Thursday, September 21, 2006

My DVR is taking a beating

September, just when my DVR has been emptied from the hours and hours of TV it has recorded in the past few months, just when I thought I had finally caught up with everything, the new fall TV season starts. New shows, returning shows, and shows that really shouldn't be returning and should have been put out to grass a long time ago.

So now the highlights of the schedule for the DVR looks like this:

Monday: A light night now that Life On Mars has finished on BBC America.

Vanished, the fox show about a kidnapped senators wife which seems to be leading to an ancient Masonic order. Lots of intrigue, puzzles and 'what the F***' moments. Not a bad show, a definite 8 out of 10.

CSI Miami: There is only one thing to say about this show. Why? Why did it come back? Why is David Caruso starring in it? Why does David Caruso only have 1 expression? And ultimately why don't the sunglasses get an acting credit? They are on the screen as much as anyone else and even had their own shot last season. I have been pondering why I actually keep recording and watching this show. Is it the vain hope that it might get better or is it just for the pure mindless stupidity of the show. Not worked it out yet but if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

Tuesday:A busy night 4 shows, well 3 and the wife's Law and Order SVU recording.

Eureka: The show that started on SciFi in July and is still going. A great show, funny, intelligent and very enjoyable. Fluffy story lines, but everyone need a bit of fluffy in their life sometimes.

House: The Fox show about a pain killer addicted cripple doctor who is a likeable as a wart on the end of your nose. A good show, well written, excellent characters with hidden depths. Well worth the watch, it has now reached it's 3rd season and well worth a few more. Hugh Laurie, who a lot of people don't realize is English, does a great job as Dr Gregory House, but it is the overall cast ensemble that makes it really good, the interaction between the characters makes the show move with a lightning pace. The show was in jeopardy when Bryan Singer moved from Fox, luckily they came to their senses and kept the show running. A good decision. 10 out of 10 for this one.

The Unit: season 2 started last Tuesday night. Not a bad show, action packed about a US special covert forces unit. The show goes into the family life as well as the UNIT life and operations. Well acted for a gung-ho military show. Well worth checking out. 7 out of 10 for this one.

Wednesday Another busy day when everything starts up again.

Jericho: A new show about a post apocalyptic world and the lives of the people in a place called Jericho. Not watched it yet as it only started last night but it looks good from the trailers.

Lost: What can be said about this show other than 'WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO TELL US ANYTHING'. Lost is a good show, but one of the most frustrating shows on TV. Just when you think you have an answer to something, wallop, they throw another mystery into the equation. Lost is one of those shows that it is actually worth recording a few episodes and watch them all in one go, thereby avoiding the throwing of the shoes at the TV screen when the credits roll and you have no idea what is going on. 9 out of 10 for the frustrating factor alone.

CSI NY: The third CSI show and one that is definitely better than its older cousin CSI MIAMI. Gary Sinise is a good actor and does a great job in this show holding it all together, and he doesn't wear sun glasses all the time. Then again I suppose this is NY so no call for Sunglasses all of the time. Mind you when the CSI NY, CSI Miami crossover was shown, David Caruso did come equipped with his co-star who even got a shot on their own to the side of seated Gary Sinise. 9 out of 10 for this one.


CSI. The original, and still the best. Definitely worth seeing and with Grisham's hotel room scene at the end of last season, a must see tomorrow night. 10 out of 10.

Smallville. Starts next week. I was surprised to see this continue as they always said they had a 5 year story arc and would not continue once a new Superman movie was released. Well they are now on Season 6 and a Superman movie has been released and the show is back. Not such a bad thing as the show was really good last season after a disappointing season 4. 8 out of 10 for this show.

Supernatural: Season 2 starts next week. This is a good show. Took a few episodes to really get going and a few suspect story lines to start with, but once it found it's feet and really discovered what it was, a TV horror show and not a Gilmore Girls meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer,it really got going. Real cliffhanger ending with the two brothers and the missing, but found again, father in a car crash. Interesting to see where this one goes especially as it is one of the shows on the new CW (WB and UPN merge) channel. 10 out of 10 for this one.


Fridays is SciFi night. A mixture of Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who depending on when one show starts and the others finish. All shows definitely worth watching, Doctor Who especially (not that I am a huge Doctor Who fan, definitely not been watching the show since I was a child). Battlestar Galactica will be interesting this season with the dramatic turn in the shows situation that was revealed in the last 5 minutes of last seasons finale. BSG starts up again in October, while Doctor Who season 2, with the newly regenerated Doctor (in the guise of David Tennant) takes on a whole new, and some old, foes, starts up on September 29. SG1 and SG Atlantis take a break after this friday. All these shows get a 10 out of 10, with a 15 out of 10 for Doctor Who.


This is the catch-up night. Nothing new to record and time to try and catch up on the weeks recordings. Not an easy task with on average about 3 hours a night being recorded.


Cold Case: Another Jerry Bruckheimer show. A good show this one. Stand alone stories where old cases are reopened when new evidence comes to light. A simple premise, well executed with good characterization. 10 out of 10.

Without a Trace: Another Jerry Bruckheimer show which moves to a new night. Another FBI show but this time the missing person division. Well worth watching. 8 out of 10 for this one.

Well that's the week. There are some other shows that I record and some more starting up soon which might be worth a look. Heroes looks interesting as well as Smith. It looks like the DVR will be running hot for a while.

Ok, back to the TV, where did I put that remote?