[TV] Summer Shows

I’m going to be following The Glades, Rookie Blue and Continuum.

The Glades is back on A&E starting up this weekend (Sunday night!). They last left off with Calle being offered a job elsewhere because the hospital she works at is shutting down. She ends up not taking the job, showing up at Jim’s place instead. Not exactly an explosive ending to the season, but it was a nice change for sure. I’m going to guess she’ll get more hours working with FDLE or need to pick up work elsewhere to finish her schooling. I wonder where this is going to go, though I expect to see beautiful scenery (both kinds!), interesting murder cases and lots of witty remarks – I’ve always sort of viewed this as the House of homicide detective shows.

Rookie Blue is another Police drama which I got suckered into. Both TheWife and I enjoy it so we’ve continued watching it. I believe it takes place somewhere in Canada so my American (or European) readers might not know about this show. This sort of replaces Hawaii Five-O in that it’s a bit more of a no-brainer, entertainment show with some drama and pretty people. The premiere has already happened last week. Andy returns from suspension to be picked up but the main source of trouble which leads to other trouble when William Shattner causes an accident. I won’t spoil, but yeah, William Shattner was on there. I will say he doesn’t leap across the hood of any cars, but he does slug someone and comes off as a grumpy old man. Looking forward to more.

Continuum is a new show on Showcase (I’m not sure if it’s exclusive to that and I’m rushing to get this post in before dinner or my laptop battery dying – whichever comes first) where terrorists from the future escape execution by travelling back in time by 65 years (from 2077 to now, 2012). A clever law enforcer gets caught up in the portal and is sucked back as well. I won’t spoil much more than that other than to mention this one has potential. It seems to have decent production, decent writing and appealing lead actors. And it’s sci-fi… sort of.

 

[TV] Bye House

Unfortunately, I didn’t get into the show as early as I would have liked in the series. I think I started watching around the third or fourth season and really started to enjoy the scathing wit, burning sarcasm and brutal honesty of the House character.

Watching the finale tonight was bittersweet. Bitter because it is coming to an end and I enjoyed it thoroughly over the years I was watching it. Sweet because it was starting to drag a little – people bleeding from eyes and ears or coughing up blood was becoming common. Even the gag of hiring an actor (or actors) to trick Wilson was used twice this season.

So in some ways, it was time for House to die.

SPOILERS

And I really thought he was going to die, just as he was coming to the realization that he could change. Of course, his idea of change and what was being portrayed was more about giving up the puzzles to spend time with his dying buddy. I didn’t quite expect them to fake his death. I admit, as soon as the cell phone started ringing, I clued in.

Good show, great series, lots of laughs, lots of ZOMG did he just say that?’s and lots more room on my PVR recording schedule.

I wonder what they’re going to try to slot in there next season?

 

[IRL] Am I Getting Old…

… or was Drake in the second intermission of the 2012 NHL All-Star game not so good? I’m hoping someone can tell me that the sound was bad and it’s just not me failing to understand current music? They know… what? I couldn’t tellwhat he was rapping about.

I mean, I like the Black Eyed Peas  but didn’t like the superbowl performance last year, I think that was due to the sound being bad over the TV.

Same deal?

[update] I dug up the song on YouTube and it sounds a lot better there, though it still makes me feel old.

[TV] Goodbye Chuck

I was a little startled this morning when TheWife mentioned to me that tonight was the finale for Chuck. I knew this was going to be the last season for it, but I didn’t expect the finale to come so soon. I eagerly ensured my PVR was set up to record it and I watched it part way in (LLO wanted to watch some iCarly meets Victorious show).

It was the same old Chuck that I’ve grown to love over the five years it has been on. Yes, it is silly and not to be taken overly serious. Buy More is direct shot at Best Buy and you’ve got Subway tossed in there a lot. The stories were simple enough to follow with just enough drama to not turn me off them entirely. The relationships between the characters was fantastic. Pop culture references. I don’t know how to describe it… it seemed sort of like the Get Smart of our generation, only with several steps up in seriousness. It was a fun show that left me in a good mood.

It was great. It was fun.

Good luck to the cast and writers of the show. Thanks for the five years of good times.

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[TV] The Mentalist – Wow!

I loved yesterday’s episode. Somewhat spoiler following.

