Why aren’t you watching this?

posted in Media on July 10th, 2008

Witness Protection

A fresh start. Isn’t that what many people long for? Just being able to leave everything behind: enemies, ex-partners, problems and start out fresh: a new name, a new job, enough money to get by for the first few months.

The USA Network makes it all possible, with their new summer hit In Plain Sight.

In Plain Sight deals with the professional and personal life of Mary Shannon, a United States marshal who works in the Federal witness protection program. The mix includes a “dysfunctional” family, insanely loyal friends and funny assignments, with the occasional dilemma coming around roughly every episode.

On a side note: while going through my RSS feeds, I discovered this nice picture on Matthew Rosenberg’s blog and looking at how networks have treated good shows lately, I would actually be surprised if In Plain Sight ever made it to a third season.

Hidden Genius

United States marshal’s seem to be hotter than any other kind of law enforcement officers right now: once again, SciFi treats viewers to a new season of Eureka. This time around, however, the season is supposed to last a full twenty one episodes, courtesy of the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild strike - guess that something good came of that after all.

Starting on July 29th, Jack Carter and friends return for another season of witty quotes, difficult relationships and a whole lot of I-want-that-too-gadgetry and of course: the never-ending quest to find the true purpose of The Artifact.

The other side of being a secret agent

James Bond has got it easy. He gets one mission every 18 to 24 months, then does his thing and gets out again, all accompanied by a plethora of gadgets, a stylish car and a few, good-looking women.

Michael Westen, main character of USA Network’s sophomore show Burn Notice leads quite a different life. Burned by his agency over a year ago, during the first season, Westen, tonight, returns to figure out who burned him and for what reason.

Season one focused on the actual burn notice, the mystery surrounding it and ways to get by when you get burned and Westen did everything from body guarding, to P.I. work, to stealing things and blackmailing criminals.

In the end, the season concluded by leaving many things open for interpretation, some of which will hopefully be answered in tonight’s premiere.

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TV Season 2007 / 2008

posted in Media on September 25th, 2007

The summer is (finally) coming to an end and the only show worth watching during the summer break, Eureka only has another two episodes left before it, too, goes on hiatus (with no word on a possible third season yet).

Fret not though, for all is not lost: the third (and fourth) week of September generally marks the beginning of the Fall season for TV shows and therefore also means that a number of great series will either start or continue.

Last year around, I only really discussed one show, Jericho, which, incidentally will return for a second season, sometime mid-season - which can be anywhere from November to March.

Jericho was first canceled and then renewed only a couple of days later, thanks to the doing of many, many fans that kept sending nuts (an insider reference to the last episode) to CBS, Jericho’s home.

If you have never seen Jericho, I suggest you either try to catch the re-runs, or grab yourself the DVD; in any case, you will not regret me exposing (yes, another insider reference) you to this stuff.

Secret Wars around the globe

Last May, The Unit, another CBS hit show, concluded with a breathtaking finale that left more than a handful of questions open. Tonight, September 25th, the third season’s premiere will start answering a couple of these questions.

The best way I can classify The Unit is by calling it a military-social-drama, which means that there is a lot of shooting, some killing, a couple of nice explosions, a great song and of course the really dangerous things, these elite soldiers face: the home-front which consist of adultery, lies and other niceties.

Save the cheerleader … then what?

NBC’s Heroes was one of the most successful series last year, with an approximate 14 million viewers during the premiere as well as a place in the “Top 10 TV Shows of 2006″ ballot from the American Film Institute.

The second season kicked off yesterday and continues where the first season left off - in feudal Japan and although I could give you a synopsis of the first episode, it is best not to spoil anything. Heroes, simply is too great a work of (modern day filming) art to not experience it on your own time.

On a related note: close to the end of the 2007 / 2008 season, Heroes: Origins will premiere, which will feature six episodes, with one new hero in every episode, at the end of the mini-series, viewers will get to vote which will be allowed to return in a third season.

From Stargate to Atlantis

On September 28th, this Friday, the SciFi channel will premiere the fourth season of Stargate: Atlantis and for the first time, this will be the only Stargate franchise that will kick-off at that day.

Season 10 of Stargate was concluded last May, after more than 200 episodes, which, incidentally, made it the longest running science fiction show, just a few episodes ahead of The X - Files.

The new season will bring a number of changes, such as one of the main characters from Atlantis giving up her job and another main character from Stargate: SG1 taking up her place. Apart from that, the fourth season will also feature the return of crowd-favorite Dr. Beckett, who passed away in the latter half of the third season.

The great thing with scifi is that you can, one way or another, revive people and while there were no plans to bring back Beckett at first, fans of the show around the world united in order to bring back the heart of Atlantis.

