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Watching Battlestar the second time with my flatmate is tonnes of fun. She's not been spoiled at all, so I'm living vicariously through her shock at various revelations. Plus its fun how much she agrees with me about things, such as how Billy was the most eligible bachelor in the fleet (we'd both marry him in a heartbeat). Although her starting to sing My Heart Will Go On every time the Adama theme plays in background (the theme with the bagpipes that actually does sound a lot like the beginning of My Heart...) is kind of wearing on my nerves.

Anyway, we're up to Lay Down Your Burdens Part One. Should be fun to see her reaction to part two's ending. And, yay, the New Caprica arc, with is just absolutely fantastic and heartbreaking when I watched it the first time, hopefully it hold up the second time, because those four episodes + the season two finale are currently in my mind examples of the pinnacle of television (along with In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Noel and Two Cathedrals from The West Wing, and Human Nature/Family of Blood, Blink and Midnight and a whole heap of Rome).

Meanwhile, I've been watching season two of Ashes to Ashes. I wasn't initially really all that sold on the changes in it since season one spoilers )

Anyway, the writers have turned me around and I'm sold. Plus points for Hot Dad off SJA showing up in episode two.
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Even though I hate most procedurals (with the exceptions of House, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes), I've decided to check out the first episode of Law & Order UK because, I miss BSG so much I'd watch any member of the cast in anything, even procedurals so I'll very likely check out Lost and Found when it comes out for Katee Sackhoff, and Mary McDonnell's episodes of The Closer when they air, and kind of want to watch Dollhouse even though I don't like the premise just because Tahmoh Penikett is in it as an FBI agent (there is a definite trend there: star in BSG and become a TV cop)

Plus I can't help but think of as 'Apollo and Martha fight crime!' Although, if I had to pick a random character from Doctor Who and BSG to team up together an fight crime, I'd probably pick Jack Harkness and Gaius Baltar, or Donna Noble and Saul Tigh, or Ten and Laura Roslin, or Nine and Starbuck, or the Master and Head!Six, because all those team ups would be dysfunctional in completely entertaining ways.

But I digress. Surprisingly, I really liked it despite figuring out things a long time before the characters and will probably catch the rest of the series.

Also, I've been really enjoying House lately. I've been a bit 'meh' about the show through most of season five, but lately I've gotten hooked again. This may have everything to do with bringing back a certain character I adore, and Chase and Cameron finally getting actual lines and even scenes and plotlines. Hell, Thirteen and Foreman seem to have become 60% less annoying, leaving Cuddy the only character bugging me. I really hope the show keeps Amber around next season. She wouldn't be the first character on a TV show to exist solely in another character's head.
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Four a couple of days I got completely addicted to the BBC's 2005 adaptation of Bleak House. Epic love! Repression! Spontaneous combustion! Seething criticism of the inefficiency of the Court of Chancellery! I could recommend it for Gillian Anderson's fantastic Lady Deadlock alone, and Denis Lawson also stands out as his Jarndyce is just a bit heartbreaking, and also because it may well be one of the highest concentration of Doctor Who actors a BBC costume drama has managed to achieve.

Those particular reasons to watch aside, all together its one of the best costume drama's I've watched in ages. And having it in the form of half-hour episodes rather than hour-long episodes works incredibly well.

I'm really going to have to watch Little Dorrit now.

Although, I'm now kind of booked up. I introduced flatmate to BSG two days ago when she finally after a month of me nagging her agreed to watch the miniseries and we ended up watching the majority of season one yesterday. So yes, a short while after being done with BSG, I'm right back there. No complains from me though since I love it, plus it's fun watching it with someone who hasn't been spoiled and doesn't know where the show's going, who's a Cylon and who's not or the deal with Earth. I find the next best thing to watching an new episode of something is watching it with someone who hasn't seen it. However, her boyfriend and our other flatmate spent yesterday not-so-obliquely telling us how lazy we were sitting on the couch watching TV all day, ruining the fun a bit.
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Finished the first season of Flight of the Conchords, which is one of the most funny and original television shows out there today. In case you haven't heard of it, it's a show about the Flight of the Conchords - New Zealand's fourth most popular folk parody duo - trying to make it in big New York. Anyway, it's party dead-pan comedy, part musical. It's absolutely hilarious, I can't believe its take me so long to rent and watch the first series, and it's undone the damage of countless dimly-lit police procedurals over the years and made me want to live in New York.

