Since I've been snowed in the past couple of days I've been getting caught up on TV shows and I've come to relize something...
It's actually kind of sad when you can see that the TV writers so very nearly managed to make something really good but, in the words of Maxwell Smart, "Missed it by *that* much."
I actually feel more sad for the near misses then I do for the stuff that is just absolute dreck.
So here is the place for you to post your disappointments when people in TV, movies, theatre or comic books came so close to something really good but fell an inch or so short...
For mine? (in no particular order)
1) The revamped Hawaii Five-0. This could have been really awesome. A whole group of hot leads to drool over, a great location for filming, aaaannnnddd then.... they actually make it boring. I do like my mindless entertainment. I like car chases and things blowing up from time to time all of which this show has in spades BUT it's also so by-the-numbers formulaic you get, well, bored watching it. Even all the eye-candy can't save it. On top of all of that the writers commit one of the worst cardinal sins -- you end up not caring about the characters. There smugness, superiority complexes, and nagging. Lots and lots of nagging. Ugh. And if they'd lighten up a little and let a few unexpected twists and turns creep in the show would be nine times better.
2) Harry's Law I like Kathy Bates, I really do but this show? Again, it's formulaic. It perpetuates a LOT of stereotypes. It's obviously being filmed on a studio backlot. And worse, it's too comedic to really be taken seriously and it's trying too hard to be dramatic to really be funny. There's no balance and it is also very obviously trying too hard in general. If the writers would just stop trying too hard the show might actually find it's balance point.
3) The Cape It has Keith David in it and he steals absolutely every scene he's in. That's a plus. The lead actor is big eye-candy (also a plus) and I did enjoy spotting the mish-mash of comic book influences the writers are pulling from. And I like the fact that they're taking a little something from over here and a little something from over there and sewing them all together. BUT... The show lack focus again. I think it could be a great 'family viewing show' if they would ease up on the swearing and move it to an earlier time slot. The writers also don't seem to quite know where they're going and why and many episodes are either a bit too 'cluttered' or else the writers didn't get the pacing right. Some episodes have too much going on (hence "cluttered") and the story has no chance to breathe or explore. Some episodes seem to really be building to something only to run out of time and then rush the denouement. Not good. If they would get their pacing right and make it a bit more 'family friendly' and move it to an earlier time slot I think it would have been much better.