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A Weekend's Entertainment

I've been trying to post for three days, so in lieu of three separate posts, I present to you, the MEGA post. My apologies. Maybe it's time to conceded I shall only post once a week and plan accordingly?


Friday Night Lights: East of Dillon

I've seen all of Season 4. I had planned to post about the season as I watched, which obviously never happened, so I figured I'd just wait until NBC aired the episodes. I will not spoil anything that is to come, but I will say, for anyone who has not yet seen this season of Friday Night Lights, it is fabulous. Still, me being me, I have some quibbles that can be addressed with the season premiere.

I found it WTF that, until the end of Season 3, we were unaware of East Dillon, the school, and East Dillon as a whole other part of town people didn't want their children to step foot in. It's obvious the writers didn't have a far reaching plan for the series, otherwise, we likely would have had hints to this Whole Other World from the beginning. It's one thing to tell us East Dillon didn't have a football team or athletic program; it's another to ignore the existence of half the town.

J.D. McCoy may have been cocky in Season 3, but I never thought of him as an asshole. I wanted an explanation as to the change in behavior. Joe taking over the football program could certainly cause J.D.'s ego to swell, but it doesn't explain manhandling Julie and attempting to throw her in a pool (and I totally supported Matt tackling him to the ground). There is some explanation as to why he's acting as he is later in the season, but it would have helped had the explanation come sooner.

While I eventually grew a bit more sympathetic towards Becky as the season progressed, I still found her the most irritating character of the season.

So now I have my quibbles out of the way, what I liked:

Vince: It was hard to get a read on him early on, and I was concerned with all the cast changes, but he really grew on me. And his arc rivals those of his predecessors.

Billy: I haven't always like Billy, but I completely understood his anger at Tim. He did everything in his power to get Tim to college and a better life and Tim quit after a month.

Matt: It breaks my heart to see him still in Dillon and having to deliver pizzas when he could be following his dream. And he shouldn't listen to the bitter art professor! He's eighteen! He's producing drawings because he's still learning to draw! You go to school to find out what you want to say!

Julie: It's not a smart decision to go to East Dillon simply because her friends are now there, but I was amused at her using Tami's words against her. Tami can't claim the schools are equal, then argue with her decision to transfer.

Tami: The coin toss! HA! And what the hell was Wade doing explaining to her what “D” meant? Like she hasn't been a coaches wife for twenty years? Ass.

Stan: On the one hand, his enthusiasm for the game and eagerness to work for Eric, for free, is touching; on the other hand, I feel sorry for Eric that he has to put up with so much enthusiasm each day!

Eric: Calling the game was one of the most painful things he's ever had to do in his life, but I didn't see he had another choice. The team wasn't just worn out; they were too physically battered to go on. Eric watched his star quarterback become paralyzed on the field. I can't see him sending the boys back out in the shape they were in to possibly be injured worse.


I'm still two episodes behind with Doctor Who, but I feel compelled to ask, can we destroy ALL the Daleks PERMANENTLY? Please? Were they ever scary? I just find them incredibly annoying at this point.


Iron Man 2

I had read some mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed it! I'll agree it's not quite as good as the first film. There were some pacing issues in the middle, a few unnecessary scenes and Hammer was too much the stereotypical corporate bad guy. I also think Hammer was too similar to Stane from the first film, though Stane seemed vastly more intelligent.

I wish we had seen more of Ivan. If you have Mickey Rourke, use him. There were interesting parallels between Ivan and Tony which I would have liked to have seen explored further. Tony was able to see his father wasn't the man he thought he was; I wanted to see Ivan learn the truth about his father as well.

Scarlett Johansson I expected to suck. She didn't! And Don Cheadle was, as usual, good. I approved of the recasting before I saw any footage. :)

The footage of Howard Stark may be setting up a key plot element of IM3. I read RDJ and Jon Favreau are interested in addressing Tony's alcoholism (a story arc in one of the comic books series) and it seems clear clear Tony's drinking, at least in part, is something inherited from his father.

There were two scenes I felt RDJ was drawing from real life experience. The first was the opening with Tony making a grand entrance, listing his various accomplishments and reminding everyone how awesome he is - and even mentioning Phoenix rising from the ashes. Then second scene was the birthday bash where my embarrassment squick was in force. The scene was necessary to show Tony had become self-destructive to the point of being dangerous, but it was also painful to witness. As was Tony being surrounded by a room full of people who didn't give a damn.

Tony and Pepper becoming a couple (we assume) was handled better than I expected it to be. I was disappointed the scene shown in commercials and trailers, in which she kisses his helmet before throwing it out of the plane and he jumps out after it saying, “You complete me”, was edited out of the final cut. It had amused me.