I could ramble about how brilliant it is, but the best thing to recommend it is the show it self so watch this.

Plus love how it adds to recent trend of the deification of David Bowie with the Bowie episode (in David Bowie appears in Bret's dreams to give him self-esteem advice). If there's anything that telly has taught me anything about religion in the past few years, it is that god is a bunch of rock stars active circa the late 60s and early 70s (David Bowie notably in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix in Battlestar Galactica, and arguably, the Rolling Stones in House).

Also watched Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, which wasn't as funny as I remember the series being back in the day, but I liked it anyway and it did have moments of hilarity, and it was so good seeing those characters again.

Since I've got Battlestar Galactica on the brain, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the two show's premises: the remains of humanity travelling to Earth with iconic made up swear-words. I think the world needs a Red Dwarf/Battlestar Galactica crossover right now. Kritten would get locked up as a Cylon and strike up a friendship with Caprica Six, Rimmer will got into sycophantic overload in the presence of Adama and Roslin and moan about how he can't get ahead because he's not an Adama to everyone that will listen and not in anyway to do with the fact he's got smeg-for-brains, Cat would despair at the fleet's lack of tuna and fashion sense and everyone in the fleet would freak out when they realise that their promised land is populated by Dave Lister. And of course it would all end with Roslin having all four of them airlocked and everyone pretending the incident never happened.
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Stargate Atlantis won my little 'what should I watch next poll', but then I got to talking about television shows with my mother, and her verdict on Atlantis was not positive so I'm a bit hesitant.

But then I had a better idea: I'd watch the Star Trek movies in order. I'm not really a Star Trek fan but I watched them all as a child as my father's a Trekkie, and with the new movie coming out soon I'm feeling nostalgic, and since I don't like Kirk and I don't like Spock (I heart McCoy though) it's bound to be fun watching them and counting down how many I have to watch until the TNG cast show up (um, yeah, TNG is my favourite). But then my local video store didn't have any of the Star Trek movies, which is a massive level of fail.

So after the disappointment of discovering my awesome Star Trek plan was foiled, I was feeling in need for comedy so I've got out Flight of the Conchords. That, and if I don't have the episodes memorised soon, I'm in danger of having my New Zealand citizenship revoked. (I've watched a few episodes and loved them, it's just I keep on forgetting it's on. Oh, and I get crappy reception of that channel).
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1. A trailer has been released for season two of Ashes to Ashes. Finally. It's been far too long since season one and I'm all excited because about it having the Falklands War as a backdrop.

(There's also a trailer for Planet of the Dead about, but I assume everyone's seen it already).

2. I've signed up for the [ profile] femgenficathon which shall hopefully get me writing again. Although I've no idea what fandom I'm going to write in (I seem to be all over the place when it comes to fanish love at the moment).

3. I'm currently rental-stalking the cast of Battlestar Galactica as a method of getting over the show. Sadly and surprisingly, the cast between them haven't made that many movies between them available at the average rental place, so that's going to over pretty quickly. Once it's over, I'm going to need something else to distract myself with. Hence, very important poll:

[Poll #1376719]
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First of all, quick vid rec: One Girl Revolution by [ profile] arefadedaway. Why? Because it's got every awesome female character I have ever idolised in this vid (it's got characters from Doctor Who, Stargate, Firefly, PotC, Harry Potter, P&P, Heroes and many, many more), which is a celebration of awesome female characters in general.

First of all, watched the Battlestar Galactica miniseries, which was very good. I can see why everyone seems to be crazy about Roslin/Adama what with those two arguing who is in command. I'm not a fan of Jamie Bamber's American accent. I like him a lot more as poor doomed Kennedy on Hornblower. Is lack of explosions a legitimate criticism? I wouldn’t criticise a period drama for lack of destruction on a massive scale, but in a miniseries in which the vast majority of humanity is killed off, I would expect a few more fireballs. Anyway, I liked it very very much, but can't see myself becoming too fannish about it, but then I know who the final Cylon it already. Next up to watch is the first season.

