Cynical Hope

So Big Brother is winding down…thank God.  I have to admit this season was decent and for a few short days I actually was riveted.  Now that Michelle is out of the house because Jeff and Jordan proved to be the stupidest partnership since Beavis and Butthead, I’m not sure I even want to watch the finale.  I can live with watching people I dislike wind up in the final two, like Natalie and Kevin.  But their despicable game is only known to be 100% deplorable by the audience.  Some of the HGs have no idea how dirty these two have played it, even if they slightly suspect it’s not enough to think they are that detestable.  (I feel like I should get a reward for using “d” words to describe their derogatory behavior.)

So what’s coming up?  Heroes I’m trying to get excited about.  Rachel Melvin will show up in the season premiere and I’m curious to see her scenes.  I’m mildly interested in the carnival but this show has disappointed almost as often as Days has, and I quit watching that.  Can they take this season and make me enjoy it like I did way back in the first season?  Well, let’s see, Hiro is not done finding his “inner child” while at the carnival, Claire will have a huge storyline, and Tracy is not only still around but probably going to be showing herself to be naked and wet most of the time.  Sylar appears like a ghost of himself and I’m sure Peter will be whining before long.  I’m just not moved to really watch (don’t worry, I will).

The new season of Survivor (19!) is coming along, but I’m more interested in All Stars which is the Spring.  Not sure why I want to see all the returning favorites, most of them are people I’ve seen not once before but at least twice before (Colby, Jerri, James, Rupert, Amanda and more).  How many chances do these people get to play this game?  Oh, let’s not forget Coach will be returning.  Let’s all rave at how excited we are that!  *crickets*  Alrighty then.  We already know one person from S19 will be returning to S20, so we can expect that person to be memorable.

CSI is coming up and I’m still so relieved Grissom is gone.  Now that GSR was no longer around to torture me, I could sit back and watch.  I miss Warrick a bit, but not too much.  I still have Greg on there who does have chemistry with Riley and I’m doing my best not to ship them since I got my first big dose of shipping disappointment which jump started me on this streak of losing ships from Days (Nick/Chelsea) to Lost (Dan/Charlotte, Juliet/Sawyer).  Frankly, I’m scared to like any character now.  Greg is the only real survivor in this, but let’s not forget he’s had the crap beaten out of him and basically set on fire like a flare.  I have heard Jorja Fox is returning which amuses me, I still say she left the show because she didn’t want to continue playing the suffering love interest of William Peterson, and now that he’s left, she longs to return.

Lastly, there’s The Office.  I don’t know any spoilers.  We know Pam and Jim are pregnant which should be hilarious once Michael finds out, as well as Dwight.  It would certainly behoove them not to mention it to anyone until the kid graduates from college.

Items to ponder

Yes, I know I’ve been missing in action on the ‘net.  I have to blame work, but it’s a good thing because I’m getting a lot if, while television tells me that is rather unusual.  I am watching TV so I thought I would like to make some random thoughts.

Lost

Shouldn’t young Ben be running around the island with Sawyer, Juliette (love them), Jin, Miles and Daniel?

What will the Oceanic six ask about first, what have the ones left been doing, or what is up with their hair?

Could it actually be possible the reason Richard isn’t getting older is because they really are a part of the island?  (No I don’t know what means.)

If Daniel doesn’t warn Charlotte (who was supposed to be born in ’79 but appears as a toddler in ’74) could she wind up alive later on?  *denial*

Heroes

I have decided it’s too awesome that Sylar “played” his father last night by pretending to be interested in the taxidermy but wound up tricking him into “desiring life again” so he could turn around and deny him?

I also want to forever be thankful to the show the kid was missing from Sylar’s moment.

Claire’s skin is all waxy and gross.  Is this the cross I have to bear for HD?

I didn’t think there was any way to make me dread Hiro scenes anymore.  By adding a baby, they succeeded in doing so.

I liked the aqua guy.

The Office

I never ever want to think about Phyllis and Van again.  Eeeewwww.

Angela has been the center of a triangle TWICE?

Though it was funny as hell, I can not view Kevin as anything but “special”.

Survivor

I’m glad Sandy is gone.

I really hope that Tyson is being sarcastic in most of his commentaries.

I hated Coach the second I reailzed he brought a black blazer with black dress shirt to the tropics.

