: Good to have it back. Even better - Sweets! Even better than that? Geeking out because they use a SPEED channel header for the motorcycle racing footage. Yeah, FOX has a partnership, so it's a way to pimp out the channel during other shows, but it's also accurate to the sport. *g*Survivor
: I missed this past episode, but I did see the tribal council. Pardon my massive giggling, but that was a really, really pitiful mock-immunity idol and I can't believe that Jason so firmly believed it was real. I almost feel bad for Eliza.How I Met Your Mother
: Good god that was a bad ep. That screamed "We came back from that time off and had to crank a script out quickly. Sadly, this one was in the pipeline as a reject we weren't going to do, because we hadn't fixed it, but because of the time crunch we had to use it." The next ep better make up for it. And that's considering I know about the big thing coming. *pouts*Samantha Who?
: KINK ALERT!!! They've hit one of my story kinks that I love! OMG! He doesn't want to be attracted to her still and is! Angry kissing! The too-good-to-be-true other man! Seriously, it's a romance novel and I love it!Law & Order: SVU
: I vote that this episode never be shown again. It actually bothered me. (The promos bothered me more for the way they pimped out the whole "Mariska deserves an EMMY for this very special episode
", but that's a different kind of bothered.) Seriously. Olivia is a product of rape. I was ready to cry by the end. And a side note: when the hell did Ice T cut his hair?????CSI:
Any episode that needs to be screencapped because of the many awesome images that can be turned into icons for latxcvi
? An awesome ep. (I am, however, sad to report that Gary Dourdan is leaving the show. Why, Warrick? Why? You're too hot! I loved on on A Different World
and I love you here!)Top Chef
: It makes me want to eat. As evidenced by the fact that, in the past week, I have made Kee Mao, mac and cheese, cobbler, Wisconsin cheese soup, and coconut pie.
I was worried about Mariah's critiques (admittedly, I wish she wouldn't try to get folks to go to their falsetto so often - they ain't Mariah), but I really, really liked a lot of what she had to say. It was well thought out, appropriate for each contestant, and she let them take the lead on where they were headed creatively. (And she didn't flat out tell Kristy Lee that she sucked. Dude, you could tell she wanted to. And that Kristy Lee heard something else entirely.)
1. David Archuleta
: Oh look, he sang a song from a Disney movie. Or Dreamworks. Hell, it was animated.
2. Carly Smithson
: Okay, here's the thing. The women were screwed from the get go. Carly was more screwed than others. They've been dying for Carly to sing something big and bombastic. The thing is, she has vocal limitations. When she tries to go for notes out of her range, it's very strained. So she showed restraint with the song and in effect got dinged for not being Mariah Carey. (I was in the kitchen, so I only listened to the song. It *sounded* great. This is considering there's not a perfect singer in this lot, and only about three of them consistently hit most of their notes: David A., Carly and Syesha. Although David Cook could, as he proves on results night during those group songs.) My mother and I have hit that level of "OMG, it's a conspiracy", which is something we rarely do. LOL I think part of the bitterness is because Carly can sing as well as David A., but she gets dinged for really random things while he's the second coming, even though he keeps. singing. ballads.
3. Syesha Mercado
: Sounded good to me. Still was bored to tears, though. (Incidentally, Simon was wrong. It's smarter to sing a Mariah song that people don't know. You avoid the comparison. And Syesha REALLY needed to avoid the comparison.)
4. Brooke White
: Oy. That was almost painful. Thank god I was cooking. It wasn't bad per se, it was just awkward and lacked emotional punch.
5. Kristy Lee Cook
: Please get off my TV. Thanks.
6. David Cook
: I liked some things about this, especially the chorus, but I felt like it was two steps too low. David C. has a beautiful voice. It's reach and resonates well. But by going so low, it felt like he was straining. It just didn't sound as good as the judges believed it did. It was good, but not out of the park, OMG good.
7. Jason Castro
: Randy needs to learn a few musical references, because that was not "beachy" in the least. It was Spanish influenced. Couldn't you just hear Julio Iglesias (the original, thanks, not Jr.) doing that? Loved it. Loved it lots. Yeah, there were bum notes, but for once he was doing a romantic song and connecting with the audience. It suited him well and actually took me half the song to figure out what the original was. (Incidentally, the same can be said for David Cook's song.)