My TV Addiction

Olympics-1500 meter Short Track

I love the short track events during the Winter Olympics and I’ll admit the biggest draw for me is watching Apolo Ohno and the Koreans.  It’s always exciting and you never really know what may happen.  Someone in first or second place can be taken out in a moment changing up the whole race.

As for Apolo Ohno, I can’t believe he is 27 now.  I remember seeing him at his first Olympics and thinking he was so young and now they mention that he is a little old to still be competing.  They even mention that a lot of the coaches he sees in the coaches box are people he skated against in the past.

Tonight’s race was the 1500 meter.  In the first heat I thought the Korean waited too long to make his move and he barely came in second.  American, Jordan Malone, gets disqualified in his heat and Apolo wins his heat with no problem.  He hung in last place until almost the end of the race and nicely moved up to the front.

Semifinals heat

Apolo is in the first semifinal heat.  At the start Apolo starts in last place as usual.  He quickly starts making his way up and finishes in second place.  There was a review of if Apolo pushed the Lee Jung-Su from Korea but he was cleared and he and Lee move on with the Canadian hopeful being edged out in third.

American J.R. Celski was in the third semifinal heat.  I recognize him from The Biggest Loser.  Apparently he was involved in an accident that ended with his skate cutting deeply into his thigh.  This event is his first time competing since the Olympic tryouts and he made a nice showing qualifying for the finals.


There are 3 Koreans and 2 Americans in the finals so it should be interesting.   In the start the Chinese and Canadian start in first.  Then Apolo moves up to first with JR Celski moving up as well.  There is a lot of moving taking place. In the last lap Apolo goes from second to fourth and it looks like he’s out of the medal contention but two of the Koreans take each other out and Apolo moves into second and Celski into third!  Lee Jung-Su takes the gold.  Ouch, the Koreans go from having the podium locked up and then this happens.  Apolo gets his 6th Olympic medal equally Bonnie Blair. 


Survivor Heroes vs. Villains Premiere

I was hoping this season would live up to my expectations and the premiere was not a disappointment.  In the first challenge we had our first two injuries and the villains proved why they were on the villains tribe.

Reward Challenge

The first reward challenge was a sandbag was buried beneath the sand.  2 heroes and 2 villains race out to dig up the bag and the first back to their mat with the bag win a point.  First to 3 points wins.  In the first face off one of the villains dislocates Stephanie’s shoulder and the villains get a point.   Colby got taken down by Coach and villains had 2 points.  Sandra unclips Sugar’s top during their tussle but even topless Sugar scores a point for the heroes.  I forget who scored the heroes second point but it gets tied up.  James scores the winning point for the heroes but Rupert breaks a toe.

At Camp

On the villains tribe I don’t remember a lot of the women.  Sandra, Danielle and the blondie look familiar but don’t remember them.  Tyson is also familiar but I don’t recall him from his season.  Jeri is making her move on Coach after she expresses her surprise that Coach actually took down Colby during the challenge.  Everyone on the tribe is teasing Jeri about how she might find love with Coach.  Russell is already approaching Parvati and Danielle to go to the final two.

The heroes luck out on their first day and find 3 wild chickens and manage to catch all three.  You gotta wonder if they were planted near their camp because they are the heroes and the producers wanted to make it like they have good karma.  JT and James are talking to each other to look out for each other.  Colby and Candace are talking about who might partner up.  They worry Amanda and Cirie might pair up and Stephanie and Tom might team up.  Amanda is worried that since she, James and Cirie were on the same tribe before they might be a target.  Tom and Stephanie are discussing who to hook up with.  Tom thinks maybe JT because in the final two he wants to go up against someone else who already won a million dollars.  He makes a deal with JT.

Back on the villains tribe Rob is irritated because no one wants to work and build fire to boil water.  Rob is trying but Randy says why even bother trying.  Rob actually manages to come up with an idea and builds fire.  Thank goodness they didn’t listen to Randy.  I’m really impressed by Rob.It’s been 6 years since he played but he hasn’t lost his touch.  Now Coach is idolizing Rob.  This ticks Russell off and he comments that Rob may think he’s in charge but Russell is still the king of the hill.

