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Slowly Catching Up On Posting

Is it possible to go through writers block when it comes to blogging? It's such a struggle for me to type up anything these days. But if I don't force myself to sit down and start doing it, then I fear falling off the face of the blogsphere.

My trip to LA seriously screwed up my TV viewing. The days I was gone were some of my heavy TV viewing days. I gave up on posting as I watched and have opted instead to lump a couple weeks of viewing together. I’m one episode behind with Friday Night Lights and with another airing this week I think I'll just wait until I'm completely caught up. I will say the first two episodes of the season pleased me far more than I expected. Cast shakeups are worrisome, but the show, thus far, is handling them well.

And I’m working on a rather lengthy White Collar post. Let me tell you, people, I’ve fallen hard for that show.

In the meantime, here are some thoughts on the last two episodes of House and Bones.


I enjoyed ‘Known Unknowns’. I'm pretty sure House's costume was a shout out to Hugh Laurie's Black Adder days, but I wonder how many watching failed to get it?

The old team was together, working well together and not calling House for help every five minutes. OMG, they were being competent doctors!

House/Cuddy, for the first time, did not make me gag. Which should have been a sign that Cuddy has a new boyfriend. And it’s Lucas! I had read that Michael Weston would be returning to the series, but I had no idea in what capacity. I can’t say I see sparks flying between the two, but Cuddy did seem happy and, in my opinion, happier than she would be with House.

And just when I thought House perhaps was getting back on track after an abysmal fifth season, there was ‘Teamwork’. Alan Sepinwall has a great write up about the episode and inherent problems in the series. Though, unlike Alan, I do like Cameron.

One comment left in response to his post particularly resonated with me:

The show is no longer about the characters or the medical procedural, it's about the agenda. And the agenda is House/Cuddy, Thirteen, Foreman and Taub.

I feel the one big problem with the show, and it began last season, is the disconnect between what the writers find fascinating and what the audience does. They’ve introduced new characters and series regulars that, as far as I can tell, no one has taken to. And they are hell bent on selling a relationship that a large percentage of the audience does care to see.

I can’t say Huddy would bother me so much if they acted as people their age would act when embarking on a relationship. However, if House truly cared about Cuddy, he would leave her alone. Lucas seems like a good guy who is interested in a future with Cuddy. He even embraces the role of dad. In ‘Known Unknowns’, Wilson still has to give House tips on how to win over Cuddy, including pushing House to volunteer to babysit, something House only begrudgingly offers to do. From next week’s preview, it looks as if House’s plan to ‘win’ Cuddy (or should I simply saw win?) involves ruining Thanksgiving and destroying her happiness with Lucas.

My issues with the series really came to a head during the final scene between Cameron and House. Jennifer Morrison – who still has no clue whether or not she will ever be back on the series – did a great job with the material she was given. But the material sucked. There were so many unbelievable moments packed into that one scene. Cameron blaming House for Chase’s actions. Cameron walking away from Chase after struggling for so long to overcome her commitment fears. Chase allowing his marriage to fall apart after his long pursuit of Cameron. And in a moment of pure crazy, Cameron informing House, and by extension the audience, that she knew he nearly let the patient die just to get his team back. Seriously? Now, House has done some wild and selfish things over the years, but he has never allowed a patient to almost die just for his personal amusement.

And that one alleged action erased all the character growth House has experienced over the previous episodes this season. I’d probably be more angry about that if not for the fact it’s clear the writers are writing for the moment (seriously, how can they not know if one of their stars will be returning?) and the story at hand rather than with any thought towards character consistency.




I was never a fan of Zack. I was actually pleased when he was written off the series. And I’ve enjoyed the revolving group of interns, all of them. But if I had to pick one intern as my favorite, it would be Wendell. He's earnest, hardworking, down-to-earth and he just seems to fit really well into the group. However, I didn't anticipate just how well he would fit in.

I may have squeed a bit (on the inside, since I was watching the episode on a plane) when Wendell and Angela kissed. It’s not that I’ve been looking for those two characters to hook up - actually I thought I saw a bit of a spark with Cam in a previous episode - but I find the relationship intriguing and it may mean he’s used on the show more.

In hindsight, I should have seen it coming. Wendell’s friendship with Hodgins has been growing so a romantic relationship with Angela is going to make the friendship awkward and the show is all about awkward relationships.

