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Best TV Pilots

TV Guide has a list of the 10 best TV pilots. Bold move, TV Guide. There’s no way to make everyone happy with this list. In fact, I was rather disappointed with it. So I decided to make my own list. And, okay, maybe these aren’t the best. But they are my favorite pilots, and for the most part, these are the episodes that made me want to watch. Isn’t that the point of a pilot? So here they are, in no particular order, amelie’s Ten Seven Best Favorite Pilots:

1. Arrested Development–Of course I’m going to include this episode. If you know me, you know that AD is my number one all-time favorite show ever. Maybe I didn’t start with the pilot. Maybe I started with season 2 and worked my way backwards. I’ll never tell. But as far as pilots go, this one is pretty funny, and it’s one I can watch over and over and over. And, uh, maybe I have.

2. Lost–I don’t actually watch this show anymore, but I was hooked on season 1 and the pilot is the reason. It’s jarring and frightening, with the desperate need to just survive laced through all the characters. The big mysteries didn’t matter at the time; all that mattered was getting from one moment to the next.

3. Spaced–From the opening scenes where you think one thing is happening but really it’s another thing entirely to the cross-breeding mice-spiders hell bent on stealing cheese, there is very little about this pilot that disappoints. I only just found Spaced (as in, I started watching it last night), but I’ve seen the pilot twice so far, and I could watch it a dozen more times. It sets up the show without hitting you in the head with exposition and it gets bonus points for being genuinely funny.

4. Veronica Mars–There was a lot to love about Veronica–her snark, her intelligence, her devotion to her father, her cynicism, her dog–and it was all there in the pilot. The season one arcs of who killed Lily and who raped Veronica were two very heavy and difficult subjects that were presented in a fairly raw manner, but the show managed to balance the angst and the humor from the very beginning.

5. Pushing Daisies–For a show that is so sweet it makes your teeth rot, Pushing Daisies deals with some pretty heavy stuff. Death and isolation don’t scream romance. If you can come away from the pilot without feeling sad for Ned, yet strangely happy that his once-dead childhood sweetheart is now undead and forever entangled in his strange, pie-filled world, then your heart is made of stone. Also, if you can come away from this pilot without craving pie, you are just not human.

6. The West Wing–One of my favorite character introductions was Leo McGarry’s battle with the Times crossword. It was such a little thing to get hung up on, but it’s something that happens to the best of us. Remember kiddies: Khaddafi is spelled with an H and two Ds and isn’t a seven letter word for anything.

7. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia–The episode is called “The Gang Gets Racist” and it does what it says on the tin: the proprietors of Paddy’s Pub act all kinds of inappropriate while taking on racism and homophobia in such a way that it didn’t leave me grossed out. It’s wrong on so many levels, but that’s what makes it funny.

September 5, 2008 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

The Un-Awesomes

kegger and I decided to create our own television awards. And we’re doing it now when there’s not a glut of awards show pomp and glitz. In other words, it just occurred to us. The first part is the Un-Awesomes: the awards for things that basically sucked. We asked our good friend and fellow tv-geek freak fan brooklyn to help us out. Three opinions are better than two, even if that third opinion is eerily similar to ours.

Without further ado, here are the nominees and winners (losers?) for the Un-Awesomes:

The Jericho Kiss Of Death: Moonlight

amelie: There’s one show every year that people try desperately to save. See:Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, Jericho. This year it was Moonlight. The fans even had a blood drive to save the show. When the gift of life can’t un-dead a show about the un-dead, there’s no hope.

kegger: I wish, just for once, that they’d let the cult favorite show stay on the air. I’m STILL bitter about Veronica Mars. Plus, Logan Echolls is once again homeless now that Moonlight is officially cancelled. Poor Logan. (Did they really put on a blood drive to save the show?!)

brooklyn: I didn’t watch Jericho and I didn’t watch Moonlight. And now I’m glad.

