First, the shows I have super brief, non-spoilery thoughts about:
The Mentalist - One of the world's stupidest killers was showcased this week. Dear writers, try earning your paycheck and spend a little more time on plotting instead of finding ways to reference Simon Baker's looks, which you did at least three times by my count.
The Office - I'm a late comer to this series and I'm wondering, has everyone slept with everyone else? Is there no one else in Scranton to date? Yes, people hook up in my firm, but we have like 400 employees!
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I am finding myself growing to really like these characters, even Dwight. Michael I still have to watch through my fingers half the time, but I do feel sorry for the guy. Pam and Jim are adorable and their semi-secret conversations last week had me cracking up. And given that I've just come to realize Oscar's gay, I applaud the show for making him so non-stereotypical.
30 Rock - Was it just me or was the Oprah appearance overrated? I found Jennifer Aniston's guest stint much funnier. Kenny's dream come true was falling flat for me until the very end when it was tied together with Jack's storyline.
Second, deeper, potentially spoilery thoughts on TSCC: Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today
I love seeing the same events from multiple points of view, however, the decision to jump around the points of view didn't work well for me. Overall, seeing the story from multiple sides didn't add much to the context. It would have been wiser to stick with linear storytelling. I was also left confused on one point. It struck, in Cameron's POV, that she was acting more human which proposed an an intriguing question - is she seeing herself as more human than the others see her? Then I noticed hints of it in Derek's POV as well. Cameron's, "I can't let anything happen to him", sounded personal rather than just a part of her programming to protect John Conner. But could Derek be hearing her words as being more personal? He's always had concerns about her relationship with John.
John's actions I don't know if I should blame on teenage rebellion or stupidity. I'm leaning towards stupidity. He may always be listening, but he's seldom thinking. Why travel to a place where there is significant potential for being recognized? And his road trip managed to get innocent people killed, prove his mother right about endangering Riley, and put them all back on the FBI's radar.
I did enjoy were the shout-outs to the first two films. The shootout in the police station. Ellison standing over Sarah and announcing "I need you to come with me". Ellison telling John he was there to help him. And Ellison just being generally awesome. He's accepted a lot with very little information to go on and has chosen to trust people he has no reason to. Given how confusing the time jumping has become, I failed to calculate that Ellison's marriage fell apart after his first encounter with Sarah or thought about how that could have affected him and his marriage.
Anyone want to bet we have not seen the last of Cromartie?
Finally, a rant. If you're a fan of Grey's Anatomy, you probably want to skip this. I'm an infrequent viewer and only tuned in this week for Mary McDonnell, but by episodes end my main thought was 'What the frak did I just watch?'
GA: The Ties That Bind
Let me begin with some questions...
* Wasn't Izzy pursuing Alex?
* How does Derek put up with living with these people?
* Is Christina the most self-absorbed person alive?
* Should Mary McDonnell's agent be fired?
I've always found most of these character unlikable. Bailey is an exception because she always calls the whiny, immature, self-centered interns and residents on their crap. Alex seems to actually have real issues that helps explain his sometimes bad behavior. Sloane may be a manwhore, but if you need a friend he;s there for you. Callie and Derek I like depending on how they are written in a particular episode. This week, I liked them.
As if there isn't enough crazy on the show, they have now added two more characters with social and emotional problems. Sadie, I'm assuming, will turn into a complete psycho who will try to drag Meredith down with her. And while I adore Mary McDonnell, I just don't think I can bare watching anymore of her Dr. Dixon. Why wasn't it just announced to the staff that she has Asperger's Syndrome? Oh, the writers probably thought it would be funny to have her peers look at her like a crazy lady and act weird around her instead of allowing them to have all the facts and deal with the situation as professionals would. I could also ask why her fellow doctor's failed to pick up on the signs that she suffered from Asperger's.
Every intern in the hospital is walking around with bandages on their arms and no one thought that was curious? Aren't their corpses they can practice on? And would they want to scar up their bodies like that?
But the big WTF? was the return of Denny. I thought they crossed a line having his ghost return, but they officially jumped the shark when Izzie reached out, touched him and proceeded to make out with him. The rumor is that Katherine Heigl wants off the show and people are now speculating that a brain tumor is causing her to hallucinate. Shonda Rhimes should have just let her go rather then trash the show like this. On top of the Dr. Hahn/Brooke Smith debacle, I think viewership is going to begin to erode.
There are several memes floating around right now. I'll give the 'All About Me' one a go.
1. what are your nicknames?
I don't really have one unless you want to count "Asta", which I will respond to.
2. how do you style your hair?
I cut my own hair and given that I cut it whenever I get stressed I expect to be bald by the middle of 2009. :p But day to day styling involves washing it (every two to three days with shampoo and every day with conditioner), putting a bit of product in it because, otherwise, it will point in whatever direction it wishes, styling with my fingers (I sledom use a brush or comb), and possibly blow drying it.
3. What's new in your life right now?
Um, hmmm, I can't think of anything.
4. how many colors are you wearing now?
Two - both shades of blue.
5. are you an introvert or extrovert?
That's tough to answer. I use to be extremely introverted and had to work to overcome it. I still suffer from bouts of shyness, particularly if I'm in a room and don't know anyone. I do like my alone time. My guess is if you asked people they'd probably say extrovert.
6. what was the last book you read?
7. do you nap a lot?
I'm not a good napper so I only do it occasionally. It is easy for me to fall asleep in front of the TV though and if I have trouble sleeping at night I'll turn the TV on to lull me to sleep.
8. if the person you secretly like is already taken, what would you do?
9. is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
Work, mainly. I'm also massively behind on some things I want to do, but I find that more frustrating then unhappiness making.
10. what was the last thing you ate today?
Pretzels and cheese.
11. how long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
It depends on how motivated I can make myself. On average, thirty to forty minutes which includes showering, doing my hair, putting on makeup, dressing, and getting my lunch together.
12. what websites do you visit daily?
LJ and the various sites I have on my Google reader.
13. what classes are you taking right now? and if you're not in school anymore, what's your job?
No classes. I do accounts payable for a large law firm.
14. do you like to clean?
I love to organize and I enjoy throwing stuff out, putting things away, dusting, and vacuuming. I don't like doing or folding laundry or washing dishes.
15. what's the last song that got stuck in your head?
I haven't been listening to music the past couple of weeks so I can't recall what got stuck before that.
16. What's the last movie you saw?
I haven't been to the movies in awhile. I saw Elizabeth: The Golden Age on HBO and if any of you are tempted to watch it, don't, it was terrible.
17 . what's better: eternal love or memorable love?
I'd say eternal, I like consistency and avoiding drama.
18. what would you do if you see $100 lying on the ground?
It depends where I find it. In my office, I'd send out an email asking if anyone had lost any money. On a busy street, I'd keep it.
19. best time of your life?
I can't think of one time. I've enjoyed all my con experiences and vacations with friends.
20. tell me something good.
President Elect Barack Hussein Obama. :)
There is a bootleg version of the new 'Star Trek' trailer up at YouTube. Oh, J.J. Sigh.