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23 March 2012 @ 03:18 pm
Updatin' cuz I can  
*lays down four clips of new vid*

*cries inconsolably*

Oh Fuck. So that's how it is.


HI! :D

I never update my journal nowadays so but what the hell, I shall randomly do so today. :) What follows are where my fannish attention is these days...

The Good Wife

So much delights me about this show that every episode I am \o/ about something or other, but there is invariably also accompanying confusion/angst/annoyance at Alicia. Ok, granted, I usually have an ambivalent relationship with protagonists but Alicia's definitely had me all wound up this season. A large part of that has to do with the fact that after a season or two of being suspicious of Will I found myself heart and soul on his 'team' and I really feel deeply the loss for him in the breakdown of their dalliance... or perhaps it would be better to describe it as the failure of it to deepen into something more formal and solid. Yes, it would have been better if he could have been more honest earlier about wanting a deeper commitment but the fact that he got to that point *just* as Alicia panicked and fled is a scar that's lingering badly for me.

I worry that the writing team think they have 'done' Will/Alicia now and I feel a bit ripped off because I think they tried to get the best of two separate scenarios: 1) Will and Alicia have a one-night fling in which neither is fully honest with the other about the depth of their emotions, and 2) Will and Alicia date over a longer time and have to deal with awkwardness in the office. Trying to combine the two was awkward, imo, and if it wasn't for the stellar acting of the cast members I don't think it would have felt convincing that they could skirt away from the deeper emotional currents between them for so long.

Sigh. Regardless they seem to be writing Alicia as 'moving on' now and I'm left wondering what the hell she DID ever feel for Will? Just please god, writers, do NOT have her get back together with Peter! I am terrified by this toying with buying the old house... while I can see a symbolic reason why it might be a powerful storytelling choice (she now owns the house through her own means, not as the wife of a powerful man), I really really hate the idea of Alicia clinging to this nostalgia for the past, even if she's doing so largely for her children's sake. It's so foolish! They are going to be off to college soon anyway! And it's stupid because the idyll they long for doesn't exist any more.

On the brighter end of the spectrum, I was over the moon about the Kalicia scenes in the last episode. And--delightfully and unexpectedly--particularly liked Alicia's handling of them. I think it's understandable that she would be startled and react defensively to Kalinda's first overture of friendship. Although I felt the slight keenly on Kalinda's behalf, I sort of think it was inevitable. Kalinda was pushing behind Alicia's nice, neat, 'professional' behaviour with her in the workplace and it was a shock. What I think is wonderful though is that even immediately Alicia appeared annoyed and dissatisfied with the way the exchange went.

In the second exchange it was very clear that Alicia had thought further about it and what she wanted and realised that in fact she doesn't want to stay in the past and doesn't want to cling to bitchy outrage as a defence. In making this choice I feel her exchange with Tami was instrumental in shifting her perspective. Being cast as the 'other woman' for once was very disorienting to Alicia and I think she was repulsed by Tami's insistence on rubbing in that the relationship decline with Will was her fault. Of course the two situations aren't completely parallel but in her heart I think Alicia does know that her own issues with Peter are hers and aren't or weren't 'created' by Kalinda. What lingers for her is the betrayal, the lying to her face... so when in the second exchange she focused so directly on the need to be open and forthcoming, I was overjoyed. I was thrilled that Alicia phrased it as a question (even if it was clear she wasn't convinced): can you do that? This allowed Kalinda the opportunity to make a clear, conscious choice, one that she will have to live up to if she wants Alicia's friendship (which she does so sharply and painfully).

I loved K's anguished face in these scenes. She was torn apart by the rejection--understandably, as it's so rare for her to reach out to anyone. And she was also a little terrified about what she had agreed to ... although she didn't hesitate for one second, which was beautiful, since being open is the thing she finds hardest to do in the world.

Instinctively I feel the power that this relationship has to be transformative for both women and I can't wait to see where it leads.

In a lighter arena, I am SUPER AMUSED that Diane's dating exploits get out of hand when Will's not around. They're adorable! That suspicious glance Will gave her through the glass was priceless. They're such a funny pair.

