Month: May 2009

Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

Tube talk: 2008-09 TV season report card

TV & Radio
Television.  Love it or hate it, it sure beats reading or taking out the garbage.  I don't post all that frequently about TV on this site, but man do I spend a truckload of time watching it.  So here's a breakdown of the shows I watched over this past television season, and what I thought of them.  Overall it was a pretty good year, and the spectre of the writers' strike is already a distant memory. American Dad! - I can only guess that more of Seth MacFarlane's attention has been directed towards this show than Family Guy, which is the reason it has consistently been the funnier of the two.  Or maybe he isn't overseeing it, and that's why it's funnier.  Either way, this season saw a drop in quality from the previous few but was still pretty good.  Any bit with a Roger/Steve pairing was
GFS at the Movies: Star Trek

GFS at the Movies: Star Trek

Movies
It wasn't all that long ago that the Star Trek brand was about as interesting and relevant as...well, let's just say I can't have been the only one who left Gene Roddenberry's creation for dead after their last outings on the big screen and the boob tube.  Turns out it just needed a bit of a breather (not to mention some fresh creative blood). Putting aside painful cliches like "set phasers for stunning!" or "Star Trek will now live long and prosper", I'll just say that J.J. Abrams's Star Trek takes its place among the greatest realizations of Roddenberry's franchise in any medium.  The film succeeded on nearly every level possible, not the least of which was making it resonate with longtime fans - who, let's face it, are probably the most fanatical and detail-obsessed of any fictio