Friday, February 27, 2009

TV REVIEW: LOST 5.07 "The Life and Times of Jeremy Bentham"

Here is the review of "The Life and Times of Jeremy Bentham."

Check it out!

LOSTies with Jed & Cara: "The Life and Times of Jeremy Bentham" from Jed Findlay on Vimeo.

LOST 5.07 "The Life and Times of Jeremy Bentham" : A- (Jed) A- (Cara)


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

TV REVIEW : LOST 5.06 "316"

This is the first episode of LOSTies with Jed & Cara - discussing "316."

Check it out!!

LOSTies with Jed & Cara: "316" from Jed Findlay on Vimeo.

LOST 5.06 "316" : A- (Jed) B+ (Cara)


Sunday, February 15, 2009

TV REVIEW: LOST 5.05 "This Place is Death"

Blowing my mind is a quality that LOST often beholds and does very well - "This Place is Death" definitely delivers on the mind massaging.

I am so happy with how the season is going, we have yet to have a bad episode or one that I really did not have a gasping moment with! This ep made me gasp about 5 times.

The biggest and best gasp of the night belonged to smokey. Watching Rousseau's team wander through the jungle to meet up with the Smoke Monster... watching one of her crew get blown out of the ground - into the air - and landing with a nasty thud (sound effects were big tonight).

Montand gets grabbed and is dragged in an exciting sequence - smokey is taking him all the way back to the...

TEMPLE!!! Finally, we get a view of the Temple! I guess smokey likes to hang out here and was given Montand a little tour - the gang held on to him as long as they could, til smokey severed his arm... oops!

Here was gasp 3 and 4 - realizing that Rousseau's team got the sickness by entering the temple after Montand... the scene where Danielle had to shoot Robert was heartbreaking and stunning!

The fun sort of let up once we dealt with the Island Losties finding the Orchid... and the LA stuff was ok this week (though not much happened). I did like Ben's fit about everyone not giving him the respect he deserved!

Having Desmond arrive at the end was annoyingly TV convenient. But - whatever.

The final sequence was gasp 5 - when Locke hit the floor and broke his legs... and had the bone protruding... ewwwww. The sequence was very cool. Christian Shepard announcing that Locke was to turn the wheel... not Ben... odd, what does that mean?

"Say hi to my son..."

The only real bummer of the episode was the death of poor Charlotte... we hardly knew her - my guess is we will see her again as a child - with the Dharma Initiative.

Yummy stuff folks - enjoy it now... this won't last.

LOST 5.05 "This Place is Death" : A


Thursday, February 05, 2009

TV REVIEW: Scrubs 8.07 & 8.08 "My New Role" & "My Lawyer's in Love"

It is my duty - my honor - to report... that Scrubs is good again!!!!

Ok, I never really left the show, but some of the last two seasons was really unbearable to witness. Season 8 opened up on ABC with the notion that it was trying to return the show to it's earlier greatness.

The first two episodes were pretty damn good in comparison to the last two seasons... but the following two episodes slipped right back into nothingness.

Then last week we had two eps that really tried to re-capture some feeling in the series - and they included some decent Seaseme Street dream sequences too!

That sounds weird, but it worked very well.

Now we have the 7th and 8th episodes of the year and... by God, I would put both of these episodes up against anything from Seasons 1-3!!!

In fact, "My Lawyer's in Love" has a moment that I would throw into the pantheon of Scrubs bits... take a look.

Hell, here's another nugget just cuz you were asking!

Seriously... the show knocked both of these out of the park. BRAVO!!!!

Scrubs 8.07 "My New Role" : A-
Scrubs 8.08 "My Lawyer's in Love" : A


TV REVIEW : LOST 5.04 "The Little Prince"

"The Little Prince" did some good stuff and some really annoying stuff. The opening showed Kate holding Aaron, the night before Jack asks everyone to lie. Kate is pitching the idea that they say Aaron is her child. The scene was flat from the start - unnecessary for the story (we had already assumed something like this went down and we made the leap with the show... why shoot the scene?) and really not very well done on the show.

I get that the scene was to point to the direction of the episode (Kate might lose Aaron) but really, it did not work.

Actually, a fair amount didn't in this episode. Specifically, the writers have gotten very lazy. I am tired of scenes of "What did you just see?" "Nothing" "Why are we doing this?" "That's not important right now." These bits are used to stall until the proper scene starts up. The story is good, but the execution of dialogue is weak.

I do understand that the show has often sacrificed REAL dialogue for story driven time wasting... but it is badly on display here. Let's move on to what I did like.

One little surprise was seeing Claire's mother in L.A. and then finding out it was Ben who was trying to take Aaron. It was nice that I was wrong.

Another moment was one for Locke - his explanation of why he needed to endure the pain of his mistakes - that was worthwhile dialogue... and it made his realization of that all the more important.

The converse was the scene of Sawyer watching the birth of Aaron and seeing Kate - that did not work for me at all.

The biggest winning moments came with two major reveals: Hey there is Jin!!!

I am really glad Jin is alive and back on the show. I thought we might not get this solved until the end of the season - seeing it now surprised and thrilled me.

The other great moment had to do with Jin's rescuers...

Danielle Rousseau and her French gang!!!

I am very excited to see her story.

Overall, the island scenes still moved the episode along well. Methinks the boat and Ajera Airlines water bottle belong to the Oceanic 6 (even though they were chasing our Losties and shooting at them) and that our gang was in the future at that moment.

The O6 should be back on the island soon enough (just gotta go through some Sun drama and a Hurley break out ep). Still a good episode - just clean up some dialogue and get the O6 moving!

LOST 5.04 "The Little Prince" : B