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The It's Great To Have Monday Off Edition

Happy (belated because I didn't post this weekend) Birthday! to two swell gals from The Board That Shall Not Be Named ;) ketzel and electricexprmnt. Hope you ladies had great days. :)

This was yet another weekend where things were dead, dead, dead on LJ. I was busy this weekend so only popped my head in for a few minutes here and there, but I noticed I wasn’t missing much and wouldn't have a backlog to catch up on. In addition to the weekend posting slow down, I’ve also been noticing lately that people aren’t posting as much immediately after their favorite shows air. I have a theory that this is all related and that DVRs and time shifted viewing are changing our posting habits. I think many of us catch up on our TV the next day, if it’s a show we really love, or on the weekends if it’s something we merely like (I watched Life Sunday morning while eating breakfast). When Battlestar Galactica got moved to Sundays at ten, I know it forced many of us to alter our viewing and posting routine. The nice thing is that the more relaxed viewing/posting schedule now seems to apply to all shows and, personally, I think it’s a good thing because there isn’t that ‘If I don’t post NOW, no one will read this’ mind set. Or maybe that was just me. ;)

And speaking of delayed posting, here are my thoughts on a few shows from last week.

First off, is anyone else not as enamored with Ugly Betty this season? I loved Season 1, but the show is barely holding my attention this season. I’m actually thinking about scratching it from my TV schedule. Betty even pissed me off this past week and that’s not a good thing.


I really wish that had left that flashback on the cutting room floor - at least the first minute of it. The badly CGI’d centurion chasing Adama down mid air and then the two getting into a shoot out was laughably bad, imho. It’s a show with sci-fi elements so I’m willing to accept a bit of ridiculousness and hand wave here and there, but that was pushing it.


This felt like an episode of missed opportunities. What was the point of bringing in another coach if he was going to be so easily terminated? Buddy’s little speech was good, but not that good. When the coach (whose name I can’t even be bothered to remember) informed Eric that he has a family too it was hard to muster much sympathy considering what an asshole he was to everyone around him and he put a kid in the hospital.

And Eric was unemployed for, what? A commercial break? They could have at least drawn that out for an episode.

A two minute mother daughter chat in a parking lot makes Julie see the light and, I guess, begin to patch things up with Tami. Trust me, the last thing I wanted to see was Julie lose her virginity to The Swede and then have her realize he didn’t really care about her. But seeing drug paraphernalia was enough to shake her up and send her running? Didn’t she already know about his drug use?

So if I guy is wanted for rape in two other states it’s OK with the police if he was murdered? I’m assuming they did an autopsy (by law you have to with a suspicious death) and found his skull fractured and that his lungs weren’t filled with water. Granted, the guy was scum and probably got what he deserved, but, legally, he was still a murder victim.

I just felt throughout the episode that everything was falling into place far too easily and that things were merely reset to the end of last season.

What did I like? Buddy practically stalking Eric. First there was, “How did you get this phone number?” followed by him pulling up in the driveway thirty seconds after Eric arrived home. Tami’s reaction to him crashing her husband’s homecoming was also priceless.

Jason is just breaking my heart. It was always clear he was in denial as to the extent of his injuries, but he’s gone from the power of positive thinking and rehabilitation to trusting a 'doctor' in a seedy back room who wants to implant him with shark embryos. And I’m not Tim Riggin’s biggest fan, but I really felt the terror he was experiencing, knowing what Jason was about to do to himself, and begging Lila to come to Mexico to help save him. I think Tim went on the trip with Jason figuring they’d party for a few days and then he would come to his senses. When that didn't work, he probably thought meeting with the ‘doctor’ would be a wake up call. But now he sees Jason’s desperation and, I agree, he could die or, perhaps even worse, lose what mobility he does have.

I haven’t seen last night’s Dexter, but have *finally* caught up on the rest of the eps. While I’m enjoying the show, I don’t feel I have a lot to say. Though, it would be crazy for me to have nothing to say ;), so here are a few observations.

