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01 October 2008 @ 11:28 am
Television frenzy  
After months of the TV-drought that is the US hiatus, I am suddenly spoiled rotten with good television! This week was so brilliant for so many shows I don't know where to start.

Mad Men
Well, let me rephrase that: Mad Men has a very strong Betty-centric plot at the moment, which means I'm hypnotised. The actress is wonderful. I'm so proud of Betty for facing the truth about her marriage and I want that smug bastard to get what's coming to him. Which won't happen because he's the hero of the show, but while I can still hope, I'm enjoying it... and the parallels with my parents' marriage continue to freak me out so I won't talk much more about that. Ahem.

I wanted Joan to read TV scripts and be smart! And I felt sorry for Freddie. Pete is such a little weed.

See, I really do not have anything very much to say about MM!

True Blood
I still hate Jason but found him a little more bearable this week because he became so comedic. My problem with his character is that while he didn't actually kill Maudette he could have and he thought he did. And did nothing. That's unforgiveable in my book and all this chatter about 'he's a good person underneath' shits me to tears. Good people don't just run off and deny everything when they think they've killed something. He is very very dim at best. And damn lucky to have such a loving sister protecting him, and Tara watching out for him.

Speaking of which, she was awesome as always! I could watch this show for her alone. Yes, I was kind of screaming at her not to perjure herself for Jason Stackhouse, but at the same time loving her misguided toughness, and she had some very funny lines. 'School is just for white people looking for other white people to read to' was pretty hilarious. I love that she's learnt everything from books and then applies that knowledge in the real world. It sends up all the hicks around her so well because it shows that it wouldn't take much for them to be a bit more clued up.

I'm glad they wrote in the story about Jason protecting her when she was little. That was terribly cute and helps explain her attraction to him and her inability to fight it. Rationally I think she knows Jason's an idiot, but her heart's another matter. I can live with that. And I like that she got a little kick out of reciprocating the protection. Also, wee!Jason was kind of great. I mean stupid and rash and full of ego still, but all of that was applied in such a good way. It helped me with a plot I'd otherwise find hard to swallow.

Bill achieved a new level of hotness in my eyes in this ep. While I've seen his charisma in the past, I haven't really felt it before because he's not really my type. But I found him very sexy taking Sookie on the non-date to the vamp bar, and he was funny as well. I liked him all tense and anxious around Eric and then so rashly serving it to the cop.

The vamp bar was kind of wonderful in its badness. Bad arm-wavey goth dancing! *lol* And Sookie was kind of fabulous in that environment. Her combination of naivety, bravery and determination played really well against all the hardcore jaded club types. I guess we have an answer about whether she can read other vampires' minds or not: it seems not, since she only managed to read other humans in the bar.

I'm not sure what I think of Eric yet except that he was ridiculously melodramatic and potentially adds a lot of interest to the cast and plot. I'm also intrigued by the vampire politics and look forward to finding out more.

And Sam... hm... It seemed to me they were setting us up to think Sam was the murderer. And he could be. After all, Sookie doesn't read his mind because he's her boss, and he believes that vampires and humans shouldn't mix. And that writhing around in the bed where she died was pretty freaky--I guess there is a past between them, which could give him another reason for being angry she went with a vamp. I don't want Sam to be the murderer, but I better brace myself for the possibility he might be.

Gossip Girl
Because I sure as hell don't! Aaaaaaghhhhhh! Dan Humphrey, I hate you! You are the most annoyingly uppity shit new writer ever conceived. I have tried to ignore it, but this episode shoved 'Dan the hot new young writer' in my face and I tipped over from dislike into rage. OMG, the advice they were giving him was so Writing 101! It stretches all laws of believability that he ever got published at all. And he took the advice so literally.

Dear Dan

There is a little thing called IMAGINATION. Aided by empathy (oh, right, you have none) and talent (ditto). Please stop making me like Jenny better than you! It stings!


PS. Did you just fuck over Chuck Bass? BWAHAHAHAHAHAAH. You are even dumber than I thought. I can't wait to see you sink further.

Poor Blair got stomped on in this episode but I look forward to seeing her return to form in due course. I have faith. I'm loving the 'rise of Serena' and seeing these two get serious with each other. It's amazing that Blair can be believable as both the mistress of her empire and a petty little girl. Last week, she trumped the Duchess, this week she looked like a five year old throwing a tantrum. But I still love her. I love Serena too though, and agree that she shouldn't hide herself because of Blair (or Dan, or anyone) so the tension is delicious. Where will this new Serena lead?

