The Office – Season 4, Episode 4 – Money

October 19, 2007

Let me first say this: Toby’s so cool – writing and directing this week’s episode. Well, it’s the final 1 hour episode of The Office and unfortunately I’m going to have to call the experiment a failure. As I said last week – the show just doesn’t work in hour increments. Again, 40 minutes would have been the optimal length for this episode. The whole Pam and Jim going to Dwight’s bed and breakfast had some funny moments but as with the pizza boy story last week, it could have been completely pulled out and the episode would have been much tighter.

Still, here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

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The Office – Season 4, Episode 3 – Launch Party

October 13, 2007

Sorry that I’m late with my look at this week’s Office but as I learned from the opening minutes of the show, watching the DVD box try to go into the corner (something I admit I’ve found myself mesmerized with on my own DVD player), good things can come if you wait for it.

Here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

  • I will never doubt Pam again. If she says she saw something, I’m going to believe her.
  • I should start printing my presentations on colour paper instead of white so they won’t be so bland.
  • The brainchild of my brainchild is my grandbrainchild. Cool.
  • From now on I’m only going to attend parties with sushi and important people.
  • If I ever need a good business cliche to be used in a presentation I will rewatch Ryan’s speech – (“apples to apples”, “flying at 30000 feet”, “don’t want to get into a beauty contest”, “convergence”, “going guerrilla”, “don’t want to reinvent the wheel”, “it is what it is”) – Awesome!!!

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Friday Night Lights – Season 2, Episode 1 – Last Days of Summer

October 8, 2007

Regular readers of my blog know how much I love this show. I had to stop doing reviews last year because I ran out of ways to say how great this show was without sounding too repetitive and boring even myself. Well, I figure after the summer hiatus I’d start from scratch and I’m not sure yet if the trend of rave reviews is going to continue.

The season opens 8 months after the big Panthers win and the opening scene kicks off with some beefcake and cheesecake which I assume is there to bring new viewers into the fold. If it works, then I’m all for it. As we rejoin our favourite Dilloners, Tyra and Landry have solidified their friendship (can you say Fried Green Tomatoes), Matt and Julie have hit the rocks with Julie flirting with a musician, Smash and Riggins are Smash and Riggins, Lyla has found religion while her mother is dating a health food store owner and her father is living on the couch at the dealership. football team, Landry is trying out, Jason is a coach for the Panthers and Coach Taylor’s replacement isn’t exactly impressed with Riggins or Buddy for that matter.

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The Office – Season 4, Episode 2 – Dunder Mifflin Infinity

October 5, 2007

Pam still looks great, Ryan still started the fire and this show continues to be the anchor of my Thursday night viewing. The show starts with Toby exposing Pam and Jim (not quite the way he intended).  Toby was great this week and how much did you hate Ryan – even more than before (but in a good way).

If you didn’t see, our favourite Dunder Mifflin couples were on the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly.  3 covers in all.

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Without further ado, here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

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Heroes – Season 2, Episode 2 – Lizards

October 3, 2007

The story is still moving a little slower than I would like and it seems to be taking some detours with stories that seem disconnected, however, the show has earned some leeway.  After all it’s only the second episode and there’s plenty of time for the plots to come together.

The show picks up after Sulu’s murder with Parkman as the detective brought in to investigate.  He picks up on the symbol that has been weaving its way through the show since the beginning and the trail eventually leads to Mama Petrelli.  As we all expected she has some powers of her own as she pushes Parkman out of her mind when he picks up on her thoughts attributing the murder to revenge.  Even though she’s attacked while in custody, my money is on her faking.  She’s a great character and my guess is that she’s either going to end up the saviour or the villain.

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The Office – Season 4, Episode 1 – Fun Run

September 28, 2007

How great is it to finally sit down and watch a new episode of my favourite show. I’ll tell you how great by doing what I always do when I review The Office, share what I learned. So without further ado….

Here’s what I learned from this week’s The Office:

  • If I buy milk for my wife, I might get credit for making breakfast.
  • Don’t click on Internet offers for celebrity sex tapes.
  • Beware office detectives who like to ask “Are you kidding me” or repeat what you say in the form of a question.
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Heroes – Season 2, Episode 1 – Four Months Later

September 25, 2007

This is the one season premiere that many of us have been waiting for (at least with no Lost for a while).  Book 2 of the saga of our Heroes begins with 3 great words “limited commercial interruption”.

In the opening scenes we are immediately reintroduced to the main characters and get to see what’s happened to them in the months since we last saw them.  Mohinder is lecturing about a virus that affects only heroes while trying to lure The Company out of hiding, Claire and her father have moved to a new town in California (with strict instructions to not participate in class and that there is no cheerleading allowed), Parkman has recovered from being shot, gotten divorced, taken in hero-finder Molly and joined the NYPD, Hiro is in 1671, Nate is a drunk who drove his family away and waits for his brother to return and Peter is an amnesiac found in a locked container on a ship.  There are also a whole bunch of new characters including on-the-run murderers from Mexico, an overrated hero from Feudal Japan who looks amazingly like Sark from Alias, Claire’s new boyfriend and many others slated to be introduced over the next few weeks (go Veronica Mars).
This season is titled Generations and as eluded to last season, there is a rich mythology behind the show involving the previous generation of heroes including at least Nate and Peter’s mother and father, Linderman and George Takai.  We’re told there are 9 left and if the notes received by Mrs. Petrelli and George Takai are any indication they are slated to die soon.  For George in particular that death comes very soon.  Definitely cool.

Not a lot of action to kick start the season but still the same great characters, cool stories, tight mythology and the launch of what I have no doubt will be one hell of a murder mystery.

As an aside, there’s a cool new blogging tool called Altcaster for running a real time interactive blog perfect for TV shows.  I’m probably going to give it a shot in the next week or 2.  Anyway, Spoilerfix.com used it for the premiere of Heroes so check it out and let me know what you think.

Avi’s Episode Rating: B+