Was delighted at the insight into Will's home and his interfering sisters in the previous episode. Would be entirely happy to hang out on his sofa for whole episodes... couldn't the office just come to him??? ;)

OMG, I still love this show to pieces but I seem to be the only one that does... I hear it's getting completely pulverised in the ratings in the US and I'm so sad. Also I neeeeeeeeeeed it to hang in there a little longer as I feel instinctively that I need more footage for the vid I have planned for it, footage they haven't quite given me... yet!

I love Nikita so much. Favourite line from last episode: 'My personal feelings ARE right'. :D

Her openness in her confusion/guilt and then relief and joy at Fletch being alive was really beautiful.

Mostly just want MORE MORE MORE from this show!

Once Upon a Time
Gaaaaaaawwwwwwwd this show. It's so baaaaad. But I'm still watching it. I find the overall plot arc at the moment to be RIDICULOUS but hey, that's in keeping with the overall premise. :p

Things I liked recently:
- Red's storyline! Cool twist! And am super-glad that her episode didn't involve her actually being a whore because I've been squicked by the way she's been cast as the town slut in the lead-up episodes. Thank you writers for avoiding that in her classic tale, at least!
- Emma is her LEMUR!!!! Endlessly delighted by this line and by the mentoring relationship formed there.
- Less Rumpel/Gold in recent eps. THANK YOU! What a relief!

Am anxious that August may turn out to be the Sheriff reincarnated, as the theory is going around... I think that would be SHIT as I do not like the actor at all and find him to be slimy around Emma, which Graham never was. :/ I am, however, curious to find out for sure who he is... from Henry's perspective I appreciated the scene where August came clean about being another 'believer'.

Oh, and I got a tumblr: bopradar.tumblr.com

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bofoddity on March 23rd, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Added you on Tumblr! I'm mcspinsta over there. :)

Also, procrastination via random LJ updates is a fine way to spend time as far as I'm considered. Hi!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 23rd, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks! Added you back!
JackieKjonojackiekjono on March 23rd, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I think August is Rumplestiltskin's son who was "lost" before the curse.

I suspect that Rumple thought up this curse to get his son back and manipulated the Queen into using it because he didn't want to pay the cost himself.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee thinking hmmbop_radar on March 23rd, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh. Nice theory!
m_a_r_i_k_s: John and Dargo dancem_a_r_i_k_s on March 26th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
An even better theory that existed before August even appeared on the show is that Graham could be Rumpel's son...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 27th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
Yeah ... weirdly I hate Rumpel so much that even though that would be cool and it would tie Graham to the show so much more, I am happy to have August suffer the fate of being that guy's son. :p Not logical, I know!

Edited at 2012-03-27 05:54 am (UTC)
Clari Clyde: Icon: Cherry Blossomclari_clyde on March 23rd, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yay, someone else watching Nikita!!!

OMG, Carla Bennett, all the feelings I have for her. Someday, I’m going to write a long post, longer than this, about how she’s the anti-tragedy; her downfall wasn’t from the seven deadly sins (esp pride) but her downfall was that she was too good.

Is Nikita struggling in the ratings? Oh, that just breaks my heart.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 23rd, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
Yay, so glad you love Nikita too. :) And very interesting thoughts about Carla!
Unfortunately, yes, I hear it's not doing well. :( So sad, because that show is full of so much heart!
darenothopedarenothope on March 24th, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
I love that Alicia and Kalinda's relationship seems to be on the mend.

Will's sisters are amazing! They should be on the show more often!

Am anxious that August may turn out to be the Sheriff reincarnated, as the theory is going around...
Yeah, do not want. I want it to be something more than that.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on March 25th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd happily see more of Will's sisters! :) And thank goodness the writers followed through on mending the Kalinda-Alicia rift. :)
m_a_r_i_k_s: Kara_Lee Adama loves mem_a_r_i_k_s on March 26th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
What I think is wonderful though is that even immediately Alicia appeared annoyed and dissatisfied with the way the exchange went.

