Here we are somewhere near the middle of the 2009-2010 TV season, so I figured it’s a good time to talk about what I watched and what I’m watching now.
Dollhouse: The second (and final) season was rushed, but even with that, Joss Whedon and company was able to put together a better season than the first. I’m happy to have watched such a good show, although I was still a bit confused with the end. Here is my list in order of favorite Joss Whedon shows; #1 Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2 Angel #3 Firefly #4 Dollhouse.
Battlestar Gallactica: Although I hadn’t mentioned it on here (did mention it on Facebook) I finally got into watch the new creation of Battlestar while on vacation last year. Season 1 was awesome and some of the best Sci-Fi TV I’ve ever watched. Season 2 was good, 3 sort was just ok and dragged on. The final season (4) was good, but the finale was a bit of a let down. I tried to watch the new show Caprica which was set 50 years before BSG, but the first episode was too slow to get me interested in it.
Other shows that have basically ended or been canceled that I enjoyed watching were Better Off Ted, which was the smartest comedy to be on TV for years, and Scrubs, which was a lot different this year, but really had started to come into its own with the new cast of characters.
Out of the comedies we’ve been watching lately, Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother remain my favorites. Big Bag Theory produces laugh after laugh, and I highly entertained by the character Sheldon Cooper. How I Met Your Mother hasn’t been as good as BBT, but remains a show that I look forward to, let’s just hope that we can actually see some stories of Ted with the mother. ABC’s new shows, The Middle and Modern Family have also been highlights of the week. But in my mind the best new comedy of the season is Community. Sure Joel McHale is the “star” of the cast, but this is a show that goes nowhere without the rest of the cast members, the guys that play Troy and Abed are comedy gold, and their little end of show after credit bits are some of the funniest things. Lastly I can’t forget the Office, which has lost some of its luster in my opinion due to Michael Scott, but is still a show that we are drawn to watch.
I’m not even sure where to begin with the dramas we watch, even though I consider them more niche than just dramas. There are Action Comedies, Action Dramas, and Science Fiction.
Chuck: I’m so happy to hear that the numbers for Chuck this season appear to be good enough to keep it off the cutting room floor. Chuck has been really good for this season, except for the most recent episode that was shown before the Winter Olympics started. Having Sarah fall for the new guy, is just stupid, especially when everyone knows that she loves Chuck and he loves her. Not to mention I’m not really at all happy that they have Lana Lang guest starring. But other than those two stupid subplots, the main plots have been great.
24: TELL ME WHERE THE BOMB IS! I guarantee you that we will be hearing this line within the next 5 episodes, especially since there is actually going to be a bomb. Pure action, pure Jack Bauer, what more do you expect after this many seasons?
Burn Notice: The secondary plot for Michael Westen hasn’t been one of my favorites, but it’s still one of my favorite action shows. Highlight from this season, Bruce Campbell’s CSI: Miami impression…
Human Target: I wasn’t really sure what to make of this when I saw the previews, then last minute I set it to record and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. Christopher Chance is an interesting character, and I’m happy they leaving a lot of his past a mystery. It’s just pure action, but just enough character development to get you to really enjoy the characters. This is the best new Drama of the season.
Eureka: Has been picked up for 22 episodes in mid 2010. Other than that, the woman who was playing Sheriff Carter’s love interest got a new show but then it was canceled, so hopefully that means they will lend up bringing her back. This is really an entertaining show. I still miss the guy that played Stark though.
Lost: It’s the final season, and things are sort of being explained, such as the numbers… Well they weren’t really explained more so just brought up again in another context. The most confusion this season is why do we keep seeing clips of them back in the US, while the show is still on the island. I think the clips are what ends up happening once everything is set back at the end.
Fringe: This is one of the shows I most look forward to. The whole two worlds colliding thing has been done before but the way it’s done makes it so entertaining. Things are really starting to pick up with the colliding part.
