This is the last TV.com Commenter Shout-Outs before the 2011 Emmys. Do you know what that means?! Well, absolutely nothing. Except we are really excited about the Emmys! And we are just as excited (no favorites here) about the best comments of the week. Here are some of the best:
Let’s get the sad news out of the way first. Andy Whitfield died this week of cancer. He was just 39. Anyone who saw the first season of Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand remembers what a physically impressive and gifted actor he was. A true tragedy.
Whedonrules felt Whitfield deserved an Emmy for his work:
This news is the saddest thing I've heard. Andy Whitfield had such a promising career. He was so wonderful as Spartacus and had a fan in me from the first episode of Spartacus. My condolences and good thoughts go out to his young family and to those he worked with on Spartacus, which seems like an incredibly close cast and crew. He should have gone out with an Emmy but didn't even get nominated because those that vote were so scared of this brilliant young actor that gave Starz credibility in creating drama. I am a fan of Bryan Cranston but no way did he deserve Best Actor over Whitfield last year and Whitfield didn't even get a ticket to the show. RIP Andy, thanks for Spartacus.
Okay, moving on to lighter stuff! Entourage aired its series finale last Sunday. It was kind of terrible, and yet, waving off Vinnie and his pals in their chartered Learjets, their faithful women on their arms, one couldn’t help feel … just kind of annoyed.
antifuse found much of it unsatisfying, and hard to swallow:
I felt like it was just "Hey, we need to clean up all these loose ends. So let's just throw together a whole bunch of happy endings in half-an-hour and we'll be done." Ari's ending was the only one that was particularly satisfying to me—including the bit at the end after the credits. Vince and Sophia getting married was the most ridiculous thing of all, though—this girl is presented as being FAR too levelheaded to marry Vince after one 24-hour date, so it really seemed thrown in. Pity, because I was actually pretty happy with this season, otherwise.
logossun thought the finale was pandering … to soccer moms, of all people:
Well, that was about as comic book as you can get... it carries a message that whatever your poisons and pitfalls (and money and fame), love and family wins out in the end. It's not realistic, but it's what soccer moms would want. However, it was far, far too much for a single thirty-minute episode. All in all, a poor episode, but I've enjoyed the run with the boys. RIP.
But some of you liked it! AydinTurgay thought it hit the right notes:
They really pulled it together this season. After last season's inexplicably dark turn, the show got back to doing what we love—it gave us really likeable characters who we want to root for, and who we're happy for when they get their happy ending. Between Vince holding on to Turtle's Avion stock, Lloyd's emotional farewell to Ari, and Johnny's big break, we got some really great endings to peripheral characters (though I would have liked to see one final scene with Billy). I love that it didn't end with Vince getting an exciting new movie role—we've already seen that many times. And finally, I love that the main story ended with Eric and Sloan, as we sometimes forget that Eric is really the main character, not Vince. It wasn't the greatest series finale ever, but I really liked it and I'm really happy that I stuck around until the end.
Finally, the new fall season at The CW has already brought us two great achievements in craptastic television. One was awesome, and I have watched it approximately twenty-five times already (the Ringer speedboat scene), and one was just plain crap (H8R). Tim Surrette, our intrepid staff craptologist, bravely documented both.
toughbax thought Ringer had some SyFy flare to it:
I was half expecting Sharktopus to jump out of the water.
fonsecajr tried to get inside the mind of the creative team:
"What's wrong with the boat scene CGI?" —Guy who worked on the boat scene CGI.
Lauravankessel just had a question about nature vs. nurture:
I also think it's such an amazing coincidence that the sister with the expensive name (“Siobhan”) turned out to be the rich bitch and Bridget... well... you know, not so much! Almost as if their parents intended it this way! Poor Bridget...
And as for H8R, well, take it away, lalaforever1989:
So I was laying in front of my TV watching this garbage (didn't make it through the whole thing). And I was actually praying that my ovaries would continue to punish me, not for being a woman, but for watching this awful, awful show. And yes that was a period joke.
Uh, thanks, lalaforever1989! And that wraps things up for this week. Remember to Always Stayfree to express your thoughts about TV in the comments section. In the meantime, we'll see you on Sunday for our live-tweet of the Emmys!