Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Paul Giamatti, You Are No John Adams

Episode Three in this grueling, never-ending biopic on HBO ended with our hero delirious in bed in Amsterdam, hallucinating and passing in and out of consciousness. The suspense is too much. Will he ever make it home to his brave and long suffering Abigail? Will he survive to become America's first Vice-President and the nation's second President?

Grueling and never-ending is known as "epic" or "saga" in TV world. Or better still, "Epic Saga."

See John Adams vomiting on his Atlantic crossing as he seeks French help for the revolution. See John Adams go into a coughing fit as he appeals to the government of the Netherlands for cash. See the viewers turn away in droves. See HBO scratch what have become pretty empty heads of late as they ask, "Where did we go wrong? It's a political season! We had the Internet saturated in banner ads for months! Everyone loves Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney!" Yeah. And we watched the first few installments. And then many viewers said, "Shit, I don't know if I can take another episode of this."

But still, we'll likely see Paul Giamatti get a gratuitous Emmy nod for what will be considered his "moving and courageous" performance.

"OK, Paul. In this scene you're coughing - and I mean really, really coughing. Coughing your lungs out and gonna blow open your stomach coughing. I want to hear it, Paul. Also, give me that eyes half-closed thing you do so well - and add a touch of the world-weary cynic head-hang that you're famous for. Ready, Paul? Great. and...Action!"

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  • I wondered how that show would turn out (I don't have HBO)... must be appealing to the same crowd who never paid attention in History class and probably thinks Pocahontas married John Smith....

    By Blogger Thinking In Vain, at March 25, 2008 at 9:46 AM  

  • Damn, Packs. If you're a true patriot, you'll start liking this show post haste. Communist!

    (Notice he vomited red, white, and God-fearing blue. That's right.)

    By Anonymous M.M.McDermott, at March 25, 2008 at 12:38 PM  

  • Where is my goddamned American flag lapel pin?

    By Blogger Jetpacks, at March 25, 2008 at 5:55 PM  

  • It got burnt cuz we're not American loving freedom fighters. All I know is that I put the show on twice and it helped me go to bed early both times...... so at the very least it's a great sleep aid. I dunno. HBO sometimes really nails it, other times it doesn't and when I finally feel compelled to watch a series for however what the fuckish it might be (John From Cincinnati) they cancel it.... hmm. Oh well.

    By Blogger joker, at April 2, 2008 at 10:33 AM  

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