March 12th, 2007


Sunday Night TV Roundup

It's been ages since The Simpsons was funny. Really, truly funny, I mean. Used to be, there would be at least one bit per episode that really cracked me up. For the past few years, though, the show has been running on fumes, a faded imitation of its glory days in the mid- to late-90s. But the cardboard battle in tonight's episode had me in stitches. It was almost like the old Simpsons was back again. I say almost because the rest of the episode was stupid, but for a brief moment, The Simpsons was its classic, brilliant self.

I decided to give The Winner another try while waiting for Rome and was instantly turned off by that annoying, overly enthusiastic laugh track. I can't stand it, especially when it's used after such mediocre jokes. I'm convinced my initial reaction was correct. This time I didn't even wait 8 minutes before hitting the off button.

Rome continues to rock my Sunday nights, even if the show is a bit frustrating in the way it keeps compressing time: Octavian has visibly aged - he's played by an older actor now - but no one else has; Antony arrives in Alexandria two seconds after he leaves Rome. But Titus Pullo (who keeps reminding me of the janitor on Scrubs for some reason) is why I watch. I love it when he just completely unleashes himself. It's always a bloodbath. I want to be Pullo when I grow up.

Don't worry, I'll go back to talking about non-TV-related things soon. Maybe. Some day.