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Son of a BITCH! I mean, James Spader, so I'm in. But everyone is upping their game. That FBI girl. A fresh faced Agent Scully. The direction. The shot of that little kid on the boat. More later. The only thing I haven't loved is the Hannibal-Style holding cell. Other than that...love, love, love this show. Watch it. Everyone.

Edit To Say: Done. Riveting. I felt manipulated a few times, but they pulled me back in and they have something that doesn't seem derivitive, even though it is. It runs a line through Hannibal and X-Files and Fringe and those criminal profiling shows. But, the performances make it. What a cast. Jeepers. I can only hope the writers can deliver on this much promise. I don't think he's her father. But, other than that...I couldn't speculate, yet. All, I know is I really needed the bathroom, but I couldn't leave the sofa until I saw the coming attractions.

Rae
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I keep telling people to watch this show. The few people who listened are now feeling like they've smoked something that has set their blood on fire. Sorry about that guys. But...you know...are you awake? Yes! Yes, you are!

I am not jumping up and down as much this week, as I was last week. But I am going..."What?" and..."Please don't do this to us again next week." I had said I wanted a cliffhanger to January. But, I don't think I will be able to handle one of Jeff's cliffhangers for that long. Read more... )
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First, let me say that if you are an American and you want to watch the Great British Bake-Off that the new American series is based on...suck it. You can't. You just can't. You can't buy it on DVD. You can't watch reruns of it on BBC America. You can't download from iTunes. You can't stream it from BBC Online. You just can't get it. They don't care if you would pay them money for it...they wanted to vault that sucker...and they did. But, before they did, I managed to see some of S3. And so, I can give you a little insight into how the American version compares.

Read more... )
Rae
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Grace, one of Blake Shelton's singers, announced with her very pronounced twang that she was singing a Tina Turner song. But she mangled the lyrics so badly I had to hear the complete melody to figure out that what she couldn't stand was THE RAIN.

Her choice was a typical for this round. After the powerful performances of the Battle Rounds, it was a trial to listen to a lot of these singers. Many of them disappeared into their songs. Others just were not up to the performances. And to add to the overall discomfort, a few singers seemed to be struggling to be heard over background vocalists, who were determined to drowned them out.

Note to NBC, this is no way to dig out of the ratings basement. Put us out of our misery and turn these rounds into a clip show or give the singers more guidance in their choices. Also, fire those background singers.
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I must say, and here I know I will disappoint many of my readers, that I am not a Nathan Fillion fan. He is apparently a very nice man, fun to have around. But, I have never enjoyed his acting. So, I really didn't care to watch Castle, and didn't, for the first three years. However, between S3 and S4, I had nothing to watch and thought I would pick up a DVD from the library. I picked up the first two discs of Castle, S1. I was amazed at how many of the stories were direct rewrites of Psych. Too many for that to be an accident, in my view. They were all stock plots, in other words. But, the one thing I loved was the actress who was playing Beckett, Stana Katic. She worked WAAAAAY too hard for such a beautiful woman. In fact, I would go so far as to say that, on TV, there isn't another equally lovely actress that works as hard as she does.

And here, I don't mean to insult the many attractive women on TV. But, so many of them can and do just phone in the acting. Stana could phone it in...just stand around looking leggy and she'd still keep her job, I'm sure. But from the first episode, she's been a homicide detective...how happens to be very attractive and model thin.

Also, the writer, bless them, are fearless. And that fearlessness has paid off in an increase...yes, everyone who has ever cited the "Moonlighting Curse" I invite you to READ THAT AGAIN....an INCREASE in viewership since the show put the two main characters together. And the reason for that is...the Castle writers are not slackers. They never made the Castle/Beckett interactions about "will they or won't they have sex." The show has been about these two people having emotional baggage and developing a relationship. And, to prove that, tonight they did a clip show that was easily the best clip show I've ever seen. Now, I hate clip shows, but I am as big a sucker for a ship of mine as any shipper...so I have found those lazy ass shows entertaining before this. However, I have never really seen a well done clip show, one that had a viable story and moved me to tears. Castle delivered on that, because they had actual endearing material to draw on for their clip premise.

