Happy New Year, everyone! May 2017 be kinder to you than 2016—even if you had a good 2016!

My New Year's Resolution, carefully formulated mere days before I heard rumors of LJ's impending demise is . . . drum roll, please . . . to post more on LJ!

If the worst happens and LJ goes kaput, please look for me on Drnamwidth instead: http://aelfgyfu-mead.dreamwidth.org. I've backed up my whole LJ there, and we can hide there, as in a bunker.

I am optimistic, however, so I will post here.

I've been around, and I'm sorry I haven't been more visible. I've been reading posts and generally replying, but things got away from me early this year, and I kept feeling as if I couldn't post to LJ until I posted more to LJ to explain where I'd been, but some of these will be friends-locked entries, and . . . and . . . and. . . .

There will be posts.

There will be more posts about the tv I'm watching. Brief version, with more to follow: just a taste )
The short version: more shows than Brilliant Husband and I can actually watch in a week. We got behind in the fall, caught up between semesters (when most shows took a few weeks off) and are now behind again. Also, I have probably forgotten a show or two. I hope they aren't important ones. Last time I did this, I forgot one of my favorites!


Agent Carter: My favorite favorite show right now—please watch if you are a Neilsen family, or watch on dvr in the first 24 hours if you can, so that the ratings will go up and it might get another (limited) season! I've already told you why you should be watching here. Those reasons still stand. And while I wish they would have more characters of color and hope that we didn't just see those few they do have in one episode, I have even more reason to love the show now.

Elementary: This show keeps developing the characters. In too many shows, characters stagnate (there's a TV Tropes term for when a character becomes increasingly defined by mannerisms, but if I look it up I'll never get this posted). On Elementary, Sherlock has grown greatly, and Joan perhaps had less growing to do, but she is also changing. And this season added Kitty Winter, about whom I won't say more because then I'd need the whole entry to be on Elementary. I highly recommend the show.

Agents of SHIELD: I'm not quite as enamored as I once was because spoilers ) I do like the additional characters and just hope they don't kill most of them off!

Gotham: I should not be watching this show. It's too brutal for sensitive me. Yet I got hooked, and now I'm kind of stuck. Camren Bicondova is a scene-stealer as Selina Kyle—every scene she's in, and I wish she were in more. Sean Pertwee as Alfred! And I love the relationship they've built between Gordon and Bullock. The scene where they meet again after Jim's reassignment! That was a "stop the TiVo while I digest this scene and stop laughing so I can hear what comes next" moment! Those actors have great chemistry together, and they've really developed it—that relationship is in a very different place than it was at the start of the season, and they're completely convincing. Jada Pinkett Smith is also compelling: I don't like her character, but I love that they're writing a woman as bad as the male villains and smarter than most. Set and atmosphere are brilliant, but very dark.

12 Monkeys: also probably too brutal. Oops. I thought the movie was really good (pace Roger Ebert, requiescat in pace). The series has characters with similar names and a similar basic premise, sending a man back in time due to a terrible disease, but most of the premise is different: where the movie presumed time can't be changed, the series counts on time being changed. I find the leads very appealing. I was about to complain about the very white cast, but I went to IMDb and found: the one character whose race I really couldn't determine (this show is also very dark! I'm having trouble seeing faces in some scenes!) is in fact non-white (and mixed race), and I see someone listed as appearing in most episodes who looks to be African American whom I don't recall seeing. Maybe I need to watch more than two episodes before I complain. Still, the ones I understand to be the core characters are all white. I may be wrong about the core, however.

Castle: Still watching. I am considering forgiving them for last season's cliffhanger, but it will never be the same. I feel that they went way too dark, and they haven't finished working through that arc. I do love that the show often manages to pass the Bechdel Test, albeit briefly: most conversations will work their way around to Castle eventually, but having the chief be a woman really helps. (We will get Lanie again too, right? They've had the other medical examiner the last few episodes.)

I will watch when we get it on BBC America: Broadchurch s2. Please don't spoil me!
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Claymation Sam Tyler)
( Mar. 2nd, 2013 10:59 am)
I have a couple of friends who have said about spoilers that even an episode reaction is a spoiler. I didn't understand this, but I have tried to respect it.* Now I understand.

