Well, it’d be hard after just the third episode of Weeds this season to condemn the entire thing. But that’s kinda how I feel. Has anyone laughed aloud at anything this season? Probably not. Is the plot line going anywhere? Don’t think so.
So, why keep watching?
Even the best shows wind up petering out. Seinfeld’s last episode was one of the worst things ever televised. But was the rest of its ninth season entertaining. Sure. Let’s hope that these first few installments into the Weeds canon are simply working on setting something interesting up.
Adding new characters to a successful television show is usually a sign of bad things on the horizon. With Mad Men, though, it’s usually an omen of dramatic changes – well, unless the new character is some random broad Don’s began toying with. With introduction of Lane Pryce, the show spun off into a completely new direction. So, we’ll see what happens with the introduction of Roger’s wife’s cousin into office life.
Aside from that weird out cropping of marrying a women thirty to forty years your junior, Roger and Don were necessitated to take a meeting while horrendously drunk. After winning an award for an ad – one which Peggy actually lays claim to – Life cereal execs show up and require being appeased.
Lrrr, the fearless and terrifying leader of the planet Omricon Persei 8, has a problem - his wife thinks he's useless. To shut her up once and for all, he leads an invasion of planet Earth, but declaring the conquest of the planet during a Comic-Con convention is probably not the best way to subjugate a planet full of nerds. Emasculated, he turns to the Planet Express crew for help, and the results turn out a little better than anyone expected - for Lrrr, anyway. Everybody else wishes he and Ndnd would patch up their "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" and go home in the 11th episode of Season 6 of Futurama, and the 99th episode of the show produced and broadcast.
With Weeds’first episode being such a drab affair, it’s certain that many people figured the effort simply as a place keeper or some sort of backwards gaze. Viewers obviously needed to be reminded about what was going on last season. Even if that appraisal was appropriate, the fact that the season’s second episode, “Felling and Swamping,” didn’t seem too distant than its predecessor is a troubling sign.
was created by Jason Horwitch but, as is often the case in the TV business, he was pushed out of showrunning duties fairly early on. This has led to a lot of critical speculation concerning just what elements of the series are the result of production notes and what's just the last remnant of Horwitch's original idea. I think (and strongly hope) that Ed Bancroft, Rubicon's requisite old conspiracy nut, is just such a remnant and that we won't be seeing much of him after "Connect the Dots". He's easily the most ridiculous, least interesting character on the show and every scene with him feels like it was pasted into the episode from a bad movie. Roger Robinson, who portrays Bancroft, isn't a bad actor, exactly, he's just a stage actor. Rubicon gets a lot more mileage out of the understated, subtext-driven performances of its principle cast than it ever will out of an exaggerated character like Ed. His wiggy speech in the middle of this episode was his worst moment yet, bad enough for me to wish that Will would find Ed's corpse before the hour was over. Alas, Ed Bancroft lives, though there's reason to believe he won't be a part of the series from now on. Robinson is listed as having a three-episode contract. If that proves true, then "Connect the Dots" is the last time we'll have to deal with his stupid rants and wild mannerisms.
Futurama coming back to the airwaves has got to be one of the biggest things the human race has gotten right. Don’t get me wrong; we’ve had the criminalization of institutionalized racism, the decriminalization of homosexuality, women’s suffrage, incredible developments and advancements in the fields of communication, healthcare and space flight - all of which, broadly speaking, have advanced the standard of living on this pale blue dot we call home. The missing piece of the puzzle, though, was Futurama, long condemned to wander the wilderness while lesser animated comedies fought each other for bragging rights at the bottom of the barrel. Think I’m speaking out of my shiny metal ass? Then watch “The Prisoner of Benda”, the 10th episode of the 6th season of Futurama, and you’ll know why Futurama is one of the best shows ever.
For a lot of people watching TV today, Lorn Michaels's Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall was once something of a pop culture underground entity. They consisted of an all-male group of improv performers out of Canada and between 1989 and 1995 they provided a thoroughly surreal alternative to Saturday Night Live. The show was, without a doubt, the strangest comedy show on TV in the 90's, but it had an especially subversive appeal due to its overtly homosexual content, among other things. While SNL has long enjoyed its tenure as a late-night weekend show on NBC, Kids in the Hall came to America exclusively on HBO where its considerably more controversial content would escape the rampant censorship of American network television. The show was always weird and had no obvious obligation to the mainstream, which set it apart from most televised sketch comedy of the decade. After the troupe's wantonly weird feature film Brain Candy, a satire of the pharmaceutical industry and its effects on modern society, breezed through theaters, Kids in the Hall more or less disappeared from pop culture. Earlier this year they resurfaced for a miniseries called Death Comes to Town for Canada's CBC network, eventually finding its way to the premium American station IFC this weekend.
I don’t really recall Penn and Teller not being around. I don’t remember them getting famous, they were just famous. For what? I kinda don’t know – Vegas? I suppose each knows more about magic or illusions then most folks being passed off on tv and such. But what makes the pair an appropriate choice for heading up what amounts to an investigative tv show?
Is it Teller’s adherence to a craft moving from Buster Keaton to Jacques Tati and Harpo Marx? Probably not. But since he doesn’t speak, and Penn’s a reasonably intelligent guy, that should be enough.
Well, at least the rest of the season has to have a bit more action in it.
“Thwack,” the first installment of Weeds’ sixth season served an important purpose – linking the final scenes of season five with whatever’s set to transpire now – but was one of the least entertaining episodes that’s been aired thus far. That’s a hefty criticism, yet warranted.
Last viewer’s knew Shane had just disposed of that venomous Pilar. The beginning of this season picks up, literally, where last season ended. Shane and Nancy are standing around the pool. A body floats in the water and everyone appears dazed. Unfortunately, it takes about fifteen minutes for the Botwins to escape the party they’re attending to get home and pack. That’s just about half of the episode.