Ron Moore has posted his thoughts
about last night's Sopranos finale
. As I found the episode to be one of the most unsatisfying entries television history, I found Ron's comments disturbing to say the least. He sums it up with "It's poetic. It's exciting. It's perfect. And most of all, I wish I'd thought of it first." This from the man who is going to wrap up Battlestar Galactica in less than a year. I wasn't nearly as emotionally invested in the Sopranos as I am in BSG (by a couple of orders of magnitude, I suppose) and the thought of the show ending on such a disappointing note troubles me.
What I'm Watching This Summer
Inspired by the TV Squad
, here is my list of what I'm watching this summer while I suffer horribly from Heroes and Battlestar Galactica withdrawal:Creature Comforts
: The premiere episode assuaged my fear that the dry humor of the original British show wouldn't translate well with American talking animals. Flash Gordon
: To be honest, I don't know much about this one, except that it's on Sci Fi, and it's about Flash Gordon, and that's enough for me to take a look.Eureka
: Sci Fi's quirky show about a town full of geniuses and their occasionally explosive "secret" government projects is perfect light summer fare. The Closer
: Kyra Sedgwick's Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is, well, unlike any other police officer you've ever seen, and the show is a refreshing departure from the multitude of crime dramas which I inexplicably watch, even though I know all the forensics, and always know who the bad guy is.Weeds
: The entire cast of this show is delightful, and the pain and humor is all too real in Showtime's black comedy about a housewife who sells pot to support her family after her husband's untimely demise. Last season's cliffhanger ending ensured my return to this one.Californication
: David Duchovny. That is all.
Oh, and last, but not least, I'll be downloading episodes of Jericho
to my Xbox 360, because any show that can be brought back from the dead
by its fans has got to be worth taking a look at.
No Sean Connery in Indy 4
Some disheartening news today in the still untitled fourth Indiana Jones installment, as Sean Connery officially announced
that he will not be joining Cate Blanchett
and Shia LaBeouf
"I get asked the question so often, I thought it best to make an announcement. I thought long and hard about it and if anything could have pulled me out of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working with Steven and George, and it goes without saying that it is an honor to have Harrison as my son. But in the end, retirement is just too damned much fun. I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior: Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator! This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, 'Break a leg, everyone.' I'll see you on May 22, 2008, at the theater!"
I'm glad he's so giddy about it, although I'm confused as to how the man who turned down playing Gandalf
is going to pass on the chance to play Indy's dad one more time.
According to the Hollywood Reporter
. Battlestar Galactica's
upcoming fourth season will be its last. Ron Moore has repeatedly referred to season four as "the beginning of the final act," but I had myself convinced that it would be a two season final act. Given all that happened in the last few episodes, I'm sure we are in for a bumpy ride, but I trust the BSG
crew to bring everything to a close in an appropriate way. The rumors of a fall HD
DVD release for season one cheer me up a bit, but only slightly. Sigh. Thank goodness I still have Heroes
to obsess about.
US version of Creature Comforts may not suck...
Our friends at TV Squad
have posted some excellent preview clips
of the American version of the excellent Aardman series. Creature Comforts
. I'm a huge fan of the original, and I'm foolishly optimistic about this one. I know US versions of UK shows historically are, well, not so good. (Can you say Payne
?) The Office gives me hope that not all things are lost in translation, and the clips are pretty encouraging.
Update: The first episode was indeed very funny. It has a very different feel than the original, since of course all the interview subjects are American, but it's worth a look, and the claymation is beautifully done.