Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NCIS: Los Angeles Season 6 Episode 11

I think there is a huge plot hole in this show.  If someone has another opinion on this I would love to have it explained to me.

In this episode Callen's girlfriend gets drawn into a case and Callen is made to stay away because he can't let her know he is a federal agent.  This makes no sense to me since the team goes all over Los Angeles introducing themselves by their actual names as federal agents to suspects and informants.

How are these people trustworthy with that information, but their loved ones are not?

I get that if there is a connection to their loved ones, then bad guys might target them, but since they have introduced themselves to the bad guys all the bad guys have to do is follow them to find out who their loved ones are.

I understand that their loved ones can't know details of cases they are working.  I get that they can't disclose the location of where they work.  But if they are secret agents, then stop introducing yourselves all over town.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Downton Abbey Season 2

My wife and I very much enjoyed season 1 of Downton Abbey.  Then it took a long time for season two to be released and we forgot a lot of what happened in season one and were a little lost.

Once we got reoriented we found that the second season was not as enjoyable as the first.  It felt more like a soap opera and the story was disjointed in some ways.

Thomas stole from the house and was fired because of it.  Then he is let back in the house for visits and to be a military liaison.  You can't have a thief roaming the house unattended.

Then he is allowed to go around working in the house for free for a time.  Again, why would a thief be allowed to do this?

Even after he has contributed good work, how could Carson bring him back knowing he is a thief?

Additionally with regard to Thomas, They know him to be dishonest and yet they purchase food from him.  This part makes a lot more sense that letting him in the house, since the kitchen staff is in a pinch, but a wealthy house has no other resource than the black market to get supplies they have run short of?

I really like the character Bates, but the story with the wife didn't make a lot of sense and was just jarring every time it came back into the story line.

Mr. Bates's girlfriend story line was just ok, but was weakened by the fact that everyone in the servant staff seemed to be having some sort of complicated romance with the other staff or their employers.  I think bates would've been a stronger character had he been left to integrate into the staff  as a single man for a bit longer or made him a married man providing for a family that was outside the house.

The enjoyable part of season one was seeing the workings of a functional house.  The dysfunction of season 2 was not enjoyable.  The dysfunction that the war brought was enjoyable, but the dysfunction of the characters was not.

Mary being engaged to Richard at the end of season 2 and walking away with him and then at the beginning of season 3 she is getting married to Matthew with no explanation of how she got out of her arrangement with Richard was poorly done.  Richard had held over her that he would release her embarrassing story if she left him or was uncooperative with him in any way.

The story of Patrick surviving the Titanic and coming back had potential, but just went flat and then was let drop.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Shows I Have Dumped

The more they try to twist and revive this show the more it is not captivating. It also appears that the longer a reality show runs the harder to watch contestants are. I'm trying to choose my words carefully when talking about the individuals to not be unkind, but contestant screening needs some work. It is like they are just looking for the ones who are most likely to shed the most clothing or make drama. Unfortunately the drama you get is soap opera quality drama. I think if they had engaging people the entertainment would happen on its own instead of mixing this and that and trying o make it pop.

My wife made the point that some people she knows and even herself started watching again because it was going to be in China. They thought it would be interesting to see some of the culture, the landscape, the history, but not much there. I actually gave up on this a couple of weeks ago.

Bionic Woman (2007)
Maybe I am biased by my expectations from the 70's TV series. Maybe I don't get this show since I am no longer a twenty something. I don't if it is the edginess of the lead or her lack of morals or the show's darkness or what. Whatever it is this show is pretty bad. Did anyone screen the pilot or prior to that the script? Did they think that changing the little sister was going to fix everything?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sunday November 4, 2007

Amazing Race Nov 2007
The teams start out choosing a vehicle from a line of vehicles. None of them can go until the first one goes. Instead of picking the first vehicle they all grab one of the color they like or the closest one to them. They then honk their horns, even though they chose poorly and they will get out no further ahead than the ones in front of them.

Based on this and many other aspects of their introductions I have my doubts about how capable most of these teams will be.

The players seem to be a lot more foul mouthed than previous seasons.

One team steals another teams taxi, possibly getting the driver in trouble and then they have the nerve to order him around and tell him to not let the other teams pass.

Will the goth couple really take the time to put on all of that makeup every day of the race? Will they be able to get help from people around the world making themselves so distinctive?

Asian dude singing O'Danny Boy. Nice. He's hilarious and what a dancer.

"Ari and Stella, you're the last team to arrive. I'm sorry to tell you, you have been eliminated from the race"

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Wednesday October 3, 2007

Bionic Woman (2007) S01E01
They have at least stated that her top speed is sixty, although they continue to make her look like the flash.

Am I mistaken or did they replace the small deaf sister with a non dead taller, older, trimmer sister?

I thought for sure in the pilot she had already stated that she would come to work for the organization and now they start this one with not wanting anything to with them. It is like we have taken two steps back in the second episode.

Even though I identified with and enjoyed the comments made by one poster on, I did find this episode a little better.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Monday October 1, 2007

Chuck S01E02
Some very funny things in this episode. I think the humor has staying power, but to continue to tie it to a sensable plot for more than a season will take more time to determine.

Heroes S02E02
Should Clair really get involved with a peeping Tom? And who doesn't close their curtains int he evening? Does Clair have an enhanced tollerance for pain as well as being able to heal. Being willing to jump off stuff and break her legs, cutting off toes, and so forth. I guess the cutting off of the toe goes in with testing what she is cabable of like when she first discovered her powers, but still, ouch! Wolverine said that just having his claws come through his skin each time hurt everytime. Granted this is a different show, but something to think about since a lot of this seems to rip off X-Men.

Preceived Plot holes
-Hiro doesn't stop the arrows.
-Hiro does go back in time and save Kensei.
-On the same lines and probable future plot hole: When Hiro finds out his father has been killed will he go back in time to save him? Doubtful based on what we have seen so far. Perhaps he learned from trying to go back and save his girlfriend that it is not possible.

Journeyman S01E02
Still a bit painful to watch him have to feel like he has to appologize to his wife everytime he returns, but I like how she is participating and helping him explain things and working around the problems it causes with him.

This might be able to last a while and be entertaining, but it feels like one the network won't know what to do with and give up on it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday September 26,2007

Bionic Woman (2007)S01E01
Not buying that bionic legs turns one into The Flash. The jumping I thought was going to be much like the mile long jumping of the Hulk that I have found rediculous. It turned out to be livable.