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not unexpected, but unwelcome news about series cancellation. I understand all the reasons I know, but still sad we won't get more. More Peggy, more Jarvis and Ana, more Daniel and Dottie, more Rose and Angie, more Howard Stark and the rest. More mysteries to solve, more SHIELD to organize...


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I haven’t watched Sleepy hollow since it returned from the winter break, but I know for sure I am not going to ever. It’s just… so annoying when the creators have no idea what they made and why it worked.

I loved the first season of it – everyone did. It had amazing cast, and cheerful insanity that was incredible contagious. I could watch the nonsensical premise because of how much fun the characters had with it and with each other, their relationship felt real even if the problems they faced had demons and apocalyptic battles. Of course, the best was watching incredible chemistry between Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills, to see their friendship grow, to see their attitudes colliding and ...sniff. Then there was a great story of Abbie Mills and Jenny Mills, and Orlando Jones being awesome and John Cho who brought creepy and pathetic on a new level…

There was too much man-pain of Ichabod, and his witch wife Katrina had nothing to do, and John Noble, why always great and effective and sudden villain, didn’t make sense as a son of the Cranes. But it was easy to believe that those were minor bugs, easy to fix, easy to forgive in the first season when a show is finding its footing. Except it wasn’t bug, it was a feature. And yes, I know that the original show runners left after season one, but while it might contributed to some drop on writing quality, the main problem was that they just wanted to make a different show – from what we saw and loved. They wanted a show about a Rip Van Winkle and his family, and we wanted a show about Abbie and Jenny Mills fighting the forces of evil and their own problems. But we could settle for the show of Abbie Mills and Crane being cute together, Crane being annoyed with the present, Abbie rolling eyes at him with Jenny and Orlando Jones’s chief showing up every now and then.. Alas! We got the ever-growing list of Ichabod’s relations, and the ever-dwindling role of Abbie Mills in the story. Orlando Jones was wasted in the second season, Katrina was wasted (I think I loved one episode with her – the one with evil painting and Michele Trachtenberg), Jenny just went away for no good reason, Abbie had no storyline of her own… And then everything was supposed to be better in season three, but they still were making a series about Ichabod being cool, not about Abbie. And so she sacrificed her life for him twice in the season. ::facepalm::
ok. I guess I just have to pretend there is season one, and two tiny seasons after that. Like three-four episodes each.

Another thing – the original creators were the same as Fringe once – and my annoyance with Fringe was a similar one: I wanted to watch a show about agent Dunham being awesome and they were making a show about father and son Bishops with Olivia Dunham being a colorful love interest for Peter, a stabilizing agent.

Now I need to watch Penny Dreadful and hope they won’t screw up too much.
avrelia: (a girl)
I find myself more and more fascinated by Penny Dreadful. Its first season was good, and I enjoyed watching Eva Green and Timothy Dalton chewing scenery, and everything pretty and terrible, but I was not sure whether to return to it. But I am glad I did, because this season feels more satisfying. I guess it is watching Helen MacCrory as the main antagonist, watching sad, nice Brona becoming Lily who is Frankenstein Creature, Galatea and Noble Savage who is outside of conventions of society and gets to question them. Oh, how fascinated I am! Then there is blind Lavinia who talks with Caliban on the topic most sensitive – relationships between creator and her creations – she of course means her waxworks. Then again – Evelyn, her daughters/subjects, her sister Joan, and again, Vanessa...Well, we'll see how it all will work out.

Other tv-watching bits:

Marvel series.

Agent Carter was brilliant, I loved every moment of it, and happy that it will be back. Not sure what to discuss – I never believed it would happen, but it happened, and it was great. More, please. More spy and detective stuff, more friendship and complicated relationships. Less romance (there was a kind of a promise for season 2 about love, which I am firmly against so far).

Agents of SHIELD. It was fun and engaging and unexpected in many ways. Yay! I am still mourning agent Triplett though. Did expect to like Cal as much as I did by the end – I guess, it was all the pleasure to watch Kyle MacLachlan doing his best crazy act. There are things I am not sure about and keep thinking how they work and what they mean, but that would be spoilers.

Daredevil. Still watching (in the middle) it is a but too gloomy and violent to watch all together. Even if there is no supernatural horrors, regular human horrors are even worse. I like it by itself and I like how it fits in the whole Marvel universe, adding “regular human life” layer. Looking forward to Jessica Jones and others.

