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The Finder Review: Fatal Attractions
1/27/2012 3:39 AM
I never had much intention of watching this show anyway, but this week I forgot that it was on at all, until after it was over. So I did not see it, and cannot comment on how bad this one may have been. I did not like the one last week, though, and have made no effort to remember it exists.
Regarding the lethal properties of e coli, a few years back, there was an e coli outbreak here in the Northwest; some children died. It is lethal to the young, the old and those with compromised immune systems, and it is not at all conquered from what I understand. I am not going to look it up; that is what they said at the time.
CSI Review: Farewell to Catherine
1/26/2012 10:54 AM
I liked this episode better than anyone else who has commented thus far, but I was bothered by how quickly she apparently recovered from a serious loss of blood. Even with a lot of pain-killing drugs, she was walking and working within less than a day after a wound which should have hospitalized her. Adrenaline can only take one so far, and then shock and recovery set in. It was downright unrealistic beyond the usual amount of unrealism, and it took my mind away from the story they were telling. (I injured myself severely at work when I was 29, and the wound bled for 8 days. I fainted, although I did not miss work. She lost a LOT more blood than I did, and she has less to begin with, being smaller.)
I also thought that she is a tad old to be getting a job offer to join the FBI, and the offer coming from a junior agent seems a little strange, too.
Anyway, the show survived the loss of Grissom; it should be able to survive this. It is still my favorite of the three CSI's.
The Big Bang Theory Review: Penny and Leonard 2.0
1/20/2012 4:45 PM
I am an old lady, but I thought the wood jokes were excellent. The thing I liked the best about them was the facial expressions on Raj and Howard -- the actors were wizard at displaying emotions and thoughts whilst saying nothing. I didn't see the "Dallas" moment coming there, but I did appreciate the comment from Leonard that he had thought it over but was going for it anyway, and the very long look Penny gave him after that, with the little smile. This show is best when they are together.
TV Fanatic Staff Round Table: Guiltiest Television Pleasure
1/19/2012 5:25 PM
My guilty pleasure is Wipeout. I am sure I could find more, but I only have broadcast TV, and a strict rule that it cannot be turned on before 6:30 p.m.
(It used to be 7 p.m., until they started running The Big Bang Theory twice a day -- and what is ridiculous about that is that I have all the DVD's, and could watch them any time I want without commercials, and I still watch the reruns on TV anyway. So that makes me feel a little guilty, too.) (Or, at least, silly.)
CSI Review: Know When To Walk Away
1/19/2012 5:13 AM
Congratulations on your personal milestone, Jim!
My first guess is witness protection. My second guess is death. The villain here is quite efficient; the CSI staff are amateurs compared to him.
Castle Review: Dirty Politics
1/17/2012 7:58 AM
@ Mike and David I agree that things are moving slowly, but what the bosses on this show said near the end of season 4 was that there would not be a full-out romance between Castle and Beckett until mid-season 6. We have a year to go. They are still taking baby steps towards that goal; in this episode, as several have noted, the incidence of first-name-use has noticeably increased. So long as there is progress, and so long as the quality of the show, OVERALL, stays up, I am happy to wait. But it has reached the point of ridiculousness already. I suppose they don't think so, or they are in love with their plan. I'll wait, but it does seem silly. Castle is exhibiting the patience of a saint, and I don't really think he is a saint.
(And I absolutely LOVED the Nick and Nora Charles movies. William Powell was one of my very favorite movie stars.)
Mike & Molly Review: Guess Who's Coming To The Wedding
1/17/2012 5:11 AM
I have always enjoyed Victoria; she seems like the kind of person it would be fun to know -- she reminds me of some of my friends who ARE fun to know. But tonight, seeing her talking to the dead gentleman, and seeing her tactful method of talking Peggy around to coming to the wedding, I was touched. She was so sweet -- it was a whole new side of her, and one I would like to see again.
Castle Review: Dirty Politics
1/17/2012 5:04 AM
The spooky garage setting reminded me of Deep Throat and the Watergate cover-up investigation, too. (I did not see that Michael Douglas movie.)
I think our expectations have gotten rather high, but it is not unreasonable, as the writers and actors frequently meet those expectations, which is how they got that way in the first place. This show gets better. Bones, for instance, does not. My expectations there have dropped.
This episode was nothing special, although it was the first time that I did not want to drop their new Captain off the top of their building to see how high she would bounce. But I would not go so far as to characterize her as being on the side of the detectives. She is on the side of her career. In this instance, she told them to do the right thing. But that was only this time.
The Finder Review: Nice Recovery!
1/15/2012 4:39 AM
@RealDiehl If you are talking about the first episode of NCIS on the Season 1 DVD, then you missed the pilot. That was two episodes in J*A*G. I had never watched J*A*G, and in order to see the pilot of NCIS, I had to buy the DVD's for that season of J*A*G. (Which then led me to get all the rest of it and watch it, although I still have not been able to bring myself to watch some of seasons five and six. Very annoying seasons.) However, if you like NCIS, find a way to get that season of J*A*G and catch Tony DiNozzo as he started out to be. There was a significant change from the real pilot to the first season of NCIS.
