Tonight’s episode is all about inspiration, and slow motion, and black-and-white cinematography. Or something. And that all sounds very exciting, but I’m just hoping there is some kick-ass dancing. Only nine dancers are left, so it’s game on, whoo hoo!
A few thoughts about the opening number. One, Sonya may be the show’s best, or at least most creative, choreographer. Two, this is possibly the best top ten ever. And finally, it’s going to suck when voters eliminate all the girls and every opening number is a big sausage fest, at least when it comes to actual competitors. I’m just saying, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of love for the girls, and I don’t see that changing this week, either.
[Full recap of Thursday's (June 24) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
Top Ten! Based on applause, or lack thereof, during the intro, Melinda and Cristina have their work cut out for them. But hey, you never know whose family is in town, so applause, shmapplause. So let’s get to it.
It’s episode two of Season Three of "True Blood"! Which supernatural creature will get voted off the island tonight? Oh, wait, sorry, different show. But with all the shape-shifting and retractable-fang action going on among way too many cast members, it may actually be nice if some of those kill-offs the show producers have promised us come true soon.
Okay, everyone, it’s results night, which means that, if you don’t like it, it’s all your fault. And you thought personal responsibility was dead and gone in this day and age. Go figure. Actually, since the judges step in and pick the worst of the worst, it’s not entirely your fault. But still.
It’s time to get the dance party started! With auditions and the first sweeping, sometimes unfair (Anthony Burrell, we miss you!) cuts out of the way, we’re down to the final 11. I can’t say there’s a single truly weak link that’s emerged thus far, but then again, last week we were treated to a big love-in of an episode in which every dancer hoofed it in their chosen genre, while this week we’ll definitely see everyone pushed out of their comfort zones. But, given how strong this batch of dancers is, that may not result in the car wrecks of seasons past, so really, anything could happen. In other words, I wouldn’t place a bet on anyone. If anyone actually betted on this show. Which would be, honestly, a little weird, and probably not legal even in Vegas. So let’s begin!
Man, it ain’t even three seconds into this here new season o’ "True Blood" and I’m already writin’ with a Southern accent. Does that mean that season three is gon’ be good, y’all? Let’s found out. Y’all.
The trick to writing "Breaking Bad" is to keep painting Walter White into a tighter and tighter corner but also keep leaving him believable ways to exist in that corner. You've got to make sure that he's well and thoroughly hemmed in, but you've also got to make sure that it's not just easier for everyone he's involved with to kill him. They need to need him alive, much as it might pain them, and the greatest trick Vince Gilligan and his creative team have pulled through three seasons now is the fact that they have been able to keep this immense juggling game going. There have been some inelegant moments in all three seasons. There have been moments when the tight focus on plotting can overwhelm the character work (though not many). And the show's sense that all of Albuquerque consists of a couple dozen people will always rankle just a little bit.
[Full recap of Sunday's (June 13) "Breaking Bad" finale after the break...]
Tonight, it’s all about the final ten, I mean eleven, which is exciting and I’m sure I’ll be thrilled once the episode gets rolling, but first, I need to vent a little. After today, I promise not to gripe about this one more minute, but I just have to say – I’m still upset that Anthony Burrell didn’t make it into the finals. And the more I think about it, the more I think the judges made a horrible, horrible mistake. Judging from some of the comments I’ve seen online, I’m not alone in this, so I hope you’ll just humor me for a moment.