It was a mix of Criminal Minds (only without the raw visual brutality of it) and pushed the Red John story line back into the series. I admit, I called it early (mostly due to watching the odd Criminal Minds episode) and called how it would end quite quickly. It was a little bit of genius at the end there that I really appreciated. You could see the point where Patrick Jane realizes that he can’t shake this guy and get him to incriminate himself so he switches tactics and gets the guy in another way.

TheWife watched the episode this morning and she almost immediately picked up on who it was but missed a number of the other subtleties especially with what was going to happen at the end. She admitted it was a devilishly good ending too.

 

[TV] Heebie Jeebies

I watched Castle yesterday and have to admit they did a good job of making a Halloween episode. They went with ghosts and demons but it was set up in such a way that you were laughing while the hairs on the back of your neck were standing up. Camera work was great, background music set the mood and the sounds were creepy.

“Apparition American,” classic Castle.

I don’t think TheWife will want to watch it because that sort of stuff really creeps her out even though it wasn’t really a ghost. I love it when they venture into the unknown. This one is right up there with the alien abduction episode.

I should add that I was thoroughly fooled into not knowing who it was, but I’ll openly admit I knew it wasn’t who they thought it was before they discovered who it was.

Confused?

Good.

[TV] TV So Far

The fall season is on us and so far I’ve managed to catch a few old series and some new ones.

Castle was the one I was really looking forward to seeing (aside from The Mentalist) and because of that, I don’t think it lived up to the hype I created for myself. It was a good show, but I wasn’t keen on Beckett seeming shaken. I suppose it makes sense but it didn’t sit right. They make a point of noting she’s fearless and headstrong, likely to charge into the case of her mother’s death without concern of who it could impact but she’s shaken.

The scene on the swings was a little less than I expected – the whole ‘wall’ discussion was something I’d expect from a teenager and was a really quick way of putting the relationship on the back burner. Castle’s interactions with his daughter weren’t what I liked in previous interactions, it was more serious and put her in the position of authority. I made sense – she loves her father and doesn’t want him to be at risk and it’s the sort of reaction you’d expect. I suppose without it, it wouldn’t seem as real a relationship. I think the position Castle is in with knowing that they’re not coming after Beckett again unless she keeps digging but having to hold Beckett back without her knowing is

Overall the initial tone of the show wasn’t what I previously enjoyed in Castle episodes however, it drifted back into what I found interesting later in the show. The murder case for that episode fell to the wayside for the majority of the show – it was a pretty obvious one. As soon as the band member chimed in with the “He was looking for money to leave town,” comment, I knew it was him. It was too leading and damning – not the sort of thing you’d say about a friend so open and willingly unless you didn’t care about said friend.

I think my main beef about it was that it didn’t have the same feel as the previous season’s opening episode – which was tentative and comical. There wasn’t as much comedy in it and less focus on the case at hand which is mostly what I enjoy. It was too somber initially – understandably so.

If you’re a watcher of the show you’ve seen the morbid excitement Castle has when he gets a call from Beckett and their is a murder? That’s sort of how I feel – the show doesn’t start until that call comes. As I said, it ended on a better note.

Esposito, Ryan and Laney are still top notch and I enjoy them. I miss Montgomery and I’m not too keen on the new Captain which means she was doing her job right. I do see her lightening up a little near the end thanks to Esposito and Ryan’s antics but we’ll see.

I still like the series and expect it to get back to more of what I enjoy next week – given the previews, the insensitive, “OMG did he just say that?” type humor will be back.

Hawaii Five-O was what I expected from it. A little bit of a rushed recovery as they quickly cleared McGarret of murdering the Govenor. I still watch this because it’s entertaining in an action-packed sort of way with less thought required. I don’t have much to say about it – it’s more of the same. Nice scenery, quickly resolved cases, cool car, action and a little bit of drama. Admittedly, I don’t have a lot of investment in the show, it’s more of a watch and see what happens, less of a figure it out type show – at least that’s how I view it. Still, I do want to see it.

Camelot is new show (though I heard it aired already in the U.S.?) which had an interesting opener. I can’t help but feel it’s appearance is due to A Game of Thrones and its success on HBO. Still, it’s a more grown up take on the Arthur tale. I do like the selection of actors and presentation of the story is an good spin.

