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Fall TV Lineup: House, Fringe, The Office, Parks and Recreation.. I Can’t Wait!

There are two subjects I love to talk about: politics and entertainment (television, music, etc.).  So when the fall tv season rolls around, my face lights up with joy.  If you followed this blog at all up until the end of the tv season last May then you know what I’m talking about.

The Plan

This tv season, I plan to recap and review House, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Fringe, Glee, SNL Weekend Update Thursday, SNL, and Past Life and American Idol when they air.  Here’s a detail of the dates so you can plan accordingly:

Monday:

  • House (FOX)- 7 PM CST- House won’t premiere until next week, unfortunately.  But when it does it promises to be a big opener with 2 hours of sarcasm and medical drama.  I’ll definitely be bringing you my recap of this!

Tuesday:

  • Past Life (FOX)- Midseason debut at 8 PM CST- “Past Life” will debut midseason as a new show on the FOX network.  “Past Life” sounds exciting, so I can’t wait to see how it is!  Here’s a summary courtesy of GiveMeMyRemote.com:

From writer David Hudgins (“Friday Night Lights”), and inspired by the book “The Reincarnationist” by M.J. Rose, comes PAST LIFE, a new drama series about an unlikely pair of past-life detectives who investigate whether what is happening to you today is the result of who you were before.

Wednesday:

  • Glee (FOX)- 8 PM CST Ends Midseason- Yeah I realize I missed recapping the premiere of “Glee” last week, but I watched it and it was hilarious.  So I’ll be adding it to the lineup this year.
  • Human Target (FOX)- 8 PM CST Starts Midseason- “Human Target” will pick up midseason when we let go of “Glee”, and I’m not really sure what it’s about.  All I know is that it’s an adaptation by some DC Comics thing.  If it’s good, I’ll cover it.

Thursday:

This is the big day.  I’m considering making this “No Politics Thursday”.  What do you think?

  • SNL Weekend Upate Thursday (NBC)- 7 PM CST- I love everything related to SNL, especially Weekend Update.  This recap will contain mostly video links to funny stuff.
  • Parks and Recreation (NBC)- 7:3o PM CST- Once again, I love everything related to SNL and Amy Poehler is the product of SNL.  This show was hilarious back in the spring so I can’t wait.
  • The Office (NBC)- 8:00 PM CST- Ahh, The Office, it’s a classic.  It could be the funniest in the comedic trifecta that is NBC Thursday.
  • Fringe (FOX)- 8 PM CST*- Fringe was my favorite new show of last year.  It has action, science fiction aspects, mystery, humor, everything you could ever want in a show!  I can’t wait for this one.

*Due to scheduling overlaps, the Fringe recap will start at 8:30 PM nightly, after The Office airs.

Saturday:

  • SNL- 11:30 PM CST- I can’t wait for this!  It doesn’t premiere until 26th, though, so we’ll just have to sit tight.

That’s about all I can handle covering at this point.  Of course American Idol will be added in January when it starts, and if I begin recapping one of the new shows, but my interest falls off, I’ll drop the review.  There’s no use in forcing out a review of a show I don’t like when I could be writing about something more interesting.

For those that don’t know how I recap, here’s the scoop:

My recaps are part summary, part review.  I do the summary part while the show is playing, updating the post during each commercial break.  So my recaps are usually pretty in-depth.  At the end of the recap, I write a paragraph of my opinion on the episode, whether I liked it or not, a rating, and any other information that’s needed.

Vote in today’s Fall TV themed Poll of the Day by clicking here.

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Rick

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Video of the Day: Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper Duet

From the American Idol Finale last night.  Definitely one of my favorite moments from the show.  Allison sounds great and Cyndi is classic Cyndi!  Watch the video below:

What do you think of the duet?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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Week(s) In Review: May 3rd-16th

Since I missed the Week In Review post like week, I decided to combine it this week with a Weeks In Review post!

Top 10 Posts and Pages of the Week

Everyone seemed to like these, so if you missed be sure to click the article and them out!

  1. Video of the Day: Kris Allen “Heartless”
  2. TCJ Seal of Approval: Miss California, Carrie Prejean
  3. What’s Everyone’s Beef with Meghan McCain?
  4. American Idol Top 3 Recap and Review
  5. Fringe Finale: “There’s More Than One of Everything”
  6. American Idol Top 3 Prediction and Analysis
  7. Poll of the Day: Was Mrs. California Carrie Prejean’s Question Fair?
  8. Video of the Day: Barack’s (Or His Writers) Got Jokes!
  9. Poll of the Day: Do You Think Danny Gokey Should Have Been Eliminated from American Idol?
  10. TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!

