Friday, November 7, 2008

TV Reviews for the Viewing Week of Oct. 26, 2008 Pt. 2

My wife didn’t know that hobos have their own signs and symbols to tell other hobos what to look out for. I, of course, learned about them from the best source: comic books. It was an early issue of Adventures of Superman. Brainiac, as circus mentalist Milton Fine, was draining brain fluid from hobos. Jimmy Olsen was doing a piece for the Daily Planet about the rash of missing hobos, and hobo signs figured prominently into the story.

Is Wanda Sikes attractive? Am I missing something? That was my only problem with this episode. I didn’t like her before. I never thought she was funny. But this show is slowly allowing her to grow on me.

"You know what they say about rumors, Jack. They make a ru out of mor and s."

Oh, I’m so glad this show is back. Almost everything said is funny. And when is Will Arnette (another Bluth boy this week!) not funny?

"You think just cause you dead you ain’t gonna tell us what you was up to but you are soooo wrong."

What a clever little case. Whoever thought up that form of poker is a genius. And the subplot with Ned’s dad, very interesting. I’m glad to see Stephen Root. At first I was actually hoping he was Ned’s dad, but doesn’t look like that’s the case. I miss News Radio, and hearing him on King of the Hill isn’t the same. This is an actor that needs to be seen.

"This is why I beat hookers."

There’s a war a-brewin’, and the bodies are already starting to pile up.

Nick sure is becoming a Darling very quickly despite all protests to the contrary. And wow, this is becoming very soap opera-ey. This season we’ve had Patrick’s wife die under (to the public) mysterious circumstances, Patrick is in love with a transgender woman (is that the correct term?), the matriarch of the family has been arrested for the murder of her lover and the father of the family’s "adopted" son, Jeremy is dating the prosecutor of said matriarch, the only daughter (whoops, my mistake, the only daughter still on the show after the other one was written off) is in love with the family’s business arch-nemesis, Tripp had a heart attack, Patrick was elected New York’s newest senator, and the family is driving a wedge between Nick and his family. Now we need someone to come back from the dead (Dutch?) and for a monkey to be in love with someone.

"Oh my God, Earl. Those are voodoo dolls of you and a fat guy with stains on his shirt!"

Another cute episode, but nothing crazy good about it.

"It all makes perfect sense. It’s you, isn’t it?"

Seriously, what is Clark’s problem with the picture? Everybody is agreeing that you can’t tell who it is, so what’s the harm? Clark and Lois’ relationship is odd. There are so many facets to it that it doesn’t seem real. Sometimes they’re like brother and sister, sometimes they’re like little kids, and sometimes it’s like one has a huge crush on the other. So Oliver ends up on, what, a four-story roof? How does he get away without anyone trying to follow him? There are just too many plot holes in this show.

"Zombie/ghost orgy, huh? That’s it...I’m torchin’ everybody."

I like the new angel guy. He’s badass. Dean’s angel, though, he was too broody and whiny here. It’s too bad Sam didn’t get around to asking Dean about his time in hell. That’ll be good to hear/see.

"You wanna get some side abs? That’s a good idea. You know what I’m concerned about? I don’t want to get too bulky. I wanna stay nice and lean and tight. I wanna get that Jesus on the cross look."

How topical, what with the health insurance and the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest parody.

When shows like this, shows with a similar premise, are really good, you end up caring about the entire package. Daybreak on ABC a couple of years ago was like that. It was Taye Diggs as a cop reliving the same day over and over again. It wasn’t just the schtick that was interesting, but the regular cop/everyday stuff, too. Some shows, though, are just passable, and you either end up liking the cop/everyday stuff (which is usually better than the alternative since that’s what’s going to make up the bulk of the episode), or you end up liking the schtick (time travel, repeating days, etc.). I’m enjoying the schtick more. I like Harvey Keitel’s character and the hippie neighbor, and I think No Nuts is nice to look at, but everybody else just bores me, even Michael Imperioli. But when Sam gets brief glimpses of the future, then the show is really interesting for a bit.

"Class? There is a guy building a log cabin beside us with the door open."

The research guys made a state-of-the-art vacuum that still has to be plugged in to work? I think I’m done with the show. I was hoping for something as funny as Sunny, but it’s not. It’s a good premise though.

Listening to: Hawthorne Heights - Ohio Is For Lovers
via FoxyTunes


Angelita said...

Now really, Rob. How many people really do know that hobos have their own language? Give me a break on that one!

Kate said...

Am I the only one who is over Earl at this point?

Rob Rosenblatt said...

I'm not over it, but I will admit that it's lost a lot of it's luster. It's gotten very predictable.

Kate said...

I sort of stopped watching it after the actually funny season ender last year with Alyssa Milano - not that I was ever really a devoted watcher - but 30 Rock and the Office are just exponentially better and I don't want to kill 2 hrs every Thursday on the tube. (That's just me, though.)