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Grey’s Anatomy: Season 3 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


Let’s recap! Season 2 left us with the death of Denny (Am I the only one who didn’t like him? He was weird to me, and kinda annoying) and Izzy quitting the intern program.  Burke had been shot (hope that shut him up for a while) and Merideth was dealing with having to make a decision between McDreamy and the ‘vet’.

I don’t like when shows will come back from a cliffhanger and start the story well in advance from where they left off (cough cough Alias season 4 premiere!), however they managed to pull this off semi well. We get flash backs of Addison and Derrick arguing because he found out she had a fling with his best friend, which had yet to be shown, but was eventually in a later episode. I hated the fact that he did the same thing, and yet he is upset at her? Another reason I hate ‘McDreamy’ or maybe I should call him ‘McOver-rated’. What’s all the fuss about him?

We see Izzy lying on the bathroom floor, which apparently she had been there for several days. One other thing I found kinda ridiculous. And Merideth still had yet to make a choice, but apparently went home with Derrick the night of the cliffhanger. In the coming episodes she decides to date both of them, but in the end, and to no surprise to anyone on the planet, she chooses Derrick. He resists a bit, they have some rocky moments, but overall that is there storyline this year, kinda boring. However, Merideth’s got a whole seperate issue to deal with later in the season, and it’s wonderful, more on that later.

Izzy decides to try to come back into the intern program, to confront the chief about a possible re-admission, but stands out front the hospital….for an entire day! What is up with her and lack of movement. Not very believable and isn’t even dramatic, just ends up seeming stupid just like her bathroom grieving. She eventually makes her way back into the program but is on probabtion. She’s not allowed to work on patients just observe.

One other odd Izzy storyline is she inherits money from Denny in the sum of 9 million dollars. She doesn’t deposit it into the bank for months, and the resolution to that storyline is she uses the money to help Dr. Bailey fund a free health clinic and names it in Denny’s honor. Seemed like that story should have been worked out a lot better, because the payoff to her decision with the money wasn’t worth it.

Looking back on Izzy this season, I really wasn’t too pleased with her performances. Her stoylines were bad, she came off as whiny and bitchy, and even her Emmy winning performance, where she gives a blood transfusion to her daughter whom she hasn’t seen since putting her up for adoption, didn’t blow me away.

We get to see a lot more of Calle, one of my favorite characters. She stands out from the rest of the cast, and gets more involved with George. They end up getting married (in Vegas by the way) and their storyline also falls flat. Calle however is a good addition to the cast and I find her really likeable. However, couldn’t she go for someone better than George?

Speaking of George, I liked him last season. He was a sweet gentile person. This season, he was an ass. Simple as that. A bitchy little ass. Nothing he did this year made me care about him, it just made me hate him more. He fails the big intern test at the end of the season, so I can only hope that means hes gone for good.

With the addition of more screen time for Calle, we get a new character. McSteamy. He plays a man whore plastic surgeon who is on again off again with Addison. He doesn’t have a huge part in the show, but his presence shakes things up a bit between Derrick and Addison and even Merideth.

Addison has become one of my favorite cast members. A very likeable character who has to deal with the heartache of seeing Merideth and Derrick everyday at work.  As I said, she goes on and off again with McSteamy and even Alex (who actually has his first major storyline late in the season). However, as likeable as she is, it doesn’t mean she can’t have bad storylines.

Example being the ridiculous late season episodes (or should I say ‘Private Practice’ episodes) where she goes to LA to ‘have fun and let go of her worries’ and ends up working in a ‘private practice’, hence the spinoff. It wasn’t that the episodes were bad, it’s just that they weren’t Grey’s Anatomy episodes! And to do that so late in the year, when so many major storylines were unfolding and ready to be resolved, threw me for a loop. Grey’s Anatomy took a backseat to the Addison show AKA Private Practice.

There were moments where my love for Addison grew however. Her seen in the elevator when she found out she couldn’t have kids delighted me. And despite the disruption of flow for Grey’s Anatomy thanks to these Addison eps, she worked it. She showed that she is a great actress. I still like her, which is saying something since this season made me dislike a lot of people.

As I said, Alex gets a story! After a crash that left a woman mangled and nearly faceless, she gets admitted into the hospital as a Jane Doe. No record of her, her face damaged beyond recognition, a Jane Doe. Alex is her doctor and begins to bond with her. They have a strange love developing through time, but as she regains her memory, he realizes she wasn;t the woman who first entered the hospital. She wasn’t Jane Doe anymore. It was nice to see his character get some depth besides sex, however he also had the single most hated moment for me all season. He happens to be in a room right next to McSteamy and Calle as they discuss not telling anyone they just had sex, and as they both leave the scene you see Alex, behind the door eating an apple with a evil smirk on his face. I hated it! An apple? Really?

