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Last night I was undecided as to what new shows I wanted to watch last night.  And lately, I have an attention span of a cocker spaniel puppy.    So, what I decided to do was flip back and forth between shows, and see which one I found myself more interested in.

The contests were The Event vs Lone Star, and Hawaii 5-O vs Chase.

And the winners for me were....The Event, and Chase.

Now, there's a caveat with The Event in that I'm only going to tolerate this whole "what the hell is going on?" bullshit for a few weeks.  If I don't get some answers soon, I'm outta there.  I did Lost for 6 years.  I tried the horrific Flash Forward last season.  I won't do it again.  But, I found Jason Ritter and Blair Underwood very compelling leads.  And I'm pretty sure it has something to do with aliens, which earns it cool points.

I just couldn't get interested in Lone Star at all.  Glacial pace, a leading man who seems to be trying to channel Clooney, circa ER, and David Keith, and its all a big turn-off for me.  Besides, who can warm up to a con man?

Now, at 10pm, here I seem to be the only one zagging when the critics were all zigging.  I guess I just don't understand all the hate directed Chase's way.  I found the lead actress very capable.  It has Cole Hauser!  The action and pace of the episode was quick.  Sure, its a lot of familiar macho posturing, but not nearly as much as I found happening over at H 5-O. 

Now, as for Hawaii 5-O, great beginning.  And James Marsters!  But as the show went on, I found the dialogue absolutely painful.  Scott Caan is trying too hard, Alex O'Loughlin is not trying hard enough.  I love Jin (yes, I know thats not his real name), but the girl from Battlestar Galactica is sort of a terrible actress.  I was rolling my eyes when she emerged from the surf, in a bikini, and put all of her 92 lbs soaking wet behind a ridiculous punch on a tourist who got too close to her wave.  Yes, read that last sentence again folks, and then tell me that this show is good.  But, the pilot gets huge cool points for the opening credits, and keeping that amazing theme song.

So, next week, I'll be tuning into The Event, and Chase, for as long as they last (I don't expect the latter to last long, actually).  I may try H 5-0 again, but I don't think Lone Star is for me at all.

Tonight, Glee returns, and ep 3 of Sons of Anarchy (which I'm hoping is going to be better then last weeks snoozefest).

On the Smallville front, seems like some of the TV reporter people got a copy of the premiere early, and they all seem to like it.  Honestly, I feel a little bit of hesitancy in all "It was great" comments I've seen.  Like, I compare it to the way some of these same people were peeing their pants over The Vampire Diaries premiere, and I'm not seeing that same level of "OMG, AWESOME!" from them.  But, maybe thats just my own apprehension talking.  Everyone is trying to keep their reviews pretty spoiler-free, which is a great.  But so far, I haven't really heard anything particular that makes me, as a Clark fan, go all fist-pumpy and Fuck!Yeah!  But I've sort of reached this conclusion that I seem to want something from this show that I'm just not likely to get, and I'm on my own little island there (with maybe a few pals :) )

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jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
I just find I can't commit one hour of my attention to something right off the bat. Its positively sad. LOL

I didn't think I was going to like the lead in Chase, but she was much better then I was expecting her to be. I was very surprised.

I'm not much for 1/2 hr sitcoms, so I don't watch any of them. Although I'm tempted to see if I can get back into Community, because I love Joel McHale.

I don't much like the whole vampire thing, so I avoid shows when they are supposed to be something to swoon over. I do like Alexander Skaarsgard though.
jwm_rocks
Sep. 21st, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
I've become so addicted to Netflix streaming and DVDs I think Smallville is probably the only show I'll follow this year in real time. I realized I just don't watch much regular TV anymore because I saw my first political ad of the season this week -- at the dentist. I'm not looking forward to another month of those.

I get what you're saying about The Event. I started Lost at the beginning of the summer and I'm glad I waited until the series was over to finally begin watching. Still don't know what the hell is going on (in the middle of season five now) but I don't have to wait nearly as long to get answers.

Do you recall what reporters said about last year's premier? Personally I'm not expecting much. IMO the premiers haven't been very good since the big budget cut when Al & Miles left.
jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I think less and less people are watching TV live. With all the other options to make it more convenient for people, why should they? I'm sort of bummed that I missed more of the SF/NO football game.

