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December 9th, 2008


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01:11 am - I Lied to My Own Webcam
It's that time of year again! Holiday Love Meme! Say nice things about me, please. And if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all make something up. It's anonymous! Behold the glory of the Internet.

Relatedly, one of the women we work with in Brazil was in town for a conference, so we took her out to lunch. It was really cool to meet her after only communicating via e-mail for over a year. She showed us some pictures of the other people we'd been e-mailing, so that was neat. And she was excited to see us, too, for the same reason. Everyone else in Brazil was jealous that she got to meet us. (murphy987: "It's like a work internet meet-up!")

I had duck enchiladas. They were pretty good. Not as amaaaaazing as I had hoped, but good. I also had French onion soup, jalapeño cornbread, and tuna tartare with fried green tomatoes. I'd never had tartare before; I had no idea that's what it was like. I always assumed steak tartare was steak with tartar sauce or something.

Dinner was a little less high-class, however: burritos! gymble and her husband were back in town, so we grabbed dinner and came back to my apartment to "watch stuff." Before the Monday night lineup started, I showed them The Guild on DVD, which is just as hilarious the third time around (and I caught some new jokes) and has renewed my mad crush on Felicia Day. (Neither one of them seemed to express actual interest in watching it when I showed them the box, but I forced it on them anyway; luckily, they were laughing their asses off almost immediately.) I followed it up with the two episodes of season two (new episode tomorrow!).

And now, to the television talk!

Dexter

Aargh, toughcookie42 totally called the bachelor party fakeout! I said I was going to punch the writers if they pulled that shit, but I guess I am forgiving. Also, Angel was totally getting a lap dance, but I guess that falls under acceptable behavior?

Masuka cracks me up.

LaGuerta doing real police work! Hurrah! I'm confused, though. Dexter did decide that he wasn't going to let her know, so I figured he was going to lie on the report. But apparently he didn't because LaGuerta found it. Was he intending to write the real results on the report and then never give it to her? How does that work? I don't understand why the actual results were on that report. In any case, I loved Dexter's feigned surprise. "Miguel Prado?? REALLY???"

Holy God, Deb will be fucking destroyed if she finds out about Dexter, isn't she. If just finding out that her dad cheated on her mom has this kind of an effect? She does like morals. I loved that scene where Dex asked her to be his best man! Man, if he had feelings, he'd have them for Deb, AND HE TOTALLY DOES. That was all so genuine there. Oh, televisual sibling relationships.

Miguel is way more complicated and fucked-up than I thought. How much of a lying liar who lies IS he? Because he seemed to truly value Dexter's friendship, which was kind of nuts and...kind of sad. It's almost like he had that same desire Dexter does, of connecting with someone Like Him. But he's too human, I suppose.

I am wary of Dexter's plan to frame the Skinner. Masuka is good. He'll know that the skinning was done postmortem. Unless, as Dexter said, they don't look very hard. Which they probably won't, I guess. I find it interesting that they're fucking with the structure a little by having him take Miguel out an episode BEFORE the finale. Rudy, Lila, Miguel—they all end up on the table, though. I think this show does need a new plotline, eh?

I loved the ending, however. The way the color sort of faded away and the music became more and more blurry.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

This was a great episode to watch tonight because gymble is several episodes behind. They didn't even bother with previouslies because I was just as lost as they were. I understand that Fields = Fields, but where does the Alpine come in? Did Cameron kill Roger? If so, how did either Lauren or her mom call him? If not, how did he die? And the dad? HOW DARE YOU LEAVE IMPORTANT BITS OF STORY UP TO THE VIEWERS' IMAGINATIONS! What the hell was up with Derek and Jesse in the future? Had they even met before then? Did Derek tell Lauren she would grow up to be a doctor? How in the motherfucking hell did they determine that Anne's baby was Sydney the Magical Immune Girl (Quinn from Weeds!) from the future? How did they know Lauren wasn't the target? Was that what the St. Jude necklace meant? Isn't Sydney's name a paradox? (Isn't John's?) Did they really kill the T-888 or not? And what the fuck happened at the end? It looked like the mom's body was gone or something. How does Lauren expect to raise her little sister with no money and no parents? So many questions that will likely never be answered given the stand-alone nature of this episode! I heart non-linear narrative and all, but what?

