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TV update

Now that all my fall shows have roughly two thirds of their Seasons done, I thought I`d do another "progress" report.

Castle - same old, same old, the actually handle the coupleness of the main pairing reasonably well
Bones - I continue to watch for the interns. Hopefully, the Palant story is supposed to be done the next time it rears its ugly head. Tedious to the extreme.

Both NCIS and NCIS LA -the cases are pretty much bla-bla at this point and they don`t even slightly bother to put a Navy-jurisdiction spin on it for the most time. I still like the characters, though, on both teams. So depending on how they are written, I enjoy the ep. "Corresponding fish" might be the best thing ever, though. *g*

Criminal Minds - watch it out of habit mostly
Supernatural - took a VERY disappointing nosedive in quality after ep 9ish, now we`re back to the same status quo that I got sick of YEARS ago. Eh. And I even liked Henry, the grandfather character, but am majorly iffy on that MOL storyline they are setting up for Sam so he can feel special again and basically remain in the show without acting like the beginning of the Season.

Couple of problems with that: the first half of the Season happened, even if the writers pretend it didn`t. Secondly, why does he get a freaking reward for it on top of things? Grow your characters through organic development, not by spoiling them like obnoxious brats. Thirdly, why did DEAN get some much needed character development in the beginning if he went right back to Season 1 family doormat? For pete`s sake.

And Singer, using the "brains and brawn" analogy does never not make you sound like a pretentious jackass. Ditto for the character using it on the show. In the span of one ep Henry grew out of such simplistic nonsense and bam, in the end Sam fell right in.

Lately, who do I have to kill to get Dean something interesting to do? You know, a freaking plot?
Arrow - I`m easy, I just love Oliver kicking ass and shooting arrows in between moping in the batcave with Diggle tryin to cheer him up/talking him into and out of things

The Vampire Diaries - Strange Season. Stuff still happens at a fast pace and the characters are as amoral and teenager-y as ever but something doesn`t quite work. The sire bond is so inconsistent one ep to another and clearly just designed to keep this stupid triangle in a holding pattern, it`s majorly annoying. Explore Delena for real or don`t but godamn do something. Their scenes used to be so dynamic, now, not so much.

And the cure? Come on, the show is called VAMPIRE Diaries, who wants to watch a bunch of recently-turned-human whiners? Not that I don`t sympathize with some of their motives - though, Stefan, seriously, it will "stop the guilt" - like, are any of your victims less dead if you became human? No, then shut up. - but they get on my nerves, the lot of them.

Hopefully, this cure buisness will just turn out to be a mindfuck like the sun and moon curse.

Something that cracks me up is they are planning a spin-off about the Originals and boom, one more is down. Sniff, they actually made me like the character just before they killed him. Let me guess, Rebekah is next?

Maybe the new show will be Klaus crying his way through everything, from painting snowflakes, to massacering people to not letting the woman he loved die after putting her on death`s door himself. I love the character but it cracks me up that he used to be the "uber-scary Big Bad". He is a fucking a ten year old girl and in thousand years never has been anything else.
Person of Interest - each episodes just manages to be so suspenseful, I`m usually at the edge of my seat when watching, loving it
Elementary - so far enjoying it quite a bit, though maybe I`m the only person on the planet who prefers the Holmes character to Watson. I like Joan and I like Lucy Liu but the quirky genius asshat draws me in more
Beauty and the Beast - major missteps recently, don`t know what they were thinking
The Big Bang Theory - normally I still like it fine but a recent episode made me nostalgic for the days when this was more profoundly tethered to geek culture instead of generic sitcom, the "who can pick up Thor`s hammer" discussion, almost against their will? Gold.

Comments

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leelust
Feb. 9th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
So much this for spn! It's disgusting to see them throwing us a bone in the first half of the season only to take it back and pretend we never had it.
And yes 100500 times to why sam gets an award for being a dick? What's with morale of this show? What's the message they're trying to sell? That being a dick is a good thing and being a noble faithful man makes you a loser? That's just sick.

On the bright note ITA to Person of Interest! That's the show that makes me excited every week. Both lead characters written well and both have their own story and it even intertwine now!
Add there Bear and you can tell how much i love this show right now :)
drakemarie
Feb. 10th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
Confused
about SPN: so would you enjoy the show more if Sam were gone? Or he stayed w/ Amelia and became a side note? would you prefer the show was about Dean and whoever instead of Sam? I'm confused why do you hate Sam so much?! I mean no disrespect, just curious. :)
mareen
Feb. 10th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: Confused
I agree with astri13 about her opinion when it comes to Supernatural this season.

