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September 24th, 2009


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11:29 pm - Who Needs Non-Supernatural Drama? Really.
Tonight, on Adventures in Facebook (This just in!):
Diane Ruggiero is working on an outline for a scary show and there's a giant freakin crow on my window sill. It's either some sort of demon bird, or it's hurt and I'm going to wind up feeding it wet milk bread with an eye-dropper. Either way, can't a girl just write an outline?

Me: Nevermore.

Diane Ruggiero: I love you, Sunil. Love.

Me: Once upon a Wednesday dreary, while Di pondered weak and weary,
Over an outline for a scary show in which bloody men kill,
While she nodded, hemming, hawing, suddenly there came a cawing,
As of someone gently gnawing, gnawing on her window sill.
"'Tis some visitor," she muttered, "gnawing on my window sill
If it's hurt, I'll feed it swill."

Someone I Don't Know: I don't know you, Sunil, but will you marry me?

Me: Any woman who appreciates a Poe parody would make a fine wife.

Diane Ruggiero: with crow parody
he wins her love and acclaim
til my sweet haiku

Diane Ruggiero: [Someone I Don't Know], he's a lady killer. Tread lightly.
So...I've got that going for me.

FlashForward

Whee! New show! And it has, like, everyone in it. Joseph Fiennes! Sonya Walger! John Cho! Jack Davenport! Seth MacFarlane! Alex Kingston! Genevieve Cortese! Some cute brunettes!

They really are trying to be the next Lost, aren't they? The opening sequence (and its continuation) was veeeerry reminiscent of the Lost pilot, down to the explosion that startles the lead white male authority figure. Plus OMGWTFKANGAROO. And the Oceanic Airlines billboard.

I love the premise, though, especially the detail that a global blackout would cause global catastrophe due to all the possible things one could be doing that a loss of consciousness could affect quite adversely. And I really like the shared "What did you see?" the world has now, that everyone has had this common experience. And I like that some people saw important things (and by important I mean contrived because come on) and some people saw mundane things. Also, why was that woman getting a sonogram at 10:00 at night? Unless she was in Europe at the time (I loved the "Did you see what I saw?" London scene; that was cool).

I was spoiled for the John Cho reveal, but, man, he still killed me with "Six months from now, I'm going to be dead." That's just...that's just a horrible thing to have to say out loud. Don't lose hope! Maybe you're just IN A CAVE or something.

Even though it was a little heavy-handed and dramatic, I actually find myself somewhat invested in wossname and Olivia's marriage! (I can only remember Olivia's name because that makes two Olivias on Thursday. Oh, and Bryce because Bryce is an unusual name.) And wossname is fighting his FUTURE DRINKING RELAPSE. And Olivia is fighting her FUTURE AFFAIR WITH STEVE. And that one guy WANTS RUBY TO BE ALIVE FOR SOME REASON. It opens up so many interesting questions since everyone caught a glimpse of his or her own personal future. Just a glimpse. Who knows what that glimpse really means? Maybe it's out of context. Should you change your whole life based on something you don't fully understand? Will wearing a friendship bracelet bring you one step closer to the future or is it just an artifact of the process of forward motion?

Anyway, I was waiting at the end for the big punch, the surprise they kept out of all the publicity, and eeeeeeee, that was creepy and cool. I knew what was coming when she said she was looking at all the security footage, but it was still creepy and cool. I'm in. Let's do this.

Fringe

After last week's awesome episode, this one was a little slow and didn't hold my attention as much. The MOTW had its moments—the idea of the scorpion superbaby was nice and the actual superbaby was creepy as hell—but was mostly the sort of XF-lite that I thought we'd moved past.

But now Olivia has superhearing for some reason! Huh. And it turns on at inopportune times.

Evil Charlie is evil! I forgot to mention that I LOVE THE MAGIC MIRROR TYPEWRITER THING. That is so fucking cool, even if it makes the soldier look like a fucking moron. Seriously, he has to ask for orders like every five seconds? He can't think for himself at all? He's one of those soldiers, then. But why was he all uncomfortable? He didn't seem to have any problem doing untoward things to Olivia before.

Supernatural

Hey, all the black dudes survived the episode, and the woman made it out alive! What do you know.

Oh, Sam. Sam, Sam, Sam. Keith Samuel Guiltchester. I love that they went such a fucked-up route with those hunters forcefeeding Sam demon blood. And Lucifer! Like five seconds after I thought, "Huh, we all figured that Lucifer was going to use Sam as a vessel, but instead they're doing this other thing," we learn that...yep, Sam is supposed to be Lucifer's vessel. And Dean is Michael's vessel. And they're both going to be possessed and FIGHT EACH OTHER TO THE DEATH FOR HUMANITY AND/OR GREAT JUSTICE.

As for Dean, I want to punch him in the face for claiming to have more fun with Castiel than with Sam. Fuck you, Dean. Coining the phrase "Teenage Mutant Ninja Angel" and quipping, "Eat it, Twilight!" do not make up for that bullshit! Go back to looking longingly at the empty passenger seat, punk. But Dean and Castiel's Bogus Journey was actually fairly amusing. I love how terrible Castiel is at being insincere, although I recall that he was quite the lying liar who lied last season, wasn't he? Or was he just a lying liar who left important information out?

