Almost all of the new SF(ish) TV shows for 2008 have premiered. Since there are so many shows, and I have so little time to watch, This season has a bumper crop of SF related shows and there is no way I can watch them all so I have to ruthlessly prune what I watch so that I can watch a few of them. The cut line is necessarily low.
Dead To Me
Heroes – At one time, a must watch as soon as the kids went to bed, during season 1, this show has slowly slid down the slope into soap opera ridiculousness, where the characters are at the mercy of the ‘plot’, such as it is. Toss in new people with new powers, and the world, or New York, always in a state of constant peril, and Heroes was the first to be chopped.
Knight Rider – This was the second. NBC is trying to copy the cheese factor of the original series but also spicing it up with some sort of conspiracy surrounding Michael’s missing time. Maybe I’ve just matured beyond enjoying the cheese, but this doesn’t interest me at all. Throw in the fact that the guy playing Michael Knight looks like he’s 12, and ‘acts’ like Keanu Reeves and chop, chop, chop.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles – Somewhat sadly, TSCC is now on the cutting room floor. The writing was on the wall last year when John was able to write a ‘virus’ to infect the traffic mainframe in about 30 seconds of off screen time. The level of tech realism hasn’t gotten better and the overall story doesn’t appear to be going anywhere interesting. And why don’t the bad Terminators act like Terminators? Arnold’s original didn’t care about body count, these shouldn’t either. And you have Terminators after your son, and you’re going to insist he attend school? Without you there? Really?
On The Chopping Block
Eleventh Hour – I know this just premiered last night, but I was underwhelmed. While the story was somewhat interesting, it wasn’t really anything new for fans of science fiction. The big problem was with the characters. Neither of the main characters was that interesting or sympathetic, being just stereotypes of the female FBI agent and the non-socially adept ‘genius’. Yawn. One more poor outing and CHOP!
Sanctuary – Sadly, this one hasn’t grabbed me yet. The pilot was so slow moving I almost feel asleep (and I haven’t seen it all yet either, so maybe it gets better). Again, I didn’t find anything new in the premise, nor did I find the characters to be particularly interesting. The male lead is a poor man’s Shawn Spencer from Psych. Cool stuff will have to happen soon or the axe will drop on this one as well.
Even knocking all of the above out still leaves me with a lot of TV to watch: Chuck, Eli Stone, Fringe, The Mentalist, Pushing Daisies, My Own Worst Enemy and Life on Mars. Still too many for me, so the ones ‘on deck’, as it were, for the chopping are My Own Worst Enemy and The Mentalist.
What shows have you decided to chop out of your schedule?