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Smallville, BSG, BL

Smallville is becoming less and less worth my time. I nearly gagged at the Acuvue product placement in the last episode with Chloe actually pimping the brand name itself after picking up the box.

We're back again to Lionel/Lex rivalry as Lionel makes a pretext of picking Lex up after he's fallen in the election while being manipulative and eeevil about it. Although this is better than seeing yet more of the perpetually never-going-anywhere Clark/Lana relationship, it seems like an odd retread and strange step backwards after Lex went full dark last season. Don't get me wrong: I'm generally very glad for John Glover to have some screen time, and he's enjoyable as always, but the writers took Lex's character forward in S4 for better or for worse, and now this backpedaling to a previous state of being seems a poor fit.

After the first few episodes of this season, I had higher hopes for the show. Tom Welling's acting has improved. However, last night's episode was disjointed and just plain amateurish. I'll give it until the end of the season, but I'm just about ready to close the door on it and decide that its best days are in the past.

In sharp contrast, Battlestar Galactica and Boston Legal are both well worth my time. Good Kara episode this past Friday for BSG; I'm glad they got back to Anders a little bit. Kat annoys me, and I just can't quite put my finger on why.

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mumpish
Feb. 10th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
I gave up on Smallville this season, too. I gave it about three or four episodes, and it just didn't draw me back in. It's disappointing in particular because it came the closest I've seen to making the god cheat, er, Superman, interesting.

I also punted on 24 after the two-day premier. I didn't consciously decide this, I just realized it the following week on Wednesday when I rememebered that I'd forgotten to tune in for the fifth hour.

That leaves only House that I'm watching as a first-run television show. On Netflix I'm working my way through Stargate SG1, Family Guy and Dead Like Me, and have just started the second season of each of them. Since last month's Buffy-fest we're starting to crank through Angel, which has its moments (seeing Boreanaz in a Hawaiian shirt is one) but ultimately isn't - don't laugh - as believable as Buffy. Does it get better?
pointedview
Feb. 10th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I have 24 in my queue, but it's a ways down. Still, both you and my co-worker Carmen have recommended it, so I'm curious to see it.

I'm glad to hear you're watching Stargate. It doesn't go to some of the emotional extremes that occur in the Whedonverse, but it's still entertaining.

Angel does improve, but I never felt that it reached the overall quality level of Buffy, in part, I think, because I've never been real taken with Boreanaz's acting. However, it is worth staying tuned at least through the Pylea stuff, because Joss as Numfar ... I've gotta rent that episode just to see it again. :) I love Lorne. Wesley grows and changes a lot. I could say more, but I don't want to get spoilery on you. Still, out of the three Mutant Enemy productions, I think it's the weakest of the three.

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