Non-Marvel.

Still keep with Once Upon a Time, but wasn't happy with the season 4 and seriously considered stopping. In the first part – Frozen storyline itself wasn't bad, it fitted the OuaT story well, and the casting was brilliant – animated characters did become alive for me, and their interactions felt true, but the resolution was... boring. After all that buid-up nothing happened. Snow and baby parts were good, too – I could relate to Snow pretty well. After the break – nothing.

Sleepy Hollow. Another disappointment. They had so much good will after fun ride of the first season, and such a great cast, and they had to idea how to use it. Oh well. I do hope they will do better in seson three.

And that's pretty much it. There was some stuff I was curious about, but no time to watch...
avrelia: (spider web-sh)
Officer Wendy Yancey, the only black female cop in the Sleepy Hollow police force, and in fact, the only female cop at all, wasn’t the inspiration for the Fox series’ Lt. Abbie Mills lead (played by Nicole Beharie), but she should be.

from here:
http://tarrytown.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/sleepy-hollows-own-star-female-cop

and then she was at NY ComicCon
http://tarrytown.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/the-real-cop-of-sleepy-hollow-meets-star-of-hit-fox-series

And Orlando Jones is full of fannish glee himself. ;)

And Icky will stay in the Coat. Every decent series should have The Coat.
avrelia: (Pensive Queen)


Alan Rickman reading Shkespeare's Sonnet 130 is the gift I want to share with friends. He needs to read more. Maybe, War and Peace? Odyssey? Divine Comedy? I'd buy them all.

I am here, reading and watching with no patience to write myself.

But it's time to write up my thoughts on fannish stuff.

1) I've been reading occasionally recaps of BtVS on tor.com. Comments where people are wrong still have the power to make me angry and sad... I have a good fandom corner over here, where people have the right kinds of opinion (even when they differ with mine) and much more interesting thoughts.

2) in newer shows. I am still enjoying "Once Upon a Time" - both the show and the discussions here.

3) in very new shows.

Sleepy Hollow is the magical crack, absolutely insane and impossibly delightful. I am very glad they used more the cultural image of Sleepy Hollow, and not the original story itself. Because, honestly? Original Icabode Crane is the most boring character ever, and if he woke up after 250 years, he would have dropped dead from all the new things to absorb. Making new Icabode the Oxford professor and a spy was a stroke of genius.

I am very happy it is given two seasons already. No one cares about Washington Bible and stuff, but I can watch for years Icabode being handsome and snarky, Abbie Mills being altogether awesome, and Jenny being all Sarah Connor.

They already went through evil Greek gypsies and Germans, mystical Indians, and I am fully expecting Rasputin to show up mid-season. He'd fit right in.

3) S.H.I.E.L.D. kind of meh, but still I am going to watch it. At least through sweeps.

Wednesday

Mar. 7th, 2013 09:50 am
avrelia: Tuutikki rules (Tuutikki)
1) people are doing reading Wednesday posts. I - not only don't read enough to justify posting about it every week, I again started to question the purpose of reading. No, not in general, but any particular book, in any particular time. I do read a lot of books - five a day or so. But they are children's books, and while I enjoy reading them, it is a vicarious joy - seeing my son loving the books I used to love as a little girl.

2) I do read a book for my own fun right now. It is "The Natural history of Dragons" by Marie Brennan. First thing that caught my attention after the dragons - Tam River Valley. Still giggling.

3) Found this promotional portraits http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/03/catching-fire-capitol-portraits-roundup, and suddenly I am very excited about watching Catching Fire. And it is only out in November...

4) OUaT continues fascinate me without being too emotionally engaging, and I am grateful for it. I am looking forward to whatever comes next. Cora does need some killing. I do enjoy her being some evil and manipulative, but what kind of a future does she have in the narrative?

5) I need to do something important, but for some reason I am terrified of it. Please kick me friendly...
avrelia: (Pirate with a music box)
Watching Once Upon a Time leaves me satisfied with the choices the writers make, but not terribly engaged. Still, I am happy to watch it, and keep getting surprised when I read recaps that are consistently unhappy. No, I know that it's not everyone’s cup of tea, but I am sorry people have to watch and recap something they are so unhappy about.

