I love bands with punctuation as a part of their name. Question Mark & the Mysterians are terrific. Not only do they have a question mark, but also and ampersand. Add a pilcrow and they could be the best punctuation-based band of all time.
“The Flash” | Season 1, Episode 3: “Things You Can’t Outrun” | Date: Oct. 21, 2014
- Gosh, I love watching “The Flash.”
- It feels like curling up in bed with a fresh stack of comic books and a bottle of pop after a trip in town to Montross Pharmacy with my dad on a Saturday afternoon.
- The show is rich with do-gooder earnestness and light on the dark, gritty gloom that permeates so much of pop culture and especially the superhero genre.
- “Things You Can’t Outrun” was a touch sappy with a few too many dead mom and dead fiance warm fuzzies and I’d like to see the Flash expand his powers — how about vibrating through walls or, in the case of the mist monster this week, a little swirling arm action.
- But every comic book has a few subplots to keep us interested in the next issue and “The Flash” series definitely leaves me hungry for more.
“Mulaney” | Season 1, Episode 3: “Halloween” | Date: Oct. 19, 2014
- Fox halted production of “Mulaney,” reducing its order from 16 to 13.
- When I read that, I thought, “Can you imagine watching 13 episodes of this show?”
- I tried to watched three.
- I should emphasize “try.”
- I made it through John Mulaney’s standup about how Halloween is unsentimental and I thought, “Why the hell am I watching 13 seconds of this show?”
“Family Guy” | Season 13, Episode 3: “Baking Bad” | Date: Oct. 19, 2014
- The title was “Baking Bad,” but there were no references to “Breaking Bad” and that was a shame.
- There was a joke about North Dakota, which was a joke I’ve actually heard.
- I mean what are the odds that someone is going to make a joke about North Dakota that you’ve already heard?
- Maybe there’s just the one joke about North Dakota.
- The joke, by the way, was: “North Dakota. We’re not even the best Dakota.”
“Selfie” | Season 1, Episode 4: “Nugget of Wisdom” | Date: Oct. 21, 2014
- I forgot to delete “Selfie” from my DVR queue and ended up watching another episode, a move I really regret.
- The appearance of the Simpsons characters as the originally appeared in animated shorts on “The Tracey Ullman Show” is proof that even “The Simpsons” is nostalgic for the pre-dull “The Simpsons.”
- The original Simpsons’ appearance is a case of originality being a dead horse beaten into a mush even a starving dog wouldn’t eat.
- Hell, “Family Guy,” which is harangued for being a knock-off of “The Simpsons,” already did this same thing three years ago.
- In a 2011 episode titled “Back to the Pilot,” Brian and Stewie actually visited their former selves by time travelling back to the pilot.
- This also wasn’t funny, but funny is a lot to ask from network TV.
“Sleepy Hollow” | Season 2, Episode 4: “The Weeping Lady” | Date: Oct. 20, 2014