Friday, October 20, 2006

TV Musings

I think Blogger should work on the bugs in its old system before it introduces a new one. Who's with me?

I'm cautiously declaring The Office to be back. Of course I loved the Jim and Pam interaction, but I liked the episode before that point. I loved Dwight talking about planting his seed in Ryan; the long, lonely walk of loneliness; Cousin Mose; "Lovefool;"and the Jim/Karen flirtation. I think the writers need to reign in Dwight a little bit though. He's becoming a caricature. I also thought the soft pretzel thing was over-the-top, but I know how crazy offices go over free food so I'll forgive it. I still consider Season 1 to be the golden season and hope that the show ends soon. There's only so long it can go without becoming a typical sitcom and I think we're getting dangerously close to that point.

ER was pretty good too. I didn't realize that Forrest Whitaker's attorney was Janice at first! I thought she looked familiar. It was nice to see her in a serious role since she's basically played Janice in everything I've seen her in (Friends, Raymond [I don't watch this show willingly; it just happens to come after The Simpsons in syndication on our FOX channel], and Seinfeld). I thought Forrest and Goran did an excellent job (Emmy nomination for Forrest?) and was glad to see Abby back in the ER. Are the writers purposely making callbacks to Uncle Jesse though? Last week we saw that he was living in the attic and then this week he called little Joe a bambino and quoted Elvis, which are all things that Uncle Jesse did. And now I'm going to go kill myself for knowing all that stuff.



Blogger Dim said...

Although I laughed at a few lines last night, I actually thought last night's episode was the weakest of the new season so far. Too many jokes fell flat for me. And I completely agree with you about Dwight.

Also nice to see Ryan getting some lines in that doesn't make him such a tight ass. I know he wrote the episode, by the opening clip about Dwight's "brain teasers" was great.

10/20/2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger March to the Sea said...

I thought the office was great and agree the only character that needs to get reeled in is dwight. I do like his "over the top" love for his job and I think they can do a lot with it. The exchange in the breakroom about him being "weird" was good as well as the intro with the trivia. Tossing eggs...great stuff. I was pleased.

ER was good. Forrest will get a nod for his role as will the guy from Fraiser a few weeks or both will/should. I am glad they did the court stuff as a look "back" Sometimes ER will talk about a patient from last season and you are like WTF?! I haven't missed a single episode in 10 years but I can't remember every person who comes in for chest pains..flash backs might be a good idea. Uncle Jesse needs to get lost every scene he is in is just cringe worthy..i have no idea what it is but his character is just SOOOO freaking unlikeable.

10/20/2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger metamorphose said...

I almost think Uncle Jesse should play a gay character. That would be different and more interesting. Though I'm still okay with him as "Gates" so far.

I also felt that last night's Office was more "on".

10/20/2006 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't get to see The Office yet again, because I was in the shower, frantically attempting to get out in time to see Grey's Anatomy, which I haven't seen yet this season, either! Luckily, I made it for that, but not for The Office yet...damn.

Your knowledge of Full House probably rivals mine...I loved that show. But don't feel bad - about half of my kids list Full House as their favorite show, which is weird, since it hasn't even been on in like, 15 years.

10/20/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

Dim: I defintely thought The Coup was the worst episode. I hate to say it, but I'm not liking this season.

March: I hate how they expect us to remember every single person who ever crossed the threshold of the ER too. I liked the flashback that was from both of their perspectives.

Meta: I don't know why I like Gates because I'm pretty sick of the whole "renegade doctor" angle that ER does to death, but for some reason this is working for me. Maybe because I want him to get together with Neela.

Rusty: I haven't seen Grey's. I'm sort of being stubborn and refusing to because the whole McDreamy thing annoys the hell out of me. I can't believe your kids watch Full House! I thought about Netflixing it but that was just a momentary lapse of reason.

10/23/2006 10:47 AM  
Blogger B. said...

I'm way behind on the commenting, but J. and I looked at each other and laughed so hard when Dwight said he was going to plant his seed in Ryan. I thought the Mose thing was a little over the top. I also love Dwight's car. Just watching him drive it cracks me up.

10/23/2006 7:16 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm coming over to your side re hoping The Office burns out before it fades away. I liked a lot of things about Thursday's episode, but totally agree that Dwight is being written too wacky. He's supposed to be overly-serious and blindly loyal, which results in wackiness all by itself. Though I've been waiting not so patiently for Jim and Pam to interact some of that made me squirm. Overall though, that part was good and the end of the conversation broke my heart. Again. Haven't watched ER yet.

10/24/2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

B: They chose the perfect car for Dwight.

Karen: I feel bad for thinking that, but then I tell myself that I've been a huge fan since day 1 and have done my share of getting people to watch so I'm allowed to feel that way. Then I tell myself I'm putting a little too much thought in a TV show. I'm glad Jim and Pam interracted and I cringed at the way their call ended. It's worth giving ER another shot (if you were a past watcher).

10/25/2006 8:04 PM  

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