June 19, 2008
I have really missed writing the Pop Life column
I used to do for Eye on Soaps
and then for The Diva Digest.
Unfortunately, it requires a great deal of research (believe it or
not) and really needs more time than I have to devote to it.
I also really missed writing my Moon Magic column
that used to be on Eye on Soaps in which I reviewed movies and TV
shows I'd recently seen, but I wasn't happy with the page layout and
could never seem to find another one I truly liked.
So there I sat in limbo.
One of the things, silly as it was, that I missed
most about doing the Pop Life column was the page layout I created
for it, for which I always had a deep affection. Tonight, a
light bulb went off in my pointed little head and I thought, "Hmmmm.
I'll bet I could use my old friend, the Pop Life layout, for my
review column and most of the readers would forgive me for double
dipping." So kapow, there it was and there it is and I'm off
to review things like movies, DVDs, TV, books and such.
Glad to be back in that particular field.
Since I've been "gone" for a while, some of the things I review will
be from a bajillion years ago, but with any luck, they are still
worth talking about or hearing about to you.
During this break, I watched a lot of series
seasons begin and end, saw a good many movies and watched some old
favorites again. Movies and DVDs will be covered next week,
but for this edition, let's go over some season premiere news and
other TV show info:
Weeds just started
up again on
June 16 and although I did enjoy the first episode of this season, I am a bit
concerned that the show has written itself out. I love it,
don't get me wrong, but it seems to have gone about as far as it can
go. The season finale was fairly weak compared to others and
the characters are becoming increasingly less complex and more
predictable. Nancy now sleeps with anyone and everyone.
If there is a penis in the show, she will be on it. I fully
expect that this season, it will be Andy, Doug and Dean, the only
ones she's missed so far that she did not birth. Celia was
great fun during her affair with Doug, but now she has fallen into
the same trap as the other characters of being one note,
one-dimensional characters, although her experiences in jail might
make some good story material. My hope is for a shake up with the
relocation to the beach after Nancy burned down the Agresta house.
Will we still get the "Little Boxes" song? I sure hope so.
I will be quite sad if Heylia isn't back, I can tell you that.
She, Vaneeta and Lupita were the light of the show for me.
Big Love is backed
up for its newest season (season 3) until January 2009.
Although always strong in acting and overall writing, the trajectory
seems erratic and stilted. It seems to have fallen to
recycling the same stories over and over, just in different forms.
Season 2 interjected the arrest of Roman and Adaleen Grant and the
introduction of Ana, a potential 4th wife for Bill. The
general public is now more aware of the Hendricksons' alternative
lifestyle and Margene's pregnancy should be concluding in the new
season. Selma and Horace Green, violent fringe FLDS leaders,
presented a real and present danger to both the more mainstream
Hendricksons as well as the compound back home, as did the defection
and rampant lying of Ronda Volmer, Roman's teenage almost-wife.
The second season of the show seemed more centered on outside forces
whereas the first was dedicated to fleshing out the members of the
Hendrickson family as individuals and as a unit. Where HBO
takes the third season is unknown, but I certainly hope they tie it
up better than the did the second.
House is not losing
any steam at all and is all set for a September 2nd launch of its
5th season. The last season, which ended this month due to the
delays presented by the writers strike, left us with many hanging
issues. Now that we know that 13 does have Huntington's
Disease, what will become of her medical career? With House
indirectly responsible for the death of Amber/Cut Throat Bitch, will
the grieving Wilson ever be able to forgive him? Will House's
medical condition be changed when he wakes up from the coma?
