My weekly TV column is up at Torontoist.
Lincoln Chafee? I love that guy! No really, a friend lives in his state and says he’s pretty cool.
“Asylum of the Daleks” made me wonder if the Daleks have been kind of done to death. Or at least, whether there’s anything new to be gained by writing episodes ALL ABOUT Daleks.
They showed up a lot in the old days, but one thing that helped keep them going was that the stories would usually focus on something else; i.e., the Doctor arrives on strange planet, meets interesting new alien race of folk, and then UH-OH! DALEKS!
So the Daleks would simply fill the role of the Big Bad Evil Thing and the meat of the story would revolve around the new characters. Sure you occasionally had your “Genesis of the Daleks” but those were rare.
I don’t think they should feel obligated to have a Dalek episode each series. Would work better perhaps if each incarnation of the Doctor faced them once.
Also worried that there’s another Angels episode coming up. “Blink” was so awesome and each time the Angels come back they’re slightly less awesome.
Unstoppable Gravy Express: so by “each time the Angels come back” what you really mean is “the other time”.
I don’t think they should feel obligated to have a Dalek episode each series.
…good thing they didn’t have one last series, then?
I guess I was pessimistically projecting ahead to include their next appearance. Timey-wimey and all that.
@Micah — huh, so they didn’t. Thought they did. Oops. (Oods?) But there was at least 1 Dalek in “The Wedding of River Song” so it wasn’t a complete shutout.
I have had it with all these motherf—in’ dinosaurs on my motherf—in’ spaceship!
Okay, now that I got that out of my system…
I only saw part of an episode of Perception and it seemed like they were ripping off The Mentalist pretty blatantly. But maybe that’s because the female federal agent reminds me a lot of Robin Tunney’s character on the CBS show. And McCormack’s character is rude to suspects in pretty much the same way as Simon Baker’s former fake psychic.
The Mentalist is already basically Psych for people who like the premise but find James Roday annoying. So, doing a knock off of a knock off seemed weird to me. I didn’t get a House vibe so much as “What if the protagonist from The Mentalist was less charming?”
But like I said, that comes from only catching part of an episode where the two leads were investigating some weird cult in connection with a murder case and McCormack went head-to-head with a profiler about the symbolism behind the victim’s funky tattoos.
I guess that’s where the House part might come in. McCormack has a head full of conveniently plot specific, semi-obscure information (just like Simon Baker’s character from The Mentalist, actually). Still, that is probably just a side effect of more than one show ripping off Sherlock Holmes.
I’m with you though on the mental illness thing. In the one I saw, he just seemed obnoxious in a way that reminded me far, far too much of how Simon Baker’s character acts during investigations. I had no idea he was supposed to have serious psychological issues.
I’m still waiting for the big House-Bones-Mentalist-Castle-Finder-Monk-Psych crossover. 🙂
Throw in Tim Roth’s character from “Lie to Me” and Charlie from Numb3rs instead of Castle and I’d be all over that.
Monk would drive everybody else up the wall, but Shawn from Psych would have the hardest time dealing with the group dynamic.
He would notice a clue, start doing his fake psychic routine and get interrupted because practically everybody else noticed the same thing at about the same time. And several of his team mates would be able to point out stuff he doesn’t know on a regular basis. So, he would be acting the way he always does when somebody might be a better detective than him until he finally is able to pull out some obscure Twin Peaks trivia or something to make himself feel vindicated.
Charlie would never be able to finish one of his lectures, but he would impress the others with his ability to use math to accurately predict criminal behavior.
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