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Life is dead.

from Emmy Magazine

No cuts.  No cuts for you.  Not today.


“The most unique cop on TV, now that Vic Mackey has left the scene.” PopMatters


“So well-written that they apparently have no choice but to cancel it.” Huffington Post


“(A) clever piece of L.A. sun-drenched noir.” Matt Roush


Wait, let’s hear that whole quote, cause I’m feeling bitchy.


Seriously, what makes the revolting and woodenly acted Criminal Minds more of a draw on Wednesdays than this clever piece of L.A. sun-drenched noir?”  Matt Roush


These are just a couple of the many things critics have written in roughly the last week.  And they’re right.  I’ve been waxing lyrical all season about Life, so I won’t repeat it here except to say that it’s brilliant, stylish, riveting, moving and impeccably crafted.  Heh.  And impeccably tailored.


Though they never seem to mention The Pants, critics through the two seasons have consistently heaped praise on Life.  And the ratings haven’t been bad either.  Especially if you compare them to shows not on the big three.  One critic points out that during Life’s WORST week, it pulled in twice the viewers of critically acclaimed-yet-safe shows like Rescue Me.


Yet, apparently, Jay Leno is more than five times better than Life.  No, it’s actually worse than that. What they’re saying is that Leno’s FIFTH hour aired during a week is worth more than the one and only hour of Life.  So, after watching four hours of Leno during the week, the viewer would rather watch another hour of Leno than one hour of Life.


I don’t know whether to cry or break something or key Leno’s cars.  I’ll tell you what, flist, if you even give me a hint that you’re watching Leno next season I am coming to your house with my Life DVDs and a couple bottles of wine and maybe some rope and duct tape.  You will be my prisoner for a little while.  And after we watch all of Life, we’re going to watch Band of Brothers.  And the extras, oh yes.


Talk about your Stockholm Syndrome. 


The lovely and talented grimorie has been faithfully compiling everything Life for a while now, and she has the most wonderful stuff this week, including the link to the pic above and two more.  Go over there and and give her the slow clap.



Life, I love you.


May. 5th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
I think it also should be pointed out that at least we got a last episode that works as a series finale. In fact, I would actually go as far to say that it was one of the best finales I've ever seen!

I'm also going to pay far more attention to anything that Rand Ravich writes or creates from now on!
May. 5th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, clearly I agree! *g* Given my recap.

I had such low hopes for renewal that, when I watched, I really did watch it as the series finale and judged it on that basis. I agree completely -- if it's really the end and USA or somebody doesn't pick it up they went out on a note of brilliance.