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The New Blood

TV Guide for 10/0906 to 10/15/06

By Stephen Lackey     October 09, 2006

I thought I'd just take this opportunity to introduce myself. I'm happy to be the "new blood" here at Cinescape and am excited to write for and interact with Cinescape readers. I've been a freelance writer and filmmaker for the last six years. So, yes I put my money where my mouth is, although to this point I've only created documentary projects. As a writer I've written theatrical film and DVD reviews, previews, and commentary. I have a feature film, about my people really, called FANS AND FREAKS: THE CULTURE OF COMICS AND CONVENTIONS that is getting mainstream distribution worked out as I type this. I also have a new short film called A CHEAPER WAY TO GO about the wholesale funeral industry hitting film festivals now. So I do look at film and TV critically but I also understand what it is to be a creator and have my own projects looked at critically. That doesn't mean that I'll go soft on my reviews. I'm actually pretty hard on films and series that are directed to our demographic. Often filmmakers and series producers think if they wink at the fanboys enough that we'll eat their new film or series up even if it sucks. A perfect example is the SMALLVILLE season premiere I recently reviewed here. They went from a wink, beyond a nudge, to punching SUPERMAN II fans in the face and it didn't make the episode any better.

So, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of my articles here at Cinescape. I'll be reading and commenting myself. I look forward to talking to you all.

I love the TV Wasteland weekly schedule and will continue to do them, but I do plan to make some adjustments. I'm planning to focus the schedule on sc-fi/fantasy/horror series rather than just everything the networks are playing. It's hard to get good genre TV so I want to make sure you guys know about what's out there so we can all support those series and actually keep them on TV. Here are this week's shows of note:

Monday

HEROES (NBC, 9 PST) "One Giant Leap"

Do the heroes become heroes this week? I hope that last weeks zinger ending is a sign that the series will finally start to pick up speed. Hiro, back at home in Japan sets out to prove to his buddy that he is meant to save the world. All the other heroes deal with their individual stories too. Based on the description there won't be much momentum in the overall story. Can we just get the X-Men together and start kicking ass already?

Tuesday

VERONICA MARS (The CW, 8 PST) "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"

Veronica investigates a rape on campus while Keith runs for his life in the desert.

Wednesday

JERICHO (CBS, 8 PST) "Walls of Jericho"

A man with radiation burns brings a mysterious warning for the inhabitants of Jericho. This Hawkins guy has always seemed to know a bit too much throughout the first few seasons and now a spotlight is put on that in this episode.

LOST (ABC, 8 PST) "The Glass Ballerina"

More cliffhangers and unanswered questions are sure to be the name of the day for this crack-like series. This week Sawyer and Kate are forced to work in harsh conditions, Sayid's plan to save his friends may put others at risk, and Jack gets an offer he may not be able to refuse.

GHOST HUNTERS (SCIFI Channel, 9 PST) "Tombstone"

This week finds the ghost hunters investigating alleged hauntings in a theatre in Tombstone Arizona.

Thursday

SMALLVILLE (The CW, 8 PST) "Wither"

OK, now we're back to no plot monster of the week stuff it sounds like. Chloe and Clark chase a monster while Lex throws a charity ball to make up for the horrors he brought down on Smallville and Metropolis. Chloe likes Jimmy Olsen but she reluctantly agrees to go to the ball with someone else. What's this sound like to you?

SUPERNATURAL (The CW, 9 PST) "Bloodlust"

Sam and Dean meet another hunter who might be more dangerous than they think and they learn about a new group of vampires.

Friday

GHOST WHISPERER (CBS, 8PM PST) "The Ghost Within"

Melinda communicates with a ghost through a box of ornaments.

DOCTOR WHO (SCIFI Channel, 8PM PST) "School Reunion"

The Doctor investigates a modern London school that's haunted by bat creatures.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SCIFI Channel, 9PM PST) "Exodus"

The first of a two parter with humans facing a Cylon firing squad on New Caprica

Saturday

HAUNTED PRISON (SCIFI Channel, 8PM PST)

A Movie about a group of filmmakers and thieves that must work together to survive in an abandoned island prison when the haunted prison itself becomes a death trap. I know it's a movie on SCIFI, but pickings are slim on Saturday night.