I don’t know what I was disappointed by more, Lt. Pasquale becoming psycho, stalker girlfriend abusing police resources or discovering Maria had been screwing the fiancé. I was just beginning to like Maria. She was being very competent at her job and sticking up for her superior when she seemingly had every right to turn on her. It pisses me off the writers went in the direction they did with both characters.

Poor Rita. Be careful what you wish for. Lila is competition, but not in the way Rita suspects. Lila gets Dexter in ways Rita can’t and probably wouldn’t wish to. While he was forced into treatment based on a phony heroin addiction, the truth is he does have a problem and being able to share his feelings with others may actually help him (a bit) psychologically and emotionally. Honestly, I know his father loved him and was trying to protect him the best he could, but I also feel that teaching him to lie at every turn did him as much harm as good.

I hope Agent Lundy is the nice, competent, professional that he seems. I don’t want to find that he has skeletons in his closet (literally). I also don’t want to see Deb, who seems to have a crush on him, hurt again. Though, I think there are definitely some daddy issues there. She seems to be getting the acceptance as a professional from him that she didn’t get from her father since Dexter took up so much of his attention.

Thanks to molly_may, 'The X-Files film begins shooting December 10th! Of course, where does my head immediately go? Duchovny and Bamber in Vancouver at the same time!
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Wheeeeee! XF! XF!

Although I wish I felt better about who is writing the script.

"Done One"? Come on, where are the damn sides for this???
But seeing drug paraphernalia was enough to shake her up and send her running? Didn’t she already know about his drug use?

I think it was more that she realized he'd completely forgotten they were going to hang out. She clearly wasn't a priority... he hadn't even bathed. Tammy's talk maybe just woke her up to how little she mattered to the Swede. She was essentially throwing herself at him.

So if I guy is wanted for rape in two other states it’s OK with the police if he was murdered?

No, I don't think this is the end of the storyline. But the police had to close Tyra's rape case. So she had to come in to do an ID. They just don't suspect her of killing him. Why should they? So she got to leave. Clearly from the preview something goes down. Why else would Landry's dad want Tyra to stay away from Landry?

I agree the coach storyline was a little too black & white. And I had a hard time feeling much sympathy when they paid him for the full season plus severance. But from the show's perspective, it was probably dicey (not to mention expensive) to have to show two different football teams. Plus watching Taylor be a fish out of water with players we don't know or care about is only so interesting. I guess they could have kept us guessing as to what would happen with Taylor, but I don't know how effective that would be. Fundamentally the show has to involve some football... so maybe they thought dramatizing it for too long was a cheap ploy. (It's not the writers' fault the preview was way misleading).
I, too, want to comment on: But seeing drug paraphernalia was enough to shake her up and send her running? Didn’t she already know about his drug use?

I'm sure that was part of it...but damn did they overuse the shot of all the empty beer cans and bottles...the disgusting kitchen. The filthy apartment. I'm suprised they didn't have a cockroach skitter over her hand before she took off.

I think she just kind of realized where she was and who she was idolizing. Like, ew.

But I agree with most of the rest of your complaints.

Still love the show to itty bitty pieces tho.
but damn did they overuse the shot of all the empty beer cans and bottles...the disgusting kitchen. The filthy apartment. I'm suprised they didn't have a cockroach skitter over her hand before she took off.

Hee. Yeah, they did go to great lengths to show the near squaller he seemed to be comfortable living in. All of a sudden Julie went from visions of a white picket fence with Matt to crack den with The Swede. I just felt like it was a quick reversal in Julie's opinion after a brief chat with mom. And I wonder if she'll try getting back with Matt next week and have him shut the door in her face, which she actually deserves.
I didn't think it was the end of the story either. Regardless if the police decide to investigate, Landry's guilt is eating away at him. Plus, there is the missing watch. But the police officer basically was telling Tyra that since the guy was a known rapist and now dead, there wasn't going to be a push to investigate further. I think it maybe Landry's dad seeing Tyra there and finding out there is a connection will raise questions with him.

