. Basing this judgment on seeing exactly one episode I say NBC should cancel this train wreck right now. It’s a clusterfrak and an unfunny one at that, I don’t think I chuckled more than once. The season premier was so awful  and unfunny I thought I was watching a bad YouTube parody shot in Rupert Pupkin’s basement. 30 Rock has been in decline quality wise the last few season and that premier didn’t just bottom out, it slammed through the floor like it was the coyote from a Roadrunner cartoon getting hit by the Acme anvil. I would still throw a hump in Tina Fey or that weird blonde chick. For older broads they ain’t too too shabby. The blonde especially since she finally dumped all the weight that the parasite from the preventable communicable disease in her belly made her gain.

Alphas: The second season has been really good. I like how they have upgraded the scope and the stakes of the overall story but chose to continue telling the larger themes through how it affects the characters personally. Across the board the acting has gotten better, even the “hot chick” who sort of isn’t and had all the presence of a slat of wood has gotten better which is no mean feat. I think they changed the film stock used to shoot the show. It seems sharper and more defined. Highly recommend season 2 of Alphas.

Homeland: Score yet another dubious “win” for online fatties, nerds and losers. Somehow the dork brigade made semi-sane people think this dumpster fire of a show isn’t anything but awful. After suffering through the second season premiere, which took five count em FIVE attempts to get through, finally made me say enough is enough and I’m out. Christ that show is bad.


Modern Family: I watch mainly for the hot Mex broad and the fat gay guy who are the only ones to get a laugh on the show anymore. I chuckled maybe twice watching the season premier so I decided to bin this show. To be honest though whenever I see the Mex chick in a hot outfit in an ad I’ll probably end up watching the episode. She’s F-I-N-E FINE.


New Girl: Funny show but it only became funny after they shifted focus away from the “adorkable”(douchy term) Zooey Deschanel. Once the other roommates came into focus the show took off. Special mention to Max Greenfield who plays ultra metro sexual, pop culture worshiping, attention whore Schmidt; dude is killing it in that role.


The Office: So far three episodes in, The Office has rebounded somewhat from the lows of the last few seasons. They dialed down Dwight a bit so he’s not so retarded. Pam and Jim became interesting useful characters again. They stopped making Andy into Michael Jr. and let him go his own way. The English broad is becoming funny and the two new dudes they hired are pretty good. All in all not that bad.


Parks and Recreation: Another show that gets much much better when the focus isn’t on the main star. P&R sucks when Leslie Knope is on screen and it’s much better when the focus is on other characters, except for Andy. I hate the character and the actor even more. It’s chemical. I want to take a tire iron to his face every time I look at him. My main problem with P&R is that it takes some wild swings sometimes in quality but what is always quality are Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman awesome as awesome can be) and Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe). Essentially these two are the flip side of the same guy and the show has been smart to not rely on them too much so they both stay interesting. Special mention also goes to April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) who are doing some great work in their parts especially now that they are working in D.C.

Lastly HOT DAMN! Casting Xena as a single mom “into” Ron Swanson is a great idea and she still looks freaking good and gives Ron all the attitude he can handle.

I am including this below because it rocks:


Rake: In my opinion the best show on TV right now. This pleasant surprise from the Australian Broadcast Corporation about Criminal Barrister Cleaver Greene is the most entertaining show I’ve seen lately. Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is a top notch attorney but a mess as a person. He’s a conniving, lying, drunken, semi reformed druggie with a gambling addiction and an abiding fascination with brothels. Greene’s personal life is littered with messed up interpersonal relationships and he is a bad parent. Yet even with all that you root for the guy because the character is written so well and acted so brilliantly that you can’t help but want him to get out from under all the bad spots he puts himself in and in season 2 there are some doozies. Highly recommend this show.

Sons of Anarchy: The first three seasons of this show about the pussiest biker gang in NoCal absolutely sucked so of course the internet nerds sucked the show’s cock hard and often like the good bottom bitches they are. However last season and even more so this season the show has become really really good and highly watchable. Kudos for pulling off a rare feat, SoA going from unwatchable fucking garbage to telling a compelling story.


