What Worked and What Sucked:
FOX and Sci-Fi Channel's 2006-2007 Fall Season Edition
Reviewed by Justine Manzano
Hello again, everybody out in TV world! For these last couple of weeks I have enjoyed ripping into last year television season. This week I’m taking a look at Fox’s and Sci-Fi Channel’s fall season to determine whether I wasted any time this year. I value my Television watching time…I value it a lot.
DISCLAIMER: There are, of course, some shows that I haven’t seen that I am sure rocked…but I didn’t see them, so I can’t say anything about them. This article is only about my experience with TV this season. If I missed something, and you want it added to the G-Pop annals, send us your article at email@example.com and let your word be heard.
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Bones (FOX): Again, Sophomore Seasons rule! Bones ended last season with the devastating revelation that lead character Temperance Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) missing mother was dead, that her father (Ryan O’Neal, Love Story, infamous legal problems) was alive and was a criminal. To top that, she was reunited with her brother (Loren Dean, Mumford, which he was in with Deschanel’s sister, Zooey) and had chosen to dedicate her second book to her partner, Booth (the lovely and talented David Boreanaz, Angel). Things got very interesting this season as the forensic anthropologist and her team got more and more complex cases, all the while dealing with the growing friendship between them. New to the group is Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor, Lost), who replaces Jonathan Adams as Dr. Goodman and takes the place as the leader of the group, which ignites the competitive side of Brennan. We get to watch Bones in love when Sully (Eddie McClintock, Crumbs) temporarily replaces Booth after he freaks out from the pressure of his job. We get to watch staff artist Angela (Michaela Conlin) and particulates guy Jack (T.J. Thyne) fall in love. Booth and Cam form an oddly matched couple, and intern Zack (Eric Millegan) finally goes for his degree and becomes a full fledged doctor! Never mind the constant tease of a relationship between Booth and Bones, which we all know is just evil. The season was littered with killer story arcs, such as the Gravedigger storyline in which Jack and Temperance get locked into a car and buried underground, the story arc of Temperance’s family, and the story of serial killer Howard Epps (Heath Freeman) who appeared in the first season and who has now taken a particular interest in Temperance. All in all, this season was a rocking season that left you with a finale that didn’t kill you with questions, but still left you wishing for more. Here’s to another spectacular season of Bones! Can’t wait!
Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi Channel): As if last season’s year jump in the season finale wasn’t shocking enough, this year managed to be even more astounding. The series, about a small group of humans struggling to find a new home while evading the robotic race known as the Cylons – who destroyed their old home – steadily improved this season, leading to a season finale that rocked everyone. The season started after everyone had been settled on New Caprica for awhile, and then that planet had become occupied by the Cylons, thanks to a compliant President Baltar (James Callis, The Bridget Jones movies). Now, those on the Galactica must abandon their families on the planet and struggle to find a way to eliminate the Cylons. Add to that the vendetta against Baltar, the growing relationship between Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) and Apollo (Jamie Bamber), the truth about Sharon (Grace Park) and Helo’s (Tahmoh Penikett) baby, and the revelation of the mysterious final five Cylons, left us fans gasping this season. The revelation of the final five Cylons being characters we’ve known for years, most of which we’ve known since the beginning, made the pain even worse when the preview for the following year stated that Battlestar’s fourth and final season would not air until 2008. OUCH.
Stargate SG-1 (Sci-Fi Channel): So last year this was given the “Why do I Still Watch This Crap” rating…and yet…it has IMPROVED! And I am so proud. With the addition of Vala (Claudia Black, Farscape) as a series regular, and more interesting, less far-fetched storylines involving the genocidal religious cult, The Ori, led by Vala’s daughter Adria (Morena Baccarin, Firefly, Serenity), and the Stargate team’s attempt to thwart them, this series has cleaned up its messes. Still present is Sam’s (Amanda Tapping) penchant for saving the day in a split second because of some cheesy device that she has invented, as well as T’ealc’s (Christopher Judge) complete emotionless-ness. Both of these things were problems I had with this series from the beginning. However, Daniel (Michael Shanks), General Landry (Beau Bridges), Vala, and Cameron (Ben Browder, Farscape) were always characters with a lot of personality that deserved a lot of love. Now, this may be their last season, but thankfully there are movies on the way. I am surprised to say that this is one of the series that I will miss when it is gone.
Drive (FOX): You remember, maybe a month ago, when I posted the First Impressions article about this series? I liked it didn’t I? Well, before I could blink, they canceled it…go figure. Either way, check out my review at www.g-pop.net/drive.htm. If you can’t enjoy the show, at least you can enjoy the review…I have to say, I understand why they canceled this series. There wasn’t much shelf life there for it – how long can one race take and how many races would we actually have wanted to follow? Still, I wish that Fox had at least let the one race run its course. These are the moments when I make my own endings up. They usually make me much happier than what I would have been given.
Standoff: (FOX) When this series first came out, I was all for it, and raged against my husband for his blatantly disapproving review of the series in his First Impressions column. Despite that fact, something happened…and soon, I wasn’t blaming him so much. The series stars Ron Livingston (Office Space, Sex in the City) and Rosemarie DeWitt as two FBI hostage negotiators who are secretly, and then not so secretly, in love with each other. As they work through week after week of nail biting negotiation, they take countless risks for each other based on their relationship, calling them under fire with their boss, Cheryl (Gina Torres, Firefly, Serenity). All the while they struggle with whether or not negotiation is just enough, or heavy gun fire would be better, and fight with the head of their SWAT division, Frank Rodgers (Michael Cudlitz) as to which is the correct choice – violence or reason. Sounds good? Well, it was, until I realized that this would be the premise for every episode. After a while the formula gets tired and although the show tries very hard to compensate for this with crazier and crazier hostage situations, it could do better. I’m not surprised it got cancelled. However, I will miss Dewitt until she gets something else. She was a real light in this darkness.
Pain Killer Jane (Sci-Fi Channel): Can’t even put my pain into further words. Check out my review at: http://www.g-pop.net/painkillerjane.htm. ‘Nuff said.
House (FOX): Below, I will dictate to you an episode of House. Are you ready?
Sick patient comes in to see Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and his team after convulsing (spitting up blood, passing out, going into cardiac arrest – pick one). Dr. House makes quippy comments as his cohorts attempt to figure out the problem. Each makes suggestions, each are told they are wrong. House pops a painkiller. He takes a guess. It’s wrong. Now the patient is even sicker than he was when he showed up. They test. They test. More tests. House makes more quippy comments. Patient gets worse. House terrorizes one of his co-workers. Suddenly something one of them says in casual conversation gives him an idea. House tries something ridiculously risky and painful to the patient, something that could possibly cause death. His boss, Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), contemplates firing him, but decides he is too awesome for that. The patient pulls through. Dr. House cures all. Dr. House is revered by all. He says something nasty. Episode ends.
Now, again, this blows. Nobody likes a formula show, so why am I sucked in?! Though everything in me says I should change the channel, I can’t help but enjoy Hugh Laurie’s delivery. Plus, I like the characters of Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) and their growing relationship. Still, just as I was about to pack it in, they through out a season finale that actually shocked me – Cameron and Foreman (Omar Epps, Love and Basketball) quit and Chase got fired. So, I couldn’t help tuning in to see how House looks next season. No erasing this from my DVR this time around. House has pulled me back in….
Okay, that’s it for this week folks! Stay tuned for next week, when I take a look at NBC in the last installment of my series. In the meantime, let’s sing Happy Birthday to G-Pop…Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!!! Happy Birthday dear G-Pop…