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23 March 2006 @ 09:21 am
loads of TV goodness...  
I didn't get a chance to make an entry yesterday, as my job duties kept me away from my desk all day, with no slack-off time to update here and waste the taxpayer's dime for my salary. But now I have few moments to spare...

Scrubs on Tuesday was side-splitting as usual, with Zach Braff and Donald Faison each fast-becoming slap-stick/physical comedy gods. More and more, this show affects how I view all other sit-coms, and is almost making me redefine what I consider hilarious on TV.

The Shield season finale was absolutely one of the best shows in the series' history, if not THE best.  I won't get into any real detail, but it's two days later, and I'm still kinda stunned with the idea of "wow - they really did that".  90 minutes of TV never went by so fast.  The heavy last scene included almost the entire cast, and the emotional tension was palpable.  Outstanding stuff.

Last night included three more hours to keep up with.

Bones was enjoyable, but just a little ho-hum to me. The whole idea of the vault of cultural/historical artifacts hidden in the subterranean tunnel system sorta reminded of the film National Treasure - but that's not a bad thing, since I really enjoyed that flick. It was a good way to get Dr. Goodman invested in the story, since the history stuff is right up his alley, but I guess I wasn't too into the plot of the underground society, with their own "system" of order as a self-sustaining community. I know it was a way to have Brennan relate to the dead Marni Hunter - a documentarian with similar anthropological interests of people observation - but I totally related to Booth's notion of the whole thing just being strange and kinda creepy. Although, the conversations with Harold Overmeyer gave Brennan more curiosity/relatability to Booth's own past in the military, and the things he'd done or seen himself.

The wrap-up was tidy, with the climbing-instructor guys as the culprits, and the "mole-people" got to keep their way of life. Nothing special really did it for me this ep, although next week looks good, as it seems Angela-centric, and she deserves to have a plot revolve around her character for a change.

Veronica Mars is a show of genius. First of all, the intro recap of "previously on" was absolutely fantastic. In a minute we got to see how much plot is actually going on with this show, and how most of it correlates among the different characters involved. That summary was greatness in itself, which led to awesomeness in this ep. We got Keith getting to do what he does well - uncovering real facts concerning the bus crash and Terrence Cook's possible involvement, while Lamb continues to be a media whore and rashly discount the evidence in front of his face that Keith digs up. Veronica really got to do some investigating with the missing bride-to-be, and ended up being mildly surprised herself by the nature of some people. And interactions with Vinne Van Lowe are always a hoot: Vinnie:"You didn't get it from me." -- Veronica: "I'm sure that's a line you've had to use often in your life." (or something to that effect)

The Logan/Hannah "relationship" has me really curious now, as I think he really may have slept with her, knowing he doesn't care for her the way she does for him. And now he's made a deal with her father to stay away in exchange for the witness testimony change at his trial. I think Veronica's mild jealously (which she would never admit to) was still just under the surface when she saw Logan and Hannah getting even closer, but she also knows Logan's ulterior motives for the whole setup, and that Hannah will be the one hurt the most in the end. Logan is feeling that guilt now, so his confession at the very end to Veronica about making a huge mistake should have some interesting consequences.

Of course, the presence of Charisma brings the enjoyability of the entire episode up a notch as well, and I like how Beaver (Cassidy) is using Kendall's "talents" to his advantage in their joint business venture. He's not the naive nerd, and she's more than just the gold-digging temptress. And his reaction to the real estate business-model of Palo Alto in the econimics class was interesting, as he may need to rethink his property acquisitions if Neptune does indeed become incorporated. Kendall's visit to Aaron Echolls in prison has me head-scratching, though, as he told her to go to Logan's suite - where she swipes some hair out of Duncan's shower drain? Not sure where that's going, but maybe I'm just slow on the uptake on that point.

And next week we get another Veronica-goes-to-college ep, which usually have some of the best lines, as she so easily outwits everyone older and supposedly "cooler" than her. Rob Thomas is quickly becoming one of my heroes.

