The First Evil (asta77) wrote,
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This post is not entirely about 'White Collar'

It seems I've only been able to muster the energy to post about once a week. And usually that's after White Collar airs. But there was no new White Collar this week. Oh Noes! Fortunately, there has been a little thing going on called the Olympics, which I've watched more than I anticipated. Fabulous night for the United States last night. I'm not one to cheerlead for U.S. domination and I loathe the nightly medal counts. However, I must say, considering I can recall a time when the U.S. sucked at the winter games, I was very impressed by three gold medals won in a single day. I was also amused by Shaun White, standing at the top of the course, preparing for his second run...when he found out he didn't have to do it. Listening to his conversation with his coach, he clearly debated what he should do next. I'm glad he opted to perform the routine he intended to perform and beat his own gold medal winning performance. :)

And I may have been a bit weepy during Lindsey Vonn's post win interview. And I love that she didn't care how many medals she won or what color it was, she simply wanted to win one.

Leverage wrapped up it's second season last night. I haven't been talking about the series. I feel the second season, or at least the back half of it, was not as strong as the first season. Or perhaps, as is my tendency, I can only really focus on one show at a time, White Collar has become that show, and I failed to give Leverage the attention it deserved. I might feel differently on rewatch. I enjoyed the first season more after I had the opportunity to watch the episodes in order. But, without spoiling anything, I felt the closing moments of last night's episode crystallized my main problem with the season. I'm not sure they earned that moment (if you watched, hopefully you know what I'm referring to).

Speaking of White Collar. =) The White Collar writers started a twitter account yesterday, WCwriters, to give fans the opportunity to ask questions and have them answered. Jeff Eastin and some of the writers were already doing this to an extent, but I imagine this is an easier way for them to handle fandom and have feedback largely in one place. I wonder if they have any idea what they are in for? ;) For people fearful of spoilers, they are doing their best to be vague when asked about Season 2.

Given this awesome opportunity yesterday afternoon, I pretty much drew a blank on what to ask. I asked a couple general questions including if will we get to hear Matt/Neal sing again next season while not drugged up. We may get more of Matt singing in the gag real for the Season 1 DVDs. :) Then, last night, I remembered a question I very much wanted an answer to: "Does Neal still own The Greatest Cake?" I elaborated that it amuses me to think Neal Caffrey owns a legitimate business. (I may have also been curious for research purposes, but I'm not getting that with the writers.) The answer I received: "Does he ever!" WOO! It's kind of ridiculous how happy that makes me. :)

I haven't discussed Caprica since I watched the pilot. This week should determine whether I stick with it or not. I don't wish to be negative. You all know my largely positive feelings about Battlestar's finale. I have not foresaken Ron Moore's shows. And Caprica is not a bad show. I just don't find myself caring. nicole_anell posted her thoughts a couple weeks ago and she expressed many of the reasons I'm failing to get into the show. I immediately liked the characters on BSG (yes, even Bill Adama) and by the third episode I loved Lee and Laura. Soon after, I fell for Six and all her incarnations and really, really liked many others. With Caprica, I find Sam Adama kind-of intriguing and I like Eric Stoltz, though Daniel Graystone leaves me 'meh', and the rest of the characters are forgettable to me.

I also feel the series isn't sure who it wants it's audience to be. Are the going after a teen audience with a not very sympathetic teenage avatar as it's lead? Do teens care about spiritual crisis and religious extremists? Or is by focusing on the grief and troubled relationships of the Graystones and the Adamas is the series for adults? Do or don't Moore and Eick and Espenson care about the BSG audience? There has been a lot of press about how you need no knowledge of BSG in order to watch and understand caprica. Great, but what about those of us who watched the show faithfully? Already we're dealing with possible continuity issues - Willie's brown eyes, Joseph's mob ties (though Romo's dislike could be based on this and Lee's admiration is likely filtered through a child's view of a man who changed) and Cylon sentience born of Zoe and her home computer.

Ultimately, the prime reason I can't be bothered to care is, for me, canon is closed. I never had any interest in seeing what happened 58 years before the Cylons attacked the Colonies nor do I wish to see Bill and Tigh's adventures on earth. Unless Adama gets eaten by a tiger. :)

And not to be Ms. Doom and Gloom if you are enjoying Caprica, but I wouldn't expect a second season. The series was beaten in the ratings by 'Swamp Loggers' two weeks ago. Yeah, I never heard of the show either.
Tags: caprica, leverage, white collar
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