Days of our Lives

If Rachel Melvin goes, does this mean I won’t get anymore hits asking about her hair?

When I said I was willing to let the uncle/niece rule go on Heroes, that did not mean Hayden Panettiere should hang out with Darin Brooks.

I am very glad as a computer geek I wasn’t a witness to corporate Titan being invaded by a Trojan.  Knowing the budget that Days is under, they would have wrapped a computer in latex for protection.

The Office: Fire Lesson

Words can’t do justice to the Superbowl’s episode of The Office so I just decided to embed the actual clip here. What is your favorite part?  Mine of course is Angela throwing that cat into the ceiling.  And Oscar then doing a Die Hard type move with his tunneling through the vents.

What a place to work!

Office: The Duel

I have to say the outcome of this episode makes me so happy because it does what I wanted it to do.  It has both Dwight and Andy walking away from Angela and letting her get what she deserves: singledom.

Of course the lead-up to the end was fun as usual.  There was the awesomeness that it took 17 days for this to come out and that it took Michael being the one to manage to do the “right thing” but in the “wrong way”.  (I’m sorry,  Angela should be the one to tell Andy, but since she was obviously not going to do it, someone else should step up and say something).  Dwight manages to admit he has done wrong, though on in the DR, so not sure if that counts.  When he is in Andy’s face, he acts entitled to be with Angela.

Perhaps Jim should have been more forceful in trying to stop the fight outside, but I loved him gathering up all of Dwight’s weapons around the office, with Meridith’s helping making this a company wide endeavor.  Pam is her usual dry disapproving self, seeing that Angela is doing the sheer opposite of what she SHOULD be doing.  The rest of the office seems delighted there will be a show and all gather in the conference room to watch.

I must say Andy certainly did an excellent job in tricking Dwight.  And this is exactly the kind of promotion NBC should attempt to do with their GREEN effort by showcasing how quiet a hybrid really is.  Of course, with news that Angela had slept with Andy (when did that happen?) the duel was over and both men went back to their corners, in agreed silence that neither wanted Angela anymore.  I have to admit I felt nostalgic watching Dwight through his bobblehead away, but I’m proud of him too.

Meanwhile, Michael’s talking to his boss about his management practices was filler and it felt like it.  The bit went on a bit too long but I must laugh that the economy is so bad that even if idiots succeed, it’s in management’s best interests to find out how.

2008 Year in Review

Technically we are still in 2008 but I believe it’s safe to do a year in review today with no feelings any major news will get announced.  Most of these programs I plan to continue blogging for 2009 but that doesn’t mean I’ve been happy with their latest episodes.

Days of Our Lives: This is no shock to anyone this is probably the worst year I’ve ever seen on the soap.  I refrained from doing a Best/Worst list with the show because everyone should know me well enough to guess as who will get what and since I’m no longer interested, it’s too painful to list anything good.  Oddly, the year started out strong with Fordgate and the airplane crash, however those stories were wrapping up from the leaving head-writer and since none of them featured age inappropriate pairings, forced couplings, and musical chairs between couples, we have to probably thank Hogan for that.

Of course my primary problem with the show was that my favorite character’s story was reduced to little screentime for most of the year, and once Nick was given something significant to do, it wound up being his exit story.  On the other hand, my next favorite characters proved to be the reverse, Steve and Kayla had a big story the beginning of the year but stalled in the worst possible place which then basically dropped until we barely saw them.  This trend continuing presently.  If you add in the horrific couples forced down our throats such as Chelsea/Dan, Dan/Chloe, Chloe/Lucas and Chelsea/Max, I have to decide that in 2009 I’m going to just take better care of myself and turn them off.  Blake Berris has one episode for January which is his last airdate and hopefully if the show manages to not show Max on the screen, I may be able to watch it, forcing me to revert to clips.

Lost: This has been my favorite show for this year.  I’ve always been extremely fond of it, but once they introduced geeky Daniel, (though that name was nearly ruined forever thanks to Days) I once again had a new ship: Daniel/Charlotte. Unfortunately, the writer’s strike affected that particular storyline, but the rest of the show was solid.  The triangle from hell still got on my nerves but I have to admit they still kept me a Skate fan at the end with that kiss.  Also surprisingly, I became a huge Ben Linus fan, I think it’s safe to say an extremely smart man gets my attention everytime. I also was quite satisfied with the Desmond/Penny ending, though I’m sure it’s not really an ending as they appear in promos for S5.  I also have to state that after three seasons of flashbacks including three a year for Jack (my least favorite character), the flash forwards were a unique and compelling twist that I really did enjoy.  Each little take into Oceanic Six’s future while trying to guess how they got off yet  leaving others behind not just interested me, it really worried me.  It needn’t have, I was more then happy with the finale.

