Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday Night TV

Good night of TV, which is now pretty standard for Sundays. Highlight for spoilers:

  • The Simpsons: I actually thought the gag was going to be that Prof. Frink's time machine prevented Homer from inventing the condiment pen. Pat Summerall's Smut Yuks sounds like a hilarious joke book. "What the... I've been writing creepy letters to that?" Ok episode, nothing special.
  • King of the Hill: I usually love the Bill-centric episodes. They always find the right balance of pathetic and heartwarming. But this one just fell a little short on the funny.
  • Family Guy: MS = Monkey Scrotum? A few of the jokes really worked this week, and I sort of liked the Stewie tanning storyline. The Fran Drescher/Gremlins joke started out lame but the head in the microwave killed me. And the Britney Spears bad mother joke, and the Three's Company bit were both classic Family Guy. And "whoever can swallow the most Tylenol PM wins!" was excellent. Best episode in a while.
  • American Dad: The Da Vinci Code parody was ok, though the Jenga thing was weak. Arrested Development did the exact same "set a scene in a Burger King to cover production costs" joke, only much funnier. But the wikipedia joke at the end was excellent. For the first time in a while, though, I liked the night's Family Guy better than American Dad.
  • Extras: De Niro was weird in that he didn't make fun of himself the way everyone else has. But this one, while still funny, was more about story, a nice moment at the end with Maggie. I really hope this isn't the end of the show, because it's absolutely hilarious.
  • Battlestar Galactica: The intro kinda confused me at first. One of the dangers of the Tivo is that you see something weird and rewind it rather than waiting to see if it explains itself. Adama having waking hallucinations though means he's a cylon, obviously. Apollo seems like a ridiculously random choice to head a legal committee. But man, "I don't think she ever loved you"? Ouch. But it seems like it prompted him to grow some balls and at least address the tension with the President.

    Not long after Studio 60 does the lame sitcom "trapped on a roof" thing, BSG gets the Chief and Cally stuck in a leaky airlock. More exciting this way, but the exact same device.

    And again with the bonus scene, which just irritates me. Is it in continuity or not? I have no idea.
Tivo: Few TCM movies left. I watched a bunch and haven't written them all up, but I'll get around to it.

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