So True Blood had its season finale last night. Who else out there was watching it? If you weren’t, but you plan to catch it on DVD or something, then you probably don’t want to click through and read the rest of this post. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the first season immensely, thought the finale did a satisfying job of wrapping the storyline up, and can’t wait for the second season to begin.
It’s Monday, and I’m busy. But since a few of you have asked, I thought I’d let you know which new TV shows I’m watching so far this season (True Blood, Life On Mars, and Sanctuary), and see what you think of them. And while you’re at it, if there are any new shows you’re watching that you’re excited about, be sure to let me know!
So far, this new HBO series by Alan Ball about “outed” vampires has, for me, really lived up to the summer’s worth of hype. Anna Paquin is acting the hell out of it, pretty much as you’d expect. And confining the plot to a small town in New Orleans has succeeded in keeping the premise from being as trite as I originally feared it might be. Based on the buzz, I thought this series could end up being a trite “statement” show — using vampires as a metaphor for homophobia and racism in America. Which on some level it is, and that’s fine. As long as it doesn’t ever overplay that hand.
It’s that time of year again, when leaves will soon begin to fall off the trees, and DVRs will fill up with either new television shows or new episodes of old television shows. Here’s the new sci-fi stuff I’m planning to watch next week and why …
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Season 2
(Monday, FOX, 8pm EST) The first season of this show started off a bit uneven, but really hit its stride about midway through, particularly after the introduction of Derek Connor from the future. And holy crap, the last half-hour of the season finale? That pool scene? Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around”? I still get goosebumps. If you haven’t already seen Season 1, or just want to watch it again, FOX has full episodes up on their website. Or you can always just go back and read my recaps. Continue reading →