Category Archives: TV

Gotham Grabs You

SmuttyCat would like to introduce you to his new love: Gotham. A beautifully scripted and acted drama on Fox TV by DC and Warner.

The story centers on the time immediately following Thomas and Martha Wayne’s murder. The development of heroes and villans is shown up close and in gritty color. Gotham does a wonderful job of showing how a simmering cesspool of greed and apathy explodes into super freaks. It becomes clear that if Batman had not come along to save this city, it may have been nuked off the planet by neighbors.

Ah, yes the DC TV comics machine rolls on. Marvel may be the massive behemoth of the big screen, but DC has become the undisputed champ of the weekly series in comics.

Following on the strong response to Arrow and Flash, Gotham shows that good stories and compelling characters will still bring in viewers. The only question SmuttyCat has is why DC would farm this show out to a different network. CW has been doing such a great job, did Fox out bid them? Something to ponder during nap time. Enjoy the clip, then be hooked.

Sunday Superheroes

Bugs Bunny to the Rescue!

SmuttyCat is excited. Cartoon Network and DC Entertainment are bringing on a super mash-up. This time it’s Looney Tunes meets Justice League with Bugs as ‘Super Rabbit’!

Don’t you just love it? SmuttyCat guesses DC and Cartoon Network have taken note of the popularity of the great mash-ups at Disney. Phineas and Ferb have met the Avengers and Star Wars. Both with great results.

Bugs Bunny is one of the favorite heroes of classic cartoons. But he is in quite a pickle this time. Check out the trailer below and be sure to catch the episode today, August 31 at 6:30 EST. And give us a shout to let us know what you think of the trailer.

Terminator Returns

Yes, the king of “I’ll be back” returns to the big screen in a franchise reboot and, a TV series will follow soon.

The Terminator franchise will launch a new trilogy in July, 2015. The small screen version start has yet to be announced, but will follow the plot lines of the new trilogy. The new franchise will start out with Sarah Connor being targeted for termination as a child.

SmuttyCat loved Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and was sorry to see it go. Great pacing, solid acting and lots of action made for a successful addition to the Terminator family. The same team is writing for the new series, so there is a good chance of it being equally great.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles was the only redeeming segment after Terminator 2. Let’s face it, Terminator 3 and 4 were awful. Bad casting aside, the pacing and story were uneven at best. The last third of Salvation left SmuttyCat looking for a reason to kill off everyone. The Terminator gives a heart transplant to John Connor? Pleeze.

Hopefully, Terminator 5 writers will stick with the tense drama and great sci-fi legacy that worked in the first two movies. And most importantly, keep the sense of wonder that drove the franchise to success. Will the future be a wasteland or will the Connors and their pet Terminators save humankind?

SmuttyCat is rooting for the humans.

 

Trekkies Rejoice: The Mission Continues

SmuttyCat is a long time fan of sci-fi and all things Trek.

Now a great group has banded to bring us fresh episodes of adventures from Star Trek The Original Series.  With staff and crew who have plenty of professional chops, this is a great project. Scotty is even played by the son of James Doohan.  What more could you want? Well, maybe Uhura could get a better wig that doesn’t move as much. After all, hairspray was a staple in the period and they are trying to be accurate. Also, Spock will need to work on the one-eyebrow lift patented by Leonard Nimoy. It just adds that ultra-Vulcan touch.

Currently there is one complete episode available to watch with a current Kickstarter campaign to raise additional funds for future episodes. SmuttyCat is always in  favor of more Star Trek of any kind (except Enteprise, that’s quite enough of that) and strongly encourages everyone to open their piggy banks and donate now to improve entertainment.

Enjoy the first episode, “Pilgrim of Eternity” starring Michael Forest reprising his role as Apollo below.  And keep up with the news on their website. And if you donate, let them know SmuttyCat sent you.

Watch long and prosper.

Star Trek Continues E01 “Pilgrim of Eternity” from Star Trek Continues on Vimeo.

The Blacklist Explodes Fun

SmuttyCat has been looking for something to replace Leverage for a while now.

Finally NBC has come up with The Blacklist, a fast paced action/mystery/crime story with a twist.  Call it Hannibal Lecter meets Die Hard.

