The Scrubs finale

SCRUBS: 8.18 & 8.19 “My Finale”

If they bring back Scrubs for another season, they’re crazy. Because this ending was beautiful. And perfect. I think it’s best said like this, which I grabbed from TV Squad’s review:

Since I have no idea whether this is truly the end for Scrubs or not, I hedged my bets on the season vs. series finale label. I will say this, though: If this is indeed the end for the folks at Sacred Heart, they couldn’t have gone out any better than they did tonight.

And it’s true. This episode was saying good-bye. It wasn’t just about saying good-bye to JD as he left the hospital, but it was also about saying good-bye to everyone that we’ve known and loved over the last eight years. Sticking to the lessons we’ve learned and moving on without knowing where you’re going.

And kudos to Scrubs for giving us one last lesson. The fact that his patient’s mother wouldn’t find out if he had the disease–he wanted his future to be his own. It may be unknown, but at least it was his own, and JD later related to in his final moments at Sacred Heart.

And wow. I’d have to say that Scrubs really found a unique way to say good-bye to all those we’ve seen while looking to the future. The walk down the hall was just fantastic, as he said good-bye to the ones we’ve lost (though I did miss Brendan Fraser) and those we just haven’t seen in a while (where were Doug and Keith?). I mean, bringing back Colin Hay, Laverne (of course!), the women that he grew special bonds with as loves or patients–even Hooch! As each face passed by, I just keep wondering, well what about that guy? There he was. And him? Yep, he’s there, too. Fantastic.

And then they vanish. The past was gone. Ahead was the wonderful element of a slideshow–along with the poignant “Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel–that showed what JD envisioned his future to be. It was the perfect future, and the one that we’ve all been hoping for.

If they continue this show, they’re crazy. That was the perfect end, and anything beyond this will tarnish it. I mean, to create the bond between past and future–while also including the humorous elements like Turk and JD’s eagle–it was all just moving and it fit the show.

Overall, it was great end. We had personal good-byes (yes, we heard the Janitor’s name in that good-bye, but was he telling the truth? Glen? Tommy?) with each character, and JD even got his hug from Perry. Jordan was Jordan, and nice but not too nice. Elliot was neurotic in her secret move-in, but JD accepted it and liked it.

And of course, Turk and JD were forever best friends. Even Carla asked if Turk loved her more, and they’re equal.

Oh, and Dr. Cox’s book? Awesome. I’d love a copy.

This wasn’t an episode about a character leaving. It was about the end of a show. It was about the end of the time of these characters’ lives when they were all together. And while it might not have been as blatant as it was in ER‘s finale, it was about how life will go on with or without you, but you have to find those little meaningful things to take with you on the ride.

I hope this was the end of Scrubs. I’ll miss it, and I’m appreciating it even more, but I think that’s the way it should be when the one you’ve seen grow from boy to man finally leaves the nest.

ABC serves up sloppy seconds

My God. When will ABC stop?

I believe I’ve mentioned how ABC has turned a one-man adoption agency. If only TV shows were children, we would no longer need foster care.

It’s not that it really bothers me that networks adopt other shows that have been cancelled. I mean, if that were the case, we would have lost the final two seasons of Buffy.

(I guess for some people, that would be a good thing, but I enjoyed season six…and parts of season seven. If only UPN hadn’t adopted Kennedy.)

Anyway, we all remember how ABC has adopted Scrubs for its final season. Of course, then it became a question as to whether it would be its final season. (Sidenote: Is that still up in the air? I certainly hope it’s their final season. As much as I like the show, it’s lived out its time.) And I was fine with that because I figured it was a special case and I knew the creator wanted to sign it off in his way and the writer’s strike really messed with that, so there you go. ABC gets it. We’re happy.

But apparently, ABC won’t stop there. First they get Surviving Suburbia from the CW (I think the jury’s out on whether that’s a good move or not). Now, they have their sights set on The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Now, I’m not a Christine fan. I don’t find anything wrong with it; I just haven’t watched much of it. I think that they’ve got some great characters in it, and that by moving it to Wednesday nights, CBS probably signed its death certificate, but I don’t know enough to really say yes or no. Speculation, that’s all it is.

