There were new shows on last week. I watched some of them. Here's what I thought, in brief:
Chuck - Interesting premise and a likable cast, but for some reason, this didn't really grab me. I'm still not sure why. Maybe it's just a victim of its own hype? This was the debut I was looking forward to the most, and it kinda came off like Alias meets The 40 Year Old Virgin, two things that were alright, I guess, but never really grabbed me. Disappointing, but I'm willing to give it a few more episodes. Especially if they keep Julia Ling in the supporting cast as the one female member of the Nerd Herd. She's really cute, and was one of the few bright spots on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip last year (as the cello prodigy obsessed with Nate Cordry's character).
Reaper - Conversely, this was the show I had the least expectations for, and I think I liked this the best of any of the brand new shows I watched last week. Slacker has his soul sold to the devil and he's forced to hunt down Hell's fugitives? And it's on the CW? Sounded like a pass to me, but I'm glad I gave it a shot. The cast has great chemistry, the writing was snappy, and the effects were surprisingly decent. And Ray Wise is just a show-stealer, isn't he? A little wary about how this will handle without Kevin Smith's direct guidance, but it's off to a great start.
Bionic Woman - Honestly? I lost interest pretty quickly. Before she even got her bionics, even. I didn't care about this woman even before she got her cyborg on... surprisingly, I decided that even robot parts couldn't improve my opinions, and not even the promise of more Katee Sackhoff could keep me going (throw in some Grace Park and Nicky Clyne, and maybe you'd have a deal. Maybe.).
The Big Bang Theory - Didn't even make it to the opening credits for this. Poor Johnny Galecki. Did he need the work that badly?
Torchwood - Well, it's new to me, especially since I'm a few weeks behind. But so far, so good. Maybe it tries a little too hard at times to show how edgy and adult it is with all the swearing and sex, but I like that it's attempting to carve out its own niche while still playing with the concepts of the Doctor Who universe. And it stands alone quite well, so that you could pick up on this pretty easily if you haven't watched Who before. And building the show around Captain Jack Harkness, easily one of the most likable Who companions ever, and the very relatable audience-indentification character Gwen, was a very good idea indeed. Looking forward to seeing where this goes... and I hope we eventually meet the cranky old guy at Torchwood 3!
(Even shorter thoughts on returning shows)
How I Met Your Mother - Glad to see they picked up mid-sentence from last season's finale. Still one of the best comedies on TV, and probably only second to 30 Rock as one of the most unappreciated. And Mandy Moore made a surprisingly hot punk girl.
Heroes - Started a little slowly, and Claire's new probable love interest was pretty creepy, but off to a good start. I hope Sulu is okay!
Bones - After his recurring role last season, I was hoping Stephen Fry would be a series regular. Oh, well. Even without him, this was still fun, and laid the groundwork for an entertainingly creepy storyline for the season.
House - I know the man is supposed to need his team, but honestly, I didn't miss them. At all. And I thought it was pretty funny that even without them, he still couldn't get away without someone thinking the patient might have lupus. Still not something I'll watch regularly, but I'll enjoy it when I do see it.
CSI - Can we please stop with the "cast member in peril" season cliffhangers now? Or if they're gonna do it, at least have the stones to actually kill off a regular. I'm really losing interest in this show as time goes on.