Some of it seems a little forced (killing of Arthur’s adopted mother) or small scale (the fact that Lott was there with a handful of ‘troops’). The attack on Camelot seemed a little weak with very few people in a tight area. The killing of Lott and the adopted father of Arthur seemed a little too weak. I understand it was supposed to be a show of vengeance empowered rage that the father fought on rather than fell, but it reminded me too much of scenes from other movies usually where evil and seemingly invulnerable creatures pull themselves along a weapon that has skewered them.

Having watched the second episode it does get a little more gritty and the adult content escalates a little – still mostly boobs and butts – with the implication of open sexual acts including sex as a tool for dominance (borderline rape though that implication is lessened when Morgan tells Lott to go ahead and do it). The speech given by Arthur was alright, I think they emphasized what needed to be emphasized. The impending love triangle seems a little early. It seems like they’re rushing to the juicy parts of the story very quickly.

I’ll continue to watch it as it’s interesting, has nudity (yay!) and it’s one of the few ‘fantasy’ type shows currently in my line up.

Speaking of fantasy and nudity, I also took a look at The Playboy Club which didn’t contain much in the way of nudity but there was some ‘adult’ content. This one seems to be more of a drama type than anything else. The main characters appear to be a lawyer and two bunnies that are somewhat involved with the lawyer (one being his ex-girlfriend because of a misunderstanding around the presence of the other). I don’t really know the history of Playboy (I mostly just looked at the pictures) so I’m not familiar with the veracity of the “gentleman’s club” idea. It appears to be in line with what it could be, though not entirely what I’d imagine.

I don’t expect to follow this much longer than another episode to confirm it’s simply going to be a drama. That doesn’t really entertain me but I could see how others might enjoy it for the setting in time, performances and the running story.

Unforgettable is another show involving homicide with a haunted (and hot) red-headed lead who has a condition that allows her to remember everything. She’s able to sift back through her memories and view any aspect of them. The show manifests this as her appearing to watch herself and observe the surrounding area to pick out details (this confused TheWife who asked if she had a twin – in her defense I was giving her a neck massage so she wasn’t paying full attention to the show). This lead was in law enforcement previously and involved with the male lead in the past. She has a dark spot in her memory around her sister’s death. It’s the one thing that eludes her and her obsession with the case put a wedge between her and the lead male character.

I’m noticing a trend and wonder if this will go the route of shows like Shattered (where he finds his missing son who his alternate personality hid away safely) and Life where the show comes to an end with the season finale. It’s interesting, but I don’t see it having staying power.

I just finished watching two Big Bang Theory episodes which killed me. I laughed so hard I started coughing and woke up the LBO and LLO. The chair? Hilarious. Paintball sacrifice? Giggle worthy. The scene with Raj and Howard… creepy.  Leonard’s expression was pretty hilarious. The show gets right back into the funny and it’s a good range of funny.

Charlie’s Angels is much like Hawaii Five-O, it’s action packed, somewhat glamorous and not overly deep. First show starts out with one of the Angels getting killed by a car bomb (which was pretty obvious – you don’t draw out a scene where the main characters are going separate ways with one of their vehicles in the background without viewers expecting something to happen. I guess you can say it is familiar and predictable – more so than most shows. I like the guess who did it even take a stab at why, with this show I can predict what is coming next.

Cases seem plausible enough, nothing out of the ordinary just yet – unlike the remake movies which were quite silly. It definitely requires you to suspend disbelief, but not on a grand scale. For example, they managed to kidnap a woman despite her having bodyguards who weren’t present at all. Humor is somewhat mild but present.

I might view another show or two, but I don’t see myself ‘missing’ a show if I miss a show.

I also watched the season premier of The Mentalist. I was considering which way they’d go with the whole Red John thing and the murder, prison and trial bits. It delivered and wrapped up that aspect of the show in one go. The play on whether Jane was crazy or not was great. The resulting investigation was good. There was definitely something wrong with the wife of “Red John” because there is no way a sane person could handle seeing the killer of their spouse. Ending it with Jane suggesting it wasn’t Red John was interesting and one of the early clues in the show revealed that. Someone orchestrated removing the gun and the cell phone that received the call from the FBI agent. Big hint there.

My feeling about the director of the CBI still stands. I think there might be something there; his aggression towards Jane, reciting the first parts of the William Blake poem and some of the other things that just don’t add up about him. I don’t think he’s Red John, but I think he’s a possible plant – another chess piece.