Well, apparently now ABC wants it. What’s funny is, it’s not cancelled yet. CBS hasn’t made a decision. According to TV Squad, this happened last year, too. And at the last minute, CBS decided not to cancel.

Dude, what’s up with you, ABC? Can’t you come up with your own programming? I mean, you’ve got Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, and Desperate Housewives. You don’t have any other creative individuals?

Oh, that’s right. Why be creative when your best shows are cancelled one after the other? Why not just find someone else’s creativity and profit off that?

After the cancellation of Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, and Life on Mars, it’s probably pretty clear that creativity isn’t what ABC’s looking for. So they’re gobbling up other shows, I suppose. Even ones from ten years ago. Cupid, anyone?

Bah. I want some real shows on the air. Not sloppy seconds.

Strangely enough, this wasn’t supposed to be a bitter post. I was just going to share the news. Apparently, though, there’s more to say. Are the networks recently angering you? Are you still annoyed at ABC for your favorite shows’ quick end? Please share.

I can’t be the only one.

Stop trying to freak me out!

So the big question is this: Will Dollhouse be renewed for a second season?

Well, will it? Will it??

Only FOX knows. I know that the series seems to be hitting its stride, and while I’m loving it, I’ve read some other bloggers who are still not convinced. I know that Joss Whedon is DAH MAN, but apparently other bloggers think that he’s God and he’s not living up to his full potential.

With Easter coming up, I’m not analyzing that too much.

But anyway, people seem to have insanely high expectations. Now, to me, I think the twists and turns of the show are clearly awesome. I don’t know entirely what’s coming next. Others, apparently, want a miracle. I don’t know what will convince them that this show is still awesome.

But at least they’re still watching and still writing. I guess the question is whether the numbers are high enough to make Dollhouse come back to another season.

But we know all that! Where’s the news there?

Well, the news is that actors from the show seem to be signing on for other pilots and projects. We heard a while ago about how Amy Acker has signed on to be in Happy Town. But she’s more of a minor character in Dollhouse (though many people would prefer she be bigger, including myself). She can either easily disappear or she can possibly juggle both.

But what about our favorite Agent Ballard, Tahmoh Penikett, who has signed on to be in SyFy’s Riverworld, according to TV Squad? It’d be hard to have the show without him. TV Squad suggests,

This is either a sign that Dollhouse is destined for only one season or Tahmoh Penikett’s character of Paul Ballard is not going to survive beyond the first season. I’m hoping it is more of the latter than the former.

Personally, I don’t think it’s that easy. I have full faith that SyFy is going to have some weird filming schedule so that he can do both. Or, since it’s a movie event, he’ll just be missing in action during the show’s usual filming hiatus.

So my point is to stop trying to freak me out! I have full faith that Dollhouse can and will return. We just need to make sure the numbers reflect its popularity. I mean, it’s still got larger DVR numbers (well, as far as I’ve heard), so there is an interest.

Hi, I’m Raked, and I’m pro-Dollhouse. I have faith.

DISCLAIMER: Sorry if this was a large jumbled post. I just get very up in arms when I think of possible cancelation of wonderful shows. And if you didn’t notice now, please note that all the references to faith alluded to George Michael and the recent cancelation of Eli Stone.

Why can’t Heroes just have balls?

HEROES: 3.17 “Cold Wars”

The Bicker Brothers strike again.

Ok, first, I just have to take a couple paragraphs from TV Squad’s review, because it just made me laugh out loud.

Well, the three stooges pretty much hogged up the entire episode, didn’t they? In the end, it was Moe who had to come along and save the day because Larry and Curly kept bickering with each other to the point they were both captured. But who stayed captured? And what did they find out that was worth all the throwing around and breaking of mirrors? *yawn* Man, it turns out the stooges aren’t nearly as fun to watch as I remembered.

The good momentum established in the first three chapters of this volume were completely squashed as the action ground to a screeching halt in this episode. We did learn that HRG is clearly a loyal lapdog to whatever cause he’s behind. We know this because his memories as he sees them are in black-and-white and everyone knows dogs see in black-and-white … yep, that’s right. I just totally wasted your time with that lame-ass joke. You’ll never get that time back.

