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…
So I can un-clench. I’ve caught up on most of the first season, at this rate I’ll be able to watch the season premier sometime towards the season finale… I totally forgot about the ATF agents. Specifically the lady agent, June Stahl. I mean, I remembered that ATF was around and involved in the show but her character specifically? Not a bit. I don’t know why either. I really like her character, she’s psychotic! It happens to me a lot, when I don’t watch something for a while (or at least a million and one times) I totally forget whole chunks of the story or entire characters.
This show particularly I seem to have forgotten most of. I’m only on the first season and there are several key things that I forgot about but absolutely love about the show. The IRA affiliation, the Kyle situation (if you haven’t seen the show I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s BRUTAL), and almost everything in between. I really only remember a couple of the main characters (Jax, Gemma, Clay and Opie, mostly) and the feeling I get when I watch the show. I try to pay close attention because it’s so good I just want to soak up all that I can, it’s so good! The fun part of it now is that I get to be reacquainted with all the little things I forgot about, and it’s almost like a brand new show again, it’s awesome.
The other thing I almost forgot is why I love the Jax character so much. He is proud of who he is while being fully aware of the repercussions of his choices and actions. He is badass without having to advertise it. He is gentle without really letting his guard down. He’s also pretty damn hot! I like that he is tortured by the things he sometimes has to do for the good of the club, and the actor playing him (Charlie Hunnam) does such a stellar job playing him (along with everyone else in the show) that it really draws me in. I’m really hoping I can get through the seasons quickly so that I can see the season premier that I missed last night sooner rather than later.
*** UPDATE: I finished Season 1 ***
Sep – 13th – 2012
So I finished season one, and it took two days. At this rate I should be all caught up by the end of next week, so I’ll have a lot more to discuss about the show and its characters very soon. Try as hard as I can I still don’t remember much about what’s coming up, I figured that as I watched I would start to remember, but I just don’t! I so wish I could just watch the premier and call it a day but it’ll drive me crazy not knowing how everyone got to where they are, like I’ve never seen it before (by the way, I have seen it. All four of the seasons prior to this one. Several times…… Still nothing. Partially why I decided to write this blog, because then I have notes. Haha!) so I’m sticking to the plan for now. Until I just cave because I have no willpower.
I was having a craving for something new and nerdy. I hit up my usual methods of internet scouring and came across a show called Level Up. The title screamed gamer and nerd, so I gave it a look. It’s still in it’s first season, but quite a ways in. 20 episodes to be exact. I’m on episode 7 and I just can’t stop watching! I’m actually watching as I write…
A QUICK WALKTHROUGH
Level Up is about a group of high school gamers that inadvertently unleash a horde of online enemies on their quiet little hometown of Daventry Hills. After figuring out that their online personas, who are all part of the same clan in the game, all go to the same high school IRL (that’s ‘in real life’ for all non-gamers out there). They don’t run in the same circles (as TV writing law dictates) with one being a typical nerd, one a slacker and one a jock. As you would expect they don’t get along at first, but eventually band together and figure out how to get these otherworldly animated baddies back to their circuit boards.
SO WHAT DO I THINK?
The show is cute, quick-witted, and cheesy as hell. The weapons they use from the game to dispatch the video game “leaks”, as they call them, seem like they come from some sort of WOW/Ratchet and Clank/Team Fortress 2 hybrid, which is pretty cool. It’s well written, geeky, rediculous, and reminds me of some of my favourite shows. There’s just one thing… I figured there would be more monsters, fighting, and butt kicking. The pilot/movie had a bit more of it than a lot of the episodes, but it’s still holds up.
As I said, I can’t stop watching. It’s like a live-action kids cartoon for online gamers. Almost all the main characters seem familiar although I’ve never seen them before… and it kinda makes me crazy that I can’t put my finger on who they remind me of. I am really enjoying it though, and give it an overall solid.