Sunday, September 24, 2006


We allow TV to open its cyclopean eye a
few times a week. Here are some shows that might
be worth your time:

On September 25th NBC will present the viewing public
with "Heroes". This might be a new, cool look at the
genre, or it could be an X-Men wannabe.

"LOST" officially begins its third season on
October 4th, but there is a clips show on
Wednesday September 27th--
LOST--A Tale Of Survival.

This show brought back the 'story arc' concept,
which is a nice change from the scattershot
approach of most shows (new writers and
directors every season, with new ideas and
plans). Desmond is supposed to be a major
character this time around. There will
reportedly be much less of The Hatch.
Perhaps there will be a higher "answers"
to "mysteries" ratio this season.

A place I go for LOST spoilers:

"My Name Is Earl" is like a buddhist
"Dukes Of Hazzard" with an El Camino
instead of the General Lee.

There are hillbillies, they have good
intentions, they get into trouble, they get
out of trouble, and there's usually some
cleavage involved. There's a voiceover,
there's no laugh-track and there are enough
random humor moments to make it all

Another show lacking the cursed laugh-track
is "The Office". We rented the original
with Ricky Gervais on DVD, and the
American version has done quite a good
job recreating its parent.

The show has a nice ad-libbed feel,
almost like "Arrested Development" did.
Lot's of looking at the camera, and non-verbal
communication. It covers some squirmy topics
which is always fun.

It is nice to know that "South Park" isn't the only
place to go for controversial content.

Another tidbit: Rainn Wilson (Dwight) was
reported to be Robert Anton Wilson's son,
in an article I read. But Wikipedia does
not firmly support this, so it might be
just Robert Wilson, who I have no link for.

Speaking of conspiracy theories, could
"Grey's Anatomy" be a reference to
extraterrestrial life?

Adult Swim is just so smugly cool,
so self-aware of its own power on
people like me. This doesn't bother
me, so I constantly soak-up hours
of it at a time.

G4TV is a lot more interesting
now that I have a PS2, but there
isn't any listing for it in the TV Guide.
It's kind of time-consuming to check
the schedule on the Internet.

Comedy Central always has a "Reno 911!",
"Mind Of Mencia" or "Drawn Together"
episode to boggle the senses. Sometimes
they're duds (like the last couple seasons of
SNL,) but on occasion they're comedic gold.

Anything dealing with doctors/plastic surgeons,
lawyers, CSI/law enforcement teams, house-
wives or anti-terrorism groups seems played out.
Where are shows extolling the common 30-
something man? The clerks? The meek that
shall inherit the earth?

TV, like Polyphemus, has been blinded
to fleece the masses.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Synth--You've Been Gone

Turned on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" after work tonight and
caught The Human League performing "Don't You Want Me"

I had lowered expectations as the performance began, thinking
they might have given in to a "remix" scenario. More drums?
A rap interlude? A bevy of gyrating bikini-clad dancers? Nope.

It sounded the same as when I first heard the song in the early
80's. Phil Oakey's voice sounded the same. It seemed like the
same women were back--Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley.
There was a keytar onstage! Electronic drum pads! No guitar or
bass guitar!

It appears that they have a new album and tour--supporting
"The Very Best Of The Human League" being released on CD.

Jimmy Kimmel's show has some sort of streaming download of
the performance, that I'm not going to link, because I don't recall
the address.

Maybe it's time to replace those Human League cassette tapes
I've been holding onto all these years...