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Fun With Keywords: Nerdy Dark Sylar Edition

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Courtesy of Google Analytics, here are some of the search terms used to find this site in the past month:

sylar (nerdy dark)
Yes to both.

watch this video in a new window bad ass bubbles!!
If anyone were to ever send me a link to a video entitled "Bad Ass Bubbles," I'd be too scared to click on it. There are too many ways that can go horribly wrong.

william shatner 99 luftballoons
I would be deliriously happy to learn Shatner had done some kind of remake of "99 Luftballons," in the spirit of his bravissimo cover of Pulp's "Common People." However, this most likely just refers to the English version of the song, which contains the lyric, "Every man's a superhero, every man's a Captain Kirk."

why doesn't netflix have "space mutiny"?
Netflix does have Space Mutiny! What it doesn't have, for some unfathomable reason, is the brilliant Mystery Science Theater 3000 riff on it. This, granted, is a disappointment. Still, yo…

FlashForward: Blowback

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After last week’s fast-paced and interesting installment, it’s disappointing to see how quickly FlashForward has already slid back into its former rut of tedium and bad pacing.

We discover Aaron has a prison record for getting into violent bar fights. He’s still hiding his surly, unpleasant, alcoholic daughter Tracy (Genevieve Cortese) from military contractor Jericho, which Tracy believes was behind the attempt to kill her in Afghanistan. Tracy gives a few more details about how she escaped from them: Khamir, the man in Aaron’s flash forward, helped smuggle her out of the country in the cargo hold of a humanitarian relief plane.

Aaron tells Tracy’s friend Corporal Mike Willingham (Mark Famiglietti) that she’s alive and staying at his house. Next thing you know, Tracy gets violently kidnapped by armed thugs. Aaron might not be the brightest guy on this show, but he puts it together that there might be a connection between those two events. He kidnaps Mike and roughs him up. In his…

FlashForward: Revelation Zero

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Hey, remember this show? Started off strong last fall, then ran out of steam, then was pulled off of ABC’s schedule for a super-long break in the middle of the season for some extensive retooling? Then both the showrunners quit in rapid succession, remember? It’s back. Finally.

The two-part episode that aired last night was really pretty terrific. During the long break, the creative staff apparently got together, maybe cracked open a few beers, and had a good, productive chat about what had gone so horribly wrong: “Hey, remember in our first couple of episodes how a lot of really cool stuff happened and how we set up a bunch of really interesting mysteries, like those towers in Somalia and the man who was awake in the stadium during the blackouts? Our ratings were pretty good back then. And then remember how we had a whole bunch of slow-paced episodes that ignored all the interesting mysteries in favor of long, pointless detours like Bryce’s quest to find the woman in his flash …

Life Beyond Thunderdome: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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My column at Forces of Geek is up. This month? A look at 1985's Girls Just Want to Have Fun, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt.

(It's four a.m. We just had a small earthquake. Here's the thing about earthquakes: After the 1994 Northridge quake (aka the "stand in the doorway and listen in the darkness to all of your belongings crashing down around you" quake), even the insignificant ones have sort of a discombobulating effect on me. So I'm going to fix a cup of tea now and have a bit of a cry, if no one has any objections.)

Site news: White Collar and Psych are both done until summer, but FlashForward (hey, remember that show?) starts up again this week, and V returns at the end of the month. So things will start picking up again soon.

Psych: Mr. Yin Presents

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An outrageously clever Psych season finale. Lots of fun. The whole episode was a prolonged Hitchcock homage, and I’m going to be honest: The references were flying fast and furious, and I didn’t catch all of them. Everyone really did a bang-up job with this episode, which was directed and co-written by series star James Roday. Everything from the dramatic music stings to the camera angles seemed authentically Hitchcockian. High marks all around.

After watching a revival of Psycho at the local theater, Shawn and Gus head to a diner and meet with the creepy and eccentrically-named Mary Lightly (Jimmi Simpson), who’d helped them out on their Season Three case involving serial killer Mr. Yang (Ally Sheedy). Mr. Yang, currently safely locked away in a mental institution, has published a book about her exploits. Passages in the book have led Mary to believe Mr. Yang worked with an accomplice.

Shortly thereafter, the body of their waitress from the diner is found strangled in the woo…

White Collar: Out of the Box

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Season finale time! Neal skips out of an FBI briefing early, claiming that June is throwing a champagne brunch. Neal is probably the only person on the FBI payroll in all of the history of the FBI who could plausibly get his boss’ permission to skip a meeting to attend a champagne brunch. Such is the power of Neal’s charm and cheekbones. Anyway, Neal isn’t actually brunching -- he’s sneakily meeting with Alex to discuss their plans to steal the music box. Naturally enough, this meeting takes place in a swimming pool, and naturally enough, Alex makes Neal strip to the buff and go skinny dipping so that he can prove he’s not wearing a wire. This is a very good show.

(Neal’s tracking device on his ankle remains on and active, however. Apparently those puppies are waterproof. You learn something new every day.)

Naked Alex tells naked Neal the box is in a safe at the Italian consulate. They scheme to crash an upcoming party.

Neal secretly meets with corrupt FBI agent Fowler (Noah…

Psych: The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damn Episode

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Well, finally! Is it me, or has Psych has been a little off its game since returning from its winter break, with a cluster of episodes that have been somewhat ragged and lackluster and low-energy? Certainly last week’s installment, “Think Tank,” was a bit of a series low. However, it seems to be fully back on track with this week’s fast-paced, plot-light, quip-loaded, Lassiter-heavy homage to Jaws.

Half of an unidentified corpse washes up on the beach, the clear victim of a shark attack. Lassiter, tired of taking a backseat to Shawn and his show-offy psychic antics, decides he needs to be more impulsive and less methodical in his investigative tactics. Above Juliet’s fierce protests, he announces to the reporters gathered on the beach that, while the John Doe was clearly mutilated by a shark, the cause of death was murder: One of the shark bites is actually a stab wound.

The reporters openly mock his preposterous theory and lampoon him in the newspapers. Shawn, however, thinks La…

White Collar: Front Man

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Neal tells his gorgeous former cohort Alex (Gloria Votsis) that he’s willing to steal the music box and give it to her… after he’s done with it. Alex, suspecting the box won’t be worth a plumb nickel after Neal gets his beautiful grubby fingers all over it, insists they split the proceeds fifty-fifty. Alex is a smart lady. It’s a moot point at the moment anyway, since she refuses to do business with him until he demonstrates he can get the FBI tracking device on his ankle off whenever he needs to.

At FBI headquarters, Neal and Peter meet with Agent Kimberly Rice (Law & Order: SVU’s Diane Neal) of the Kidnapping and Missing Persons division, who wants to borrow Neal to help her with a new case. The young daughter of Stuart Gless, the CEO of the company whose bonds Neal was convicted of forging, has been kidnapped by Ryan Wilkes (Charles Malik Whitfield), the head of a brutal crime syndicate and one of Neal’s former partners; Rice thinks Neal’s insights into the way Wilkes oper…