We can't all watch on the same schedule. Those of us in the US may get a UK episode later the same day or months later. Those in the UK may get a US episode later the same day or months later. And those of us with busy lives—which is everyone, right?—may have to wait to see something because they're working, or they watch with family members and have to wait until everyone's available, or there just enough hours in the day.

When I say I understand, it's because the back half of the latest Downton Abbey was heavily spoiled for me, but I am in the enviable(?) position of being able to explain without being angry at any one. This really is no one person's fault (except for the last straw in TV Guide). No one should feel bad, even if you posted something about DA. But now I can explain in detail how even a brief episode reaction can spoil someone else terribly.

Read further only if you have either already seen the most recent season of Downton Abbey or don't intend to watch. Serious spoilers.
Cut text because it would be horrible to complain about spoilers for Downton Abbey and then spoil my readers for it )

Thus I will hide even my episode reactions under a cut (although I understand that certain journal styles are sometimes revealing what's behind a cut, and I sincerely apologize if that happens to any readers from any of my posts, including this one). I've realized that if I post that I liked an episode of, say, White Collar, people who know what I like on WC will know what an episode probably did and didn't contain; if I post that I didn't like an episode, they're going to have some darned good guesses about why.

Again, no blame and no guilt for anyone. Except TV Guide, which acted like everyone had already seen an episode that hadn't yet aired in this country. (Okay, maybe only my family and my parents hadn't seen it yet. Still.) I'm just adding my plea to keep even emotional reactions under a cut.

And I know I'm doomed as soon as Sherlock starts up again in the UK, but we do what we can, right?



* I know I goof up—I once sent an email (when I still used email to tell people I had written a new fic) that contained a spoiler for an episode of SGA in my description for the story. Someone pointed it out to me and I revised the description on my website, but of course anyone who got that first email already knew what had happened in the episode.

† See how careful I'm being? I haven't even named the show or given the gender of the actor! It only took two tries to get it right. (I did get it right this time, didn't I?)
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Watson plot)
( Nov. 2nd, 2011 08:17 pm)
Brilliant Husband pointed out this article about Amanda Abbington to me. I haven't seen her in anything yet, but I'm curious about Case Histories, where she co-stars with Jason Isaacs.

I really enjoy the article for the story of how Amanda and Martin Freeman met and fell in love—it gave me Sherlock flashbacks!
"I was moaning to the make-up girl that I hadn't got a boyfriend, and she said there was a guy on the same job who'd been saying the same thing, that he was looking for a nice girl." ("You're the second person who's said that to me today!")

There's a picture of Amanda and Martin together, which brings three things to mind:
1) how my father-in-law was paired up with my mother-in-law on a blind date because "she was the right height,"
2) that their two children are doubtless very cute, very blond, and not very tall,
3) it's good to see not-very-tall actors being successful in tv and movies!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Watson plot)
( Nov. 2nd, 2011 08:17 pm)
Brilliant Husband pointed out this article about Amanda Abbington to me. I haven't seen her in anything yet, but I'm curious about Case Histories, where she co-stars with Jason Isaacs.

I really enjoy the article for the story of how Amanda and Martin Freeman met and fell in love—it gave me Sherlock flashbacks!
"I was moaning to the make-up girl that I hadn't got a boyfriend, and she said there was a guy on the same job who'd been saying the same thing, that he was looking for a nice girl." ("You're the second person who's said that to me today!")

There's a picture of Amanda and Martin together, which brings three things to mind:
1) how my father-in-law was paired up with my mother-in-law on a blind date because "she was the right height,"
2) that their two children are doubtless very cute, very blond, and not very tall,
3) it's good to see not-very-tall actors being successful in tv and movies!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Oct. 2nd, 2011 03:05 pm)
I have only seen half an hour of Terra Nova so far; please do not spoil me on anything after the first 30 minutes!

However, the half hour I did see prompted quite the dream, which I will share with you folks. Spoilers for the first few scene of Terra Nova only )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Oct. 2nd, 2011 03:05 pm)
I have only seen half an hour of Terra Nova so far; please do not spoil me on anything after the first 30 minutes!

However, the half hour I did see prompted quite the dream, which I will share with you folks. Spoilers for the first few scene of Terra Nova only )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Nick & Stephen)
( Jan. 24th, 2011 12:44 pm)
Preview for "CHAOS" starring James Murray. Once you watch the preview, if you hit "replay," you get a mix of preview and "behind the scenes." I think they have more than one of those.

