The Geek Seek: the week in geek TV ending 26 Sep 2010

So there I was, going to fire up this week’s episode of Chuck when the thought struck me: What have I wrought! Hath months of cathode ray tube lull caused me to be lackadaisical on my part? Hath not my faithful readers been yearning for my righteous mind bullets?

Well even if you haven’t here they are. Just right before I start on this week’s TV proper! And yes, it’s been a crazy week, what with so many returning shows and many a promising pilot, so let’s get started! (So I can watch Chuck.)

Ah yes, good old Chuck and gang, always a great way to start the week. After the shock announcement of Linda Hamilton as Chuck’s mom during SDCC (more about that to come when I’m done with my thesis unless someone else wants to pick up the slack) I think lots of fans have been waiting just to see how it’ll all pan out. And Schwartz, Fedak and crew don’t waste any time, introducing Mary Elizabeth Bartowski right in the opening scene of the show. After a most hilarious jaunt around the world (leading them right back to Burbank, California) then the story starts proper. Chuck is at a loss to find anything else out about his mom (he doesn’t even flash -yet- on the eventual clue), Sarah and Casey get sent off on a spy mission, Chuck ends up helping them somehow, gets back into the spy game, and, once again, has to hide something from his sister. The more things change, the more things stay the same, don’t they? I won’t blame they show for not evolving tho, because they have brought in some changes, and we’ll see how that pans out in later weeks. It’s a fun episode, but it’s not a game changer. I hope they don’t waste Dolph Lundgren! (Is it strange that I think Zachary Levi is way geekier than Chuck?) Oh, and geek goddess Olivia Munn as Greta. Some would give bonus points for that!

The Event
I’ve spoken vaguely about it somewhere here, and honestly on hindsight I really felt like I should have kept my original title – “an uneventful event”. To summarize: event TV has a huge gap now since Lost ended, nothing else has come up to claim the throne, Heroes turned most villainous, Flash Forward should have had more foresight, and Persons Unknown was left mostly unknown. So up steps the Event, with half the internet loving it to bits (some having watched to ep4), and the other half (maybe the more cynical half) thinking it’s all too very ho-hom, we’ve seen this before. It is still very early days to judge this, and I think episode 2 is really where the litmus test is, so don’t take this rating as final.

Hawaii Five-O
Included purely due to the appearances of Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica) and James Marsters (Buffy, Torchwood, Smallville, what have you), this remake does look pretty interesting. It definitely takes the chance to show Grace Park in as little clothes as possible, as often as possible, and if that, and weird Chinese accents, is right up your alley… me? I might or might not watch the 2nd ep.

The Big Bang Theory
And we continue right where we left off the last season. Sheldon… and a girl. Now? Considering a baby. So Penny gives Sheldon some advice about that – while Howard tries to get a grip on things. I feel like I just wrote a short blurb for the show. They’re giving us the same old comfort food – but beware when it really does get old.

And…… what a return. While I didn’t put much thought into it, I really like how they tied up the loose ends from last season’s cliffhanger. Betty White makes a nice guest role as a kickass anthropology lecturer, and it’s a pity to see her go… and with Anthropology gone, what’s the study group for? Senor Chang, having lost his post, still tries to get in on the action – but now, with his inability to lord over them, I wonder how effective he’ll be as a character. The cast chemistry has really grown leaps and bounds, and a great dig at William Shatner really had me laughing out loud… lots of laugh out loud moments in this, tons of reference too many to list, and perhaps the greatest screen kiss in all mankind. ARRRRGGGHHH-SOME indeed. If this is just the season premiere, I wonder how they’re going to keep it up…

Wow. This is minding bending. This is Fringe at its best. I like how they lulled us with little moster of the week episodes before they started weaving this huge tapestry of stories and lies. And it’s just beginning to pay off. Everybody has to watch Fringe. It is that good. This was my episode of the week (followed by Community).

There’s so many other shows to cover, but time is lacking… but if you really want to find out more about other shows, do feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll see what I can do!


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