NBC made the smart decision to put a bunch of their new season pilots up on On Demand so people could view them before the real airdate, meaning we've watched a few of them now. I'm sharing my brief impressions of them should you be interested.
*Bionic Woman: not entirely sucky. It's no BSG, but it's actually something I'd consider watching. No bionic noise, though, which seems like such a bad decision. I mean, the noise is the defining thing of the whole genre. It'd be like having Cylons without those red scanning eyes. Oh, wait...
*Chuck: this show reminds me a lot of Heat Vision and Jack -- but not in a good way. Ludicrously lame plot: Best Buy Geek Squad guy gets sensitive government secrets downloaded into his brain by watching a video made up of thousands of still frames of sensitive info. This turns him into the only record of this data, making him very important to the government. This also makes him incredibly proficient at kicking ass and being a spy. Had a few good laughs. Also: many not-so-good laughs.
*Journeyman: this is almost exactly the Quantum Leap/Morning Edition/Voyagers/Sliders "gotta fix what's wrong with the past" show that it looks like. Kind of an interesting new angle on it, though, and reasonably well done. I enjoyed it a lot, and the only thing that concerns me is the presence of an over-arcing plot thread that you know they're not going to wrap up before it gets cancelled. This is my favorite of the new shows.
BBC America also has the pilot for Torchwood up, which is the new show from the Doctor Who people. I'm not a Dr. Who fan, but I can say Torchwood has exactly the same look and feel, and follows almost verbatim the pilot for Dr. Who. Hot girl stumbles into something she doesn't understand, does research on it, then gets invited to join. Eh. Not my cuppa. But if you like Dr. Who you'll probably like it.
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