It’s that time of year again: the rain has started pouring. When you’re not trying to keep your feet dry while wearing slippers and wondering where your umbrella is (the print version of Maui Time Weekly is multifunctional, by the way), you’re craving entertainment for those long, gray days. Well, fret not. I’m going to arm you with all sorts of entertainment goodness. We’ll begin with the first season of Pushing Daisies. I don’t know why I’m such a squealing fangirl for Lee Pace—maybe it’s those thick, caterpillar-like eyebrows. The recipe for Pushing Daisies is simple: boy meets girl; boy falls in love with girl; girl dies and boy brings girl back to life. Now, boy can’t touch girl ever again or girl will stay dead. Throw in healthy servings of witty banter, dysfunctional families and Scooby Doo-esque shenanigans and you’ve got your afternoon booked.
Flight of the Conchords
If you haven’t heard about this “gangsta”-folk duo, you’re missing out. The series is a fictionalized tale centered on bandmates Jermaine Clement, aka the Hiphopopotamus, and Bret McKenzie, aka the Rhymenoceros. Jermaine and Bret are folk musicians who have left their native New Zealand to seek fame and fortune in New York. New York, however, has other ideas. Each episode traces the Conchords’ troubles, including the obsessive attentions of their only fan, their landlord and their band manager. That might not sound very enticing, but now add hilarious and sometimes psychedelic musical outbursts to every episode. Yeah, you like that, don’t you? Musical hits include, “She’s So Hot…Boom,” “Business Time” and “Ladies of the World.” Go ahead and Youtube them if you don’t believe me.
Welcome to quite possibly the most awesome futuristic, space-cowboy series to ever have just one season. Earth has been over-populated, forcing its inhabitants to conquer the final frontier, where a force known as the Alliance controls a majority of the known universe. Enter the crew of the Firefly. These nine rogue-ish characters fight the Alliance, criminals, and what have you, sometimes even for free. Of course, representations of major sci-fi stereotypes are present: the bad-ass and brooding captain, the loyal first mate, the hot geisha, the lovable mechanic and the psychotic child prodigy, among others. Action and sexual tension plague the Firefly like scurvy plagues pirates, but this time, it’s a good thing. It’s worth noting that your television is not broken during those silent space scenes; apparently, no sound can be transmitted within the vacuum of space. So, now that you’re more than amply armed against boredom during these rainy days, all you have to worry about is the power going out. Again. MTW