The episode is a perfect example of my attitude - I watched it, liked it, read several reviews I agreed with, and now that I am trying to write my own thoughts – I don't feel I have anything substantial to add and don't have a burning desire to write down my emotions.

spoilers for the last episode )



In non-OUAT- news,

1) I read tor.com blog. They have a BtVS re-watch posts, that I usually don't read, but last week they had FFL one, so of course I had to, and it was ok, and then I read the comments, and... I remembered why I cannot have these discussions anymore. Same old, same old and horrible.

2) something extremely unusual happened: I won a fichu at Smartbitches anniversary extravaganza! Those kind of things never happen to me, but here it is: pic.twitter.com/hopuYwRg8L
avrelia: (Carmenta)
Well, it's been a year of very little tv, even less than before, as the еime to watch anything dwindles. And my fandom participation dwindles even more, as I don't have the same passion I used to have for BtVS for any other shows, and I can't even talk about BtVS anymore.

What I watched

Fringe. It's been a sad year for me and Fringe. Our romance was intense, but too short-lived. I was absolutely enamored by it after I dashed through the first two seasons, in spring of 2011, then season 3 was fine, but season 4 made me unhappy on several levels, mostly by making Olivia-Peter relationship the core of the universe, and sacrifice everything to get to it, mostly characterization of Olivia.

And then I started watching season 5, and stopped. I want to see the end, but not interested in actually watching the whole season.

After giving up on Fringe, P. and I started watching Heroes – we have Amazon Prime, so it is free, and why not? I watched an episode or two when it ran, and was generally familiar with the story by fandom osmosis. The reaction was predictable – the season 1 is wonderful, the season 2 is okay, and now we are in the middle of season 3 for the last month. Haven't given up on it, yet, but whatever. I don't understand the characters anymore, they seem to be puppets of showrunners who just perform whatever play is staged. Like Comedia del Arte. Only frustrating, because I want characters to have some meaningful storylines even in sitcoms.

Speaking of sitcoms – I don't seem to have time to watch all my friends are talking about, so I occasionally catch one or another episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” (which I watch for the ladies), and “Raising Hope” (which I love for the grandparents of Hope, who are one of the best TV couples).

Lost Girl – very enjoyable, but now I hardly remember what happened when and with whom. Still, I hope to watch the third season.

And last, but not least – Once Upon a Time. That was my “most fun to watch” series in 2012. I am well aware of its multiple flaws, in plot and characters, and I am not anywhere near fannish, not even enough to write meta and look for icons, but... it brought me joy, joy I didn't expect. Well, I didn't expect that having a show full of interesting, active, female characters would feel so good, that it fulfilled a need I knew I had on intellectual level, but I didn't know I needed it that much until I got it. So I forgive silliness, and plotting randomness, and shallowness as long as I can have Snow White and Red Riding hood being best friends – and not in shopping and talking about boys sense, but fighting for each other lives, or have Snow White and Emma with Aurora and Mulan on a road trip, or Snow White trying to build relationship with her adult daughter. The show generally present a wide variety of mother-daughter relationships (parent-child relationships, in general, are the emotional core of the series). I love Belle's self-awareness, Red's bravery, Granny's quiet might, Regina's fight with herself, Snow White's honesty and fierceness, Emma's cynicism. The show does some really good “princesses”.

Watched the first episode of “ The Game of Thrones”. Liked, with reservations. Waiting for the rest to arrive from the library.

Plans for the 2013:
1) finally watch Downton Abbey
2) find out how Fringe ends
3) Lost Girl, OUAT
4) if there is time, go back and watch Doctor Who.
avrelia: (Default)
finally watched.

somehow I cannot think of serious meta about this show. my brain just considers it a mindless fun. what's up, brain?

but one question does bug me a lot:

Read more... )
avrelia: (Default)
I know, everyone has moved on, but I wrote it earlier and forgot to post. Still need to get it out.

Read more... )
avrelia: (Zenobia)
1)I had a dream. Probably because I was on painkillers – ear stuff, very annoying. But. The dream was amazing: I was reading the most gorgeous, smart and witty graphic novel based on Wilkie Collins' novel Moonstone. With some science fiction/steampunk elements in it. And now I really want to read it in real life. And the adventures of Marian Halcombe (from Collins' Woman in White). Why didn't anyone written them?