Lost has a knack for giving us just enough about the characters from time to time to really make them tug at the heartstrings of the viewers. I've really enjoyed the Sun/Jin episodes so far, and this one was no different. I found it interesting that the flashbacks we got included moments leading up to just before they were ready to head to L.A. on flight 815. Jin was almost desperate to have a child with Sun as a means to try and escape the violent life he was forced to lead under her father's thumb. And the set up with Sun going back to the man she was initially romantically paired with by her parents was a good way to show us how she learned English - and to establish possible doubt in her fidelity.

Which leads me to the big question - is the baby Jin's or not? There isn't a sure way to know just yet, because a real "miracle" is definitely possible on the island - Locke's paralysis is proof of this. It's very possible Jin could have been "changed". The sticky part comes in the timeline, and Sun's supposed honesty. We assume Sun's final "English lesson" was just days before she was to get on the plane. The looks she had at the time didn't exactly scream "faithful wife", and we don't see what actually happens. Now, Sun and Jin have been on the island for about two months, but were pretty much estranged for the first month or so. We learn that once Jin makes it back after the failed raft journey, he had Sun reconcile and get hot and heavy again. This has only been a matter of weeks, and now Sun is having morning sickness. My question would be, can the symptoms of pregnancy show that soon? In a month or less? And if not - if the baby is not Jin's, then Sun lied to his face when she said she has never been with another man - her own face had a few guilty expressions to evidence this. But - would it take more than two months for her to really start showing signs of pregnancy? Since it's been at least that long (or more) since she was unfaithful - if that's what happened. All of it is very sketchy to me right now. I think the inclination is that she is lying to Jin and was unfaithful, but I'm not sure - I could also be wrong.

I figured Kate would be the one Sun went to when she suspected she was pregnant, and of course we get the "yes" answer from Kate when asked if she ever had to take a test before herself. BTW, the brand of the test was "Widmore Labs", and coincidentally, Michael worked for "Widmore Construction". Just FYI. With the women going to Jack to be reassured that the test was most likely correct, it gave us a significant moment for Jack, too, as he really isn't following the advice he gives Sun, to be honest about everything with Jin. Kate asks him if something was going on with the hatch and why he's down there so much, and he lies to her, not telling her about Henry. It's really a "do as I say, but not as I do" mentality, and it's frustrating that Jack and Kate are so far apart now after all that has happened.

It was inevitable that Ana-Lucia would talk to Henry, and having Locke be the one to bring her in, without informing Jack beforehand, only adds to the observation she tells Charlie and Sayid later on - that Jack and Locke are getting overly concerned with what's going on with Jack and Locke to see a bigger picture. Ana and Sayid share a few backround/personality traits, when it comes to dealing with deception, so teaming up to follow Henry's map to the "balloon" also made some sense. Charlie is pretty much the group pariah right now, so him tagging along was the only way to keep him in the story - although he's really getting surprisingly snarky and sarcastic at certain moments, so he best be careful before he really gets an ass-beating - or ends up dead (I can dream).

The last scene with Henry explaining to Jack and Locke about what he would do "if he was one of The Others" was good in its creepiness. He pretty much outlined the plan for an ambush/kidnapping of the map-followers, to then exhange their lives for his. With neither Jack nor Locke aware that Sayid and Ana planned to take off in search of the balloon, they were both totally caught with their pants down. And if Henry turns out to NOT be one of The Others, someone can smack me, because he's got the sinister vibe down cold. The preview for next week looks exciting - there actually IS a smiley-balloon, Jack and Kate trek off to search for Sayid, Ana and Charlie, and Locke gets to see firsthand that those blast doors in the hatch actually DO work. Sweet.
And after all of that, I really need to do some work.  One more week and the steaming pile Smallville returns new.  Joy. I haven't read any new spoilers the last few weeks, and really will try and maintain my abstinence from such as long as I can - in order to keep my head from exploding.  I don't even want to think about it, so I'm shutting up on that anger-inducer right now.  Peace out.