Ok, now for my thoughts. I basically agree with TV Squad, in the sense that I just got tired of all that bickering! My god! I mean, Suresh, Parkman, and Peter were terribly obnoxious. I know that’s nothing new for Suresh. (Can’t we kill him off already? And really, four tranq darts to take him down? I don’t think so. I think a Benadryl would do the job just fine.) But usually I like watching Parkman and Peter.

I would have thought Parkman would be acting a wee bit differently. I mean, the love of his life just kicked it, and he’s just Mission Man (buy him a cape). True, I think we’re supposed to realize that he really was upset by his insistence that “This isn’t about Daphne!” (Methinks the lady protests too much), but in the end, it was just annoying.

And about Daphne. Why can’t Heroes just have balls? Why do they need to bring every character back? Don’t get me wrong. I love Daphne. I was very disappointed they “killed” her in such an anticlimactic way. But Heroes needs to learn something from someone like Joss Whedon. Sometimes, you just have to kill people off. And yes, it sucks. But you know, that’s how you get viewers to have a reaction. But when you do kill them off, do it in a way that makes someone shocked. Not in Anticlimactic World where the deceased just stand around in their little boring purgatory going, really? That was IT? (I hear Elle is the queen of this world right now!)

But, Daphne’s back and I like her, and now Parkman has a purpose to his life again. My guess, though, is that he’s going to get angry at Peter for ripping him away from the people that would take him straight to her, assuming that he’d be able to get out of the captors’ grasps and save her once in the facility. But that’s all speculation.

But we did learn something. First, we learned that with the return of Tim Kring, we get Season 1 of Heroes. Second, we learned that to fix the flaws of the past season and a half of the show, we need to reproduce Season 1 of Heroes. Also, we learned that in the coming weeks, you’ll see Season 1 of Heroes.

Here are the main points:

  • Horned Rimmed Glasses guy Bennet is either good or bad, but possibly good. Probably good. Let’s go with probably good. Even though he looked bad. And he probably is bad to some degree.
  • Bennet is rounding up heroes to put them away. The new bit here is that he’s doing it because he was bored with retirement. Or so he wants us to think. (Usually, people just buy sporty cars.) Oh, and he’s collecting them all instead of just the bad seeds.
  • New York City Washington, DC is slated to be blown up by a nuclear disaster. We saw this because of Isaac’s Parkman’s drawing on the floor.
  • Nathan’s mom is either good or bad, but possibly good. Probably bad. Let’s go with probably bad. Even though she looked good. And she probably is good to some degree.

So there you go. You’re caught up with Season 1 Season 4 of Heroes. In the great scheme of things, Sylar was absent from this episode. That was a relief. He and his daddy issues are really getting on my nerves and I’m very much not caring. His character is done. There’s nothing else to build on. I mean, he had his “Am I good” life question, it was answered, he’s done. Ironically, he was really done and over in the first season. I guess it’s appropriate that he’s back since we’re reliving it.

Ando and Hiro were also missing. Probably good because I had no idea why they were in India last week.

I do like that they’re focusing on only a few characters at a time now. That is something from Season 1 that was positive. Kring did good with that. Let’s keep it that way. Much easier to concentrate on, and it definitely helps with the character overload.

Especially if it means Sylar’s not in an episode. Maybe Microwave Boy can have him drive off a cliff or something. He’s not invincible yet, right?

Random news update thingies

I was going to spend this time writing about more Monday night shows, but let’s just cover some other things first. I’m behind anyway.

Bob Saget can’t be brought down. He’s a force to be reckoned with.

So last summer, I go to my car and find a flat tire. So I take it to Goodyear, and as I’m waiting for them to plug it (at least I didn’t have to buy a new one), I was stuck in a small room with a TV. It’s Saturday afternoon, and of course, nothing’s on. I figured it’d be stuck on sports, but no, it’s The CW’s preview of their fall shows, hosted by the mother from Privileged and Bob Saget. And what was he advertising? Surviving Suburbia.

Does anyone remember this show? Does anyone remember that it was supposed to be on Sunday nights on The CW? Does anyone remember it was never on?

Well, ABC is turning on its Brangelina style and adopting it. Bob will get his shot to shine in April, based on this Futon Critic report. But hey, at least it’s a new show. Not that I’m opposed to the adoption of Scrubs, but ABC is kinda taking on the older and has-beens.