Posts from the Week

If you missed these posts the first time around, be sure to click the title and read it now!  They are in order from oldest to newest.

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Poll of the Day: Do You Think Danny Gokey Deserved to be Eliminated?

My recap of tonight’s results show episode is coming later, but until then, vote below in today’s poll of the day!  I must say, I’m happy with the results.

What did you think of this elimination?  Are you excited about the Adam/Kris finale?  Leave your comments below or e-mail us at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and subscribe to the RSS Feed and daily e-mail newsletter to get updates when something new is posted.

Thanks for participating!  Don’t forget to check back later for the full recap.

Rick

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American Idol Top 3 Prediction and Analysis

If you missed last night’s show, you can read the full recap of the episode here.

Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing Heartless

Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing "Heartless"

Who should go? Danny

Who will go? Danny

I have one thing to say before I begin breaking down who I think will go home and why: The show would have been better with AllisonDanny was fair/good for both of his songs, while Allison no doubt would have been great/outstanding.  Just like with Carly Smithson’s (click here to follow her on twitter) early departure last year, I’m still bitter.

Prior upsets aside, let’s get to the upset at hand; If Danny Gokey makes it to the finals in anyway, I will be upset.  And not really because he would eliminate either Kris or Adam from the finale, but because he doesn’t deserve it.  Danny is basically the second coming of Taylor Hicks, who by the way is currently playing a minor character in the production of Grease.  Last night, both Adam and Kris outsang and outperformed Danny on each of their songs.  Not only that, but Danny has next to zero commercial potential.  Sure he will sell to his fans that are supporting him on the show, but he doesn’t have the voice to receive mainstream success like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Daughty, etc.  I could see Danny taking a career path similar to Mandisa as a Christian music artist, which is certainly a great path to go down.  Hot 100 radio is just not calling Danny‘s name.

On to the results:  ultimately, I do think Danny Gokey will be leaving us tonight.  For the second week in a row Danny has been the obvious weakest link.  Last week his mysterious fan base carried him through after a wretched screaming rendition of “Dream On”, and this week he wasn’t nearly as bad.  But will they carry him through again underservingly?  My intial guess is no.  If you look back on American Idol, when performers are pulled throught to the next round after a really bad performance, the next week is usually there time to go if they don’t deliver a knockout.  Look at Brooke White last year.  Her start-and-stop dilemma pulled here through (over Carly Smithson, I might add) to the Top 5, but she was then eliminated the next week after performances that were on par to her usual.  Add with that the fact that Adam Lambert and Kris Allen outperformed him by a mile, I think the top 2 is quite clear.

Adam received numerous praise all around from the judges on both performances, and even got a little boost from Simon when he reminded everyone to vote for him because he deserves it and not just assume he will be safe.  Kris also received praise on his second performance of Kanye West’s “Heartless”, which I must say was brilliant.  I think that performance alone produced enough buzz to carry Kris through.  So when it comes down to it tonight, I feel fairly confident that Danny will be leaving us tonight.  Check back here later for a recap and reaction to tonight’s results by bookmarking The Conservative Journal or by subscribing to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter to get updates when something new is posted.

Top 3 Scoreboard

  • Kris Allen, “Heartless”-  A+ (Only one of the season)
  • Adam Lambert, “Cryin”- A-
  • Danny Gokey, “You Are So Beautiful”- B
  • Adam Lambert, “One”- B-
  • Kris Allen, “Apologize”- B-
  • Danny Gokey, “Dance Little Sister”- C

Who do you think will be leaving us tonight on American Idol?  Leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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Video of the Day: Kris Allen “Heartless” American Idol Performance of the Night

My favorite performance of the night tonight was…

“Heartless” by Kris Allen.  Here’s the video:

UPDATE: As usual, Freemantle Media (The people behind Idol) removed all the actually video of the performances, but there is still audio available for the time being.  The live audio is below.

What did you think of this performance?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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American Idol Top 3 Recap and Review

We’re down to the final 3 on season 8 of American Idol!  Just one more week until the big finale, where we will be reunited with the Idols from episodes past.  Can’t wait to see Carrie Underwood, Allison Iraheta, and Megan Joy again!  On tonight’s show:

Wow, according to Ryan this is the 300th episode?  That’s insane!  Most shows don’t last anywhere near that long.

In case you didn’t know the theme, it’s the judges’ choice and the contestant’s choice.  Starting off tonight’s show is..

