Saturday, February 24, 2007

What I'm Watching: January 2007

The best two shows on television right now: 24 and Battlestar Galactica. 24 offers up the biggest thrills and the most compelling drama as anything else that is out there, and Battlestar Galactica is simply superior science fiction, or more accurately, superior television. The last two episodes have been a little bit weaker than I might like, and I really did not want to get in Adama's head, but at its best, BSG tells great stories about survival.

Then there is Lost. I loved the Desmond episode, but this last one with Jack's Tattoo was underwhelming. But, I trust the producers when they say they are working towards something and negotiating and end date and that we’ll get some good answers this season. Is my trust misplaced? Maybe. But, that Desmond episode was so fascinating that it revitalized my Lost viewing and made it something I looked forward to again.

Dirty Jobs: Whenever Discovery can drum up enough dirt to put together an episode, Sandy and I are there...and half the time we get an interesting dirty job, the other half we think "is this the best they can find?", but there have been a hundred or so jobs so far, so really, how many dirty jobs are out there? Still, for episodes like the snake episode, or the bat caves, or the backed up plumbing where the basement was literally covered in shit, we’ll keep watching.

The Amazing Race: All Stars: I’m not sure all the teams here are really all stars since there is only one previous winning team in the race (Uchenna and Joyce) and a couple of them were interesting characters but not so much racers (Kentucky and the Charla / Mirna team...really?). What I would love to see is the winners from each season get together and race. That would be an All Star edition. But, there are quite a few top 4 / Top 2 finishers, so that’s not so bad. I don’t know who some of them are, and some I already dislike (the bald guys, drop 'em!). One thing that is worth noting is that in a show which is notable for having very few minority teams, the All Star edition only has one black team. Oh, and that black team happened to have won their race. If Uchenna and Joyce came in second would they have made it on the All Star show? Doubt it. Still, The Amazing Race is good television.

America's Next Top Model
: If the show wasn't so stinking interesting I would say this is a guilty pleasure, but I don't feel guilty about it. It's a good show. New season starts February 28. Be there. Note to all the contestants: Stop screaming when you see Tyra.

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