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December 2nd, 2009


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10:25 pm - The Beastmaster Is Dating a High Schooler!
Tonight I interviewed a high school girl for admission to Rice. She came here from China last year, so her English was a little broken, but passable.

As we were leaving, I told her to feel free to e-mail me with any questions she had about Rice and such.

In a complete non sequitur, she said, "I don't know if this is appropriate...but you're a good-looking guy."

...I said, "Thank you." It was not appropriate! But it was amusing! Especially since, from my name, she had been expecting a woman.

So I'm attractive to underage Chinese girls. That's...something, I guess.
glasseseater: I could go for a high school girlfriend

spectralbovine: Oh my God.

I just met Knives Chau (17 Years Old).


This past Saturday, I watched all of V and V: The Final Battle, which SyFy helpfully aired a while back. They were quite enjoyable! I was amused at how truly heavy-handed the Nazi allegory was...in that they fucking came right out and said it. Of course, it wasn't until then that I noticed that the Visitors' logo looked like a swastika.

It took me a while to identify all the characters because for the first hour, it was like, "Ah, it's the handsome white dude and his Asian sidekick. And the woman with big hair! And the other woman with big hair! And...the other woman with big hair! And the other handsome white dude! And the old lady! And the other old lady! And the old dude! And the other old dude! And the black guy! The other black guy! CHARACTER OVERLOAD OMG." I don't even know how long it took me to remember anyone's name. I have forgotten most of their names already. But I liked the heroine a lot; she was pretty cool. And the Korean sidekick. And Diana was pretty great, especially in the second miniseries, which was more action-packed and full of explosions.

I must say, though, that the infamous guinea pig scene was disappointing. The special effects editing was so bad! I know it was the eighties, but still. It took me out of the moment. Not that it isn't still a memorable image. What wasn't disappointing was the lizard baby. Oh my God!

I liked watching the rebel group form and grow and develop, this scrappy team of regular people who band together to defeat their alien oppressors. It was good stuff! I kind of want to watch the TV series.

But I am already watching a TV series! I am really digging the new V. I can see that they've changed a lot, but they've kept most of the basic elements (while introducing new ones that offer more storytelling potential). The med student became an FBI agent, and the journalist became a priest. I'm amused that even in the original miniseries, the Hitler Youth character was the douchiest douche in Douchelandia, except he was seduced by a hot guy instead of Supergirl. Anna is a very different sort of villain from Diana, and I like how the new series has been very coy about showing the Visitors really being eeeeeevil. The idea that they are of peace, always, is pushed much more heavily, whereas in the miniseries, it quickly seems to get to the point where you can't see the Visitors as anything but villains. You can take it slower in a TV series, so right now, they get to fuck with your head a bit.

The series will have a new showrunner when it comes back in March, so I wonder how the show will change. I haven't really had the issues with it that others apparently have. I think it's more solid and sure of itself than FlashForward. It's exciting and intriguing and has neat plot twists. The new showrunner wants to have an OMG moment in every episode, though, so I am all for it! What is television without OMG moments, after all.

Basically, thumbs up for alien oppressors masquerading as bringers of peace! Good story, however you do it.
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From:sabra_n
Date:December 3rd, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
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CHARACTER OVERLOAD OMG.

Sounds like my first time watching Band of Brothers. Except there it was all like, "Hey, that's Damian Lewis! And that white guy! And the other white guy! And...that other white guy!" And everyone had uniforms on. Man, that was a tough one to decipher. :P
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From:sophia_helix
Date:December 3rd, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
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I might pick V back up again if they actually had an OMG! moment in every episode -- as it is, we decided to just stick with FlashForward for now because Shit Actually Happens in every episode, and I couldn't remember who was who in each show (or which Lost cast alum was one which show). Also, the Visitors seem to spend so much time standing around plotting ambiguously and spouting idealistic dialogue that I felt like I was back on a Cylon ship, which is just no good for anyone.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 3rd, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
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Ha ha ha. I don't know; I feel like Shit Happens on V. Maybe my threshold for Shit is lower?
From:birdsarecalling
Date:December 3rd, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
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I am enjoying the new V quite a bit! And not just because of my girlcrush on Elizabeth Mitchell. I like that the show (unlike certain other serials) doesn't doesn't drag things out in a misguided attempt to build suspense. I was expecting Secret Lizard Guy to spend twenty-two episodes hiding his true nature from Elizabeth Mitchell and Catholic Priest, dropping ambiguous hints and angsting all the while. Instead, they got the reveal out of the way quickly so that the rebel trio could get on with the business of being awesome and blowing shit up. That's what I like to see.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 3rd, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Apparently everyone was complaining that the reveal came so early! And by everyone I mean Alan Sepinwall. And maybe they could have saved that for at least a couple episodes, but it certainly helped hook me on the series from the get-go.
From:wee_warrior
Date:December 3rd, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
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(Trying again - still tired, sorry.)

