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Posted 12-05-2008 at 10:30 AM by Bludd

[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_%28TV_series%29"]Heroes[/URL] has gone to the dogs. It's the cheesiest show on TV.

[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_Break"]Prison Break[/URL] got better in season 4, but it's still not as good as the first half of season 1. [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gretchen_Morgan"]Gretchen[/URL] is still the worst character ever and [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodi_Lyn_O%27Keefe"]Jodi Lyn O'Keefe[/URL] is horribly miscast in the role.

[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminator:_The_Sarah_Connor_Chronicles"]Terminator[/URL] has become better, too. I really liked the last episode where the [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_Phillips"]Cutenator/Weirdenator[/URL] played detective in the local library.

I watched the [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_%28TV_series%29"]24[/URL] [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24:_Redemption"]Redemption[/URL] film and I liked it. I must say I have a thing for the pacing of 24. When they get it right, there's nothing that compares. I uphold that pacing is more important than plot integrity. You can have small plot holes and inconsistencies if you just have great pacing. Take [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho_(TV_series)"]Jericho[/URL] for example. Season 1 started well, it was interesting to see the reaction to a nuclear attack, but then it turned into [I]Days of our Post-Apocalyptic Lives [B]with Guns[/B][/I]. Season 2 was only made because a lot of people sent nuts to the network and the budget was slashed, but the pacing increased (since they had to go through a lot of story in just a few episodes). There were plot holes but it didn't matter because it was fun and cool and good. Anyway, bring on 24 season 7!

I am no fan of reality TV, but I must say I like to watch [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Chef"]Top Chef[/URL] and [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Ramsay"]Gordon Ramsay[/URL]'s TV programmes. Gordon Ramsay is a great chef, but he is an even greater personality, and [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell%27s_Kitchen_%28US_TV_series%29"]Hell's Kitchen[/URL] and [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchen_Nightmares"]Kitchen Nightmares[/URL] ([URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsay%27s_Kitchen_Nightmares"]the original British version is best, though[/URL]) are entertaining shows, mostly because of Gordon. I like Top Chef because the contestants are actually skilled at something. It's not like [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Brother_%28TV_series%29"]Big Brother[/URL] were you just have a bunch of drunken party-goers doing nothing. It's like a really long [URL="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nachspiel"]nachspiel.[/URL]

The BBC have made an adaption of [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallander"]Wallander [/URL]with [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Branagh"]Kenneth Branagh[/URL] in the title role. They filmed it in [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ystad"]Ystad[/URL], the names haven't been changed and everything's in Swedish, except you have British actors and they all speak English. If you don't want to watch the Swedish TV films with subtitles, this is a great alternative. It's even good if you've watched the Swedish stuff, but I can't comment on the books as I haven't read any. Author is [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henning_Mankell"]Henning Mankell[/URL], just by the by.
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    ryche's Avatar
    I watch Top Chef with my wife. I don't watch Prison Break anymore. Not since a little of Season 2. 24 was cool for me first season and hoped it died...but guess not yet :)
    Posted 12-05-2008 at 08:57 PM by ryche ryche is offline
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    Prison Break just seems to repeat the same formula over and over again. It gets boring.

    Heroes at least is more interesting now than it was in Season 2. Nothing beats Season 1 though.
    Posted 12-05-2008 at 09:42 PM by ADM ADM is offline
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    Prison Break is the cheesiest show airing right now, the plot is something that even I couldn't have imagined - or well I could have, but they wouldn't have paid me to do such a shitty job with it. Everything is just too predictable, it follows the "Prison Break" route on every single detail and issue, efficiently making it rubbish. I liked first season, it was pretty good, second one was okey, third was not-too-bad, and fourth is really whatta faak -quality.
    Posted 12-05-2008 at 09:46 PM by peoplessi peoplessi is offline
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    I am calling Heroes cheesy because it is just full of Daytime Drama plots and silly moments. It's like everyone's related (Sylar having the same mom as Peter, hello!) and the scene where Mrs. Petrelli came in Sylar's cell with a pretty girl and then announced that she was "food" for Sylar, the girl remained calm and even smiled. When Mrs. Petrelli walked out and down the corridor, you could hear the girl scream like "WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS". The pacing isn't great, either. I just hate Heroes now. I hate it, hate it hate it.

    I have some fascination with Prison Break's Heist-alike story. I like it when they have to fool as system and they used different methods to get different cards. The pacing was good, too.

    I agree with you that Prison Break should have ended on episode 13 in season 1. I also think Heroes should have stopped after season 1.
    Posted 12-05-2008 at 10:10 PM by Bludd Bludd is offline

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