Danny Gokey singing “Dance, Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby.  You know what I just realized?  I’ve been ragging on Lambert all year for the incessant screaming, but Gokey really deserves it more.  His screaming is more of yell or “holler”.  Like he’s got something lodged in his windpipe.  This performance is just bland and typical Danny, which is not a compliment.  Generally he gives a fair-to-good vocal, but this week is not good at all.  I think his voice is losing steam.  Randy thought it was dope, Kara didn’t like the dancing, Paula loved it (Of course, she picked the song!), and Simon thought it was vocally good, but desperate in every other way.  Next up is..

Kris Allen singing “Apologize” by OneRepublic.  With Allison gone, I’m pulling for Kris.  He’s the only one of the remaining contestants I’d listen to after the show.  I think “Apologize” suits Kris well, as long as he can get those higher notes he sometimes struggles on.  Kris is pulling out the piano for tonght’s song.  As expected a few of the falsetto notes are a little weak, but he nailed everything else!  That was a solid performance.  Randy thinks this is the kind of artist Kris can be; Kara thought it was competant but at this stage he’s got to hit it out of the park; Paula thought it was at the right place in his voice, but there was a bum note that was “loud”; Simon called Kara out for her comments since she picked the song, but said it wasn’t as good as the original.  I actually thought it was better.  Next up is..

Adam Lambert singing “One” by U2.  This is one of my favorite songs, but I don’t know that it will suit Adam’s voice.  It doesn’t really go anywhere as far as range goes, so I’m sure he’ll change it up.  Ooo, I am not a huge fan of this one.  I know I am never really a “fan” of Adam’s performances, but I think this is one of his weaker performances.  I don’t like how he changed the melody up in the middle; it just didn’t really work.  Great big note towards the end.  Randy says he’s “One of the hottest 3 in the competition”, dang Randy there are only 3 left!; Kara thought it was unbelievable; Paula thought it was superb and pretty much predicted the inevitable win of Adam; Simon thought it was a brilliant song choice.  That’s funny because he picked it.  Next up is..

An update on Idol Gives Back with Saint Carrie Underwood.  Ms. Underwood is not only a great singer, but she is a great person, which is quite rare in celebrities these days.  Carrie made a trip to Angola, Africa, to check up on a village that received insecticide treated bed nets to help prevent Malaria.  Idol Gives Back has provided Angola with over 300,000 bed nets over the past 2 years.  This made me realize how much I missed Idol Gives Back this year.  That episode was great, especially last year’s.  Next up is..

Danny Gokey singing “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker.  Interesting song choice.  The beginning wasn’t great, very gaspy sounding.  The middle got better, and towards the end it was good.  Much better than the first song.  The only problem is, this isn’t relevant at all.  Can you see this on the radio?  No.  Randy thought there were “mad vocals”, Kara thought it was stunning, Paula said they were all breathless, Simon said it was a vocal masterclass.  I guess they liked it?  Next up is..

Kris Allen singing “Heartless” by Kanye West?  Wow, what an ambitious song choice for Kris.  If Kris takes this and changes it up WELL, this could be big game changer in his benefit.  I really like this acoustic version of this song actually.  Much better than the original.  That’s probably Kris’s best performance on the show, and my favorite of the night by far.  Great performance.  This is why Kris deserves a spot in the final over Danny; THAT could be on the radio.  Randy thought it was better than the original; Kara thought it was bold, brave, and brilliant; Paula said it keeps him relevant; Simon had written him out of the competition after “Apologize”, but now that has all changed.  Glad they liked it!  Next up is..

Adam Lambert singing “Cryin'” by Aerosmith.  This is more along Adam’s comfort zone than “One”.  I’m sure this will be good, though just more of what we’re used to.  He said he’s not going to change it up as much as his other stuff because it’s already amazing.  Great vocal, but some weird facial expressions going on.  You don’t have to actually cry while singing the song.  Randy says he’s a rockstar, Kara doesn’t know how he hits those notes, Paula says we’ll be seeing him next week and for years to come, Simon warns against voter complacency, and tells everyone to be sure and vote hard for Adam.  That was a smart one Simon.  Adam gives a shoutout to Kris and Danny at the end, also a smart move.

That wraps up tonight’s top 3 peformance of American Idol.  Be sure and check back in later for my prediction of the top 2.

What did you think of tonight’s show?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite of the American Idol Top 3?

If you missed the show, you can read the recap here or simply vote “I don’t watch”.

Who was your favorite tonight and why?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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Letter to Allison Iraheta: I Will Miss You.

Dear Allison,

I just want you to know that I voted for you last night.  For the first time all season, I felt compelled to vote, and you know what?  You’re such an incredible talent that I am not ashamed to admit it.  You were pushed under the bus by the judges last night, and you still managed to leave the show with class tonight.  That’s far more than I could ever do.  And somehow, you also managed to not hit Danny Gokey in the face while he smiled smuggly all during your performance.  That in itself is a huge accomplishment.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each performance you’ve given over the past few weeks, and imagining next week without your quirky attitude and impeccable voice makes me wince.  To think that in your place we get to watch Gokey in all his constipated glory is unnerving.  The mental state of everyone that voted for him should be questioned at this point.  God truly has blessed you with an amazing talent, and I’m glad to have been privileged enough to hear your incredible voice.