Also watched Tipping the Velvet which was also very good. For those who've never heard of it, it's a miniseries based on the book by Sarah Water's following the Dickens-like adventures of Nancy as she goes from an oyster girl to male impersonator and then through a few other jobs, and it's a fascinating look at what like to be a lesbian in Victorian London. The voice over bugged me a bit, the direction got a bit weird at times, particularly when it tries to put a music hall spin on dramatic scenes and I wasn’t fully convinced by the lead actress at times, but the rest of the cast was brilliant. I've really got to read the book. I'm part of the way through The Night Watch.

Finally, I've been reading the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman and I’m in love. I'm in love with the universe and the mythology, I'm in love with the writing and the art, I'm in love with Dream and quite a few of the other characters. I've read the first and second 'Absolute' volumes in the past few days, with each book large enough to house a board game. I want to say something coherent about how brilliant it is, but I love it so much all that comes out right now is lots and lots of incoherent gushing so I shall summarise and say this: It say it's freaking amazing and I don't want reading it ever end! (But sadly I know it finished at issue 75).

But it's a pain. I read the wikipiedia entry and accidentally found out some information about the end that I didn't want to know. Damnit. While I'm a bit of a spoiler whore when it comes to television, I don't like to be spoiled when it comes to books, graphic novels, movies and the like. I went out of my way to remain spoiler free when reading Y: The Last Man, which is the last graphic novel series I got into. BTW, has anyone else read to the end of that series? It's been over six months since I read the final volume and I still feel I need a bit of group therapy to get over what happened to one of the characters, and I don't want to say what or who because it will spoil it for others.

Finally, the day is drawing near and I'm still very 'do not want' about the Watchmen movie. Grr. I think I'm going to be one of those terrible snobby people who dismisses all fans that watched the movie before they read the graphic novel. Actually, I think I'm one of those people already. Sorry guys. But after a few years of going on about how brilliant Watchmen is to people and getting funny looks of either 'WTF?' or 'you read comics?!', I'm just a little bit bitter about it becoming mainstream.
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Anyone else used to watch The Animals of Farthing Wood as a kid? It was British kids cartoon that aired in the early 1990s from the book of the same name about a bunch of animals travelling from their home which had been destroyed to a nature reserve. I ask because a random, completely unrelated thing I'm working on for Uni got me onto thinking about the series and how much I loved it.

And then, I remembered the Hedgehogs and the motorway, and I actually cried. I watched that when I was seven, I'm now twenty-three and just thinking about it still makes me cry. But he couldn't move because he was terrified, and she went back for him and there was a lorry…and…*whimpers*

I think it's official that a children's television series has actually scarred me for life.

(Of course I could hunt it down and watch it, but there's no chance that series is as good in reality as it has become in my mind, and I'd rather stick with my trauma than lose my beloved show).
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Being that my travel plans have been postponed, for the first time in what feels like forever, I've actually had free time.

In recent television, the SJA finale was wonderful. The Brigadier was underutilised I thought, I was expecting something a little more School Reunion-ish. But Mrs. Wormwood was the magic. Heroes managed to shock me and come out with an episode which I would actually describe as 'good'. Meanwhile the latest Sanctuary episode was so god-awful I cringed all the way through. At least it was laughably awful rather than offensively awful. Hopefully, Sanctuary's sudden drop in quality is an anomaly and Heroes's sudden rise is not.

I was given by my wonderful flatmates a copy of The Dark Knight for Christmas and I've been checking out the special features today, of which it's pretty light on. However, I really kind of love those little Gotham Tonight fake news segments. I'm a big fan of fake non-fiction. Instead of watching that universe, it takes you inside it. I always thought back when The West Wing was my major fandom, how wonderful it would be to pick up a news magazine and see Bartlet on the front.