We liked Lauren, however. She was very accepting of cyborgs, and she generally cracked us up. And she was cute, in that androgynous Jonathan Taylor Thomas way.

(They do always come through the front door, don't they? Robots Cyborgs are so predictable.)

Rabbit rabbit rabbit! Rabbit rabbit! Rabbit rabbit!

Chuck

Gary Cole is everywhere these days!

Everything about the DeLorean was funny. Especially the sheik attempting to get away in it. ("No, this is not a prank call.")

I love the crazy way this show makes plots out of anything. Oh, your dad's a con man! Yeah, let's use him as intel. Oh, let's totally commit fraud. ("That would involve the CIA having any knowledge of your mission" ahahahaha.) Oh, let's just do whatever we want as long as it's convenient to the plot!

The Lichtenstein shit? HILARIOUS. I called Chuck playing Lichtenstein half a minute before it happened, which is not a great feat because it was predictable by that point, but you only have proof of that when you're watching with friends.

Also? COP FACE. COP FACE. HA HA HA HA HA. (COP FACE.)

Jeff remains one of the creepiest characters on television.

Finally: pause the wide shot of the Buy More complex. Unless I am mistaken, to the left of the Buy More is an establishment named Underpants, etc.

How I Met Your Mother

The larious! Things I Loved:
  • Barney talking in black sitcom titles
  • the Nikki-and-Paolo-ing of Doug
  • Marshall and his brothers fighting, Part One
  • THE GOAT
  • "If he's missin' his teeth, I'm missin' my pants!"
  • Robin's boobs
  • "Lawyered!"
  • "Was there a big sale at the Wuss Market?"
  • Marshall and his brothers fighting, Part Two
  • LIGHTSABER THANKSGIVING I LOVE THIS SHOW


Crisis on Infinite Heroes

gymble and her husband did not stay for Heroes, so they did not see that Elle is well and truly dead and roasted after Sylar had some tasty brain stew. Sylar, who continues to crave brain stew because...the writers gave up on his redemption arc, apparently. It's fun to have S1 Sylar back, at least.

Time travel hijinks! And, you know what, I complained along with everyone else about the stupid Hiro-reverts-to-a-ten-year-old idea, but holy shit, that scene with his mother made it all worthwhile. When he gets his memories back and REMEMBERS MISSING HER?? Shit, dude, that's pretty sharp emotional stuff, there. Plus, cute stuff with the pushing-up-glasses and head sag before. And waffle love-continuity! And then Claire with her baby self (which, what, so fucking weird, shouldn't the world end or something) and her mom and her dad! (Her pet name is a paradox!) That was all really good stuff, slightly marred by the ridiculous "light" of the catalyst, what the fucking hell is that shit. And how did Arthur Petrelli get there? Did he get time travel from Peter's Box o' Powers? How did he know where and when to go? And how will they save Hiro? Ando cannot get powers! Don't be like Mohinder, dammit! The show needs awesome regular people! Or else we regular people viewers feel wholly inferior!

Fun times with Matt and Ando and Daphne, although I roll my eyes every time Matt says anything to Daphne. Dude, she's having a more coherent arc than anyone else this season, leave her alone. STOP TELLING HER WHO AND WHAT SHE IS.

...Did they really pay Jamie Hector to glower for two seconds?

Sylar is not a Petrelli! Huzzah! And Arthur Petrelli is dead, so the world is saved! Except now Nathan is going to be the villain or something.

Kyle from The 4400 feels good. He knew that he would, now. (But, really, super strength? You're literally making super soldiers? Can't you give him an interesting power? Like being in a coma? Or being possessed by the Future and assassinating people? Or a cute redhead in his head leading him to prophecies?)
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From:ladydisdain225
Date:December 9th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
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HIMYM was incredible on the continuity, from sandwiches to seven layer salad. Lots of lovely little details, even if I will always resent the fact that Carl has dropped off the face of the earth.

