Wednesday, September 06, 2006

House and Standoff revisited

I'll start with House. It was good, but not great. It's cool that they are making the connection between his leg pain and his ability as a physician, but I hope they've thought out how they want to develop it. House still battles his addiction to rushes or medication, but can't seem to do without one or the other.

Overall, his personality has changed, and it definitely affects the dynamic of the show. I'm not sure I like it. It's either the beginning of an interesting twist of character development, or the beginning of the end.

I also had mixed feelings about Standoff. The good news is, I think I liked it. The love interest isn't so overwhelming that you don't care. It's going to take some time to develop the chemistry so the viewers really understand what's going on in the heads of the characters. I'll refrain from giving away any spoilers, but we'll just say it's worth the initial viewing, and I'll give it a few episodes to develop.

It's worth mentioning that one of the bit characters left me wondering if this show will have a political agenda, making it worthless instantly. The congressman's wife, mother of a young man involved in a standoff, was the spitting image of a younger Hilary Clinton.

8 comments:

justin said...

I'm with you on House. I resisted that show the whole first season based on the tedium and repetition of the plots, but the character won me over. If he's not an arrogant genius, there is no show. About Standoff...To use your terminology...meh. I love Ron Livingston, but I'm not sure I would ever buy him as a badass of any sort (copier distruction not withstanding). All of this matters not because come Oct. 3 Veronica Mars will be on during this time slot. THIS SHOW MUST BE WATCHED!!! I resisted it as well, but having caught up with all 48 episodes during a three week period over the summer, I have to say that if you are not watching this on Tuesdays, you are missing out on a very special show that currently on the bubble to be cancelled within its first 13 episodes of the season. You know what, I'm so fired up, I just might write my own blog just for this occasion. To anyone reading Ben, tell your friends. Veronica Mars is the shit. Nevermind the Nancy Drew premise. Fall in love with the characters.

yellowdog granny said...

i like ron livingston too, but not sure about the show..i watched it but was so suspense..just run of the mill. and i cant buy the romance..and the characters are a little pat..bad guy good guy, and every time i see their boss i think 'alias'...and i think veronica mars is very good too...
house was a big disappointment...

Ben said...

I don't think they are trying to portray him as a badass (good call) as evidenced by him getting owned by the sniper (sniper 3, Livingston 0).

I just read the 'about' on the Veronica Mars page. Are you sure it isn't painful and stupid? Because it sure sounded that way.

justin said...

Painful and stupid? How about awesome and more awesome. Seriously, I thought the same thing when I first heard about this show, but this summer I upped my Netflix subscription to five simply because I couldn't get my VM fix fast enough. I'll grant that the resolution to season two wasn't as great as I would have hoped, but season one ranks with the best series I've ever seen. And although Ron Livingston didn't show any badassadry ala Jack Bower or anything, it does seem that we are to accept him as a hot-shot cop (which probably appears in the cop show cliche thesaurus under the heading "badass")...the kind of hot-shot who is great at his impossible job AND bangs his "hot" partner. Again, not so much buying any of this from Ron Livingston. He probably deserves a lead on a show at this point, but I don't think it's this one. Unless things change fast, he'll be needed an hour earlier to bring out the worst in old Dr. House again.

Ben said...

In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, the rich and powerful make the rules. They own the town and the high school, and desperately try to keep their dirty little secrets just that.secret. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), a smart, fearless 18-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries.
During the day, high-school senior Veronica must negotiate the halls of Neptune High like any average teenage girl, alongside her friends Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III) and P.C.H. Bike Club leader Eli "Weevil" Navarro (Francis Capra). By night, Veronica helps with her father Keith's (Enrico Colantoni) private investigator business, sneaking through back alleys and scoping out no-tell motels with a telescopic-lens camera and her math book in an attempt to uncover the California beach town's darkest secrets. And in between, Veronica frequently helps add to her college fund by tackling a variety of problems for desperate classmates.

After discovering that Logan Echolls' (Jason Dohring) movie star father murdered Lilly Kane, the now-vindicated Mars family finds themselves embroiled in another season-long mystery hitting closer to home, following a new local tragedy. Meanwhile, after a summer of surprises and sordid murder trials, Logan and best friend Duncan Kane (Teddy Dunn) find themselves at odds, while Veronica must deal with her increasingly complicated romantic life and a whole new school year with familiar and surprising fresh faces, including Logan's carousing buddies Dick and Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas (Ryan Hansen and Kyle Gallner) and Jackie Cook (Tessa Thompson), the fiery, flirty daughter of a professional baseball player.



You understand why I'm having trouble taking this seriously, right? You're causing a great deal of inner turmoil, Justin, as I've valued your judgement for many years now--we've only strayed on Felicity and Buffy. This seems more in their category than the Sopranos.

How many episodes do I need to sit through before I should eject if I'm just not feeling it?

justin said...

I can't speak for the third season. However, the first episode grabbed me right away. That description is clearly written to appeal to the broadest audience, but the strength of the show is the little things. Unless there are major changes, the show is unusually dark and snarky for a network program. The dialogue is well written and clever and I swear that they intentionally try to slip things by the censors. The weekly mysteries can be a little silly sometimes, but the overarching plots are intricate and dark. I watch this show without a bit of guilt. I defy you to not fall in love with Kirsten Bell.

justin said...

By the way...What was the disagreement on Buffy? I've never gotten that show personally, but it is popular in academic circles as well as with cult/sci-fi audiences. I had never even been able to sit through an entire episode until forced to do so last semester during a screening. Still don't get it. One could probably argue that there is a certain Buffy-ness to Veronica Mars, but it's much easier for me to buy because it lacks the fantasy elements. Plus, it's not campy at all.

Ben said...

My memory must deceive me...that happens a lot. For some reason I thought you were in to that show as well.

I'll give VM the ol' college try. I wasn't in to the West Wing at first either until my brother made me watch season one. Maybe this will be another pleasant surprise.

Also, like there was any doubt, Til Death was just about the worst piece of crap I've ever seen. I'm not sure why my expectations weren't lower from the get go.

I was too enamored with football to catch the show after it...that I can't remember...about the guy whose life falls apart in a day, so he turns to the bar....Happy Hour, that's it. Just as piss poor?