When "Saturday Night Live" decides to do single-billing, with a performer doubling up as both host and musical guest, I always get worried. It’s not that people can’t pull double duty, but I sometimes wonder why they’re doing double duty: is it because they are particularly good at both, or because they’ve (like Jennifer Lopez) hot both a movie and an album to promote at the same time and need the entire hour and a half to do their promotional machine justice? Heading into the show, I don’t know which I’m more concerned about: her music has never inspired my interest, but neither has her acting, and while she’s not going to have trouble embracing the zaniness of "SNL" I don’t know if she is capable of any nuance from a comic perspective (have you seen "Mother-in-Law"? No? Good. Me neither. But I’m sure it would make this argument work better, so let’s pretend we did).
In other words, I was not “Waiting for Tonight.”
Full details on J.Lo’s "SNL" single-bill, with infinitely less song title puns, after the jump.
“Caprica” stepped up its game this week, with an episode that matched its big ideas with big visuals. While the show need not feature epic space battles to meet its predecessors’ style, seeing large, expansive vistas as a backdrop for the Adamas’ grief and the Graystones’ brave new world helped make this episode stand out from other episodes since the two-hour pilot. Did scenery alone make this episode? Of course not. Joseph came to grips with his son’s grief, Tamara came to grips with the true nature of her existence in the virtual world, and the Graystones came to grips with a new world order. Onto the recap!
Pre-credit sequence. The Heroes return to camp a fractured tribe. They're growing moldy with discontent. Or that's what I interpret from the perplexing time-lapse photography of growing, sprouting, spreading fungus. Arty. James is insisting that he just wants to win and Tom is trying to play nice, insisting that at Tribal Council, they aired things that needed to be said. Tom tells the camera that it was "nasty, brutish bullying" that James brought down on Stephenie. Meanwhile, JT is scrambling and trying to make nice with Tom. That doesn't work either, as Tom tells us that he feels betrayed by JT and he hopes to maybe guilt JT into keeping him safe. Plus, this is also the point in the game at which Colby has his "I don't know if I want to play the game if it's going to be this way" moment. Colby likes a noble game of "Survivor" where everybody plays with gentlemanly strength and wisdom. This, alas, is not the way the game is played or really has ever been played by anybody other than Colby.
Welcome to the season's first "American Idol" results show. As usual, this recap will take a minute-by-minute format as we spend an hour on Ford commercials, lip-synched group performances and special guests before finally sending the season's first four singers home.
Click through for both the filler and the results.
The "American Idol" ladies got the performance season off to a mixed start on Tuesday night.
There were a few strong performances, but there were many more mediocre and poor turns, a concern given the clear sense that the women were stronger than the men this season.
How will the Top 12 Men respond on Wednesday (Feb. 24) night?
And will Ellen DeGeneres actually add something on Wednesday, after an uninspiring live judging debut?
Click through for all of the "American Idol" action...
It seems to me like real progress is being made now, like we're getting major chunks of mythology downloaded each week, and it shouldn't really be a surprise that this week's episode was written by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. As the hosts of this party, it makes sense that they'd be the ones to give us some of the major puzzle pieces.
The "previously on" clips this year are major hints as to what you'll see in the episode each week, and this week was no exception. First, they show Jack in TIMELINE A at the airport as the guy from Oceanic tells him that they lost his father, and Jack telling Locke about it. Then we see Dogen meeting the Oceanic survivors, Sayid getting dunked and waking up, and Lennon telling Jack about the pill they want Sayid to take.
They specifically played the exchange between Jack and Dogen, as well.
"There's a darkness growing in him."
"How do you know?"
"Because it happened to your sister."
Then we see Aldo about to shoot Jin, and Claire showing up to shoot Aldo and rescue him. And with that...
TIMELINE A. Jack comes home. Quickly changes clothes. Washes up. And as he's getting ready, he sees a scar that confuses him a bit. It's not new, but it's certainly not ancient. His mother calls, and she's upset that she can't find Christian's will anywhere in the house. She wants Jack to help her find it, and he promises he'll come over to do that. He asks her when he had his appendix out, and she tells him it was when he was young, no more than seven or eight years old.
"You don't remember that?"
"Yeah... I guess I do..."
Does he, though? Isn't that the scar he got when Juliet did that for him? The more we see the way these two timelines work, the more questions I have about it all. I'm sure that's the point, of course.
The auditions are over.
Hollywood Week is over.
Finally, "American Idol" gets down to the episodes that actually count.
Finally, "American Idol" puts forth a selection of singers and lets the American People vote.
Finally, we have something invested in choosing our favorites and figuring out who we want to spend the next three months with.
Tuesday (Feb. 23) features performances by the "American Idol" Top 12 Women, all singing songs from the Billboard charts.
Click through to see who sang, what they sang, what I thought and what the judges thought...
"24" fans: it's the week you've been waiting for: the dreaded Kevin storyline comes to a close! Ding dong, the loser's dead! Since his death distracted two of CTU's finest at a critical juncture in the investigation, no doubt we'll feel the fallout from his death for some time to come. But for now, let's light up some nuclear fuel rods like radioactive sparklers on the 4th of July and relive what went down in the midnight hour.
[Full recap of Monday's (Feb. 22) night's "24" after the break...]
"Blood Atonement" revels in almost everything I like least about "Big Love." The vast majority of the episode deals with inter-polygamist compound conflicts, a large portion of the episode seems to revolve around an apparent miracle (that's not given any of the ambiguity seeming miracles are usually given on this show) and even the Henrickson compound stuff ends up feeling like a few goofy soap opera twists too many. Now, I didn't hate all of it - it's insanely hard to do bad scenes with the show's central trio of wives, and I liked much of the storyline with Ana up until Margie's big decision - but this is probably the series' weakest episode since at least early season two.
[Full recap after the break...]