The Cristina/Burke storyline didn’t interest me, probably because I don’t like Burke. Long story short, he’s a jerk as usual all season and he dumps her seconds before their wedding. Cristina on the other hand is wonderful in every scene she is in. I wasn’t disappointed she didn’t get a better story, something that showed her by herself, not always with Burke, but regardless she nailed every one. Her scene at the end of the season when he leaves her is spine tingling.  After preparing for a wedding she didn’t want to participate in and seeing Burke leave, she stands in her wedding dress, and says ‘I’m free’ and proceeds to cry and scream to get her wedding dress off. Sounds like a comedic scene, but trust me it’s not. It’s almost the best all season. Almost. We’ll get to the best in a second.

This season belonged to Merideth. You wonder why I say I loved this season so much, but yet as you’ve read above, it sounds so negative, this is why I love this season. Merideth. Everything I love about her comes out here. Nothing having to do with Derrick. Their storyline fizzled all year except for the season finale when, shortly before, Derrick and Merideth have a talk about ‘them’ and it seems close to being over, without the words actually spoke, Merideth comes to the front of the chapel, Derrick standing to the side of as the best man, and announces to everyone ‘It’s over’ (the wedding) and then under her breath, with Derrick within range, she says, ‘so over’. Loved it loved it.

We also get to see her trying relationship with her mother. In one episode her Mom goes off on her saying Merideth is a disappointment. She lashes back and lets her have it, showing a range of emotion and anger. The first time this character has shown true anger. One thing I love about Ellen Pompeo (Merideth) is her subtlety. Seeing this range of emotion added to my appreciation.

We get to see her with her Dad, who left her as a child, and just recently comes back into her life with his new wife. They have an icy yet tolerable relationship all season, until his new wife gets sick, and eventually dies from an unexpected trauma. Then, as Merideth goes to break the news to her Father, the best moment all season occurs. He slaps her. Jaw dropping. The emotion in that scene brings chills to me. That’s not it though. Even after that, Merideth prepares to go to her funeral, and face her father, and as she leaves to go her Father comes to confront her and tell her she is not allowed. Ellen Pompeo should get an Emmy for that episode for sure.

After all her family drama, we really see that she is alone. She has Derrick, but even that doesn’t make her whole, nor happy. She is alone. Merideth has the most emotional depth of anyone on the show, and is a joy to watch everytime she is on screen.

SO did I like this season? I loved it. Were there issues? Yes. Bad storylines? Yes. However, despite storylines that didn’t follow through or just didn’t interest me, it was the characters that made me like the show. Yes Izzy was whiny, yes George was an ass, but that’s what a good show does, it gives characters life. Makes you feel for them, or root against them. And I have an opinion on every single character because this show allows me to. Like them, or hate them, your involved with them, and that’s what a great show does to you, gets you involved.

Score: 9/10


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The Office: Season 3 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


The third season of The Office started out shaky. The chemistry between the characters was gone, in large part to Jim leaving the Scranton branch. Dwight didn’t have his enemy/friend, and Pam didn’t have her best friend. The first five or six episodes made me miss season 2. I didn’t like much of the new cast members from the other branch, and most of the storylines were just a over the top Michael, which I can only take in small doses mixed with the work of the other fantastic cast memebers, which seemed to take an even further step behind Michael in these first few episodes.

Come episode eight, things are looking up! Jim is back! His branch closed and brings him back to his fellow employees he loves to hate. We’re introduced to several new members of ‘Dunder-Mifflin’, some stay and a few leave. Karen, the wedge in between Jim and Pam, is a great addition I feel. She remains likeable despite making things tough for Jim and Pam to get together. Another addition is Andy, who is my least favorite the show has to offer. His over the top humor goes miles above Michael’s, and is annoying, quite honestly. I’m glad that the show plays on that in one episode.

One of my favorite things this show does is create an enormous amount of character depth for a half hour show. And even though there are so many cast members, they find a way to make each moment with each person really count. Each subtle gesture, or glare adds to these wonderful characters in such a way I’ve never seen.