At the heroes tribe Rupert isn’t having any luck building a fire and gives up.   Colby, JT and Stephanie manage to start it so Rupert starts worrying with his broken toe and not being able to contribute as much may make him a liability.  Colby is getting frustrated with Sugar because they are all trying to sleep and she keeps chasing him and talking loud enough to wake up everyone.

LOL. Rob is hilarious.  He was going to try and scale a palm tree to get some palm fronds.  He decides he is not going to risk falling and hurting himself but he figures he can get Coach to do it because of his ego.   He bets Sandra that Coach will do it but in the end Coach gives up.

Immunity Challenge

Five tribe members have to race to assemble a boat and use 7 planks to hold it together and paddle out to retrieve a torch.  They paddle back and the remaining 4 members have to assemble a 4 layer puzzle then use the planks to build a ladder.  Then all members have to climb up and then they have to start a fire to win.  The heroes get their boat together quickly.  They head out while the villains are still assembling their boat.  Heroes get back first and start on their puzzle.  Cirie, Rupert, Amanda and Sugar are working on it.  They are having a hard time on the puzzle and the villains catch up and they take the lead.  The villains solve the puzzle first and start working on the ladder.  And the villains win first immunity!

The Scrambling

So I think either Sugar or Rupert should go.  I love Rupert but with a broken toe it’s going to be rough.  Sugar really serves no purpose on the tribe.  Colby comes to the same conclusion.  Sugar started crying and he says if she can’t survive the first 3 days without a break down she shouldn’t be out there.

The villains are happy that they won first and debating who the heroes will be voting out.  As Russell puts it the heroes are over there being villains trying to figure out who goes home.  I’m shocked that Cirie says she thinks Amanda should go.  Amanda is one of their strongest women.  Sugar says if Amanda and James are together they need to break that up.  They are thinking way to far ahead.  Right now they need to think of winning challenges.  The others are thinking Sugar but Tom thinks maybe Cirie because she’s the manipulator.  Candace talks to Cirie and Amanda about breaking up Tom and Stephanie.  Cirie wants to keep Sugar because she’s annoying and less strong than Cirie so she wants to keep her around.  I really think it’s stupid to get rid of Stephanie or Amanda.  That’s like shooting themselves in the foot.

Tribal Council

Jeff talks about some of the reasons to vote someone off.  He also brings up on the disaster of the immunity challenge.  I really can’t tell which way people are going to go.  But any move other than Cirie or Sugar seems stupid to me.

The Votes

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar, Sugar, Amanda, Sugar, Sugar.  Sugar is the first person voted out this season.

The Biggest Loser 2/9

I missed recapping last week’s episode but the main surprises were that John the last of the brown team went home and Miggy was actually much more likeable without Migdalia around.  Miggy amazed me that she walked 13 miles the day after having her appendix out.  Talk about amazing.

This week’s episode was Olympic week.  They went to Colorado to stay at the Olympic training center and met a bunch of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls.  The other big change this week is they are no longer weighing in as teams. Everyone is on their own plus two people would be going home.  One person will fall below the red line and automatically goes home.  Two will fall below the yellow line and the house will vote on which one goes home.

One of the Olympic hopefuls they met was a speed skater who was making a comeback after a bad fall that ended up with his skate blade cutting deeply into his thigh.  That is my main fear about ice skating in general.   He demos the slide board on which one slides from side to side almost like you are skating.  Allison tells the contestants that the first 3 to slide back and forth 500 times will get an advantage this week.  Melissa starts off strong and leads the pack but starts to falter at the end.  So Sam ends up coming in first, Melissa second and Sunshine (yellow team) third.

The next challenge is a circuit course out in the snow with targets set up for each player.  They will all be given a “gun” and they have to run in a circle and choose someone’s target to hit.  After a person receives 5 hits they are out of the game.  The three winners from the previous competition find out their advantage is that Sam can give 3 “hits” to any player(s) he wants, Melissa 2 hits and Sunshine 1.  Both Melissa and Sunshine decide to target Sam so he goes in with 3 out of his 5 targets already hit.  In retaliation he gives Melissa two hits and sunshine one.  So Melissa said although the three of them were supposed to be have won an advantage they ended up at a disadvantage and basically shot themselves in the foot.  The winner of this competition gets immunity at the weigh in.  In the end O’neil (yellow team) ends up winning immunity.

