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It’s not that I hate summer replacement television.  Actually, this season I’m rather pleased with the shows that I HAVE been watching.

Leverage is my current favorite.  In fact, I have it set up to record on the DVR and then watch each episode at least four times before deleting them.  And THEN once they are OnDemand, I’ll watch them over and over until the episodes disappear and new ones come on – and then the whole cycle starts over again.

It’s saying something about a television show when you just can’t get enough of it.  I remember seeing previews of it once upon a time, but never really thought to get into it.  And now?  Now, it’s my new favorite show.  Well, my new favorite summer replacement hour-long drama.  And I have a GINORMOUS celebrity crush on Christian Kane, who plays Eliot, the tough guy who beats everyone up.  Christian Kane did some early episodes of Angel, and then a few later ones towards the end.  He was the whiny bad guy that wanted to be cool in Angel.  Now, he IS the cool guy.

As a show, the concept is great.  The stories you can tell about the cons they run are endless, and there’s an unlimited number of stories you can tell about the relationships between the characters.  It’s almost like I want all these criminals to be my best friend so I can run cons with them.  I haven’t been able to say anything like that since Dexter, who is my serial killer BFF.

The other show I’m watching right now is on Sy-Fy, called Warehouse 13.  What cracks me up about this show is that I never had any intentions of watching it.  Ever.  I had even gone to a focus group on this very show.  Although I don’t remember thinking very fondly of it.  I guess it says a lot about a television show when there’s nothing else on.  Actually, that’s not fair at all.  I do enjoy this one, and I didn’t think I would.  AND.. BONUS!  Jane Espenson happens to write for it.  So that’s cool.

But as far as other summer replacement shows?  I’m trying to watching Persons Unknown on NBC as I write this – but it is not keeping my attention.  Maybe another episode or two will help with that… but we’ll see.

What shows are you going to watch this summer?

One of the best things about having a DVR is how much television you can record and watch later that you would otherwise miss.

Enter the Twilight Zone.

There are about 10 or 12 episodes on our DVR currently, and we go through them pretty randomly.  I think Chriso watches more episodes than I do, but I happen to catch and episode here and there.

Tonite, we watched an episode about a woman who suffered memory loss due to PTSD, and she conjured the memory of herself as a little girl as a way to bring out all the horrible things that happened in her past.  Great episode.  Any Twilight Zone episode that involves a kid is usually super creepy – this one included – and they are always amazing actors.

But it’s amazing to watch television that aired originally 50+ years ago and note all the differences in production then and production now.  Even the scripts and the storylines and the camerawork are completely different.

There was a really creepy throwaway line by a male character in the episode we watched.  The man came to visit the woman because he killed her mother 19 years ago and he was afraid she was going to remember.  ANYway, he was trying to jog her memory to see if she had realized who he was, and he said:

I remember you.  I had a little crush on you.

In a general context, that line is not a big deal.  And 50 years ago, that type of line was certainly acceptable, or at least would not cause the kind of creepiness it would today.  But the fact was that 19 years ago, when the man had known the woman and had a “crush” on her, she was only 10 years old.  He may have been 20 at the very youngest, which makes that line just awful.  Maybe if he was 12 or 13 and said that, no big deal.  But there were several mentions that he was older.  Yup.  Creepy.

Nowadays, a line like that might be acceptable, but the circumstances under which that would happen would still be insanely creepy.

Aside from that creepiness factor, the camerawork in this episode really sparked a discussion.  There was a few continuity issues with camerawork, where the angles should have been the opposite of what they were shot at.  But again, this was aired 50 years ago.  Today, there wouldn’t be the same camera issues.

It’s just amazing being able to compare two completely different generations of television.

I will admit that I never was able to get into the Battlestar Galactica series, though I tried.  Well, I wanted to try.  I really did.  Really.  But I could find no interest, having not seen it from the beginning, and, well, it feels like a show that you have to watch beginning to end because there is so much story involved.

So, initially, I had no interest in Caprica either, given it’s BSG roots.  HOWEVER, when I heard that James Marsters was due to guest star, well, I’m sure you can guess that I now MUST watch Caprica.  And from what I understand, James Marsters’ character will be very Spikey without the awesome vampire lineage.  Yes.  I am excited.

So much so that I have already started watching Caprica On Demand.  In high def.  And even though I didn’t agree with the Sci-fi networks name change to Sy-Fy, I’m more open to the idea now, especially since I’ll be seeing James very soon.

It almost ALMOST makes up for Dollhouse being cancelled.  But not entirely.

The whole premise of Caprica is that it is post-apocalyptic in the BSG universe, with its events occurring 58 years prior when a severely polytheistic society is being threatened by the ideas of monotheism, and everyone is consumed with the infinite possibilities that new technology offers.

Now, I’ve only seen 3 episodes.  Well, as of right now, it’s technically an episode and a half – I missed the pilot, I slept during the second episode, completed the third episode and I’m not quite a bit through the fourth episode, but I’ll have to go to work soon, so I won’t be able to finish beforehand.  Unless I want to be late.  But Caprica IS on demand.  Still want to watch it though.

In all that I’ve seen so far, I’m really enjoying the show, which I’m very surprised by.  I wasn’t all that interested in picking up a new show, as I have far too much on my DVR as it is.  But Caprica is on demand, so I don’t have to watch live if I don’t want to.  Although, I probably will watch James’ premiere episode live.

I will keep you updated on my progress, but I think I will keep with this one for awhile.  And perhaps I’ll be motivated to catch up with BSG.  We’ll see.

Sadly, the rumors may hold water.  I’ve been checking the numbers weekly, at my favorite numbers site TV by the Numbers, and ratings are not looking good for Dollhouse this season.

And the rumors have been flying about the cancellation of the show since last season’s finale (or before).  According to the ratings, Dollhouse is likely to not be renewed after May  2010.  Which is sad, because I love Dollhouse.  Now that I have a DVR, I pretty much watch each episode 4 or 5 times before the next one airs.  No, I’m not psycho.  Sometimes there’s nothing on television to watch, so I’m going to watch something I like.  And sometimes it’s Dollhouse.

It’s a shame, really.  Joss Whedon has done some amazing work, and he is very well respected in the industry.  AND he’s proved himself over and over, more recently with Dr. Horrible. 

But 9pm on Friday night has always been an awful timeslot.  Especially with Medium moving to CBS, and BSG being on SyFy.  Joss just can’t win, apparently.  Which is sad, because I love Dollhouse.  I really think it’s a great show.  But apparently, not everyone thinks so.  And if they do, they certainly aren’t watching Friday nights at 9. 

So, tell me, Gentle Readers:  Has Dollhouse gotten the proper chance to shine?