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fernwithy
fernwithy
TV :sheepish:
I kind of dig the new Knight Rider movie/pilot thingamajig. The original series was tacky and cheesy, and the movie... was pure, grade-A Velveeta, with 80's techno-crap soundtrack, lingering car-porn shots, and every other thing that made the original series so magically delicious.

Please, God, that when they pick up the series, they don't try to turn it into something turgid and deep. I mean, it's KNIGHT RIDER, for crying out loud. Let it be its own bad self, k? That's what makes it amusing, and I need something amusing on TV!

On the quality level... man, Monk totally delivered in the season finale. I mean, great mystery, nice character work, some light moments, and a little sliver of the arc. That's how to do an arc--just touch on it now and then, and know it's there, but do episodes that a new viewer can pick up on. I sure wouldn't have been able to pick up the series in season four if the whole thing had been about the search for Trudy's killer.

And Psych... I love you, you silly thing, but you play your secrets badly. I spotted the oncoming "surprise" at the end of the season about four episodes ago. It's weirdly charming, in that it's a very child-like way to play a secret, but please don't try it again. It will only work once.

Dear USA Network: Six weeks is not a season. It just isn't.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
No, all of the seasons of these particular shows run six episodes, once in January, the other time in the summer. It's a weird and annoying thing.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: February 24th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was fairly alarmed when the first season of The Office turned out to be six episodes, but I guess they have an excuse as it was adapted from the British.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: February 24th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I completely agree with you on all counts! I think the KR has a lot of potential... as long as they don't get all EMO. That's why Bionic WOman sucked so much... too much drama for her.

I want my cheese!

As for the Psych surprise... I thought it was going to happen in the earlier ep. I was surprised then when it didn't, so I kept thinking it was a totally different thing in the finale.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking the surprise guest was going to be the replacement for the interim chief...

I watched the first episode of BW, and thought... jeez. How's a little kid supposed to go run in slomo going ch-ch-ch-ch after that? Or jump off the bed (also going ch-ch-ch)? It doesn't really invite playing. And playing was the only point ever to BW.

Of course, making KR melodramatic would take a whole lot of work. It's a bout a man and his talking car. What could you... oh, wait. That's a new post.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: February 24th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought it would turn out that they talked Henry into coming back! I knew it would be something to mess completely with Shawn's life.

sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: February 24th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear USA Network: Six weeks is not a season. It just isn't.

Tell that to the BBC.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that where that comes from? Grr. I think it's time to dump some DVDs in Boston Harbor. ;p
mk_tortie From: mk_tortie Date: February 24th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I really liked Monk the few times I saw it, but over here it was only on Channel 5 (which equals fuzzy graphics and bad sound if it's working at all, at least where I live!) and it was at about 5pm on a Sunday, which really was not the best time! Hmm, maybe I'll go on a youtube hunt...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Monk is a little uneven and occasionally drives me nuts, but the season finale this time just brought it. Really good.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: February 24th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Much as I like "Monk," I *love* "Psych." Dule Hill (sorry Dule, I haven't figured out how to code extras, like accents, on LJ yet) is always good and James Roday is so child-like and manic I like him despite myself. More importantly, the show cheers me no matter what. I had a glimmer of the surprise a couple of episodes back, but had lost the thought in the finale. As for the short season, I'm willing to roll with it, especially if it means that we get good writing that doesn't have to stretch to stay fresh.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't figured out how to code extras, like accents, on LJ yet
FYI, when you're typing and get to the "é," hold down "ALT" then hit 0-2-3-3. Benefits of having written in SW for ages, with Padmé as a major character. ;p

I love Psych more than Monk for exactly the reason you mention. It's so damnably lovable! It's cheerful, the guys are goofy and fun, and I have to love a pair of geeks (who think they're too cool) who've been friends since childhood and now run a giant con together. My favorite moment so far was when Jules and Lassie were arguing about who got the higher score on the detective exam, and Shawn just shrugged and said he got a perfect score at 15, whatever. Just took it for kicks. That was the perfect pay-off for that weird little thread
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: February 25th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the instruction, Fern! I'll give that a try, and perhaps I'll even put some effort into finding a list of coding tips. It's probably time.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 25th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
The é's the only one I have memorized, but I got the code from this handy cheat sheet.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: February 26th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic. Thanks!
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: February 24th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Admiral and I were going to watch the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone last night, but while he was futzing around upstairs, I watched the beginning of the new Knight Rider movie. When he came down he asked if I was really into it. I shrugged non-committally. He then confessed to being curious so we watched it. He totally scored by being the first to identify the new voice of KIT. Funny how nostalgia sucks us in sometimes.

I have a feeling like I should watch Monk and have actually caught the occasional Psych -- but I haven't really been hooked yet.

USA must subscribe to the BBC definition of a Series/Season (six episodes per Series for The Office anyway -- and something similar to that for Footballer's Wives, I believe).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 24th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got caught in the nostalgia from the dumb 80s credits on. :LOVE:

Monk and Psych can be a little uneven, and you kind of need to be in a mood for them. I wanted something goofy and silly when they started advertising Psych, and it gave me what I wanted. I got into Monk because it's right before Psych.
laariii From: laariii Date: February 25th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember Knight Rider as a TV series but i do remember the talking car at Expo 88.
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