Friday, June 01, 2007

Giving 'Hex' Another Shot

Right about the time I started this blog, BBC America started to show "Hex," about a girl at an English boarding school who discovers she's a witch with a destiny.

At the time, the series was being billed as a British "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." In hindsight, that comparison was a bit of an over-reach. "Hex" never really built up its mythos the way "Buffy" did, spending far too much time focusing on the Willow-inspired clone, the Cordelia-inspired clone, etc.

Then, a funny thing happened. Right when I was about to give up on "Hex," they killed off the lead character (and she stayed dead). The new lead gave the show much more edge and increased the action considerably.

This weekend, you can decide for yourself. BBC America is rerunning most of Season 1 all-day on Saturday, followed by the season premiere of Season 2 at 9 p.m. "Hex" will never be in "Buffy's" class (but honestly, how many shows are?) but it might be worth an hour of your time nonetheless.

OH, FRAK!: In a good news, bad news sort of thing, TV Guide's Michael Ausiello is reporting that "Battlestar Galactica" will end its run after its 22-episode fourth season. On the one hand, it's good news in the sense that the producers have a definite end date in mind and can plot the season out accordingly.

But man, oh man, this is what I consider to be one of TV's top five shows (at the very least) and the thought of it ending is depressing to no end. More on this as it develops.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: If you're feeling nostalgic over the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars" this week, HBO is running the entire series all weekend. So this is your chance to catch up with Jar-Jar Binks (oh yeah, and Darth Vader).

Speaking of HBO, Sunday is full of interest. At 9 p.m. is the penultimate episode of "The Sopranos," which has kicked into high gear over the past few weeks. It's followed by a new "Entourage" at 10 p.m. At 10:30, the network is running a documentary done by "Entourage" star Adrian Grenier about the search for his biological father, called "Shot In The Dark."

As I promised some of the faithful, I'd let you know when BBC America started to rerun "Robin Hood." They are doing so Sunday night with the pilot, beginning at 7 p.m.

The new drama, "Army Wives," starring the likes of Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell, makes its debut Sunday night (Lifetime, 10 p.m.)

1 comment:

zodin2008 said...

Count me out of the "Hex"-ing. I got bored with this series about 3 episodes in and it was completely ridivulous and over the top. I will take your word that the new lead is great and I admire the show for killing a lead character, but I just don't really care.

As for BSG, I am sad to hear it ends next year, but I am hopeful that Sci Fi will greenlight the prequel "Caprica" series. Then, we can get something new to love.