Thursday, April 03, 2008

my television is still on

Instead of apologizing to my faithful readership of three about the infrequency of blog posts, instead I shall apologize for the lack of literary oomph that I wish I gave these infrequent rantings. By literary, I mean books. I'm reading all the time and never seem to comment much about it, usually reserving my soap box steam for how television shows are f-ing up the chance to actually do something worth quality.

But before I get to the books.... I might as well revel in my standard charms:

* I recently got turned on to the SciFi channel's "Battlestar Galactica".... I haven't heard one bad word about it in the midst of its current four year run, and now I see why. Having barely scraped the tip of the iceberg in Season 1, this show has all the tight writing and tricky reveals that I want without being overtly smug or unconfident. (Did you hear that, executives of "Lost"?) I want to fly up to speed on this show because the fourth season premiere is.... tomorrow, I believe.

* "Top Chef" has returned for a fourth season in a conspicuously summery Chicago, and although the game is the same (Padma predictably gorgeous, Colicchio predictably cranky, Gail Simmons predictably part-time, and Ted Allen predictably useless) I'm starting to see some cracks in its reality-competition facade. There is a small part of me that wants to believe that the judges actually do vote off those whose dishes don't come up to snuff, but the last two episodes have shown some blatant favoritism for those who have the potential to stir up drama down the road. Two weeks ago they voted off biker-with-a-heart-of-gold Erik in favor of Zoi, who composes 1/2 of the four-year-long lesbian relationship "Top Chef" threw in to stir the pot. And this week they dumped Manuel, who I guess came off as too boring on screen, in favor of Spike, who is a shit-eating-grin scruffy-faced bowler-hat-wearing douchebag.


David Dust said...

Yes indeed, they're picking off the boring ones one by one. Next to leave: Douchebags!

Click here for DavidDust's Top Chef recap.

Christina said...

I think Battlestar Galactica will be my next series. (I'm currently enjoying the old Bob Newhart Show on DVD - where he's a psychologist.) I haven't heard one bad thing about BG. Have you watched Big Love? Oh my. I think you'd love it - it's everything Desperate Housewives wanted to be but couldn't get right. Please check it out.

Writeprocrastinator said...

I've only seen the premiere episode because Bravo seems to want to repeat any and every other show other than Top Chef, but each season seems to be progressive (or do I mean "regressive?") weaker in terms of culinary skills.

At least San Francisco is well represented.

Dale said...

Top Chef hasn't starting airing her yet but don't all those shows have a disclaimer at the end about the judges and producers having decided on the outcome? Tsk tsk.

The final season of Battlestar Galactica has a mighty hype machine behind it I must say!