2)I and P. finally watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, both parts. I liked the first part better than the book (nicely suspenseful), and the second part less than the book (the awe and the heartbreak in the book were more immediate, and there was more of Harry-unrelated Hogwarts Resistance). Now I feel the need to re-read the book immediately, and P. went and bought all eight movies (we didn't have them before).

3)I started to watch second season of the Lost Girl, and I am enjoying it very much. Now I finished episode 2.04, and... I am happy. I didn't know I needed it that much – weird Russian stuff that is not Random Weird Evil Russian Stuff, but character-related Weird Russian Stuff. Kenzi summons Baba Yaga – because she used to be terrified of her, and because she knows how (and because she is drunk and angry at Dyson, for Bo's sake). Of course, she ends up in Baba Yaga's hut, and has to defeat her herself, even though Bo and Dyson both are trying to help. We heard Kenzi speaking perfect Russian in the first episode, but while she doesn't hide it particularly, she doesn't advertize it, either. It's not a big deal. We can assume that she was born and learned to talk outside Canada, somewhere in former USSR – hence the normal Russian, but attended school in Canada – hence the perfect English. She grew up with Russian fairytales and silly kids' games. Summoning Baba Yaga this way was invented for the show, but we, at school at about 10-12 years did like to summon some scary stuff. Like the Queen of Spades and such. Using mirrors is also a good traditional way to stir some mystical shit. It is recommended to do only in twelve days after Christmas, though. But if you look in the mirror in the candlelight long enough, you could see your future husband or the devil (or your husband, the devil). So the fantasy stuff, while invented, felt organic to me. It also was genuinely creepy. But Kenzi dealt with it the best way possible.

4)Finished N.K. Jemisin's The Kingdom of Gods, the last book of the Inheritance trilogy. Liked it a lot, but I still think the second one, The Broken Kingdoms is my favorite of the three. I need to do a proper review, but when did I manage it the last time? If any of my friends want it, btw, it can be arranged. ;)

5)Watched Captain America. Was underwhelmed. I liked it – Steve, Old New York, Tommy Lee Jones, Fantastic Low-Tech, Peggy Carter... Except Peggy Carter was there just to be Steve's love interest, the only woman with more that one line of text. Other women were nurses or dancers. No female soldiers? Pilots? Whomever? Besides, I do always get a weird feeling watching movies about WWII where it seems that the war was fought by USA with their little helpers. I don't really expect anything from Captain America movie, of course, but it still feels weird – given the world domination plans of Agent Smith, to completely disregard the existence of the Eastern front. But the main underwhelming moment for me was that in the second half of the movie all the action became boring and perfunctory. It's like all the cool stuff was done, and they just had to fill up the time.

6)Looking forward to the new Sherlock Holmes movie. I don't care whether it's going to be good or just silly, I want to see Robert Downy Jr. And Jude Law enjoying themselves as Holmes and Watson.
avrelia: (Pirate with a music box)
My reading now is hardly existing. I don't know why, my attention wanders from a book to book, and even when I read a book I like it's hard to finish it. And when I finish it, it's hard to get myself together to write a proper review. Same with movies. Let's try TV then.

My TV veiwing lately became kind of frenzied. I want to watch a lot, but I don't have time or opportunity to do it. So I watch in bits and pieces. And mostly some strange things.

Fringe. That's a winner, because we are watching together with P, and it is very enjoyable to watch stuff together. The problem is that we are watching it on Hulu and therefore have to wait for 8 days after the episode airs. Sad. I also don't feel very “fandomly” about it. I am very enjoying it, and love Olivia and the rest, but cannot quite got to the point of writing essays and reading fanfiction and stuff. I do need some Fringe icons though...

Ringer. Don't know what to say – I want it to succeed and stay, but I don't want to watch it.

Once Upon a Time. I started to watch it because I cannot resist fairy tales with cool female protagonist. It is not the best show, it is not a very good show, but I want to know want will happen next. And how the things will turn out. I like Emma Swan. I like Regina. I like even Snow White (especially after the last episode). I only hope they will bring more fairy-tales in – non-Grimm, non-European, non-white. I understand the need to start with most easily recognizable ones, they've been done to death by now. I am also ready for the boy to be sent away someplace evil, because I can take only so much of a kid who keeps telling everyone what to do.

