A Geek and his PVR

Fighting an uphill battle against my PVRs diminishing freespace

Archive for September, 2007

Watched log for Sunday

The Perfect Score

Flash Gordon: Life Source, Alliances

Damages: We Are Not Animals

The Simpsons: Homer of Seville

Desperate Housewives: Now You Know (Season Premiere)

Brothers and Sisters: Home Front (Season Premiere)

Family Guy: Movin’ Out (Brian’s Song)

Shark: For Whom the Skel Rolls

American Dad: Vacation Goo (Season Premiere)

Watched log for Saturday

Numb3rs: Trust Metric (Season Premiere)

Stargate Atlantis: Adrift (Season Premiere)

Eureka: All That Glitters

American Hot Rod: Bonneville Racer 3

Watched log for Friday

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty Magoo, The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation

Smallville: Bizarro (Season Premiere)

Dénouement, thy name is Smallville. Jesus, do you think they could have the climax of the episode at the halfway point? I mean, they’re already halfway there. This show is fucking retarded. I’m not sure why I’m still watching. Also, way to half-assedly introduce Supergirl. Lame.

Mad Men: Long Weekend

Moonlight: No Such Thing as Vampires (Series Premiere)

Well that was sort of, eh. It wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t really stand out. The fact that it’s premise is so similar to Angel and Forever Knight will of course force comparisons by fans of those shows. I guess CBS figures most of its viewers didn’t watch those shows. Having been a fan of Angel, I know I definitely compared them, and unfortunately for this show, Mick St. John is the least interesting character on the cast. It’s your basic procedural, it almost seems like it came out of the random plot generator. I feel like a lot of the new shows this season have such a safe-ness to them, that they’re destined to live a season or 2 until something really original comes along and forces them out. Maybe there are some better stories in this show, and I’ll keep watching to see, but I have been saying that a lot about shows this season.

Grade: C+

Shark: Gangster Movies (Season Premiere)

Downloaded because the football game ran late pushing back the start and cutting off the end.

Watched log for Thursday

My Name Is Earl: My Name Is Inmate 28301-016 Pts. 1 & 2 (Season Premiere)

The Office: Fun Run (Season Premiere)

Big Shots: Pilot (Series Premiere)

Well that was ok. I can’t say that it wasn’t kind of fun, but still was sort of weak. Some good moments, but I will have to see if I’ll keep watching.

Grade: C+

Ugly Betty: How Betty Got Her Grieve Back (Season Premiere)

Grey’s Anatomy: A Change Is Gonna Come (Season Premiere)

Watched log for Wednesday

Reaper: Pilot (Series Premiere)

This show really surprised me with it’s charm and humor. I should have expected it though considering the pilot was directed by Kevin Smith.  If it can keep up the mix of laughs and light romantic drama, I think it will be good. I’ve always thought Bret Harrison is a great straight man for which ridiculous circumstances conspire against him. The supporting cast is kind of forgettable, but there’s room for them to be shown the spotlight. Recommended.

Grade: A-

Private Practice: In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else (Series Premiere)

Once again, much like Grey’s Anatomy we have some rather preposterous medical situations which find ways to bring doctors and their patients and families together or whatever. Maybe this wasn’t the best way to showcase the characters, but as it had to reintroduce all the characters and their backstories/faults/quirks, it was a bit jammed. Hopefully it will find a reasonable pace, and not have to involve everyone in one episode.

Grade: B (for now)

Dirty Sexy Money: Pilot (Series  Premiere)

Wow, that is a big clan of seriously horrible people. Yet even as horrible as they are, you still almost feel bad for them. What is going to be interesting is to see if Nick’s role as the moral compass will be set off-course by the rampant sinning he has to clean up after. Surprising me was the mystery surrounding his father’s death, which I hadn’t caught in reading/watching any previews of the show. It’s got me hooked. Plus I love Samaire Armstrong. As they say over at TWOP… Damn you, Berlanti.

Top Chef: Finale Pt. 1

Bionic Woman: Second Chances

I just wasn’t blown away by this. There were some neat special effects and it was cool to have some cameos by BSG people, but overall it suffered from a lack of… I can’t even quite put my finger on it, but it still needs something. There was definately some horrible dialog, and as one other reviewer said, it seems like Michelle Ryan is concentrating so hard on pulling off an American accent, she forgets she needs to emote. Maybe it will pick up, so I’m holding off on canceling it from my PVR, but at this point it’s the most likely to stay unwatched the night it airs, to be watched on the weekend perhaps.

Grade: C

Watched log for Tuesday

Iron Chef: Giant Mushroom (Jumbo Mushroom Battle)

Challenger: Shoji Yamaoka
Iron Chef: Masahiko Kobe
Judges: Sae Isshiki, Kazuhiko Katoh, Tenmei Kanoh, Asako Kishi
Winner: Iron Chef Kobe

Weeds: He Taught Me How to Drive By

Heroes: Four Months Later (Season Premiere)

Well that was one hell of a premiere. Awesome.

Bones: The Widow’s Son in the Windshield (Season Premiere)

Watched log for Monday

Dan In Real Life (Sneak Preview)

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.  It wasn’t outrageously funny, but definitely caused some laughter. It was very much in the vein of a Big Chill meets Jersey Girl meets some movie where the main character falls in love with his sibling’s girlfriend only to meet her at the place they’re staying together at with comic results. Occasionally predictable and the pacing was sometimes a little off, but made up of familiar scenes and consequences, but still very enjoyable. Good for a date, although maybe a bit better for older couples.

Grade: B+

How I Met Your Mother: Wait for It (Season Premiere)

The Big Bang Theory: Pilot (Series Premiere)

Full of the nerd/geek stereotypes and generally lazy writing. Occasionally funny, but not that much different from any other sitcom.

Grade: C

Chuck: Pilot (Series Premiere)

Very charming and funny. Love Sarah Lancaster.

Grade: A-

Journeyman: Pilot (Series Premiere)

Thought it was going to be a ripoff of Quantum Leap, but while it’s similar in theme, the execution is much different and actually creates a lot more tension and conflict in the characters and situations. It’s about as original as anything gets on TV anymore.

Grade: B+

P.S. My DVR decided that instead of recording Heroes, it would record 2 and 1/2 Men and Rules of Engagement and label it as Heroes. I’m implementing my backup plan of torrenting it. NBC’s player really bites ass. I’d even consider buying it off iTunes if it were available instead of dealing with NBC’s janky site.