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Oh, so much stuff I don't know where to begin

December is supposed to be this joyful, celebratory month, yet it’s only the 2nd and I feel complete overwhelmed. Work is always crazy this time of year since I work in accounting and my firm works on a calendar year. But in addition to that I am massively behind on the cards, shopping, TV watching/podcast listening, and fandom stuff I want to work on. The kicker is I finally feel like getting back to writing fic and I don’t feel that I can because I have to do all these other things first. I don’t even plan on decorating because it takes up time I just don’t have to spare. Well, I do have the M&M tree and wreath, but those just need to be plugged in. And I was going to do another Twelve Days of Picspam this year, but I think I have to concede it won’t happen. I guess I’ll make it a bi-annual thing. :p

Now for some quick thoughts on this past weeks TV...


Chuck:

Morgan and Anna are quite cute together in their social misfitness. And I love how he rescued her from the Black Friday mob.

Matthew Bomer, AKA Bryce, seems to be another actor I have seen before and I didn’t realize it (‘Traveller’, ‘Tru Calling’). At least he reinforces that I’m not just attracted to a pretty face, that the quality of the material and the talent it elicits from the actor plays a significant role in my drooling. ;)

The cliffhanger was rather dumb since we know Sarah isn’t going anywhere, but it also means that the door is open for Bryce to come back and YAY!

Heroes was pointless…that is all.


Pushing Daisies:

Poor Fredo! Poor Olive! She didn’t see what she could have until it was too late.

I appreciated that we were shown that Olive was not yet over Ned and was still dealing with his and Chuck’s feelings for each other. And that Chuck, in turn, was understanding of Olive’s feelings. Man, I am not use to people acting like adults in such romantic entanglements on my TV shows! ;)

Seeing Emerson have to go back to being an old skool detective and follow leads was cool. I think for awhile there he doubted he had it in him to clear Ned. And I loved his line about a good looking guy like Ned who can also make pies shouldn’t even spend a day in prison. ;)

Olive’s inability to stop crying during her visit with Ned was hysterical as was backing the gun in the pie.

If I had one criticism of the episode, and it’s probably the biggest one I have had of the series to date, it’s that they ripped-off Lars and the Real Girl. Sure, Lars didn’t kill anyone, but other than that…


Dirty Sexy Money:

Well, I had two guesses as to who Nick’s sibling would be, one of the twins or Brian. I am so happy it’s Brian. :) It’s going to make for much interesting drama. The rest of the Darling sibs would have too quickly accepted the situation. Accept for Karen. Which I’m glad Nick acknowledged he never thought about one of the Darlings being related to him because that possibility existed.

I know all the Darlings exhibit selfishness, but Letitia takes the prize. She wanted it all, to be a Darling and have everything that comes with it and be with the man she loved. She didn’t give a thought to the people she was hurting in the process. My favorite moment of the episode is when she reveals the truth to Brian. He’s angry because he has spent his life hating his biological father and half-brother, she asks him if it would have changed anything had he known, and he looks right at her and simply says, “Yes.” Brian is perhaps my favorite character, but it’s the first time I actually felt sorry for him. (The second time being when he watched his son being driven away from him.)


Friday Night Lights:

Eric can be selfish and an ass, but he’s never been cruel. The way he spoke to Tami, telling her that she’s not taking care of her family, it was the first time I was really angry with him. As the show is prone to do, it's later revealed that he IS jealous of Glen and his friendship with Tami. While it helps to explain things it does not forgive his lashing out.

I really wish Tami had stood firm in her assessment of Julie’s relationship with her teacher and the actions she took. That’s her little girl and she is seeing signs of a potential inappropriate relationship with a guy who doesn’t seem to care about lines he is crossing. And if she doesn’t stand up now and, yes, embarrass her, how would she feel later when she finds out she was right and said nothing? Sure, maybe she should have closed the door, but she was a rightfully pissed off mother.

This is the second time the show has intercut sex with violence (or the admission of it) and it does not make me happy. We went from Matt losing his virginity to Landry confessing to murder. Ack.


