More TV Blogging

For someone who doesn’t have a TV, I certainly watched a lot of it and talked about it a lot this past week.

No, the show I was speaking of in Monday’s post is not MI5. I’ve actually never even heard of that show. I’m halfway through the fourth disc of the show I am watching, and I’m less and less sold on it all the time. It seems to… well, okay, fine, I give up, it’s BSG, and I have to use this joke — it likes frakking with you for the sake of frakking with you, you know? Not for any dramatic worth, but just to have entire episodes where everyone just goes, “Oh, well, we won’t worry about this anymore, instead we’ll get up in arms over something else that isn’t important in the scheme of things next time around.” Are they making some kind of statement about bureaucracy and the futility and overwhelming stupidity and weakness of the human race? That’s all I can figure. Which is deep and all, but doesn’t actually make for good television. And then there are entire scenes that are just so… tense without any discernable motivation. Except for sex. Apparently all anyone cares about on this show is sex. But I have promised people I’ll give it until the end of the season, so I will. It has two more discs to win me over.

Speaking of shows, NBC.com only has the first episode of Heroes available, and then there is nothing available until about episode 13. So after I watched the first episode and got hooked, I actually had to buy subsequent episodes on iTunes for $1.99 a pop. Thanks a lot, Julie. You totally owe me beaucoup bucks. I’m not embarrassed to admit how many episodes I’ve seen, but let’s just say that I’m just about ready to start watching them on NBC.com again. Now you see why I don’t have TV. It’s pretty good. I love the way you can’t make up your mind about Mr. Bennet. I also remember why I resisted watching this show. I thought it was an X-Men ripoff, and thought it’s not, it does owe a lot to the X-Men premise, and if you are at all familiar with X-Men, a lot of the “twists” aren’t really twists at all. (I actually wonder if that’s why they didn’t make a big deal of the “Rogue” character figuring out the true nature of his powers, since they figured that, with Rogue being such a big part of the X-Men movies, we’d all already guessed what he was. And boy does he have it better than Rogue.)

Also, so much eye candy. Everyone is just as cute as a button on this show. Even the serial killer. I can’t decide who I think is the cutest. Probably the geneticist. Let’s take a quick poll:


Sorry, I’m just concentrating on the guys in this round. Besides, my vote for cutest girl is Eden, hands down.

I’m enjoying it, with reservations. I always have reservations about these “there’s a big secret” type of shows, because I’ve been burned so many times before when the show runners tried to sustain the secret so they could sustain the show and it started getting… bad. (Yes, Chris Carter, I’m looking at you.) I’m wondering how much longer it can sustain the premise. The whole idea of “chapters” for each episode makes me feel more like it’s a movie or a miniseries. Also, love Clea Duvall. Just love her. All the time.

More TV blogging. Was anyone else completely underwhelmed by the mini-finale of Veronica Mars this week? Yawn. Yawn. I wasn’t dramatically engaged by any of it. Perhaps because, for the first time, the solving of the mystery did not involve our girl putting herself in harm’s way, nor did it involve any emotional oomph. I was more moved by the basketball player and his coach father a few weeks ago. I actually thought Veronica was in danger a few times there. I just didn’t even care. And if they think they are pulling my whole heart strings with the new love triangle, they can think again. As far as I can tell, Logan is actually interested in dating this girl, not in pulling some weird twisted Hannah crap like last year. Also, I like this girl, whereas I hated Hannah and found her enormously annoying. SB always accused me of hating Hannah merely because she was an “other woman.” But I’m no simple LoVe shipper. No, my love for Logan is pure. I just want him to be happy. If Veronica can’t make it happen then let’s move along to the next girl that can. (In white text: I actually think Parker is a lot like Lilly, only maybe not quite so screwed up — fun loving, brave, spunky, sexy. I think they’d be really good together. She’s also so perky and happy, even considering what she’s been through, that she may be a good choice for him, since he does have that tendency to brood.) So I’m all for this pairing. Well played, Rob Thomas.

