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25 November 2010 @ 10:19 am
TV round up  
Hi LJ! I have been kinda ignoring you this past week or so. I blame dance performances and slumpy biorhythms (seriously they ALL plunged at the same effing time--what is this shit?!).

Anyway, here's my quick quick thoughts on TV...

Friday Night Lights 5.4
Wow, those Collette genes count for something, that's for sure! Go Mindy! I loved her having Becky's back after all and proving herself to ultimately be a bigger spirited person that Billy (who was taking her in out of GUILT, whereas Mindy is taking her in out of being a good person). When Becky looked over at GuardianAngel!Tim, I got all misty. :( Oh, Tim! If only you knew how much you gave to others. Also, I really miss Lyla and Tyra... I feel like either of them would be really REALLY good for Becky right now.

Luke made my heart thump with his 'I'm coming for you' line to Becky at the dance. He better keep his word! I'm also enjoying seeing Luke enjoy his success.

Vince and Jess are the centre of the show for me now, though. Vince's struggle with his father is just wonderful. I am starting to feel sorry for his dad a bit, though I'm also still suspicious. It seems too good to be true... what led to this turn around in behaviour? I can't help feeling like son is leading father a bit here, that the father's good behaviour is in part a response to his son, especially with him turning up at training.

For Jess, I'm both excited and angry. Angry that Billy takes her ideas and spins them as her own and that she is so desperate for connection to the team that she doesn't even mind. Arrgh, show do not pit my favourite chick against my least favourite dude on this show! I will get ragey! Also, I don't want Jess and Vince to break up! Please make them better! *puppy eyes* Hopefully this is a struggle they will manage to see through...

Dexter up to 5.9
Not much to report here except my continued extreme devotion to Deb and predilection to see everything through her eyes. I was really enjoying her friendship with Sierra and I am now very sad that the bitch stabbed her in the back. :( I want a Sierra/Deb reconciliation before this season is over, please! I also want Quinn to kill/silence Liddy to prove his love for Deb. This show makes me want some weird stuff! Because yes, despite Quinn being generally a total douchebag, I am finding him very enjoyable now he is totally and utterly besotted with Deb. I guess I just want her to have someone that loves her completely and isn't, you know, a psychopath. If there was a better contender than Quinn I'd probably trade him in in an instant (I guess Deb would too) but I also kinda get that Deb does like fucked up guys, she's programmed that way, and at least this fucked up guy really adores her. The more Quinn acts conflicted over pursuing Dexter and being with Deb, the more I like him. Carry on, dude!

Maria is driving me NUTS. I'm sure she's a very well crafted character but damn the egotism, I just cannot take it. Batista was also driving me nuts when he was being the world's most annoying husband, but now that he's in Deb's corner I'm finding him ok again (OMG, yes, I'm so easy!).

My second favourite character is definitely Astor and I am loving her going all emo!teenage-rebellion on Dexter. It actually gives me an 'in' to Dexter because I can see how much he cares for her. Yay!

As usual, I am quite detached from Dexter's actual journey, but I do find Lumen far more interesting than the previous two seasons' arcs. Although I find the gang of high-class rapists to be a bit... implausible? I don't get them. But it doesn't really matter because I'm not watching for that part of the plot. :) I also don't really 'get' Lumen, but I see that she is kind of Dexter's ultimate fantasy: Rita but a Rita who can share fully in his secrets.

The Vampire Diaries: 'Rose' and 'Katerina'
It goes without saying that I'm still loving it all. But! OMG, how dumb are the Salvatore brothers to leave that guy staked to the door? CLEARLY he was not dead. Oh well, I can forgive a few slip ups as the stakes get upped and we uncover the Bigger-Bad-than-Katherine. I was happy to get more Katherine backstory at last, and I'm enjoying the new character Rose well enough. It feels like the show is transitioning at the moment, so I'm sort of just waiting to see how the pieces settle.

Smallville 10.1-10.3
*coughs self-consciously* Yeah, I finally plucked up nerve to watch the first three episodes of the season! Why did Lois go to Egypt? Like... really? Why did she go?! I don't get it! I know Perry invited her and it was a career opportunity and all, but I don't buy it. She'd just found out about Clark! She was having a BLAST of a time playing the 'I know your secret but you don't know I know' game. Why go away?! Why?! You are SO CONFUSING TO ME NOW LOIS, WHAT IS YOUR CHARACTERISATION?, I DON'T EVEN KNOW!!!

Anyway, I did kind of enjoy her and kind of enjoy the Clois and I definitely enjoyed Hawkman... so I don't think I'm actually complaining, I'm just... very emotionally adrift these days. Everything is foggy and intangible in terms of character motivation.

Except Oliver's... I'm pretty clear on Oliver's, though I hope to god that this whole season is not going to be All About Chloe in absentia from his perspective.

I thought I disliked Cat and then I decided I liked her. Maybe. She is amusing and different at least.

Apart from that I don't have strong emotions about anything. Yet.