Like Cupid, which was a 1998 comedy that was cancelled. Well, now ABC is taking it on, as I reported before, but in a worse way. Worse actors for one. What’s another?

Delays. The premiere has been moved from March 24 to March 31. Plus, now there are less episodes. Yes, they’ve cut the episodes they’ve signed on for all the way down to 7 now. From 13 to 9 to 7. Pretty soon they’ll be at 4 and have Drive‘s young life.

Really, TV Squad asked the question right: Honestly, why are they even bothering with another Cupid? I believe that was my question all along.

But in good news, we’re now getting closer and closer to Dollhouse. A week and a day, people, so I hope you’re all planning your Friday nights accordingly. No Tivoing the first episode, ok? That will give FOX license to cancel. Show support.

And get excited!

And don’t forget the robot

BIG BANG THEORY: 2.12 “The Killer Robot Instability”

I think that I wanted to use that heading before, but I chose not to because it’s was a stretch. How excited am I that I finally get to use it appropriately. Why? Because I’m quoting “Let’s Go to the Mall” by Robin Sparkles.

But How I Met Your Mother is another show, and right now, it’s all about Big Bang Theory.

I’ve read some negative feedback on last night’s episode, mainly from TV Squad, which I found surprising. I’m a regular reader of the blog, and I usually fall into similar thought as TV Squad, so I was surprised to see that we were at odds. Overall, they just felt the episode was “uncomfortable.”

Which it was. But it had to be. Penny told off Howard for his relentless sexual jokes, and while she did go a little extreme, it wasn’t 100% unwarranted. He’s constantly been hounding her, and in the most recent of episodes, it’s been more obvious and direct. I remember much fewer jokes as extreme as these in the first season, so yes, Penny would get sick of it.

TV Squad’s point–and it’s true–is that when she yelled at him, it was uncomfortable and unfunny. My thoughts, though, are that it had to be. That’s why everyone else in the room was uncomfortable. It was supposed to be, which is why it had such a strong effect.

My complaint about this episode is that it was cliche. It seems like every sitcom falls into a trap where a main character yells at another main character about a personality flaw that leaves them devastated and unsure how to move forward. Howard flew to his bed. Then, ultimately, the hurtful character has to apologize–enter Penny.

I did find it funny how Leonard convinced her to go over there. And every moment with Howard and his mother is always a treat.

The kiss/punch moment was pretty cliche as well, but what can you say? You didn’t think they were actually going to kiss, right? Ok, maybe for an instant, a pity kiss. Gross with the snotty, crying nose, right?

So the plot itself was weak, but every sitcom’s got a hit or miss episode. Fortunately, the subplot really overshadowed that weakness! I loved the robot wars. I loved the robot in general that they built. Surprisingly enough, it was cute! I was a killer, cute, horse-like robot.

I don’t know what I thought about Barry Kripke. TV Squad found there no purpose to his speech impediment, and that’s true, but I don’t necessarily find it a flaw either. It was humorous, and the entire storyline was. I have nothing against his appearance in the show, though I was surprised they introduced an entirely new character as a nemesis. I was sure they’d just pluck up some of their other regulars.

Anyway, so I enjoyed the episode. Maybe I’m just more heartless, so Howard’s pain didn’t mean as much to me and I could therefore take humor in his hardships. Hmmm. Though he is our favorite Moist. So he must mean something.

(Dr. Horrible reference, people. I hope you caught that.)

SAG, don’t go breaking our hearts

I just came across this post on TV Squad: The SAG Strikes Back. No, the Screen Actor’s Guild has not yet decided whether or not to strike, but things really aren’t looking good. You all know my opinion: I will kick them in the face. But it still worries me.

TV Squad got their info here, which was just posted yesterday. Looks like they might be taking a vote on January 2. Of course, this doesn’t mean we’ll know then. Votes will be counted and then we’ll know their yes or no responses on the 23rd. Again, this won’t mean strike, but it won’t mean good things either.

A strike could mean the stopping of our favorite shows…again. What irritates me is that a strike could basically lead to the end of creative programming as we know it.

It sounds like a leap, but think about it. Because of the Writers’ Strike last year, a lot of sophomore favorites got cut short this fall: Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone are two shows deserving of more seasons. Ironically, two shows that show more writer creativity than many others out there.

