Week in Review – 7/6/09-7/10/09

Okay, I lied. It’s not Monday, but I’m back, and you are lucky enough to read my opinions again. Happy? I am. lol. I’m going to take a look at the world of television this week. It’s been a decent week, starting with The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Make It Or Break It on Monday, through to Mental on Friday. You can follow me as I review just few of the shows that have occupied my television this week. Here we go!

On Monday, there was a very sad episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, where our favorite high-hormoned and over emotional teenagers dealt with the feelings of loss and guilt. Poor Grace (Megan Park), she is still blaming herself for her father’s death. This young girl honestly believes that her dad met his demise because she had great sex with her boyfriend, Jack (Greg Finley). For real? I mean, I could have seen her feeling guilty for disobeying, but her, as a devout Christian, believing that because she had sex, God is punishing her by killing her father, is absolutely ridiculous. Am I saying that it’s not plausible for an emotional, irrational teenage girl to think such a nutty thing? Of course not. Teenage girls (and I do remember being one) are slightly bonkers at time (no offense meant). This whole guilt thing Grace was dealing with had our usually sweet dispositioned and compassionate girl being less than kind to those around her. She even insinuated that her mother could just get another husband but she couldn’t get another father. Hmm… a little dramatic but it made for an interesting episode. Everyone of her friends tried their hardest to help her, and in the end, it was the unlikely hero of Ricky (Daren Kagasoff), her ex-boyfriend, who got her out of that car and out to the funeral for her dad.

Speaking of that funeral, it wasn’t so much a funeral but a celebration of life, where the departed Dr. Bowman had each step planned out, even to the spreading of his ashes on the golf course. Hence the name of the episode, Par For the Course. I thought this was different and kind of inspiring. Obviously not the death part, that is not something I usually aspire to, but the having all his wishes and requests all laid out and planned. What better place to be laid to rest than your favorite relaxation spot? Of course, in reality, one should not just spread your ashes just anywhere without consent from the proper authorities. I’m not entirely sure, but I do believe there are laws against such actions. Despite the crazy, guilty conscience of Grace, this episode was pretty decent and I am interested to see how the next few weeks play out with Grace and Jack. The Secret Life of the American Teenager airs Mondays at 8 pm on ABC Family.

Also airing on Mondays on ABC Family is the new series Make it or Break It. This series centers around four very talented, competitive gymnasts, and surprisingly, I love it. I thought this series would be boring, or just another teen show, but honestly, it has many layers and is a great show to fill the summer viewing schedule.

This weeks episode, entitled Blowing Off Steam, was all about the girls trying to get some relief from all the pressures in their lives. In the previous episodes, The Rock (the gym where they train) had taken a few losses, including their head coach, so the girls and their parents were going a little over the edge. Kaylie’s dad took over as coach, and what a disaster that was. He’s a former professional baseball player and is really hard on the girls, especially his daughter, Kaylie (Josie Loren). The girls are unhappy, and seriously stressing out about nationals, which are quickly approaching. Then the unexpected happens, when uber witch, Lauren (Cassie Scerbo), and her father come back to the gym with an offering of a coach, if they will overlook their previous bad behaviour and let Lauren back to train at The Rock. Now, this new coach isn’t just any coach, he is THE coach. Sasha Beloff, the only person to ever beat their former coach Marty in competition. Let me just say that Sasha is very attractive and gives us ladies that aren’t fourteen anymore some eye candy that is closer to our age for us to drool over. The accent is also a definite plus! All that aside, this coach means business, and the gymnasts are told that if they aren’t willing to train every day, every waking moment, then they aren’t welcome to train for nationals. Wow, intense much?

