partly: (Cap'n)
Captain America is still my favorite. Hawkeye is a very close second.

But Cap... he's still the best.
partly: (Jake)
For [livejournal.com profile] tvrealm we had to come up with our own awards show. We only needed five awards and I chose to make up categories rather than use the usual ones.

I didn't want to pick winners, so I went with the poll option. Feel free to vote...


Follow the cut )
partly: (No One Gets Hurt)


[livejournal.com profile] tvrealm

A landcomm for all things TV. With 3 different teams: Chiller (Crime & Thriller), Dramedy (Comedy/Drama) & Supernatural (Sci-Fi & Fantasy).
It doesn't matter what team you're on, you'll get to work with any tv show you heart desires!

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partly: (See What I See)
I follow Jeff Eastin (creator of White Collar) on Twitter and he had been posting bits of White Collar scripts in the days leading up to each new episode as the season came to an end. I read these little script-bits because I'm always interested in see the creative process at work.

Script writing (like most writing) is done in drafts, but scripts for plays or shows or movies is not a "pure" art -- as in the end result isn't the vision and work of just one person. Rather everyone who is involved in the project adds a dimension to the written words. The best work comes when the parties involved work together and share a common vision. Everyone brings something extra to the project and you end up with gestalt-- the final "whole" is much greater than the sum of it's parts.

The scripts Jeff Eastin posts are the shooting scripts. The words and actions on the page are actually the words and actions on the screen when I watched it. Yet the scene I read on the page is so very different than the scene that I watch on the screen. On the screen it just works. On screen, it has more depth, more feeling, more purpose than just words on the page.

And I get that. When you write a script, most of the details are in the writer's head. Only the dialogue and most basic directions are put on the page. All of the emotions, the connotations, the meanings are in the minds of the writers and the directors and the actors. It's the cooperative talent of all those people, sharing and refining the vision, that makes the finished product a work of magic.

Which is why trying to understand the appeal of a show or of character based on scripts/transcripts is almost impossible. And why writing fanfic for a show based solely on scripts/transcripts is unadvisable.

Even worse is to watch a show through recaps and reviews. I'm not even talking about recappers and reviewers who get the actual details wrong. And that's happens a great deal. I've seen recaps that actually quote dialog wrong. That have actions in the wrong order. That put people in different places then they were in the show. I've read some recaps and really wonder if the recapper had watched a different show than I had.

Of course, even if all the details are right, the recappers job is more than to just tell what happened. The recapper's job is to entertain while recapping. To share their views and opinions, even if only in a general way. If it's not entertaining or clever, it's not part of the recap. Even the most objective of recappers will bring some of their own personal opinion into the recap. (I've written recaps, I know this is true.) Recappers will often leave out small parts that deal with characters they don't like or a subplot they didn't enjoy. They will interpret lines to fit their own preferences in the show. I've seen recappers take what I saw as a casual, throw-away line and interpret it into a scathing condemnation of character. Or soften a line or two to make a character they like be more sympathetic.

When the recap is mixed with a review, well, the problem is compounded. Then controversial plot lines and writer choices suddenly become fair game to spin. This is most often seen with OTPs. Nothing like looking at a show through "romance goggles" to skew a show. Of course, the same can be said when the recapper/reviewer loves one character above all others.

That's the point of reviews, I suppose. The fun in writing and reading recaps. The problem is, they aren't actually true representations of the show.

I read a lot of crossover fic. A great deal of the crossover fic deals with shows that I don't watch. I have, at times, gone back and read reviews, recaps, or summaries of the shows to get a feel for the characters and events that are being written about. Later, when I can, I find and watch the shows. It's rarely the show I thought it would be. I watch an episode looking for a scene that is focused on in fanfic, and I often find that it isn't at all the way I had understood it to be. I meet a character and I'm surprised to find that they aren't at all the way they were portrayed in the recap.

This is one of the reasons I love Netflix so much. I can watch these shows and see for myself what they are like. I mean, if the scripts, written by the creator of the show, doesn't manage to capture the ambiance and milieu of the show, how can I expect a viewer to do so?

I like looking at shows from different angles. I enjoy tension and complications. I love the small details of interactions and the subtle play of inflection and body language. I prefer a show that makes all the characters sympathetic, flawed and real.

Recaps, reviews, even scripts, because of what they are, can't deliver that. You can't judge a show based on those things. And you certainly shouldn't dislike a show based on them.

But it sure is fun comparing them all.
partly: (Awesome)
Over at [livejournal.com profile] xoverland we were challenged to do a photo-manip picspam of "Five Unique Crossover Pairings". This is a real challenge to me because I don't do photo-manips or crossover shipping. Heh. But with my Shiny New Computer(tm) that has photoshop elements on it, I thought I'd give it a go. Plus I decided that if I consider Crossover Pairing to mean "characters I'd love to see interact in the same story" I could come up with five couples that aren't seen anywhere. Keep in mind that not only are my photoshop skills are average, but my preferred style of graphics tends to be the opposite of avant garde. *grin*


Auggie Anderson - Grace Van Pelt )

Alec Hardison - Penelope Garcia )

Stella Bonasera - Leroy Jethro Gibbs )

Parker - John Casey )

Aaron Hotchner - Ellen Harvelle )
partly: (Adorable)
I got around to watching Tuesday's White Collar.

Ramblings about the ep that aired and the previews )

*Glee*


More than any other show this one brings out the *glee* in me. I could go scene by scene and write about the wondrousness of each one in detail. But that's only after I've watched it two or three times. Until then, all I can do is go "OMG that is so adorable" every other scene. And when I'm not doing that I'm reduced to happy flailing incoherencies. There are shows that would appear before this one on my "List of Favorite Shows" but it's really the only one that makes me this ridiculously fangirl. I've decided that I should never watch it around other people for I make a complete and utter fannish fool out of myself.