I don't bedrudge the investment I made into Lost, I just don't think I'd make a similar commitment again. Well, maybe if they cast Josh Holloway again...;)

I don't recall what reporters said about last seasons premiere, but I'm willing to bet its not that far off what they are saying this season. "Good beginning" "action packed", and so on and so forth. I guess I don't find myself too much in agreement with most of these critics on a normal basis, so I'm not sure how to feel about their reviews
jwm_rocks
Sep. 21st, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Though I'm avoiding the actual reviews I saw a K-site tweet that there's gonna be a LOT of TW screen time. That ought to be an improvement over last year at least.
jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
True Fax! I remember complaining bitterly last season about Clark's screentime in Savior and Metallo.
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jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Well, unfortunately, I think Grace Park has been stuck with the "babe" role in H 5-O, and its not really a good fit.

I do think Chase is very routine, but at the same time, I thought it was much better then the critics were making it out to be.

I didn't even try Outlaw. I thought the premise was crap.

I will be anxious to read your review of SV when it airs. :)
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netlynn
Sep. 21st, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I recorded The Event last night but I've not watched it yet. I'm with you on not letting me wait forever to find out WTH is going on. I guessed Lost right years ago, but I had to wait through years of crap just to find out for sure. lol

I'm looking forward to Glee tonight, Bones Thursday and Smallville Friday. Have you been watching Hellcats?
jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't (hangs head in shame). I'm a bad Tom fan. ;) I just couldn't, ya know? The whole premise of the show just turned me off.

There are a lot of things I'm fine with in a pilot for a series. But you can't do that stuff weekly. So, The Event is going to have to alter its tune, and fast.

There are still some shows coming up later that I'm really psyched for, like The Walking Dead, which premieres on AMC on 10/31. And the alien invasion show, Falling Skies, which debuts next year, I think. And on HBO, Game of Thrones looks interesting, but thats also next year.

The shows that are on the regular networks don't hold my interest like they used to. I find myself looking more and more towards the cable channels.
brijeana
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Oooh I'll have to check out The Chase.

I enjoyed Hawaii Five-O in a purely superficial way. Yes it was an explosive beginning, but it is trying to hard. I love Grace Park but yeah... she's not athletically built at all and again, the show was trying to hard to sell her as a TOUGH GIRL.

Hopefully Glee will be as fun and surprising as it usually is.

I'm very excited for Smallville to begin but as always I'm keeping my expectations very low. Then I'll be pleasantly surprised. So I'm anticipating Clark being alive in the premiere. And some action. That's it. LOL!
jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I really think that all the negative reviews of Chase are what made it a pleasant surprise for me. I thought it was going to be garbage, and instead, its a fast moving, action packed, formala show. And did I mention Cole Hauser?

I've heard mixed things about Glee, and honestly, I'm not sure what to expect. The writing for this show is so all over the map. But, hopefully, the music will be good.

I like your expectations for SV. Sounds like a good plan. :)
foreverknightfa
Sep. 24th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Gee let's see Clark dead makes it no show, dontcha think? :-)

I saw a bit of ep synopsis in this week's TV Guide but I wont spoil it for you, though I think his " resurrection" after falling off a building bit makes me want to roll my eyes.

I am, however glad at the news that we're going to get more TW this year. Supposedly Masters is going to return as Brainiac and we'll see Kara back on Earth again for one show in her Linda Danvers disguise. I think I've read somewhere that maybe, maybe TW will at one point wear the tights ( him wearing anything or nothing at all is fine with me!).
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jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
*spins*

I think what I learned from Lost, and why my patience for those types of shows is rather low, is that the more and more questions that pile up, and the more answers you don't get on a weekly basis is a bigger and bigger indication that that is not overall plan. One thing I will never forgive Lost for is the conceit that they didn't need to answer even a fraction of the questions they posed because they decided to go with some big, warm fuzzy lovefest finale. Well, ah, No! I don't mind a storyline evolving on a weekly basis, but answers need to be part of that.

I watched this one scene of Lone Star, where the lead character is trying to convince his father that they should do things a different way, and I'm thinking to myself "How old are you? Put on your big boy panties, and tell your father to eff off, and do what you want." Like, I couldn't even muster an ounce of sympathy for this whiney boy. So, that was my one and only viewing of Lone Star. And anyway, the ratings were awful.

I fully expected to dislike the lead actress on Chase immensely, and so I was sort of surprised that I kinda liked her. And what I think I mostly liked was that she looked sort of tough, and like a real person.

As for SV, every time I try to let myself relax, I read something that makes my eye twitch. I need valium to watch this show.
asha14
Sep. 21st, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
The only show new show I am going to watch is No Ordinary Family. I will try and convince my daughter to try and watch, because she is still in mourning about Julie Bends not being on Dexter anymore. As for Smallville (sigh) I am looking forward to the premiere for the Clark, Johnathon, fake Lex and Lois parts (however on the Lois and Clark front the secret thing is giving me hives)Not really thrilled with everyone and their unwanted brother coming on the show. Just give me Lex and Oliver leaving for Star City and we fine) Oh and I guess I am sorta curious on what is going on with the Tess front; it could be a bad ass story line if the writers tie in with the main one.
jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
I don't want to get too spoiler-ish here (I have some spoiler virgins on my flist), but can I just say that I'm so glad that there's someone else out there besides me that hates the whole secret thing. We'll talk more about this after the ep, I hope.

