The One About TV Shows.

7 04 2009

I’ve always been a couch potato ever since I was a kid. I’ve seen the amazing work of “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, seen unbelievable feats in “Macgyver”, laughed with the silliness of “Perfect Strangers”, and been touched by “The Wonder Years”. As I grew older, I watched young Clark’s exploits in “Smallville”, experienced Bauer’s awesomeness in “24”, and contemplated got scared of being a prison bitch in “Prison Break”. Nothing much has changed since then, only the shows i follow.

In this entry, I shall attempt to explain as best as i can what they are all about, in the hopes of convincing you to pick them up as well.

Here are some of them, in no particular order:

SylarHeroes, Season 3 Volume 2: After the events set in motion in Season 3 Volume 1, the heroes are now on the run. A branch of the government led by Natahan Petrelli is rounding up everyone with abilities and holding them captive in a bid to stop the supposed threat posed by the superpowered beings to the safety of the rest of the human populace.

I must admit, my interest in “Heroes” has waned since it first came out. The series started out okay with the 1st season (albeit that lame-ass ending), went terribly wrong with the 2nd season (Writer’s strike) and pretty much just floated along with the 1st volume of the 3rd season. Following the series has become more of a habit for me, rather than me having a genuine interest on it. Fortunately, the current storyline has been pretty solid so far, but not spectacular. I’m really interested to see how all of the character’s stories will pan out (especially Sylar who’s back to being his badass self). Just please, don’t give us another weak finish.

Echo, or CarolineDollhouse, Season 1: Imagine a place which houses a group of people who can be tailor-made and programmed to fulfill your wildest fantasies up to the very last detail, for a price. You won’t have to worry about anyone finding out because after the said engagement these “dolls” are wiped clean of their memories, erasing any trace of contact with you and your activities. Such is the premise of “Dollhouse”.

Sad to say, I wasn’t really a Joss Whedon follower before this series. The only semblance of familiarity i had with his works were the occasional “Buffy” episodes i saw due to lack of anything better on TV, and that “Astonishing X-Men” run he did a few years ago (which was awesome, by the by) so I am not going to attempt a comparison between them. What I do know though is that the series, after starting kinda slow has picked up considerably with the last 4 episodes that showed. Who is Alpha? What sinister purpose does the Dollhouse really serve? What’s Eliza Dushku’s (Echo, the lead character) cup size? These are the questions I’m dying to find out.

Peter and OliviaFringe, Season 1: The series follows the exploits of an FBI agent as she struggles to investigate and explain weird occurrences that fall under the category of fringe science (genetic mutation, teleportation, nanotechnology, etc.) that are connected to a larger, more sinister plot.

This series has it all: drama, action, and that gut-wrenching whodunit aspect that makes for a great show. While not entirely geeky, the principles used in every episode are deeply rooted to actual scientific facts, making for “believable” plots that leave you hanging on each word, each scene. Anna Torv is adorable as the FBI agent whose life is turned upside-down when she encounters these strange happenings. Providing ample support are John Noble as the difficult but amusing scientist who helps her crack the cases, and Joshua Jackson as Noble’s son.

Laser tag with BarneyHow I Met Your Mother, Season 4: This is the story of Ted and his attempts to explain to his kids the story of how he met their mother with funny, but heartwarming anecdotes.

If you don’t know this series by now, then you must have been abducted by aliens years ago and taken to a planet called “Humorless” and unceremoniously dumped back to Earth after a series of failed anal probes. Neil Patrick Harris as the legen– wait for it– dary Barney Stinson is reason enough to watch this one.

Penny and SheldonThe Big Bang Theory, Season 2: Two geeks living in an apartment have more to worry about than just physics when a hot blonde moves into their building, across the hall from their place.

I admit, this series makes more scientific references than my puny brain could ever hope to fathom but man, it is hella funny. The interaction between the characters are so hilarious that i find myself laughing at every scene. Dr. Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons) is tied with Barney Stinson as my favorite character from a sitcom as of the moment.

Mason and ConnerTrust Me, Season 1: The series attempts to chronicle the things that happen inside an advertising agency and takes a look at the lives of the people that work within it.

I din’t really know about this series up until a month ago, when Karen insisted on giving me a few episodes one night. A few days later, I was thanking her for her initiative. The show may be so-so to some, but for people who work in the industry like me, it’s friggin’ AWESOME. The setting, the day-to-day happenings, even the smallest details are there. Conner (played by Tom Cavanagh) gets special mention as the out-of-control copywriter who comes up with the craziest ideas ever.

So far, these shows have been occupying most of my free time nowadays but I’m always on the lookout for more stuff to follow (Dexter, Chuck, Lie To Me come to mind) so if you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment. 😀

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2 responses

11 04 2009
bia

how i met! dollhouse! bbt! trust me! hahahaha! my gosh…where do we find time for non-tv life? 😛

11 05 2009
Louis

Hmm.. I’ll give Trust Me a try. Thanks for the info.

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