Is it Tuesday, yet?
partly: (Doctor)
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show

If we're going childhood -- as in shows I saw first when I was younger thank 12 that rules out all my favorite 80's shows, because I was 15 in 1980. Just datin' myself there. I also have to point out that in my household there was no watching TV alone. Television watching was a family thing. There was no TV's in our room and no cable. We were lucky to have three channels and they signed off at midnight. Ah. Nostalgia.

Off the top of my head I'm going to pick two shows: WKRP in Cincinnati and The Muppet Show. These are two shows from the 70s that I remember with great fondness and have purchased DVDs for. I think it's rather odd that I, who don't really care for sitcoms now, choose those two as my favorite. But they are the shows that popped into my mind when I thought of favorite shows. And they hold up really well on reviewing now too. Which can't be said for a lot of 70's shows.

Because was curious I did a search of 70's shows and am going to cut and paste all those I remember watching. Just because.

Read them and the comments behind the cut. )
partly: (TAT)
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times

I've watched entire series 5 times. And in every series that I like and have copies of there's at least one (if not two or three) episodes that I've watched 5 times.

I love rewatching episodes. I love watching them back-to-back, I love knowing the lines as they're coming up and when all the good parts are. There's something comforting about rewatching a favorite show.

Right now I'm re-watching the entire series of The A-Team and I'm sure that I've seen every one of those eps five times each. This includes "The Quarterback Sneak" or "The Crystal Skull". Because even as bad as those two are, they still have some really good moments in them. And it really doesn't feel right to skip them in the "play all" feature.

Why else do you buy a show on DVD unless you plan on watching it over and over?

And tonight? Tonight I make at least two TV A-Team icons. If not four.
partly: (Sucks To Be Me)
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

Oh. This is another easy one. Well, easy two. *grin*

This would be Lost and Fringe. It's not a question of quality or interest but rather of unending tease. These shows are just one big question. For every one question that is conditionally answered, there are at least 6 more that are posed. I love big story arcs as much as the next girl, but I also need some story resolution.

You may think this is odd, considering how much I love 24, but 24 wasn't really about big mysteries. The twists and turns were answered. There were victories and reveals and completed plots. The answers may not have always made sense, but there were answers.

I just hate that I will spend hours watching a show and I will know less then when I started. I just don't find it at all satisfying. I'm not all that patient with fiction and I don't like shows whose only point is to be tricky.

And I really wanted to like Fringe. I love the characters but there never were any answers. Just more questions, more "oh, look at this twist". I always felt manipulated by the writing. Lost left me feeling the same way. What I really hate is that this "never let the viewer know what's really happening" has become the new trademark of science fiction. And I totally understand that there are a whole lot of people who love that. I'm just not one of them.

Sometimes it really sucks to be me.
partly: (Sing)
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving.

An easy one? Unbelievable.

This would be Glee. And it wasn't that I thought I'd not like it just for the premise or ads or what not. No I actually watched the pilot before I decided I didn't like it. There were so many things that were stupid about the pilot (mostly every single female character) that I only watched the shows first couple of eps because Myr was in love with the musical aspect. She kept saying "Just don't think about it." Don't think about it? How could I not think about it? The whole baby-swapping thing, the narrow-mindedness, the selfishness, the everyone is a walking cliché, the whole "girls are vain and stupid and needy" was the entire point of the show, was it not?

And then… it wasn't.

There were consequences for actions. There was change. There was amazing acting. Depth was added to all the main characters. And did I mention consequences? Not just outside, imposed consequences. No, actually internal recognition of stupid behavior that promotes change.

More than that, this show has some amazing portrayals of supportive parents in it. It also has probably the greatest TV father of all time: Burt Hummel. A man who doesn't understand his son but loves and supports him the best he can. I find it vaguely disturbing that a satirical musical/comedy is the only show on television that has a positive portrayal of parents.

My complete and unending adoration for the actors (especially Matthew Morrison) also has a lot to do with my love of the show. The musical aspect of the show provides for larger than life characters. It allows for emotion and grandeur that is usually scorned on television – but that is often present in real life.

And the writing… I love the writers. Let's face it, this satirical genre is so easy to do wrong and is often very limiting. It's hard to make the characters likeable or relatable when they are basically stereotypes. It's daring (and dangerous) to bring change and self-awareness to such characters. But they manage to do so.

A quote from Time magazine sums up what I love about the show: that having established a world of primary-color stereotypes, it's now willing to subvert those expectations.

In many ways, we all walk around the world viewing it in "primary-color stereotypes". We construct entire personalities based on a single aspect of another person, be it their politics, religion, job or sexuality. We refuse to read books or watch movies or get to know someone if their primary colors don't compliment ours. We rarely acknowledge that people never are just made up of primary colors and we openly deride any possibility that life may be more complicated than "red, blue or yellow".

I love Glee. The fact I love I for it's writing above it's music shouldn't really surprise anyone.
partly: (ActionHero)
Day 09 - Best scene ever

Best scene ever? I'm going to fail at this, just sayin'.

I usually don't think in terms of scenes. I think more in terms of themes and motifs and characters and plots, and yes, I know that scenes (especially well-written scenes) are needed to show all of that, but to understand the importance of the scene you have to know everything that came before.