Check out the trailer and let SmuttyCat know if you’ll be joining him on September 23.  If nothing else, it’ll fill the time in until Arrow starts back up October 9.

 

Arrow Hits Target

(Credit: CWTV)
(Credit: CWTV)

Smutty is a TV connoisseur, and only stays awake for the finest entertainment.  Arrow from CWTV is worth missing a couple of naps.

A re-boot of the Green Arrow backstory, in this iteration, only one of Oliver Queen’s parents dies, his father.  This is sets up the entire framework of the show as the father’s dying wish leads Oliver to his mission to clean up Starling City.  There are secrets, betrayals, changing loyalties and even some teenage angst.  And action, action, action.

Although many DC characters are introduced in the storyline, none is supernatural or alien.  Their powers are all “reality” based and explainable.  The writers are kept on their toes maintaining this premise.  The lack of paranormal based story is very refreshing.  But the best part of Arrow is the great interaction of characters and layers of motivation cleverly peeled back each week.  The flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the island add spice to the current activities.

If you haven’t been watching, Smutty says set your smartphone alarm for Wednesdays at 8:00 pm EST and join in.  Arrow is the most TV fun since Smallville left the screen.

Here are some links to get you started on your latest guilty pleasure;

The Sad Goodbye to Leverage

leveragesliceSmutty is in deep mourning.  For Christmas, TNT brought a lump of coal to fans in the form of cancelling Leverage.

Great television comes few and far between.  Choosing to develop characters well and create complex plots you can’t figure out before the opening credits is an art form.  If you did not have the pleasure of watching this series, you missed a great show.  Go get the DVDs.  If you are a fan, join Smutty in grieving for a smart, well scripted, well acted, creative slice of television heaven.

Those responsible, please watch your legs.  Cats everywhere will be sharpening their claws on your pants.  You have been warned.

Spoiler Alert!

On the plus side, the final episode is a great set up for a new series (hint, hint USA, anyone??).   The cast can incorporate more guest stars and a number of changes to the format that would be great.  It would also be fun to see Elliot using his more than capable brains more often.  Smutty enjoys watching him beat the bad guys down, but a change up would be fun.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this stand out program, here is the finale for the series.  There are many references to previous episodes, so you may want to start at the beginning.

 

Copyright Electric Entertainment

Romnesia and the Rumble

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The President coined a phrase for a new disease this week, “Romnesia” and let us know that this pre-existing condition is covered under Obamacare.

The Salt Lake Tribune demonstrated the evidence of this disease in their post regarding “Too Many Mitts”.  This publication has formerly praised Romney on his accomplishments, however they now state his frequent switches in policy make him unknowable.

On the other hand, Romney’s son Tagg (you’re it) demonstrated the poor parenting skills of both parents by publicly stating that he wanted to “jump out of his chair and take a swing at him” because the President told his father that some of his statements were not true.

Well Tagg, if your dad cannot take the time to check his facts before a debate for the Presidency of the United States of America, he deserves to be told he is not telling the truth.

And Gov. Romney, if your grown son cannot control his mouth without making treasionous statements against the highest office in the land, he does not deserve to be on your campaign staff.  Not to mention what it says about how you raised him.

If you run your house like this, we don’t want you as President.

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Romney the Bully Comes to the Debate

VoteDid Romney really continuously interrupt the President of the United States of America and the moderator?  Yes.

Romney continuously interrupts and speaks over the moderator.  “No, I’ve got to answer this” really?  You can’t even follow debate rules, why would you follow the Constitution?  Someone interview the moderator him after the debate and ask him who he’s voting for.

While this approach certainly showed him as more focused on  his prepared verbiage, it also showed him for the bully he is and not the friendly, “I’m in your corner guy” he wants.

Smutty witnessed it for himself.  Romney was being asked to specifically state how his numbers added up, and having no answer, decided to speak over everyone else to make his lame excuses.  If you really want to know what Romney is up to, read Romney’s plan for yourself here.

Saying you will reduce the tax rate on middle class Americans while eliminating deductions is no reduction.  Basically, his plan is to reduce your tax rate and sock it to you by eliminating up to $6,000.00 of deductions for children, mortgage taxes, child and elder care and the Earned Income Credit.  So you’ll see $10.00 extra in your weekly check (net $520.00 for the year) and lose up to $6,000.00.  How’s that Arithmetic Romney?