Legend of the Seeker: Eternity

Given the focus on Cara, it should have been an awesome episode, but I was rather disappointed. Tabrett did a great job, but I felt her story suffered as what seemed like two episodes worth of material was crammed into one. Or perhaps Cara's storyline and Richard and Kahlan's should have been split. It came down to too much was going on and too many shortcuts taken. We learn Cara bore Darken Rahl a son and a son born to him and a Mord Sith could be very powerful. Yet, Darken had “the bastard” killed the day he was born. Was it because he was not a legitimate heir? Was it because he feared his son may be too powerful to control and one day do to him what he did to his own father? I'm not clear on the why he chose to do what he did.

And I questioning how Cara could have been turned. The Sisters of the Dark did turbocharge the Agiel with the pain and suffering of all the souls Cara tortured and killed, but is that really enough to turn her?

The episode was focused a lot on The Sex. Cara and Dahlia certainly had it. Though having it a few yards away from Zedd was less hot and more, “Eww”.

I'm getting rather tired of the 'Hey, we're on your side! As long as you never leave here and do as we say!' cults. I can't even go, "Oh, Richard", on this one. Kahlan got sucked into the facade as well.

Richard and Kahlan talking about their baby girl. Awwwwww. Of course, they have to stop with the kissing because it could lead to very bad things. Interestingly, it's Kahlan, not Richard, who is concerned about not being about to control themselves.

And it would appear the TV series is following the books in terms of the progression of Richard and Kahlan's relationship (at least from what I know of the books). Richard's theory that if the Creator has a plan for them (To repopulate the world! Apparently with their children having incestuous relationships! O_o) it's because she knows they are different somehow and that maybe their love for each other will protect them.



Richard gets a new (sleeveless – convenient!) outfit! And that sure looked like Kahlan naked in bed! Maybe Richard's proposed loophole turns out to be correct. Ir it's all a dream/hallucination/AU.


For those not yet hooked on LotS, but are thinking of turning to the dark side, ignipes has a posted an awesome (and HILARIOUS) introductory post to the series - It's not a real obsession unless you inflict it upon everybody you know. Here's a favorite excerpt:

You have to do better than that.

Because it's adorable. Because there's MAGIC. And swords and sorcery and ghosts and body-swapping and accidental marriages and long, dramatic sword fights and secret pining and longing and women who totally kick ass (literally and figuratively) and a totally cheesetastic evil villain who chews the scenery like it's going out of style and a hero who is always needing to be rescued by the awesome heroine.

And also people get tortured with magical red dildos, but that only makes sense in context.

Really?

No. It doesn't make any kind of sense in context.


And for those sinking into depression over the cancellation or hesitant to start watching because the end is (maybe) near, seriousfic discusses looking on the brightside of cancellation.

Craig Engler, general manager and senior VP of Syfy digital, posted How to REALLY save your favorite sci-fi show from cancellation, which basically talks about how campaigns are doomed to fail. What's really interesting is not the article itself, but the comments, in which SyFy viewers take the opportunity to point out his network's questionable programming choices and blunders. Hee.

For those who do not normally watch Community, you MUST watch last weeks episode, 'Modern Warfare', one of the best episodes of a a half hour comedy I have ever seen. It's brilliant on many levels and, while some of the humor works better if you are a fan of the series, it can still be appreciated if it's the only episode you have ever seen. It's available on HULU and Comcast In Demand.

Finally, there has been lots of discussion about Battlestar Galactica and, specifically, 'Black Market' today. My very abridged, tweet friendly, opinion: Jamie Bamber is awesome. BSG was (mostly) awesome. And 'Litmus', 'The Woman, King' and 'A Day in the Life' I dislike far more. :)
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1. I'm so looking forward the rest of this FNL season. I always forget in the long not-on-NBC hiatuses how much I love it. I do agree with you that they upped JD's asshole-ishness out of nowhere. I don't remember him being that much of a jerk last season, just a little cocky and very sheltered.

2. BEST COMMUNITY EPISODE EVER.

3. LOTS: I thought it was stated that Darken Rahl had the baby killed so he wouldn't get all powerful and turn on him one day? I could be wrong. (Why do I get the feeling that if this show got a season three, they might insert more to that story and have the kid not really dead? I'm guessing that would be a major departure from the books, but it wouldn't be the first time?) P.S. Richard and Kahlan talking about how their imaginary baby would have to defeat Cara and Darken Rahl's baby was so adorable.

Though having it a few yards away from Zedd was less hot and more, “Eww”.
Aaaah, sound sleeper my ass. DD: At least move a few clicks away or something.

That post you linked is great, especially the excerpt! XD

4. You know, it's been forever since I saw "Litmus" and I don't really remember what it is that everybody hated about that episode. To me that's just the week where Doral's Suit Is TEAL and there was an explosion and a tribunal thing and Chief and Boomer broke up because Adama told him his penis had put an innocent man in jail, or something to that effect. Also HeadSix was pretty. Not a great episode I guess, but I'm always surprised when people single it out as being especially "Woman King" levels of awful?

