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: