Friday, September 24, 2010

TV Reports

Currently reading - Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni P. L. Kelner

I actually managed to catch two new shows this week.

If I were grading, I'd have to give $h*! My Dad says a C+.  William Shatner and new kid, Jonathan Sadowski, have some good chemistry, but the writing switched between Jason Halpern's biting wit exhibited in his Twitter feed and book and some really lame canned sitcom jokes.  The dichotomy sucked the life out of the first episode.  Over-hyped?  Probably, but I'm willing to give it another chance.

The real surprise was the new version of Hawaii Five-O.  The cast and crew have turned the original paen to Jack Lord into a pretty good cop/buddy program.  The byplay between Alex O'Loughlin ("Moonlight") as Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan ("Ocean's 11") as Danny Williams was freaking hysterical.  The catch phrase, "Book 'em, Danno," turns into sly mockery over the inability of Williams's daughter to say 'Daddy' as a toddler.

Of course, the absolute topper was James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel") playing the terrorist who murders McGarret's father.  Oh, it would have been so much better if McGarret hadn't killed him at the end of the premiere episode.  Marsters so could have pulled off a new version of arch nemesis Wo Fat.  I have to give the new show A- for not thinking ahead.

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