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September 26th, 2009


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12:06 am - A Crush to Pass the Time
Sometimes it's a good thing you don't write a supremely angsty second-person post, the kind you used to kill in college. Sometimes you're better off not immortalizing your usual fears and doubts and paranoia. Sometimes you're glad you didn't give in too heartily to that negativity, deciding that being poetically miserable wasn't worth it. Sometimes your fears and doubts and paranoia are warranted. Sometimes she hates coffee or Simpsons references or e-mail or you.

And sometimes she doesn't.

Here's to drinks or dinner, maybe next week.

The Office

Now that's more like it! After last week's terribly uncomfortable, not that funny episode, it was good to have an episode that made me laugh a lot. Dwight and Toby as detectives was fun stuff, and Pam's quest for RSVPs was very old-school entertaining, mining humor out of the mundane. And having Jim and Michael as co-managers (with Dwight SCREEEEEEAMING inside) is going to be great! Oh, show.

Dollhouse

Well, that was certainly better than the last premiere, eh?

I don't like Adelle's new hair! Long was way sexier. But I find it interesting that she believes that the Dollhouse helps with "important research." She...clearly hasn't seen "Epitaph One."

Jamie Bamber being British! Alexis Denisof being American! What a crazy world we live in.

I still continue not to give much of a flip about Echo, and I was really confused by her the first half of the episode. Because I had heard that Echo was going to be remembering her old personalities—and I just rewatched "Epitaph One" a couple days ago—so in that scene with her and Paul after the wedding night, I thought that was Caroline. Probably because Eliza was acting just like Caroline. And I thought they were going to have Caroline in control of her imprints now to get around the rampant rape, but no, I misunderstood that scene entirely. That could have been a neat twist if it were clearer and Eliza weren't acting exactly like Caroline. That being said, I thought she was pretty good at switching from role to role in the scene at the end—which at first I thought, "What the fuck, show, let's have this dude beat on a woman, as if you don't get enough flak for gender issues already," but then I saw what his game was, and I am a fan of provoking superpeople into going postal (eg, throwing Bruce Banner out of an airplane to force him to Hulk out).

There was very little Victor and Sierra, but they stole any scenes they were in. Although I loved Ivy's reaction to Sierra's disturbing come-on.

But the real star of this episode was Amy fucking Acker, with co-star Fran fucking Kranz. With Whiskey/Saunders, the Amazing Self-Aware Doll, this show is actually asking the questions and exploring the issues I have been wanting it to ask and explore from the beginning. How different is an artificially composited personality from the personality that we composite ourselves? Like Boyd says, we're not all well put together either. What does it take to distinguish a person from a Roomba? How do you deal with being a person if your personality was constructed by someone else? How much of what you think and believe is programmed into you and how much is the real you? Back when we learned that Mellie was a Doll, I posited the question, "What if Mellie wanted to stay Mellie forever, not give up her body to the original personality?" AND NOW THEY ARE TOTALLY DOING THAT STORYLINE. Despite being an artificial construct, Saunders considers herself a person, and to revert to her original personality would be, in essence, to die. She doesn't even know whether any of the original personality is in her. She could just be occupying a body that belongs to someone else. This is where clones could really come in handy.

And Topher!! I was one of those guys who liked Topher last season, and now I feel validated because he is way more interesting and complicated now. I love how fragile he is, even though he's a supergenius. I am interested to know the mind of the man who literally plays God, who creates these people out of fuzzy shapes and sinusoidal waves. Especially after "Epitaph One."

Psych

Kenan Thompson, you are not on SNL. Tone it the fuck down.

Jaleel White, your voice is really high.

A cappella theme song!

AAAACH ZEBEDIAH IS THE CORONER!

Gus always falls for the culprit! At least this time she was not the actual murderer. Speaking of, wait, what the fuck, what about the actual killers?? I assume she'll give them up.

Oh, musical encryption codes.

Jules and Lassie were weirdly antagonistic this week. I wonder if that's going to continue.

Psych doesn't require thinky-thoughts; it's just entertaining.

(Next week: Alex Mack!!)
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From:gossi
Date:September 26th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
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You had all the thoughts about Dollhouse I'm too stupid to put into words.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
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That's what I'm here for.
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From:ahtrap
Date:September 26th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)

rock and/or roll on

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good fortune with the drinks or diner
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)

Re: rock and/or roll on

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Thank you.
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From:kerrypolka
Date:September 26th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
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And sometimes she doesn't.

