My weekly TV column is up at Torontoist.
1. Gotham was good. I’ll be checking that out every week.
2. You like the Twinnies? You might be in the minority on that. Part of me hopes they split the $1 million just to piss people off.
3. I take it people in Toronto have no opinion on John Rocker. He’s an assclown you have to root against.
4. I have faith in TAR and that it’ll keep its audience. Besides, there won’t be any more NFL overrun anymore, which makes me a happy camper.
Nah, John Rocker is a jerk. We have baseball fans here in Canada and he’s simply a huge embarrassment for the game and humanity.
“Like” is perhaps the wrong word to describe how I feel about the Twinnies. They are annoying as hell, but on Survivor – a game about strategic interpersonal dynamics rather than an elaborate obstacle course – that’s actually to the advantage of the show.
Also they’ll likely be in different tribes at the start of the game and that’ll make a difference too.
“Winds of Change” may be more well-known, but we can’t fail to acknowledge “Hit Between the Eyes” from that piece of cinematic brilliance starring Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins called Freejack.
(I once had a movie critic explain to me that he thought Hopkins’s performance in Freejack was better than in Silence of the Lambs. It was awkward.)
I’m tuned into Gotham. It feels very much like Smallville minus the first season of “Monster Of The Week”.
I haven’t watched the first episode of Gotham yet. I’m apprehensive. Zifnab compared it to Smallville, and my fear is that it’ll go the same way that did: staying on the air for years after the premise makes any sense. If you start with “Gotham before Batman,” how many characters from the comics can you introduce before Batman himself is the only thing missing? Is anyone taking bets on what season a Robin shows up in?
But now that I think about it that’s not an entirely rational reason to avoid the show. Smallville lasted way too long, but it still had some good or good-ish years, more than lots of shows get. If Gotham is starting out good, maybe I should enjoy it while it lasts.
The problem with Gotham (the pilot anyway) is they seem determined to make the future villains front-and-centre of the ongoing story, which really limits what they can do.
Like the scene of “OMG will Gordon shoot Penguin now?!??” Well of course not, because we know Penguin lives, and we know Gordon is firmly a good guy. Hence, YAWWWWN
If the show’s going to work I think they should either move ALL the Batman stuff to the extreme periphery (maybe a tangential reference every few episodes); OR firmly establish a whole new continuity in an “Elseworlds” type fashion. Have Gordon shoot Penguin dead, or Donal Logue kills Riddler, so everything’s wide-open a la Abrams-Trek.
OR, super crazy, Young Bruce gets killed off!! How can Gotham survive in a World Without Batman?!???!! Tune in next week!!!
I don’t think anything could be Smallville, for good or for naught. In my head, the show wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did if it was on an “actual” network. Seriously, the WB/CW? Please.
In other news, I’m a little butthurt about Survivor and it’s first boot, especially since John Rocker wasn’t considered. I consider him to be the Mendoza Line this season . . . if you got voted out before him, you were a shitty player. Sorry, first-voted-out-who-I’m-not-going-to-spoil.
Once again: looking forward to TAR, with no NFL overrun on Fridays. Besides, what else are you going to watch? Utopia?!?
So what exactly is the “lowest nerd common denominator”?
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