And if you think about it, what do you put on the air if the actors won’t show up? Reality TV. You can bet a lot of those contestants aren’t SAG members, even if the hosts are.

Can shows go on without actors? Probably not. No one’s going to watch The Office without Michael, Dwight, and Jim. So why not start new shows?

Who’s going to write them? No one. With the Writers’ Strike, you can bet that the actors were there supporting the writers, hauling picket signs through the trenches (and in our Cambridge rally, there were slushy snow trenches). What would the actors think if the writers turned their backs now?

That’s right, it’s a close-knit community, and writers would get put in the middle. They wouldn’t be at work either.

So if we can’t write new shows and shows now don’t survive–and there’s additional reality television–where is television going? Down the crapper. The art is being taken away from it. There’s nowhere left to go.

So, actors, if you ever want to deserve those awards you get, don’t strike. Let the art of the performance remain.

I’ll leave you with this, actors. Just to show you the lack of support around you right now. the beginning of TV Squad’s great post:

Remember the good old days when dock workers, air traffic controllers, teachers, and strike placard makers went on strike? Good, hard-working people who didn’t make much money but put their bodies and well-being on the line every day to improve themselves and their community. In exchange, they received measly little things like health insurance, safe work conditions, and a vending machine in the break room that didn’t eat quarters, dollars or fingers.

Those Norma Rae days are long gone.

Even nerds like facebook–and doctors like digital sheep!

THE BIG BANG THEORY: 2.09 “The White Asparagus Triangulation”

TV Squad has started to call it “The Sheldon Show,” and to be honest, last night’s episode really started to make it look like that. As much as I enjoyed seeing him figure out where the best place in the movie theater was acoustically (ok, that was actually really funny), the eccentricities of Sheldon are getting a little overdone.

He is a person, right? We’ve made him so over the top now that certain facts or events just seem unbelievable. Like, for example, the fact that Sheldon would think the only reason he’d be invited into Penny’s was if he had food. Sure, it’s socially done, but he’s been there before, he has a loose definition of “friends” that he’s going by, and hell, they watched The Lakehouse together. Which, by the way, seemed completely improbable considering Sheldon, too. First, he wouldn’t have watched it. Second, if he did, he’d just make comments about how it all was completely impossible based on the space-time continuum and basic physics. Which means that Penny would have turned it off early to shut him up or would have at least not had that smug smile on her face when she referenced it due to frustration.

They need to find the balance of quirk versus normal to make us believe that day-to-day or “normal” occurrences could actually happen!

But the rest of the episode was pretty good. I thoroughly enjoyed how much of a relationship is defined by a status on Facebook. Not only is this completely true to life, but it’s just something that I wouldn’t expect the writers to bring out. Sure, Facebook is around, but who would think that we’d get relationship “DTRs” (“Define the Relationship”) from it–and that they’d point out that people are throwing digital sheep.

Personally, any show that mentions digital sheep is a good one by me.

The one question, though, is why are we supposed to care about Leonard and his new galpal? She hasn’t really given me anything to make her completely likable yet. Perhaps it’s because our first glimpse of her was screwing over Howard.

Meanwhile, our supporting cast is getting smaller and smaller. I think Howard and Raj were only in about two scenes this episode. Plus, Penny has become a little meaner as of late–her crack to Raj referencing Lassie is funny considering he can’t speak around women, but it was almost a little meaner than usual. She’s usually so nice to him about it. Could Sheldon be hitting a nerve too hard?

Anyway, I’m afraid that the high ratings and great press for the show might be making it a little less original and taking the finesse out of it for me. What do you all think?

Roll over, Mars Rover!

BIG BANG THEORY: 2.08 “The Lizard-Spock Expansion”

We finally found ourselves without a Sheldon-centric episode. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Sheldon, but we needed the break to avoid growing stale.

But he did provide us with some goodies. One being “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock.” If you missed it, TV Squad was diligent in jotting down the rules:

1. Scissors cuts Paper
2. Paper covers Rock
3. Rock crushes Lizard
4. Lizard poisons Spock
5. Spock smashes Scissors
6. Scissors decapitates Lizard
7. Lizard eats Paper
8. Paper disproves Spock
9. Spock vaporizes Rock
10. Rock crushes Scissors

Perhaps it’s just me, but I much preferred the modification of “Rock-Paper-Scissors” on That 70s Show, “Foot-Cockroach-Atomic Bomb.” Basically, foot beats cockroach, atomic bomb beats foot, and cockroach (you guessed it) beat atomic bomb. But it was noted for creativity none-the-less.