The last half of the season really focuses on Jim and Pam. I loved the way the story progressed and again, loved that a half hour show can have depth and a wonderful storyline. We also get to see Michael trying to move up to a better position in the company, but loses the job to a surprising yet familiar face, and the last two minutes of the season finale are quite possibly the most rewarding the show has ever offered. The selfless Pam, even through much heartache remains positive and upbeat, and finally gets her prince.

I’m gonna do something different here and give a brief rundown on all the characters at Dunder Mifflin:

Phyllis: I like Phyllis, I find it funny that she is often the butt of many of Michael’s ugly/fat girl jokes. It was nice to see her get her own episode, and my favorite line from her is to Karen when she asked who Bob Vance was.

Toby: I find his patheticness great. There is always someone like Toby, and its good to see them put him in that light. Michael’s unnecessary hatred for him is also wonderful. Let’s see what comes of Toby’s little crush on Pam.

Oscar: Possibly one of my favorite moments this season is when he brushes past Angela and she screams ‘Don’t touch me!’ and falls to the floor, terrified that a homosexual just laid hands on her.

Pam: What can I say about Pam. Such a great character, subtle brilliance. I loved her speech at the bon fire about taking risks, and missing Jim. This entire season was hers.

Jim: Laid low for the first few episodes as I said, but once he came back it was great to see him and Dwight go at it and his constant looks at the camera are priceless.

Angela: My favorite cast member. I love her. What a wonderful character she plays. I was so happy to see her finally get more airtime. Her secret love with Dwight is deliciously disturbing, and her constant disapproval with everything that goes on in the workplace keeps me coming back for more.

Creed: An awkward character, but funny. Best moment was when he talks about his blog that he writes, but it just turns out to be a wordpad document that Ryan set up for him.

Ryan: He’s starting to grow on me. I didn’t like him in season’s one or two, but I liked him better here. He doesn’t do anything that makes me laugh too hard but he was a consistent character this year.

Kelly: Love her as well. Dumb blonde packaged as an Indian.

Michael: I have a love/hate relationship with him. Sometimes I think he is too over the top, and when that happens the only way I can stand him is when the supporting cast can come in and give some comic relief so I don’t have to get it solely from Michael.

Dwight: How perfect is it for me that my two favorite cast members are in a relationship? Him and Angela delight me, one of my favorite lines from Dwight, ‘If Michael was writing a book it would be called ‘Something weird is going on, semicolon, what did Jan say?’

Meredith: Gets the least airtime than anyone, but when she does its always good. Wheather shes drunk of flashing her boobs, I like her.

Stanley: Take him or leave him. Doesn’t do much for me. Maybe the only Stanley moment I liked was when they were competing to be Michael’s successor and he realized he couldn’t pretend to be interested anymore.

Karen: A good addition, likeable, as discussed above.

Andy: As discussed, over the top, not in a good way.

Kevin: I’m not really a fan of his character either. His lazy demeanor rubs me the wrong way.

Overall, this show picks up in the second half of the season and makes up for it and then some. Highly recommended.

Score: 8.5/10

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Complete Series Sets Just In Time For The Holidays!

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007

Lots and lots of complete series sets being released just in time for the holidays! Perfect gifts for the DVD lover in your family. Here’s a few that have been released, or will shortly be released

Angel – release date: October 30th

Everybody Loves Raymond – release date: October 30th

Full House – release date: November 6th

King Of Queens – release date: November 6th

Seinfeld – release date: November 6th

X-Files – release date: November 6th

Gilmore Girls – release date: November 13th

Queer as Folk – release date: November 20th

The OC – release date: November 27th

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Family Guy: Season 5 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


Another year, another Family Guy volume. Right off the bat I don’t like that this show has such short seasons. 13 episodes on a DVD that you pay full price for (opposed to the Simpsons who have up to 25 eps for the same price) seems like a ripoff.

In the 5th edition, Family Guy uses the same concept. Shock value and politically incorrect humor. However, unlike Sarah Silverman who uses her politically incorrect humor in a subtle way that makes me laugh, Family Guy uses it in an over the top in your face way that seems to be going stale.

While I still think the show is funny, the shock value has been eliminated since we have come to expect the brash and bold comedy. While the first several seasons worked so well being ‘did they just say that’ their new remedy for fixing up the show is curse words and lots of them. They’ve run out of shocking things to say so they throw in as many foul mouth words as they can, and in this DVD set they are uncensored. I have nothing against it, I just think it’s a cheap way of appealing to that ‘bro humor’ which is what the show has become, and one other reason it’s losing it’s appeal to me.

