Asta 2

SQUEE!

Today I was having a less then spectacular day. There were hormone issues. There were numerous issues with my boss who is beyond clueless in his job (he hasn't bothered to learn who all the attorneys are) and is so self-absorbed he asks us the same questions three and four times a day because he, literally, doesn’t listen to any words unless they come out of his own mouth. All of which led to the headache I currently have.

So, why the squeeing? A month ago I ordered the Battlestar Galactica edition of Starburst, Special 71. It cost me $12. Not bad for ordering a British magazine, but still more than I’d like to spend on a magazine. I arrived home to find in my mailbox a magazine wrapped in grey plastic and, since I don’t have a subscription to any racy magazines, assumed it *finally* had arrived. Let me say people, worth every damn penny. If you can find a copy, grab one. I‘ve only skimmed it thus far, but the pictures are gorgeous (they used the bloody hands! And Lee and Laura! :-). The interviews and articles seem to touch on, for the most part, eps that have already aired in the US. However, there is discussion of one upcoming plot point that, to my knowledge, everyone and their mother seems to know by now.

But, in addition to BSG, there’s a rather lengthy article (again, with great photos) on Serenity, ‘Doctor Who, Then and Now’, an article on ‘Atlantis’ (on visuals as opposed to the characters) and an interview with Brent Spiner discussing Threshhold. I know what I’ll be doing the rest of the week. :)

Now, on to my TV viewing the past two nights…

I just caught Supernatural. Eh. I didn’t find it at all creepy or scary. It also found it to be utterly predictable if you‘ve seen any supernatural horror film over the past few years. And I’m not sure having the two leads be brothers was the best idea.

I’m reserving judgment on Bones for now. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. The opening sequence was incredibly contrived. Who rips open their shirt in an airport? Or carries a decaying human skull in a duffle bag? And beats the crap out of a homeland security agent and gets away with cracking jokes about it?? The musical choices were bizarre to say the least… the use of Howie Day’s ’Collide’ while reconstructing a skull? Who the hell came up with that idea?! The “squints” thing annoyed me. On the plus side, David and Emily did have some nice chemistry. I also wasn’t seeing Angel at all. Overall, it just seemed a lot like every other crime drama on the air right now.



First off, is it just me or are the filming the show differently? It seemed to lack some of the style it had last season and the scenes were much more saturated with light and color.

While I felt the episode got off to a slow start, as more small details about the supporting players were revealed, I found myself enjoying the episode a lot more. On the superficial front, Cuddy got herself a cute, young assistant. Unfortunately, she is going to attract no man in that fugly shirt. And I’m very curious as to know where “party pants” came from.

So, the cracks about Foreman’s less than stellar past are rooted in some cold, hard facts. He stole cars and spent time in juvenile hall. And he’s quick to dismiss social upbringing, but quick to embrace a physical cause for criminal behavior. Did Foreman come from a good, caring home and still go astray? Or is he unwilling to face a less than ideal childhood and place the blame at anyone elses door? Whatever the reason for his own criminal background, he overcame it on his own. Yet, given even a slight chance that Clarence’s behavior may not be of his own will, Foreman is willing do what he can to prevent his execution.

I really liked LL Cool J’s performance as Clarence, but I wish we had a bit more examination of his character. He seemed rather underdeveloped compared to past patients of the week. Did the tumor contribute to his rage and the murders? Possibly and courtesy of Foreman’s testimony it might be enough to get him off of death row. However, there still such a thing as personal responsibility, knowing right from wrong (which no one is denying he didn’t know), and not making excuses for yourself.

I’m hoping Chase getting the crap jobs is an indication he’s still being made to suffer for his betrayal of House to Vogler.