Stargate: Atlantis:

Not much to say about this one. I had high hopes for the first ten minutes or so then it just became a series of Rodney screw-ups, again. The high point for me was Jeanie telling her brother, when it comes to looks, “He’s no John Sheppard.” ;)

Speaking of John, I’m not sure how I feel about him manipulating a guy into becoming the Wraith’s dinner. Showing a character’s dark side only works if you are willing to follow through with the consequences of his/her actions.

I’m finally caught up on Dexter, but really don’t have much to say about the series. I enjoyed the first season more, it seemed to have a better focus to me. Dexter himself is all over the place this season so that probably accounts for the lack of cohesiveness I’m feeling. And while I have warmed up to Deb, Doakes I have grown tired of.

And to waste time I don’t have ;), pellucid posted a TV Meme last week.


1. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice:

Battlestar Galactica (no surprise), Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Farscape, Slings & Arrows, Buffy, Angel, Firefly and if we were to count half hour comedies, Blackadder, Friends, Hogan’s Heroes, MASH probably.

2. Name a show you can't miss:

This is going to get redundant fast…Battlestar Galactica and I’d say Pushing Daisies, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, and House.

3. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to watch a show:

You know this already, but I suppose I have to answer, Jamie Bamber. (Hugh Laurie and Hugh Jackman rate close seconds though ;)

4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:

I’ll just say Kevin Sorbo. :)

5. Name a show you can and do quote from:

BSG, The X-Files, Star Trek (original and Next Gen), lots of comedies.

6. Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:

Hmmm, well, there was this eight episode series that ran on A&E years ago, Pulaski: The TV Detective, I loved it and no one I know has ever heard of it. Oh, and I love Hogan’s Heroes, but that’s not a politically correct thing to say. Oh, well!

7. Name a TV show which you've been known to sing the theme song:

I know many theme songs, but I never sing them.

8. Name a show you would recommend everyone watch:

I am so one-note – Battlestar Galactica.

Name a TV series you own:

Geez, a lot. If I love a series I’ll buy it.

10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops in television:

Tricia Helfer

11. What is your favorite episode of your favorite series?

I always say it’s my favorite because it made me a die-hard Lee Adama fangirl and turned me into a Lee/Laura shipper – ‘Bastille Day’.

12. Name a show you keep meaning to watch but you just haven’t gotten around to yet:

I need to finish watching Due South (I’m currently stuck at the end of Season 2) and I've only watched the first episode of Charlie Jade.

13. Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?

The X-Files I stuck with until Duchovny left, but it was going downhill before then. Bionic Woman lost me after episode two. And I’ll never forgive JJ Abrams for what he did to Alias.

14. Name a show that's made you cry multiple times:

I’m not much of a crier, so I can’t think of one.

15. What do you eat when you watch TV?

Food? I have the TV on a lot..

16. How often do you watch TV?

Every night with varying degrees of attention.

17. What's the last TV show you watched?

Chuck

18. What's your favorite/preferred genre of TV?

SciFi/fantasy I suppose

19. What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?

Obsessed? Hmmmm, I guess The X-Files.

20. What TV show do you wish you never watched?

Bionic Woman

21. What is the weirdest show you enjoyed?

A lot of things others find weird, I don’t so I can’t really answer this one.

22. What TV show scared you the most?

The X-Files grossed me out occasionally, but I can’t say it scared me.

23. What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?

Tie: Blackadder and WKRP in Cincinnati (I could also throw in the first three seasons of MASH)


Oh, to my fellow Life fans a new episode airs at 10:00pm est Monday in place of 'Journeyman'. I don't know when the schedule change was made.
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Man, I am not use to people acting like adults in such romantic entanglements on my TV shows

I know! It's so refreshing! I am so in love with PD, and all of the characters. Olive is sneaking up on me and winning my heart in a big way - her crying in the prison was hysterical.

Tricia for answer #10 was a good one! I couldn't think of anybody, but if I was gonna do this again, I'd choose her now.

I've still only watched half of the first episode of Charlie Jade. I need to get back to that.
Tricia puts every other model turned actress to shame. And she's nice!

I keep meaning to get back to 'Charlie Jade', but then the DVR gets clogged up again.
Matthew Bomer, AKA Bryce, seems to be another actor I have seen before and I didn’t realize it (‘Traveller’, ‘Tru Calling’).

