I saw Last Resort last night, not because I planned to, but just because it happened to be playing when we finished our DVR recording of Jeopardy!.
While fairly interesting, I'm worried I'll have problems buying into the plausibility of the plot*. It seems like trying to take aspects of Crimson Tide (which, coincidentally, I just rewatched a couple days ago), combine it with political intrigue / coverups / sinister conspiracies, and turn it into a ongoing series. We'll see...
* Which I will complain about a lot if it have trouble with it. I straight up quit 24 after awhile out of frustration, and my wife during season 4 of Friday Night Lights (excellent show, btw) eventually told me to be quiet, accept the ridiculous plot devices, and enjoy the show for what it was about.
It strikes me that all shows about a central conflict or mystery are fated to fail. The audience is tuning in to see the mystery/conflict get solved but solving it ends the show. These things are probably better served as a mini-series. Of, better still, as a series that is designed to only go 1 or 2 seasons at the most with a defined end point.
It is for that reason that I chose not to watch the Last Resort pilot last night.
-Jason "I actually think Revolution is doomed in a similar fashion, but I got hooked on it" Evans
The nice thing about Veronica Mars (great show, if anyone watched it), is that each season was its own distinct mystery that got resolved by the end of the year. It allowed them to drop clues and hints and intrigue all along the way, but there was always a finite endpoint. (if they could make it that long before getting cancelled!) The way they structured and resolved season 1 still blows me out of the water.
Woof, thanks for the info on The Office. Yeah, it is NOT good, and the idea to create conflict between Pam and Jim seems foolish... although given how boring they seem now, whatever.
Sorry to hear about Parks and Rec... that show is a national treasure. Treat yo self!
None of the new shows have been great. Even Revolution falls short. Looking forward to Amazing Race and Once Upon a Time tonight.
Uhm... The Beekman Boys are a team in Amazing Race?! Where did that come frm?! Excellent, totally rooting for them all the way. Hope Farmer John is home taking care of the animals!
Funny how they never mentioned the show or anything, even though it is on a different channel... Not even a "stars of their own show" or anything.
After two episodes, it appears that The Good Wife has elevated its game. On the flip side, it appears that Disney has lost touch with reality (pun intended) with Once Upon a Time.
Seriously? No love for Mindy Kaling? Damn you people, what's wrong with you?
But, I watched the pilot and found it insufferable. Hated it. I tried to watch the next episode and got through maybe 5 minutes of it. Ugh. Seemed demeaning of women, which was really confusing considering Mindy is running the show. I did not connect with or like any of the characters. I found much of what they did to be in poor taste and farcical... But, the worst problem was that it just was not at all funny. Like I did not laugh at all. I don't even think I smiled.
-Jason "aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?" Evans
*laugh*. Love that sign off
See, I rather enjoy it. I think she is great, in a disorganized mess sort of way, and honestly it just has a lot of the same feel as her book, which I found wonderfully self deprecating and genuine. I've even come to enjoy the other characters a bit more. I rather enjoy it!
Then again, I was also sorry when Outsourced was cancelled, sooooo....
I liked the 1st 2 episodes of Mindy. It was quirky in a not displeasing way.
I'm all caught up on Homeland.
The pacing is deliberately painful. Danes does all the heavy lifting and carries the show. I mean it, if she gets offed or decides she wants a new challenge; I cant imagine it being worth watching at all!
I find Brody somewhat lacking as a villain. I can appreciate his character went thru a lot and is confused. But to place the life of a non-blood family member over those of his own kids strains my belief in the motivation/goal of the character. They need to bring that element in and make me see how that can happen..
I caught the first episode of the "Men Who Built America" miniseries on History. I thought it was well done, and I learned a lot about the relationship between Vanderbilt and Rockefeller. Definitely looking forward to the next one, which looks like it will focus on Rockefeller and Carnegie.
My Quick Smells Like French Toast.