Also watched the 200th episode of Stargate SG-1 again (aptly named 200), which is quite possible one of the greatest episodes of television ever since it's pretty much a fourth wall bending prodigy of itself (and nothing escapes the lampooning), and also Star Trek, Farscape, Thunderbirds, The Wizard of Oz, Ewoks, the recent plethora of zombie movies, 'younger and sexier' television, shipper pandering and batshit paternity revelations. Best bit in my opinion is not one of the skits, but simply the bit where Teal'c calmly says "I do not understand why everything in this script must inevitably explode."

And finally, watched a wonderful little docudrama, The Worst Journey in the World, about Aspley Cherry-Gerrard written by and staring Mark Gatiss. Cherry-Gerrard's another Antarctic explorer, blamed by some at the time for failing to save Scott, Bowers and Wilson. He was eleven miles from where they died, but didn't press on, instead obeying Scott's order not to risk the dogs. Anyway, the winder before the ill-fated pole expedition he went the journey with Bowers and Wilson to retrieve an Emperor Penguin egg. It was horrific, but they all survived, Bowers and Wilson to die later and Gerrard to be psychologically scared for life. More interestingly is that Cherry-Gerrard is a bit more meta about his experience than most if not all other polar explorers, posing the question of whether the suffering was worth anything. I really need to get a hold of and read his book.
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Apparently the BBC are making another adaptation of Day of the Triffids, which is nothing short of fantastic. It's one of my favourite books and the origin of my love for carnivorous plants in science fiction. I've seen the 1950s movie, which completely departs from the book, but not the 1980s mini-series, which I really should watch. Although, it'd be hard to beat 28 days later…, which, although it switched the plants for zombiesthe infected (tis very important to distinguish between zombies and the infected, because real zombies don't run (oh Simon Pegg, how I love you)) was a brilliant adaptation. Problem is, it's hard to make killer plants not laughable. I can't wait to see how they're going to pull that off.

Also, ABC is making a new sci-fi television series, Flash Forward. The premise sounds a bit weak (the world jumps forward in time two minutes) and I'm betting on cancellation within six months, but it's got both Jack Davenport and Joseph Fiennes set to star in it. XD Sadly for British accent admirers, they're playing Americans. Oh, Jack. Why can't you go back to playing British?

Also, watched the latest episode of Sanctuary and really, I can't help but love this show more and more every week. There's still something I can't put my finger on that it's missing. Maybe it's just that it feels like it's got so many similarities with so many other shows that it hasn't quite got an identity of its own yet. But where shows like Torchwood and Heroes sometimes take an idea that I like and don't pull it off, it takes those same ideas and most of the time pulls it off wonderfully. Although, it could be because it keeps on jumping genres that it can't seem to find itself (this week it was claustrophobic thriller, last episode it was crime procedural with a supernatural spin and the episode before that an action/adventure horror). Or maybe it's because the show's working with a tiny budget. But the show is so close to being brilliant.

And reason number #267 why Helen Magnus is awesome: she owns a freaking submarine. And not one of those tiny little brightly-coloured research things - she owns a proper military-style one.
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Watched Einstein and Eddington and completely loved it. A big interest of mine is the interaction of science and politics, so it was completely up my alley. And, of course, cast love. Rebecca Hall should be much more famous than she is, she's a wonderful actress.

The latest two-parter of SJA, the Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith would have been brilliant if not for the fact that Sarah's actions were completely OOC and actually made me not like her. I've never been more disappointed in the writing of the show. If they'd just gotten Sarah's motivations right. Thank goodness for the trio and Sarah's awesome mother, who saved those two episodes for me.

It got to the point where I almost gave up on Heroes. With It's Coming the Sylar storyline has finally caused me to despise the majority of the show and lose all faith in the writers' ability to get the show back on track. I say almost, because then in The Eclipse, Part One, Bennet's back to not only having lines, but being a badass sustaining my interest for another week, damn it. But I'm actively looking for a reason to stop watching the show.
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Joe Ahearne, who wrote and directed Ultraviolet (the TV show not the movie) which IMHO is the best use of vampires in a tv show/film/book ever - and not just because it's got Jack Davenport as a vampire hunter - and directed a few episodes of Doctor Who is making a superhero series for the BBC. It's going to be serious, but not anything like Heroes. You all know how much I love superheroes and you all know how much I love the BBC (since with the shorter episode runs and lack of network meddling, it just seems to produce better television) so this is absolutely brilliant news.