The weigh in was another shocker.  A lot of them had a rough week with the traveling to Colorado and having their routine changed up but the most amazing was that Melissa gained a pound and ended up falling below the red line and going home.  Cheryl and Daryl fell below the yellow line and then Allison announces another surprise.  Instead of the house voting who goes home, the two of them will compete to see who goes home.  It turns out to be an endurance competition where they are basically crouched down balancing a lit torch on their heads.  Whoever lasts the longest gets to stay.  The show ends up with a cliff hanger so we don’t find out who wins.

I honestly don’t really care who goes home since both Sam and Koli are safe and they are the ones I’m rooting for.

The Biggest Loser 1/26

Ok, I have to admit I watched The Biggest Loser at the beginning and then took a long break and just started watching again last season but was there always this much drama on The Biggest Loser?  First off the red team.  Do they honestly believe anyone believes Melissa when she says she is not playing the game and threw her weigh ins when she had immunity?  Come on!  Really, get over it and just admit you are playing the game.  I do admire Jillian for sticking to her guns and not backing down from what she believes.  I feel like Bob took the easy way out and this is the second time he’s done that this season.  I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that the producers are pushing him to be the nicer one since they like having Jillian being abrasive but they need to keep the players on the ranch.

Then the green team.  Their attitude is so frustrating and they are so abrasive.  I really think their attitude in the long run is going to hurt them.  After a challenge the red team gave the green team a 2lb disadvantage which of course sucks but the attitude the green team threw was out of line I think.  Then at the weigh in they fell below the yellow line and again they attacked the red team even though the 2lb disadvantage didn’t make a difference and they would have fell under the yellow line anyway.  Then when when they went in front of the rest of the house again they had attitude and Migdalia just said she wanted to go home and that’s it.  She wouldn’t go into any real reasons why and both she and her mom stood there angry, with their arms crossed and just giving off waves of anger.  Honestly I think both Migdalia and her mom are a negative vibe in the house and it will be better when they are gone.

As for the rest of the show, I still love the gray team.  They just seem like such sweet guys and I loved that they won the reward competition to call home.  They worked great together and really encouraged one another.  They had the choice to give 3 other teams the chance to call home as well.  They chose the red team who came in second because they said they missed their mom and they understood how hard it was for both parents to be on the show and leave their kids behind.  They also gave John the phone call because he lost his brother early on and he also has a young son at home.  The third one to get a phone call was Migdalia so she could talk to her husband and kids.  I actually teared up watching some of their phone calls.

In the end Migdalia went home even though the teams were split.  Some felt Migdalia needed to stay but most honored the green team’s wishes and sent her home.  Should be interesting to see how next week goes.

The Biggest Loser 1/19/10

I just finished watching yesterday’s episode of The Biggest Loser and boy was this an interesting episode.  The twist for this week was teacher/student.  Only one person from each team would train with Bob and Jillian and would have to train their partner and only the weight loss of the student would count in the final weigh in.  First off the pink team won a temptation challenge for the price of just 10 calories.  Their prize was able to choose who was going to be the student and teacher for each team.   This pissed off Migdalia from the green team but when confronted by Bob and Gillian she refused to admit it.

This eventually lead to a confrontation as Jillian tried to get Migdalia admit to some emotional issues she had.  Migdalia got pissed because she felt like Jillian was saying she was a bad mom and her own mom was a bad mom.  She threatened to walk off the show.  Bob goes to talk to her and calms her down.  It seemed to me he kind of threw Jillian under the bus since he was the one who prompted Jillian to push Migdalia but I guess the goal was to just keep Migdalia in the house.  I just hope Jillian knew what Bob was going to do.  I actually agree with what Jillian said though.  She said the likelihood of Migdalia’s daughter ending up overweight unless she changes was high and Migdalia disagreed.  I totally agreed with Jillian on that point.

