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This is what I've watched so far this week.  Warning, Spoilers and stuff...

THE EVENT

I thought The Event was better this week.  The episode moved very fast, and there was lots of action.  And that ending was truly and positively creepy (and played extremely well by the actor cast as the young marine).  I do still feel, however, that the characters on this show are just not clicking.  Jason Ritter is making a great effort at it, but he's pretty much the ONLY character to care about.  Blair Underwood's president remains a remote and undefined character.  The great Zeljko Ivanek is doing his standard sinister bad guy schtick.  Laura Innes is an actress I have never cared for, and still don't.  And I wasn't thrilled to see Clea Duvall show up, since this is an actress that I never enjoy.  And the actress playing Ritter's kidnapped girlfriend is just a shade less awful then the actress playing her kidnapper.  That part of the storyline is just a huge bore and drag.

Bottom line, this show is running out of time to become a must-see.  I'm sensing another Flash-Forward.

CHASE

While The Event was an improvement over last week, this weeks Chase was a huge stepdown.  A very bad script, and some terrible acting from the guest actors, sank this one.  I do appreciate that they are buidling a backstory for Annie, and I also appreciate that her reckless actions weren't celebrated, but instead condemned by one of her partners, and her closest friend(?).  But I'm not sure they worked her part of the story into the overall chase storyline.  It felt clunky, and obvious, and forced.  Once again, Cole Hauser is turning into this shows MVP.  And the chemistry between him, and series star Kelly Giddish is kinda smoking.  Will this show live long enough to explore it?  I wouldn't bet any money on it.

GLEE

Religon is always a touchy subject.  I tend to hate shows that dwell on religon almost as much as I hate people preaching to me about religon.  However, what I did appreciate about this weeks Glee is that 2 characters were presented as not being believers, and the show never, ever tried to paint as them as in the wrong, or misguided.  Even after Mercedes takes Kurt to church, and he's obviously moved by the experiances, his own deeply held belief that there is no God is unchanged.  And I appreciated that.  This ep also gets thumbs up for great use of Sue, taking her beyond the usual snarky one-liners, and providing her with depth and insight.  I also loved that we got some musical variety.  2 solo's by the fabulous Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz's criminally underused Tina got to show her fine pipes, and best of all Chris Colfer sang the shit out of The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand".  Mark Salling's version of "Only The Good Die Young" was a lot of fun (and included a little Puck/Quinn eye contact, Squee!)  I even enjoyed Corey Monteith's "Losing My Religon", though I continue to be underwelmed with his voice.  Lea Michele got what is surely her contractally obligated solo per episode, and it was a pale imitation of Ms Streisand.

For me, pretty much anything that has to do with Burt Hummel is made of win.  I don't know exactly what this actor is doing, but every single note he hits is authentic.  And the Burt/Kurt relationship warms the cockles of my cold and shriveled heart.

BUT, where this episode spectacularly failed was in trying to meld the heartbreak over Burt's condition, and trying to be funny by Finn acting like an imbecile.  OK, so Finn thinks he sees Jesus in a sandwich, and starts praying to it.  That could be cute.  But, in an episode where the closest thing Finn has to a father figure is fighting for his life in the hospital, we see Finn wishing to touch Rachel's boobs, and wishing to regain his position as the QB of the football team so he can be popular again.  Doesn't this make Finn out to be...oh, I don't know...an incredibly shallow dickweed?  I mean, you actually have him shamed by Puck, of all people, who is feeling bad enough about Kurt's dad to go to Temple and pray with his nana.  

And really, how stupid do they have to make Finn out to be?  At this point, I'd say Brittany has gotten him beat by a pom-pom.

And I still don't like, or understand, the Finn/Rachel relationship, as I don't understand what these 2 people see in each other.  At all.

SONS OF ANARCHY

This week, SoA finally picked up after spending the last few weeks meandering.  I still find myself extremely confused as to what is going on with the Mayans, and drugs, and territory excursions.  And I also find myself confused as to what is going on in Ireland, besides the fact that I'm pretty sure that Jax might have a half-sister located there.  But, I did enjoy the drama between Gemma and the loathesome Agent Stahl, as well as the confrontations between Gemma and her immediate family.  I KNEW that Gemma was going to hammer Tara about not doing anything to prevent Abel from being taken, and I was glad it happened.  Because anything else would've felt totally fake (as I find much of Gemma and Tara's interactions to feel).  Gemma would take a bullet in the heart to protect her own, and she'd expect nothing less from Tara.  As for Tara being pregnant, I have to be honest, I don't see the show bringing another baby on board, so I don't have high hopes for Tara carrying to term.

I have to admit, I really miss the SAMCROW crew.  Its not that they aren't in each episode, its just that they don't have as much to do as I like.  But at least Juice got a little more spotlight this week, even though poor baby got a beatdown.

LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES

I never watched any of the Law & Order shows.  Just never had much interest.  But this show went ahead and did something that guaranteed I had to watch....they cast Skeet Ulrich.  I love SKEET.  Like, lots and lots.  So, I'm watching, and so far, I enjoy it.  Skeet has great chemistry with the actor playing his partner.  And there's lots of A talent involved here, Alfred Molina, Terence Howard, Rachel Ticotin and Peter Coyote.  This may very well turn out to be the only Law & Order show I actually
watch weekly.