I can’t wait for your Idolatry interviews.  Slezak loves you, and I’m sure your great personality that Simon never could see will shine.  I wish you great luck and can’t wait to buy your album; I’m sure it’ll be a hit.

Thanks for giving me a reason to write these recaps.

Rick Johnson, #1 fan.

I was going to be writing a recap of tonight’s festivites, as well as catch up on a few other things, but I have to mourn the loss of dear Allison.  I’ll be back tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by, grab a tissue on your way out.

Rick

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Parks and Recreation “Boys’ Club” Recap, Review, and Video

Recap

In tonight’s opening scenes, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) are called out to a hiking trail because of complaints that teenagers are taking dog poop out of the trash and having a war.  When they arrive at the scene of the crime, Tom immediately bails to go sit in the car.  Leslie, however, is diligent in her efforts and ventures out into the poop field.  She uses the trash can lid has a shield as the teens continue to pelt her with bags of dog poop.  After a little bit of a struggle, Leslie concedes that poop wars are actually “rather fun”, and then procedes to throw a little poop herself.  The opening credits role and the fourth episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ is underway!

At the start of the episode, the Parks Department staff recieves a nice gift basket from a local construction company.  As Tom and another staff member are splitting up the contents, Leslie quickly enters to tell them that for “corruption purposes” they can’t except gifts over $25.  That’s also the reason, she says, that she goes to two towns over to rent movies with nudity in them.  Tom says that he would never use his government power to cheat the system, though the video playing of him getting a free hot dog for “park business” seems to show otherwise.

Leslie unveils the social network profile she set up the for the pit project, and it already has several friends.  One of which is Mark (Paul Schneider).  They look at his profile only to find several picture of Mark and various women that they have never seen.  Leslie suggests they could be relatives, which Ann (Rashida Jones) quickly shoots down.  “Right, maybe fake boobs run in his family,” says Ann.

Leslie and Ann decide to barge in on the meeting of the “boys’ club” meeting that’s going on outside.  While she’s chatting with the guys, she leans and the table which knocks it over and breaks several beer bottles.  “You hear that?  That’s the sound of a glass ceiling being shattered,” says Leslie.  When they run out of beer and everyone wants to leave, Leslie is determined to keep the “good feelings alive”.  She heads and said looking frantically for more beer when she sees the gift basket she confiscated earlier.  There are 3 bottles of wine inside, and she decides keeping the party going is worth being corrupt.

The following morning, Leslie is very disappointed in herself.  So disappointed, in fact, that she decides she must apologize to EVERY female politician (in alphabetical order) because she “let them down”.  She also must confess to the office that she opened the basket.  She also confess to Ron (Nick Offerman).  Ron, of course, tries to convince her not to worry about it and blow it all out of proportions.  “No Ron, I will this IN proportion…  This may not be a big deal to you, but you’re a white protestant man with a full, rich mustache.  I’m a woman and I must hold myself to a higher standard.”  Again, Ron explains that she is punishing herself more than anyone else would.  However, she is persistent.  She then e-mailed everyone in the Pawnee government a confession, but not without a link to the pit’s webpage.

The next morning, Leslie discovers that April (Aubrey Plaza), the 19 year old intern, put a video of herself on the pit’s website.  The video contained footage of April seeing what would make her drunker: Wine or spinning around in a chair.  Now that all of the government in Pawnee had seen the video, Leslie has to attend a disciplinary hearing.

To prepare for the hearing, Tom asks Leslie some practice questions.  All of the questions are completely irrelevant to the hearing, but Leslie answers anyway to the best of her ability.  “Have you ever had a sexual fantasy about our boss Ron Swanson?” is one of my personal favorites.  At the real hearing, Leslie has prepared a full essay-like speech to let the committee know exactly what happened.  The lead committee member points out during the little speech that drinking on government property is prohibited in any instance, but Ron says that’s not his department, so they continue.  While this going on, Andy (Chris Pratt) is still working on ways to please Ann while she is at work.  He decides to bathe himself in the front yard in a kiddie pool.  While he’s bathing, the neighbor steals his boombox, which prompts him to chase him down the street naked.