Smallville: On its 9th season, you wouldn’t expect this show to improve and actually change. One of the biggest issues with Smallville has always been that it had too much high school teen angst. Much of the angst has been dropped, which has led to this season of Smallville being what I consider the best season ever of the show. With episodes like Absolute Justice. It also doesn’t hurt when they have Erica Durance dressed in a Wonder Woman like costume…
V: Dragged on for the first couple episodes, then it was already done till the spring. There really needs to be some more to it as it stands. ABC dropped the ball with the scheduling.
Flash Forward: Another ball drop by ABC. How can you not air a show for a three-month stretch and expect people to continue to show interest. I’m intrigued with the story, but dread it’s going to end up being canceled after the season ends (if they even stick with it).
So what have you been watching? What have you enjoyed? What has disappointed you?
Wow, here we are already nearly three weeks into the new year and I haven’t graced you all with the inaugural 2010 Weekly Cool Links. I’d like to apologize to you, my fans and ask for your forgiveness! But really, I had more important things to do the last couple weeks. Like celebrate my birthday and take a vacation from work. Kelly and I also celebrated our 5 year anniversary of meeting, last night. We were going to go to dinner but due to the weather we stayed in and ordered delivery from the Chinese restaurant around the corner from our house. After the weather cleared up we headed to the Starbucks at the circle in Orange (Orange Plaza) and had some coffee, just like we did 5 years ago when it was Diedrich Coffee. Let me see if I can remember what else has happened the past month.
We celebrated Christmas at home, having two family Christmas parties, you might have seen the pictures from my previous post. For Christmas Kelly got me and awesome bag for me to use for work, along with some cooking books I really wanted, a circular saw, and some clothing. It was a really awesome Christmas. For my birthday I got a new bike.
Kelly and I used my new saw and build two raised beds for our vegetable garden this year. We’ve already planted some onions, and are waiting for March to add the tomatoes and peppers I get at the annual sale that Fullerton College has. That just about wraps up most of the things we have done the past month. So I guess it’s time for the Weekly Cool Links! Just an FYI, there is a lot of stuff to share this week, so I’m going to do something different and break this up into a couple posts the new couple days.
Lifehacker put together a kick ass table of when is the Best Time to Buy Anything, from Homes in the winter (hey that’s what we did!) to Jeans in October, it’s a great list for those that are looking for when the best deals normally are. You say you aren’t interested in buying anything, well how about these not so cool porn ideas (safe for work), don’t miss “The Making of You” staring Mommy and Daddy with special guest Uncle Bill… I was going to post a bunch of “best of 2009” links, but this guy did all the work for me, so I’ll just link to him. I was hoping I would be on the 30 best blogs of 2009, but I guess I’ll have to wait for the 2010 list. Continuing with the theme of lists, Gizmodo posted their list of the worst gadgets from the past decade, a lot fo great ideas but they just ended up sucking.
I have some American Apparel shirts (well they are shirts from places that print their shirts on AAs) and I’ve always been fascinated with their unique marketing strategy, from using porn stars to having androgynous looking models, they cover it all, which is why this collection of their hottest ads (possibly not safe for work, but nothing graphic) is included here.
One of the books Kelly got me (and my brother in law Dominic) was the 1st volume of the Good Eats books, by Alton Brown, I’ve loved reading the book and wanted to share this great Good Eats fan site (it’s poorly designed but still a great resource). Talking about food, Lifehacker shared this article of Six Kitchen Skills You Can Pick Up This Weekend.
Chuck and 24 started up last week, Burn Notice starts tonight, and someone is selling a barely used late night show… By the way even though I don’t watch much late night, I with Coco.
The Hall of Very Good has some great stuff about good baseball players, that aren’t quite Hall of Famers, or shouldn’t be Hall of Famers. I liked the guy, but Eric Karros should not have receive 2 votes for the Hall of Fame.
I know he’s gone, but his trip to Seattle was delayed because of an annoying USC fan. (I’ll miss you Pete!).