A good scene is one that is the culmination of any of those above elements. A truly great scene is one that includes all four. And yes, to me, plot is the least important of those four, because I'm weird that way. If a scene gives me theme and motif and character, I will forgive it if it is weak on plot. If it's weak on the former three, even the best plot development won't elevate the scene to best status. Which is probably why I'm not fond of "O. Henry" plot twists. They don't deal with the things I love, but instead just focus on circumstances of plot.

As usual, there are my disclaimers. On to the main event:

My choice for "Best Scene Ever": Ryan Chappelle's execution scene in Day 3 of '24'. (Season 3, episode 18 -- "Day 3: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.")

I know that's rather a gruesome best scene but it covers all my criteria. Oddly enough, there are very few caps and no videos of this great scene. Actually, I pretty sure that seeing the scene without knowing everything that leads up to it won't have the same impact, so it's probably best. The scene has everything I love about the show. It has the untenable no-win scenario. It has characters making impossible sacrifices. It takes Ryan Chappelle, a character who up to this scene was only a narrow-minded bureaucrat and thorn in the side of Jack and gives him depth. More than that, it shows that Ryan Chappelle's approach was good and solid and no less valid than Jack's own.

It shows the toll on Jack for doing what he does. It shows regret and pain and loss. The scene is quiet and it filmed beautifully. I think it's the first use of the "Silent Clock" on the show. Sean Callery's score is awesome and powerful.

I like happy endings, I really do. '24' is totally not in that category and this scene is opposite that desire, but there is something about it that is perfect. I know that the show is known for killing off characters, but Ryan's death was a bold stroke. No one liked the character and yet they made him completely sympathetic. Jack is obviously executing an innocent man, someone who he knows and works with - this isn't self-defense, in fact it's questionable as to whether it's even in defense of others. It clearly showed the pain that Jack felt in doing what he had did, and yet it shows that he felt obligated to do it. Jack's sense of duty and honor is clear in this scene, as is the price he pays for being who he is.

It's not a scene I flip in and watch repeatedly. There are other scenes that I do that with, good scenes that fill me with glee and joy and romance. But I think I'll stick with this as being the "best".
partly: (Shut up)
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

This is an impossible question because there is no one show that everyone will like. I don't do well with blanket statements of "everyone should watch it because it's great", mostly because people say things like that about shows I hate. And that irritates me. So, I'm modifying it.

I think everyone should give the USA networks shows a chance. I think that USA has some of the most entertaining shows on television. In Plain Sight, White Collar, Burn Notice, Psych… they are all flavored a little differently, so you do get to choose. You can even go back in time and grab DVDs of past shows like Monk or The Dead Zone. What you won't find is DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA, so if that's all you like you could be out of luck, but I think that USA really captures the "entertainment" part of television. The shows are fun and quick and lighthearted, with laughs and action and romance. These shows are why popcorn was invented.
partly: (Awesome)
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show

As with Day 06 I'm not claiming it from my favorite show but rather one of my favorite shows: M*A*S*H.

I chose Fallen Idol, an episode I refuse to watch. I don't have a problem with the concept of the show -- that Hawkeye is fallible or that Radar has a hard time dealing with that notion. And I don't have a problem with most of the details. Hawkeye would feel responsible for Radar getting hurt and he would go to Rosie's and drink himself into oblivion.

My problem is this: Drinking without consequence is a conceit of the show. We accept that this little, amazing M*A*S*H unit can function 24/7 with just 4 doctors. That these doctors are ready at a moments notice to do what they have to. That they can drink, take R&R, work for days on end, have liaisons and spend hours over at Rosie's all without hindering their life-saving efforts. Sure there is a nod here and there about people who drink too much or who are worried that they may drink too much, but it never really effects their performance.

Except in this episode. In this episode, all of a sudden, Hawkeye drinks too much, has a hangover and can't finish an operation. It's a poorly written excuse for Radar to lose his hero-worship of Hawkeye. And more than that, it's a weak excuse, one that smacks of poor writing in a series that usually has stellar writing. I really wish they would have given Hawkeye a different flaw. A flaw that Radar could have dealt with, a flaw that would have lasted more than one episode. Something real -- because drinking on this show was never real.
partly: (Brilliance)
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Not going to answer this one correctly. I mean, 24 is my favorite show and you can't really choose one episode from that because it's not an episode type show. There were seasons and story arcs and scenes/action sequences but episodes? Not so much.

I'm just going to skip the "favorite TV show" part and pick a favorite episode from a TV show that isn't my favorite. I am, in fact, going to choose an episode of a TV show that won't even be on my top 10 shows of all time: Due South. Don't get me wrong I love Due South, it just falls below the "Favorite" rating.

It does, however, have my favorite episode of a TV show: Gift of the Wheelman, ep. 1.10.

I love this episode because it is an example of well-framed story. I've waxed poetic on this before. So I'm just going to steal from that post because, you know, I wrote it.

A father, in order to provide monetarily for his son, knowingly commits a crime. Because of this crime, the father, his family and innocents are put in danger. In order to keep the money earned from his illegal activity and to stop the “bad” guys from hurting more people, the father decides to kill the villains – by burning both the bad guys and himself.

This story sets up a lot of possible emotional content. The plot line if rife with tons of father/son issues, morality and ethical issues, personal responsibility issues… There were a lot of strong, complex issues available to frame the story with. A frame would take one of those issues and highlight it, thereby giving the show a theme and deeper resonance.

The Due South episode did this. It focused on the theme of what a father owes to his son – what is the most important gift a father can give his son. The reason for the robbery is constantly present. The father’s concern for his son is paramount in everything he does (is, in fact, the only reason for him committing the crime) and the son’s conflicting feelings for his father is evident through out the episode. This theme was reinforced by having the theme mirrored in the relationships between the two main characters and their fathers. At the end of the show, the father is stopped from following through on his plan (to kill himself and other) by understanding that a father's true legacy isn't money or possessions, it in his example on how he lives his life. The show ends with the son visiting his father in prison, talking about regrets, memories and possible future plans.

