Monday, August 10th, 2009
06.30 Z Rock
07.00 Law And Order
08.00 Harvey Birdman
01.30 Famous Five
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Z Rock. "Episode 10" Trying to get out of the contract with John Popper...
Nice ending to the first season. Ties up some stuff from the start of the season and give the whole affair the feeling of a coherent story arc, something I genuinely wasn't expecting.
I like this show. I like the guys. They are always amusing. Lynne Koplitz is very funny. The highlight of this episode comes when she strips down to her bra and urges Popper to have his way with her.
Having Joan Rivers in most episodes doesn't hurt either. The accidental killing of the poor little dog and the whole you-think-I-look-like-Angela-Lansbury? scene are both hysterical.
The twist ending is predicable, but who cares? It's funny.
Law And Order. Season 19, Episode 9. "By Perjury"A lawyer commits murder.
And he's clever, too, so Mike has to get extra sneaky to find a way to defeat him. Good scenes for Mike and Lupo in this one (my two favourite characters on the show). The bit at the end where the bad guy pulls a gun on Mike is a bit OTT for Law And Order, but it works very well within the context of this particular story. But I wouldn't want to see that kind of thing happen every week.
Harvey Birdman. Episode 7. "Deadomutt" The Blue Falcon joins the firm and Harvey gets jealous.
And no wonder. He gets some very bad (and hilarious) treatment when Blue Falcon shows up and everyone falls under the spell of his charm. Having said that, however, there is a sense that they are making the exact same joke over and over and over to fill time until they can get to the cliff-hanger.
Wings. Season 2, Episode 17. "Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places" Valentine's Day.
The first episode for Tony Shalhoub and he makes quite an impression. Antonio is working as a waiter, and he befriends Helen while she waits for Joe to show up. Shalhoub is hilarious. And it's easy to see why they brought him back.
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Famous Five. Episode 7. "Five Go Off To Camp, Part One" The Spook Train.
It's a pity they didn't film all the books as two-parters. The pace in this is just right. Not frantic or rushed. Since they are not just talking to service the plot there's a chance for some character moments. When they gang go camping they hear tales of a Spook Train and decided to go out in the night and investigate. Anne (the youngest) is too scared to go out (seems strange, after all they have been through, but never mind...) so Julian decides that George must stay with Anne. This is little character conflict within the group is interesting to observe. Had this been a half-hour adaptation, I'm sure we'd have lost all of this.
Highlight? Wings (Tony Shalhoub)
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