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22 August 2006 @ 06:58 pm
Squeeful things  
I am in a very chirpy mood today, since my wonderful friends list has provided me with many wonderful photos (and video!) of the two most beautiful men in the world meeting! *squee* Of course I mean Tommy and Johnny D. I am delighted by their manly handshake, Tom's earnestly impressed expression, and, most of all, Tom's stylist, who must have been working for months for this event (at least, that's what I'm fanwanking to explain his mysterious absence of influence over Tommy elsewhere in the last three months). ;-)

So while on the subject of squeeing, I also wanted to post about two shows that have made me bubbly and squeeful in the last few weeks. Like many people, I've used the hiatus to catch up on a couple of shows--in particular Doctor Who and Dead Like Me.

Doctor Who
OMG! I have SO MUCH LOVE for the Tenth doctor that I can barely breathe while watching him. I just want him to be on screen all the time! With his glasses and his oral fixation and his cute wee suit and his sneakers and his long coat and his slightly manic behaviour! Eeee!! He's officially my favourite doctor now. I feel slightly disloyal to my childhood in saying this (the sound of the Tardis arriving still reminds me of my mother's cooking) ... but hey, we all move on! ;-) And this doctor with his indie British looks was *made* for me to fangirl! Also David Tennant = Scottish, so I'm only being loyal to my home nation, you know?!

On a more serious level, I love the writing of the two new series of Who. Apart from a couple of below-par eps each season, it's been very high quality. And one thing I particularly love is how strong the guest actors are. There have been some one-episode characters that completely blew me away. My favourite episode, without a doubt, is The Girl in the Mirror--Madame Pompadour was fantastic, and that ep goes down as one of my all-time favourite episodes on any show. Seriously. Loved it. (And has anyone read The Time Traveller's Wife? Because this ep totally tapped into my residual emotions from reading that glorious book! Yes, I'm a secret smooshy romantic. *sniff*)

Anyway, I'm officially hooked and lining up for Torchwood and the next series, which is a ridiculously long time away.

Dead Like Me

So, I got the first series of this out on DVD as background noise while I did some annoying admin. I didn't expect much out of it, but it crept up on me and started to charm. I love the black humour idea of Reapers, but the best part of the show for me is actually the office stuff--I love the way it takes the piss out of those crappy admin jobs we all (or many of us) work when we're young. And the girl who plays George is brilliant at conveying sullen teenagehood and unimpressed-ness. The other characters don't rock my world, but they do ok. However, there have been some individual plots and episodes that I got a kick out of. And I find myself thinking about the show more than I expected. It's not spectacularly well-written and it's got some clunkiness, but it's good light-weight quirk, and I have definitely enjoyed. Anyone know where it's up to? Has it just had one season? What's the deal?

And because there is STILL TIME before SV starts up again--has anyone got any shows they'd like to rec for me? Yes, I know I should watch Alias because I never have. Yes, yes. And don't dare come near me with those 'SG' shows. But anything else?

Oh, and fear not--I will return to SV-squeeage in due time--I'm just having a leetle holiday. *g*
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on August 22nd, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
Wait, d'you mean no spoilers for Doctor Who? Or yes spoilers? I don't know if I should look or nottttt. *whines, averts eyes*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tenth Doctor geekbop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh! No spoilers. I make only vague 'OMG! I love this show!' comments. Though I have seen all of the season now, and I would love to post more detailed comments about eps now that I have more time. *g*
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on August 23rd, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
Ooh, k. *reads*

... !! I know I said that I love the 9th Doctor, but yes, the 10th is making my inner (and outer) fangirl crazyyyyy. Plus, y'know, he is totally hot. So I am v. v. happy right now. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tenth Doctor geekbop_radar on August 23rd, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
The ninth Doctor was very good also--I caught up on that series too. And there certainly were some outstanding episodes, and Eccleston is a great actor. I think he laid a lot of groundwork for Ten. But yeah, there's something about Ten that brings out the fangirl in me way more. The Nine series felt like 'good television' but the Ten series feels like candy or chocolate or something! *makes no sense* *dorks*
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on August 23rd, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
Omfg that actually makes perfect sense to me! XD;; I couldn't have put it better. Eccleston is an excellent actor, but Tennant just. Eee. *giggles*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tenth Doctor geekbop_radar on August 23rd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Heeee. I'm ever so glad you 'got' that. ;-)

I raced through the whole series once my friend lent it to me, but I think I'll have to go back and rewatch with leisure now--I just can't get enough! Where are we up to on Aus TV? I've lost track.
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on August 24th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
Last episode was the parallel-world thingy where we (THANK GOD) said goodbye to Micky.