I love Castle and Beckett...aka Caskett...and not just because the writers had the two characters actually discuss what their fandom name should be. People do that in real life. And that's what I love about Castle...for all of the stilleto heels, impossibly silly interactions, stock plots and Nathan Fillion...it consistently delivers genuine relationship trials and tribulations for the main characters. And they don't neglect the secondary characters lives, either. Who can forget the frank talk about fertility we recently endured?

If you've never watched Castle, get the DVDs and set aside both your impatience with the stock plots and a few week nights to catch up to this seasons. You don't want to miss S5.
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So, I was majorly excited to hear that we were getting an updated version of Beauty and the Beast. It couldn't come at a better time as all of that tortured/half-human love story stuff is very popular just now. However, I have now seen the trailer for the show and they couldn't have done a worse job if they set out to fail.

They've cast that horrible non-actress from Smallville (my apologies to anyone who likes her...and to be fair, I couldn't watch Smallville because of her...so she might have improved with time) as Catherine and some steel-jawed man of steel wannabe as Vincent. Yes, I'm sure he turns into a monster at night or something...but he's not a real monster...and that is sort of key to the story as we know it. I mean anyone would shag this guy. And the whole point of Beauty & the Beast is that love overcomes a lack of hotness. Overall, they have screwed this story to the wall so violently that I will be amazed if it isn't cancelled in a matter of weeks. And then some moron executive, probably the one who insisted that Vincent be a hot stud instead of a beast, will claim it is because "Sci-Fi just doesn't work on TV."

Here's the clip link...if you want to see the travesty for yourself...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3UvVWcD91Y&feature=related

All that said, of course, I will try the show, but this clip took away all of my happy feelings about the remake. It left me going "WHY? WHY SCREW THIS UP? THIS IDEA COULD HAVE BEEN EPIC!" So, admittedly, the "reimagined" B&B has a long road ahead of it to win me over as a viewer. Of course, my demographic isn't useful to them anyway.

On the other hand, ARROW looks very good...

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So, first off, I have been looking at people in the Harry Potter films (not the stars but the supporting actors) and other places for a likely Doctor for the big screen. Joseph P, always works for me...but what about Joseph Fiennes? He certainly has the big-screen pedigree for it and a look that could work, too. Also, he might be affordable, because he's not as well known as Johnny Depp or his brother. I would like him to go more like his Camelot Merlin than his Shakespeare though.

Secondly, Supernatural this week? WOW! Read more... )
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Yes, it has been a long time since I've reviewed a television show here. That's because I've lost interest in most television shows. But I recently decided to look back at a few I've given up to see if they were any better now.

House M.D. -- Is really much the same, except for the House/Cuddy cuddling, which I find less disturbing now that it has moved away from so much OCC mushiness. However, I am not a mushy Cuddy fan and I find I don't believe them as a couple the way I thought I would. So, not sure if I will start watching House again.

Supernatural -- We are back to the brotherly love at long last. And I like it. But they have turned in a couple of dog episodes the last few weeks. The Dragon one was not only ridiculous, but also supposedly launched a new villain who will make us forget Lucifer and the other angels. But we saw so little of her that it was ultimately meaningless for us. Sadly, SPN has gone from the meticulous plotting of Kripke to the industry standard of start and stop plotting. They come up with something that could be a cool idea, but let it falter and go in another direction for ages. Then they write off the old plot and try again.

American Idol -- I wrote that I liked the new judges. I do like them. But it seems they are as tone-deaf as the previous judges were. They repeatedly sent singers with extraordinary voices home the last two episodes and kept singers that croaked like frogs with head colds. I just don't get that. But I do see the writing on the wall for me turning off the show in the middle, once again, because the singing is so very awful.

Murdoch Mysteries -- HA! Bet you weren't expecting this one. And I think I will put it under a cut so I don't spoil people who haven't seen any of S4 yet. Read more... )

That's what I've been thinking about what I've watched this week.
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Okay, I'm a cooperative citizen of the consumer culture. I don't mind paying for things. I think television shows are products and I want to support my favorite brands. Show me an ad for a Buick Regal. Heck, show me two.