Lip Service 104-106
Still completely smitten with Frankie/Cat! OMG the trainwreck-ness! It's going to be soooo painful! I really really like Sam, I like her more and more with every episode and I'm going to be really upset when Cat breaks her heart... but, omg, that scene where Frankie and Cat went back to their school? And then Cat set it on fire accidentally?! \o/ And then Frankie chainsawed off their initials?! OMG! I was so bouncy when Cat ran out on Sam. OMG, it is WRONG so WRONG, but I love it. I love them, I love the sadness and heartbreakness. Mainly because I love Frankie and she needs something good in her life so much. Her family story is so awful... and she is being so brave and trying to face up to it all. :(

In other news I have been watching the first season Farscape. Everything is as people described! The bodily fluids! The Australian accents! So much LOL! And I'm getting really hooked in, even though I have been watching it with half an eye only while multitasking most of the time. LOVED 'A Human Reaction'--that episode had me in stitches at first (scary!Australia!! evil government spies on Bondi! LOOOOL!) and had the most hilarious Crichton moment of all time when he found it impossible to believe that an Australian would not know who won the superbowl. LOOOOOOOOOOOL. Dude, no one CARES about your sport here! I would bet money on not being able to find ONE Australian who knows who won the superbowl in a hundred. But then that episode turned dark and cool and actually made me care about Crichton for the first time really. I feel like it was a turning point for him in relation to his situation and consequently where his loyalties lie. Before my main feeling with him was impatience at his inability to appropriately recognise Aeryn's awesome. I am happy that this appears to be changing. :D

Also I really like Moya (is that how you spell the ship's name?) and her pregnancy. Cool concept and I love the growing attachment of the crew to her and to each other.

I would ramble more but I'd rather go back to watching.

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Becka: john blood farscapebeccatoria on November 25th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Yup that's how you spell Moya. And YAY FARSCAPE. It taught me that aliens sound Australian. :)

And yes, A Human Reaction is really the start of Crichton's character series arc and it just gets better for him from here. Though I admit to being surprised you didn't think he recognised Aeryn's awesome from the beginning (though I may have been impressing my own feelings upon him! :p) He's sarcastic, but certainly in episodes like The Flax, or when he alone tries to reach out to her because he doesn't have the anti-PK baggage the other shipmates have, I thought he was quite interested in her. But like I said, I could be projecting. Either way, yes, that too, gets better from here on out. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Deborah Morganbop_radar on November 25th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Haha, well this is a classic problem of mine in a lot of ships--I fail to notice one party's attraction to the other. To me it seemed like Aeryn really liked John but he had no immediate attraction to her and just kind of teased her a bit... plus he had that blonde peacekeeper he liked who was all sweet and straightforward and a bit dim like him. :p At that stage I was all AERYN YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR HIM DON'T EVEN WORRY ABOUT IT, JUST DITCH HIS ASS! :p I think you're right though that there was some attraction there but it played more to me like it was unconscious on his part, like he had her filed as 'not his type' or he thought he could neeeever like her (but actually did).

I'm loving the Australian aliens! They crack me up! :D I keep thinking they'll just crack open some beers and sort everything out while watching the cricket...
dm_wyatt: Smallville Signdm_wyatt on November 25th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
I really think the reason Lois went away was just so she could come back: so, yeah. More than a bit contrived, but Hawkman's part of the episode I think made it worth it. Michael Shanks makes an episode better just by showing up.

Homecoming was an awesome episode, that's the fourth one. Watch that one and it brings a lot full circle. Enjoyed that episode immensely.



Edited at 2010-11-25 12:25 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois OTPbop_radar on November 25th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Haha, yes. That appears to be the case.

Michael Shanks makes an episode better just by showing up.
Hell yeah! He has such presence. :)

Good to hear there's something to look forward to. Will probably watch more tomorrow.
emerald_nightemerald_night on November 25th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
I thought Lois left because of what CloneLex said to her when he scarecrow'd her.

"You are his greatest weakness." "Your death will break him."

I think she would never want to BE that. She felt she'd be a hindrance to him after CloneLex said that.