Supernatural: Interesting premier and they sent the boys off on unusual new paths. Dean’s year in purgatory made him embrace his battle lust, he’s a pure killer now and even more damaged than before. He’s also working with bad guys and is full of secrets he’s keeping from Sam. Speaking of Sam, he’s even more of a pussy than before. He spent the year living with a chick Veterinarian pretending to have a normal life but in doing so he left the prophet Kevin Tran’s cheese sitting in the wind but that boy proved to be more resourceful than he looked. All in all solid premiere. I hope they carry through with the foundations they laid out in the first episode. Bart has a great in depth look at the episode over at PCN here’s the link:

New shows that I am giving 5 episodes to impress me but are failing mightily


Revolution
: Oy vey! Where to start with this thing? I knew it was going to suck but I didn’t factor in just how much it was going to blow. For a weak defense I am going to go with the fact that I can’t pass up post apocalyptic stories but man this thing is a dud. There is so much wrong with it that I can’t go in depth or this post would take a month to get through so I’ll just bullet point some of the big ones:

  1. It’s vaguely a Hunger Games rip
  2. The actors are all well dressed and coiffed
  3. The writing sucks
  4. The acting for the most part sucks even worse
  5. There is a fat guy in this world that has been reduced to the farming technology level of 1850 and hard work is needed to survive AND HE’S FAT and conveniently a former Google millionaire computer nerd
  6. They should have focused the story in the days just after electricity is lost instead of doing it through flashbacks
  7. The English chick who is barely thirty is a graduate of Medical school before the power went down 17 YEARS AGO and has 2 kids back in England which is why she carries a useless IPhone with her (allegedly she is of course going turn out to be a spy) because her kid’s pictures are on it!?!?!?!?!! WTF
  8. The Billy Burke character, he’s alright him I can deal with him and of course Elizabeth Mitchell’s cans are good, nice to see them back in a conspiracy/metaphysical show. The Greek chick lead is a hottie with a fine set of DSL but limited acting skills and saddled with a petulant unlikable role but I don’t blame her. She tries hard with what she’s given to work with.
  9. Everything else sucks harder than an altar boy at a priest’s conference at the Vatican.


Grade for Revolution is EPIC FAIL SHORT BUS LEVEL

MASSIVE SPOILERS AHOY!  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK AND IF YOU COME WHINING ABOUT SPOILERS YOU BEST COME CORRECT PAHDNUH!

This fucking thing, this I am taking my time to savage even though it has only aired two episodes because it’s a tale of two shows. The pilot was reasonably well done. Except for all the broads on a ballistic missile sub (yes I know they are doing chick trials on subs but officers only so fuck off) they kind of sort of kept the silliness to a bare minimum or as much of a minimum that the fat fairy lazy girly Hollywood writers can manage to do with regards to the way the armed forces are. The pilot was well written, the stakes were high, the geopolitical ramifications fairly accurate. The writing and plotting was tight and taut and it was a good episode especially so because they stripped Autumn Reeser down to her chonies and she’s a nice slice of spinner poon tang.

Then there was the second episode. Holy sweet Jesus did the cock bag shitbird fat lazy hack writers outdo themselves in massive amounts of pure-by-choice vicious dumb assery. The thing that is really chapping my ass is the silly hack fuck sucks are putting me in the position of having to defend THE COCK SUCKING UNITED STATES NAVY AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE.

I have some experience on subs, all on LA class fast attack subs (never been on a Sea Wolf or Virginia class), because we use insertion techniques that utilize a launching platform for swimmer delivery vehicles (or since the useless SEALS co-opted the name even though they had jack shit to with its development The SEAL delivery system. Christ those assholes are worse than KISS for branding everything). Have I served a six month tour on a boat at sea? Nope but I have spent enough time on them and around sailors that serve on subs to get how they work so with that in mind let’s start with the simple stuff first.

Hey writers you slimy lazy cunts, there is no way NO WAY the COB (Chief of Boat, highest enlisted man on a sub, basically the most important man after the captain) would openly call an officer by her first name or act that disrespectful and insubordinate. There are other ways to do that without getting your ass in a crack and the COB would KNOW them all. In the same vein, a COB would not call the captain by his first name and openly refer to them as being “friends”. It’s the NAVY for Christ sakes they are very rigid about command structure and fraternization and even more so on a boat at sea. Sure the COB and captain might like and respect each each other but it isn’t like being in the writer’s room you fat douchy cowards. What things are like in a fuck nut corporate work environment isn’t like going in harms way on a boomer you unimaginative lazy hacks. Fucking Hollywood you all suck ass with your desire to manufacture fake conflict because that’s what it says you do in Screenwriting for Dummies a.k.a a BA degree from Film School. Except the soft sciences, the minority grievance degrees or a JD, is there any more useless degree than a degree in “film”? Maybe theater matches the useless level of a film degree.