I see people still aren’t happy with Cameron. Is she really over House? I doubt it. I did think she showed more backbone than I’ve seen from her. Her motivation for grasping at straws was intensely personal and misguided, but I liked seeing her refuse to back down. And she had a point about doing exactly what House does every week - not give up. But, unlike House, she takes it *all* personally. He may not feel at all (at least that’s what people believe, though I don‘t), but she feels far too much. Wilson’s right, it will end up destroying her considering how emotionally fragile she seems now. And Wilson did apparently do what Cameron did; try to make friends with the patient, to ease their pain. How much did it cost him? “…you’re not the same for years.” Two marriages? Did House pull him back?

The speculation regarding Cameron’s marriage can finally be put to rest. Not only did she marry him after she knew he was dying, she met him after he was diagnosed. Did she ever really love him? I‘m thinking no. She didn’t want a good person to die alone. Yep, way to make yourself a martyr there. I’m really curious now as to what in Cameron’s young life caused her to be this fraked up. And while I feel her feelings for House still could be real, she has a definite pattern of sticking to damaged people and ones that she has no hope of saving.

I don’t have much to say about House accept with the attitude and nearly empty liquor bottle I don’t think he’s gotten to acceptance yet. Of course, where would be the entertainment in that? Oh, and the red T and sunglasses? Very hot. : )

Stacy? Didn’t really add much, but I didn’t mind her presence either. I did like that House took Wilson‘s advice (which was sound - if she doesn’t trust him, he can’t use her), but then did to him what he had done to her - betraying the trust.

I hadn’t seen any commercials for ‘Serenity’ outside the Sci-Fi channel until ‘House’. That must have cost Universal a pretty penny. I won’t even get into the irony of it airing on FOX.

Two things about Rescue Me. lynnb you were right! Sadly. And if Dennis Leary doesn’t get an Emmy nomination next year I’ll be very, very pissed.
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Didn't watch Supernatural. Didn't like Bones (that lead chick annoys the bejeesus out of me). As for House, I have only two words ..... Ruh Roh!

Bwahahahahahahahaha!!! I love him, I'm glad he's back.
I've seen lots of comments about the lead actress annoying people. Maybe after having to endire that vapid blonde on 'The Inside' she just didn't seem so bad.

I think I liked House's Bros over Hos line best. ;-)
Bones might be like every other crime drama on TV, but I'm personally offended for some reason that CSI: NY is leading all the polls. OK, I hate NYC and everyone that lives there and wants to live there (including myself for sometimes wanting to live there) and the noir pall the CSI folks came up with the show -- "In NYC, rape victims get REALLY raped! The murder victims get REALLY murderized!" -- so if something with a touch of class and humor, which I think Bones might just achieve without going into Monk territory, has a chance, I think I'll go with it. I like that she shot someone in the first espisode, at least. Deschennel kinda reminds me of Caroline Dhavernas from Wonderfalls [I grew up at the falls], who I miss... Speaking of FOX... I heard they did a Serenity [which I'm less enthusiastic about as time goes on] promo during the Simpsons, too.

I liked House. Didn't notice any stylistic changes, but then I was anxious enough that I watched it on my TV instead of downloading. Stupid cable and the non letterboxed version. I wouldn't have minded them dropping Cameron's plotline and devoting that time to fleshing out Clarence better; I have a hard time giving a damn about her (part of it is out of the ick factor of those who think she'd make some sort of sane match for House and were rooting for that last year) and I'm sort of sick of tv in general now that counter/secondary plots are standard issue just because they can't fill up the whole 40 minutes convincingly now that the public's attention span has been attuned to looped footage of buildings blowing up (rendering anything else boring to them).
You make a good point about secondary plotlines in general. It seems even some of the procedural shows are resulting to that trend. Like investigating one murder victim isn't enough on CSI?! And it kind of bugged me when RM admited that on last week's Galactica that the Tigh storyline didn't really fit with the rest of the show, which was to be a character exploration, but that they needed it to propel the show or add drama. I much would have rather had the Tigh story been a seperate ep and seen more of the interviews with Lee,Kara, or Adama. None of whom were asked about their roles in the coup which left me scratching my head.

