WARNING: The free form ramblings continue, be prepared for run-ons, incomplete thoughts, and atrocious punctuations. This is what happens to a mind on TV, it's not pretty, but kind of fun.
- Wanted. I started watching this, my attention started to wander. Later though, my attention came back as the hunt intensified. The search was for a child murderer, and one of the team was taking it rather personally leading to some rather intense moments, especially upon apprehending the suspect. Still, I didn't find the team to be all that compelling. **.5
- The 4400. The season finale continues to send this series in unexpected directions. The conflict is intensifying between NTAC and the 4400. Lily had gotten away with Isabel, but Isabel did not want to be there, using her power to compel her mother to return. Meanwhile Tom discovers project Firewall, where the government actively attempted to suppress the 4400's powers, thereby causing the current disease that is starting to claim lives. Kyle battles his demons, finally deciding to turn himself in for Collier's murder. Jeffrey Combs discovers a way to stop the side effects, using a syringe with a glowing liquid similar to one from his horror classic Re-Animator. Not sure where this is going, but I look forward to the trip. ***.5
- The Dead Zone. Right after I complain about the lack of mythology, they respond with the season finale, bringing Stillson back into the picture. A boating accident prompts Stillson to enlist the aid of his sworn enemy, Johnny. This may not have been exactly what I was hoping for, but it does show how the perceived Armageddon can be changed. The key is to put together all the pieces to gain a favorable outcome. Can Johnny find the right combination? ***
- WWE: Raw. The show opened with Carlito interviewing HBK, they had some pretty good back and forth until Chris Masters appeared. That would lead to them setting up a tag match involving Carlito/Masters against HBK/Ric Flair. Shortly after that Flair was found beaten and bloodied in a heap, who did it? I have my guess, we shall see. The first hour main event was a street fight pitting Matt Hardy against Edge, this proved to be a pretty hardcore weapon filled fight. That resulted in Matt and Edge going off the stage into a cluster of rigged power lines, Wonder where this feud is going to go, but I liked this match. Next up Cena comes out and and calls out Kurt Angle, nice little verbal battle leading to a little brawl. Our main event was a two on one since Flair was taken out. HBK fought well against the two, but when things looked grim, Flair showed up all bandaged and raring to go. I wasn't enough. Chris Masters won the match with the masterlock. Decent overall show. ***
- The Closer. Another fine episode. This time Brenda has to deal with a death row inmate who was convicted of a crime that he did not commit, but he still was a murderer. Then there is the potential tampering of evidence by the arresting officer, and a doctor who may have made a hasty judgment call. Then there is the remarried widower who may have been involved in the murder. This is all spurred by the discovery of a woman who recently died, but was thought to have been murdered 3 years prior. I've said it before, but Kyra Sedgewick is wonderful on this show. ***.5
- Prison Break. The fall season started a bit early with this premiere. I gotta say, I like what I see. The concept borders on the ludicrous, the manipulations seem to be on the plot convenient side of the fence, yet I still found the show exciting and believable. Sometimes a show can take it;s concept the brink of believability, yet if the energy and belief is there it is easy to convince the audience to come along for the ride, and Prison Break does just that. Michael Schofield is dead set on breaking his brother out of prison where he is on death row for killing the President's brother, a crime he didn't commit. The first two episodes throw us headlong into Michael's quest, full of manipulation and luck, mixed with a brewing political intrigue going on outside of the prison walls. I look forward to where this may be taking me, it looks like a fun ride. ****
- Rescue Me. Still one of the best shows going. The finale is fast approaching. Tommy has a talk with Sheila's son. A talk that starts as a way of deterring his chosen career path, but that doesn't go as planned as Tommy is proud of what he does. Tommy then takes a break from his wife's happy pills to show his hockey team he's still the man, putting one of the cops in the hospital. Plus Franco starts dating the friend of an adult film star. This show is simply fantastic, great characters, great writing, I'm looking forward to the finale. ****
- Over There. Making a great one two punch with Rescue Me, Stephen Bochco's war drama continues it's run of compelling fiction. This time, the journalist who inadvertently painted Smoke as a criminal is held captive and is set to be killed. The team gets the mission to rescue him, while also dealing with the bounty on Smoke's head. Bo finally goes home after the loss of his leg, but not is all rosy on the home front, and Dim's wife is not dealing so well at home. I wasn't sure I was going to get behind this, but it has successfully drawn me in, with no signs of letting go. ****
- WWE: Smackdown. Heidenreich against Mercury starts the show. Hopefully, this will culminate next week with a title change. Benoit again demolishes Orlando Jordan, and I love it. We get the next appearance of Mr. Kennedy as he takes on Booker T, and wins thanks to Christian. Batista has a joke match with Simon Dean over his sports drink. Regal brought out his new tag partner Paul Burchill, who came off as pretty impressive. The main event was a better than expected match between Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, NOTE: Next week Smackdown moves to Friday. **.5
- Starved. I like this, it is just bizarre and stocked with characters that aren't terribly likable. Sam finds a new girlfriend mistakenly by typing incorrectly in a chat room, and Adam has to pretend he's gay to avoid being suspended, which doesn't go all that well. ***
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The bar gets robbed, so the guys decide that it's time to get a gun. Now, these guys aren't the brightest bulbs in the box so you can guess how good that idea is. They end up shooting Charlie while stalking the burglar. Not the best show, but it is kind of growing on me like a fungus. ***
- The Snakehead Terror.
- I'm just going to give a couple of quick thoughts on these as a pair, as they seem as if they should be connected. Neither one is very good. They both involve people putting chemicals or such in a lake and snakehead fish growing to large sizes with appetites for humans to match. I just don't feel all that inspired to write about this pair. Enter at your risk. I will say that Frankenfish did contain a very good kill when a fire sets of a shotgun and blows off half of China Chow's face! **