The “Delta Force”/”SPETSNAZ” attack scene: Just when I figure you rolly polly mama boys couldn’t fuck the dog any harder you came up with this sucktastic horribly executed plot point you worthless cum catchers. I know your entire knowledge of military matters comes from playing war themed video games you fat bastards but Jesus Christ show a little ambition and at least put a call out to the roughly 10 bajillion former service members floating around the fringes of HO-llywood and ask a few basics questions. Like for instance you miserable apron string attached boy children, why would professional soldiers go right through the ONE natural bottleneck on the island without first reconning it? Or how about this why weren’t they on sat com with real time data? I mean Jesus Christ those were SPETSNAZ some the best special operation soldiers in the world. They wouldn’t just walk out in the open into the bottle neck for crying out loud. They have FREAKING MAPS ALSO you dumb fucks.

Also for your edification you Hollywood fat asses SPETSNAZ were, until 2010, part of the Russian Army Main Intelligence Directive, the GRU, that is until the reorganization of intelligence in the Army was pushed through and SPETSNAZ became battalion and division special forces and was removed from the direct control of Main Intelligence. Do you think that in two years they would forget which uniforms the United States Army wears? The US ARMY hasn’t worn BDUs in about 7 years.  It’s all about the ACU now so with that in mind even worthless sailors should have taken one look at the supposed Delta team and realized something was wrong. All that gravy besotting your brains have made you dopey writers dumber than I suspected.

That fucking ambush was atrociously staged and its a good thing that the one SEAL not in custody (what happened to the rest of his team and why hasn’t he tried to get them out? Fucking slimy loser. Granted he’s a SEAL so he would screw it up but the shitbird should at least try) had a rifle capable of accurate long distance shooting and he could use. Stupid show.

Shit this is getting real long so I’ll just grade this two episodes run of Last Resort. It gets the full on full retard rating. Eat shit Last Resort you suck mightily right now and you don’t have to. It’s just that everybody involved in this train wreck is lazy and doesn’t care.


Off brand networks summer programming  that is better than most shows on networks      

                                                   
I’m going to make this short since I’m bored with this post and its really long. All these programs share the same attributes. They are light, breezy and do not require me to have to consult study guides and web sites before, during and after viewing. These shows are a throw back to 70’s/80’s style programming where the season arcs were simple and mostly every episode is self contained.

Warehouse 13: They took what was essentially an adult version of the Goonies much darker this season and it really didn’t work. Hopefully next year they will rediscover the winning formula of goofy/silliness.

White Collar: The show is getting a bit long in the tooth and it shows. There really isn’t any pop to the stories any more This might be the last full season I’ll watch if things don’t change when it comes back from break.

Falling Skies: Not a particularly good show but season 2 was head and shoulders above the first season. It was OKish.

Royal Pains: Another show like White Collar that has reached its limit. I still enjoy the show mainly for the hot Indian and Latina chicks but it, like White Collar, is starting to feel like a chore to watch. The problem USA network has is that these two shows along with Burn Notice and Psych have all tapped out and the new shows they have brought on mostly suck because they are chick-centric emotional, relationshippy gab fest for the xx crowd. USA better get a handle on their programming or they will lose their coveted spot of winning summer programming.

Leverage: Has reached its potential and probably needs to go away. It’s still mildly entertaining but that’s about it.


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90 responses to “XIPHOS and TV”

  1. Continentalop says :

    Yeah last two seasons of 30 ROCK have sucked, which is pretty sad because seasons 1-4 are pretty good.

    What episode are you on ALPHAS?

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I’m current on Alphas. I like the new model revenge wanting very driven Rosen. It’s good he dropped all that hippie BS.

      • Continentalop says :

        Yeah, Dr. Rosen as a manipulator has made the show so much more interesting.

        SPOILER: I liked the scene where Rosen complains to Clay that Stanton Parrish is (I’m paraphrasing) a “sociopath, a manipulator, who prays on idealistic outcast by telling them what they want to hear and making feel like they belong,” because really, he’s describing himself.

        They didn’t let Nina turn into a villain, Dark Pheonix style, but I’m beginning to think maybe Rosen is becoming one, like DC comic’s the Chief from the Doom Patrol.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Rosen is not becoming a villain he’s finally growing up and joining the real world.He’s seeking to take out the man who murdered his daughter which is the right thing to do.

      • Continentalop says :

        Yes he is, but it also looks like they are setting him up to become someone who “goes too far” and the “ends justify the means” kind of character. He’s already operating in gray areas, not hard to see him go to the dark side…

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        often times the ends do justify the means

      • Continentalop says :

        In the real world, yes, but we’re talking about the philosophy of a fictitious show about superheroes. So far they haven’t shown anyone but the villain holding those views. I’m pretty sure it is safe to assume that is something the writers don’t believe.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yes but Alphas’ is more like a Nolan’s Batman then NBC Heroes so its much more reality grounded then traditional superhero stories. I would think the writers would enjoy exploring a character that embraces the end justifies the means philosophy because his daughter was assassinated by the big bad guy.