Plus more fun with fallable narrators.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 9th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
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sandwiches
In college? Yeah!

to seven layer salad.
Didn't catch this one.

I will always resent the fact that Carl has dropped off the face of the earth.
Carl?

Plus more fun with fallable narrators.
Always fun!
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From:latropita
Date:December 9th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
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HIMYM was pretty fucking awesome, I agree with all your bullet points, but would like to add:

- JASON SEGEL GOT A HAIRCUT OMFG

Thank you, Santa. <3!
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From:ladydisdain225
Date:December 9th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
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Amen to that one.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:December 9th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
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Had they even met before then?

No, in an earlier episode Derek and Jesse had an exchange about how the first thing she ever said to him was "your fly's down," which was her opener here.

that androgynous Jonathan Taylor Thomas way.

You are so weird.

Also, Dex asking Deb to be his best man was the BEST. Other than the other best of Dexter killing Miguel before he killed LaGuerta which was my great fear.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 9th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
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No, in an earlier episode Derek and Jesse had an exchange about how the first thing she ever said to him was "your fly's down," which was her opener here.
Aha! Because it did seem like they'd never met before, but then he was all, "I guess I was waiting for you." I suppose he meant non-specifically.

Also, Dex asking Deb to be his best man was the BEST.
Totally!!

Other than the other best of Dexter killing Miguel before he killed LaGuerta which was my great fear.
I feared it too! I did not think the show wouldn't do it, you know?
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From:the_partyman
Date:December 9th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
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Pretty sure what we saw was Derek and Jesse meeting for the first time. I love how she is genuinely Autralian. :)

I figured that Derek just remembered Lauren saving him in the future (his little brief flash.. I guess it's still back for him, lol), and that jogged his memory to the whole sister thing... prior to that flash it was probably just "Sarah said protect the baby, so I shall" for him.


I usually watch Heroes before Terminator, but was waiting on pigeons.. it somehow helped make the whole Hiro/Claire time travelly thing easier to get my head around.

It was odd that Arthur just happened to pop up, but then he kinda just popped up in the desert when he took Hiro's memories didn't he? I am guessing it's just a afcet of his "can paint the future" thing. Or something.

Angle was pretty specific about the whole "back of the head" thing, so I am guessing Papa Petrelli might be Not Dead Yet. :/

For the record, I am aware I should be eatching Dexter and HIMYM... I just haven't had the time yet. ;)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 9th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
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I sit here ready with an "I told you so."
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From:harper47
Date:December 9th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Underpants, etc.? Really? Hee.

I really loved Chuck and Mother last night.
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From:scifantasy
Date:December 9th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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I understand that Fields = Fields, but where does the Alpine come in?

Alpine is a fairly rural part of San Jose County. Therefore, "go to Alpine, find the Fields."

Did Cameron kill Roger? If so, how did either Lauren or her mom call him? If not, how did he die?

Either:
Yes, but Mom (it was Mom who called him, there is no doubt) didn't know that, and she called and spoke to "Roger" (the T-888 using voice manipulation) and told him where they were before Lauren twigged; or

No, but they got away, and the T-888 (figuring correctly that it could take advantage of Mom's affair) killed him and waited for Mom to call.

And the dad?

Probably killed by the T-888 when he went after with lamp and curtain rod.

What the hell was up with Derek and Jesse in the future? Had they even met before then?

No; as explained by others, this was their meet cute.

Did Derek tell Lauren she would grow up to be a doctor?

Probably not. Not necessary; Lauren was already doing field first aid, and now she has a baby to take care of. After Judgment Day, she'll be one of the few people who can act as a doctor.

How in the motherfucking hell did they determine that Anne's baby was Sydney the Magical Immune Girl (Quinn from Weeds!) from the future? How did they know Lauren wasn't the target?

In the short term, Sarah just knew that the baby was the target. Terminators love to go back in time and kill the mothers of important people before or during the pregnancies, remember--so when Sarah found out Mom was pregnant, it was obvious she was the target.

Once Derek recognized Lauren from getting the antidote to the bioweapon, he realized that this must be the birth of her sister.

Was that what the St. Jude necklace meant?