I was a little surprised when James Murray started talking. Watch and hear why.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Nick & Stephen)
( Jan. 24th, 2011 12:44 pm)
Preview for "CHAOS" starring James Murray. Once you watch the preview, if you hit "replay," you get a mix of preview and "behind the scenes." I think they have more than one of those.

I was a little surprised when James Murray started talking. Watch and hear why.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Psych)
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( May. 24th, 2010 01:15 pm)
Brilliant Husband just called me in to see an ad that ran during his show; conveniently, it's on YouTube:
(30 second promo for Psych and White Collar)



OMG! Now I want Psych back! Gus, you are my man! Plus now I want to see White Collar!

When can I fit in White Collar, though?
1. We just heard that Chuck has been renewed; we're still on s2. Must finish s2, then mainline the DVDs of s3 (if available) before s4 starts in the fall.
2. I returned to the fold and resumed watching SGU (thoughts on that later—remind me, 'k?).
3. We're (re)watching Greatest American Hero (I saw it all, I think; BH saw much of it, but it's been years, and dang but it's still funny).
4. Soon Psych will return, and
5. I'll probably go back to Warehouse 13.
6. Oh, and there's Glee (known in our house as The Kurt and Mercedes Show; who's with me on this?)
7. Of course, we still have Big Bang Theory.
8. We're watching Leverage even more slowly than rewatching GAH; I think we're averaging one episode of Leverage every six weeks or so.
9. We haven't yet seen s3 of Slings and Arrows.
10. I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but those may be the shows people have urged me to start (West Wing, Man from UNCLE, I Spy) that we haven't actually started. (We watched one episode of I Spy, but I have to finish the rewatch of GAH before I do more of that, or I'm going to have some serious cognitive dissonance. I had enough difficulty with that one episode as it was. Not enough to stop me from watching more at some point, however.)

When did I last have this many shows at once? What the heck am I doing with a job? Clearly, I need to stop and just start watching shows full time! Ah—but then it might get hard to pay for cable and Netflix. Catch-22.

Back to the salt mines. (I get paid to read Old English. I don't complain too much about that!)

Just watch the little promo above.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Psych)
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( May. 24th, 2010 01:15 pm)
Brilliant Husband just called me in to see an ad that ran during his show; conveniently, it's on YouTube:
(30 second promo for Psych and White Collar)



OMG! Now I want Psych back! Gus, you are my man! Plus now I want to see White Collar!

When can I fit in White Collar, though?
1. We just heard that Chuck has been renewed; we're still on s2. Must finish s2, then mainline the DVDs of s3 (if available) before s4 starts in the fall.
2. I returned to the fold and resumed watching SGU (thoughts on that later—remind me, 'k?).
3. We're (re)watching Greatest American Hero (I saw it all, I think; BH saw much of it, but it's been years, and dang but it's still funny).
4. Soon Psych will return, and
5. I'll probably go back to Warehouse 13.
6. Oh, and there's Glee (known in our house as The Kurt and Mercedes Show; who's with me on this?)
7. Of course, we still have Big Bang Theory.
8. We're watching Leverage even more slowly than rewatching GAH; I think we're averaging one episode of Leverage every six weeks or so.
9. We haven't yet seen s3 of Slings and Arrows.
10. I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but those may be the shows people have urged me to start (West Wing, Man from UNCLE, I Spy) that we haven't actually started. (We watched one episode of I Spy, but I have to finish the rewatch of GAH before I do more of that, or I'm going to have some serious cognitive dissonance. I had enough difficulty with that one episode as it was. Not enough to stop me from watching more at some point, however.)

When did I last have this many shows at once? What the heck am I doing with a job? Clearly, I need to stop and just start watching shows full time! Ah—but then it might get hard to pay for cable and Netflix. Catch-22.

Back to the salt mines. (I get paid to read Old English. I don't complain too much about that!)

Just watch the little promo above.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Casey & Chuck)
( Apr. 4th, 2010 05:59 pm)
Most of my posts since mid-January have been brief birthday wishes. Obviously, I am pressed for time and brain cells.

Today, dear friends, I have put aside some time for your amusement (I hope). I have continued through SG-1 and must post some s6 reactions just as soon as I remember what those episodes were and how I reacted, but that will be a whole post in itself.

