Breaking back in to 'Prison Break'
"Prison Break" (returning tonight at 9 p.m. on FOX): This is the last hurrah for Michael, Linc, and, of course, Linc's glistening chest. And, as you know, I haven't kept up with the show since everyone somehow ended up in a prison in Panama. But I decided that given how much I enjoyed the series in the first season I would return to see what the boys were up to now. It was surprisingly easy to catch up with the action. Even if I have no idea what Scylla is, why it's important and why Lincoln and Michael care about it so much. Now that the end in sight, the show can return to its rollicking way of spinning a story. And all the key ingredients are there -- the ridiculous plot turns, the dastardly villains (I'm loving Kathleen Quinlan as Linc and Michael's mom), the romance in unlikely place and most importantly the ever-amusing T-Bag. In deference to the place the show used to hold in my season pass manager, I've decided to tune in for the final six hours, including the two hour series finale on May 15. How about you? Oh and if you can't remember where the show left off, FOX is repeating the last episode tonight at 8 p.m.
"In Plain Sight" (returning for a second season Sunday at 9 p.m. on USA): This witness protection drama ended its first season on a dramatic high note with Mary (Mary McCormack) being kidnapped and her house destroyed as the FBI searched for the drug's her sister Brandi (Nichole Hiltz) had allegedly hid there. The second season picks up pretty soon after all that brouhaha and McCormack is, at times, hilarious and at times heartbreaking as she struggles with what has happened to her. The most challenging part of the show for me remains Mary's family. They not only drain her. They also drain the show. The show would be wise to get Mary some more interesting cases. I love the guest stars that make their way through "In Plain Sight" (you'll see Paris from "Gilmore Girls" this week) but their storylines aren't always that compelling. I love the interaction between Mary, her partner Marshall (Frederick Weller) and their boss Stan (Paul Ben-Victor) but the show needs to live up to their high quality.Other guest stars coming your way this season include Joshua Malina, Laura Prepon, Cynthia Watros, Sarah Drew and Kevin Rankin. Three and a half stars.
"Sit Down, Shut Up" (premiering Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on FOX): This new animated comedy boasts Mitchell Hurwitz as an executive producer and the voices of Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Henry Winkler. It sounds like a veritable Arrested Developmentapoolza doesn't it? Well you all know how much I love "Arrested Development" and how I believe it is one of the most brilliant comedies ever to air on TV. So I have decided to say nothing about "Sit Down, Shut Up," because I have, most unfortunately, nothing nice to say. The show kind of breaks my heart. One and a half stars.
After you've watched "Prison Break," "In Plain Sight," and "Sit Down, Shut Up," let me know what you think and talk about it below.
Despite practically making us drink a Dr. Pepper while we watched (honestly that may have been the worst product placement ever?), wasn't it so wonderful to have Donna Martin back on "90210." It's like her presence brought the show back to the mid-90's with the stunt guest stars (Diablo Cody) and goofy scenes (Kelly and Silver in mud masks).
A few thoughts:
1. I still care more about the old faces than the new faces. A lot more. I think the second happiest I've been with the show all season was the scene that had Donna and Kelly driving down Rodeo Drive and talking about Now Wear This! (You know, of course, that the most happy I've been with the show was when we learned Dylan was Sammy's father).
2. I'm not happy with the idea that David and Donna are separated.
3. I like Ethan so much more now that he's not with Annie. As you may have heard, his part is being reduced next season and he will eventually exit the show. I think he should stay.
4. Actually I like everyone more when they are not with Annie.
5. Was Dylan ever as cruel as Liam? I don't think so. There's a difference between a bad boy and a boy who's just plain bad.
6. I'm sad that Jackie Taylor is still such a mess. I want a storyline where she finally gets her life together.
What do you think of "90210?" Talk about it below.
Quotes of the Week
"Let's face it, the Ewoks sucked." Hurley to Miles on "Lost." Thanks to Mary for the quote.
"And we didn't see Lily for four weeks." Ted after Barney tells Lily a dirty joke on "How I Met Your Mother." This is, of course, because Alyson Hannigan, who just had her baby, won't be back on the show until the season finale. To accommodate Hannigan's pregnancy, "How I Met Your Mother" shot finale earlier in the year.
"I'm just a small cog in a very big machine." Jonas to the President after he's arrested on "24."
"What's your problem? They run out of black eyeliner at Rebels R Us." Ethan to Liam on "90210."
"Do you know what lies in the shadow of the statue?" Bram to Miles on "Lost."
"I'm here for you. Let me be your traveling pants." Andy to Jim on "The Office."
Exchange of the Week
"I can only imagine how it would be to have a brain like yours" Daisy to Bones on "Bones."
"That's true" Bones' response. Thanks to Joe for the exchange
That's all for today. I'm back next week to talk about the shows we need to save this season, thoughts on "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" and more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal