Asta 2

I'm Baaaaaaaack

After several days of having nothing to say, last night, I finally had stuff to say. And what happens? NO INTERNET ACCESS! THE HORROR!!!

Yes, it's official, I'm an addict. It wasn't pretty here last night. There was panic, despair, and, finally, anger. I suspected what the problem was and discovered I was correct in my assumption this morning.

See, I get my internet access through work and due to a brief, but very bad, storm last night the office lost power. That fact hit me as I walked into the building this morning - no air conditioning. So, while we were waiting for maintenance to get the AC up and running again, we got to endure 85 degree temps in accounting. Yeah, fun.

My main point in wanting to post last night was to discuss, well, rave about Rescue Me. So far this summer, I've not been impressed by anything in the so-called 'second season' of network and cable programming. The 4400 was better in it's second outing, but still not interesting enough to keep me glued to my seat. Dennis Leary, however, did not disappoint me.

I've always liked the guy. The Ref is an underated gem. The Job, his previous series outing, was one of the funniest shows on the air. But, with just me and the critics watching, it didn't last long. I hope the same fate does not befall his latest effort. Not that the show is perfect - talking to the 'ghosts' of those he couldn't save seems both cliche and distracting - still, it's a great effort balancing both laugh out loud moments with moments that give you a lump in your throat. I know this is a personal effort for Dennis, having lost friends and a cousin on September 11th, just as his character has on the show. Maybe that's why, for the first time, I saw him as a gifted actor, not just a gifted comedian.

The other thing that occupied my viewing last night was Alien3. I had received that Alien Quadrilogy on DVD for Christmas and while I quickly watched the first two films, my interest came to a grinding halt with number three. It's been years since I had seen it and I only recall being horribly depressed and disappointed by it.

I chose to watch the extended version of the film because I had heard it was better. It is, to an extent, but it's still a deeply flawed movie (though, I have to admit, the most visually stunning of the four). More interesting than the actual film are the supplemental materials which explain, in great detail, what could have been and what went wrong. I think I'll do a post on some of what I saw as well as some of my own observations. Not sure if anyone else will care about what I have to say, but, as with Buffy, I need to make sense of it all. ;)

And for those of you looking for some terrific post 'Not Fade Away' fic, I highly recommend fairy_tale_echo's I Sing the Body Electric. It deals with the survivors (yes survivors!) of the Big Battle and how they view Wes' life. Shockingly, it's not Spuffy, I read it, and loved it! Probably because the author sees things as I do. ;-)
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I actually had a post-it by the remote to remind me that it was on last night. :p Yes, I'm that desperate to find good TV.

One of the many nice things about cable is that if you miss a show, you know you will have other chances to see it. I'll be curious to hear what you have to say since others I know have been rather 'Eh' about it.
I do seem to better remembering when to catch shows, but this is the second show I missed this month (after wiating to see the thing all week and then forget about it at the last moment). That is how I missed an episode of Blue Murder (Canadian cop show that airs on a Canadian station I get on cable- I'm not happy I forgot about that episode).

The up side with some shows is that you can get into the right fan communities on the net and end up with some goodies (like uncut episodes of Waking The Dead from a WTD fan).

Speaking of FX, I wish more people stayed with watching LUCKY (starring John Corbett). I miss that show.
I watched the pilot today. Rescue Me is interesting with some flaws. I will probably have to think about the show more and post additional comments over in my LJ.
I'll make a note to check back for your thoughts. My biggest issue was the whole 'I see dead people' thing which seemed out of place.
The only issue I had with the "I see dead people" thing was that it was overused and it is only effective when it is kept short (the scene at home where he is talking to his cousin is too long). I do have my thoughts up over at my LJ. Feel free to read them and make a comment.