Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Boob Tube

The next few posts I have lined up have to do with food, so in an effort to keep this from becoming a food blog, I'm posting something more normal.
I follow quite a few TV shows. This isn't necessarily because I like all the shows I follow, but because once I start watching a show I feel like a traitor if I ever stop.
Such is the case with Smallville. My first interest in the show was that it was about Superman-- one of my favorite comic book superheroes. Alas, now in it's 8th season, it's time for the show to retire so Clark Kent can get some training and go on to actually become Superman. The show is border-lining on a soap opera. I mean really, how many times do Clark and Lana have to get together and break up? Seriously. Where the show is at right now is almost at an opposite in certain aspects of where the real Superman should be. Check this out:
-Martha Kent is a United States Senator. WHAT??!? Yeah. Far from the mild farm lady she's supposed to be. At least Jonathan is dead.
-Clark can't fly. He's supposed to have been able to fly since he was a kid, right? I mean, I've never read the comics, but from what I can gather, this is supposed to be the case.
-Chloe (someone who doesn't exist outside of Smallville) is married to Jimmy Olsen, the irritating photographer who is supposed to be like...a kid so far as I know.
-Lois likes Clark but Clark does not like Lois. This is very irritating, since it's kind of the opposite of what it should be.
Clark has never worn glasses. How is he going to explain having to wear them after he becomes Superman? If you ask me, the writers should have figured that out. Maybe he'll have an "accident" or some other unbelievable thing.
Another thing that really bothers me about the show is that it exploits nearly all the women except Chloe (who shouldn't be there) as being the super-sexy and super-martial-arts-knowing type. It's very irritating. Lana didn't used to be this way until she became slightly evil (after marrying Lex and divorcing him by faking her death and moving to China for a while...wha?).
On the topic of other shows I watch, Scrubs (so far) has been a little disappointing. I admit I haven't seen anything from the new half of the season, but where they left off before was a little weird. JD has a baby? ...and yet acts more and more gay with every episode. The humor is still...humorous but I hope this new season takes a better turn, or I might have to force myself to stop watching it.
House has been a pretty good show. I just picked up on it a few months ago, and quickly caught up to the middle of the 5th season, where they are now. I like a little mystery, and I sure like humor, but the premise is beginning to tire. Yes, Dr. House is a jerk. Yes, he's a drug addict in continuous pain so nobody cares. But so far the 5th season hasn't really had a good story line. Each season before (well, the 4th season is debatable) has had some kind of conflict that made it pretty interesting. But this season's conflict has either yet to surface or the writers haven't decided yet what it is. They started off with a possibility-- Drs House and Cuddy looking at what might be a relationship-- but they blew that. Then Dr Cuddy adopted a baby, which was interesting, but it looks like she might be leaving the show because of it. Maybe, I can't quite tell. But what? That has been an interesting continuing conflict at least with them never getting along, but to replace her with a chick who, in my opinion, was only interesting before she quit House's team and dyed her hair blonde, seems really silly. Cuddy is much more likeable.
The new hype for right now is LOST (why is that all capitalized?), which has been off the air so long, nobody remembers what was going on, which is bad, since the show is already confusing. I still really, really like the show. I think it's entertaining and humorous ("I like shitzus..." "Apparently you heart them") but I think they need to quickly clear up at least one or two questions viewers already have before bringing up hundreds of new ones. With a definite deadline, they're going to have quite a job tying up all the loose ends. I'm hoping they do it well and don't end up leaving viewers confused and frustrated like they did when they ended X-Files.

Well, that's my rant on what's going on with TV right now (at least what I watch). I won't even bother watching CSI anymore since they killed Warrick and Grissom and Sara left. Hm.


LP said...

You need to scrap your viewing schedule and start watching some cooler shows, like Leverage and Fringe and...yes, I'll say it -- Legend of the Seeker. LOST is all caps because it stands for Lots Of Silly Twits.

Jared and Megan said...

lol... lots of silly twits. loads of stupid twists.

Scrubs new seasons is great. I think the next episode is tonight, but you might want to watch the first four (?) episodes first.

Marlyse said...

THEY KILLED WARRICK??? Oh my gosh I had no idea. That's lame I really liked him. But I haven't watched it since the third season so I'm WAY behind. So, what happened to him?