Rachael Nisenkier

I was going to come on here and complain that the penultimate episode of BSGwas all sorts of flashback-y nonsense (with a dose of machismo badassery built in) but I’ve decided not to. I’m hoping, sincerely, and mostly optimistic, that at the end of next week’s two hour series finale, I’ll feel like every drunken-bird-fighting […]

I don’t need a very special episode of The Daily Show to tune in, but every once in a while it’s kind of fun, even if it always means that the next day all the bloggers will talk about how disappointing it was (see also: his interviews with Kerry, Clintons Bill and Hillary). But trust […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

The Office and 30 Rock, after both having strong showings last week, were sort of underwhelming tonight. The Office‘s plot was pretty weak, in particular. After Michael’s misguided, Willy Wonka-inspired Golden Ticket promotion goes awry (losing the company 50% of their biggest client’s money), David Wallace is looking for someone to blame. One of the […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I’ll admit it: I watched Castle entirely because Nathan “Tight Pants” Fillion stars. It certainly wasn’t because I was feeling a major lack of procedural crime dramas in my life. My Bones obsession not withstanding, I’m not really a huge fan of shows that center around a story-of-the-week murder. But let’s be honest, I’d probably […]

Not being much of a fan of porn myself, but being a huge fan of Kevin Smith movies, I would have never known who Tracy Lords was if it weren’t for a certain bubble popping incident in the Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks comedy Zach and Miri Make a Porno. Which means, I would have […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

For those of us who love all things Chuck-y, this was a pretty up and down episode. The plot went like this: hottie-accented-spy-guy from last week escapes (conveniently) from Fulcrum to come and make googoo eyes at Sarah while Chuck clings weakly to his self-respect, and ineptly saves Sarah and Casey from gun point, before […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

This week’s Big Bang Theory was a consistent half hour of geeky giggles. The icing on the proverbial cake? A guest starring role by none-other than River Tam/she-terminator Summer Glau. The plot forced the four geeks (and Summer Glau, as herself) onto a train for eleven hours, because Sheldon likes the clickety clack of the […]

Last week, inspired by the sort of nostalgia that leads Ted to tell the story to his kids in the first place, I was all sorts of easy on How I Met Your Mother. I enjoyed it the same way you enjoy seeing old friends after a long time apart. This week, with “Sorry, Bro,” […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I’ll save you the suspense: Dollhouse still isn’t quite the show it could be. But this week, with the twisty and intriguing episode “Grey Hour”, it got one step closer. Along with the second episode, “Grey Hour” felt like a well-conceived and well-executed mission-of-the-week. The plot was this: Echo was sent out as “Taffy,” a […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Sometimes I think my opinions of Battlestar Galactic episodes are as schizophrenic as Starbuck on her mission to Earth. For example, last week I complained that it focused on Starbuck’s very messed up psyche at the expense of action scenes and big reveals. This week’s episode was practically devoid of shooting and Last-Cylon–esque reveals, but […]

Some weeks, The Office is more like a laughathon. It’s high concept and the guffaws come closely together. And most of the time that’s okay with me, but it’s always a balancing act between pathos and hilarity. This week, the show was just human. It was all about a group of people who work together […]

I am well-documented in my love for FOX’s BONES, starring Emily Deschanel and David “Angel” Boreanaz as sexual-tensioned investigators (okay technically she’s a scientist and he’s an investigator, but they both investigate, so sue me.). And half the fun is wondering each and every episode: is this the one where they finally get down with […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Oh How I Met Your Mother. I missed you. It’s not that this week’s episode, “The Stinsons”, was one of my all time favorites. The plot was a bit outlandish for my taste. It featured Barney making up an entire family in order to keep his mom (Frances Conroy, from Six Feet Under) happy. Most […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

General consensus on this week’s Dollhouse is that it’s a subpar offering sandwiched in between the greatly improved second episode and the (hopefully) awesome fourth episode. And it is, subpar, I mean, thanks to the far-too-on-the-nose A-story involving Echo playing backup singer* to a Rihanna-esque superstar with a poorly-formed death wish, who waxes poetic about […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

One of my favorite things about BSG (or, really, any show I truly love) is its ability to mix together deep human drama with external badassery. But after episodes like last night’s, I just wish they were better at doing ti within the same episode. I wish that we didn’t have to go from episode […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

This week’s Valentine’s Themed CHUCK offering was everything I could hope for as a diehard. The Chuck and Sarah tension was perfect. This week’s mystery (involving a cul–de-sac full of Fulcrum) was satisfying, intense and funny. Even the Buy More stuff (so often the downfall of other wise fantastic episodes) was spot on and heralded […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Seriously? (In honor of Valentine’s, I thought you all would like a little Jon Hamm. Enjoy, but as a warning, he gets a bit needy when his pyro daughter shows up and his mother/grandmother dies.)

  Rachael Nisenkier

There was no way I was going to watch tonight’s premier of Joss Whedon’s new show Dollhouse and think anything other than “WEEEE.” If just the name Joss Whedon weren’t enough (which it most certainlyis for me), add in Eliza Dushku (who I think was tremendous and heart wrenching as Faith), Tahmoh Penikket (and those […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Now, I’m not one of those people just looking for the Daily Show proclaimed President Gallant to fail. I’m willing to give him time on the Stimulus plan, on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on closing down Gitmo and getting the educational system back on the right track. I don’t shake my fists in […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Each week, my two most hotly anticipated shows vary. But this week, after two weeks off, they were 100% Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother. Both of which had pretty “meh” episodes, with sprinklings of the brilliance we normally see. Gossip Girl this week told us the tale of Blair’s seemingly-apocalyptic quest to […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

With a show that gives you as much emotional toil as Battlestar Galactica, that is the type of generation spanning epic space-and-morality drama that BSG is, it’s occasionally hard to remember why you loved the show in the first place. BSG has had its fair share of boring episodes, and the first two episodes back […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

After last season’s finale, in which (SPOILER ALERT) the show made pretty close to a shark-jumping move in having resident nerd/opera singer Zach turn out to be working for the season-long baddie, I wasn’t one of the people who proclaimed Bones dead. But then it came back from hiatus, and severely underwhelmed. The first few […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

When I started Gossip Girl a measly five days ago, I expected a soapy, fashionable dramady. Thanks to Kelly’s enthusiasm, I also expected to like it. I didn’t know how much I’d love it. See when Gossip Girl first premiered, I watched the Pilot and found a barrel full of meh awaiting my troubles. None […]

Chuck Versus Santa Claus
  Rachael Nisenkier

Just as I was extolling the virtues of the Christmas Special Episode, it turned out one of my favorite television series currently on the air was prepping one hell of a holiday themed blowout. Chuck Versus Santa Clause had everything a holiday episode cliffhanger should: every cast member stuck together (thanks to a robbery/hostage situation […]

This week’s BBT featured a guest spot by none other than Michael Trucco. Don’t know who he is? You clearly haven’t been doing your nerdy homework. Trucco is none other than dream-worthy sometimes-Starbuck-love-interest Samuel Anders from Battlestar Galactica. And that’s a big deal for a lot of nerds, from me to Dwight Schrute. Here he […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I’ve decided to do my first blog post as an addendum to Kelly’s earlier Crush list, because there’s some tv-shows that even the great Ms. Kelly hasn’t gotten into and I think there are certainly dream-worthy boys deserve some crushing-love. So without further ado, my TV Crushes (in no particular order): First and foremost, one […]