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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
    Season Four of Breaking Bad begins tonight.

    I'm ambivalent. On one hand: One of the best shows on television.

    On the other: Walter White has become such a monster that I find it hard to sympathize. He's just asking for his family to get rubbed out.
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    I think I read a recent article where the director said they are intentionally trying to make Walt unsympathetic. So it must be working. Oh, I'm watching it.
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2011
    I still like Walt!
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    DJ Stawes:
    Aw, I like S2 of Misfits and I even like the Xmas episode.

    Well, at least Torchwood has reliably moved back to a 'shite-with-Gwen-crying' motif it uses so often...
  3.  (9990.25)
    God, it's great to have Breaking Bad back! Walter White is the most interesting character on tv, and like him or not (I kind of do, despite everything) he's utterly fascinating to watch. I'm hoping Jesse gets a bit more screen time this season, too. He's been evolving over the seasons into a character that's going to break out of the constant screw-up cycle he'd been in, to the point he may actually be a better human than Walter.
    • CommentAuthorNorbert
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
    I didn't know Breaking Bad was back on. Awesome, gonna watch it tonight.
  4.  (9990.27)
    Is anyone still watching True Blood? I don't know why I still do. There's also this annoying subplot:
    ghost daddy
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
    Godderdamnerung . . . my DVR's channel-changer widget didn't work, so it recorded three hours of Pirates of the Caribbean movies instead of Falling Skies, Breaking Bad, and Leverage.

    I rescheduled them . . . thank goodness for late-night repeats . . . but I won't be able to watch them all until next weekend.
  5.  (9990.29)
    Burn Notice fun show to watch, but I stopped being interested in his plight to rejoin the agency and clear his name. The show is starting to get the Gilligans Island catch 22. He seems to do a lot of good on his own, why does he still have this need to return to the agency. Hell, Jesse quit the agency because he thought he could do more with Michael's crew. Still, Ill keep watching until it's stops being fun.

    True Blood another fun show that I dont take too seriously. Just too many inconsistencies with this show to fell comfortable recomending it to others. There are things I love about the show, and then there are things that annoy the hell out of me. Inconsistent characterization, vampires dying easily because they conveniently forget to use their powers to progress the plot. It has the tone of a bad 1980's B horror movie. Vampires, Werewolves, random violence and even more random T&A, which I cant not love. Plus, I keep hoping Rutina Wesley will finally stop being shy about showing us her chesticles, especially now that she's so fit.

    Alphas. Very impressed with the pilot. Overall, it has a stale concept at this point, of a group of ordinary people with powers, but they give it a new twist by making more of a police procedural. That they use their unique powers specifically to find clues and solve unusual cases.

    But what really impressed me was the characterization. All the characters were well rounded and unique, they seemed like real people to me, the way they interacted with each other and others, and the dialogue was excellent. I think the quality of the writing is what impressed me the most.

    I hope this wasn't just the pilot.
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
    I'm nervous about Alpha's, I love the concept and am reminded, somewhat, of Heroes, and that makes me nervous. I hope them the best. I am glad to see that Ryan Cartwright didn't leave Bones for nothing.
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
    I just started watching Louie and Wilfred. Man, FX is knocking it out of the park with comedy programming--those two, along with Always Sunny and Archer.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
    I haven't decided whether I like Wilfred or not. The "dog" is such a bastard that I find it hard to take at times. If I were in Frodo's shoes having a "friend" like Wilfred would drive me over the edge.

    Louie, on the other hand. I finally got around to watching the season premiere, and holy crap, what a brutal, beautiful show. It took me months to work through last season's episodes, because I didn't want to not have any to look forward to.

    "Pregnant" had a scene where Louie goes about preparing a near-gourmet meal for his kids after the younger daughter complains about the food they get during their visits. The wordless intensity of his kitchen work was . . . beautiful. In a standard "dumb dad" sitcom he'd brag about fixing dinner and screw it up. Instead, we see his honest efforts in intimate close-ups . . . and then he has to deal with the younger daughter whining about not getting a slice of mango.

    Well, Men of a Certain Age has been can cancelled. Far less brutal than Louie, with life-affirmy stuff to take off the edge, but still possessing a certain bleak honesty.
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    Trueblood remains a totally entertaining guilty pleasure. I need my Pam fix weekly.

    Weeds continues to exist only because Mary-Louise Parker cause feminine envy within a five mile radius.

    Wilfred I'm torn on.

    Ugly Americans has its ups and downs.
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2011
    Oh, and hate me or not, I am enjoying Torchwood.
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2011
    ^yeah, me too...
  7.  (9990.36)
    Oh, and hate me or not, I am enjoying Torchwood.

    Ditto!! ALthough, I am disapointed by the meager ratings. Looks like the show isn't going to last.

    Saw episode 2 of Alphas. Enjoyed it more than the pilot. If this keeps up, i'll have another favorite show. and to beamish. I dont think you should worry, in my opinion, the first 2 episodes of Alpha are better then any episode from Heroes.

    Louie. Excellent comedy show. My favorite this season is Moving, when he tries to find a better place to live for him and his children. It was just a perfect blend of smarmy, sharp, biting humor mixed in with sentimentality and earnestness.
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
    @boodoffstage I like a bit of Heroes, chances are, as I look back, I probably liked the prime time superhero show aspect. I don't think I watch anything from season two on.

    I'm sure as the season, for Torchwood, goes on the viewers will go up. It has to be difficult for a popular series to be reborn in a new market. Especially considering that I haven't seen any marketing for it off line.
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2011
    And I am deeply irritated that I missed Geroge Washington vs. Napoleon on The Deadliest Warrior season 3 premiere, but I can catch it against tonight at 10PM.
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    Yeah, I liked the first season of heroes at least until the last episode, god what a weak sauce ending. Anyway, mostly I think I like the show because it was a primetime network about people with powers. It was like comic books were finally getting respect, but at the same time, even from the first episode. It looked to me like a lot of talented writers who didn't really understand the genre they were basing the show about. The show lacked vision/focus and I don't think they ever got it even through what 3? 4 seasons?

    Alphas has the focus, in my opinion, and it the quality is evident. Which is a bold thing to say with just 2 episodes, I know. Will be keeping an eye out.
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
    Boy, that last episode of Breaking Bad was dull.