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Random TV Thoughts AKA Killing Time Until Tonight's BSG

I still haven't watched this week's Law & Order: UK. I'm a bad Jamie fan! In my defense I wasn't home Monday or Tuesday night, Wednesday night I was exhausted for some unknown reason and pretty much dozed on the couch until it was time to go to bed, and last night there was other TV to watch. At this point, I'm considering saving it until tomorrow so I'll have something lighter to watch after what I am sure will be another emotionally draining episode of BSG.

I'm coming close to breaking up with Chuck. If Season 3 is going to involve watching Chuck and Sarah run around in relationship circles than I'll have no issue with NBC axing it. I really shouldn't be surprised by the turn the show has taken. After all, Josh Schwartz seemed to think people actually cared about Ryan and Marissa.

For fifty-five minutes, the writers gave us a pretty good episode. None of the characters annoyed me and I thought we had a potential game changer and character growth for House when he found a way to live pain free. But then we got beaten over the head (again) with House declaring he can't be an awesome doctor unless he's in constant agony. Apparently the pain and the resulting assholish behavior is the only way he can do his job to his satisfaction. I call bullshit. Maybe he shouldn't have listened to the parents, but now he knows not to do it next time. I just can't fathom anyone choosing a life constant pain because there is a very slim chance there may be a time you won't follow your gut instinct.

I never thought I'd say this about this show, but they've hit the reset button so many times I'm considering hitting the off button.

So, just when Victor gets interesting (as well as his relationship with Michael - could it have been any slashier?), they kill him. Sigh. Carla's death, assuming she is dead since one of her people was still applying pressure to her gunshot wound when we last saw her, I was fine with. As much as I love Tricia, her character never developed beyond being this murky figure who pops up every once in awhile to threaten Michael. And now I question Martin Crane'sManagement's logic of recruiting people by stripping them of everything. Carla wielded the resources she acquired as part of this black ops outfit to get even with those who burned her. Victor was doing the same. Did they think Michael would be any different?

I like that Madelaine and Michael have grown closer, to the point she is very aware of the dangers he encounters on an almost daily basis. So if Sam shows up and tells her they have to leave NOW, why the hell would she pitch a fit, plop down on the couch, and demand answers before going anywhere? I fear this was a case of the writers writing her to fit the story rather than concerning themselves with characterization that makes sense.

To any Leverage fans living in or around Portland, be on the look out for Tim Hutton, Christian Kane, and the rest of the cast - Season 2 is being filmed in your city.

Mark Verheiden posted his regular Friday, This Week On BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.... he doesn't post anything spoilery, but I'll put his synopsis and my thoughts (in parenthesis) under a cut.

Islanded In A Stream Of Stars... written by Michael Taylor (OK), directed by Edward James Olmos (Oh, Crap), we're coming to the close (::weeps::), my friends (If this is the way you writers treat your friends...). Galactica's feeling poorly (understatement), Athena's a tad cranky after Boomer went bye-bye with Hera (Woo! Fallout! You better be wearing a cup, Helo.), booze (Frak), intrigue (???), just another day on the Battlestar! (Sadly, true)

After this episode, we're into the three hour finale. Will the rag-tag fleet finally find peace on the casino planet? (Wait, things went horribly wrong on the casino planet in the original series.) Will Boxey make his epic return? (I wouldn't put it past Ron.) Did Gaeta survive the firing squad? (He's joking right?) None of these answers and more are coming... (Heh)

And, finally, sabaceanbabe put together an AWESOME and very funny Lee/Laura vidlet for my birthday, 'Tell the Girl'. Take a minute out of your lives and check it out. ;-)
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I just can't fathom anyone choosing a life constant pain because there is a very slim chance there may be a time you won't follow your gut instinct

This goes to show you the people who run this show do not live in the real world, and don't know anything about being in constant pain. It saps your energy, and if anything, it starts compromising your ability to think clearly.

