Saturday, March 27, 2010

FlashForward Returns with a Fizzle, but Castle Ends with a Bang

FlashForward:FlashForward returned two weeks ago with a two hour episode. In this episode, we finally got some more information about Mark’s FlashForward. Dan thinks that they used the fact that Mark was drunk in his FlashForward to reorganize the show and fix some of the problems and plot holes by adding some new items to the board and using Mark being drunk as a reason for it not being clear on the board previously. I tend to agree with Dan’s assessment because of the whole Red Panda and the Hydra things, and a few others that we will discuss in the coming weeks. Also, they added the whole Simcoe and Mark discussion about D. Gibbons, but Dan and I agree that this change was probably always intended and was not part of the re-organizational changes previously discussed.

Here's a video to explain FlashForward in case you haven't watched it. For a better recap go here.

One thing that really pissed me off about the mid-season premiere was the lack of informatn about the whole Demetri death storyline. The lack of addressing this topic was inexcusable and lazy writing. It was such a huge part of the story at the mid-season finale that not addressing it in this two hour episode was an unbelievable letdown. Dan tried to explain it was because the timeline was out of sync and that the story was no longer in real time, so we had not reached the March 15 date of Demetri’s death yet despite being there in real life. This is the problem faced by shows when they try to do things really interesting like this. Ultimately the network and circumstances always seem to intervene and screw things up. ABC usually does not screw up like this, but the Haiti tribute and a few other circumstances prevented them from sticking to their initial spring schedule and essentially FlashForward is paying the price. Thankfully, this last week’s episode started to address the Demetri storyline and I am thankful for that.

The clues on this board explaining what caused the blackout are suppossed to be pieced together on April 29th, will the writers pull it off?

The ratings for FlashForward are not where they need to be for this show to be secured for a long run. Dan and I both think that it is an excellent show that we both enjoy watching and discussing, however we feel that it just has not found its audience yet and needs an opportunity to catch on to a wider audience. LOST is one of the best shows of last decade and Dan and I both felt that FlashForward had the potential to have the same success as LOST. We still feel that it could have the same success if the show progresses as we expect that it can. The problem is that LOST is very character driven and the audience was drawn into the storyline because we could relate to and root for the characters. This same thing can not be said about FlashForward. FlashForward is plot driven and most of the time I can not wait to see where the story is going, but feel that the show is really lacking the character driven element that made LOST such a success. There is not one character on FlashForward that really grips my attention and thus, while I am excited to see where the plot goes, I am not vested in any of the characters. This could be a problem that ultimately spells doom for the show despite the great concept and plot. Dan describes FlashForward as an old fashion slow grow show, which is a great technique, but it needs to get moving and get into gear or it will be canceled before it can really reach its potential. I hope this does not happen because I really want to see where they are going with the storyline.

Do these shows compare? Tell us your thoughts.

Finally, Dominic Monaghan was amazing in this two part episode, especially the 2nd hour. I really like him as an actor and loved him as Charlie on LOST and am liking him as the pseudo bad guy Simon Campos. Dan likes him too, but felt that his part in the first hour of the premiere was unnecessary and seemed a little excessive. He did not like the whole kidnapping and cutting his finger off parts and felt that they did not really move the story forward. I tried to explain that the amazing second hour with Dominic Monaghan would not have been possible without the setup in the first hour. Thus, while it may have seemed a little out of place or excessive to Dan, I think it was necessary to move the plot forward. We both agreed by the end of the discussion that the excessive first hour was ultimately needed to make such a killer second half.

Watch FlashForward Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC. Dan and I will discuss it in our next week’s phone conversation and I will discuss the next two weeks worth of FlashForward next time on the blog.


Chuck has been so great recently, it deserves a movie poster despite being on TV.

This week’s Chuck was a good episode, but not the greatest of the season (probably Chuck Vs. The Beard was the best). It appears that the writers are attempting to do something in each episode to keep Chuck and Sarah apart while they try to resolve the whole Shaw storyline. In this last episode, Shaw was pissing Dan and I off something wicked, especially when he was interjecting himself into the conversations between Chuck and Sarah when they were on the stakeout. Like I keep saying, Shaw has got to go!!!!

Dan had a theory that Casey’s family may return in a future episode and that this return will help with the return of Chuck’s Dad to the show. Rumors have been swirling about Scott Bakula’s return as Chuck’s dad (Steve Bartowski ), but I believe Dan told me this has been confirmed…maybe not. We’ll leave it as a highly likely rumor for now. Ultimately, the return of Chuck’s Dad may be the impetus that pushes Chuck to strike out on his own and form Team Bartowski, separate from the CIA.