(Can it have Jack Davenport in it? Puleeeeease)

Also, this is news is rather old, but I'm bringing it up because I think it's fabulous, Željko Ivanek has been cast for ten episode of Volume Four of Heroes, Fugitives (which, I think, is going to be only ten episodes long). He played Ray Fiske in Damages and was one of the best things in brilliant television show. I suspect he's playing a villain, and I'm ridiculously excited about it.

I think I'm now going to do some Damages pimping, because I suspect I'm the only person on my flist that watched the first season, and it's such a good show. I'm not a person who can usually stand legal dramas. I go through phases of liking Boston Legal, but it's not something I watch every week. Legal thrillers, I have even less attention for. But I loved Damages.

It start in flashforward mode by positing the question of who murdered Ellen Parsons' (Rose Byrne) fiancé, and then answers it by skipping backwards a few months, as she starts a job working for Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) who is taking on billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) in a class action lawsuit. And just watch if, for everything: the brilliant complex and sometimes (particularly in Patty's case) monstrous characters, the amazing acting, the slick direction and the plot which unwinds so brilliantly.

Tin Man

Oct. 19th, 2008 01:38 pm
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Flatmates and I watched Tin Man, a sort of updated take on the Wizard of Oz (i.e. no silver makeup to be seen) I wouldn't call it a great work of art, but it cute and if you’re in the mood for a fantasy story, it's good way to spend a four and half hours.

Basically, some of the same stuff if there: tornado that sweeps the heroine away and she gains friends along her travels, in the form of former genius government advisor who has had his brain removed, a former cop seeking vengeance for his murdered family a psychic lion-esq creature that's in need of a spine. There's also an evil witch, a mystic man. And, most importantly, flying monkeys! (Cos it's just not the Wizard of Oz without flying monkeys).

The series wins at coming up with interesting and PG-rated ways of torturing people (the tin suit was particularly ingenious, I thought) And it manages to avoid your usual redemptive arc and goes for something else instead (redemptive arcs are something I've come to have a real distaste for lately unless it's done really, really well. I mean, why take a perfectly good villain and make them deep down just a woobie in need of hug? A incident in your childhood does not justify a violent coup). Cain – the Tin Man – is very crush-worthy. And there is Alan Cumming, who is predictably wonderful.

The SFX are at about Doctor Who level, so sometimes they're not all that effective. Furthermore, I really am starting to really hate the adopted parents raise the special child and then the child goes a rejoins his or her special parents thing. What about the adopted parent, who, you know, raised and educated and loved the kid to bits? Most of the time they're discarded. Raging against this trope is one of the reasons why Series One of Heroes is made of win. But those are really just minor quibbles.
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Caught Il Trovatore. I think the moral of that story is to always check which baby you're throwing onto the fire. The plot is deliciously messed up. Anyway, it was totally worth going despite the tell-and-don't-show-ness (why show the sword fights or the aforementioned mistaken identity baby bonfire chucking incident when you can sing about it?) of it all just because I can now place the Anvil Chorus.

I can't believe I'm excited about the new series of Grey's Anatomy. I haven't been excited about Grey's since the unexploded bomb in the guy's chest episode – but this is what casting Kevin McKidd will achieve. Lucius Vorenus! I adore him. He should be cast in everything. Particularly Doctor Who, because he would make an excellent Eleven. So would Ray Stevenson for that matter (and Paul Cornell thinks so too). Hell, one of them should be the Doctor and the other the Companion. I'd be Rome in space, with more aliens and sadly less of the characters displaying their affection for each other through graphic violence.

I miss Rome.
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Heroes tomorrow! I'm excited!

I've decided that I've actually been a bit harsh on Heroes in recent months, because it struck me that in one respect it is the best show on TV. Of all the things I have watched and read in the past year and a bit which have killed off favourite characters, Heroes has done it the best. Cautionary Tales is the death to beat, and it would be even without the last minute resurrection and fanservice. There was quite a bit wrong with season two, but it was Bennet's Greek tragedy that gives me hope for the third series, because when the show is good, it can be brilliant.

