Friday, October 19, 2012

Who Wants to be a Godparent?

When you have a kid, everything changes. Especially your perception of death. Lily and Marshall are now fully aware of how incredibly dangerous the world is after almost being hit by a cab in the opener of this week's episode of How I Met Your Mother. Luckily for us, this epiphany turns into our favorite game since Marshgammon. After a long awaited return to the bar, Lily and Marshall realize they need to think about Marvin's future should anything happen to them, so they decide to create a will. However, when the issue of a godparent comes up, it becomes tricky deciding which of their three friends they would want Marvin to be raised by. After some larger-than-life sized stuffed bears and hearing children's songs defiled by Barney, it becomes obvious how to choose. And how else do you make one of the most important decisions of your life? With a game wheel, of course! But, as expected, even that doesn't solve their problem. Ted, Robin, and Barney end up sharing some much-needed truth with Lily and Marshall on how their friendship is deteriorating but Lily and Marshall come right back with the well known "babies change everything" speech. Would this be the end? Of course not! Because what happens after every big fight on a comedy show? A very fast, inevitable make-up. Marshall and Lily come to McLarens, everyone apologizes, and they close down the bar. So who is the godparent? I'll give you one guess and here's a hint: what's the most cliche thing they could do? If you guessed make each of them a godparent then you win! The only thing left was for Barney's 'broller' (a stroller for guys with a camera inside so when girls look at your baby, you can see down their shirt) to be put to good use and, as his crazy inventions usually go, it was legen-wait-for-it-no-I-won't-wait-for-it-neither-should-little-baby-Marvin-so-maybe-it's-better-if-you-two-just-die-right-now-dary. Well until the girl realized it was a bowling ball instead of a baby, so, for about 6 seconds. Favorite part? One of the scenarios on the game wheel was 'Tooth Fairy, Santa, Bigfoot'. The correct answer, by the way, is Tooth Fairy and Santa are real for as long as you can milk it, and Bigfoot is real. Bigfoot is always real.

How I Met Your Mother airs Monday nights at 8pm on CBS.

photo courtesy of CBS

Monday, October 15, 2012

Christina Applegate Hosts SNL

Why not start this new blog off right with my first review of my favorite show? Last Saturday night, Christina Applegate made her second appearance as host of Saturday Night Live (musical guest, Passion Pit). She was as good as I had hoped. She got into her characters and did them justice. As everyone in the country could have guessed, the cold open was a sketch about the Vice Presidential Debate, with Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden and Taran Killam as Paul Ryan. Now as someone who watched some of the debate, it was probably more funny to me than someone who didn't watch any of it. Either way, it was a great opening. Sudeikis playing Biden, as always, was dead on, with his pompous laughter and hand gestures. As for Killam, this was one of his best performances. Starting his third season, he has proven himself to be a bigger player on the show. Not only was his voice a good impression but the face killed it. The water gag was just icing on the wonderfully crafted cake. As for the rest of the show, it was pretty normal for how this season has been going (after the loss of one of the biggest stars on the show, Kristen Wiig, and the only girl on the show that could come in second to her, Abby Elliot, the era of the girls is over and the only one showing any promise is newcomer Cecily Strong). There was a musical monologue, which is starting to feel like the default monologue for anyone who might be able to sing, which seems like every other host. It was followed by one the worst sketch ideas I've seen, The Californians, which was only saved by the cast members failing to keep a straight face and Usain Bolt in a blonde wig trying to do an over-exaggerated Californian accent. Maybe if I lived in Cali, the sketch would be funnier. Or more offensive, I'll never know. There was a decent sketch about the iPhone 5, and digs at Jerry Sandusky and the new Taken 2 movie. Weekend Update was the best bit of the show, as usual, with anchor and head writer Seth Meyers. Favorite joke of the segment: "Over the weekend, police in Philadelphia were called to a hotel after guests from two different weddings got into a huge fight. Police calmed the brawlers by encouraging everyone to shout a little bit softer now." We had a visit from Principal Frye, a returning character played by Jay Pharoah, which was the least funny Principal Frye sketch they've had, but they can still probably get a another season or two out him before it gets extremely dull. All in all, it was a decent show. However, I'm still hoping for better in the upcoming episodes. This Saturday's show will be hosted by Bruno Mars who will also be the musical guest.

A New Beginning

I am starting a new blog solely dedicated to writing TV show reviews! If this is not your thing, check out my other (slightly outdated) photography blog here! Hopefully there will be something there for you. Anyways, I have been convinced to start this blog by my mom and sister. They say I watch too much TV so I might as well do something with it. The truth is, TV is my guilty pleasure. Not just one show, but just the whole thing. I get wrapped up in all these shows and these fictional characters, just as one gets wrapped up in a good book. Doing this blog makes sense to me because I love writing and I care about television, so why not do something that incorporates both? One day I hope to be a producer of an awesome comedy show, or just Lorne Michaels' lackey, whichever gets me to New York quicker. I thought about being a TV writer for a comedy show but as much as I love the idea, I have zero confidence in myself that I could ever pull it off. I mean, I watch these shows and I think "I will never be that funny in a million years". I see interviews with show creators and writers and they talk about how they all sit in a room with the script and everyone just throws around jokes. Is it just me or does like seem like the best job ever? Maybe a miracle will happen and one day I'll have the confidence to actually write something, submit writing samples to someone, and they will laugh. That would probably be the best thing that could ever happen. But until then, I'll shoot for bigger goals, like jumping from nothing all the way to a big time producer! Obviously I will have to work my way up, but I would honestly be happy just getting the camera guys water. Any job that could get me on a real TV set. But until those things seem slightly realistic, I'll be here, writing my heart out for no one to see! But if you do see this, thanks for reading! And tell your friends.