Will the Buy More staff join Team Bartowski to be a rogue spy group defending America's freedom?

Dan’s Team Bartowski theory for how the show may be heading, seems to gaining some credence. My only question with regards to this theory is how will this work with all of the supporting characters? Will Chuck still work at the Buy More as a cover if he strikes out on his own? How will they keep Jeff & Lester a part of the show if Chuck is no longer at the Buy More? Jeffster is so over the top hilarious and such a fan favorite (especially me) that the show can not lose them without losing a part of itself that makes Chuck the show that fans love. In reality, if the show is going to lose any supporting characters, unfortunately, the two that would be the least disruptive to the show would be Ellie & Awesome. I really would hate to see Awesome go and hope this is not the case. Also, this was a strange episode for Morgan to be MIA. He should have been in this episode to be there in support as the best friend while Chuck took his big test, but alas he was not in this episode. His absence was strange. Dan and I both hope this does not mean that maybe Morgan is being squeezed off the show, which would be a travesty.

Here's another Jeffster performance for your viewing pleasure.

Anyway, watch Chuck Mondays at 8/7c on NBC and I’ll leave the discussion this week with the best line from the last episode: “I’m a naked spy”

Dan and I were correct in our hypothesis that the cliffhanger for this week’s episode would be the explosion and we would be wondering if Beckett is dead. Of course Beckett is not dead! Dan is coming around to my theory that the killer used the explosion as a means to kidnap Beckett. Actually, Dan and I both thought the scene where the guy committed suicide was going to be the explosion scene as we were watching the episode because just prior to that scene we learned that the FBI agent (Guest Star Dana Delany) was a mother. Her random declaration that she is a mother, which is unnecessary personal information about a guest star or secondary character, usually means that the character is going to die. Thus Dan and I both believed that the FBI agent was going to die in the explosion as she was arresting the guy in the building with Kate and Castle outside watching. This, of course, did not happen, but we both believe she is going to be killed in the next episode based on my theory of excessive information and based on the previews.

A look at Part 2 of the Castle Television Event.

Speaking of theories for next week’s episode, Dan believes that it is going to fall to Castle to solve the mystery and rescue Beckett. I agree with this theory. I still think that this killer could lead to a nemesis character and that they don’t need to necessarily catch him this week, but Castle will rescue Beckett. Dan believes we may see a little Malcolm Reynolds emerge from Castle this week…playful, but very driven demeanor… goof around to relieve tension, but very focused on figuring this case out and rescuing Beckett. Castle hit it off with the FBI agent in this episode so that it is not out of character for him to be his goofing around self whilst trying to find Beckett in the next episode.

Does Castle have a little Captain Mal in him? We'll see.

Also, I think Castle was making nice with the FBI agent intentionally to make Beckett a little jealous… and jealous she got. Maybe she began to realize that she had more feelings than just annoyance and actually has turned to true fondness for Castle. I’m not saying romantic feelings (yet), but a true fondness and friendship has developed and thus she got jealous of Castle's interest and playfulness with the FBI agent.

An example of the relationship dynamic between Beckett, Castle and the FBI Agent.

Best scene from the episode: When Ryan & Esposito are questioning Castle about why he was at Beckett’s apartment and Castle calls them in for a huddle to say, “Tell you guys a secret…. NOTHING HAPPENED!” Great stuff! Along those lines, Dan and I have a crackpot theory that Beckett and Castle will eventually get together and when they do, Castle will get writers block since he can no longer use Beckett as his muse. Castle will have to ultimately decide whether to kill off the Nikki Heat character or end his relationship with Beckett so that he can go back to objectively writing the character. We think this is an excellent 3rd or 4th season overarching plot line. Watch Castle Mondays at 10/9c only on ABC.