The Big Bang Theory Review: A Tiara Saves the Day
1/15/2012 4:32 AM
Hannah M -- she said she has a lot of experience with kids, from having handled them in her mother's illegal day care center. And she controlled them pretty well, staring them down and threatening them. It is not a nice way of dealing with kids, but she won those battles. It does sound to me as though she has come up with a perfectly good compromise, particularly from the point of view of any prospective children. I don't believe I would care to be raised by her. By Howard, well ... Better than her, anyway.
Two and a Half Men Review: Awful Alan
1/4/2012 3:25 AM
Alan used to just be pathetic. Now he is downright venal, and heading for vermin status. This episode was offensive, and I actually like the actors who portray Alan and Walden, usually. This was really not good.
NCIS: Los Angeles Review: A New Boss in the Boat House
1/4/2012 3:13 AM
It is hard to comment, restricted to 1000 characters. Why the change?
Only once since I first saw him in Twin Peaks have I ever seen Miguel Ferrar play a decent human being. He is probably not starting now.
Body of Proof Review: Brides, Botox, & Black Eyes
1/4/2012 3:04 AM
No, you are not the only one who wants to see this affair (Peter and Dani) as short-lived, but you are also not the only one who is liking Peter less and less as this series goes on. Ethan may actually be too good for her. She has shown a somewhat alarming propensity for ignoring rules she does not like, but I don't remember the precise details any more. She just bothers me -- had she worked for me back in the day, I would have sat her down for a talk, and had she continued on, she would have been history. I see this character as trouble.
One thing you did not mention, which I thought lovely, was that Megan told Bud she would do the talking in the cemetery, because he was not being politic. (Not her words, but her meaning.) And his comment that he was becoming like her was spot on. Charming! I've been a big fan of that actor since Fargo. He is terrific. So was whomever wrote that scene in the cemetery.
NCIS Episode Preview: "A Desperate Man"
1/3/2012 1:07 AM
"Smarmy" sums Ray up for me. And EJ is also a serious pain in the television set. It's not because I am a fan of Tiva -- I just don't like their current significant others. A little less soap opera and a lot more detective work would be nice ....
The Finder Sneak Peek: He Will Hunt You Down!
12/22/2011 6:47 AM
Not a chance. I will use the time to knit spare tea cosys before watching this thing. Pity. I, too, like Michael Clarke Duncan.
Scott Wolf Returning to NCIS January 3
12/22/2011 6:39 AM
I agree with Karen. (Although even being autopsied does not necessarily make a character on this show go away.) I never want to see CI Ray again, or EJ, and I can go happily for the rest of the run of this show without ever seeing Kaitlyn's sister the shrink again, either. I did not bother to come home Tuesday night in time to see the rerun of that episode with her in it, and when I am watching the DVD of the season in which she first appeared, I skip that episode. I dislike her more than you would believe. All three of them.
CI-Ray: Returning to NCIS!
12/20/2011 10:01 AM
I don't particularly want Tony and Ziva to be together, but I neither do I like C.I.Ray. Not at all. Nor do I like EJ, who appears in the picture above. It's too bad Ziva can't find another nice, sweet guy like the late nuclear inspector with the orange hat.
I don't know who would go well with Tony, but I find EJ appalling. Nor did I care for Jeanne Benoit. I think there may be too few female writers on this show, because I do find a definite lack of reality in the women's roles. Tony has been so weird the last year that I have no clue what kind of woman would be appropriate for him.
If they end up with those two, I will be very disappointed in the writers.
It will be delightful to see Muse Watson again. Mike Franks is such a charmer.
The Closer Review: One Fatal Moment
12/20/2011 9:48 AM
@Carissa I don't get to see this program until it comes out on DVD, but your review this week makes me wish that was not so. It is an excellent piece of writing. Beautifully done.
I, too, drove drunk once, but had no issues, aside from having the memory of that drive, and what I was thinking while doing it, haunt me for all the decades since then. I remember it well, but I, too, was lucky. I am glad to see the show tackle such an issue which actually affects people everywhere, not just in LA. I hope it was good enough to perhaps caution some folks ...
NCIS Round Table: "Newborn King"
12/15/2011 6:48 PM
I don't think this is a good group to have dogs; dogs have to be walked, and the NCIS team does not always make it home, for days at a time. None has anyone at home to walk a dog. Abby made McGee take that German Shepherd a few years ago, but he has only been mentioned once since that I recall, and never lately.
I'd like to see Abby and her biological brother reunite, have her tell him who she is, and see this explored. That would be my first wish for the rest of this season.
