This week on “America’s Next Top Model,” nothing really happens! Yes, there is fighting, there are tears, and there are men in Mexican wresting masks, yet someone it manages to be the most boring episode of the season so far. Will I be able to get through the recap without making an obvious “Nacho Libre” reference? Read on after the break and find out.
In a previous review of “Glee,” I likened the show to New England weather. In both cases, if you don’t like something, wait just a bit and it’ll pass and transform into something else. As sure as sunshine turns to downpours in the Northeast, the superficial silliness of last week’s Britney Spears Incident gave way this week to more sacred and sober concerns. Even with the ridiculous title of “Grilled Cheesus,” “Glee” took on religion in as straightforward a manner that is possible given the overall DNA of this show.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Oct. 5) "Glee" after the break...]
We still don’t know what “the event” is (I’m sure we won’t for quite some time), but going into the third episode of “The Event,” we finally have some idea of what the show itself is about. The government is trying to conceal the existence of people they think are aliens (but who aren’t forthcoming about their true identities), while another, seemingly more anti-alien government faction seems intent on killing everyone who stands in their way, and stuck in the middle is Sean Walker, who just wants his girlfriend back. For all the fanfare and hype surrounding this big mystery, I’ve been underwhelmed to say the least.
[Full recap of Monday's (Oct. 4) "The Event" after the break...]
After last week's star-studded opener with Amy Poehler, Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon, first time host Bryan Cranston was given the unenviable task of trying to match that level of surprise and intensity this week. How would the Emmy-winning star of "Breaking Bad" hold up?
In last week’s season premiere of “Fringe,” the show spent much of its time in the alternate universe. But, as I tried to stress last week, the word “alternate” should be used as little as possible when discussing the show at this point, because so much of Season 3 concerns two sets of people that views the other as the alternate to their own “correct” universe. The person we call the Walternate appears from our perspective a hideous, evil monster, perhaps even the Big Bad of the show. Over there, more than one person considers him to be the hero of this particular tale. History is written by the victors, to be sure. But currently, both sides look more like victims.
[Full recap of Thursday's (Sept. 30) "Fringe" after the break...]
The promos for this week’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries” featured a big, saliva-inducing tease: the much anticipated first meeting of human Elena and her vampire doppelganger Katherine. The image alone raised expectations for a classic showdown akin to the fight between Olivia and alt-universe Bolivia on the last season of “Fringe,” or all of the highly entertaining shenanigans featured between Willow and Vamp Willow in the fun “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode “Dopplegangland.” Instead of the knock-down drag-out girlfights of our dreams, however, this episode delivered a conversation. A short one. Perhaps my own externally raised expectations are at fault, but color me disappointed.
[Full recap of Thursday's (Sept. 30) "The Vampire Diaries" after the break...]
Confession: I haven’t seen an episode of “ANTM” since Jaslene took the crown in Cycle 8, so I was sort of shocked to get caught up with this season and learn it was already in Cycle 15. That’s six whole winners who have posed their way into modeling obscurity since I last laid eyes on Ms. Tyra and the gang. Lucky for me, it appears absolutely nothing about the show has changed: the girls still bring the drama while competing for a somewhat irrelevant prize, the producers still give them ridiculously ugly makeovers, and Tyra still thinks she’s Oprah. It may sound like I am putting down the show, but honestly there is something comforting about how little things have evolved over the years. I mean, there needs to be somewhere in this vast wasteland of reality television where a girl can catwalk her way to $100,000, right?
[Full recap of Wednesday's "America's Next Top Model" after the break...]