Today is the official start of a new season as production finally gets underway. I am, of course, very excited, mainly because this means that the catering truck will be back on the lot. Given that I put on 15 pounds my first year on Stargate, I’ve vowed to show a little restraint this season. I’ll be opting for healthier choices, avoiding the finger food, and, most important of all, limiting myself to just one dessert a day. I’ll see how long I can hold out.
Speaking of excitement, Wild Hogs opens tomorrow. It’s a movie about a bunch of middle-aged guys who head out on a motorcycle road trip and, of course, hilarity ensues. Well, maybe not so much hilarity but fitfully amusing instances certainly. Or not. It’s really hard to tell from what I’ve seen. Usually, the studios like to frontload their marketing campaigns, putting most of a movie’s funniest bits in the trailer. But for some reason, in the case of Wild Hogs, it seems as though they’re saving the actual funny bits for the movie. Perhaps they don’t want to give too much away? Or maybe it’s a sign that you may want to consider skipping this movie in favor of something more enjoyable. Like, say, setting your hair on fire. Or eating at Olive Garden. Okay, maybe not Olive Garden. Stay home and watch t.v. instead.
One of the great things about reality t.v. is that it represents the everyman/woman facing challenges that – beyond all the high wire walks, obstacle courses, and banana slug meals – ultimately reward them with epiphanic self-understanding. These people, be they lawyers, artists, or crawfish farmers, are real and so we, as viewers, are able to empathize with them on their respective journeys. The settings in which we watch their various adventures unfold may seem strange and bizarre to most (Bornea, Calcutta, Los Angeles), but that doesn’t stop us from connecting with the likes of Survivor’s Yul, The Amazing Race’s David and Mary, American Idol’s Jennifer Hudson. And, oh yeah, Victoria Beckham. For those who haven’t heard, Victoria’s upcoming reality series will follow the former Spice Girl in her grand quest to make the adjustment from a pampered and privileged existence in London to the unarguable hardship of a pampered and privileged existence in California. Finally, a reality t.v. star that Joe and Jane Average can really empathize with.
Caught the tail-end of Lost last night and saw them driving around in that VW van (not the Winnebago I’d been led to believe). Since I didn’t see the episode I have to ask: What was the van running on?
Also caught Friday Night Lights and all I can say is – ouch. Still a wonderfully written show but the second they introduced the sexy single mother with the precocious son, my first thought was “Oh, God, no!”. Nothing turns me off a show faster than the addition of a hammy little scamp. Well, hopefully this is only a minor hiccup and the show will reward viewers by bumping the kid off in next week’s episode. Bonus points for “in gruesome fashion“.
I added two new additions to my villainous décor today: Kang the Conqueror and the Grey Gargoyle. Check ‘em out.