This show is perfectly framed. Every single scene and shot helps build the theme. Familial relationships are everywhere. It’s set around Christmas, a time traditionally about family. There are several scenes demonstrating the strong affects that fathers have on sons – both good and bad.


I need to say that I'm not sure this would be the best Due South episode ever. I do, however, love the elegance of the writing. The way it's so nicely knit together. I love the way the confrontational scene is filmed. I love the emotional payoff off in the end. I love that there is humor and angst melded together and that people do the right thing and accept the consequences of their actions.

GIP

Jul. 8th, 2010 10:03 am
partly: (Boyd)
I wanted a "Justified" icon and started with every intent to make a Raylan one. Instead I ended up with Boyd. This isn't a bad thing for Boyd is an amazing character, it's just that I still need a Raylan icon.

***

I belong to Team Burned over in Caperland. The sig I made for that community is my favorite one:
partly: (Shut up)
Day 05 - A show you hate

I can't say that I hate any shows, mostly because "hate" requires way too much energy for me to expand on a show I don't like. Now that I've split the hair for today, I will attempt to answer the question.

I don't care for reality shows. Most specifically the so-called reality shows where fighting, bitching, sarcasm and belittling others is the mainstay of the show. I love my scripted shows full of conflict and tension but I absolutely refuse to watch shows where every single thing that is wrong and evil about interpersonal relationships is paraded around as entertainment. I know that people can watch these shows and find enjoyment there, but I can't. I just can't watch shows that are populated by people who, if Darwin is even the slightest bit right, should disappear from the gene pool in a generation. These shows put me in a foul mood and make me want to break my TV.
partly: (ActionHero)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Ha ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha.

Oh so funny. One? I can't choose one of anything. I don't even have a favorite color and that's a lot simpler than shows.

That said: 24

Oh. That was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

There are a lot of shows that I may love and 24 may not be the first show that I toss in when I looking for a quick diversion, but I think it's my favorite show.

I posted this just before the series finale but it bears saying again:

My favorite show, if forced to chose under threat of "aggressive interrogation", would have to be 24. It feeds my dark side without having to root for bad buys -- which I just can't do. There's so much about this show that I love. The character of Jack Bauer and Kiefer Sutherland's passion for the character and show top the list. I love the over-the-top action and melodramatic philosophical, moral and ethical dilemmas. I love the fact that it just keeps pushing forward. As much as I hate losing characters I love, I love the fact that anyone can die. The show is far from perfect. I know it's limited by it's real-time format and it's write-it-as-we-go constraints: Subplots are dropped without any explanation. Great characters disappear before they have a chance to really grow. Really terrific possible subplots never happen. Character development is often overrun by the immediateness of the plot.

But that's all details. Every show has a premise and format that sets up limitations on what kind of stories can be told. You have to focus on the story that it can tell. And 24 tells great stories. The show has never failed to provide the thrills and suspense that it promises. More than that it gives us Jack Bauer. This character is a walking philosophical debate, and I adore that; I even bought "24 and Philosophy: The World According to Jack". More than that this show never did anything to dull my love of it. That can't be said of any other show out there.

I'm a cowboy at heart. I think it's a far greater sin to sit back and do nothing than to make a wrong choice. Inaction is an an action and it is inevitably the worst one. 24 is all action and choice. How could I not love it?
partly: (*glee*)
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

Justified. Hands down my favorite new show.

No, wait.

White Collar. Hands down my favorite new show.

Justified. White Collar. White Collar. Justified. Justicollared?

Why do meme's expect me to make choices like this?

These shows seem like polar opposites when you first look at them. White Collar is light while Justified is dark. But they both have what I really love in shows: Strong, well-defined characters, clever writing, excellent acting and a firm knowledge of what the shows are.

Justified's dialogue is amazing. It's engaging and non-linear and the cadences feel authentic. It manages to be gritty and capture the sense of place and character without becoming crude or r-rated. Every time someone talks you learn not only what the dialog conveys, but something about the speaker as well.

White Collar has witty and sparkly banter. All the characters are intelligent and confident. They all interact, but they are equally all themselves… no matter how small the character, you always get the feeling that there is more to them than just the part your seeing at the moment.

White Collar is pretty and fast paced; perfectly reflecting it's New York setting. Justified is rough and tightly intertwined; perfectly reflecting it's rural Kentucky setting.

They are both excellent shows and I'm pleased that they are both coming back for another season.
partly: (Save Me)
Day 02 - A show you wish more people were watching

I'm not sure about this. Mostly because I have no idea what the ratings are for shows that I watch. I will say that I think that everyone should watch Castle. It's light and fun and full of great characters. But then I could say the same thing for Leverage and White Collar. So watch them, too. Of the three, I think that Castle is the one with the "most likely to be canceled" tag on it, if only because it's on a major network.

I know that Chuck has low ratings and that stresses people out. Mind, I don’t really watch it, but more people should because it would make people I like happy. And, yes, I recognize the irony of me saying more people should watch a show that I really don't watch.
partly: (TAT)
We recently got a subscription to Netflix, specifically to try out the "instant view" option. Keeping in mind that we all have Macs here at the Kludy residence this hasn't ever been available to us. But we also have a WII and you can stream Netflix through the WII. Cool.

