I’m gonna start this off on a little bit of serious note. This past Thursday was Veteran’s Day and I want to take a moment to acknowledge the brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and friends we have overseas and here, defending us. It was important to me to say all those things, because that’s what I think about. Every one of those men and women have someone who goes to bed thinking about them and wakes up everyday still thinking about them. Those are real people and they are important to every single one of us. No matter what your politics, religion, social standing, it’s because of them that we are able to be liberal or conservative, Christian or Muslim. The reason we can have a different opinion than our leaders.
I lost a brother in Afghanistan, although we may not have shared DNA, he was my brother. I loved him as much as I love anyone. He was one of kind. I try to find solace in the fact that he believed in what he was doing and he thought this country, us, me and all of you were worth dying for. Remember that. Especially today. Whenever you feel like life is treating you unfair and you just want give up.
Remember that, there are people out there dying for you. Giving you a chance to achieve your dreams. So Thank them by not giving up. We are living in some trying times, but this is when human beings show true greatness. Show that we are where we are because we can overcome pretty much anything tossed at us.
And these brave men and women are the best of us. Because they have put their dreams on hold to fight for our right to seek ours, God Bless every single one of you.
I miss you bro, thanks for giving me the chance to do the things I love doing. And what I love doing is this. Talking entertainment with you people. Everyday in this wonderful world of the funny pictures and the small box(Ok its 42 inches small) I discover something new or rediscover something I forgot how much I dug. And sometimes it’s wrapped in the same convenient package. And that’s what we are discussing today….
TV Season 2010. It started with a whimper and seems to be heading towards a sigh. What I mean by that is the only new show worth anything is the absolutely brilliant Boardwalk Empire. But that’s HBO and from the minds of Martin Scorsese and Soprano scribe Terence Winter. And of course Steve Buscemi, who’s pretty good at what he does.
HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ. I applaud you. You are making art worthy of my attention. Now, network TV. Oy.
I miss being mesmerized. I miss being sucked in. Very few things grab me anymore. Dukes of Hazard and Muppet Babies when I was a wee lad. I’d cry if I missed them. Star Trek TNG and X-Files in my tweens to teens. Buffy, Xena, Friends, Seinfeld. Some of those shows had spinoffs, I was into most of them too. But nothing that began in last decade made me excited to ride that show til the end. Lost season 1 got me. But by the end I just wanted it to end. I enjoyed it but during those middle seasons, I’d wait a week sometimes two to watch them.(Thank Zues for DVR) I do watch Smallville, but of course I do. I love Superman, Hello, geek here.
Now Fall 2010 is coming to a close and shows are finding out if they are going to be able to finish their seasons, the back nine, as we call it. Used to be shows pretty much stuck around for at least one season, but now networks are pretty quick to pull that big old vaudeville hook. Lone Star after two episodes, TWO. Outlaw I think got three maybe four. Whole Truth and Undercovers got almost to half seasons. Almost. I just starting canceling away on my own network, you know, my DVR. If you don’t have one, they are worth their weight in GOLD. Let’s talk about the three I’m keeping. They all have one thing in common, actors who were in shows that had me glued to the tube.
We’ll start with the youngest, Michael Imperioli. All the way back to when he was a bit part in one of my favorite movies from my high school days, Bad Boys. He was JoJo the tire man.
And then of course as the second most intriguing Soprano next to Tony. Christopher Moltisanti was a joy to watch for those 8 years. My roommates and I did not have HBO in college, so we would have to rent the seasons on DVD. We’d watch 4 or 5 episodes a night and still get up for class 4 hours later, go to school, come home, watch 4 more. Two great memories involving Michael. And he wasn’t just in them, no no. His second and last scene in Bad Boys is one my favorites from the movie. And I already said how I feel about Christopher from the Sopranos.
Which brings me to Detroit 1-8-7. The show was originally conceived as a docudrama. It still has that tone, but they definitely eased back on the docu and dialed up the drama. Which suits this gentlemen just fine. Gives Imperioli a chance to show he can be a badass on both sides of the law.
The next would be a man who probably wears the best mustache this side of Sam Elliot.
I used to watch Magnum with my aunt and I remember how much she loved(Still Does!) Tom Selleck. She’d always fall asleep watching it, but I didn’t close my eyes until my boy was tearing away in that sick corvette with the hottest big haired blonde he could find, as his proper English butler shakes his head in disapproval. Other than the hair, weren’t the 80’s just great…whole other blog.
Now onto his new show, Blue Bloods. Besides the fact that it stars the studliest dude to ever wear a Hawaiian shirt, it also stars one New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg. Now when I was 11, I liked the New Kids but it was before it was uncool for straight males to like the New Kids. However, I never wavered in my fandom. And I will never not be a fan of something I dig, just because I’m told by anybody that I can’t like that. Entertainment is and always will be a matter of opinion. Hey even LAST AIRBENDER got a 9% on rotten tomatoes. Somebody liked it.
Back to Donnie, I always like to see the Kids doing well. Donnie was always my favorite because he was the bad boy(HE DESTROYED A HOTEL ROOM, That’s so Metal).
I always like seeing the Kids doing well. In fact I think Donnie is actually a better actor than his bro, Marky Mark,. Not to trash Mark, cause I like him too. Does anyone remember Donnie in Sixth Sense…
Go back and just watch that opening scene. It will prove my point. The Kid can act.
Blue Bloods is a family drama about a family of cops who are part of a secret order within the NYPD. Cool concept. Scripts are so so, but the cast makes it watchable. Some of the best scenes just involve the family members sitting around for Sunday dinner.
Between this and Detroit 1-8-7, it feels like NYPD Blue in its heyday.
And now to the crown jewel of my nostalgic walk down TV lane, WILLIAM SHATNER!
How can you not love Shatner, I mean from Star Trek to Twilight Zone(There’s something on the wing!!) to his spoken word albums to TJ Hooker to Boston Legal to Kingdom of the Spiders. I should stop now, in five words I LOVE WILLIAM SHATNER. While he always will be Captain Kirk, Chris Pine gave us the realization that he does not have to be the ONLY Captain Kirk. And while he is defined by that role, it was Boston Legal that made me realize what a talent and treasure this man truly is. His scenes, especially with James Spader, were just fantastic..
His new show, Shat My Dad Says(OOO, I like that one), is not good by any means. In fact it’s so cookie cutter that I can’t believe it got past the pilot stage. And now 5 or 6 episodes deep, I get it. It’s still a poorly written show, but Shatner is Shatner, and awesome. Every week I get a new Shatner adventure, so I’m all for it. He is the sole reason this show might just get a 2nd and 3rd season. So being a nerd who loves Trek, people might just dismiss me as another Trekkie. But I consider myself more of a Shattie, while I do like Trek, I like Shatner for the all around performer that he is. And this show will have me hanging around for as long as he stays who he is.
While TV season 2010 may have been a bit, well crappy to say the least, it did give me nice jaunt down memory lane. Those 4 actors are responsible for that, because without them, this would have been the most abysmal tv season in my 30 years of watching tv.
Captain Dan to Enterprise. One to beam up. Energize.