But then Hawkman set her straight.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 25th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Ha! I guess I just couldn't take CloneLex seriously enough to think that Lois would. :) I see that Hawkman set her straight though. Yay!
Fleegull: Debfleegull on November 25th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
The police politics on Dexter are brining me no end of joy because it's absolutely spot on. That type of stuff happens all the time and if it's going to stay real there's no way that Deb and Sierra will make up. Maria messing up like this was *fantastic*, I've always liked the character because she is someone who would rise through the ranks for two reasons: she's a Latina in a Latina town and she knows how to handle the press, neither of those things means she's any good at police work. Sadly, the people in charge of precincts are often the people who have the least experience being police, they can work the political aspect and that gets you ahead a lot quicker than good police work. Right now this stuff is much more interesting to me than Dexter's storyline which is still pretty good (those motivational speakers scare me anyway).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Deborah Morganbop_radar on November 25th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Mmm, I thought you might be enjoying it! I know you like Maria! I definitely see why she has risen to her current position, for sure, and I can see that the exploration of the politics is well handled. And yeah, more interesting than Dexter's storyline but that's no new thing for me. ;) He is often the least of my concerns on this show. I agree that a Sierra/Deb reconciliation would be unrealistic--I'd probably respect the show more if it didn't have that, but that doesn't stop me wanting it from Deb's pov! ;) I think it was really good for Deb to hang around another policewoman who was tough and ambitious but who wasn't so... brittle, for lack of a better word.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois no morningsbop_radar on November 25th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
I find that too. It depresses me. It shows such a lack of imagination on the part of the showrunners--like for them being someone's love interest automatically means you can't also be tough. :(
serenographyserenography on November 25th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
*covering my eyes and skimming over the FNL comments* I'm behind 2 episodes, but I find that I still love this show like crazy. It's changed, but it still grabs my heart.

Deb is by far my favorite on Dexter. And I totally agree about Quinn. I hated him for being such a rat-bastard for so long, but now that he's completely in love with Deb, enough to totally drop all his suspicions about Dexter, I find myself really liking him. I'm also worried that he's going to get killed... mostly because Deb's boyfriends never seem to have happy endings.

SV - I've really enjoyed 2, maybe 3 episodes, and have basically coasted through the others by just focusing on the pretty. The inconsistency with the writing quality is worse than ever, or maybe I'm just noticing it more for some reason. The season is half over and they are still pounding us in the head with stories meant to prove, once again, the great and epicness of Clois. We get it already! I wish they'd just let them be a couple - a superhero/journalist couple - and stop telling us about their great coupleness as opposed to writing good stories that show us what a great couple they are.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliver chestbop_radar on November 25th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Oh yay, I'm not alone in my changed feelings about Quinn! Yes, I worry for him!! Deb deserves at least ONE boyfriend who ends up being not either dead or a psychokiller. :/ I like to imagine that Deb makes Quinn a better person. :p I certainly think he makes him loyal and I think the fact that he admires her professionally brings out the best in HIM professionally.

I guess they're doing that? The SV writers I mean? I don't know... I couldn't honestly say, I feel so detached from the show. It's not the Clark/Lois that I love that they show us most of the time so I just mostly end up making *confused face* and focusing on other things... like Oliver's ever-reliable torso. :D
Naomi: Farscape John and Aeryn by talitha_beefrelling_tralk on November 25th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
It goes without saying that I'm still loving it all. But! OMG, how dumb are the Salvatore brothers to leave that guy staked to the door? CLEARLY he was not dead.

I was just waiting for Damon to rip his head off to finish the job, it would only have taken a second once he was already out of action gah. Plus how random is it to just go off and leave the guy staked and hanging off the door! I know the place was supposed to be out of the way, but still...


and had the most hilarious Crichton moment of all time when he found it impossible to believe that an Australian would not know who won the superbowl. LOOOOOOOOOOOL. Dude, no one CARES about your sport here!

Heh I have a review book of Farscape that pointed to that as being a bit of an oops moment as it was meant to be a hint to Crichton of things not being right, and yet no one outside America does care about the superbowl...
amnisiasamnisias on November 25th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I think that's one of the things I love about Farscape (apart from the awesome that's Aeryn, and by extension Aeryn/Criton) - that it's so resoundingly not-American.
Naomi: Farscape Ben and Claudia post-showfrelling_tralk on November 25th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh me too. From what I've heard they did originally plan for the male and female leads to both be American, and casting was looking for a 20 year old American for Aeryn. But really it makes so much better with John being the American surrounded by this totally alien culture. It would have felt a little off if Aeryn had also spoken with an American accent
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aish facepalmbop_radar on November 25th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness! I'm so glad she didn't have an American accent!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 25th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
I know: SO RANDOM with staked dude!

And yup, your book got it right. But it made for a really adorably funny scene so I like it. :)
Mary: Elena (cinders and rain)penumbra on November 25th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
OMG, how dumb are the Salvatore brothers to leave that guy staked to the door?
My reaction to that was "This is why you should've burnt the body after staking him." But apparently powers which are specific to the Originals are shrouded in mystery even to vampire folklore experts (like Slater) and people who've had dealings with them (like Rose and Trevor) -- so I'll allow that they had no reason to believe that Elijah could come back after being staked and I'll forgive it before I forgive them for being stupid enough to lock the moonstone in the tomb with Katherine (I mean: just why would you even do that).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Katherinebop_radar on November 25th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah... weirdly the body bothers me more! Intellectually that makes no sense but it must be something in me that just thinks if you bother to kill a Really Scaryass Vampire, you would spend more than 3 seconds making sure he was really dead. And burning ANY body seems like a good idea to me!
Mary: Katherinepenumbra on November 26th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
And burning ANY body seems like a good idea to me!
lol, really.