Anyhow, I'm rewatching one of my old favorite series: Simon and Simon. It never was a popular as Magnum, but I certainly loved it. It's the original brother show. Sure Supernatural has all the current "OMG BROTHERS!" fandom going on, but Simon and Simon did it first. And they did it well even factoring in the fact that this was an 80's show. In fact, I submit to you that the Simon brothers are what the Winchester brothers would like to be.

Don't get me wrong, I love Supernatural to death, and I like angst as much as the next girl, but functional brotherly love is much more fun than the dysfunctional kind. And Simon and Simon is full of functional brotherly love. It had it's share of "80's TV plots" but it also had it's share of really good episodes. And, like Magnum, it had character development that arced over the entire series. Also, like Magnum, it dealt with some issues that were a bit ahead of its time.

Quite honestly, I miss shows like that. Shows like Magnum and Simon and Simon and Scarecrow and Mrs. King and even The A-Team. It's the love of shows like that, that make me love the shows on USA (White Collar, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight) and Leverage on TNT. Castle comes closest on network TV.

It may be true that I love my heroes 'Anti', but I also love my shows that have laughter and human connections and a light touch. Shows that tell a story every week and have a happy ending most times. The 80's did that really well. It's nice to be able to revisit.
partly: (Shadows)
I watched the Lost finale but I had lost interest in it years ago. Therefore I'm not the person to ask how that finale was. The most important thing to know about it is this: The ending was a perfect fit for the show. The things that bothered me about the ending were the things that bothered me about the show. This doesn't make the show bad, it just means that it's not my kind of show. The parts I loved (and there were many) just couldn't overcome the lack of what I really needed.

Why do I bring this up? Because tonight is the series finale of the show I really care about: 24. Like Lost there's no real middle ground to liking the show. You either do or you don't. Like Lost, if you stopped watching the show because it didn't give you what you needed, the finale probably won't either. Like Lost if you loved it, then you loved it in spite of (or perhaps because of) it's storytelling limitations.

I'm hoping that, like the Lost finale, the end of 24 bring more of what it has already given us.

It looks like it should: According to The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle, the series finale “is merciless action drama, pointedly bloody and steeped in paranoia. It’s also a satisfying ending for a series that has, by turns, been ridiculous and brilliant.” Sounds good to me.

Sounds perfect to me.

I know some people are disappointed that President Allison Taylor didn't turn out to be the same stalwart supporter of Jack that President David Palmer was, but that's not the way of the 24-verse. Jack stands alone -- or he works with others who are equally outside the system. I also like the idea that Jack is doing what he thinks is his only option. It's what he's always done. It just so happens that Jack's sense of justice and necessity aligned with what those in power. This season is pushing the question: What would Jack do if he believes those in power will not do what is just and necessary?

The 24 universe has always been one of "merciless action drama, pointedly bloody and steeped in paranoia". It's like a high-octane philosophy discussion where the papers are written with guns and blood. There is no right or wrong there's just the choices that are made and the full-ahead drive to make those decisions be the right ones.

I'm sure the finale will give me that.
partly: (*glee*)
After many long weeks of not being home in the evening or Myr having way too much homework to do, we finally have a night free at home.

This means we get to catch up on all the shows that have been collecting on our DVR. CSI:NY (2 eps), Criminal Minds (1 ep), and The Mentalist (3 eps) are planned to be watched tonight. We also have Bones (1 ep), Castle (1 ep), NCIS (3 eps) and Chuck (7 eps). Plus before the new summer season starts we need to watch Burn Notice (2 eps), Royal Pains (3 eps) and Warehouse 13 (3 eps) to watch. Then there are various other things that we've recorded when we were out and about.

Yeah. It will take more than one night.

But the DVR is good at keeping things for us, so it's not a rush.

Fun though, because I love a night full of fandom glee. Especially when it's with my daughter.
partly: (*gah*)
I should know better by now. Really I should. But you know me, I like to discuss the things I like. More than that, I like to discuss what I like about the things I like.

I'm totally a "brightside" girl. I don't get any enjoyment out of dissecting shows I like and listing everything that they could do to make it the way I want it to be. I get argumentative when people spin things in a way assumes a definitive fact when it's merely interpretation. I don't understand the mentality that makes everyone who disagrees with your opinion "an idiot".

I know these things about myself. I know that I'm almost always on the minority side of an argument (there are those who say it's a pathological need of mine), so the likelihood of finding someone who complements me is slim.

So why do I do things that end with me reading abut how much of an idiot I am for liking the shows I do? Why do I end up surfing around reading about how I obviously "drank the kool-aid" because I don't agree with whatever opinion some writer has? Why do I read laundry lists all the defects and flaws of shows I like (and by extention, the defects and flaws of me?). *headdesk*

I know why. I love differing points of view. I love discussing literature and fiction precisely because there is no right or wrong, there's only points of view. I love talking about moods and themes and characterizations. I love discussing how something that happens compliments or contradicts a philosophical, moral or ethical theory. I lack a outlet for that in real life and in my Pollyanna haze of optimism, I occasionally turn to the internet for a fix. I figure even if I can't discuss it I can read some thoughtful and intelligent commentary that's out there.

Yeah. Okay. I guess that was my mistake.
partly: (Broken)
Tonight 24 was on at 8.

Tonight, at 8, I was at a (wonderful) band concert.

I won't get to watch tonights episode until Thursday (I wait to watch it with Wil at some point when Myr isn't around. The only time that really works is Thursday when he is off and I am home an hour for lunch).

I did, however, get home just in time to watch previews for next week.

*makes incoherent whimpering noises*

This year, this show can kill me with the previews alone.
partly: (Gunslinger)
With my very busy life, I occasionally fall behind on my television watching. Chuck seems to be the show that ends up collecting on my DVR. Which means right now I have four episodes of Chuck to watch. YAY.