Sunday

Nothing, nothing, we normally would have a few series but the networks are hiding from baseball.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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jarodimus 10/9/2006 8:43:35 AM
"HEROES [snip] I hope that last weeks zinger ending is a sign that the series will finally start to pick up speed." Finally? This will only be the third episode. "Can we just get the X-Men together and start kicking ass already?" Yeah. 'Cause heaven forbid we actually get some well thought-out setup before (and if) that happens. Heroes has been incredibly intriguing so far. I hope they keep up the current pace. But no no, let's just jump straight to the mindless action. Feh. Go watch _Fastlane_ or something.
jasondavis 10/9/2006 8:59:21 AM
Former TVW columnist Jason Davis here. Just stopping in to say a quick farewell to everyone who read the column under my tenure and to wish Stephen good luck in his stewardship. You've got a great bunch of people to write for and I wish you the best. To all the rest of you, it's been a pleasure...particularly those of you who wrote so often with your insightful observations. Feel free to drop me a line at wastelandjason@hotmail.com This has been Jason Davis. Over and out.
fft5305 10/9/2006 9:58:41 AM
I agree, jarodimus. Throwing these people together without letting us care about them first will just make this show a cheesy X-Men ripoff. What's next, costumes? Eeesh.
fft5305 10/9/2006 9:59:25 AM
Oh... and welcome to the column, Stephen.
slackey 10/9/2006 10:34:17 AM
OK, the X-Men reference in the Heroes synopsis is a joke. As far as wanting a good back-story, absolutely that's a must. That's why LOST is still on TV. We lost Invasion and Surface both last year because they drug in the first few episodes and were never able to recover. I just saw that this series has been given the go ahead for the rest of the season so I'm excited to see what coems next. Thanks jasondavis and fft5305 for the welcome!
mockingbirdgirl 10/9/2006 10:42:27 AM
Um, wow, missing some crucial info with that DOCTOR WHO update, doncha think? The return of '70s icons Sarah Jane Smith and K9! BUFFY's Anthony Stewart Head as the big baddie! Please, let's make more of an effort than just retyping lines from TV Guide, eh?
NDorado 10/9/2006 10:44:28 AM
Welcome aboard, Mr. Lackey! TV Wasteland is one of my favorite Cinescape features. Keep up the good work. Glad to see the weekly schedule back, but one of my pet peeves in the past was when Jason had "nothing to recommend" on any particular day. And now I see you falling into the same trap. "Nothing, nothing" on Sunday? Come on, man. There are hundreds of channels out there. Are you telling me that during the 24 hours of Sunday, there will be not one single movie, repeat, new show on TV that day? Nothing? There has to be something. An Abbott and Costello movie Sunday morning? How about "Sunday Morning Shootout" on TNT? There has to be something marginally-genre related that day. Does the Sci-Fi Channel go dark on Sundays? I don't think so. Okay, my rant is over. Do not let me constructive criticism bring you down. Looking forward to next week's column!
gwek 10/9/2006 11:00:50 AM
Godspeed and good luck, Jason! Welcome aboard, Stephen! Hey, Stephen, I know this is your first column, so you definitely deserve some slack, but I have to agree with some of the comments above. When I skimmed through, my feeling was "Great. So it's just the TV Guide with some potshots at shows this new guy doesn't like." I'm confident you'll find your footing, but I'm with the folks who didn't get the Heroes "joke" (or some of the others) and would've liked the extra info that was missing from Dr. Who (and who knows what else?).
spiderkeg 10/9/2006 11:26:57 AM
Heroes is my new show for prime time television. I don't mind the slow pace, in fact it goes by so quickly that I am shocked when the hour is up. Seriously, the show pulls you in just enough to end an hour later. The writing is such that the show could work as 2 hours, but I'm sure this is the same style which Lost features. Bait & Switch!
lister 10/9/2006 11:30:17 AM
From what I have read about Heroes, the creators are not going to be turning them into an Avengers-type group. At least not for a LONG time. Over time, paths will cross, but sometimes in unexpected ways. That's the way it's been described fso far. And what to watch on Sunday? How about Fritz Lang's The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" followed by Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde on Turner Classic Movies... most stations also have the revamped Star Trek on Sundays as well.
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