I actually like Cameron, most of the time, and am neither for or against hooking her up with House. They're both damaged people (though, we aren't sure where her damage eminates from) and I could see them being drawn together on some level. However, I don't romanticize it and think it would be a very messy relationship. Then again, I love angst. ;)

A 'Serenity' promo did run during 'The Simpsons', though I didn't see it. I do want to see the film, but I don't find myself quite as excited as some of my friends. Last week while watching 'Firefly' I saw a clip I hadn't scene before and found myself really impressed and intrigued by what I was watching. And it was the first time I thought that non-fans of the series might find this of interest.
When did everyone start calling them "procedurals?" because quite honestly I haven't heard the term before like six months ago: I ain't the smartest cookie, but I do try to keep up ya know. It's like when I was a videogame journalist (oxymoron much) and everyone suddenly started using this "AAA" term for best selling products, just because the dude at CNN/Money used it once, and all the cali-geeks wanted to emulate him even though they don't even have suits in their wardrobes. But everyone pretended that they invented the "AAA" designation before the auto club or something; kinda like how some dude at Salon invented "metrosexual" and everyone desperate for a story acted like it was a real phenemomen to disguise the fact that they were plagiarizing.

Anyway, I thought the Kreuk comment about talent sucking below was hilarious even though I generally find her completely unoffensive myself: just watched Supernatural tonight and found it pleasant enough. I mean, what could they REALLY do that TV freaks would find scary? For me it was enough that they went with a very non standard villain for the first episode (although the premise itself was pretty misogynist). The special effects for the end kinda reminded me of S5 rubber snake demon though... I wish they wouldn't try above their means.

As for Cameron, if I wanted to watch some dude hooking up with a subordinate half his age, there's always Ron Jeremy: Since I don't (part of why Jensen got my hAckles up as the coach in Smallville), I found the Cameron plotline to be a nuissance at times. And her getting shot down over and over again, while sometimes funny, isn't exactly fair or a good indication of what people should find entertaining. Some TV critic somewhere had a big article about how all the somber "old" guys on TV live romance free lives or whatever, House was mentioned, all the patriarchs of CSI, etc., and how silly and tragically overblown their solitary existences as genius heroes are, but what he didn't mention was how they have all done the underling thing in some respect: the bearded CSI (Vegas) dude had some prior relationship with another character (younger, troubled, yada yada) and even though the writers are all smart enough to not go there, they act like they deserve a cookie because they drive up to the edge for drama and then pull back, instead of coming up with something more interesting to begin with.
I've actually heard the term 'procedurals' used for some time, but I think it's become more prevelant since we started getting multiple CSI's and Law & Order's and clones of those shows.

The special effects for the end kinda reminded me of S5 rubber snake demon though... I wish they wouldn't try above their means.

Yeah, I think we were suppose to be horrified at the sight of the women burning and all I could think was 'CGI flames'. The most interesting thing I found about 'Supernatural' was whether or not their father is really their father. He was in the bedroom right before it was engulfed in flames, yet 30 seconds later he's outsidee grabbing his sons without a burn on him. And he had that strange look on his face. I'm wondering if something took over his body.

Wow, two words I never thought I'd see on my LJ: Ron Jeremy. ::shudders::
those jamie pix are gorgeous. i LOVE him with the longer hair. he's got this impish smart cute thing going on--and he also manages to seem kind and a bit smoldering at the same time. okay, i know i don't usually gush about how dang cute jamie bamber is, but i think you got me. i'm in the bamber camp.

thanks for comments on house. i liked the ep and enjoyed ll cool j (i kept thinking: mama said knock you out). as for bones--oh, god.... in the end when she talks about "cosmic score card" i groaned loudly. you might have heard me. sniper, vampire--the difference is he can now walk in SUNLIGHT.

looking forward to kitchen confidential and medium and veronica mars, lost, alias, night stalker, desperate housewives. geeez. i gotta cut some of this tv watching.

on the plus side, i just finished writing my novel this weekend, so i can take some tv time. now all i have to do is write the second book.........
he's got this impish smart cute thing going on--and he also manages to seem kind and a bit smoldering at the same time.