I’m not sure how long lived Angela and Wendell will be. Initially, I thought it would be a one night thing, following Angela’s nearly six months of abstinence. But that final scene between the two, in which Booth witnessed Wendell stroking Angela’s arm and Angela not pulling away, seemed to take place days later and leads me to believe there will be a relationship of some sort for some length of time.

Of course, I fear poor Wendell getting his heart broken once the writers decide Angela and Hodgins are meant to be together (though I'm personally over that relationship since the WTF breakup between the two). I loved how the scene unfolded leading to the kiss. Wendell states he has $40,000 in student loans and is an unapologetic meat eater. Yet, as his eyes shift from the photo Angela holds in front of her face to Angela's eyes and he sees just how much this means to her, he apologizes and digs out his last $45 to give to her. While I can find Angela rather opinionated and preachy (and her lashing out at Brennen and questioning their friendship was just plain hurtful), she seemed genuinely floored by Wendell's gesture.

As for Brennen and Booth, thus far this season I’ve been pleased with the development of their relationship. I feared I would find Booth holding back on telling Brennen how he feels frustrating, but, surprisingly, the relationship hasn’t regressed. It’s clear to everyone but Bones how Booth feels about her. And after Sweet’s WTFness in the season premiere, telling Booth his love for Bones was merely the result of the tumor, his conversation with Gordon Gordon reveals his book concluded the two were in love.

Of course, correcting the wonkiness with Sweet's characterization leads to new wonkiness being created. Booth’s forgetfulness, holding objects with the other hand, and various inconsistencies in Booth are determined not to be the result of the tumor, but his love for Bones. Huh? I’m not sure how unrequited love changes the way you walk or hold your cellphone.


Thursday night is my busiest night of television and it will soon be busier, but that's OK because I think this could be a very good move. From The Futon Critic:

USA is about to give "White Collar" a new partner - "Burn Notice" - and a new home - Thursdays. The news was confirmed to the site exclusively this morning. The Jeffrey Donovan-led drama will return for the back half of its third season on Thursday, January 28 at 9:00/8:00c. "White Collar" will then follow at 10:00/9:00c. The series wraps the first half of its freshman run on Friday, December 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

The one "Oh, No!" in this is that I'll have to go nearly two months without my show. :(

And, finally, I may be giving up on V. I'm not caring about any of the characters, nor that the earth is in grave danger, and the plot twist I saw coming from a mile away.
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I really liked the pilot of White Collar, but the episodes since then have fallen a bit too close to the standard procedural end of the spectrum for my taste. USA is good at giving its shows a hook beyond that "standard" level, so I'll keep watching and hope it regains the quirk. The cast a definitely a point in its favor, though I'm hoping they start to really do something with Natalie Morales (too bland so far) because I was really glad to see her get a new series after The Middleman.

I enjoyed ‘Known Unknowns’. I'm pretty sure House's costume was a shout out to Hugh Laurie's Black Adder days, but I wonder how many watching failed to get it?

I got it! Made me giggle. Then again, I'll admit that I often burst into "That's the Prince Regent" giggles while watching the show.

I didn't watch The Middleman, but I saw comments from numerous people (including you :) thrilled Natalie was joining the cast, which left me a bit perplexed since, thus far, I've been underwhelmed by her. I think the problem may be that instead of developing her character, the writers are concerning themselves too much with creating a flirtatious relationship with Neal? And I'm not really feeling that kind of chemistry between them.

During that scene on House, I was thinking of the people still discovering Hugh Laurie is OMG! Britsh and there is NO WAY they would get the joke. ;)
I think the problem may be that instead of developing her character, the writers are concerning themselves too much with creating a flirtatious relationship with Neal?

I'm wondering if, because they weren't anticipating having her on the show long, they just didn't build her up enough initially. I'm hoping that now they know they're keeping her they can think of some interesting things to do with her. I hope they don't keep her being all flirty-flirty with Neal; I can already seeing that becoming somewhat tiresome in general with female characters who aren't Elizabeth.
Why am I the only person on my flist that likes V??? Granted, it's no BSG, but I still think it's solid, and of course, I haven't been able to include a priest in a ship since the Thornbirds ;)
Awwww. I'm sorry. :( I've really, really tried to like it! I do like Erika and Alan Tudyk's evil lizard, but the rest of the characters leave me feeling 'meh'. Plus the plot feels unfocused. It's as if they took elements from the original mini series and combined them with elements from a lot of current series to see what they could come up with. I can understand why they replaced the show runner. Maybe it will all be clearer when they come back from hiatus. And dumping the annoying and useless son would be a great.
Hey, don't sweat the writer's block; it'll resolve, or not, but I don't think you'll fall off the blogosphere. I can't be bothered to post as much lately either, and I think that's partly down to not having a Show. :(

I watched the V pilot and while I didn't hate it or anything...nothing grabbed me. I was hoping maybe it'd shape up, but it doesn't sound like it. It's just...well yeah, I don't care for any of the characters and nothing seems that shocking, considering the "shocking" premise. :/

I haven't seen White Collar at all, though.

