So I’ve recently started watching Californication from the beginning (I got up to season 4 previously, but never got back on the bandwagon after the hiatus… also, this is why I’ve been absent fro so long) and despite being thoroughly disgusted with myself and every character on that show, I find that I still can’t help but watch. It’s like staring into the male psyche and seeing how they really wish they could live. I think the only saving grace to the show is that the main character is never truly happy, so I feel like he’s getting his come-uppins. While I don’t think it’s one of the best shows on TV, i do find it entertaining and plays on my lingering crush of Mulder from the X-Files.
The only reason I’m bringing the show up is because as I was watching the preview for next week I noticed one of my teenage heroes, Marilyn Manson, will be guest starring (season 6, episode 5). Now I do have to state that I have had no love for him past my 20th birthday, but it is nice to see a childhood hero pop up now and again in my adult life just to kinda see how they’ve been keeping themselves. It’s like seeing people from highschool who used to be popular and are fat, divorced or crazy now… so I’m a little excited. Considering I was fans of both X-Files and Manson at the same time, next week’s episode should be like a weird flashback to a weirder time for me. WOOT!
There are finally new episodes of Community! I was so excited that I watched it in what little amounts loaded up on the website at a time, then watched it again all over again, then watched it again the next morning. I still love it. I still love it so much. I am just so happy I’m getting a little more of it. Even better? Due to NBC pushing the air date back from October to February, the episodes just happened to line up so that the Halloween episode aired on Valentines Day. Allowing me to enjoy my favourite holiday on my least favourite holiday! Not because I’m a scary man-hating feminist, I just hate forced gift-giving and the idea that love is reserved for special occasions. I also have to say that the Halloween special was quite good, even by the “high” standards I judge the show on… 😉
In my endless search for worthwhile television, I have stumbled upon a new comedy that split my sides in two. It is only two episodes in, and I hope it continues to deliver as well as it has so far, but I have to say that it is rare that I get so hooked so fast. The big kicker? IT’S CANADIAN!! I have seen Corner Gas, and Dan for Mayor, and those shows have a certain “way too Canadian” dryness to them that I appreciate but this new one is fast, quick-witted and a little more horrible than I’m used to seeing out of Canadian TV.
Starring a few people who look vaguely familiar but I cannot place for the life of me, it’s about a typical single man who lied about his sperm bank profile and who’s “children” track him down. The parents who payed for these children don’t necessarily appreciate their kids wanting to get to know their donor father (and are sure to state it whenever possible) but allow it to keep their kids happy.
Now while that sounds like a bit of a silly storyline I found that the quick-wittedness of the dialogue and stupidity of the main character, not to mention some of the excellent one-liners it has, reminds me of a mix of Community, The League and Modern Family. AND IT’S CANADIAN!!! I still can’t get over that part…
IT’S NOT EXACTLY TURNING THE SCI-FI/POST-APOCALYPSE GENRE ON IT’S HEAD, BUT IT’S DEFINITELY ENTERTAINING.
In Sci-Fi there is one good thing (be it a movie, TV show, comic book, etc.) for every thousand bad ones, so it is hard to be overly-critical (at least for me) of a genre that so often fails. That being said I don’t go rushing out for every little iota of Sci-Fi out there just because there is a lack of really good stuff to find, but there has to be a middle ground somewhere for it, right? I personally like the idea of cheesy TV. It’s one of the things that I really enjoy about it. Yes, there are plot holes, and over-acting, but you get that in anything. What I like is the idea behind it. Generally that’s all it takes for me.
It is refreshing to see a post-apocalypse show that ISN’T about zombies these days. Let’s face it, Walking Dead has cornered that one. The fact that somebody didn’t try pushing the line of the zombie story to some ridiculous proportion is incredible to me (I’m still waiting for some kind of zombie musical or sitcom or something dumb like that) so that is already a plus one in my book. I really like the sort of pioneer swashbuckling wild west civil war style world they live in, and the hint of whimsy with the “power pendants” is a nice bonus. I feel like it should be a little more steampunk-y though…
Regardless, rebels, psychopathic dictators, roving bands of raiders and bounty hunters all mix together in a world with no electricity and the story follows the people I believe are going to be unknowingly responsible for turning the power back on. What’s not to love? I’m a little mad the show won’t be returning to TV until MARCH.