Posted in TV, tagged Captain Weaver, Colin Cunningham, Falling Skies, Game of Thrones, Golden Age of TV, John Pope, Noah Wyle, Reruns, Tom Mason, TV on June 17, 2012 |
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You can argue about what period was the Golden Age of Television — depending upon your age, you might argue that just about any decade since the 1950s should take that honor — but one undeniably great thing about modern TV is that new shows begin at all times of the year. It’s not like the old days, when we were wedded to fall premiere week and the summer was a vast wasteland of reruns.
Tonight Falling Skies begins its second season. The timing is great because Game of Thrones is over for the year and we need something to watch during the 9 p.m. Sunday time slot. Falling Skies isn’t in the same ballpark as Game of Thrones (what is?) but last year it was an entertaining ride.
For those who didn’t catch the show last year, aliens have invaded and a small band of humans is desperately fighting back. They are led by uber-heroic Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), the gruff Captain Weaver, who is wrestling with some serious inner demons, and outlaw John Pope — my favorite character, well played by Colin Cunningham — who isn’t above theft and other criminal acts, is a surprisingly good cook, and also is a deft hand at killing the aliens. Tom Mason has an older son who is helping to fight the alien invaders, a middle son who was “harnessed” by the aliens and is still dealing with that experience, and a young son to whom Tom is trying to give a somewhat normal childhood, which isn’t easy under the circumstances. Tom, who lost his wife in the invasion, also is dealing with a budding romance with Dr. Glass.
Last season ended with Tom deciding to go with the aliens into their ship (implausibly, in my view, yet heroically, because that’s just the way Tom is). We’ll see if he comes out with a harness of his own, and we’ll also be watching for Pope’s latest brainstorm and his inevitable confrontations with Captain Weaver and other authority figures. It’s time to kick some alien butt!
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Greetings from Las Vegas where we are celebrating my friend Mark’s fortieth birthday. Our accommodations are at the Palazzo Hotel.
A sweet suite !
The view from the room.
And the pool.
Yesterday was a pool day with Lyn and Mark the temperature nearing 100.
Then out on the town for some gambling. Friday night was a good night at the craps table – Saturday night not so good !
But who cares – today is Sunday and I am starting the day out with my favorite breakfast – Moons over my Hammy at Denny’s.
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Posted in Family, tagged Family, Fathers, Fathers' Day on June 17, 2012 |
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Today is Father’s Day, and fathers across America will be showered with cards and ties and cologne and coffee cups with “#1 Dad” on them.
It’s nice to get stuff that proclaims that you’re “#1,” of course, but most Dads I know would gladly settle for just getting a passing grade in the cosmic fathering curriculum. I can’t claim to speak for every father in America, of course, but I suspect most Dads would probably admit, deep down, that they aren’t very confident that they know exactly what they are doing. We know that there are good Dads, and bad Dads, and lots of Dads in between, just trying to do their best at an important role where there’s no training manual or meaningful checklist. We’ve observed our own fathers, and their fathers, and seen other fathers, and we’ve tried to borrow what seems to work and avoid what doesn’t — but still we wonder.
So the coffee cups and ties are nice, but I think the best Father’s Day gift is delivered when you realize, as I have, that your kids are good people, decent and resilient, fending for themselves and making their way in the world.
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