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This Week 10/12 to 10/16

OK OK I’M BACK LETS DO STUFF.

Tonight:
8pm – No Ordinary Family on ABC
8pm – Glee on FOX
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
10pm – Detroit 1-8-7 on ABC
10pm – Caprica on SyFy

Oh, woah, Caprica‘s back! (I don’t know if I ever watched more than the pilot…)

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Undercovers on NBC
10pm – The Whole Truth on ABC
10pm – The Defenders on CBS
10pm – Terriers on FX

I’ve actually been watching The Whole Truth. The Defenders is up next, and then I’ll post something! Crazy!

THURSDAY:
8pm – Bones on FOX
8:30pm – Shit My Dad Says on CBS
9pm – Fringe on FOX
9pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

FRIDAY:
9pm – CSI: NY on CBS
10pm – Blue Bloods on CBS

SATURDAY:
8pm – Outlaw on NBC

Actually, Outlaw‘s officially been cancelled. So nevermind that.

SO HEY.

I did, as a matter of fact, get all caught up on watching things last week…and we’ll pretend that’s why I didn’t post anything. But I have seen all that has aired so far of The Whole Truth, Undercovers, and the NCISes. So the goal for this week is actually getting some commentaries done. Hopefully on the days when these shows air. Oh, and I’ve got a post on this season of SNL in the works. Sorta.

Enjoy your week!

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This Week 3/22 to 3/27

Hey, there’s stuff on the television this week!

Tonight
8pm – Chuck on NBC
9pm – Trauma on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX
10pm – Castle on ABC

Tonight’s new episode of Castle is being advertised by ABC as a “Television Event”…one that follows ABC’s other “Television Event” for tonight, the 2-hour season premiere of Dancing With the Stars. Does this seem something like hyperbolic overkill? Yes. But, does tonight’s new episode look REALLY exciting? Also a yes.

TUESDAY
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – V on ABC
10pm – Southland on TNT
10pm – Justified on FX

Man, I do not know when ABC became my most frequently viewed network. (Lie. It was when ABC started to air three billion sci-fi shows.) Also interesting: 10pm on Tuesday is suddenly a semi-competitive timeslot. Huh?

WEDNESDAY
Nothing new is airing tonight.

Dear Wednesday, suck less.

THURSDAY
8pm – FlashForward on ABC
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on CW
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

Craaaap I thought I had more time to finish catching up on The Vampire Diaries. Alas.

FRIDAY
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

Other things I really ought to catch up on one of these days: Caprica

SATURDAY
Nothing new is airing tonight.

Y’know, about ten minutes ago (read: when I started this post) I was feeling really good about last week. Now I’m realizing exactly how not up-to-date I am and it’s pretty humbling. At least it means I’ve been spending time doing real things in the real world? (Lie. Blame it on Buffy Season Six DVDs.)

OH WELL. MISSION: CATCH UP (I will find time!)

This Week 3/15 to 3/20

Last week is much more how I like things to go for TV and Melted Brain – let’s see if this can become a pattern!

MONDAY
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – House on FOX
9pm – Trauma on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX

No new Castle this week. ABC is being a bitchwhore and alternating new and old. Further unfortunate news: this week’s repeat is “A Rose for Everafter.”

TUESDAY
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – FlashForward (recap of the season) on ABC
10pm – Southland on TNT
1opm – Justified (pilot!) on FX

Justified is a new series starring Timothy Olyphant as a US Marshal with a dark past. Strong Western-genre themes and badassery are a promise.

WEDNESDAY
8pm – Human Target on FOX

THURSDAY
8pm – FlashForward (2-hour mid-season premiere!) on ABC
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

Crap! I need to catch up on FlashForward NOW! Crap!

FRIDAY
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

SATURDAY
Nothing new is airing.

So before I started this and actually looked at what’s coming up this week I was going to say that my next project is catching up on Caprica. WRONG. SO wrong. FlashForward has now taken priority. I don’t remember how many episodes behind I am but I will be READY for Thursday.

I think a  Justified review is going to be the other major goal this week. Also, Lost review, because apparently that is the only thing people are almost as interested in as Glee.

