Sunday Night TV

April 20, 2009 at 17:23 3 comments

Last night was so miserably hot, I lacked the willpower to do anything besides lounge in front of the TV. Here’s what I saw:

First, the President’s Command Performance. Actually the reason I stuck with this was to watch Gabriel Ng play the violin. I knew Gabriel as a tiny tot, when he’d just started with lessons. Even at the age of four, he was awesome. He always took his time before launching into a piece, clutching at his little trousers to dry his hands one after the other, which made people laugh because he looked so cute. But the moment he started playing… wow. Even folks who had no interest in classical music would stop and watch in silence. He played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with the same intensity as he did the Wieniawski piece, with that big fringe flying at expressive moments, except of course it was baby hair when he was small.

I am biased, but I preferred his performance to Kam Ning’s, despite her impressive Gershwinesque arrangement of Amazing Grace. His level of absorption in the music almost precludes the need for additional techniques of showmanship. The way he plays is really about the music, and very little about self-demonstration. Plus, I’ve always liked his shy aw-shucks demeanour, which comes as a surprise, given his talent and intelligence. I must say that, in comparison, I found Kam Ning’s proclamation of feeling like a Greek goddess on Mount Olympus a turn-off. 

After the news, I used the S-Factor slot to go have a cool shower. I’d tried to give the show a chance last week, but after I saw two pretty bikini’d girls trying to be polite about applying plates of cream to each other, with an offscreen guy screaming, “Smash boobs! Smash boobs!”, I kinda gave up. There are people who like this type of thing and people who get indignant about this type of thing. As for me, I just wish that this show would stop getting in the way of my Harper’s Island.

Harper’s Island… now that’s my type of thing. Agatha Christie’s 10 Little Indians was always one of my favourites, and here’s a show that seems quite similar. In essence, there is a party that boats to Harper’s Island for a snazzy week-long celebration of Henry and Trish’s wedding. The island was previously the site of several murders seven years ago, and the purported murderer was shot and killed. All the same, the murders are starting again. People die in every episode, often in gory ways (Lucy – dropped into a pit and set on fire; Uncle Marty – lower half of body severed), and the identity of the murderer is a mystery.

It’s only the second (out of thirteen – how apt) episode so far, and I don’t think it’s possible yet to deduce whodunnit. However, here are some of my guesses:

  • Abby (the Good Girl) will stay alive till the last episode, otherwise the show will lose direction
  • Trish will probably die, as will most of the bridesmaids and best men
  • Either Henry or Jimmy (Abby’s ex) will die, but not so soon, as someone needs to act as Abby’s ally
  • JD and Shane, the weirdo nasties, are unlikely to be the main villain X, but will be manipulated or recruited by X, and then slaughtered in horrific manners
  • Probably ditto for Thomas (the bride’s snob father) and Katherine (his second wife) Wellington
  • There will be more than one villain – either X will have help, or there are two independent murderers 
  • One of the villains will turn out to be an islander
  • X is someone who seems low-key and plain-vanilla, like Maggie (the inn manager)
  • X is Madison’s (the creepy kid) “new friend”, which suggests a woman and eliminates Madison’s parents, grandparents and Trish as X
  • X has Uncle Marty’s gun and will use it, possibly framing Marty, as someone has taken pains to send Henry an SMS from Marty’s phone, making it look as if Marty is still alive
  • Marty and Cal (the Brit chap) Know (in Marty’s case, Knew) Something… OK, that’s pretty lame, but it’s just a feeling

I will be staying tuned.

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  • 1. Karen  |  April 22, 2009 at 13:25

    Whoo hoo! A comrade at arms! I don’t know when I’ll be watching and then reviewing Harper’s Island episode 3 this weekend, but I’ll come back to see if you’ve done it to, and compare notes as best I can, since I don’t know anyone’s name.

    It’s probably all I have to offer you. My sense of smell is utterly without a palate, much less one refined enough to appreciate scent. I dig on shoes, though.

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    • 2. Katie  |  April 23, 2009 at 13:15

      There is a dizzying array of names, isn’t there? I still can’t pick out individual bridesmaids and groomsmen! I will be peeking at your blog as well. :)

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  • […] following the rest. Here are some more of my thoughts on what’s gone on so far. As in a previous post, I think that there are multiple killers and that one of them is an islander and one of them is […]

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