Will Cameron and Chase continue to only play peripheral roles in the
show? Will the show ever give in to the long-term sexual
tension between House and Cuddy? Will Kumar ever make it to
White Castle or will Doogie Houser be coming in to participate in
differential diagnoses? (Wouldn't THAT be a hoot?) What/who
will be the nemesis this season? The writing continues to be
sharp and on task. Characters are remaining true to their own
nature and lupus is still always an immediate consideration, as are
auto-immune issues. It's as good as it ever was and isn't much
different than it ever was, sticking to a main formula with changes
going on around that structure. But if it ain't broke, etc,
The Biggest Loser is
still inspirational beyond all reason, but this particular season
(Couples), as well as the previous season, brought cheating to the
front as we, the audience, became more aware of the
behind-the-scenes dramas that go on. Silly us, we thought it
truly was about people who needed and wanted to lose weight giving
it their all and working with better foods, reduced calories and
intensive exercise. (Around 6 hours a day of exercise, from
what we now hear - yowser) We should have known different
considering that there is a big ol' ton of money at stake. We
found out about things like water loading and people starving
themselves and all kinds of crap. I will watch the new
episodes and continue to be inspired by the very drastic changes
made by those who participate, but wow, I don't think I will ever
look at it the same way again. The Biggest Loser is set for a
new season to begin in the Fall.
The Sopranos has
been finished for quite some time with rumors of a movie coming up
and then being immediately dismissed as fictional by creator David
Chase. I miss my mobster friends and the last time I wrote
about the show, I was lost in a haze of "what the frig was DAT?"
following the very odd series finale. I actually had to get
someone smarter than I am to explain it to me, then it all made
sense. We got the almost total annihilation of Tony's crew,
all of them being systematically killed off by Johnny Sack's old
crew following the murder of Phil, the late Johnny's right hand man
who had been managing the business while Johnny was in prison, where
he died. We think the truce is in place when we see the
Soprano family going out to dinner together. Meadow takes
about an hour and a half parking her car while we see nefarious
looking guys seeming to get in place in the area for something big.
Why Tony is not more awake and aware, I can't imagine.
Meanwhile, Steve Perry is blasting with "Don't Stop Believing" at an
ear-shattering and honestly, very annoying, volume. I may not
be able to ever like that song again, so I can't imagine why Journey
agreed to its use ($$). Then, just as we are wondering what
the hell is going on, the screen goes black and the credits roll.
Everyone almost immediately started heating up the message boards
about what a genius David Chase is and I was totally lost.
Finally, I was reminded of a conversation Tony
had with Bobby WEEKS before in the episode where they got drunk and
Bobby beat the complete shit out of Tony over a Monopoly game for
insulting Janice one too many times after being warned. Before
all that happened, Tony and Bobby were on a boat in a lake and Tony
was commenting on the fact that as long as he had been with the
organization, Bobby had never made a hit on anyone. Bobby
admitted that he just didn't have the stomach for it and hoped it
never came to it. Of course, after Bobby humiliated Tony with
the total beat down later that night, Tony immediately made sure
that Bobby had to take someone out, which Bobby did with honor, even
though, if I remember correctly, he vomited afterward. Anyway,
in the course of that conversation, Bobby asked Tony if he thought
you knew it when you got shot. Tony thought about it and said
no, that he figured everything just went black.
So having the screen go black meant that Tony had
been done. Since the whole show is pretty much done from
Tony's perspective, it made sense. From the second the last
show aired, David Chase was very adamant that all the info anyone
needed was there if they would just look. I guess I just
initially dismissed the wrong information and now, The Sopranos are
at rest for me except for the chance wondering of what happened to
Carmella, who I don't really much care about anyway. The
pressing question is what happened to Furio, who was a hot Italian
mess I would have liked to have seen more of before the series
Scrubs is done.
It was so fun, but it went over the shark-filled tank a season or so
ago. I love it, but it's like seeing a dear friend who has
succumbed to drug and alcohol abuse in a big way. It's almost
painful to watch now. I have yet to even see the fairy tale
episode. NBC let it go and ABC picked it up for its 8th and
final season as a mid-season replacement for the 2008-2009 season.
Deadwood, where are
you now, my dear, old friend! What a shame with so much
potential! Bastards, all.
