January: new shows, returning shows. Just a few highlights from recent viewing.
- Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5 (or is it 3.0?) started off with a BANG Friday night! Amazing character-driven action show. With the latest episode, BSG proves that it’s still the best drama on TV today. Seriously. I’m not making it up. Even if you don’t like SciFi, you should still be watching this show. It transcends SF in the best way possible.
- The Book of Daniel: Despite the controversy of two NBC affiliates (including one in my home state, KARK in Little Rock) pulling it, it’s NOT offensive. Well, not very, anyway. The thing that most uptight “Christians” (I hate to actually call them that) objected to — Jesus being a character in the show — I found the most compelling part of the show. The rest of it is mostly just a soap opera about a priest and the people around him (mostly his family). I thought, other than being a white guy, that Jesus was portrayed remarkably positively. I think I’ll give it a few more weeks, even though it conflicts with Numb3rs (one of the best dramas on TV) and Monk (a once-terrific show that may have jumped the shark).
Okay, maybe I should call this post a mini roundup.
RIP, Agent 86.
Get Smart was always one of my favorite shows growing up. Don Adams was a comic genius. And Barbara Feldon’s Agent 99 was my second love (after “Half Pint” from Little House on the Prairie, natch). I think that show fueled my life-long love of the spy genre, though later spoofs (e.g., the Austin Powers movies) left me pretty cold. RIP, Mr. Adams.
Our local NPR station, KUAF 91.3FM is now podcasting a great local show, Ozarks at Large. Ozarks at Large covers a wide range of interesting topics, witness the description of this week’s show:
On this edition of Ozarks at Large…we spend an afternoon with the defending world champion drum and bugle corps and get the latest on the study of the New Madrid Fault.
WARNING: I added the above link before actually downloading the podcast. It turns out that it’s not really a “podcast” after all. Rather, it’s an RSS feed of links to pages where the shows can be listened to in a streaming WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. Blech. I sent them an email pointing out that such a beast isn’t a “podcast” at all. Hopefully, they’ll rectify the situation soon.
UPDATE 2005.08.26: Looks like they finally got it up as an actual podcast. Excellent! I’m downloading a stack of episodes now.
Well, the Emmy nominations are out and Battlestar Galactica got rooked. I love SciFi. But, even if you don’t, BG is an incredibly well-done series. Great characters, great character development, a very intriguingly-put-together “sci fi” universe, great acting. Great, great, great. Really. Give it a shot. Season 2 starts Friday night (7/15) on the SciFi Network. Watch it, then watch Monk on USA Network. Monk’s star, Tony Shaloub, DID get an Emmy nomination this year (he’s won at least once for that role), and this week’s episode marks the return of guest star John Turturro as Monk’s equally-oddball brother, Ambrose Monk, whose first appearance a couple of seasons ago was maybe the best single episode of the series to date. Friday on cable is the real “Must See TV.”
Wil Wheaton got cut from Star Trek: Nemesis. That’s too bad. As much as Wil is sort ambivalent about his whole ST experience (and what it’s done to his career), I was looking forward to seeing Wesley Crusher ride again, if just for a bit of closure.
I hope that footage (apparently, they cut 48 minutes) shows up on the DVD release, since that’s what DVDs are for.