Its been a RIDICULOUSLY slow week for me in the comic world, so I hope you'll all forgive me for this week focusing on other forms of media. I swear that NEXT week I will have a number of comics (many indi) to pass judgment on. Until then, we'll have to make due with a mild rant on TV's new Fall shows.
First up, Christian Slater's TV debut (i believe it's a debut),
My Own Worst Enemy.
NBC, Wednesdays, 9pm
stars: Christian Slater, Yara Martinez, Alfre Woodard
Premise (from NBC.com): Henry (Slater) is living a humdrum life in the suburbs with his wife, Lily (Martinez), their two kids, a dog, and a minivan. Edward ( ALSO Slater) is an operative who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile, and is trained to kill. Henry and Edward are polar opposites who share only one thing in common - the same body. When the carefully constructed wall between the two personalities breaks down, Henry and Edward are thrust into unfamiliar territory where each man is dangerously out of his element.
Ielle's Take: Ok, so I originally had no plans to watch this show. I scoffed at the comercials (Slater, other than in the film Heathers, has always been a joke to me) but in the end decided that I shouldn't be so rash and give it a try. I have to say that for the most part my original opinion was correct, it is more MEDIOCRE TV. Its not a good show (far from, it's VERY cliche) but it kept my attention. Slater overacted (as usual) and made me wish I was watching Jack Nicholson instead of his sad understudy (ask me someday on my Jack Nicholson love child theory).
So what is it that makes this show MILDLY watchable? Well honestly, its the old "guilty-pleasure-action-stuff-blowing-up syndrom". There's nothing more to it than that. The occasional gag about the two personalities getting back at each other in a very FIGHT CLUB sort of way, is amusing, but I see it growing old fast. In fact this entire show already feels "TIRED".
On a scale of 1-10... I give it a 4.
Kath & Kim.
NBC, Thursdays, 8:30
stars: Molly Shannon, Selma Blair (yeah, you read right)
Premise (from NBC.com): The American adaptation of the Australian hit comedy series, "Kath & Kim" stars Molly Shannon (NBC's "SNL") and Selma Blair ("Hellboy") as the hilarious and iconoclastic mother-daughter duo.
"Kath & Kim" focuses on Kath (Shannon), a cheerful, foxy, forty-something and her self-absorbed daughter, Kim (Blair), who have the love/hate, push/pull dysfunctional relationship that only a mother and daughter could share.
Kath has finally found love in the form of a sandwich shop owner named Phil Knight, played by John Michael Higgins ("Best in Show"). Kim is a self-absorbed princess newly separated from her husband of six weeks, Craig (Mikey Day, MTV's "Short Circuitz"). Kim decides to move back home, putting a damper on Kath's new romance.
Ielle's Take: Sweet Christmas, someone keep all weapons away from me when this show is on. I may accidentally harm my television (and on my pay i can't afford that).
Why I took a chance and watched this show not just once, but TWICE is beyond me. The scripts are SOOO tired. Seriously. Kath, an in-home hairdresser wanted to participate in a mall prom expo, and OH SHOCK, was blocked by a snobby mall-hairdresser this week. Yup that was the premise of the ENTIRE SHOW. SNNNNNOOORE. And honest to God, if i find my students (I'm a professor by day) emulating Kath's ridiculously STUPID, Valley-girl-esque (she makes valley girls seem like mensa canidates) speech and opinions I may scream. WHY is it that hollywood insists on making my generation (i'm guessing Kim here is around 25-30ish) appear as bubble heads? GAH!
What's even more depressing is that this is a remake. Australia offered the world this little gem a few years ago. I've been told its very good and that NBC's version PALES in comparison. I can tell you one thing, by looking at the cast photo alone i can see the humor in the series. The daughter is MUCH MUCH older and SOOOO not a beauty Queen. With Selma (i'm not bad looking) Blair as the daughter, her griping about her looks and being a model only make her look unmotivated, not deliciously delusional (as i figure the original Kim was). All in all i give this a giant whopping ZERO out of 10. I will not be watching this show anymore, nor will i suggest it to my friends. I don't know why i'm surprised, Molly Shannon was always annoying to me when she was on SNL.
Well that's all for now gang. I should have some comic reviews starting next week, and other media fun. I leave you with an entertaining cgi animation short that i discovered on youtube this week. It's called Oktapodi, enjoy!