V - it's quite entertaining, and EM - and MB and MC - are fun, but they feed into some very odd conspiracy theories. I mean, evil alien viruses through flu shots, really?
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From:kali921
Date:December 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Having very recently consumed both A Serious Man (note to self: do not view Coen Bros. films while in bereavement) and Desperate Romantics, my first instinct upon reading the top part of your entry was to wait for you to flee screaming for the hills.

Anyway.

I'm watching the new V. I remember the old V. The new V is the old V with the added proviso that this time the aliens got degrees in Marketing Communications and Fashion with extra special doubleplusgood allegories that Obama is Bad. The Obama-hating subtext is so loud in the show that I wind up cracking up during the serious scenes and Elizabeth Mitchell might be ruined for me forever. (Also, they committed the cardinal sin of killing off Alan Tudyk in the first episode.) But I'll keep watching, dammit, because I want to support a sci fi show that's on a major commercial network during primetime.

About the only thing that would make the new V awesome to me at this point is if the plucky resistance starts scalping the lizardfaces and festooning Wall Street with lizard heads on pikes after the requisite "So, since you're obviously not Sufficiently Advanced, can we work this out before we relieve you of your crests?"

That'll teach 'em. You know what they need? Aldo Raine. That's what they need.

FlashForward is a guilty pleasure. I mean, there's Lesser Fiennes, but there's also Gabrielle Union/John Cho burning up the sheets. So. Torn.

Edited at 2009-12-03 06:41 pm (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 3rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
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The new V is the old V with the added proviso that this time the aliens got degrees in Marketing Communications and Fashion with extra special doubleplusgood allegories that Obama is Bad.
Heh. I don't think the showrunners really think Obama is bad (just because I expect most of Hollywood to be pretty liberal and Obama-loving), but the subtext is rather amusing. I was just reading an interview with either the showrunners or Elizabeth Mitchell or someone where they mentioned that the whole "universal healthcare" thing was a fluke; the pilot was written and shot long before it became a hot button political issue.

Elizabeth Mitchell might be ruined for me forever.
Oh no, she's still pretty fab. Such an adorable geek!

(Also, they committed the cardinal sin of killing off Alan Tudyk in the first episode.)
That was unfortunate indeed.

That'll teach 'em. You know what they need? Aldo Raine. That's what they need.
Hee.

I'm also enjoying FF. Lesser Fiennes is...lesser, but John Cho is JOHN CHO! And I like the premise. And Janis.
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From:daynr
Date:December 3rd, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
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1. Robin was the LAMEST CHARACTER EVER. Even in the series when they finally wrote her off she was a whiny little twit.

2. You missed the series where it got really really bad, with Kyle and the starchild and some new V characters. hee. There may have been ladylizard v. ladylizard battles.

3. Diana is AWESOME, though Anna also seems to have potential.

I actually find changing Juliette from a med student to a FBI agent really lame; part of what made Julie so amazing is that she was just an average woman who learned and evolved into a kickass heroine. She had inner strength (torture!) and learned to fight. They gave us an FBI agent so presumably that evolution is being skipped over. Julie being normal is more like an early Sarah Connor and that was awesome as a little girl.

4. Mike Donovan was both the reporter and the priest -- he fulfilled both roles.

I go back and forth on how much I like it but I'm definitely still watching . I LOVED Diana, she was so diabolical and arrogant and cunning and ruthless, so I'm looking forward to seeing more Anna. Her making the guy skin someone was hot, though Diana would have been watching it happen while masturbating or something.

AND OH MY: did you get to meet Ham Tyler? Loooooover Ham Tyler, though he had a heavy handed Vietnam message. Lame. Him and his 'gooder'.

Edited at 2009-12-03 06:49 pm (UTC)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 3rd, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
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I can totally appreciate your icon now!