I luff the new series. ;_;
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Tenbop_radar on August 24th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
Ah! That one. I thought the first half of that was a bit weak. I guess partly because I don't really care for the Cybermen. But I was glad to see Mickey get an end-point. (Did you know that Russell T. originally wanted Mickey to not only ride off into the sunset with that guy he hooked up with, but pash him as well? The BBC said 'sorry, but no'!)

There's good eps after this. Hooray!!
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on August 24th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Ahaha! XD; I didn't know that, but the thought of that is hilarious. I just found the character to be utterly annoying, so I'm glad he left.

Ooh. :3 I can't wait.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on August 24th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
He was pretty boring--agreed.
Moonwitch Iconsmoonwitch on August 24th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
He would just whinge and be all "Roseeeee wahwah" and she's all "uhm, Doctor?" and yet would kiss him (Mickey) so I was like wtf. Cus what's the point in him hanging around, since he wasn't contributing to the storyline or development of characters?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois don't get me startedbop_radar on August 24th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, if they had that 'I'll always go with the Doctor'/'I'll wait for you anyway' conversation One More Time... ! I wasn't clear what the point of Mickey was for ages either--I kept hoping they'd do something with him, but no.
Beckysadface on August 22nd, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW woebop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
Really?! TWO? That means there is more out there for me to see. *beams* But then it stops. Woe. *is confused*
Rhapsody in Purple: peekaboofialka on August 22nd, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
And sadly, it stopped just when it was starting to unravel its central mystery a little. Particularly with Rube...*sniffle* That's a show that needed an SOS campaign. That, and Odyssey 5.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Tenbop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, damn damn DAMN! Yes, I'm getting more and more intrigued by it. So I'm sad to hear that it ends too soon. I've never seen Odyssey 5.
Fleegull: Jobfleegull on August 22nd, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of The Wire, it's on HBO and it's like eating a great meal everytime I watch it. The previous three seasons are out on DVD and they are well worth watching.

I also love The Comeback which is also just out on DVD (at least here in the US). It made me appreciate Lisa Kudrow as an actress. I know that a lot of people simply hated it because it was an uncomfortable look into a very naive woman's journey through Hollywood and all of it's cruelties but it was also very funny and moving - which surprised the hell out of me.

Another show I am loving right now is The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman. Right now it's only on IFC but I love that the total focus is on the lead character and her best friend, two sarcastic, funny women trying to navigate through Hollywood. I like to think that it exists in the same world as The Comeback and Entourage.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thanks for the recs! Other people have mentioned The Wire to me. I think I really should try it. I haven't heard of the other two--they may be harder for me to track down, but they sound interesting as well. It is encouraging to know that there is much more TV out there that I could find and enjoy. *g*
nehellania on August 22nd, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
K you are watching Dead Like Me! Joyousness! I watched it when it first came on the air and watch it now whenever I catch it. It's a great show.

I have no show pimping for you. I have spent the last week and a half obsessing over RENT. I have fallen in love with it. I love the music and the dancing and the story and Mark is so utterly adorable. And yes. I'll just go off on and read more Rent!fic now. (it is mostly found on ff.net. the fic quality is somewhat troubling)

..wait. you have seen due south, yes? *wonders* If not, you should be trying it out.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, joy! It is very fun and quirky. I'm surprised how good the George girl is. When I first saw her I thought 'oh another young skinny blonde--meh' but she really grasps her character well. Even the voiceovers aren't that bad!

Rent? *eyes you suspiciously* Hmmm...