Question, what happens when you tell teenage girls that their social lives are going to be put on hold for the next 5 or 6 weeks? Answer, those usually well behaved teenagers go blow off some steam at a kegger. This said kegger leads to Kaylie getting very drunk, Emily (Chelsea Hobbs) feeling torn between the cute musician Razor and Kaylie’s hot older brother Leo, and Lauren sleeping with Kaylie’s boyfriend, Carter. Granted, Carter and Kaylie had just had a fight, and sort of decided to take a break, but still, that is not acceptable for one friend to do to another. This just goes to show that Lauren really is a witch, even if in the moments after she and Carter slept together, we felt kind of bad for her because she was sad and looked lost. All this teenage drama is surrounded by parental affairs like Emily taking care of her flighty mom, Lauren handling her dad’s relationship with Summer (Candace Cameron Bure, DJ Tanner on Full House) and Kaylie’s mom secretly having an affair with the former coach Marty.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed this season and seeing some former TV stars make their return to TV, like Bure and Peri Gilpin (Frasier). I would recommend this show to anyone who likes to watch gymnastics and drama. It’s well written, funny and surprisingly entertaining. Check it out!

Let’s move onto Tuesday, shall we? Tuesday was the series premiere of Syfy’s new show Warehouse 13. By the way, anyone else think Syfy’s new logo is really silly? What was wrong with the old ‘SciFi’ and why isn’t the ‘f’ in Syfy capitalized? Weird. Anyways, back to the show. lol. This new show is about two secret agents, Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), who get reassigned to the mysterious ‘Warehouse 13’. This warehouse is a storage center for all the weird crap that causes supernatural things to happen. We’re talking objects like Pandora’s Box and Houdini’s wallet. Just plain weird stuff. I was really looking forward to this show because one of the writers, Jane Espenson, used to write for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which just happens to be one of my favorite shows of all time. I knew that if Espenson was helping to write this show, it was going to be great. I wasn’t disappointed. I really did enjoy it.

This episode was the usual pilot, where we get introduced to the characters and are given just enough back story to keep us interested. The story at the center of it was about a magical comb that once belonged to an Italian woman who was broken hearted and angry. This comb was used by a sad woman who wanted to be loved, and in the process, caused a man to die and another man to assault his girlfriend. The basic idea was for Pete and Myka to get the object and neutralize it in what looked like a silver garbage can. I personally would have picked a better supernatural issue than an old comb that wants to destroy the world because its original owner had a crumby love life, but it was a decent episode.

My favorite part of the episode was the humor from Pete and Artie. Pete was very go with the flow, in the way that although he wasn’t thrilled about the new posting, he was going to make the best of it. His best line was directed at Myka and it was “unbunch your panties and make the best of the situation.” lol. She didn’t appreciate it, but that seems to be her thing. She dislikes everything about the new posting and wants out.

Artie was also very amusing. He’s the caretaker of the warehouse and all the crazy artifacts. Along with that, apparently he’s an avid baker. lol. What can I say… multi-layered characters. šŸ™‚ Where else will you find a man who watches over thousands of supernatural artifacts, who goes from explaining the new posting to the agents to offering fresh baked cookies? It was amusing.

Overall, I would suggest tuning in to the new show, overlooking the new Syfy logo (really dumb in my opinion) and giving this show a chance to get it’s bearings.

Also on Tuesday was the series premiere of 10 Things I Hate About You, which I have already reviewed here.

For Wednesday, I didn’t really watch anything but So You Think You Can Dance. If you want to read my review on that, check it out here.

My favorite night of TV this week was by far Thursday. Obviously, we had the SYTYCD results, but before that, it was the season premiere of Big Brother. šŸ™‚ This year’s first big twist was splitting the contestants up into cliques, based on the usual high school groupings. One of the cool parts about this is that if a member of your clique wins HOH (Head of Household), the entire clique is safe. That really changes the game! Whether or not it’s a change for the better is yet to be seen.

We have the Athletes ( Jeff, Natalie, Russell and the mystery addition, Jesse). Then there are the Populars ( Jordan, Braden, and Laura), the Brainiacs (Ronnie, Michelle, and Chima) and finally we have the Off-Beats (Kevin, Lydia, and Casey). I loved it. It was just the perfect fix of addictive “reality” to amuse me this summer.