Need to watch finally: Homeland, Lost Girl, Doctor Who.

Out of sitcoms I am watching now The Big Bang Theory. I know it's lost its luster by now, comparing to others, but I am enjoying their female cast so much! There was a good article on io9 about female characters there that are way cooler than the male ones, and I do agree. They are not very deep and multifaceted, but are smart and funny and more than hold their own with the males on the show. It was a great decision to make Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler regulars and hang with Penny on a regular basis. They are playing well off each other and can be hilarious without being ridiculous.

I also watch Raising Hope. Because Martha Plimpton.

Ringer

Sep. 16th, 2011 11:56 am
avrelia: Tuutikki rules (Tuutikki)
Well, I've watched Ringer. And it was interesting enough to watch more. So I am quite happy about. I am not sure whether it has the staying power - what will happen when all the mysteries are played out. And I cannot say I am hooked. I am pretty sure I wouldn't watch if not for Sarah Michelle Gellar, but she is there, and I'll be watching.

I actually don't think I've watched SMG in anything but Buffy before, and so the first moments felt like it is Buffy got lost some place. Of course that was not Buffy but Bridget. When we met Siobhan, I felt no Buffy traces anymore. Will see how SMG will grow in her roles. (I felt in the similar way with Eliza Dushku in Dollhouse - I guess the more I see actors in different roles the less I associate them with one role only).

To sum up, the pilot wasn't brilliant but good enough. Pretty much the way I hoped. Now I am hoping the show will get its footing and stay there. :)
avrelia: (a girl)
We finished Fringe, and here I try to sum my thoughts and feelings about the whole three seasons. Peter and I started watching it in March, and we done in three months. Impressive – for us these days. I knew some spoilers that picked up by osmosis from my friends and stuff I read. But spoilers don't matter until you really care about stuff that is going on. I didn't have much expectations, beyond the fact that it is supposed to be crazy and awesome. Well, it was. Mostly. The main thing, it was always entertaining, even when it was scary and creepy and sad.

I very much enjoyed their self-aware resemblance to X-files. Even the score reminding me the days of yore and the truth that was out there. One of the major factors in my enjoyment of the show was that I liked all the major characters. Olivia, Walter, Peter, Broyles, Nina Sharp, Astrid, Charlie...

The story itself - I knew to expect more later, so the earlier MoTW, crazy-science type episodes were all good enough for me. And I did like the crazy. I could suspend my disbelieve high enough to worry about plausibility – I love the shows about vampires, right? They only pretend that science here is in any way more realistic than demons of Whedon-verse.

Watching the whole thing at once is very different – I don't ask many questions, or don't dwell on them, as I knew there will be answers soon enough.

Of course, now, that I watched all that is so far, I can see, that many questions are left without answers for good, since the story went too far away in a completely different directions.

The change of direction didn't look sudden or completely unexplicable, but when I look back now I see how different the show was then, and I am not certain Fringe season 1 connects well with the Fringe season 3. And even if, overall the show got better, I am not sure I prefer the show where only three people int the Universe (both of them) matter.

Let me think back:
at first we had a show about random mysterious “pattern” events, which were loosely connected to William Bell and Walter and their experiments back then. Massive Dynamic was a menacing presence, doing mysterious menacing things under control of terrifyingly effective Nina Sharp.

There are groups of children Bell Experimented on in Iowa and Florida. And someone who awakes their talents that lead to terrifying events.

There is Jones who just wants to see Bell and ready to move the world and kill everyone to do it.

Then we have a show about menacing Other Universe. With Newton and the shapeshifters being all kinds of evil.

Then we learn the truth about Peter, and the impact that Walter had on the Other Universe, and the show turns into “It's all about the Bishops” show. Which is kind of lacking, by definition. Lots of things gets dropped off in order to fit in the character metaphor.
I generally like a story that is character-driven, and I can suspend my disbelieve very high and forgive a lot of plot holes for a satisfying character story. I mean, I am a Buffy fan, remember? I don't mind any hiding in the bushes wise folk with magical weapons as long it made sense on the larger scale.

But in the case of Fringe I felt very differently. Maybe because Buffy from the very beginning was the show about a girl to me, and Fringe was the show about people who work with weird stuff.

Which brings me to the end of the season 3. It kind of felt like the story has eaten itself – and the time loop was the perfect in this sense – except that it didn't make any sense plot-wise.

I listed all the stuff from season 1 that went nowhere. (the group of Cortexifan children is dying out horribly, and for no good reason – and whom they will protect us from?) But maybe it will. Maybe some stuff will pop up later and it all suddenly will make a perfect sense. But so far, it doesn't. There is no big picture. The story changed – maybe not suddenly and unexpectedly, but irreversibly. Most of the questions will never have answers, because no one will bother to think of answers that would connect all the dots.

I am not bothered much by it, really. I am just along for the ride and having a lot of fun. But seeing the fate of two Universes depending on which Olivia Peter chooses is actually boring.

ok. I thought that waiting a week would help me to gather all my thoughts and arrange them in a sensible order, but it's only getting worse. So I am posting this, and thinking in small chunks.

Like these ones: Lincoln Lee. Love him. A lot.

Generally, I want more of everyone's story.

Is it me, or is Our Universe People are much dorkier than their Other Universe counterparts?

Ringer

May. 26th, 2011 10:26 am
avrelia: (Moomin mama)
There is already a confirmed news that SMG-lead TV series Ringer</> thriller is picked up by CW, and its trailer is making rounds across my friends' list. I won't link as you've probably seen it everywhere by now, but it looks good. And I am happy for SMG - I think she's made a good choice with this project, and had a good luck with it being picked up. It is mainstream enough not to be dismissed by the industry in terms of recognition, and it also looks appealing for SMG core audience, the ones who will tune in at least once to check it out - Buffy fans. It looks sleek and interesting. Of course, nothing can be guessed about the quality of the end product and its ultimate fate on Tv, but I passionately wish luck to it. I haven't realized how much I wanted to see Sarah Michelle Gellar on TV again, until I saw this trailer...

(but of course, she'll always be Buffy first and foremost)

TV 2010

Feb. 7th, 2011 09:31 pm
avrelia: (Default)
It is the re-post of LJ entry, because I do things backwards

I am still thinking about my year 2010 results. Now I am getting around to post about my TV viewing. It was... weird, I'd say. But in 2008-2009 it was non-existent, so there. The main difficulty was that P hardly wants to watch anything but Jon Stuart and occasionally Colbert, and I don't want to watch my TV with D – he gets enough of cartoons as it is.
So I watched in odd breaks. Obviously, I watched quite a lot when I was alone last year – when P was in NY, and I was still in Canada. I watched – (after having finally bought) – “Wonderfalls”, I watched “The Tenth Kingdom”, which I wrote about immediately after, I re-watched some old Russian favourites, and I watched “Dollhouse”. Which I almost forgot about until writing this post. And you know what? It is my review. It was controversial, and awkward, and uncomfortable. It had brilliant moments, it had great acting. But at the end it was utterly forgettable. What worse one can say about it?
In NY I discovered several things. 1) Not everything is available on HULU; 2) One can find almost everything to watch online these day somewhere else.

I watched... not much, still.
“The Big Bang Theory” - amusing, often funny, occasionally makes me cringe.
“Raising Hope” - hilarious, especially for the one with some amount of child-rearing experience. Kind of sweet, but asks to suspend one's disbelief really high.
“Lost Girl” - wonderful. Looking forward for the second season. I wish they were less coy about Canadian locations – I want to see less generic and more familiar sights. I also wish Kenzi spoke Russian more often. It's fun ;) I am not fannish about it though – I cannot get hot and bothered about any TV show anymore. I hope no one can take my fandom membership away because of it...

moving to 2011
I am in the process of watching Doctor Who, the last season. It's awfully confusing, having picked up all knowledge about show from osmosis and a half -dozen of assorted episodes from previous seasons. But fascinating. Very fascinating.
Shows I want to watch, but never get around to: “Fringe” and “Community”. Maybe some day.