I have tried a few new shows, and I have scattershot comments. I'll put spoilers for each behind cuts. Please don't spoil me either! Thanks!

Leverage
We've only seen three episodes of Leverage. Mostly, I like it--which surprises me, because I am generally turned off by revenge, and Leverage is the ultimate revenge fantasy. Some of my friends seem really to enjoy it, and I couldn't resist [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum's Leverage/SG-1 crossover "Wargames Didn't Play Out Like This" even though I'd never seen Leverage. We gave it a try when it came up on Netflix in "View Instantly!"
So tell me, friends who enjoy it: is it really crackfic every week? Because all three episodes so far have been pretty crack-ridden! I don't just have to suspend disbelief; I have to lock it in a box and shoot it into orbit!
I do enjoy the characters, even as I think, "This could never possibly work." I like Hardison: he just struck me from the start as the one of these people I could actually enjoy spending time with. Parker is great fun to watch. Eliot gives me trouble--he's a killer, and I like my heroes not to kill the bad guys, even if they deserve it. I like that Sophie and Parker get scenes together and they never seem to be talking about guys! My gosh! Male creators and writers can write women like this?
The show is clever, even if it's completely farbot. I don't feel compelled to watch it, though; I don't say at the end, "Let's watch another!" as I do with the next show.
No spoilers here; I haven't seen enough!

The John Casey Show (aka Chuck)
Chuck was another show I watched because friends enjoyed it so much. Brilliant Husband watched some and gave up. I thought he'd watched several episodes. Only when I finally decided I had to try it did I find that he got no further than the crotch scene with Chuck and Morgan in the premiere; he saw that and thought, "I don't need to see any more of this!" He got past it on his second try (and I on my first).
I really like Chuck. He's smart, he's cute, he's sweet. He deserves a much better life than he gets. I kind of like Sarah, although I have some misgivings (under the cut). But why do I keep watching?
Adam Baldwin plays John Casey. Adam Baldwin: Col. Dave Dixon on SG-1, Jayne on Firefly, the guy you've seen lots of places but who never plays the lead. He may not be the lead, but he owns this show.
We're well into the second season now, and I'm still loving it! I do get to the end of an episode and say, "I want another!" (but we never do, because it's always bedtime; we do, however, sometimes cheat and watch the opening scenes of the next episode, because there aren't any previews on the disks). I love Ellie and Awesome. I even kind of like Morgan. (Jeff I could do without, seriously.)
Spoilers under the cut up to 2.11, 'Chuck Versus Santa Claus' )
Oh, and I think I've won over [livejournal.com profile] redbyrd_sgfic to The John Casey Show, too. Just passing on what other friends did to for me!

I Spy
I was stunned by Robert Culp's death. I loved Greatest American Hero back when it ran, but I I hadn't looked for it again until he died. I couldn't believe he'd grown older! He was still Bill Maxwell to me, though that was a quarter century ago. Now I do want to see it again, but our TiVo couldn't find it, so we recorded an episode of I Spy instead.
I had never seen I Spy. I don't know why. I kind of always knew it existed, but when we turned on the one episode we got from Rerun Retro TV, I discovered I didn't even have the premise quite right! I knew it was about a tennis pro and his trainer posing as spies, but I thought Bill Cosby was the lead and played the tennis player, and Robert Culp was the sidekick. Okay, that was backwards.
When we watched the opening credits for the episode "It's All Done with Mirrors," Bill Cosby's name is there, but all the scenes showed Robert Culp! I did figure out Cosby wasn't the lead. The episode was surely quite atypical (details after the cut), but I do have remarks that shouldn't be spoilers.
First: those men go around with no shirts on an awful lot! I think at least half the episode must have had one of them shirtless! (I could also not help but notice they were never both shirtless at the same time, but then again, the episode was atypical.)
Related to that: I found myself repeatedly thinking, "Wow, I never knew Bill Cosby looked--" before my brain started screaming, "NOOOO; that's Cliff Huxtable you're talking about!" My first exposure to Cosby was Fat Albert. As I recall, Cosby showed up himself in non-cartoon scenes to dispense fatherly advice every episode. Cosby has always been a father figure to me: Fat Albert dates to 1972, folks, so it was around before I can even remember. He looks good in a three-piece suit, too--NOOOO! Brain says NOOOO!
It's slightly less disturbing to see Robert Culp looking really good, because a) I always knew he'd been a leading man (even if I hadn't seen it) and b) he never came off as a father figure to me. Slightly loony uncle, absolutely, but he was my favorite on GAH (more below). My reaction to him outside shirtless was a little more, "Put on some sunscreen, man! You'll burn!"
I found parts very funny, although some unintentionally so.
This episode )
Conclusion: must watch more episodes to see if other episodes are even funnier (these guys are both hilarious!) and to see if they usually go around shirtless. (I think my LJ friends are corrupting me; I never used to say things like that before I got on LJ myself. Thanks, gang!)