As for the coming season,  I’m especially happy that Desmond shaves the Barry Gibb look while reports are in that Sawyer remains shirtless for the entire S5 premier.  Now that Jack and Ben are working together to get back to the island, I don’t want that much time devoted to convincing everyone else.  The story now is the return of the island and that’s what I want to see.

The Office: I feel like this show is my friend.  I’ve grown to care for almost all the characters, yes even Dwight, and their return after the writer’s strike was like going home again.  I’m not sure if this is common knowledge, but many of the actors are the actual writers of the show, so they were interviewed often in the picket line broadcast on youtube.  I kept telling myself they never really left, but once I saw them finally in character, I knew I was mistaken.  Maybe that’s why that first episode, the dinner party, was my favorite of this year though I think it has more to do with featuring my favorite, Pam, throughout.

Of course, the rest of the season was pretty action packed.  Toby jumped a fence, Jim and Darryl in ping pong, Ryan being arrested in scandal, Jan and Michael’s huge fight, Phyllis walking in on Angela and Dwight and of course, Jim asking Pam to marry him.  That said, I really did not care for Pam being in NY for so long.  That grew old real fast but it looks like she is back to stay, and their stand off over chairs and a copier proved they were not getting stale.

Heroes: This one hurts to blog about.  The show has been on hiatus for most of the year so maybe it was expecting too much to expect Villains to be any good.  Ok, it did have it’s bright spots. Sylar being a Pettrelli, oh wait, they retconned that. Ok, well, the fact that Mohinder would have super powers, no that was horrific.  Well at least Maya left, but actually, she’s still there.  Last but not least we have Tracy boring up Nathan which is going a step too far.

Really the thing that kept me glued to this show consistently was Sylar.  Zachary Quinto is mesmerizing playing this sick bastard.  If you had told me I would be on the edge of my seat rooting on the guy who likes to literally crack open heads, bloodying himself up while yelling “cake”, I’d think you were nuts.  I even let go of those eyebrows (which I realize now are so thick to cover up he’s sporting the Vulcan look) which used to irritate me so.

Survivor: I’ve forgotten what season we are on but this year was awesome.  Last spring we featured fans vs the favorites and though I am upset on the ultimate winner, there were some awesome blind sided moments in tribal council and nothing will ever let me forget the “It’s a stick” scene.  This autumn started off rather lame but like my shocking support of  Sylar on Heroes, I wound up assigning allegiance to Sugar who sadly did not get credit in the end.    I liked Bob though, bow tie and all, and it’s nice seeing a man with brains over brawn winning this show.

90210: Sucked.  Badly.  Enough said.

Big Brother: Every year I’m embarrassed to begin watching this show but every year I’m usually riveted by the time the finale comes along.  This year was different. I didn’t care who won.  I liked Dan (can I not get away from that name?) and am kind of happy for him, but over all I think the season was boring.  But of course, it’s summer TV so what else are ya gonna watch?

CSI: Grissom is leaving!  YAY!  Of course, it’s technically not happened yet.  And it means GSR will continue off screen (the pain).  But maybe I can devote more of my blogs to it now.  I had no issues with them killing off Warrick last spring, but the way they picked up from it was really underwhelming.  It took no time at all for the characters to suspect the UnderSheriff and once Grissom deduced there was no way for their boss’s boss to hear the gun shots over the loud music, it was only a matter of time before they arrested him.  Of course, nobody brought up that perhaps someone without a history of hearing loss be the one to make that decision, but nobody questions the great Gil Grissom.

Law & Order: I don’t post much on L&O here.  I should.  Criminal Intent is the favorite of the series but I’m not liking the depression Robert Goren is spiraling into.  And don’t get me started on that Nicole Wallace episode!