I turn up as requested at 8/9 central to support shows I enjoy. And I consider their ads, so that they can pay their actors and writers and stay on the air. But, I've spoken to you before (ranted to you?) about the obtrusive network logos all over the products I am trying to enjoy. It's like buying cornflakes and having some guy constantly interrupt you as you eat them with a pitch about raisin bran. Just let me eat my frakkin' cornflakes, dude. I've made a decision to support the cornflake manufacture. I will get to other brands. Certainly, tell me they exist if you must. But stop annoying me during the cornflake consumption. And tomorrow I might well decide to also buy raisin bran...but not if it means I must endure this constant interrupting. OKAY?

SIGH!

Anyway, so...more and more I elect to watch shows online just to avoid the heavy handed network advertising that has made viewing such a chore. Now, some of the networks are becoming savvy to the online market of Hulu and are forcing me to go to their website to watch.

Still..I'm easy...I go with that. I am then assuming that I will be bombarded with info on shows I don't really want to watch. All around my screen stars will be dancing and Dano will be drawing his weapon before a monster wave hits him and turns him into a wet t-shirt model. I accept that I will be force fed a product advert for a product I have no intention of ever buying. That's a price I am willing to pay. And I will watch an ad or two with a happy smile on my face, because even though I am a captive audience, I think it is only fair to pay for the viewing convenience.

But...just now...I went to the CW to catch up on America's Next Top Model and they made me watch 4 ads in a row. That's 4 before I gave up and wrote an angry feedback memo...and came here to rant. Lord knows how many they were hoping to make me watch.

Let me be clear about this...America's Next Top Model...isn't a show I particularly prize. I don't really care if I don't watch it. I've missed the first three episodes this season without a qualm.But, it's a slow Sunday night. So, I thought I might catch up on it and maybe if I enjoy what I see, I might watch the rest of it this season.

Follow me here. I am a viewer that MIGHT watch their show on network, where they can sell loads more advertising. All they have to do is get me caught up on the show so far and they have a new viewer. A good deal for them. But was before I was hit with this extreme greed on their part. Now, ANTM and its parent network can go straight to hell for all I care. They have seriously overestimated how much patience I can spare America's Next Top Model.

And, OMG, network profits are down, ratings are down? Why is that? Could it be because television is practically unwatchable? I truly believe the main reason our economy is tanking is that nobody making a product in this country has any respect for their customers. Television viewers are there not to buy mouthwash but to watch a television show. Networks exploit us for profit. And we are, more and more, simply deciding we can do without the crap they are trying to sell to us.

Le Pant! Le Gasp!

Sorry! But I really feel very strongly that what we need in this country is a decent product for the people. Hire enough employees, pay them a decent wage, charge what the product is ACTUALLY worth and stop being such complete assholes to your customers.

Rae
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The icon that suits me just now. SIGH!

So, what's happening in RabidWorld?

Many, many medical tests. Including today's visit to the cardiologist. One of the horrid side effects of sleep apnea is that you begin to develop cardio-pulmonary complications. My EKG showed some abnormalities and so it was off to the cardiologist. I was very apprehensive, but his office was lovely. His staff seemed very competent and I'm scheduled now for stress tests and echocardiograms. All of which sound very scary to me...back to being terrified, I suppose.

No, no! I'm taking a break for being scared for the rest of this month. I hope.

It is, after all, premiere week. But I am rather sick today with all the driving and worry. Neither of those things are good for fibromyalgia...or a wonky heart. So, I've simply TIVO'ed the premiere of Chuck and Hawaii Five-O! I am going to Hulu the first episode of Chase. And as I've said, I'm giving up on House. I really don't think I can take House/Cuddy cuddling and I am upset at Fox anyway. Luckily, that has only taken out two shows for me. Most of what I watch is on NBC or CBS. Of course, it also means I will have to give up So You Think You Can Dance...but I'm not that upset about that one either.

What are you all up to?
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So, The Moff continues to make me eat my criticisms of his writing ability. Maybe it's the influence of his wife? Maybe he's just a really poor fit for Doctor Who. I don't know. But he's got his groove on with Sherlock and I think I'm in love again. Two weeks ago, I denied that I was. But The Great Game bowled me over. Not the villain so much, I'm afraid. But other than that bit of weird casting...I'm really enjoying the series. I've found myself craving some John/Sherlock porn as well. But I'm afraid I would have to write it. As I'm really fussy about Sherlock Holmes. You thought I was anal about the Doctor...just imagine that times ten.

