Meanies Love Inexpensive Data Plans.

A question: When did it become okay to sell products with jerky behavior? If you’ve seen a Sprint commercial lately, you know what I’m talking about.

Suddenly, with a cell phone, it’s okay to break up with someone, deliver devastating news, or annoy your family to the point of endangering relationships in the COLDEST WAY POSSIBLE.

Now, I’m sure when the Sprint idea folks were throwing this idea around, it started something like this:

Ad Man 1: You know how people can be rude on phones sometimes?

Ad Man 2: Yeah? Like texting during a meal? Like that?

Ad Man 1: Yeah! That?

Ad Man 2: Yeah?

Ad Man 1: That should be our commercial!

Ad Man 2: People texting at meals?

Ad Man 1: Yeah!

But, as it evolved into a full commercial series, it changed from something that “happens sometimes” to people being horrible human beings, and therefore less relatable and less likely to sell a product. But I guess Sprint’s just doing whatever they feel like…not being Verizon or AT&T means that they can really do whatever they want.

Also hopping on the “Jerks Can Totally Sell Products” train is Healthy Choice:

Get it? Being honest means you say everything that pops in your head! EVERYTHING! (I wonder if the aforementioned Ad Men worked for Healthy Choice too).

 

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HIMYM Returns!

And for once, there’s not a story that ends with Marshall blaming his weird behavior on his dad’s death. No, this time, he blames other people’s weird behavior on his dad’s death. Now, understand that this is the father-son relationship season, with the overarching Marshall and Barney plots, but it leaves us ladies out in the cold. Regardless of my sense of separation from the season arc, this week’s episode was still an improvement from the Marshall plots in the past few episodes.

It also had John Lithgow, one of my favorite sitcom actors (I love me some 3rd Rock From the Sun).  Lithgow did a fantastic job as Barney’s estranged father, and Neil Patrick Harris really tugs at the heart strings. If you want to see some precious Barney, you should definitely check out this episode.

Side Note:

-Robin thinks the North Pole doesn’t exist, and Lily has some great physical comedy. Ted pronounces chameleon like…well, I can’t find a clip, so you should just watch it.


NBC Thursday: March Madness Episodes

Well, it wasn’t a legit NBC Thursday this week, so I’m going to do a pseudo review. Here we go.

Community.

I loved Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, and the main reason I loved it was because of Enver Gjokaj. He is an extremely talented actor, who constantly creates vibrant characters that stick with you. In this clip, Victor’s on an assignment, programmed as a Serial Killer to figure out where the real killer’s victims are, but something goes wrong, and the personality programmed into him suddenly switches from “Serial Killer” to “Ditzy College Flirt:”

Needless to say, I was extremely excited to hear that Gjokaj was going to be on Community; can you believe the guy in that video is the same guy with the spot-on Eastern European accent and the war crimes? I enjoyed his appearance, though it made me nostalgic for Dollhouse (Note to self: Buy Dollhouse). The whole episode was enjoyable, and the jokes were great, though this episode was more about the sight and sound gags than particularly funny lines. The “WAH WAH” trumpet sound made me so happy, along with the Paintball hoodies: “It’s all downhill from here.”

As I’ve said a million times before, Community is one of the best shows on television right now. Its commitment to continuity, along with its strong ensemble made its renewal a no-brainer.  Well, that and this:

Parks and Rec.

It was cute, it was funny, and it had great use of Ron. I didn’t take notes last night, so I don’t have any quotes/better points available. I promise to do Parks and Rec. justice in the next blog.

30 Rock.

Well, 30 Rock hopped on yet another new style of  cinematography: the reality TV style. I really am not a fan of Tracy’s wife, so I really didn’t enjoy this episode that much. I also don’t like when Jack doesn’t have an almost other-worldly control of things. I dunno, maybe it makes me feel more secure when Jack’s his usually suave self. Either way, this wasn’t my favorite.


I Bring Glad Tidings

In today’s awesome news, NBC has renewed Community. Yeah, that’s right; even though it’s low in audience numbers, it’s high in critical praise and obsessive fans (’cause when you fall in love with Community, you fall hard) and totally deserving of renewal.