Wow. Summer Glau is amazing. That episode was spine-tingly and fascinating and her performance was incredible. I was blown away. I'm still processing all we've learnt about Cameron but I'm glad to have delved into her origins. How chilling was it when she snapped Alison's neck? I was also horrified by the cages of people yelling at her to escape. Loved the tiger too. And when the net came around her when she jumped off the ship, I was so sad for her.

It's interesting that they've given Cameron's 'human' aspect a specific identity. Clearly Cameron has managed to absorb Allison's persona at a deep level, but what does that mean? I think there will be lots of interesting meta out of this.

For more thinky thoughts, I defer for now to norwich36's post because I really should be vidding. (Eeek! Deadlines suck!) But I may post thoughts later when I've processed some more.
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: busybusy
Naomi: GG Blair/Serena by silvery_skyavaggfrelling_tralk on October 1st, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Hee I loved Blair's tantrum with Dorota (er sp?) When she's yelling don't ever go to high school, then freaking out over someone changing her seating chart *loves*

I'm not sure what to make of Serena at the moment. It kind of reminds me of what the Georgina arc originally promised ("I killed someone!") and bad girl Serena ultimately not being that bad at all, even in the flashbacks, just led around by wicked Georgina. And again here I was really excited for bitchy alpha Serena after she tied the scarf around Blair, and looked set to destroy Dan. But then this week her story seemed to be about not really wanting power at all, but just pout for the camera and live the life of a rich socialite. I was hoping for something a little darker, but they always seem to step back from making Serena too unlikeable. It's frustrating because they have no problem writing a really complex character with Blair and making her thoroughly unlikeable at times, ditto with Chuck, yet Serena must always remain the golden girl

I did think she made some reasonable points about Blair's insecurities shouldn't have to hold Serena back, but then I'm not sure if they've actually shown that Serena did ever "hide her light" for Blair's sake? The Thanksgiving flashbacks suggested to me that Serena was drunk and having a good time, and not particularly catering to Blair's insecurities... Andher talk with Blair on her return about seeing that Blair is now Queen Bee of the school and "I get it", with the assurance that she won't take that away from Blair, led me to think that Serena had been shining her light around and leading the pack before she left for boarding school. She really toned herself down on her return because of guilt over sleeping with Nate, and then to please Dan. Yet from the way Serena spoke you'd think that she had spend most of their friendship subduing herself because of Blair, and I'm not sure how accurate Serena's perception is of that

And I mean if it was just modeling shoots with random designers that Blair was getting jealous over, then by all means Serena should tell her to take a step back. But it's more about Blair's issues with her Mother picking Serena over her, so I think Serena could be a little more sensitive there.

Edited at 2008-10-01 03:28 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair sulkbop_radar on October 1st, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
don't ever go to high school, then freaking out over someone changing her seating chart *loves*
That was glorious, yes!

yet Serena must always remain the golden girl
Mmmm... it's true. I think because her likeable, good girl aspects are the only thing *to* like about her. She's not really clever or ruthless like Blair. I think I'm ok with it because I like the way they've set her up as the one who 'sails through' life, as opposed to Blair who works hard. It seems like she lacks some compassion for those that don't just sail through and is a little blind to her effect on others. That's unlikeable enough for me.

from the way Serena spoke you'd think that she had spend most of their friendship subduing herself because of Blair, and I'm not sure how accurate Serena's perception is of that
*nods* That's a good point. My sympathies were definitely with Blair and I think Serena's so used to being the centre of things but also a 'nice person' that she doesn't really see how egotistical she's being. I'll be interested to see how long she lasts as a socialite. Is that really fulfilling for her?! She wants to be liked, but fame isn't very kind...
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on October 1st, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Yeah I've noticed the buzz about Eric around LJ... but I'm trying hard not to get spoiled. I look forward to him being great but I may take a bit to warm up to him.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on October 1st, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
My friend who is supposed to be getting me True Blood is failing at this, so I skipped that part. (Though if it is following the novels I guess I can't be too spoiled, since I've read all 5 or 6 or however many there are now).

I saw someone's post on friendsfriends that suggested that Allison is sort of like Cameron's soul, which was interesting.

What do you think of the tiger, anyway? Real or metaphorical? I suppose the machines could see all exotic animals--humans and tigers--as on the same level, or something like that.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: The Fallbop_radar on October 1st, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Allison as Cameron's soul... yes, I was thinking along those lines. I was wondering if somehow Cameron had adopted or taken Cameron's soul, or the closest thing to it in this 'verse.

