[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!

 

2011 TV Finales – Castle, Chuck

SPOILERS ahead. You were warned.

Castle

Nice. I ended up calling that the Captain would die and figured out he was the third cop, the one that was being covered up. The big clue? How much he wanted Beckett to back off. Her job is dangerous by simply the fact that she deals with catching killers, so why would this be any different?

She was getting close.

And when she wanted Castle out of the way and he so readily agreed after trying to get Castle to convince Kate to back off? Yeah, that sort of sold it. Castle was a big part in figuring out that the documents were tampered with.

I liked Esposito and Ryan’s reactions to learning it.

I figured someone would take a shot at Beckett at the funeral, confirmed when Castle noticed the light reflecting but I suspected HE would get shot trying to save her. Still, interesting ending. Castle professes his love while Kate’s life sputters out. So it seems.

Anyone want to bet she ends up with amnesia or something? Clearly not dead. That’d kill the show.

Very awesome that it’s confirmed that ABC will be putting out another season in the fall. Exciting!

Chuck

Interesting ending. I actually thought last week’s was going to be the ending but I was wrong.

Sarah saved, Chuck’s intersect supressed, Volkovs sorted out, Buy More (and the Volkov assets) in possession of Chuck and Sarah, they’re married and finishing off with Morgan getting the intersect dumped into his head. Next up, they’re going independent.

Nice!

I think it’s a brilliant move. Not only will it bring Morgan further into the plot, but it’ll allow for some rehashing of older material in a charming sort of way. Chuck gets to take on more of a patron-type role. Also by being independent it opens up all sorts of possible stories; they go against the CIA, they get tricked into doing something they shouldn’t, they end up working for the wrong side, corporate espionage even, etc. Maybe the General throws them the odd job. Who knows, lots of options.

Love Morgan. Great character. Sort of a modern day Samwise Gamgee.

House

I’m not sure if House was a season finale or not, but holy shit! Seems like everyone was falling apart around House and unable to help him out. I was a little surprised he skipped over Foreman and Chase (he did skip Chase right?) by only calling 13, his bud (brain not working, can’t remember his name), the nose and Cutty.

I was almost expecting to see an accident where Chase, rushing to the hospital, crashes into Cutty.

The scene where House cuts out the tumor… jeez. What an epic scene. I mean it. One of the most engaging or mind blowing scenes I’ve seen on TV in a long time.

Great TV!

ZOMG TV This Week!

We have some exciting TV this week – tonight at that!

Castle season finale is tonight and deals with more of Beckett’s mom’s murder. Apparently some tie in with Castle himself – hinting at betrayal, could be they want to drive a wedge between Castle and Beckett who are getting pretty close.

Someone will die and it’s someone who has been on the show since the beginning. It obviously can’t be Castle or Beckett. I doubt they’d kill off Castle’s daughter (would they?). A lot of people are guessing it’s going to be the Captain (especially given that the Captain mentions retiring in the last show) or Castle’s mom. They couldn’t possibly kill off Ryan or Esposito… that’d hurt because they’re a good source of comic relief and letting the investigations leap forward. Considering some of the other cast members, it could be Lanie. That’d really surprise people.

Wonder who it will be?

Hawaii 5-0 will have it’s season finale tonight. They have a long standing investigation into McGarrett’s mother’s case (what his dad was following up on). I’ll be honest, I like this show but it hasn’t really drawn me in like some of the others have (i.e. Castle and The Mentalist). For some reason I just don’t associate well to any of the characters. They seem too perfect or pretty – if that makes sense. I think the closest person that has any semblance to being a real person is Danno.

Still, it will be a good action-packed show.

Chuck doesn’t seem to have ‘season finale’ written all over it, unless that was last week? I could see the end of the last episode being a season finale. Chuck and Sarah get married, Sarah gets head exploded (not exactly) by Volkov’s daughter at the end. SPOILER WARNING… back before this warning. What? Since when was I ever any good about not spoiling stuff?

The Mentalist, despite me mentioning it last, is one I’m really looking forward to. I found they sort of stepped away from Red John for a bit, only hinting and bits and pieces here and there. I did note the big cheese of the CBI (above the immediate boss of Jane/Lisban) quoted from the same bit of poetry Red John did. Could be something goes on with him. The commercials are implying we’ll finally get to see who Red John is which could be exciting or lead to the end of the show almost entirely.

We’ll see!

So exciting!

(All the caffeine in me probably helps too!)

Crazy Times

Lots of news.

Osama dead. Good. It was a clear act of cowardice that he targeted innocents and worse, used other people’s beliefs to do what he wouldn’t do himself. If he would have done it, do you think he’d have stayed hiding away for so long?

