Thursday, February 27, 2014

SBTB 03.01 - The Last Dance

Well, Season 3 certainly took no time at all to change the status quo. Kelly cheats on Zack? The gang has been in a band the whole time? Jesse is supposed to be hot?
We get it, Jesse. You are tired of playing second fiddle to Kelly. Those boobs don't overshadow your personality, however, unless that also gets overhauled this season. I guess we'll see as we go.

Patrick Muldoon
Do you remember Patrick Muldoon? Come on, that brooding hot guy from the 90s! (I don't sound like the man that I am...) He was on "Melrose Place," then "Starship Troopers," then "Miracle Dogs Too." (What was that last one?) He also had a lengthy run on "Days of Our Lives." I will only ever know him as the skeevy pre-law student hitting on hot high school junior girls.

It's a given that most actors playing instruments have no clue as to what they are doing. Zack looks terrible playing the guitar but he gets a pass because he's the singer and you don't look at his hands when he's crooning. Screech at least pounds the keys on the keyboard at each sound of the keyboard. I am convinced that Slater actually knows his way around a drum kit. Lisa? What is this?
Bass players on screen are almost never put to scrutiny because it isn't too hard to look like you are playing one note on one string at one time. Here, Lisa is taking a standard rock song and making it look like she's playing some Victor Wooten stuff. As in, instead of playing straight forward with her index and middle finger, Lisa pretends to be playing some slap/funk bass when it is completely uncalled for. Granted, those nails don't suit picking in the conventional way, but I also don't see how they won't rip off by playing slap bass. Sadly, I play the bass and got irritated by this and wrote too much about it. Let's move on.

By far, my favorite delivery of a line comes here:
"You are a weird and strange person."
It has to be the combination of the point blank assertion and Slater's deadpan delivery. No malice, just a matter-of-fact statement. Lovely.

Feel free to share what stood out to you in the comments below.