Meanwhile the original series is really getting my attenion. I love the new assistant DA Michael Cutter who has excellent chemistry with Connie.  I hated to see Ed Greene leave but now that I’m finally focusing on the Order side, I am happy watching Cutter and Connie bicker about how to prosecute a case.  I do think they are white washing Cutter too much with recent episodes, notably the last one where a potential girlfriend who clerked for a senile judge was pulling strings for him in an important case.  This guy was willing to basically subject Connie to a stalker in the jury to win the case but he’s suddenly too upstanding to look the other way in a case that was still managing to uphold the law?  Of course I wanted Cutter to wind up turning her in, but let’s let him agonize about it for awhile, and maybe it would be Connie who would push him to do the right thing.

So there is how I see the year as a whole for TV. Clearly, things are not looking so good right now for too many shows.  I think it’s safe to say that with everyone trying to get through the daily grind, the least networks could do is give us quality entertainment.  After all, the title of my blog is: Live May Suck but TV Shouldn’t and I really really mean  that.

Happy New Year everybody!!

My New Year’s Resolutions (for the spring TV season)

So it’s that time of year. I chose to make a list of what I plan to do for my TV viewing pleasure.  Whether I keep to it, well, that’s another story.

To not allow myself to get disappointed by ships-Of course Days of Our Lives is the biggest tormentor for me, but I must say Heroes, Lost and certainly CSI have done their share of breaking my heart on couples I really liked or even loved.  (Seriously, was it really necessary for Sylar to set Ellie on fire?  Really?) This year, it’s gonna be different!

To try to keep my expectations low-Seriously how hard was it to watch Heroes when I compare it to the first season?  I need to stop imaging how the storylines should play out and go in with a indifferent mind, just expecting to be entertained.  I mean, so I’ve been waiting for Maya to die for almost 2 years now, but I shouldn’t allow myself to get my hopes up.

To not bitch about commercials-Since my Tivo is not HD, I have to watch the shows live which I have really gotten out of the habit.  I must remember that commercials are not evil devices invented by corporations to manipulate my mind into doing whatever they say, they simply are a means to pay for the TV show.  And looking on the bright side, I am more aware to what new movies are coming out.

Keep up with recaps on TWoP-It’s funny, when I was employed by a company, I usually always had time to keep track of all the recaps of my favorite shows.  But now that I’m self-employed and working from home, the temptation to read isn’t as great.

To be better in my TV blogging-now that my writing on Days will be cut back significantly, I’m going to have to really roll up my sleeves and devote more time to other shows.  Of course, it’s quite possible that if a certain actor winds up on another soap, I could wind up jumping ship. Now, won’t that be weird?

The Office: Copier Vs Chairs

So this week’s Office episode had a very small (and when I say small I mean microscopic) shout out to TWoP.  Phyllis was reading Tubey instead of doing her work.  Heh.

Now, my review on the episode reminded me a lot of working in an office environment everyday.  The end of year shows there is a surplus.  After Oscar must explain what this means to Michael (in a hilarious analogy of lemonade stand), the office must agree to decide on either a new copier or new chairs.  Everyone seems to have an opinion and the office divides itself up into different sides.

Since the show gave us the actual sum, I admit that knowing it was $4300 distracted me from the episode itself.  The problem with that amount is it would never be enough to get GOOD office chairs for everyone in the company, but $4,300 is a little much for a copier, given the one they have looks like any $2,000 model could easily replace.  If not everyone can get office chairs, than the argument is the copier could serve the needs of everyone.  But then it turns out not many people use the copier and if Pam who uses it the most prefers the office chairs, doesn’t that say how badly better comfortable seating apparatuses are needed?

Jim didn’t actually agree with his beloved, but upon losing I loved how Jim made it clear that he was fine with it as long as she decided to do his copies for him (which seems like it is her job to do anyway).  Excellent episode in showing that this couple does not agree in all things and when they disagree, it is quite hilarious to watch them act against each other.  It certainly brought out their sexy side which I must admit I never used that word to describe either one of them before.

Naturally Michael is incapable of making the decision himself, but once he realizes he could have a bonus if he gives the money back to corporate, a new third option winds up coming available.  I find it humorous that even though Michael’s demand at the end for the employees to hurry up and make up their minds was obviously self-serving (meaning he hoped they couldn’t and he’d get to hand it back in with the bonus option), it actually was the most affective way to deal with the group’s stalemate on the issue.   Oh, life’s little ironies: Michael is a better manager for everyone when he is only thinking about himself.