I have never actually watched Due South though I know the premise, have read fic and watched vids. I think I just absorbed it via fandom... it's kind of hard to get hold of in Aus, but I could go on a search. If I can track down Hornblower, I can track down anything! ;-)
nehellania on August 22nd, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
Why do so many people seem surprised that I have love for Rent? Is it bad? Do people not like it? Is there some sort of opinion that it is not Jen-friendly?

Yes see, you tracked down Hornblower! You can track down Due South!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee collapsedbop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Mine is not a well-formed opinion. There has been very little hype about 'Rent' here in Aus. But the flickers I have seen/heard of it made me conclude it was irritating and trashy. Incorrect?

Some tracking is required one way or another... I have lots of ideas now! Really, there is so much I have not seen. *rubs hands gleefully*
blowjobs for jesus: clark smilekristiinthedark on August 22nd, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
So, how about trying SGA?

*runs and hides* I kid! I kid!

Um. I am useless with pimping shows right now. I'm so sucked into dS, I can't see daylight. But, SV!!! WOOT!!! oh, and HOUSE starts soon!

When Johnny and Tommy were on stage, I think I might have yelled out an actual "Eeeeeeeeee!!!!" Complete with jumping up and down. It was very exciting. *is a dork*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Gaius dancebop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHA! Do you remember that day I flamed you when I thought you'd converted to SGA?! Hee!

Well you can pimp DS, but as I explained to Jen above, it's pretty hard to track down here in Aus. I've always meant to get to it one day though. And yay for House! When does it start? I'll have to negotiate some bandwidth for it from the boy. ;-)

I not only yelled 'eeee!' about Johnny and Tommy, I also clapped and then REPEATED said behaviour over and over, as serenography gave me this little clip of it in slow mo that repeats over and over and over hypnotically. O.O *dorks*
blowjobs for jesus: ds mountiekristiinthedark on August 22nd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, I remember that VERY well! *G* You were scary mad at me!

House starts on September 13th. Not very long at all. As for DS, I may know where I can hook you up, you know, if you want. Just say the word.

I'm glad we're both dorks, it makes our conversations so much less embarassing!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: lee/kara bouncebop_radar on August 23rd, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm glad we're both dorks, it makes our conversations so much less embarassing!
It really does! ;-)

I'll get back to you re. DS. I have bandwidth issues to sort out as always.
arianstarr: Lex Yay!arianstarr on August 22nd, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
I love Dead Like Me! My friend and I were heartbroken (well, I was heartbroken, he was just annoyed) when it stopped after two seasons. There were rumours of a third for a while, but I don't know that it actually happened.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on August 22nd, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh! You and toadstoolsmiles both! It seems there are quite a few Dead Like Me fans on my f'list. I'm excited that there's a lot more I haven't seen yet, but sorry to hear it's been axed. :-( Dammit! I've only just discovered it!
arianstarr: grey mikearianstarr on August 23rd, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
I love Mason (and by default, Callum Blue). And Rube! (Oh, Mandy Patinkin, will you ever do a show where you don't sing?) And Crystal makes me cringe and crack up at the same time. *sigh* I miss the show! At least there are two whole seasons of greatness to watch instead of just the one!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Maggie Teh Prettybop_radar on August 23rd, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
Right! Now I just need to persuade my DVD library that they need to hunt down Season 2. ;-) They already know me as the 'Dead Like Me' girl, since I'm the only person that borrows it, and I keep borrowing it week after week... Hee!
arianstarr: Kick Ass Hat 2arianstarr on August 23rd, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
They already know me as the 'Dead Like Me' girl, since I'm the only person that borrows it

lol, there are worse things to be known as!!
bluesuzannebluesuzanne on August 23rd, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
hehe I was absolutely heartbroken also. Still kind of am to be honest. Sigh.
arianstarrarianstarr on August 23rd, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
I held out hope for a good year and a half before finally giving up on the hope that they'd make another season.
bluesuzannebluesuzanne on August 23rd, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Well as you may have noticed I am a HUGE DLM fan. Stick with it, season 2 is amazing ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clairebop_radar on August 23rd, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Hee--yes! I'm definitely getting sucked in as it goes on. And considering I haven't been giving it my full attention, that's a pretty good sign!