Jamie decided to see how awful the new William Shatner comedy Shit My Dad Says was and it was pretty awful. ITV2 level of awfulness in fact, and it lasted less than two minutes before it went to live in the recycle bin. Never put the word Shit in your title, even if it asterisked or whatever they did to it.
I then tackled My Generation, which is a drama that pretends to be a documentary about a group of high schoolers about to graduate ten years ago and another documentary about where they are now. It wasn’t awful and had a wide range of characters (mostly the usual sterotypes but then that is the norm unfortunately) and had some people from other things off the telly that I enjoyed. The pilot episode set up some interesting plot strands that stopped me laughing at how the whole ‘ten years ago’ flashbacks involved a lot of soft focus and wigs (people always have longer hair in the past on tv) and I decided to watch the next episode…
… until I found out that it had been axed already. Oh dear. Next!
No Ordinary Family sounds like my kind of show, what with its whole Fantastic Four / Heroes / generic comic book ‘influences’ and all that. It’s a family kind of show whereas I am mostly about the FX/Showtime/HBO programmes where you can be more surprised but I am partial to a bit of niceness occasionally. It’s the classic set-up for anyone who is a comic geek: family go off on a trip, run into random inexplicable sci-fi element and end up with special abilities. This family includes Michael Chiklis aka Vic From The Shield (I will get used to him not hitting people or doing aggressive faces eventually) and Julie Benz aka Darla From Buffy and Rita From Dexter being the nice mom character.
Bonus points for the moment with the Kittty Pryde & Lockheed action figure! The Julie Benz character is rather Barry Allen Flash, Michael Chiklis is a combination of the classic strong man (e.g The Thing) and fast reflexes type (who can do massive jumps like The Hulk), and the kids are the super boffin and telepathic ones. It’s all rather fun and should appeal to a wide audience as long as they don’t get too convoluted and stick to what makes the show work. Other super powered people exist and there is the obligatory conspiracy plot to get your teeth into, which is nice. One of the other characters is a bit like The Mist in their powers which pleases me. I’ll certainly watch again.
And finally, The Event:
A new mad kitchen sink style drama that will either do well or fail completely so either the new Lost or Flash Forward. It has elements of fast-runaround-action drama like 24, some obligatory conspiracy stuff that everything seems to have these days and then the mysteriosu element that is The Event itself. I’m not saying what that is but I liked it enough to watch the second episode.
Nobody has said “remain indoors” yet, how disappointing.