Friday, September 30, 2005

Bones sucks

The biggest disappointment of the new television season is the show Bones.

Let me start out with the fact that I really, really wanted to like this show. It has the guy from Angel (who I know is a cheesy actor, but I have a soft spot for him from his Buffy days) and was based on the books written by Kathy Reichs. I love her main character, Temperance Brennan, and have read all of the books in the series.

I hate the TV show Bones. First of all, let me preface this with the fact that I am not a purist. I am one of the rare few who found the movie The Firm to be better written than the book (I'll elaborate in another blog entry).

So I understand when writers have to change things to fit the screen - be it television or movie. But this show is SO bad, I just can't stand it.

I hate that the Angel guy keeps calling Tempe, Bones (shutter). It's demeaning and just irritating. It's like when someone calls you, "hey" all the time. You know they haven't even taken the time to learn your name.

The three students are irritating and smack of FOX Tools trying to make the story more hip for younger viewers. Young viewers don't need people they can identify with - look at X-files as an example - we didn't have three young, hip, students tagging around Scully & Mulder.

One of the young students looks just like Rick Springfield and is playing the part of a nerd. Uh, hello. Rick Springfield WAS A TEENAGE IDOL and handsome as hell. To believe this character isn't getting laid (and yes, the show immediately had a subplot about how the kid couldn't get laid) is just silly.

The dialogue is bad. The effects are really gory - which from a horror fan side, is actually pretty good.

In the episode I saw, the end, which is what you've been working up to the whole time you've been watching the show, just cuts away after one of the kids asks if she can have a deal if she tells all she knows.

Then cut to commercial.

Resume show by having principal characters telling the mother of the victim that he didn't commit suicide but she should feel good that the two kids who killed her were going to go to jail.

Hello, audience here! There was NO pay off. I actually felt like I totally wasted my hour. I want my hour back, dammit!

I will be pulling this show off my PVR timer list.

Another show I got to see was Everybody Hates Chris. It's cute, but I won't be missing any more Survivor episodes to watch it.

And yes, I still watch Survivor even though the show has gotten somewhat predictable with regard to the stuff they have to do. It's a game show to me, and I watch game shows over and over to see what happens.

I also like The Apprentice, although I don't like the new rule they instituted - mainly that the team gets to vote on whether or not you will get immunity if you, as a project manager, wins. Duh - no one is going to get immunity. If I was a contestant, why the hell would I want someone else get a free ride?

It's just like Survivor when they have the opportunity to give the immunity necklace to someone else. Sorry, but if I was a contestant and someone won the immunity necklace and had the hubris to give away immunity, their name is going on the card.

I haven't really been able to see the Martha version of The Apprentice. But these shows aren't that hard to catch up on.

That Didn't Work

Crap! My name was still showing on bloglines. I had to change my name under the edit profile setting. Hopefully that will fix it.

On to TV talk:

Lost: Finally saw the second episode. The writers did a good job - they really didn't move the story forward, but enough loose ends from the season premier were explained that I didn't find it too terribly irritating.

New things that are interesting:

Donovan, the guy who's been down in the hole, was obviously waiting for someone ("Are you him?"). Who?

Was the meeting with Jack and Donovan in the past a set up or a coincidence? Is Jack "him" and he doesn't know it yet?

Why is Donovan worried about getting sick? Are the people really susceptible to sickness or was this just a ruse to keep Donovan down in the hole?

The numbers have been given a little bit of an explanation - Donovan has to type them in every 120 hours - who is monitoring the numbers? Why is it important for Donovan to check in? He was obviously panicked to make sure the numbers were typed in.

Who are the others who were chasing Chen at the end? I think they're the passengers from other part of the airplane. Chen washed up on shore, and doesn't speak a lick of English. Makes sense that they'd tie him up if things have been as weird with this group as what has been going on with the other group.

Where's Walt? Why did "they" take him instead of the baby?

Good show.

Thursday, September 29, 2005


I'm trying to use this blog as a way to be anonymous. I don't really want some of my clients or people I work with finding this blog. I took my name off the Blogger Template, but when I check to see if bloglines is being fed the updates, there was my name, bright as day.

I changed the settings of my main account to withhold my name. Hopefully this will fix the problem.

So this was a test.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Cool new show

I am addicted to television. It's really terrible, but I am.

I just saw a new show that really appeals to my feminist side: Commander In Chief.

First of all, I like Geena Davis as an actress. I've seen almost everything she's done (even the crap) and I enjoy her stuff. She's really great in this show.

The problem is that it comes on at the same time that My Name Is Earl comes on. So, I have PVR'd the CIC show upstairs and watch it on the sly.

My Name is Earl is actually good, too. It makes me literally laugh out loud, and I've not laughed out loud at a network show for years. I essentially avoid all sit-coms now. I find them predicable and boring.

I also really like Lost. This was a surprise show from last season. I thought it was a fictionalized Survivor clone and didn't watch it at first. It's a good thing that ABC re-ran the first episodes after the buzz got around about how great the show is. And it is.

I love stories. I can probably say that I'm passionate about them. When writers get lazy, I get a little mad. I guess that's why I really like Lost. There's a story and it has me hooked.

Although, I must admit that I was getting a little impatient with them towards the end of last season. The story was stalled and it was pretty obvious that they (the writers) didn't know where to go with it. I'm glad they finally got their crap together and started moving the plot forward.

Enough. I have more to say on television.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I'm an angry woman

I'm an angry woman and I just need a place to bitch and complain. I'll also talk about being on a diet, too, as I have over 100 pounds to lose. I joined Weight Watchers a couple of weeks ago (11) and have lost 27.5 pounds to date.