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December 4th, 2009


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11:40 pm - The Beast with 171 Labs
Today I had oatmeal for the first time. It was not as bad as I expected, though that's probably the maple and brown sugar talking. I feel so...fibrous.

Dexter

This season is so fucking creepy, and I am loving it. I keep having "Man, I love this show" moments. It's just so good.

Trinity isn't even Trinity! He's...Quartet? Quatrain? Ack, that poor kid! He handled himself surprisingly well for a kidnapped child. I suppose it helps when your kidnapper is more broken than malicious.

I wish they were doing more with the fact that Dexter killed an innocent man. He should be more broken up about that.

I thought Arthur was going to kill Christine, probably when he stopped by that night, but the cops got to her first. I was wrong about her history, though; I had assumed she'd been brought up knowing about her dad, but instead it was just this weird trauma she carried around with her until she finally figured it out thirty years later. I wonder who her mother is. I wonder if it's one of Harry's old flames. Maybe it's Laura Moser! Heh.

Friday Night Lights

This is such an amazing show. Saracen's dinner breakdown made me cry actual tears. I think this should be up there with "The Body" in the Realistic Depictions of Grief on Television Hall of Fame. I loved how the entire episode built to that moment, with Matt cracking in little moments here and there, trying to be strong, trying to hold it in until it all inevitably pours out. When he looked at his dad's body...his eyes! Just became wet! They were just so wet! And poor Zach Gilford won't be recognized by any sort of awards committee. It's like tripoli says:
Zach Gilford. Zach Gilford. Zach Gilford is one of those guys who I've only ever seen play one character, so it's hard to judge, but the guy never seems like he's acting.
The dirt-shoveling at the end reminded me of the Six Feet Under pilot.

They brought back Lyla and didn't even give her any lines! That was...damn. This show doesn't play by the TV rules.

I don't want Vince to start stealing cars! But I do want Luke to ditch his jackass friends, so good on him.

Oh, Riggins is being sensible and doing the right thing! He really has grown. I guess Becky can go after Luke instead.

FlashForward

So they really shouldn't turn on the LHC, should they? Simon doesn't think they did it, but it sure does seem like a big coincidence! I rather enjoyed his "unparalleled genius" act, and I am intrigued by D. Gibbons's having built the particle wave phaser laser booster thingummies before Simon thought of them.

Mark's an asshole, and he's finally paid the price! I remember back in the first few episodes when I liked him, and then he was just growly all the time, and now he threatens to have one Persian kidnapped and goes ahead and actually kidnaps another. Plus, he's apparently going to kill Demetri in the future! You're all kinds of suck, Mark! I do wonder how much we can trust whatsername, though. She may have seen the serial number of his gun, but she could be bluffing about who pulled the trigger. Because that gun is still around now.

Whatsername the babysitter is pretty! And Janis really doesn't like penis!

Are people still watching this show? I keep hearing that people are giving it up.

Fringe

Oh, Walter. Oh, Ms. Farnsworth! They were so cute and so sad. Walter is trying so hard, and Peter is understandably worried about him, and it's a difficult situation.

Also there were giant parasitic worms.

The Office

I could barely watch the main plot, waiting for the shoe to drop, but it wasn't as awful as I expected. But good God, Michael. Although Erin did have a point.

Dwight's impersonations of Kevin, Stanley, and Toby were hilarious. Hee. And now Ryan wants in! How diabolical.

I don't understand why Jim was even in the running. Couldn't he have excluded himself from the chart and still have it be anonymous? That didn't make sense. What also doesn't make sense is everyone turning on Jim so easily. It's weird.

30 Rock

I hope Liz doesn't keep crying from her mouth. It's disturbing.

Frank slowly turning into Liz was amusing, though.

Dollhouse

Oh man, it's been so long since this show's been on that I've forgotten what the hell is going on. Something something Rossum what? This is a change from last season, when nothing was going on.

The first episode had so much going on that I didn't even notice there was no Victor or Sierra! Perrin was the Active! Awesome twist. My first reaction to that whole "Remind me why I love you" bit was, "Ick, gross." My second reaction was, "Ick, GROSS. But it reminds me of the handler call-and-response. Probably just coincidence." But it wasn't! Which makes it less gross and more icky.

Man, they keep coming up with new ways to ask fucked-up questions about identity! I think I may have vaguely considered this idea at some point, so it's cool to see it in action: an Active whose imprint is of himself. It makes it harder to separate who the "real" Perrin is. The current Perrin is not the same person as the pre-Active Perrin, but he's still Perrin. Or is he? Again, does he have any right to that body? Surely he has more right than the other long-term personalities. At least he sort of belongs there.

(When Ballard declared, "No one ever really leaves, do they?" I had the random thought tonight that Dollhouse could have been sort of like The Prisoner, with Echo as Number Six and Adele as Number Two. I feel like there are a lot of similarities, and if they had used that template, it would have been a different show, but all the pieces are there and available. It could have maybe made the stand-alone episodes better.)

