Monday, September 24, 2007

Pilot Reviews Big Bang Theory and Journeyman

Continuing with the theme of the last few posts, I'm giving my thoughts and grades to each of the new premieres on network television this fall (excluding the reality shows which I prefer to ignore).  So far I've done K-Ville and Back to You (three posts ago) and Chuck and Bionic Woman (two posts ago).  Here are the other two shows that premiered tonight


Yeah, it had it's moments, and I like the lead Johnny Galecki a lot.  You might know him from Suicide Kings, but more likely as David Healy on Roseanne.  Not so sure about his roommate, played by Jim Parsons.  He got some great lines in the episode, but I never really laughed at them.  Looking back at the lines, I should have laughed, but I just didn't like the delivery.  The character really seems a little too ridiculous to me, I guess.  I also wasn't too thrilled with the female lead, mainly, again because the character didn't appeal to me.  I doubt I'll pay too much attention to this show.  If I'm too lazy to find the remote after How I Met Your Mother (which was, as always, Legen... wait for it, and I hope you aren't lactose intolerant, because the next part of the word is... dary) I might leave it on, but it's not one that I'll have to watch.

Interesting fact, Kaley Cuoco who plays the female lead in the show was on an episode of My So Called Life as young Angela Chase, Claire Danes's character.

Pilot Grade: 74%


Less than twenty four hours ago I called Chuck perhaps the greatest pilot ever made.  Fester (capitalized only because it is starting a sentence) always says I am too quick with the word "genius", well, perhaps I was a little too quick with my pilot praise for Chuck, because at that time I had yet to see Journeyman.  This show blew me away.  The trailers, that anyone who has been to the movies or watched NBC recently has surely seen, fill you in on the basic plot, somehow, the main character, played with great intensity by Kevin McKidd last seen as Lucius Vorenus on HBO's brilliant Rome, travels back in time.  But it's far more than that, he is sent back with a purpose, sent back to change someone's life.  He travels to various times in the life of that person, to put them in a spot to do something important.  Right as the viewer figures this out, along with our hero, they most likely start to think, okay, yeah, it's cool and all, but I've seen this before, it was called Quantum Leap, that's when the pilot pulls off an amazing "what the fu..." moment, thirty minutes into the episode (in real time, with out commercials, I don't know when it happens with commercials, sorry, watched it online thanks to Amazon Unbox.)  This is definitely a powerful show, that I can not wait to keep up with.  It's got a thriller oriented premise, but it packs an emotional punch, and the story is set up in a way that I think that is going to continue.  I can't wait to find out.

Interesting fact: Moon Bloodgood, who plays Olivia, was last seen on Daybreak, where Taye Diggs lives the same day over and over again.  Apparently, she's really drawn to shows about mishaps in the space-time continuum.

Pilot Grade: 100%

Until Next Time, NBC which did so well in last year's JCFBNSOTS awards is definitely off to a hot start!

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