I've been planning to write a long article on the debacle of Obama's foreign policies, but this is such a dreary and predictable subject, well analyzed already by outstanding observers, that I can hardly bring myself to begin the article, despite the high probability that Obama's policies will bring war in the Middle East and a "Munich" moment with China in Southeast Asia. Important, but predictable and inevitable and, as a chronicle of reality, banal. So onto something with some element of fantasy, as well as farce.
"Two and a Half Men". The show was barely watchable. The first half, Charlie Sheen's character's funeral, was witty and crisp humor in the style of the show when Sheen was on it. The second half, when Kutcher's character appears, was limp repartee with dialogue passing by its actors, as if they were not together when the lines were delivered, but were edited into the scenes. It was clear, the actors, in their first trial as an ensemble, didn't have an intuitive sense of how to conduct the dialogue. For a similar, common problem in sitcoms, watch the first few episodes of "Star Trek" from the 1960s. That was expected. The real problem was the the effort to spice up the show by parading Kutcher in the nude (presumably in the nude, it wasn't clear) and making sexual jokes about the size of the character's cock. Kutcher goes, in fifteen minutes, from crying for a lost love to happily jumping in bed with two women. From limp dick nice guy to an incipient Charlie Sheen asshole in fifteen minutes. Really, writers, that's your idea of an introduction for the Kutcher character? That's pathetic. Kutcher's character had no memorable line(s). His acting was straight out of high school. In fact, the second half of the show reeked of high school amateur thespianism. It was not an intellectually clever script. It was so bad, that the members of the pre-existing ensemble had a difficult time with timing in delivery of their lines in the second half. Even the video editing seemed sloppy. Compare the snappy delivery of lines and cutting between beats between the two halves. This is a weak first episode. If the writers can't get the show going in the next several episodes, the audience will drop out; as they should. No one should waste their time, when the world is on the edge of going to hell in a handbasket, with entertainment dreck. Including me. Eventually, I will write the article about ignorant Obama's march to international doom.