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jeannev
Oct. 7th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
This week, I was totally baffled as to what I was supposed to think of his self-centeredness. Is that supposed to be the attraction with Rachel? They are both 2 people who are oblvious to people around them? I don't know. It just seemed very extreme for Finn this week.

And then they do that big number at the end, where he's thisclose to Quinn, and I'm reminded how much more likeable he was when he was with her.
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jeannev
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Well, Finn and Burt had bonded a bit, so I expected him to be upset. And then, he wasn't anymore. Huh?

The writing for Glee is SO uneven. And it seems that most people just let it slide because they like the singing.
tariel22
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Finn was my favorite character on Glee last season, but they're making him as unlikable as Rachel. I'm sure praying to touch Rachel's boobs was supposed to be funny, but when he persisted even after he found out about Burt, it made him look terrible. He's never been smart, but at least he was sweet. They made him look stupid, selfish, and superficial. And I don't get the Finn/Rachel relationship either. I like that he calls her on her obnoxious behavior, but why does he stay with her? What does she see in him?

I loved Mark Salling singing Only the Good Die Young. His solo album comes out at the end of this month, and I'm definitely going to check it out.

I appreciated that they showed a range of viewpoints without presenting any of them as the "right" one, and I thought that Kurt's reactions, which probably seemed insensitive to some, were realistic for someone with a loved one in crisis. But I have to admit that the most touching scene for me was Sue's visit with her sister. That's the one that made me cry.

I haven't seen Skeet Ulrich in much of anything, but I watched the first episode of LOLA because it was free on iTunes, and I was captivated by him. Plus we got bonus Jim Beaver! :) And the rest of the cast is stellar. I'm definitely watching.
jeannev
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
If they wanted to mix funny with heartwrenching, I just think Finn was the wrong character to go with. Because there's every reason to believe that Finn would be upset by Burt's condition. Not being a selfish jerk.

Personally, I think Mark Salling has a much better voice then Corey Monteith. He's cuter too. And I want Quinn and Puck to hook up again! Dammit!!

SKEETTTTTT!!!! Oh, I've loved him for years. Ever since the first Scream movie, actually. Probably even before that. I think he's such an appealing, watchable actor. I like subtle actors. He fits that category for me. I'll watch him in just about anything.
sunflowercyn10
Oct. 7th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hey Val! I'm so behind in watching shows so thanks for doing this. I've wanted to watch Glee, Nikita, Hellcats, Castle but so far I'm only able to stay caught up with Smallville:) Oy!

Quick comment re: The Event "Bottom line, this show is running out of time to become a must-see. I'm sensing another Flash-Forward." I was hooked on FF but then it died so I was really interested in this comment. I saw the first episode of The Event and all the time jumps were killing me and kinda turned me off. Is it worth giving a go or should I pass?
jeannev
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think I can tell people The Event is worth watching yet, because I'm not sure I think it is. If you liked FF, then I think you'd like this, because it really reminds me of it. This last ep didn't have many time jumps, and it flowed much better. So, I'm hoping they move away from them altogether.
rowanda380
Oct. 8th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I agree, the one issue I have with The Event so far is that Ritter's character is the only one to care about.
Also, yes, anything with Burt Hummel is made of win!
jeannev
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
I think in everyone rush to "make the new Lost", they keep forgetting that Lost was far more about the characters then the island.

I think I need a Burt Hummel icon.
rowanda380
Oct. 10th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
I think everyone needs a Burt Hummel icon :0)
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jeannev
Oct. 9th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
I love Blair too, but his character has been so underwritten so far. And when I watch the show, I'm just not sure how they can correct this problem with all the other characters aside from Ritter. There are only about 1 or 2 other characters who have any hope of being interesting.

I don't think Chase will survice, which is too bad. I like it.
brijeana
Oct. 12th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I'm still enjoying Chase. I love when Annie's partner snatched her out of mid air. I haven't really noticed anything to nit pick. I guess she is rather small to be taking down all these big guys but... maybe I just watch for the chases and the villains. LOL!

Glee... meh. The Hummel family owns me. For a moment I thought Burt was dead and ... I don't know what I would have done. I cried so hard at the end when Kurt spoke to his father from the heart. I appreciated that they didn't go anywhere too hokey with the religion stuff. I loved Kurt's church hat. <3 Finn said at one point that he didn't know about Burt. So I didn't make those unfortunate connections regarding cheesus. LOL!

SoA is picking up the pace! I'm still not fully hooked but I do hate that cop lady that is blackmailing Gemma. I cannot believe that Jax is trying to make a deal with this monster. I hope he's got a few contingency plans for the betrayal that will surely come from cop lady. I like the Irish shop owner woman. I'm afraid for her because of her nosey red-haired daughter. One of my HUGEST problems with Jax's girlfriend is the way she didn't seem to gave a damn about her kidnapped baby! Thank goodness that this episode cleared that up for me. The missing baby isn't hers. Oh Gemma reaming girlfriend out was such a relief!

Enjoyed your thoughts.
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