"A Day in the Life" is the only episode I never watched twice, though! Oh my god. Sorry if my joining in the "Black Market" hate brought you down at all. :D BSG is awesome forever! I think I'd rather watch the worst episode of BSG than the best episode ever of, like, Flashforward.

(P.S. Elsewhere on my flist there was "Deadlock" hating today, and I had a very similar THAT IS NO WAY THE WORST EPISODE, YOU GUYS, LEAVE MY KIDS ALONE reaction. Hee.)
BEST COMMUNITY EPISODE EVER.

It definitely convinced me to buy the DVDs when they come out!

LOTS: I thought it was stated that Darken Rahl had the baby killed so he wouldn't get all powerful and turn on him one day? I could be wrong. (Why do I get the feeling that if this show got a season three, they might insert more to that story and have the kid not really dead? I'm guessing that would be a major departure from the books, but it wouldn't be the first time?)

I didn't think it was specifically stated, but can be seen as implied. You would think he would want an heir, yet he's probably convinced himself he'll find a way to never age and die.

If there were a season 3, yeah, I could see the supposedly dead kid being found alive. And it's not as if they/we would have to be stuck with him each week. They're always dumping kids off with strangers! :p

My problem with 'Litmus' was that it was so cliche ridden and predictable. Adama makes a bad move giving Sgt. Hadrian so much power to investigate and then (Surprise!) that power, aided by everyone's paranoia, goes to her head. The series was never above using a cliche or trope, but 'Litmus' felt like one from beginning to end.

I have my fair share of hate and bitterness over 'Black Market' ;), but I think three things make me argue it's not the worst episode ever. First, Jamie. (You saw that coming!) Second, I think there were interesting ideas there, but the psychological explanations for Lee's actions were ill thought out and the overall execution of the plot was shoddy. And, three, I like to go against majority opinion. ;)

I think I'd rather watch the worst episode of BSG than the best episode ever of, like, Flashforward.

WORD. BSG could be a mess; Flashforward has consistently been one since the second episode.

I liked 'Deadlock'! It was expositionpalooza, but it was necessary exposition.
We learn Cara bore Darken Rahl a son and a son born to him and a Mord Sith could be very powerful. Yet, Darken had “the bastard” killed the day he was born. Was it because he was not a legitimate heir? Was it because he feared his son may be too powerful to control and one day do to him what he did to his own father?

I didn't believe Darken Rahl at that point. I mean, clearly, he is capable of killing a baby--it's just a bigger kitten!--but I thought he was trying to work Cara over emotionally, and was quite capable of lying. He's got plans within plans--at least in the show--and that's why he's such a fun villain.

I can't say I'm thrilled to learn that Cara has a child, because it's such a typical way of making "unfeeling" women have feelings, but I felt like Tabrett Bethell sold the hell out of those scenes. It's an interesting twist in the Mord-Sith mythology. (One that doesn't involve rape! SORRY, TERRY GOODKIND!)

Interestingly, it's Kahlan, not Richard, who is concerned about not being about to control themselves.

I think that it's been the case for about 70% of their relationship, and one of the things that's both endearing and heartbreaking about Richard, is that he is not sure how being confessed by Kahlan would change him.



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"I didn't believe Darken Rahl at that point."

well duh, if the series is canceled, he killed it, if they get another season, he didn't. It's not like they work this stuff out ahead of time. ;)
I can't say I'm thrilled to learn that Cara has a child, because it's such a typical way of making "unfeeling" women have feelings, but I felt like Tabrett Bethell sold the hell out of those scenes. It's an interesting twist in the Mord-Sith mythology.

I wasn't thrilled to learn Cara had a child either, but I appreciated the writers addressing whether or not Mord Sith had children. They were rather free sexually and no one has mentioned birth control being readily available in the Midlands. I was wondering if they terminated pregnancies (though I couldn't imagine the show going there) or if they had children and killed them (the show has gone there) or if they sent them off to be raised elsewhere.

I also appreciated Cara was shown not to be regretful of her child being given up/taken from her. But I can understand, especially given the changes she's gone through because of her involvement with Richard and Kahlan, that she would be hurt and angry to learn her child was murdered.

one of the things that's both endearing and heartbreaking about Richard, is that he is not sure how being confessed by Kahlan would change him.

After this weeks episode, it's clear Richard really doesn't comprehend what confession does and does not do to a person.
I also appreciated Cara was shown not to be regretful of her child being given up/taken from her.
But she was. Just look into Tabrett's eyes, they are telling the truth, not her words. And also remember Extinction, I see her snapping at Kahlan in a whole different light after this episode. I don't think that was a coincidence.
And she was really sad, I would even say heartbroken after Darken Rahl told her the child was killed.

