Thursday, February 11, 2010

New TV Power Rankings

Just a brief set, but I've got to get something up on this blog. Perhaps over the next few weeks, with any number of these shows being off for the Olympics, I'll be more inclined to return to a better blogging schedule. For now, enjoy, and as always, comments and complaints are welcome.

1. Lost (A tremendous opener followed up by a solid effort with this week's "What Kate Does." There's never been another show this popular that's managed to consistently defy and redefine viewer expectations. Some fans don't like the flash sideways and some are apprehensive about the new characters, but I'm just along for the ride and I'm loving it.)

2. Caprica (The reviews I had read were mixed, particularly in regards to the first few episodes following the two hour pilot. So I'm pleasantly surprised to say I'm really enjoying what I've seen so far. The thematic elements of the show are simplistically laid out, but the characters are layered enough to make the rather slowly unfolding plot acceptable. And it has to be a first for a sci-fi show to so prominently feature teenage girls in very non-stereotypical roles. )

3. Fringe (Fringe just keeps humming along and it's a shame to have had so few episodes before the show takes another hiatus. Olivia's discovery of Peter's true identity was a long time in coming and provides the promise of future drama between the characters.)

4. Big Love (I'm still undecided on this new season, which is nowhere near as good as last year's incredible run. Obviously, from the opening onward, it's a very different show. But while I like the symbolic falling and drifting of our characters, there's almost too much going on at this point- an odd complaint for a show that had relatively little happening for it's first two seasons.

5. Parks and Rec (It's made the jump over 30 Rock, mostly because there are more characters I'm really getting a kick out off, none of whom are ever really given the short stick. Please, please, please, give me more Ron Swanson.

6. 30 Rock (Still great, and probably should be higher. One question, where the hell has Tracey been in recent weeks?)

7. Community (One of the best things about about Community is it's self-awareness of it's use of cliched plot elements. It sort of matches Joel McHale's layered sense of humor, where it's possible to laugh at something and appreciate what it is at the same time.)

8. Archer (I started recording this one based on a few good words and a brief preview that snuck it's way into a Sunny recording this past fall. It's lousy animation, but there's plenty of good voice talent and lots of laugh out loud moments for the latest and greatest bumbling spy.)

9. House (Loved the Cuddy episode, the exact sort of thing House should do more of. Yes it's nice to see more characters, but it's even better to see the show get away from the medical plots that every viewer already knows by heart.)

Not Ranked: 24 (Ugh. Nearly every moment without Jack is wasted air time and it seems to be getting worse as this season goes on.)

The Office (Plenty of great moments with the Sabre merger, but I'm still getting that feeling that nearly everything on the Office has simply been played out. The one-note nature of the characters inevitably leads to Ryan and Dwight plotting against Jim, the exact sort of plot we've seen numerous times before.)


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