Well, it looks like FOX is going to own my Mondays for about the next 8 months or so.
Arrested Development Hilarious of course, but I still have the same complaint I had from last season (don't know if it's been discussed before)...Ron Howard editorializing while narrating is just plain annoying. Nice way to send off Zuckerhorn though.
Kitchen Confidential Very very nice. Loved how Jack assembled his kitchen crew in the style of a heist flick. First impression is that the ensemble works well together.
Prison Break Still pretty awesome, continuing the 24 vein of "who can you trust?" Veronica's new lawyer buddy seems to be playing the role of Janet's father from the first season of 24. But I can't help but wonder what would have happened to Michael's recon mission had Warden Pope not been so naive (seemingly). I actually thought Michael was leaving at the end what with the emotional instrumental rock music. Line of the night easily goes to Abruzzi: "Call my wife. Tell her to take the kids and get out of the country."
I wonder how much longer Pope has to live. Its clear after last week they set up the succession for that asshole prison guard to take his place, and now he's pissed off the Secret Service. I'm guessing he's got one or two more weeks for us to find out more about Toledo before he gets offed.
I too thought that Scofield was gone at the end of the ep. I was expecting the origami swan he left for his cellmate to contain instructions for how to break his brother out and carry on the plan.
The play on words for "Take out Percy, Fitz, or English" was cute.
This is just a hunch, but I think he's bluffing about knowing Fibonacci's identity.
"Now that you've built up the courage to get into the gym, let me give you five reasons why you should put in the time to train with consistency: 1. Increased strength 2. Improved self-confidence 3. Injury prevention 4. Self-discipline 5. Sex (Trust me, you'll have a better shot with the ladies if you're in shape.)" -- Making the Game, pp. 14 - 15
My god a masterpiece. Hope you like double entendres.
Favorite tiny background joke: GOB's yearbook entry said "Hopes to One Day: Go camping with my dad." or Lindsay's ringtone is the Arrested theme. or ImOscar.com plays a MIDI of the Buster's Secret Father music.
These folks may not be Everybody Loves Raymond great but they sure are great.
"Musty old claptrap" and the vulva-then-Volvo that was passed on because it was "too boxy." Both Bluth father and son almost having "pop-pop."
This episode was masterful and absolutely out of control.
About ImOscar.com, we find out that George/Oscar's prisoner number is 24601, the same number as Jean Valjean's and, if I remember correctly, Seymour Skinner's barred helmet from his stay in the Hanoi Hilton. So good.
EDIT: to add that I love the fact that, instead of a bimbo, Michael is kneeling next to the Bluth Staircar when he tells George Michael that they can't go to the cabin. A really nice display of the priorities of the two guys.
Oh man, a long summer without AD was instantly forgotten. What a hilarious episode...I enjoyed the re-introduction of the Blue Man Group to the show, as well as the CALLBACKS~~~~!
Kitchen Confidential needs to slow down the pace by about 50% before it can be anything worth watching (though Bonnie Sommerville, Xander and Evil Dude From Wedding Crashers are all interesting).
On the flip side, congrats to ABC for hiring Tim McGraw to tailor the lyrics to "I like it, I love it" for every halftime highlight show throughout the "Monday Night Football" season. Just last week, my buddy House and I were discussing Cosell's classic highlight narratives in the '70s, and how nobody had approached them since, and I told House, "Only one thing could ever come close, and I know it's a long shot, but what if ABC hired Tim McGraw to tailor the lyrics to 'I Like it, I Love It' for each week of NFL highlights throughout the season?" And wouldn't you know, it happened! See, dreams can come true. --- Bill Simmons, www.sportsguy.net
Kitchen Confidential was a criminal misuse of talent (John Francis Daley, Bradley Fucking Cooper, and to a lesser extent Nicholas Brendan) and having AD be its lead-in is especially rough considering their attempt at funny/witty writing when you know just a few minutes ago you saw the real deal.
I actually thought that was a pretty weak episode compared to those past....My fave moments were already mentioned: "rubbing off on your cousin" and the return of Steve Holt (the statue with just the hand of the father was great). Too many double entendres.
Keep in mind, I loves me some Arrested Development, and I loved last night's episode, but it was WAAAAYY too in-jokey to lure in a new audience on a new night. One of the things I do enjoy most about AD is the payoffs for longtime viewers, but you have to save that for when you've lured a few new people in.
I liked Kitchen Confidential a lot, but the show that really surprised the hell out of me was How I Met Your Mother on CBS. Yeah, it's a standard laugh-track sitcom, but it was really, REALLY funny, with standout performances from Neil Patrick Harris ("How's not playing Laser Tag? 'Cuz playing Laser Tag...IS AWESOME!") and Alyson Hannigan. It reminds me of Coupling (the good British one, not the crappy American one).
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Originally posted by geemoneyToo many double entendres.
Perhaps. Well, why don't you pop a tent in front with your cousin?
Originally posted by SchippeWreckit was WAAAAYY too in-jokey to lure in a new audience on a new night
There was so much stuff going on that it was probably tough to jump in. But they ended last year with cliffhangers for everyone, so they had to follow up on that. All of that. Last year's premiere was more of a brand new start since the only thing that had been left up in the air was George's escape to Mexico, and everyone else was starting something new.
So there were a lot (a lot) of plot strings being picked up, but were there any in-jokes in this besides "I've made a huge little mistake" and 'having pop-pop' as a euphemism?
Agreed. And even if it hadn't...why can't Pixar come up with new ideas for movies anymore? From the original Toy Story to Up they put out an amazing run of movies, more often than not coming up with something brilliant and original.