Monday, January 9, 2012

From LA Examiner: Advance Reviews of 'Alcatraz', 'Being Human', and 'Lost Girl'; Josh Jackson Previews 'Fringe'; Bo Derek on 'Chuck'...

"Mid-Season Preview: FOX’

It is a bit upsetting to this reviewer that FOX’ Alcatraz starts by following the convict Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce) as he suddenly reemerges on “The Rock” and navigates his way off the island with a mysteriously modern coat on his back and a wad of cash and special key in his pocket. Pierce is such a dynamic player on-screen that we couldn’t help but get sucked into his story and want to know more about him and his journey. We want to find out where he has been all of these years, after disappearing from his prison cell in decades earlier; we want to find out what he will do with his life now that he has been given a second chance (sort of); we want to get to know him more-- to know if he really was as “unlucky” as the reputation that precedes him, or if he has returned a changed man in any, or every, way-- over the course of at least a season. So it is upsetting to realize that we will not get any of these things. Alas, Sylvane is not the protagonist in Alcatraz; he is merely a guest-starring player, the “bad guy of the week” that the actual series’ characters have to track down. When, at the end of the pilot, it becomes abundantly clear that this is not his journey, we can’t help but feel like our enthusiasm for the show has been locked in a prison, too... [MORE]

"Being Human sets up the ‘Mother of All’ conflicts for each of three anti-heroes"

With the Bishop monkey off Aidan (Sam Witwer)’s back (at least temporarily), things should be looking up in Being Human’s Boston, right? Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager) have been living the past month in somewhat denial bliss, now that she knows the truth of who-- or what-- he is; Sally (Meaghan Rath) figured out how to leave the house and is now ready to mingle with a selection of her once-peers; and Aidan should be the new head vampire in charge. But oh, if things were so simple, this would be a series finale, not a season premiere... [MORE]

"Mid-Season Preview: Syfy's Lost Girl"

It’s a little unsettling to be offering an “advance review” of a series that has actually aired its first two seasons in Canada already, but that’s exactly where we find ourselves with Lost Girl, Syfy’s newest dramatic offering. We don’t want to insult your intelligence and assume you’ve never heard of it, but we don’t want to say too much, risking spoiling you on plot points or characters arcs you haven’t actually already garnered from the internet. If you’re anything like us, you will be going into this show with some basic (think Wikipedia) knowledge, not wanting to illegally stream or download shows from overseas and therefore not given the chance to see Lost Girl in all of its sexy, savvy supernatural-ness until now. So it’s a great thing that Syfy has decided to begin airing this series-- and from its beginning—to allow American audiences to fall under its spell the way Canadian audiences already have. Blame Bo (Anna Silk)’s seductive touch, but we certainly want to come back for more... [MORE]

"Joshua Jackson previews Peter’s emotional journey to the Other Side on Fringe"

“As we find [Peter] at the beginning of the next episode, he’s kind of taking a Hail Mary pass and see him [approaching] the one man that he really, really doesn’t want to deal with, which is Walternate, and we see him going through the [motions] to try to convince Walter and Walternate and basically anybody to try to help him get back to his world,” Fringe series star Joshua Jackson previewed when we caught up with him earlier this week... [MORE]

"FIRST LOOK: Chuck enlists help from Bo Derek"

Hang onto your Buy More hats, Chuck fans, because these few remaining episodes of your beloved spy series are heating up! ... [MORE]

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