Radio, Radio

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.

First impressions:

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.

25 thoughts on “Radio, Radio

  1. Violet

    September 15, 2007 at 12:44pm

    1. “Television” always sounds to me like they’re actually saying, “Bad Religion” and it cracks me up. I am not a fan of them – my husband is – and I’m glad to get *something* out of their music. Rancid, otoh, I just plain LOVE.

    2. Ugly Betty ROCKS. My other favourites (lately, at least) are “Rescue Me” (because it’s funny, sexy, dramatic and GREAT) and, of course, “Weeds” and “Flight of the Conchords” and.. um, wait, you didn’t ask for my top 100 list. Moving right along…

    3. Heroes – yes yes yes yes! I can’t WAIT for the next season to start! Hiro is such a great character. I love that he says things I can actually imagine someone saying in his position (if that makes sense)…

    Clearly I am babbly today. (Sorry! Eeep!)

  2. Violet

    September 15, 2007 at 12:45pm

    Aaaand, did you ever get the CD that I mailed to you? My mixed CD of unspeakably loud, obnoxious, not-safe-for-kids music? :)

  3. Annika

    September 15, 2007 at 12:47pm

    Ooh, Weeds! I forgot about that. I watched the first season at Andrea’s house and I love it, too.

  4. Shelby

    September 15, 2007 at 1:00pm

    Matt is an idiot. This insulted me at first because at first because they tried to blame it on dyslexia, but then they write him just plain stupid. Now I realize that the poor guy is dyslexic AND stupid and I love him for it. I love him and his horribly reasoned plans, but I am the only one.

  5. MenleyNin

    September 15, 2007 at 1:05pm

    Don’t you just love it when a TV show is tailor-made for you? The first time I saw The Pasdar shoot up into the air with the whole sonic boom thing, I literally jumped up and down on the couch yelling, “Oh my God! Oh my God! Did you see that?!?” to no one in particular. It was truly a Tom-Cruise-on-Oprah’s-couch moment, and the cats were not impressed.

  6. Gwen

    September 15, 2007 at 1:06pm

    I love Matt! But that’s mostly because I’d follow Greg Grunberg to the ends of the earth.

  7. Amanda

    September 15, 2007 at 1:16pm

    I’m going to be just spoilery enough to say that the villians in Betty get real, and that’s why I love it so much.

  8. nova

    September 15, 2007 at 1:21pm

    Weird. We are doing a Heroes marathon right now, too.

  9. nova

    September 15, 2007 at 1:22pm

    Actually, I guess that’s not so weird seeing as the Season 1 DVD just came out. Anyway.

  10. CassyLee

    September 15, 2007 at 1:46pm

    Yay! I’m happy to know you’re enjoying both shows. I think you’ll find Amanda is right about the villains on Betty.

  11. Delle

    September 15, 2007 at 2:15pm

    I think Hiro appeals because a) geeky and b) he’s an actual superhero who’s happy and excited to be one. Most are so into the tagedy and self-sacrifice that they forget to enjoy just how awesome it is.

    Ugly Betty just gets better and better. I’m really looking forward to S2 of that, too.

  12. carmen

    September 15, 2007 at 7:14pm

    OMG, I LOVE Heroes. LOVE it.

  13. Catherine

    September 15, 2007 at 8:47pm

    Ugly Betty is sublime. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of it. Justin is one of my favorite TV characters. Finally, can I take this time to bow down to the wardrobe gods for putting handsome handsome HANDSOME Eric Mabius in some gorgeous and daring colors, not to mention suits that fit him to a T? Sigh.

    My friend is getting Heroes on DVD for me. I didn’t watch it although I totally meant to. I seriously CANNOT WAIT.

  14. andrea

    September 15, 2007 at 9:45pm

    Mmm, I wish I’d never seen Heros so I could start watching it for the first time right now.

  15. liz

    September 16, 2007 at 12:48am

    Reason #47,230 to look forward to having a newborn and not sleeping ever again: Heroes on DVD. I’ve been saving it. *drool*

  16. B

    September 16, 2007 at 2:25pm

    I’m also in the midst of a Heroes on DVD marathon. We’re at episode 13 I believe so I will stay quiet. But my reactions were exactly the same about Nathan and Hiro. Hiro=love.

  17. yojo

    September 16, 2007 at 3:18pm

    wow. I thought we were the only folks who were watching all of the hero episodes right now….

  18. Jenn

    September 16, 2007 at 3:19pm

    Love Ugly Betty. I need to rent Heroes. This is all.

  19. Katherine

    September 16, 2007 at 7:19pm

    I love HEROES. I love it without being spoiled for it, which is almost impossible for me.

    “And that was attempt number six.” SQUEEE!

  20. briana

    September 17, 2007 at 2:23pm

    unlike shelby, i can’t stand matt. greg grunberg is the proverbial nice guy in this town which gets him work, but he plays his character not very far from his felicity character which shows his lack of range and makes me more annoyed with him than anything. if they made the role specifically for him, they could’ve at least made him less of an idiot.

  21. Christine

    September 18, 2007 at 5:55am

    I just had the Heroes marathon at Amanda’s house last week, AND I WILL FIGHT YOU FOR HIRO. Because technically, I saw him first. Hiro is love. I just love, love, love him so much. I’m not even *that* infatuated with the show per se, but Hiro is the best thing ever.

  22. jenna

    September 19, 2007 at 11:57am

    Heroes rocks. Seriously. I do love me my Hiro as well. I won’t give anything away but that character gets nothing but better…and…get ready…the new season starts MONDAY!

    I lost my love for Ugly Betty for the same reasons you have issues with the characters. So yeah, I hear what you’re saying.

  23. CosmicAvatar

    September 20, 2007 at 12:10pm

    Dear lord, woman, what took you so long?? I mean, the Pasdar’s in it, for God’s sake!



    p.s. Christine may love Hiro, but she thinks Mohinder is totally hot. Can’t blame her (all the Heroes boys are so pretty), even if my heart does belong to Nathan. *sigh*

  24. Annika

    September 20, 2007 at 12:20pm

    I love how everyone I know has gone from “Adrian who?” to “We love The Pasdar.” Just remember, I drove him from Rhode Island to New York in 1996. Which is my way of saying I SAW HIM FIRST, FUCKERS.

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