Saturday Night Ramblings

• John Maine, why can’t you pitch like this every start? And David Wright, couldn’t you have just thrown the ball into the stands so it would have been ruled an error? Seriously.

• This was a big week for collectibles for me. I got my Alternate Edition Premium Format Buffy on Tuesday, then on Friday I got my Mary Jane Watson Comiquette. Both products are from Sideshow Toys, and both are just stunning. The MJ in particular really needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.

• On a related note, Tim Sale (the artist for Spider-Man: Blue and “Heroes” among other things) is going to be at Big Apple Con in November. PooZ and I are going to try to go, and I’m going to try and get my Spider-Man: Blue set signed. I’ve already got the whole set signed by writer Jeph Loeb, so it’ll be awesome to have both on there. Once I do, I’ll get all six individual issues framed with the two pieces of original art I have.

• I’ve been trying to keep up with all the TV debuts this week, but I realized I’m DVR’ing more TV than I have time to watch. I’m up to 19 series, which total 16 hours of TV a week. And that doesn’t even include all the time I spend watching sports (or SportsCenter). Plus, my Netflix queue is rolling through HD-DVD movies right now, which I really want to watch. That said, here are some early grades for the 2007-08 TV season:
  • Chuck: B+. I was pleasantly surprised by this show. I saw a lot of myself in the main character, and the story looks like it’ll be fun. Plus, Adam Baldwin!
  • How I Met Your Mother: B-. When Enrique Iglesias showed up as Robin’s boyfriend from Argentina, I threw my remote up in the air and said “I’m done.” The last thing I wanted was for this show to turn into a “Friends” clone (more so than it already is), and Gael had all the makings of Paulo (“Friends” fans know what I’m talking about). But the rest of the episode was awesome. Mandy Moore is hot as anything, and the return of Slap Bet! This season has potential (too bad it won’t have more Moore).
  • Heroes: A. This season’s premiere had almost everything I wanted, and it was just a whole lot of awesome. Parkman is more of a badass now, which is just cool. Plus HRG (I still don’t like calling him “Noah”) is a much more likable character, especially after his blowup at work.
  • Journeyman: B. I still feel like this is a “Quantum Leap” rehash, but obviously it’s got some differences, and besides, what’s not to like about a guy traveling through time, making things better, not sure of why or how he’s doing it?
  • Bones: B-. The first episode confused me. If they were planning on bringing Zac back right away, then why spend so much time introducing that other guy. I’m not sure I care about the Angela’s husband storyline. But the final twist of the premiere grabbed me (not solving the case, essentially introducing a multi-episode serial character).
  • Reaper: A-. A funny, well-written, quality show from the CW? Holy crap, I’m confused. This show has a TON of promise, and the premiere was pretty damn good.
  • Bionic Woman: C+. This show obviously had to spend a lot of time setting everything up, which it did solidly, but not spectacularly. By the end of the episode, I was at least sold enough to stick around for next week. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the preview I watched for this show had the kid sister as a hearing-impaired character, a sub-plot that has been dropped for the actual series (some reports say there was pressure from hearing impaired groups, since the actress wasn’t actually deaf -- I don’t know if that’s the case, but the sign language used in the promo was just terrible).
  • Smallville: C-. Seriously, if it weren’t for Erica Durance, I’m pretty sure I would have stopped watching this show after James Marters’s guest run was over. As it is, I’m pretty much committed ‘til it ends, and it’s not terrible, but it’s just not that great. Plus, if you know ANYTHING about the Superman mythology, this show just hurts. This season is no different. There’s already about half a dozen things that have happened in the first episode that go against anything anyone knows about the Superman character.
• I’ve still got “Dirty Sexy Money”, “Big Shots”, “Ghost Whisperer” and “Moonlight” on my DVR from this week, plus two episodes of “Gossip Girl” to catch up on. No idea when I’m going to find the time to do that.

• Actually, that’s not true. I’d probably have already watched all of them already if I hadn’t been playing “Heavenly Sword” on the PS3 (yes, I broke down and bought one. It’s awesome. Geoff will back me up on this). “Heavenly Sword” might be the most beautiful game I’ve ever played. I don’t care that it’s only about 7-8 hours of game play (online estimates of 5 hours are pretty low, unless you play it perfectly). It was damn fun (yes, “was”, I already beat it) and it looks amazing -- not just because the main character is hot, but because the level of detail is incredible. I haven’t played an Xbox 360 game that’s come close yet (and the only 360 game I’ve had as much fun playing is actually “Rockstar Table Tennis”).

• Holy crap, this edition of Ramblings went on very long. For that, I apologize. But I do hope you enjoyed it. Now time to watch LeBron rock this shit on SNL.