You know, both reactions remind me of myself and my own current !annoyance! so much that it was very satisfying for a moment to see them angry and helpless and confused each in her own way.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on March 27th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
((cuddles you))
Yeah, there was something cathartic about it... I found it easy to identify with both of them there, in both, that's for sure.
random_seriousrandom_serious on March 31st, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: OuaT. Thank you! This show is sooo bad, I mena, really just horrific shite, and yet! Everyone is going gaga over it. and.I.do.not.get.the.love. It's about time someone jsut says out loud that the show is horrid! And I don't even know why I am yelling! Or why I hate this show so much, when it is relatively umoffensive. Yes, it is that kind of day, thank you for asking ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aish facepalmbop_radar on April 1st, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
It's DREADFUL. It's the pits. Seriously. The writing is HORRIBLY BAD and not even in a funny way. Just in a way that makes you go 'wha ... huh????!' The acting is variable to say the best. Charmless, in particular, is excruciating. And I know many people disagree but I hate the actress who plays Regina and her ridiculous overacting and one-style delivery of EVERY SCENE. And gawwwwwd, do NOT get me started on how excruciatingly nails-on-a-chalkboard Rumpel is. ::shudders::

And WTF is this shit anyway? It's not Fairytale land it's DISNEY land apparently. This mixing of classic tales with things like Alice and Wonderland just breaks my brain ...

The thing is the concept of characters who are trapped and can't get back to their destined forms actually does have some kind of imaginative power for me... it intrigues me. I also like the potential the show has for exploring the power of belief and faith and love. Alas they don't seem to *really* know what they've got in their hands and mostly just seem to be having fun smooshing everything together like some kind of Disney-based McFlurry??? IDEK!!!

It's CRAP. And yet I watch it. :(
random_seriousrandom_serious on April 1st, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Disney! That's exactly what it is! It' somehow sickly sweet, childish, immature wishwash that afraid to go the distance. And at the same time it's massively consistently misogynistic! To wit: Price Charming was an entitled ass in all his incarnations, privileged ass who treated Snow badly. Rumpy has his Belle or whoevs who just has to love the manbeast no matter what, a little self-sacrifying selfless caretaker... The doc Snow "dated" was a massive ass. And on and on and on.

And yes, the original point of teh story -lost character, stuck in an unhappy world- held some fascination tome but everything is so hammy and the show is consistently afraid to go dark, at all. Oh, it'll give hints and be dark in a misogynistic way, but that's an unintendedeffect: the writers are so far up their own ass that they don't know what they are doing...

So much promise, so little delivery. And this stays on air, and is a hit? What the hell is going on?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on April 1st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm not really surprised it's a hit. It's riding that wave of fairytale resurgence and it's got a very physically attractive cast and it waves a few carrots in front of its audience. And personally I keep watching out of the 'this could be done SO MUCH BETTER ... maybe THIS episode will be good?' trap. :(( (Also because there is very little in the way of alternative strong programming at the moment.)

But yeah, it was always going to be hard to work with fairy tales in terms of the inherent misogyny ... unless they went for some classic feminist revisions. I was therefore mildly pleased with Red's backstory (though I wish to god they wouldn't cast her as 'town slut' in Storybrooke).

the writers are so far up their own ass
they really are. I watched the panel from whatever-it-was-con and the chick that plays MM was rambling on about how amaaaaazing the writing was and how when she found out what unlocks the spell she was just BLOWN AWAY as it was so inevitable and perfect or something ... it was sickening! The writers were just sitting back with very large puffed egos soaking it up. Seriously, not good! I think the show would be better if it had a rockier start and had to listen to (a more demanding) audience a bit more and actually had to start putting some serious content into the show...

Also seriously DITCH Charming. WHY and HOW are we ever supposed to ship these two? He's a dim-witted asshole and has shown it many times ...
random_seriousrandom_serious on April 3rd, 2012 06:46 am (UTC)
I watched this wrethed thing for Carlyle (who is usually awesome), and while Gold/Rumpy has his failings (ugh, the writing!) Carlyle kept me watching, until one week it was just too much all of it. FYI, the chick who plays MM has a well know pill-popping problem, maybe that explains the effusive praise for the shitty writing?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aish facepalmbop_radar on April 3rd, 2012 09:31 am (UTC)
Ahaha! She definitely seemed like a space cadet! Good to know.