This year's crop of comics for LCS was easily one of the best, but America (and the show's producers) narrowed the field down to five for the hour-and-a-half long finale. I think they were all solid choices, but the actual final show itself could've used a little more, you know, comedy. The opening:
Episode: Mexico Anthony Bourdain said that he thinks vegans are "rude," which leads me to believe that he would get along just fine with Bear Gryll who is willing to eat just about anything. For the season five premiere, he dropped himself in the middle of the Mexican desert where, apparently, they don't have In 'N Out.
As usual, Cisco and Shwayze are late for their appointment—a photo shoot on the beach. Jordan has a heart to heart with Warren about the weekend shows in San Diego.
Episode: "Exploding Steak"
The first episode of I Want to Work for Diddy does what every reality show does—it shows you incredible losers that are immediately cut lose. From a production standpoint, this is great filler that you can really only do at the top of a show. And viewers love it because it helps cement our suspicion that the world is filled with people MUCH crazier than we are.
I'll admit that I skipped out on most of the semi-final round, but I feel like it's part of my duty as a fan of fake sports to cover the finale. There are no new gladiators, no new events and the contenders aren't particularly interesting, but I'm the kind of guy who only watches football during the Superbowl and only goes to church on holidays (and even then it's only to pick up girls).
Episode: "I Am the Table." Finally!
Episode: "Combat Jack"
RecapThe Episode “Flight 1” starts off at a 60’s marijuana party where Peggy is doing some necking with a boy in sharp horn-rimmed glasses. An American Airlines crash in NY makes Sterling Cooper have to pull some of their ads for Mohawk Airlines.
Even though this show seems fake most of the time, I’m getting more and more into it.
Eureka is a kind of nerdy, guilty pleasure for me so I'm glad that is has caught on enough to make it into its third season. After seeing this season's premiere, I feel pleasured, but I still definitely feel guilty.
I have to admit that I was actually pretty late to the Weeds party. Maybe it was because I don't smoke weed, so I thought there might be some subtleties that were lost on me. More likely, though, it's because I was too cheap to get Showtime. But I'm all caught up now and I'm glad because it seems like season four is finally getting to the good stuff, like naked pictures of Nancy.
For the first two episodes I've been complaining that the bad decisions of the high-ranking officers have kept the brigade out of the action, but it's the opposite this week. Everyone's jones for shooting at hostiles has led our boys into all kinds of dangerous situations that are actually pretty intense. Impressions:
After last week's dialog-filled and action-free premiere, I had high hopes that Generation Kill would take a turn for the interesting in the second episode. Luckily, it seems that they've gotten all of the boring character exposition out of the way, and we'll be in the shit from here on out.
Shwaze has a court date from getting busted for allegedly making fake id’s. He doesn’t tell his manager about it until the last minute.
The last season of Mad Men was one of the best thirteen episode streaks in modern TV history. It slowly doled out back-story on the main character, building steam that brought the show to a boil in the last moments. Combine that with the critical acclaim surrounding AMC's golden child, and it’s no wonder that this was one of the most highly anticipated-premieres of this year.
Plot:The series opens with a bunch of young and verbose soldiers taking on a live-fire training exercise in Kuwait. You’re introduced to some of the main characters and prepared for the mount of cursing, sex-talk and racial slurs you’re about to hear. Most of the early scenes are spent trying to establish the crushing boredom involved with waiting around to go and kill people, which puts the focus on the dialog. It’s all very Full Metal Jacket-like, but unfortunately doesn’t have nearly the same flair or authenticity. About halfway through an episode full of bickering, and people calling each other “faggots,” the troops hit their vehicles and drive to another place where they wait around for a while. I understand that they’re trying to convey how boring it is before an invasion, but I really could’ve done without it. It’s like watching the prequel to The Fast and the Furious where Vin Diesel sits around taking the driver’s test at the DMV.
Comedy Central’s history with gameshows is a little spotty—Win Ben Stein’s Money anyone? But after watching the premiere of Reality Bites Back, I’m convinced that this one is a total winner.
During the first run of Gladiators back in the ‘80s, it was pretty clear that the contestants were supposed to be the good guys and the Gladiators were supposed to be the flat-top having, steroid-fueled villains. But, thanks to NBC’s ability to pick the most annoying people in the world to fill the contestants’ spandex, it seems like the foam-padded tables have turned.ContestantsThe women’s contest, however, was chock full of gimmicks, pitting a 52-year old Asian woman named Yoko (red) against a 20-year old college student named Annie (blue) with a Boston accent closely resembling Mark Walburgh’s in The Departed.The men this week were fairly generic, consisting of Alejandro (blue) an Army vet who served in Afghanistan and works with dolphins (there are tons of those in the desert, right?) against an overzealous camp counselor, hilariously named Tim Oliphant (red).