So, it’s Rock Week at “DWTS,” and though part of me thinks this could be a fun theme, depending on what the show considers rock, I’m getting a little worried about all the cutesy bells and whistles the show has been trying out. All of these concepts seem to be taking us further and further away from the core of what makes the show successful – ballroom dancing and a heady mix of talented and spastic D-list celebrities. But perhaps I just need to see if maybe Bristol Palin can dance an Argentine tango to, say, Slipknot or an old Nirvana ditty first.
The puns almost write themselves with Emma Stone hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Will her inaugural duties be “Superbad”? Lord knows there’s no such thing as an “Easy A” when it comes to grading this show. Often times, by the end of a bad edition, most of the viewing audience feels like they are living in “Zombieland.”
Hopefully, the writers of "SNL" have something better up their sleeves than what on display in the previous paragraph. Something else to look forward to: with the song “Use Somebody” FINALLY out of my head after repeated, self-inflicted punches to the face, the show has musical guests Kings of Leon on tap to probably put it right back in my head. Sigh.
Let’s see how the future Gwen Stacy fares on live TV, after the break!
You’ve got to hand it to Katherine; the girl’s a meticulous planner. So when Damon throws a wrench into her Mason Lockwood machinations in tonight’s episode, “Plan B,” we see how easily the evil vampiress can turn the lives of our intrepid heroes upside down with a single phone call. And how!
But Katherine’s not the only one with solid organizational skills; episode scribes Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, veterans of Joss Whedon’s “Angel” and co-show runners of “Dollhouse,” must have kept impeccable notes on the flurry of plot threads and character movements that unfold in the fast-moving “Plan B,” in which just about every character in Mystic Falls gets some action. (Insert clever contraceptive joke here.)
Get ready to pay attention, folks – this episode is full of metaphorical doors opening and closing, juggling storylines, dueling dualities, new mythologies and unsettling revelations, two amusing if random Indiana Jones references, pretty boys in agony, pretty boys in tears, and the official inauguration of Steven R. McQueen into the Derek Zoolander Club for Serious-Face Actors. (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are already members.)
[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 21) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Plan B," after the break…]
It’s down to the final four, and this is both exciting (we’re that much closer to the really big show!) and dreary (Tim has to tromp around the country and eat bad meals with designers and their families). But we do get a peek at the finalists’ designs, which should be fun. Or, in Gwetchen’s case, probably a little gag inducing, but hey, I’m just allergic to patchouli. Anyway, let’s get to it!
Can we just give Ann the contract now and avoid the whole awkward presentation of the yay-we’re-going-to-another-
When Brooke Burns declares the dances of the TV theme episode “the most entertaining yet,” it makes me wonder if the producers of “DWTS” are just sadistic. I don’t think sticking someone in a monkey suit or jerking around a senior citizen until she gets whiplash are exactly entertaining moments, but maybe I didn’t watch enough “Jackass” when I had the chance.
It’s come time for the early season payoff of “The Event,” in which Sean Walker and President Martinez show us exactly why they’re the heroes of this show. If this were “24,” this would be the episode where Jack kills the mid-level bad guys and seemingly solves the country’s crisis. Of course, this merely marks the point in the season where we head further down the rabbit hole; Jack would discover that the apparent threat was just a distraction from something much more sinister. Sean and Martinez will be in a much worse situation soon, to be sure, but for now we’re given a brief moment to cheer for their success.
[Full recap of Monday's (Oct. 19) "The Event" after the break...]
Is it me, or was anyone else quietly sick to their stomach when they heard this week’s dances would be set to TV theme songs? Clearly, someone is feeling some pressure to keep “DWTS” fresh, but really, in the distance I see Fonzie on water skis, people. Sure, many of us have fond memories of goofy old TV theme songs. We may even know the words to some of the really annoying ones. But that doesn’t mean I want to see some D-list celebrity hoofing a foxtrot to “The Facts of Life.” Most theme songs are catchy, yes, but in the way a Wiggles song is catchy. While this may make a song lodge in a deep, dark part of your brain for life, whether you like it or not, it doesn’t make it good dance music. I’m worried that the next theme episode will be dancing to TV jingles of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and we’ll be watching the celebs waltzing to Alka-Seltzer and RC Cola ditties.
[Full recap of Monday's (Oct. 18) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]