And, stolen from [ profile] artic_fox
The Television Meme )

Now, if you will excuse me, I think I may go and watch Company Man for the 1347th time.
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[ profile] harveyrachel. There's not fic that has been posted there yet, but I think the fact that a community now exists is a good sign. I feel a bit guilty wanting some good Harvey fic but not contributing any myself. Blame my work load and RTD, I'm too busy trying to fix the ending to Journey's End.

Speaking of Doctor Who, a fanvid rec: Glorious vidded by [ profile] rhoboat. More than any song Muse has ever recorded (except maybe for Knights of Cydonia) this song has been asking for a Doctor Who fanvid to be made of it (and that's quite something to say when you take into consideration I'm talking about Muse. Half the songs they've written seem to be about lonely emos in space). Anyway, [ profile] rhoboat's made an absolutely wonderful one about Rose, Martha and Donna. It's just such a prefect summary of them and their journeys and nearly everything I love about the news series and it's the kind of fanvid I'd show non-fans to get them hooked.

I only just discovered both this community and this ship: [ profile] donna_gene. Possibly the best cross over ship ever, because somehow Donna Noble and Gene Hunt would just be perfect together. It totally happened in Turn Left after alt!Donna got hit by the truck. If they ever do decide to bring on the show the (ex) Missus, Catherine Tate would be my first choice of casting.

And speaking of Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes, I've been re-watching both the second season of Mars and Ashes, one episode after the other (so the first episode of Mars, followed by the first episode of Ashes) and have discovered something: I've prefer Ashes to Ashes to the original, and I'm not actually sure why. But also, I desperately want Annie to show up on Ashes to Ashes in the future. I want to know what she's been up too. Hopefully she's still the most competent cop in the Manchester area, but whether she's been struggling to get recognition or whether she's been promoted. And she possibly would be able to give us more about the mystery of what happened to Sam. Plus, she's was Sam's confident so I'd like to see her take on Alex.

I'm still incredibly 'do not want' about the American remake. I think my dislike of the show has been made worse by the executive meddling, because now it's looking like it has a chance of being actually half-way decent, which means it might not be cancelled and instead it gains a level of public recognition that makes it overshadow the original. That, and not a Viva Laughlin, is the worst case scenario in my view. Harvey Keitel (as much as I love him) and Jason O'Mara should not be people first thoughts as the actors in the roles of Gene and Sam over Philip Glenister and John Simm. So, any people on my flist who want to watch the American version, I implore you to watch the British version first. It's only sixteen episodes in total and it's fabulous.

My mother has been watching both the second and third series of Stargate SG1 and because of this so have I. Years ago I was so into that show, but I seemed to have lost interest about the time they started with the cast changes, first the Daniel-Jonas-Daniel and then they killed off Janet. By the time O'Neill was promoted I'd given up. And then last episode I caught it had mysteriously turned into Farscape. It's one of those shows where the team dynamic is the draw for me, and once they started messing with the team, it just wasn't the same. But season two and three have the old team, and it's wonderful: O'Neill! Daniel! Teal'c! And Sam, who is one of my favourite TV characters of all time.

Telly News

Jul. 23rd, 2008 04:31 pm
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I'm a bit 'meh' about Merlin, the BBC's family-friendly Doctor Who replacement since it sounds a bit like Robin Hood version 2.0, and not even Richard Armitage's scowl could keep me watching that Robin Hood. But the casting is interesting. Arthur is an unknown to me, but Merlin is the teenager off Midnight, and Santiago Cabrera (i.e. Isaac the hot prophetic painter off Heroes) is Lancelot. That last bit of casting has me particularly excited.

Speaking of Heroes, the publicity is heating up about season three. I'm a bit 'meh' about that also. I have a strange relationship with the show since if I haven't watched an episode in a while I can't seem to remember why I liked it so much. And then I have to remind myself it's because Noah Bennet is the greatest characters on telly and general prettiness of the cast combined with the impressive direction makes it really really ridiculously good looking. Still, I wish it would take itself a little less seriously sometimes, because it's really not intelligent enough to pull off being so pretentious. And the really need to kill off Sylar, he's gone way past his expiry date as a villain and is starting to smell.