As to Bones, I mostly started watching that last season, so I didn't even know Zack to miss him until later on when I saw a few earlier episodes and I have to agree. Too similar to Brennan with the socially inept genius thing going on for too little return. I like the rotating interns. I'm not sure I could pick a favourite, or if Wendall would be it, but I really surprised myself by how squeeful and happy Wendall/Angela made me. *adorkable* I'm interested to see where that goes.

Plus I agree with your comment about the Booth/Bones relationship - I'm surprised they're able to keep that on track, given everything. For the record, I kind of took the left foot/right foot steps thing and everything else as genuinely being as a result of his brain tumor (albeit benign side-effects) and Brennan noticing them as a sign of how much she cares for Booth, and just his lack of shooting ability as being due to unrequited love.

Although that still doesn't explain the WTF of Sweets (who I usually LOVE) in the premiere being all "TUMOR LOVE!" when he apparently even concluded in his book they were in love with each other! I have decided to just believe that Sweets does know they're in love but thought that Booth was far more conscious of it as a result of his tumor and didn't want him taking that step based on medical abnormalities pushing him to it if his "normal" self wouldn't be comfortable with it. But...it's still pretty WTF.

And finally, your comments on House reassure me I made the right decision in dropping it. Feh. FEH I SAY! :)
and I think that's partly down to not having a Show.

I think I need to come to Wales and sell you on White Collar. The world needs more Matt Bomer White Collar vids!

With the showrunner change, maybe V will be better when it comes back at midseason? Putting aside the mostly uninteresting characters, the problem is the "shocking" premise isn't shocking since we're already aware of it from the original mini series and the new twists they've added are not at all interesting.

Yeah, I agree with you that Zack was far too similar to Brennen. And whereas Brennen's relationship with Booth changed her, at least a smidge, Zack never was allowed to form any strong bonds and evolve. He and Hodgins werr supposedly close, but Hodgins also had the relationship with Angela and sought Booth's acceptance. Plus, I felt the actor was the weakest of the cast. ALL of the interns are stronger performers.

I really surprised myself by how squeeful and happy Wendall/Angela made me. *adorkable* I'm interested to see where that goes.

Me too! I was all "Eeeeeee!" on the inside and wondered WHY? Maybe it was simply because, even in that brief scene, they were so cute together? And while Wendell hasn't had a crappy life, he has struggled to get where he is and suddenly he gets the hot chick. ;)

I don't want to spoil tonight's episode of Bones and it's not like anything major happened, but by the end of the episode I was thinking they HAVE to get together this season. There's just way too much nudging them in that direction.

I have decided to just believe that Sweets does know they're in love but thought that Booth was far more conscious of it as a result of his tumor and didn't want him taking that step based on medical abnormalities pushing him to it if his "normal" self wouldn't be comfortable with it.

It's as good an explanation as any!

House, up until this week, had been much better than last season, but I still couldn't say you were missing anything.
I've been enjoying this season of House so far, although I think in the UK we're an episode behind the US - I've just seen the episode that looked like a Blackadder reference. Although that made me wonder who was the honourary Baldrick for the episode...

I'm finding House as an individual more interesting this season than I have for a little while; it's felt like he's growing as a character, and with all the confusion I'd expect for someone trying to modify years of learned behaviour. It helps that he looks like he really has to try and make an effort to be compassionate...

I can't say I've missed Taub, though.

As for Bones... well, I'll forgive a show a lot when it brings Gordon Gordon back, even briefly. There have been some good character moments so far, although I've missed some of the interns - particularly the very earnest one born in Iran... or at least, claiming to be born in Iran.

I've found Angela's behaviour a bit odd at times, though - I can accept behaviour around others changing as a result of changes in personal behaviour, but I don't think I've ever seen her tear shreds off Bones the way she did in the most recent episode. Given that Angela is nromally portrayed as the most empathic of the characters, that seemed particularly extreme on her part.