Musings: Chuck as Greatest American Hero for the aughts?
Think about it: in the eighties, we had a show with a fairly normal but really, really sweet guy in a frustrating job who suddenly gained unexpected powers. He had a devoted girlfriend and a crusty FBI handler (who really cares for him). No-longer normal guy keeps his day job, tries to keep his new job secret. I love crusty handler best.
For the aughts, we have a more powerful woman and a far more aggressive agent, but we still have a really, really sweet guy in a frustrating job who suddenly gained unexpected powers. He has a devoted CIA handler pretending to be his girlfriend who really has feelings for him, and a really hard-core NSA handler (who denies really caring for him but I don't entirely believe him). No-longer normal guy keeps his day job, tries to keep his new job secret. I love slightly psycho handler best.

What do you think?
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Casey & Chuck)
( Apr. 4th, 2010 05:59 pm)
Most of my posts since mid-January have been brief birthday wishes. Obviously, I am pressed for time and brain cells.

Today, dear friends, I have put aside some time for your amusement (I hope). I have continued through SG-1 and must post some s6 reactions just as soon as I remember what those episodes were and how I reacted, but that will be a whole post in itself.

I have tried a few new shows, and I have scattershot comments. I'll put spoilers for each behind cuts. Please don't spoil me either! Thanks!

Leverage
We've only seen three episodes of Leverage. Mostly, I like it--which surprises me, because I am generally turned off by revenge, and Leverage is the ultimate revenge fantasy. Some of my friends seem really to enjoy it, and I couldn't resist [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum's Leverage/SG-1 crossover "Wargames Didn't Play Out Like This" even though I'd never seen Leverage. We gave it a try when it came up on Netflix in "View Instantly!"
So tell me, friends who enjoy it: is it really crackfic every week? Because all three episodes so far have been pretty crack-ridden! I don't just have to suspend disbelief; I have to lock it in a box and shoot it into orbit!
I do enjoy the characters, even as I think, "This could never possibly work." I like Hardison: he just struck me from the start as the one of these people I could actually enjoy spending time with. Parker is great fun to watch. Eliot gives me trouble--he's a killer, and I like my heroes not to kill the bad guys, even if they deserve it. I like that Sophie and Parker get scenes together and they never seem to be talking about guys! My gosh! Male creators and writers can write women like this?
The show is clever, even if it's completely farbot. I don't feel compelled to watch it, though; I don't say at the end, "Let's watch another!" as I do with the next show.
No spoilers here; I haven't seen enough!

The John Casey Show (aka Chuck)
Chuck was another show I watched because friends enjoyed it so much. Brilliant Husband watched some and gave up. I thought he'd watched several episodes. Only when I finally decided I had to try it did I find that he got no further than the crotch scene with Chuck and Morgan in the premiere; he saw that and thought, "I don't need to see any more of this!" He got past it on his second try (and I on my first).
I really like Chuck. He's smart, he's cute, he's sweet. He deserves a much better life than he gets. I kind of like Sarah, although I have some misgivings (under the cut). But why do I keep watching?
Adam Baldwin plays John Casey. Adam Baldwin: Col. Dave Dixon on SG-1, Jayne on Firefly, the guy you've seen lots of places but who never plays the lead. He may not be the lead, but he owns this show.
We're well into the second season now, and I'm still loving it! I do get to the end of an episode and say, "I want another!" (but we never do, because it's always bedtime; we do, however, sometimes cheat and watch the opening scenes of the next episode, because there aren't any previews on the disks). I love Ellie and Awesome. I even kind of like Morgan. (Jeff I could do without, seriously.)
Spoilers under the cut up to 2.11, 'Chuck Versus Santa Claus' )
Oh, and I think I've won over [livejournal.com profile] redbyrd_sgfic to The John Casey Show, too. Just passing on what other friends did to for me!