I loved the editing of the fight between Echo and Cynthia! That was so damn cool and really helped show how her previous imprints were informing her current behavior. And gave an indication of how unstoppable a true composite would be.

Summer Glau rarely gets to play normal characters, does she. At times, I felt like she was just doing Her Usual Thing, but when they revealed the darker shades of her character, she got to be different.

It's funny how in the very episode that I thought, "You know, they haven't really touched on Caroline very much this season. Which is fine since I don't care about Caroline, so maybe they don't anymore either," we got some more information on Caroline! And that information is...that she kind of sucks!

Victor-as-Topher FOR THE WIN! (Ha ha ha I love that he said that.) Enver Gjokaj never ceases to amaze. He had Topher down. I mean, everything, from the way he moved to the timbre of his voice to the way he sucked in his breath at times. That guy has amazing control of his...everything. When they were talking to each other! Hilarity! And then when they were in the same room! It was just! Just! Oh man. Those guys.

Topher and Bennett were cute in their burgeoning supergenius love except for the part where she was a sadistic monster and all.

I'm still a little confused about the evil plan. Did Perrin revert to his original programming? Because what he said at the hearing seemed to be what he was supposed to say before he became self-aware. Unless what he said was somehow damaging and the right thing to do. Although wasn't he originally supposed to out only the L.A. Dollhouse to screw them over but make Rossum out to be heroes? I'm not sure how this all works. And what the hell is Bennett going to do to Madeline?

Damn. See, at the beginning of the two episodes, I had forgotten so much that I just thought, whatever, show, you're going to be over, and it's sad, but alas. But the show is so cool and intriguing now! There are backstabbing Dollhouses! And bad guys who are badder than our bad guys! And somehow our bad guys don't seem as bad. I am rooting for them and stuff! Is that wrong?
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From:thatonekimgirl
Date:December 5th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
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IA on all your Dollhouse and FNL thoughts. They're both so awesome this season!
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From:bends
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
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i haven't commented on one of your posts in ages, certainly not since i've renamed (i was rhymenocerousss, and lol if you even remember that) but dude

dude

that FNL episode went into my top episodes of tv ever, zach gilford OWNED
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
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(i was rhymenocerousss, and lol if you even remember that)
Ooooh. Yes, I remember! Hi!

that FNL episode went into my top episodes of tv ever, zach gilford OWNED
IT WAS SO GOOD.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
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He had Topher down. I mean, everything, from the way he moved to the timbre of his voice to the way he sucked in his breath at times. That guy has amazing control of his...everything. When they were talking to each other! Hilarity! And then when they were in the same room! It was just! Just!

I think that was possibly my favorite scene(or collection of scenes) of that show ever.

wasn't he originally supposed to out only the L.A. Dollhouse to screw them over but make Rossum out to be heroes?
The impression I got was that he was supposed to do pretty much what he did, claim the bad people were competitiors of Rossum, and not Rossum itself, and I thought... place the LA Dollhouse in the role of said bad people (whether he outed it as "The Dollhouse" or A Dollhouse or not in the process. The "she's just mental and there is no Dollhouse anywhere" was a twist.

I'm proud of myself because I called Perrin as a doll - badassery ensues the first time I saw the character. It was the sort of plot twist that yields a "yay I was right" satisfaction and not a "boo saw that coming" frustration. My favorite kind of twist!
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
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I meant to say "was a twist I didn't quite understand" in that second bit there, but left out quite a few words apparently...it's late.
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From:babydolleyez
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
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I loved Dollhouse in season 1, but these two eps, Belonging, and Epitaph One really cranked it up to eleven.

And I really loved that they cared enough to ask the questions about the identities that develop, starting with Saunders earlier this season. Its clear that Echo wants to stay Echo, not become Caroline again. I also love the implication that Caroline flaws may not have been solely in the eyes of many viewers (if what Bennett said is accurate, leaving your best friend badly injured, to take the heat for something you both did is cooold)
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From:harper47
Date:December 5th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
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The worms were just all kinds of freaky. And crazy doctor trying to go all Khan on Peter was ewwwwwww. Flashbacks. Khan!!!!!

And Walter was adorable. Noble owns this role in all the best ways.

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From:the_partyman
Date:December 5th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I am still watching FlashForward and mostly loving it. :)

I just finished watching the Dollhouses and feel like I have OD'ed on awesome!

Enver Gjokaj is like just... I have no words. Perfect?


I too would have liked some clarity on whether Imprint!Perrin reverted to the original plan or if it was amended. I guess that could have been the original plan and Adele may have been mistaken about them planning on outing the LA house? Or maybe it wasn't and they amended the plan after the LA house got involved. Hmmm.

Though that's one small critriscism in a whole load of awesome, so i am happy. Though also sad because, as you rightfully remind, show is ending. :(
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:December 5th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Enver Gjokaj is insanely brilliant. The two Tophers was definitely the highlight of these episodes for me, with Topher/Bennett nerdliness a close second. I still have some issues with Topher, but damn if he isn't hella entertaining.