!!!

Dude, way to be! I hope it goes well!

Also, I totally agree about The Office. I thought the premiere was pretty meh, but this one was definitely back on track. Andy's makeshift cheese tray was amazing.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
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I hope it goes well!
Me too! It could be nothing, or it could be Something, but either way, it's something.

Also, I totally agree about The Office. I thought the premiere was pretty meh, but this one was definitely back on track. Andy's makeshift cheese tray was amazing.
It was very elaborate and extensive! Also, I wonder if they're going to follow up on his flirty cousin.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:September 26th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
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Is this the girl who liked sci-fi and Incubus?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
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Ha, no. She never responded to me. This is the girl from the xkcd thingie.
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From:electricmonk
Date:September 26th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Here's to drinks or dinner, maybe next week.

I was going to say "!!!", but someone already did, then I was going to say "rock on," but someone already did, so I will just say that whether or not anything comes of it, I am really freakin' stoked for you.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
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It's a brave new world.
From:wee_warrior
Date:September 26th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Sweet! Have fun, whatever comes out of it.
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From:valeriejoy
Date:September 26th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
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The Office - I too loved the Toby and Dwight investigation. I can't believe Toby cussed out the window. That was HILARIOUS!!! And Dwight, poor Dwight upon learning Jim is now co-manager. The scream at the end was priceless.

Dollhouse - Amy Acker was BRILLIANT. The Whiskey/Saunders and Topher part of the ep was amazing... It was a little off putting hearing Jamie Bamber speak in his British accent. lol! And I didn't even watch a lot of BSG... Echo did confuse me a little. I too thought she was trying to control the other personalities as opposed to just being imprinted (in the first half of the ep). I would like to know what the heck Ballard is doing. What is his angle nowadays.

Again, love your show insights. You say things much better than I do. lol!

Cheers to drinks! ;)
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From:water_of_fire
Date:September 26th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I *heart* your Plushgun reference.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
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You're like the one person who will get it! Heh.

How's your shirt? I still haven't seen you in it.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:September 26th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with drinks & dinner!! :) :) :)

I really enjoyed dollhouse and even though I think Eliza was better in this episode at portraying multiple personalities and showing emotion, etc, it was definitely Whiskey & Topher that captured my attention! Not to mention, that moment with Sierra & Victor.

I loved Psych and as you stated...it doesn't need analyzing, it's just entertaining! I kind of thought the weird antagonism was because Jules doesn't like hiding things from Shawn and Lassie is obviously relishing the opportunity and gloating that he gets to do it...Puddle Girl next week! Whee!



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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Not to mention, that moment with Sierra & Victor.
Holding hands!
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From:pandora_17
Date:September 26th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Whaaaaat? Alex Mack is going to be on Psych?! I haven't been keeping up, and the only reason I'm even on the internet now is because I have so much to do that I am completely overwhelmed. Yay, procrastination!

Also, happy belated birthday! I remembered and even thought about you, I just haven't been on the internet.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thanks. You should be on the Internet more. It's the Internet!

And, yeah, Larisa Oleynik was in the promo for next week! Yay!
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From:lembeau
Date:September 26th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes you're glad you didn't give in too heartily to that negativity, deciding that being poetically miserable wasn't worth it.

This.

I'm not going to wish you luck for next week, cuz you don't need it. I am going to wish you an awesomely amazing time instead. :OD

Next week: Alex Mack!!

Dude, where did she go? I used to LOVE that show and I loved her guest run on 3rd Rock From The Sun and then she just went away. Since I'm not a Psych watcher (yet!) you'll have to tell me how her appearance went.
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From:serenity_valley
Date:September 26th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Cheers and best wishes for a lovely time, from a lurker who's been wishing good things for you on the dating front for quite some time. A lurker who supports you in email, as it were.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 26th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thanks. That's sweet of you.
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From:tigeremme
Date:September 26th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
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=) =) =)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 28th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
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Well, it might not be a date, for all I know. That would be asking too much.
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From:redflora
Date:September 28th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
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The last time I wrote that kind of post, it was an angsty, tortured poem. I redeemed myself by tagging it "cheer up, emo kid" though, so it all worked out OK.

Here's hoping you say the same! Wooo! ("Working out OK" I mean, not "cheer up, emo kid". Fingers crossed!)

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