life 2×19: 5 quarts

According to River Tam, the human body can be drained of blood in 6.8 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems.  Good news for this week’s blood-stealing murderer, as it meant they had plenty of time left over to get away.  Seriously, this show always has the strangest murders – remember the woman wearing angel wings who was thrown off a building?  And the buried Zen master with the flower and the “I’m With Stupid” t-shirt?  Well no, you probably don’t, seeing as how I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the universe who actually watches this tragically underrated show.

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life 2×18: 3 women

There are so many quirky, “only-in-L.A.” moments on this show.  Last week it was the kinky party on the airplane, this week it was the avante-garde play where one guy played a murderer, his three female victims, and his jail guard.  Mostly, though, the case this week felt like it was hewing closer to reality, and because it focused on ex-convicts, it also let us explore just a bit more of Charlie’s prison experiences.  That opening scene of Charlie and the suspect duking it out in a freight elevator, presented with almost no context, showed us the vicious, brutal side to Charlie’s personality that he usually keeps so tightly controlled.

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catching up

Yep, I’m back, and my break was fabulous, thanks for asking.  And as an added bonus, I now have an entire week’s worth of new TV episodes to watch in one marathon sitting!  It’s like having a great meal at a nice restaurant, and coming home to find that your roommates had a party while you were gone and left you an enormous slice of chocolate cake to eat for dessert at your leisure.  Join me while I have my cake and eat it too.  (This post is just the dramas, but I might do a separate one for Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock, and The Office.  Castle will get a post all its own.)

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five reasons you should be watching life on nbc

Last night I settled in with a bag of Cheetos and watched one of my favorite current TV series, Life, which airs on NBC.  I’ve always been a sucker for crime procedurals and I think this is about the best one on the air at the moment.  However, much to my despair, almost no one seems to be watching it.

The show centers of LA homicide detective Charlie Crews and his partner Dani Reese.  The twist is that, at the beginning of the series, Charlie is returning to the job after spending more than a decade in prison for three murders he didn’t commit.  (Getting his badge back was part of the terms of his wrongful imprisonment settlement.)  On the surface, Charlie is calm, cheerful, and quirky, annoying his partner by quoting Zen philosophy.  But he’s also obsessed with unravelling the conspiracy that framed him.

I was hooked on this show within the first minute of the pilot (literally).  But in case I haven’t convinced you yet, here are five reasons you should check it out.

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