OK, before I begin I have to explain the train of thought leading to the post title.
Bad Religion had a song called “Television” with guest vocals by Tim Armstrong of Rancid (and Op Ivy if you’re old school). Rancid had a song called “Radio, Radio.” This post is about television I’ve been watching, but as appealing as it may be in theory to go ultra-modern and simplistic, just calling the post “television” looks lazy and not at all like a song title.
Oh, I should also tell you that the category for television (and sometimes movies) is “I’ve been hypnotised,” which is a quote from “Cartoon Planet.” Zorak was hypnotized by the TV, you see.
Now that I have thoroughly bored you, I will get on with the post.
Sam and I have been at Cassie’s house since Wednesday, doing what we do at Cassie’s: catching up on TV on DVD. I’ve watched all of Kitchen Confidential (it is a crime that it was pulled so quickly) and started both Ugly Betty and Heroes. Will is down for the weekend and watching Heroes with me. I seriously knew nothing (nothing!) about Ugly Betty, and next to nothing about Heroes.
Ugly Betty is awesome and I adore America Ferrar. I am a little put off by the choice to have Betty be so down to earth and realistic while the villains are so cartoony. It doesn’t really gel and that bothers me. I am only five episodes in, though, and love everything else about the show so far.
Heroes is the greatest television show of all time and it is really about time that someone sat down and made a series just for Will and my enjoyment. The only thing I don’t like is Agent Pudgy and his wife. The characters are like a chronically single person’s skewed idea of a married couple having some troubles. Also, Matt is stupid. On the other hand, maybe Matt is intended to be a moron who misuses his powers and is surprised to learn that his wife loves him and does retarded things to win back her affections. I don’t know, that might be brilliant.
Not as brilliant as subverting our expectations by making (SPOILER ALERT) Nathan the one who can fly. Not to mention that he can MAKE A SONIC BOOM OH MY GOD.
But the very best thing on earth? Hiro. There will never be another character on television that I love as much as I love Hiro. NEVER.
We’ve only watched four episodes so NOT A WORD about what happens next, OK?
Oh, one comment about Kitchen Confidential: if a vegan pigged out on meat and cheese like that, she wouldn’t be puking. Or rather, she might be puking as well, if you know what I mean. I know it had to be vomit for them to show her distress on screen, but still.