The TV summer hiatus is almost over. Sadly, only almost, hence I still have a hard time to keep myself sufficiently entertained. Criminal Minds returns this month and I have meanwhile made potential peace with Emily Prentiss being replaced. The new lady on the team is a linguist, from what I read. (And I’m a sucker for that specialization, though it is not quite as awesome as characters speaking made up or ancient languages.) So she might actually become the season’s saving grace and make up for yet another shitty romance subplot, this time involving Reid getting a girlfriend. Seriously, guys, it’s supposed to be a damn crime show. Do we really need romance crap there? Especially after the drawn out “Hotch is dating again” and “Garcia almost gets married” archs from last season? Can’t we just, y’know, have a show about solving crimes?
Anyway. What I did get back as of yesterday is the lowest of the low reality TV coupling show. It is a shame there is no English word for “Fremdschämen” (definition: to witness another person embarrass themself without any shame and hence feeling the shame for them), a term coined by shows like this. Imagine a crossover of the worst aspects of “Farmer Wants A Wife” and the MTV show “Date My Mom” and you have an accurate idea. It doesn’t even pretend to really care about 40 years old virgins and basement dwellers finding their big love, an adventure initiated by their parents for the sole purpose of finally getting those guys out of the house. The show actively makes fun of them with silly aliteration nicknames (“the charming chauvinist from Chemnitz”) and hilariously overdramatized soundtracks (expect at least two occassions per episode to hear “One Moment In Time” and “Some Hearts Are Diamonds”, mixed with theme park jingles).
With this being my sole entertainment until Criminal Minds returns, I decided to also feed my raging, untreated ADD some more critically acclaimed shows and watch the pilot episodes of several recent/current shows to see what catches my attention.
To make a start, I watched the pilot of “Sons of Anarchy” today. Jacks, who appears to be the main character of the narrative, already pisses me off. I also did not need the implication of his mom going down on Ron Perlman. However, in the defense of the show, it remained an implication and was the only scene that remotely implied sex at all. The gracious violence, drugs, crime and nazi symbols are reason to hope that the MA rating results from all that and Mr. Perlman will keep his pants on.
So what’s the show about anyway? The everyday life of a biker gang called “Sons of Anarchy”, their crimes and likely their gang war against one of the various other organized crime groups. Doesn’t sound too bad as a premise and besides pretty boy Jacks and his newborn cripple and batshit insane crackhead ex, there are some appealing things. For once, Ron Perlman as gang leader seems a good choice. Then, we also had a brief appearance by Mitch Pileggi as the leader of a rivaling nazi gang. And most of all, this show has a freaking Elvis impersonator in the pilot. And two big explosions.
Famous last words will be spoken later, when I had a chance to compare to my other options – Hell on Wheels, Oz, Broadwalk Empire and possibly even the hyped Breaking Bad. For now, I consider this a solid hour of entertainment, despite it taking the combined efforts of two gang leaders and an Elvis impersonator to make up for the whiny pretty boy lead. His mom seems kinda cool, too.