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Rob’s Bullet Reviews: Episode 1: A New Thang

October 16, 2006

Okay, if you’ve been reading this here blog for a while, you know that I’m sick a lot (for a variety of reasons).  That doesn’t mean that my committment to the blog has gone down — it just means that I’m a perfectionist and if I start writing before I’m, like, recovered, that may mean that I start entertaining you with stream of (altered, by, like, not feeling so good) states of consciousness.  And since I want this to be a TV Blog rather than a Rob Talks About Whatever the Hell Is On His Mind Blog, I’m not going to go to THAT wellstream too often.

But one of the great things that being sick allowed me to do was think more about the type of reviews that I’m going to do.  And I came up with, “Hey, I’m gonna do reviews in three sizes:  Small, Medium and Large.”  No, I didn’t make that up.  That was exactly what I was thinking, treating reviews like they were McDonald’s Freedom French Fries.  (Mmmmm.  French Fries.) 

 So here’s my first installment of Rob’s Bullet Reviews.  Rob’s Bullet Reviews are my court of desperation expediency.  It means that I’ve seen the episode, I’ve decided on a grade, but I prefer to talk more at length about the show at some other time if ever.  So you’ll see the episode title, Original Air Date (I’m kinda giving up on episode numbers for this season for everything but Gilmore Girls — that’s the real casualty of being sick a lot.  But I digress . . .), Grade and perhaps a one-liner, either a joke or some brief comment about an actor/character/story point I liked/hated.  Bullet Reviews will come in bunches of about 3, 4 or 5 and I’d like you to consider them as starting points for the comments section for that post, where, of course, I’m likely to join in the conversation and inadverantly tell you what I really think about the suckitude of Desperate Housewives (Oh, god, I think I just accidentally committed myself to watching at least one full episode this season if I can stomach it.  I’ll put it off until Spring, when the show’s been given the maximum chance to Not Suck before I watch a full episode again.) about the given episode.

So thus commences the first installment of Rob’s Bullet Reviews:

Lost — “The Glass Ballerina” (Original Air Date:  10-11-06):  I’m giving this one a grade of A- even though I’m a Jaterboi.  (Robspeak:  “Jaterboi = fan of Jack-and-Kate-without-being-a-Shipper of said Ship.”)

Ugly Betty — “The Box and the Bunny” (OAD: 10-05-06, and I told you I was sick for a while):  This is the simultaneous spoof of and embracement of soap opera that Desperate Housewives desperately wants to be, but can never be because Marc Cherry lacks Salma Hayek’s taste and judgment.  Grade:  A+

My Name Is Earl — “Larceny of a Kitty Cat” (OAD: 10-12-06):  I have a cat, I like Amy Sedaris.  Grade:  A-.

The Office — “Grief Counseling” (OAD:  10-12-06):  Relatively underwhelming.  I think they killed the one joke of Michael’s aversion to death early in the episode.  Grade:  B+.

CSI:  Original Recipe — “Fannysmackin'” (OAD: 10-12-06):  Despite the unforgivable presence of K-Fed, this episode is so clever, featuring great performances by the main cast, especially Greg, and is capped with so brilliant a closing monologue from Grissom that I give the episode an A+.  Despite the unforgivable presence of K-Fed.  (Did I mention that I despise no-talent tabloid fodder like K-Fed?)

Okay.  Discuss.  Release the Hounds.  Say Something.

— Rob

PS:  This one’s dedicated to the Row 1 Regulars of the now-defunct Watch With Kristin chats at E!Online, in particular, to thursdaymorning, who now has something to read on mondaymorning.

Review: My Name Is Earl 2.1 — “Very Bad Things”

September 23, 2006

Vague-ish Recap:  Earl decides to cross #183 off his list, which is to back up his ex-wife, Joy, no matter what.  Even when she doesn’t deserve it.  Even when doing so could be a criminal act.

Comments:  My Name Is Earl is basically a series of Shaggy Dog stories based around the concept of Karma coming back to bite you on the ass.  You’d think that that’d have a short shelf-life, but it doesn’t, due primarily to the demented writing team and the consistently oddball acting of leads Jason Lee, Jaime Pressley and, especially, Ethan Suplee.  Much missed this episode was the fourth member of their gang, Catalina (Nadine Velasquez).  Highlights include — it’s finally broadcast in widescreen!  Also, Randy (Suplee) has a very funny scene in which he sucks air from a balloon, proceeds to sing, “We Represent the Lollipop Guild” from The Wizard of Oz and is then reminded by Darnell the Crabman that there is no helium in the balloons.

Episode Grade:  B+

Special Note:  Be on the lookout for the special “Good Karma Deluxe DVD Set” of season 1, available only at Best Buy.  The initial shipment includes a version of the set clad in a flannel-shirt-esque cover and a bonus CD that includes 3 songs from the show’s soundtrack.