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Star Trek Voyager Reviews

Posted: February 13, 2011 by Matthew Casey in TV Reviews
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So in addition to being a weather fanatic, I also LOVE Star Trek. Every now and then I will be posting some reviews of Star Trek: Voyager episodes. They will sort of be like Brendan’s SNL Retro reviews. This is just a heads up for what’s coming! Because I know that I haven’t posted on here in quite some time!

Can’t wait to get my first review started!

Chow!


By Matthew Casey

Okay wow.  I knew it was going to be bad, but “bad” is not the proper word for the first Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  I would have to say the word to describe it is dreadful.  I went into the show trying to convince myself that it might (and I use that sparingly) be a good show.  For some odd reason I figured that Leno would have changed his style a bit.  I was clearly mistaken and really I shouldn’t be surprised about it.

Where to start with this train wreck…? The opening was just plain horrible and lame! The play on the whole seven months being a bad dream was just boring.   I was glad to see Betty White though, God I love that lady!  Secondly the monologue was so typical of  Lenoism humour–hey I think I just invented a term here!  He stays safe and predictable all the time.  All of his jokes are based on sexual suggestions and the type of comedy that your Uncle Bob tells at the yearly family reunion.

The whole searching for a desk skit really provided to me a cross-section of Jay’s target audience.  Every house he went to the people were quite old one guy even had his pajamas on at seven pm according to Jay.  This showed that Jay’s audience is mostly made up of 65-95 year old people in my opinion.   These are the people who Jay so painfully reaches out to by refusing to change his boring comedic style.  By focusing on these people I feel that Leno alienates a younger audience and in my opinion that’s who he should be trying to target.  Soon all of Jay’s audience will be so old that they wont be able to stay up past nine pm and they may have to move the show to an earlier time slot to accommodate them!

After we were graced by the style of this insightful piece we then meet Jamie Foxx as the first guest.  He is a great actor and I respect him.  But his attempts at hyping up the audience for Jay was as sad as watching a little puppy being hit by a car.  I thought to myself, how much did NBC or Leno have to pay Foxx to get him to turn a lackluster Blackeyed Peas song, I Got  A Feeling , into a version of “Tonight’s going to be a Jay night“?  Really? It didn’t even make that much sense.   So while Foxx was a great guest, I just feel sorry that he was on such a horrible show!  The only exciting part was when he broke his water glass on the floor just before going to commercial.

He then interviewed Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn which was okay.  Again, Jay had to put his same old boring slap stick comedy in there by showing a Sports Illustrated magazine with Jay on the cover in a skiing position instead of Vonn.   He showed this because apparently Vonn has gotten some controversy over her pose on the cover saying that it was a sexually suggestive pose.   The fact is though that is how you ski!  But again Jay’s attempt at evoking a laugh from me here failed.

Finally the show reached its long overdue homestretch with musical guest Brad Paisley.  This show just seemed to drag on and on! It was the longest hour of my life.  Paisley did an excellent job singing his latest hit “American Saturday Night”.  Although, I have to say that I was disappointed when he replaced a chorus line in the song.  The line is supposed to be “Live from New York it’s Saturday Night!” as an homage to the great American institution which is Saturday Night Live.  Instead Paisley replaced it to “Jay it up” as it were with “Live from Burbank it’s Saturday Night.”  In my opinion it was another feeble attempt at revving up the “Jaymobile” that at least for me failed.

So with all of that the credits FINALLY rolled! And this nightmare was over.   So I ask myself, do I tune in tomorrow as well? I might, just to see how horrible Sarah Palin makes herself look after her interview.  But after that not a chance!  I won’t be watching the Tonight Show again and that’s a fact. I guess my late night is restricted to Saturday Night Live from here on out.

My rating of the first show is F–Jamie Foxx or not, this show deserves NOTHING more than that except maybe to be pulled off the air!


Well, I guess you could call this an article and a review of the show as I fully intended to do an entire recap of the show based on some of the notes I took.

Honestly though, I’m going to make this brief.

First of all, I used to think Jay Leno was funny. Used to. Back in the late nineties and early 2000’s, I thought he was a decent choice for the host of the Tonight Show until his material just started getting stale and watered down. That’s when I yearned for Coco and couldn’t wait for him to take over.

Then you know what happened.

So, Jay’s back and was it worth watching his first episode back at all?