I'm not opposed to guest stars, but its getting to feel like they are bringing people in because "wouldn't it be cool?" rather then "how does this contribute to Clark's story?" And I think thats going to show...and hurt.
svfan01
Sep. 22nd, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
I personally don't know why the show just can't have Clark come out and tell somebody the secret willingly myself without any outside circumstances. I guess you can argue that was the case with Lana, but they waited so long and they had to have that stupid scene in Promise of Lana spying on Clark that it sort of ruined the moment. The Reckoning scene would have been good if the rest of the episodes didn't ruin it. In all honesty Clark telling somebody the secret should be an entire episode by itself but the show just treats it like an afterthought.

The show likes to create it's drama, but they are given a dramatic moment on a platter like Clark telling Lana his secret and they basically make it an afterthought in Phantom. Chloe's was even worse and I fear to see how they handle it with Lois.

I guess you can make the arguement Pete got an entire episode but I still don't like the fact that even then Clark was sort of forced to tell him due to the situation. It makes it even worse in S3 they basically had to tear down Pete so they could get rid of him(honestly he could of filled the Chloe role on the show if they needed a BFF, but because he didn't have a pair of boobs they couldn't pander him off to shippers so he became useless)
jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
I personally don't know why the show just can't have Clark come out and tell somebody the secret willingly myself without any outside circumstances.

And why can't they have a female in Clark's life find out the secret, and just go up to him and say "So, you're superpowered, whats up with that?"

Answer=silly melodrama

I do actually like the moment in Arrival when Clark comes totally clean to Chloe. I think its one of the shows nicer moments.
svfan01
Sep. 22nd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Clark telling Chloe in Arrival just felt like one of those rushed moments(one thing I hate about Season enders/openers is they try fit 20 things into 40 minutes). It doesn't help the fact that I hated the whole rushed feeling of the FOS(which itself could have had an entire episodes dedicated to) and having Chloe follow Clark up to the FOS was a big part of what was wrong with that whole FOS scene(Clark int he FOS for the first time should have been all about Clark and the FOS)

In the case of Chloe they could have easy made the last scene in Blank the one where Clark tells her the secret and it would have fit the episode perfectly, and I think it would have been much better then that last scene where Chloe makes a passive aggressive comment to Clark how he trusted her with Clark looking all zoned out and dumb.

Beyond her telling Clark in Blank I think the way she found out in Pariah wasn't the best way to have her find out.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 22nd, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the Event yet but I thoroughly enjoyed Lone Star and H50 was worth sticking around for.
So as usual the opposite of what you think.

Something I think needs to be said is that it's rare for pilots to be series classics. Smallville Lost and FNL are more exceptions, while shows like Buffy, Angel are the norm.
jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Well, variety is the spice of life, and all that. If everyone liked the same things, how dull would that be? :)
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jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm doing OK, how the heck are you?

I don't usually do the television reviews thing, but I'm trying to open up my journal to more things. Even I get sick to death of myself talking about SV, especially when I'm sort of on the cynical side with the show. So, I thought I'd try to find other things to discuss.

Its definitely true that some shows take a little while to get into. But its sort of a catch-22, because if a show doesn't hook you relatively quickly, it feels like torture to sit through them, trying to get to a point where you're hooked.

I am willing to give H 5-O another shot. I mean, I didn't much like it, but I could see how it could improve.

Strangely, I'm not anxious about SPN at all. I think what I heard at Comic Con did a whole lot to ease my apprehension about the show. I still believe they should've ended last year, on that perfect ending. But I do appreciate the approach they are taking to this season. I feel really relaxed about SPN.

SV? Well, not so much. The situation with Clark/Lois is certainly one of those things that is feeding my ambivalence about this upcoming season. I guess I just don't find it "cute"

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jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sending a virtual hug to everyone who doesn't think "its cute". LOL I really hate it so much. Its been one of those big things thats been bugging me about the upcoming season, but I haven't been talking about it much. Once the episode airs, and I can see it in play, I hope to have far more conversations about it.

I do find that SPN keeps repeating a similar pattern with Sam/Dean. That whole tension thing. I hope we find some resolution with that, eventually.

Honestly, SV is the only show I watch that really rubs my nerves raw. Everything else I pretty much take in stride. I guess thats some sort of testament to it.
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