And while I can't speak for her, personally I wouldn't even need Sam gone. What I would want is for the show to be honest about Sam's behaviour. If someone behaves like an ass, admit he behaves like an ass.
But what the show is doing so far is have Sam behave like an ass but tell us his behaviour is "grown-up".

And when your main characters have a creepy co-dependent relationship that makes both of them miserable and that is not healthy, actually allow your show to admit that. But that's not what they are doing right now either.

I have still a bit of hope that this is actually were the show is heading this season. But you never know...
Maybe we are supposed believe that being miserable together is the way to go.
astri13
Feb. 10th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
Re: Confused
And when your main characters have a creepy co-dependent relationship that makes both of them miserable and that is not healthy, actually allow your show to admit that. But that's not what they are doing right now either.

This might be the only show who celebrates that instead. And it just feels icky to me. Am I really supposed to be seeing that as a wonderful love story? Seriously?

And that is coming from someone who squealed in happiness when Merthur became canon which had serious undertones but it was never like this.

Maybe we are supposed believe that being miserable together is the way to go.

Unfortunately, I think it`s this. Because they do not see that as misery but awesome love.
astri13
Feb. 10th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
Re: Confused
mareen actually explained it pretty well. I felt Sam acted like an uber-jackass this Season and yet the one who ends up apologizing is...Dean. Sam doesn`t get called on his shit once. Instead he gets rewards in the story like a shiny new storyline designed for him while Dean gets...bubkis.

I`m sick of that. It`s not the first time it happened in the show and it`s writing guaranteed to turn me off a character super-fast.

Thing is, I always prefered Dean over the show but I liked Sam fine. Now, they have managed to make him literally my least favourite character on all my shows because of that writing.

So, do I need him to be gone from the show? Nope, I would need them to fix the writing though. And stat. I can`t like or tolerate a character like that. I had those in other shows (now over) before and it was always the same, the more the writers try to pimp someone or something down my throat, the more I choke on it.
drakemarie
Feb. 10th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Confused
For a show that takes a story line and re-work for different characters over 8 seasons, i just dont agree w/ you guys on this one. I just dont see it the same as you (and others) do. but that is our fandom, right? thank you for explaining your reason though. :)
mareen
Feb. 10th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
so much agreement about Person of Interest. I am loving this season so far so very, very much, and the way the Finch/Reese relationship has developed is just beautiful.
astri13
Feb. 10th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
It`s funny as I usually don`t think or speculate much about the show in between episodes but when I put the new one on, I`m glued to the screen, no checking the time or stuff like that.

And Reese/Finch is just awesome. They even acknowledge it like it is "I read when there is tension in the household, the pets can feel upset". Tension in the household??? Ahahahaha. So apt a description.

Also, the little clues we are getting about Nathan and Finch in the past and John and Finch now.
scolaro
Feb. 10th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Guess I'll have to check out Person of Interest now... ;)
astri13
Feb. 10th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
I was sceptical myself, at first, because I didn`t feel the premise would appeal to me at all but now I definitely recommend it. It`s like a mini action-movie each week. With some great, non-conventional (as in: you don`t see them in every show around) characters.
scolaro
Feb. 14th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
Sounds good. I grabbed the first five or so eps and will take a look on the weekend. Thanks for the rec! ^^
katje0711
Feb. 14th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
I've been waiting until I had some TBBT icons before I commented on this. Yes, I'm a geek! LOL

So, is there not much geek culture mentioned in the current seasons of TBBT? I'm only on season 2.
astri13
Feb. 14th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately no. The show has gone more mainstream, I feel. I still like it but it has become a bit too much about relationship woes.
katje0711
Feb. 14th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
Well, damn. What season does that start in?
astri13
Feb. 16th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
I think I started to notice it more during the last 2 years, Season 5 and 6.

I mean, you still get the occasional geek reference and the guys are obviously still geeks as well but I miss the days when just as I was bitching to a friend about Sci-fi (the TV channel) being renamed into Syffy, Leonard would make the same pun in the show.
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