Monday, February 02, 2009

Sepinwall on TV: 'Chuck' in 3-D, 'Heroes' reboots, 'Medium' returns

In today's column, I preview tonight's NBC lineup, including the 3-D episode of "Chuck," the first start of the new "volume" of "Heroes," and the fifth season premiere of "Medium." There are some mild spoilers for each, particularly in the "Heroes" section.

I'll have separate reviews of "Chuck" and probably "Heroes" up tonight.

26 comments:

Bobman said...

Is there still a way to find the glasses somewhere? After seeing the trailers and stuff last night for the 3-D episodes, I realize it will be painful to watch WITHOUT the glasses (I was getting a headache watching that 2 minute cartoon thing). Since you say in your review that you watched most of the episode sans glasses, would you say it was disorienting at all?

Also, your link seems to be broken.

Nancy said...

Bobman,

Some supermarkets still have the 3-D glasses, but not all. We had to call around before we found them yesterday.

To get to the column until Alan fixes it, remove the "http://blogger.com" from the address.

OldDarth said...

Ah. The return of Chuck. Thank goodness. Hopefully the SuperBowl promos will translate to more numbers for Chuck. Especially with House in the same time slot.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Link is fixed. And the show looked okay sans glasses. Just a little fuzzy. Also, the 3d looked much better during the halftime ad in HD than it did on the screener.

Omagus said...

I've given up on Heroes but the previews I saw during the Super Bowl were tempting me to give it another shot. Thank goodness for the clarity of your review. Coffin, meet the final nail.

Chris Littmann said...

Alan posted this in another thread, but here is a list of places to get the 3D glasses.

Chris the TV Sage said...

I would be willing to give Heroes another chance if they really did lip-synch Joe Cocker songs.:)

Stacie said...

Amen, OldDart, amen.

K J Gillenwater said...

Always been a big fan of "Medium." I love the husband/wife dynamic and the kids when they come into play. I like that the mysteries unfold differently every week and that you can't trust Allison's visions all the time. Glad to have it back.

The other two? Not even on my radar.

bsangs said...

Sadly, the plug has been pulled from the "Heroes" season pass for me - on both DVRs.

Fool me once, etc, etc...Such a waste of what was once so much fun.

Are you going to keep up with it here Alan? Thought you were going cold turkey as well.

Anonymous said...

Considering the glasses aren't available in Canada, I'm really hoping they use a 2D version up here.

I hope when they do the DVD they include the glasses.

Tracey said...

@Chris: Dude, they had Sylar quoting Dan Fogelberg lyrics in the last "volume." I wouldn't put anything past them.

I saw a TV Guide-type blurb for tonight's Heroes that said something along the lines that the characters try to forget all the bad things that happened to them last season and start over. That would be nice, but I've completely given up on this series.

Let me know if it becomes worth watching again.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Are you going to keep up with it here Alan? Thought you were going cold turkey as well.

Well, I did watch this one in advance, so I may as well write it up. But it definitely left me with a feeling that I need to let the show go. The episode does a bunch of things we've been asking the show to do for a while, but I just don't care because of all the stupidity that came before. (And, of course, the various bit of stupidity they haven't expunged yet.)

Anonymous said...

What? No review of "Life on Mars" with Maggie Siff?

Julianne said...

Are you going to review House 100th episode? I know it sucks that Cameron and Chase aren't in it and that the episode is once again about Thirteen, and that Cuddy is going to be physically hurting House because she's that pathetic but I'd like to hear your thoughts on what I think it's going to be a very disastrous episode.

Alan Sepinwall said...

What? No review of "Life on Mars" with Maggie Siff?

Gave up on that one a while ago, and neither Siff nor Johnny Sack are exciting enough in and of themselves to have me rushing to watch it.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Are you going to review House 100th episode?

Probably at some point. Tonight's HIMYM, too. The reference to the Chuck and Heroes reviews was simply because I've seen them in advance, and because sometimes when I link to my columns I'll say something like "Feel free to discuss the episode here after it airs."

Mrglass said...

It feels like all the shows I watch are on Monday now...

Anonymous said...

I was at a super bowl party last night and by the end of the night everyone in the entire house had come to the conclusion that they would never watch Chuck and they hope it fails. The advertisements were that annoying.

I saw a couple episodes last year and have this season on tivo, but boy were those commericals corny.

Rick said...

I missed all of the pregame, but was there any mention yesterday of Jerome Bettis being in tonight's Chuck? You would figure in a SuperBowl where the Steelers were favored to win, NBC would have used that as their main promotional angle.

Jimmy_J said...

Alan said - Well, I did watch this one in advance..........

I wonder if you are going to bring this up when you host the Chuck panel at Comic-Con?

Alan Sepinwall said...

I wonder if you are going to bring this up when you host the Chuck panel at Comic-Con?

What, that I'm not watching Heroes anymore? Doesn't seem like the most appropriate venue for that.

JImmy_J said...

Sorry Alan, Jimmy_J is stupid :(.

D'OH!

Chris Littmann said...

Just tried to go out and get glasses, but evidently I am a victim of "you snooze, you lose." My Target actually ran out. I'm shocked.

MattB said...

Wow, 3d television is pretty annoying without 3d glasses.

I was really missing this show and now I have to watch it in fuzzyvision? Not fair, Silverman.

Buster's Rape Whistle said...

I still have my 3D glasses from my DVD box set of "Medium."

Otherwise, yeah, TSOL, and Headache Central trying to watch that without the glasses.

8^0 <-- getting all googly-eyed