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I haven't made a substantive post in ages. So here is one which I have decided shall contain good news and awesome things:

1.Heroes got cancelled! I view this as a good thing because I believe with no more canon being created it'll make it easier for me to believe that season two onwards never happened and Heroes was a one-season wonder.

2. I can't believe they cast Allison Janney on Lost. Allison freaking Janney. That is both a) awesome and b) a enormous pain in the ass because that means I may have to actually go and watch the entirety Lost even though she's only in one episode (thus is the power of Allison Janney)

3. In random stuff on Youtube that's amusing me this week, somebody made a compilation of nicknames characters call each other on The Thick of It. No nickname is used twice and it clocks in at over nine and half minutes.

4. Armando Iannucci's got funding for a new movie (a lot of funding when compared to the budget of In the Loop), one written by him and Will Smith (not that Will Smith, the other one who plays Phil in TTOI). Yay!

(And I'm going to nag you all once again to watch In the Loop because with it having being released on DVD everywhere now, there is no excuse of not having seen the movie anymore and you all should because it's one of the funniest comedies of all freaking time and it may even change the way you view politics).

5. Oh, my goodness do I love Ashes to Ashes at the moment. I do have a couple of criticisms (which are ongoing), but generally, I am so in love with this season. Nobody I know IRL watches the show (I know a few people who tried the first series but decided it was inferior to Life on Mars and stopped watching) and they tend to give me quizzical looks when I rave on about it. But this season is amazing.

But my particular love of the season comes from my new-found OT3: Ray, Shaz and Chris.

Cut for raving which includes spoilers for 3x07 and speculation )

And now I'm off to watch Star Trek: Generations because I realised the other day that I haven't watched the movie in ages and I fell like watching Kirk die.

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Mar. 4th, 2009 03:01 pm
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I've said how Heroes has been plodding along at 'really quite good' since the last two episodes of Volume 3, well last nights actually hit great, in fact I think it's the best episode since Cautionary Tales back in Volume 2. I have no idea whether this is the Bryan Fuller effect and whether it will have lasting influence or it was just a one-off, but if it does then the show is back!

Anyway, in this episodes: Sandra Bennet gets to be 24 different kinds of awesome (there's a list under the cut. I counted), Peter and Matt are smart and kick Federal Government ass and Sylar's lame storyline (probably unintentionally on the part of the writers) makes me lol. Oh, and last week's floorpocalpse redux is made up for by two of the best cliff-hangers of the season.

You made him look like Mr freaking Rodgers! )

Hmm. Wow. I've just made a long post mostly praising Heroes. Wouldn't have expected that a few months ago. Now if they just got rid of Sylar and kept this level of quality, the show could actually live up to its potential.

Cold Wars

Feb. 25th, 2009 01:59 pm
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Since I said I would give it another chance at the end of last season, I’m still watching Heroes. And surprisingly enough, it seems to have gotten itself back together for the most part. It's still got lots and lots of flaws (boring and seemingly pointless side-plots, the dialogue clunkers, reusing old plots etc), but for the most part it's done away with the major flaws of Villains. Mainly, the characters seem to be acting in character and its more character driven than batshit plot driven. Oh, and they're working together a lot more, which I like.

Anyway, it's my sad television addiction and if it keeps on going way at the current level of quality (kind of good most of the time), I shall probably keep on watching it to the bitter end. (If it takes another Villains turn, I'll quit. Really. No really). It's just terrible that I feel have to justify watching the show to both myself and the world in general these days because it's not that bad anymore.

Floorpolcalypse II: The Explosion takes Washington )

Anyway, not bad and episode. Actually quite good. Could have been a lot more though, so loses points for being disappointing.

Not it's time to repeat the mantra: Bryan Fuller will save the show. Bryan Fuller will save the show.

(Of course, the big question is, if Bryan Fuller can save the show from its quality problems, can he bring back enough viewers to save it from cancellation? I will be sad if it gets cancelled.)
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As I mentioned briefly early, the Heroes volume finale isn't bad. In fact, I would categorise it as quite good. I think for a few reasons:

Brief Listy Thing )

But mostly because Worf is the US President. Nope, the Star Trek casting never gets old. And yes, I probably will be tuning in next volume because apparently there is something wrong with me. But then Bryan Fuller has made me hopeful for this show. But I swear, if I get even a wiff of another Sylar redemption arc, I'm off faster than Daphne.

