Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Open Monday thread - Heroes et al

So if you tuned in for the "Heroes" premiere, or if you have any thoughts on "Chuck" or "Journeyman," here's the place to vent.

I liked "Chuck," but it has the same problem "Reaper" does: Great set-up, but will it translate into a sustainable show? "Journeyman" is kind of a neither-nor - it's like a gloomier "Quantum Leap," which doesn't seem to have a natural audience. As much as I like star Kevin McKidd, I don't see that one lasting.

OK, now "Heroes" - Anyone else disappointed? It felt warmed-over. Another big bad, more Claire being an outcast, more conspiracy stuff. Eh. Nothing there really grabbed me, but maybe once the plot has a chance to get rolling, I'll get caught up. Still a great-looking show, which counts for something. HRG continues to rule and I'm somewhat intrigued by the death-dealing woman. So we'll see.



At 9:54 AM, September 25, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

if you have any thoughts on "Chuck" or "Journeyman," here's the place to vent.

DVRed both, so hopefully we'll get a chance to watch them tonight (in between watching the season opener for "The Unit"). I have the exact same feelings about both of these shows that you do though. I like the premise of "Chuck" but...

And as for "Journeyman"... I've seen the future. As much as I like McKidd (from Rome), I just don't see this one lasting more then 3 episodes. And I haven't even watched the first one yet. ;)

OK, now "Heroes" - Anyone else disappointed?

AHAHA! What?! We agree?! EGADS! ;) Seriously though... major disappointment.


They pretty much picked up right where they left off - disappointingly. They had some good hooks, but the overall story was - meh. The back to the future Hiro storyline has turned out to be mucho lame. And that's the one I thought was going to be FUN. Not. Claire and her family up and moving to a new state only to COINCIDENTLY run into (almost literally) another dude who can fly?! Please.

The good hooks: the hoodied dude that "Sulu" knows (and was surprised to see) whacking the heads of the Company. Peter and Nathan (with/without scars?) both alive. Peter with amnesia in the box at the end with some kind of lighting powers?!? The new Bloody Eye Girl (BEG). HRG and Suresh setting up the Company. Parkman I still like...

Those were all cool hooks for future development, but the Claire and Hiro storylines... oy.

At 10:45 AM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Chuck... the parody of Best Buy and Sam's Club was just dead on!

At 1:18 PM, September 25, 2007, Anonymous PK said...

I watched K-File for the second week in a row...it's getting better...writing is better.

At 6:05 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger LadyBronco said...

I'm just waiting for Lost to start.

At 7:23 AM, September 26, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

"Lost"? Hmmm - you've got another, let's see here, five months to go. If the Broncos season keeps going in this direction, it's going to be a looooooooong fall for y'all.

At 9:49 AM, September 26, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

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At 9:50 AM, September 26, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

OK, got a chance to watch "Chuck" and "Journeyman" last night. I like them both - more then I thought I would. Which means it will likely be the kiss of death. ;)


I like Chuck being the human PC, which is the obvious hook that will carry this thing. As he said, they do need him. Period. It's got just enough action and just enough comedy to be different from the other "spy" shows. You can already see the blonde spy falling for the dofus, a cliche to be sure - whatever. Morgan's dorky Seth Green-ish friend is a riot. Oh, and the actress who plays Chuck's sister... oh my. I'll watch it just for her. ;)

"Journeyman" probably won't last. Sadly. I like the underlying hook that he's not the only one jumping around in time. How did his supposed dead ex-girlfriend end up jumping around as well, and more importantly why? And who's behind it? The line his ex-GF said in the hallway alludes to them not being the only ones either. Oh, and burying the tool box in the backyard with the ring to convince his wife he wasn't doing drugs was cool. I like this show. I'm intrigued enough to want to keep watching.

Also watched the season premiere of "The Unit" last night. Man, that's a good show! Glad they decided last season to go with an arcing storyline that carried over to this season. The whole set up and fall of the Unit, the dirty politics and cover ups - all really good drama. If you haven't watched this show from the get go, you're missing out!

At 10:18 AM, September 26, 2007, Anonymous dnm said...

Here is what I think:

Chuck and Reaper: Both are good but I like Chuck better, but I will stick with Prison Break since that is on at the same time as Chuck. Since I losing intrest in 'The Unit' I might stick with Reaper.

Heroes: Its only the first episode people. Let us see how the story goes and I like so far especially the 'would be' illegals and the this power of death that one of them has. Also the boogie man is on the horizon and Hiro's journey is also key. You expect waaaaay too much and that is way you did not like the episode.

Journeyman: lost intrest in the middle of the plot episode.

At 12:25 PM, September 26, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

RE: Journeyman - I took the ex-girlfriend's appearance to give our hero a pep talk to be a visit from beyond the grave, or somesuch. Dean Stockwell, alert your lawyers! I didn't pick up on the idea that other people are also doing the time-jumping.

I thought "Chuck" was a little sharper than "Reaper," but I thought "Reaper" had a better ridiculous premise and a more likable cast (especially Ray Wise as the devil, naturally).


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