Okay, now I’m really televisioned out. Let’s give away an ARC. The winner this week, despite Patrick and Heather’s attempts to stuff the ballot box, is:

Gina Black

Woo hoo!

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25 Responses to More TV Blogging

  1. Heather Harper says:

    Congrats, Gina!

    In regard to BSG, is Sailor Boy’s enthusiasm waning, too?

  2. Diana Peterfreund says:

    SB on BSG: “Jury’s still out.”

  3. Patrick says:

    I think Heather and I earned a ‘label’ here…

  4. Annie says:

    Congrats, Gina!!

    And I’ve never even attempted to watch BSG… thanks for warning me off, Diana. 🙂

  5. Lis says:

    Congrats Gina!

  6. Jami Alden says:

    You know, I suspected it might be BSG. I have to admit, I started watching it mostly because it’s one of the few shows my husband is really into, and I was definitely pretty meh about it for the first season (I think – I get confused about what consitues a “season” with the wacky cable station schedules). Anyhoo, it really picked up in season 2, and now I’m totally hooked.

    RE: heroes – geneticist is definitley hottest, but I also have a bit of a soft spot for Adrian Pasdar. And I still can’t figure out wtf is up with the Nikki character

  7. Maureen McGowan says:

    It took me a while to get into BSG, too… But once I was hooked I was really hooked.

    I loved how many questions the show puts in my mind… is this the future or the past? Are these ancestors or descendents of humans? Or maybe are the Cylons the ancestors of humans?

    I’ve seen Seasons 1, 2 and 2.5 on DVD now and can’t wait for Season 3 to appear on DVD (or it may appear on a network channel up here sooner… I think there’s a cable channel showing season 3 now… but I missed the beginning and don’t want to come in late… Another channel is showing season 2 right now…

  8. Gina Black says:

    Ooooh oooooh! I’m THRILLED!! I’m so looking forward to reading UTR! Thanks everyone for the congrats! 🙂 (And thanks Diana for doing the giveaway!)

    P.S. I’ve never watched BSG in its current incarnation. I left off after TOS which was BC (before children) so I don’t remember it much.

  9. Anonymous says:

    HUH????????????????????????

  10. eatrawfish says:

    Congrats Mom! 😛

    You can be “meh” on BSG with me. I use the hour it’s on to make nasty statements to Starbuck (and that’s not what I call her). After that I move on to the others. BSG is like Lost for me, I can’t think of a group of people I’d like less to be stuck on a spaceship/island with.

    I found the first ep of Heroes really disinteresting, but more and more people have been telling me to see it, so I may give it another try.

    I haven’t watched VMars in a bit.

  11. Diana Peterfreund says:

    So, Eatrawfish, I may have asked you this before, but what TV shows *do* you like?

    Annie, I really hope not. Decide for yourself!

    Anon, you seem confused. What can I clear up for you? Or are you just confused by all the acronyms? I’m not even sure what Gina meant by TOS…

  12. Patrick says:

    Diana, This is not the first BSG. In fact, there was another where Starbuck was a MAN, BABY!

    TOS = The Origami Series

  13. emily says:

    Never seen BSG. But I completely agree about Veronica Mars. Yawn is right. Although, I still love the show. Plus in addition to Veronica not being in danger this season, the “killer” wasn’t as big of a surprise. There weren’t that many people to pick from. It wasn’t like last season or even the first season when the killer was revealed and I was completely shocked…and then realized DUH…it had to be them…how could I ever think it was anyone else.

  14. Diana Peterfreund says:

    patrick, that I know. If you read MOnday’s comment thread, you’ll hear me waxing poetic about these hostel rats in NZ who told me all about the travesty which is Starbuck’s gender-reversal.

  15. B.E. Sanderson says:

    Okay. I knew there was a reason why I avoided the new incarnation of BSG. How could they make Starbuck a chick? Feh.