Criminal Minds Review: Knock Down Drag Out
12/15/2011 6:40 PM
I, too, figured that the meet-cute with Hotch was a setup for future villainy, as it was for Tony and the blonde Arab assassin in season 1 or 2 of NCIS, and as it has been in countless other television shows. I am not sure that it is not. As I never particularly liked the way his wife's character was portrayed, except that she died very bravely, I would be pleased to see his character get a lady friend, and some relief from his unrelenting ill humor.
Another episode with no Prentiss to speak of. Excellent!
Personally, I dislike fighting very much, so I did not watch this, mostly. I listened to it. I admire the emoting of Charles Dutton in his voice, because I did not see him killed. I've never seen him do a bad job; this time, I HEARD him do a great job. He is brilliant.
The ending with Hotch crying was very well-written and well-acted, but over all, I will not be watching this episode next year when I borrow the DVD's from the library. I just don't like boxing.
NCIS Review: Gibbs Delivers!
12/14/2011 6:34 AM
I have but two points regarding your review, and none regarding the episode itself. I liked Jimmy's sweater. It looks like something a favorite aunt or a doting fiancee might get him. It is just a little young for him, though.
Gibbs is the godfather of Mike Franks's grand-daughter. As long as her grandmother lives, she may be in some danger from her family, and Gibbs is her protector. Of course he would take that seriously. In addition, he loves them both dearly. He made a boat for that child.
Bones Review: Murder by Rainbow
12/9/2011 7:21 AM
I didn't think Cam was bitchy, but I did think she lacked her usual patience. Fisher was a hoot. I find that the squinterns, with the exception of the cartoonish southerner, are now my favorite part of this show. I did love Fisher's look of wonder when he realized that the odd feeling he had was happiness. The squinterns have been changing, except for the repellant Daisy, and growing in individual ways. I love it.
Had anyone been smothering me the way Booth was smothering Brennan, I would smack him. I did not find it heart-warming, I found it controlling, just as she said. And not at all sensible. Walking in bare feet on wood floors gives a person a lot more traction than walking on slick wood floors in slippers. She is more apt to fall in the slippers. Not a good choice on Booth's part.
I used to baby sit for a couple with two infants, back when I was 12. Previous employers had insisted on absolute quiet when babies were sleeping, but the "Smiths" insisted on normal noise, or indeed, more than I usually made. The radio had to be on. They wanted the children to be able to sleep through a common noise load, so that their own lives could proceed normally. It worked quite nicely. I was reminded of them when Billy Gibbons (his character still seems to lack a specific name) put loud music on to soothe the child. Bob and Jackie "Smith" would have been applauding him all the way.
I won't be watching The Finder, either next week to see that actor on the toilet again, or later, when it appears on the schedule. It strikes me as trash. I won't watch that episode on the DVD, either. What a waste.
The Big Bang Theory Review: The Bully Versus the Mathletes
12/9/2011 6:40 AM
I agree with everyone else, and the reviewer. I seriously considered turning the television off, about ten minutes into this episode. I was bullied at home and at school as a child, and there is nothing funny about it, even in retrospect, half a century later. Sheldon was not funny. None of it was funny. I was not even amused when Bernadette stole those boots.
I have the DVD's of the previous seasons, and re-listen to them when I am doing tedious computer data entry. Season two showed Sheldon at his worst; I cannot listen to the whole season in one fell swoop, because he was so obnoxious. They went equally far over the limit with his verbal abuse of Leonard tonight. It makes it less understandable why a guy like Leonard would put up with a roommate like Sheldon for all these years. Rent must be astronomical in Pasadena.
Castle Round Table: "Cuffed"
12/8/2011 8:22 PM
When the tiger showed up, it made me think of the old story The Lady or the Tiger, which we debated for a full hour in my high school English class one year. Not entirely relevant, but in my mind .... Beautiful animal, indeed.
I thought the creepiest thing was when they showed the chains and knives inside that freezer. I could not think of a harmless explanation for so many blood-stained torture and bondage items.
Bones Midseason Finale Pushed Back to January
12/8/2011 8:17 PM
I had just (last week) started to remember that the show is on, on Thursday nights. Today I got an email about it from TVFanatic, and literally jumped; I had forgotten that it existed again.
They do seem to be doing a truly splendid job over at Fox of killing off a perfectly good program. At least, it was for the first four years. Stupid, in my opinion, but then, they did not ask for my opinion. Nor for anyone else's on here. I think my attachment to the show is severed already; if it was not, I would remember that it is on, but Thursday nights on TV to me means I need to be home in time to watch The Big Bang Theory, and then, whatever. Read a book.
Bones is so over. This delay is not going to help. When I think about the episode they wasted last year on The Finder, I see that actor sitting on the john with his pants down. Trash. They are trying to give a big start to trash by trashing a successful show. Fox is badly run; just my opinion, of course.
They were the ones who trashed Firefly.
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