This Week 3/8 to 3/13

Hey, so, the Oscars happened last night. (I didn’t watch them…) The world is more or less as it should be, because James Cameron got his ass handed to him. By the way, Avatar is not the top box office moneymaker of all time if you include inflation. Don’t believe me? Check ittt.

In other news that actually relates to Melted Brain, STUFF IS BACK! Shows are finally returning and it is pretty awesome.

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – House on FOX
9pm – Trauma on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX
10pm – Castle on ABC

Wow. Been awhile since I’ve had to choose what to watch. (Except really I don’t because I’m not caught up at all on Trauma or House so the “choice” is actually more of a given.)

TUESDAY:
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Southland on TNT

Remember, these are new, never-before-aired episodes of Southland. Mostly I’m just super excited for this week’s Lost because it is about BEN.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Human Target on FOX
10pm – CSI: NY on CBS

Wednesdays still sort of really suck.

THURSDAY:
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

…and Thursdays DO really suck (not even “sort of”). If you want anything to watch Thursday, SyFy is airing The Prestige starting at 9pm.

FRIDAY:
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

I will get caught up! I will! It’s just that I discovered yet another new show over the weekend…

SATURDAY:
11:30pm – Saturday Night Live (Jude Law and Pearl Jam) on NBC

Really do not care about Pearl Jam, but my one-sided love affair with Jude Law is still in full swing.

I guess the big news right now is that I have started watching a new show. It is…….The Vampire Diaries. Yeah, I know. I’m still sort of embarrassed about it. But seriously, it’s actually pretty good stuff. More on that as soon as I’m all caught up.

Also, this week will definitely include some more genuine reviewing because a) I realized that only one review per week is lame, and b) I miss it!

Enjoy your week.

This Week 3/1 to 3/7

The Olympics are over (congratulations, Canada!) and I’m all caught up with Lost WHICH MEANS, we will now return to our regularly scheduled viewing/reviewing program. I hope.

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX

Oh man, it’s weird to not have Heroes on Monday nights anymore…

TUESDAY:
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Southland on TNT

For those of you who haven’t heard, TNT is airing new episodes of Southland! What doesn’t work on network does sometimes work on cable (HINTHINTJOSSWHEDON).

WEDNESDAY:
10pm – CSI: NY on CBS

THURSDAY:
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

FRIDAY:
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

My next catch-up project is Caprica. It will not take nearly as long as Lost.

Because some shows have ended for the season (Heroes) and some have yet to return (because FOX insists on airing American Idol), the viewing schedule isn’t all full up. Probably a good thing. Enjoy your week.

This Week 9/22 to 9/28

21st Winter Olympics, week two. There is not a whole lot else going on.

Tonight:
9pm – 24 on FOX

TUESDAY:
9pm – Lost on ABC
10pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Southland on TNT

WEDNESDAY:
Nothing new is airing.

THURSDAY:
Nothing new is airing.

FRIDAY:
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

SATURDAY:
11:30pm – Saturday Night Live (Jennifer Lopez) on NBC

Some of you may not the addition of Lost to my weekly schedule. I’m not caught up quite yet (just started Season Five) but I anticipate that I’ll be watching along with the rest of the world very shortly. Because it is completely ridiculous and I am completely addicted.

Also, much as I enjoy the Olympics, I will be glad to have them over so I can get my TV back again.

Enjoy your week.

This Week 2/15 to 2/21

The world (of television) is very different this week compared to last week. Heroes‘ fourth season has ended (and maybe, hopefully?, the show as a whole has too). And the 21st Winter Olympics is underway, which has put a whole pile of other network shows on hiatus – some, like Bones, won’t be back new until spring.

So here’s what’s left:

MONDAY:
9pm – 24 on FOX

TUESDAY:
10pm – Southland on TNT

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Human Target on FOX
10pm – Leverage on TNT

THURSDAY:
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

FRIDAY:
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

And of course the Olympics will be continuing throughout all this. Check your local airing schedule.

In other news, I’m almost halfway through the third season of Lost. That means I’ve watched a season and a half in a week. On the bright side, this means I’ll be done soon and the insanity will end. (The more I watch, the dumber I feel for not watching sooner. And also the more disillusioned I become with imdb.)

Working on a review of Past Life, and also some other features…you’ll notice I pointedly skipped Valentine’s Day.

Happy Lunar New Year!

