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Best of 2007

It’s the end of the year and everyone else in the world is posting their best and worst lists for 2007, so why not me? Keep in mind though, I’m not strictly a guy who goes by when something came out as opposed to when I experienced it. Sooo, these are all things I was hipped to this year.

Television

“Dexter” far and away was the best this year, even if the second season did drift for a bit in the middle. Still the best. BBC offerings “Jekyll,” “Torchwood,” “Life on Mars” and “Five Days” are also up there.

“Heroes” has had its ups and downs but is still one of the better shows out there, and still the best television version of the superhero genre ever done.

Of the new season I’ve been quite impressed with “Journeyman,” “Pushing Daisies” and “Reaper.” All of which I have trouble believing can sustain their premises longterm, but for the moment, they’re quite good.

Throw in “Moonlight,” “Entourage,” “Zorro – La Espada y la Rosa,” “To Catch a Predator” and “Legion of Super-Heroes” (for the most part, I’m still cringing from the Karate kid episode), and that’s the tops for me in TV.

On the bad side, there have been a lot of disappointments – shows I used to like that just fizzled badly. Among them, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “24,” “Rescue Me” to some extent, “Chuck” which started strong, “The 4400” and “Scrubs.”

Comic Books

The best of the year is hands down Jeff Smith’s Shazam! Monster Society of Evil, along with Skip Martin’s Bizarre New World, Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman, Steve Niles’ Creeper, Brad Meltzer’s Justice League of America and the return of the western with Jonah Hex and The Lone Ranger.

The worst would be Amazons Attack, Jodi Picoult’s Wonder Woman and of course, Joe Quesada’s death knell for marriage, Spider-Man: One More Day.

Movies

My favorites this year include Dreamgirls, The Departed, The Holiday, The Good German, F*ck, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, The Host, She (1935), Camp, Latter Days, Falling Down and Silver Hawk. The best of the bunch would be House of D, The TV Set, Dummy (2003) and The Illusionist.

Among the worst were Oldboy, The Black Dahlia, The Zodiac, Eragon, the Tarantino half of Grindhouse, Spider-Man 3, V for Vendetta, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, MegaSnake, Poseidon and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Let’s hope for better in 2008, please.

The New Bionic Woman

This review will just be about the show, the pilot (whether it’s the final pilot or not remains to be seen as there have been three so far) specifically. I’ll save the nightmares that have plagued the production since early on for another time. It’s much too messy to open that putrid can of dead and hate-filled worms right now.

This new ‘re-imagining’ of “The Bionic Woman” comes from the folks who did the same type of hatchet job on “Battlestar Galactica.” Much of the cast is borrowed from there as well. Michelle Ryan, Zoe from the BBC’s “Eastenders” and late of the much-acclaimed “Jekyll,” is tapped to play Jamie (new spelling) Sommers. Rounding out the cast are Miguel Ferrer and Wil Yun Lee who are always a pleasure to see in action.

Unlike the original series with Lindsey Wagner that spun off of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” this show is not kid-friendly. And even worse, it is definitely not friendly to anyone who grew up watching the show, which is a mistake I think. When adapting a project that was successful, effort should be made to find out why it was successful at least. This new version seems to have shrugged off any charm that the original may have had.

This Bionic Woman is a bartender rather than a tennis pro, and she is preceded by an evil Bionic Woman, played by “Galactica”‘s Katee Sackoff who is stalking her. This Jamie has a bionic eye in addition to one arm, one ear and two legs. And the special effects that strike me as downright hysterical make her super super-vision look like a mistuned TV station and her super-hearing sound distorted. Aren’t they supposed to be better?

When the show finally veers away from conspiracy, bad acting, music video and fixing your perceptions of the old show – and turns to action, we get a predictable duel between the Bionic Women. It feels like a martial arts fight where only dodging and parrying are allowed. I’m dumbstruck as to why neither woman even tries to land a punch. Weird.

I really can’t recommend this show. I predict it’ll be moved over to SCiFi after three or four episodes before being eventually canceled. Unless they change their attitude, this Bionic Woman is destined for the same trashbin the Bionic Dog and Bionic Boy ended up in.

Jekyll


More like Jackman and Billy than Jekyll and Hyde, the new BBC America original “Jekyll” is a refreshing new look at Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It’s written and produced by Steven Moffat of “Doctor Who” and “Coupling” fame which is actually significant, as he wrote one of the more chilling “Who” episodes of the third season – “Blink” with the angel statues.

The cast headed by James Nesbit, known as the lead in “Murphy’s Law” on the other side of the pond. His mannerisms and over the top expressions make it believable that Jackman and Hyde are two different people while still played by one person with very little make-up accompaniment. Also on board are Denis Lawson, Wedge Antilles from the classic original Star Wars and Michelle Ryan, TV’s new “Bionic Woman.”

I’ve only seen two episodes so far but the story is top notch as is the acting. This is an amazing update of the Jekyll/Hyde concept and definitely worth a look.