The Hudsonian Sees THE MINDY PROJECT

The Mindy Project Is Exactly That…A Project

 by Josh Hudson

This new FOX comedy originally aired its pilot episode on September 25, 2012. More high hopes on a show that’s not bringing it.

The Mindy Project isn’t what I’d call funny. And it’s a sitcom. Does anyone else see the issue with that?

It focuses on a 30-something doctor named, you guessed it, Mindy. She’s obsessed with romantic comedies and thinks that her life is exactly that. She wants to find romance and be swept off her feet in ways we only see in movies. Turns out, that doesn’t exist in real life, so she finds herself juggling two co-workers in an attempt to fulfill her primal urges.

I admire the gusto of Mindy Kaling. This is her show from top to bottom. Creator, writer, producer, and actor. Kudos to her. I’m writing reviews of shows instead of having my own show, so I’m not hating. What I’m hating on is the simple fact that this comedy is not funny. Much like the shows it shares FOX’s Tuesday lineup with, it relies too much on the awkward relationships between Mindy and her two featured co-workers, Danny and Jeremy. I would simply call this bad chemistry.

My biggest issue with this show is that romantic comedies should never be condensed into a serialized sitcom. It’s bad enough we put up with them for 90 minutes three times a summer. We don’t need them for a half hour every Tuesday night twenty-two times a year. That’s what this show is; a poorly told rom-com.

I hope this series comes around. I really do. I’m a fan of female leads in comedy, especially ones that break the norm of what society might deem “attractive.” But this show would work better if it weren’t on network television. All it needs is more girl balls to push the boundaries.

And jokes. Definitely more jokes.

The Hudsonian Sees NBC’S GO ON

Go On Will Stay On

by Josh Hudson

The pilot episode of NBC’s “Go On” originally aired on August 8th, 2012 during NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics. It did well in the ratings.

Matthew Perry is back on television! No, this isn’t like when he starred in Studio 60 and the Sunset Strip or Mr. Sunshine. You see, the biggest difference is this show is actually good.

Go On is a story of a widower (Perry) who struggles to move on with his life in the wake of his wife’s death. He struggles showing emotion and sharing feelings and is ordered by his employers to partake in therapy sessions to cope with his grief. The catch is, he needs to attend a certain number of sessions before he’s even allowed to return to work.

Perry’s character, Ryan King, is a sports talk radio host in the mold of a present day Colin Cowherd. He’s opinionated, cocky, brash, and doesn’t hold back. It’s why his listeners love him. To him, therapy is for the weak. It especially rings true when he finds out that his therapist’s only qualifications are that she worked for Weight Watchers. He coerces her to sign his papers without actually sitting through the sessions because he feels that what he really needs is to drown his sorrows with work.

Nope. That didn’t help either.

After his first day back and an interview with Terrell Owens, we find out how his wife died. She was driving and texting. Not only texting, but also texting him. We see this translated in Owens’ exit from the station, as he’s texting while driving. King goes berserk, and begins throwing fruit at him. (Oh, someone gave him a fruit basket as a welcome back gift. It came in handy, apparently.) It’s at this moment that he realizes he needs therapy after all.

The script is great. The situations are great. And anyone who has lost someone close to them can relate to what Perry’s character is going through. My biggest fear after watching the pilot was that his life at work, and the great cast of characters in the office, would fall by the waste-side and all the focus would be on his relationship with his therapy group.

** I’ve seen the three episodes that followed this, and those fears have been put to rest. You too, may rest easy.**

This is a great offering from NBC, and you’d be a fool if you weren’t watching. Unless you’re like me and love FOX’s New Girl and ABC’s Happy Endings, in which case you and your DVR are going to have some battles deciding which show you’re going to watch since all three air at 9 EST. Lucky for us, Endings doesn’t begin until Late October, so all’s well in the meantime.

I applaud you, Bob Greenblatt, and NBC. Your Tuesday lineup is looking rather good. Now, if only you could fix your so-called Wednesday comedy block…

LB Sees LOUIE – LATE SHOW (3-Parter)

The Good:

  • Spot on, as true-to-life as mass entertainment has ever gotten
  • All those inspiring ROCKY allusions
  • This is the greatest argument ever made on television for not going into any business that has to do with showbiz

The Not-So-Good:

  • Horrifying in its presentation of human venality/greed/arrogance/et al
  • All those hokey ROCKY allusions
  • This is the greatest argument ever made on television for not going into any business of any kind anywhere, or even leaving your home, or interacting with other other humans except – maybe – David Lynch

In Other Words:

I fucking loved all three episodes. A must-watch for anyone seriously considering going into the big-time Hollywood entertainment game. Because it forces you to ask the eternal question: What do you do when the dark side of the thing you love most is also its bright side?

