Fall TV is back and its premier time for everyone’s favorite TV shows. With the conclusion of the mega hits like Lost and 24, it has left a vacuum that will not easily be filled. This has caused a myriad of TV geeks to wander aimlessly in the universe of channels in search for their next obsession. No doubt current hits like Glee and Big Bang Theory will continue to gain momentum but this is prime opportunity for new shows. We had a viewing party for the Monday night lineup of CHUCK, The Event, and Hawaii 5-0. Here were some of our thoughts.
Chuck has been a perennial favorite for our crew for some time. There was much anticipation as season 4 approached. For the show, it’s in a re-boot phase with a brand new story arc, new settings, and new characters. Unfortunately, I think we were all a little disappointed with this first episode. There was so many new threads started that it felt too jumbled and scattered. While Chuck has always stretched the imagination a bit, this episode crossed the plausibility with all the crazy travel, the new Buy More, and coincidental mishaps in the conclusion of the show. The story telling was more clumsy than normal and some of the charm may have suffered as a result. It felt like the parts were greater than the whole with individual scenes and cameos. Olivia Munn is a perfect guest for the show but she did nothing and was kinda of wasted in a bit part. The biggest saving grace is that the relationship between Chuck and Sarah seems authentic and their love continues to grow which makes Chuck fans happy. Other than that, has Chuck ‘jumped the shark’??? Let’s hope that the storylines will settle down and become tight/cohesive in the weeks to come. I normally rate Chuck as a 4 Babble out of 5 show, however I give this premier a sad 2 1/2 Babbles. Fedak and Schwartz, get your show under control!
After CHUCK, the latest LOST copy cat launched with The Event. This is show about a random group of strangers (a young couple, politicians, cops, a pilot, etc) that are destined together through some supernatural event that involves a mysterious, top secret community of people (aliens? mutants? the Dutch?). This pilot is told through a series of flashbacks all dated from the past hours to months. From the get go, it’s almost impossible to track this storyline and all the overlapping threads. It tries intentionally to confuse the viewer and made it very uninteresting really quickly. Our crew was mocking it about 10 minutes in. It was boring, characters were bland, and even the climax had little pay off. My prediction is that the ‘event’ that everyone is wondering about will be its own cancellation within a few months. I give this a 1 out of 5 Babbles.
Another old series is pulled out of the cellar and dusted off for mainstream entertainment. CBS hopes to launch the next greatest hit using a series that almost no-one of 40 years and younger can remember. It doesn’t sound like a good idea does it? Before this pilot, the greatest appeal was probably in it’s catching name and location. However, anything would look Emmy award-winning following The Event so we were all hoping for a decent pilot. I gotta say I (and we) was pleasantly surprised. The first 5 minutes started with a fairly impressive gun fight scene involves Humvees, a helicopter, and missiles, which = good. It got our attention early and kept it. The credits rolled with an almost identical theme song from the past, which was cute but unoriginal. They should have modernized it with a little more edge. 5-0 did a good job of introducing the 4 main characters and helping you learn to like them by the end of the show. Action and choreography was solid and overall it contained everything needed to start off a above average pilot. It was great to see Daniel Dae Kim, fresh off of Lost, in a role that can stretch his abilities. His character is in pursuit of a fresh start which may be parallel to his journey as a type casted Asian from that crazy island. Grace Park was the other recognizable actor. Unfortunately, someone must have felt that her greatest asset was her body since they kept her half-naked in the few scenes she was in. We all know from Battlestar Galctica that Park has great range and ability so lets hope they explore that more. Hawaii 5-0 was the big surprise of the night. I will at least watch it next week again before deciding if it will make it on my very coveted DVR list. Until then, I give this pilot a 3 1/2 out of 5 Babbles.