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Two reviews from me this week, one for Ms. Marvel #1 (which was mostly excellent) and Wolverine #1 (which was mostly not).
Super Bowl XLVIII
Boy, that game sure did suck, didn't it?
New Girl: Prince
I'm not the world's biggest Prince fan (despite being Minnesotan, I basically have no strong opinions on him), but I love the idea of casting him as some kind of impish relationship guru with magic powers and butterfly familiars, and in general appreciate that, as much as this was still Prince, the show made a character out of him, rather than just dropping him into their big post-Super Bowl episode for the sake of having an attention-getting guest star.
Top Chef: Maui Wowie/Finale
Not much to say about the first part of the finale, other than that once they announced there would only be two finalists, I pretty much figured it would be Nick and either Shirley or Nina, just based on the season thus far. I'd have then guessed Shirley over Nina, but I'm not at all surprised Nina made it to the final finale. Still would have preferred Shirley and Nina as the final two.
It's tough to get too worked up about the results, because once Shirley fell victim to the show's lame non-cumulative approach, the top chef of the season as presented was no longer in the running. Still, I'm irked that Nick won, mainly because he seems like the worst kind of dick: one who is utterly incapable of realizing he's being a dick. Cursing out your wait staff so loudly the diners hear it? Try that in your own restaurant and see how long you're in business, pal.
All his anger was pointless anyway, because the capability of the wait staff never played into the decision, and Nick knows that. The judges don't care what happens at the other tables so long as their food is good. This isn't restaurant wars. And then when Nick's behavior was brought up, it was quickly dismissed, because as always, this is really Top Cook, not Top Chef.
Has any contestant ever made it this far when told so consistently that their food was under-seasoned? Seriously, what kind of idiot does Nick need to be to just not have a standing order to himself to season his food until he thinks it's good, then toss some salt as it goes out the doors, because clearly the judges want more seasoning. He deserved to lose just for failing to make that adjustment so consistently.
So Nick joins the ranks of Ilan and Hosea as the most unlikeable Top Chefs, and hopefully we'll never hear from him again.
The editing of Judges' Table did Tom no favors, basically making it look like he bullied Padma, Hugh and Emeril into crowning Nick Top Chef (Padma's eye-roll when Tom said he loved Nick's scallop noodle dish was a thing of beauty).
Also awesome: Stephanie's complete inability to smile when Nick won. Stick it to him, girl!
The Big Bang Theory: The Convention Conundrum
This was a pretty hilarious episode, largely on the strength of a phenomenal James Earl Jones appearance, but I do have one nitpick: how did Sheldon get to James Earl Jones' favorite sushi restaurant with Leonard unable to drive him?
Parks and Recreation: Farmers Market
How awesome was Ron's reaction to getting an iPod/rectangle? Also hilarious, Ron always referring to Ann as "Nurse" (and not the nurse) and Ben's calm assurance that he and Leslie were going to die in that fountain.
Other Stuff I Watched
Mom "Leather Cribs and Medieval Rack" & "Fireballs and Bullet Holes", Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Operation: Broken Feather", Trophy Wife "Foxed Lunch", The Goldbergs "Just Friends"
Schmidt: Hey, guys, how are we going to transport all this cargo? Oh, great, we have Nick’s pants, we’re saved.
Prince: Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt for.
Jess: That’s very well put.
Prince: You know who said that?
Adam Sandler: I’m a serious person. I’m writing a movie right now about the Russian
Peralta: Oh, really, who does Kevin James play in it?
Sandler: Ha, it’s a
serious movie. Trotsky.
Pete: You can’t let Diane get to you. She brings her own comment cards to restaurants.
The Big Bang Theory
Carrie Fisher: It’s not funny anymore, James!
James Earl Jones: Then why am I laughing?
Parks and Recreation
Leslie: The reason is, it’s vegetable porn! Porn on the cob! I’m sorry, I’m very good at vegetable puns.