TV 2010

Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:09 pm
avrelia: (Tea)
I am still thinking about my year 2010 results. Now I am getting around to post about my TV viewing. It was... weird, I'd say. But in 2008-2009 it was non-existent, so there. The main difficulty was that P hardly wants to watch anything but Jon Stuart and occasionally Colbert, and I don't want to watch my TV with D – he gets enough of cartoons as it is.
So I watched in odd breaks. Obviously, I watched quite a lot when I was alone last year – when P was in NY, and I was still in Canada. I watched – (after having finally bought) – “Wonderfalls”, I watched “The Tenth Kingdom”, which I wrote about immediately after, I re-watched some old Russian favourites, and I watched “Dollhouse”. Which I almost forgot about until writing this post. And you know what? It is my review. It was controversial, and awkward, and uncomfortable. It had brilliant moments, it had great acting. But at the end it was utterly forgettable. What worse one can say about it?
In NY I discovered several things. 1) Not everything is available on HULU; 2) One can find almost everything to watch online these day somewhere else.

I watched... not much, still.
“The Big Bang Theory” - amusing, often funny, occasionally makes me cringe.
“Raising Hope” - hilarious, especially for the one with some amount of child-rearing experience. Kind of sweet, but asks to suspend one's disbelief really high.
“Lost Girl” - wonderful. Looking forward for the second season. I wish they were less coy about Canadian locations – I want to see less generic and more familiar sights. I also wish Kenzi spoke Russian more often. It's fun ;) I am not fannish about it though – I cannot get hot and bothered about any TV show anymore. I hope no one can take my fandom membership away because of it...

moving to 2011
I am in the process of watching Doctor Who, the last season. It's awfully confusing, having picked up all knowledge about show from osmosis and a half -dozen of assorted episodes from previous seasons. But fascinating. Very fascinating.
Shows I want to watch, but never get around to: “Fringe” and “Community”. Maybe some day.
avrelia: (Brain - SB)
Living alone I spent my evening catching up some TV watching. I finally watched Dollhouse from beginning to end. I finally watched Wonderfalls - only five years after they were canceled. I also watched The 10th Kingdom, having remembered about its existence out of the blue.

Dollhouse )


Wonderfalls )


the 10th Kingdom )

Now, since my mom is here, I can go to see a movie. But I cannot decide which one, so I am asking for your help:

[Poll #1534478]
avrelia: (SB through ages)
I guess I also cannot name 10 couples I shipped with passion.

I haven't watched much TV in the past five years, and even the shows I did watch and enjoyed left me lukewarm at best. Maybe it's me, maybe it's them, but here it is. I watched quite a lot of TV in the nineties, but but now I hardly remember enough passion for ten ships...

Anyway, here is my list
1) Buffy/Spike. Right from the beginning of my being a fan of the show (which was a rerun of Intervention already in 2002), I loved them - as a couple and as separate people. I still love them - the fire and need to read fanfiction are gone, but the warmth stays with me. Deep in mind they met again, and live and fight together for years now. ;)
2)Scully/Mulder. Well, the first time I saw them - mid-nineties, back in Russia, in bad pirated copy on some unknown cable channel - I had no idea what I was watching, and who they are, but I shipped them after the first ten minutes. They just belonged together.

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I thought that I wouldn't be able to put anything close to them, but I remembered a cute British series I used to enjoy - Dempsey & Makepeace http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088503/ It was a kind of buddy cop series, if I understand the genre: she was a British policewoman, he was an American cop, and sparks were so strong, that actors actually got married (according to IMDB).

I am sure that there was something else, but since I cannot remember anything, I evidently didn't ship very passionately.

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Among the ships I dislike I don't have many passionate hatreds either.

I don't like Buffy/Angel after season 2. It's not that I think they were good for each other before, but I like the story. After that the story got boring and annoying, and the insistence that their love is the truest love of all was made me question their sanity. I mean I understand why Buffy clang to her love for Angel. I even can understand Angel's feelings. I don't understand what was romantic about it.

Other Buffyverse couples - I just don't care that much about them. They were, then they weren't - okay, whatever. I like the characters, but don't care much about couple-ness.

AtS - the romantic couples are so screwed over there, that it is impossible to ship for me. Ok, Angel/Darla are great, but it's hard to ship them either - I don't really hope that they resolve their difficulties, silly kids, and live happily ever after.

Fred/Wes is the one that annoy me the most. Not because they were wrong for each (they were wrong), not because they were infuriating on-screen (they were, but too short time), but because they never really got a chance to explore how bad are they for each other. It was all about Wesley's pain: he loved the girl, he lost the girl, but it was never addressed that the girl was different from a shining paragon he loved.

Come to think, Gunn/Gwen and Wes/Virginia were fine, but too short-lived to feel anything about them.

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