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Weekend TV Wrap-Up: July 16, 2007 July 16, 2007

Filed under: 1980s,1990s,Movies,Television,Tivo — Emily @ 9:34 am

I had some extra time on my hands this weekend, so I caught up with some TiVo viewing.

  • Angel – “City of Angels” – I’ve watched this, the pilot episode of Angel, a number of times. I always enjoy it, though. It established the private eye, film noir feel of the series that set it apart from its predecessor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Darker in tone, but still quite funny at times, Angel is, in my opinion, one of the most successful spin-offs of all time (in terms of creativity and quality). This pilot didn’t quite make my list of Top Ten Pilots, but it came close.
  • Burn Notice – “Fight or Flight” – This was the third episode of this new series. I didn’t devote an entire post to the episode because it wasn’t as interesting as the previous two – still entertaining, just not much worth dissecting. The next time an episode comes along that gives some more clues about Michael’s burn notice, I will add another Burn Notice post.
  • Psych – The second season premiere was extremely funny, particularly as a parody of American Idol (a show I vowed to stop watching long ago). Tim Curry and Gina Gershon were hilarious as judges for a reality show called American Duos, and the two main characters, Shawn and Gus, were equally entertaining when they performed on the show doing their best Michael Jackson and Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates) impression. This is by far the funniest of USA Network’s shows. Monk’s humor is too slapstick for my taste much of the time.
  • The 4400 – “Try the Pie” – I did post something about this episode. Read it here.
  • The X-Files – “Bad Blood” – This episode, from 1998, is one of the funniest episodes ever of the series. Mulder and Scully give their very different accounts of the circumstances leading up to the staking of a supposed vampire. It featured a then unknown Luke Wilson as a small town sheriff.
  • On the Waterfront – I finally got around to watching this classic Marlon Brando movie. It was good, but I don’t see why it is #75 on the greatest movies list. I prefer classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and Rear Window over this one.
  • Heavenly Creatures – I only watched the first 15 minutes, but I am intrigued enough that I will soon resume this drama based on a true story, which also happens to be directed by Peter Jackson.
  • The Littles – I grew up in the 1980s, so this cartoon was appointment viewing for me. I probably wasn’t the only kid who believed that there were Littles living in the walls of my house, too. That would be so cool! This episode involved Tom and Lucy Little helping an old blind lady in the neighborhood keep her house by stopping her greedy landlord from stealing money from her. My favorite thing about this show was always identifying what the Littles’ furniture and supplies were made out of. There were lots of bottle tops, buttons, and thimbles involved.

Enjoy watching the intro to the cartoon:

Non TiVo-related Viewing

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Of course I went to the theater to see the 5th installment of the Harry Potter series. It was very good, but not my favorite of the movies. That honor goes to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • The Breakfast Club – I caught the last half hour live on tv. This is a really good movie, but a different kind of comic effect is created by the cheesy dubbing over of strong language.

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All in all, I enjoyed my lazy, tv-watching weekend.

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2 Responses to “Weekend TV Wrap-Up: July 16, 2007”

  1. daphnewood Says:

    I saw the Harry Potter V too and I also felt like it wasn’t the best movie yet. However, when I think about it I thought the book wasn’t the best yet either. It was the “setting the stage” type of plot and it made it a tad boring. I think the Prisoner of Azkaban is the best book of the series so far.

    Have you watched the TV show Supernatural? I don’t have TV but I was given the DVDs of Season 1 and started watching it. The Pilot episode was not that great but as the season goes on I am getting hooked. The best thing about a show like this is that you really don’t have to watch them in order.

  2. Emily Says:

    Daphne, I agree that Prisoner of Azkaban is the best book in the Harry Potter series, and after re-reading all the books, I’ve decided that Half Blood Prince is my second favorite. It will be interesting to see if The Deathly Hallows replaces one of those at the top of the list.

    I watched most of the first season of Supernatural, but only a few episodes from the second season (because it was on at the same time as 30 Rock, and I try to only watch one show in a time slot, to avoid going into tv overload). I do remember enjoying the pilot episode. Other things I like about the show: Sam and Dean’s relationship, the classic rock music, and the spooky X-Files-ish storylines. Oddly enough, your favorite thing about the show (that you don’t have to watch every episode in order) is what made it easy for me to stop watching. I tend to invest in shows with ongoing storylines, like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and 24. But I do enjoy the occasional episode of shows like CSI, Bones, and Supernatural.


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