He looked really familiar and it was bugging me, so I finally looked him up and realized he was Luc on Tru Calling. Mystery solved. I'm glad he was never a villain, but is an ambiguous character; he did what he did for a good reason, but it was still a pretty terrible thing to do to Chuck.

Speaking of John, I’m not sure how I feel about him manipulating a guy into becoming the Wraith’s dinner. Showing a character’s dark side only works if you are willing to follow through with the consequences of his/her actions.

That's the problem with SGA in a nutshell, isn't it? I thought it was a wickedly ambiguous move, but I have 0 confidence in the show to develop or follow through on it.

And I’ll never forgive JJ Abrams for what he did to Alias.

We're definitely not bitter! Hee.
I'm glad Bryce wasn't evil because he's hot! ;) The guy really worked the black shirt and pants.

Someone on my Flist questioned whether the guy actually volunteered to be killed. I honestly wasn't paying close attention, I just assumed that John's speech persuaded him to sacrifice his life to save Jeanie's. Though I do wonder what happened to his daughter. I took it she was, essentially, brain dead, but still alive.

Us? Bitter? Nooooooo. (And I didn't even mention how having half of the SGA episode take place in the SGC affected me. Nope, not bitter at all.)
Oh, I think he volunteered to be killed, but I think John put a really hard sell on him, and I'm not sure what John would have done if he'd said no. And yes, I believe the daughter was brain dead.

I got all sniffly, seeing the SGC again.
Chuck, I'm loving the show but also looking forward to a serious dial-back in the Chuck-Sarah department. Its just getting awkward to watch especially since we all know they can't really get together (or at least won't for at least a few seasons- now that it got picked up)

This was a great episode. My favorite part was when Bryce drugged Chuck and Sarah found him he said "pretty lady" (or something like that) and then when Casey leaned over him he said "ewww, ugly", lol. My other favorite parts was Morgan eating the casserole and sweet potatoes, Morgan with the megaphone (both times he used it), and Chuck snitching on Bryce's location.

I really like how it ended but the next week preview pretty much gave away Sarah's next move. So it kinda spoiled what the ending was trying to achieve... at least that's how I see it.


Aside from that I have to say I'm enjoying the show more and more. Morgan and Casey initially bugged me but now are some of my favorite characters, the Buy More staff have really turned into a comedy force (especially with the over-done Harry Tang out of the picture), and who doesn't love Captain Awesome and Ellie.

Heroes
This was like a who is the dumbest hero episode? Is it Maya for choosing Sylar and losing her brother in the process? Is it Peter for not believing what people are saying about Adam? Is it Mohinder (well, he's possibly only a semi-hero) for believing Bob? Or was it Marie Osmond dancing her freestyle like a doll? - whoops, wrong show!
And I’ll never forgive JJ Abrams for what he did to Alias.
Ooohhhh, it's always good to hear about other people who would like to take a sharp pin to a doll of JJ, what was it that he did to make you swear to never forgive him???? *is curious*
Man, I don't know if I could get the list of things that pissed me off down to something manageable. ;) It all pretty much started going downhill for me (and the show) at the end Season 2. When they jumped time, they also jumped a shark or fifty. We got the evil wife. The destruction of the Syd/Vaughn relationship. The Rambaldi prophecies becoming increasingly nonsensical. Going back and forth on Arvin and his evilness. Killing off everyone Syd cared about to isolate her. Rachel Fucking Nichols, who managed to steal Sark's balls. Ugh.
*hearts you*

Sing it sister! I know exactly what you mean. And I agree about how the end of S2 was the start of all the crap - from the time jump to the amazing insistence before S3 aired that we would LOVE the 'wife', to the awfulness of both the character of Lauren and the total lack of ability of the actress playing her, the total lack of any chemistry between the evil wife and Vaughn so that no-one ever bought the storyline, the dropped storyline that would have at least tried to explain it all and the destruction of Syd & Vaughn that season, too, as you say, the increasing bizareness re Rambaldi and never knowing whose side Arvin was on (except his own) to the de-balling of Sark, the introduction of Nichols and Getty's characters (yuck!) and, the very worst thing from the last seasons of the show - the 'killing off' of Vaughn and the way ABC shafted Vartan so badly...

Grrrr you can tell I'm still bitter! *grins*