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14 October 2007 @ 06:13 pm
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This weekend I baked cupcakes, hit myself on the head with a plank of wood (it hurts!) and spent way too much time sorting out other people's problems. It's one week until my holiday (two weeks off to vid--woot! SHUDDUP!) and I don't know how I'm going to crawl through five more work days.

I'm definitely falling for Pushing Daisies. I know some people are finding it 'too much' and it certainly is cutesy, but the quirks really work for me and I'm finding Ned rather scrumptiously irresistible. I am really glad we're still getting backstory on his childhood--I had thought that was simply for the Pilot.

The chemistry between Ned and Chuck is just adorable. I love the way they have to signal their movements to each other so they don't bump! I bump things all the time--I'd be dead again in a day!

More love: for the writing and, particularly, Ned's delivery on his lines. 'Did I say 'can' because I swallow my consonants sometimes?' made me ADORE him. Something about his posture in that scene made me want to squish him.

And I started to enjoy Chuck a lot more in this episode. Her quirky nature is really starting to shine and some of the details really tickled me: the 'cheesebox' (heaven!) and the language-learning (omgthatissome *dies*). I'm also loving her clothes and general sense of style. :) She's cutely old-fashioned but that's balanced by her level-headedness, her sunny disposition and the way she take everything in her stride.

Loving Emerson Cod too! The knitting is too adorable. And I loved his frustration with Chuck and her confidence that she'll bend him to her charm.

I thought the guest star (the dandelion) was really cute and quirky too. Her pie obsession was somehow adorable, even though also tragic. One thing though: when Chuck said 'that girl's got a whole secret life in the bathroom and I know how she feels' it was hard for me not to conclude that she too had bulimia--after all, she's JUST as skinny!

One character I really don't like: Olive. You could cut her out completely as far as I'm concerned. She's pointless and annoying, and she sings too?! Kill me now!

Bionic Woman is paaaaaiiiining me. I'm now at the stage of fast forwarding to Katee's scenes and I never ever do that with shows. I hate all characters except her's and that's probably not a good thing given that she's psychopathic. *facepalm* I just can't stomach the show though--the misogyny, the bad writing, the poor acting, the boring support cast, the nonsensical world details (don't get me started on the martial arts!), it's just too much bad for me to swallow. I'm kind of looking forward to vids just so that I don't have to put up with the peripheral annoyances, because Katee IS great.

Chuck, however, is tickling me. (Is it weird that the three shows I like this season ALL have a character called Chuck? Yes, I think so.) It's just so easy and entertaining to watch. And the fight sequences are well-choreographed and they play with the conventions to great comic effect. I'm really enjoying Casey--he's fantastically scary and sarcastic. It definitely gives me a giggle every week.

I'm suckered to Gossip Girl and I don't even care! \o/ Serena and Blair totally pwned me this week, and I was so glad they made up at the end. Blair's really grown on me--I love that we got to see just why she's so jealous of Serena. Because Serena is far more natural and there's no question that Blair was too uptight to sell the clothes well. The casting on this show is impeccable. Also, the Nate-Chuck relationship seems to be taking a turn for the slashy, and that can only be a good thing.
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
indigo419: Kara EEP by ingrid_mindigo419 on October 14th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, your poor head! *blows kisses*

Tell me about the martial arts in BW. I read that Will Yun Lee's dad was a Tae Kwan Do master, he at least should know what he's doing? No? I don't know a thing about fighting styles, but it strikes me that they have some rather bad editing in the fight scenes, perhaps to conceal poor form?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Jamie whateverbop_radar on October 15th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
The fights are VERY badly edited. But actually my main gripe is an underlying issue: Michelle's character has been shown to have superhuman strength (she threw her fiance across the room with one arm) and if nothing else she DEFinitely has speed (which is where a lot of power comes from in martial arts) and yet she can be matched by a man without bionic enhancement who has been trained in martial arts? Sorry, but that's REALLY implausible. It's also STUPID. Why would they make it so any human could match her? Why make it so she's only on the level with really well-trained MEN? (Women don't get to be better than guys even with enhancements? that's the message it sends me). Also they really screw up the details all the time. Her non-bionic arm should be a serious detriment--she should be constantly guarding it or she'd be really really bruised by now. But no. Apparently it's sort of quasi bionic... or something. It's just sloppy.

Then there's the whole issue of apparently she has programmed attack and defense responses. I can run with that but where then does Will Yun Lee expect her to suddenly pull some new moves from? She has never been trained in martial arts. She's not just going to suddenly do a flying back kick that she's not programmed to do if he doesn't a) teach her some basic principles of attack and defense and b) get her to drill it. Attacking her over and over again is just dumb. And the argument that it 'makes good tv though' doesn't wash with me--it would make far better tv to have her fighting skills be internally consistent within the world and to show the limitations and possibilities clearly. Instead they're just kind of fudging it and hoping no-one will really care... which is sort of how I feel they're approaching the entire show.