Doctor Who continues to be airing, although this week it won’t really hit the list because it kind of ended up being forgettable and kind of bad; almost like they forgot how plot works. It started off really strong and even featured the best/hottest new assistant that he has had since the last one.
It is also a weird time for TV because most shows are either ending their season, or ended it (good bye fan favorite punching bag Dual Survival), and all of the new shows are things that are sure to be cancelled the moment that anything good really comes back on the air this summer. This basically means that this week is probably going to be a lot more pedantic than I want.
Parks and Rec: Season 5, Episode 17
When: Thursdays at 8:30PM
Parks and Rec is an acquired taste. It has The Offices brand of awkward, not sure if I should laugh, humor mixed in with the thinking person’s taste of 30 Rock. Like most shows halfway through a decade, Parks and Rec has pretty much lost the thread of what the show was about when it first started. It isn’t that there aren’t explanations or transitions along the way, but going back and watching the first season with friends feels weird as most of that stuff has been resolved and forgotten about.
Ben (Adam Scott) returns to his home town to receive the key to the city, even though he single handedly did everything but burn everyone’s jobs to the ground it during his mayor-ship. He is unable to receive it in person, though, because it is discovered that he has kidney stones and is taken to the hospital and medicated. Honestly the rest of the episode is fine, but all that I really learned is that I would watch a half an hour, weekly, show just about him being on morphine. ADD + non-sequitur = comedy cold. Honestly my only real problem with this episode is that there wasn’t more. Remember staying home from school and watching the Price is Right? You’re pretty.
Californication: Season 6, Episode 12
When: Sundays at 9:30
I love Californication. It is about as masturbatory a show as a writer can want. Considering the fact that most people that decide that they are going to use written words as their canvas are by definition introverts it is a little nice to have a show where one is an extrovert that everyone unreasonably loves. It isn’t a show about a guy getting a girl; he did that before the first season started. This is a show about a guy getting pretty much every girl that has ever lived and making them want more.
With the rare exception of season 5 it doesn’t seem like Californication knows how to either start or end a series, but rather aims to have a really strong middle section. This time it began with Hank (David Duchovny) in rehab, which for a show about a guy who drinks, does drugs, and has sex with pretty much everything, seemed like a bad thing. This entire last episode is about him longing for his ex, Karen (Natascha McElhone), which as far as I can tell is exactly the most annoying direction that they could have taken the plot. The worst part is that he already has, to steal one of Stark’s terms, “best girl” Faith (Maggie Grace) ready to spend a lifetime supporting him through his rock and roll/writing/banging out women lifestyle. Just kind of annoying that this show likes to put Hank’s life on track to something interesting just to have him decide that he wants to chase after the woman that disapproves of everything he does. I think I will just have to come to terms with the fact that Hank Moody wants to be miserable always.
Game of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 1
When: Sundays at 9 PM
More like Game of Boners, right? Right? Hello?
You have a show that is about violence and nudity and people wonder why it is the most pirated thing on television. I guess that would make more sense if you consider that the political structure of each military campaign is more complex than J.R.R. Tolkien’s notes for all of The Lord of the Rings, and half the time people hold secretive grudges from years ago that may not have ever been explained fully during the shows run. Oh, and at times it kind of feels like you need to start learning a second language to fully grasp what is going on. But I guess there are still the boobs and murder, so I guess the barrier to entry is lower than I thought.
A bunch of stuff happened, most of it made me feel like I should have re-watched the last two seasons to figure out why any of it was important. At one point someone said something about Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) killing his instructor and my only response was, “wait, when did that happen?” Still, the show is written brilliantly well and shot in such a way that it makes everything else in the universe seem filmed on poop garbage, the garbage of poop. I am pretty sure that the only reason most of the people who watch this is that when you figure out one thing that is going on you feel amazingly smart; like what God must feel like when He makes puns.
The Office: Season 9, Episode 18
When: Thursdays at 9:30PM
Have I ever talked about The Office in a positive light on this site? If I have it hasn’t been for stupid amounts of years. The fact that this show has been allowed to run its course without even the hint of cancelation just sort of leaves a sour taste in my mouth. This is the same channel that has repeated tried to get rid of Community and at several point Scrubs. I am pretty sure that the only reason this is still on is because one of the cast members has some photos of someone high up in NBC.
After about a decade of the film crew taping everyone in the office they are finally releasing the documentary. This causes everyone to realize that they have both broken laws while being taped as well as had massive and life changing secrets (sometimes sexy secrets) exposed at their workplace. This is the first time that I have felt like the show might have had “something planned” in the way of concluding the series, although that seemed rather short lived with any of the subplots that were introduced during the course. It is strange that we are 18 episodes in and it is just not starting a story line that could easily have inspired an entire season. I guess that after 9 years of people filming you and doing nothing with it would sort of just give you the feeling that nothing will ever come of it, but really, half of them waved to the film crew after they were done cheating on their wives.