For some mysterious reason our internet connection was severed yesterday and came back just as mysteriously this morning. So I apologize for my blog-silence yesterday; I trust that you all somehow soldiered on without me.
There has been a fair-to-moderate amount of hullabaloo surrounding television lately; new shows, new seasons of old shows, cancelled shows and so on. The latter topic, and specifically Eureka, is a subject in an upcoming post. But I thought I’d take a moment to give you a run-down of what I’m watching and enjoying/not enjoying these days. And because it’s Friday and we both want to get on with the ensuing awesome, I’m going to keep my summaries to 5 sentences or less.
Eureka – This is one of the rare shows I didn’t have to be coaxed into watching. I have loved Eureka from the first episode. The show’s writers do a fantastic job of blending comedy, science and bucketfuls of the ever-elusive “heart”. Colin Ferguson as Sherriff Jack Carter has been a delight to watch, and I can’t wait to see what he works on next. Because in an effort to destroy all that I love, SyFy (seriously, what the fuck is up with that name!?) has cancelled the show.
Alphas – I had my doubts, because we all know how well modern super-hero-type shows have turned out (I’m looking at you, Heroes!). But a handful of episodes in and I’m actually becoming attached to these (mostly) loveable mutated misfits. I think what I like the most is that the show isn’t “slick”. It paints a fairly realistic picture of how the presence of “alphas” (people genetically predisposed to having extraordinary abilities) might be handled. Add that to characters which are finally stepping away from caricature status, and I’m going to stick with this show for a while.
Warehouse 13 – When I first heard the concept for this show, I assumed it was going to be quirky cheese-fest city! And I was okay with that, but the reality has turned out to be way better. The show has a formula and a cast that really work, and they’ve found a tone that is equal parts cheese, darkness and suspense. If I had to choose a favourite show off my list it would be Eureka, but Warehouse 13 is the one I have the most hands-down fun watching! Plus, stellar acting from Saul Rubineck, Joanne Kelly, Eddie McClintock and Allison Scagliotti.
Outcasts – I really wanted to like this show, because lets face it; the British have pretty much owned television sci-fi lately (with a few notable exceptions). But this story of the last humans from Earth colonizing a new world and dealing with prejudice and religion and strange goings-on started…so…slow. I had actually erased it from the PVR, that is how sure I was it wasn’t worth my time. Then I saw a particularly cryptic and enticing commercial for the next episode, and I decided to give it another chance. So far I’m still on the fence, but I’ll keep you posted.
Torchwood – I was really excited to see what they did with the new season, in light of the previous season’s goings on. And while I do not believe the show has been ruined by its transplant to America, I do believe it doesn’t have that special “feel” that Torchwood always had. Right now it just seems like an SF thriller featuring characters from Torchwood. And while that is fun to watch it just isn’t the same. Also, Captain Jack needs to step up and lead, dammit!
So that is a little taste of what I’m watching these days. Add to that shows like Game of Thrones, Burn Notice, Falling Skies, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who…and I have a busy viewing schedule. Lucky for me these shows don’t all air over the same time period, or I would never leave the house. Which I’m sure would be bad in some way I haven’t figured out yet.
So what are you watching? What do you think of the shows I’m watching? Let me know in the comments below!
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My wife and I really liked Eureka season one and always wanted to follow up. Everything you mention here is intriguing to me. Have you enjoyed any of Almost Heroes, Batman the Brave and the Bold, or Young Justice? Or, for that matter Star Wars: The Clone Wars?
Though it didn’t make it onto the list, yes, I loved Almost Heroes! And I’m excited that they have a second season coming; hopefully it will be longer than the first. I haven’t really followed B&B or Young Justice, though I’ve heard good things. And I do watch Clone Wars occasionally. It is a really good series, well-written for the most part and the animation is great. But sadly I can’t separate it from Ep. 1-3, which I detest. Which is too bad, I think the Clone Wars would have been a better lead-up to Ep. 4-6 than the three movies were.