Six bad things about four good shows
by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2008 1:01PM
1. Heroes. The show has problems, which have been analyzed to death in the past several weeks, but it's still an entertaining hour of television. Great cast, and it's a fun ride. But a few things about the show bother me. One is the number of characters. Well, not the amount, per se, but how the show is structured with all of the characters. I'd rather see several characters sit out an episode than have ten characters all fighting for screen time in one episode. It's just too much. I also hate that there doesn't seem to be any real danger on the show, no real risk. I mean, if Hiro can go back in time, where's the real danger? If something can be done where a character can come back to life even after he is killed, where's the real risk? The show has to do something to change that in the next chapter.
2. 30 Rock. I think the show has handled the onslaught of guest stars rather well. They don't seem like stunt casting, not yet anyway, because these people seem to fit into the 30 Rock universe. But at the same time I think the guest stars are pushing the supporting characters (besides Kenneth) into the background. How about some more episodes featuring Josh and Frank and Pete and Toofer?
3. The Mentalist. This is my favorite of all of the procedurals on the air, but it's in danger of becoming too much of a formula show. Sometimes with these shows it's as if there's an outline, the same outline, tacked up on the wall of the writers room, and they just plug in a different character name or locale or murder weapon into the outline. I hope they get away from that (and creator Bruno Heller says that the show isn't quite where he wants it to be right now, and that's good to hear). Still, the show is massively entertaining and even a formula can be overlooked when you have a star and a supporting cast like this show has.
4. Design on a Dime. Oh, come on, all that work is done for $1000? Yeah, right. The materials cost that much, but the labor they put in would make doing those makeovers too expensive for most people. And I'm certainly not going to operate a table saw or nail gun.