The Riches has not
yet been scheduled for a 3rd season, but all indications are that it
is still in the running to be picked up again by FX. The FX
network is notoriously lackadaisical about renewing it's shows, so
there are certainly no guarantees. The show is still fully
enjoyable, however, it seems to have lost its way in the last season
with Wayne and Dahlia basically leading separate lives while living
in the same house. Even that is not true as we saw that Dahlia
now has her own dive of an apartment to satisfy her parole officer's
requirement of having her own place without revealing to him that
her "own place" in is Eden Falls and belongs to a dead couple.
The whole Pete issue was not only messy, but cumbersome and
meandering. I agree that life is like that, however, I would
have liked to have seen a better finality to the issue than was
provided. Dale is a loosely crafted "bad guy" who could do
with some greater personalizing as a character. Nina has
become a mainstay character who deserves more focus than she gets.
The kids are being developed nicely as characters, which is good to
see. The introduction of Eamon Quinn as another central bad
guy is intriguing, but since very little was done in the way of
background work on the character who came in at the end of the
season, it's hard to tell whether or not his presence in the story
will be an asset or a liability. At first, the connection of
Wayne and Dahlia to their Traveler roots by way of the encampment
was a good facilitator in telling us more about who they are and
from where they came, now it has become tiresome. I find
myself eager for the encampment scenes to end so I can get back to
the part of the story that interests me. Maybe having Cael and
Quinn there will rekindle my interest.
Rescue Me's 5th
season premiere has been delayed out until March of 2009 because of
the writers' strike. Why some series can manage to produce
sooner than A YEAR AFTER THE STRIKE ENDED and some can't, I cannot
fathom. Denis Leary says that FX will broadcast "mini-sodes"
in June and July to bridge the gap between seasons 4 and 5. A
full season of 23 episodes has been ordered by FX and supposedly
will air concurrently. I can barely even remember what
happened last season. It's lost in a mess of bad AA meetings
and Tommy almost drowning a baby and Tommy's dad dying at a baseball
game. Is Mikey gay or bi or straight and curious? Does
Franco really want custody of his daughter or not? When will
the ghosts return to haunt Tommy some more? Will Garrity divorce
Maggie now that Tatum O'Neal was busted for crack? Will Lou
get a story? Will Sheila get baby Elvis back? Can I
please punch Janet in the face now? Enquiring minds want to
LOST is back in
January 2009 for its 5th season. The show is set to end in
2010. I found myself well intrigued with the 4th season and I
can't really say I was dissatisfied in anyway. Some episodes
were more intense than others, but that is the nature of
storytelling. I was surprised they tilted their hand as much
as they did by telling us that the island's secret is time travel in
nature and revealing Penny's father as being the mastermind behind
most of what has been going on. They definitely left a lot of
mysteries to unfold over the next 2 years and I very much look
forward to the story. Matthew Fox (Jack Shepherd) is the
reportedly the only cast member who actually knows how the story
will end and he says the other actors try to pump him for
information, which he is not giving up. Harold Perrineau, who
plays Michael, is bothered that his returning character was not used
more and that he and Walt never got a reunion. Perrineau is
even taking his complaints a step further by criticizing the show
for perpetrating "black stereotypes" for not giving Michael and Walt
their happy ending, fussing that Sayid got to get back together with
Nadia and calling the show's storytelling "not fair." As most
LOST fans know, there were two alternate endings shot for the season
This webpage has a clip that shows them both, each one with a
different person in the coffin as "Jeremy Benthram." I
definitely do feel that the right choice was made for which to use.
Now we are left with the adventure of the Oceanic 6, plus dead Locke
(who may not be dead once he gets back to the island) and Ben
getting back to the island. What happened to the Losties once
the island was moved? Are The Others and the Losties pals now?
Is the island no longer in danger? Did Jin make it off the
freighter before the explosion (the last shot of the boat before the
explosion - while Sun was going nuts - showed no one on the deck
where Jin had been standing there moments before)? If so, was
he able to swim back to the island, where ever it is? Did
Penny and Des truly have their happy ever after? How can Richard not
age and still get hotter every time I see him? So many questions and
only 2 seasons to clear them all up. I hope I am smarter with
this than I was with The Sopranos!
And that, my
friends, is all for now!