Random TV thoughts

* I watched all 13+1 episodes of “The Lone Gunmen” this week (God bless America for not allowing me to work and leaving me with too much time on my hands). The show had its moments but it was overall a mediocre production, under-budgeted. Langly is loveable as a goofy hacker and Byers brings me memories of someone I knew who would not only carry the same ideas but he looked like him too. I wrote a review of the show at IMDb.

* Last night’s “Lost” episode was one of the best ever produced for the show. Extremely well-done and provoking. However, “Lost” dipped into just 12.4 million viewers last night, its worst ratings ever (let the fans live in their dreamland but the point is “Lost” is losing some of its appeal). ABC made the same mistake with Lost as it did last year with “Invasion”: slow-going storyline at the beginning of the season, and then a long hiatus. It seems that not even “Lost” is immune to this stupid strategy.

* My actor friend Nathan Baesel guest stars on this Sunday’s “Without a Trace” episode called “Desert Springs”. If you live in USA (and you don’t watch “Battlestar Galactica” at that same time), watch his show!

* Madonna’s “Confessions on the dance floor” live DVD is visibly worse quality than ABC’s broadcast in 720p a few months back. A trained eye can see the encoding differences. But I guess, for most people DVD is good enough.

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mikesum32 wrote on February 16th, 2007 at 5:04 AM PST:

The Lonegunmen pilot had the worst line ever.
“It’s got a tiny little modem embedded in each processor”
Wow, that was bad, you’d think they’d know better if they wanted to appeal to geeks.

Did you hear J.J. Abrams on the Colbert Report ?

I have to agree, last night’s Lost was a trip. Who was that woman ? Did Desmond go back in time ? What happened to his clothes ?


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Eugenia wrote on February 16th, 2007 at 5:18 AM PST:

>The Lonegunmen pilot had the worst line ever.

There were a few other flukes too. Like in the episode where the PC was formatted but they found a backup… CPU that had the data in it.

Best line was this in the episode where the monkey is typing on the PC:
Langly: That’s gibberish.
Frohike: No, that’s Linux!

>Did you hear J.J. Abrams on the Colbert Report?

Nope, what did he say? BTW, remember that while J.J. Abrams gets all the fame about “Lost”, the show was not his idea, neither he is the sole writer of it (they have a team of 4-5 writers actually). Originally, there was another writer who pitched the idea to Abrams.


memson wrote on February 16th, 2007 at 10:52 AM PST:

I don’t think you mean “fluke”. A fluke is a chance happening that is unlikely to happen again in the same circumstances. e.g.

Stan : “I threw the ball as the basketball hoop standing backwards behind the 3 point line and with my eyes shut and it went through the hoop.”

Mitch : “That was a fluke, dude. You’ll never be able to repeat that again!”


michael reed wrote on February 16th, 2007 at 11:23 AM PST:

Hey! I’m working my way though The Lone Gunmen too.

The problem is that the quality of episodes is variable. These days, a network series can’t stand to have any really dud episodes.

It’s got some genuine geek-appeal though and it’s worth a watch. Like me, I bet you hate it when you are hacking away on your computer and an error box pops up with a flashing “System Overload!” warning :-)

I love the ex-football player. That actor has a superb David Hasselhoff emulation mode.


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