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25 September 2009 @ 09:35 pm
The Hoard Potato is gonna need a bigger boat.  
After eight seasons, queloniza has finally given up on Smallville, walking out at the 45-minute mark on the Season Premiere. "It finally jumped the shark," she said, though honestly, it's spent more time on the far side of the tank than an RV full of retirees spends in Florida.

I'm going to keep watching it, at least for a while; as someone who works in a comic book store, it's almost a job requirement. I thought Season 8 was a lot better than the previous two or three, despite the loss of Michael Rosenbaum as Lex (which, honestly, was Quel's real shark-jumping moment); Season 9, on the other claw, is starting off a bit rough.

Not many shows stay on the DVR timer long if only one of us is watching; the last one was Ghost Whisperer, which lost me at the Obvious Shark-Jumping Point last November; Quel stubbornly stuck with it, but didn't make it to the season finale.

Scoreboard thus far:

New Shows:
Flash Forward has our attention. Good cast, intriguing premise, lots of mystery.

The Forgotten failed to grab us by the 45-minute mark. It more than failed to grab us, really; much as we wanted to watch Christian Slater after the ignominious cancellation of the smarter, snappier version of Dollhouse, the show dragged, and we just couldn't see watching this band of amateurs bumble around week after week. The premise might have made a good movie, but as a weekly series, it seems contrived and implausible.

That's right, some one who's watched every single season of Smallville just accused a show of being contrived and implausible.

Eastwick may have hit a new record: we didn't make it to the 20-minute mark before deleting the timer.

We made it through the full premiere of The Vampire Diaries, but ultimately, it was just too teenybopper for us.

Returning Shows:
We'll be catching up on the premieres of our Police Procedurals on Sunday. As for the other shows on our current list:

Castle remains fun and fluffy. It's the kind of silly, throwback Cute Detective show that we'd normally roll our eyes and ignore, but, you know. Nathan Fillion.

Heroes looks like it's heading into its best season ever. The writers have finally fond their footing, and have a definite direction.

Finally... Supernatural continues to rock. It has never, ever jumped the shark; Sam and Dean just dove right into the tank and made sushi out of that bad boy.


 
 
 
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Your Obedient Serpent: Warning: Macroscale Quantum Systemathelind on September 26th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
And I am sorry Dollhouse scared you off. Its become a show I look forward too.

Well, see, now I CAN'T watch it, because if I do, Fox will cancel it, probably on a cliffhanger.

It's FOX.
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on September 26th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, but then Whedon will make a comic book telling you what happened, anyway. ;)
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on September 26th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
Or get enough fan support together to have a theatrical feature made.
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on September 26th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
Or both!
A random lazy cat: Stormtrooperstwentythoughts on September 26th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Heroes just started its third season on Norwegian television. So far, it's equal parts cool and DURR. Does it get better?
Your Obedient Serpent: hoard potatoathelind on September 26th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
No, that pretty much sums up the whole series. I think the Cool:DURR ratio improves over the course of Season 3; if nothing else, the DURR itself gets less wallbangeriffic and more amusing.
Drakedrakegrey on September 26th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
I can't believe that Smallville lasted this long - but I say that more because I remember the days when a genre show didn't have a snowballs chance with H'Ronmeer of surviving. :p

Flash Forward grabbed me right off - it has endless possibility in both the personal visions, and the overarching question "what happened?" I like what another said - its like Lost but now the whole WORLD is the island.

And is that Seth McFarland as an FBI agent?
ebony14 on September 28th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that "Eastwick" made it that long. I saw the bumper for it and just rolled my eyes. It and "10 Things That I Hate About You" just seem to be series doomed for mockery and failure. But I could be wrong; it worked for "M*A*S*H."
Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on September 28th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Well, we liked the original movie, and as long-time Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, we aren't the type to immediately assume that a series adaptation of a popular movie is going to suck. Quel's also been on a "supernatural romance" kick lately, and some of that genre is really fun.

Eastwick bombed on three counts:

One: it immediately gave off a vibe of being "Charmed: Midlife Crisis Unit."

Two: one of the protagonist's "miserable little life" shticks was that she got tongue-tied and said horribly inappropriate things whenever she was face-to-face with the guy she was crushing on. Quel and I both have a low level of tolerance for humiliation humor, and ten minutes of this show was like three seasons of Frasier's worst moments.

Three: upon first seeing the actor playing Daryl Van Horne (the Jack Nicholson character from the movie), my reaction was, "Huh, this guy isn't especially charming or attrac..." and Quel's was, "I'm done. Turn it off."