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Happiness is...

I think I have to start dropping shows. Or at least choose just to focus in on a few I really want to talk about. I can't keep up with all this TV and LJ without losing my already fragile hold on sanity. ;p

I do adore Pushing Daisies and had much to say after last weeks episode, but s**t happened which I won't get into and it prevented me from posting and tomorrow is a new ep so skipping ahead...

Am I the only one who is perplexed as to how Private Practice can be created by a woman, yet it's the male character who are stronger and better written? Last week I wanted to line up Addison, Naomi, and Violet and do a group slap. Um, yeah, I'm thinking this will be one not to discuss unless Tim looks really hot. :)


I'm still having very mixed feelings about this show. I adored game night and watching the characters learn more about each other as we learned more about them. And I found it both humorous and a little disturbing as to how much Morgan new about Chuck. And Peaches! The guy either really needs a girlfriend or to come out of Chuck's closet. Or maybe he wants in Chuck's closet. I'm not sure how that would work.

Being the Star Wars fan I am I very much appreciated Morgan's comment that Bryce is the Fett to Chuck's Solo. Hee! There was also the Wookie reference. And I picked up on the nods to the James Bond series from Katrina's bikini and jet ski to the villain's golden gun.

Unfortunately, every time the show cut to an action sequence, I tuned out. I couldn't even tell you the plot, though from the tidbits I did see it didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense. And the "Is Katrina a good guy or bad guy?" twist is such a cliche. As is her coming through in the end. I understand a key part of the show involves the spy business and the information stored in Chuck's head, but the writers really need to work to write the old standards better or come up with a new spin on the concept.


I enjoyed the show a bit more this week thanks in part to Nathan being back (minus the dead animal on his face) and the God awful Peter storyline being totally absent. Still, there are so many things that tick me off. Maya being stupid enough to meet a stranger and buy into his story. Mama Petrelli stating she can't bare to lose another son. Really? She didn't have an issue with allowing Peter to blow up last season. Matt leaving his wife because the baby wasn't his. Convenient way to get rid of the character and have him shack up with Mohnider. Matt was aware of his wife's affair so why didn't he question the paternity or at least hint that it might be an issue before? West continues to ne creepy. Very creepy. I thought we were going to have a David Cronenberg Crash moment and have West get turned on by Claire lying in a broken heap on the ground. And after all her father has done for her I am very disappointed in Claire lying to him. Finally, I hate Molly. Sorry, but the girl is not a great actress and her constant screaming and clinging is getting on my nerves.

Spike TV is airing Scream 2007 on the 23rd. Jamie Bamber will be on the show, though I have no idea in what capacity. My real reason for mentioning this, you know, besides Jamie, is that it's also an awards show and there are 29 TV and film categories you can vote for and BSG is up for two awards and Katee Sackoff one. Go vote!

thomasina75 posted a meme - 10 things that recently made you happy. And since I and a lot of other people could use a little happiness I thought I'd cave and give it a try. I'm not tagging people because not tagging people makes me happy (I'm not counting that as part of the meme ;), but if you feel inclined, please share. :) Now, in no particular order...

1. Jeffrey Donovan has been cast in the new Clint Eastwood film, 'The Changeling' Woo!
2. Michael Clayton. Awesome film. Great performances by Clooney and Tom Wilkinson. A tightly written, straightforward script that doesn't rely on big, ill-conceived twists. And a law office that looks like an actual law office! ;) I highly recommend this one.
3. Razor in a little over four weeks. Eeeeee!!!
4. November 9-11 - thomasina75 knows what I'm talking about. ;)
5. My Stargate mega box set.
6. House. Major changes in a series always worry me, but they have totally revitalized this one. Plus, as always, Hugh Laurie rocks.
7. Pushing Daisies which is so darn joyful and fun and pretty and, in Emerson, has one of the best darn characters on TV.
8. Seeing a photo and being inspired to do a drawing of it. And that's all I'm saying for now. ;)
9. My new 40" HD TV! OK, I don't have it, yet. I swear, with possibly one exception, the electronics store I shop at never has what I want in stock. It's on order though.
10. A little over thirteen months ago I had this debate with myself, do I start a Jamie Bamber LJ community or don't I? I was thinking about my decision last night (long story) and I have to say I am really, really, really happy I did and did so when I did. And before anyone gets excited thinking I have some big Jamie news, I don't, this is more a general fandom thing.

Wow, I got to ten! :)
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I'm sorry you've had a rough time of it lately. :(

4. Ok, now I'm really curious what is going on that weekend. Hee.
7. Totally agree. I look forward to the new Emerson stuff every week now. HANDGUN COZIES.
9. Oooooh, nice new TV! Yay you!

I hope things are looking up.
Me and 90% of my Flist has had issues so at least I'm in good company. :)

4. Let's just say I mentioned Michigan is lovely this time of year and things took off from there. ;)
7. Handgun Cozies! Awesome!
9. Thanks. Feel free to come see it anytime. :)
I can't keep up with all this TV and LJ without losing my already fragile hold on sanity.

