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I think everyone at some point or another has been wronged and then, at least for a short time, fantasized about getting even. Revenge is such a great theme in television because we can root for a character while simultaneously worry for them because they could either get in trouble or turn to the ‘dark side’. Also, because our hero is doing naughty things then you have to create really evil villains to justify why they’re getting targeted.
In Revenge’s latest episode Emily VanCamp takes down the douche from The Wedding Singer.
Remember this guy! You just gotta hate this guy! I wonder what it’s like to be this guy? He always plays a slimy character and he’s not well known enough to remember his name so people will refer to him like I did “That douche from_____”
Anyway Revenge is a rich people intrigue show. It’s fun to see rich people get tricked but this show is fairly forgettable. But it’s on a Wednesday and nothing is on Wednesdays.
I thoroughly enjoyed Buffy back in the day but the worst thing about Buffy was Buffy! Now I’m not sure if it was because they wrote the character all whiny in the later years or if it was Sarah Michelle Gellar’s acting. After watching The Ringer I can safely say… it was a bit of both.
The Ringer is about a former alcoholic in the witness protection plan impersonating her rich identical sister to hide from an evil gang leader. Now she has to deal with protecting her identity and deal with her rich twins problems, which are many.
The biggest problem with the show is that Sarah Michelle Gellar has to play not only one but two people and lets be honest, when is that ever a good thing. Eddie Murphy, JCVD, the only time I think it actually worked well was Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap the only actual good thing to come from her besides Mean Girls.
So The Ringer has already aired 3 episodes and so far from this review you probably think I hate this show. It’s campy and has a ludicrous plot but for some reason I’m still watching it. The way things are heading it seems very much like Prison Break, it’ll have a lot of fun twists and turns in the first season then not know what to do with itself after that.
So television is back! And seeing how I’ve been sitting on my ass for the last month I have watched a lot of it. Every year a fresh crop of shows try to worm their way into your busy busy lives. Because I have no life I can tell you which of these new shows is worth watching. For those of you still watching shows on cable I’ll talk about a show that corresponds with the day. So first up is…
The Playboy Club
Trying to fill in for the Mad Men drought The Playboy Club actually does a semi-decent job. Amber Heard, the girl above, is actually a fairly talented actress as well as being a super fine foxy fox lady. Well she’s better in this than Drive Angry! This show has a lot going for it but subtly is definitely not one of them. In the Playboy Club bigger is better. The plots move nice and quick and every episode ends with you wanting to find out what happens next.
It’s going into the 3rd episode tonight so you still have time to catch up! I’d say it’s worthy of at least one episode if only to ogle ladies. Speaking of which, does anyone remember Playboy’s foray into gaming?
So I was without-book and desperately needed something to read on my long trek home. Shaggy usually lends me a graphic novel in these times of need and sitting on his shelf was Anya’s Ghost. The cover looked interesting but I was a little apprehensive, due to the fact that it looked like a ‘personal experience’ graphic novel. I tend to read, but then get frustrated at, novels that just tell a tale of the writers past. For one thing, they can be all gushy feeling-y and don’t have a strong story instead favouring the slice of life style.
This is a personal experience (or so I imagine) book BUT it’s really GOOD. For the first part of my general complaint, the emotions in Anya’s Ghost feel real. The way Vera tells the immigrant experience and fitting in, feels intimate and extremely relatable. The themes are universal and they are told through very small details. Also Anya isn’t perfect, we can see her flaws and when she does the ‘wrong’ things we can understand her motivation.
But let’s talk about the Ghost in Anya’s Ghost because this is what elevates the novel for me. By incorporating a supernatural being it breaks away from the mundane usual fair of a school outsider story and gives it something special. And on top of that story structure! The ghost’s story allows us to have a very finite beginning middle and end as well as some tension and suspense, and some quirkiness on the side.
Looking at this article I realized that I actually said nothing “about” the book. No plot no nothing, no examples of why I liked things etc. and I was about to incorporate some details/plot but you know what. I didn’t know any of these things before picking up the book and I think I liked it that way. Let’s just pick it up and give-er-a-read. It’s a page turner and you’d probably do it in two sittings.
I recently appropriated some speakers with a sub-woofer. When I was in high school I couldn’t get enough bass. Sitting in one of my friends ridiculously cars, basically a speaker on wheels a la The Pest was a fun past time. Now, in my old age, I feel like it’s going to kill me. When the music’s loud, I feel vibrations in my chest. It reminds me of Fist of the North Star or Terminator Salvation’s heart punch. I don’t like it and it changes the whole nature of each song.
For the last 16 weeks a new episode of Show About Games Show was uploaded to the web. But this Thursday, nothing will go up. Show About Games Show is over.
I’m not going to spend time reminiscing about the show because truthfully, I could write a blog entry for each sketch in each episode. Everything was a different experience and I think that’s why we had so much fun. I will say that the show proved to us that we can consistently make content and enjoy doing it. I also want to say that it was amazing how many people helped us out. Doing this series was a passion of ours but their was no way we could do it alone, so many people in front and behind the camera were invaluable.
Everybody in the media industry always talks about fragmented audiences and everyone having A.D.D so for the fans/ returning viewers I just want to say thanks so much. For Shaggy and I to move forward in pursuing web content, the viewers are just as important as anyone else. The symbiotic relationship between content creator and content viewer is never more important than it is on the web.
As for this Thursday. I’m sorry to say that you’re stuck with this extremely unfunny post. We will, however, in the future try to consistently put out more videos.