The Super Suit: About friggin’ time

It’s not the tried-and-true red-and-blue, but it’ll do. It’ll do.

I’m glad they decided to leave off the “underwear on the outside” look

Oh, I’ve wasted my life.

Unlike the presidential candidates, television gives me hope for a better tomorrow

Hey, check it, yo! A Price-penned post that isn’t a Weekend Roundup! Yeah, well, don’t get used to it. I’ll be back to letting you down in no time.

But here’s the thing: I don’t really have much to jaw about, just a bunch of little bits and pieces banging around in my head, all TV-related, so I’ll just throw together a lame bulleted list of random thoughts.

  • Lost is coming back! Finally! I was worried about this for a while, what with the WGA strike dragging on and on and many of our favorite shows either already dark for the season (Heroes, The Office) or in limbo (24). Well, I needn’t have worried: the Lost Season Four begins this Thursday night, promising a whole eight episodes of scripted, impenetrable mystery. Thank you in advance, J.J. Abrams, for killing eight hours of my life in 2008. Now just don’t let their death be in vain.
  • In other TV show news, it turns out that because animated shows have such a long lead time, The Simpsons and King of the Hill have enough shows to finish the season, so the writers’ strike won’t affect them at all. YES!
  • Smallville still has five or six episodes to go, so while it won’t go the full season, I still have several more weeks of superhero-themed soap-opera ahead. The angst! The romantic misunderstandings amongst beautiful twentysomethings! The X-ray vision! 
  • Battlestar Galactica is supposedly still coming back in March or April or something. Who knows anymore? I don’t know how many episodes they were able to complete before the strike, so I don’t know just how badly we’re going to be left hanging when they come to an abrupt halt. Nonetheless, I am still frakking pumped about this show. (If you watched the show, you’d know that wasn’t a typo.)
  • Yes, they’re remaking Knight Rider.
  • Yes, I’ll be watching it.
  • Yes, even if it sucks.
  • Which it will.
  • I have not watched a single episode of any program that debuted during the 2007-2008 season. None of them–not one!–interested me enough to make it worth my time. You’ll just have to do better next season, Mr. TV.
  • Lots of good stuff on cable, too: Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters on Discovery, Good Eats on the Food Network. (There are two men I want to be when I grow up: humorist James Lileks and Good Eats host Alton Brown.)
  • Also, do you realize that I’ve never watched a single episode of Boston Legal, despite the fact that it stars the Thespian Supreme himself, the redoubtable William Shatner? What’s wrong with me?

Finally, an excuse to spend less “quality time” with the family

That’s right… this weekend officially begins the new fall TV season! Gone are the lazy days of summer, when we shared laughter, good times, and memories that will last forever. Enough of that! Finally we can bathe in the warm glow of televised pablum while we forget about and/or ignore all our emotional problems (which are many).

Anyway, it all starts this Sunday night. Here are the shows we try to catch regularly…

  • 24
    Okay, I admit last season stank like a Frenchman. Still, one horrible season out of six is a pretty good record. The Royals dream about stats like that.
  • Lost
    Mysterious island? Check. A bunch of beautiful castaways with shadowy pasts? Check. Dark secrets and unfathomable conspiracies? Check. Weird, unexplained smoke monster that sounds like Godzilla? Check. What’s not to like? I–wait, what was that last one again?
  • Battlestar Galactica 
    My friend Tom got me hooked on this show, and then Shannon got hooked on it while she was recuperating from her surgery over the summer. Now I’m hearing rumors that they’re going to only show 10 episodes this season, then show the rest in 2009? That’s the worst injustice in the history of mankind! Write your Congressman!
  • Heroes 
    Sheer nerd geek heaven. Any show that’s bringing George Takei and Nichelle Nichols back to primetime television automatically gets my eyeballs. (Why yes, they are actors from the original Star Trek series. Why yes, I am a loser.)
  • The Office
    Do I enjoy it so much because I’ve had bosses like Michael Scott, or because I see in Dwight Schrute a kind of kindred spirit?
  • The Simpsons
    Do you realize that my kids have never known a world without the Simpsons? Can you believe this show has been running for almost 20 years? Wait a minute, this show premiered when I was freshman in college! That means… hmm, best not to think about it.
  • King of the Hill
    It’s a show about a bunch of pickup-driving red-state oddballs with impenetrable Southern accents. Why do I watch it? Because it reminds me of home.
  • Smallville
    No, I’m not a 15-year-old girl. Stop asking.

Can you guess which ones are Price’s shows? (Hint: all of them. Shannon just happens to like a few of them as well.) Not sure about any of the new shows coming on this season. Bionic Woman intrigues me a little, mainly because Katee Sackhoff is on it, but nothing else really jumps out at me.

So… those are the programs that regularly help us escape the burdens of this wretched world. Which shows do you watch to help temporarily fill the barren void that is your soul?