A good episode, it stretched a few scenes but not too thin. Overall, enjoyable and I’m looking forward to this season.

Lots of good shows and even more decent ones. Is this the return of real actors, writers and scripts? Death to reality TV? I hope so!

(Except Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares – love that stuff!)

Season Finales

Unlike other TV series that leave you at the end of the season with a cliff hanger that makes you eager for the show to return next season, The Glades season two finale did the opposite. It leaves you with a sense of things being okay.

Sure there are a few open questions, but the end leaves you with an understanding of how things are going to be.

I won’t spoil much more than that.

The show itself opens up without the typical whodunit and instead puts that out in the open with the main part being around dealing with a hostage negotiation. Something you probably don’t want Jim Longworth doing because he tends to annoy people. It makes things interesting.

On to upcoming shows.

House trailer implies he’s in prison which is odd because I thought he ended with being on some tropical island somewhere? Interesting…

I have yet to see a trailer for The Mentalist but I can easily see how Patrick Jane would start the series off by being in jail (sure enough, there is a trailer of him in jail however I cannot view it because it’s outside my viewing area… f Canada/US internet content rules). This should be an interesting season with Jane having killed his nemesis, Red John. As I noted previously, I suspect there will be a discovery that Red John was just a murderous dog whose lease was held by a greater mastermind. We’ll see soon! Not exactly a cliffhanger of “Is he going to get him?” but more of a “What now?!” type season ending.

Castle left us with a cliffhanger, several actually. Castle admitted he loved Beckett but will Beckett remember? Will Beckett live? Of course. Who will be the new Captain? Will the Captain put up with having Castle around? Drama between Castle and Beckett’s doctor boyfriend ensues as well. Is the show even going to have a murder case involved at all? Lots of questions!

Hawaii Five-O left us with a cliffhanger too. The team is mostly split up, one is thrown in jail for a murder he didn’t commit. The trailer notes there will be an escape and a patron-type helping out. How quick will it be resolved? Are they really going to get away with the escape and there won’t be repercussions?

Of the fall line up, I’m mostly looking forward to Castle and The Mentalist.

Just a few more weeks!

 

Not Much (But a Lot)

Not a whole lot going on which is why there aren’t many  updates or posts. Here’s a blurb of stuff, try to keep up, k?

My Pathfinder (RPG) group is on a break for a couple of weeks (we’ve had a few weeks break previously as well) as summer sets in and people are taking vacation.

That’s what we do in Canada – we wait for the nice weather, then take vacation. During the winter we huddle around the warm glow (a.k.a. radiation) of our computer monitors or big screen TVs (or we travel to warmer places if you want to pay inflated airfares).

Oddly enough, we’re facing a surge of players showing up for raids in World of Warcraft. At one point we had four people (the officers basically) show up and now we’ve got about 15-16 on. We put out a recruiting thread and noted we’d cleared all the normal raid content and were looking for some melee DPS. Sure enough, we’re full on melee DPS, a little overflowing actually. We’re eagerly awaiting Firelands and new content.

My family members are online playing a little more too and they’re starting to ask for help running dungeons which I don’t mind doing. My sister is hitting up Heroics (and dealing with some douchebaggery) where as my brother-in-law is not really that adventurous. Someone being an asshole really ruins things for him (he can be a little defensive, even when people are trying to help) so he doesn’t even bother with PUGs. That and he’s big-time casual so I don’t know that he’s got Paladin..ing down yet since the changes. I’ll run through some of the normal dungeons with them so they can see what the boss fights are like (that and the BIL isn’t geared enough for Heroics). This might take place of my Wednesday Night RPG while it’s cancelled.

Speaking of douchebags, I had someone actually call me a “hunter tard”. Why? The paladin tank was tagging stuff and using line-of-sight to get them into a clump while I simply Misdirected, Multishot and Silencing Shot targets to him. I simply responded with, “I’m using Misdirection.” As I was typing that, I realized the guy probably didn’t have a clue what that meant if he was using line-of-sight to pull trash around the first boss in Blackwing Cave.

Yes.

