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Ringer “Let’s Kill Bridget!”: Even The Titles Are Lazy

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The only reason i watch Ringer is the amazing cast, the minute I saw who was in it I was sold as a fan of basically all actors who picture pops up after the tiresome monologue that is the beginning right where the tantantan sound comes up. I gave this show many chances and the only thing I can honestly say after tuning in every week for 19 episodes is this show is lazy. As a show based entirely on lies and deceit a subject matter that is exciting in its own right drops the ball when it comes to interesting storytelling. It feels as if the writer got bored half way through the show and just gave up. Every chance of an interesting story was destroyed by fear.In a time of great TV being too scared of killing off a character (such as Malcolm Ward) ,or the excruciating killing of another (Gimma) that gets stalled over many attempts  just forces people to switch channels no matter how many times they remind themselves this is Buffy on TV and we all owe her loyalty for her years in serving our teenage fantasies.

This episode is no different and it really ticked me off,the promo really over sold this episode,we are teased with a confrontation between the twins that turns out to be a fantasy of siobhan’s wishful thinking (the fact that there is no difference between the two what so ever really bothers me) not to forget the ridiculous course of events that leads Bridget lying on a mattress in The Bronx faking her own death with a blood bag…yeah I know!

I hated this week’s installment and I can’t forgive the bad writing because i see potential in this show if managed by new writers and absurd loose ends tied or better yet buried deep.I will keep watching to see where things end but I really hope this show doesn’t get renewed so we can see these good actors put to better use on other shows.

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Whitney “Getting To Know You”: Blue Balls The Size Of A Basketball Game

Though Whitney doesn’t fit with the Thursday night line up and does not by any means match the comedic brilliance of Community, Parks and recreation and The office  I have to admit, I am starting to like Whitney. The story and jokes are repeated and what’s bringing me back is the fact that I can’t deny it’s funny and I especially have to recognize the comedic excellence of  Chris D’Elia who delivers every week. I am not denying that Whitney Cummings is funny, for me she is even adorable but she can be a little much sometimes and her material is all there for someone who is familiar of her stand up which can be a little boring because her jokes are about novelty as to say if you hear the joke again it will not be as funny. The comedy is about relationships, I know that, but what frustrates me is that there is no investment in supporting characters, they are commentators and audience, their life revolves around Whitney and Alex and seem to have very little going on in their lives.I don’t believe in unnecessary characters on any TV show because there are no unnecessary human beings and in comedy I prefer ensemble cast comedy than others. The story is the same every week though and I am not hating it but i see myself getting bored later, this week Whitney discovers that there are things about Alex that she did not know before; for example: Racket ball. she sets on playing racket ball with him so they can have shared hobbies together and ends up sucking at it then challenging him to a basketball game and beating him. the story is pretty safe as all Whitney’s stories, there is no way it will not be funny but it is not that great.It does not insult the viewers intelligence though, it know what it is and it’s very clear on its identity, so some people will hate it and others will love it but no one will be confused to what it is exactly.

Ringer Review: Pink Is My Favorite Color

Ringer is on my yes list, I am loving the show and even though the third episode in the season had its off moments I enjoyed it. The series hit that jackpot with the cast. If there is a concern it is that the pace isn’t that fast, I am hoping for fast paced quick story line resolving brilliance of The Vampire Diaries. They pace is not slow at all but not knowing exactly what’s happening can be a little frustrating, but as an audience  there is a sort of attachment you form to the character of Bridget and in this episode a real sympathy for Siobhan as the stick turns blue and she discovers she’s pregnant.

What I like about Ringer is that every action has both a reaction and a consequence, Bridget went to the divorce attorney’s office she has to answer to her husband, she takes a cell phone she has to answer to the scary dude and she kills someone and has to deal with the body for a whole episode. I am really loving Bridget she has shown over and over again what a survivor she is which makes sense since I am assuming she lived on the streets at some point in her life.

The story of both Bridget and Siobhan continue as we try to discover why would Siobhan fake her own death?who wants her dead? and when will Bridget reveal her secret?

Note: The dress was amazing…my jaw dropped. I WANT IT!

 

The Playboy Club: Bunny Tails And Scotch

The Play Boy Club was described by Joel McHale as “Mad Men with boobs” and that is what I expected so I watched the first 2 minutes half heatedly, but it was a pleasant surprise.

It is a story about deceit,murder and surprisingly not much flirtation. The world in the playboy club is unreal and detached from reality as it should be.The bunny suits are unflattering but they work if they send the message how ridiculous their job is. The key holders (men who are allowed in the club) are powerful business man that bring as much money as trouble.

4 minutes into the episode a murder happened and the lives of new bunny Maureen played by Amber Heard and lawyer (one time linked to the mob) Nick Dalton Eddie Cibrian collide as they try to cover up the murder. The plot starts from there and I am not sure how long it can be dragged on and how fast it will be resolved but if they are smart they shouldn’t drag it on till the season finale. This show can distinguish itself if it relies on fast paced story lines and interlocked relationships and not try to pull a Mad Men because the subject matter wont help them. The show has to be as decadent as the playboy club itself  and having it on network TV wont help.

