Fall TV 2008 (part 2)

Sorry for snoozing a bit while the new fall TV season barrels on. There are quite a number of new and returning shows to recap, so I’ll get right to it:

Smallville – The usual brand of stuff. Frankly, I have no clue where this show is going or has been for the last few seasons (even though I have watched all the episodes). It’s like a blue and red blur. Anyway, Lex is gone, replaced by Tess Mercer as the new corporate pirahna (I wonder which business school teaches such ruthless tactics). Justin Hartley (aka Green Arrow) is joining the show as a regular character. The premiere episode featured the League prominently, but they have not appeared since then. Also, Clark has finally joined the Daily Planet as a new reporter (apparently the biggest newspaper in Metropolis does not require a journalism degree or much experience from its reporters — no wonder Lois and Clark eventually got so high up on the staff. It seems like this season (probably the last) will be more semi-fun-but-forgettable Smallville. (3.5 out of 5)

Supernatural – How did Dean get out of Hell (where he concluded last season)? That big question got a pretty cool answer in the premiere. I really enjoyed the scenes between Dean and his rescuer (I’m trying not to give anything away in case you DVR). Those circumstances were a pretty big game changer for the Supernatural universe. The stakes have been raised pretty high, though, but it seems like it will be a pretty good season (4.5 out of 5)

Privileged – A new show, but it started a few weeks ago. JoAnna Garcia stars as an Ivy League grad trying to make it as a writer who ends up tutoring two super-rich sisters. I know, it sounds terrible, but a lot of the dialogue given to Garcia is pretty good and she is fun, cute, and natural. However, those scenes and storylines with the two sisters are so cliche and not enjoyable at all, not to mention Garcia’s moments with them seem “afterschool special”. This show has too much of a split personality. It needs to focus on its main character more. (3.5 out of 5)

Big Bang Theory – As funny as I find this show to be (and there are hearty laughs every episode), even after one short season, it seems to be repeating itself. When Sheldon can’t handle keeping a secret from Leonard, he moves out, only to be shipped around the other two friends’ homes where they can’t handle living with him. Sounds a lot like the other episodes, no? (4 out of 5)

How I Met Your Mother – Two relationships progress: Stella and Ted get engaged (which is great, because I love Sarah Chalke, but since I don’t believe she’s actually the mother of Ted’s children, it’s a very weird tangent to take for telling his kids about how he met their mom), and Barney finds himself in love with Robin (as I said at the end of last season, that’s been so done. Why would they want to ruin a perfectly awesome Barney anyway?) (4 out of 5)

The Simpsons – I laugh a tiny bit, but it’s really a ho-hum show now that just continues. I have to remind myself what this episode was about… nope, can’t recall (3 out of 5)

Knight Rider – I can’t believe that this show is so much worse after it’s been retooled from the telemovie last season. They’ve built up the organization around Michael (now called) Knight, and so the garage now seems decorated by the same people who did Jack Bauer’s CTU. The acting seems to have gotten worse and the characters seem pretty lame. What’s worse is that they’re really overkilling on the tech and effects. It seems like there’s nothing that KITT can’t do (except put himself out when he’s on fire — that’s the central tension-builder of the first episode). There are some interesting potential mysteries to reveal surrounding Michael’s past in the military (he’s got some memory gaps), but this is starting to seem like a campier, poorly written, male version of Bionic Woman. I guess most 80s franchises are better left cancelled. (2.5 out of 5)

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One thought on “Fall TV 2008 (part 2)”

  1. I’m actually excited about Smallville this season. I was getting so sick of Clark not being a reporter. I think the new showrunners are going to do a great job. And I am thrilled that Lex and Lana are gone, those actors were just gratingly intense.
    – izi

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