Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" - Gossip Girl, episode 2.22

I'm a bit late to this one so I won't waste your time with a long recap. "Southern Gentlemen..." lays out the full extent of the con that Poppy and Gabriel are running on Serena; we just got a taste of it at the end of last week's episode.

In short, Gabriel and Poppy fake a fight which appears to cost Gabriel investors on a vague-sounding plan to bring "wireless to developing nations." Gabriel will then turn to Serena, who will of course persuade Lily and her rich friends to open their checkbooks. Money in hand, Gabriel and Poppy will then skip town.

All very well except for the suspicions of Blair and Chuck, who spot an inconsistency in Gabriel's story of meeting Serena a year ago and try to convince Serena that Gabriel is a fraud. That's what this whole storyline is really about: putting Chuck back in Blair's orbit and stirring up trouble between Blair and Nate. I've had my frustrations with Chuck this season, but the man's not stupid. He calls Blair on the fact she'd rather go on capers with him that spoon with Nate at their new place. (Nate's intentions are good but he's being a little paternalistic) Blair, as always at war with her own feelings, flees back to Nate - but for how long?

How do you solve a problem like Georgina? Michelle Trachtenberg returns as the nemesis of our Upper East Siders, and she provides the clinching piece of evidence that Gabriel is a fraud. She also claims to have found Jesus and seems to be working at some sort of children's camp. But is it for real? GG's voice over hints at trouble, and Blair will no doubt be all up in her face next week. This season has had its dead spots, but its shaping up for a ridiculously fun conclusion.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

TV on the Internet, episode 6: Lost Takes a Road Trip to Chicago

Our sixth episode tackles the death of Bea Arthur, the upcoming announcements of the networks' schedules and one of the biggest TV debates out there: Did the creators of Lost know where they were going when they started the show? It's long this week, which we didn't expect, since there was nothing on, but we think it's a good show. If you like it, please, please, please review us on iTunes. We want the world to know of our amazingness?

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Look after the jump for complete details.

TV on the Internet, Episode 6: Lost Takes a Road Trip to Chicago

Here's a direct link to the episode.

Time codes follow. There are MAJOR SPOILERS for a variety of shows, so you may want to skip over a segment if you haven't watched the shows discussed therein.


00:00.00-00:01.33: Introductions and music from Joey Ryan
00:01.34-00:11.12: The week's headlines.
00:11.13-00:31.41: Todd and Jon (via Libby) discuss what next year's network schedules might look like in a repeat of our Super TV Preview feature. (The Dan Fienberg Reaper piece mentioned in this segment is here.)
00:31.42-00:45.07: Todd and Libby argue about whether or not the creators of Lost knew where they were going at the start of the show.
00:45.08-01:12.48: Discussing the week in television. (Includes spoilers for 24, Chuck, Dollhouse, In Treatment, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, The Amazing Race, American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, American Dad, Party Down, Breaking Bad and The Office.)
01:12.49-01:17.53: The weekly rant: Todd on ABC (inspired by this Sepinwall column and this Todd piece) and Libby on American Idol (again).
01:17.54-01:25.04: The classic TV on DVD pick, the wrap-up, more from Joey Ryan and an outtake.

Headline Links:

Bea Arthur Dies; Sharp-Tongued Sitcom Roles Symbolized Rise of Feminism (Washington Post)
ABC Brings Back 'Private Practice,' 'Brothers & Sisters' and more (The Los Angeles Times)
'Millionaire' Returns with Regis Philben (Entertainment Weekly)
Jay Leno Released from Hospital (BBC News)
Simon Cowell: 'American Idol' Departure Talk Not a Negotiating Ploy (Reality TV World)

The song this week is "California" by Joey Ryan. His full album is worth a download on iTunes, or Amazon MP3.

Clips are from The Golden Girls (episode: "Stand By Your Man," script by Tom Whedon) The Big Bang Theory (episode: "The Hofstadter Isotope," script by David Goetsch), Lost (episode: "Some Like It Hoth," script by Melinda Hsu and Greggory Nations), 24 (episode: "2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.," script by David Fury), The Office (episode: "Broke," script by Charlie Grandy), Grey's Anatomy (episode: "Sweet Surrender," script by Sonay Washington) and Cheers (episode: "Showdown, Pt. 2," script by Glen & Les Charles).


(We'll post 'em as you make 'em.)

A Podcast Recommendation:

Every week, the show I most look forward to listening to is The Geekbox, so check it out. They hit a lot of the same topics we do and add in movies, comics, games and other geeky stuff.