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This Is Why I Don't Take More Vacations

I know people are probably eager for a con report, but I really needed to free up some space on my DVR so TV catch-up won out over con reporting today.

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?

::dies laughing::

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?

Nothing.

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.
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#20 fills me with joy. You are awesome as always.

I can thank A for finally getting you to watch The Office I reckon. Yay!
A may have played some part in it. ;p It also helps that there is no longer much I'm interested in watching on Thursday nights. I am glad I missed all the Jim/Pam angst!
Ellison standing over Sarah and announcing "I need you to come with me".

I might have actually squealed when this happened. And bounced up and down. A lot. I also might have instantly started shipping Sarah/Ellison in some manner or other. I didn't adore this episode overall, but Ellison was made of SO MUCH WIN I could hardly stand it!

As for Grey's...ugh! Not that I'd want to wish work away from Mary, but I'm really hoping they don't keep her on as a regular because I don't think I can feel compelled to watch a show where I can't stand the vast majority of the characters, even for Mary.
I also might have instantly started shipping Sarah/Ellison in some manner or other.

That didn't cross my mind at all. Nope, not at all. ;)

I didn't adore this episode overall, but Ellison was made of SO MUCH WIN I could hardly stand it!

"Ellison's Story" made an otherwise mediocre episode good. And it will be interesting to see now that he has reconnected with Sarah how it will affect his choices in the future. I don't believe he will share information about Sarah and John with Catherine, but will he pass along information he gets from Catherine to them? We know from Cromartie he plays a role in future events.

I'm hoping Mary took the job on 'Grey's' just to gain some exposure and show yet another type of character she can play and wouldn't agree to stay long term. I know she wants to work and I'm sure she's making some pretty good money, but after four years of great (most of the time) writing on BSG could she settle for this crap?
The Office - I'm a late comer to this series and I'm wondering, has everyone slept with everyone else?

Until you mentioned it, I hadn't noticed it, honestly. The relationships/flings came about really organically, so for me it's never felt like they were just hooking everyone up with everyone else. (Unlike Grey's, ahem.)

given that I've just come to realize Oscar's gay, I applaud the show for making him so non-stereotypical.
Oscar is one of my faves, and I agree they portray his homosexuality in a really great way. (And I loved him and Andy bonding!) Actually the first episode where they revealed he was gay, it was simultaneously a surprise and not a big deal. And what was funny about it wasn't that he was gay, but that Dwight was so clueless about it.
I agree, on The Office, it doesn't feel like random or shocking hookups (like Grey's ;), but in small offices is it normal for half the staff to end up together at some point?

I loved the Oscar/Andy bonding too! How many straight guys would try to pick up a guy for their gay co-worker? Like one in a million, if that. Of course, my slash radar went off and I wondered if Andy might discover he's gay and rebound with Oscar after Angela dumps him. ;)
Dwight is insidious as a character. I started out thinking he's a completely unlikeable ass, yet over time he's become one of my favorites.
I think what redeems him is that he's completely oblivious to his assness.
Overall, seeing the story from multiple sides didn't add much to the context. It would have been wiser to stick with linear storytelling.

Yeah. I think it would've worked better if the episode had specifically been about different POVs and how they influence events. Instead, it felt like a normal episode with the events told out of order.

And I'm swiping this meme -- these are fun!
I think it would've worked better if the episode had specifically been about different POVs and how they influence events. Instead, it felt like a normal episode with the events told out of order.

Excellent way of putting it. Whoever wrote the episode failed to understand the difference between working with multiple POV's and jumping around the story.
20. tell me something good.

President Elect Barack Hussein Obama. :)


FTW oh YES. :D
grey's anatomy... hell yes! i liked mary in her own little bubble, in the sense that i think she brought some dignity to a character that would have ended up as comic relief otherwise, but how all those ppl talking to her didn't pick up on her syndrome is just... wrong. aren't they supposed to be doctors? physicians, not psychologists, but GOD that was STUPID!

