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Old September 24 2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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Alcoholic white trash Janeway! "Mercy" me!

I needed something to kill time before Glee tonight. I settled on NBC's new medical drama Mercy. I usually can't stand medical dramas, but now I'll watch practically anything on NBC out of pity. (Although... the more their line up fails, the longer they keep renewing my precious Law & Order.)

Anyway, in the first scene, who should saunter in in a drunken stupor but Captain Janeway! She's three sheets to the wind and it looks like it's only 9 in the morning! It looks like she'll be a recurring fixture here as the main character's alcholic mother. I gotta say, this is the funniest thing I've seen in a while. That husky voice of hers seems far more suited to drunken rantings than to giving orders aboard a starship.

The rest of the show is kinda meh. Veronica is hot & sassy. Michelle Tractenberg reminds me why she was one of my least favorite characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Overall, I'd say Mercy is like Scrubs except it's not pretending to be funny.
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Old September 24 2009, 01:55 PM   #2
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Re: Alcoholic white trash Janeway! "Mercy" me!

I avoided the premiere of "She-House". Was Mulgrew talking trash about Jeri Ryan, by chance?
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Old September 24 2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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I watched the pilot. I won't be watching any more. They should have just named Trachtenberg's character Dawn Summers. It would have saved confusion.

As for the show, I HATE the trend of making adultery the sympathetic thread in a storyline, i.e., writing a show so you WANT the main character to end their marriage so they can get together with their TRUE love. Bah.
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Old September 24 2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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I watched the pilot. I won't be watching any more. They should have just named Trachtenberg's character Dawn Summers. It would have saved confusion.

As for the show, I HATE the trend of making adultery the sympathetic thread in a storyline, i.e., writing a show so you WANT the main character to end their marriage so they can get together with their TRUE love. Bah.
I saw the pilot of Showtime's nurse show. I got the feeling that their adulter didn't really love the boyfriend, she was just prostituting herself for drugs.
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Old September 24 2009, 11:46 PM   #5
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Ha ha, yeah it was definitely a shock seeing Mulgrew like that.

As for the show, I only watched the first 10 minutes or so, but it was just way too sleek and glossy and soap opera-y for my taste.
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Old September 25 2009, 12:36 AM   #6
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Geez, I can't help wondering if former Trek stars end up being street drunks like that in real life.
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Old September 25 2009, 12:59 AM   #7
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Geez, I can't help wondering if former Trek stars end up being street drunks like that in real life.

Some of them don't even wait until they are former stars.
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Old September 25 2009, 01:14 AM   #8
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Geez, I can't help wondering if former Trek stars end up being street drunks like that in real life.

Some of them don't even wait until they are former stars.
At least in TOS they could hide it since the characters were drunk most of the time.
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Old September 25 2009, 03:41 AM   #9
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As for the show, I HATE the trend of making adultery the sympathetic thread in a storyline, i.e., writing a show so you WANT the main character to end their marriage so they can get together with their TRUE love. Bah.

That's why I don't watch Grey's Anatomy.

The lead in Mercy can't act. I turned it off after ten minutes because I couldn't stand her.
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Old September 25 2009, 04:06 AM   #10
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But dufus beardy doctor was great on Alley McBeal. If he's an ass in the pilot, odds are he's going to be an angel by the finale.

Dawny is a pale shadow of the girl they had playing the same cute as puke cut out template position in nurse jaquie...

This show seems about as fake as Army wives but with a little more teeth than greys anatomy.
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Old September 25 2009, 07:44 AM   #11
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Mulgrew plays the drunk housewife real well lol
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Old September 25 2009, 10:12 AM   #12
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As for the show, I HATE the trend of making adultery the sympathetic thread in a storyline, i.e., writing a show so you WANT the main character to end their marriage so they can get together with their TRUE love. Bah.
I don't mind that so much, although it is becoming an overused cliche. They're doing the same thing on Glee, although I'd say the husband on Mercy is far more sympathetic than the self-centered conniving wife on Glee. (Plus, it's hard to not-sympathize with a man if the woman he wants to cheat with is Jayma Mays.)

The other annoying thing about it is that my mother is divorced because my father was cheating on her with a co-worker. So every time one of these pro-adultery storylines comes up, talking to her about the show gets reeeeeeally uncomfortable.
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Old September 25 2009, 10:13 AM   #13
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Mulgrew plays the drunk housewife real well lol
It's the husky, chain-smoking voice that really sells it. Looking back, this would have made Voyager so much more entertaining.
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Old September 25 2009, 05:37 PM   #14
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As for the show, I HATE the trend of making adultery the sympathetic thread in a storyline, i.e., writing a show so you WANT the main character to end their marriage so they can get together with their TRUE love. Bah.
I don't mind that so much, although it is becoming an overused cliche. They're doing the same thing on Glee, although I'd say the husband on Mercy is far more sympathetic than the self-centered conniving wife on Glee.
Which is one of the things that has bothered me about Glee as well. Turned that one off too.
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Old September 25 2009, 08:48 PM   #15
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Mulgrew plays the drunk housewife real well lol
It's the husky, chain-smoking voice that really sells it. Looking back, this would have made Voyager so much more entertaining.
The role of unsatisfied wife of a millionaire in New York who also drinks alot and probably sleeps with the bellboy would be PERFECT for her.
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