Sam is really good at darts.
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From:sainfoin_fields
Date:September 25th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
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So much word wrt Fringe. It is difficult to get one's review across in 140 characters, but I tweeted:

what a bizarre(ly bad?) ep of Fringe - more like a copy of a copy of an X-Files ep, tone lost along the way. I get the homages but c'mon.

I think it might feel more like subpar XF because we aren't getting much in the way of characters, which upon consideration are really the element that elevated Fringe from "silly XF ripoff" in the first place. I love Olivia but post-accident we've gotten barely any real Olivia characterization time; it also seems strange that a seeker like her would not want to remember and I also feel like superhearing/superhuman abilities grafted onto normal humans has been done to death, so bah. Although I did enjoy her almost shooting Peter in the head, because what the hell! And Fake Charlie's main thing seems to be "scowls a lot and looks uncomfortable," so... besides the Scary Door typewriter stuff, I apparently just miss real Charlie a lot.

Also the part where Peter looks at a paper for .4 seconds and goes ACCORDING TO THIS THE BABY ISN'T ALL HUMAN tipped the edge of "hilariously ludicrous science" into "just insulting" but I digress.

Are you still watching The Office?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
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Although I did enjoy her almost shooting Peter in the head, because what the hell!
What the hell indeed!

And Fake Charlie's main thing seems to be "scowls a lot and looks uncomfortable," so... besides the Scary Door typewriter stuff, I apparently just miss real Charlie a lot.
Me too!

Also the part where Peter looks at a paper for .4 seconds and goes ACCORDING TO THIS THE BABY ISN'T ALL HUMAN tipped the edge of "hilariously ludicrous science" into "just insulting" but I digress.
The whole MOTW didn't make a lot of sense, even by this show's standards. Not just the science, but the detective logic. "Hey, this guy visited some of the victims, let us suspect him verily! Oh, now let us bring him in for questioning for no apparent reasoning! And get a warrant to take his blood even though we have NO GODDAMN EVIDENCE BEYOND THE CIRCUMSTANTIAL. Oh, and that random religious FBI agent magically found a Bible that had a message that in no way implied that he had killed his wife and child (unless the face that everyone who loses family in a tragic accident blames themselves means THEY LITERALLY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATHS), so let us IMMEDIATELY EXHUME THE BODIES FOR NO APPARENT REASON." Gah.

Are you still watching The Office?
Yes, but my DVR cannot handle it and people who heart TV shows don't appear to heart The Office quickly enough.
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From:babydolleyez
Date:September 25th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
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Oh, I was so pleased that they got all the contrived denial out of the main plot of Flashforward, and didn't have people not telling each other important information for half a season. That was incredibly refreshing.

Also, why was that woman getting a sonogram at 10:00 at night?

It could be that she was having complications and ended up getting a sonogram in the ER or something.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Ruby was that guy's daughter, btw, that is why he wants her alive.
Oh, I know. I meant for some reason because she's Ruby.

And no, my friend works on Psych. Though another friend works for the makeup artist on FF.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
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She's already met me! She liked my green pants.
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From:zimshan
Date:September 25th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
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As for Dean, I want to punch him in the face for claiming to have more fun with Castiel than with Sam. Fuck you, Dean.
HAHA! That's what I said, but it's funny to hear it from you!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
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It really made me mad! Don't say things like that, Dean, even if they're not true!
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From:ashfae
Date:September 25th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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I so totally adore you. For many reasons but the Raven spoof has just been added to the list. =)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Glad to keep adding to the list.
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From:musesfool
Date:September 25th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
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As for Dean, I want to punch him in the face for claiming to have more fun with Castiel than with Sam. Fuck you, Dean.



Yes. And also, that Raven parody is GOLD.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Hee, glad you liked it!

Oh, Dean.
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From:valeriejoy
Date:September 25th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
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FlashForward = ROCKIN'! The awake guy also freakin' creeped me out and I wanted more JACK DAVENPORT!!! (Love how you called him Steve, btw. lol!) And yes, two Olivias on Thursday night seems a little odd, eh? I hope that John Cho's character doesn't die, please no! Joseph Fiennes was amazing and wonderful. I love Sonya Walger (you know she was in the Amercian version of Coupling, right?) and have to just giggle a little to think she ends up having an affair with Jack's character and they were both on a Coupling show. lol!

Fringe = meh. But since I love the show I'm willing to sit through an X-Files-esque piece. And Olivia with the superhearing is interesting. I want to know more about Sam.

Supernatural = waiting for me to watch. lol! I know, I know, I suck as a Jensen fangirl, but I swear, I will get to it! ;)

Love your takes on the shows we watch. :)

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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
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(Love how you called him Steve, btw. lol!)
My other friends are calling him Captain Norrington, which is how I first saw him, but he's Steve! He is going to deliver powerful awkward monologues about couch cushions.