This Week 2/1 to 2/7

I GET TELEVISION SERVICE AGAIN STARTING TUESDAY AND I AM SO EXCITED.

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – House on FOX
9pm – Heroes on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX

I am SOOO behind on Monday shows. Well, only one week on Heroes. But two on Chuck, half the season on House, and all of Day 8. Yikes. Also, Castle is airing tonight, but it’s a rerun of “The Double Down.”

TUESDAY:
8pm – Lost (Catch-up feature and final season premiere!) on ABC
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
10pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Southland on TNT

Three-hours of Lost/Lost-related things on ABC. In case you weren’t getting this already, in the world of television, the final season of Lost is KIND OF A BIG DEAL. (And, of course, I don’t watch it…)

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Human Target on FOX
10pm – CSI: NY on CBS
10pm – Leverage on CBS

I still haven’t even seen Human Target. Once I do, it may disappear from the weekly schedule (I have heard some fairly mediocre things).

THURSDAY:
8pm – Bones on FOX
9pm – Fringe on FOX
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

Fringe is another show that I REALLY NEED TO CATCH UP ON.

FRIDAY:
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

Also, last week’s episode is airing right before it (which is handy if you are like me and missed said previous week’s episode). In other Friday news, RIP DOLLHOUSE.

SATURDAY:
11:30pm – Saturday Night Live (Ashton Kutcher and Them Crooked Vultures) on NBC

It is amazing what goes for a bandname these days. There is no accounting for taste. At all.

Looking back at all the things that I’ve gotten behind on, it is going to be a very, very long time before I’m caught up. If that ever happens. Oy vay.

This Week 1/25 to 1/31

Tonight:
8pm – Chuck on NBC
8pm – House on FOX
9pm – Heroes on NBC
9pm – 24 on FOX
10pm – Castle on ABC

TUESDAY:
8pm – NCIS on CBS
9pm – NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
10pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Southland on TNT

WEDNESDAY:
10pm – Leverage on TNT

THURSDAY:
8pm – Bones on FOX
9pm – Fringe on FOX
10pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

FRIDAY:
8pm – Dollhouse (SERIES FINALE) on FOX
9pm – Caprica on SyFy

Once again, this is the SERIES FINALE of Dollhouse. It’s called “Epitaph Two: Return.” I am simultaneously majorly excited and extremely sad.

SATURDAY:
11:30pm – Saturday Night Live (Jon Hamm and Michael Buble) on NBC

SUNDAY:
8pm – Grammy Awards on CBS

I am still/again sick. And I still don’t have internet OR television service, so it’s not even particularly useful. STILL, I am trying my utmost to fulfill minimum blogbligations (e.g. Reaction Time on Tuesday). Also coming THIS WEEK (no, really!) Hindsight: BSG. Woo!

IN OTHER NEWS: It is my brother’s birthday. He doesn’t read this blog, so this is sort of an empty gesture, but it’s the thought that counts? HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROTHER.

Caprica: First Glance

First and foremost, CAPRICA IS NOT BSG.

I realize that’s a bit of a “duh” statement. But seriously. They are not the same show. At all. Stylistically, narratively, thematically, they are not even all that similar.

Caprica is being advertised as a prequel to Battlestar Galactica, but that’s only a marginal function. While there are obvious links to the original series (including a heavy emphasis on the Adama family roots which may or may not have been strictly necessary and which may or may not work well), this new show will follow a distinct and separate narrative path. It’s not a “how we got here” story, it’s a “here’s another story that happened before that one” story. Which is nice, and will hopefully give the series enough room to grow.

The series takes place fifty-eight years before The Fall and tracks the actions of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (actually, the Adamas start out as the Adamses in the pilot and then Grandpa Adams/Adama gets a rush of Tauron pride – or guilt? – and de-Capricanizes the name to feel closer to his ethnic roots, a “proud family of Tauron peasants.” Yeah. I know.). Dr. Graystone is a mild-looking scientist with somewhat terrifying manic tendencies and Mr. Adama (this is Bill’s father, the oft-mentioned Joseph Adama) is a lawyer with sinister mob ties and, as I mentioned, some serious child-of-two-worlds ethnic guilt. These two men meet due to tragedy and the series will track their relationship to each other and the world(s) around them.

