Monthly Archives: November 2008

A Man’s Gotta Do What A Man’s Gotta Do

And this man (hmm…sounded kind of strange referring to myself as “man” rather than “guy” or “dude”) has got to own the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog DVD, complete with singing commentary and other various and sundry extras (I think the San Diego Comic Con panel is included, as well–you know, the one where Felicia Day gets caught Twittering under the table):

Anyways…Dr. Horrible was way more awesome than most of the movies that came out this year (The Dark Knight?  Shit, Horrible totally owned Knight!).  That’s why I jumped as soon as I got word that it was up on Amazon.  It gets released on December 19, just in time for the holiday season.  Go on, you can pre-order it here.

Fall 2008 DVR Losers

Back at the start of the Fall 2008 TV season, I wrote two posts about the shows that I had programmed into my nifty little DVR (you can read Part One here, and Part Two here).  For the most part, a lot of my returning favorites–House, NCIS, Big Bang Theory, Bones–have held up their end of the bargain.  I’ve also discovered Crusoe, a fun little romp (which I’ve christened “bamboo-punk”) that slipped under my pre-season radar.  And, of course, the Great Office Experiment has cleary been very, very successful.

Unfortunately, you can’t have winners without a few losers (this ain’t Little League, after all).  Some of these losers brought it on themselves, others have had the status of “Loser” tattooed on them by The Powers That Be.

Knight Rider

I really, really, really wanted to like this updated version of a beloved show from my childhood.  I enjoyed the two-hour movie that served as a backdoor pilot last spring.  I didn’t have any problems with the cast (Will Arnett would have been hilarious as KITT, but Kilmer did a pretty good job).  So, imagine my surprise when I couldn’t even make it through the first episode of the series.  When I couldn’t make it through the second episode, it was deleted.

Life on Mars

I gave this a shot.  It wasn’t what I would call “bad”, but eventually I realized that I just didn’t care about the characters.  I don’t care why Detective Mars (yes, I know his name is Tyler) has travelled back in time.  Is he in a coma back in his present?  Don’t care.  Sorry.

My Own Worst Enemy

I kinda dug this show.  It was a fun way to unwind my brain after Heroes.  But, NBC has decided that no one watches it, so I have to bid adieu to Christian Slater’s split-personality secret agent.

Pushing Daisies

Another show that the network suits have decided no one watches.  I’ll admit that it was never a priority for me.  Usually, it was something that I’d watch on a weekend morning while I was having my coffee.  But, the characters were cute (sure, sometimes too cute) and the murders were usually a fun combination of C.S.I.‘s gory bloodbaths and the lighter crimes from shows like Monk and Psych.  Maybe it would have fared better with an internal mythology that was a little less complex.

The Mentalist

I know I kind of gave this show shit about being a Psych rip-off.  I know it really isn’t exactly like the wacky adventures of Shawn and Gus.  And, to be honest, I wanted to check it out.  But, unfortunately, I already record a bunch of stuff on Tuesday nights, so this one had to take a hit for the team.

Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

Say hello to Mr. Gobble:

Separated at Birth?*

American Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson:


And TV’s Sam Waterson:


*Either that, or ol’ Ralphie is some kind of devious immortal fiend and Waterson is his current alias.

The Guild Season 2 FTW!

The second season of Felicia Day and Company’s award-winning (and, quite frankly, damned hy-larious) web series, The Guild, has premiered.

New episodes will appear on MSN Video every Tuesday.  Go on, check it out.  You can also catch up with the first season on either MSN, The Guild‘s website, or YouTube.

And the Unhealthy Obsession Continues…*

Which character from NBC’s The Office am I?

Jim Halpert


“You are the kind of person that everyone likes. You are funny, laid back, and not bad looking. You love practical jokes and having a fun time with your friends. However, because you are so laid back you often let the things that are most important to you get away. I miss Dwight. Congratulations Universe, you win.”


*The fact that I have suddenly accepted the awesome that is the American version of The Office with wild and youthful abandon reminds me of this little bit of dialogue between Xander and Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “The Zeppo”:

Xander: But… It’s just that it’s buggin’ me, this ‘cool’ thing. I mean, what is it? How do you get it? Who doesn’t have it? And who decides who doesn’t have it? What is the essence of cool?
Oz: Not sure.
Xander: I mean, you yourself, Oz, are considered more or less cool. Why is that?
Oz: Am I?
Xander: Is it about the talking? You know, the way you tend to express yourself in short, noncommittal phrases?
Oz: Could be.
Xander: I know! You’re in a band! That’s like a business-class ticket to cool with complementary mojo after takeoff! I gotta learn an instrument. Is it hard to play guitar?
Oz: Not the way I play it.
Xander: Okay, but on the other hand: eighth grade. I’m taking the flügelhorn and gettin’ *zero* trim. So the whole instrument thing could be a mislead. But you need a thing, one thing nobody else has. What do I have?
Oz: An exciting new obsession. Which I feel makes you very special.

“That’s What She Said! That’s What She Said! That’s What She Said!”

I just can’t stop watching this clip:

I mean…the sheer, unadulterated glee contained in Pam’s outburst is infectious.