'The X-Files film begins shooting December 10th!

No EFFING WAY!!

(Pleasedon'tsuckpleasedon'tsuckpleasedon'tsuckyou'llprobablysuckwon'tyouohstillpleasedon'tsuck.)
And it's only been ten years!

::crosses fingers they don't deal with the mythology::

Buddy’s little speech was good, but not that good.

It would have been nice to see the mayor on that committee.

Speaking of Buddy, he's one of my favorite characters so far this season. I still think he's an ass, but he's so great to watch.
Buddy can provide some great comic relief. I was laughing out loud when his truck pulled up in the Taylor's driveway. I also loved how he offered the juvenile delinquent a job to get in Lila's good graces.
Hi there...I just caught up wtih Dexter this weekend too! And Betty pissed me off last week too!

I found you via swsa, and seeing that we have numerous interests that are the same, I friended. Looking forward to getting to know you.
I'm glad I'm not alone in my Betty feelings. It's just if she wants to get ahead in publishing she can't act like she's twelve in meetings. Then there are her questionable relationship decisions. And she's dressing better! Not good, but better. The colors match.

And thanks. :)
Re: FNL, I agree about the missed opportunities. The new coach plot could have been a lot more interesting if the guy hadn't been such an asshole, and a quite two-dimensional one, too, IMO. And I have a hard time not being all eyeroll-y at the threat he made at Taylor's doorstep; with a show this much about the realism, the idea of the Evil Coach out there plotting revenge... eh.

Buddy was priceless, though. :-)

In last year's Dexter finale, I had high hopes for the Pascal and La Guerta situation -- I even found them a wee bit slashy there... but ARRRGH! That was a terrible plot.

I totally dig Deb's arc, though, and reeeeally hope Lundy is as good as he seems.
with a show this much about the realism, the idea of the Evil Coach out there plotting revenge... eh.

I'm not sure he's plotting revenge, but I was worried he may try to throw a punch. And most coaches who get a years salary *and* severance might still be pissed, but would take there money and just move on, not make a stop with the U-Haul parked out front. :p

I could probably go into a diatribe about how the women are written on Dexter. Rita and Deb are both recovering victims. Pascal went from being a decorated police detective to psycho stalker chick. And I'm still not certain if La Guerta just happened to end up in the affair with the boyfriend or if it was part of a plan to get her job back which would make her a manipulative bitch. Sigh.

::crosses fingers Lundy is sane and normal::
Duchovny and Bamber in Vancouver at the same time!

OMG. And there's no way I can plan another pilgrimage because I already committed to my Tennant/Stewart pilgrimage next year. Oh bollocks.

(I think British Columbia could implode with that much pretty in one place!)

And while I agree the CGI was poor in the Razor flashback, I have to say I was at least a little chuffed that it was an old skool centaurian.

I am having mixed thoughts over Ugly Betty myself this season. It's not that I'm not enjoying it; just simply not as much as before. It feels like they're rushing through things they should draw out and drawing out the boring crap.
I don't hate Ugly Betty, but there are parts of the show that just are not working for me. I understand Justin rebelling, but would that make him suddenly heterosexual? And while I was enjoying Alexis and Daniel becoming friends again and supporting each other, the amnesia didn't quite work for me. My big gripe though is Betty should be growing more confidant and she seems to be flailing more than ever.
This was yet another weekend where things were dead, dead, dead on LJ.

I don't know if this was just me, but I thought I was all caught up (not a lot to catch up on) but then when I read my flist through one of my filters, a bunch of posts showed up that I swear weren't there before. Like LJ had only been showing me a cached copy of my Default View for a two days. It's happened before too, WTF.

So if I guy is wanted for rape in two other states it’s OK with the police if he was murdered?

My interpretation of that scene was that they were just trying to ID the body, and they brought Tyra in because he matched the description she gave of her attacker. They have no reason at this point to link her to his death. But I suppose they will soon. Dun dun DUUUUUUN.