The necklace was just one more thing of normality Lauren was trying to hold on to. Hence, her getting rid of it--because it's a target, because she's letting go--when she finished her transformation into, basically, Sarah Connor Light.

Isn't Sydney's name a paradox? (Isn't John's?)

Yep. Cool, huh?

Did they really kill the T-888 or not?

If Sarah Connor says she killed a T-888, she killed a T-888.

And what the fuck happened at the end? It looked like the mom's body was gone or something.

No, it was still there. With the St. Jude's medallion on top of it.

How does Lauren expect to raise her little sister with no money and no parents?

She'll manage. Sarah did.

So many questions that will likely never be answered given the stand-alone nature of this episode!

Not necessarily so. This show loves to reintroduce previously-thought-standalone elements.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 9th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Alpine is a fairly rural part of San Jose County. Therefore, "go to Alpine, find the Fields."
Aha! Thanks for the info.

she called and spoke to "Roger" (the T-888 using voice manipulation)
Ooooooooooooh. I keep forgetting about that shit.

Thanks for all the answers, smartypants.
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From:scifantasy
Date:December 9th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Chuck

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OUTATIME: Guilty as charged.
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:December 9th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
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We liked Lauren, however. She was very accepting of cyborgs, and she generally cracked us up. And she was cute, in that androgynous Jonathan Taylor Thomas way.

Ha! She totally was sort of Jonathan Taylor Thomas-y, wasn't she? What I found most interesting about Lauren was that she doesn't seem to age a day from the present to the future and also that she seems not the slightest bit upset when her mom dies. WTF, girl? I know you're all accepting of the robots and caring for newborn baby sister, but YOUR MOM JUST DIED and YOUR DAD DIED not long before that!

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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 9th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
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I think it's hard to tell how old she is in the future because you only get a glimpse of her face through the hazmat suit. I don't think we're supposed to assume she hasn't aged.

And, yeah, she didn't seem too broken up about all the deaths, did she? Maybe the trauma comes later.
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:December 9th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Everything about the DeLorean was funny. Especially the sheik attempting to get away in it.

OMG yes. Hearing that engine hesitating as he tried to get away at speeds above 22 MPH was too fun. :D
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:December 9th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Rudy, Lila, Miguel—they all end up on the table, though. I think this show does need a new plotline, eh?

I agree, although I can forgive them for this one because I feel like they've approached it now from three slightly different angles: family, lover, friend. It's a nice triumvirate of Dexter wanting to make connections on these three levels and not being able to. I become more and more convinced this is a show about alienation. Heh. The only thing you could do next would be co-worker, and that kind of happened with Doakes, so I think they'll do something different next season.

I don't understand why the actual results were on that report.

I thought Dexter hadn't decided what to do when we faded away, and the report was the reveal of which way he'd decided to go. He seemed to be leaning towards hiding it, but I thought he still might tell her. And he did! omg!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 9th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I agree, although I can forgive them for this one because I feel like they've approached it now from three slightly different angles: family, lover, friend. It's a nice triumvirate of Dexter wanting to make connections on these three levels and not being able to.
Oooh! That's a neat thought. Nice job, you.

I thought Dexter hadn't decided what to do when we faded away, and the report was the reveal of which way he'd decided to go. He seemed to be leaning towards hiding it, but I thought he still might tell her. And he did! omg!
Hmm!
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From:loopychew
Date:December 10th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
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Robin needs to hot and bothered more often. It was both sexy and hilarious at the same time.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:December 11th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
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Elle is gone for good? Hmm, yeah - I think that's my cue to exit as well. Tell me when it gets good again.
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From:barilosopher
Date:December 11th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
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(Her pet name is a paradox!)

Not paradox -- just circular causation.

And how did Arthur Petrelli get there? Did he get time travel from Peter's Box o' Powers?

Presumably.

How did he know where and when to go?

Isaac powers from Box ' Powers?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
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Not paradox -- just circular causation.
Yeah, that. What's the difference, by the by?
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From:glasseseater
Date:December 11th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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I don't know that you've heard the ruckus but since you are such a fan of Avatar I thought you would be interested in this organized protest of the casting selection- http://ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com/368355.html

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