Lonely Souls?

Not in the conventional sense, I think. I’d say both Luther and Sherlock are singular. Sherlock actually has Watson, perhaps not an egalitarian friendship, but it does suit Sherlock.

Luther

Idris Elba (L) as Luther; Warren Brown (R) as his colleague

Nominated for 4 Emmy awards, the BBC’s Luther beckoned me from Netflix. I’ve just seen the first two episodes from season 1 and am hooked. Luther’s main character is a London detective who’s we see taunting a known pedophile cum murderer. Did John Luther allow the murder to fall to his death? His superiors, colleagues and ex wife all wonder.

Like Sherlock Holmes and Columbo, the two inspirations for the character, Luther is brilliant. He’s also troubled. His wife has moved on taking a new boyfriend, who’s a much safer, centered cardigan-wearing kind of guy. Luther’s still very much in love and his wife could be too, but she’s just done with the intensity.

Each episode takes viewers to the edge, Luther solves highly violent crimes though deduction and psychologically gets inside the heads of the criminals as no one on the force can. Yet by the end of the pilot episode the criminal, Alice, a genius who planned the perfect murder, starts stalking the cop as she becomes obsessed with Luther and his wife. The tables are turned and Alice pathologically enjoys toying with Luther throughout the series.

Bunheads: Movie Truck

Just dreadful. There isn’t much more to say. This week’s Bunheads dragged along with little of interest. The big drama took place in the background in a huge argument between Sasha’s parents. What we saw was small potatoes.

Fanny was on for a couple minutes to call Michelle to say she’ll have to teach because Fanny’s run off to a resort for a much needed vacation. Fanny’s neither fish nor fowl. When it’s convenient she’s the strict, disciplined woman, wise compared to the flighty Michelle, now she’s fled town for a vacation. Wouldn’t she just tell Michelle? Hey, I need a break. I’m going away and I insist that you help out for once. She’s not a wimp. It’s not outside Fanny’s comfort zone.

Anyway, Michelle teaches the class and that’s not a big deal though she keeps sputtering to Fanny that she can’t. It makes no sense since teaching the girls the dance for Hubble’s funeral was effortless.

The rest of the episode featured Michelle celebrating her birthday with a friend from Vegas and the nerdy woman who pined for Hubble. For some reason Michelle’s stuck with junior high social skills and allowing this nerd to come along was a sacrifice.

The other plot line involved Sasha and the girls sneaking in and out of her house to see a movie in the touring movie truck. I’ve forgotten why her parents would have objected to girls going out to see a movie on the weekend. There must have been some contrivance that attempted to support that notion. The problem that the writers needed was that the girls couldn’t get back inside since Sasha’s home alarm would go on automatically at 11 preventing them from entering without waking the parents’ who were having a knock out drag out fight earlier because Sasha’s mom discovered her husband was gay. (That would be the most dramatic thing to happen in town that week, but we just get a bit of gossip and little else about that. Neither Sasha nor her friends discuss that issue.)

The show was just so weird and so off. Who is really writing this? It’s amateurish and ABC Family Channel should really pull it. It’s a guilty displeasure at this point. The only thing worse on the air is Political Animals. I couldn’t stand more than a few minutes of that mess.

The Glee Project: Tenacity

In the teaser, everyone who’s left talks about how intense the competition has gotten.

The homework assignment is Survivor by Destiny’s Child, which the judge Amber Riley will evaluate. She proved her tenacity by showing up despite having stress fractures in both legs. Amber wanted Abraham too be less of a diva and said that Lily didn’t show the feeling that she should. Amber loved Aylin’s voice and was struck by how much Ali went for it, so she was chosen as the winner.

There was no choreography this week was

The song for the video was “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor by Abraham struggled to get the notes, while Michael had problems, again, with lyrics. Nikki said ¬†Shanna was great as was Blake, while Lily was too loud in the group recording. Aylin seemed to savor pointing that out as their rivalry heated up.

When filming the video, they had to do an intricate obstacle course in one take. If a single person screwed up, they had to redo everything. Lily, Aylin, Michael and Abraham had to do double dutch jump roping and they kept screwing up requiring more takes. Abraham sprained his ankle, but kept plugging along showing his tenacity. At the end Ali had to shoot a basket with one hand. She kept missing, which is understandable since she’s shooting from a lower position. In the end, the director had the other contestants lift her chair up closer to the basket. The whole shoot took 34 takes and exhausted the whole crew.

The video was far better than last week’s.

Lily, Abraham and Michael were selected for the bottom 3. Lily still can’t sing well in a group and Michael keeps flubbing the lyrics.

Lily belted out a song from Funny Girl with excellence. Michael was good, but I don’t remember that performance all that well. Abraham sang Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and also did a good job. In the end Ryan and Co. decided Abraham should go. While he’s not the strongest contestant, I was surprised Michael’s still around since learning the lyrics is pretty basic.

N.B. In my opinion no one has more tenacity than Nellie who put up with a lot of pressure to adopt a fake pin up girl persona. I expected Shanna now to get this pressure, but she escaped that fate.

Next Food Network Star: Justin

It’s official. Justin was voted the Next Food Network Star and I’m disappointed. I was rooting for Yvan or maybe Martie. But the public has spoken and I can accept the verdict better because viewers voted. Justin’s kinda cool in my book and I’d like to visit his restaurant. I’d watch his show out of curiosity, the problem is I have no interest in eating his food. I’ll watch him make it, but it’s too sci-fi, other worldly for me.

As for the show itself, the review of the season was awfully tedious. It would have been better as a half hour program. Or if they somehow did a little more cooking, that would have been interesting.

The Next Food Network Star

Martie, Yvan, Michele and Justin (clockwise)

Where has the summer gone? Already it’s time to choose the Next Food Network star. I haven’t watched from week one, but I have watched for a lot of the time. I like this “reality” show as the challenges are authentic, the show is testing the contestants ability to perform and cook.

Now we’re down to four contestants and I’ll share my preferences. We’ve got Michele¬†on Bobby Flay‘s team, Yvan on Giada’s team and Justin and Martie on Alton’s team. is too tattooed and her food is too concentrated on seafood for me. I do like Yvan and would be happy to watch him week after week. He’s sweet and I’d make the dish he did on his pilot. I know my nieces and nephews would enjoy the sweet corn macaroni and cheese he made. Justin is interesting and while I’d go to his New York restaurant Do or Dine if I lived in New York, I wouldn’t make his edgy, mad scientist food. Southerner Martie is so down to earth and real. I do think I’d make her dishes and I would watch her. Though the Food Network has Paula Deen and now her son with their shows, I’m tired of the Deen’s. I always thought a week of Paula’s food would make your cholesterol and blood pressure skyrocket, while your midsection exploded. So I’d say Martie offers something new. Yet I think she’s a dark horse.

To sum up, I’m rooting for Yvan and Martie, but my guess is Justin will win. I’ve seen the polls on the website and he ranks highest.