9.07.2006

What the hell was Fox thinking? Justice?

We look forward to the new season of television around our house... we'll usually watch the first or second episode of a new series, and we'll end up adding one or two to the set of not very many that we actually will watch. We usually don't watch stuff live after we've decided to add it to the list. Instead, we just add it to the TIVO season pass. That way we can watch an hour's worth of TV in 40 minutes, whenever we want.

With the end of West Wing (about the smartest show on TV in the last five years), and Alias (an addiction similar to chocolate), we were interested in what might fill our TIVO from here.

So we decided to give "Justice" a try. Probably the overwhelming reason for checking this show out for us was the fact that Victor Garber was in Alias, one of our favorites, which ended last year.

By the tenth minute we were looking at each other, saying, "is it just me, or is this TERRIBLE acting from every single member of the cast?"

It wasn't just us - it was truly bad. In the actors' defense though, it was more about horrific writing than bad acting.

Add to that the fact that the actual production value was about the worst I have seen on prime time TV for a very long time. The ADR dialog didn't even come close to matching, the camera work, meant to be edgy handicam work, was way too deep, and the entire audio mix was about 15 dB too low - the commercials BLASTED us because we had to turn it up so loud, and there were obvious phasing troubles that rendered the entire audio track thin, tinny, and low. Too many square waves. Harsh.

This show was marketed as "Justice does for lawyers what House does for medicine." "CSI at 100 MPH."

Umm, no. It seems this show was produced in about 45 minutes, with about $10,000. Spent on catering.

Bad

Step away from the remote.

Move along now. Nothing more to see here. Return to your homes... move along...

6 comments:

Cameron said...

Two words: Twenty Four

Or is that one hyphenated word, twenty-four? I'm not sure...

That One Guy said...

Hypenate it... however, if you're referring to the TV series "24", they ALWAYS refer to it numerically, as does the press...

That One Guy said...

was that a trick question??

:)

From Strunk:

HYPHEN ...

...to use between parts of fractions as these are spelled out, especially as modifiers (a three-fourths majority); to mean “up to and including” when used between numbers or dates (50–59, 1922–1930, although here Edited English requires en dashes); to divide elements of compound two-digit numbers over twenty (twenty-one, ninety-nine).

for what it's worth said...

Glad I missed it. I was looking for it last night and couldn't find it. I guess I am the lucky one!

Cameron said...

One Number: 24

Just doesn't have the same effect...

That One Guy said...

Cameron,

ok, so I TOTALLY misunterstood your reference to 24 here... I was taking the comment totally out of context, and even actually thought you were someone else, who often asks me about proper usage of the King's English... HA!!

Sorry about that....

But yes, we are big fans of the Jack Bauer.

Thanks for the comment, thanks for reading.