January 19th, 2009


And Speaking of TV

The Winter/Spring TV season is upon us, and you know what that means: crazy, high-concept mid-season replacement shows to fill the void left by the bland drivel that got canceled off the Fall schedule! Hooray!

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Look Around You

One new show I forgot to mention in my post about the Winter TV season is Look Around You, a British import now airing as part of the Adult Swim block on the Cartoon Network -- which is odd because it's not animated -- Sunday nights (or Monday mornings, technically) at 1:00 AM and 1:15 AM. I watched last night's premiere and really liked it. What makes Look Around You so much fun is that it's a spoof of those short educational films from the 1970s and '80s. The condescending narration ("no one what birds are"), the sloppy experiments done with no second takes (a scientist painfully thrusts his hand into boiling water to retrieve an egg), the nonsensical quiz answers ("The answer to question one: Imhotep is invisible.") all makes for a very familiar experience for those of us who were schooled during those decades and subjected to these kinds of films in class. But even if you weren't, you might still find it a cute show.