1. Robin was the LAMEST CHARACTER EVER. Even in the series when they finally wrote her off she was a whiny little twit.
She was the pregnant teen? She was not the greatest, no.

2. You missed the series where it got really really bad, with Kyle and the starchild and some new V characters. hee. There may have been ladylizard v. ladylizard battles.
Oh man. That sounds...uh. So it gets even more ridiculous than MAGICAL HYBRID CHILD POWERS?

3. Diana is AWESOME, though Anna also seems to have potential.
She does! She can get kind of ruthless at times, too, but she never really raises her voice.

I totally agree about Julie. That's what was really great about her character. I didn't think about the early Sarah Connor comparison, but that's a good point.

4. Mike Donovan was both the reporter and the priest -- he fulfilled both roles.
No, his old flame was the Scott Wolf character, the "press secretary." Mike did get to do some reporting, but then he became a rebel reporter, whereas Scott Wolf is totally in their hands but questioning them way way more than whatsername ever did.

I LOVED Diana, she was so diabolical and arrogant and cunning and ruthless, so I'm looking forward to seeing more Anna. Her making the guy skin someone was hot, though Diana would have been watching it happen while masturbating or something.
Ha ha ha.

AND OH MY: did you get to meet Ham Tyler? Loooooover Ham Tyler, though he had a heavy handed Vietnam message. Lame. Him and his 'gooder'.
Yeah, he was in the second miniseries! I kept waiting for him to show up since I heard Michael Ironside was quite memorable. I missed the Vietnam message, but then I watched The Deer Hunter the next day so I guess it evened out.
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From:daynr
Date:December 3rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Ahhhh, I forgot about that lame early reporter woman. Whoooops.

And the Vietnam episode was in the series. Seriously, the series is so bad it's great, as long as you can fast forward through the non-lizard scenes. They start developing what the deal is with the home planet.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 3rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Ahhhh, I forgot about that lame early reporter woman.
Well, she was pretty lame.

They start developing what the deal is with the home planet.
Oooh. I was interested in that. It looks like they may do a bit of that in the new series soon too, based on the end of the last episode.

I do wonder whether they will keep the whole "stealing water" thing. And the Red Dust. From what I read, it seems like they'll try to hit some of the iconic aspects of the old series but do their own thing.
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From:lembeau
Date:December 3rd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
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So I'm attractive to underage Chinese girls. That's...something, I guess.

LMAO. Well, you know, instead of finding a wife from the homeland, you can always get one from China. And think how happy your mom would be at the lighter skinned grandbabies? My mom once told me jokingly she wouldn't love her grandchildren if they were dark and I very seriously told her she should have thought about that earlier and married me to a white guy when she had the chance. Parents. Fair and Lovely, anyone?

I haven't seen V and am a bit on the fence about it, but what I got out of your review was there were AZNs on your TV?!?

Douchelandia

Love it, now need to use it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 3rd, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Fair and Lovely, anyone?
Eep. I mean, I'll admit to finding lighter-skinned women more attractive in general, but that's still creepy.

I haven't seen V and am a bit on the fence about it, but what I got out of your review was there were AZNs on your TV?!?
They do exist! Although not in the new one.

Love it, now need to use it.
*bows*
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:December 4th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
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I never liked the original series, but since the pilot for V looked good when we saw it at Comic Con, I've recorded the new shows. I think I'll just wait to watch it before the show comes back in the spring.
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From:bspalek
Date:December 5th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
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haha, That's cute.

The only time I EVER get hit on is by teenage boys. Then again, I also look like I am 14. So, I am trying to accept the fact that guys my age will never hit on me unless they are pervy.
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From:radiotelescope
Date:December 6th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I never watched the old V, but I'm afraid I find the new one dull. The writing feels lazy and predictable. I watch plenty of lazy predictable TV (== any show that uses the line "shields down to forty percent" unironically is lazy) but V isn't hooking me in any other way either.

The unremarked alien use of English names and letters (their V formations) bugs me. Yes, even though BSG did it. On BSG I feel like they made a considered decision what to mark as alien. On V I don't get that sense.

(I don't believe that their play on health care fears, vaccine conspiracy theories, and immigration paranoia is accidental, either. The one topic has been lurking at least since the 2008 Presidential campaigns, and the others are permanent residents. So to speak. And again, I don't feel like they're thinking hard about what they're saying.)

All that said, I haven't dropped the show.

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