I thought tiger was both real and metaphorical. It seemed like Allison had some memory of a caged tiger, but there's a lot of associations to be made there. A tiger is so powerful: the human race, though powerful is caged and run to extinction. But I also felt it represented Cameron herself--she's so powerful but she's trapped by her machine aspects, her programming. Or is she?

We need to make a True Blood plan for you!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on October 1st, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
Ooh, I just found a really fascinating reading of Sarah's interactions with Kacey when I was surfing friendsfriends. It's here: http://alethialia.livejournal.com/318737.html?thread=3728913#t3728913
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: To Kill a Mockingbirdbop_radar on October 3rd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Ohhh, very nice! I love that reading. This show is so twisted.
serenography: KKrbowdrkserenography on October 1st, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
I just watched GG this evening and I don't know.. maybe I'm just having a bad teenager week, but I thought both Serena and Blair were being annoying little bitches.

Chuck is by far the most interesting character for me to watch. Dan was being an insensitive jerk, but I have a feeling he's going to come around and realize that. I can't see Chuck forgiving or forgetting though.

Did I miss what it is that Blair works so hard at? I thought she was always of the privileged class. I did miss last week's episode though.

True Blood has sucked (pun!) me in. I find Jason very entertaining - even if he is a bit of a shit. I loved the flashback of wee Jason and Tara. It explained a lot in terms fo Tara, but it left a big question about how Jason went from that intelligent sounding and brave young boy to the somewhat cowardly and dumbass sounding man he is now.

I go very back and forth on Sookie, or rather, Anna Pacquin's acting. She's perfect in many ways, but sometimes her lines feel very clunkily delivered.

Bill doesn't spark me much, but I do enjoy learning about this new vampire universe. I want to know more about Eric. :)

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on October 1st, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Chuck is fascinating, yes.

Blair works hard at her popularity within the privileged class--last ep kind of showed that Serena could take that back by raising her eyebrow in a certain way... i.e. Serena's more naturally likeable/charismatic, but Blair dominates through effort.

Despite myself I found Jason amusing this week. I kind of see a connection between little Jason and adult Jason... both were very brash. I didn't think wee!Jason was so much smart as just show-offy, which he still is, but now he shows off to score girls whereas then I think he was just trying to be tough and help Sookie's friend. I can't imagine that hormones helped though! ;) He seems preoccupied with sex to the exclusion of everything else--presumably that was less so as a child. ;) But he worked out somewhere along the line that he was attractive and ego and hormones kicked in? Maybe.

sometimes her lines feel very clunkily delivered.
I think not knowing the accent and whether she's delivering it correctly really helps for me as I can't tell when she's being clunky or when it's part of the accent. With her playing the character as having a kind of strange wide-eyed manner, it all comes together in a whole for me--I attribute it all to Sookie's oddness, but I can see how it could annoy.
Fleegull: Bunnyfleegull on October 1st, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
GG and Mad Men continue to deliver some first class tv in very different ways!!

I agree that Blair works for her popularity and Serena just has "IT" and it's difficult to find fault with either girl's behavior within the conext of their friendship.

It appears that no matter what happens, I will always hate Dan Humphrey.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair yelloqbop_radar on October 1st, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
*nods* Agreement all round!
Beckygiggleloop on October 1st, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
I assumed that the Sam!writhing has to do with something about him and that dog. I swear there's a connection there, I just can't figure out what it is. At first I thought he was the dog, but since they showed him with the dog, he can't be, I guess. But there's something going on there. I assumed it was kind of a dog thing, rolling around in the master's bed and smelling the sheets....? But I could be way off. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair yelloqbop_radar on October 2nd, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
Hee. Yeah, I kind of thought the sniffing was very dog-like. He misses her scent? I'm guessing he has heightened doggy senses since there is something about him, what with the barking in his sleep. I too, at first, thought he was the dog.
laisserais on October 1st, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Mad Men! SO good! Poor Freddie, he really got shafted. I loved that Pete was the one who took righteous umbrage at him and tattletaled, it makes him so much more of a dweeby asskisser. And i dunno, you might be surprised re: don and what's coming to him. even though he's the main character, i think weiner and co. might just dish out more pain because of it. i thought last week's ep was great for that- it shoveled on the angst of placelessness. without his marriage, who is don? can he operate in his world alone?

