VMA 2011 Performance Highlights

The VMAs are MTV’s last callback to a time when they were the cultural music zeitgeist, the one pop music station everyone under 25 tuned into across the country. Ever since leaving NYC’s Radio City Music Hall and moving out to LA’s JWMarriott hotel, the VMAs have lost a great deal of the personality that made it fun to watch, as well as the sense that you’re watching a trainwreck live in slow motion. Gone are the visually jarring moments where the house LD shoved over to make way for which ever act’s touring LD stepped in. No more do we see the shots of backstage as frantic stage managers try to round-up drugged up pop stars de jour to shove them out bodily on to the stage to squint at their teleprompters. The look may be far more polished, but the heart is gone.

That doesn’t mean the pop stars themselves have gone too. Lady Gaga opened the show with an excerpt from her Freshman Acting 101 Final at NYU. If you really must subject yourself to why Gaga became a pop star and not an actress, you can watch all three acts starting here. Act2 was probably the most interesting, as Gaga attempted (in character) to sexually pressure Britney into making out on stage for the headlines, just one more time. Britney found the strength to say no at the last second, but the whole “Gaga-in-Drag” act obviously made her desperately uncomfortable, which is why the video cuts away. Act3 wrapped up the one-woman show. The best thing you can say about it was that, on a night of wild speculation of how Gaga could top herself costume-change wise, Gaga chose to go the truly unexpected route and do nothing. Continue reading VMA 2011 Performance Highlights

“Work of Art” Will Get a Second Season

Even with the failure of Platinum Hit and the horror show of bad publicity that is the suicide related to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bravo soldiers on. They’re bringing back Work of Art for a second season.

 Bravo is touting that the new season will be a departure from the first and that “challenges range from inventive street art to the use of Parkour, a discipline where participants overcome obstacles using only their bodies to move from point A to point B in the most creative way possible…” Fortunately for the competing artists they add “as inspiration” to the end of that description, though since it’s reality TV, you can probably expect to see artists clumsily falling off ledges.

Lovely. I’m not sure I’ll be able to bring myself to recap it, but I will definitely be watching.

Doctor Who: Let’s Kill Hitler

Though the proper title might have been Dr. Who: The Birth of River Song. I admit, I did not like “A Good Man Goes To War.” The overarching plot was confusing, the “Doctor’s Darkest Hour” never really materialized, and I was hella pissed at “the River is Melody is Amy’s baby” conclusion. I wanted River to be a completely independent bad-ass entity in unto herself and unrelated to anything else. Total let down.

“Welcome. You are unauthorized. Your death will now be implemented. You will experience a tingling sensation, and then death.” -Killer Antibody Space Jellyfish

This episode may not have added up all the way plot wise either, but it was the most quotable episode since Gaiman’s “The Doctor’s Wife.” And when it came to characterization, I found it much more successful and enjoyable than the mid-season finale.

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Torchwood: Miracle Day “End of the Road”

This episode rightly could have also been entitled “Return Of The Guest Stars.” We’ve had a couple of weeks focusing solely on the adventures of the Americanized Torchwood team, and then last week’s gift to the fans (but ultimately plot stopping) Episode from Jack’s Past. This week was a reminder that Torchwood shelled out good money on guest stars that Science Fiction fans would recognize, and then used some fancy pyrotechnics to blow them up.

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