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Why do they hate us?

Via James Fallows and today’s New York Times, the latest shocking Wikileaks revelation: In early 2008, American diplomats stationed in Ottawa turned on their television sets and were aghast: there was an “onslaught” of Canadian shows depicting “nefarious American officials … Continue reading

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Vampire Bill?

Over the weekend Lisa and I finished rewatching the BBC vampire-hunter miniseries, Ultraviolet. This morning I went web-surfing for information about Sue Hewitt, who composed the soundtrack, and stumbled across a fan site that mentioned how one of the supporting … Continue reading

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Stargate: SVU gets busy with the body-swapping

Last Friday’s Stargate had the first use of body-swapping technology as a plot complicator. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, they’ve got this alien device on the show that’s kind of like a plug-in desktop Zen garden. … Continue reading

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V

Good popcorn TV. Some random thoughts: * It’s nice to see Elizabeth Mitchell, Alan Tudyk, and Morena Baccarin all getting work. I’m less crazy about the other characters so far. * I’m not sure if it’s the haircut or what, … Continue reading

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Last night on the TV

White Collar — This is the new USA series, about a handsome, smart thief/con-man who becomes a “consultant” with the FBI in return for getting his slate cleaned. This set-up sounded kind of familiar, but Lisa and I decided to … Continue reading

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‘house and House

Elsewhere on TV this week, Dollhouse continues its death march—I’m not even going to bother with comments—but House did a nice job, I thought, of rebounding from last week’s silliness. “Better a murder than a misdiagnosis,” heh. Now if only … Continue reading

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Stargate: SVU, 10/9

After a semi-promising start, the series takes a nosedive in its second episode. THE SITUATION SO FAR: Last week, a mixed group of soldiers and civilians from Earth got stranded aboard a giant alien spaceship several billion light-years from home. The ship is … Continue reading

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Scene from a recent House story conference

Screenwriter #1: So, what should this episode’s big plot point be? Screenwriter #2: Why don’t we have Chase kill Hitler? Screenwriter #1: OK!

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Stargate: SVU, part two

Caught the second hour last night. It was good—not first-season House good, but fun. My two favorite characters are Lt. Scott and Robert Carlyle’s Scientist of Questionable Morals. Still making up my mind about Eli, the video-game whiz who won … Continue reading

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Dollhouse season two

Two episodes in, I’m really not enjoying it. Lisa says, “It’s like they painted themselves into a Stupid Corner.” Thoughts: * Ballard’s character has become totally unbelievable to me. I don’t know what his motivation is supposed to be anymore. … Continue reading

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