He bailed after we killed the first boss. I didn’t steal agro despite the 22k DPS I dumped on the boss. Maybe it was that the other two DPS did about 13k… combined? Either way, I was glad to see him go. He was slow and clueless – “hunter tard”? Dipshit, it’s “HUNTARD!” If you’re going to use my official title then get it right. We ended up with a DK tank that was competent but seemed super squishy. I think I did somewhere between 40-50% of the overall damage for that instance… even kiting the adds on the last boss. (John/Sabist/Brosiah Jason/Carleys had the privilege of witnessing the “hunter tard” bit and healing the squishy DK hehe)

I saw that Champions Online was Free2Play on Steam so I nabbed it and made an account for the LBO too (LLO is playing off my account using my toon or my second character slot). LBO likes it and managed to get through the first part all on his own with only asking me for help picking rewards from quests. I’m already sort of losing interest in it.

I admit, I’m thrashing about a bit, sort of bored. I did go back and work on some of the TBC and Ironforge rep for Smaken. I still want some Timbermaw Hold rep and some other old world stuff. Ugh, and I maxed Archaeology on Kremus not Smaken so there is that. I might look at leveling my Priest, Mage and Paladin up to level 85 since they’re dwindling around. I may also putter around with my Druid. I do still have a Rogue and Warlock down in the teens – it might be nice to see some of the newer, revamped content.

About the only show on TV I’m watching right now is The Glades and last week’s was sadly predictable. For some reason my PVR didn’t pick it up so I had to watch it over the interwebs. I won’t say more than that because it’s still a good show and I don’t want to ruin it for others.

Speaking of interwebs, I discovered I was blowing my monthly 60gb bandwidth cap the last couple of months thanks to running some Minecraft servers and allowing people to connect externally. I had to dig around to see what it was because it made no sense. The kids weren’t watching any more online videos than before… the only difference was we were running Minecraft servers. I looked those up and was surprised to see how much bandwidth is used… per player.. per second. I’ve killed those. The kids can play on the LAN but no more external connections. I also changed my wireless key just to be sure…

I’m still poking around on a Minecraft server hosted by HellsGamers which is neat. It’s a more legit server without spawning or cheats, short of UFTimmy and other mods/admins resetting the time to day so they don’t have to put out torches to keep mobs at bay. :P

I actually spend more time down in the mine than actually building anything. I’ve developed an obsession with turning lava into obsidian. Also I enjoy exploring and finding natural caves and various rare nodes. Yesterday I surfaced while the guild was raiding (I sat out for Cho’gall and ensuing fights) to work on my platform. It’s sort of a castle, platform, church (with a sign-placeholder for a picture of Tim’s mom behind the altar), tower hybrid mess of engineering experimentation without any real plan. It’s nestled in a  tree-filled (I cut most of the trees down and burned some others) valley with one town (I use for observation) sticking up. The next part of the platform will be a garden with some trees, maybe a fountain and paths. Like I said, it’s mostly unplanned.

I also nabbed Icewind Dale and Icewind Dale 2 from Good Old Games, I realize they weren’t on sale, but at 9.99$ it seemed okay. I never really played IWD2 and on looking at it, I realized it was a pseudo-3e game. There are a number of things missing from it but the system is definitely a step towards 3e. I was a little surprised at the 2e-ism of IWD – I forgot what it was like. I didn’t do much more than create characters and poke around a little in the starting area though.

I picked up Giants: Citizen Kabuto for 2.99$. I remembered playing a demo of it way back when but didn’t end up buying it for some reason. I poked around with that and found it mildly amusing. I think the boys will have some fun with it.

That’s my last few weeks in a nutshell.

Too Many Homicide Shows?

I think either I’ve been watching too many homicide shows or The Glades isn’t clever enough – I still love it for some reason, even despite some of the crazy drama involved (Soap Homicide Opera?).

I pegged the killers the first time I saw them and their interactions.

Last week? The guy was too quick to blame the other Cuban boss.Very quick, trying to incite people and throw attention away.

This week? I’m not going to spoil it because I know a few readers watch it, but I pegged it in the first siting. Why? They made it clear he moved to Florida so… well, I’d get close to spoiling it if I put my thoughts down. I’m a bit surprised Jim/former partner didn’t piece the reasoning together sooner. The whole dying the eyes was creepy.

Also, think the Director is helping Jim out by offering Callie a position in the organization?

Like I said, I probably watch too many shows involving homicide: The Mentalist, Castle, Lie to Me (sometimes), Hawaii Five-O, The Glades and Criminal Minds (that one is hard to watch). Oddly enough, I can’t get into the CSI types.