I’m heading out of town on Saturday for a week, so there probably won’t be any new posts until I get back (though when I DO get back, expect a flurry of movie reviews, since I’m heading down for a long visit with the parents that will definitely involve major vegging out — it’s my first real vacation in a YEAR, so I’m looking forward to a whole heck of a lot of nuthin’). I’m hoping to get at least one more movie review (of George Clooney’s Michael Clayton) posted before I leave, but we’ll see how I do.
Far more important, I felt, was giving you guys a heads-up on some great TV shows that recently returned, as well as a couple of things coming up in the next few weeks you may not have heard about. So, let’s do that first, and we’ll talk Clooney later.
Everest: Beyond the Limit (Season Two). Tuesdays, 10pm, Discovery Channel. I had no idea this series was planning a second season, so I was completely surprised when I heard from a friend that it was back. Thrilled, I quickly downloaded the first episode from iTunes just in time to catch the second one live (you’ve missed three now, folks, but they’re only $1.99 at iTunes and it’s well worth the $6 to get caught up if you like this sort of thing).
Man, this show is just plain AWESOME. Mountain climbers enthrall me for the same reason paranoid schizophrenics do — they’re crazy, and crazy people are absolutely fascinating.
Disagree that climbing mountains is nuts? Take off your crampons and let me tell you a story: Back when I used to work in a biochemistry lab, one of the researchers I worked with was a Russian scientist named Oleg who spent all his vacations out scaling peaks. I once asked him what it was like to get to the top of a mountain, and he replied, “Heh, well, once you get up near the top, you can’t breathe, you feel like you’re hacking up a lung every time you cough (which is constantly), you start puking, and you feel like total hell. It’s AWESOME.” And boy, that seems to be a pretty fair description of what the Everest guys all go through, too, except that once you get closer to the top of THAT mountain, you also have to contend with a variety of deadly threats, not limited to stumbles that can cost you life and/or limb, but also involving things like cerebral edema and a combination of other horrific ailments they call “mountain sickness.”
And for what? For a really nice view and the feeling that you’ve just bested a big pile of rocks? For that you pay $50,000 and risk your life? Dude, I rest my case! Cr-a-hay-zee!
Season Two of this totally terrific series brings back a bunch of the same climbers from last year’s series, including team leader Russell Brice (so dashing!), asthmatic Mogens Jensen (still refusing to climb with oxygen, despite the fact he’s getting worse every year he tries doing this), and metal-man Tim Medvetz, an enormous bull of a fella’ who was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident several years ago and now has metal pins and braces all through his back, leg, and foot. I can’t recommend this series highly enough — it’s one of the most entertaining (and educational!) outdoorsy-type shows I’ve ever seen. Catch up on the eps you missed and then tune in next week for episode 4.
Project Runway — Wednesdays, 10pm, Bravo. “One of you will be the winner, and one of you will be out.” Damn, I love this show. I can’t wait for this year’s group to start getting to know each other better, too, because after seeing the first episode this week, I can feel the insanity roiling already, and it’s only going to get more fun once the cattiness is unleashed in full. They’re so off, they’re on. So, let the battle of the pinking shears begin! Who will be the next one to be auf’d? (I vote for this guy — he’s already getting on my nerves and we’ve barely begun! Shut up, Christian!)
Battlestar Galactica: Razor— November 24th, 9pm, Sci-Fi. This two-hour BG movie airs a week from Saturday, so set your DVRs! It’s going to serve as the “backdrop” for the final season of the show, and will focus on Lee’s first mission as the commander of the Pegasus. If you do manage to miss it, it looks like it will be out on DVD the first week of December, so better stick that in your Netflix queueASAP. The one thing I’m a bit disappointed about is that it looks like there won’t be any Starbuck (ex-Boyfriend Katee Sackhoff), but since I’m enjoying her on Bionic Woman these days anyway, I suppose I can deal. For now.
The Closer— December 3, 8pm, TNT. A special (new!) two-hour episode of this terrific series is coming to TNT on Monday, December 3rd, so while you’re setting the DVR for BG:Razor, add this one in there too. The Closer is one of the few crime shows I think gets better with each passing season instead of worse (and yes, I speak of thee, Law & Order:SVU, CSI, Cold Case, and Without a Trace) . The last season was one of the best seasons of (American) television I’ve ever seen — I thought almost every single episode was brilliant, and that is a rare treat in the world of TV today. Cable is where it’s AT, my peeps.
Did I miss anything that’s coming up in the next few weeks? If so, post in comments!