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White Collar: Bad Judgment

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Hey, you know what’s a really fun show? The excellent new USA Network series White Collar, which features Carnivale’s Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke, Chuck’s Matthew Bomer as convicted con artist/art thief/fashion plate Neal Caffrey, and Matthew Bomer’s cheekbones as one of the natural wonders of the world. As part of his sentence, Neal works under Peter’s supervision as a special consultant to the FBI on white-collar crimes. Meanwhile, he also follows a string of clues in search of his duplicitous girlfriend Kate, whom he believes is in the clutches of rogue FBI agent Garrett Fowler (Noah Emmerich). The charm of the show is in the dynamic between the two leads: Neal is charismatic and sneaky yet fundamentally sweet, whereas Peter is straightlaced and gruff, but genuinely seems to get a kick out of Neal.

Previously on White Collar: Neal told Peter he’d been set up by Fowler, Peter told Neal about his clandestine meeting with Kate in which Kate asked for a priceless jewe…

Psych: You Can’t Handle This Episode

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An official adieu to the nigh-unwatchable Heroes and a big welcome to Psych, which I will now be viewing in its stead.

Quick background, for the uninitiated: Psych, which airs Wednesday nights on the USA Network, concerns the exploits of Shawn Spencer (James Roday), an exasperatingly clever and hyper-observant slacker who, with the sometimes-begrudging aid of his pharmaceutical-salesman best friend Gus (Dule Hill), solves cases for the Santa Barbara Police Department by pretending to have mysterious psychic abilities. Hijinks invariably ensue.

Recapping Psych, as I’ve discovered before, is a tricky business, as the plots are typically gossamer-thin and fairly nonsensical. No one watches Psych for the plots. People watch it for the snappy dialogue and the relentless gags, for the bouncy, buoyant, breezy pacing, for the easy chemistry between the leads, for the awesome guest stars, for the quips and the nonstop pop culture references. Thus, I’m going to just provide a sense of the e…

Fringe: What Lies Below

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My new Fringe recap is up at TVgasm. Must be Wednesday.

Site business: Psych is finally ending its winter break tonight, so recaps will commence shortly. It's still awfully quiet around here, what with V and FlashForward still on their ridiculously long breaks, and I've got the big hole from no longer watching Heroes... what do people think of White Collar? It's an adorable show, it features a lead character with floppy bangs and nice cheekbones, and if there's interest in discussing it here, I'll add it to the lineup.

Fringe: Johari Window

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My recap of last week's (somewhat lackluster) episode of Fringe is now up at TVgasm.

Life Beyond Thunderdome: Tuff Turf

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I'm doing some writing now for the very cool site Forces of Geek. I'll have a monthly column, Life Beyond Thunderdome, devoted to exploring some of the stranger backwaters of 1980s pop culture. This, of course, is a subject very near and dear to my heart. Just think of the possibilities! Kidd Video! Max Headroom! Dare I even suggest... Solarbabies?

My first column, an in-depth look at the deliriously hooty and awesome 1985 James Spader-Robert Downey, Jr. film Tuff Turf is now up. Enjoy, fellow children of the Eighties!

The Slammin' Salmon

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Let me kick this off by stating outright my unfamiliarity with the Broken Lizard oeuvre, which includes Super Troopers and Beerfest. For the similarly uninitiated, Broken Lizard is a comedy troupe comprised of five Colgate alumni -- Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Eric Stolhanske, Paul Soter and Steve Lemme -- who write, produce, direct and star in their own projects. Their latest film,The Slammin’ Salmon, opened theatrically last month with a minimum of fanfare in a handful of cities and finally reached Los Angeles last weekend. As only a fool would pass up the chance to see how well Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy’s exquisite bone structure translates to the big screen (short answer: pretty damn well, thank you very much), I went to see it yesterday at the Beverly Center. I sat by myself, the sole viewer in a theater the size of a moving van that smelled vaguely of other people’s shoes, first suffering through the world’s longest commercial for the National Guard and the trai…

The Smallville Files

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Dan Liebke has updated his awesome Smallville Files. And there was much rejoicing.
(Nope. I'm still not watching or recapping Heroes anymore. Not even for Sendhil Ramamurthy's phenomenal eyelashes.)

V Episode Four: It's Only The Beginning

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It probably speaks volumes about my attitude toward V that I just now got around to watching this episode, which originally aired the week of Thanksgiving. The first three episodes were so middle-of-the-road -- not bad, not good, not interesting, not evocative, not smart, not funny, not violent, not loopy, not cheesy, not thought-provoking, not anything we haven’t seen millions of times before -- that they weren’t much fun to watch and even less fun to recap. But! This most recent episode was loads better! Stuff happened! It was sort of sexy and sort of exciting! It’s still not there yet -- it’s still missing something -- but this was surely a step in the right direction.