The Hard Times of RJ Berger focuses on the title character RJ, a scrawny highschool kid at the bottom of the highschool social ladder. He’s picked on by the jocks, in love/lust with the most popular girl at school who is dating his chief tormentor, and his parents seem well-meaning but are weird and out of touch. Pretty typical highschool drama formula right? Oh, I forgot to mention one other thing: he has an incredibly large penis. Yep, the title of the show is a pun. This could have been a really bad taste teen-sex comedy. Surprisingly, the show rises above this and delivers something more – heart.
That’s how long it took to change everything. One moment, life is going along as normal. Two minutes and seventeen seconds later and nothing will ever be the same again.
Simultaneously across the globe, every single person on the planet blacks out and has a vision of what they will be doing in six months time. In the mean time, cars are crashing, surgery patients are flat-lining, and surfers are drowning. The world is plunged into chaos. No one knows what is happening or why. And even after all the fires are put out, how will people deal with what they have seen in the future? This is the premise of Flash Forward and I’m keen to find out where this is going.
I spent a long time trying to work out if I wanted to watch this show. Musicals can be very hit and miss with me. Set it in a highschool and the chances of me enjoying it drop dramatically. But throw in a level of self awareness, some black comedy and some quirky characters? Now things are looking better.
Glee is the story of a small town high school in the middle of nowhere. You have those at the top of the popularity spectrum – your cheerleaders and football players. And at the very bottom you have those who are in the glee club. Will these kids achieve against all odds? Will they find self esteem through performance? Is this their one and only opportunity to find satisfaction in life? Welcome to high school life Glee style.
Superheroes are cool. Not only can they do amazing things, but they’re the good guys. They save the day and look good doing it. Walking through the toy aisles of department stores, checking out the kids clothing sections, you’ll see that boys want to be Batman. Or Superman. Or Spider-Man. They look up to these heroes and look up to them. This can be a positive thing. These heroes extol the virtues of helping those in need and fighting that which is wrong. But should we be following anyone wearing a cape? Just because some one is a superhero, does this mean that they’re a positive role model? What if they’re like the heroes on No Heroics?
I was never a fan of the original Beverly Hills 90210. As a teenage boy, I guess I just wasn’t that into a show designed for teeny bopper girls. It was a big show in the day, setting the tone for many teenage dramas over the last (almost) 20 years. So of course, they’re bringing it back. Proving once again that Hollywood has no new ideas left, here comes Beverly Hills 90210: The Next Generation or more simply put 90210.