My weekly TV column is up at Torontoist.
You took the words right out of my mouth on Awake, MGK; I posted almost exactly what you said here on another forum I frequent after watching the pilot on iTunes, and similarly compared it to Life On Mars. Had this been a British series, I would have very high hopes, but as is, I lack any confidence that they can maintain any of the show’s plotlines, or even it’s basic premise, using the American “run it as long and hard as we can” model that they take to pretty much anything that could be considered a hit these days.
That being said, unlikely as it may be, I don’t think it’s quite fair to say they haven’t realized this, as the pilot is an excellent piece of work that does a good job of setting things up and ends at the right point; maybe they realize their limitations and have a finite run in mind? Probably not, but I can always dream. Also anything that gives Jason Isaacs work, and in a leading role to boot, is something I will watch (except Abduction, because I cannot bear an hour and a half of Taylor Lautner attempting to simulate what some human beings might vaguely refer to as acting).
The Godfather 3 is seriously awful, you guys.
Glad you set the hordes of people praising it to the sky to rights, there, Cookie.
When I first hears about Awake, I thought it sounded familiar, then I realized that’s the plot of the Superman/Milestone crossover, Worlds Collide.
Sorry I didn’t read this sooner: I was too busy Paikin a cake.
And no, I won’t apologize for that.
Awake sounds a lot like the graphic novel Revolver, but without the post-apocalyptic elements.
There are people who have seen Godfather I but not II? And there are a lot of them? Wow… Unless if by “far too many” you mean more than 0 is far too many, which I would agree with.
If I set one person straight, one poor misguided soul who thought Sofia Coppola’s acting was any better than your average seventh-grader’s, then my post was not in vain, Ed. Also, in case anyone was unaware, Ultraviolet was a pretty shitty movie too, until you get to the merry-go-round scene and you figure out it was a comedy all along.
Ultraviolet is the worst movie I actually paid to see in theatres. There is comedy in Jovovich’s trying to express “maternal instincts.” But also pain. And then there’s the final fight.
To be fair, Life on Mars (original) didn’t address its main plot point directly and unambiguously at all during its run. And then Ashes to Ashes came along and spelled it all out, and as much as I liked that show and its ending relative to its own storyline it kind of soured Sam’s final choice.
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