I really like how Chuck has matured this season -- not just the character, the whole show. Outside of the Buy More "nerd herd" still being a little to much for me to really like them, I do love how they are making them more than just creepy comic relief. I can actually stand to watch most scenes with Jeff and Lester without feeling nauseated.

Another thing that I love they are doing, however, is evening out the Chuck/Sarah dynamic. As cute as it is to have Chuck be all hopelessly mooning over Sarah, it's such an unequal relationship that it's hard for me to get behind. I have the same problem with the Angela/Hodgins relationship. As Myria put it: The helpless "OMG-I'm-so-in-love-that-I-am-a-complete-idiot" isn't any more attractive on a man than it is a woman. I have hope that it will get better.

The bestest, BESTEST thing about Chuck? They are making him into a proactive character. He's not just doing damage control, trying to run away from everything, being the reactive character we first met. That was totally understandable and believable in the first season (even though I was tired of it by the fifth episode) but it makes Chuck a weaker character the longer it goes on. By having him become active, by having him make choices and decisions separate from the crisis of the week, by him him actively working to obtain his own goals the make Chuck a strong and believable character.

The show is really getting good.
partly: (AllThat)
I've been so careful. I am well aware of my fangirl weakness and I take care not to play into them.

So where did I go wrong? I have been main-lining three new fandoms

NCIS: Okay. This one snuck up on me. I tried to watch it when it first came out because the premise looked good, but I couldn't make it through a whole episode. Gibbs and Ducky were wonderful. Abby was interesting, even if I thought she was overly-cliched. However, Kate annoyed me and Tony pissed me off. I can't watch a show where I want to slap half the characters every time they're onscreen. Then I caught a couple of third season episodes when they played on USA. I fell in love with McGee and Ziva and Jenny. Turned out that Abby was a well-developed character, not just a fangirl fantasy. They even managed to make me like Tony -- no small feat considering how much I hated him. I still can't watch most of the first two seasons, but I adore the everything since then.

Leverage: This was a no brainer. I love the A-Team, To Catch a Thief, Switch -- any of those "outlaws work for justice" type shows. I tried to be smart and not watch it, however, my hubby loves me and he set the DVR to record it. I couldn't very well not watch it, could I? The show is that perfect light-hearted caper show that isn't anywhere else in the world right now. I have the last two episodes to watch yet -- saving them up because I won't get any more until next season.

Burn Notice: How can you not like a show where the main character says: "I'll take a hardware store over a gun any day. Guns make you stupid. Better to fight your wars with duct tape. Duct tape makes you smart." It's like a hybrid between MacGyver and The Equalizer, with a cool talking-to-the-fourth-wall style that makes you part of the show. And it has Bruce Campbell! And Sharon Gless! I have so much mad love for this show. There is nothing about it that I don't adore.

You know what makes all this fangirly fun even better?

I get to share it all with Myr! She's the one who first wanted to watch Burn Notice. She encouraged me to give NCIS a second chance and not be so quick to judge a show based on the first season (which she also doesn't like). She loves the characters on Leverage as much as I do.

Fangirling is so much fun when you can share it -- and it gives me an insight into how my soon-to-be 16-year-old daughter thinks about the world. She loves the shows where justice is served. She likes the happy endings in Leverage but also enjoys the satisfying but not completely everyone is perfectly happy endings of Burn Notice. She notices but forgives the sometimes uninteresting plots of NCIS because the characters are so very compelling. She likes ships but doesn't want to sacrifice character to get one.

However I must admit that my favorite comment from her was much less cerebral. We were watching an episode of Burn Notice where Micheal (Jeffrey Donovan) is going undercover as a slightly grungy good-ol'-boy by the name of Homer. She looks up from the art project she was doing and sees him standing there with a beat up baseball cap, greasy sleeveless t-shirt and goes: "Good Lord! Is there anything he doesn't look good in?"

Oh yeah. She's a girl after my own fangirl heart.
partly: (No One Gets Hurt)
The Great Luke Ski (a comedy musician) has done a song about Jack. Go and listen.

It is here.

My favorite line: "Nothing can stop Jack, except a writer's stike". Heh.

Go. Enjoy.

(Cross-posted, sorry if you've seen it already)

Luke Ski is great. He's a bit too much rap for me to love him, but I can pick and choose the songs I like. I'm a SciFi geek anyhow, so much of what he sings about makes me smile. Before this song, my favorite song of his was "A Man Named Jayne".

I'll get to see him preform it live at Convergence. Yay!
partly: (Golden Days)
Brett Favre has announced that he is retiring -- or as the headline reads Favre Has Decided to Call it a Career.

Now, I'm a huge Packer fan and love Brett, and as much as I will miss him playing, I'm pleased that he can walk away from it all while he still can walk away. There is more to life than football -- even when football is your life and passion.

What I really love about all this, is the timing: Brett's retirement will mean there is something in the news other than the election. Don't get me wrong, choosing a candidate is important, but I don't live in the states voting -- I, in fact, cast my vote last month. It's all out of my hands. I'd much rather spend my time debating the pros and cons of Favre's retirement, talking about his famous (and infamous) plays, and predicting the future chances of a title coming back to Green Bay.

Now when I'm looking for a little distraction from work, I can surf over to the sports news and enjoy the heated debate of "who's history's best quarterback" or "is Brett retiring because the Packer's couldn't get Moss or because he's tired of the long, cold Green Bay winters"? Lord knows that's much more entertaining than the faux "cowboy high-noon showdown" that the news is hyping for the election.

