I’ve been on a huge crime/murder kick lately, so have been trying quite a few murder series. CBS’ Unforgettable is the latest, and while it’s quite middling, it’s an easy, undemanding watch, competently written, and I’m enjoying it. Carrie Wells (Poppy Mongtomgery) has a photographic memory, and joined the force after he rolder sister is killed in front of her when they’re children. She can’t remember the murderer’s face, and while looking for him and trying to remember she hunts down other killers and defends victims. After leaving the force for a while she returns and pairs up with ex-boyfriend Al Burns (Dylan Walsh). The two solve murders for the NYPD.
I mostly like it because of Poppy Montgomery, because this woman…can we talk about her hair? I’ve always rather wanted red hair and hers is the most gorgeous I’ve seen apart from Julia Roberts.
Al has a girlfriend. Gorgeous, smart…and she’ll never be able to displace Carrie in Al’s heart.
Not when he looks at her like this.
The stunning Caitriona Balfe in Saturday’s Outlander, a show which is rather wonderful
Karen Gillan’s new pilot came out on ABC last night, and I reviewed it for Sound on Sight!
Were the leads of this limited but endearing sitcom anyone but the entirely charming, gifted pair of John Cho and Karen Gillan, it would fall flat. Yet, because of them, and a few hints of surprising writing nuance, it ultimately rather works.
Eliza Doolittle (Karen Gillan) is a social media guru with hundreds of thousands of online followers and (as she finds out in the pilot) no real friends. When she gets food poisoning on a flight full of her co-workers and lands herself in a completely humiliating situation, she winds up recruiting her firm’s top representation manager, Henry (John Cho), to overhaul her image. It is (very) loosely based onPygmalion or as it’s more famously known, My Fair Lady.
In case you missed it, you can watch the entire pilot of Starz’ new Outlander series on Youtube. (And check out my review here).
So I had FEELS after Audrey died on 24: Live Another Day. So I wrote about them on Sound on Sight.
One of TV’s most beloved romances is that of Logan and Veronica (affectionately termed “LoVe” by fans) from Rob Thomas’ cult classic Veronica Mars. The romance and the series had enough power and pull to drive a wildly successful Kickstarter and a reasonably successful film. Coming back to 24 for24:LAD, it struck me for the first time that one of the most famous lines from the Veronica/Logan romance, while it doesn’t quite entirely fit that couple, does, seamlessly, describe Jack and Audrey.
“I thought our love was epic, you know? Spanning years, continents, lives lost, blood shed – epic.”
The scene is highly romantic, but the actual content of this famous line is not reflective of the couple’s relationship. Their romance does not include lives lost and blood shed, and while it does span years by the time the film comes around, the epic hyperbole of this statement is simply not reflective of the kind of stakes at play in the series.
Yet it’s a perfect description of the romance that Jack and Audrey live out and the kind of obstacles they overcome. Their romance literally spans continents – when Jack is captured by the Chinese Audrey travels to China to look for him, is captured, Jack returns to the U.S., and the two reunite a year later when Audrey is also brought back from Chin (and when the two reunite in Live Another Day, it’s in London). Their relationship also endures for five years, through lives lost and blood shed: Jack kills (or lets die) Audrey’s husband; Audrey is badly wounded during events Jack is caught up in, and later tortured by the Chinese for Jack’s sake. By the time the two reunite in London, their relationship has endured years of absence, violence, loss, and each thinking the other was dead. They’ve spent the majority of their relationship apart, have pulled through both thinking the other was dead, Audrey’s severe PTSD after her torture, and the past years of Jack being missing under the radar and Audrey married. Yet nothing has changed about their relationship – when they reunite for a few brief moments that connection still rings true, steady and certain as it always has for them. By the time Live Another Day comes along, you really do believe that nothing on earth can separate or overcome this couple.
Did a roundup over at Sound on Sight of recently announced TV cancellations and renewals, as we all bite our fingernails waiting for those final few verdicts to trickle in, particularly (I’m guessing), Nashville, Hannibal, andCommunity. UPDATE: Hannibal just renewed.