Romney says he  has never heard of companies getting a tax break for moving jobs overseas is stupid.  Every American over the age of 10 knows that companies have been getting tax breaks for years for moving plants to other countries.  How can he state he has never  heard of this?  It just shows how out of touch he is with regular Americans.  Yes Romney, you do need a new accountant.

Lower benefits for higher income seniors?  Where did you pull this from Romney?  Why is this a good idea?  Perhaps have them pay a higher portion of the cost for the same care?  Smutty doesn’t think anyone should get lesser benefits.  The AARP doesn’t like you Romney.  Go Obama, for pointing out that “Obamacare” was modeled on Romney’s plan.  At no point did Romney show a difference in his plan except to burden the states with funding and implementing it.

Romney states he is “not planning to cut spending for education…” where will the money come from if you reduce the deficit and don’t raise taxes?

Even though Romney was able to stay on track for once, his facts were, as usual off.

ROMNEY: Obama’s health care plan “puts in place an unelected board that’s going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. I don’t like that idea.”

THE FACTS: Romney is referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel of experts that would have the power to force Medicare cuts if costs rise beyond certain levels and Congress fails to act. But Obama’s health care law explicitly prohibits the board from rationing care, shifting costs to retirees, restricting benefits or raising the Medicare eligibility age. So the board doesn’t have the power to dictate to doctors what treatments they can prescribe. (Yahoo!).

ROMNEY on cutting the deficit: “Obamacare’s on my list. … I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. … I’ll make government more efficient.”

THE FACTS: Romney has promised to balance the budget in eight years to 10 years, but he hasn’t offered a complete plan. Instead, he’s promised a set of principles, some of which — like increasing Pentagon spending and restoring more than $700 billion in cuts that Democrats made in Medicare over the coming decade — work against his goal. He also has said he will not consider tax increases.

He pledges to shrink the government to 20 percent of the size of the economy, as opposed to more than 23 percent of gross domestic product now, by the end of his first term. The Romney campaign estimates that would require cuts of $500 billion from the 2016 budget alone. He also has pledged to cut tax rates by 20 percent, paying for them by eliminating tax breaks for the wealthiest and through economic growth.

To fulfill his promise, then, Romney would require cuts to other programs so deep — under one calculation requiring cutting many areas of the domestic budget by one-third within four years — that they could never get through Congress. Cuts to domestic agencies would have to be particularly deep.

Romney states likes regulations now?  Check out his plan for America where he promises to roll back regulations on “Day One”.

Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era
regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps
annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars

By the way Romney, the bail out of banks was Bush’s when he strong armed Americans by saying “the economy will collapse” if we didn’t offer this to the banks.  Obama had to reign in these same banks when they used the funds to give bonuses to their executives.  He made them return the funds and he forced the banks to pay back the money.  Since many have done this, there is NO cost to Americans.  Not what Bush intended, but Obama made it work.

Romney is going to have a “Day One” that lasts 72 hours based on the list of things he has promised to do.

To sum up, Romney’s debate points directly contradict his own written plan posted on the internet for all to read.  How can anyone believe him when he changes his tune on a daily basis.  His debate points were more moderate than previous outings, but again, he has written down what he intends to do.  Read and decide if you want unions busted, regulations dissolved and your tax deductions eliminated.

Romney didn’t win the debate, he just managed to not make an utter fool of himself as he has done in previous speeches and at the convention.  Bottom line, do you trust a man who posts a plan to do one thing and goes to a debate and says he is not going to do what he wrote.  Then go vote.

Grimm Delivers Fast-Paced Fairy Tales

If you haven’t checked out Grimm on NBC, you are missing out on one of Smutty’s best guilty pleasures. Well written with action, drama and occasional dark humor, this is one of the best things on network TV.

Strictly in the PG-13 category, Grimm is fairy tales meets Michael Myers/Freddy Kruegger and a dash of NCIS. These are not the bedtime stories you tell your kittens and puppies. Catch up on the network site if you are just joining.