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Before we get to anything else in this post, can I just say, I love the font and the titles for this show.  Seriously, not a huge thing, but I really do love them. 

 

 

Let’s go over the clichés before we get to the new stuff.  Our character (creature-monster-villain-hapless experimentee) for the week is a stock character.  We’ve all seen this guy before.  The hapless loser who has a dead end job and lives at home with his overbearing, sick mother.  The poor sucker will gain strange mysterious powers which will not help him get the girl of him dreams (who he is mildly stalking), but in fact cause him to lose his job.  This time we even gave the guy a funny name, Meeker, pronounced meager, which is a little punny. 

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Let’s start off with what was good;  I didn’t feel there were as many clichés in this episode as there have been.  The other good thing – no trip to Massive Dynamic this week.  Also, we still have the cow.  And, I’m really starting to like the cow.

 

Unfortunately, I’m still not entirely sure what this episode was really about. The A-plot was less a cliché, and more a movie trick: The MacGuffin.  Typically, the MacGuffin is used to move the plot forward, but in this instance, it was used to move the entire A-plot, which really is a sign of lazy writing. [Ed. Note: A MacGuffin is “a plot device which uses an ambiguous object to motivate the pricinple characters”.  Think: golden glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction].

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Although this episode was called “Ghost Network”, the episode was hardly about that – and sadly, had no ghosts.

  The Ghost Network is a network that is on a different frequency than what is used for phones and radio transmissions, but if it could be tapped into, it would give someone a secret network that would allow them to communicate without anyone else knowing or hearing.  Except for the unlucky psychic.  

 But since we have to use either a cliché or an old idea, let us begin with laying out the ones we will use in tonight’s episode:  

 First, we have the premise that a psychic doesn’t know that he is a psychic, but is seeing visions of horrible things that are happening.  (Ugh, we’ve never seen that plot before?)  So, how did he get this strange power?  Well, once upon a time, Our Favorite Mad Scientist injects a strange metal potion to see if it would give him psychic powers, Lo and behold, he did not turn out to be a fire starter, but did get the psychic powers 20 years later.  Which he then uses to listen in on the phone conversations of Latin speaking bad guys (possibly from a drug cartel, who also know about the pattern) as they plot their nefarious deeds.  And then our intrepid FBI agent manages to stop them (but not before one of them commits suicide, so there is no possibility of getting answers from him).  And then we send our psychic home, where hopefully he will never be troubled by ghost network phone calls again.

I have to admit, part of the show was new.  I hadn’t really seen the “people trapped in an amber like substance” bit before.  And I did enjoy that.  Sure it seems like overkill for the bad guys to do that just to get a mysterious glass disk from someone (that is a lot of dead bodies).   And also, I’m always happy to see Latin getting props on TV (in a non-exorcism, or witchy setting).  So it wasn’t all recycled, which is good.  Overall, it wasn’t a bad episode, but I’m still not sure its going to be a great show.

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Are you watching? Do you like? Is the writing awful enough for you?

See the Premiere Review here.

This second episode (“Magic Old Man Baby”) opened with one of the creepiest scenes I can remember ever being on television. This eppy deals with people rapidly aging so fast that within hours of their birth, they died from natural causes. And an old experiment allowing scientists to grow an army (Whooo!)

JJ Abrrams seems to have employed the same composer as he does on “Lost” which is either pitch perfect or irritatingly over the top.

The first episode gave moments of absolute hackneyed and well-worn situations. (We all know that the minute someone says, ‘I was afraid to tell you but, I’ve never felt like this’, one of that pair is not going to be alive in five minutes).

It has some odd things working against it but it ends up being fun, engaging and entertaining tosh. The acting here is better than Lost, if we comparing the two shows. Joshua Jackson has grown up from his role of Pacey and delivers his misanthropic charm with ease. And I personally like the idea of tackling different areas of the “fringe” sciences and the paranormal.

Again with the numbers, Abrams? The garage code was the first few digits of Pi. (Cute). Walter repeats numbers of the Fibinacci sequence to fall asleep. (But sometimes out of order?)

But who are the 3 people at the end? Are they clones? Penroses’ son? Possible army?

Will definitely give it a few more opportunities. It’s got me right now but if it wants too much of me, I might have to let it go. Or if it refuses to have any major pay-offs anytime soon; I’m out.

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