Bah, humbug. It’s elimination night, and unless you’re wildly excited to see Toby Keith perform, there’s just not a lot to be excited about. With couples flip-flopping between the top of the leader board and the bottom week to week, it’s hard to guess who would be going home tonight. However, it’s easy to assume that whoever it is, we’ll be sad to see them go. Okay, I won’t cry if Kendra gets the boot, but even she’s good for some BLEEPING laughs from time to time.
Well, after what seems like 45 years, “Glee” returned tonight to start the march towards the end of its second season. Many shows would take the time to hone scripts, rethink final arcs, and generally sharpen things up on the way to an all-too-close finale. But “Glee” isn’t most shows, so “A Night of Neglect” was a typical grab bag of plots, tones, and enough characters to fill the wide shots in an epic motion picture. Odd, since so much of the episode took place in a sparsely filled theatre.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (April 19) "Glee" after the break...]
If nothing else, “The Event” gave me my favorite moment of the series, tonight. For the most part, “Cut Off the Head” is a dull transition episode, moving from the reveal of Sophia being a genocidal maniac, to the climactic end-game battle between humans and aliens that appears to be coming. It’s not nearly as bad as much of the show has been, but it’s relatively inert (the cliffhanger is a closeup of a coffee mug!)
On a night when many are following an epic struggle over the Iron Throne of Westeros, “The Amazing Race” honestly feels sort of quaint. While the “Unfinished Business” conceit has perhaps added additional emotional interest to the race, in that we have preexisting connections to these teams, the actual legs have been fairly nondescript. The only major change this season has been the proliferation of “You’re Still Racing” moments, which are not exactly new and have created artificial cliffhangers instead of actual tension. That doesn’t mean the season has been bad, per se, but it hasn’t been anything to write home about.
However, with Dan indisposed this evening, I have my first chance to write about the season since the premiere, and “I Cannot Deal With Your Psycho Behavior” offers a few twists and turns which I thought were pretty effective. It’s not a perfect leg by any means, bunching in the same space we would expect it to bunch in, but a tricky detour tests each team’s sense of strategy and delineates between those who are letting the game control them and those who are looking to take control of their own destiny.
And, unsurprisingly, it’s the latter teams who come out ahead, as the former teams find they’ve bitten off more than they could chew.
Until they discover, of course, that one can always throw up and try again.
[Recap, and hopefully fewer terrible metaphors, after the break.]
There’s a great passage in the recent Chuck Klosterman book “Eating the Dinosaur” about the movie “Vertigo.” In arguing why the movie is so compelling to viewers, he states, "Some might argue that Novak becomes interesting because the watcher can project whatever he desires onto her form, but that's not really what happens; what happens is that she becomes interesting simply because it's interesting not to know things." The emphasis is his, and I think it applies to my reaction to tonight’s episode of “Fringe.” To think about “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” is to think about the ways in which the show can move forward, both in this season and beyond.
[Full recap of Friday's (April 15) "Fringe" after the break...]
It's Elimination Thursday for "American Idol." Somebody's going home. I can't really predict who it's going to be, though I said "Paul McDonald," because you've gotta say something. Between absentee judges and a lack of truly awful performances, we could be headed for another surprise. Or the "American Idol" voters may just eliminate another woman, in which case Haley Reinhart is probably doomed.
Click through for my recap of the proceedings... It's sure to be fun!
It’s “Top Chef Masters” time, and I’m really ready for the chefs to stop playing nice and start slinging a little mud and throwing diva-esque temper tantrums. So far it’s been altogether too polite for a reality TV show, and while the food is probably outrageously good and we can’t expect chefs of this caliber to steal recipes or toss knives at one another, it’s getting a little dull, like watching a cooking show hosted by an NPR newscaster or Chris O’Donnell.