Back at the hearing, Ron and his government-hating self is starting to get frustrated with the intense questioning.  “This is not communist China!  You cannot make her whip herself, you cannot make her wear a hair-shirt.  You wanna live in North Korea, live in North Korea.  This is America!”  Ron continues his little rant and declares the hearing over.  Ron says he took up for Leslie only because he hates bureaucracy and his ideal government is “one guy in a small room.  The only decision he gets to make is who to nuke.”

Leslie reveals to Ann that she opened the gift basket for a guy, Mark.  She tells her of the affair they had in February…. 2004.  In the end, everything ends happily:  Ann is pleased with Andy’s cleaning, and Leslie learns that getting a letter in her file isn’t all bad; Mark says she’s now a member of the “boys’ club.”

Review

Tonight’s episode was hilarious!  One of the highlight’s of the season so far for me was Ron’s little rant during the disciplinary hearing.  I think he’s got tons of potential to be hilarious.  Tonight’s episode also avoided the spots of boring that have been in each episode so far, though they have never been a huge deal.  Tonight’s episode of ‘P&R’ was one of my favorite shows I’ve watched all week!

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Rick

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Fringe “Midnight” Recap

Tonight’s episode begins with some guy in his apartment, with the news on in the background.  The newscaster is talking about a murder that was quite gruesome.  He then goes to a club, where he sees a girl that he likes.  So, they go back to his (or her) apartment and begin hooking up.  While their all over eachother, the woman slashes the guy across the face and he is dead.  His wife calls his phone, and it can be seen ringing next to where he is lying dead on the bed.  Apparently, the girl is the killer.

When the show returns, Olivia (Anna Torv) is at a little get together with some friends.  She meets an odd couple that are together but live completely separate lives.  Olivia’s sister then reveals her husband is filing for divorce.  Agent Dunham is then called away from the gathering to examine the murder that occured earlier.  In one of Walter’s hilarious remarks he compares the victim to a good shrimp cocktail because he is perfectly deveined.  Walter then suggests that someone ate his spine.  Well, that’s interesting.

Agent Dunham reports back to the office to give her boss the findings.  He also gives her a good divorce attorney for her sister.  Back at the lab, Walter is examining the body.  He finds that the lady that killed the man has an extinct form of syphilis.  The CDC explains that someone in a residential area requested a sample of that strain of syphilis, as well as other bacterium.  They make a trip to the house where the items were delivered and find a man named Dr. Boone.  They take him into custady for questioning.

They know Dr. Boone is associated with ZFT, the organization responsible for a lot of the craziness that goes on on the show.  Dr. Boone says he’ll give them all of the info as long as they get his wife back from ZFT, who has taken her hostage.  They find that the address Dr. Boone gives as the location of his wife is a restaurant in Chinatown that is using 5 times as much power as they should be.  They then go check it out.

Back at the lab where Dr. Boone was found, Walter believes he may have figured out what was going on in the house.  At the same time, Agent Dunham and the crew are on their way to the restaurant where Dr. Boone’s wife is allegedly being held.  His wife is nowhere to be found, so they call Dr. Boone.  He reveals that his wife, Valerie, was not kidnapped, but was infected with the virus that is being stored at the Chinese restuarant.  His wife is the killer.

We then see his wife in a car with another man.  They also start hooking up.  She gets very warm and starts shaking, apologizes to the guy, then forms sharp teeth and bites him in the neck.  The crew arrives to gather evidence for testing.  Back at the office, they show Dr. Boone the video of he and his wife in the park.  He is not in a wheelchair then, which he explains by saying that he fed his wife his spinal fluid as long as he could, which took away his ability to use his legs.  Dr. Boone reveals that ZFT creates these viruses in order to show off their skills to other scientists.  Dr. Boone says he can make an antidote as long as they bring his wife to him.

Back at Walter’s lab, he is discussing with Dr. Boone.  Charlie and the crew finds a victim’s vehicle, but it was stripped of all of it’s insides, including the GPS.  They go to one of Peter’s friend’s “chop shops” and he tells them where he found the vehicle.  At the lab, Walter and Dr. Boone are still talking.  Dr. Boone says he knows very well who Walter is, to which Walter replies, “That makes one of us”.  Once Peter and Agent Dunham arrive at the scene where the car was found, they discover another body that has been de-spined by Mrs. Boone.

Walter and Dr. Boone are still hard at work to make an antidote.  The authorities deliver the most recent victims to the lab.  Astrid (Jasika Nicole) finds that one of the bodies smells like alcohol.  Using a blacklight, she sees an entry stamp on one hand of each of the victims.  They now know that she is finding her victims in bars and clubs.  Peter makes a trip to a club in order to find Mrs. Boone.

