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I wanted to do a big 2009 picspam, but could not decide on a format. Then and idea struck me: since I'm forever lamenting entertainment awards' inability to make the right decision, why not do my picspam in an award sort of format, with the awards categories themselves completely made up and arbitrary so I could just picspam things I liked this year and could find photos of. Good idea, yes?

With no further ado...



Spoilers for Battlestar Galactica, Being Human, Torchwood and The Thick of It )

Telly!

Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:45 pm
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Haven't been up to much lately. Have been watching a lot of TV though:

Flash Forward - I've seen the first two episodes of this show and I am completely hooked. The first episode was sort of the half way point between Lost and the first season of Heroes – Lost in its visual style and feel, but Heroes in it's theme of 'can you change the future?' - but in the second episode it comes onto its own. The second episode opening with the kids I felt was absolutely fantastic. Plus the writers seems to subscribe to the Steven Moffat school of making everyday things as creepy as hell to scare the audience.

Plus, on top of the awesome regular cast, which includes Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport and John Cho (Shakespeare! Norrington! Sulu!), Alex Kingston was in the pilot, Shohreh Aghdashloo's got a guest role and I believe Gina Torres is going to be in the next episode. Oh, and I actually give a damn about the love triangle. That so rarely happens. But then, the husband is Joseph Fiennes and the other man is Jack Davenport and there's a cool fate vs. free will aspect to it, so it's one of the hottest and most interesting love triangles that I've come across.

Only major problem that needs to be fixed is the clunky exposition dialog. It's not a Heroes level of bad, but it's still bad enough to let the show down.

Glee - Still ridiculously in love with the show, although I'm finding the pacing and the amount of things happening in an episode a bit weird. My favourite bits of late were the football team dancing to 'Single Ladies' and the sing-off between Lea Michele and Kristen Chenoweth to 'Maybe This Time'. And I ship Kurt/Finn.

House - The opening was so very good it nearly made up for the disappointment I felt with the season five finale. Nearly. It depends where the Huddy story goes (hopefully away to die). The next one was back to the same old, and was a bit of a miss. Although I've moved from hating Foreman/Thirteen to just finding the relationship boring, which I suppose is a positive step.

SJA - In case you haven't seen them: pictures have emerged of David Tennant's guest stint, and they are very squee worthy. Although, I do have concerns about the episode based on it's title.
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I'm so very happy with Glee having finally started. I loved the second episode about the same amount as the pilot, a bit more actually since some of the characters that bugged me a bit in the pilot became a bit more sympathetic, such as the football coach and lead-guy's wife (I'm going to go out on a limb and say I don't dislike her, because she seemed to be getting a clue about her own selfishness), that and the humor has become a bit more absurd, which I like. Plus there seemed to be more scenes with Jane Lynch, and any scene with Jane Lynch in it has thus far been utterly hilarious.

Two things bugged me: I hope the other four Glee kids aren't going to be relegated to background singers in the show every episode. I want some focus on them, but so far the show's given them barely any attention. And the songs seem too over produced. I expect the actual music used to have been pre-recored in a studio and the actors to be lip-syncing in the scene, but it shouldn't be so glaringly obvious that's what's happening.

Other than that *love*

Also watched the pilot of Virtuality, which was going to be Ron D Moore's new show post BSG, except it didn't get picked up and all that has been made was a pilot, which was turned into a tv movie.

Basically: at team of astronauts are spent out on a ten year mission to find another habitable planet, while they're on their mission, their exploits are being beamed back to Earth as a reality tv show and they spend most of their free time in a virtual reality programme which has started playing up and a mysterious un-programmed figure is murdering them all. So it's part Star Trek, part Big Brother, part 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It started off boring, the reality-tv thing didn't work for me, and I started ticking off characters I'd seen before in BSG. There was the bratty and hard-as-nails female pilot, the gruff, misanthropic and responsibility-adverse second in command, the very intelligent, self-absorbed and morally ambiguous British guy, the hot white male captain, as well as a character introduced being diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease, a Adama-Tyrol amalgam, the male version of Head!Six, and another I couldn't decide if she was Dee, Boomer or Gaeta.

So yeah, I was not at all surprised at first that it didn't get picked up. But then things on the ship went to hell and it it became really intriguing towards the end, it actually got almost forth-wall breaking, asking if reality was real. (Apparently there was a cut speech in No Exit, in which Ellen Tigh comes very close to suggesting they're fictional characters, so I wouldn't be surpised if RDM went there and had his chacters become vaguely self aware in his next project)

But what really amused me was that if you follow the BSG character archetypes, it's became clear towards the end that RDM finally figured out to what do with Lee Adama: Spoilers ) That had me sitting back and declaring the show awesome.

As it got interesting and the characters came into their own towards the end, I'm quite sad it didn't get picked up. But then, it was Fox so that was to be expected.
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With fall tv premiers happening soon, this is about the time when I go on a tv cull, deciding what to watch and what to not watch. But this year, I seem to be watching very little so I don't need to drop things to make room. Of the new shows last year, the only one I really checked out was Fringe, and I got bored of that pretty quickly and stopped watching. I keep on meaning to give up Grey's Anatomy, but somehow I keep watching despite myself. Last season's House finale disappointed me a lot and I loathe Huddy, real or imaginary. (For me it's House/misanthropy, House/Wilson/misanthropy or House/Wilson/Amber), but I'll probably still end up watching that as well.

But yeah, in new shows I'm quite excited about Glee, because the pilot was adorable, I seem to love musical television shows and I loved Popular back in the day, which was by the same guy (anyone else remember that show? It was a lot more witty than normal teen fare). Flash Forward's getting a bit of hype, and I can't help but love the cast, but the central premise seems just a bit dull. I'll check out the pilot, but if it doesn't get interesting quickly or turns out to be as frustrating as Lost, I'll probably not watch.

In the battle of the next potential BSGs, I'm really exited about V, which unfortunately doesn't premiere until November. I've got little to go on aside from buzz, but the buzz is good. I've seen the pilot for Caprica, which has an even further away premier date of January. I liked it a lot, but it's more Rome than BSG. That's not a bad thing as I loved Rome and I'll certainly watch Caprica, but the setting gives it such a different feel to its parent show and its certainly weird that my mental comparison goes first not to the show that spawned it, but to a completely different and not at all related show. But then, I think of BSG as Rome in space, since, aside from the religious aspects, it has a similar mixture of military matters, political intrigue and personal drama. Actually, it struck me the other day that Lee and Zarek from Sine Qua Non to Blood on the Scales are kind of like Octavian and Mark Antony, the inexperienced adopted son vs. the second in command for to be the heir to Julius Caesar's (Roslin's) throne. (And if Zarek is Mark Antony, I would suppose that would make Gaeta Cleopatra...).

Anyway, back to what I was talking about, Stargate: Universe actually has the most BSG-esq premise, but I'll only watch if it gets good reviews. I trust the Stargate writers to do lighthearted, snarky and slightly cracky. I don't trust them to be able to pull off serious, intelligent and dark.

One thing I have noticed lately is that aside from the likes of Doctor Who, Grey's and House, most of the television I watch these days I don't watch when it originally airs. Lately I seem to discover it on DVD some time after it originally aired and often after the series has ended (as is what happened with Rome, BSG and Life on Mars), and by the time I've gotten into it everyone else has moved on. So I'm determined to be more onto it with my show watching.

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