      • Toadkillerdog says :

        I could not agree more. I am loving season two of alphas. I only hope they do not pussy out with Rosen. In order for this to be epic they will have to spread the revenge/manipulation out over a few seasons. The encounter with the senator was good/bad because if Rosen knew he could blackmail her, why did he act like the world was about to collapse on him and Nina? bad writing. Still i like the direction. I never read Doom Patrol so i do not know if the analogy is correct, stil it definitely aint xmen and i really like the direction.
        Spoiler.
        When Dani died there was some type of transfer from her to nina, does anyone think there could be some type of resurrection or at least some weirdeness?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I got a felling by the season finale Rosen will have a his come to Jesus moment and realize being a man is bad and he will go back to his girly hippie BS. I really like this born again hard version of him

      • Toadkillerdog says :

        I may have had a few too many beers with rufus so if i am sounding more incoherent than usual or repeating word or phrases -well, fuck it.
        zsoorry i missed the third year anniversary great job Jarv! watching dallas get their ass kicked – good times, vikes are real deal conti, Gmen will only be stopped by complacency

      • Toadkillerdog says :

        I hope to fuck not! But yeah i suspect youse it correct. He will have a ‘catharsis’ and break down and say ‘i was out of my mind with grief’ blah blah blah blah, still he did manipulate the senator before Dani died so there is hope. I watch almost no TV except football and even alphas i only watch on-demand, but i hope it stays as good , even the plain but sort of cute but not really,blonde chick with the big nose and flat chest has me interested in her backstory

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Believe me I hope I’m wrong but history tells me that writers like to puss out.

      • Toadkillerdog says :

        If he cuts his beard off that may be the signal!

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Hehe!

      • Continentalop says :

        Yeah, it is much more like the real world, but still the writers have already established their personal philosophy on the show (something that often annoys me because in season one philosophical arguments were usually very one-sided and childishly simplistic).

        Also, I don’t think Rosen is doing anything justifiable – yes, getting the guy who killed your daughter is ok, but is it ok when you manipulate and hurt anyone, guilty or innocent, to get what you want? Especially people who you’re supposed to look out for, like his own team? So far Rosen has manipulated and lied to the team (people he supposedly care about), put someone’s life at risk (sure she was just a senator with some connections to corruption, but still), and coerced Nina into something she didn’t want to do (he basically forced a junkie or alcoholic to go back). To me Rosen isn’t on a vendetta against Stanton but on some sort of ego trip.

        And I for one hope that is the direction they go in. Dr. Rosen to me has always been a little too full of himself and too sure, and never seems to have to pay the price for any of his mistakes (which he has made lots of during the season). The guy is an arrogant genius who thinks he knows better than anyone else – I hope that attitude goes overblown now and bites him on the ass.

        The guy who I want to go in the direction you suggested Xi is Hicks. The guy has been to war with the USMC, and has a strong ,moral code while also doesn’t believe in following the rules. He knows how bad Stanton is and knows he has to be taken down, but he would never manipulate people on the team or put other people at risk for his vendetta. He’s a straight shooter (while Rosen is so much the shrink, especially in how he gets you to do what he wants while thinking it was your decision).

        In fact, one thing I love about this season is it seems to be setting up some big conflicts of personality on the team (unlike last season which seemed more like spats on the set of the Real World). They might all get along and like each other, but they don’t all have the same opinions and I hope that aspect plays out in a big way (Toad will know what I mean when I say “Like Jim Shooter’s run on the Avengers.”).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Hicks already on that road he crossed the border with Dani and now that Rosen got him out of his funk is going in the right direction down revenge road.

      • Continentalop says :

        And Toad, Doom Patrol was a DC comic that come out in the 60s at the same time as the X-Men and bore some eerie similarities: a team of outcast freaks with powers brought together by a genius in a wheelchair. In the 80s though they made their Prof. X, the Chief, in a manipulative, egotistical asshole who was lying and tricking the team to do what he wanted.

        (Another DP & Alphas similarity is both teams arch-enemy is an immortal soldier).

      • Toadkillerdog says :

        Conti, I never knew they were so similar. I only vaguely recall that chameleon dude in teen titans saying he was a part of the ol doom patrol, but i never read any of the books. The only Dc i read when i was a kid was batman and metal men. i do not think alphas is quite at the Jim Shooter Avengers level of team discontent, the only real friction i have seen is between nina and harken but it would be cool if they got there

  2. tombando says :

    Yeah I guessed that Revolution Games would suck, ditto the sub thing. Two broke girls ditto but like the brunettes cans.