The antidote is not working on the lab rats they are testing it on.  Dr. Boone says the antidote needs real spinal fluid to work properly, and says his own will be compatible.  He demands that Walter remove some of his spinal fluid to get the antidote working properly.  Astrid is strongly against it, but Walter knows it must be done.  Back at the club where Peter and Agent Dunham are, they locate Valerie but eventually lose her.  Charlie is standing guard at the door, and shoots Valerie with two tranquilizers.  They’ve got her now.

Back at the lab, Dr. Boone is suffering immensely from the missing spinal fluid.  Walter knows that he lied about having more spinal fluid to use.

Valerie wakes up slowly in the patrol car being driven by Peter and Olivia.  Peter and Olivia began discussing Dr. Boone’s sacrifice for his wife when Valerie wakes up completely and lunges forward on Olivia.  Peter shoots her with a tranquilizer again, which knocks her out of her violent state.  They arrive at the lab with Valerie to find that Dr. Boone has had a stroke due to the lack of spinal fluid.  They give Valerie the antidote, which causes her to scream and lash violently.  When she’s done, however, her frighteningly blue eyes fade to a more natural green.  Valerie is now cured, but Dr. Boone has died.  Walter gives Agent Dunham the tape that Dr. Boone made for her, complete with all of the answers regarding ZFT and his projects.  Agent Dunham meets with Phillip (Lance Reddick) and reveals that, according to Dr. Boone’s video, the cheif funder behind ZFT is William Bell.

That’s all for tonight’s episode!

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Rick

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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite On American Idol?

If you missed the show, read the recap here, or chose the “I didn’t watch.” option.

Vote below in today’s poll of the day!

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Rick

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American Idol Top 5 Recap

Sorry it’s late, but here’s the recap of tonight’s top 5 as I’m watching it!  Enjoy.

Tonight’s theme is songs from the Rat Pack, which means absolutely nothing to me.  So I have no expectations for this week; we’ll just have to see how everyone does.  Jamie Foxx is mentoring tonight (Not sure why.), but I’m sure he’ll have some good advice.  First up is…

Kris Allen singing “The Way You Look Tonight”.  Kris has a great voice, and as Jamie pointed out, doesn’t include all the crazy vocal stylings that make me not like Matt Giraud.  This performance is traditional Kris; straight-forward, well sang, etc.  There was only janky little high note, but overall it was a great performance.  Kris could be the upset to the preordained Danny-Adam finale.  We can only hope.  Randy thought it was his best performance to date, Kara thinks he is truly a dark horse, Paula thought it was near impeccable, and Simon said he wasn’t as enthusiastic and didn’t get the feeling he could win the competition.  Next up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “Someone To Watch Over Me”.  Allison reveals in her little chat with Ryan that she just turned 17 yesterday.  Well good Allison!  That just serves to remind us how incredible your voice is for your age.  Wow, this performance is incredible!  I think that was truly flawless.   Her final little note/run was beautiful.  Very, very impressive.  If the judges aren’t all over this, the show’s fixed.  Randy says it’s like Pink, but with 9,000 more octaves; Kara said she’s not nervous for Allison anymore after that; Paula said she’d been waiting for and was very proud of her; and Simon has a horrible feeling she is in trouble.  WHAT??  Come on, Simon!  She wouldn’t be in trouble had you not said that.  Gosh.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud singing “My Funny Valentine”.  Gosh, I just don’t like Matt at all.  He does way to many annoying runs throughout every song.  It’s absurd.  He seems pumped about this week, so maybe it’ll be good.  The beginning was rough, but it gets a little better.  Except for his voice is sounding really weird throughout the whole song; like how he’s pronouncing the words.  There are few good notes in there, but I wasn’t too crazy about the last night.  Not horrible, but not great either.  I didn’t really like it though.  Randy thought it was a little bit pitchy and didn’t all quite come together, “6 out of 10”; Kara appreciates the runs, but didn’t feel he was emotionally connected to it; Paula loved what he did with it and thought it was excellent; Simon disagreed with Randy (WHAT?) and thought it was the only believable and authentic song he heard so far.  WHAT??  If Matt makes it through over Allison, it’s gonna be bad.  Next up is…

