Asta 2


I shall not speak of the show that, as of late, has taken over my LJ. Though, without mentioning it, I will say I've read very good things about tomorrow night's episode and I am eagerly awaiting the season finale.

Tonight will address other TV, rather briefly and, in most cases, belatedly.

I came late to The Office and haven't seen all the episodes. I don;t love the show as others do, but I came to enjoy it enough to make it part of my Thursday night viewing. So I'm probably not the best person to judge if this season is off. I feel as if storylines, such as Michael and Jim being co managers, went nowhere. Michael, who I can usually tolerate, I can barely look at in some episodes. And Pam, who I'm usually quite fond of, I wanted to shake in this episode. Her fears and stress at impending motherhood I understood. But when her contractions were two minutes apart and her water broke and she refused to go to the hospital I was left going, "Seriously???" The absurdity of the series I can deal with, but dumbing down characters for what the writers think is a laugh I do not like.

The season premiere of Southland was awesome. The show gets better and better and it shall have my full attention at 10:00pm est a week from tomorrow. ;) The ratings have not been spectacular (though a tough time slot likely accounts for some of that), but they don't seem that far below other TNT shows which have been renewed in the past. Cost may be a hurdle. While I like all the characters, I could see some of them being let go if it meant getting a third season.

I'm only eight years late, but I finally started watching The Wire. :) I'm through episode seven and really enjoying the series. I can definitely see why it earned such accolades. At the moment, I'm not feeling compelled to do posts for each episode or get particularly meta-y, however, I do have some general (spoiler lite) thoughts.

This is the rare show (for me) where I'm enjoying all the characters. I even like the drug dealers! I'm intrigued by the complexity of their characters. These are people destroying lives on a daily basis, either slowly through drugs or quickly and brutally with guns. Many don't give a damn about anyone or anything as long as they have their power and money. Yet, some are clearly affected by the choices they've made and lives they are living.

At the same time, the cops can be almost as corrupt, ruthless and brutal. The backstabbing and violence are not actions to be condoned, but you see the toll the job takes on them, and the frustrations they must endure, as they try to do their job within a broken system with limited resources and support.

What I enjoy most about the series so far is watching a group of cast off, seemingly misfit detectives slowly come together as a unit as each reveals their own unique talents. Freeman quickly became my favorite detective. He spent several episodes not saying a word, sitting on the periphery, and seemingly content to just work on his dollhouse furniture. I suspected, at some point, we would discover he was very good at his job, but something had happened that made him decide to sit back and count the days until retirement. What I didn't expect was for him to be quite so awesome - single-handedly coming up with key pieces of evidence through good old deductive reasoning and relishing tackling murderers. We learn he wants to be doing real police work, not just shuffling papers, but was sidelined for fourteen years (and three months!) because he refused to look the other way and ticked off the wrong people.

Much like his fellow detectives, I had written off Pryzbylewski. Seriously, how does a police dective shoot up his own police car and forget about the bullet in the barrel of his gun? But he enjoys puzzles, which leads to the revelation he's also good at cracking codes. And given tasks to do that don't require him to be near a gun, he actually begins to be good at his job.

I've also become quite fond of Bubbles. I feared the drugs would soon get the better of him, but IMDB tells me he'll be around for awhile. ;)

And there's Omar, who may be a drug dealer, thief and killer, but he has code! And he's openly gay! Given his line of work and the environment he lives in, THAT more than anything else proves his toughness.

Tonight's Chuck presents another game changer. Morgan now knows the truth. I'm fine with Morgan knowing Chuck's secret, but I have an issue with how he came to find out. The initial eavesdropping is very much Morgan and the Buy More staff, but going down into the Castle solo? No. Morgan should have run to Chuck to tell him what he overheard, and then ask him what they should do next. While Morgan has grown more self-confidant, I just can't believe he was willing to take on spies (even just in theory) to protect a CIA stronghold and the Buy More.

Still, I loved his power walk out of the freezer and addressing Sarah as "Agent Walker".

My other issue was the Buy More revolution. This is one of the times the Buy More hijinks went too far over the top. They really thought barricading themselves in would stop the sale? And what was with firing toy guns at the glass? It all seemed way, way too silly.

Bryce Larkin gets another mention! Matt Bomer stated again recently that it would be fun to come back, the opportunity is there, but it hasn't really worked out because of scheduling issues. I keep thinking he's been in LA and could sneak on set for a day. ;)

I don't know what's up with Casey, but if he's one of the bad guys Glenn Beck is a closet liberal. And he had the best line of the night, "Because Awesome is Awesome and Grimes isa moron."