Well, the first thing they did was a Wizard of Oz parody involving Jay, Kevin Eubanks, Ross the Intern, and a surprise appearance from John Melendez and an even bigger surprise appearance by Betty White. Despite the presence of the great Betty White, this was a pretty lame way to start the show.

What followed was a ridiculously long standing ovation for Jay upon his arrival to the stage and then a ridiculously unfunny monologue peppered with a couple of “hilarious” videos. One involved a skiier punching Leno while he stood in the audience at the Olympics and the other one was the backside of a person wearing very tight pants. Oh-haha! Stop! My sides! They’re a-splitting!

Jay also showed a video later on about him finding the perfect desk for the Tonight Show. A couple of lame cameos from Adam Carolla and Randy Jackson later, the piece was thankfully over.

Jamie Foxx was his first guest of the night. Despite the fact that I enjoy Foxx and his energy, the obvious pandering to Jay during the entire interview and his chants of “Welcome back!” were a little too much for me. Foxx remained interesting throughout the interview though, so that’s more than Jay can say for himself.

Jay’s second guest was Olympian skiier (and HOTTIE) Lindsey Vonn, who came out with her gold and bronze medals and talked about stuff. Seriously, she was pretty dry and aside from her looks, most everything about her was boring.

Brad Paisley was the musical guest, but I turned the show off before that. I just couldn’t take anymore.

This whole debacle gets a D (would be lower if not for Foxx) and LIKES it.

PS: Jay Leno, RETIRE. NOW!


Well folks, it has come to this. The final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien aired tonight (or as I like to refer to it – The Tonight Show with the Only Funny Host It’s Had Besides Johnny Carson) with guests Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, and musical guest Neil Young.

But tonight wasn’t really about the guests. Tonight was about the pale-faced warrior himself, Conan O’Brien, and his last night on television to entertain us as a host for at least seven months.

Way back in 1993, a young man named Conan O’Brien auditioned to take over the reigns of Late Night after David Letterman jumped ship to CBS after a dispute with the network. With much assistance from Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels, Conan was able to obtain the show. After three or four years of struggling to find his niche, Conan became extremely popular with the young college-aged crowd specifically with his knack for off-the-wall comedy and experimental humor.

When Conan was finally announced to take over The Tonight Show, many people (myself included) were ecstatic. And now ever since the whole “Late Night Shuffle” (I’ll spare everyone with the well-known details), it looks like this was the last show tonight for Mr. O’Brien after only seven months of some of the most inventive and funny bits in quite some time.

So, the show specifically? How was it tonight? Well, simply put it was a very classy and beautiful way to go out for the Cone Zone. After a monologue poking fun at the whole ordeal (which has become somewhat of a mainstay these past few weeks) followed by a great montage of Conan’s Tonight Show moments, Conan gave a number of suggestions about what NBC could do with the studio with it being vacated now.

Following this, Steve Carell made a delightful appearance as an NBC executive to administer an exit interview with Conan (“How was your time spent at NBC? Positive? Very Positive? Or Extremely Positive?”).

The guests were delightful. After Tom Hanks got Conan feeling a little woozy on cream soda, he talked about the history he had with Coco and cracked wise with him for a solid fifteen minutes. It should be noted that Hanks can be credited with the aforementioned nickname for Conan and it is sure to be one that will stick for a long time.

Surprisingly, Conan’s second guest was Neil Young performing and he was, as always, quite wonderful.

Then it was time for Conan to speak seriously.

While on the verge of tears, Conan announced to everyone that he had the best time in his life in these past seven months. Of course, in usual classy fashion, he was quick to point out that he did not blame anyone for the fiasco and that it was a decision he ultimately just had to make. He relayed the message to everyone not to be cynical and to instead to just work really hard and be kind to others because it will all pay off. For God sakes, he even thanked NBC for all they’ve done for him over the past 20 years. The man has butt-loads of class.

The show then ended with a bang as Will Ferrell, Beck, ZZ Top, Max Weinberg, and Conan himself performed “Freebird” for the live audience. Ferrell stopped between a few verses to mack on some pregnant blond chick that accompanied him on stage, but the song was performed very genuinely and if you looked closely, you could see Conan crack a smile and sigh deeply.

Credits.

I will be the first one to admit that I have not been the most avid watcher of The Tonight Show as I should have been, but this episode was a truly wonderful way to go out for Conan O’Brien and I hope that he only has good things ahead in his future for the benefit of him and his family.

Farewell, Coco. Thanks for the laughs.

Thanks for the memories.