Danny Gokey singing “Come Rain, Come Shine”.  My first thought is why on earth is Lambert getting the pimp spot again?  It’s getting ridiculous.  On to this performance.  I loathe Danny Gokey.  I have no idea why, but everything about him puts me in a bad mood.  His singing isn’t bad or anything, he just bothers me.  I have nothing to fault with his singing; it’s actually quite good.  I just don’t like him.  Nope.  But the performance, or singing at least, is good.  Probably one of his best vocals so far, though the band kind of drowns him out at the end.  Randy thought he was the only so far that could have an album of songs like that and win (win what?), Kara thought he had swag (moron), Paula said “stellar”, and Simon agreed with Kara, rambled for a bit, then said it was outstanding.  Next up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Feeling Good”.  I wonder which Adam we’ll see today?  Crazy or Relaxed?  His clothes aren’t giving any hints so we’ll just have to wait for the singing.  From the little rehearsal bit, I think it’s going to be a mixture of the two.  This is really weird just altogether.  It’s weird like “Ring of Fire” a few weeks ago.  It seemed really short too.  But once again, I can’t fault the singing.  He held that final note for a ridiculous amount of time.  He’s techinically probably one of the best singers the show’s ever had, it’s just not my thing.  Randy thought it was a little too theatrical, but said he was in the zone; Kara said he’s shocking and superb and way over the top and crazy; Paula compared him to Michael Phelps; Simon says he clearly wants to win and said that complaining abou thim being theatrical is like complaining a cow moos.  Funny one Simon.

That wraps up tonight’s show!  Tomorrow we can hopefully say goodbye to Matt Giraud, but we’ll just have to see.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Parks and Recreation- “The Reporter” Recap

‘Parks and Recreation’ just keeps getting better and better.  Read the recap below if you missed tonight’s episode!  Also, look for a link to the full episode at the end of the recap.

Tonight’s episode kicks off with Leslie (Amy Poehler) on a “Pre-Teen Nature Walk”.  “For a while, it was a teenage nature hike, but we changed it because… a girl got pregnant,” said Leslie.  Leslie then eats the Pawnee huneysuckle, which is not your average huneysuckle.  This causes her tongue to swell, but, hey, “it has a sweet after taste!”.

Leslie informs Ann (Rashida Jones) that she will be getting an interview with the Pawnee Journal to promote their park idea.  According to Leslie, keeping your project in the press is the key to success.  She sites the Tucker Park Graffiti Removal Project as evidence of this.  After eliminating 5 graffitied penises (not even 10%!), the project ran out of steam.  So, somewhere in Pawnee, you can still find the penis wall.

Leslie takes Mark (Paul Schneider) to a meal at JJ’s Diner, which she says is the place where all of the political elite meet.  During their meeting, Leslie asks Mark to help her prepare for the interview.  He says the first question will probably be “How do you spell your name?”.  “Ahhh… of course!  Because of the silent ‘K’,” says Leslie.  Then Leslie reminds us that she and Mark “made love” once.

When the interviewer arrives at the office, Leslie insists she take her on a quick tour.  Leslie takes her back to the wall of murals, a familiar place for us viewers, to show her the mural of Cheif Wamapoe that apparently everyone seems to complain about.  Leslie then introduces her to Ron (Nick Offerman), who apparently hates the media as much as he hates the government because he offered up a simple “no comment” in return.  Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Ron have some friendly scrabble competition going, though Tom throws every round in an attempt to suck up to his boss, Ron.

Leslie takes the interviewer to the meeting room where she introduces everyone as follows:  Tom “boy genius, smooth like milk chocolate” Haverford, April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) “so cool she could be invited anywhere, but chooses to be here”, and Ann and Andy “the real heroes of this story”.  The interviewer wants to record the interview, but Leslie can’t handle the pressure.  Each time she has to answer a question, she has to pause the recorder because she doesn’t want to answer incorrectly.  We then find out that Andy was going after a toaster in the bottom of the pit, and he was “wasted” in the process.  Apparently, no one knew these details yet, which causes quite a stir.  “Ann, your so innocent and sweet and pretty.  The press are like sharks and you just dumped a bucket of chum in the water.”

There’s a hilarious little exchange between Tom and Ron about Tom’s “lack” of Scrabble skills, and about how much Ron thinks his ex-wife is a bi*** who can’t play Scrabble.  You have to see it to get the full effect.  The interviewer tells Leslie they will resume tomorrow at the pit, and she and Mark exit together.  Much to Leslie’s dismay, they are back together the next morning and Marks drops her off at the pit.  It takes Leslie a minute, but she eventually puts the peices together and discovers why Shauna (The interviewer) was with Mark.  The rest of the interview, Leslie is very upset, and cannot answer the questions very well.  This part was hilarious, and you just have to see it.

Leslie leaves the interview early to go talk to Ann about Mark and Shauna’s little fling.  She leaves from their home to confront Mark.  “It is unethical for a public servant to have sex with a member of the press corp, Mark; especially when it’s with some one so skanky.  Come on, Mark”.

