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Chance To Redeem Last Four Years
Lorre had one last chance to reach out to the actor that made this show a classic and bring back Sheen one last time to pay homage to the guy that made this show. Instead, he struck out with the bat on his shoulder using a lame shot of Charlie (if that was Sheen)with no lines.
The finale was a continued slow burn to the bottom of TV shows led by poor writing and acting trying to make money using the name of great TV show. Since Sheen left the show it has attempted to survive using known characters with a new lead but without Sheen/Charlie the show became unfunny and difficult, if not hard, to watch.
The series finale tried to use smoke and mirrors with numerous cameo's to hide the fact that the one person everybody wanted to see was missing. It also continued to be the unfunny show that fans of Charlie never liked.
The other problem with the spin off (which is really what the last four years became) the writers decided to drastically change Allan into someone a viewer of the first eight years would not recognize while dropping good secondary characters so that less funny and interesting characters could take their place.
A glaring example is the introduction of a new child character trying to recapture the magic of Jake, which did not work because the story line behind the character was weak and the actor is not funny.
The brief cameo of Angus Jones illustrated his character is still likable and funny even as an adult.
When Lorre fired Sheen, the show should have been canceled so the show's reputation would not be damaged by the Kutcher years but making money overruled common sense.
One Of The Better Episodes
Big Bang Theory is always better when one of the secondary characters such as Leonard''s mother is part of the show. For some reason, recent seasons have not featured Christine Baranski as Leonard's mother, which is a sadly lacking asset.
Leonard's mother is quick to prey on his mental weakness while treating Sheldon as a trusted friend and ally.
She makes short work of Howard and Raj asking about her feeling that they are continuing to hide a homosexual relationship, which neither have the necessary verbal weapons to defuse her verbal taunts.
However, Penny is able to make Leonard's mother more human by dropping by the Cheesecake Factory to get her drunk.
If the Big Bang Theory would use their secondary characters and somehow break up Leonard and Penny, it could return to its strongest seasons before taking a wrong turn and making the show unfunny.
Perfect Example of How BBT Took The Wrong Road
The episode is one the best because it uses the story line it should have kept instead of making a wrong turn and making Penny and Leonard a couple.
The show provides a lot of laughs when a good-looking scientist visits and swoops up Penny while leaving Leonard to fret about the guy doing what he would like to do with Penny.
When this episode is compared with the last couple of seasons, it is easy to see why the show is a shadow of itself. Making Leonard and Penny a couple eliminated story lines that could parade various boyfriends through Penny's apartment and banished some of the best secondary characters like Zack because they do not fit since there is no room for Penny having a boyfriend.
Mad Men: Maidenform (2008)
Duck Phillips is a Jerk
This is the episode that really turned me against Duck Phillips because he took out his failings at work and family by ditching his dog on the streets of New York City.
The Draper-Phillips war heats up over an ad campaign that Don feels Duck invented to gloss over his handling of the airline accounts. This is the episode that helps set up the final confrontation between Draper and Phillips over who is more important to the company.
Don continues his affair with the comedian's wife that results in a car wreck that puts Draper in a fix with a local police department over not having enough money to pay the DUI fine and a cop that does not approve of Draper's companion (woman he is not married to) or his attempt to treat the incident too lightly.
Though it is somewhat unclear, it might the beginning of Betty starting to suspect Don has a secret life.
However, Mark Moses has turned his acting career around using the Duck Phillips negative traits in his new role on Homeland. As I stated earlier, what Duck did to his dog was disgraceful.
NYPD Blue: These Old Bones (1996)
Weak Story Line
For some reason the writers of NYPD Blue decided to junk realism and insert pure Hollywood fiction. The result was the weakest episode viewed.
The main story in this episode concerns Russell's father being killed in a domestic argument. To create dramatic scenes Russell is allowed to run the questioning of her family, which would never be allowed in any type of investigation.
The secondary story dealt with an eight year old murder that Andy solved without too many problems.
The episode has none of the zip of earlier shows but since the series lasted another ten years it must have been a miss step in a long list of episodes.
Echoes in the Darkness (1987)
Great Movie: Spoilers
There are two versions of the original mini-series and one cuts out the Jay Smith trial(DVD version). The VHS version includes the Smith murder trial and is about 90 minutes longer than the DVD. Sometimes, Amazon sells copies of the movie, on VHS, but obtaining a VCR to watch it might be a problem.
The movie is true to the book except it cuts out one important character: Rachel (Her real name is Joanne Aiken). Aiken was the only Bradfield girlfriend that did not turn on him. She testified in both of Bradfield's trials but for some reason, she does not appear in the mini-series.
The only problem with the movie is the story did not end with Jay Smith's murder conviction, in the mid-1980s. In 1990, evidence from Jack Holt's garage was discovered that led the Pa. state supreme court to overturn Smith's conviction and declare double jeopardy because the police and DA had suppressed evidence that would have probably led to a not guilty verdict, in Smith's murder trial.
The movie is truthful to the facts of the case but it left out things like the author of the book paying Holt $ 50,000.00, if Smith and Bradfield were convicted of murder.
It is an additive story and to know the whole story, one needs to read a book called "Principle Suspect" by Smith's second lawyer. There are four books about the murders and each provides a unique view of the case that make them worth reading.
Two and a Half Men (2003)
Series Died with Charlie Harper
My rating of 10 is based on seasons 1-8 with Charlie Sheen. I have watched three shows with Kutcher and it is not same show and should be rated -10.
Sheen brought out the best in the supporting characters, while Kutcher seems to be one of many, which leaves the show without a lead character.
Without Sheen, Alan, Jake, and the rest of the cast are rudderless and though the same writers are still providing the lines, the show is flat, unfunny, and impossible to watch because it is so bad. If this show had been pitched with Kutcher instead of Sheen, it would have never become a TV series.
Another problem for the show with Sheen was Jake growing into a teenager since part of the appeal of the show was Charlie's lifestyle around a small kid.
Seasons 1-6 are the best with 7-8 a close second and everything after Sheen was fired being unwatchable.
Dr. Phil (2002)
Dr. Phil is Okay
Dr. Phil would be a better program if the following happened:
1. Tie up loose ends of stories. This really becomes an issue when show attempts to do two stories in one show.
2. His constant statement that everything is done for the well-being of the children. He makes this point numerous times during most stories and viewers get his position.
3. The show needs to have a season-ending show that updates some of the more interesting stories, of the season.
4. Remove his wife from the audience and the show. There is no apparent reason, for her presence, except to make her happy. The few shows that she has been a small part of the show brought nothing to the story.
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011)
Jesse Stone "Innocent has been Lost"
The Stone movies were very good when based on a Parker novel. Since Selleck has begun basing the movies on non-Parker stories, the movies have dropped in quality with each movie. "Innocent Lost" is the worst to date.
Selleck needs to go back to the Parker novels for the screenplay and the Stone series will not be dis-continued. If this current trend of non-based Parker screenplays continues, Jesse Stone will become part of the past.
My wife is a big Selleck fan and hated this movie. That is a telling factor.
Making News: Savannah Style (2008)
A view of Savannah TV news.
I lived in Savannah, Ga (1970-90) during the first twenty years of WJCL. Watching this show indicated that chaos remains it's nickname.
However, the colorful characters and constant struggle to remain in the cellar of Savannah TV is the draw for the station. It was interesting that the sports director followed in the footsteps of Frank Black, who was the first sports director for the station and always fun to watch.
Actually, I was hoping for a second season with TV Guide because it was a TV show that was fun to watch and tie up the loose ends about the future of the reporters.
The show would be interesting to anyone who had the pleasure to watch WJCL during the past forty years.