I was also confused by the ending. Perrin definitely made Rossum out to be the heroes, but I'm not sure who he screwed over? He made some vague reference to a conspiracy against Rossum, by people who influenced Madeleine and planted a bomb in his car, but never really said who those people were...

I'm pretty sure he was back to being under the control of the Washington Dollhouse, though. I think Adele or someone made reference to him being retaken, when they were talking about what could've happened to Echo? I don't know why they dropped the bit about the LA branch being the bad guys, though.

And I'm confused as to how Bennett knew Caroline. Were they supposed to have been friends before Caroline joined the Dollhouse? And then Bennett just happened to get a job at another Dollhouse?

Oh and I am totes still watching FlashForward. I really like it! Stuff is starting to get interesting, too. Also, I have heard that some scientist claimed that problems with the real life LHC were because it was sabotaging itself from the future. That bit of information will never not amuse me.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 5th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
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And I'm confused as to how Bennett knew Caroline. Were they supposed to have been friends before Caroline joined the Dollhouse? And then Bennett just happened to get a job at another Dollhouse?
That's what it sounds like. What a coincidence, right?

Also, I have heard that some scientist claimed that problems with the real life LHC were because it was sabotaging itself from the future. That bit of information will never not amuse me.
Yep! It's pretty great.
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From:iheartbridges
Date:December 5th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
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UGH. The Office = death right now. That episode was so fraking dumb. Here are some lines that could have been used: "Dwight. I did not ask you to collect money from everybody. Please return it." Also, "Dwight, how did you assemble this list of people? May I please see the data behind it?" Jim fell straight into that trap; he's normally smarter than that. GUH. Ugh.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 5th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I know! Come on, Jim.
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From:zenkitty_714
Date:December 5th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Dexter: I'm sure Arthur meant to kill Christine that night, if the cops hadn't gotten there first. Especially after he freaked out in the truck after he sent her away and started screaming curses at her. Whoa.

And the kidnappings of the boys is bizarre - part of his fantasy is externalizing himself as a child, holy crap. They must be the same age he was when Vera died. Oh, and did you notice the Urn of Vera was back? What - or who - is in there now? I had wondered before, if he leaves some of her ashes at each scene, what does he do when he eventually runs out of ash? And isn't that a frackin' big urn for holding cremation ashes? I thought they were smaller. Gah. So many levels of fucked-up-ness in this guy. And he going to find out who Dexter is and where he lives, aaiighh. I don't think he can keep up the double life he's leading, but I don't want anything to happen to his sweet little family.

Rita's little confession that she hasn't always been a good girl can't have been a throwaway line. Are they preparing us for her to be unfaithful? Geez, Dexter's not gone all the time, and he's a good dad when he's home; what's the dang problem? I've said this before, but I would LOVE it if she turned out to have killed someone and Dexter found out.

Oh, show, I love you. Geek that I am, still, only two shows have I ever bought and worn a t-shirt for: Firefly and Dexter.
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From:cran
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
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I really don't want Dexter to feel remorse for killing an innocent guy. Frustration with himself for screwing up, yes, but... he's supposed to be a sociopath. He doesn't feel emotion; his entire life is a carefully-constructed cover. He only kills "bad guys" because of the code Harry taught him, which stands in for actual ethics. And although he doesn't love anyone, he's loyal to certain people (like Deb). Or that's the way it's supposed to be, anyway. I always found Dexter more interesting when he was more true to the character in the books (with the exception of the Dark Passenger crap; I like the TV show's interpretation more). Like Jeff Lindsay said recently, "My Dexter pretends to be nice. Their Dexter is trying to become nice." The TV show's new Dexter is a bit wimpy, and he's making more mistakes than usual because of it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I like the evolving, "wimpy" Dexter. I haven't read the books, but I haven't heard great things about them. I don't think Dexter should necessarily feel remorse, per se, but the fact that he made this one mistake should make him call into question all the other people he's killed. Was he completely sure, every time? That can manifest as frustration, anger at imperfection rather than a more human remorse at killing an innocent.
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From:punzerel
Date:December 6th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
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Um, how had you never previously eaten oatmeal? Je comprends pas.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 6th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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Who has oatmeal? We had cereal! And the occasional pancakes and/or waffles.
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From:chrryblssmninja
Date:December 6th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
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Oatmeal was made for brown sugar.


oh my gosh the crying out of the mouth thing was so unexpected. I laughed the first time, but it might haunt me...
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From:sneaker328
Date:December 6th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Whatshername the babysitter is on Mad Men! Do you watch Mad Men? You should watch Mad Men.

I'm behind on FF. Dunno yet if I'll bother picking it up again. I'm still so confused by how awful Joseph Fiennes is on it. Not sure the awesome John Cho is enough to make up for it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 6th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
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You should watch Mad Men.
So I hear. One day.

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