Anyway, the latest promo trailer is here.
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I've been watching The Catherine Tate Show lately. I've caught series one and two. I'd really only seen bits of it on youtube before now. I figured it needed investigating, 1. since half the comments about Catherine Tate I've read seem to start with the sentence "I can't stand The Catherine Tate Show…" (and either finish with the comment of "and she's going to ruin Doctor Who" if it's July 07 or the comment "but she was one of the best things to ever happen to Doctor Who" if it's July 08)

And 2. I am a huge Catherine Tate fangirl. I've seen every movie she's made now except for Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution which I probably will go see in August when it comes out here even with the 4.0 on imdb (Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 80% so it can't be that bad) so it was about time I watched The Catherine Tate Show.

Anyway, I don't understand the hate. It's not the greatest show ever, but then sketch comedies never are, and it is hilarious in places, particularly the Ginger Refuge and Enigmatic Cop, and ever the characters that initially come off as more annoying than funny like Paul and Sam managed to invoke some laughter from me by the end of the second series. Am I the only one who feels really sorry for poor Lauren Cooper? She's just so tragic. (Well, she never gets away with her behaviour and it seems to be rooted in her insecurities.)

In other DW related actor things, I also caught Bright Young Things which has, among others, David Tennant and Fellena Woolgar in it. Watching that I have decided that David Tennant should never ever ever again grow a moustache (just, no) and Fellena Woolgar should be cast in more things. She was the highlight of the movie and just wonderful. Why is she not more famous?

And I found these screencaps forgotten I'd taken. A couple of months ago I rented the first series of Wild West (Dawn French and Catherine Tate are a convenience-more-than-anything-else lesbian couple in an quirky village in Cornwall), and now I give you:

Donna gets a happy ending with Captain Jack )

Losing Out

Jul. 1st, 2008 05:06 pm
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I was telling my mother today about my mission to watch the entire Classic series of Doctor Who (which has faltered in recent months, but I'll get back on track).

Mum: I used to love those ones with the military.
Me: UNIT?...The Brigadier?
Mum: Yes. The Brigadier!
Me: I love the Brigadier.
Mum: You can't have him. He's mine.
Me: Fine, I'll have Sergeant Benton
Mum: Oh, Sergeant Benton!

Which of course led to a rather long conversation discussing how the Brigadier needs to be brought back, the Cybermen, Daleks, my mother's fear of some blob monster that came from the ocean (I've no idea what she's talking about with that one) and hiding behind the sofa.

Anyway, this has me thinking. Doctor Who was cancelled before I was old enough to take notice (if I watched it as an little, I don't remember), and besides catching one episode each of An Unearthly Child and The Green Death (if I recall correctly) at some point in my teens, I didn't discover the show until I was twenty, which I find to be really sad. This wouldn't be such a big deal if Who was just a TV show, but in my family it really is an institution. Both my parents grew up on the show and my younger cousins are growing up on the New Series. I feel like I'm missing out. I'm part of a generation that didn't hide behind the sofa as a child because there were no Daleks on telly. My generation was ripped off.

Damn you 1989 cancellation *shakes fist*

I suppose at least I got Captain Planet. I can still sing the theme song.


Mar. 9th, 2008 11:39 am
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I finished watching Blackpool and I do very highly recommend it. The plot is basically the decline and fall of garish arcade owner Ripley Holden (David Morrissey), who you initially dislike for being a pig, but through the series due to the some wonderful writing and brilliant acting, you really start to feel for the character. It all begins with murder and David Tennant shows up as the adorable, manipulative and lovelorn DI Carlisle, who makes it his mission in life to bring down Holden for murder after he falls in love with Holden’s wife Natalie (Sarah Parish).

What makes it really something special is the fact that every now and again (about four times an episode) the characters start singing pop songs, complete with dance routines and dream sequences. It's really quite wonderful. My particular favourites are the ones to The Smiths’ The Boy with the Thorn in his Side and the Communards’ Don’t Leave Me this Way.

Anyway, on the off chance you haven’t already watched it (I think most people beat me to this one), it’s certainly one to keep and eye out for.


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