The second piece of drama started to show near the end where they show Michael from the white team slacking off during the workouts.  Granted his mom was the “student” but everyone else was still working off.  So a lot of the other teams got irritated by his attitude.   When the white team falls below the yellow line at least two teams admitted wanting to vote him off instead of his mom despite Michael’s mom’s plea to let him stay.  In the end most of the teams honored Maria’s wish despite their irritation with Michael.

The third piece of drama came up when the red team weighed in.  Lance was the student so his weigh in and he did great but Melissa only lost 1 lb.  This was on top of her 1lb gain last week.  Bob and Jillian were pissed and felt she did it on purpose.  Melissa blows up and says she did not throw the week but I doubt anyone believed her.  It’s hard to imagine after a 1lb gain last week and if she really worked out and followed the eating plan that she would only lose 1lb this week.  Lance didn’t make a comment and I couldn’t tell if he was mad at Jillian and Bob for calling Melissa a liar or upset at Melissa.

I understand why Maria wanted Michael to stay but I think unless Michael’s attitude changes he’s not going to make it with a permanent weight loss.  As for Melissa I think she threw the week but guess we’ll see next week.

Star Trek: The Next Generation-Tapestry (What if you could change your past?)

Season 6

Episode: Tapestry

This episode opens up with a team being beamed directly to sick bay and Picard being near death due to a blast that took out his artificial heart.  As he is dying Q appears and asks him why did he have an artificial heart?  If he had a real heart the blast might not have killed him.  Picard tells him it was due to a stupid encounter during youth that he regrets.  So Q makes him the offer to change his past and takes Picard back to his academy days right before he gets into the fight that ends with him getting stabbed in the heart and needing a replacement.  Picard manages to avoid the fight but when Q returns Picard to his present life he is no longer captain of the Enterprise.  Instead he is a low level officer who according to Riker and Counselor Troi doesn’t have much of a future in a command position.  They said he isn’t willing to take risks to get noticed.  In the end some of the actions Picard regretted were key to shaping the person he was and he never learned that life can be short and he needs to embrace it.  Upon his regret Q returns things to the way they were and gives Picard his life back.

Episodes with Q are always fun but this one also makes me think.  If you could go back in time and change something in your past, would you?

For me I was thinking back to an experience I had in the 5th or 6th grade when a teacher once told me and a couple other students that we were too aggressive in taking charge in various situations and we needed to let the other students have a chance in the leadership positions.  I don’t really recall my younger years very well so I can’t remember if I was totally bossy or if I just liked being in charged but I honestly think that affected me through out my later years.  Today I find myself being reluctant to take any sort of leadership positions and I’m always afraid of hurting people’s feelings or not letting everyone participate.  In fact, I think I’ve gone to the opposite extreme but it is so ingrained I find it hard to overcome.  I wonder what my life would have been like if that teacher never had that discussion with me.

Star Trek: The Next Generation-Cause and Effect

Season 5

Episode: Cause and Effect

This episode opens up with Riker, Crusher, Data and Worf playing a poker game and Crusher gets a feeling of deja vu.  Throughout the day she continues to have this feeling but cannot figure out why.  Then the Enterprise encounters a distortion and end up running into another star ship that appears out of nowhere.  Before we see what happens the show resets back to the beginning with the opening poker game.  This repeats a couple times and each time more and more of the crew start to feel the sense of deja vu and they realize that something happened that threw them into a time loop and they are repeating the same day over and over.  In one loop they figure out a way to send a short message to Data’s brain.  In the last loop instead of the cards they were expecting in the poker game they all get a 3 and then they all get 3 of a kind.  Throughout the day the number 3 appears in a ton of different random situations.  When the Enterprise finally encounters the other starship Data realizes the three is referring to the number of rank pips on Riker’s collar and that his course of action is the correct one to save the ship.  Once the crew recovers they find out they were caught in the time loop for 17 days.  Then when they contact the other starship they find out it’s a ship that has been out of use for 80 years.

I really like episodes like this with time loops or time shifts.  It was interesting to see the slow realization of the crew that something was not right.  As a big reader it was also nice to see even this far in the future we see Picard curling up with a good old fashioned book before bed.