I'm curious as to whether the pig comes to live with Bones or Angela, though. That always used to be the basis of an old Jasper Carrot joke - "I sponsored a gorilla at London Zoo, but when they closed the zoo down I found him on my doorstep with a note saying his name was Gerald."

I think what I've missed from Bones for a while are those mysteries that I felt were... well, serious. The victims have all felt a touch comical in the scenarios in which they're found or murdered for a while, which makes the show feel much more as if they're just going for the laughs, rather than making the humour feel incidental and in-character.

Did I mention I can forgive almost anything that brings Gordon Gordon back?
I felt House was growing as a character (finally!) as well, until this last episode. The question is was his reversion to the ass of the past just laziness on the part of the writers writing to flit the plot at hand or is the new House going to be the old House?

I love Gordon Gordon. And I love seeing him work with Sweets. Even if the psychology is wonky. ;)

Given that Angela is nromally portrayed as the most empathic of the characters, that seemed particularly extreme on her part.

Yes, exactly. And she knows Bones is not an empathetic or emotional person. Bones reaction was typical Bones. In fact, I even felt Bones was attempting to be nice. She wasn't dismissive or critical of Angela's feelings, she just pointed out, as she does, why she was unable to feel the same way. At the end, I didn't feel as if Bones needed to apologize an make things right, Angela did.

I'm watching the latest episode of Bones as I type this. FREAKY! And the murder victim is a doozy. What happened to shooting and stabbing people? I miss the classics.
Ooh, how interesting! You are the only one on my list who has posted about Monday's House. And I liked that final scene! Very much.

I guess I like that Cameron wasn't a doormat. I wasn't pleased that all of House's machinations worked to get his team back. I kinda like that he needed them, but he always needed to bounce ideas off people. (Heck, once he used Lucas, I think.) But what about their needs?

I liked what the actress did too! I don't know if Cameron's perceptions of things are exactly true. House isn't responsible for Chase's actions. Cameron just thinks he is. House has had a tremendous influence over her too, but in a different way. She's grown stronger. That's the thing. In the end, each person is responsible for their own actions. As for Chase/Cameron, well I never really cared much for that relationship. Partly because we never saw how Cameron resolved her feelings for House. I finally feel we got closure on that here and I was glad to see it.

Of course, a nice LJ friend informed me that the actress may not actually be leaving. And if she comes back I will be seriously annoyed. I'm kind of really tired of show writers jerking me around. You are right, they find that kind of "will she or won't she?" stuff fascinating and we as the jerked around audience do not. Least I don't. And I agree with you with Huddy too. I don't mind it so much, but I don't like the dancing around it. Either do it or don't, already. And honestly, lately I'm really liking House and Wilson. Their relationship seems to be growing (or growing up?) a bit and I like it. :-)
I don't expect a series to be planned out from Day 1 and the writers to never shake things up, but the House writers have seemingly been pulling plots out of their ass for the past two years. How can Jennifer Morrison not know if she's coming back in the midst of filming? Characters come and go and for reasons that usually leave me going, "Huh?"

Chase/Cameron never made sense to me. I could kind of see Chase being in love with her, but we never saw her falling in love with him. I wonder if the writers just decided they wanted to go in the House/Cuddy direction so they found a way (they thought) to kill House/Cameron?

I'm not ready to give up yet, but it may end up on my DVR/Hulu list of shows.
How can Jennifer Morrison not know if she's coming back in the midst of filming?
I think she knows and they are jerking our chains. But that's just bitterness over a different show talking. ;-) Been burned before by chain jerkers.

Chase/Cameron never made sense to me. I could kind of see Chase being in love with her, but we never saw her falling in love with him.
Me neither! And I while I like House/Cuddy, I don't really want them together. Just him to tease her and them to bicker but that's it. I like the House-Wilson-Cuddy interaction. That makes me happy. If the show was really brave they'd just go House/Wilson and call it a day. ;-)

House/Cameron wouldn't have been good, either. She was so in love with him and not even really seeing him clearly then. She doesn't see people clearly now.

Oh noes! DVR! Hee! House makes me laugh so I watch live. ;-) And yeah, I gave up on the plots since that guy, Tritter. Ugh. I still like it, but if one watches for the plots, hello DVR. :-)