Well, that is more than enough for this week. Keep up the comments, voicemails, and tweets. @AcrossAirwaves, The first good voicemail with a crackpot theory about any of the shows we discuss will be featured on blog, so please participate. Til next week, “I’m a naked spy!”
Monday, March 22, 2010

Chuck vs Castle, the Battle for the Best Show on Monday Nights

Dan and I had mixed feelings about the ending of this week’s Chuck. We know that Casey’s expulsion from the team does not mean he’s leaving the show, just that he’s no longer on the inside. Although, this development makes our prediction that Morgan & Casey will need to team up to save Chuck and Sarah in a later episode. Dan likes Casey losing his position on the team because it keeps the show from getting stuck in a rut and becoming stale. In reality, from the previews of next week’s episode, Chuck himself may not be a member of the team for much longer if he doesn’t kill the guy that the CIA orders him to kill. The Chuck I know won’t kill anyone and that could lead to him going back to being “just Chuck.” Dan and I speculate that Team Bartowski may strike out on their own to make a difference. Dan thinks that the show may change to a Buy More vs. a high tech, criminal enterprise (currently The Ring, previously Fulcrum) … in a sense the Nerds vs. Spies.

The Little Guy vs. The Man, a conflict that may cause WWIII or Chuck goodness.

I really enjoy when a show dives into the back story of a favorite character and shed some light on what has led them to become the character they are today. Last season we saw the episode with Sarah and her Dad and Chuck and his Dad. Well this week we had another insight into John Casey’s back-story. Understanding the life and love that Casey gave up for his love of country made his comment at the end of the episode to Chuck about Walker being a good woman and that it was not too late for Chuck to let her know how he feels, but he needs to do so before it becomes too late. Throughout the series, Casey has acted as mentor on numerous occasions, but this was the first time Casey overtly gave Chuck any personal advice. I liked it.

Is John Casey Chuck's Wilson? You Decide.

Finally, Shaw has got to go! I am going to be a broken record about this until he is gone. Unfortunately, my estimation is that Shaw will be around until the season finale, but mercifully that should be the end of the Shaw character. Dan and I both think the Shaw character was only created because Matthew Bomer who played Bryce Larkin left the show to become Neal Caffrey on White Collar. The Sarah and Bryce relationship would make much more sense this season than this Sarah-Shaw crap we have to deal with right now. It was nice to see Sarah and Chuck working together again. It was huge that when Chuck took the drug to flash and was out of control, nearly killing the guy, that Sarah was the only one that could get through to him and save him from going over the edge. Sarah has always been his compass, and now she seems to be the only one who keeps him grounded and prevents him from losing himself to the intersect.

Daniel Shaw, a poor man's Bryce Larkin.

Some good news is that Chuck is currently the second highest ranking scripted show on NBC only behind The Office. In my mind that should secure Chuck’s place on the schedule for next year, but we are talking about NBC and their record for not being stupid is questionable at best. We won’t know for sure until May 17th when NBC will make the official announcement of which shows will be on the schedule next season and which ones are canceled.

Next week’s episode looks awesome. We are looking forward to it like it is a premiere. Beckett won’t be killed of course, but we may think she is for a while. Dan thinks we might see a darker side of Castle in this episode, I think we may see his true feelings for Beckett. The Superfan killer is trying to outwit the Master (Castle), which is a classic theme for a nemesis or super villain. For this reason, I believe that he could be a recurring evil character/nemesis of Castle and Beckett for the remainder of the season or could be the killer from her mother’s case, though I think this less likely. I am thinking that when Castle thinks that Beckett is dead, that his emotions will betray his true feeling for her and when he finally realizes she is OK, there may be a moment where things get physical.

Here's a sneak peek of the two night Castle Television Event

Dan wants to see some drama with Castle’s character, needs to be pushed and challenged. Nathan Fillion is such a great actor that he can definitely handle it. I wouldn’t mind seeing him put in some new situations, but I also like the way the show is heading, so I hope they don’t change the show too much. Well, since this post was delayed by a crashing computer until Monday and TV is about to start, I’m going to cut this short and we’ll pick up the Castle talk next week.

Keep checking the Twitter, email your comments, and start leaving some voice-mails. See you next week. Also watch Castle Mondays at 10/9c on ABC and Chuck Mondays at 8/7c on NBC because it still really needs viewer support to ensure a 4th season.
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Across the Airwaves Returns

After a 3 month hiatus, Across the Airwaves is back. Now, some of you may be asking, “Who the heck is this new guy and where’s Dan?” Good questions! My name is Nico (pronounced Neeko). I am a nerdy scientist and TV geek and have been friends with Dan for the last 8 years. Dan is busy finishing up film school and has asked me to contribute to the blog to keep it going until May when he will return. Also in May, Dan and I will launch the Across the Airwaves Podcast and co-host a weekly show that will discuss our favorite TV Shows, rumors, and theories. Shows we will discuss regularly will include: Chuck, Smallville, Flash Forward, V, Fringe, Castle, Leverage, White Collar, Human Target, Supernatural, and Big Bang Theory. Dan and I are still working out all the details, but we envision having a website, a Twitter (@AcrossAirwaves), email (, and phone number (773-809-3363) that will allow listeners to participate in the show and we will have a Listener Feedback section that will include tweets, emails, comments, and play your voicemails as part of the show… so please participate. Just a quick warning, Dan & I will be discussing the plots of the shows and thus request you watch the show before listening to the podcast or reading the blog so there are no SPOILERS.