I Spy
I was stunned by Robert Culp's death. I loved Greatest American Hero back when it ran, but I I hadn't looked for it again until he died. I couldn't believe he'd grown older! He was still Bill Maxwell to me, though that was a quarter century ago. Now I do want to see it again, but our TiVo couldn't find it, so we recorded an episode of I Spy instead.
I had never seen I Spy. I don't know why. I kind of always knew it existed, but when we turned on the one episode we got from Rerun Retro TV, I discovered I didn't even have the premise quite right! I knew it was about a tennis pro and his trainer posing as spies, but I thought Bill Cosby was the lead and played the tennis player, and Robert Culp was the sidekick. Okay, that was backwards.
When we watched the opening credits for the episode "It's All Done with Mirrors," Bill Cosby's name is there, but all the scenes showed Robert Culp! I did figure out Cosby wasn't the lead. The episode was surely quite atypical (details after the cut), but I do have remarks that shouldn't be spoilers.
First: those men go around with no shirts on an awful lot! I think at least half the episode must have had one of them shirtless! (I could also not help but notice they were never both shirtless at the same time, but then again, the episode was atypical.)
Related to that: I found myself repeatedly thinking, "Wow, I never knew Bill Cosby looked--" before my brain started screaming, "NOOOO; that's Cliff Huxtable you're talking about!" My first exposure to Cosby was Fat Albert. As I recall, Cosby showed up himself in non-cartoon scenes to dispense fatherly advice every episode. Cosby has always been a father figure to me: Fat Albert dates to 1972, folks, so it was around before I can even remember. He looks good in a three-piece suit, too--NOOOO! Brain says NOOOO!
It's slightly less disturbing to see Robert Culp looking really good, because a) I always knew he'd been a leading man (even if I hadn't seen it) and b) he never came off as a father figure to me. Slightly loony uncle, absolutely, but he was my favorite on GAH (more below). My reaction to him outside shirtless was a little more, "Put on some sunscreen, man! You'll burn!"
I found parts very funny, although some unintentionally so.
This episode )
Conclusion: must watch more episodes to see if other episodes are even funnier (these guys are both hilarious!) and to see if they usually go around shirtless. (I think my LJ friends are corrupting me; I never used to say things like that before I got on LJ myself. Thanks, gang!)

Musings: Chuck as Greatest American Hero for the aughts?
Think about it: in the eighties, we had a show with a fairly normal but really, really sweet guy in a frustrating job who suddenly gained unexpected powers. He had a devoted girlfriend and a crusty FBI handler (who really cares for him). No-longer normal guy keeps his day job, tries to keep his new job secret. I love crusty handler best.
For the aughts, we have a more powerful woman and a far more aggressive agent, but we still have a really, really sweet guy in a frustrating job who suddenly gained unexpected powers. He has a devoted CIA handler pretending to be his girlfriend who really has feelings for him, and a really hard-core NSA handler (who denies really caring for him but I don't entirely believe him). No-longer normal guy keeps his day job, tries to keep his new job secret. I love slightly psycho handler best.

What do you think?
I started to post this review with my book reviews, and then I removed it. I am more than a little embarrassed to have enjoyed parts of something so offensive to so many people--and I'm also a bit worried. Thus I've put it under friends' lock. Please be warned that I'm talking about a show that is offensive; by all means argue with me in the comments, but I hope I don't cause any real hurt myself.

ETA: I've unlocked this entry. I think I can survive the mortification of being known to have enjoyed Krod Mandoon, especially since I've started confessing to it elsewhere. [end edit]

Frankly, I think Lois McMaster Bujold should have kept her darned mouth shut, and I've now read enough to decide that: yes, some people criticizing her may be wrong on some specifics (I have seen a few quotations from her bent out of shape and interpreted in ways I never would), but she has said more than enough truly dreadful things for reasons I can't fathom. As I've said before, however, I don't read authors because they're nice or good people. I'm disappointed in LMB, but for me her novels still have a lot of value. I will remember what she said outside them when I'm reading in them; I do the same with Chaucer and Malory. I will perhaps be more alert to failings in her novels. I won't stop reading them. I also doubt that another RaceFail will do much good; see SeeLight about how sometimes it's better just to drop it. RaceFail brought some good, but I'm afraid the hurt far outweighed it, and the long stream of posts and replies did more to prolong the hurt than the good.

