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September 29, 2007

Review: My Name is Earl 3.1

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My Name is Earl

In the US: Thursdays, 8/7c, NBC
In the UK: Channel 4, some time in the year 2357 at this rate

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: 0
Major new characters: A prison full
Format change percentage: 25%
Number of shanks made: 1

Ooh, this is tricky. How to review this without giving the game away for UK viewers, who are still trundling through season two.

Can't. Sorry. Don't read further than this point if you've not seen the finale for season two.

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September 29, 2007

Review: Smallville 7.1

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Smallville

In the US:
Thursdays, 8/7c, The CW
In the UK: On E4 and ITV2 at undertermined points in the future

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: Ooh, that would be telling
Major new characters: 1
Format change percentage: 0%
Number of superheros present: 3

Magic reset button? Where are you magic reset button?

What do you mean there isn't one? That's not right. This is Smallville. Every season ends with a massive cliffhanger, in which all the major characters are enperiled, Clark's secret is revealed to everyone, etc. Then by the end of the first episode of the next season, everything's back to normal again.

Actually, there is a mini reset button. After all, at least two characters died at the end of last season, so we couldn't just leave them like that. You know: dead n'all. But apart from the necessary resurrections, not everything went back to the exact same place it was at the end of season six. Now that's amazing.

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September 27, 2007

Review: The Unit 3x1

Posted on September 27, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Unit

In the US: Tuesdays, 9pm et/pt, CBS
In the UK: Probably Bravo or Virgin 1

Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: 0
Major new characters: 0
Format change percentage: 50%
Number of families running America still its independence: Five

There's a general assumption that the mainly excellent Bourne films have been a good thing. They made the Bond producers think twice about producing another piece of mindless rubbish; instead, they made the only slightly mindless Casino Royale.

Yet they appear to have had rather a bad effect of The Unit. Essentially a tale about the US's Delta special forces group (with names changed to give the plots a certain leeway), The Unit trod a thin line between being a spy show and being a show about the army. While it could be escapist at times, it did try to attain certain levels of realism and it did this best when it focused on the army side of the characters.

But the surprisingly bad influence of Jason Bourne has finally had an effect on The Unit – and his fingerprints are all over the first episode of the third season, right down to the music, and they haven't been planted this time.

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