  3. MORBIUS says :

    The chick that Schmidt was banging (CeCe) on New Girl
    has a great rack. Lots of lingerie scenes!

    On your Revolution list, #7, the English chick is dead.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Yep that is true Morbi she’s a goner and I was wrong. I wrote this before I saw the last episode.

      I agree CeCe is fine and Schmidt will never land a piece that nice ever again or until the writers get them back together.

  4. Barfy says :

    SoA is the one that’s gotten to me. Watched a few eps the first season and meh. But last season was some of the best drama on tv. (Jesus when they put Opie in the box, I was boo hoo hoo’ing all over the place) Charlie Hunnam (Jax) has so much emotion going on under a restrained and understated portrayal. He’s hot. There aren’t a lot of good roles for older women, Mags on Justified is the only one that comes to mind right now, but Gemma’s is juicy. She’s smart, bitchy, badass and a manipulative mother. Someone you want to stay on her good side but you can’t because she’s just as likely to flip if it suits her needs. Pretty sure Ron Perlman is the missing link. I love this show!

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      The first couple of seasons were complete garbage but it began to turn around with the late third seson arc with Agent Stahl. Last season was top drawer and so far this season is better.

      Opie was looking for a way to go out and he went out like a man, on his feet fighting till the end protecting his brothers and the club. SFFS Ope

    • koutchboom says :

      Yeah this season SoA has probably had it’s best run yet. They usually have one good episode followed by a bad episode then 2-3 mediocre episodes. This season they opened up with all bangers until Opie, the one after that blew. I knew they couldn’t maintain it.

  5. koutchboom says :

    Yeah Warehouse 13 was probably the best it’s been this past season, too bad King Jew will never get an Emmey nom, he was pretty outstanding this season with his issue.

    White Collar was a blast as well, just the dynamic between Peter and Neil is pure TV pleasure.

  6. koutchboom says :

    But yeah Revolution is possible the dumbest TV I’ve ever seen….yet I keep watching it? IDK WHY? Maybe because I can do everything else in the world whilst watching it and not miss a thing? I mean Fatrow is one of the producers which explains pretty much everything.

  7. koutchboom says :

    But you all need to get into Blue Bloods since you all need training on how to be men. Also it’s Nolan’s favorite show.

    And Grimm…Rises was on it this week as well!

  8. koutchboom says :

    Sadly…that Mindy Project show….it’s pretty damn funny. It’s what I imagine The New Girl would be like if it was watchable.

    I mean it has the line “I’m the guy when they get offered 15 million dollars, I make it seem like the trail of tears.” Who knew Blow Job Novak was the Office’s dirty little secret? Well probably everyone since he was an Ex Pro for a good chunk of it, and so was the Indian.

  9. koutchboom says :

    And I really need to catch up on Alpaha’s, those first two episodes where good.

  10. koutchboom says :

    And actually Burn Notice this season of what I’ve seen has had some rebound putting in some tangible drama into it.

  11. koutchboom says :

    But seriously XI how have USA not done a couple of cross over shows? There whole run of tv shows….probably the greatest and most cohesive world creation of all time? Marvel needs to study that shit.

  12. koutchboom says :

    OH BOSS!!! That and Million Dollar Rooms are the other two shows on right now worth checking. Boss just to study Kelsey Grammer School’s face. And Xi you favorite guy from Glee is on it this season as well and he’s a hoot.

  13. koutchboom says :

    Also heheheheh this guy is CAPITAL letters fat to you?

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0651008/

    I mean yeah he’s no Billy Burke but he’s nowhere near fat guy from lost fat? How wasted away have you become in your wheelchair to get all excitable about calling that guy fat? And of course feel free to insert all your fat jokes here because I’m secure in my fathood. I just feel like you shouldn’t call chubby guys fat because it belittles the term.

  14. koutchboom says :

    OH YEAH fuck totally forgot about animation Saturday mornings! Fucking Darth Maul being back in Clone Wars, the REAL Green Lantern and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fuck me the new TMNT is good…it’s Tom Clancy Brown good. There is a lot of good solid action mixed with excellent stylish action, Joss Wedone should take note.

  15. koutchboom says :

    AND Face Off and Hot Set….I wonder what deep dark shame internet dorks harbor to not be fans of those shows, they are a blast. I mean the obvious answer is jealousy. It really boggles my mind how the dork hive mind doesn’t suck those shows off at least half as hard as Mad Men, Game of Shit, Breaking Bad and Community.

    And now maybe Kay And Peele (AKA The return of the Chapelle show). But they are pretty damn funny. If you don’t laugh at this then it’s time for you to take the Tony Scott way out.

  16. Just Pillow Talk says :

    I of course have seen zero of these shows this year, and really don’t intend to watch any of them. I’ve seen a few of them before and none of them got me all giddy in my pants, so I think I’ll still pass. Sons of Anarchy was one horrible show that I had the misfortune of watching a couple of episodes before. I find it impossible to believe that they turned the corner…did they get new writers?

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Not sure what they did but they somehow manged to find their way of the wilderness of suckitude, Its a very good show now and believe me there is nobody more shocked to be saying that then I am.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Hmm…one of the original writers and co-producers had left after the second season to do the walking dead (ugh), and this is the 4th season? So I guess that doesn’t totally explain it either.

        In anycase, how are things with you Xi?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Really don’t know but whatever it is I hope they keep it up.

        I am well working a lot how’s things with you?

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Busy as hell at work, other than that, status quo with kids and dog keeping me busy. There’s a chance I’ll be out on the west coast since the wife may need to be out there for work. So hopefully I’ll be drinking mass quantities of wine next month.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        where on the left coast?

  17. Bartleby says :

    Hey Xi,

    Thanks for the shout-out. I’ve been crazy busy lately too. Sorry I’ve not been round here much.

    This is the usual epic tv post, and I have to say,despite our differing views on Fringe, I think we mostly see eye to eye on a lot of television.

    You are bang-on on almost all of the shows here. The second ep of season 8 of Supernatural has eased my trepidation even more, and I’m really hoping Carver is going to bring some focus and forward momentum to the show. I liked the return of the pagan gods into the story. More of that, please.

    I still like Modern Family, but the season opener was weak–it was more than likely shot at the end of last season, and felt a bit like filler. The follow-up one/two this week was better.

    Last Resort and Revolution are quite frankly embarrassing attempts at prime-time entertainment. I’ll throw 666 Park Avenue on that heap as well, although it and Elementary are far more like super meh than truly awful.

    Warehouse 13 I still liked, but I know what you mean. One of the things that set the show apart was it’s gee-whiz atmosphere and adult Goonies is just about a perfect descriptor. Has a lot of that same energy the revamped Doctor Who has.

    Spot on about The Office. I almost didnt pick it back up, but I had turned it on to see Kevin smash a turtle with his knee and kept watching. The dynamic is working better this year, and it’s finally a fully-functioning post-Michael Scott show.

    Parks and Rec, still watch it for Aubrey Plaza and Ron Swanson, but Adam Scott is great too.

    Sons of Anarchy has quite improved over the last year or so, and Rake is a terrific show. Xi, have you seen Copper? That’s also one of my new faves.

    Alphas has a much stronger second season than its first. Gave up on Homeland qquite a bit ago. Starting to think these premium cable shows are becoming overrated again. Currently, I dont think there’s a single one I enjoy as much as anything on AMC or BBC.

    Xi, you ever catch anymore of Grimm? I seem to recall you briefly reviewing it a long time ago.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      You’re welcome Bart it was a good look at the episode.

      Yep your take on Fringe is so wrong it can never be right but occasionally you put one out of the X ring it doesn’t make you a bad person Bart.

      Ep 2 of SN was strong and built on the foundation laid down in teh season premier. I think Benny the Vampire is going to be a significant problem for Dean even though they are “brothers” due to purgatory.

      I’ll probably catch up on Modern family at some point when there is nothing else on more then likely.

      Really really like Rake its the only show except for SN I actually look forward to watching. Although SoA is starting to get there.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I have not seen Copper yet I’m holding it as a reserve show like Boss and Hell on Wheels.

      I haven’t watched Grimm this season I was hit and miss with watching it last season and it didn’t really do much for me. Is it better this season?

    • koutchboom says :

      Still have none of you watched Face Off? Movie sites ignoring this show is pretty much the strangest thing I’ve seen them do outside of everyone loving Drive. I just don’t get it, how can movie dorks not enjoy that show?

    • koutchboom says :

      But you didn’t dig Warehouse 13 this season either? It’s by far the most interesting this season. The artifact of the week thing was getting old, and they managed a plot that didn’t take up everything. It moved nicely.

      My only thing is, how many times can they destroy the Warehouse?

  18. kloipy says :

    Good stuff Xi. I’m surprised you like New Girl, and I totally agree with what you said. one of the funnier shows on tv right now

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I don’t particularly like What’s her face however Schmidt is “crushing it” and the two other dudes are decent and CeCe is nice to look at.

