Did anyone else watch the first two episodes of Jericho? Jury’s still out, I think. It is spread with a thin layer of gooey cheese-like product that I am not necessarily opposed to but that I also wasn’t quite expecting. You know?
One thing that cracks me up completely is that they seem to have borrowed their “heightened danger” music from, I don’t know, Walker, Texas Ranger? Whenever The Skeet is in a particularly sticky situation, the guitars start screeching with wild, blow ’em up good-style abandon. It is awesome to behold. But also kind of distracting. You see how I’m conflicted?
For my money, though, I am going to give the Best Sci-Fi Twist on a New Show Award to Ugly Betty. The ending of the first episode revealed that the supposedly dead former editor of the series’ fictitious fashion rag is actually…being kept alive by Botoxy Vanessa Williams?! In some sort of…underground fortress?!? All swathed in bandages and such?! I don’t know. It was pretty much awesome and not expected and I loved it.
…just for one season. Or ten. Who knows.
Watched the first episode rerun last night of this new X-Men meets Lost series (even though I saw Ali Larter talking about how it’s NOT The X-Men on some NBC local news promo shill over the weekend, she’s WRONG, shocker) and it was not at all bad.
The dialogue is frequently too “on the nose,” just a bit too easy. It felt somehow comic-booky, like I’d totally buy the occasional bit of heavy handed exposition if it were written instead of spoken.
But otherwise, I’m intrigued. The characters are an interesting mix, the direction and editing created some very cool/spooky moments (especially when Larter’s character wakes up after killing those dudes–WHOA) and since there’s at least one comic book writer on board (Jeph Loeb), I think they’ll keep the revelations coming fast and furious, unlike another show that Mr. Loeb used to work for that takes place on a desert island.
No, not FANTASY Island. Idiot.