Friday, November 03, 2006

DVD Picks: The Sublime and the Not-So-Sublime

Coming up Tuesday, DVD buyers will get some rather eclectic choices for their collections.

Top of the list is "M*A*S*H: The Martinis and Medicine Collection" which covers all 11 seasons on 36 discs. Some of the bonuses include cast interviews and a trivia game.

I'm not sure why, but in the sports writers fraternity, "M*A*S*H" is among the top favorites of classic TV series. Run into a sports writer, and at some point you can always bring up the series with him. I've seen every episode about 10,000 times already, but I still recommend one TV's greatest comedies as a good holiday investment.

Speaking of great comedies, "Police Squad," the Leslie Nielsen show that eventually led to the "Naked Gun" movies, is releasing the complete series. "Police Squad" is a classic that still holds up today; it was a series that was ahead of its time, and thus didn't last long on the network. It's definitely worth the price of the set.

Now, the not-so-good. DVD buyers with money to burn can shell out for "Baywatch: Seasons 1 & 2" AND get the first season of "Beverly Hills 90210." If only someone could tell those young Peach Pit gang kids what the future held in store for them...




OK, R.I.P. Mr. Eko. One of TV's best characters didn't survive his encounter with the fog-like beast of the island, and the TV Guy is truly in mourning, mainly because I think there were more Eko stories to tell. Eko wasn't like Boone or Shannon or even Ana Lucia, who had outlived their usefulness.

It makes "Lost's" hiatus after next week's fall finale even more frustrating, since we won't have long to be able to deal with the aftermath of Eko's death. And who was the dude with the eyepatch? Plus, will Jack operate on Ben?

Seriously, ABC, this is the most screwed-up battleplan since the French went with the Maginot Line defense. Freakin' February? That's when we have to wait?

"Daybreak" had better be worth it.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, Sat., 11:30 p.m.) presents the Best of Darrell Hammond. Hammond's political impressions are the best around, bar none, and usually are when the series shows its best writing.

"The Simpsons" (Fox, Sun., 8 p.m.) present their annual Treehouse of Horror special as the animation block returns with all-new episodes with baseball finished.


Zodin2008 said...

Please don't bag on "90210"--which maybe incredibly cheesy, but one of my all time favorite shows and to this day, many of us still chant..."Donna Martin Graduate! Donna Martin Graduate!". And this show was some of Jason Priestly's best work.

As for "Lost", thumbs down on the Eko killing...a terrific character, something different for TV, and they think it will help the show by killing him? Unsurprisingly, drab "Criminal Minds" finally knocked off "Lost", while "Lost" kills a great character (again, hello Libby) and is 1 week away from hiatus time.

If "Lost" becomes an expensive disaster soon, then we can all thank the "Lost" creators and ABC. And seriously, what's with the black smoke already.

The other thing that annoys me about last night's death is that it's basically rendered all of season 2 as completely POINTLESS. They introduced 3 new characters, the "tailies" (4 if you count the now never seen Bernard) & all 3 are no dead. Way to go, "Lost". Brilliant freaking strategy.

I will watch "Lost" continuously but I even I am straining to defend this show. Can someone again explain the actions of the 'Others' and why the whole captivity thing? Or why kidnap Kate, Jack and Sawyer if Ben only NEEDED Jack? And why all the 'others' would go along with this plan?

This show is dangerously charting off course.

Look at a show like "Battlestar" which is also one of the best & most talked about shows on Television but while BSG went off course at times last year (the prostitute episode with Bill Duke, who just showed up on "Lost", comes to mind) BSG found it's footing with terrific episodes to end season 2 and now has a stellar season 3 cooking.

I believe in the BSG folks now a lot more then the clowns in control of "Lost".

Phillip Ramati said...

I'll take your word for it on 90210.

As for Lost, not all of it lies in the laps of the producers. The producers had to rectify the whole Ana Lucia storyline, and I don't think anyone realized the actress playing Libby would leave.

I believe Libby and Eko could still have contributed to the show creatively, but when you have 150 characters, it makes it tough to balance it all out. Look at Claire, she's been in basically one scene this year.

Lost will compensate the loss of Eko with the full-time addition of Desmond, and I can see why they kidnapped Sawyer and Kate. Kate gives the others leverage over Jack, and Sawyer gives them leverage over Kate.

But I worry for Bernard.

Zodin2008 said...

Cynthia Watros had bought a house in Hawaii...they fired her and killed Libby, in reality, to cover up why they really wanted to fire Michelle Rodriguez, who of course was fired for all her on and off set problems.