Notorious: Welcome to the No Leap Zone

I’m late, so let’s get down to business!

Leading off, I’d like to mention that Made in the USA, which I talked about briefly last week will be debuting on September 14th, which is, of course, Wednesdays. It’s going to be running up against the new series Invasion, which looks like a failure of Miracles-proportions. Oh, and I’m sure there will be competition on other networks besides ABC, too. Still don’t think Made in the USA is going to last very long, though, at least not in the category of unique reality series.

The 4400

Good episode this week, as the other shoe (almost) drops from last week and Kyle is on the run from the law thanks to her mother. There was plenty of suspense building all around, from Maia’s warning that someone was going to get hurt trying to find Jordan’s killer, to the NTAC forensic team almost brushing the locker that Kyle used to store his weaponry but getting interrupted just in time for the wrong suspect to be arrested in the case. Not really crazy about the subplot of Liv almost becoming a junkie again, but I’m glad that Shawn and Danny seem to be on good terms again, because I was beginning to be bored seeing friction between the two of them as it usually does not result in exciting storylines. Of course, the surprise ending of Maia knowing that the manhunt isn’t over yet is just insane, as is the preview for next week’s episode which I can’t even begin to decipher. Anyway, good episode this week but next week’s looks to be much better.

The Dead Zone

The fun thing about putting up with the filler episodes of the Dead Zone is that it’s always so exciting when we get back to Stillson. And not only that, but we get Danny Masterson and Reverend Purdy as well! This was very interesting from the start, as you could tell from each passing moment that Johnny was getting more and more frustrated with the hunt for Stillson. One thing that I also noticed was that this episode moved about a million miles per hour. There was a very big lack of dramatic pause in this episode, as the writers seemed to cram as much as possible into 40 minutes to get this important storyline out of the way. I knew that the episode wouldn’t have a happy ending, though, as it’s the only way to set up for the eventual happy ending that I’m expecting towards the end of the season. There was Sarah/Johnny interaction this episode too, which was rather interesting as it’s clear that Sarah does not want to know anything about the new baby until she knows it first. Anyway, it looks like we’re good to go for the rest of the season on the Stillson train, which I’m sure will lead to a rather climatic finale. Overall, I would’ve appreciated at least a couple dramatic pauses, but otherwise I have no complaints.

UFC Unleashed

I’ve always been a casual fan of UFC, and I would commonly watch it with my grandfather, who loved the stuff. So it didn’t take me very long to discover UFC Unleashed on Spike, and I quickly became a big fan once I saw Stephan Bonnar and Forest Griffin go at it. I’m hooked now, and I’m waiting to see Ultimate Fight Night, even if some have said that it was a disappointment compared to the build for it through Unleashed. Not sure if I’m going to bother with The Ultimate Fighter 2, but I’ll definitely be waiting for more episodes of Unleashed.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Rented this on DVD and I’ve started to watch the first season. I was never a big fan of Seinfeld, so I was surprised that I ended up liking this quite a bit. The first episode got me hooked, and although there are some misses sometimes, I can see what people see in this show and how they would think that it is quite good. I’ll definitely be renting future volumes and if I can get caught up, maybe I’ll watch the latest season when it comes on HBO.

As many people know, Peter Jennings died recently. I had first heard about it when I read that he was on his death bed, but then that was retracted so I was surprised when it turned out to be true. I watched ABC for the coverage of 9/11, so I know all about Peter’s commentary during that day. He will definitely be missed and my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

I tried to watch the episodes that Deadwood submitted for Emmy consideration, but as expected, I found it hard to watch the episodes when I hadn’t watched the first season at all. I really do need to watch a show from the beginning, so it was obvious that I wasn’t going to be able to follow this. So, until further notice, I’m rooting for Lost and Desperate Housewives in the big show categories for the Emmys, simply because I can’t get around to watching anything else.

I’m very surprised at how word continues to trickle instead of spread quickly about Chappelle’s Show reaching its demise, according to Brother Darkness. I expected this to be big news, but I’m meeting people who haven’t even heard about it, and they’re big fans of the show. Still wondering when we’re going to get some information on a DVD release of the final episodes that, for whatever reason, are not going to be aired on Comedy Central (yet).

I’m sure all of you loved my zone leaping last week, but I’m not going to bother leaping zones this week, since I’m already rather late with this latest flagship. Instead, I’ll offer you a goodbye and invite you to come on back next week as I will hopefully be on time and thus have much more content to share with you. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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