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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
TV Round-Up
Rescue Me: Twilight
Outside of Eureka, this is really the only show I've been keeping up with this summer. (Yeah, I keep hearing The 4400 is doing well and, quite frankly, The Dead Zone just started to bore to the point that I missed two episodes and didn't really feel compelled to catch up). And while I like Eureka, the only show that is really "appointment" TV for me this summer has been Rescue Me.

Why?

Because it really is as good as advertised.

I just finished watching the latest episode and was stunned at the end. Now thanks to a message board I knew one of the two big moments that came in the last three minutes before it happened (the fate of Johnny). And while I did put the clues together as to where the plotline with the Chief would lead, it was still stunning to watch unfold. It seems as if the 11th episode of Rescue Me each year is when huge things happen...things that could fundamentally alter the series. With Johnny dead and it looking like the Chief could shuffle off this mortal coil, I have to ask myself--would they kill off the Chief? Or put him on the sidelines permanently? If so, might this throw a monkey-wrench into Tommy and Sheila's plan to buy a beach front house and leave the life of a firefighter behind? We certainly saw hints of that tonight as Tommy and Lou lament the fact that if they step aside, there are no experienced fire fighters left to train the probies...

What I like most about this show is how it straddles the line between comedy and dark drama so well. It's got that kind of gallows humor that I imagine some would need to survive the life these fire fighters lead without going mad. Oh sure, I know a lot of it is exaggerated and played up for greater dramatic effect...but damn, it's good.

OK, I'm rambling...but that's because, wow, this show is good. I was left literally hanging this week, anxious for the next installment. Man, I got spoiled catching up on this show on DVD.

Oh sure, I could surf over to the FX web site and see the first four minutes of next week's episode...but I think that would only make the withdrawal I'm going to suffer until next week worse...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/15/2006 10:17:00 PM | |
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