I want to like this show. Honest, I do. But damnit, if I hear the word "fracking" one more time, I'm going to break something. I watched the first episode of the first season and wasn't that impressed. However, after hearing the buzz that this show was the most excellentest ever and that it was an amazing social commentary, I had to give it another shot. It's okay. The herky jerky camera motions to create a chaotic world are annoying to me. Some of the actors are a little too modely for me (although that didn't stop me from loving Starship Troopers) and everything seems a little too flat to me. The whole thing seems like a soap opera in space. I can understand why others like this but I won't be partaking.
Verdict: No More
Although I just talked to Jim about this show over dinner and now I'm thinking I'm wrong to not give it another shot. Sigh.
ABC News goes in depth on the whole wacky internet dating world. You might not have heard of such a thing but apparently a lot of people find their mates these days using the World Wide Web. Eleven women were chosen by the producers to be followed. The first two episodes were pretty good and fairly entertaining. I would have assumed that Balgavy would have loved this show but he doesn't. If it isn't good enough for Balgavy, it isn't good enough for me.
Verdict: No More
The First 48
A and E's big show. Alex J. has been raving about this show for awhile but I'm not quite as obsessed with the police as he is. Still, I was intrigued so I gave it a shot. Each show follows a different homicide squad as they investigate during the first 48 hours. It has some really amazing elements to it. It makes me appreciate good police shows like Homicide even more because many of the real life elements are just like the ones on fictional shows. There have been some amazing moments in the first two episodes I've watched and I feel like I've learned some things about the latest in detective technology and methods. The two episodes both took place in poor neighborhoods and the homicides were drug-related. The image of a heroin addict shooting up into his neck in an vacant lot was incredibly chilling.
But there are parts of this show that I don't like. There are a few typical Fox moments with dumb sound effects added to the proceedings. Alex is right when he points out that the narrator can be a little over the top. Plus, it reminds me of a great documentary that was on a few years ago on Court TV called Brooklyn North Homicide Squad about a nearby precinct. Marc and I were quite excited to watch an episode that featured a murder only a block away. Hell, we could see the apartment in question from our window! That show was much better than The First 48 because it was more cinema verite and less Fox Sports.
Verdict: At least one more episode.
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