Zach, I know this was your first time directing and you didn't do a horrible job (see next topic of discussion), but the 'creative' camera work you tried did not work. And the episode lacked some of the subtler emotional queues.

Finally, the Oscars, which sucked. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were not funny - contrary to what I've seen several critics state. But far disconcerting than their lame monologue was the WORST DIRECTION EVER. I've seen jokes made about the guys in the production booth partaking in illegal substances, but the directing was SO BAD I have to wonder. Also, there would have been rage inducing musical selections had I been paying closer attention. Why not play part of The Hurt Locker score as Kathryn Bigelow left the stage rather than 'I Am Woman'? And apparently only African American actors were pleased by Precious's wins. ::head desk::

My solution to cleaning up this mess is have Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr write, direct and host next years awards. They aren't too busy, right?
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Hee, I'm a little envious of you watching The Wire for the first time. I wish I had savored my first season more and didn't breeze through it at break-neck speed. It's such a good show.

Also, happy VERY belated b-day, Asta! I hope you had a good
Thanks for the B-Day wishes. :)

I had thoughts about trying to breeze through the first season since HBO/Comcast was two days away from ending the season 1 run on their In Demand service. But I was enjoying it too much to give it short-shrift. Besides, if I watch it too fast then what will I have to look forward too? Besides the return of White Collar. ;)
Don't spoil yourself for The Wire! Hee.

But, yes, watching the team come together in the first season is one of my favorite things. I hated Prez at first, but I was totally sucked into his accomplishment at solving the puzzles. I love that each character feels so real and developed. And you still have my two favorite seasons to go. :)
I wasn't trying to spoil myself. Really! But I was having trouble recalling names (and spelling one ;) so where else to look but IMDB? And I have to admit I was relieved to see people surviving a lot longer than I anticipated!

The character development has been very impressive so far. They're making me not hate drug dealers!

My biggest problem, thus far, is so many of the actors were on Oz and they all met a horrible end so I'm waiting for them to be shot or shanked. :p

I look forward to hearing about your two favorite seasons! Or at least going back to read your old posts. :)
Biggest downer of having had to cancel Netflix while I'm unemployed is still being stuck at the end of S1 of The Wire. I WILL get back to it as soon as possible, but yeah. Damn. :(
I was bummed I didn't start watching the series until two days before Comcast In Demand/HBO pulled Season 1 and I only manged to get through episode 7. :( I moved up Season 1 on my Netflix queue and maybe I can get through it before Comcast/HBO pulls Season 2.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the demographics of the Oscars writers and producers.

White and male? If an African American lesbian ever wins there may be an epidemic of strokes in Hollywood. :p
I think it's great that you've started watching the Wire - and not just because it gives me a tv show to talk with you about :)

One of the reasons I started watching the show is because a friend of mine waxed lyrical about how much depth there was to all the characters - and how popular the show was with those living with the lifestyle depicted. Although I gather a common opinion on the part of the dealers asked for comments was "no, it's not realistic - you don't show them going home to watch the Wire!"

A lot of the characters on both sides of the law evolve, and while the other seasons bring in groups outside the police and the criminal gangs, those two groups remain the core of the show. I was surprised when I finished watching just how fascinating I found characters that included individuals like Bodie and Stringer Bell. And I agree with Friday - Omar should've had his own show...

When you've watched the show I'd recommend reading the book "A Year On The Killing Streets" by the man who wrote both the Wire and the earlier Homicide series. He was actually embedded within one of the Baltimore homicide teams for a years, and you'll see where he's drawn on his experiences and the people he got to know there to create the shows. A lot of those he met in real life actually had bit parts in the Wire or Homicide, and many of the smaller parts on the Wire were given to people he met in real life while filming - individuals like Proposition Joe's right hand man.

One of the most striking things for me about the show is seeing how some characters evolve and grow... and end up being remarkably similar to other characters at the start of the show. It reinforces how the lives of those involved end up repeating past cycles, and made me view a number of the characters differently when I re-watched the show.

If you get the chance, have a chat with the actor who played Bubbles; he's a great conversationalist :) I was rather annoyed when he got billing at an Expo not for his superb work in the Wire... but for his one-episode bit part on Heroes. There's no justice.