The show offers some legitimate beginning of a story line and I am excited to see where it goes, the cast has potential especially Amber Heard and Laura Benanti who playes the mother bunny….God I guess my only problem is how often they use the word bunny, how am I supposed to take them seriously when they say bunny meeting, a bunny, I am not a waitress I am a bunny and Cigarette bunny.

We have Bunnies and mobsters all in one place in an era that offers a lot of stories, so kick back relax and enjoy the ride.

Prime Suspect: A Man’s Game No More

I was not sure about NBC’s  Prime Suspect it seemed like a story told to death. What pusehed to watch it is the fact that it’s based on a british series starring  Helen Mirren and usually when american tv takes a british show and makes it their own it can go either way but so far we have success stories such as Shameless and The Office. 

The story is very ordinary, we right away get a feel of what a hard ass  Det. Jane Timoney is played by Maria Bello. She is a serious cop with unyielding determination and ambition, surrounded by males who resent having her around she is assigned the crappy cases and not taken seriously until she takes (NOT GIVEN) a job of a recently deceased fellow detective.

The show has a potential of becoming interesting, but honestly how many times have we seen stories about NYPD ? The approach is different i’ll grant you that, but at this time in TV Drama has gotten really good and mediocre shows have no business being on TV.  Judgement: I like it and I like the cast but not the stories involving them , but I wont be watching every week, I’ll just wait till I have nothing else to watch.

NOTE: nod to the fashionable detective we don’t see that often.

Revenge Review:Winning Formula Not Cooked Right

 

This show could have gone wrong in so many ways,hating the protagonist was not one of them because Emily VanCamp brings it home as the young and rich Emily Thorne AKA Amanda, she is not heartless but yet hard core, you feel as if put in the same situation you could easily become that revenge seeking machine.

The show opens to the scene of a murder with a party in the background ( which I think revealed a little bit too much), it clearly shows who got killed and who is the murderer and Emily Thorne’s obvious involvement. Then flash back to 5 months ago to see how Emily infuses herself into the rich world of the Hamptons to execute her revenge. The show flashes back to her childhood and then back to 5 months ago from the present to show why she needs that revenge.

The plot is interesting, a girl seeking revenge for her father who was framed by the Grayson family (a prominent family with a crazy beautiful house),arrested and later died an innocent man. I would watch a story like that especially on ABC they offer a level of intensity to their dramas (think Grey’s Anatomy in its glory days). The problem is that there were unnecessary unconvincing moment that made an otherwise winning formula a little bit off.

The cast amazing,it really holds up well.It’s the directing and writing I have an issue with. I think the problem is her age if she was a teenager when her dad was taken away I would have believed the need for revenge and the attachment of her childhood friend Jack Porter Nick Wechsler (the only handsome guy on the show).

As a pilot it was not impressive but Emily VanCamp’s performance was, it can be better and this is still the pilot and a lot of shows make the mistake of over dramatizing their pilot. It was not bad but it loses in comparison to it’s CW counterpart Ringer, which is also a story about deceit and betrayal in a rich decadent world.

I will be back next week because I believe this show can be better it just got off to a rough start. If the show does not deliver some fast paced nail-biting worthy story lines soon I wont be coming back for more. I hope it will, i really want to love this show.

Whitney Review: Deserves Another Visit

I have been introduced to Whitney Cummings‘s stand up routine over the summer, she is funny a little mainstream and honest. Not a lot of stand up comedians can act but Cummings pulls it off. I love the fact that her show is neither a portrayal of a marriage comedy or a single girl trying to find love. She plays a loud mouthed,ungraceful photographer named Whitney (as if it is called something else she’ll forget her name?!) who has a steady boyfriend of 3 years Alex played by Chris D’Elia who as it turns out is pretty funny .

A lot of Cumming’s stand up material is there in the pilot such as the wearing a hoody and the role playing fiasco. She has done this previously where in interviews she would repeat jokes instead of offering new material which is a cause for concern that the show will repeat the same joke over and over again in a different form. You will not get a dose of pure female comedic genius like that of Tina Fey’s or Amy Poehler’s for sure, Cummings’s humor is entertaining but not brilliant, she offers a realistic cynical look at relationships and the dynamic between men and women and  if the show hires some great writers to support that theme  it will do really well.

First impression: not safe from cancellation because some people are bound to hate Whitney especially when NBC offers some challenging comedies such as Community, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock.

In all, the show is funny and entertaining,It needs some recasting since some of the supporting cast is not impressive BUT I am excited to see what it offers next week while I am very realistic about the possible disappointment.

And The Award For Balls Of Steel Goes To:Game Of Thrones

Spoliers …….

 

How did this happen? In what universe do the producers decide to kill of a main character? Sean Bean’s character Lord Stark was introduced as the main character in the show he is the honorable man who fights for what is right and good. The twist came when he was dragged from his prison and confessed to treason in exchange of mercy but King  Geoffrey  the brat decided otherwise and demanded his head. going into the episode i knew someone important is going to die because I didn’t watch it right away but i did not expect this. Do I like this bold move?I don’t know. I really was expecting Lord stark to serve in the night watch with his bastard son, I was excited for those two to bond.

I am still flabbergasted, and I ask again What the Hell happened in that room that the producers decided “O.K let’s kill him off ?!”. I decided how i feel i am pissed off