Interns and Relationships

Apart from Stargate: Atlantis, Grey’s Anatomy will also start it’s fourth season this Thursday, September 28th, which, too, will answer a great number of open questions on the status of the various relationships between, among and across the various actors.

One day prior, Grey’s Anatomy’s spin-off Private Practice will start its 13 episode season. The show will focus on the life of one Dr. Montgomery after she left Seattle Grace Hospital and heads down to the Los Angeles area in order to, well, join a private practice.

Shanks and Shackles

While not as good as all-time favorite prison show Oz in my opinion, Fox’ Prison Break just kicked off its third season a week ago and once again tells the story of two brothers who “got each others backs in times of need”.

While the first two season took place mostly in the North American part of this world, the third season features a plot in Panama with a selection of new threats, new fish and questionable alliances.

The (silent) clock

Much later this season, January 13th, 2008 to be precise - everyone’s favorite counter-terrorist Jack Bauer will return for season 7 of 24. Contrary, however, to the previous six season, Bauer will not be the same “guy” anymore; Season 7 will be very different to what we have grown accustomed too and will feature a much darker plot.

It is expected that season 7 will introduce a (number of) plot(s) that will be concluded during the eight season, which is as far as Fox went with pre-ordering new episodes.

3, 2, 1 … cut!

All the above shows have been hand-picked by me, they represent my personal taste and my personal taste only. The shows range from drama to action to thrillers to science fiction and the only thing they really do have in common is that they all provide a great source of entertainment.

Not all of the above mentioned shows are safe for young children, so make sure you know what your kids are watching.


For those that are curious, The Unit’s new theme song is called Walk the Fire, by Robert Duncan, the guy who also made the theme for the first two seasons. Both tracks are available for listening at Robert Duncan’s MySpace page.


I just came across this bit on the premier Eureka fansite that states:

SCI FI Channel has greenlit production on a third season of its most-watched Original Series Eureka, ordering 13 new hours of the dramedy.

So, come summer 2008, Eureka will be returning for a third season, yay for that.

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2006 - a (televised) year in review

posted in Media, personal stuff on December 28th, 2006

This is part two of a three post series where I’m reviewing media that was made available to me in 2006. Part 1 talked about printed media, this part will discuss televised media and part 3 will discuss audible media. Sorry folks, nothing computer related this year, not in this trilogy anyway.

First in the listing is CBS’ Jericho, dubbed a post-apocalyptic drama about a small town (Jericho, Kansas), the directors
managed to deliver eleven breathtaking episodes, combining interpersonal drama with action scenes and topped the whole thing with a great cliffhanger. The actors do a great job in portraying their characters. If you want to read more about it, click here or here.

SciFi’s EUReKA is the second series I’d like to discsus want to talk about. SciFi’s program managers planned the first episode during the premiere screening of the Battlestar Galactica Season 3 trailer. A very smart idea, with a high reward. EUReKA’s pilot turned out to be the highest rated show ever televised on the SciFi channel. A series about small town with a big secret, EUReKA mixes funny stories with interesting science.

Last but not least, there’s Grey’s Anatomy, dubbed a chick-flick (it’s actually a series, not a flick), I find it far more entertaining than comparable series like ER et al. Granted, the characters don’t appeal to me on a visual level, but then again, that’s not what I’m looking for anyway. I like the easy to digest stories that are never too complicated to be incomprehensible when you’ve missed an episode or two. The music that’s selected for the show, a combination of feel-good music and alternative rock, spiked with meaningful lyrics, is what really makes my day though.

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one thing ends, another is about to begin

posted in College on August 28th, 2006

With less than 12 hours left till my next year in college officially starts, I’m hyped, and it doesn’t appear that I’m the only one (although I find the whole experience a lot more relaxing…). For as long as I can remember, I always wished that my holidays would last another two weeks, or at least a few more days … not so this year.

I’m as excited as a little boy right before he gets to unpack his christmas present - kinda weird, but then again - not everyone has the privilege of being able to attend one of the coolest colleges in the Netherlands.

Preliminary information shows that we’ve lost nearly a 100 students since last school year and while it does sound like a lot, there are still nearly 170 left.

This year marks the switch to the well known e-Learning platform called “Blackboard” and I’m happy to say that so far it’s looking quite good.

Earlier on, our faculty was using a proprietary system and naturally, not everyone was happy with the switch, but to the credit of the tech staff, I have to say that students were able to give loads of input. Input regarding the looks, input regarding features we’d like to see and input regarding features we’d like to keep. From what I can tell, most of the features have been hacked into the platform and I’m quite confident that Blackboard will empower our learning experience in a positive way.

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