Now onto the main topic: I did say that I would review Krod Mandoon, and I'm curious if anyone else reacted the way I did: feeling guilty for finding it funny, and yet watching it all the same.Under the cut )
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I started to post this review with my book reviews, and then I removed it. I am more than a little embarrassed to have enjoyed parts of something so offensive to so many people--and I'm also a bit worried. Thus I've put it under friends' lock. Please be warned that I'm talking about a show that is offensive; by all means argue with me in the comments, but I hope I don't cause any real hurt myself.

ETA: I've unlocked this entry. I think I can survive the mortification of being known to have enjoyed Krod Mandoon, especially since I've started confessing to it elsewhere. [end edit]

Frankly, I think Lois McMaster Bujold should have kept her darned mouth shut, and I've now read enough to decide that: yes, some people criticizing her may be wrong on some specifics (I have seen a few quotations from her bent out of shape and interpreted in ways I never would), but she has said more than enough truly dreadful things for reasons I can't fathom. As I've said before, however, I don't read authors because they're nice or good people. I'm disappointed in LMB, but for me her novels still have a lot of value. I will remember what she said outside them when I'm reading in them; I do the same with Chaucer and Malory. I will perhaps be more alert to failings in her novels. I won't stop reading them. I also doubt that another RaceFail will do much good; see SeeLight about how sometimes it's better just to drop it. RaceFail brought some good, but I'm afraid the hurt far outweighed it, and the long stream of posts and replies did more to prolong the hurt than the good.

Now onto the main topic: I did say that I would review Krod Mandoon, and I'm curious if anyone else reacted the way I did: feeling guilty for finding it funny, and yet watching it all the same.Under the cut )
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Primeval)
( Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:44 pm)
Continuing my previous entry....

How could I forget? Dorothea, from Middlemarch! I must reread this, because I read it years ago, and I honestly don't remember all the plot developments. I identified with her intellectual curiosity but I knew she was making a horrible mistake marrying Casaubon! All is not lost, though it takes heroic perseverance and courage for Dorothea to get what she wants. (Sadly, some other characters never make it.)
And this entry is dedicated to my friend and colleague (you know who you are!) who was heartbroken that his students loved Rosamond but found Dorothea boring.
Some of us have better taste, and perhaps Middlemarch should be read--and reread--by those of us with the heart and mind to appreciate it. If you haven't read it, it's long, but well worth it.

PS In the 1994 mini, Dorothea was played by Juliet Aubrey, who plays Helen Cutter on Primeval; the smouldering Will Ladislaw was played by the smouldering Rufus Sewell. Great for British actor bingo!
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Primeval)
( Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:44 pm)
Continuing my previous entry....

How could I forget? Dorothea, from Middlemarch! I must reread this, because I read it years ago, and I honestly don't remember all the plot developments. I identified with her intellectual curiosity but I knew she was making a horrible mistake marrying Casaubon! All is not lost, though it takes heroic perseverance and courage for Dorothea to get what she wants. (Sadly, some other characters never make it.)
And this entry is dedicated to my friend and colleague (you know who you are!) who was heartbroken that his students loved Rosamond but found Dorothea boring.
Some of us have better taste, and perhaps Middlemarch should be read--and reread--by those of us with the heart and mind to appreciate it. If you haven't read it, it's long, but well worth it.

PS In the 1994 mini, Dorothea was played by Juliet Aubrey, who plays Helen Cutter on Primeval; the smouldering Will Ladislaw was played by the smouldering Rufus Sewell. Great for British actor bingo!
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The long-awaited (what? you weren't waiting?) tv review column, along with Where We Are and Please Continue Not to Spoil Us! Everyone has been great so far with not spoiling us. We are apparently the last two people in North America, possibly the world, to see "Search and Rescue"--but if we watch it now, we'll just have to wait longer for the second episode of the season. I'll wait for July 11 and see it in relative comfort from the broken-down couch on the big tv (assuming Small Child does not go through it doing gymnastics between now and then).

Okay, the round-up!

Doctor Who through 4.9, 'Forest of the Dead'--yes, there be spoilers here )
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