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Bullet Sunday 220

Posted on Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Dave!This morning I had waffles for breakfast. Isn't that what Sundays are for?

• Spy. A couple of people brought to my attention that Google Books has put some issues of Spy online for your reading pleasure! One of my favorite magazines of all time, Spy was the ultimate repository for satire writing, and had some of the most biting pranks and hoaxes ever committed. But this did not preclude Spy from tackling some serious matters in pop culture and politics as well. Hopefully Google will continue adding issues until all of them are online... that would save me from having to dig mine out of storage. If you want to take a look at what all the fuss was about, click here to visit Spy on Google Books!

Spy Magazine Cover

• Endangered. It's that time of year when television shows are reaching their do-or-die point in the ratings. If not renewed soon, some shows I like are in danger of being cancelled...

Endangered Television Shows

  • Better With You. Surprisingly, I don't hate this comedy featuring the differences in relationships between three family couples. It's not the smartest sitcom on television, but I find it entertaining enough to keep watching. It's not so much that I would be devastated if it got canceled, I'm just afraid it would be replaced with something shittier... or yet another pathetic reality pile of crap.
  • Community. Probably the best show that nobody seems to be watching, and I don't understand it. This Joel McHale sitcom is smart, entertaining, and funny... which you just don't see that often. And it's got Chevy Chase in it!
  • Fringe. This show managed to captivate me in a way that X-Files never did... and I was a huge X-Files fan. Chronicling the "Fringe Division" of the FBI which uses "fringe science" to solve bizarre and unexplained phenomena, the show just keeps getting better and better. The primary theme tying the episodes together is the idea of a parallel earth which is oddly similar, yet wildly divergent, to the world we know. Now we've got entire episodes taking place in this alternate universe which is about the coolest thing you'll find on TV. I would be crushed if Fringe were cancelled.
  • Human Target. Yet another series that should be a massive hit, but languishes in obscurity. Loosely based on the comic book of the same name, this show features security expert and bodyguard-for-hire, Christopher Chance. It's got loads of bad-ass action sequences, clever stories, and a lot of humor... the holy trinity of perfect television. And yet, few people are watching. It would be a real shame if Human Target gets cancelled, because it's one of the few shows that proves to be a really sweet escape with every episode.
  • Nikita. I fully admit that I was late to the party with this one. I watched the first episode, didn't really think it was worth my time, and dumped it early. But now I'm regretting it. Yet another take-off from the brilliant film La Femme Nikita, the show is more a sequel than a remake... following Nikita after her escape from Division. It's actually really good television and star Maggie Q is exceptional in the lead. I'm hoping both the show, and myself, get another chance.
  • Parks and Recreation. I waffle on this show... alternating between loving it, then feeling indifferent. One thing is for sure though, I'd miss it if it were gone. Mostly because Amy Poehler is comedy gold, partly because I am a huge fan of Aziz Ansari, and partly because it's actually funny more often than not.

Sadly, odds are that most of these shows are not long for this world. They'll probably be replaced with shitty "reality" shows that are inexplicably popular with the public at large. Heaven help us all.

• 18. After seeing the Mars landing hoax conspiracy movie Capricorn One on VHS rental sometime in the 80's, my mind was pretty much blown. It encouraged me to think about what actual cool stuff our government might be keeping from us. Area 51 was a good start. But the various moon landing conspiracy theories floating around became my obsession. Not so much that the landings were faked... but about what happened while we were up on the moon. And there were a lot of theories. Everything from alien encounters to extraterrestrial artifacts to weapon installations to secret missions. It was a tin-hat wearing dream come true. And now a new horror movie, Apollo 18, is being released to reveal the secret of NASA's "cancelled" final moon mission... and why we've never gone back...

Apollo 18 Poster

It's been shot "documentary-style" (think Blair Witch Project) which I usually loathe in movies, but I just might make an exception this time if the reviews don't suck. The cheesy but intriguing trailer is on QuickTime, and the release date is March 4th.

Annnnd... I only have time for three bullets today. There are many things to be done yet today.


  1. B.E. Earl says:

    I totally forgot to mention Human Target when I wrote about my favorite shows earlier in the week. And it definitely is one of my favorite shows. Great lead, great supporting cast (still not big on Ilsa), great action, great humor…it’s just fucking great. And while I’d watch Jackie Earle Haley read the phone book, it’s absolutely awesome what a dangerous dude he is on the show.

    So yeah…I’m sure it’s gonna be canceled. Because the universe hates me.

  2. Sybil Law says:

    I’m totally brain dead and in a food coma right now..
    So, yeah…

  3. nicole says:

    Other than Nikita, I watch all of them and hope they are renewed. I really love Parks & Rec now even though I didn’t care for it much when it first aired.

    Have you seen Louis C.K.’s old show, Lucky Louie? I found it online and thought it was funny but it only ran 13 EPs. It makes me sad to think the highest rated shows are pure crap. What’s wrong with people when these great shows might be cancelled in favor of Snookie wanna-bes?

  4. TheQueen says:

    The Spy magazine Best and Worst Issue is what launched my love for retrospectives.

  5. Avitable says:

    I’ve only read one Spy Magazine as a kid, and I loved it. I should read more.

    I’m confident that Community will get renewed. CONFIDENT. DO YOU HEAR THAT, UNIVERSE?

  6. the muskrat says:

    I’ll wait and see your review on Apollo 18 before watching it.

    Hope things get better for you this week…

  7. Sunday was for roller derby!! Saturday was for having lunch at the Hard Rock in Universal! I hope they don’t cancel Fringe. I like that show a lot.

  8. Troy says:

    Firda and I watch Parks and Recreation, and Community. I really really hope that neither of them are cancelled since they are amongst the funniest stuff on TV.

  9. martymankins says:

    I have yet to watch an episode of Community, but I hear raves about it all over. So I added it to my Hulu queue and hope to see what all the excitement is here soon.

  10. bo says:

    I have never been so astoundingly middle-of-the-road with a TV show as I am with Better with You. I’m not even indifferent. I will watch it and laugh at points if I’m in the room when my girlfriend watches it. Otherwise, I just don’t care.

  11. I was a huge X-Files fan back in the day, had all the seasons on VHS tape (yipes) and all the novels. I think I watched the first couple of Fringe episodes and wrote the show off as a X-Files knockoff. Since then I’ve heard more than one person say how good the show is so maybe I should give it another chance.

  12. Jeff says:

    We have waffles almost every Sunday- Belgian waffles cooked on a special twirly machine bought from Costco. That is indeed what Sundays are for. Add in some warm maple syrup and some Hillshire Farms Polish Kelbasha (sorry in advance to our vegetarian readers) and you have the perfect Sunday breakfast- to hell with the calorie counts or fat/sugar amounts- this is SUNDAY breakfast!

  13. Invader_Stu says:

    I just started watching Fringe. I’m about almost at the end of session 1 and enjoying it.

  14. kapgar says:

    I wasn’t too keen on Parks & Rec in the first season, but the second was better and the third has been leaving me breathless from laughing so damn hard.

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