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October 4th, 2009

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09:02 pm - More On New TV
I assumed that last week's "crazed mommie" episode of Dollhouse would deeply suck, it didn't. It wasn't excellent, or even very good, but it deftly avoided bad, which is far better than last season. Meanwhile, I've definitely concluded that Flashforward is not worth watching. In addition to having both mediocre acting and only two female characters – who can be neatly categorized as the wife of one protagonist and the secretary and likely future romance of the other, it's also a careless show of the sort that's common with overly complex plots – the writers come up with loads of potential ideas, ignore most of them, and pick and choose from the remaining ones at random, which is a cheap substitute for continuity, and is very clearly true in this show.

Meanwhile, teaotter watched an episode of Eastwick on hulu, and liked it. I disliked the film, both because of the regressive gender stuff, and because I always find Jack Nicholson to be intensely annoying. OTOH, this time you have Paul Gross (who I remember fondly from Due South) doing an excellent job of playing the might-be-devil, and in addition to having overall excellent acting, it mostly avoids being particularly regressive, and the three major male characters are all a whole lot more three dimensional than the two female characters on Flashforward. I'm far from certain how you make a multi-year series out of that film, but I'm definitely willing to see.

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Date:October 5th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
I heartily disagree with your view of FlashForward, except that there is an abundance of male characters. There are more than two female characters, though. There are Olivia and Charlie Benford; Nicole, the babysitter; Janis Hawk, another FBI agent working with Mark and Demetri; Nhadra Udaya, an agent introduced at the end of the second episode; and Anastasia Markham with the Department of Homeland Security.

I was pleased with how well they did introducing such a large cast of characters so early while also making the audience empathize with them. I was disappointed in a briefly seen female character introduced and then killed in the second episode; it just seemed so cheap; but I also understand the reason they did it in relation to the plot and the development of other characters. Overall, I'm very impressed with the show so far. It's so very rare to get a pilot as good as we got with this.
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Date:October 5th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Eastwick sounds interesting. I'll have to check that one out. You may also want to add "The Vampire Diaries" to your do-not-watch list. It's a little too Twilight the series for my liking.
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Date:October 5th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
*nods* It definitely looked like the sort of thing all three of us wished to avoid.
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Date:October 5th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
I tend not to watch a whole lot of TV, partly because I don't own one and partly because the only readily watchable one is in my roommates' bedroom. That said, I've seen at least the second episode of Eastwick and thought it was hilarious. Paul Gross is an excellent actor. Here's a list of other things he's done http://paulgross.org/career.htm if you are interested.

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