Leslie calls Shauna to inform that she ate a bad burrito (but not a mexican burrito), and that caused her weird behavior at the pit.  She asks for a do-over and Shauna accepts.  For this interivew, Shauna gathered several quotes from people who are sure the park is not going to happen.  “You should write an article about unicorns, because unicorns are more likely to happen than this park”, and “You should write an article about the Pope getting married because that’s more likely to happen than this park”.  Apparently, Mark is also sure it’s not going to happen, or at least, that’s what he told Shauna.

Ann and Mark meet Shauna outside her office to ask that she please not print that article, and she agrees not to because she and Mark are “romantically involved”.  Mark disagrees with that, so she prints it anyway.  The article ends with, what Leslie calls a positive note with a “We’ll see”.

4 of 5 Elephants

4 of 5 Elephants

If you missed the episode you can watch it here.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?  Leave your comments below or e-mail me at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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Amy Poehler Spruces Up Thursday Nights with ‘Parks’ Debut

Doesnt she look like shes got it all together.

Doesn't she look like she's got it all together.

First off, I know this is a political blog, but as I’ve said numorous times, there is more to life than politics.  Sticking with that theme, I plan to do more of these entertainment style posts throughout the week.  Never fear though faithful reader, there are no plans to eliminated the wildly popular (slight exaggeration) “No Politics Tuesday”.  Those days will simply be more in-depth on the nonpolitical scoop.  So without further ado, I present to you the first non-political post made outside of “No Politics Tuesday”:

When I saw the ‘Parks and Recreation’ commericial last Januray, I was thrilled.  Amy Poehler had just left SNL the month before, which left a hole in my heart that only she could fill.  Her Hillary Clinton impersonations, though baring little to no resemblence to real-life Hillary, summed up her personality perfectly and were always hilarious.  Her great sense of humor also added life to the Weekend Update segments, and subtracted from Seth Myers overal suck factor that really brought down the mood.  So naturally, a show that starred Amy was something I had dreamed of.

After much anticipation, when ‘Parks and Recreation’ finally aired last Thursday after The Office (personal favorite show) I was beyond pleased.  You can certainly tell that it was made by the genuisess behind The Office, but it still remained original.  Leslie Knope, Amy’s character, is in charge of the parks and recreation department for Pawnee, Indiana.  Her boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), is quite an intriguing character.  He hates government and dreams of privatizing everything, especially the parks and recreation department.  Leslie also reveals she slept with Mark Brendanawicz, a colleague that she finds all important for her work.  “If you want to get anything done, you gotta ask Mark Brendanawicz,” says Mrs. Knope.  Her partner Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is lazy, creepy, and confusing all at the same time.  One minute he seems like a loyal employee, the next he is passing embarrasing images of Leslie around on the internet.  He’s like a sneakier, more evil Dwight Schrute.  The pilot episode set the groundwork for some hilarious character development.

In this episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) gets the ball rolling on a new park for the city after much discussion with her government hating boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).  The park is slated for development on a lot that was abandon after it’s developer went bankrupt.  The decrepit state of the lot causes one resident to fall in, breaking both legs in the process.  Poehler’s character is oozing with likeability.  Unlike The Office’s main character Michael Scott (Steve Carrell), she is less about the funny business and more about productivity.  That doesn’t mean, however, that she isn’t funny.  Her sincerity over even the slightest of issues gives plenty of humor, and her off-the-wall communication skills are even better.

Parks and Recreation is a true gem that you should definitly add to your Thursday night lineup.  Anyone that doubts the potentail of this series must remember that even the award winning series The Office started out slow, and got better with time.  I feel very confident that this series is going to be following in the footsteps of its predecessor to the top of the comedy television world.

Don’t miss next weeks Parks and Recreation when Leslie Knope sets out to bring her new park idea to the public via the local newspaper, set to air Thursday, April 16th at 8:30 on NBC.

Rating:

4.5 Elephants

4.5 Elephants

Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere

**This is a new thing that I want to start doing with posts about commong topics.  I will go around and find thoughts on topics similar to what the particular post is about and post the quote, as well as a link to the article.

Critics say it’s a little too close to The Office (mockumentary style, talking head interviews, naive protagonists you want to root for, etc.) While this critique may be valid, I’m not complaining. If three Law & Order’s, and three CSI’s can coexist (under the same title no less) than I am a-okay with a show with a similar format to The Office. edubTV.wordpress.com on critics’ comparisons to The Office.

But to be honest I laughed pretty hard whenever she said anything throughout the show.  Her character is a bit dopey, really optimistic and super cute.  readwatchbuy.com on Amy’s character, Leslie Knope.

Overall, I think that the show has great potential. It may never be The Office, but it could come close. stevenmiller2008.wordpress.com on Parks and Recreations prospects.

Did you watch Parks and Recreation?  If so, what do you think of the show?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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