    Caught one episode of Heroes, and it didn’t do it for me. My nighttime TV watching is limited (I write at night) so I have to be choosy about which new shows I watch. Everything else I catch in reruns during the day. (Thanks to A&E for showing CSI: Miami and Crossing Jordan.)

    Fun post today, Diana. Thanks.

  16. Gina Black says:

    Origami??

    TOS = The Original Series

  17. eatrawfish says:

    I was a film/tv major of the overly picky variety and I still act it. 😀 There is a lot of stuff I like, but not alot I rave about…

    I watch Too Much Law and Order. CI is my favorite and SVU I watch just to be mean to Elliot and Olivia. I think the early seasons of TOS were great and now it’s just sorta brain candy. But I like brain candy.

    I was enjoying Ugly Betty but haven’t gotten back into it after the hiatus.

    I already said Foyle’s War, The Wire and Arrested Development.

    I love The Closer and can’t wait for the next season.

    The british version of The Office.

    Dexter (of which I enjoyed the TV series more than the books).

    If we’re going back a little further I like Fawlty Towers and Monty Python. 🙂

    There’s also stuff I enjoy but may or may not recommend to you depending on who you are (Home Movies, Reno 911 and SG1 for example).

    That’s what I got off the top of my head, and it may be too much. 😉

  18. Patrick says:

    Diana, I know you know. 🙂 I’m just amazed at someone who prefers Star Trek:TOS over Star Trek:TNG was asking that question.

    Gina, are you saying I was incorrect? I thought Origami and Original meant about the same thing. No?

  19. Anonymous says:

    This seems too much like a click I can’t really belong to

  20. Robin Brande says:

    Can’t believe no one’s picked up on the Chris Carter comment. Yes, we were so burned. It really hurt. And a friend of mine is convinced Lost is going to go the same route, but I still have faith. There have been some dud shows this season, but then will come along that knocks your eyeballs out–such fantastic writing it almost makes you want to cry.

    I was a sucker for X-Files as long as David Duchovny was around, but after that, yawn.

  21. Julie Leto says:

    You watched! I’ll send you a check, I swear! Or dinner in Dallas if you go to Dallas…or better yet, dinner next time you come home.

    Mohinder is the cutest, hands down. Love Nathan…loved him when he was on Judging Amy. Peter is too young for me, but very cute. And I love how Mr. Bennett used to be Steven Carrington on Dynasty. He has aged very, very well. I can’t wait til you get caught up to see what’s up with THAT. And of course, Isaac. Have you seen him not drugged out yet? I can’t remember what episode that happens in.

    I knew it would catch your interest. It’s not a perfect show, but it’s damned compelling.

    By the way, LOVE the Nikki character. I think she’s the most fascinating because she is such a grey area.

  22. Miri says:

    Congratulations, Gina!

    Heroes…gosh, I love that show. I won’t spoil you, but I will say that it’s sustaining the premise phenomenally, and I watch it avidly every week (and have since it started. Not a junkie at all, nope). I’m pretty picky with my series, but I really love Heroes. I agree with Julie Leto: you really need to get caught up.

    My father’s the big sci-fi junkie on the family tree, but he was underwhelmed by BSG as well. Ah well.

    Milo…who’s Milo? I can’t remember. (Unless it’s a nod to a different show that I’m just missing.) If you meant Micah, I think he’s adorable (so…cute…), but Mohinder is just…the epitome Indian cuteness. Sylar is definitely cute, but he’s just too evil.

  23. Cindy Procter-King says:

    What the heck is BSG???

    Cindy

  24. Natalie Damschroder says:

    I just watched VM last night, so I’m late reading your white-text and commenting.

    I don’t know why it matters, but I was very happy to see you are happy with the whole Logan/you-know-who thing. I like them together.

    The thing that bugged me, though…Parker got her head shaved, like, 5 months ago. How has her hair stopped being a wig and is now exactly the same as it was when we met her? 🙂

  25. Julie Leto says:

    Diana, how about one really expensive dinner???