Archive for September, 2008



AIG: A Blind Eye To A Web Of Risk

Excellent article over at the NYT about what exactly happened at AIG. AIG was bailed out by a $85 billion Fed loan.

Collapse And Seizure Of International Banks

It’s not just the US govt that steps in to help during the credit crisis, foreign govts in Europe are doing this as well in order to halt the crisis. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have both become bank holding companies, operating under stricter federal guidelines and supervision, but having access to Fed credit loans.

Citigroup Buys Wachovia For $1 A Share

Citigroup has decided to purchase Wachovia for $2.2 billion, which turns out to be about $1 a share. Furious negotiations were happening over the weekend to make this happen. They came to an agreement early this morning, at about 4AM.

The deal further concentrates Americans’ bank deposits in the hands of three banks: Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup will control more than 30 percent of the industry’s deposits.

Prison Break Breaking & Entering S04E02 (Fox)

Prison Break is an American serial drama television series that premiered on the Fox Broadcasting Company on August 29, 2005. The story revolves around a man named Lincoln Burrows who was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit and his brother Michael Scofield’s elaborate plan to help him escape his death sentence.

Created by Paul Scheuring, the show is produced by Adelstein-Parouse Productions in association with Original Television and 20th Century Fox Television. The current executive producers are Paul Scheuring, Matt Olmstead, Kevin Hooks, Marty ,Brett Ratner.

The show is currently in its third season. The uniqueness of Prison Break is attributed to its serialized story structure, a similar format used by Lost and 24, and to its setting, as very few television series were primarily set and filmed in a prison. Its success and recognition as a prison drama revived interest in the genre following the success of Oz.

From the Wikipedia entry of Prison Break.

I’m a bit late, but the fourth season of Prison Break just started. Three shows have already been aired. I wondered how I would find these episodes. This episode was also pretty good. Even if you think that they wouldn’t really find a way to continue the narrative, it continues to be riveting. The crew is faced with multiple problems on a lot of different fronts. Will they be able to find a way through them?

In this episode, we learn that Gretchen/Susan is still alive. She’s being held captive by Wyatt, the assassin. They are torturing her for information about the crew. She hasn’t told them anything yet. They also get what they were after. They learn something very disheartening about Scylla.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Fringe The Same Old Story S01E02 (Fox)

Holy F*ck on stage

Holy F*ck on stage

It’s fitting that this show will premiere on Fox, since this was the network of the X-Files. Fringe has got much in common with the X-Files, yet it is different. Fringe is the latest show of wunderkind J.J. Abrams. Like most new shows, the pilot was leaked on the internet a few weeks ago.

Just like a few other shows, like True Blood, I’m happily surprised by Fringe. The production values are great and I’m enjoying it a lot. A lot of money has been pumped into this show, and it just looks fabulous. The protagonists are also an interesting bunch. There isn’t much more that we learn of the Pattern, but Massive Dynamics is most definitely deeply connected with those events, even though they aren’t sharing their information with Agent Dunham.

I think that this show takes a few common elements from Alias, especially for all the things that concerned the mystic scholar Milo Rambaldi. The same kind of esoteric science is involved in this show. It’s done very well. I’d actually like to see this type of mystic science have more of an impact on the show. It would suit the show very well. A bit of the supernatural wouldn’t be bad either.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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True Blood S01E03 (HBO)

We Are Wolves in Quebec

We Are Wolves in Quebec

This series is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. It tells the story of how humans and vampires co-exist in a small southern town. Personally, I’ve never read the books, so I don’t know how accurate the adaptation is. However, it is quite interesting. It’s a good twist on the mythos.

There are loads of vampire shows out there. Most recently, Moonlight was canceled from CBS. Some of them are successful, others aren’t. The pilot was interesting. I’ve never seen a show explore the relationship between vampires and humans.

The series is adapted by Alan Ball. He also produced it. Alan Ball is the man behind Six Feet Under. The setting is interesting as well. Thanks to HBO, the show does have some mature content. It makes the whole thing more interesting.

I don’t really know what to say of Anna Paquin’s acting. It seems to me that she played a southern belle already in X-Men as Rogue. She does do the same thing in this show. It’s hard to see the difference. As with her role as Rogue, Sookie has never been in love or had men in her life. It’s funny how you can draw parallels between Paquin’s different characters.

New Orleans and Louisiana are a hotbed for vampire fiction. Lestat of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice makes the city his home.