This week’s Chuck was amazing. Finally Chuck is on his way back to the regular guy that we all know and love. Also, now that Morgan knows his secret and Chuck has an outlet to talk with, things are going to be great the rest of the season and a lot funnier. Dan and I were talking and all we need now is for Shaw to be gone and Sarah to realize she is actually in love with Chuck, like he realized his continued love of Sarah this week and then everything will be right in the world of Chuck.

Chuck and Sarah, a match made in Nerd Herder Heaven.

Best scenes from this week’s Chuck were the Iwo Jima pose in the Buy More revolution scene, the Fortunate Son montage/ Jeffster Song (I have been waiting all season for the Jeffster Song and it did not disappoint, though not quite as good as the performance of Toto's Africa which was the best, but it was still great and made my day). Jeff and Lester songs are comedic gold!

See Jeffster in their debut performance.

Finally, here are a few Dan and Nico theories: Ellie and Awesome look like they are out the door, maybe at the end of the season, maybe sooner. Neither of us is happy about this. I think Awesome is well, awesome. I will miss him if we are correct about this. Dan and my second theory is that at some point this season Casey & Morgan will have to team up to save Chuck and Sarah. Since we think Shaw will be gone, it will come down to Casey and Morgan, and it will be incredible… and probably hilarious.

Casey and Morgan already making a great team.


Even though Smallville was not new last week, Dan and I always discuss Smallville. This week Dan informed me that Smallville has been renewed for a 10th season, which Dan and I both hope means he will have an opportunity to write for the final season or be involved in some way with a job on the show. Two major rumors for the upcoming episodes next season are 1) the Jack Kirby created character Darkseid may be a major villain and 2) that the 200th episode (next season) may be when Lex Luthor returns to the show or a certain hero takes flight. The rumblings that Darkseid will be appearing in Season 10 comes from new baddie Amanda Waller mentioning an oncoming Apocalypse or Apokolips at the end of Absolute Justice. This is up for debate because Geoff Johns (the writer of the episode) commented on his Twitter page that he spelled the word in the script Apokolips but the closed captioning listed it as Apocalypse. In other words, this means the appearance of the characters made popular by the New Gods comics and the Superman/Justice League Animated Series might be a Fanboy's fantasy.

If Lex Luthor returns to Smallville, it better not be as Darth Vader's Cousin.

Now for some bad news for next season, well at least in my opinion, Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) has signed on for a few episodes next season. I can’t stand her character, but I’m not sure if it’s the character, writing, or the actress. Dan and I speculate that if Lex returns in the 200th episode, then she will be killed (hopefully) in that episode, maybe even by Lex for her failure to lead LuthorCorp.

Will Tess Mercer die at the hands of Lex Luthor or someone else? Watch Smallville to find out.

Now, the word on the street was that Alison Mack was rumored to be finished at the end of this season, but both Dan and I are hoping that she will sign on for the final season. She as in her character of Chloe and Clark (Tom Welling) are the only original cast members still on the show. We feel that she needs to be there till the end, even if they end up killing her in the final episode as Dan and I speculate could happen in order to explain her absence in the Superman comics. We just hope Alison Mack comes to the same realization.

No Superhero can go without his cute, spunky Sidekick.

Finally, I don’t remember if this was a rumor or just wishful thinking on our part, but James Marsters may be reprising his role as Brainiac for next season as another clone of the popular Superman villain arriving on Earth. I’m an unapologetic James Marsters fan and would love to see him back on Smallville (also look for him on Caprica this season).

James Marsters plays a great villain as a killer Robot or a Vampire.

Well, I think that is good for this week’s blog. Look for new posts each week by Saturday and look for the podcast starting in late May following Dan’s graduation. Please participate, leave comments, check out the Twitter, send an email and help us grow the blog and eventually the podcast.
By the way don't miss Chuck Mondays at 8/7c on NBC and Smallville Fridays at 8/7c on The CW starting April 2nd.