I've decided that while Sanctuary shall be never a particularly accolade worth show, it is fantastic in a completely cracky way. The season finale two-parter has Magnus team up with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Nikola Tesla (i.e. the old crew) and the Invisible Man's invisible Granddaugher - and it is awesome in the way only having fictional characters and historical figures bitching at each other can be.

I'm also still on a Stargate thing at the moment. I keep on meaning to watch Atlantis, but I can't seem to find the time. Add it to the big list of shows I'm going to watch one day when I discovery the secret of having free time (along with Battlestar Galactica) Watching a show as it comes out every week isn't bad, but trying to watch a seasons worth of episodes in week - or however long I can rent them for – is a bit too much of a mission for me at the moment.

I was initially incredibly sceptical about the new spinoff Stargate: Universe, which appears Star Trek: Voyager with annoying twenty-somethings, which is particularly ironic since the 'younger and sexier' concept has already been mocked mercilessly by the original show. But then Robert Carlyle was cast and now I don't know what to think. I love Stargate, but it's not the kind of franchise that attracts people with Baftas. I'm worried the franchise may be a bit tired, and apparently Atlantis sucks this season, but then Unending happens to be one of my favourite episodes of television ever and that was the 214th and final episode of SG1, so maybe age has nothing to with the ability for good television. Potential there, maybe? I dunno.

Anyone know when Ashes to Ashes is going to start up again? It's been far too long since the last series ended.
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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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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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I found out that news very shortly after it was announced, but RL has caused this reaction to be a bit delayed. I'm sad. I'm excited. I'm pretty much how one would hope to be about it.

Read more... )

Anyway, moving on from the announcement to the truly-mind blowing thing of the NTAs. I clicked on a photo of CT yesterday and there was Sylar and my brain imploded just a little bit. I find myself very rarely truly surprised these days, but that did it. Unexpected fandom crossovers are awesome.
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I thought it was a good episode, but I'm in one of those moods in which I am going to detail everything wrong with this show and how it should be fixed. Heroes remains one of the most frustrating shows on television. It got worse before it got better, but they've made huge headway this season into fixing some of the problems, such as Peter, the writing of female characters, speeding up the plotting and getting rid of the excess characters, but it continues to waste brilliant opportunities.

Sometimes I think the writers and showrunners know exactly what they’re doing. Other times it feels like they're just a bunch of monkeys and episodes like Company Man and Cautionary Tales are the works of Shakespeare.

Building a nest? Laying Eggs? Who the hell knows? )
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High-Five, Turtle! )
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Heroes catch-up.

Dad's making waffles! )

While I wasn't a huge fan of that episode, the next episode was quite win. Finally the characters and plot strands coming together and the big bad revealed. I love it when the show does that.

We are the worst heroes ever )
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This season shouldn't be called 'Villains'. It should be called 'Crack.'

You drink decaf, right Noah? )
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Thank you, turtle! You saved my life! )
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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 [livejournal.com 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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Heroes is back next week, but it hasn't been on since before Christmas. After all that time of no Heroes, and the fact that season two was a bit rubbish, has let if fallen off my radar somewhat and I know it's fall off the radar of others. However, I've been reading io9.com's morning spoiler reports regularly for months now and seem to have acquired a vague idea of what's going on. So to refresh everyone's excitement for the show (read: trying to make it so I'm not the only person still watching it) I bring you:

Heroes Season Three Spoilers: The Good, the Bad and the WTF?

(Spoilers, obviously. Also, I may be wrong as to some spoiler (but I don't think so) and as to what turns out to be a good storyline and what turns out to be a bad storyline - I am after all, pre-judging based on little fact)

The Good )

The Bad )

And the WTF )

Also, Jack Coleman's gotten himself a blog The HRG Files, which is so far great read.

Television

Aug. 10th, 2008 12:47 pm
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After much terrible weather the sun has finally come out and some inconsiderate neighbour has decided to make sure everyone cannot leave their homes or open their windows since the street stinks like rotting fish.

I finally caught House's Head/Wilson's Heart and it was very sad. I think I found it far sadder than my flatmates since I adored Amber and House/Amber/Wilson is my House OT3whereas everyone I know seemed to hate her. I have no idea why.

I can't wait so see how House tries to fix his relationship with Wilson this time, it seems like they may have broken up for good, and well, it wasn't entirely his fault, but it was enough of his fault for Wilson to be justified in holding it against him until the end of time.

I seem to be all about OT3s these days what with Bruce/Rachel/Harvey as well.