However, it’s still Family Guy, and it’s still funny. My favorite joke has to be the spider from Charlotte’s Web who suffers tourettes. There’s a few other ‘laugh out loud’ moments, but for the most part, we’ve seen this season, about 2 seasons ago. One other thing I noticed is they used several of the same ‘jokes’ multiple times this year, and by the same joke I literally mean the exact same clip. I don’t know if it was intentional but it sure was strange seeing it.

One other gripe I had about the set is they have one full disk exclusively for bonus features. Now I’m not a big fan of special features, I will rarely watch them on any set since I have so many other sets to watch, and I’m big on packagaing and the way a set looks on the shelf, so I didn’t like that this set is bigger than it should be with a full extra disk.

If your a fan of the show you’ll like it. They didn’t break any new ground this year, but it will make you chuckle. However if this is the direction the show is going, it is slowly going down hill.

Score: 6.5/10

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Sarah Silverman Show: Season 1 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


Poop jokes, Black Gods and TAB, oh my! That pretty much sums up season 1 of the Sarah Silverman show. In your face offensive politically incorrect humor is my cup of tea.

I’m gonna review this one a bit differently from the rest only because there are only 6 episodes on here so I’m gonna do it by each episode. Those without a sense of humor please do not continue onward down this page.

Officer Jay: Sarah gets depressed because her sister goes on a date with a police officer, the police officer that just so happens to arrest Sarah for driving while high on cough syrup. Not my favorite episode but it does improve throughout the season, it sets a good base for whats to come.

Humanitarian of the year: I loved this episode. Sarah’s sister’s boyfriend receives an award for his kind acts, and to upstage him Sarah takes in a homeless person to live with her. At Officer Jay’s award ceremony Sarah gets the attention after announcing her good deed to the crowd. Eventually the hobo goes mad, and trys to kill Sarah because she mentioned his Mom who used to be a cafeteria worker, and queefed all the time. So, to warn Sarah, the dead Mom comes to tell her the only way to stop him from killing her is to queef. She does, and eventually becomes great friends with ‘queefy’. At the end of the episode Queefy must leave, disney style, out the window into the stars.

Positively negative: My favorite episode. Sarah has the ‘blahs’ and needs good news so she gets an aids test to cheer her up. She soon finds out she may be positive, so she becomes an aids activist, active in promoting herself, in the fight, or awareness of herself. She gathers people for an aids rally and midway through must stop it because she has to go get her test results. The crowd is furious that she is an imposter, but Sarah tries to calm them down with the musicall styling of Jewel.

Not Without my Daughter: Another good episode. Sarah tries year after year to become the winner of the child pageant she painfully lost when she was young. Being too old, Sarah adopts a girl to live her life through and win the pageant. She trains this girl vigorously to aim for the top. My favorite line of the season occurs when the girl walks out on Sarah and says ‘Stick it up your motherfucking ass’ and Sarah responds “MAYBE I WILL!’.

Muffin Man: Another great one, Sarah falls for a lesbian, Tig. ‘I’m trying to watch Tig’s vagina.’ What she meant to say was I’m trying to watch the TV, Tigs Vagina helps her remember ‘TV’. Tig doesn’t believe Sarah is really a lesbian, but a new haircut, and a song about lesbianism shortly changes Tigs mind. Soon the two have an opportunity for romance, Tig goes in for the kiss, and Sarah turns away.

Batteries: After Sarah’s batteries go dead for her remote, she must go to the store to get new ones. As she makes her way to the store she encounters a wheelchair race across town, homeless people and cops. She also makes time to have her daily brunch with her sister and friends, in which she lets out a fart, but accidently poops. Thus leads into a song about, what else, poop. And in the end, she meets God, who is black, and turns bad guys into Bugles.

Every episode has a musical number to it, which is somehow charming even if they do have to do with poop. Each one has a happy ending in its own bizarre way. If you don’t like in your face offensive, politically incorrect shows, stay far away from this one. If you do like these shows, grab some bugles and enjoy the ride.

Score: 7/10

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Ugly Betty: Season 1 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


When Ugly Betty first came out on tv last fall, from the looks of it I thought it was gonna be a cute, mildly funny show with stand alone episodes but no great depth. I watched the first episode on tv and liked it. I thought America Ferrera as Betty played a great character, but I still felt the show was a bit campy and over the top. I decided to not watch any more until the DVD came out, and after watching the entire season I see that I was wrong on many levels. The show DOES have emotional value, good continuing storylines, characters you actually care about and Ferrera only gets better and better as the show goes on.