Canada Election Day. I’m still not sure. Fortunately it won’t stifle the TV shows I usually watch tonight, but you can rest assured I’ll be watching.. or at least have it on the TV while I’m at the computer. I’m having a hard time with this one. I don’t think the lack of communication, openness and accountability of the current government warrants a majority for that party, but on the other hand, if someone doesn’t walk away with a majority, we could be facing another election. My other options likely lead to higher taxation – I’m already having to hand over about half my income in taxes. We have provincial and HST/GST or whatever the fuck it is ST (sales tax). I don’t need another tax – really. We’ve already got a Political Stupidity Tax – which we eat every time there is another election. Grr…

Castle looks like it’ll be good tonight. Swimsuits help. I’m curious as to why they’re changing locales and are they bringing the rest of the crew? Esposito and Ryan, I’ll miss you! /manlove I’m guessing more information on Beckett’s mom’s case. Or maybe they’re going over there for Ryan’s wedding and something comes up? It’ll be on right after the Election stuff so I’ll be watching it for sure.

WoW stuff is going. Smaken is geared up to 347 so he can start queuing up for the troll instances. I ate through all of my heroic randoms on the weekend – and wife faction too. I don’t think I’ll be doing that again anytime soon. I did managed to work through Zul’Gurub with a guild group. That was good fun. Did a bit of Zul’Aman with a guild group as well, but didn’t finish because people had to crash for the night.

For the Heroics, my DPS is rocking 13-17k on heroic bosses. I admit I carried a group through GB, well, me and the Paladin healer. They were either speaking Italian or Spanish and were REALLY slow to move or pull. And the tank (a Gnome) would bitch if you didn’t loot a corpse that was skinnable and hop up and down until you did. We got to the last boss and had one attempt in. Amazingly, we wiped but we got further than I thought. We got to the second phase of adds which released some whelps – our healer healed through them. On the third add phase we didn’t get one of the adds down before it healed. Really, there was only so much I could do when the next DPS is doing 7k and 6k to my 14k.

I love Marksman spec.

I almost brought him to raid instead of Kremus, but I’m going to hold off. I mentioned I was switching in the Guild Meeting, but I don’t think people believed me. That’s what you get for being a prankster.

Raid was good. We downed Atramedes but struggled with Chimaeron. That’s a tough fight to heal and we put our Guild Leader on the spot to switch to Resto Druid spec. He is usually Feral Tank/Boomkin so he didn’t really have the gear, enchants, gems or reforges for healing. Still, he did surprisingly well. (nerf durids!) We’re going to be looking at the Council raid in Bastion of Twilight on Tuesday.

I played some of my Druid with my son’s DK. Then we made Trolls – the whole Jamaican shtick stuck with the LBO. This morning he was ending every sentence with, “mon.” Yay. Then we made Goblins, again. He really likes driving around the goblin town running over citizens. Yes, it worries me.

For reading, I’m 200 pages into Horus Rising, part of a Warhammer 40k novel series of The Horus Heresy. I’m actually quite impressed. The reading seems more mature than what I’d expect from novels based off a game system – I’d say it’s written a cut above Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms type novels – even though DL, FR and Eberon novels have great stories, the writing is a bit more common and accessible. I’m enjoying it so far.

Cute

I managed to stay up to watch Castle last night, or rather I watched House, Chuck then started the recording of Castle from the beginning then watched Hawaii Five-O.

Castle is really pushing the bounds of the Castle/Beckett relationship. I suspect it’ll crack soon and there will be something big that happens that pushes them back apart. He actually admitted he was jealous, not of the heart surgeon boyfriend (who is clearly doing more than just interviewing her), but the new, up and coming mystery author spending time with Beckett.

One of the better lines in the show yesterday (and there were several good ones), “Know what I did after I wrote my first book? I shut up and wrote 23 more.” That was during the mystery writers poker game, one of the older writers to the new writer that was stealing Castle’s muse.

Too funny.

I didn’t get the murderer on this episode, though I probably should have. The evidence came out pretty early and the mention of the red herring being a red herring was a red herring. Nice.

Love it. I’ll even say the situation was cute.

House was pretty good, Olivia Wilde is back after filming with Tron (I’m guessing) and there is some ethical surgery being performed. I didn’t get a chance to figure out what she did before House blurted it out. It came out quick but I did manage to piece it together as soon as House pointed out she had a sibling.

Chuck was Chuck. Fun to watch and humorous – Casey and Morgan having breakfast was win. That’s actually an interesting pairing for humor. The show sort of reminds of Get Smart, sort of.

Hawaii Five-O was decent, though the main character is a bit campy. I think he’s good, but some of the scenes remind me of this kid I went to high school with. You know the type, can’t simply point in a direction when asked which way, he has to flex a little and show off how much of a man he is. He’s always prepared and it seems to make him less human – even after breaking his arm he fashions a splint out of what was available and climbs up with one hand – admittedly Danno is pulling him up some more.

That show makes me want to go to Hawaii, very badly. I’m happy they show a lot of scenery and I don’t mean hot woman (though that does help). The fly over and scene sweeps are beautiful. I really think that might be the location of the next family trip.

Good TV night.