Posts Tagged ‘On Notice’

Review – Mr. Sunshine – Employee of the Year (S01Ep02)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hey, I am playing to type! What do you mean I can't wear my purity ring?

This week:
Ben has worked at the Sunshine Centre for 10 years and is looking for some recognition. Crystal decides to run a competition for best staff member. A Jonas brother plays a pop idol and Alice and Alonzo have some not so friendly competition.

Pluses:
Better writing than the pilot.
More development of the characters.
The pop star story line and its resolution.

Minuses:
Janney’s character is still woefully overdone.
Just how bright are Nate Torrence’s teeth? Distracting as all hell.

Let’s be honest, this is a long way from being in the same league as Community (which I am well behind with reviews) but it didn’t quite suck this week.


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Review – The Cape – Goggles and Hicks (S01Ep06)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Let's be stereotypical assassins in the way that stereotypical means "nothing like."

This week:
The Cape needs some time to heal and get his head back in the game so takes a day off. What could possibly interfere with that?

Pluses:
I did like the Tarot duo.
Vince’s son makes a friend.

Minuses:
Where to start?
The plot was dull.
The tech was ridiculous.
Flemming was under utilised and when he was on screen it was just stupid.
Orwell – yawn.

Thankgoodness this has been shelved. These days I watch just to see if it can actually get worse… it can.

#halfapanda

Review – Mr. Sunshine – Pilot (S01Ep01)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

What is this magical device that sends me messages?

Synopsis:
Matt Perry is Ben Donovan, the Operations Manager of a large stadium. The show follows the day to day trials, tribulations, antics and interpersonal relationships of the staff with weekly shows/events.

This week:
Ben turns 40’s and realises he doesn’t want to be alone. The ice hockey surface won’t melt and he has a circus to set up. An elephant is missing. Crystal’s son turns up. Alice decides she wants a real relationship and clowns with axes.

Pluses:
Stellar cast.

Minuses:
The writing felt really forced.
Dialogue lacked flow.
Editing was clunky.
Jokes insanely telegraphed.
Set pieces were way over the top. I don’t mind suspending realism for a pay off, but there was no pay off.
How can a cast this good be in something so bad?
Matt Perry has a turkey neck and stupid hair.
How can you do this to Allison Janney???

Seriously, anything with Allison Janney in it is going to get a good looksie from me. Add in Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted) and I am definitely going to watch. Throw in Jorge Garcia for good measure and you have a sure fire hit, right? Nope.

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Review – The Cape – Scales on a Train (S01Ep04)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

How can this NOT be funny? No idea, but it was unfunnier than me after no sleep.

This week:
Vince decides to play Scales and get him to reveal that Flemming is Chess in public. The Carnival of Crime decides to get their thieving on. Orwell’s big twist is reveals (did anyone not see it coming?). Things don’t go as planned.

Pluses:
Richard Schiff again.
The Cape and The Cape.
Peter Flemming as a “White Hat.”

Minuses:
There were so many opportunities for really funny moments! I sat there waiting for it, but they never came.
The Orwell reveal – yawn.
Chess and The Cape buddy cops saving the day.
Schiff underused again.

I saw the prelim photos a week or so before I saw the episode, and was really looking forward to it – as I assumed it was going to be a rollicking adventure with laugh after laugh. Richard Schiff has such amazing timing, yet he had nowhere to go with such bland writing.

I am a week and a bit behind in my reviews – but it was annouced today that the order for The Cape has been slashed. So it doesn’t matter if I put it on notice, it is already dead.

#onedisappointedpanda

Review – Secret Diary of a Call Girl – (S04Ep01) Season Return

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Look how perfectly my hair falls. That is why I am expensive!

This week:
Belle/Hannah is back from her three week sex sojourn with the millionaire and moves into her new home. Ben is still in her mind, and is demanding attention. Things don’t go to plan when Stephanie gets arrested, and Belle gets intimate with the law.

Pluses:
Ben still looks good.
The house is divine! I can’t wait to see everything unpacked.

Minuses:
Felt very flat. Remember how disappointing the last season was? On par.
Where is Bambi?
Only one client.
Didn’t laugh once.
Has Billie Pipper gone overboard on the collagen or something?
Styling wasn’t as good as usual.

I was really hoping that this season would be a return to form, but it has lost it cheekiness. Belle’s to camera work is dull and doesn’t show much of that private insight it did in the first two seasons. Here is hoping it really picks up. After a woeful season three and a poor start to season four, you are on notice already SDOACC.

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