ETA: Of course, even the sports news sites have link sidebars that connect to the political news. Now, I just have to learn not to click on the links, right? But sometimes you just have to read the article to how many cowboy/country cliches the writers can work into the story...
partly: (Rat)
Do any of you hang out at Talk CSI over at CSI Files? And if you do, has that forum always been so full of people who are so very... rabid in their opinions? Or is that only the NY forum?

I read Talk CSI for it's news and spoilers, but in the two years of being a member of the forum I've found that the conversations in the forums are on the far side of scary. You can't read two posts without running into hostile opinions or diatribes about the characters and the actors. I've been fortunate that whenever I've posted something I've just been ignored because I've noticed that lately disagreeing with the majority opinion means that you become the snark of the day. And are the reviews for CSI:LV and CSI:Miami accurate? I always used to rely on the summary/reviews from there to fill is some of the episodes I've missed. Lately (well, since I've been able to see some of the episodes) I've noticed that the reviewer often gets things wrong -- mis-attributed quotes, actions out of sequence, missed plot points.

I realize that online material is only as good as the people who post to it, and that forums are often defined by the lowest common denominator. I know that I generally just lurk at forums and I don't really have an interest in the LV or Miami forums, but is it the same over with them or is NY just blessed to be populated by high-school mentality cliques?
partly: (Rat)
Television Without Pity is the place where people go to snark/complain about shows. Snark. As in make sarcastic comments in order to be popular.

You go there when you are in the mood for snark. Do not expect meta. Do not expect actual discussion on plot or characters.

Expect snark.

Thank you,

Me.
partly: (Crazyworld)
I've been ignoring the hype for the new season. Mostly as self-defense. I find that if I watch TV I don't write. I don't even write fanfic. I just watch the new shows and tend to get obsessive over info/spoilers/etc. This is bad for me. So I've been blissfully pretending that fall is just colored leaves and football and has nothing to do with new shows or episodes.

Unfortunately, I actually turned on the TV yesterday and ended up watching NBC all night. *sigh* I'm such an easy mark.

Chuck was good. In fact, Chuck was much as I expected it to be for it's description and ads. I have to admit that I didn't know that Adam Baldwin was going to be in it. I have much love for him as Jayne and seeing him in this role was all good. Of course, Adam Baldwin is only listed in three eps on IMBD, so it's a good thing that I like the main character, also. I even liked Sarah, which is unusual for me, as I tend to ignore most female characters.

Heroes was also good. And, like Chuck, exactly what I expected from it. It also reminded me that I need to go back to the way I watched the show last year: tape the episodes and watch 3 or 4 of them in a setting. Don't get me wrong, I love the show. But it's lack of forward progress in each individual episode drives me crazy. There is so little forward progress. There are wonderful characterizations; terrific little moments of drama, humor and geekiness; interesting bits of philosophy and comments on humanity and society. What it lacks is serious plot development. It's the same problem I had with Lost. I spend too much time thinking that nothing really happened and not enough enjoying the show. When I can watch several episodes in a setting, I get all the Hero-y goodness and the plot advancement I like.

Journeyman was a surprise. It was nothing like I expected and was much better for that. I love the main character. I love how he deals with his situation... all plans and acceptance and none of the usual angst and why-is-this-happening-to-me introspection. He was extremely practical and I love that. I also love that he is a family man that loves being a family man. Even when he had the chance to re-live a moment with the lost love of his life -- a moment that could easily have been justified or excused -- he doesn't. I'm not sure where they are going with it, but I'm willing to wait and see. They exceeded my expectations in the pilot, I hope that they can keep doing that.

And when did they decided to move Bones to Tuesday? Did I miss that memo? Wasn't it always on Wednesdays? Thankfully Wil saw the change and taped it. Yay, Wil. I love Bones and would hate to start out the season by missing the opener. Of course, with Bones on Tuesdays that means I only have CSI:NY to watch on Wednesdays.

Oh. That's tomorrow. Yay.
partly: (Shut up)
Dear reviewers,

When writing a review about a television show, please be sure to have the plot details clear in your mind. When you write "x happened, then y happened" be sure it happened in that order. This is what Tivos and VCRs are for. Watch the show more than once if you happen to be unable to remember things clearly. It really makes me doubt your ability to review a show when I, having only seen the show once many months ago, can clearly remember the correct sequence of events as they really happened.

It is especially annoying when you wrongly state the sequence of event and then complain that they happened that way. Yeah, it would have really sucked if that happened the way you described it, but it didn't.

Also, since you have already clearly demonstrated an inability to remember things, do NOT try to quote dialog. I understand not everyone has my obsession with getting the exactly wording and cadence of a particular piece of dialog, so I will cut you some slack if you some slack if you miss a preposition, mix up words or even substitute a phrase here and there. What I will not excuse is attributing dialog to the wrong person or changing the meaning of the dialog altogether.

So, remember:

When writing reviews, recording devices are our friends, watch the show more than once, be sure things happened the way you say they did, and before you quote dialog, make sure you know the meaning of the word quote

Thank you.
partly: (*glee*)
We are watching 'Heroes". Hiro and Ando see a man by their car and he begins to come after them with a gun. They run away from him, straight into a black van, which they wave at for help.

Myr and I both go: NO!

I say: Obviously they don't watch '24".

Myr goes: You never run to a black van for help.

Then there's a pause a second later we both say, together: Unless it has an red stripe on it.

Hee! Oh, that would be the A-Team van for those not up on old fandoms.

Still, I'm greatly amused.
partly: (No One Gets Hurt)
In a desperate attempt to feed my "24" obession, I have recapped the first episode. If you want to know what happened, but missed the show -- here you go. There's personal comment dropped in here and there.

We'll see if I keep this up.