Caprica‘s pilot does start the show off with explaining the origins of AI/Cylon technology, so the development of that will be an element of the show. But Caprica will NOT be about is the conflict of man vs. machine. The technology is an intrinsic part of this series’ narrative but, unlike BSG, that isn’t really what it’s about.

What Caprica IS about is fleshing out the world of the BSG universe before it was torn apart and showing how crushing The Fall eventually was. Creator Ronald D. Moore describes it as a family drama that just happens to take place in a science fiction setting. And it will also just happen to better explain the things that BSG never got around to fleshing out, i.e. the whole Twelve Colonies arrangement/government/whatever and the religion. So the major issues we can expect Caprica to address will be along the theological ponderance, social prejudice, we’re-all-just-folk-or-are-we lines.

What I gleaned from the pilot about the nature and style of the show is that Caprica will very likely be of the same incredible quality that Battlestar Galactica was. It clearly incorporates many of the aspects of BSG that made it such a strong show. In brief,

  • A score by Bear McCreary. I liked the BSG music better because it was bolder and that appeals more to my sound-aesthetic (real word for that?), but there is a soft elegance to the music in Caprica, and an easily recognizeable brilliance.
  • Painstaking aesthetic sensibility. Caprica is much more vibrant than post-apocalyptic BSG, but there is the same careful and extensive detail to the look of the environment, costumes, and cinematography.
  • The like-us-but-not-us balancing act of world-creation. One of my absolute favorite parts of BSG was the way that it was not exactly our universe, but it was close. Caprica actually takes this notion a bit further, because the world of the Twelve Colonies at this point in time is a peculiar blend of what would be considered modern and retro in our world. Their technology is more advanced, because it is a futuristic-type society. But there are also allusions to dial telephones and 1940s and ’50s culture and fashion. Plus the mob-ties Adama subplot that reads more 1930s Chicago than anything else.
  • A cast chosen for talent rather than name/fame/notoriety. Maybe you’ll vaguely recognize some of the stars, maybe not. Whether or not you’ve ever seen Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Alessandra Torresani, or anyone else is irrelevant in light of their ability. (A quick note on those three: Eric Stoltz is fantastic in the pilot, Esai Morales is only slightly less amazing, and while I don’t understand why Alessandra Torresani is playing the daughter of a redhead and a blonde but dyed her naturally blonde hair dark for the role, I can get over it because she’s an excellent performer.) Also part of the cast: John Pyper-Ferguson. Anyone familiar with my Favorite Guest Actors list will understand my excitement about this.
  • Freaky rules. Admit it, there are times when BSG was just plain scary and out there (hybrids, anyone?). That carries over to Caprica, as evidenced by the human sacrifice scene at the beginning of the show. No, I’m not kidding.

I am not entirely sold on the show after seeing the pilot. But since that was my reaction to the BSG pilot and since BSG is now one of my favorite television series of all time, I am more than willing to give it at least a few episodes before coming to a real verdict.

There are some definite potential weaknesses. I’m finding the timeline a little ridiculous (it’s 18 years before the Cylon war, and yet Dr. Graystone develops an apparently fully functional soldier Cylon in the pilot episode). The religious aspect of this ‘verse is even more front-and-center than it was on BSG which worries me. And then there’s just the little things that will probably never stop bugging me, like the fact that there’s a locale called The V Club (I am SO sick of that letter this year; it’s to television what the number nine has been to movies for the past year), or that the paper is octagonal even though that makes absolutely no sense in terms of mass production, or how the fighting Cylons still bear excessive and unfortunate resemblance to the Lego Bionicle toys of ten-ish years ago.

But these are just pet peeves. If you are a Battlestar Galactica fan, I definitely recommend you keep up with Caprica. If you are not (because you just aren’t familiar, or possibly even if you didn’t like BSG), I still suggest you check it out if you feel you might be even a little bit interested.

The pilot airs on SyFy on January 22nd at 9pm. BUT! it is also already available on Hulu, along with a couple videos of Ronald D. Moore explaining the artistic and conceptual background to the series (I def suggest you watch What the Frak is Caprica?; The Challenge of Caprica is also pretty enlightening.)

There is once again something to really look forward to in terms of sci-fi television. So say we all!