The whole plot of the show didn’t appeal to me all that much, though I love watching the antics of Howard. I’m still not sure how an eye patch can win you women (perhaps this is a question for Barney on HIMYM), but it was entertaining. More so, it was interesting that I noticed the eye patch LESS than his amazingly vibrant shirt.

Beyond that, I thought the plot was a little done. There have been plenty of shows where you’re dating your best friend’s girl, so I kinda wish we had something new brought to the table. In the end, though, while I’m glad Howard found himself a date, I still want to see him end up with some sort of girlfriend at some point. He reminds me a little bit of Friedman in Joan of Arcadia, and there’s some sort of soft spot there…I’m not sure why. Despite his many colors of tight pants.

But the side gags were nice. And I love anything about the Mars Rover. And even though I saw Sheldon’s wisecrack about AAA in a commercial, it still made me laugh in this episode. It also reminded me of this article that made me laugh (and pout) a while ago. I think you might enjoy it.

A couple tears for a ghost

GHOST WHISPERER: 4.06 “Imaginary Friends and Enemies”

I feel a little bad for anyone who doesn’t read the upcoming news for random TV shows they don’t normally watch. I subscribe to a lot of blogs, and they tend to report on a number of shows. One of which is Ghost Whisperer. I don’t watch this show all that often–it really depends on my Friday schedule–but I’ve been reading rumblings since this summer about a main character being killed off. I’ve heard speculation; I’ve come up with my own thoughts. Actually, they all seem to coincide.

But for those of your that are rumor-free, this episode was probably pretty rough for you. It’s here that we see the fate of Jim.

Poor Melinda. She goes to a wedding, planning on expanding her business and having a romantic evening, only to find herself knee deep in a ghost drama, ending in having her own husband shot.

To be honest, the episode itself seemed a little convoluted. There were too many characters both appearing in the episode and just spoken of. I got very confused with all the men. The ghost first spoke to the daughter, then Melinda, then the mother, then Melinda, then all three! Meanwhile, he was angry at Trish, then at Trish’s fiance. It was all very hard to follow after a while.

And then came the very end: revenge. The to-be husband appears in the cabin only to take his anger out on the person who ratted him out: Jim. Of course, it ends in gunplay. And who shoots him? A cop.

This is where I thought it was a little stretched. I doubted that they would shoot unknowingly into a hostage situation–a struggle at that–where they couldn’t see who they were shooting. Especially when one of the men in the cabin was a cop.

But he did, and down goes Jim. Fortunately, he’s ok. But at the last minute: embolism. So he’s gone.

I was going back and forth with all these fakeouts. First, I was sure that the rumors were right. There he goes, shot by the fiance in the cabin. Then when he was ok, only shot in the arm, I was sure that the rumors faked us out. There must be someone else later in the season who would die! But then as soon as I saw his pristine, clean face, I knew. The clean, blue plaid shirt–I knew it. The angle he was looking at Melinda. He couldn’t be alive. And then we saw him lying in the bed with his ghost with Melinda.

I’m sap. I must tell you. That got me, even though part of me saw it coming. I watered up at the sight of Melinda’s heartbroken face, calling out that it couldn’t be him. Not you!

Next week will be hard, I know it. I’m a little torn, though, about this episode. I guess it definitely gave a shock to the viewers. I mean, it wasn’t a Jim-centric episode! It was anything but. And everything else was going ok. He was a survivor. Just a small embolism.

I guess I was expecting the Jim death show to be all about family. It was, to an extent. Melinda won’t be having his baby (or could she have gotten pregnant before he died?). That alone is heartbreaking.

Now, I know he’ll be around for at least one more episode, but how long? I’m disappointed. I always liked him, and I liked that she always had an ally. Sure, this will open her up to new possibilities and obstacles, but it will be sad.

For those bigger fans who want a little more details, here are a couple links for you:

For some hints/spoilers to answer your questions, take a look here (including an interview with David Conrad): Spoiler Junkie

For another take on the episode from a constant watcher: TV Squad