The mystery guest, Jesse, was already on the show in season 10. I don’t like him. He’s pompous, aggravating and I’m sure all the muscle on his body are taking too much oxygen from his brain. Unfortunately, the Athletes won the HOH competition, so he is safe.

I also cannot stand Chima from the Brainiacs. Her laugh is so aggravating and I just plain don’t like her. I hope she goes home first!

So far, my one of my favorites is Kevin. He is awesome. So blunt and straight forward. I love him. I also enjoyed Michelle. She is a Neuroscientist and really sweet. I did like Natalie from the Athletes group. She was very sweet, but I hate that she lied about her age. Jeff from the Athletes is really cute, as long as he isn’t talking. šŸ˜‰

Basically, the episode was a just an introduction to the cast of BB11, and not many interesting things happened. Although, I did find it amazing how the act of placing people in cliques can make old insecurities come out. The brainiacs almost seemed to feel intimidated by others, the athletes automatically walked taller and the populars definitely flipped their hair more. The only clique that acted the same to me was the Off-Beats. They’re off-beat for a reason, cause they don’t care. Love them!

I’m interested to see where this season take us, and BB usually likes even numbers, so I’m thinking that another person is going to be added to the house, as long as it’s not another conceited jock, or a another popular girl with breast implants so large she could use them as a life preserver (ahem.. Laura of the populars), I’ll be fine with it.. I *think*. šŸ˜‰

Finally, this brings us to Friday, I didn’t watch too much TV tonight, well not new tv. I watched reruns of Ghost Whisperer and Numbers. The only new thing I watched was Mental.

This week’s episode was about a man suffering from OCD and Tourette’s, whose wife wanted him to get a risky surgery so that he could be back to “normal”. I immediately though to myself, ‘How selfish is she?’. Then it all started to unravel. His wife was a nymphomaniac because of a tumour in her brain, and this is why she wanted her husband to have the surgery. So he could.. well.. fulfill her needs. Apparently the meds and things weren’t helping their love life.

What really shocked me was how she started sleeping her way through the interns and orderlies on the psych ward. They all claimed they couldn’t help it, that she was forceful… um yeah, okay. I know it was for the purpose of the storyline, but if they knew she was a patient’s wife, how come they weren’t as strong as Jack (Chris Vance) in refusing her. That’s not to say that I blamed her for wanting to fool around with Dr. Suarez (Nicholas Gonzalez), because he really is very attractive. *laughs* šŸ˜‰

Anyways, Jack and the neurosurgeon convinced the patient’s wife to have a surgery to remove the tumour and she’d be back to normal. The wife confessed to the husband and he readily forgave her, due to the fact he viewed all of the trangressions as symptoms of a sickness. I applaud his unfailing love for his wife. Not all people would be so forgiving, even if they themselves struggled with a mental disease.

I enjoyed how Jack helped the woman come to terms with giving up her new-found sexy feeling by basically telling her that sexy is not a feeling but a state of mind. You can choose to be sexy all the time. If you believe you are sexy, then you’ll feel sexy, too. That was a good lesson for all us ladies (or guys too) for when we’re feeling low on ourselves.

I think it was a pretty good episode. The show isn’t the best ever, but I do enjoy it, especially when the rest of Friday is bogged down with reruns.

That’s all for now. Next week it may be new shows I review or some of the same, but for sure I’ll be adding True Blood next time because it’s new tomorrow night!! (For which I am VERY excited šŸ˜€ ) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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3 Responses to Week in Review – 7/6/09-7/10/09

  1. Bryanna McManus says:

    Thought you did a great job Megan, program descriptions are written very well, enough information to tell people what the show is about, with out giving too much information and spoiling the end result. Very interesting for reading, keep up the good work:)

  2. Jenny says:

    I thought it was great, too. Thanks for filling in Megan! Looking forward to more!

  3. Megan says:

    Thanks everyone!