Thursday, October 17, 2013

TV: The Crazy Ones, The Michael J Fox Show, Agents Of SHEILD

So, the 2013-2014 TV show season has now entered its fourth week. So far I have had the pleasure of following 3 brand new shows. But despite their infancy, I can't help but feel a little deja vu and nostalgia as a few of the guys involved in these shows make their long awaited comebacks to television. Yes, welcome back Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael J. Fox, and Joss Whedon. Okay, Sarah Michelle already returned a coupled of years ago in the show Ringer [2011-2012]. But come on, how many people actually saw that show!

# The Crazy Ones

"So that mug you gave me was wrong.... I'm not the best dad in the world! Are all my mugs lies? Do I actually love Mondays?"

Who's involved? Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, and Amanda Setton stars while TV producer-extraordinaire David E. Kelley is the creator.
What's it about? Comedy following life at an advertising company owned by a father-daughter duo whose personalities are polar opposites. The father, Simon Roberts (played by Robin Williams) is zany, creative, and goes for the spectacular ideas. The daughter, Sydney's (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) approach on the other hand is conservative, steady, and dependable.
Thoughts? Anyone who has seen Robin Williams in stand-up, interviews, or talk shows will realize he is playing himself in this role. As expected he improvs a lot (as shown during the bloopers during the end credits) and he is absolutely hilarious! Sarah Michelle Gellar is also well suited as her "straight-guy role" here fits her demeanor perfectly. I've always took a liking towards the field of advertising as we get to see a lot of creative and "crazy" ideas. Thankfully, the campaigns that we get to see on the show manages to do exactly that. In fact the title of the show is based on the Apple 1997 commercial titled "The Crazy Ones" which celebrated crazy and groundbreaking idols. Robin Williams would fit in well in that commercial!

# The Michael J. Fox Show

"Women!!! Always jumping to conclusion based on overwhelming evidence!"

Who's involved? Michael J. Fox is the main attraction here and he is supported by Betsy Brandt, Katie Finneran, Juliette Goglia, Conor Romero, Jack Gore, Wendell Pierce, and Ana Nogueira.
What's it about? A comedy inspired by Michael J. Fox's actual life. Here he plays Mike Henry, a famous news reporter who was forced to retire a few years ago due to Parkinson's disease. However, he now ready to make a comeback.
Thoughts? Regular readers of this blog (yes, the tiny handful of you) know how much adoration I hold towards Michael J. Fox. From being Marty Mcfly to Alex P. Keaton to Scott Howard to Mike Flaherty, he has always will be my all-time favorite actor. So forgive me guys, because I already loved this show even before seeing a single episode!! But now that I have seen it, my unbiased opinion is that, yes, it is entertaining and worth your time! Although now with Parkinson's, MJF still possesses that charisma and comedic ability that made him famous. His family members here are the typical roles you would find in family sitcoms and they still manage to bring a lot of humor. But other than Michael, the character I enjoy the most is Mike's boss, Harris Green (played by Wendell Pierce). The first couple of episodes kinda milked the Parkinson's angle too much for its comedy, but I'm glad that now they've moved on from that.

# Agents Of SHEILD

"She's a groupie. All the hacking into SHEILD, tracking powers. She might as well be one of those sweaty Cosplay characters crowding around Stark Tower."

Who's involved? Joss Whedon is back producing (and directing/writing a few episodes) while the cast includes Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming Na-Wen, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.
What's it about? A spin-off series from one of the highest grossing movies of all-time, The Avengers [2012]. It follows the missions of secret government agency, S.H.E.I.L.D.
Thoughts? The top two things I loved from Whedon's previous works, the dialogue and his brand of humor, are all present here. In fact the humor is what differentiates it from previous super-hero shows like Heroes [2006-2010], Alphas [2011-2012], and Mutant X [2001-2004]. So far, the episodes have been pretty much self-contained, and I'm looking forward to them moving away from that because.... well, the best TV shows do that anyway! Loved the special appearances from Nick Fury and Robin Scherbatsky Agent Maria Hill. I wonder who else they're gonna bring in?


  1. Hi Asrap! Cool to see Robin Williams back to TV again and seems like the material is well-suited for him. Might check that out when it's out on Netflix. I haven't seen the latest episode of Shield as I've been so busy but so far it's kept me interested, don't know for how long though.

    1. The material is very suited to Robin Williams. The show has made me appreciate him even more!
      I'd say Shield is fairly entertaining.... but it needs to do more!

  2. The Crazy Ones seems interesting, would love to see Robin Williams AND Sarah Michelle Gellar together. I'd like to see Robin Scherbatsky in Agents of SHIELD! Wouldn't mind checking out Michael J. Fox show

    1. Hi Andina! Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle have good chemistry together. So far Cobie Smulders has only been on the first episode of SHEILD. I hope you do give the Michael J. Fox show a try!

    2. I checked out Crazy Ones and loved the pilot. I love seeing Williams and his character is quite fit for him. But I start to see its pattern and it's a little predictable sometimes, maybe it gets better the next ones?

    3. It does get better in the next episodes... the pilot was probably a bit predictable because they were trying to establish the characters.

  3. hah! layan ko Crazy Ones...aku mmg layan, dah pick up for a full season...yay!
    M J Fox Show pon ..
    S.H.I.E.L.D ep 1 best...tapi 2-4 cam hampeh...they really need to bring in the familiar names in Marvel-dom like NOW!

  4. Yup... Crazy Ones mmg best pon... aku suka time bloopers episode 4, ada wat reference kat Sunnydale lagi! MJF Show pon not bad.
    Agree with you on SHEILD too!


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