I love Sonya Walger (you know she was in the Amercian version of Coupling, right?)
I didn't know that! Ha.

I want to know more about Sam.
Sam? Who's Sam?

Love your takes on the shows we watch.
Thanks!
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From:maka2000
Date:September 25th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I really enjoyed Fastforward, it's one of the few new shows I'd seen previews for, and was excited about.

And it has, like, everyone in it.
Everyone really IS in it. Why is Seth McFarlane being a dramatic actor now though? I find it off putting because he always makes me think of Stewie and I don't think that's what he was going for in this. I also think I saw, in the preview, an actress I liked from my beloved and now canceled "The Unusuals"! Which made me happy. If ABC is going to recycle their "Lost" actors, then they should recycle their Unusuals actors too, because they were awesome.

Who's Ruby? And I don't want Olivia to have an affair either. That English guy future her hooks up with is sketchy. I say stay away!

I can't wait to find out why that one dude in Detroit didn't blackout like everyone else in the world.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Who's Ruby?
That guy's daughter who was dead but is actually alive. She was on Supernatural as a demon.

That English guy future her hooks up with is sketchy.
He's not sketchy! He's Jack Davenport!

I can't wait to find out why that one dude in Detroit didn't blackout like everyone else in the world.
I know! The obvious answer is that he's the one he caused it with his powerful magic or something, but I'm betting they go somewhere else with it.
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From:harper47
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh I so strongly disagree on many of your Supernatural points but that's okay. It is good that all the black duded and the woman survived.

Sam is really good at darts. And he washed his hair which made me happy.

I haven't seen Fringe or Flash Forward yet but I'm looking forward to them.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh I so strongly disagree on many of your Supernatural points but that's okay.
Hee. I am sure you adored Dean and Castiel together!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I really want to see Flash Forward.
They're re-airing the pilot tonight at 8.

And: Too bad you can't marry Diane Ruggiero.
Too bad indeed.
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From:spideychris
Date:September 25th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
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I knew I recognized that Army Daughter from somewhere. I just didn't know where. Aw, that makes me sad. I miss Ruby.

I'm sad that I missed the first 10 minutes or so of FlashForward. I only got in right when Mark (that's Joseph Fiennes guy by the way) was standing on top of the car.

You know, everywhere I keep seeing people going on and on that they knew Lucifer wanted to use Sam for his condom, but... I don't know. I must be one of the only people who it never occurred to. I was actually pretty shocked and pleased at the perceived twist.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm sad that I missed the first 10 minutes or so of FlashForward. I only got in right when Mark (that's Joseph Fiennes guy by the way) was standing on top of the car.
Ah, all you missed was the setup and establishing of the characters. Mark's a recovering alcoholic, Mark and Olivia express their love by insulting each other, Bryce was about to shoot himself, etc. Nothing terribly important. They're re-airing it tonight.

You know, everywhere I keep seeing people going on and on that they knew Lucifer wanted to use Sam for his condom, but... I don't know. I must be one of the only people who it never occurred to. I was actually pretty shocked and pleased at the perceived twist.
Heh. Well, all last season they were setting up this brother vs. brother thing, so it seemed natural that if Lucifer rose, he would take over Sam, forcing Dean to have to really hardcore fight the hell out of him.
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From:anoel
Date:September 25th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
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I liked Flash Forward a lot too although it hasn't sold me on the characters yet. Love the plot though! Even if it is trying to be Lost. I really hope they learn from it and have a five year plan RIGHT NOW.

Oooh that is so cool with Diane! She was always one of my favorite writers, I loved her VM episodes.
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From:kremlindusk
Date:September 25th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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So much to say, but I'll just stick with one thing.

My theory for John Cho's character on FF is that future him is just unconscious, not dead. See, didn't his girlfriend in that one scene near the end (I was sort of talking to my boyfriend so I didn't hear it all) say that she saw them getting married in her flash forward? So I thought maybe John Cho just gets nervous at the wedding, since he seemed to be nervous about it earlier in the episode, and passes out or something innocuous like that. Or maybe he's in a coma. But I don't think he necessarily has to really be dead.

Although, I did joke to my BF that late April is probably right about the time when the next Star Trek movie will be filming. In which case, it's curtains for FBI Agent John Cho. ;)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 25th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
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See, didn't his girlfriend in that one scene near the end (I was sort of talking to my boyfriend so I didn't hear it all) say that she saw them getting married in her flash forward?
Oh, I didn't hear that. Hm.

But I don't think he necessarily has to really be dead.
Unconscious could work as well!
From:wee_warrior
Date:September 25th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Flash Forward: wossname is called Marc, and I'm... not incredibly invested in Joseph Fiennes' big emo close ups. And his general emo-ing all over my screen. I mean, yes, I get it was traumatic, but still... dude, too wounded. It was like watching a doe die for 40 minutes.

Other than that it was okay I guess. Bit too heavy-handed, and I have residual hate for Brannon Braga, but I like most of the cast.

I also believe that Cho's character is unconscious, not dead.

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