Let us celebrate!


In my Wanderings…

…around the internet, I occasionally stumble upon things that are awesome and worth posting on my blog, but don’t quite warrant a full blog on their own. Here are a few of those things:

1) Check out this article on Netflix’s push for original programming.  I already watch most of my television online, so I think I’d be okay with this decision.

2) The real food pyramid. It’s no wonder that we’re all eating too much, the subsidized food pyramid works that way. (And I’m sure if someone created a “food advertised” commercial, it’d be pretty similar to the subsidized one.)

3) This is my constant Tetris struggle.

4) Comic Time:

This is something that I think about a lot…a world without Wikipedia. How would I survive? I also think about my poor mother, growing up without Hulu and missing out on some classic SNL (along with other decent TV).  Man, we are SO internet dependent.


Looking Back

I didn’t get much blogging in last week because of my fullt-time job and my boyfriend’s spring break, but now the boo is back in Boone, and I just have the job, so that leaves a minor window for blogging. This time of year is a strange one for TV nerds such as myself. March Madness has arrived, and while I’m excited for my Heels (and the Buckeyes, my Dad’s team),  it means there’s very little new TV. Haven’t seen a new HIMYM in what seems like ages, and I’m having Community withdrawals (Thank goodness it’s back Thursday).

To pass the time between new episodes, I’ve been watching old episodes of both shows. It’s always strange to watch old episodes and compare them to the present. HIMYM’s particularly strange. Watching the first season again, I realized that some of their best jokes and best episodes were within the first half of the first season. The creators quickly defined the show, and with such a clear vision of what they wanted they made it really great. (Except for the part where they didn’t define the character’s backgrounds very well. First, Robin had never played team sports, then episodes later, she played field hockey.) While HIMYM is still an extremely fun show to watch, it’s a little disappointing to look back at it and realize that the best episodes are long gone by.

Community, however, allows for a more optimistic view of the future. I’m about five episodes into Community season one, and it’s good, of course, but it’s not quite up to the caliber we know it to be. There’s at least two more episodes before we start really hearing the true voice of the show. What’s interesting about comparing season one to the present is the vast differences in characterization. Britta’s so much less perfect, Troy and Abed are  best friends, and Pierce seems to have become some sort of cartoon villain…or has he? Check out the comment by Tom Shaw in this article: http://tunedin.blogs.time.com/2011/02/04/community-watch-character-alignment/. One thing to remember when viewing Pierce’s behavior: his mother died at the beginning of this season. Before this event, Pierce seemed odd, racist, and a bit rude, but he seemed grounded in some sort of fatherly kindness. However, now that his mother’s passed away, the group is all he has, so having their respect becomes far more important. Could grief and frustration turn a man into a villian? It’s possible.

As is this…Can you believe these promo shots for S2E21, Paradigms of Human Memory? [Spoiler Warning]

I can’t believe that this show is as awesome as it is. (I think we’re going to finally see some ramifications for the whole Zombie apocalypse thing!)

Also, note that Shirley’s holding on to her purse.


The Many Mighty Morphin’

I don’t know about you, but I get nostalgic for old TV shows sometimes. Some people get Nickelodeon-nostalgic (Pete and Pete, etc.), but I didn’t have cable as a kid, so I’m nostalgic for the shows I could pick up on bunny ears. I loved Arthur on PBS, and my brother and I loved Saturdays, when some of the cable shows the cool kids watched would be aired on Fox, NBC, ABC and WB.

We were huge Power Ranger fans. We went to one of the live touring shows and got to go backstage and meet the Pink and Red Rangers “in person!” (I wanted to be Kimberly, the pink ranger, because Tommy, the red/white ranger, was SOOOOO cute…also because I liked pink.) About a year ago, I joined some friends in watching old episodes on VHS tapes, and, while that was a great way to feed my nostalgia, I found something equally, if not more, awesome. Check out all the Power Rangers ever in this epic battle from the original Japanese series.  It’s awesome.

(Kudos to themovieblog.com for the link)