Bit of spoiler under this cut Read more... )

In other viewing news, I am also getting very fond of Haven. This unassuming little show on SciFi has overcome the goofy curse of second string shows. It is easily good enough for a major network. It isn't even that far off mainstream, in my opinion. What it does well is get intimate with the monsters. This week's zombie episode was scary and touching and you really can't say that about many shows. Even the X-Files had trouble (at least in later years) balancing humor and scares. That's what Haven really reminds me of...early X-Files. Even the quirky characters don't go too far down the lane toward annoying...something that plagues shows like Warehouse 13 and Eureka. Haven is a well balanced show. And the lead actress can deliver a good line without waiting for a rimshot to follow. I must say, I got a real shiver when she was summing up the case with the town doctor tonight. EEEK!

Rae
being pretty mysterious about plots above...but offer a few generalized spoilers. And if anyone that is very fussy about Holmes has read a really, really good SHERLOCK slash fic...nothing too long...or too graphic...point me to it.
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Someone I know invited me to see the new Stephen Moffat series, Sherlock. And I thought...NO! Not so much because of Moff, but because it was an "updated, modern version of Sherlock Holmes," a re-imagining of the man in the 21st Century. Sounded like a recipe for disaster to me. But I have inflicted any number of episodes of Murdoch Mysteries and Doctor Who on this friend. So, I figured I owed them, at least, two hours of relatively patient viewing. It wasn't like I was asked to watch The Girls Next Door or something equally vile. And I've made this buddy of mine sit through Graham Norton.

So, I watched the two hour premiere of Sherlock - A Study in Pink. Read more... )
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Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship


I am sorely tempted to give up on this meme which seems to be taking me forever. But I am moving along on the days now. Only 9 more to go.

Day 19 -- For me that would the rebooted Battlestar Galactica. Nearly everyone on that show was an excellent actor and I would follow most of them to other work. I get excited when I hear James Callas has been cast in Eureka and, even though I really don't care much for Eureka, I want to watch it. Same goes for Katie in 24 or the guy who played Helo who's name I cannot spell...I actually considered watching Dollhouse for about 30 seconds when I heard he was cast in it. And of course, Jamie Bamber I have already mentioned and Edward James Olmas was already legendary.

Day 20 -- Favorite Kiss? Hmmm! I did like that Nine/Rose kiss. I also found the Aeryn/John kisses and nose bumps and clothing gnawing to be very hot. But I am going to push the button on my way back machine and go with the Mulder/Scully kiss in The Truth. I loved Walter's reaction to it. Of course the best possible kiss ever...we never had...which will always be the true Ten/Rose kiss.

Day 21 -- Favorite Ship...still Ten and Rose. I think there is something so pure and romantic and yet passionately devoted in the Doctor/Rose relationship. Something that I think culminated in Ten...not Ten2, sadly. No matter how we slice it with Ten 2...it only works if there is a way to get the broken bits of Ten back together again. And I can't imagine Rose not working diligently to that end. So...second favorite ship...probably has to be John/Aeryn. They win of course by being the only really mature scifi relationship ever broadcast. But I still long for a happy canon resolution for the Doctor and Rose...I think I will have to wait for the book version or the movie when I'm 85 for that one, but I do have confidence that some little kid out there is as upset as I was about the screwed up Ten2 nonsense.
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Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence


Day 16 -- What is it that I won't generally admit to watching? Hmmm! Let me get back to you on that one.

Day 17 -- They don't really make the mini-series anymore do they? Well, Torchwood: Children of Earth was one. And not my favorite. Though I must say I loved most of it, just not the ending. I remember seeing Shogun and loving it. Again the ending is a downer. But I think my favorite one, if it IS a mini series...is the Horatio Hornblower episodes with Ioan Gruffudd and our own Jamie Bamber. I adored Bamber in those and yet didn't recognize him at all when I first saw him playing Lee Adama. That's a good actor. And a good haircut.

Day 18 -- Favorite Title Sequence. They often annoy me, truthfully. I think the True Blood one is pretty impressive, but I can't watch it because it makes me a little sick to my stomach. I also like the Murdoch Mysteries one, but the music is so hypnotic that I skip that one, too. It is rather like the music for Dexter...if you wish to understand how annoying.

