January 9, 2006

A Television Viewer's Diary: 1/1-1/7: Battlestar Galactica

Welcome to the first diary of 2006. I have vowed to attempt to reign in my television viewing. It's not for lack of shows worth watching, nor my desire to watch them. I have decided to be a bit more stringent in what I watch, I simply watch too much. I have also discovered my personal wealth of DVDs, and I would love to give them some more attention.

Hopefully the end result will be in a better quality diary. Separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. So please read on, my faithful fans, dive into the latest diary.

Best show I watched this week: Battlestar Galactica
Worst show I watched this week: Surface

Sunday 1/1.

  • Nothing.

Monday 1/2.

  • Arrested Development (Fox 8pm). It's back, at least for a week. The show starts off with a family meeting about raising money for the business, resorting to begging if necessary. That leads to the narrator imploring the viewer to tell their friends about the show. Beautiful way to start. Sadly, there are only about 4 episodes left to be spread over the next few months. ***.5
  • Surface (NBC 8pm). Holy ET, Batman! There are some interesting aspects to the series, but the characters are all starting to grate on my nerves. I can't remember their names and my interest is fading fast. **
  • Las Vegas (NBC 9pm). This series keeps the TV fun factor high. A flier for a male stripper circulates the casino because of Mike's uncanny resemblance to one of the subjects. Meanwhile, they try to trap a cheat with whom Ed has been previously acquainted. ***

Tuesday 1/3.

  • Scrubs (NBC 9 & 9:30). After months of waiting and wondering, we finally get some new episodes, 2 in total. It is a start of the new year at the hospital and JD is now an attending. He gets to deal with his own interns, where he tries a different tact from Dr. Cox. Meanwhile, Elliot avoids bringing friends to her new job, and tries to convince Kelso she still works there in order to steal supplies. It is great having this bright spot of comedy back on. ***.5
  • Law & Order: SVU (NBC 10pm). A young boy (David Patrick Kelly from Lost) witnesses the murder of his mother. The resulting investigation leads to an organization that is supposed to help the less fortunate, but the organization head was funneling money to a junkie in order to get underage girls. Then the boy decides he has to take matters into his own hands. This remains my favorite of the L&O series. ***

Wednesday 1/4.

  • Stacked (Fox 8:30). This is not high art, but for some reason, I keep coming back. After Kat's birthday party, she and Stuart succumb to their baser instincts for a night of passion which makes the next day a little uncomfortable. While those two deal with their tryst, Harold works through a stiff neck with some help from Skyler. ***

Thursday 1/5.

  • Four Kings (NBC 8:30). Here lies the debut of a new comedy from the creators of Will & Grace. Four life long friends move into the large apartment left to one of them. This was moderately funny, but it also felt a little generic. I'll give it another week or two. **.5
  • My Name is Earl (NBC 9pm). Debuting on its new night is one of the bright spots of this season. This week Earl finds out that his brother was actually responsible for one of his misdeeds, so Randy must now assist in the list. The lesson this episode is forgiving the ones you love. Very funny show, deserving of its attention. ***.5
  • The Office (NBC 9:30). Also debuting on its new night is another bright spot of the comedy world. Michael takes the entire office on a booze cruise, which does not turn out all that well. If you work in an office or a cube, this is the show for you. ***.5
  • CSI (CBS 9pm). A murder is called in anonymously. The team heads out to investigate and discover a lot of hair. It turns out the victim is afflicted with a rare disorder which causes you to grow hair over your entire body. As the hunt goes on, secrets are discovered on behalf of the decedent and on the identity of the killer. This was OK, but not as good as other recent episodes. **.5
  • ER (NBC 10pm). This episode focuses on Abbey and her pregnancy and potentially rejuvenated relationship with Kovac. A young girl is at the ER and is found out to be pregnant, leading to a crisis within her religiously devout family, and a confrontation between Kovac and Neela. Ray tries to get some time off to make an album, and winds up quitting. Another focus is Clemente, and his relationship with a cop's wife, especially when his cop buddies show up looking for her. Mediocre episode. **.5

Friday 1/6.

  • Stargate: SG-1 (Sci-Fi 8pm). Mitchell is with the Jaffa and a Prior, the Jaffa are beginning to realize the danger contained therein and they plan on fighting back. Back on Earth, Sam and Oren work on an antidote to the Prior's virus. T'ealc is also dealing with a Prior and former ally. The three converge and are able to successfully repel the immediate threat, but a greater challenge still looms. This new enemy and cast changes are working well. It is not as good as past seasons, but definitely worth your time. ***
  • Stargate: Atlantis (Sci-Fi 9pm). The team is trapped on a Wraith hive ship, while McKay uses the serum to overpower his own captors and escape back to Atlantis. On the ship, Sheppard and crew escape and then are recaptured, only to escape again as two hive ships battle each other. This was decent, it has become much better since its debut. ***
  • Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi 10pm). The first 10 minutes of this episode was the best moment of television all week. Season 2 resumes with the impending battle between the Galactica and the Pegasus. Soon, the power struggle is set aside as they refocus on the Cylons. However, emotions are still high and backroom plans are made. This is simply the finest science fiction show on television, and probably the best since Farscape left the air. ****

Saturday 1/7.

  • TNA: Wrestling Impact (Spike 11pm). This week featured a tribute to the newly signed Sting. It also had an excellent 6 man tag pitting the upstarts Rodrick Strong, Austin Aries, and Alex Shelly against Chris Sabin, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, and The Phenomenal AJ Styles. Lots of high flying action to be had. ***

To be dropped from the "To Watch" list:

  • Surface
  • Ghost Whisperer

Shows on the bubble:

That is all for this week.


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