 Betty Suarez gets a job at a fashion magazine called ‘Mode’. She becomes the assistant to the editor in chief Daniel Meade. On Betty’s first day on the job, she meets her fellow co-workers, all of whom fit the mold of working at a fashion magazine, something Betty does not do, as you can tell from her colorful poncho. There’s Amanda, the slutty receptionist, Marc, the loveably evil festive assistant to Wilhelmina. Speaking of evil, Wilhelmina wrote the books on it.

Wilhelmina is the creative director to the magazine, and the women who was expected to inherit the editor in chief position. When she doesn’t receive it, her and Marc cook up plans to bring the magazine down from the inside so that she can reign as the woman who saved Mode.  Throughout the season we see attempts from these two to make their way to the top, and I must say it’s probably one of my favorite storylines. Vanessa Williams plays Wilhelmina wonderfully, and Marc is delightful as the gay assistant, who happens to be best friends with Amanda (more on her later).

Betty awkwardly situates herself into Mode throughout the first several episodes, getting harrassed by Marc and Amanda, and several embarrasing situations in between. She settles into her assistant position, still without respect from anyone, even her boss Daniel, but does her job well, keeping her dignity, or trying to at least.

Betty’s homelife plays a huge part in the show. She lives with her Father, Sister and Nephew in a modest home in Queens New York. Throughout the season Betty also has an on and off relationship with Walter, who dumped her in the first episode, but yet she takes him back several episodes later (Hated that. You can do better Betty!). Not much better though, as later on in the season she falls for an accountant at work, who like Walter, was on again off again, and of course, Betty went running to him. I guess you could say I didn’t like her love triangle storylines, only because she seems smart enough to not take these guys back after what they do to her.

 As the season progresses, Betty gets more confidence, a tad bit more respect, and saves the day on more than one occassion. The interaction between Betty and Marc is always great as with her and Amanda. I will say that Marc and Amanda were my two favorite characters on the show. Both deliciously evil, but yet so likeable. And even more impressive, you actually felt for these people even if they are up to no good. The strength this show has is just that, character development. It does a wonderful job to keep the episodes simple, but yet continue the storyline throughout the season, and gives us a lot of depth for each character. That scores high in my book.

I enjoyed it very much. I liked it much more than I thought I was going to. There’s enough surprising moments (gender bending, shocking inheritances, and alcoholic Mothers), enough touching moments (Marc’s coming out to his mother, Betty’s humiliations, and Wilhelmina’s attempt at being a Mother) and enough funny moments (Marc’s Betty screensavers, Amanda’s acting audition reel, and Betty’s nephew, Justin).

A great show, great cast. Can’t wait for season 2 to come out.

Score: 8/10

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Black Friday Deals- Bestbuy

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 20, 2007

Possibly my favorite day of shopping all year is Black Friday. Yes the day that everyone loves to hate. I personally do not mind standing in line for hours if that means getting something I really want for super cheap. Imagine my disappointment then when today I saw the bestbuy ad for this Friday. Nothing that makes me wanna get out of bed at 3 AM and go wait in line. However, assuming they still are in stock by the time I roll out of bed (shopping tip: last year I went to bestbuy and target at around 10 AM and still was able to get everything I wanted without many people there, I think everyone gives up around that time and stops showing up.) I would like to pick up more seasons of House that will be on sale as well as some HBO shows like Six Feet Under, Rome and possibly the Sopranos.

I’ll continue to update the Black Friday bargains as soon as I come across them. Good luck shoppers.

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Another Sale!

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 19, 2007

Here’s another great DVD sale for everyone to enjoy. Save big on The Office, House, and Las Vegas at Save up to 60% off! Anyone who has yet to buy the Office please pick it up with this great sale, and as for me, I’m gonna be getting House! Happy shopping!

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Huge Tv On DVD sale part 2!

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 14, 2007

Yesterday I posted an article about the huge sale BestBuy and Target were having on TV-On-DVD, today I see that is having a huge sale as well! Save big on The Closer, Full House, Friends, The OC, Six Feet Under, Everybody Loves Raymond and many more including Smallville, Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars.

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Huge TV-On-DVD sale!

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 14, 2007

Just to let everyone know that BestBuy and Target are having a super sale on TV-On-DVD. Smallville, Veronica Mars, Nip/Tuck and The West Wing are all on sale for 14.99 at Best Buy and Target has One Tree Hill and Gilmore Girls for 14.88. I’ve already picked up Smallville and Gilmore Girls, what a deal!

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