Day 16 Deja Vu...uhm...guilty pleasure...guilty...okay. Whale Wars. See? I don't care much for reality TV. And dramatically speaking,, Whale Wars isn't good television. They have a problem and that problem is this...the ocean is big and nothing much happens out there. So they have to make up stories about nothing and have the Sea Shepherds, a collection of earnest, evangelistic nerds that I suspect all smell like hamsters, do very silly things to up the dramatic tension. Like...drive a non-ice worthy boat into an ice field...and get stuck and then...say that the boat is not built for ice but they had no choice but to face the ice field and possible hypothermic death because...they ARE on television. Still, it is a show about a group of people with their hearts, if not their minds or hygiene products, in the right place. So, I watch it.

Rae
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Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character


Day 11 -- Almost every show I have ever watched disappointed me at some point, usually at the finale but sometimes much earlier. It would be better to list the shows that did not disappoint. That would be Farscape and Supernatural so far. Though both of those shows got on my nerves at a few points along the way. The major disappointments would be Buffy and Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica. All three of those shows took seriously wrong turns and didn't recover from the mistake. As I've said before on this blog, I feel that most shows simply use the same device over and over again for too long. The major failing of most shows is a lack of courage and imagination. They get set in their ways and the characters stop growing and changing. I will say that Buffy did the best job at changing, which is why when they started resetting the character to a heroes don't make mistakes default it was so very jarring. Doctor Who also made a sort of jarring error by claiming that the hero was a god, and beyond real love, rather than a space nerd in need of companionship.

Day 12 -- There are a few episodes I've watched many times. Buffy and Doctor Who hold the records for reviewing for me. I watched all of the Spike-centric episodes of Buffy many times. But I also watched the early Angel/Buffy episodes, too. I have a particular fancy for Doctor Who's "Robots of Death"...Four and Leela on a space liner...I don't know how many times I've watched it. Quite a few. I also watched Kinda several times with Five and Tegan. And, of course, Fear Her and Tooth & Claw. For my fellow Beauty and the Beast fan, I've watched most of S1 and S2 multiple times.

Day 13 -- I didn't really watch television as a child as we didn't have a TV for much of the time. But I do remember watching Land of the Lost at some point. Oh, I did just love Space: 1999.

Day 14 -- Favorite Male Character. Oh, now, there is a real challenge for me, given what has become of the Doctor. I have enjoyed a host of male characters in fiction. I am quite fond of Dean Winchester for example. But I suppose it would have to be the Doctor, still. He's my favorite character overall, even with his recent downturn into fecklessness. So, it must be him.

Day 15 -- Favorite Female Character. At one point, before she went into self-righteous pity mode, I would have said Buffy Summers. But her treatment of Spike soured me on her. And I also didn't care for her acceptance of some of the less deserving characters on the show. Now, I imagine it is most definitely Rose Marion Tyler. She's the only woman I think would be a good match for the Doctor and that's saying something.

Here's the link for the entire meme...should you wish to do it yourself.

http://rabid1st.livejournal.com/275285.html

Rae
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It has probably dawned on all of you by now that I don't watch much television. So, this meme is getting rather repetitive. And boring! So, I've decided to just do a handful of days at a time to get this over with quicker. Yes, I am rather impatient. Also, at the rate I'm writing this will take forever.

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving


Okay, at first I thought Day 08 was the same as an earlier day. A show I wish more people were watching. But then I realized that it wasn't quite. This could be any show at any time that I just think everyone should watch. I would say that show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer...S1-S5. Buffy broke so much ground in television. Nearly ever modern show has some BtVS influence. If only the really annoying song that tells us how we are supposed to feel that plays over a montage of character scenes at the end of an episode. Yes, you can thank Buffy and Joss Whedon for that.

Day 09 -- And again we are with Buffy. Another reason everyone should watch Buffy is the game changing scene was a standard in the show. Case in point, my favorite all time scene is the one at the end of Out of My Mind...when we learned that Spike is in love with Buffy. It caused me to shiver all over and jump out of my seat to cheer. I never expected the show to go there. And they would do that time and time again...take the episode right before The Body. Or New Moon. Or Oz making that phone call to his aunt about his baby cousin biting his finger. Earshot elevating Jonathan. So many great scenes.

