Thursday, September 18, 2008
An absolutely average episode. We went through all that just to have 30 seconds worth of Shirleybot1000 plot furtherance? Seems kind of cheap. And I really didn’t understand what was going on with the writing on the garage wall. I assume it was written in blood, so whose was it? And it just looked weird with everybody standing in a line like that just staring at the wall. Right now what’s interesting to me is Cameron’s malfunction. She’s starting to think for herself. All she needs is an anthropomorphic (look it up) conscience and a fairy godmother, then she can be a real girl!
Okay, T-Bag and Linc seeing each other, then the rest of the table turning to see him...that was awesome. I think I’m really going to enjoy T-Bag trying to get through his double life. Sarah struggling with her alcoholism was a great callback to season 2, and Michael, Lincoln and Mahoney crashing the fallen cop reception was just plain ballsy. I think the best thing about the episode, though, was T-Bag’s new secretary. Just...wow.
Okay, with a wife who has had three kids by three C-sections, that opening was as disturbing as hell. Right now this show is very much in the lead over Sons of Anarchy as best new show of the season. But it’s very early, and the other networks haven’t even started their premieres yet. I’ll probably be making this comparison each week, but this show is like the good years of the X-Files. The shows can be seen as self-contained episodes, with an overall season storyline going on in the background. It’s one of the reasons I enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer so much. The mad scientist is wonderful, as his relationship with his son. Right now I couldn’t care less about a conspiracy plotline, but the doc, his son and the fringe science are what keep me glued to the screen.
I sometimes feel cheated when I expect something to happen in a show and it doesn’t. Or when a commercial for a show deliberately misleads you into thinking something will happen, but it was just clever editing. Can’t they pump us up for the show without lying? I wanted Shane to fully betray Vic, and I wanted Vic to beat his ass for it. The reconciliation at the end was pretty good, but with Vic’s look afterward and Shane lying about there being no copies of the information, I doubt much of what was said was truthful. But Vic could sell it, couldn’t he? Dutch is a great character. I’m glad that he never went past the cat-killing stage in his possible career change. He’s a good good-guy.
Listening to: Maroon 5 - Better That We Break