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September 27, 2007

Review: House 4.1

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House

In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, Fox
In the UK: Five, Five US, Hallmark, whenever they get round to it and have finished butchering the theme tune

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: Three (for now)
Major new characters: 30
Format change percentage: 30%
Number of deerstalkers worn: One invisible one

Oh dear. Another disappointment. That wasn't very good.

With House's staff having left for pastures new at the end of the third season, the temptation would have been to bring them all back in this season opener. That wouldn't have been very realistic but it would at least have made it more interesting. Because it turns out that Holmes without his Watsons (even if he has his Wilson), just isn't as interesting.

Wilson might be more interesting, Cuddy might be more interesting. But House without someone to insult is just a puzzle solver.

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September 27, 2007

Review: CSI: Miami 6.1

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CSI Miami

In the US: Mondays, 10pm, CBS
In the UK: Five, Five US, Living, etc, whenever they get round to it

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: 0
Major new characters: 0.5
Format change percentage: 15%
New relatives: 1

Behold the Carusobot. All hail the Carusobot. It has returned. It stands at odd angles. It delivers bad lines slowly and oddly. It stands still and expects the whole world to move around it.

It is a miracle of modern science.

Compared to last season's opener, which was a true idiot fest, albeit an extremely glossy action-packed piece of rubbish, CSI: Miami's sixth season opener was far more subdued and nowhere near as stupid. That's not to say it wasn't stupid at all, because it clearly was. It's just lost a certain je ne sais quoi, a certain CSI: Miami-ish quality.

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September 26, 2007

Review: Heroes 2x1

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Heroes

In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, NBC
In the UK: BBC2, very soon

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: Some are MIA, some are KIA
Major new characters: Three so far
Format change percentage: 20%
Number of odd faces in mirrors: 1

If humans were to live the dream while evolving through the eye of a needle into the rainbow blue sunset of Thomas Hardy's pleasure dome... Sorry, I've been listening to the Heroes voiceover again.

Yes, it's back. The breakout series of last year, a tale of everyday folk becoming superheroic and not being sure, necessarily, that they like it, is back again to frustrate, tease, annoy and excite, four months on. Or should that be 400 years off?

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