Category: TV reviews

The Lunar Excitation #1483

A bittersweet moment for the fan girl…. I love “The Big Bang Theory” but am quite sad that it is over for the summer.  I have to say, though, that this was a very good season finale.  It had humor, it had some revisiting of various story lines and it had something that I thought I would never see… SHE-SHELDON.

“The Lunar Excitation” was a very good finale outing.  All of the main characters had their moment, from Raj and Howard attempting the impossible task of finding Sheldon a date on a dating web site to Leonard and drunk Penny having wild rodeo sex  (with a very nice walk of shame from Penny the next morning), there was something for everyone–including a  pleasant return of Leslie/Sarah Gilbert… quite a tasty tying off of that story line (makes me miss their David and Darlene days of yore).

The two storylines were rather simple, Leonard and Penny’s break-up sex  and the near-impossible task Raj and Howard undertake in finding Sheldon a date. I feel the writers took these stories and really let them sparkle with their dialog.  The scene on the roof involving the various “Star Trek” references made my little Trekker heart skip a beat (that and the fact that THE WIL WHEATON responded to one of my Tweets last night– but that is a different Fan Girl undertaking).  What is great about this show is that their humor is not trite… there is intelligence and depth to the humor. That type of humor stands the test of time.

I would be remiss, though, if I didn’t get to the heart of this season finale: Sheldon and the discovery of “SHE-SHELDON”, also known as Amy Farrah Fowler.  That another person could exist that is remotely like Sheldon is amazing.  The thing that I notice about Amy, though, is I think she is emotionally where Sheldon was three seasons ago.  Three seasons ago, there was  no way in HELL Sheldon would have been caught dead socializing on his own with a woman– even one as smart as Amy; because in Sheldon’s world,  he is always smarter and he never desired social conventions.  What this season finale has shown, though, is that Sheldon has grown;  and he has decided to take a chance, even if it is just to socialize a little.  He owes Leonard, Penny and the gang: like it or not, he’s GROWN.  That didn’t just make this a good episode… it made it great.


Whitford and Hanks (courtesy of Fox)

Fox’s new show, “The Good Guys” is one of those shows that takes the best of “Starsky and Hutch”, mixes it with Robert Rodriguez and adds the coolest pornstache this side of the 1970’s to give us an uproariously funny show that reminds us why we like the buddy cop genre so much.

I was looking forward to this show since I saw the previews for it. I love Bradley Whitford and foster a slight fan-girly crush on Colin Hanks, so seeing them together gave me high hopes for this show.  Playing two completely opposite Dallas detectives who have a knack for finding BIG trouble while investigating itsty-bitsy teeny tiny crimes, these two play off each other with humor and aplomb.  Hanks finds the humor in the straighter role of the two,young Jack Bailey; while Whitford joyously sheds his Josh Lyman persona from “The West Wing” and plays Detective Dan Stark as a drunk, old-school bad-ass who won’t turn down a roll in the hay or a gun fight.

As I watched the pilot, I was overcome by the  cheesy, schlocky 70’s throwbacks that fueled this monster.  From the music, to the earnest way everyone performed their dialogue  to the arrival of the bitchin’ Trans Am– this show WAS cheese whiz, and damn if I didn’t find it tasty as hell.  I have to give a shout out to one of my favorite character actors of all time, Andrew Divoff, who played his assassin character (second best, then first), Pedro,  with a lovely combination of humor and steeliness.  I highly suggest watching and re-watching the end with the letter…. pure delectable cornball goodness.  Oh, and as the cherry on this sundae… Erik Estrada’s name is lifted on high throughout the episode… we must pay homage when we can, you know.

The break-out star of this show, though, is not human… it is “THE FEATHER OF GOD.”  Oh, yes, Stark’s pornstache is EPIC.  It steals scene after scene,  showing a wide range of emotions– from lust to anger. There was literally one part where I thought the ‘stache was going to jump off Stark’s face and beat the snot out of young Detective Bailey. You don’t mess with the FEATHER OF GOD. The FEATHER OF GOD messes with you.  I have a feeling this ‘stache is going to achieve cult status… I am waiting on him to start a twitter page and rain down his wisdom to the masses (I will SO follow that).

Starting June 7th, “The Good Guys” will be moving to its regular time slot on Fox.  I know I will be settling in for the ride… I hope you do, too.

EDIT: I have to give credit where credit is due… the “FEATHER OF GOD” is courtesy of my new friend, HyperionEmpire from Twitter. Thank you, my friend.