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Home Again

I'm back home and miss danceswithwords and the beautiful southern California weather already. Sigh.

I do recommend to anyone going on a lengthy vacation to clean your home before you go. It's absolutely wonderful to return home to a clean and organized place. And to maintain the appearance I unpacked already! I even went so far as to sort the laundry and put my suitcase away.

I just finished going through my work email which will save me some headaches tomorrow. Amongst the many questions, I had a follow up email to a request I forgot to take care of before I left. Oops. However, why wait a week for me to come back when someone else could have pulled the paperwork from the file and sent them a copy? And why is my boss sending me requests to take care of when he knows I'm not there?

The good news is my DVR recorded all the programs I set it to record. The bad news is I have A LOT of TV to catch up on. I did manage to watch House last night and just who is it that thinks Huddy is a good idea? Watching them dance around each other was painful to watch as was Wilson's rationalization for why it would be a good match. House watching Cuddy through her window was just plain creepy.

I was thrilled to see so much of Cameron and Chase (and apparently they can be worked in successfully with the newbies!). Cameron and her dynamic with House I've particularly missed. I'm still not sold on Cameron/Chase and it seems neither is Cameron, but at least I can watch them without looking through my fingers. And I loved her 'I quit, you were fired' zinger.

The patient of the week was interesting and I liked the twist that he had problems before the shooting, rather than his agoraphobia being triggered by PSTD. I do take issue with his first steps out into the world in seven years being at night. And the parallel of self-imposed unhappiness with House was heavy-handed.

Oh, surgery at one's home? Yeah, I'm not sure if the insurance company, the DA, or the AMA would jump on that first.



When Life focuses on the cases and the conspiracy involving Charlie, the show still works. Mostly. I was confused as to why the security guard would want to protect a pedophile. Apparently the shoe salesman wielded a lot of power in the mall and, uh, that's just not believable.

But what really is dragging down the show is the personal stories and how it's causing the characters to be out of character. Seeing Reese and Tidwell sitting at that table together was a joke. Only if she was drunk could she end up with a guy like that and then she'd hate herself in the morning.

And I couldn't even watch Charlie and Jennifer together. Jennifer is blaming the men involved in the conspiracy for tearing them apart, but she believed he was guilty. She believed the absolute worst of him, that he could murder his best friend and his family. That Charlie wants her back and will accept any sort of relationship on her terms frustrates and disappoints me. Not to mention, she can't act.

ETA: I forgot to mention last night two things I did really enjoy. Charlie taking advantage of Black Friday. It was a nice throwback to the early days of the series when everything was new to him. And the use of a fruitcake as a weapon. ;)


I actually watched Stargate: Atlantis and Sanctuary last Friday. It was late, we were tired, we were at a con, and it seemed like the thing to do - that's my excuse. My opinion of both shows hasn't changed, but for those who care SciFi has picked up 'Sanctuary' for a second season.

Now, I shall attempt to get some sleep. I seem to have adjusted to west coast time just as I'm back on east coast time.
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Welcome back :) One of the few things nicer than getting back from a trip and discovering your home is still present and unburgled is remembering you left it tidy, and can therefore do the post-trip unwind rather than worrying about the things leftover to do.

And why is my boss sending me requests to take care of when he knows I'm not there?
You're indispensible, to the point that not only can your boss not conceive of the office without you there, but his brain actually rebels and inserts the image of you to protect itself from having reality broken irrepairably by your absence.

I'm carefully skipping over the Life comments as I need to catch up on that show, and BSG taught me what happens when it comes to watching episodes I know are going to disappoint me in advance. Sanctuary I'm kind of heartened to see being picked up. I have mixed feelings about Sanctuary, because for me it's a bit like amateur theatre. I've watched some, and I know it's not that good - but at the same time, it feels like something I should support. The basic premise of the show was to create something as an online experience for fans, so that they could watch inside their element, and free of network and studio influence. They worked hard to avoid being dependent upon sets and the constraints imposed. Those feel like good things - but much like the Blair Witch Project, I can watch it and admire the idea but it'll never be my favourite thing ever.
Thanks. :)

Just when I'm ready to give up on Life, an episode pops up that reminds me what I like about the show. I ended up watching last weeks episode, 'Jackpot', this evening and saw the potential for the show to return to Season 1 goodness. They just need to step away from the relationship crap.

I agree that Sanctuary is an interesting idea, but the execution is lacking. Most of the characters are cliches and the acting mediocre to bad. The exception being Amanda Tapping who does manage to rise above the material. But she's just not enough to get me to tune in every week. Perhaps they'll make adjustments and improve in the second season and maybe I'll give it another try in 2009.
I miss you too! Wah.

Re: Sanctuary, I'm pleased for Amanda Tapping's success, at least, even though I continue to find the show boring. Maybe with some more time they'll be able to find their footing and become interesting? We can always dream.

In the meantime, I read this:

"Sci Fi will continue to trail blaze the television landscape by further exploring the many worlds of Sanctuary through its unique green screen environments," said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming at Sci Fi. "Technology and great storytelling makes Sanctuary a fantastic addition to Sci Fi's 2009 lineup."

as "we can get it for cheap, woo!"
Maybe with some more time they'll be able to find their footing and become interesting?

And decide the best thing they could do is kill off the daughter?

"we can get it for cheap, woo!"

I pretty much had the same reaction. I don't think it's a coincidence that a relatively cheap show is being picked up as their two most expensive shows are ending.
Welcome back! Glad you had such a good time.

Watching them dance around each other was painful to watch as was Wilson's rationalization for why it would be a good match. House watching Cuddy through her window was just plain creepy.

OMigosh, yes. I was waiting for your comments on this very thing because I'm just very skeeved by it all. A link to my thoughts on Huddy after this episode.

but at least I can watch them without looking through my fingers. And I loved her 'I quit, you were fired' zinger.


Ha! Yes, I quite enjoyed that one.

And the parallel of self-imposed unhappiness with House was heavy-handed.

Seriously heavy-handed. I felt like I was being smacked in the face with that hand repeatedly with it saying, "See? That's longing. You may not see any romantic chemistry between the two characters but we'll smack it into you if we have to."

Ahem.



I saw your Huddy comments before I watched the episode. I couldn't resist! I warned danceswithwords we were in for some covering of eyes. ;)

I may not be overly enthused by Chase/Cameron, but at least they've been shown to get along 95% of the time. Are we really supposed to accept that House and Cuddy are going to argue all day - worse, House will continue to undermine and manipulate her to get his way - then go home and fall into bed together and this is a good relationship for them??? The moral of this love story is it's better to be miserable together than miserable alone?