And I Can't Stop Having These Visions

A look inside the madness of my mind--sports, politics or daily life--with humor and pop culture and music references embedded.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chuck Follow Up

For anyone that doesn't know what Chuck is after my last post, or has previously watched an episode and didn't enjoy it...

Watch this 5 minute scene from the season finale Monday Night. And note that this happened in the first 20 minutes of the episode.

If you can't appreciate the comedy ("Why are you letting Sam Kinison and a Indian Lesbian ruin your wedding?"), the references (Back to the Future - "Watch me for the changes"), the bad puns (Shotgun Wedding/You Rang"), the action sequences, the dramatic sequences... ALL set to three different versions of Mr. Roboto (starts with the actors singing, into a orchestra version created solely for the show, and the actual Styx song)...

If you can't appreciate ALL of that... honestly, I want nothing to do with you because you have no taste and your existance on this earth is a detriment to society because the skin on your body could be better served by giving it to patients with skin cancer.

That is all.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Finale and a Footlong

As many people know, one of my favorite things is primetime television. Sadly, there hasn't been any good new series in a long while. And this is coming from a guy who watched Armed and Famous.

My list of shows killed in the past couple years (off the top of my head):
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Aaron Sorkin is a God. I even paid $22 dollars for a Studio 60 shirt from the NBC store to try to support this show. Cancelled after one season.
Shark - James Woods can do little wrong in my eyes, especially when acting like a smug ass. Cancelled after two seasons.
Life on Mars - The first 16.8 episodes were good. I'm acting like the ending didn't happen because even though it appears that the writers did leave hints about the end throughout the entire series, I still feel like I got kicked in the balls after watching it. Cancelled after one season of ~17 episodes
Standoff - A serial drama about FBI negotiators starring Ron Livingston of Office Space fame. Granted, you can only negotiate a crisis so many ways and that became clear in the second half of the season, but still sad that it was... Cancelled after one season.
The Knights of Prosperity - One of the funniest shows I have ever watched. Originally based off of stealing from Mick Jagger, which turned into Kelly Ripa, and was going to eventually be Ray Romano but ABC axed the series right when the Romano arc was starting. I still have it saved on my DVR hoping one random Saturday night in the summer ABC will play the last 6 episodes. Cancelled after one ~13 episode season. 6 episodes remain unaired.
Andy Barker, P.I. - Another 6 episode sitcom that didn't get renewed. Brought to you by Conaco (Conan O' Brien's production company) and starring Andy Richter as a unwilling Private Eye. Cancelled after one 6 episode season.

I can go on and on. Especially if I want to include alternative programming like It Takes a Thief, Thank God You're Here, 1 vs. 100, Duel (Mike Greenberg saying, "Screen up" is one of the best things ever), Kid Nation (granted even I stopped watching that), Power of 10 (still have episodes on my DVR), The Singing Bee (Joey Fatone from *NSYNC as a game show host? Count me in)

But anyway, pretty much the only Primetime shows left on my DVR Series Manager right now are Surviving Suburbia (Bob Saget's new sitcom), Rules of Engagement (David Spade is awesome), Scrubs (two episodes left), and Family Guy. All of these are 30 minute sitcoms.

There is only one hour long show left... and that is Chuck. Originally I was hesitant to watch it because I thought it would be cancelled after one season, but since it made it to a second season, I binged through the first 20 episodes in three nights during Christmas. A great show about a guy that works at a Buy More [Best Buy] for the Nerd Herd [Geek Squad], who gets all of the US Govt's secrets in his head and is forced to go on spy missions with his CIA/NSA handlers. Here's a great 3 minute clip where he has to listen to Tom Sawyer to get the highest score in Missile Command... to disarm actual missiles. And how anyone can be against a show that uses Rush in a plotline is beyond me.

Anyways, the finale is tonight, and the fans/actors have created the 'Finale and a Footlong' campaign to help convince NBC to renew Chuck. Here it is from lead actor Zachary Levi's blog:

5. On April 27th be sure to BUY A $5 FOOTLONG from Subway and if possible, drop a note in the comment box at the franchise letting them know you’re participating in the Finale and Footlong campaign to save NBC’s Chuck, of which Subway is a product placement sponsor.

So go to Subway today, and get a delicious footlong. Support good television programming. Because like Big Mike says when you bite into a Chicken Teryaki sub, "A little taste of the Orient, right here in Burbank."

Friday, April 24, 2009

Startin' Up Again

So the blog is coming back again, this time with a slightly different spin. There won't one theme to it like previously when it was all humor; it will now be a stream of consciousness... whatever comes to my mind. (And yes, I realize I've said this before).

Right now, I have three main topics that will probably be covered. Sports (with an emphasis on the Cavs), Contemporary Events/Ramblings/Rants, and Humor. While some people will clearly be disinterested in some of them, they can simply skip that entry.

At some point if I ever find the time/inclination to, it'll probably be moved off of Blogger (granted, it's already on my own website). That way if you to just deal with certain topics you can just go to something like I'm sure its possible somehow, simply a matter of if I care enough to figure it out.

To end with just a little bit of actual content for this entry, I provide you one of the things that has made me laugh in the past week. If you've watched TV at all in the past couple months, you couldn't have missed this Heineken commercial. Well, as with any decent commercial, you quickly get tired of it when it's played every break.

Well, this past week, the Cavs debuted a new sketch on the Q-Vision in between quarters during the victory over the Pistons. It has since been posted online, and I simply am going to tell you to watch it. As much as I hate the word, this team has ridiculous chemistry and brotherhood. But that means nothing if they don't play well. However, I imagine they will because like Delonte says at the end, "It's the Playoffs man, It's the Playoffs."

So the Cavaliers present their Playoff Proposal. They're Ready (and up 2-0 against the Pistons with Game 3 starting as I write this). Are you?

Coming up tomorrow/later this week/in the future: Baja Fresh and the Coke Machine that Wasn't, Tracing the lineage of the current Cavs Roster, and OSU's Spring Game.

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