I think I've figured out that I have time to watch the shows I want to watch, but not enough time to discuss all of them on LJ all the time. I just remind myself that I don't HAVE to post about every show, or every episode or everyshow, and that's given me a sense of relief. I'm sure my regular readers can handle the separation anxiety. :) When I do feel like writing, I will, but other times I'll just watch and enjoy and not give it the full LJ treatment.
That's the approach I'm going to have to take. I've just had this mindset since getting LJ that I have to talk about MY shows which was fine when it was only two or three, but this season has been rough on me. And I don't even want to think of what will happen when BSG starts back up. I really don't want to be looking at padded walls. Maybe I can devote longer posts to House, Pushing Daisies, and Friday Night Lights and do brief mentions of the others or skip them all together. After all, I like Bones, but rarely mention it.
And I don't even want to think of what will happen when BSG starts back up.

MADNESS, that's what will happen. :) But I'm sure by then I will have dropped 2 or 3 more shows. Of course Lost and 24 will be back by then so...crap.

I think the key is to post when there's really something you want to say about an episode, even if it's just to squee or share a favorite quote. Otherwise, when I find myself thinking "Well, I guess I should post something about that thing I watched" then I won't bother with it.
Am I the only one who is perplexed as to how Private Practice can be created by a woman, yet it's the male character who are stronger and better written?

I haven't seen the show since the pilot, but this doesn't perplex me. Years of reading bad fanfic in which a female is turned into an evil shrew so that two men can have the butt sex has made me jaded, and it spills over to tv writing too.
Years of reading bad fanfic in which a female is turned into an evil shrew so that two men can have the butt sex has made me jaded, and it spills over to tv writing too.

LMAO!

So Pete and Sam or Pete and Cooper? ;)

I don't remember their names! Tim Daly and Taye Diggs would be pretty. The other guy wasn't really my type.
I read a romance novel board, mostly for mocking the cover art. However, I've noticed that the readers are all about the heroes. The female is pretty much either hated or a plot device.
I've been in more than one fandom where people ship a pairing, say they hate the woman, and then explain it as "Well, I want him to have what he wants" and I guess I like to think of women as something other than objects to make men happy.
Sorry, but the girl is not a great actress and her constant screaming and clinging is getting on my nerves.

She varies between being much younger and much older than her supposed age. However, if your guardians against the big bad were Mohinder and Matt, wouldn't you shriek?
Oops - don't mind me - the comment I just deleted was meant for bdbdb's LJ. I clicked on your comments thingy on my FL by mistake. Sorry.

::so embarrassed::

Heh. I had to think for a second if I wrote about JM, but I knew I hadn't written to him. ;)
Re: Chuck, I am apparently really easy when it comes to this show, because I actually thought the spy stuff was better this week--it's still not as well integrated with the other parts of the show as it could be, but I thought they did a nice job of showing Chuck becoming a little more self-sufficient and losing some of his fear. And I really liked the game night, and Chuck's freakout about Bryce, which I thought was both written and acted with a lot of layers.

Maya being stupid enough to meet a stranger and buy into his story.

Maya's general inability to do anything without bursting into hysterical tears is working on my last nerve. But I really liked all of the scenes with Micah and DL's family, and especially Monica (I believe her name was?).
Monica sounds good since I'm to lazy to check. ;) I liked Monica too. The actress impressed me on The Nine. I also found Micah less annoying with his extended family. Gee, I'm not really missing Niki. Sorry Ari.
I just watched HEROES and agree it was a an improved ep, but uh … I LIKED Pasdar's beard.
I like scruff, but that just seemed excessive to me. Kind of like the slightly longer hair though. :)
You still manage to write about your shows more than I do :)

I'm really getting irritated with Heroes - Maya is getting on my last nerve, I want to ground Claire myself, and thank God there was no Peter this week so I could concentrate on Nathan. I need to watch Pushing Daisies (Cindy loves it), and Bones and House continue to delight me.

And may I say Yay! to the soon to be yours 40" HD TV?! I hope you get it before Razor!
I hope you get it before Razor!

That was part of the plan. ;)

DO watch Pushing Daisies. Tonight's ep had me laughing out loud. :)
Heroes totally didn't bother me (save for the Spanglish Siblings, ugh!) until you pointed out all the things that you tick you off. Now they tick me off too. Thanks. :P
I feel I need to drop another show. It might be Private Practice for me.

I actually saw a major website (can't recall which one) talk about Heroes sophomore slump today. I do think if they go back to focusing on the two core families and STOP ADDING CHARACTERS they could get back on track.

And WHEEEEE!!!
It's like My Two Dads with a crappier apartment and super powers thrown in!
The guy either really needs a girlfriend or to come out of Chuck's closet. Or maybe he wants in Chuck's closet. I'm not sure how that would work.

Yeah. Like I get that he and Chuck have basically been best friends and bonding over being alone together and I get him being all jealous of Sarah in his life and wanting to show off that he knows Chuck best, but... It's a bit much.

going to have a David Cronenberg Crash moment

No desire to even talk about Heroes, but kinda loving that you know this movie too! Everyone knows Haggis' "Crash", but there is hardly anyone I know who knows Cronenberg's truly fucked up "Crash". Just one of those movies that made you blink several times even after it was done and wonder where the hell you were for the last 2 hours.





I've only seen Cronenberg's 'Crash' once, but enough of the images stayed with me that I was getting a weird vibe from the Claire/West scene as he was encouraging her to jump knowing what it would do to her body. ::shudders::