Saturday, October 13, 2007

Nothing New

I'm probably giving you more information on my viewing habits than is smart if I want you to continue to admire Granny's wisdom, but I just can't refrain from commenting.

So, this year we have Chuck, a new comedy/spy program about Chuck, a charmingly awkward computer repair nerd for Buy More, who accidently gets a top secret computer downloaded into his brain and gets conscripted into working as a spy while continuing to live his old life.

Reminds me a lot of Jake 2.0, a comedy/spy program about Jake, a charmingly awkward computer repair nerd for the NSA, who accidently got infected by itty bitty computers and developed super powers and was conscripted into working as a spy while continuing to live his old life.

But, of course, Chuck has no idea what he wants to do with his life, while Jake did want to become an agent. Also, Jake was cuter.

(By the way, if Jake looks familiar to those of you who never watch science fiction, he is currently Henry on Ugly Betty.)

Gee, a new show that looks like an old show. Must be a coincidence, right? I mean, television doesn't go around borrowing premises.

Although . . .

Another new show this season is Journeyman, about Dan, who with no control or volition gets thrown into the past to fix things that went wrong. He never knows what he is supposed to fix until the end of the episode. He meets his ex-fiance, who he had thought dead, as he travels and she gives him not too much help. It interferes with his regular life; he has trouble getting back to his wife.

Not unlike Quantum Leap, where Sam got thrown into the past to fix things that had gone wrong. Oh, yeah, he had no control over it and never knew what he was there for until the end of the episode. He met his assistant, who was in a hologram chamber, as he traveled and he gave him not too much help. It eliminated his regular life; he forgot that he was trying to get back to his wife.

But, of course, Dan is a reporter and Sam was a physicist. And Sam was cuter.

Twice in one season. How odd.

Couldn't happen again, could it?

And then we have Moonlight, a show about Mick, an ethical vampire who fights his nature, works as a private detective, and has a thing with a mortal woman. He doesn't kill to live, subsisting on blood from the blood bank, which he keeps in the refrigerator (and drinks from wine glasses) in his handsomely decorated apartment. Although he is weaker during the day, he does not lose all of his powers come daybreak or refuse to enter a house he has not been invited into, nor does he sleep in a coffin. When he functions as a vampire, his eyes go wierd and his canine teeth grow.

Not unlike Forever Knight, a show about Nick, an ethical vampire, who was a cop on the graveyard shift and had a thing for a mortal woman. He no longer killed to live, subsisting on cow's blood, which he kept in wine bottles in the refrigerator of his handsomely decorated apartment. Although he couldn't go out in the sunlight, he did not lose all of his powers come daybreak, or refuse to enter a house he had not been invited into, nor did he sleep in a coffin. When he functioned as a vampire, his eyes went wierd and his canine teeth grew

But, of course, Mick is 85 years old and Nick was 800. And Nick was cuter.

Chuck and Jake.
Dan and Sam.
Mick and Nick.

Naw, just a coincidence.

5 comments:

Bridget Magnus said...

Gee, and you didn't even mention "Bionic Woman", which didn't even bother to come up with a new title for their rehashed stuff. Nor, of course, any of the shows over recent years that have been borrowed wholesale from the British.

Maya's Granny said...

Bridget,

I know. I was only mentioning shows I've actually seen that didn't admit they were copies. There may be many others out there, but I haven't seen them.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Ted and Maya watched Moonlight last night...It made Maya want to watch "Buffy".

Anonymous said...

Hey granny -

Looking at your photo, you are probably about my age. I too remember Forever Knight with much fondness.

I'm going to give Moonlight a few more eps before I give up on it.

If you like "different" tv, give Kyle XY a try. Get the DVD, start with the first episode of Season One.

A good show.

Joy Des Jardins said...

J, I have purposely stayed away from several new programs....a couple of the ones you mentioned too. I hate being a slave to tv programs; but I'm one of the worst offenders. I have certain shows that I refuse to miss, plus I keep track of other addictions that are scheduled to come on soon. Right now...my tv schedule isn't too bad, but it will get worse. I kind of feel badly that I'm actually choosing to ignore some of the new shows....they look good. But...I also have a son who loves to bring past seasons of shows on DVD that he thinks Mom will just love...and he hasn't been wrong. The problem is....they take up a LOT of my extra curricular hours when I could be doing something more productive. What that is....I don't know; but I still feel guilty.