      Why are you surprised I like it?

      • tombando says :

        Because the giant robot lion population is sorely lacking in it.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        so true they are a neglected segment of society sadly. I saw one once and it was huge.

      • kloipy says :

        seeing as it was being called ‘adorkable’, that term alone seemed like it would be something you would not care for too much. I think it was marketed wrong, but after the first few episodes it really grew into something really funny

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah I’m willing to bet the Mindy Project is funnier, ill never watch the new girl though to compare. Ever clip of it just makes me vomit.

      • kloipy says :

        see with new girl, i thought going in it would be another sitcom to bank of its star and write a show around them, but New Girl focuses much more on the side characters, which are all funny. It is a really funny show because of the characters not just pandering to ‘look how cute zoe is’

      • Droid says :

        I’ve never watched a whole episode, but I’ve seen it on tv probably 3 or 4 times. Around 5-6 minutes each time. So enough to form an opinion. Every time I’ve seen it, it’s been all about whatsherface being cute, awkward and quirky. Oh a date is coming over and OMG what will I wear and how will I act and I’m just so adorably unsure of myself!

        I have to second Koutch’s vomit.

      • koutchboom says :

        That’s what I like about the Mindy Project, she admits she’s a crazy cat lady but the writing is fairly sharp at times and its got the Tobleronesky so that’s a plus. Its a little reminiscent of Scrubs, but in a good way. Also I buy the setting, she’s a Dr. so its not a bunch of 30 somethings living in New York on like a bloggers income.

      • Droid says :

        I don’t like that actress. I’ve seen her in something. Apatow probably. She was annoying.

      • Droid says :

        40 Year Old Virgin.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah she can be annoying I thought she would be on this show, and she is but its plaid for laughs. I am honestly surprised I don’t fucking hate it.

  19. Xiphos0311 says :

    Surprise, surprise, surprise TWD was actually good so the problem was in fact Darabont. All his sycophants can feel free to kiss my ass.

    • koutchboom says :

      Surprise surprise, I still have dish. Fuck AMC.

    • kloipy says :

      I gave up on Walking Dead. Thought I’d give the 2nd season a go and see if it worked at all. Got in 5 episodes and I’m done now for good

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Only kept going with it because I am a dummy that has to complete things. Also I like rubbing it in the nerds faces and lastly wanted to be vindicated that the problem was Darabont. He is very hit and miss to me when he’s on we get The Mist when he’s off we get some hellacious bowl winder like Shawshank.

  20. Droid says :

    30 Rock – Shit now.
    Alphas – Solid
    Homeland – Meh
    Modern Family – Shit
    New Girl – Shit
    The Office – Never seen
    Parks and Rec – Good
    Rake – Got, need to watch.
    Sons of Anarchy – Never seen
    SN – Good again.
    Revolution – Shit
    Last Resort – Shit
    Warehouse 13 – Never seen
    White Collar – Good
    Falling Skies – Shit
    Royal Pains – Never seen
    Leverage – Never seen

    • Droid says :

      Fringe – Excellent.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        In Australian does excellent mean unwatchable garbage shit out from Orci & Kurtzman?

      • Droid says :

        Sometimes.

        How much of Fringe did you watch? I can understand disliking it if you only watched the first half dozen to dozen episodes. It took time to get itself sorted. But the current showrunner became involved in season two (i think) and it’s greatly improved from those early episodes.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I could only stomach about 6-7 eps the first season it was so bad so Orci I couldn’t hack.

      • Droid says :

        Yeah, fair enough. I didn’t hate it to start with, but it wasn’t great. An example I’d give you is SN. Although SN started off slightly better, it still wasn’t a great first season. Sometimes these things just need time to work themselves out.

  21. Droid says :

    How did anyone get passed the dreadful pilot episode of Revolution? That’s one of the absolute worst episodes of television I’ve ever seen.

    • koutchboom says :

      Yeah I honestly can’t answer that, but since I’ve been watching it I’ve gotten a lot of cleaning around the house done. Dusted everything, organized my paper work, filed my taxes, its a real motivator.

  22. Col. Tigh-Fighter says :

    Yup, The Last Resort is failing fast. Even I thought the ambush and the supposed power of the gangster totally fucking stupid.

    Great opener for The Walking Dead.

    Revolution and 666 will both be dropped soon.

    Damn shame no Person of Interest this week. Or Elementary.

    And enjoying Matthew Perry new comedy, Go On.

    I have started watching Alphas, at all your recommendations. Very good. Only got 3 eps left from season 1.

    The Thick of It is the best thing I, watching on telly now.

