TV Current Reviews (38)
The Big Bang Theory is a major player in geek popular culture. You either love it or hate it, and if you hate it and think it’s only loved by people who aren’t “true geeks” (whatever that means), then you haven’t seen the presence and draw of this show at San Diego Comic-Con.
Personally, I don’t actively despise the show, but I do think it’s a one-trick pony that has been getting beaten long after cessation of any vital functions. It’s biggest problem is that it is a comedy show full of unlikable characters who aren’t funny, haven’t been funny for years, and maybe never were.
An interlocking network of seductions and lies provides a road map through this week’s episode of Mad Men, which saw someone — a deeply delightful someone — finally drive a wedge between Peggy and Stan. But before we talk about Mimi Rogers’ kick-ass entrance to this universe, let’s talk about the quickly multiplying army of curvy brunettes who are crowding into Don Draper’s headspace.
Big Ross checks in to drop some knowledge on the writers of the Fox series Bones.
Bones is a CSI clone/crime procedural on Fox that stars Emily Deschanel as genius & semi-autistic forensic anthropologist Temperance "Bones" Brennan. Along with Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and a team of scientists Bones solves murders, primarily by examining skeletal remains. In the recent episode “The Psychic in the Soup” the gang was tasked with solving the murder of a psychic. This psychic was in fact a charlatan who took advantage of people, but in the course of the investigation a supposedly real psychic (played by Cyndi Lauper) showed up to “help”. She also claimed to be receiving contact from a character named Sweets, who was in actuality a member of the team who had been killed awhile back. Turns out the majority of the episode took place on Sweets’s birthday, the first since his death.
Big Ross checks in and piles on to talk about this odd duck of a comic book television series.
Do you remember that seen in Airplane! where the woman passenger goes into some mild hysterics, and a flight attendant tries to get her to come to her senses by shaking and slapping her? And then a man interrupts for a turn, and then the doctor, and then the nun, and the camera pans to show a line of people with comically ever-increasingly extreme responses like a wrench, a baseball bat, and a gun, all waiting for their turn? I’m here to talk (complain) about Gotham, and I know I’m going to be that 4th or 5th person in line, ready to beat the dead horse that is the discussion, “Gotham is really terrible”. Just for fun, I’m going to do it by way of a list, which are all the rage these days. Let’s begin.
Orange is the New Black is like a pirate broadcast from a happier, matriarchal universe where women dominate the airwaves, and we just happened to get one of their prison dramas.
Season two wasn't perfect, and that’s OK. This show doesn’t need a handicap. It’s not the kind of show where we have to wave away great swaths of imperfection (LOST) or the kind of great show where we have to overlook one (or more) weak performances (January Jones on Mad Men). Nope, this show is mostly fantastic from bow to stern. Let me try to break down why:
What was pitched as an artistic choice turned out to be one of necessity -- and we're all the better for it.
Here's my favorite joke from the original run of Arrested Development: While planning a charity event, George Bluth Sr. asks his family to recommend an organization or cause to benefit. Everyone recommends something self-serving in the secret ballot, except one family member, who suggests "cervical cancer."
"Oh, I wonder who wrote that one down," George Sr. deadpans as the camera cuts to Michael.
I love this moment, not only because it's funny and indicative of the family's self-involvement, but also because this is how we find out the cause of Tracey Bluth's death -- through comedy.
For me, comedies are always best when they're dramas (or outright tragedies) first. The fourth season of AD didn't deliver as much tragedy as I would have liked, but it did finally reveal Michael's late wife amidst a hectic, muddled, misshapen new season that was frustrating and funny, off-kilter and canny.
Your favorite Jonny Quest wanna bes are back! Hank and Dean are gearing up for season 5 airing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. CC2K had the pleasure to talk to the show's creators, actors, and writers: Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer.