April 18, 2008By Joe Diliberto Posted: Apr 18, 2008
Did anyone get the license plate of that truck? If so, send it to Ozzy, so the challenge powerhouse of SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA — FANS VS. FAVORITES will know what hit him! Ozzy had the hidden immunity idol in his back pocket, but despite some unease decided not to play it because he was so confident that Jason was going to be booted as part of a separate double-cross. In order for the group to win a fancy feast, everyone promised not to vote out Jason if he allowed Parvati to win immunity — a promise no one intended to keep. However, Cirie organized a blindside for the record books. As Ozzy chortled during Tribal Council, secure that Jason's head was on the chopping block, I wondered what look would replace that cockiness. It turned out to be one of those looks that could kill! When the final tally was read, juror Eliza was apoplectic with shock and joy while Ozzy stared daggers at his former teammates. No doubt the newest juror will not be voting for ex-allies Parvati and Amanda to win a million bucks. Speaking of my girl Parvati, if she is really the strategist she thinks she is, she will target Cirie next, because that woman is really pulling the strings in Dabu tribe. And one final point about the hidden immunity idol: Cool guys have to stop finding it, because they believe they're too cool to need it. Dream on, guys.
Dreams and flashbacks held sway in the 10 o'clock hour. ER began with Neela dreaming that she was parading through the ER naked. It wasn't going to get better than Parminder Nagra flashing a little skin any time soon, so I flipped over to the season finale of ELI STONE, where the title character was in a coma after having surgery to treat the aneurysm that may or may not be responsible for the colorful visions (does Eli know GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nikolas?) that dictate his missions from God — i.e., whom he will represent in court that week. The comatose Eli dreamed while other characters flashed back to memories of Eli. And, of course, WITHOUT A TRACE always features flashbacks to the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the missing person of the week.
Last night I watched my first full episode of ER in years. One of the other staffers here at Weekly worships the show, and whenever he mentions it I say the exact same thing: "ER is still on?" Then we laugh, and I forget it's on. This episode revolved around Neela working a double shift, so everybody kept saying to her, "You're still here?" Which is the exact same dialogue I remember from season one -- and this is, what, season 36? 46? Anyway, turned out Neela was especially morose because it was her birthday — she was 31 and unmarried, with no prospects. In other words, it was a story about a good-looking doctor whose frantic job leaves no time for a personal life. Same old, same old. So once again I ask: "ER is still on?"
Speaking of shows that are "still on," DOCTOR WHO returns to Sci Fi tonight with "Voyage of the Damned," the special Christmas episode that aired in Great Britain this past December. The 90-minute installment sets sail at 8:30, and leads into next week's premiere of the rebooted series' fourth season. DOCTOR WHO is probably my favorite series of all time, so as a true fan I know this is actually the fantasy series' 30th season. It bowed way back in 1963 (in glorious black-and-white) and lasted until 1989, when it was put on extended hiatus. After a 1996 American TV-movie failed to sell as a pilot for a U.S. series, it languished until being revived back home in England in 2005. The title character is an alien traveler called "the Doctor" (not "Doctor Who") who has a ship -- which is disguised to appear as a British police kiosk, but is bigger on the inside -- that allows him to travel anywhere in the universe as well as backward and forward in time; he can go anywhere, anywhen. The Doctor also has the ability to regenerate his body when near death, essentially transforming into a new man. Using this ingenious conceit, different actors have played the title role over the decades. The current star, David Tennant, portrays the 10th incarnation of the Doctor, and he assays the cosmic wanderer with a barely suppressed manic energy that makes the boyish-looking Doctor seem like a 903-year-old hyperactive teenager. Check it out tonight. (Also check Sci Fi tonight at 7 for the WHO spin-off THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, then flip to BBC America tomorrow night at 9 for the second-season finale of the latest WHO spin-off, TORCHWOOD.)
Then meet me back here next week for the post-mortem in the next Night Shift…