Meanwhile I'm starting to find myself getting all excited about season three of Heroes, even though I'm quite sure it's going to be as bad if not worse than season two. Was it the spoilers that’s got me interested in the show again? The trailers? Nope. It was the cast photo that really drove home why I like the show:

The insane levels of prettiness (casting spoilers) )

I think it's official that Heroes is the show I just cannot quit.

My excitement about SJA series two should go without saying. I'm loving nearly every one of the spoilers that has leaked out about it. The big challenge is for it to be as good or even better than the first series, since it set a pretty high standard.

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 just been watching The American President. I haven't watched it in a while and it is my absolute favourite romcom.

"I didn’t send 466 to the floor to win you back."
"And I didn't come back because you sent 466 to the floor."

I am such a dork.

Anyway. There is a need for me to post today. Today is the one year anniversary of the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which means it is the one year anniversary of the death of James Norrington, which means it is the beginning of the trend of every single favourite character of mine always having to die.

Seriously: Spoilers for Harry Potter, Heroes, Rome, Ashes to Ashes and House )

Will the needless slaying of adored characters please end.
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So it turns out Jack Coleman (of Mr. Bennet fame) reads the TWoP boards. He had a lovely message posted thanking his harem of twenty year olds that post there. Which would include me.

*dies*

I mean, you don’t ever expect to actually have your comments read by the actor, do you? I've always viewed the internet as yelling in the park. Some may hear incidentally, but only those who want to listen will actually show up. On the other hand, Jack Coleman is wonderful for not being very creeped out and actually engaging with fans.

Meanwhile, while lurking at the OG boards I read the most bonkers yet credible spoiler ever. I’m not going to post it, trust me, you’ll know it if you see it but I’ll cut my comment on it anyway. ) Please tell me someone else out there has read it.
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I'm still going on with the Torchwood watching. I think I'm managing about two a week.

How on earth do you take Jack Harkness – a character I loved when he first appeared in Doctor Who – and after a few episodes have me rooting for his team to kick his arse?

I have no idea, but that was what I was pondering while watching End of Days.

The Jack characterisation is my general bother with this episode. On the on hand we have Jack One, with his very heroic good guy Doctor Who characterisation. Yes, he had a past, but that was all over with after the Doctor Dances. He doesn’t fire his gun, he falls in line behind the Doctor and never suggests any action even close to being morally dodgy.

Then we have Jack Two, the Torchwood characterisation, in which it is pointed out by Owen that he has been erasing people’s memories, shooting people dead and generally being a grey mysterious figure.

I know why there are two Jack characterisations. Jack One has to cater for a general audience. However, Jack One and Jack Two just don’t mesh. You don’t see Jack Two at all when Jack One’s in action which makes you sit there and wonder where the hell Jack One is when watching Jack Two since he seems to have had a personality transfer. Which just makes me pissed at Jack Two.

And End of Days managed to prove that just because something has a giant monster in it, does not necessarily mean I will enjoy it.

On the other hand Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was jam packed with cracktastic goodness. Torchwood should always be like that.

So the Torchwood crew spent a bit of time in the episode moaning about Jack had just abandoned them, so I thought, instead of a review, I could make a few suggestions of potential Jack replacements should ever to swan off with the Doctor again. And every new boss needs to first of all motivate the team with a speech don't they?

Donna Noble )

The SJA Trio )

Gene Hunt )

Noah Bennet )
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The writers strike is apparently in its dying throes, which of course is excellent news. I know there’s not going to probably be any new episodes of TV shows for another couple of months at the earliest, but at least canon is no longer in the hands of the network execs (those non-union Heroes graphic novels Sucked. Badly. And you just know the NBC execs are trying to work the storylines and characters into the show - as if boring plotlines and cast bloat wasn't exactly what was wrong with season two).

I’ve decided to engage upon what shall be dubbed the great Torchwood second chance re-watch of 08 in which I shall actually watch Torchwood. For two reason. Firstly, Martha, and secondly, I'm starting to feel bad mocking a show that I’ve only seen four episodes of. I feel if I’ve seen a good ten, then I can mock it mercilessly.

I was going to go with five, but have decided upon seven: Greeks with Gifts, They Keep Killing Suzie, Out of Time, Captain Jack Harkness, End of Days, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and To The Last Man. Plus I’ll watch Martha’s three.

I may regret this, but there’s always the Mothershow and SJA to turn to if the rampant incompetence is becoming too much to bear.

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