Run, do not walk, to wherever you can see LOUIE Season 3, Episodes 11, 12, 13

The Writer
Don’t just sit there – WRITE!

 

LYMI,

LB

RED DWARF Returns Again – But This Time Triumphantly

We loved the original’s hilarious chaos, so, yeah, we’re feelin’ pretty groovy right now:

Red Dwarf X: Trojan spoiler-free review – by Pete Dillon-Trenchard

When Dave announced that it would be making a new six-part Red Dwarf series after 2009’s Back to Earth, it’s fair to say that many fans were cautious in their optimism; the three-part special had taken the characters down a much more dramatic route, and seemed to mark a shift in direction for the Boys from the Dwarf, one which took them away from their sitcom roots. WouldRed Dwarf X continue this trend?

Put simply: no. Trojan, the first episode of Red Dwarf’s tenth series, immediately feels more like the classic show than anything that’s been broadcast in nearly twenty years, with a pair of opening scenes which each contain some strong jokes and build to neat crescendos for the characters. And yet, nothing here is without a purpose; both of these scenes contain gags that have superb pay-offs later in the episode – there’s one Cat moment in particular about halfway through the episode which is up there with some of the show’s greatest scenes.

It’s hard to say too much about Trojan without giving away the plot, but it’s a Rimmer-centric episode, with some ties to the past which will please long-term fans whilst not alienating any of the new ones. The entire final third of the episode is a treat, with lines and visuals that border on parody of another much-loved franchise, and some excellent guest performances from Susan Earl and in particular Mark Dexter, who brings out the worst in Rimmer in all the best ways.

Easily the star of the episode, though, is Danny John-Jules as Cat. Seeming far more comfortable in the role than he has for a very long time, Danny steals pretty much every scene he’s in, thanks in part to a script filled with some classic Cat lines.

Read it all

This is very welcome news to us but still leaves one embarrassing question:

What the hell is “Dave?”

Thinking Man Reviews: Game of Thrones “Blackwater”

By Anthony Medina

**Be aware this review contains spoilers**

Season 2 Episode 9

“Blackwater”

“Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let’s go kill them.” – Tyrion Lannister

All season long fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones waited for a big flashy battle to satisfy an ever growing blood lust. Episode 9 entitled “Blackwater” finally delivers. But can a TV show budget really do justice to an epic battle? Can it meet our high and often unreasonable expectations?

Apparently the answer is an epic and wild fire fueled YES! This episode was an instant classic and delivered on just about every level. The scenery was beautiful, the effects were flawless, the characters were both depressing and inspirational, and most importantly the dialogue was immensely clever and memorable.

The Rundown:

We open on the naval fleet of Stannis Baratheon (Stephan Dillane) as they make their way across Blackwater Bay. In King’s Landing, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) makes the necessary preparations for the defense of the city. It’s clear however, that they will be vastly outnumbered and are likely to lose. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who will spend the majority of this episode drunk and bitter, makes her own preparations securing a vile of poison to ensure she is not taken alive. Lastly, we see Sansa Stark (Sophia Turner) who throws a few veiled insults at King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and goes to stay with the other high born ladies during the battle.

As the ships approach the two sides play music at each other (a great little scene) and Tyrion launches his first assault. Wildfire. The sea lights up with an enormous explosion of magical green fire. However, this only takes out the first wave and soon Stannis himself is leading the charge. What follows is a truly epic battle with all the blood and gore you could possibly want. Eventually, the Lannister forces are driven back and King Joffrey (the little bastard) runs away to his Keep. It’s now up to Tyrion to lead the remaining soldiers in a final stand against the invaders.

They charge out in full force but are unable to stop the horde of enemy soldiers. In the fighting Tyrion is injured (by one of his own men) and collapses to the ground. Just when it seems like all hope is lost. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) rides in with House Tyrell at his side. They beat back the invading forces and Stannis is dragged away from the battle still screaming at his troops to stand and fight. Lannister’s win.

Thoughts:

This episode was AWESOME. But it’s not just the fight scenes that were amazing. Inside the castle, the increasingly drunk Cersei Lannister reveals quite a bit in her conversations with Sansa Stark. Cersei seems to reach out to Sansa but can’t help showing her bitterness and resentment. As much as people will talk about Tyrion in this episode, Cersei will not be far behind.

It’s important to note that “Blackwater” was written by George R. R. Martin, the genius author of the Ice and Fire novels which spawned this televised masterpiece. And anyone familiar with his work can see the clear Martinesque style wit present in the dialogue making the conversations and speeches even more memorable then all the flashy special effects.

I couldn’t possibly say enough good things about this episode and it instantly jumped up to be my personal favorite of the entire series. And if somehow you managed to not like this episode, then clearly you’re worse then Hitler, there I said it.

Thinking Man Rating: 10/10