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Syfy Closes the 'Stargate' ... For Now (AOL TV)

Dec 20th 2010 3:43PM Well, this sucks.
I found the previous two Stargate series to be too "casual" for my tastes, so when longtime fans dismissed SG:U as not being Stargate, that was actually a selling point for me.

Of course, there's no question that it was dark and bleak, especially the last few episodes prior to the midseason break, but it also carried on the grand tradition established by Blake's Seven and Firefly -- building tiny islands of warmth and community in the dark emptiness of space.

Will 'The Good Guys' Survive for Another Season? (AOL TV)

Dec 13th 2010 5:31PM I've enjoyed 'The Good Guys' from day one, but I admit to being quietly astonished that it was permitted to play out the entirety of its 20 episodes with comparatively little interference or timeslot tinkering from Fox. Compared to a lot of other shows, it's been treated very well -- it hasn't been moved all over the schedule, pre-empted without notice (not that I can recall, anyway) or abruptly replaced with reruns. When you go looking for it on Friday nights, it's there. Under the circumstances, it should have been able to build whatever audience it was capable of building.

My understanding is that it's relatively cheap to produce by scripted drama standards, so I suppose there's a chance that even with a weekly audience in the two-to-three-million range, it's profitable. At this point, the fact that the show *hasn't* been officially canceled seems kind of conspicuous.

'Chuck,' 'Gossip Girl' Top Most Pirated TV Show List (AOL TV)

Dec 2nd 2010 5:02PM 'Lost Girl' is an interesting case -- it would almost certainly do well on SyFy (or probably the CW) but it's just a bit too racy and sweary for those networks, and it's not raunchy *enough* for Starz, Showtime, et al. And it's finally starting to get away from the lazier aspects of its concept (supernatural case-of-the-week featuring a hot, bisexual succubus with a mysterious past).

And Malfoy Roark, you have good taste if you like 'Being Erica'. Season three has taken a long time to get cooking, and I gather the ratings are disappointing, but I hope Soapnet's 2011 numbers justify a fourth season. It's a great show.

'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap (AOL TV)

Nov 3rd 2010 10:49AM I had high hopes for a proper Eli/Ginn romance until she watched the Kino recordings. I agree that the kiss came a little too soon; to me, the timing suggested that Ginn had planned to/been ordered to connect with Eli, but hadn't figured out her angle until she viewed the Kino stuff and realized that Eli was lonely and starved for affection. I hope that's not the case.

Greer's behavior in this situation was interesting, because he seems like the last person who'd leave a Lucian prisoner unguarded -- and not only did he leave her alone with Eli, but he didn't freak out when Eli himself left her completely alone for several minutes while consulting Greer on his "approach". I'd like to believe that this isn't sloppy writing but a great character moment for Greer -- he's such a misogynist that he doesn't consider Ginn a threat. If that's the case, it's one more reason that she probably *is* a threat. Presumably we'll learn the truth within the next four episodes.

'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap (AOL TV)

Oct 13th 2010 1:50PM I had no problem with the episode's pacing either. I like the fact that SG-U plays out like a big, thick sci-fi novel; it would be a mistake for *all* of Syfy's shows to follow Warehouse 13's tongue-in-cheek, pop-culture-heavy tone.

Unless I'm mistaken, we saw no evidence that the new aliens (who look like an evolutionary offshoot of the "blue guys") were hostile. The one who encountered the crew looked tired, undernourished and sort of cute/pathetic in his armor. And at the end, when the group of aliens approached Telford... well, if they planned to kill him, or had the means even to easily subdue him, why approach in such a tentative manner?

How interesting and satisfying would it be if Telford returned at a crucial moment for Destiny, perhaps at the mid-season finale, as the seed ship's captain, with the aliens as his crew?

'Stargate Universe' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap (AOL TV)

Oct 7th 2010 11:47AM I've really grown fond of this show. In a lot of ways, at least in terms of visuals and moods, it's something of a spiritual successor to 'Firefly'.

So, I'm guessing that Ginn, being (a) attractive and (b) technical, is on hand to touch off some kind of Eli-Ginn-Chloe triangle. Am I right?

'Hawaii Five-0' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap (AOL TV)

Sep 28th 2010 1:38PM Two episodes in, I still feel as if the new Hawaii Five-0 is a better-than-average "elite task force" cop show hammered into place in its Hawaiian setting. I realize that the original was like that as well, but I hope the show takes advantage of its opportunity to tell stories that couldn't be told on the mainland.

Also, what's up with this new "Well Known Guest Stars in Roles That Don't Really Justify Their Presence" trend? I understand that James Marsters is likely to return, but did Peter Stormare need money that badly?

MTV Signs up U.S. Reboot of Hit British Comedy 'The Inbetweeners' (AOL TV)

Sep 28th 2010 1:32PM "The Inbetweeners" works because its lead characters use as much foul and sexually explicit language as (and are allowed to be as unpleasant and selfish as) real teenage boys. Attempting to recreate the show on a US network, unless we're talking HBO or Showtime or Starz or the like, is a recipe for disaster.

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