Click for 5.1 recap )
partly: (IMNSHO)
News article I found today:

Longhorn victory jolts President Bush from sleep in which it was reported that Bush fell asleep during the Rose Bowl game and woke only in time to watch the Longhorn's come-from-behind-victory.

So what, you ask? Well with all the "Don't you think Bush looks tired" going around the LJ-world, it cracked me up.

Now on to a spoilery rant about the Dr. Who show that the line is from )
partly: (Rat)
Watched Close to Home tonight. Well, I watched some of Close to Home. It wasn't bad. It wasn't anything special either. The bad guys were really should have ran around and twirled their mustaches... they were that obvious.

You want to know what really bugged me? The lead character. I like the actress well enough. She's personable and talented but she's only 26 years old. Her character is an important and respected prosecutor one year out of law school? And three months of that time she was home on maternity leave?

...

Yeah. That's believable.
partly: (Myria)
Soon I'm off to chaperon a middle school dance. Why, you may ask, are you voluntarily going to spend three hours with 500 eleven-, twelve- and thirteen-year-olds?

Simple. My daughter asked me.

In an age when most twelve-year-old kids can't wait to ditch their parents, mine wants me to go with her.

So I go. A small thing to make my daughter happy.



Also note:

I'm missing my Firefly tapes. It's all [livejournal.com profile] finabair's fault. You better be watching them, JennJenn!

Angel

Sep. 11th, 2005 10:54 pm
partly: (Pondering)
I'm watching Angel. I like this show. I like it a lot. I didn't really watch it when it was on because Myr was a little young for the show. We catch it every once in a while in repeats. That's a little hard because the show is incredibly complicated... relationships change, characters die or evolve, alliances shatter.

All things I love in a show. It makes it almost impossible to step in and watch, though.

Still, I like the line of moral strength that the show has. I like the writing. I like the characters. I like how they play goodness and light in such a dark setting.

[livejournal.com profile] finabair, do you have Angel on DVD or just Buffy? I don't watch a lot of Buffy, for the same reason mentioned above. Myr and I have watched some of the early eps -- which I find I really like. The later episodes have all sorts of emotional entanglements that I'm not ready to discuss with Myr at this point. So, that will have to wait.

Oddly enough, I feel that I can discuss the moral ambiguities of good and evil, right and wrong with her at this point much more easily than I can the emotional/personal/relationship ones. I suppose, since the shows all come down on the Good side and because she's not going to be dealing with demons or such, it makes it a less complicated discussion.
partly: (24)
Sean Astin has signed on for the upcoming season!

*glee*

*glee* *glee* *glee*

Sorry. Just... *glee*
partly: (24)
Jonesing for a 24 fix, I ran across this little tidbit:

Geraint Wyn Davies has signed on as a "recurring" character in the upcoming season of 24. I was just reading an article saying how Kiefer Sutherland liked to have Canadian actors on the show.

It really is a small world -- especially when Canadians are involved.

*glee*

This makes me irrationally happy. I always liked GWD. Liked him in Forever Knight. Hell, I even liked him in the last season of Airwolf when they recast everything after Jan-Michael Vincent left the show. Of course, you have to keep in mind that "recurring role" on 24 may mean that he's in one scene for five shows before he dies horrible death. On the other hand, this may signal the new plot line of "Canadian terrorists".

Actually, I'm liking the rumors of the new plot for 24. cut for those who may not want any spoilers )

Hmmm.. drifted off subject there! But still, much *glee* for GWD.
partly: (Perk)
He's perpetually perky.

He's obnoxiously optimistic.

He's intentionally oblivious.

And he's subtly sneaky.

Did I mention that he's perky?

How can you not like him?

Perky next to O'Neill is great!
partly: (Save Me)
but I truly love Sawyer from "Lost".

My husband thinks I'm insane for doing so, because he'd probably end up decking him. And you know, Sawyer would probably deserve it.

Still, I just gotta love the guy. I mean really, why bother hating anyone who hates himself as much as he does?

My favorite line: "I'm tied to a tree in the jungle of mystery. I just got tortured by a damn spinal surgeon and a genuine Iraqi, of course, I'm serious."

Next week: Sayid, who really needed to get away from Sawyer before Sawyer actually manages to provoke the Iraqi into killing him.

My second favorite line: "Is that the best you can do? Splinters?"

Oh, yeah. I just love Sawyer.
partly: (AllThat)
He just bought me SG1 Season 6 off of ebay for cheap(er).

Yay!

Yeah, yeah. I'm still missing Season 5 and I didn't buy Season 7. But Woo! so close to having closure on my obsession.

Besides Season 6 has Abyss. I so totally LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Abyss.

So. Much. Love. For. Abyss.


Oh, yeah.

Life is good.

And my hubby loves me.
partly: (Win)
Deep Discount DVD must be gearing up for the Christmas season because SG1 Season Four has just arrived

Yee Haw!

Window of Opportunity here I come. Plus many more episodes I haven't seen.

Yay, Me! Yay, Myr! Yay, Wil (although he's only on season one)

However, my bank just so graciously "upgraded" our check cards from Visa to MasterCard. This means I need to go and re-enter the cards in all the places that automatically deduct from our account.

That sucks.

But..... YAY for season four!
partly: (Dayslikethis)
I am evil. And I am foisting my evilness off on others.

My husband is watching the first episode of SG1.

Obviously my (and my daughter's) obsessive obsessing over it has rubbed off.

*glee*

Yep. My work is done.

Oh... I also made an icon for a contest in the [livejournal.com profile] sg1_showdown community I belong too. Mind you, I have only seen one ep with Jonas, I just wanted to play around a bit.

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