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July 20, 2007

Preview: Dexter 2.1-2.2

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Dexter

In the US: Starts September 30th on Showtime
In the UK: Will probably air on FX

Just as FX in the UK is finally getting its act together and showing the first season of Dexter, Showtime is ramping up for season two of the much loved/feared serial killer show. For those not acquainted with the show's premise, it's a little implausible, but if you buy into it, rewarding viewing.

Dexter is a serial killer, raised by his cop foster father to channel his unnatural tendencies into only killing (in his own, unique way) bad people. Now he works for the police as a blood-spatter expert, by night hunting down various naughty types so they can no longer kill, murder, rape, abuse, etc.

So far, he's gotten away with his acts of mass murder. But a lot of people are starting to get very suspicious...

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July 16, 2007

Never believe what you see on television. Particularly if it's Gordon Ramsay

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Gordon Ramsay, out hunting rooks

I don't know, what's the world coming to? Blue Peter's being fined for faking phone quizzes. The Beeb (and RDF) has had to apologise for distorting footage of the Queen. Richard and Judy are apologising for their phone quiz. To update Sarah Jane Smith for a new medium, “Never believe what you see on television.”

Michael Grade reckons it's all the fault of the training system in British television, which doesn't teach young recruits that lying is wrong. You'd have thought they'd have learnt that earlier in life, but apparently not.

The very, very latest person to have to apologise for faking footage is Gordon Ramsay. Naughty old Gordon pretended to catch fish when actually he didn't. Naughty Gordon. He's not much different from other fishermen in exaggerating his catching prowess, but this is a Channel 4 entertainment show and higher standards are expected, apparently.

Whatever next? Big Brother distorting the footage to portray housemates in particular lights chosen by the producers? Top Gear reshooting scenes to make everything look more impressive and entertaining?

Nah. Too improbable.

It's not going to do Gordon much good in the US of A, of course, where even before the show airs, Ramsay's Kitchen's Nightmares (US) is being accused of faking footage by one of the people featured in it. Ouch. Who's going to believe him now when he claims it all happened just as you saw on TV, honest m'lord?

Ironically for me, no matter whether he faked the catching of fish or not, Gordon Ramsay's F-Word did have one effect on me this series - for the last month, I've been vegetarian, thanks to Gordon killing off anything that moves in his vicinity. And that was even before he took one of his lambs off to the abattoir. I didn't actually watch that - my wife narrated it while I hid my eyes. “Oh my God, they're cutting it open. You can see its pancreas. God, there's its liver.” Could I have coped with seeing it? Not a chance. Poor little lambs.

PETA, I know you think Gordon is the enemy, so chose to dump all that stuff on his doorstep, but as you've now realised, he's actually doing your work for you...

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July 15, 2007

Third-episode verdict: Burn Notice

Posted on July 15, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The Carusometer for Burn Notice 2, a partial Caruso

Oh dear. And it started so promisingly. I really had high hopes for this but the deadening hand of the USA Network has struck again.

The first episode showed promise. Burn Notice could have been a very good spy show with a quirky side. Instead, it's now a quirky show with a slight spy side. The balance is all off. Worse still, Bruce Campbell has almost nothing to do.

True, Gabrielle Anwar dispensed with her rubbish Irish accent in the second episode, but she replaced it with an American accent that was only slightly better. The arcing “who gave Jeffrey Donovan a burn notice?” plot is now restricted to just a couple of minutes at the start and finish of the episode, while the “let's help a loser using my special spy powers so that I can learn about family” guff is now the predominant theme of the show. Blurgh.

Still, there's just a hint of dark left to the show, with Donovan and co willing to bump off, blackmail, fire bomb and generally do anything underhand that they like in order to right wrongs, which can''t be all bad. I suspect that as the arcing plot gathers momentum, we'll be back to the original promise of the first episode, although I'll probably be proved wrong.

So The Medium is Not Enough has no great pleasure in declaring Burn Notice a two or “Partial Caruso” on The Carusometer quality scale. A Partial Caruso corresponds to “a show with two walk-on cameos by David Caruso as a self-proclaimed master spy. He will try to get his character, Mick McGrady McMurphy, to explain the history of the Irish Republican Army. Unfortunately, his only only reference material is a copy of Tom Clancy's Patriot Games and a box of Lucky Charms cereal. Before he can ad lib a scene in which he decides to bomb the 'train between Dublin and London', the producers send him a swatch book for his trailer decorations and they are able to recast him before he's chosen 'ultramarine'”.

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