    • Col. Tigh-Fighter says :

      And Im enjoying Homeland, sorry Xi lol. Not seen ep3 yet though

    • Droid says :

      Thick of It is alright. I find it a bit too “quippy” though. At times it feels as though half the dialogue is mean, abrasive insults, and the other half is a set up for a mean, abrasive insult.

      Alphas improves in season 2.

      • Droid says :

        Binned Walking Dead after the first season. Elementary is meh. It’s junk, but mostly inoffensive junk. It’s not really Sherlock Holmes though. The Watson character is a complete failure.

  23. ThereWolf says :

    Nice one, Xi.

    I’ll look out for ‘Alphas’ and I might check out ‘Warehouse 13’. Have you watched ‘The River’ and/ or ‘Continuum’? The lads at work are quite impressed with those.

    I’m on S3 of ‘Fringe’ – 4 eps in. It’s okay, but I’m not fully into S3 yet, bit ho-hum at the moment. ‘Supernatural’ – up to S4 – when Lovefilm start sending it…

    • Droid says :

      Will do a Continuum review when I’m less lazy. It’s a decent show.

      S4 of SN is probably the best one. It definitely has the best episode of the entire series, that’s for sure. Suicidal teddy FTW!!!

    • Col. Tigh-Fighter says :

      I’ve enjoyed Continuum as well. A little cheap and Canada looking, but some stories in it. Plus Master Braytak kicks ass! And X Files The Smoking Man. There’s some good genre actors chewing scenery in it.

      • Droid says :

        In defense of the “Canada looking” Continuum, as it’s set in Vancouver, I’d think it’s entirely appropriate for it to look like Canada.

        What’s funny now is that I keep seeing those actors in other TV shows that are shot in Canada. Supernatural and Arrow to name two. Two of the actors were in the Arrow pilot.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        its some sort of Canadian rule that that every actor in Canada has to be cast in every TV show shot in Vancouver…

    • koutchboom says :

      River kinda of blew, and it’s cancelled.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Never heard of Continuum and tried to watch the River but couldn’t get into it I dropped it after the second episode.

  24. redfishybluefishy says :

    Alphas is shot in Toronto. Finally something okay shot here. it’s about time. My neighbour works on it. I quite like it, but it’s not perfect. (I am hoping that Pacific Rim will be the ‘successful’ sci-fi film shot in Toronto-unlike Total Recall and upcoming Robocop-. It DOES have giant robots and giant monsters, so there’s hope. Plus Idris. meow)

    Thanks for the intro to Rake. I’m d/l now. I thought Roxborough was one of the best things about Moulin Rouge and wondered where he’d gotten to.

    Warehouse 13 – has moments. It needs way more funny than it had this year. I like it when it’s got the Eureka humour.

    New Girl – agree it’s best when focused on all the roommates. Schmidt is hilarious.

    Supernatural – Is good, but I’ve had a hard time getting into it this season.

    Doctor Who – i love my Doctor Who

    Sherlock – I cannot wait until september 2013 for series 3

    Luther – *wimpers* more waiting… but season 3 and a movie in the future

    Misfits – starting soon, but I’m not very excited.

    The Walking Dead – good season 3 opener. I just can’t watch it before bed without having violent, weapon-filled dreams. i watch only in daylight. 🙂

    Downton Abbey – addicted. thoroughly.

    Grimm – cheeseball cgi, but I kinda like it’s campy quality. Monroe is good fun.

    Person of Interest – i love Michael Emerson. interesting idea and decent show.

    Fringe – yes, i like Fringe quite a lot. Glad it’s got an end in site to keep it focused

    other stuff…

    30 Rock – don’t watch
    Homeland – never seen
    Modern Family – never seen
    The Office – don’t watch
    Parks and Rec – don’t watch
    Sons of Anarchy – don’t watch
    Revolution – tried and awful
    Last Resort – never heard of
    White Collar – never seen
    Falling Skies – tried and awful
    Royal Pains – meh
    Leverage – never heard of
    Continuum – tried and boring
    Elementary – tried and awful. A sad attempt, not even worthy of a Sherlock comparison.

  25. redfishybluefishy says :

    d/l is slow for season 1 of RAKE. looking foward to it!

    Lost Girl is kinda fun. Some great characters to watch if not always the best story lines. last season was a bit slow. i like the monster of the week episodes best. Kenzi and Bo have great chemistry and Dyson is the yum.

    • koutchboom says :

      Yeah I watched season 1, then SyFy ran season 2 right away. So I got that all recorded to watch, I like some space between my seasons I hate it when a channel runs a season back to back.

      But yeah I enjoy it, some episodes are clearly better than others.

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