Anyway, it may not have gone unnoticed to some of you that I've not been posting about Smallville. Ahem. Yes. There are two problems:
1. Friday nights in the US is Saturday here, and that means it's a lot harder to coordinate a watching time with supacat (no, I cannot watch it without her: just no), and so I'm a week behind everyone else (which has also meant I've missed the meta :().
2. I'm not loving this season. . I hate Zod (specifically the actor) with the fire of a thousand suns and I don't give a toss about the season arc, as a consequence. I am finding the Clois is running (for me, obvy highly subjective) at about a 60 to 40 per cent squick to charm ratio. Which is not good. And all the squick for me is in the writing of Lois. There's usually a few good scenes or lines that I cling to each ep, but then they do things like let us hear her thoughts and write her as an airhead or have her do something dumb like not just pick up a bloody phone and CALL Oliver and I'm thrown out of her again. Also Clark takes her crush on him for granted. :(( And is she actually being written as having crushes on Clark and the Blur simultaneously?! o.O because that is making her look like she doesn't know who she is from episode to episode... when they then threw in her acting like a huffy schoolgirl when Ollie doesn't call her, I start to feel squeamish that they're just writing her as having the hots for everyone. Which is probably me being oversensitive but damn I wish we'd see more from Clark's perspective and less from an inconsistently written Lois.
Finally, I am going to be totally in the minority here, but I loved Oliver's descent into playboy depression ... Justin is an amazing actor who despite the LOLs inherent in that plot, managed to pull off some really poignant and moving scenes, and I greatly enjoyed his ability to snark at Clark while being suicidal. That takes talent! Of course, I knew what fandom would be like about this: BLAH BLAH OLIVER IS SUCH AN ASSHOLE TO CLARK BLAH BLAH BLAH. And I wasn't feeling emotionally prepared to argue that. You don't like him? Fine. But for Oliver fans, I'm glad they gave us this arc. Of course, then they went and spoiled it by making it be Chloe who pulled him out of it. *facepalm* When did Chloe become Voldemort? With the crazily unnecessary intricate plot that could go hideously wrong at any moment? What the hell, Chloe? You didn't think there was an easier set-up than that?! It ONCE AGAIN makes the Justice League look like a bunch of dicks who always overcomplicate the simplest of plans. Sorry, but someone could have wound up dead in that scenario, even if Oliver's gun did have blanks. Dudes. You need to THINK UP SOME LESS RISKY PLANS. And it irks me that it rendered redundant the best scene in the whole episode, that between Oliver and Lois. :(
Ah well. Oh, and BAG was GROSSLY UNDERUTILISED. Two eps? One of which he was only in for five seconds, are you kidding me?!! Also his character was written weirdly. :/
In other television, Community continues to charm me every week. Abed as Batman was so wonderful I had to rewind all his scenes. And Britta's little squirrel costume delighted me. I was also infinitely glad that she seemed genuinely not jealous about Jeff chasing his teacher. I keep fearing a crack in her 'nuh-uh' stance but then it does not come! \o/ Britta FTW!
I have mixed feelings about Dexter. I am not happy that Lundy died. Not only does it fuck Deb over, it takes out a lot of the tension I had felt about having someone near Dexter who might actually find out who he is. I am not really finding Trinity scary or suspenseful at all, and am finding the writing of Dexter's family life implausible. On the other hand, Jennifer Carpenter's performance continues to mesmerise me: the scene where she broke down in the parking lot was incredible.
In perhaps shameful news, I have been converted to the Vampire Diaries despite the odds! (i.e. despite the stalking) It's so cheesey, but I have such low expectations for it that I am constantly delighted when something even mildly surprising happens. And Ian Somerhalder is having such a good time in his role it's hard not to join him in that joy.
Finally, I've been (shock!) somewhat enjoying Dollhouse! Yeah, I'm surprised too. It's still very hit and miss for me, and I can be thrown 'out' of episodes pretty easily, and I still don't feel like Joss has really got a clear enough grip on the issues, however I have been enjoying the storytelling as a whole this season. The recent Sierra-centric episode was great (although it contained implausible and TV-simplistic aspects): I've always liked the actress, and so was thrilled to see an episode focus on her. I loved that they let her be an Aussie and I liked her pre-doll character a lot. I was very, very happy that at least one doll got to kill the person responsible for her imprisonment. However, the same disconcerting double messages remain: I really didn't like De Witt's line that they weren't slave merchants. Um, honey, that is EXACTLY what you are, even if you sugarcoat it by coercing people into signing paperwork. And the plot resolution was all a bit too easy (she goes back to being a doll, how convenient), but at least with plots like these I can invest in the character journeys a bit more--that's making a huge difference for me with the show this season.
Also, Agent Lundy runs the Dollhouse?! o.O
Friday Night Lights is back!! Not much to say about it yet but I'm happy. *hugs it close*