Thursday nights are the best showcases for TV these days. Most of my appointment television ends up there…Bones, Fringe, Community, The Office. I think FlashForward is also there, but since I watch it on TiVo I’m not sure of what day it’s on. The Mentalist, while not one of my favourite shows, is also there and also something I enjoy. It’s been a long time since I’ve vented about shows I watch, but I need to do it now.
NBC, please pick up this show for the longhaul. It’s the best comedy you’ve created in years. I have nothing bad to say about it. It has replaced The Office as the Thursday Show I Look Forward To.
This is how it’s done. This is how to create a suspenseful show that pleases me. Granted, they keep the larger mystery intact–the story of where the flashforwards came from is the season-long arc. But smaller mysteries get explained within the same episode. As my spouse pointed out watching last week’s episode–“see! she told her husband she met the mystery man! In Lost they would have dragged that out for another three months.” Exactly.
I still like this show kinda. But I’m so boiling mad after last season’s “it’s all a coma dream” finale that I have a grudge which stands in my way of fully enjoying the new episodes. The writers really need to get Booth and Bones together already because it’s increasingly unbelievable to me that these two smart and very direct people would handle their mutual sexual desire in this adolescent way.
I am heartbroken. Maybe after I reflect some more on last night’s wedding episode I’ll be less unhappy. But this show–once my favourite thing on–has become such a scummed-over pudding of derivitave ideas and annoyance that I can hardly enjoy it anymore. Last night’s Wedding Of Jim and Pam episode opened with one of the most disgusting scenes ever (I called my sister and told her to just fastforward when she watched it this weekend) and continued down a path of ick. Michael’s jackassery and self-centeredness isn’t funny these days. The wedding moments with Jim and Pam alone were really sweet and romantic and I enjoyed them–but was bugged at how much they owed to Marshall and Lilly’s wedding on HIMYM. But I yelled loud and long at the TV when the cast broke into the JK Wedding Dance. This is twice in four weeks that the writers have stolen something from the Internet and/or Web Soup. I feel like they’re trying to get us all back for having lost the Writer’s Strike and their points about the Internet by letting the Web write their shows.