Sorry for the late response, I've just found this post.
Ya I wish they have left the helmet kissing scene in the movie. Ah well. Actually I wish for their UST to last until the third movie, but I guess them being a couple also gives the writers other areas to explore of them.

The Daleks episode of Doctor Who is making unable to progress with the show. Help!!! I can't stand them D:
The Daleks episode of Doctor Who is making unable to progress with the show. Help!!!

The next two episodes involving the weeping angels are much better. And 'Vampires of Venice' is the most enjoyable episode of this current series thus far. I still haven't seen Saturday's ep, though it looked intriguing from the preview.
Heh, we're nearly lock-step in our IM2 thoughts. ;) If I'm not mistaken, they nearly cast Tim Robbins as Howard Stark in the flashbacks (or at least that was a rumor); I can't imagine anyone but John Slattery now, he just has that perfect look. Also, had coffee with my IM die-hard friend on Saturday and she was running down for me a number of scenes in trailers, etc. that were edited out. (There's also a moment at Tony's party where he's showing Natasha how to use the repulsors, that got cut. And some others I can't remember.

FYI, in case you're wondering... still no password reset from io9. It's like they don't want me to log in and post my carefully thought-out diatribe on how/why I'm sick of the Lee-Adama-as-a-punching bag. Like we spoke about, I'm not crazy about the episode either but there are worse eppys. "Expose" is indicative of an entire half a season's FAIL on the part of Team Lost. It's not even in the same ballpark. And yes, totally with you on "The Woman King" because it was Tahmoh's one and only episode front and center and he deserved better; Jamie at least had some solid eps to anchor. (Son Also Rises, for a start; yes, I know it's probably unfavored by some it lead directly to Politico!Lee, but I love it. And I love the suit and all that it entails, so... ;) )
I remember the Tim Robbins rumor! I'm not sure if it was ever more than a rumor. I agree, Slattery just seemed perfect for that role.

my IM die-hard friend on Saturday and she was running down for me a number of scenes in trailers, etc. that were edited out.

I'm really looking forward to the DVD and deleted scenes now! I thought there were other scenes missing, but the "You complete me" scene is one that seemed to be played a lot in commercials.

Did i09 every reset your password? They're afraid of you I tell you! AFRAID!!!



Did they just have the show on in the background? There wasn't an explanation for the musical notes? REALLY???

At least people in comments came to BSG's defense. My favorite:

Head Six said in season 1 that she was an angel working for God (who doesn't like that name, BTW) and everything was part of "God's" plan, and now everyone's upset that wasn't a lie. Go fig.
*grin* Yeah, that's a good one. The exchange between "Tina Sena" and Charlie Jane is great, too. Yes, discussion and dissection can be a good thing but at a certain point you CAN let it interfere with your enjoyment of a show if you go overboard, which is the point "Tina Sena"'s trying to make I think.

And yes, there are WAY more questions raised over 6 seasons of Lost that Darlton have explicitly stated they have no intention of answering. The unanswered-questions count is beside the point, it comes down to whether or not you're satisfied enough with the story told in the end that you care. I was fine with the end result of BSG. I might just be with Lost, too. We'll find out six days from now. ;)
Every so often, a TV show will come up with a gimmick to build an episode around, an hour or half hour that is entirely constructed to exist in some other sort of framework. Much of the time, these gimmick episodes fail horrifically, but every so often, you get a "Once More With Feeling" or a "The Interview," episodes that use the gimmick to enhance the normal contours of the show. It's definitely an episode of Buffy or M*A*S*H, but it's also a musical or a documentary. The one comments on the other, and you end up with a hybrid that somehow combines the best of both worlds.

Let me just say, then, that "Modern Warfare" is not just one of the best episodes of Community so far but one of the best episodes of TV of the season so far. It's a big, bold, ridiculous episode of television, and yet it so completely commits to its vision of Greendale as a post-apocalyptic wasteland in the midst of a giant paintball war that it feels both very funny and very serious in every moment it portrays. Furthermore, the episode doesn't just lean on the gimmick too heavily. There are big character moments here, and there are big laugh moments here. There's even an extension of Community's lonely feud against Glee into the world of Greendale. This is an episode that pulls off pretty much everything it tries and does so without a sweat.

The show has been renewed for next year, and if you’re looking for something other than baseball, spend a few hours this summer catching up on the series. If season 1 is any indication, this show has found its rhythm and it should be good for another season or two.
it feels both very funny and very serious in every moment it portrays.

That was one remarkable aspect of the episode. You initially laugh at the camp fire scene, but you quickly realize the characters are experiencing real fear, even though they (and we) know the sun will rise tomorrow and classes will begin anew. Yet, tension still exists as they wait for someone to jump out of the shadows and end the game for them.