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The Office: What Happened Here?

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So lots of stuff happened in the past two weeks for our Office co-workers. Let’s take a look at some of the major things here though.

So with Holly’s unfortunate transfer, the logical thing to happen would be the return of Toby. Somehow Michael went a full week without notices the guy was back. His reaction to this horrible truth was perfect though. Just a full fledged scream of “NO!” held for as long as the camera could take it. Poor Toby. He was really put through the ringer here. Sure, he went to Costa Rica, but aside from the fact that he wasn’t working there really wasn’t much to be excited about what with his injuries and all. Then he comes back and Ryan and Kelly are making out in the next cube and no one cares about his pictures and Michael and Dwight try and frame him for having an illegal salad in his desk. The guy should take some anger lessons from Andy. Let’s see some rage or at least a backbone out of you, Toby! (more…)

The Office: Please Don’t Break Up My PB&J

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So can we take a minute and talk about last night’s episode of The Office? I really wasn’t impressed with last week’s “Employee Transfer” but this episode was just firing on all cylinders (Did I just make a car reference? Or is that a reference to a gun? I honestly don’t know what it’s a reference to, but I thought it would be applicable here). “Customer Survey” was just great. It touched on the major characters leaving folks like Stanley and Meredith in the background. Even without a strange remark from Creed, the show was still pretty damn good.

Let’s see what we had to work with. The episode started out with Michael trying to put a band-aid on his broken heart by lying to his co-workers. Instead of explaining what happened last week with Holly, he told them that they were engaged. That’s the logical next step, right? Surprisingly, his employees were excited and happy for him. Maybe they all care about him even if it’s just a little bit. Unfortunately for Michael, a call to his mom brought the truth out and that was the last we heard about it. I didn’t like how this thread was just dropped. If the first few episodes of this season has taught me anything, it’s that Michael has indeed found a soul mate in Holly. Let’s hope that they find a way to get back together. (more…)

How to Fix Heroes.

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After another mediocre episode this week, I’m ready to just give up on this season altogether. Let’s just call this one a mulligan and start over. And I think I know just want to do to fix all this mess.

Yes, we’ve got a veritable clusterfuck on our hands at the moment. Between the crazy peaks at a horrible future, the ever growing Petrelli / Bennet family, and the flip-flop of most of the characters, it’s just getting out of hand. Let’s fix it. That’ll be my super power. I’ll be the plumber cleaning the drain looking for what’s left of the show to save.

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James Knows…TV: The Office: Episode 3 – Baby Shower

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Each episode of The Office walks a fine line between incredibly awkward and absolutely hilarious. Unfortunately, there are some occasions where the show just falls into the strange and almost not funny abyss. I felt that last night’s episode “Baby Shower” had a few such falling moments. That’s not to say that the episode wasn’t good. It basically redeemed itself in the end, but the entirely unwarranted testing of Jan’s stroller by Dwight and Jan singing for no damn reason in the middle of her baby shower just left me on the edge of my seat, but not in a good way. I was sitting there waiting for the twist. Where is it? You’re supposed to have something weird happen followed by something that’s really funny. But the funny part didn’t come. Sure, Dwight had a few fun lines during this road test, but it just felt entirely out of place. (more…)

Heroes Hoedown: Chapter 5 – Angels and Monsters

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I was filled with hope last week that the show’s writers had somehow managed to right this sinking ship that Heroes has become. I mean, here was an interesting twist and some great character driven story telling even if it held too much to the crazy time travel nonsense. Then there was this episode. Ugh. It’s like the writers thought “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we had everyone in the show act entirely out of character and do shit they’d never ever do?” Yeah! That would be awesome! If “awesome” meant “a piece of garbage.” (more…)

Heroes Hoedown- Chapter 4: I Am Become Death

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And now things get a lot more interesting. While this episode had elements seen in countless other episodes of Heroes (ie: Horrible future), this one just felt a little different. That super powered train is starting to get back on track. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll make something out of all this.

So what happened? We had some more info in the horrible future as the Peters jumped around and tried to figure out why things didn’t change when Future Peter went back to the past to shoot his brother and damn, I hate time travel. Anyway, more stuff happened, but let’s take a look at this week’s line up for the hoedown! (more…)

(Getting A) Life – Episode 1 – Find Your Happy Place

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Of all the TV shows returning this Fall season, Life was in the top 3 that I was looking forward to the most. The story of the exonerated detective, Charlie Crews somehow leading a (somewhat) normal life while trying to find out who set him up for the murder of a family was an interesting one. When we last saw Crews, he had found the man who committed the crime and put him away. Now he needs to find out who paid him to do it.

Thankfully this episode began with a brief recap getting us (mostly) up to date on what was going on. The last episode of the first season aired in December or January so it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the show. This episode had a strange group of murders. The victims were each found in trunks in odd locations. They were alive when they were placed into the trunks and suffocated while inside. Each trunk was numbered, but the detectives can’t find a connection between them.

The murderer in this case hates people that are happy. I can’t say that I was surprised when the killer’s identity was revealed though. It wasn’t that I didn’t suspect him. It was that he was the only suspect really. No one else was really there so the possibilities were pretty small. (more…)

Heroes Hoedown – Chapter 3: One of Us, One of Them

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Second week in and here we go. Aside from the fact that I think that the commercials ruined one of the most interesting parts of this episode (Sylar working for the Company), I thought this third chapter in this collection was just OK. Heroes is going to have to work a lot harder to bring me back to the full fanboy status that it held me at during the first season.

Now on to the roster!

  • Sylar – He’s a company man? As I mentioned, I thought that the commercials for this episode totally ruined this really cool plot twist. What was worse was that the episode seemed to basically neuter the coolest and scariest part of the entire show. After terrorizing us with Sylar’s attack on Claire in the first episode, he’s now a tie wearing partner for Noah and ready to help bring these bad guys to justice. This really ticked me off. It confused me too. Why would Mama Petrelli (and Mama Sylar for that matter) think this is a good idea? Sure, my son is a mass murdering psychopath, but he just needs a little love. Sending him out to bring in the very people that he’s been killing seems like a great idea. Of course, someone like Sylar can’t be rehabilitated in a day and he cuts up one of the loonies that escaped from Level 5 adding the power of the Black Canary to his repertoire. Then he goes back to the cell for his time out. Yup. Seems he’s been neutered.
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Office Supplies – Dunder Mifflin Returns! (“Weight Loss”)

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It’s back! It’s back! Oh, happy day! The Office is back! I didn’t realize how much I missed the show until 30 seconds before it started when I was sitting on my bed with my knees held up to my chest and a big smile on my face. I felt like a little kid.

Surprisingly, this episode jumped right to the theme song instead of giving us a little clip to whet our appetites at first. Fortunately after the theme song, it jumped right in to the fun and just kept going. For the first time we were shown what the summer is like at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. Usually the first episode of the season just jumps into the fall and skips the summer. This time we were treated to some summertime fun. There was a company wide contest. Whichever branch lost the most weight was given some extra vacation time. Hilarity ensues. (more…)

Fringe Files – Episode 2: The Same Old Story

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Another week, another episode of “THE TOP RATED NEW SHOW OF THE SEASON” (there’s been what? Like two new shows so far? This and the new 90210 on the CW maybe? Tough crowd). This episode gave us some more weird, crazy science coupled with a tweak of more information and just enough intrigue to keep me coming back for the next episode.

So let’s see what we’ve got this time around. This episode starts off in a hotel room, just like the one before it. Will this be a theme for the show? After having fun in a seedy motel room, a creepy dude gets ready to perform some weird looking experiment on his lady friend. Only before he’s able to inject her with the orange syringe, she starts going crazy. A baby is growing inside her at an alarming rate. So he did what any one-night-stand guy would have done in this situation: Dropped the bitch off at a hospital and drove away. Way to go, guy.

Then something weird happens, the lady dies and our new team of wacky investigators is called in to have a look. They find that the baby came out and immediately aged 80 some-odd years and died right there on the floor. This created my favorite phrase of the night in “80 year old man baby.”

So what the hell do we make of all this? After a meeting of the Board of Weird Science head by the tall creepy black guy who is interrupted frequently by the cyborg arm lady from Massive Dynamic, our troubled trio hits the hotel room to look for clues. A connection is made to an old case that the girl (I’m really too lazy right now to look up everyone’s names. Can you tell?) worked on with the agent that died in the pilot. Some more investigation happens and we find that Old Man Bishop may be behind this thing (and many others) from his experiments 30 years ago. Seriously? No one figured that our earlier?

This episode continued further into the land of the weird when the baby daddy from the beginning turns out to be a test tube baby grown in a lab to become a soldier in 3 years. He kills women and steals their pituitary glands in order to stay young. Totally makes sense right? Of course, after a fancy camera is introduced and super mad scientist goggles are put on, the show again borders on the criminally insane. It’s on a very fine line for me right now. On one side you’ve got cool X-Files-like crazy science and on the other side you’ve got literally insane made up fantasy science that is just ridiculous. Toss in the beginnings of the obligatory forced romance between the two lead actors and you’ve got your show. The “shocker” ending, which I think I know what I saw, but I’m not 100% sure, was interesting…if it was what I think it was. Otherwise, I’ve got no idea really.

I thought that the actors were a lot better in this episode than the pilot. It’s like they got to know their characters a bit more and they’re now a lot more comfortable in them. I thought that Joshua Jackson was a lot better too. He’s managed to shed a tiny bit of that babyface persona he’s got for this character. The father / son dynamic between him and Old Man Bishop fit the show’s quirky nature too.

The GIGANTIC LOCATION WORDS are still there too, much to my dismay. They might as well have a narrator screaming the location at me. Don’t they know that in text, ALL CAPS means you’re yelling?

Rating: ★★★½☆

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