They are indeed and let's look at the first episode of TORCHWOODSeries Two which has already attracted some negative remarks (well, remark) in my 'comments' section. Incidentally, I have enabled that section to include comments from those of you who aren't bloggers. Feel free to contribute. If you haven't seen this episode then avoid the next paragraph as I talk, or type, quite graphically about it.
My fish has no nose. How does it smell?
It was good to see an old-fashioned man-in-a-mask type alien (see Blowfish above) on TV and I was disappointed to see him last only a few minutes - more please! Otherwise, it was more of the same. The script was decidedly dodgy and by that I mean slightly 'non-adult'. They bill it is an 'adult' show yet the it's actually more 'teenage' than 'adult', whatever those definitions mean. Great performance from JAMES "Scene Stealer" MARSTERS and I was happy to see in the 'Coming Up' section - it also included ALAN "John Barrowman Called Him Jim On Set" DALE and lovely MARTHA "Now Working for UNIT" JONES. Although, it was fab to see the team again there were a number of issues that concerned me: (1) the aforementioned script - notably the scene where Captain John entered the bar and the 'banter' in the TORCHWOOD SUV; (2) how come everyone's getting all 'relationshipy'? There's Gwen/Jack; Jack/Ianto and now, seemingly, Owen and Tosh. Not to mention Jack and John getting it on; (3) Plot-holes - getting into a bar with guns? Very quiet city streets (thanks to Nick for pointing that one out)? And there were more. Still, all that aside, I flippin' enjoyed it. And who is this GRAY that was mentioned at the end? Anything to do with a "PRIVATE GRAY" that is a 'possible' entry in the next DOCTOR WHO ENCYCLOPEDIA? We'll just have to wait and see.
"Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope." Nice.
AMERICAN IDOL returned as did the laughs. Again, more of the same - the contestants are filled with usual fame-hungry idiots; PAULAloves everyone; RANDY says "pitchy dog"; and SIMON gets adored by all. No more so than by this guy - RENALDO LAPUZ. He sang his own song, which he wrote all by himself, called "I Am Your Brother" especially for the big guy. Oddly, it was a rather memorable little melody and is already doing the re-mix rounds on the 'net. It came across either as an almost EUROVISION type song or as the closing theme tune in a Japanese television show. You can see his audition below, stick with it and sing along:
Another contestant 'sang' his song dedicated to PAULA and this little beauty contained the LOL-making lyric:
I'm not much of a talker, so I guess I'll just stalk her. If I were Columbo, I'd Peter Falk her.
Nice one, SHAKESPEARE would be proud. Another show that returned to our screens was TWO PINTS(now officially shortened) and they got all 'special' with us by doing it 'live'. Whilst it did work as a live entity there were two painfully annoying things: (1) the new bar man - so Seventies Sitcom gay that I'm not sure how far we've turned with regards to irony. Needless to say he was not funny; (2) the big 'joke' -JOHNNY won a competition to go to the US to jump a shark. Geddit? A joke so painfully thin and dated that it would not have made a decent sketch let alone an entire episode of a 'comedy' show. For those of you unfamiliar with the expression (come on, really?) goHERE for an explanation of 'JUMP THE SHARK'. Trailers have started for ASHES TO ASHES, the 'sequel' (of sorts) to LIFE ON MARS, on the BEEB, you can see it on their YOUTUBE site (if you live in the UK).
Still 'avin' oops?
HARRY HILL'S TV BURP was back to its best with an hilarious 'cataracts?' montage featuring the cream of today's 'prime-time' talent. He also featured HUGH "FEARNLEY"-WHITTINGSTALL and I was surprised that he didn't dress up as him 'cos I think there's a strong resemblance. Don't normally talk about radio here but I felt I had to share this with you. After doing a rather serious and heartfelt article on ALZHEMIER'S, featuring many interviews with people who have experienced it within their families, on his show, JEREMY "My Brother Is Tim" VINE then played "Don't You Forget About Me" by SIMPLE MINDS. Now, apart from the title of the song and the name of the band, there's lyrics in there like, "Will you recognise me?" Doesn't Jezza have a brain? Anyway, who looks worst?