Excellent description.

okay, i know i don't usually gush about how dang cute jamie bamber is, but i think you got me. i'm in the bamber camp.

I think the camp will need expansion plan soon. :)

looking forward to kitchen confidential and medium and veronica mars, lost, alias, night stalker, desperate housewives.

I think I'm over VM before I was ever even into it. I tried. Really! As for 'Alias', it's dead to me. It's not the show I loved and I'm not interested in The Next Generation. :(
I've actually liked Jensen Ackles in a lot of his previous work. When I had heard he was joining 'Smallville' I felt really, really bad for him. Luckily, I guess they offed him. And I won't give up on 'Supernatural' yet, but if after a couple of more eps I'm still distracted by my laundry, it's history for me.

'Bones' needs *a lot* of work, but I felt it had potential. I agree with you on the tit-flasher. She needs to go ASAP. The assistant could be OK if they cut back on his 'I'm smarter then all of you, but her' attitude and the whining. David needs a better wardrobe. Just because he works for the government, doesn't mean he is going to wear polyster.

I'll be curious to see how Cameron develops over the next several episodes because I, too, saw a change in her (and not just her hair color). I really think last season's Cameron would have just given up fighting for her patient after a few snarky, demoralizing comments by House. Maybe she's putting her anger towards him to use, though she needs to learn to choose her battles more wisely.
I’m really curious now as to what in Cameron’s young life caused her to be this fraked up.
Me too...in fact I found myself thinking on it waaaaay too much last night. I'm thinking it has to be *cough* daddy-isssues, because the way she relates to House and her attraction to him seem so rooted in the paternal thing - which of course he plays up to mercilessly.

She did stand up to him didn't she? I was very proud of my Cam :) whilst simultaneously wanting to slap her silly. When she hugged that girl, I noticed it was her who seemed to need the hig rather than the terminal patient ;) I also got a real vibe between her her and Wilson in that 'believe me, I know' scene. Really hoping I imagined that one.
When she hugged that girl, I noticed it was her who seemed to need the hig rather than the terminal patient

Yeah, it was an odd moment. If my doctor just told me I was dying, I don't care how mice they've been to me, I would not want they pity hug.

I also got a real vibe between her her and Wilson in that 'believe me, I know' scene. Really hoping I imagined that one.

Er, OK, I thought it was just me. At this point, I wouldn't think too much about it.
I wish I hadn't been right - poor Lou! And Janet is in rare form. And I'm suspecting that there is more than meets the eye between her and Tommy's brother. Ditto on Dennis Leary - I can't think of anyone who can play someone so messed up yet so heroic, so believeably.

I'm with you on Bones. I saw potential, yet I felt the writing and directing weren't quite there. And I would lose flasher girl, and reign in the smart mouth. I like her boss, though. One thing I liked about Booth was his empathy for the family of the dead girl, something he alludes to when he talks of wanting to save as many people he killed while in the army. He has some depth that I hope they explore in a better way.

Loved House. I don't get the Cameron hate. Her heart is always in the right place, so I don't get upset with her. I'm enjoying Chase getting the crappy jobs, hope it continues :) I think Wilson has always kind of liked Cameron, though if House showed more interest in her I don't think he'd get in the way. We'll see. I do love House and Wilson's scenes, they are adorable :) LL Cool J was excellent, and I agree that I wish he'd been given more screen time.
Yeah, I'm a little suspicious about what's up between Johnny and Janet, but Johnny does seem to genuinly care about Tommy's well being so I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt at the moment.
I'm reserving judgement for the moment too. I don't think it's anything malicious on Johnny's part if it's true, just something that happens sometimes.