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Taknapotin TV Talk Time

January 25, 2009 | 8:50 am | JCarver

I set the majority of this week aside to just relax, as I haven’t done that in awhile, and it pretty much worked out as I planned.  To be honest, I don’t really remember what I did each specific day, because I pretty much did nothing every day.  I made some videos for PokerVT, wrote an article for Bluff Magazine, and uh, well, that’s about it for productive things.  I got 11th last sunday in the $500 FTP million, which kind of sucked, but it was a sigh gotta get it in spot and I wasn’t upset or anything by it.  I played poker for a bit on Wednesday, too, cashing in just the $100r 6m and busting 50th or so, AA to KJ on a J74.  That’s it for poker talk.

I did a bunch of nonproductive things this week that were kind of interesting, though.  I spent probably 20 hours or so finishing my SECRET tv show that I refused to post the name of, which I’ll now reveal as Six Feet Under.  My little review is spoiler-free, so read on worry-free if you haven’t seen it.

I’ve got to say, although there was a lull somewhere in the 2nd season, I felt the show was one of the most powerful, thought-provoking dramas I’ve ever seen.  The show just beautifully, elegantly, yet bluntly and brutally forces you to confront your own mortality through observing the lives of the Fishers.  It’s a show of parallels, featuring the two parallel main themes of life (mostly, sex) and death interwoven in a complex, compelling, moving story over 60 or so episodes.  I found myself caring about almost all of the characters by the end of the series, and found the show’s final season, especially the final episodes, to be probably the most powerful episodes of any TV show I’ve ever watched.

After completing the finale, I was pretty struck emotionally.  I spent several days afterwards kicking around my thoughts about the show and what it’s messages meant for my own life.  This spawned some interesting conversations as I engaged several people in general discussions about death and their views of mortality in the days after finishing the show.  Some people made a point that I shouldn’t watch shows that depress me, but I contend that something this powerful, so raw and emotional, is something that ought to be watched and dissected.  Why should you dismiss something for having an impact?  It should be lauded for said impact, not discarded for it.  The show helped shine a light on an issue I had subconsciously (and perhaps consciously) ignored for 20 years, and did so magnificently.  What an awesome show.

On a less serious note, I’ll never see Michael C. Hall the same way again.  Another great side effect of finishing this show is that I get all the jokes about Dexter and Doakes now.  He’s a pretty amazing actor though – I didn’t know that his first on-camera acting job was on Six Feet Under, pretty impressive.

Elsewhere in my TV life, the first boatload of new premieres has hit.  I’ve seen the new 24, LOST, Battlestar Galactica, Kitchen Nightmares, Nip/Tuck, House, and CSI.  I haven’t seen any new Scrubs yet (is it any good?), but that’s the only thing I think I’m behind on.  Obviously I have a huge hard-on for Lost, as it’s one of my favorite shows of all-time, but the others were “meh”.  24 is the exception – I hope it doesn’t embarass itself, as it might actually have the potential to be good this season.  I’m not particularly excited by the rest of the schedule – I don’t think BSG is that great (it’s definitely good, but, overrated), Nip/Tuck is pretty much a parody of itself at this point, House is just House, CSI I don’t watch regularly (I just wanted to see the Grissom transition), and KN is just schadenfreude at its finest.  Shrug.  My TV plans for the next few weeks are to finally find out where I put my Lost S1 and S2 DVDs and rewatch the whole series, and failing that either buy new ones or just watch the S3/S4 ones again on Bluray.

I’m up for suggestions for new TV shows to watch.  I’m thinking about Oz, or The Tudors, and I’ve heard good things about Big Love.  I read this top 50 tv show list, which I know is meaningless, but I decided to make my own top 10 list.  I think 1-3 are all very close, and I think at least one show like Curb Your Enthusiasm or Entourage belong somewhere on this list but I can’t figure out what to bump.

10. The Practice/Boston Legal
9.  Nip/Tuck
8.  24
7.  The Wire
6.  Rome
5.  Six Feet Under
4.  Dexter
3.  The Sopranos
2.  Lost
1.  The Shield

Too bad 6/10 of those shows are done forever.  Got recommendations for what I should watch next?  I’m pretty much open to anything.  I clearly prefer dramas, and I’m running out of quality HBO dramas to choose from, but suggest and I’ll probably give it a try.

I’m going to hopefully go grab some sleep before sundays and make another post that has less to do with TV (or maybe the opposite, perhaps a more detailed post on my thoughts about this week’s premiere of Lost, who knows) sometime soon.

5 Responses to “Taknapotin TV Talk Time”

  • January 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    ManicJason said:

    Homicide: Life on the Street. It was what David Simon did before The Wire. I have no idea how a new viewer would see it now, but it was revolutionary at the time.


  • January 25, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Derk said:

    Way to only pick shows from the last 10 years

  • January 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    ultimatemike said:

    Isn’t he only 10 years old?

  • February 1, 2009 at 10:17 am

    P said:

    terrible list i.m.o. ok bibi

  • April 17, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    R King said:

    Hi, great post. Keep up the good work.

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