Category Archives: TV Shows

This Is Us

Don’t watch this show. It’s emotionally manipulative from beginning to end.

We started watching it years ago and I put the brakes on a couple episodes short of the end of season 2.

My wife recently picked it up again and is watching it from beginning to end.

I’m not.

I stopped watching it for good reason and every time I sit with her for a few minutes to see what’s going on, I’m reminded of why that was and why I’m not watching it now.

The show is designed to tug on your heartstrings and make you cry. I’m not talking about season ending dramatic climaxes or anything. I’m talking about EVERY SINGLE EPISODE.

I’ve done the math. At an average of 1 tsp of tears per episode, this series will cost you A FULL PINT OF TEARS.

It’s not worth it.

Battlestar Galactica

I’ve just finished watching the first season of Battlestar Galactica.

For years I’ve heard about how great it was.

If I’m honest… I’m not that impressed. It’s not bad. It’s just not great and I was expecting greatness.

I’m starting the second season and it seems to be picking up the pace a bit so maybe it gets better as it goes. Maybe Gaius will be killed off. That would improve things.

Unbundling Cable TV Packages

This seems to be the hottest news item today when it comes to what our government is doing to earn our loyalty.

Something I heard on the radio made me laugh though. They're saying that some stations will go out of business because not enough people will order them so they won't be able to generate enough advertising revenue.

If nobody cares enough about your channel to watch it, why are you in business in the first place? Are you a charity channel?

There's an easy solution here. If nobody is going to pick the channel out of a list and pay for it… but oodles of people will end up watching it if they happen to have it anyway… then the simple solution is to let the cable companies distribute it for free.

This is how broadcast TV gets by. If you've got the viewership, you can sell the advertising.

So what's the problem?

Revenge Has Gone Off the Deep End

Last night I watched the first two episodes of the new season of Revenge. All I can say is… WOW!! What the heck happened there? Did the fire all the writers and start this season with a whole new batch or something?

I don't think I've ever been so ready to abandon a show I've been watching quite so fast before. They spent much of the first episode just brushing off everything that happened at the end of the last season like it was no big deal. If you watch this show and haven't seen the new episodes yet… well… spoilers ahead.

Remember the big cliffhangers at the end of Season 2?? OH!! THE DRAMA!! How ever will they resolve them??? Well… here's how. Nolan gets released from jail as though nothing ever happened but now apparently can't use computers. There's no explanation or anything. He's just out because he has good lawyers and "computer magic".

There's were a bunch of other little speeches as well of "well… all this stuff just happened… now let's move on". It was, frankly, just awful.

I loved the first season of this show. More and more though, I suspect they weren't expecting near the level of success they had and have no idea how to keep the story going.

They should have done what American Horror Story did. They should have concluded the first season properly and then did something completely different. As it is… well… it's just stupid now.

Under the Dome

I just want to write about something that isn't Moby Dick.

I've been watching Under the Dome since it started. So far, it's not half bad. It's not great, but I'm certainly not staking it for imminent cancellation either.

I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

Go On Cancelled? Crap!

Well… this is hardly the first time I've enjoyed a show that got canned. I just read that Matthew Perry's show, Go On, is probably being cancelled.

I'll miss it. I've really been enjoying this one. It's quirky and silly and a bit odd, but I've enjoyed it enough to keep watching, which is more than I can say for a LOT of other shows.

It's not for sure yet, so I'll cross my fingers and hope it comes back. Maybe I'll luck out on this one.

Are You Watching Revenge Yet?

If you're not watching Revenge yet, you should be. It's still going strong.

If you are… then I'm wondering whether you were also playing Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" in your mind during the end of the last episode.

heh. I don't think anyone can ever get shoved off a raft ever again without that song playing in the sub-conscious. Does that make me insensitive?


I watched the new show, Motive, last night and wasn't impressed. I was really looking forward to seeing it as they've been hyping it up for weeks and the premise is interesting. It even started off really well. You immediately find out who the killer and the victim are with great big labels. OOOH! Intrigue!!

But then it just sort of fell apart. It was a bit boring through the middle and I just didn't much care about any of the main players. They weren't all that interesting.

They gave the main character an interesting car, so that was cool. It's an 80's Olds Cutlass and appears to be in near mint condition.

Of course, they ruined the coolness by having her son use it in a drag race later in the episode and managing only a mid-17's quarter mile time. They make it out to be quite an accomplishment, but it's really a sad effort and nothing to be proud of.

Normal viewers wouldn't think anything of it and just take their word for this being a good run, but come on… how hard would it have been to either make a proper pass with the car, or just completely fake it on the scoring boards?

TV Land Update!

I just felt like throwing some tidbits in here.

I gave up on Revolution and deleted it from my PVR before the holidays. No more wasting time on that crap.

Flashpoint is done, and that's sad. It was one of the best shows on TV and if you never watched it, I highly recommend it. All of it. It was a great series all the way though!

Go On is still funny, and I've actually added it to my PVR schedule. I'm really enjoying that. I'm also watching Don't Trust the B*** in Apt. 23 on a regular basis. It's ridiculous and silly. Give it a shot.

Elementary is still one of the best new shows and I'm still enjoying it. If you liked House, then definitely get on this one!

For some reason I'm still watching The Office, though it definitely jumped the shark years ago. I don't know why I'm still watching it. Nobody needs my opinion on this one though. If you've watched it from the beginning then you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, then there's no way you should start now.

I guess that's about it. I mean… hockey is coming back… but who cares? Maybe I'll care again next season. We'll see.

Elementary and Arrow

Just a quick update. If you're looking for something to watch, both of these are good candidates. Still good. Still worth watching.

I like that Arrow deviated a little from the general theme it's had so far, and we're getting more and more little tidbits of his life on the island.

Elementary is still fairly procedural, but we're getting more insight into the characters. I still find House to be the best show to compare it to, and it's still holding up quite well.