The star power trivia for this episode is the captain of the ship that was caught in the loop with the Enterprise was played by Kelsey Grammar.  This episode was back in 1992 so right towards the end of the Cheers run.

Star Trek: The Next Generation-The Game

Season 5

Episode-The Game

While vacationing on Risa an alien woman introduces Riker to a new “game” that he takes back to the Enterprise.  He gets back just in time for the Enterprise with Wesley Crusher who is on break from the Academy.   Slowly Riker starts introducing the rest of the crew to the game and soon the entire crew other than Wesley and a woman he started dating, Ensign Leffler.  Wesley and Leffler start to investigate this game and find out that it was designed to be addictive and it also affects the higher reasoning portion of the brain.  Coincidentally the only person who would not be affective, Data, is out of commission.  What Wesley and Leffler do not know is that Dr. Crusher, Riker and Troi sabotaged Data.   Wesley manages to fix Data in time to prevent Picard and the rest of the crew from turning over the ship and infecting the rest of Starfleet to serve an alien race which the woman who first introduced Riker to the game belongs to.

A few highlights from this episode are of course Wil Wheaton is back which when I was younger was a big deal.  I will admit I used to have a crush on him.  The other random star power fact is that Ashley Judd played Robin Leffler.  Looking at IMDb it looks like this might have been Judd’s film debut.  She starred in two episodes, The Game and Darmok.  It’s actually pretty amazing how many stars actually had walk on roles on Star Trek at the beginning of their careers.

Star Trek: The Next Generation-Disaster

Season 5

Episode: Disaster

This episode opens with Picard taking 3 children who were winners of the science fair on a tour of the ship.  During the tour the ship runs into a quantum filament that damages the ship, takes down communication and traps the crew in various parts of the ship.  Picard’s ankle is broken and he has to try and get the children to safety.  In the meantime Troi, O’Brien and Ensign Ro are on the bridge and it turns out Troi is the ranking officer.  She is faced with a tough choice when a containment leak threatens to blow up the entire ship.  She can either separate the saucer section and rescue those in it or diver energy to engineering and hope someone is still alive and can stop the leak.  Ensign Ro is for separating as there is no evidence anyone is alive.  Troi overrides her objections and waits.  Thankfully Data and Riker make their way to engineering in time to stop the leak.

A funny side story is that Keiko O’Brien goes into labor and only has Worf to help her deliver.  Nothing like seeing a big old Klingon trying to walk a human woman through labor based solely off of his experience during a simulation.  He even growls at one point how this labor was very unorderly unlike the simulation.

The other humorous part of this episode was seeing Picard’s discomfort with the idea of having to spend time with three kids.

I think this episode was a nice prelude to Troi’s re-evaluating her position on the Enterprise.  She holds the rank of Lt. Commander but during the emergency she had no clue about any standard procedures, any science information, etc.  In a way it is kind of scary to have someone with that little background in charge that you can understand some of Ensign Ro’s angst.

Sanctuary Episode “Haunted”

This episode opens up with John back and helping to transport South African empaths whose ship is going down out of range of any of the Sanctuary’s rescue crews.  From the beginning you can see something is wrong with John.  After the rescue one of the empaths comes across John in the Sanctuary and mentions seeing a darkness controlling him.  This triggers John into killing her and then he goes on to try and kill Magnus and Kate.  Magnus uses some sort of weapon that kills John and as she tries to resuscitate him there is a power surge as he comes back to life.   As the various Sanctuary members are spread out in the castle the security measures start going haywire and traps them in separate parts of the castle.

It turns out that the power surge was some sort of evil, killing being that was living in John until it was “shocked”  out of him.  In order to stop it from killing everyone in the Sanctuary John offers himself back up to house the energy again to try and minimize it’s ability to kill.  My DVR cut off the last few minutes but it was sad to see John struggle between wanting to be good and wanting to return to his evil, Jack the Ripper persona.

I was glad to see John back.  After they got rid of Ashley I thought the show was going down hill.  Still not a fan of Kate but it’s nice to see John back.