Wednesday night TV (Enterprise, West Wing, Smallville and Angel
turned out to be a well thought out and extraordinarily well-written
(in perspective against the majority of the series to date) episode
that was actually performed well. It was weird... That's not to
say it wasn't mock-worthy. It definitely had its moments (especially
the ending where Archer took pity on the guy that built the weapon
that attacked us - that guy was personally involved in the 7 million
deaths on Earth... guess "we're" not as hard-edge as "we"
thought "we" were)
West Wing was
the weak point of this evenings shows, in my opinion. Instead of
having anything to do with any other episode around it, the writers
chose to fix Social Security in a night. Maybe that was the 'message;'
that SS was just that easy to 'fix.' I just hate 'message' shows...
should be read after viewing, as I will be giving away certain nuggets
and can't be held responsible as the show has aired and I feel like
talking about it. Second only to Angel this Wednesday, it was a
revealing and non-loophole causing episode. Was it just me or was
there a nod to Christopher Reeve's Somewhere in Time in some of
the piano music played by 'Adam?' While not much more was revealed
about our mystery guest, Adam, what is implied and assumed is revealing
enough to conclude the "Is he Batman" line of questions.
He is not. While his name and certain points in his history are
definitely shaped to give a nod to Bruce for the astute fans, his
is an even darker story. Our guest-freak this week can see the moment
of a persons death by simply coming in contact with them (that part
is obvious from the start - no 'spoiler' there). By the time we
are 10 minutes into the show he is intimately familiar with how
most of Smallville dies (so much for caution) including Lana (not
with Pete or Clark by her side), Clark (I am such the nerd, this
one gave me little joygasms) and Adam (he tells Lana, but not the
rest of us; bastard). I'll remember and add more things from this
episode during discussion, but I'm DYING to move on to tonight's
Angel is still
tearing me up... I read no previews, spoilers or trades in preparation
for this episode and enjoyed each and every moment; I was in no
way prepared for the ending. It may well have been my favorite episode
ever. It was funny and dark and action-packed and gave us Angel
the way he is meant to be. Best of all the episode gave us back
the stunning and bright, fashion-policing mouthpiece of The-Powers-That-Be,
Cordelia! I had no idea how much I missed seeing her as part of
the Gang. The writing and performances were top notch and for all
the rushing to get down to talking about Angel, I find that that's
all that really needs to be said about it. Watch your tapes or grab
it off Kazaa. I'm going to go soak it in a bit longer...
So as not to take away from the glowing reviews above I seperated
this next little piece of preview: Next week looks to be teh suck.
Smallville becomes 2 Fast 2 Nerdious and for whatever reason Angel
and Spike are on a U-boat in 1943, where Spike gets to be a Nazi
and Angel gets to be Angel of the present, still... I wonder if
they'll both live to make it out of 1943?