I was completely blown away by the second episode. It ends in such a cliffhanger. The third episode partly resolves this, but it was still really good. The sex scenes between Jason and his lovers are also quite interesting. The show is infused with an animalistic fervor which is appealing. I recommend this show. Along with Fringe, this is one of my favorite new shows on TV this season. The show has gotten a lot of great reviews and only ten days after it premiered, HBO ordered another season. It’s one of the few shows who’s audience share actually climbed for the second episode.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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True Blood S01E02 (HBO)

We Are Wolves

We Are Wolves

This series is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris. It tells the story of how humans and vampires co-exist in a small southern town. Personally, I’ve never read the books, so I don’t know how accurate the adaptation is. However, it is quite interesting. It’s a good twist on the mythos.

There are loads of vampire shows out there. Most recently, Moonlight was canceled from CBS. Some of them are successful, others aren’t. The pilot was interesting. I’ve never seen a show explore the relationship between vampires and humans.

The series is adapted by Alan Ball. He also produced it. Alan Ball is the man behind Six Feet Under. The setting is interesting as well. Thanks to HBO, the show does have some mature content. It makes the whole thing more interesting.

I don’t really know what to say of Anna Paquin’s acting. It seems to me that she played a southern belle already in X-Men as Rogue. She does do the same thing in this show. It’s hard to see the difference. As with her role as Rogue, Sookie has never been in love or had men in her life. It’s funny how you can draw parallels between Paquin’s different characters.

New Orleans and Louisiana are a hotbed for vampire fiction. Lestat of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice makes the city his home.

I was completely blown away by the second episode. It ends in such a cliffhanger. The sex scenes between Jason and his lovers are also quite interesting. The show is infused with an animalistic fervor which is appealing. I recommend this show. Along with Fringe, this is one of my favorite new shows on TV this season. The show has gotten a lot of great reviews and only ten days after it premiered, HBO ordered another season. It’s one of the few shows who’s audience share actually climbed for the second episode.

Warning: spoilers ahead

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The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S02E02 (ITV)

We Are Wolves

We Are Wolves

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

This is the second show of the second season of the ITV show. In the last season finale, Belle had to decide between a super elite group of whores or being an independent escort. She tries out the first part and finds that it isn’t for her. Belle is still an independent escort and meets Bambi, a girl wanting to become one. Things go wrong when a freelance journalist followed her around after she refused to spill the beans on one of her famous clients. Belle thinks that she’s about to be outed.

Unlike what I initially expected, this show isn’t really about the world of prostitution. It almost idealizes what happens to sex-workers. I still find that the show doesn’t get into enough details about the life of a prostitute. It just skims the surface. Other shows like Californication and Weeds are able to delve deeper into issues while maintaining the same half hour format. Why didn’t Secret Diary?

If you keep in mind that this show is nothing more than a light dramedy, then you’ll be satisfied. Don’t expect it to tackle any earth-shattering issues. All in all, the show was OK, nothing more, nothing less. Other than that, Billie Piper is looking hot as usual.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Big Brother US S10E28-29 (CBS)

Big Brother US S10E28 (CBS)

Dan and Memphis celebrate. We all know who is going to win. Dan will win hands down. Memphis will get $50K. They both get a feast. There is a hilarious VT of Jerry rapping to Ollie and Michelle. There is another good VT of Dan teasing Keesha. The Dan Variety show was pretty funny and Ollie running away from the Crows cracked me up again.

Seeing Ollie and Renny learning how to swim from Dan was pretty funny.

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In Plain Sight S01E12 (USA)

We Are Wolves in Quebec

We Are Wolves in Quebec

In Plain Sight follows a kind of show that has been made very popular on USA. It follows Burn Notice and Psych. It’s half comedy, half drama. Dramedy. The stories follow Mary Shannon, an officer for the US Marshals Witness Protection. Actually, Psych is all comedy, but you get the idea. It kind of reminds me of Saving Grace on TNT.

On July 21st, In Plain Sight was renewed for a second 16 episode season. That pretty good news.

They have to relocate and protect witnesses to federal cases. In this episode, Brandy’s problems come crashing into Mary’s life. There is a case of mistaken identity and the US Marshals are looking for Mary.

Brandy hides the truth from everyone but her family and things don’t end as well as they could have. This is the second part of the season finale. In the end, Mary comes clean to her family about her dad. Also, she sticks with her family to clean up Brandy’s mess. The cops are none the wiser, though she made an enemy of Connor. It was a pretty riveting show.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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