President Elect Barack Hussein Obama. :)

i'm still laughing about that one. god - or the universe - has a sense of humor, that's for sure. :D
I liked Mary's scene in the elevator, informing Bailey that she's aware when she is being made fun of and manipulated. But Bailey's not that type of person, she thought she was dealing with an eccentric doctor rather than someone with a disease they have no control over. Ultimately, everyone was manipulated (including the audience) because the chief of staff couldn't take thirty second to mention the Asperger's. I almost wonder if the character was suppose to be comic relief (and don't get me started on having characters with illnesses be used in such a manner), but Mary wouldn't play it that way.
I almost wonder if the character was suppose to be comic relief (and don't get me started on having characters with illnesses be used in such a manner), but Mary wouldn't play it that way.

erm... yes! and... yes! that was, in a nutshell, my reaction to it. it felt like she (mary) just wouldn't have someone like that made fun of. listening to her talk about this syndrome, and the people who have it, one gets a sense of respect coming from her. and while that respect was definitely in her performance, it wasn't there in the writing. nor in the performances - i'm using the word in a loose manner here - of the other actors - am using this word rather loosely as well.
I haven't been able to bring myself to watch Grey's yet. Maybe after a while this morning. It all just seems so lame, with the ghost or brain tumor or whatever.
didn't read your meme-age yet. I simply HAD to comment on the trailer. WTF?? THIS is how they're going to resurrect the franchise?

::headdesk::

(ok, back to reading the rest of your post, lol!)
Seeing little Jimmy Kirk steal and total a car (Look! He was a rebel even as a kid!) is something I wish I had never seen.
I'm a late comer to this series and I'm wondering, has everyone slept with everyone else?

Heh, hm, let's see:

-Pam has been involved with Jim and a warehouse worker and Toby has had a crush on her.
-Jim has been involved with Pam, Karen, and Katy, who wasn't technically a DM employee, but he met her there.
-Michael has been involved with one woman outside of work and two from DM.
-Ryan has been involved with Kelly.
-Kelly has been involved with Ryan and Darryl, from the office.
-Dwight has been involved with Angela.
-Angela has been involved with Andy and Dwight.
-Stanley and his out of office wife.
-Oscar and his out of office boyfriend, though I'm guessing they've broken up considering his behavior last ep.
-Kevin and his now out of office ex-girlfriend.
-Phyllis met her husband within the office building.
-Meredith... Well, she was doing one of her clients for kickbacks.
-Creed... I don't really want to know.

You did request a comprehensive list like this, right? In between the lines? ;)

All in all, heh, it is a busy little office building, but I never felt an incestous, Melrose Place-like nature about it all.

Was it just me or was the Oprah appearance overrated?

Yes. But I often feel that way.

Oh, J.J. Sigh.

Seriously. I'm really curious how this will be received.
You did request a comprehensive list like this, right?

Hee! It does help! :)

Star Trek is either going to be a massive hit or a massive bomb, there will be no in between. Interestingly, I read today that the ST franchise has never done big business overseas, a market the studios now heavily rely on for their profits. So, if it fails to do well here, Paramount is screwed.
I find I'm falling off the wagon of a lot of shows this year. I lost CSI last year. This year I'm quitting TSC and Eli Stone - Bones is almost out of the picture; after the atrocious season opener, I find myself behind 3 shows and less and less interested in catching up. It's no longer imperative to watch Heroes or Greys and now that *something* happened on Ghost Whisperer, I'm less inclined to watch that too.

Thankfully Sons of Anarchy and True Blood have filled some of the void and I still enjoy my boys on Prison Break, Entourage and The Shield. I still mostly enjoy House. I don't have much hope for the longevity of Pushing Daisies, but I still try. And Ugly Betty is a'ight.

I find myself so much more interested in the cable (USA & FX, mostly) and pay channel (HBO) series than Network TV these days. It's sad.

Regarding Greys: some of the questions you asked had been covered in previous episodes - like why they're not using corpses. (They tried but got into trouble for not respecting the dead.) Yea, Izzy pursued, Alex finally caved in and now he's liking the whole honest relationship thing they've got going on. The Denny this is so beyond ridiculous that I want to stab my TV, but whatever.
I read about the *something* on Ghost whisperer and then the *something* that happened after that and between that and 'Grey's' bringing Ghost Denny back to have an affair with Izzie I'm trying to figure out what the hell some show runners are thinking. Poor Alex. He just began to recover from the crazy girlfriend and now his current girlfriend is cheating on him with a dead guy. :/

I just started watching 'Entourage' because Gary Coll has joined the cast. I don't see what all the fuss is about with that series and I find some of the characters annoying, but it's OK. At least I don't feel my brain cells dying as I watch.