I've already tuned out, and it grieves me to say it; it was one of my favorite shows, but I can watch previous seasons' DVDs to enjoy when it was good.
I allow that TV series will be a little out of touch with reality because, let's face it, reality isn't that entertaining! Over the seasons, I've questioned whether they even had a medical consultant considering how far-fetched some of the cases were. But, now, the show is just lacking common sense. If someone finds a viable, albeit risky, method of eradicating serious, chronic pain they are going to take it. And it would have been interesting to watch this slightly different House. As Wilson pointed out, he wasn't happy, just less miserable which means he really hadn't changed as a person. I'll probably just continue to do what I've been doing the last few weeks and catch it on Hulu at work. :p
as well as his relationship with Michael - could it have been any slashier?

NO IT COULD NOT HAVE. I need fic! I really just need ONE really good fic, since that's all there's really room for, what with the death and all. But I neeeeeed it. (I'm sorry they killed him off, though, and Carla, too. It worked well for the episode and for the progression of the season, but it's always disappointing to see interesting characters taken out of the equation. I figured that Victor was either going to die or disappear by the end of the ep, I was just sorry it was the former.)

And I share your Chuck/Sarah frustration. I'm still really enjoying the show overall, but they are definitely running in circles with that relationship and I actually wish they would just back off of it for a while--there are other aspects of their relationship besides sexual tension, and if the show isn't going to hook them up, they need to back off. There's tons of other interesting stuff to explore.
HEE! You are the second person I've seen demand fic. Not that I wouldn't read it if it was written. Maybe someone can write an AU where Victor lives? Like Archie in the 'Hornblower' universe. ;)

Chuck has become the Casey/Ellie/Awesome show for me. I still love them and they seem to be as fed up with Chuck and Sarah as I am. ;)
If you happen to run across any Michael/Victor, PLEASE TELL ME. I figure I'll let it marinate a few weeks and see what other people come up with.... if nothing is forthcoming, then maybe I'll take matters into my own hands. *g* But I suspect that fandom will deliver, because man, that was slashtacular. (Also, only semi-relatedly, I was really enjoying watching Michael Shanks have a VERY good time with that role.)

I still like Chuck and Sarah individually, but yeah. Together? It's getting grating. The Casey/Ellie/Awesome show is an excellent one, though. :)
I'll DEFINITELY tell you if I stumble across that fic. :) And, I agree, Shanks seemed to be enjoying himself. Which shouldn't be a shock since this is the same guy who kissed Ben Browder at Comic Con.
Arghh, I missed you Birthday?

I apologise! Im not winning with birthdays this year :(

Are you watching Reaper now that its back on?
I'm watching Reaper. I loved when Sock threw his "sister" off the bed and she was like "ok, no problem" - hysterical! Yay Reaper! :)
It was pretty funny! Poor Sock

I must say I saw how he could capture the souls as soon as he got the cattle prod.
No worries. I'm sucking at the birthday thing this year myself. ;)

I don't watch Reaper. The pilot didn't grab me and I have far too much other TV to watch these days. Though, Castle with Nathan Fillion starts next week and I think that may be a keeper. :)
Re: House. How many times has he tried any and everything to rid himself of pain? From vicodin to now that he's found the answer, he just tosses it? He was willing to give up his job (and Cuddy) and work elsewhere so he can keep himself pain-free, but because he ran one test he shouldn't have, he's just gonna give up on it? He's run dozens of tests he shouldn't have for dozens of reasons, but this ONE reason, the one that makes him better, that's just too much to ask? Stupid.
I think you covered just about every reason as to why it was a colossally stupid plot point. I suppose we could throw in he's made some bad calls while in pain because he was distracted by the pain, but that will probably be an issue next week. :p
I wouldn't describe this week's ep of L&O as light - it's pretty depressing. Watched right after BSG, it may lead you straight for the nearest pointy knife. Just FYI...
Heh. Only L&O SVU has ever gotten to me and that's because of the sex crimes against women and children. The L&O and L&O CI plots I can shrug off. I don't know if I've become desensitized to violence in general, or if it's because I've seen the episodes over...and over...and over.
I suspected the second episode would be better. Pilots are often shaky creatively as the writers try to figure out what works and what doesn't.
I stopped watching House, and I don't miss it at all. I figure if they pull it together and make this season better I can always catch up later, but why put myself through the pain every week?
I've been watching (or listening) to House on Hulu at work for the past several weeks. It helps to distract from the monotony of data entry, but I can't give the show my undivided attention as I did before.