New Shows. New hit. New Flop…
Do you judge your TV shows from its pilot?? Well, me too!
Is this the hottest piece on TV nowadays? True Detective is HBO’s latest offer for murder mystery lovers out there. Frankly, I was not really anticipating the show since I have watch plenty murder mystery shows and let’s be honest all of them follow the same formula. True Detective pilots had some good moments but overall I didn’t like it. Once Matthew McCon‘s mysterious charm fades and Woody Harrelson‘s tough cop persona disappear, I was not interested to watch the second episode. The show’s slow building tension and flash back direction are repetitive and I have seen it plenty of times. And what’s Michelle Monaghan role here exactly? I would be mad if she doesn’t turn out to be the killer. Wait, don’t steal the idea.
I wasn’t sure what I was watching during the two back-to-back episodes of Helix. In general, I like science fiction and medical drama and Helix promised to combine the two but it failed. Billy Campbell played a scientist character in CDC named Alan Farragut who is trapped in the Arctic with his ex-wife and possible love interest assistant to research about an outbreak. The show writers hope to hooked the viewers with this situation but I wasn’t interested. The crisis is also very cliche and in the end we found out that Alan’s brother is a zombie who killed many people. What happened? We don’t care.
Now this is a pleasant surprise! The After is a supernatural/sci-fi show created by X-Files creator Chris Carter. There is only the pilot for now, but I am hoping Amazon will pick it up. The After tells the story of eight strangers who are trapped together when an unknown apocalypse strikes. The show have elements of supernatural, religion and fantasy, which worked out pretty great. The direction is fast pace and the familiar actors were perfectly cast. Oh, and don’t tell me you are not intrigued by the ending.
I have avoided CW’s Vampire Diaries and 90210s, because obviously those shows are just plain dumb and why should I bother. But I watched Star Crossed for its lead stars: Aimee Teegarden and Matt Lanter. The synopsis also sound intriguing “new alien race comes to earth but means no harm. How’s the verdict? Star Crossed is your typical CW show with good-looking people, love story, friendship and family jumbled up into one. If this sound like your thing then Star Crossed might be your new favourite show.
Better pilots than Star Crossed: Do I really have to say it? ROSWELL, DUH!!!
I am looking forward see Josh Holloway in the lead star with Meghan Ory. Plus the plot about your next-level superhero sounds alright. Intelligence has a promising premise and good cast but the pilot was too commercial. I think the audience deserves more than your usual junk. I don’t dislike Intelligence, but I am just tired of these same plot. Remember Almost Human?
How do you apply as a sitcom writer? Seriously let me know because I think I can write better than Mixology’s writers. Heck, anyone can write better than these people. To cut it short, Mixology is a tasteless and tedious journey of unfunny and uninteresting characters at a bar. I don’t care about these people at all.
About A Boy
Remember the show Bent which premiere last two years? Yeah, nobody does. David Walton was horrible in the show, but luckily he is better in About a Boy. Yes, if the show’s name sounds familiar it’s because About a Boy is the television version. I liked Hugh Grant’s movie, but this television version is not bad either. I really enjoyed its pilot episode and the characters’ interaction and thought it deserves more viewers. Go ahead, trust my opinion.
Similar pilots like About A Boy: Suburgatory
Note: TV pilots not included because I have better things to do: Bitten, Rake, The Asset, Enlisted, Mind Games.
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