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5 Shows After Dark: If "Their" Country Requires Hazmat Suits, They Can Have It

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | October 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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The Originals on The CW at 8:00pm ET.

Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic Channel at 9:00pm ET. Third season premiere. Alright, I really wanted to go without mentioning this that I could convince myself it was either a bad dream or one of those fake shows I made up over the summer, but two things have kept this from happening. 1. “Third season”? Really? 2. The episode is called “Take Our Country Back” and I do so love it when people say they’re going to do this, because you only hear it from people who are not actually original Americans. And I FURTHER love questioning them on who, exactly, they think they’re taking the country back from? Other Americans? Because I live in Not-Real-America (read: the Mid-East Coast) and I’ve got a passport sitting next to me right now that indicates that I am an American citizen despite living in the liberal hellscape of suburban Maryland. Anyway, I’m dearly disappointed to be denied the very special joy I wring from sweetly asking people who took America away and watching them attempt to contort reality, since you can’t do that to people on the TV.

Supernatural on The CW at 9:00pm ET.

Person of Interest on CBS at 10:00pm ET. I assume this show is still on the air only because the fans of NCIS forget to turn their TVs off after NCIS: Los Angeles. Unless people really do enjoy watching Jesus and Ben Linus investigate future-crimes and I’m hanging around the wrong television viewers.

Sons of Anarchy on FX at 10:00pm ET.

Genevieve Burgess is very good at asking “innocent” questions that make people extremely angry and frustrated with everything.




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  • Three_nineteen

    You are hanging around the wrong television viewers.

  • kinoumenthe

    Person of interest is actually a very good sf show, despite it's rather unconvincing pilot. It's not actually *really* about future crime, and the over-reaching arc for the series is introduced rather early on and it becomes pretty difficult to give up the show after that. They also have a surprisingly good ensemble of characters, actual story progression and three of the most bad-ass ladies in television.
    I know, it doesn't look like it on paper. I went back after the pilot because my sister told me it was good (and I trust her, since I know her taste) and I was hooked by episode 3 or 4. Then there was the Shaw episode and the show made the shortlist of the must-sees for the week. It's still there.
    Seriously, people ! It's GOOD. It develops slowly, but boy, does it develop.

    Gosh, it's like telling people The Good Wife is one of the best shows on tv and drawing blank stares…

  • Mz Black Widow

    Person of Interest = one of the most enjoyable shows around. I too love the addition of Sarah Shahi (I adored the show "Life" starring her and Homeland's Damien Lewis .. ohh and Donal Logue :D) and she and Amy Acker - plus Carter now that she's a badass) have added the growth necessary in the 3rd season. It is reliable entertainment, I value that.

  • Lisa Bee

    Felicia Day is guest starring on Supernatural tonight!
    Although this episode looks really dorky.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I finally gave up on Supernatural after last season because it was getting even sillier than I'd ever imagined it could, but now I think the showrunners have said "Fuck it" and are after the Once Upon A Time crowd. Dorothy from Oz? Really, Sam and Dean?

  • Lisa Bee

    I binge-watched the entire show this year. I don't know why but now I can't stop!
    And I was skeptical about the whole Dorothy of Oz thing but it worked a lot better than I thought it would... Still a total filler episode though.

  • linnyloo

    Oh, I'm there with you, Lisa Bee. It's a hell of a ride if you mainline it. I haven't quite caught up yet, but it got me through my cross country move, and I love me some Dean-candy.

  • emmalita

    I read the first one as Doomsday Peppers and got really excited. Not so much anymore.

  • bastich

    I'm writing the script now....

    ("Episode One: The Jalepenolypse")

  • emmalita

    Episode 1 is happening now! The Sriracha Disaster of 2013. The Sriracha plant in CA is being threatened with shutdown because it's causing nearby residents to suffer burning eyes and throats.

  • bastich

    First a wine shortage, now no more Sriracha?!?

    These are the end times!!!

  • emmalita

    Those disaster preppers have nothing on me. NOTHING! I am stockpiling wine and sriracha. And I'm assembling a garage door opener gun so that I can take out anyone who tries to take my spicyness and wine.

  • Uriah_Creep

    In that case, Walter White did not die in vain.

  • emmalita

    I try to keep my tv viewing educational.

  • Parsnip

    Doomsday Preppers (nice peppy title): "Americans who are preparing for the end of the world", wow they've dragged it out to a THIRD series. Clearly there's a lot of prepping involved, I thought it was just: build a bunker, amass weapons, food and water...clearly I'm wrong.

  • I lived in Maryland for a bit, about two or three blocks from Ft. Detrick, in a town called Frederick. This fact has caused no end of risible and irresponsible speculation by friends in my later life about what living that close to the base might have done to my genetics.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Since Ft. Detrick hosts most of the US biological defense program, your friends may be right to speculate.

  • Well, if I develop spider-powers or a healing factor or a third eye or something, y'all will be the first to know.

  • BlackRabbit

    Depends on where the third eye is, of course.

  • Wigamer

    Not only the "taking this country back" bullshit, but the sheer self-centered ignorance demonstrated by this segment of the population is just rage-inducing. The only kind of world where these people could be important would HAVE to be one in which the rest of humanity was dead. I hope you choke on your heirloom seeds, assholes.

  • foolsage

    Jingoism is especially galling from people who are themselves immigrants (or recently descended therefrom). It's the profound lack of self-awareness that bothers me with those people. Well, that, and the general assholery.

  • Ben

    We had a politician campaigning in the recent Australian election on the platform of "STOP THE BOATS!" (Australians version of STOP THE MEXICANS!) Who was the son of two Vietnamese boat people refugees.

    It was just... confusing.

  • e jerry powell

    That sounds a lot like Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, screaming "TORT REFORM!"

  • foolsage

    I lived in Brisbane for a few years; I know what you mean about the mild but common Aussie xenophobic fears. I don't recall hearing much about the Vietnamese immigrants though... more about the Indonesian ones, as I recall. It's kind of the same as here in the States, honestly, though thankfully in this part of California there's less of that. We have a lot of immigrants from all over in the Bay Area, and that makes the norm a bit more heterogenous. That's a good thing, I'm convinced.

    The hypocrisy of people like that politician is always a bit staggering though. "Fear this quality in other people, but ignore the very similar characteristic in me!"

  • Ben

    I think the vietnamese refugees were a big thing during the vietnam war and shit. I know there are a lot of second generation vietnamese around my age now (Mid to late 20's)

  • foolsage

    The same is true here. It was a big issue when I was younger. Now, I'm just glad for the easy access to good phở. ;)

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