Day 10 -- Easily Supernatural. That show surprised the heck out of me. I tried to watch it from the beginning about four times before I finally forced myself to get beyond episode 7. I had no idea it would have one of the best runs of any show on television. Of course, like the X-Files and Buffy it is going to go on beyond what should be the proper end. I don't know how it will turn out in the end.

Rae
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And we are back with another entry in this neverending meme.

Find the list of days and topics in my original post here...

http://rabid1st.livejournal.com/275285.html

Day 06 -- Favorite Episode of Your Favorite Show

I am tempted to say Doomsday and see if you people remember that Doctor Who is not listed as my favorite show. :grin: I am also quite happy with the episode that just aired on Doctor Who, but I'm not sure it can make favorite because it still has River in it. And the Fez moment. I think that the dividing line among New Who fans might be if you found that Fez shooting funny or painfully stupid. I'm in the later group, I'm afraid.

But back to the Favorite Episode of my Favorite Show. And I am wondering if there is a "Favorite Episode of any show" day? Because I do have a frontrunner there. I will save it for BEST SCENE ever because that was one reason it was my favorite episode ever...it had the best scene ever.

So on Farscape, I am torn, there are three episodes I love pretty much equally. I love the finale, even with the sad parts of it. I loved the one where Crais and Talyn get to make a big statement to the Peacekeepers...I was never so in love with Crais as in that moment. Not that I loved Crais. *looks around at nothing much. What I mean is Crais went big and bold and he was magnificent there. But my absolute favorite episode is the one where John gets the upper hand on the Scarrans in We're So Screwed Part 3: La Bomba. But I love the set up for it in Part 2: Hot to Katratzi.

John Crichton up on a table top at a conference of the Superbad Villians with a bomb strapped to his belt--"Because I am an American. And what does an American want? Democracy? Capitalism. I want to sell out and settle down. For one day only, it's a blue light special on Aisle Three. My wormhole technology... and a free set of steak knives... for all the tea in China. And anything you can imagine to pay me... welcome to my cold war. You must be the Emperor. Now, before anybody decides to get clever, you should know I have multiple dead-man sensors from every culture on my ship and a few cultures I haven't heard of. My heart stops, we all go boom. My heart speeds up, it's boom again. Too hot, too cold, too happy, too sad, thirsty, hungry, bored... it's John Lee Hooker Time... boom, boom, boom. And you try your little psychic trick... kaboom... and we're all pushing up day-glow daisies."

Someone remarks that John is completely insane and Aeryn is all, "I know. Isn't it wonderful?"

Rae
LMAO! Talk about a mad man in a box.
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Making up some time now on the television meme, I will be combining two days into one post.

Day 03 -- Your favorite new show (this television season).
Day 04 -- Your favorite show of all time.


Day 03 is very easy for me to answer because I didn't pick up any new shows this season. Or last season either. Chuck from the season before that, though. And Heroes.

Day 04 is going to be very hard for me to answer. The obvious answer is Doctor Who. I've been a fan of the Doctor my whole life. But at this stage of my life I only really still watch New Who S2 and S4. So, I'm not sure if I can count the Doctor anymore. But for longevity, it is a definite winner.

The cheeky answer is The Amazing Race which I always enjoy and look forward to watching every season.

But if we were to go with overall quality, I would have to say Farscape is my favorite show of all time. I am watching episodes that are a decade old and they look as fantastic as they ever did. They are just as satisfying to watch, just as entertaining. And I can watch them in order as aired, which isn't true of say Buffy or X-Files or Doctor Who or really any other show that I love.

And I can even tell you why that is. I'm not just watching for the romance. Farscape doesn't use UST as a crutch to keep hobbling along. John and Aeryn are one of the hottest couples ever. They have sex in the middle of S1 and guess what? It is a bit embarrassing for both of them, but not a trigger for psychotic behavior and it doesn't solve their much deeper issues. They continue to have sex, off and on, and with very odd complications. But the issues they have continue to grow our of their complete relationship and out of their relationships with others. Both of the characters develop and change over the course of the show. Basically, Farscape's writers realized that LOVE was far more complex and important than SEX. And character development was the most important thing of all in love. There was none of that, "Oh, now the cute couple has had sex...so our show is over." God, I get so sick of hearing that cop-out from writers and actors and pretty much the entire industry.