Winner: Moonlight

Cassidy “Beaver” Casablancas Memorial Award for Biggest Out-of-Left-Field Villainy: Zack Addy, Bones
amelie: I’m still stunned at this. I mean, if you actually go back and watch the episode where the lobbyist died, it’s clearly not Eric Millegan. So, uh, screw you Hart Hanson. You suck.

brooklyn: Agreed. But, you know, it would’ve been even crazier if it’d been Angela–isn’t she the one that “recreates” the flesh? And is a people’s person? That could be interpreted to mean that she also eats people. Whatever, BONES.
Winner: Zack Addy

Biggest Letdown, returning show: Heroes
amelie: I don’t even know where to begin with this. Hiro’s interminable stay in feudal Japan. Peter’s Oirish girlfriend. Claire’s douchebag boyfriend. The fact that I STILL don’t get Niki/Jessica’s power. I don’t even remember how the season ended, that’s how disappointed I was in it.

kegger: I’m in total agreement. Ali Larter‘s character is completely useless. And Claire’s boyfriend was the biggest ball of cheese I’ve ever seen. And hm… let’s see. I think at some point during the season finale, Kristen Bell was sitting in a car and a window got broken. It’s sad when that’s the most memorable part of the episode for me.

brooklyn: I couldn’t even watch this season. Epic fail.
Winner: Heroes

Biggest Letdown, new show: Bionic Woman

amelie: I saw five minutes of the pilot and passed out from boredom.

kegger: I watched one episode. I like Katee Sackoff in BSG, and I didn’t expect to like this show, but I thought I’d give it a chance. It’s sad that Katee Sackoff stole the show with her wimpy part. The person they picked to be their main character just didn’t work. Not to mention that the show just sucked in general.

brooklyn: I saw two episodes. I liked 20% of it. And her name was Michelle Ryan.
Winner: Bionic Woman

All Sex and No Plot Gives My Television the Clap
: Grey’s Anatomy, Torchwood
amelie: This one is a draw for me. On the one hand, there was a whole storyline on GA about how every had VD. (Yeah, so it was a few years ago. IT STILL HAPPENED.) On the other hand, Captain Jack will sleep with
anything that moves, up to and including various alien life forms.

kegger: This one is a tough one, because they both have lots of useless sex. But I think I might pick Torchwood to be the winner of this one. Their sex scenes (or their implication of sex scenes) just didn’t fit with the show. They were awkward and just…strange.

brooklyn: I’ll go with Torchwood, as well, even though I don’t watch it.
Winner: Torchwood

I Don’t Care How Good You Say This Show Is, I’m Not Watching It: The Big Bang Theory, Aliens in America, Ugly Betty, Brothers and Sisters, The Wire

amelie: I’m going to give this one to The Wire. If I never hear How! Incredibly! Awesome! The Wire is ever again, I’ll die happy.

kegger: Draw. No thank you to all of them. I’m sick of hearing about them!

brooklyn: Out of all of them, I’d probably actually watch The Wire. So I’m going to say Aliens in America. Screw you, CW.
Winner: The Big Bang Theory, Aliens in America, Ugly Betty, Brothers and Sisters, The Wire

Worst Use of a Former Veronica Mars Cast Member: Percy Daggs in the Orbit commercial, Kristen Bell in Heroes

amelie: Percy. Always Percy. My soul dies a little every time I hear him say, “Bring it on, Düsseldorf.” At least this is a step up from the Hot Pockets commercial.

kegger: I would nominate that chick that plays Hannah–she’s on the KFC/McDonald’s commercial (we can’t decide which one) but I refuse to nominate her because I hated that bitch!

brooklyn: Percy. Hannah is dead to me. And it’s totally KFC because I am a nerd and checked the website.
Winner: Percy

Worst Boss in TVLand: Michael Scott, The Office; Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
amelie: I’d hate to work for either of these guys, but for different reasons. I think, though, that Michael wins (loses?) this one. At least Jack isn’t a walking sexual harassment lawsuit.

kegger: Michael Scott hands down, but that’s because I don’t watch 30 Rock.

brooklyn: I would work for Michael. I would be like Holly and laugh at his jokes, and it would be joyous. I would also work for Jack, but since he’s lost his job, I’m going to have to go with Michael Scott–the Japanese version.
Winner: Michael Scott of any ethnicity

Stay tuned for the Awesomes: the things that rocked our socks this tragically short television season.

May 27, 2008 at 10:13 am 6 comments

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