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Bullet Sunday 401

Posted on Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Dave!Put down that pumpkin spice latte... because Bullet Sunday starts... now...

• Fall? Somehow Autumn got here and I missed it. Time to get the blankets out of storage, I suppose.

• Astrophotography. After my happy accident in discovering astrophotography in Africa, I spent my evening Googling about it. Turns out there's an entire site devoted to the hobby called Lonely Speck. Very cool. Ironically, there's a review of my new Sony A7s camera there... for astrophotography...

Lonely Spec Image
Image by Ian Norman of Lonely Speck

Now I wished I lived in an area where there's no light pollution so I can shoot the stars.

• Tasty! And now... BIG CATS EATING MARMITE!

Borders on cruelty to animals, I say.

• Kick Drum Heart. It's not the chase that I love....

...It's me following you.

• Gum! Ooh! Please! Please! Please! Let this be happening.

Laura Palmer Dead. Wrapped in plastic.


• Fall Season. And so here's my assessment of the new Fall shows so far...

  • A to Z. Not my thing, but cute. I could use a little more "cute" in my life, so I'm going to keep watching until I can't take it any more. Probably three episodes.
  • Bad Judge. Bad. Every joke is so forced and horrifically telegraphed as to make me feel insulted as a viewer. Kate Walsh is not unlike-ably like-able... she's unlike-ably unlike-able. How in the hell did this pilot go to series?
  • Black-ish. Funnier than I expected. A terrific cast with stories that actually have something to say about race. What's not to like?
  • Forever. Boring. I liked it better when it was called New Amsterdam.
  • Gotham. I'm obligated to watch because I'm a huge Batman fan. Surprisingly, I didn't hate it despite the complete re-write it does for the Bat-Universe origins.
  • How to Get Away With Murder. Viola Davis killing it. But with a show premise that seems destined to fade. Guess we shall see.
  • Madam Secretary. A show that feels like it's composed of all the mundane bits scraped off the floor of the writer's rooms for The West Wing and Scandal. Still... I do like Tea Leoni, and she's not terrible in this. Guess I'll give it a couple more episodes to see if that's enough.
  • Manhattan Love Story. Not my thing, but oddly appealing. Well, half of it is. What I don't understand is why the guy is written so cool, together, and funny... while the gal is written as a flighty, neurotic, gullible mess. Is that supposed to be funny? Who would want to date that?
  • Scorpion. How can a show about geniuses be so damn stupid? Nothing makes sense. Nothing is even remotely grounded in reality. Nothing is appealing enough to make you overlook just how outrageously asinine this show is.
  • Selfie. Lord save us. How did Amy Pond get HERE?
  • Transparent. Holy crap. Television doesn't get more original than this. Which explains why it's on Amazon Prime Streaming.

And... I'm spent. No more bullets for you.


  1. Catherine says:

    I was in awe over your astro shots. Encore!

  2. Stephen says:

    You need a Spoiler alert!
    I was keen to see a few of these that have made it to Australia.
    Not sure if I will bother now.

    • Daver says:

      Spoiler alert for what? The television shows? I didn’t say ANYTHING about the story or even mention a single character from any of them. So what, exactly, did I spoil? All I did is say whether I liked the show or not. And if somebody’s opinion of a show with no spoilers whatsoever is going to spoil it for you, why in the hell did you keep reading after I literally said that I would be assessing new shows for the Fall season? So if somebody tells you they liked a movie that’s playing, that’s enough to make you not want to see it?

  3. Lois says:

    Loved all your pictures from Africa. Very jealous. I appreciate your tips for packing. I always pack too much. We are hoping for next year.

    Must comment on the Avetts. Love them. Have only seen them in concert once, but it was pretty cool. My son, the drummer, opened for them, so I was backstage and watched the concert from there. Very cool. Nice guys. I’ve had to miss concerts lately, and it’s just killed me. My son, the drummer, has been too busy to take me. Blech.

  4. J.P. says:

    I have to admit I was hoping that the new Kate Walsh show would be enjoyable but I had a really hard time getting through the episode. It was awful.

    Have you seen “The Mysteries of Laura” yet? I’m trying to get into it but it’s wicked uneven. Pro tip: never watch “The Mysteries of Laura” and “Bad Judge” back-to-back.

  5. Erin says:

    Re: Manhattan Love Story: OMG YES. THIS. It super duper bugged me too. I felt like they were trying to bring back mid-late 90s Meg Ryan but instead of seeming cute and fun, I kept waiting for her to start baby-talking.

    I’m also worried about Selfie. I know that they’re trying to sitcom up My Fair Lady but…*sigh.* It has John Cho, though, so I’ll watch it until it dies whether it’s this season or ten years from now because JOHN CHO.

    Finally: Okay. I concede. Going to Africa *is* a good enough reason to miss RCCC. 🙂

  6. martymankins says:

    While I’ve heard of many of those shows, I’ve not watched a single episode of either. But I have many people around me telling me that Gotham is a must watch if you are a fan of the Batman story.

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