Farscape had a lot more SHOW around the main characters than you see in most television. Things happened to the characters and they adapted to their changing reality. This is something I think every show should consider. If you don't want to die when your main couple finally...FINALLY get together...then maybe you should think about developing a SHOW around your main couple.

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it...that's why I like Chuck so much. There is a show going on around the main couple. There are other people to enjoy and life goes on around them, Ellie and Awesome get married or go to Africa, so the show stays interesting even if it loses some UST. Buffy tried to give the Scoobies lives, but because the show was so very Buffy focused (naturally, she's the title-girl)...it was challenge for the writers to develop anyone else. Of course, I would say that those writers simply gave up on the challenge and did what most successful shows (Doctor Who now included) do. They start playing to the idea that they can't change ANYTHING about their winning formula. This tosses creativity out the window. Character development grinds to a halt, every storyline circles around to return the cast to their original positions* and the show starts treading water. Then, it dies.

Rae
*the absolute best example of this is Mr. Monk gets a dog...like three episodes from the last one ever...and he can't keep it. Why the hell not? The show was coming to an end in 3 episodes! But if he kept the dog, he would change. And we can't have fundamental change, not even if it is minuscule and never seen on screen. This is why the Doctor couldn't go spend a life time with Rose, too. Even if we didn't see it, even if it had already been implied he'd been married before...it would change something about the character. And we can't have THAT!
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Day 02 - A show you wish more people were watching.

This is a continuation of the Television Meme found in its entirety at this link...

http://rabid1st.livejournal.com/275285.html

This is a very easy day. So easy I wonder why I didn't do it on the very next day. Oh, that's right, because I have sleep apnea and fibro and I was exhausted that day and also writing about Doctor Who, apparently.

The show I wish more people were watching is Chuck. I know people in my real life that would LOVE Chuck and I want to have those little moments of quoting something from the show to them. But they do not watch. Also, Chuck struggles to get enough episodes and to keep its amazing cast in play, because it does not have the ratings it deserves.

What I love about Chuck is that they give loving attention to minor characters and they often have small but delightful surprises in the finales. Remember what we learned about Chuck's long absent father? Wasn't that the coolest? Again, it is a show that doesn't lend itself to grand expectation. But there is just the proper amount of quirky genius in it to always leave me pleasantly surprised. It never disappoints.

Okay, I recently watched the first episode again, and I have to say that may be the only episode that didn't work well for me. They didn't quite have the gel of nerd friendship between the characters, yet. But still, the premise was so cool and Chuck was such a great character that I made allowances for the sister and best friend. And I'm so glad I did because now I love everyone...Awesome and Ellie and Morgan and Jeffster...Jeffster Unplugged...how cool was that? Well, you wouldn't know if you aren't watching. So watch already! Go rent the DVDs and see what you've been missing.
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I've been meaning to start this for a week, which doesn't bode well for doing an update a day. But [livejournal.com profile] xlostangelx has been doing this, and it looks like fun. So, here we go...the thirty days of subject headings are as follows...

Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death

DAY ONE...


A show that should never have been canceled. There are a few of them, in my opinion. But everyone else is going to pick Firefly or Wonderfalls. Or they will say Buffy and be wrong. :grin:

I'm going to choose a show I only caught about four times and didn't even fangrrl very much...Moonlight. Yes, the vampire tale with Sophia Myles. Sophia did a very credible American accent, miles ahead of David Tennant's actually. And the show's lead, whose name escapes me, Alec something or other, was quite compelling. But beyond that, the internal mythology was just starting to get interesting when the show was cut loose. Fox has a bad habit of not allowing shows to grow an audience. This show was sent to the tv scrapheap too soon.

Another show, that I did watch...and fangrrl and felt more people should have watched was Jake 2.0. It too had just hit a strong stride when the plug was pulled on it. And it was a bit of a forerunner to Chuck, which thankfully has had more of an opportunity to gain a toehold in the ratings climb.

There you go...meme away!

Rae

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