and True Blood! omg. it's such crack and i love it, even if the acting's not all that great. funnily enough, i realized that the guy who plays jason is the best actor of the bunch, because he's so totally the buffoon, i never have trouble believing he's that much of a bastard.

so many questions! who is sam? what is he? what's he doing, creepily sniffing stuff? and tara! yeah, her character is my favorite by a longshot. what i dig the most is the feeling that Bontemps, while totally messed up, is like a huge family. particularly with the contrast of vampires/non-vampires. the whole town is sort of like an extended family- you might not like all of them, but there's no escaping them.
Caryle: omgyaycarylerg on October 1st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
I was excited to see that you're enjoying True Blood so much! It makes me happy to see that someone else from my f-list is actually watching it. I haven't read the books, so it should be interesting to see how the series develops. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on October 2nd, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! I'm glad you are enjoying the series too. I haven't read the books and it's fun to go in blind. I get the feeling there are a lot more 'reveals' in store for us. It's all quite intriguing.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on November 2nd, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
I just watched TB episode 4, and I have to say I laughed my ass off at Jason's plot. (I honestly can't remember that being in the books, though it might have been). I mean the priapism, of course, not the arrest for murder. What did that idiot think, drinking a whole vial of V? (I kind of feel sorry for the actor, though, because that was one humiliating plotline to have to play!)

Like you, I'm really glad they put that flashback to Tara's childhood, because it helps me a lot to see she has a concrete reason beyond sexual attraction to think that deep down he's a good guy. I found her speech about education funny but a little sad--Tara's the one character in the show who's most clearly not living up to her full potential.

I was pleased with Fangtasia and Eric, both of whom play a bigger role as the books go on, so if they did them badly I would have been upset. I don't like Eric's casting *quite* as much as Bill's casting, but I will suspend judgment until we see more of him. (I honestly don't remember if he had a big role in the first book or not--much later in the series vampire politics becomes a big issue, but that wouldn't be until season 3 or 4 since they seem to be doing one book per season. Assuming they even stick to the books after this).

I agree that Bill was hotter in this episode, and I liked his protectiveness of Sookie, but that scene with the cop really CREEPED ME OUT.

I want to watch the fifth episode, but it's the last one on the DVD, so I'm torn! Plus I should probably save it as a reward for getting a certain % of my big project done.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on November 2nd, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
OMG Obama icon?!!!

I mean the priapism, of course, not the arrest for murder. What did that idiot think, drinking a whole vial of V?
HEE hee hee! Yeah, he's such a doofus. He really rocks at the 'laugh at' role. I find the actor incredibly talented to pull it off--and as you say, brave, to take on such a demeaning role. ;)

it helps me a lot to see she has a concrete reason beyond sexual attraction to think that deep down he's a good guy. I found her speech about education funny but a little sad--Tara's the one character in the show who's most clearly not living up to her full potential.
True, and TRUE. Tara is the character for whom I desire most growth. As you say, she's not living up to her potential and she's got a lot of internalised rage about that (even if she doesn't realise that's what it is). I am in suspense about her future currently, but I am optimistic that the show will do interesting things with her.

I don't like Eric's casting *quite* as much as Bill's casting, but I will suspend judgment until we see more of him.
Interesting! I picked up that Eric was a big part in the books because of the buzz from book-readers on my f'list and most seemed happy about the casting. Eric wasn't immediately charismatic to me, but I must say that I'm now ITCHING to see more of him. The teases have really intrigued me, though I think I like Pam even more than I like Eric... though I am more intrigued by Eric.

that scene with the cop really CREEPED ME OUT.
Yeah, it was dead creepy. Bill's dark side was really showing, I thought.

when you watch the last one, email me. I unfortunately made a post that combined ep 5 and 6 and a LOT happens in both, so I wouldn't recommend spoiling yourself even if you know the books.

I think we'll be up to ep 8 this week--so maybe in one more week's time, I'll burn a second disk?

Big project reward does make sense...
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on November 2nd, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'm leaving Obama as my default icon until at least Tuesday. (Which cannot come too soon, as far as I'm concerned).

I really do think that actor playing Jason is courageous, and a good sport. Oh, and I agree with you about Pam; she was excellent.

I think it makes sense to wait until you have at least 4 episodes to burn on a DVD to send them, so I can wait for a while. I really have other things I should be doing in the meantime anyway. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 2nd, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Cool. I'll do that!

Bring on Tuesday! \o/